Archive for January, 2010

Orissa government approves new power projects for Sundergarh, Rengali, Nayagarh, Redhakhol, and Birmaharajpur

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January 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm 4 comments

Tamil Nadu gets first medical technology park of India

Chennai: India’s first medical technology park opened recently is expected to bring cutting-edge technology to the country and drive down the cost of expensive equipment like ultrasound machines.

Spread over 25 acres and designed to house 10 international medical technology manufacturers, the Trivitron Medical Technologies Park aims to bring cutting edge medical technology to medical professionals at affordable costs.

“This is a captive park for medical devices manufacturers who sign up a joint venture agreement with us. In all, around 10 medical devices manufacturers will house their production facilities involving an outlay of around Rs.250 crore,” Trivitron Group founder and managing director G.S.K.Velu told the sources here recently after the inauguration.

He said the Trivitron group has inked five medical devices manufacturing joint ventures till date and the park’s first occupant Aloka Trivitron Medical Technologies is one such venture to manufacture ultrasound machines, high end colour dopplers and advanced imaging systems.

The other joint ventures – with Brandon Medical, UK, ET Cardioline, Italy, Johnson Medical, Sweden and Biosystems, Spain – are expected to start their production from the park soon.

“Our investment in the joint ventures will be around Rs.150 crore and the stake holding in companies will be a mix of majority and minority,” Velu added.

While Trivitron holds 49 percent stake in Aloka Trivitron Medical, Velu said in the remaining four ventures, the holding will be majority stake.

A range of products will be manufactured at the park. These include ultrasound systems, colour dopplers, X -ray machines, C-arms, in-vitro diagnostic reagents and instruments, cardiology diagnostic instruments, critical care instruments, modular operating theatres, operating theatre lights and tables and implantable medical devices.

Inaugurating the park, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin said, “The medical devices park is yet another feather in the cap of the state’s healthcare system. The state is the leader in healthcare delivery in the country.” IANS

January 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Vedanta Group has done nothing for the peripheral development of Lanjigarh, Kalahandi

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The people of Lanjigarh on Sunday met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and said the Vedanta Group has done nothing for the peripheral development of the plant site in Lanjigarh. “Earlier, we had supported the company. But we started opposing the company as local people are not getting any benefits. Only 12 people from our areas have got appointment,” said Nirmal Samal, a social activist from the area.

A villager Prafulla Majhi said how his family had given 10 acres of lands but no employment was given to the family. “They gave Rs 10 lakh to us. We divided the money among us,” he said, adding that for sustenance of livelihood, one needs a job.

The people also alleged that the company was careless on checking pollution. They also called on the senior BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.

January 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm 1 comment

Veer Surendra Sai neglected in history

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Though Veer Surendra Sai began fighting against the British rule much before the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 and spread a reign of terror among the foreign rulers, history, as it is seen, hardly counts for this legendary national hero to be treated on equal footings like that of others, opined speakers on the occasion of the 203 birth anniversary of the indomitable freedom fighter.

At a function jointly organised by the Sambalpur district administration and the Odisha Sanskritika Samaj, speakers further said that even if Surendra Sai is not rightly presented in the pages of the history, no one can deny him the status of a national hero who spent 37 years in jail for the freedom the motherland.

“More research needs to be done on the life, work and struggle of Veer Surendra Sai,” observed Collector of Sambalpur Hemanta Kumar Das, who was the chief guest at the function. There is absolutely no doubt over the fact that this hero of the land has glorified the pages of history, but history itself has even done injustice to him, he said.

The sacrifice and contributions of Surendra Sai had not been rightly projected in history. But he was the first hero to raise voice against the British rule in India and carry out a guerilla war against it, said senior journalist Kishore Kumar Sahu, who was the chief speaker. He compared Surendra Sai with Napoleon, Rana Pratap and Chhatrapati Shivaji. “His struggle for freedom is hardly seen in the history of freedom movement of any country all over the world,” he said. At times people misunderstand him that he was fighting for his own interest to save his kingdom, but that is not the fact at all, he further added.

At the outset, secretary of Odisha Sanskritika Samaj Dr Paresh Chandra Dani appealed to the authorities to preserve the historic places of the district and town including Rani Bagicha, and complete the construction of the Kunjal Singh memorial gate. Prof Gopal Krishna Rath presided over the function.

Several other organisations also celebrated the birthday of Surendra Sai and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at different places of the region.

January 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) to help Bihar build ‘green’ buildings

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Goddes Sureswari of Sonepur

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January 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Veer Surendra Sai

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January 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Big Dams and Protests in India: A Study of Hirakud Dam

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January 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Laing, Lahunipada and Bhawanipur Ekalabya Model School of Sundargarh district earn ISO certification

Folloiwng is a report from The Pioneer:

Six Ekalabya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in the State have received ISO 9001-2008 Certification for imparting high quality education for tribal children.

Principal Secretary of the Department of ST & SC Development Ashok Kumar Tripathy was informed on Thursday that the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), located in Switzerland, has approved the ISO 9001-2008 certificate to the EMRSs of Laing, Lahunipada and Bhawanipur in Sundargarh district, Dhanghera in Mayurbhanj, Ranki in Keonjhar and Rampilo in Jajpur,

There are 11 EMRSs functioning in Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Gajapati and Koraput districts. The schools impart education from Class VI to XII after selecting the students through an entrance test.

Collector of Mayurbhanj Pramod Kumar Meherda took keen interest in the Dhanghera EMRS. He had visited the school and found things were not up to mark. He harped on academic, social and infrastructural development of the institution. Teachers took the academic leadership and the school ably aided by the PA ITDA and DWO of the district brought perceptive institutional changes. The team members for ISO Certification inspection were happy to see the improvements according to the standards prescribed.

Similar is the scene in Sundargarh district, where all the three EMRSs received ISO 9001-2008, thanks to the initiative of Collector Shalini Pandit, whose insistence on more faculty-student interaction, psychological and social process development, improvement in learning environment and physical development, earned the support of the ISO team.

“Now, we will go for ISO Certification award for other five EMRSs as the district Collectors and officials of the department are inclined to bring in quality management system (QMS) in these institutions,” said Ashok Tripathy.

January 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Hundred of villagers volunteer for HIV testing in rural Balangir

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Asking a person to give his blood for HIV/AIDS testing and that too in a village is a tricky proposition which is likely to evoke a negative response.

However, much to the pleasant surprise, around one hundred of villagers, including pregnant women, migrant labourers, students and TB patients turned up voluntarily to get their blood tested for HIV at a camp held at village Salepali in Chandanbhati Gram Panchayat, 10 km from here, earlier this week. A meeting of Panchayati Raj representatives of Chandanbhati GP was held wherein they were sensitised about HIV/AIDS and its prevention.

Ward member of village Salepali Chandrashekhar Dharua, who attended the meeting, laid stress on voluntarily testing for a HIV-free village. The meeting was sponsored by Action Aid, which is implementing the Link Worker Scheme (LWS) in Balangir district.

Besides holding a rally on the World AIDS Day to sensitise villagers about HIV/AIDS, a series a meetings were also organised at the village. There is no treatment for the dreaded disease and the only remedy is prevention, said a Link Worker, Panchannan.

Members of Jaibada Deo Adivasi Yubak Parishad held a meeting and sensitised villagers about the blood checking camp and the villagers agreed to get their blood tested, said president of the Parishad Baishnab Pradhan. Anganwadi and Asha workers also motivated pregnant and other women of the village to go in for HIV testing.

As villagers are facing difficulty in going to Balangir for blood test, they demanded holding of a camp in the village. As a result, the camp was held in the village.

Before going for blood test, the villagers were counselled about why their blood would be tested and what HIV/AIDS is. They were advised for blood test again in the next three months at the ICTC Balangir for future confirmation. This is because a person even if contacting HIV the test result would come out negative as the window period of HIV/AIDS is three months and only after donating blood or checking blood in next three months a case of HIV/AIDS infection would be confirmed.

Baba (22), (name changed), along with his wife, volunteered for blood test as he believes prevention is the best method. A 14-year-old boy, Krish (name also changed), also turned up for blood test. Besides, a TB patient too came for his blood checking.

All the collected blood samples would be put to further test through rapid kits, explained a counsellor, Alok.

However, the crucial aspect of this blood test lies in organising another such camp in the village for a second checking of their HIV status and removing the fear of HIV/AIDS, failing which the entire effort would end in vain. Will the villagers test their blood status again? Time will say.

January 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

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