Archive for April, 2010

Second campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, likely to come up in Anantapur of Andhra Pradesh

Following is a report by IANS published in

The second campus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is likely to come up in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district.

Union Minister for Human Resources Development Kapil Sibal in a letter to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Saturday said the central government was examining a proposal of Andhra Pradesh in this regard and had discussed the idea with IISc, Bangalore.

The IISc, Bangalore, has informed that internal discussions have been held and initial proposals were to create an advanced research centre, a science park and an incubation centre, said a statement from the chief minister’s office.

Sibal wrote that a Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of land, the time frame for making available the basic infrastructure, among other things, was under preparation and further developments would be communicated on receipt of fresh inputs from IISc, Bangalore.

Rosaiah thanked United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sibal and IISc, Bangalore, for the move to establish the second campus of IISc in the state. He said it would be a boon for the backward district of Anantapur.

The chief minister said the entire credit for this goes to former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who made efforts to get the IISc campus.

YSR, as the late chief minister was popularly known, had even identified 1,000 acres of land in Anantapur district, about 70 km from Bangalore International Airport.

April 25, 2010 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

Technical education is free for girls: Haryana government

Following is a PTI report taken from

Chandigarh, Apr 23 (PTI) Haryana government has made the technical education “absolutely free” for the girl students studying in the government polytechnic colleges. The girl students studying in the government polytechnic colleges would not have to pay any fee or charges, an official spokesman said today.

The state government has exempted the girl students of polytechnic colleges from paying development fund and student fund from the academic session of 2010-11 in order to promote technical education among girls in the state, he said, adding the tuition fee was already exempted.

April 24, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Tribal people of Luthurbandh, Ghantabahali, MahadaSaguna Munda and Podapadar protest against Balangir power plant project

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The opposition to setting up of a proposed 1320MW thermal power plant at Ghantabahali-Luthurbandh in Titilagarh block by the Sahara Group of companies has resurfaced once again.

The local villagers along with tribal people of Luthurbandh, Ghantabahali, MahadaSaguna Munda and Podapadar took out a padyatra in these villages, about 90 km from here, on Thursday.

Ever since the news of setting up of the proposed thermal power plant spread, it has met with opposition. While the Sahara Group scheduled to open an office there on April 25 and top officials of Sahara group expected to arrive along with local MP, the villagers have stepped up their protest against setting up of the plant. “We are opposing setting up this plant as it would raise the temperatures of this region further. Already the Titilagarh region is infamous for its high temperature allover India and setting up this plant would increase the temperature further, making this area totally unviable of human settlement,” said a protestor.

Moreover according to reports two other power plants are also going to be set up around 20km radius of Titilagarh and Kesinga, further increasing the prospect of high temperatures in the region.

Secondly the fly ash problem would result in air pollution further which is absent now and it is the poor people who would suffer a lot. Thirdly the land of these areas would also be affected. The agriculture land her produces a lot of vegetables and people by selling up these vegetable in local Keshinga market earn their livelihoods. Once this plant would come up it would also be lost, argued a social activist Balkrushana Sandh.

More over around 800 acre of private land would be affected in this project. “Neither the district Collector nor the Sub- Collector is listening to our grievance,” he alleged further. We demand the shifting of power plants from this area to save the poor people’s land and their livelihood from being damaged permanently. We don’t oppose the setting up power plant. But it should not in such a fertile area where people are living peacefully and managing their livelihoods through agriculture.

“We are going to organise a rally in the Titilagrah on April 24.,” he added. With the company officials schedule to visit the area to open their office, all eyes are on what will happen on that day.

April 24, 2010 at 11:24 am 66 comments

New recommendation by Higher Education Task Force (HETF), Orissa show gross injustice towards Western Orissa

Following picture is taken from This picture clearly shows the injustice of Orissa govt. and Higher Education Task Force (HETF) towards western Orissa. Just look at the density of the institutes in both the region, that is coastal and western Orissa. 

For decades people from western Orissa have been pleading to deal with inter-regional horrendous disparity. Solution offered had been to decentralize all state institutions as well as spread whatever is obtained from the central govt. but to no avail. All the centrally funded institutes are located in the coastal belt, now the new recommendation by Higher Education Task Force (HETF) adding salt to the wound of western Orissa people. 

The disparity is so stark that one really does not need to count.

April 23, 2010 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

The Orissa state pollution control board clears Vedanta refinery at Lanjigarh

Following is a report from

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa state pollution control board has given a clean chit to Vedanta’s alumina refinery in the state’s Kalahandi district after conducting checks in the areas near the plant, an official said on Thursday.


The board had launched a probe after series of allegations made by some individuals and organisations in January this year, claiming at least 100 people died of tuberculosis over the past few years by the pollution caused by the plant at Lanjigarh, some 500 km from here.

A delegation led by local tribal leader Sridhar Pesnia in January submitted a memorandum to the state government, alleging the deaths of cattle and birds in the area.

A team of scientists from the board made an on-the-spot enquiry last month and collected data and samples from different sources, including data from local health department, a senior official of the board said.

“As per the report the scientists submitted, only one death has occurred – in 2006 – due to tuberculosis in the periphery area of the refinery between 2002 and 2010,” he said.

The team analysed the water samples from the river, streams and tubewell from various locations around the plant and found that the pollution in surrounding surface and ground water remained within acceptable limits.

April 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

Oral Epics in Kalahandi

The following article is written by Dr. Mahedra Kumar Mishra:

Read the complete article here.

April 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

77 passport help centres to open up nationwide:PTI

Following is a report by PTI:

New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today said 77 passport sewa kendras (help centre) will be opened across the country to ease issuance of the key travel document.

In his reply to the Demand for Grants for Ministry of External Affairs in the Lok Sabha, Krishna said pilot passport sewa kendras have started functioning in seven cities across the country, including Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Chandigarh.

The software and other logistical needs have been tested thoroughly at these locations, from where 1,000 passports have already been issued.

The remaining 70 such centres will be established soon, he said.

April 21, 2010 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

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