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Old January 22nd, 2012, 06:19 AM   #61
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 01:38 PM   #65
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 07:35 PM   #66
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The Alappuzha Lighthouse, which is celebrating its 150th year. Photo: Dennis Marcus Mathew.


The Alappuzha lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses on the south-west coast of the country, is preparing to celebrate its 150 year in an impressive way.

Easily one of the most recognized and known landmarks of the coastal tourist town of Alappuzha for the last several decades, the lighthouse will have its 150th birthday on March 28, when the Directorate of Lighthouses and Lightships (L&L), Kochi, is planning to have a slew of programmes that aim at making the grand old structure more popular among the public and tourists.

According to T. Ramdas, Director, L&L, Kochi, proposals had been submitted for re-conditioning and re-dedication of the lighthouse, a postal stamp on the lighthouse, installing guest-rooms and sprucing up of the compound and an exhibition on the occasion. Approval and funds for the same were awaited, he said.

A book on the Alappuzha lighthouse authored by I.C.R. Prasad, who had joined L&L as an assistant lightkeeper in 1980 and has penned books on the other lighthouses as well, is likely to be released on the occasion as well.

The lighthouse, for which the first stone was laid by Ms. Hugh Crawford, wife of the then Port Officer Hugh Crawford, on April 26, 1860, during the reign of Travancore ruler Marthanda Varma, was completed during the reign of his successor Rama Varma. The lamps of the lighthouse were first lighted by Ms. Francis Newcombe Maltby, the wife of the Resident Francis Newcombe Maltby on March 28, 1862.

Constructed using locally available laterite stones and teak, the lighthouse first had a fixed coconut wick lamp with metal reflector, before Mr. Crawford procured from Chance Brothers, Birmingham, a flashing light with nine Cata-dioptric lenses and nine coconut oil wick lamps with polished reflectors, capable of sending three powerful light beams to a distance of 17 nautical miles. This was used for over 90 years and then an acetylene gas flasher light was used for a short period from 1952. A modern electric light, with a 1000W incandescent lamp and fourth order Cata-dioptric lenses, was installed in 1960.

Further modernizations were done in the late 1990s when electrical discharge lamps replaced the incandescent lamps and electronic pulse motors replaced the clockwork mechanism for rotation of the optics in constant speed.

The lighthouse, which was painted plain white, got red and white bands in 2000 and in 2007, the structure was thrown open to the public from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., a practice that is still followed with tariffs of Rs.10 for adults, Rs.3 for children and Rs.25 for foreign nationals.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 07:37 PM   #67
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The Alappuzha District Panchayat would set up a world-class center exclusively for women, styling it as “Gender Park”, in order to resolve the problems of traveling women.

The socio- economic and cultural center, for which `6 crore has been earmarked, is hoped to be a big relief to foreign and domestic women tourists.

The Panchayat administration will give formal sanction to the project after getting the Detailed Project Report (DPR), currently under preparation.

According to District Panchayat President U Prathiba Hari, the idea arose in the context of increasing cases of atrocities against women. “The project would be executed in two years,” she said.

The Panchayat is searching for land to set up the center. Several sites have been proposed and visited. As the project is implemented totally under the guidance of the local self-government, no delay is likely, she said.

Alappuzha, as a major tourist destination, needs a world-class center to accommodate tourists. As of now, women tourists coming here on their own have no special arrangements to satisfy their personal needs.

The gender park will have accommodation facilities, a well-equipped library, internet service and other recreation centres.

“We have given prime concern to the security of foreign women tourists, who often feel insecure. The poor facilities here have been adversely affecting tourism promotion.

The project also aims to introduce a catering center to make popular the taste of Kerala food items, especially the Kuttanadan dishes, among tourists,” added Prathibha Hari.
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The United Democratic Front (UDF) meeting on Wednesday will take a final decision on the setting up of five new medical colleges in the state. The proposal is to build new colleges at Kasargod, Idukki, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Malappuram.

UDF is yet to decide on a course of action and is currently studying the feasibility of public-private-participation model for this ambitious project. However, there are also demands to set up a charitable society or an infrastructure company to mobilize funds for these colleges.

UDF is planning to construct colleges at Badiadka in Kasargod, Manjeri in Malappuram, Adoor in Pathanamthitta, Haripad in Alappuzha and Painavu in Idukki. On the expenditure side, a minimum of Rs 200 crore is required to set up one college while an additional expense of Rs 60 crore will be needed for the institution to function every year.

The proposal is to set up new colleges at Kasargod, Idukki, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Malappuram
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a second govt medical college for Alapuzha ? why not a palakkad or wayanad or kollam , .. OR is this not a fully Govt one ? very strange...
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #71
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a second govt medical college for Alapuzha ? why not a palakkad or wayanad or kollam , .. OR is this not a fully Govt one ? very strange...
New Medical College is to be set up in Haripad which is 31 kms from Alappuzha...and it is not government medical college...it is of PPP model...
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A medical college is to be opened on National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) land at Haripad on PPP model on the lines of the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL).
NTPC officials have agreed to hand over the land, according to a statement issued by the government after Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Union Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal met NTPC officials here.
The Chief Minister has instructed Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan to initiate procedures connected with project implementation. Sources said that certain NRIs in Dubai will constitute the private partners in the project. The project area falls in the constituencies of both Minister of State K C Venugopal and
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #72
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Kuttanad package; revised reports to submit in March

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Kottayam, Jan 25 (PTI) Water Resources Minister P J Joseph has said the revised Detailed Project Reports of "Kuttanad Package" for the next three phases would be submitted to Central Water Commission for the approval prior to its meeting scheduled for March three. The projects for Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 would have to be revised following the new directives by the centre and for incorporating the revised Public Works Department rates for the works, Joseph told reporters here yesterday. He said the government had submitted DPR for Rs 1387 crore for the revival of 421 podlers as the Phase 2 of the pachage. The DPR for Phase 3 consists of Rs 677 crore for reviving 335 podlers and Phase 4 envisages revival of 182 podlers at a cost of Rs 471 crore. The package covers 1192 polders with a total length of 3238 km, of which 2013 km of outer bunds would have to be constructed, Joseph said. The minister said the DPR for the revival of Alappuzha-Changanacherry canal would be submitted to CWC by March 10.
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a second govt medical college for Alapuzha ? why not a palakkad or wayanad or kollam , .. OR is this not a fully Govt one ? very strange...
All new medical colleges are in PPP. But I don't understand why a second one in Alappuzha when there are other places without medical colleges.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #74
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All new medical colleges are in PPP. But I don't understand why a second one in Alappuzha when there are other places without medical colleges.
May be for the interest of Ramesh Chennithala ....
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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #75
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A view of the shops alongside the AC Canal, which are to be demolished and its owners evicted in order to facilitate widening and deepening of the Canal as part of the Kuttanad Package. Photo: Dennis Marcus Mathew

The move to renovate and deepen the Alappuzha-Changanassery Canal as part of the Kuttanad Package has met with staunch resistance from traders and families living on either sides of the canal, who are likely to be evicted to facilitate the project.

The AC Canal Footpath Merchants' Association is spearheading an agitation that is slowly picking up momentum after a recent dharna in front of the District Collectorate and now with plans for a hunger strike at Ramankary beginning on January 30. The renovation project envisages widening and deepening of the canal for about 20km, from Manakkalchira near Changanassery to Pallathuruthy near Alappuzha.

According to Association president K. Prasad Chettikadu, there are about 55 families and around 200 shops. However, the rehabilitation package that was in consideration of the government had included 171 shops and 18 families, which he said was “totally unjustified”. “Moreover, there is a move to make it appear that it is because of our shops that the free flow of water through the canal was obstructed. Those who claim this should remember that our shops stand on four pillars of not more than four inches each. They should look at some of the bridges that have been constructed across the canal. The bridge at Mampuzhakari obstructs 40 per cent of the canal, while the one at Vezhapra stands on 60 per cent of the canal that was filled up for the purpose. The Pettikalunku bridge near Kidangara is another example for unscientific construction while de-silting of the canal and construction of a breakwater structure near the Kidangara bridge are still promises on paper,” Mr. Prasad points out.

Wants reconstruction

The association, which is demanding that everyone of the 250-odd shops and houses be included in the rehabilitation package, also wants reconstruction of the Kidangara, Mampuzhakari and Vezhapra bridges apart from the new bridges at Mankombu, Poopally, Ponga and Pallathuruthy.

“We have been earning a sparse livelihood for the last 30 years with our small setups on the sides of the AC Canal. If there is any eviction and rehabilitation, then it should be done including everyone without leaving a few to suffer on their own after their businesses are demolished,” Mr. Prasad said.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #76
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NTPC Ltd, the country's largest power company with an installed generation capacity of 36,000 MW, continues to expand. It is planning to take up another mega project in South along with the 4,000-MW Kudgi project in Karnataka, during the XII Plan itself instead of the XIII Plan.

With an operating capacity of 4,450 MW in the Southern region, it is executing expansion projects at Simhadri near Visakhapatnam, Ramagundam in Andhra Pradesh, Kudgi in Karnataka, Kayamkulam in Kerala, and is planning another mega project, a 4,000 MW plant at Pudimadaka close to Visakhapatnam.

The Regional Executive Director of NTPC, Mr R. Venkateswaran, told Business Line, “The Andhra Pradesh Government is keen that we take up another mega project near Visakhapatnam. While NTPC was looking at considering this project during XII Plan (2012-17), the keenness shown by the State is encouraging us to consider it ahead of planned schedule.”

Outlining NTPC progress in South, Mr Venkateswaran said supply of coal and gas continues to be worrisome. These require a long-term perspective approach. Excerpts:

How is the expansion plan of NTPC South progressing?

Overall at NTPC, we are looking at increasing the capacity to 1,28,000 MW by 2032 with projects defined for each Plan period. In South, we now have a capacity of about 4,450 MW. We plan to increase this to about 10,000 MW. The expansion projects include, 3x800 MW phase one at Kudgi in Karnataka, another 500 MW expansion, part of the phase II at Simhadri, and 3x500 MW project at Vallur and about 1050 MW at Kayamkulam. We are looking at augmenting two units of 650 MW each at Ramagundam in Andhra Pradesh. This could also be 2x800 MW. A decision on this would be taken up soon.

The Andhra Pradesh Government is encouraging us to expedite another mega project close to Visakhapatanm. There is land and sea water could be used.

The unit one of 500 MW at Vallur is ready. Once coal washery is ready, we would be able to take up generation. The fourth unit of 500 MW at Simhadri is also close to commissioning.

What is your engagement with Singareni Collieries project?

NTPC has been engaged by the Singareni to guide them through the implementation of a 1200-MW thermal power plant in Adilabad. There is no problem for land and water and the coal requirement could be addressed by pithead mines.

How are you addressing the coal/gas concerns?

Coal supplies continue to be a major cause of concern for thermal power stations. As opposed to earlier approach of fuel supply agreements, which incentivised supplies, and levied penalties for short supply, the MoU route only provides up to 50-60 per cent coal requirement. For NTPC plants, which work at high plant load factor going past 90 per cent, this is an issue. One of things we do is blend the domestic coal with imported coal. But this is limited to about 10 per cent or the cost of power generation goes up. Our own coal mines at Jharkhand will begin production during next plan, augmenting supplies.

Even gas supplies are causing hardship for expansion in Kerala.
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The history of Alappuzha lighthouse which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has been chronicled by Mr I.C.R. Prasad of Directorate of Lighthouses and Lightships and will be released at the anniversary celebration of the lighthouse in March.

The book, yet untitled, the result of over two years of research, will be published and distributed by L&L as part of a series of six books on lighthouses in the state.

One the oldest lighthouses on the south-west coast of the country, the first stone of the lighthouse was laid by Ms Hugh Crawford, wife of the then port officer Hugh Crawford, on April 26, 1860, during the reign of Travancore ruler Marthanda Varma, and was completed during the reign of his successor Rama Varma.

Mr Prasad, who joined Directorate of Lighthouses and Lightships (L&L) as an assistant light keeper in 1980, has conducted researches on other lighthouses in the state. “It is special for me as the lighthouse is going to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Nobody had tried to discover the history of the century-old light house earlier,” he told DC.

“The responsibility to conduct research on the lighthouse came to me following the instruction of L&L director Mr T. Ramdas, who was impressed by the earlier studies on lighthouses conducted by me.

Mr Prasad has earlier published two books, and the third book on Alappuzha light house is likely to be released on March 28, the 150th birthday of the light house. The book mainly focuses on the history and evolution of centurion lighthouse.
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The Department of Coir Development, Government of Kerala is organising the World's largest expo on Kerala Coir and Natural Fibre products - Coir Kerala 2012, from February 04 - 07, 2012 at Alappuzha. This is the second edition of the annual Coir Kerala Fair. The four day event aims at exploring and expanding the international market for coir products from Kerala and to encourage use of latest machinery and technology in the coir production sector. This will emerge as the biggest, most influential and comprehensive event on Coir and Natural Fibre products. This mega event will provide ample opportunities for domestic manufacturers and overseas buyers to meet and interact on business, trading, joint ventures, strengthening of existing markets, establishing new markets, transfer of technology and technical know-how and widening of contact base.

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Coir Kerala 2012 will be an International Event on Coir that will provide a platform to comprehensively evaluate the current global market trends, innovation in application of coir, opportunities and challenges, Research and Development in the field, the future of the natural fibre industry - particularly the coir industry - through National, International Seminars and in-depth Panel Discussions featuring eminent personalities, Industry Experts, Entrepreneurs, Policy makers, Researchers, Academicians and Thinkers representing various spheres of the global natural fibre community, from Countries across the world.

The Coir Kerala 2012 expects participation from leading Companies and Exhibitors and delegates from over 40 Countries, and is poised to emerge as the biggest, most influential and comprehensive event on coir and natural fibre products.
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