September 2011

India to be main centre for tsunami warning globally

India to be main centre for tsunami warning globally

India is rising as an international power with the country’ scientists taking over the responsibility of issuing advance warning on tsunami to all countries falling in the Indian Ocean rim.

The Regional Tsunami Warning Centre (RTWC) at Hyderabad, set up by scientists of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) will hereafter function as the main centre for tsunami warning for all countries in the Indian Ocean community.

Ripples from Japan help create wave of protest in Tamil Nadu

Ripples from Japan help create wave of protest in Tamil Nadu

Koodankulam There are two words of Japanese origin that the common man in this coastal region has learnt in recent years. And he is scared of both. The first was over half a decade ago, when a mammoth wave crashed on his coast and killed several of his kin. It was called a tsunami, he was told. The second was Fukushima, the name of the Japanese province that witnessed a nuclear disaster in March, a tragedy that unfolded in front of his eyes through news reports and left him terrified about the possibility of a repeat in his backyard.


For over 20 years, activists against nuclear power had been struggling to organise the local public against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) proposed here, as none listened or understood the dangers said to be involved. The villagers instead looked at the Indo-Russian project as a boon in terms of new jobs. The news about Fukushima changed that perception.


Now, months ahead of the plant’s scheduled December commissioning, hundreds of villagers of Koodankulam and Idinthakarai have come together in an agitation demanding its scrapping. Of them, 127 including women and children; the aged, the ailing and the disabled; students and activists; nuns and Christian priests and Sangh Parivar cadres have been on hunger strike at the St Lourdes Mary Church since last week, refusing to accept assurances by plant officials, district authorities and the government. And the protests are gradually spreading to neighbouring areas.


Adyar river clean-up part 2 set to roll out

CHENNAI: The de-silting and strengthening of embankments of the Adyar river are set to be taken up in about 300 acres as part of the second phase of the restoration project. Mangrove plantations will also come up along the river to the Thiru-Vi-Ka bridge in Adyar. A consultant is to be appointed shortly.

The Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited (TNUIFSL), the implementing agency, has sought permission from the public works department for access to the estuary. It will also seek coastal regulation zone clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forests. "This marks the closure of the phase-I of the project that saw the creation of the Tholkkapia Poonga (Adyar Poonga)," said a senior government official.