April 2012

Tsunami atlas to help combat disasters

 KOLKATA: The killer Tsunami or undersea megathrust earthquake that jolted India and several South Asian countries on December 26, 2004, can bare its fangs any moment again, say experts at IIT Kharagpur. According to studies, the earliest records of the lethal natural phenomenon date back to the time of Alexander the Great. To cite a more recent instance, a Tsunami had its epicentre in the Arabian Sea in 1945.

Though for the world, Tsunami happened on December 26, 2004, according to experts at IIT Kharagpur, this was not the first time that the lethal natural phenomenon happened. Also, the deadly occurrence can happen again, at any moment. According to studies that these experts are now dealing with, the earliest records of Tsunami can perhaps be found during the time of Alexander the Great and again, more recently, in 1945 when it had happened at the Arabian Sea.

School to be closed down, students left in the lurch


In a month from now, a school functioning here will cease to exist, leaving a question mark over the future of more than 250 students.

Coconut farmers to get more compensation

 Conceding the demand of cyclone-affected coconut farmers in Cuddalore district, the State government has decided to give a way Rs. 500 as compensation for cutting and removing every uprooted and damaged tree, according to K. Veera Raghava Rao, Additional Collector and Project Officer (Thane), Project Management Unit.

Mr. Rao told The Hindu that this was besides the relief amount already disbursed to coconut growers at the rate of Rs. 9,000 per hectare. As regards Cuddalore district, coconut groves on 1,049 ha were destroyed by the cyclone, affecting the livelihood of 2,260 land-holding farmers and several thousands of labourers.

Draft environment policy to get ready in a month

 First time in the State that such a policy is being drawn up

A draft environment policy for the State will be ready in a month and will be submitted to the State government.

A decision in this regard was taken at a workshop on the formulation of State Environment Policy, organised jointly by the Environment and Forest Departments.

T.S. Srinivasamurthy, Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Extension), said that deliberations of the workshop would be made available to the public on the State Environment Department's website. Members of public could send their comments through e-mail to or through letters to the Environment department.

Relief for boats damaged in Thane


As per orders by the government, an expenditure sanction of Rs 11.72 crore has been issued for compensation to 716 beneficiaries for damage to their to their registered mechanised boats, FRP motorised and non-motorised craft and one totally damaged FRP motorised craft.� �

According to the government orders, the relief will be made by the government on January 19, but certain work will have to be undertaken in addition to asset creation by way of modernisation.

Upgradation of fishing fleet will have to be undertaken by beneficiaries prior to launching and subsequent release of stage payment.

The Puducherry government accorded an expenditure sanction of Rs 1.92 crore for extension of relief to 96 totally damaged FRP motorised crafts.


Meet on fishing habitations for self help groups

 A meet on fishing habitations was organised for women's self help groups by Development Promotion Group (DPG) along with Rose Malar Koottamaippu in Velankanni recently.

The occasion witnessed women community leaders sharing their experiences on socio-economic empowerment with institutional support from government, commercial banks, NABARD, women's development corporation, and Development Promotion Group (DPG), a release from the organisation, functioning in select villages of the district, said.

Geetha, legal counsellor, spoke on the slew of legal remedies available for women faced with various forms of exploitation.

She also offered her free legal services to SHG members.