Water plant at Thanjavur GH

It will supply 5,000 litres per hour

THANJAVUR: Patients undergoing treatment at the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital and the large number of visitors will henceforth get hundred per cent pure drinking water. A purified drinking water project which functions on reverse osmosis was dedicated to the hospital on Wednesday.

The project has been implemented by the Rotary Club of Thanjavur Kings with a matching grant from Rotary International. The efforts of the Rotary Club for the past five years, has borne fruit now.

G. Ambujam, Medical superintendent of the hospital and N. Govindaraj, district governor of Rotary International district 2980, dedicated the project.

The project purifies bore water from the overhead tank of the hospital using three filters and reverse osmosis membranes. After separating waste water, it supplies pure drinking water of 5,000 litres per hour to the hospital which requires nearly 20,000 to 25,000 litres of water every day. Sixteen outlets will supply water to the wards in the hospital.

According to C. Gunasekaran, Rotary assistant governor, in this matching grant project, Rotary club of Thanjavur Kings, the host club, donated Rs. 1.12 lakh (2,500 US dollars). Co-sponsor club, the Rotary club of Victoria gave an equal grant of 2500 US dollars.

Rotary International has given a grant of 5,000 dollars. In total 10,000 dollars- Rs. 4.5 lakh was spent on the project.

M.S.Asif Ali, assistant Rotary governor, said that it was a dream project taken up by the Rotary club of Thanjavur Kings. He appealed to the hospital authorities to maintain the plant properly. The hospital caters to the needs of patients from nearly eight districts.

AM. Sokkalingam, President of Rotary club of Thanjavur Kings, D. Kannan, Project chairman, participated in the function.

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Cane growers’ plea on open market sale

ERODE: The State Government should allow the sugarcane growers to sell their produce in the open market without obtaining a no-objection certificate from the respective sugar mills, farmers said.

Participating in their grievances redressal day meeting held here recently, the farmers pointed out that the government was implementing a rule, which mandates the sugarcane growers to get no-objection certificate from the respective sugar mills before selling their produce to the manufacturers of jaggery and sale of other products in the open market.

Refusal

A majority of the sugar mills were refusing to provide no-objection certificate to the growers.

The government should scrap the rule immediately and allow the growers to sell their produce in the open market, farmers said.

A few farmers also complained that they were facing difficulties in obtaining crop loans from the banks.

They wanted the district administration to instruct the banks to extend crop loans to all the eligible farmers without unnecessary delays.

Collector R. Sudalaikannan, in his reply, assured that the administration would initiate efforts to redress the grievances of farmers quickly.

He also appealed to the farmers to co-operate with the district administration for the establishment of an integrated marketing complex for turmeric.

From THE HINDU

India: English radio lessons: Exit UNICEF, enter govt

After the UNICEF decided to discontinue the implementation of “Interactive Learning Through Radio” programme in Uttar Pradesh from next academic year, the state government has decided to implement the unique scheme on its own.

“This is one scheme that we intend to carry forward, and are working out the modalities to ensure its implementation from the next academic session,” said Anup Chandra Pandey, State Project Director (SPD), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Principal Secretary, Basic Education.

At present, three organisations have been shortlisted for the implementation of the scheme. They have prepared the model radio lessons, which are currently being assessed to be a part of the curriculum. These are Centre for Learning Resources, a Pune-based NGO which has formulated the ongoing English radio lessons, Bangalore-based Education Development Centre (EDC), which is funded by USAID, and English Language Teaching Institute (ELTI), a part of state primary education department.

The government plans to put emphasis on grammar and writing skills of English as well as on spoken English. “We will also include poems, stories, words and sentence formation. These things were not given much emphasis in the earlier English radio lessons, as the main focus was on spoken English. So, we have asked the NGOs and ELTI to prepare model lessons that will address these aspects as well,” said a senior UNICEF official. “Now, we are in the process of examining their model lessons after which we will decide on the organisation,” the official added.

The programme was introduced in over 1,200 primary and 500 upper primary schools in Lucknow on a pilot basis in the last academic session. It was later extended to Hardoi, Lakhimpur Kheri, Rae Bareli, Sitapur and Unnao districts as well in which the lessons are imparted for students of Classes IV, V, VI and VII.

From Indian Express

Vellore: Report on Cauvery water scheme sent to government

Financial estimates, allocation of funds remain: Durai Murugan

“Tirupattur, Vaniyambadi and Ambur, Katpadi area, Vellore Corporation to benefit”

“Second bridge across the Palar in Vellore likely to open before New Year”

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board has completed a study and sent to the State government a project report on the scheme on bringing water from the Cauvery to Vellore district, Law Minister Durai Murugan has said.

He was participating in a function got up by the Vellore Corporation to distribute colour television sets to beneficiaries on Fort Round Road here on Monday.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that by last week, the TWAD Board finalised the list of wayside village and town panchayats and municipalities that would be beneficiaries of the Cauvery water scheme in Vellore district. The municipalities of Tirupattur, Vaniyambadi and Ambur, the Katpadi area and the Vellore Corporation would be getting water as per the report. What remain are the preparation of financial estimates and allocation of funds by the government for the implementation of the project.

Mr. Durai Murugan said he would be requesting Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to announce the date by which people of the respective local bodies would be getting water under the scheme, in the Governor’s address to the Assembly next year.

The second bridge under construction across the Palar in Vellore is nearing completion, and is likely to be inaugurated before the New Year.

The government and the Vellore Corporation are taking steps to improve basic facilities for the increasing number of tourists visiting the golden temple in Sripuram near Vellore.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that the government has so far distributed 4,57,796 colour TV sets to beneficiaries in Vellore district at a cost of Rs.102.31 crore.

A total of 6,028 colour TV sets were distributed to beneficiaries in the Vellore Corporation area on Monday.

He requested the government to discuss with Vellore MLA C. Gnanasekharan the backlog in the distribution of TV sets and ensure that TV sets were distributed to all those who were eligible.

C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore, presided. P. Karthikeyan, Mayor of Vellore, welcomed the gathering.

Mr. Gnanasekaran, Sheela Rajan, chairperson of Vellore District Panchayat, and T.A. Mohammed Sadiq, Deputy Mayor of Vellore, spoke.

From THE HINDU

Pudukottai: Supply protected drinking water

CPI(M) plea to district administration

PUDUKOTTAI: The Pudukottai district committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) urged the State Government and the district administration to take immediate steps to provide protected drinking water to Killalur village in Kundandarkovil block in Pudukottai where five persons had reportedly due to kidney problem in the last two years.

The district committee of the CPM which met here on Monday under the chairman of district executive committee member M. Udayappan had stated that the drinking water in Killalur village had more calcium content and this had caused kidney ailments to many people.

Establish PHC at Kullukottai

According to M. Chinnadurai, Pudukottai district secretary of the CPM, the meeting had also passed a resolution requesting the State Government and the Collector to take steps for establishing a primary health centre at Kullukottai village in the district so that the people in the villages would be benefited.

Another resolution requested the Government to appoint more doctors and para medical staff in the Government hospitals.

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Blame on UNICEF

INDIAN Govt crosses sword with Unicef over serving packaged food

In pictures: Feeding the world

In pictures: Feeding the world

The debate over hot-cooked meals versus nutrient enriched supplements has reached a new level with the ministry for woman and child development(WCD) saying that the government may need to re-examine whether international bodies like the Unicef should be allowed to operate in India if they do not abide by its guidelines.

The escalation comes as a result of Unicef going ahead distributing packaged imported food last year for severely malnourished children in several states. This despite the fact that the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Advisory Council, the Planning Commission, SC, nutrition experts and even the President in her recent speech have all strongly advocated locally prepared hot cooked meals through anganwadis to fight malnutrition.

The government’s charge is that disregarding this policy, Unicef imported and distributed packaged food in an unauthorized manner without the knowledge of the government. Hence, the government has now asked Unicef to ship the imported commercially produced packaged food out of the country and to restore to the country programme, the $2.4 million spent on the supply.

According to the WCD ministry, Unicef has apologized for its unilateral decision and has offered to ship the emergency stock of imported nutrients to other countries. However, when contacted, Unicef justified its intervention with ready-to-use therapeutic food in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh saying it was a proven, life-saving intervention according to WHO’s globally recommended protocols and products.

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