Thursday, April 12, 2012
INDIAN COAST GUARD STATION ANDROTH COMMISSIONED
Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands, Androth 12 April 2012
Indian Coast Guard Station Androth, the third Coast Guard Station in the Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands, was commissioned here today by VAdm KN Sushil, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, in the presence of VAdm MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM, Director General, Indian Coast Guard. IG SPS Basra, YSM, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (West) and senior officials from the Central and UT Administration witnessed the Commissioning Ceremony.
The Station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security in the island territories. The Station would be instrumental in monitoring sea-lanes of communication passing close to the islands, undertake surveillance in the Indian EEZ, as also prevent maritime crimes such as piracy and poaching of maritime resources.
The Coast Guard already operates two stations in the strategically important islands at Kavaratti and Minicoy. A District Headquarter was also commissioned at Kavaratti in Dec 10 by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Shri AK Antony, as part of a comprehensive security review undertaken post 26/11. This has enabled day-to-day functioning of the Coast Guard to be directed and effectively monitored from the island territories itself, rather than the Coast Guard District Headquarter-4 located at Kochi as was the case previously. Additionally, the Coast Guard is also in the process of setting up a chain of static sensors with Automatic Identification System along the entire coastline of the country to enable effective monitoring of shipping and fishing traffic. A Coast Guard Air Station at Minicoy is also on the anvil.
In his address during the Commissioning Ceremony, VAdm Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command dwelt upon the need for continuing coordination and synergy between various stakeholders involved in maritime and coastal security to overcome existing challenges. VAdm Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard highlighted that several far-reaching initiatives had been taken by the Coast Guard to augment force levels as also manpower to meet existing and future maritime challenges. Setting up of Stations at strategically important locations, such as this, would provide requisite fillip to coastal security efforts, he stated.
The Station will function under the administrative and operational control of Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) through the Commander, Coast Guard District HQ-12 (L&M) located at Kavaratti. Comdt P Shyam Kumar is the Commanding Officer of the Station, which has a complement of 47 Coast Guard personnel.
Logitech Adds 'Touch' to its Wireless Portfolio
Strengthens existing wireless range by adding an array of new products,
Offering more options to meet customer requirements
NEW DELHI, India — 12 April 2012 — Logitech, the global provider of personal peripherals for computers and other digital platforms, today unveiled their latest products in the wireless product category in India. The latest addition to the family — Logitech Touch Mouse M600 — is a wireless mouse featuring a touch surface that lets you navigate intuitively with your fingers.
All products are designed to deliver uncompromising performance in beautiful packages for everyone. The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 lets you scroll, swipe and surf wherever your fingertips rest on the mouse. Its modern design, smooth edges and comfortable curves makes this touch mouse feel comfortable in your hand and also adds to your style quotient.
Commenting on the new development, Mr. Subrotah Biswas, Country Manager of Logitech India and South West Asia, said, “People are becoming more accustomed to touch devices using fingertip gestures to navigate on their smartphones and tablets. Today, one wants the device to react to a touch of a fingertip.” He added, “Logitech is a customer centric organization which strives to provide enhanced technology experience to consumers and to give them the joy of being immersed in the digital world.”
As an emerging market, India offers great opportunities to Logitech in the wireless space. A recent survey conducted in India shows that 50% of consumers want a de-cluttered and “freedom from wire” life. More than 40% of the respondents were looking for convenience, ease of use and comfort when they choose their devices. Also, the study revealed that 90% of consumers perceive wireless to be more trendy and fashionable than wired devices. Around 53% users believe that they have much tidier work stations than wired users (33%). To address the consumers’ demands and requirements, Logitech has launched an array of new wireless products ranging from mice, keyboards, combos and headsets.
“The recent wireless survey has revealed that India has a huge opportunity for the wireless technology adoption as only 10% of the consumers have embraced this technology as of today; but on the contrary, there’s a high awareness of wireless mice (98%) and keyboard (88%),” said Mr. Biswas.
The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 is expected to be available in India from April 2012, for a suggested retail price of INR 3,999/-. Other products that are showcased under the wireless umbrella are mentioned below. These products are the latest additions to the wide portfolio of wireless products by Logitech and are ideal for audience across segments.
Wireless Product Range
Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
Cordless Number Pad N305
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270
Wireless Keyboard K230
Wireless Desktop MK710
Wireless Combo MK520
Wireless Desktop MK320 - USB
Wireless Combo MK260
Wireless Combo MK220
Performance Mouse M950 - USB
Anywhere Mouse M905 - USB
Touch Mouse M600
Bluetooth® Mouse M555b - USB - Black
Wireless Mouse M515
Wireless Mouse M525 - Black China
Wireless Mouse M525 - Blue
Wireless Mouse M525 – Red
V470 Cordless Notebook Mouse Bluetooth
Wireless Mouse M310 – USB
Wireless Mouse M325
Wireless Mouse M235
Wireless Mouse M185
Wireless Mini Mouse M187
Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).
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Residents, Environmentalists and Workers Demand Scrapping of Chinese Waste to Energy Incinerator
Construction of Incinerators in Okhla, Ghazipur and Narela-Bawana in Contempt of Supreme Court
CPCB Report Condemns Jindal Ecopolis, Reveals Disaster Management Plan Missing
April 12, 2012, New Delhi: Ongoing construction of waste incineration based power plants is an irresponsible way of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi government and central government to mask today's waste problems and pass the toxic burden they release on to future generations.
Environmental, resident and labour groups demand that all governments to start eliminating all Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). This means stopping all existing POPs sources, including dioxins. To achieve this, all existing incinerators must be closed, any plans for new incinerators must be scrapped and investment made into other, safer methods of waste disposal.
The 31 page report of the Union Environment Ministry constituted Technical Experts Evaluation Committee of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on the Timarpur-Okhla Waste to Energy Incinerator Plant was communicated on March 22, 2012. The which is owned by Timarpur-Okhla Waste to Energy Incinerator Plant by Prithivraj Jindal’s JITF Urban Infrastructure Limited (Jindal Ecopolis) has violated every rule in the rule book including environmental clearance conditions. It revealed to the Experts Committee in September 2011 that it is using untested and unapproved Chinese incinerator technology in complete violation all laws and environmental clearance of 2007 including its own project design document and environment impact assessment report. The CPCB report, its critique and a Letter to the Prime Minister is attached.
During MCD elections underway, it has come to light that both Bhartiya Janta Party led MCD and Indian National Congress led Delhi government are colluding for the construction of three Dioxins emitting municipal waste incinerator based power plants for 66.9 MW power in Delhi unmindful of disastrous public health consequences disregarding bitter opposition from the residents of Okhla, Ghazipur and Narela-Bawana. In manifest contempt of Supreme Court’s order, Central government’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is providing Rs 1.5 crore/MW subsidy under its waste to energy policy.
MCD, Delhi government and central government has shown unpardonable callousness towards hazardous emissions from municipal incinerators that cause serious environmental and health problems both to people living near them and thousands of kilometres from the source. These projects are destroying the livelihood of about 3.5 lakh waste recycling workers and valuable resource material for compost that is required to be treated by composting/anaerobic digestion/vermin composting/other biological processing for stabilization as per Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules.
A 14 page critique of the CPCB’s report was released at the Press Conference. The weakest point about the report is that it has done the technical evaluation of the plant after it has become functional. It should have been done prior to granting of permission for construction of waste incinerator based power plant. Representatives of GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) led by Dr. Juergen Porst, Senior Advisor stressed the need for a Disaster Management Plan in the very first meeting of the CPCB’s Technical Expert Committee. This does not find mention in the recommendations of the report. This finds reference in the minutes of the meeting annexed with the report. It underlines the possibility of disaster from the Timarpur-Okhla Waste to Energy Incinerator Plant, which is situated in a residential area. It is noteworthy that a hazardous plant in Bhopal’s residential area that led to world worst industrial disaster in 1984 also did not have any disaster management plan.
In the report, Dr A B Akolkar, Director, CPCB emphasized that as per Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules ‘biodegrdable waste’ is to be treated using biological method rather than deriving RDF or by incineration as is being done by Jindal Ecopolis. This clearly demonstrates that the Timarpur-Okhla Waste to Energy Incinerator Plant violates the Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules framed under Environment Protection Act, 1986.
The Review of Technical Evaluation by Anant Trivedi, Member, Technical Evaluation Committee, CPCB reads: "The Okhla plant has a capacity of 2050 tpd of domestic waste input. However the plant design allows upto 10,000 tpd of input for incineration. Toxic bottom ash quantity produced will be 20-30% of input. This amounts to at least 410 tpd rising to a maximum of 3,000 tpd. Additionally there will be toxic flyash of about 10% of the bottom ash.None of the landfill sites have the capacity to take in so much toxic waste and mulba has been dumped every where including all public spaces." He asks, "so what is proposed to safeguard public health from this toxic substance?
The report apprehended that the information that is submitted to the experts committee of CPCB might be used in the on-going case in the Delhi High Court. It makes a shocking revelation that although High Court has been hearing the case since 2009, the project proponent did not inform the court about gross deviations from the project design plan envisaged in the EIA report. As per the minutes of the second meeting of the technical experts committee, non-cooperative approach of the senior officials of Timarpur-Okhla Waste to Energy Incinerator Plant was condemned on August 11, 2011. Representatives of GTZ underlined that there was lack of transparency with regard to environmental and health impact on the neighborhood residents. It was also noted that the fugitive emissions and the expected emission of Dioxins and Furans has not been quantified. The characteristic of ash and required standards was not mentioned. Prof. T R Sreekrishnan, Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology stated that disposal option for incineration instead of bio-methanation proposed for green waste is in violation of what was mentioned in the EIA report.
CPCB report steers clear of the fact that fiscal incentives for projects of power generation from MSW through new technologies violates Supreme Court’s Order: The court has put a stay on subsidy for waste to energy projects except 5 pilot projects based on Biomethanation technology. It has come to light that none of Delhi’s three projects are based on biomethanation technology and are not the pilot projects approved by the court. The Timarpir-Okhla project is getting incentives from the government although the apex court has put a stay on subsidy. Although the court’s order applies to Delhi’s other waste to energy incinerator projects as well but plants in Narela-Bawana and Ghazipur are under rapid construction by Ramky Company and GMR Company for generating 36 MW from 4000 tons of MSW in two phases and 10 MW from 1300 tons of MSW respectively with impunity. The speakers at the Press Conference were Prof. SS Khanna, former Senior Advisor, Planning Commission, Dr Usha Ramanathan, Noted Jurist, Kavita Krishnan, Member, Central Committee, CPI(ML) Liberation & Editor, Liberation, Gopal Krishna, Convener, ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA), Shashi Bhushan Pandit, All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh (AIKMM), Dr Kehar Singh, Secretary, East Delhi, CPI and CBR Nair, General Secretary, Residents Welfare Association, Ghazipur.
For Details: Gopal Krishna, Convener, ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA), Mb: 9818089660, Email: email@example.com, Web: toxicswatch.blogspot.com, Shashi Bhushan Pandit, All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh (AIKMM), Mb: 9968413109, Asha Arora, Okhla Anti-incinerator Committee, http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/ghoslaokhla
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