Monday, March 14, 2011

Another blast in Nuclear Reactor feared

Tokyo: Japan on Sunday warned of another explosion at Fukushima plant as it battled hard to avert multiple meltdowns at two of its nuclear reactors damaged by the devastating tsunami triggered earthquake amid fears of the toll exceeding 10,000 in the ravaged northeastern coast.

As Japanese authorities scrambled to control overheating reactors and fresh radiation threats at the quake-hit Fukushima nuke reactor, the government warned of the risk of a second explosion.

The reactor faced serious troubles after its emergency cooling system failed, triggering a fresh radiation threat, a day after a blast rocked the site following country's biggest quake, the magnitude of which has been revised from 8.9 to 9 by the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

The Fukushima power plant’s operator said pressure was rising inside reactor No.3 after it lost its cooling system.The development came a day after a blast and leakage from the No. 1 reactor at Fukushima, 240 km north of the capital Tokyo. The explosion had blown off the roof and walls around the reactor.

“We cannot rule out the possibility of another explosion,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. But he dismissed concerns about it having any significant impact on human health.

He said the trouble with the No. 3 reactor there has not led to a “meltdown,” a critical situation where fuel rods have melted. A complete meltdown can lead to release of uranium and other radioactive materials in the environment and pose serious health risks.

Kyodo news agency said 1.80 lakh people were evacuated from a 20 kms radius from the nuke plant joining over 3.5 lakhs who have already moved out.

“We have no choice but to deal with the situation on the premise that it (the death toll) will undoubtedly be numbered in the ten thousands,” Naoto Takeuchi, head of the Miyagi prefectural police was quoted as saying by Kyodo news.

The official tally shows 983 confirmed deaths in Miyagi and other areas. Over 600 bodies have been found in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures on the Pacific coast. Miyagi includes the port of Minamisanriku, which was mostly swept away by gushing Tsunami waters.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, which runs the power station, notified Japan’s nuclear safety agency that the radiationlevel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had exceeded the legal limit.Hourly radiation at the site was measured at 882 micro sievert, in excess of the allowable level of 500, Kyodo reported.

The nuclear safety agency also said the Tokyo Electric Company acknowledged that the No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima plant had lost its cooling functions, while at least 22 people are known to have been exposed toradiation.

Meanwhile, ready to extend all possible help immediately to Japan, reeling under the devastation caused by the massive earthquake and Tsunami, India is sending its first plane load of blankets on Sunday. "India sending wool good quality blankets for the people of Sendai and others affected by Japan quake. 1st plane load being readied," foreign secretary Nirupama Rao tweeted.

"Discussed this with Jap (Japanese) Amb (Ambassador) in Delhi and we felt this was most useful and needed item given cold weather conditions in affected areas," she said. MEA officials also said that governments of Haryana and Punjab are also helping in procuring large quantities of woollen blankets as the weather is very cold there.
Rao is in constant touch with Indian embassy officials and also Japanese officials here regarding their requirements. "All possible help will be extended immediately," they said.

Japan was hit by one of the worst ever earthquakes, causing giant tsunami waves on Friday and according to some news-media estimates, the death toll ranged between 1,300 and 1,700, and could rise sharply.In the port town of Minamisanriku, nearly 10,000 people were unaccounted for, according to the public broadcaster. (PTI)


One among the leading exports items from India, leather and leather products such as shoes, leather garments, leather goods of various types play a key role.The beginners who aim at becoming liaison agents should constantly probe news on the subject and save them for future reference.

 The writer of "CAREER GUIDANCE" has an experience of 40 years in leather, and leather products.He has travelled extensively, and he has been in abroad. He shall deal with the subject right from its history of leather, and industry, and how it  developed in India, every thin step by step, and it will help the novice to prepare for his future career. Please realise all the qualification you require is a command in English.No degree is needed. A twelth standard pass or fail, all the more essential.Remember English is must.

Following is interesting news how a small town AMBUR in Tamil Nadu which has roughly a population of less than a lakh people steers the leather industry and Ambur is established trade contacts more than 50 countries around the world.

This is how the product manufacturers, and buyers meet and find opportunities to market the merchandise.

otwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) participated in the 'Exhibition of Footwear Components, Accessories & Finished Leather' at Ambur Trade Centre, Ambur from 24th & 25th July 2010 at Stall No. Serv. Hall No.l.

                         Mr.N.M.Sayeed and Padmashree Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed

The exhibition was inaugurated on 24th July 2010 at 11.00 AM by Mr. K. Allauddin, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Tamil Nadu on behalf of the Hon'ble Minister for Law Courts and Prisons, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. Durai Murugan in the presence of Thiru. C. Rajendran, IAS, District Collector, Vellore. The exhibition helped in identifying the huge opportunities existing in unexplored zones and establishing“The exhibition helped in identifying the huge opportunities existing in unexplored zones and establishing stronger ties with manufacturers in this region.” - Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairman, FDDI

The inauguration was a grand fanfare attracting most of the doyens of the footwear & leather industry that included, Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairman, FDDI & Chairman, Ambur Economic Development Organisation Limited, Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Secretary, FDDI, Mr. Habib Hussain, Chairman, Council for Leather Exports, Mr. P.V.Gopalakrishna, President, Indian Shoe Federation, Mr. B.D Bhaiya, President, Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association and other eminent personality of the trade.


The exhibition opened at the newly inaugurated Ambur Trade Centre where a total of 120 exhibitors, including footwear component manufacturers and leather industries, exhibited their products in 155 stalls.

The exhibition was supported by Ambur Economic Development Organization Limited (AEDOL), All India Skin and Hide Tanners Merchants Association (AISHTMA), Ambur Tanners Association (ATA), Council for Leather Exports (CLE), Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), Indian Finished Leather Mfrs. & Exporter The exhibition was supported by Ambur Economic Development Organization Limited (AEDOL), All India Skin and Hide Tanners Merchants Association (AISHTMA), Ambur Tanners Association (ATA), Council for Leather Exports (CLE), Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), Indian Finished Leather Mfrs. & Exporters Association (IFLMEA), Pernambut Tanners Association (PTA), Ranipet Tanners Association (RTA), South India Shoe Manufacturers Association (SISMA)and Vaniyambadi Tanners Association (VTA).

Leading experts offered informative seminars during the exhibition, which give participants a value-added opportunity to be enlightened on topics related to leather and leather products technology, quality control & inspection, and business solutions.


Heart saved through the wrist

Sun Mar 13 2011 12:54:34 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time) by IANS

London, Mar 13 (IANS) Paul Hope, who suffered a major heart attack in
mid-February, was administered life-saving angioplasty through an incision in his wrist.

Traditionally the procedure is performed through the femoral artery in the groin, but cardiologists are using the radial artery in the wrist.

Angioplasty involves clearing blocked arteries by inflating a tiny balloon inserted through a tube via a major blood vessel.

Consultant cardiologist Rod Stables of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, who performed Paul’s procedure, says: “This is the future of angioplasty,” the Daily Mail reports.
“It is safer and more comfortable with the chances of complications much reduced. The patient, in most routine cases, can also go home much sooner,” he adds.
Around 111,000 Britons have heart attacks each year. They tend to occur in those who suffer from coronary heart disease, which is caused by atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries.

This happens when clumps of cholesterol build up in the artery, reducing or cutting off blood supply to the heart.

Like all muscles, if the heart does not receive a steady flow of oxygen-rich blood the tissue cannot function and in some cases dies, resulting in a heart attack, the report adds.
Last year more than 80,000 British men and women had angioplasties, compared with around 30,000 ten years ago.

According to the report, Rod Stables now performs 95 percent of his angioplasties through the wrist, although nationally 48 percent are carried out this way


The following historical event is a valuable testimony that Muslims fought for India's freedom.Several such stories stand to witness that Muslims have been patriotic to India
in fighting  for India's freedom.This may not be an exaggeration that a minority community had catalyzed the entire India; those who boast feigning affinity India only unleashed  communal  disharmony which resulted the blood shed of innocents,nothing fault of Muslims.

This is an excerpt from 'THE TIMES OF LEAGUE' February 2011,,an official monthly from Indian Union Muslim League, under the caption,"Many faces of Communalism".


The Mopilla uprising was a valiant uprising by the Mopilla Muslims
of the Malabar region of kerala against the tyranny of the British in India.
For a moment, it  shook the very edifi ce of the British rule in India, as
the mighty British army had been jolted by the determined on slaught of
the Mopillas.  The army had to send a S.O.S. to call for the assistance of
the Naval force to repulse the attack.

The Mopilla uprising  in 1921 was  the  culmination of a series of revolts
by the Mopillas as a reaction  against the heavy  handed crackdown
of the khilafat Movement, by the British Authorities, in the Ernad and
Valluvanad Taluks of Malabar.

The Mopillas were swift in their initial attack and took control of police
stations,  British Govt. offi ce, judicial courts and Govt. treasuries.  It  was
alleged that Mopillas attacked some Hindus also whom  they said were
helping the police in suppressing their uprising.

In fact public orders were issued by the Mopilla leaders that no
harm should be done to the Hindus and those Mopillas who resorted to
looting would be given exemplary punishments.  The leaders of uprising
What Price Freedom!

The Heroic Mopilla uprising
proclaimed  the advent of Swaraj.

The most prominent  leaders of the uprising were Variankunnath
Kunjahammed Haji, Sithi koya Thangal, and Ali Musliyar
For six months from Aug 1921, the uprising extended over 2000
square miles  2/5th of the area in  South Malabar region of Malabar
District under the Madras Presidency.  An estimated 10000 people lost
their lives, another 2000 were  deported to Andaman island prison and
around  10,000 went  missing.

Some of the most notable encounter was at Pookkotur in which British
troops sustained heavy casualties and had to withdraw for safety.
One of the most notable events during the suppression was later
known as the “Wagon Tragedy” wherein 70 of 90 Mopilla prisoners
were suffocated to death in a closed railway goods wagon.  The wagon
Tragedy the historian Sumit Sarkar reffered to it as the “ Black hole of

In its magnitude and extent it was an unprecedented popular upheaval
the like of which was not been seen in kerala before or since.  While  the
Mopillas were in the vanguard of the movement and they bore the brunt
of the  struggle,  several non –Mopilla leaders were in active sympathy
with the cause of the Mopilla fi ghters, giving the uprising the character
of a national  upheaval.  In 1971, the Govt. of Kerala  recognized the
active participants  of the event  as freedom fi ghters.

Janta Party to contest in 10 to 15 TN seats

Updated Mar 12, 2011 at 05:30pm IST

Press Trust Of India                                             

Madurai: The Janata Party will have seat adjustments with the BJP and contest in 10 to 15 seats for the April 13 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, party President Subramanian Swamy said on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters here, Swamy said the party had sought the Election Commission's permission to contest on the BJP symbol.
If there was a problem in securing it, then it may seek the EC nod to contest on its own symbol, which has been frozen due to a dispute between the EC and the party, he said.

Swamy said there would be a hung assembly after the polls as people were "fed up" with the "high levels" of corruption by successive DMK and AIADMK alliances.
"Even if five Janata party MLAs are elected I can assure a corruption free next government," he claimed.

On investigation into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Swamy said it was going on as per schedule and CBI was expected to file a charge sheet before March 31. "More people at higher levels will get exposed as investigation moves ahead," he said.
He demanded the resignation of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for Enforcement Directorate's "shoddy" investigation in the Hasan Ali case, which enabled him get bail.

"It is their duty to submit enough documents and establish the offence. It is obvious they did not do so for some strange reason," Swamy said.
The party's poll plank would be corruption, inflation and lawlessness and they would also offer solutions, he said.

Left Front announces list of candidates for Bengal polls

Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:33:49 PM by ANI

Kolkata, Mar 13 (ANI): West Bengal’s ruling Left Front on Sunday announced the list of candidates for the upcoming assembly polls.

The Left Front has announced candidates for 292 seats, which has 149 new faces in them.
According to reports, eight ministers have been dropped from the list of contestants for the West Bengal Assembly polls. The list was announced after a high-level meeting of the top brass of the Left Front earlier today.

West Bengal faces state polls along with Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

The state will have elections in six phases. The first phase of voting will take place on April 18, second phase on April 23, third phase on April 27, fourth phase on May 3, fifth phase on May 7 and sixth phase on May 10. (ANI)