08HR01A.qxd 10/7/2013 6:31 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 34 25 MENACE 3 Drug addiction cause of spurt in crime, say residents HARVESTING SEASON 4 Paddy arrival gains momentum The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Tuesday, October 8, 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Gorakhpur nuke plant to have pressurised heavy water reactors SUSHIL MANAV “ Some of the developed countries like France are TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE meeting 75 per cent of their total electricity needs from nuclear energy, while in India, only 3 per cent of the total electricity is produced in atomic reactors. FATEHABAD, OCTOBER 7 “ The upcoming nuclear power project at Gorakhpur in Fatehabad will have pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR) that have been developed indigenously by Indian nuclear scientists and like all other reactors, it will be completely safe with multiple barriers in the transmission path of radioactive fission products from fuel to environment. This was stated by the scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to dispel misgivings about the safety of the project at a public awareness programme “DAE Technologies for Rural India” organised by the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP), Bahadurgarh, at Manohar Memorial Postgraduate College here recently. — Dr SK Malhotra, Head, Public Awareness Division, BARC Fatehabad Deputy Commissioner Dr Saket Kumar, who inaugurated the awareness programme and an exhibition organised on this occasion, said nuclear energy was the only answer to India’s growing need of electricity in future. Dr SP Kale, a Padamshree awardee and Head, Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division in the BARC, said had atomic bombs not been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities of Japan during the World War II, people across the world would have an entirely different perception about the nuclear energy. “Technology is never bad, it is its use that makes a technology good or bad,” said Kale, adding that the same knife that cuts fruits and vegetables could kill a human being too. Dr AK Sharma, Head, Food Technology Division, BARC, demonstrated how nuclear radiations, which some people perceived to be dangerous, were being used to preserve packed food items and to prolong their shelf life. Dr SK Malhotra, Head, Public Awareness Division in BARC, said India had set a target of producing 63,500 MW of nuclear electricity by 2032, while presently the country’s total production of atomic power was 4,780 MW. He said some of the developed countries like France were meeting 75 per cent of their total electricity needs from nuclear energy, while in India, only 3 per cent of the total electricity was produced in atomic reactors. Emphasising the need to produce more electricity for better development, Malhotra said in India, the availability of electricity per person per year was 700 to 800 units, while in the developed countries it was 3,000 units per person per year. Terming atomic energy as much cheaper than the electricity produced on thermal or other plants, Malhotra said the cost of production in the Tarapur Atomic Power Station was Rs 1 per unit, while in Rawatbhata and Narora, it was Rs 3 and Rs 1.90 per unit, respec- Few effigy makers turn up for Dasehra Artists busy preparing Ravana’s effigy in Ambala City. A Tribune photograph SUMAN BHATNAGAR AMBALA, OCTOBER 7 Following the communal tension in some of the areas of Uttar Pradesh recently, few effigy makers have turned up for Dasehra festival. Most of the effigy makers are from the Muslim community. Owing to the shortage of effigy makers, the organisers of the festival have been forced to seek help of local artists. Most of the effigies on Dasehra in various parts of the state are prepared by the muslim artists who come from Saharanpur, Merut, Muzaffarnagar and Ghaziabad every year. This year only one team of effigy makers from Saharnpur has arrived in the district. The team is making effigies at Ambala City, Ambala Cantt, Naraingarh and two other towns of Ambala. The contractor of the team, Deen Mohammad, said he had been visiting Ambala for making effigies for the past two decades. This year, due to the tension in some of areas of UP, a few teams have arrived for the festival. He says the Muslim artists generally make around 200 effigies of Ravana in various parts of the state. He says the effigies are made on the traditional pattern with the help of bamboos, papers and firecrackers. Notably, the tallest effigy of Ravana that found place in the Guinness Book of World Records was prepared in Barara, close to Ambala, by the artists from Uttar Pradesh. According to a effigy maker, the expenditure on preparing three effigies is around Rs 50,000, out of which they earn around Rs 10 to 15 thousand . A team of four to five persons takes a fortnight for to prepare the effigies. tively. LR Jangra, Head, Coordination Division, GCNEP, also spoke on the occasion. Showing a model of a nuclear reactor identical to one being set up at Gorakhpur, the scientists said the mechanical arrangement of the PHWR, which places most of the moderator at lower temperatures, was more efficient than the traditional reactors and safer too. The scientists said so far, Haryana had been contributing indirectly in the field of nuclear energy by giving some excellent scientists educated in its universities to the BARC and the DAE, but now, with the setting up of a nuclear power project at Gorakhpur and GCNEP at Bahadurgarh, the DAE has a physical presence in the state. A large number of students, teachers and local people attended the programme and saw the exhibition. Convention on equanimity TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE GURGAON, OCTOBER 7 The Satyug Darshan Trust organised a convention on the theme “Becoming Virtuous by Adopting Equanimity” here recently. Addressing the gathering, trust mentor Shri Sajanji underlined the point that all religions in the world have emanated from the religion of humanity. He said in view of the prevailing circumstances, adopting equanimity was the need of the hour in order to attain a peaceful world inside as well as outside ourselves. Shri Sajanji disclosed that the trust would soon start the world’s first “School of Equanimity and Even-sightedness” on its Faridabad campus. Cong, HJC aim to storm Chautalas’ citadel SUSHIL MANAV/TNS SIRSA, OCTOBER 7 With the 2014 parliamentary elections approaching near, political activities have suddenly witnessed a spurt in Sirsa. Sirsa is the home district of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his Indian National Lok Dal enjoys a considerable following in the district. However, in an effort to make a dent in the Chautala’s citadel, the Congress as well as the Haryana Janhit Congress - Bhartiya Janata Party alliance have suddenly increased their political activities. The ruling party is in the forefront of launching a slew 2014 PARLIAMENTARY POLL of political activities in the district. The Congress is going to hold a rally to be addressed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others at Chopta in Sirsa on October 19. Chopta is part of the Ellenabad assembly segment represented by senior INLD leader Abhey Singh Chautala and the rally is being organised by Bharat Singh Beniwal who contested the last elections against him. In December, Hooda will address a rally at Dabwali, the Assembly segment represented by Ajay Singh Chautala and CM’s OSD (Media) KV Singh, who contested the last Assembly elections from Dabwali. “I will seek the exact date from the Chief Minister after the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) allots tenders for the work on railway over bridge (RoB) on the Sirsa - Abohar road so that the work on the project starts immediately after Hooda lays the foundation stone,” KV Singh said. He added that the previous government had laid the foundation stone thrice without caring for the project. Besides, Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda will lay the foundation stone of a 33- Kv power substation at Chautala village and address a meeting there on October 12 and on October 16. Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav will also lay the foundation stone of a power substation at Chormar village. Earlier, former minister Ranjit Singh had organised a mammoth rally at Kharia in the Rania assembly segment of Sirsa on September 29. On October 2, veteran Congress leader and an HPCC delegate Hoshiari Lal Sharma led a padyatra from Congress office in Sirsa to Phoolka village. Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar had also flagged off a rally in which hundreds of Congress workers from Sirsa participated. c m y b HOME-BOUND: A woman shephard with her flock of sheep in a Karnal village. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar Karnal Model Jail to start tele-booking TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE KARNAL, OCTOBER 7 The Karnal Model Jail has achieved another milestone and has become the first jail in Haryana to take a unique initiative to start tele-booking for interviews of the inmates with their family and relatives. Under the new system, the visitors could register themselves for a telephonic interview by giving the details of their identity card and other relevant information. After receiving the information, they would be given a registration number which would give them an access to the interview room on priority. Two special numbers have been installed in the administration block and the visitors can call on these num- UNIQUE INITIATIVE bers for registration of their visit from 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm. Sher Singh, superintendent, district jail, Karnal, said the tele-booking of visits in advance would save a lot of time of the visitors, reduce the long queues and also bring more transparency in the system. Sher Singh attended the 33rd Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators in New Delhi recently. He said for the first time in the history of Haryana jails, a display and sale counter of the crafts and articles manufactured by the jail inmates was set up during the conference and Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Home Minister, was very happy to see the craft of inmates, especially the articles made from waste newspapers. Yash Pal Singhal, DG, prisons, Haryana, headed the delegation of the state. Sher Singh also exchanged views about various correctional measures which were being implemented in various states of India as well as other Asian Pacific Countries during the conference. All the new ideas would be implemented in the district jail, Karnal, in the near future.
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