Coal ministry turns down RINL request to swap coal blocks

The coal ministry had cancelled the allocation of two coking coal blocks having reserves of about 500 million tonnes in Jharkhand to RINL as the steel firm had difficulties in developing the blocks

New Delhi: The coal ministry has turned down the request of state-run Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) for swapping two of its coking coal blocks in Jharkhand with other reserves, reports PTI.

"As regards allocation of alternative coal block(s), there is no policy/guidelines for allocation of alternative coal block in lieu of surrendered coal block," the ministry said on its website.

RINL, whose two coking coal blocks in Jharkhand-Mahal allocated in 2005 and Tenughat-Jhirki allocated in 2008-were de-allocated by the coal ministry at the beginning of this month, had earlier requested permission to surrender these blocks in lieu of two alternative blocks in the region.

Instead, the coal ministry has asked the steel firm to apply afresh for coal blocks.

"RINL is at liberty to apply for blocks as and when applications for a fresh list of coal blocks (are invited)...

The request will be considered along with other applications, as received then, as per the... guidelines for allocation of coal blocks," the ministry said.

The coal ministry had cancelled the allocation of two coking coal blocks having reserves of about 500 million tonnes in Jharkhand to RINL as the steel firm had difficulties in developing the blocks.

As per the steel ministry, not only were the coal seams deep-seated and intermeshed with gaseous deposits, obstructions in the form of railway lines and nearby rivers also existed, the ministry had said.

The Mahal block has deposits of 258 million tonnes of coking coal, while the Tenughat-Jhirki block holds an estimated 215 million tonnes of coal.

It added that both blocks involved a high investment and production cost. Moreover, RINL has not met the milestones for developing the blocks.

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Major tsunami damage in northern Japan after 8.9 quake

Several deaths reported, more tsunamis expected; Tokyo stock market extends losses, Bank of Japan says it will do everything to ensure financial stability

TOKYO: A massive earthquake of 8.9 magnitude hit northeast Japan on Friday, unleashing a tsunami that swept away cars and threatened buildings along the coast near the epicentre. There were reports of injuries and fires and power was cut off in large parts of the capital city Tokyo, according to news reports.

Television pictures on the public broadcaster NHK showed cars, boats and even houses being carried away by the waters and a large ship swept away crashing into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture.



The quake struck at 2.46PM (11.16AM  India time) and was followed by powerful aftershocks that shook buildings violently.  The US Geological Survey office verified a magnitude of 7.9 at a depth of 24 km located 130 km east of Sendai, on the main island of Honshu, and later upgraded the strength to a magnitude of 8.9. The area is 380 km northeast of Tokyo.

NHK also showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted. Smoke also poured out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area.

Japan's meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the US state of Hawaii.

"The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," a Reuters report quoted its correspondent Linda Sieg as saying. "It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

The Tokyo stock market extended its losses after the quake was announced. The central bank said it would do everything to ensure financial stability.

Japan's northeast Pacific coast, called Sanriku, has suffered from quakes and tsunamis in the past and a 7.2 quake struck on Wednesday. In 1933, a magnitude 8.1 quake in the area killed more than 3,000 people. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20% of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

The Associated Press reports that 30 minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working. Japan's Coast Guard has set up a task force and officials are standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said. "I'm afraid we'll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong," he said.

Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands, Reuters news agency reports. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said reporter Mariko Katsumura. Hundreds of office workers and shoppers spilled into Hitotsugi street, a shopping street in Akasaka in downtown Tokyo.

Related video link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598

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sane yeshwant

6 years ago

My dear friends,

The context is Japanese Nuclear apocalyptic disaster World history records the German Japanese combine bringing the human society's to its doom. There is a deficit of human values.

At least, I did not come across any awareness in consciousness in all the pourings of the news in the papers and the channels.
I have carried a small exercise of comparison. It is Times of India issue dt. 14-3-2011. The comparison is between its editor and Janhavi Shandilya.
In my own opinion this is the difference between the materialist and spiritual perceptions.If we want to be divine enlightened Humans divinity of consciousness is desirable.
I would like to leave it to judge for your self.





(Yeshwant Sane)

15-3-2011





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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Editorial TOI 14-3-2011

Nature’s Terror

Amidst the devastation, Japanese response highlights the importance of preparedness

The images of devastation and suffering streaming out of Japan are a tragic echo of scenes we have seen far too often in the past decade. But without minimising the tragedy in any way, the damage in terms of human lives has been remarkably contained relative to what might have been, considering that at 8.9 on the Richter scale this was the worst earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, followed by a tsunami originating close to Japanese shores that was even more devastating.

For that, all credit must go to successive Japanese administrations and to civil society itself. Situated on the Ring of Fire – an arc of seismic activity around the Pacific Basin – Japan has been hit time and again by devastating earthquakes, from the one in Tokyo in 1923 to Kobe in 1995. But the Japanese have drawn their lessons from these. From the world’s most sophisticated earthquake early warning systems to an extensive tsunami warning sensor network; from building codes that keep such exigencies in mind to thorough disaster management plans at every administrative level. Nevertheless the scale of the tragedy is colossal, and the world must be unstinting in its support. New Delhi, too, must help in whatever capacity it can.

Which prompts questions about response and mitigation plans in India. The Indian subcontinent is prone to dangerous earthquakes with five having taken place in the past two decades. The latest surveys indicate that about 60% of the country is at some risk of experiencing an earthquake, and several major metropolitan centres including the national capital fall in high-risk zones. The World Health Organisation has rated India’s disaster preparedness fairly well, but there is a difference between adequate policies and effective implementation. For instance, very few institutions here offer any training in earthquake engineering or integrate it with civil engineering. Even existing regulations are more honoured in the breach than in the observance. Nor is disaster management integrated into developmental planning as it is elsewhere.

Development of better building codes, strict enforcement of existing ones, creation of disaster management plans and response bodies from the local level to the central, streamlining of the relevant administrative machinery with funding and jurisdiction clearly demarcated – these are all measures the government must take, and soon. Considering the possibility of a meltdown of nuclear reactors at Fukushima, a thorough safety audit must be conducted of Indian nuclear plants – to test whether they can withstand the severest possible earthquakes. Unless these measures are taken, the cost of India’s lack of preparedness may turn out to be devastating.















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THE SPEAKING TREE

Empathetic View Of Life

Jahnavi Shandilya



Running through “casualty” lists of those declared dead, injured or missing following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan the hardest, one finds the lack of information on corresponding damage to other life forms glaring.

As an ecologist put it, the pressure and force caused by tsunamis and earthquakes could destroy coral reefs, fish populations, mangroves and other aquatic life. So natural disasters could be devastating not just for people. Moreover, what happens to the biosphere ought to concern us – as human beings we are not divorced from the ecosystems in which we live. Interestingly, ecosystems survive pretty well without humans but no human can survive without an ecosystem to cater to his needs.

If all things in the universe are expressions of a universal consciousness, it would imply the need for empathetic perception – that is, to feel connected to other life forms, besides fellow humans. If you don’t have it in you naturally, then you can cultivate empathetic perception by “getting into the skin” of other life forms so that your world view is not exclusively anthropomorphic.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Jeremy Rifkin says there is a strong connect between the growth of communication systems and expansion of human consciousness and he makes the case for an emphathetic civilisation. We need to rethink human nature, he says, in what he calls the biosphere era. He votes for biosphere awareness, and urges us to say goodbye to geopolitics.

Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke and Adam Smith influenced the thinking that human beings’ essential nature is rational, detached, autonomous, acquisitive and utilitarian. For them, individual salvation lies in unlimited material progress. These notions were reflected in the construct of nation states designed to protect private property and stimulate market forces while taking care of the collective self interest of its citizens in the global arena. The aim? Material gain. Things are not too different today as political, administrative and geographical constructs are still designed to put the nation and citizenry above Self and consciousness.

Is this why we are unable to put in place a universal template for sustainable development that would include consciousness evolution? There is still hope, it seems, as growing scientific evidence shows that human beings are basically an empathetic species. This should help us realise our full potential as a species that is connected to all life.

The printed word helped organise the industrial revolution, created material prosperity and brought in ideological consciousness, says Rifkin. “Each more sophisticated communication revolution brings together more diverse people in more expansive and varied social networks… extending the range and depth of human social interaction.” Rifkin says e-communication provides an evermore inclusive playing field for empathy to mature and consciousness to expand.

With renewable energy prospects and communication converging, our empathetic sensibilities could extend more spontaneously and symbiotically to the entire biosphere. According to Rifkin, just as habitats function within ecosystems, and ecosystems within the biosphere in a web of interrelationships, governing institutions will function in a collaborative network of relationships across the globe (and perhaps beyond) as a whole. The synergy will ensure we are no longer anthropomorphic.

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1. the damage in terms of human lives has been remarkably contained relative to what might have been,

2. For that, all credit must go to successive Japanese administrations and to civil society itself.

3. New Delhi, too, must help in whatever capacity it can.

4. Development of better building codes, strict enforcement of existing ones

5. a thorough safety audit must be conducted of Indian nuclear plants

6. India’s lack of preparedness may turn out to be devastating.





THE SPEAKING TREE

Empathetic View Of Life

Jahnavi Shandilya

1 one finds the lack of information on corresponding damage to other life forms glaring.

2. Interestingly, ecosystems survive pretty well without humans but no human can survive without an ecosystem to cater to his needs.

3. the need for empathetic perception – that is, to feel connected to other life forms, besides fellow humans.

4. For them, individual salvation lies in unlimited material progress. These notions were reflected in the construct of NATION STATES designed to protect private property and stimulate market forces

5. you can cultivate empathetic perception by “getting into the skin” of other life forms so that your world view is not exclusively anthropomorphic.

6. sustainable development that would include consciousness evolution. The synergy will ensure we are no longer anthropomorphic

paresh

6 years ago

God may help them.

8.8 magnitude quake hits Japan; triggers tsunami

Epicentre 380 km north-east of Tokyo; buildings rocked, fires break out in Tokyo

Tokyo: Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake off its north-eastern coast today, shaking buildings in Tokyo for several minutes and setting off a tsunami, agencies reported.

Japan's meteorological agency warned that a tsunami as high as 20 feet could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture, closest to the epicentre. Smaller tsunamis of up to 50 centimetres reached some coastal communities.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and US state of Hawaii.

The quake struck at 2:46 pm at a depth of 10 km, about 125 km off the eastern coast, the meteorological agency said. The area is 380 km north-east of Tokyo.

In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.

Footage on national broadcaster NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks.

Police and coast guard officials said they were assessing possible damage from the quake. Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.

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