9-day book fest at Kakinada


For the first time in the city, a book festival on a grand scale is to be held for nine days from March 8. Vijayawada Book Festival Society (VBFS), which is known for conducting a 10-day book festival every year uninterruptedly for the last 25 years, is making arrangements for conducting the festival opposite the JNTUK. Over 100 stalls consisting of about one lakh titles of Telugu, English, Hindi and Sanskrit will be arranged at the festival.

Secretary of the VBFS Ravikindi Ramaswamy, at a press conference , said besides conducting the annual book festival in Vijayawada, the society conducted festivals Machilipatnam, Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry.

 

Students design low-cost floating cage for aquaculture


Floating cages for brackish water aquaculture.—Photo: T. Appala Naidu

Floating cages for brackish water aquaculture.—Photo: T. Appala Naidu

Students of the Sri Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao Fisheries Polytechnic College, Bhavadevarapalli designed two low-cost floating High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) cages, meant for cultivation of brackish water fish in rivers.

Of the total 10 students involved in the project, eight are girls. The cages were made of eucalyptus poles, thermocol sheets and empty plastic cans. The investment to develop a cage covering an area of 16 square feet is as low as Rs 50,000 compared to the iron cage of the same size costing Rs 2 lakh designed and developed by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin, they said.

“Our cage capacity is five tonnes of fish, equivalent to a hectare in the pond”, final year student G. Rubeena told The Hindu . The final year students — N. Krishna Veni, P. Ramya Deepthi, S. Gayatri, M. Ramoji, Y. Vasanta, B. Susmitha, G.V. Hemalatha and boys — P. Pramod and K. Nagaraju — were part of the project that was encouraged by Nagayalanka-based farmer T. Raghu Sekhar.

In early February, the two cages were built. The cage floats on water with the support of thermocol sheets and empty plastic cans, poles tied in the shape of a square. One net is underwater and another net covers the top to prevent the fish from jumping out.

 

 


  • Students bring down cost of cage from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 50,000
  • Cultivation of Asian Seabass seed begins in the two cages

     

Ideal student


An ideal student is one who takes keen interest in studies and leads a righteous life. His life is full of ideas. He sets an example for others to follow. He knows that hard work is the key to success. He believes that character is the foundation of his ideal life. He knows that if wealth is lost, nothing is lost, but if health is lost, something is lost. And if character is lost, every thing is lost.

Note: by unknow student.

 
 
 

Clear the air on mobile tower radiation, WHO tells India


The World Health Organisation has asked India to participate in its electromagnetic field (EMF) projects, as myths about the impact of mobile phone tower radiation on public health are widespread in the country.

The advice came from Mike Repacholi, former head of the EMF Task Force at WHO, during his recent visit to study mobile phone tower radiation in Mumbai.

The scenario, he said, was the same in metropolitan cities, including the National Capital Region. Prof. Repacholi made a series of suggestions to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and the Health Ministry.

He recommended the formation of an inter-agency committee of all departments responsible for EMF to discuss how best to deal with health issues. “Public concern has been raised across the country because the government has remained silent on this sensitive issue,” he said. Prof. Repacholi observed that “the people need health and other departments to be vigilant and provide advice, otherwise mischief-mongers will succeed in creating a scare about unfounded myths.”

WHO has been investigating the health effects of electromagnetic fields for 18 years. The EMF project noted in September: “Despite extensive research, to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.”

The limits in international standards have not changed for over 15 years because no research has found any health effects below these levels. Prof. Repacholi has said there needs to be research on the effect of mobile phones on children. Studies conducted so far have not shown that they are more sensitive to EMF than adults. However, more research was needed to confirm this observation. Prof. Repacholi has asked India to open a website that explains EMF and its health effects, describes the standards and how they are derived.

According to him, there must be a government spokesperson on EMF who can respond to media questions and issue fact sheets and press statements.