Pilgrims to get uninterrupted mobile connectivity in Kumbh

Pilgrims and visitors to the Kumbh Mela this year may not face any problems related to mobile connectivity. To this effect, Minister of State for Communications and IT, Shri Sachin Pilot, has briefed senior BSNL officials at the Head Office and in the field and given instructions to ensure uninterrupted mobile services during the Mela period.

In order to ensure this, there will be a comprehensive overhaul and refurbishment of the telecom infrastructure during the Kumbh Mela celebrations. Accordingly, five new mobile towers are being constructed. To give BSNL the flexibility to deploy mobile infrastructure in areas of air traffic congestion at short notice, two towers will also be mounted on trucks in areas where construction of permanent structures is difficult. Adequate diesel to operate power generators would be made available to reduce downtime to a minimum. Traffic handling capacity of BSNL in the area is being doubled and CDMA infrastructure has been upgraded to enable broadband connectivity at high speeds. To the extent possible, the infrastructure would also be shared with other operators. Additional technical and supervisory staff is being deployed to ensure adequate manpower during the Mela.

The Minister himself will periodically monitor the Mobile traffic and preparedness of the BSNL to ensure uninterrupted and quality service.

S.K.T.Niranjan Died

Senior Journalist S.K.T.Niranjan died yesterday of sudden heart attack. S.K.T.Niranjan was accredited with Press Information Bureau since 1985. He had been Editor Din Raat, Hindi daily from Itawah and thereafter also Editor Qaumi Samachar Delhi. Sh.S.K.T. Niranjan had also been a stringer for Dow Jones Newswires.

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Smt. Ambika Soni acknowledged that Sh. S.K.T Ninranjan had been espousing the cause of small and medium newspapers as also various other issues concerning the welfare of journalists.

S.K.T.Niranjan Died

Senior Journalist S.K.T.Niranjan died yesterday of sudden heart attack. S.K.T.Niranjan was accredited with Press Information Bureau since 1985. He had been Editor Din Raat, Hindi daily from Itawah and thereafter also Editor Qaumi Samachar Delhi. Sh.S.K.T. Niranjan had also been a stringer for Dow Jones Newswires.

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Smt. Ambika Soni acknowledged that Sh. S.K.T Ninranjan had been espousing the cause of small and medium newspapers as also various other issues concerning the welfare of journalists.

India and Bangladesh sign Cultural Exchange Programme

India and Bangladesh have signed a Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for the years 2010-2012 to promote cooperation in the fields of art & culture, youth affairs & sports and mass media. The CEP was signed here by the Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture Shri Jawhar Sircar and Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mohamed Mijarul Quayes during the visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina.

According to the CEP, among other things, both sides will exchange the visits of scholars/academicians in the field of art, culture and literature and also dance, music, theatre, Jatra groups, art exhibitions, mime shows, performing art groups, exhibitions and other cultural events to meet the local demands for exposure to each others rich cultural tradition.

India will invite Bangladesh to participate in the Trienniel-India and Bangladesh will invite India to participate in the Asian Art Bienniale on reciprocal basis. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and the counterpart academic institutions or museums of Bangladesh will exchange one scholar each to identify areas of collaborations. Both sides will exchange experts performances and students in the field of theatre. They will also exchange library personnel on reciprocal basis between the National Library of India and the libraries and institutions of Bangladesh. Both sides will exchange reading materials, including books and micro films between the National Library of India and the department of Public Library in Bangladesh. Both sides will exchange handicraft exhibitions on reciprocal basis with 3-4 craft persons for live demonstration in each others country.

India will send two officials of the Archaeological Survey of India to Bangladesh for a study cum lecture tour and in return will receive two officers of the Bangladesh Department of Archaeology and Museums for a similar purpose. ASI shall assist in giving any expertise required by any Archaeological Surveys that Bangladesh may require to undertake.

Both sides will exchange writers in the field of culture. Sahitya Academy will publish an anthology of poetry from Bangladesh and Bangladesh may take up an anthology of poetry from India.

Both sides will exchange childrens paintings, dolls, books and works of creative arts. India will invite the children of Bangladesh to participate in the Shankars International Childrens Competition.

Both sides will exchange rare publications which are not otherwise available in the open market to enrich the libraries of both the countries.

The Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad will facilitate the exchange of publications, catalogues etc. on reciprocal basis. Both sides will exchange one senior science center/ museum professional for two weeks each.

The CEP envisages for both sides to share the experiences in the field of sports and explore the possibilities of exchanging sports teams/coaches/sports administrators in diverse disciplines.

On mass media front both sides will exchange programmes through their respective radio and TV organizations and will provide facilities for visiting radio and TV persons in each others country associated with the development of broadcasting/telecasting. They have also agreed to exchange two journalists each including inter-alia those engaged in dissemination of Government information. Both sides will participate in each others International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation films with their participants. Both sides will organize Film Weeks in each others country, among other things.

India and Bangladesh sign Cultural Exchange Programme

India and Bangladesh have signed a Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for the years 2010-2012 to promote cooperation in the fields of art & culture, youth affairs & sports and mass media. The CEP was signed here by the Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture Shri Jawhar Sircar and Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mohamed Mijarul Quayes during the visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina.

According to the CEP, among other things, both sides will exchange the visits of scholars/academicians in the field of art, culture and literature and also dance, music, theatre, Jatra groups, art exhibitions, mime shows, performing art groups, exhibitions and other cultural events to meet the local demands for exposure to each others rich cultural tradition.

India will invite Bangladesh to participate in the Trienniel-India and Bangladesh will invite India to participate in the Asian Art Bienniale on reciprocal basis. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and the counterpart academic institutions or museums of Bangladesh will exchange one scholar each to identify areas of collaborations. Both sides will exchange experts performances and students in the field of theatre. They will also exchange library personnel on reciprocal basis between the National Library of India and the libraries and institutions of Bangladesh. Both sides will exchange reading materials, including books and micro films between the National Library of India and the department of Public Library in Bangladesh. Both sides will exchange handicraft exhibitions on reciprocal basis with 3-4 craft persons for live demonstration in each others country.

India will send two officials of the Archaeological Survey of India to Bangladesh for a study cum lecture tour and in return will receive two officers of the Bangladesh Department of Archaeology and Museums for a similar purpose. ASI shall assist in giving any expertise required by any Archaeological Surveys that Bangladesh may require to undertake.

Both sides will exchange writers in the field of culture. Sahitya Academy will publish an anthology of poetry from Bangladesh and Bangladesh may take up an anthology of poetry from India.

Both sides will exchange childrens paintings, dolls, books and works of creative arts. India will invite the children of Bangladesh to participate in the Shankars International Childrens Competition.

Both sides will exchange rare publications which are not otherwise available in the open market to enrich the libraries of both the countries.

The Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad will facilitate the exchange of publications, catalogues etc. on reciprocal basis. Both sides will exchange one senior science center/ museum professional for two weeks each.

The CEP envisages for both sides to share the experiences in the field of sports and explore the possibilities of exchanging sports teams/coaches/sports administrators in diverse disciplines.

On mass media front both sides will exchange programmes through their respective radio and TV organizations and will provide facilities for visiting radio and TV persons in each others country associated with the development of broadcasting/telecasting. They have also agreed to exchange two journalists each including inter-alia those engaged in dissemination of Government information. Both sides will participate in each others International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation films with their participants. Both sides will organize Film Weeks in each others country, among other things.

ASI to renovate the temples in Karnataka

Bangalore and Dharwad Circles of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have undertaken conservation of some of the important temples in Karnataka based on their conservation requirements. The list of such temples and the expenditure incurred on them during the current financial year (2009-10) is at the Annexure. The conservation works have been taken up under the annual programme of monument conservation and would be completed as per their yearly schedules. The two ASI Circles are executing the conservation works themselves.

Annexure

Sl. No.

Name of Temples Expenditure

(Amount in Rs.)

Name of Works
1. Group of Monuments, Keladi 1,97,767 Construction of dwarf wall with crimped mesh fencing.
2. Amrutheshwara temple at Amruthapura 1,50,000 Water tightening the terrace and plinth protection course.
3. Hoysaleshwara temple at Halebidu 13,35,079 Re-construction of main shrine with mahamandapa and water tightening the terrace.
4. Lakshmi Narasimha temple at Nuggehalli 1,50,000 Water tightening the terrace and laying of plinth protection course.
5. Harihareshwra temple at Harihara 5,00,000 Re-construction of mahadwara as per original and relaying the stone flooring.
6. Kalleshwara temple at Bagali 3,74,716 Fencing the protected area with chain link and dwarf wall.
7. Lakshmi Narashima temple at Rangapura 5,61,112 Fencing the protected area with chain link and dwarf wall.
8. Bheemeshwara temple at Neelagunda 8,29,624 Providing approach pathway and enclosure wall.
9. Keshava temple at Somnathpura 2,00,000 Dismantling and resetting the out of plumb cloister mandapa with prakara on the northern side.
10. Keerithinarayana temple at Talakadu 6,12,562 Reconstruction of prakara wall.
11. Sreekanteshwara temple at Nanjanagud 50,000 Water tightening the terrace of all the mandapas.
12. Rameshwara temple at Narasamangala 1,00,000 Fencing the newly acquired area.
13. Ananthsayana temple at Ananthashayanagudi 5,32,750 Restoration of small portion of western cloister mandapa and conserving the western mahadwara and stacking of architectural members.
14. Achutraya temple complex at Venkatapura 11,23,146 Resetting of flooring in the second enclosure and resetting the disturbed storm water drain..
15. Chandrasekara temple at Kamalapuram 4,00,000 Fencing the newly acquired land with barbed wire.
16. Krishna temple (Bazaar) at Krishnapuram 3,00,000 Exposing the original level of ancient pathway and repairs to mantapas.
17. Lakshminarayana temple at Sindhugatta 7,74,952 Restoration of Mukamandapa and Mahadwara and water tightening the terrace.
18. Ranganatha swamy temple at Srirangapatna 8,65,000 Re-construction of prakara wall and providing storm water drain and pitching all around the temple.
19. Jyotirilinga Temple at Aihole, Distt. Bagalkot 18,49,586 Re-construction of the undulated sunken portion of the south side steps well, wall and filling the gap. Providing parapet wall.
20. Huchappayya Temple at Aihole, Distt. Bagalkot 4,00,623 Re-construction of the undulated fort wall towards backside of Huchappayya Temple.
21. Bhuvaraha Narasimha Temple at Halshi Distt. Belgaum 1,14,638 The roof has been properly plastered. Laying paving by using granite stone slabs for the pathways and providing curbing all around the tank.
22. Virupaksha Temple, Billgl Conservation of subshrines around Mahadeva Temple, Ittagi 1,87,408 Replacing the damaged chajja, roof slabs. Providing and fixing dressed schist stone flooring at the entrance. Providing illumination to the monument.
23. Conservation of sub-shrines around Mahadeva Temple, Ittagi 1,00,000 Fixing of the pillar-base, side wall, pillar stones of square shape, round shape, four-way capitals, lintels. Re-construction of the missing portion of the sub-shrine.
24. Repairs to the entrance mantapa, Ittagi, Distt. Koppal 1,00,000 Re-construction of the damaged roof slabs and hara stones, doorjambs, broken lintels, wherever necessary.
25. Repairs to the Great lake, Ittagi, Distt. Koppal 1,00,000 Eastern portion of the stepped lake (tank) has been reconstructed, filling the gap area. Scientific earth work excavation carried out towards the north-east portion of the Mahadeva Temple.
26. Restoration of Ancient well inside the complex, Ittagi, Distt. Gadag 50,000 Scientific excavation is done towards the southern portion of the well structure. Re-construction of the missing portion of the ancient well structure.
27. Galageswara Temple, Galaganatha, Distt. Haveri 2,44,900 The sunken sub-shrine has been dismantled and re-constructed. The jagathi of the main temple has been re-constructed. Re-construction of outer veneering wall. Providing and laying schist stone apron all around the sub-shrine.
28. Tarakeshwara Temple at Hangal, Distt. Haveri 4,21,018 Re-construction of the parapet wall, providing and laying schist stone flooring to the main mantapa of the temple.
29. Ramalingeshwara Temple, Balambeedu, Distt. Haveri 1,55,498 Construction of dwarf compound wall and providing and fixing M.S. grill over it. Providing and fixing apron.

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ASI to renovate the temples in Karnataka

Bangalore and Dharwad Circles of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have undertaken conservation of some of the important temples in Karnataka based on their conservation requirements. The list of such temples and the expenditure incurred on them during the current financial year (2009-10) is at the Annexure. The conservation works have been taken up under the annual programme of monument conservation and would be completed as per their yearly schedules. The two ASI Circles are executing the conservation works themselves.

Annexure

Sl. No.

Name of Temples Expenditure

(Amount in Rs.)

Name of Works
1. Group of Monuments, Keladi 1,97,767 Construction of dwarf wall with crimped mesh fencing.
2. Amrutheshwara temple at Amruthapura 1,50,000 Water tightening the terrace and plinth protection course.
3. Hoysaleshwara temple at Halebidu 13,35,079 Re-construction of main shrine with mahamandapa and water tightening the terrace.
4. Lakshmi Narasimha temple at Nuggehalli 1,50,000 Water tightening the terrace and laying of plinth protection course.
5. Harihareshwra temple at Harihara 5,00,000 Re-construction of mahadwara as per original and relaying the stone flooring.
6. Kalleshwara temple at Bagali 3,74,716 Fencing the protected area with chain link and dwarf wall.
7. Lakshmi Narashima temple at Rangapura 5,61,112 Fencing the protected area with chain link and dwarf wall.
8. Bheemeshwara temple at Neelagunda 8,29,624 Providing approach pathway and enclosure wall.
9. Keshava temple at Somnathpura 2,00,000 Dismantling and resetting the out of plumb cloister mandapa with prakara on the northern side.
10. Keerithinarayana temple at Talakadu 6,12,562 Reconstruction of prakara wall.
11. Sreekanteshwara temple at Nanjanagud 50,000 Water tightening the terrace of all the mandapas.
12. Rameshwara temple at Narasamangala 1,00,000 Fencing the newly acquired area.
13. Ananthsayana temple at Ananthashayanagudi 5,32,750 Restoration of small portion of western cloister mandapa and conserving the western mahadwara and stacking of architectural members.
14. Achutraya temple complex at Venkatapura 11,23,146 Resetting of flooring in the second enclosure and resetting the disturbed storm water drain..
15. Chandrasekara temple at Kamalapuram 4,00,000 Fencing the newly acquired land with barbed wire.
16. Krishna temple (Bazaar) at Krishnapuram 3,00,000 Exposing the original level of ancient pathway and repairs to mantapas.
17. Lakshminarayana temple at Sindhugatta 7,74,952 Restoration of Mukamandapa and Mahadwara and water tightening the terrace.
18. Ranganatha swamy temple at Srirangapatna 8,65,000 Re-construction of prakara wall and providing storm water drain and pitching all around the temple.
19. Jyotirilinga Temple at Aihole, Distt. Bagalkot 18,49,586 Re-construction of the undulated sunken portion of the south side steps well, wall and filling the gap. Providing parapet wall.
20. Huchappayya Temple at Aihole, Distt. Bagalkot 4,00,623 Re-construction of the undulated fort wall towards backside of Huchappayya Temple.
21. Bhuvaraha Narasimha Temple at Halshi Distt. Belgaum 1,14,638 The roof has been properly plastered. Laying paving by using granite stone slabs for the pathways and providing curbing all around the tank.
22. Virupaksha Temple, Billgl Conservation of subshrines around Mahadeva Temple, Ittagi 1,87,408 Replacing the damaged chajja, roof slabs. Providing and fixing dressed schist stone flooring at the entrance. Providing illumination to the monument.
23. Conservation of sub-shrines around Mahadeva Temple, Ittagi 1,00,000 Fixing of the pillar-base, side wall, pillar stones of square shape, round shape, four-way capitals, lintels. Re-construction of the missing portion of the sub-shrine.
24. Repairs to the entrance mantapa, Ittagi, Distt. Koppal 1,00,000 Re-construction of the damaged roof slabs and hara stones, doorjambs, broken lintels, wherever necessary.
25. Repairs to the Great lake, Ittagi, Distt. Koppal 1,00,000 Eastern portion of the stepped lake (tank) has been reconstructed, filling the gap area. Scientific earth work excavation carried out towards the north-east portion of the Mahadeva Temple.
26. Restoration of Ancient well inside the complex, Ittagi, Distt. Gadag 50,000 Scientific excavation is done towards the southern portion of the well structure. Re-construction of the missing portion of the ancient well structure.
27. Galageswara Temple, Galaganatha, Distt. Haveri 2,44,900 The sunken sub-shrine has been dismantled and re-constructed. The jagathi of the main temple has been re-constructed. Re-construction of outer veneering wall. Providing and laying schist stone apron all around the sub-shrine.
28. Tarakeshwara Temple at Hangal, Distt. Haveri 4,21,018 Re-construction of the parapet wall, providing and laying schist stone flooring to the main mantapa of the temple.
29. Ramalingeshwara Temple, Balambeedu, Distt. Haveri 1,55,498 Construction of dwarf compound wall and providing and fixing M.S. grill over it. Providing and fixing apron.

Blind Life

nagarjun

Vaidyanath Mishra 'Yatri'

by Vaidyanath Mishra ‘Yatri’

Blind life !
Thou desireth to measure depths with the stick of fondness
Paths, open spaces,
Khut, khut, khut, khut . . .

Blind life !
Stupefied
Then stand-still
At the crossroads of two eras
Lend intently ears of discrimination
To all sorts, all absurdities.

Blind life !
Placing hands on the shoulders of Lame Hope
Where doth thou goest ?
She sings Batagamani.

Why art thou mum ?
Let thou also take up some refrain !

Blind life !
The touch of the soft fingers of Damsel Peace
Makes thee smile and smile.
Sensations of auspicious fragmentary success
Have filled every nerve with fresh excitement
Every part of the body.

(Translated by Jayakanta Mishra)

Blind Life

nagarjun

Vaidyanath Mishra 'Yatri'

by Vaidyanath Mishra ‘Yatri’

Blind life !
Thou desireth to measure depths with the stick of fondness
Paths, open spaces,
Khut, khut, khut, khut . . .

Blind life !
Stupefied
Then stand-still
At the crossroads of two eras
Lend intently ears of discrimination
To all sorts, all absurdities.

Blind life !
Placing hands on the shoulders of Lame Hope
Where doth thou goest ?
She sings Batagamani.

Why art thou mum ?
Let thou also take up some refrain !

Blind life !
The touch of the soft fingers of Damsel Peace
Makes thee smile and smile.
Sensations of auspicious fragmentary success
Have filled every nerve with fresh excitement
Every part of the body.

(Translated by Jayakanta Mishra)

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