Daily Archives: August 18, 2012

Mahanadi Coalfields blames Nalco for coal shortage

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd – a wholly owned subsidiary of Coal India Ltd – today accused Nalco of not lifting coal allotted to the company.

The Sambalpur-based miner felt that Nalco was solely responsible for the coal shortage at its captive generation facilities. The Bhubaneswar-headquartered aluminium major allegedly held MCL responsible for not supplying adequate coal, in violation of the fuel supply agreement (FSA). The shortage had resulted lower captive generation and scaling down of production.

In a press statement issued today, MCL said while the delay in getting forest clearance had impacted coal production plan at the linked mine at Bharatpur in Talcher. The company was consistent in requesting Nalco to lift stock from other mines in the same region.

“Nalco is facing crisis due to its failure in taking cognizance of repeated requests (beginning February this year)… to ensure regular supply of rakes to lift coal (from a huge 6.5 mt pithead stock and 2.5 mt stock at railway sidings, in the Talcher region) and maintain sufficient stock for the rainy season,” the media statement said.

A MCL spokesperson later added that from April onwards the company till date supplied 96 per cent of the FSA requirements.

Business honcho mum on ash pond breach

On a day when hundreds of farmers staged protest in Sambalpur seeking action against Hindalco, a subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group, for its alleged negligence resulting in breaking away of its ash pond at Hirakud damaging around 100 acres of standing paddy crop, group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla avoided the media in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

Accusing Hindalco of deliberately letting its ash pond break, the affected farmers demonstrated in front of the revenue divisional commissioner (northern division) office. “We asked the RDC to conduct a fair probe. This is for the second time that Hindalco had done this deliberate act of negligence,” said farmers’ leader Ashok Pradhan. RDC Arabind Padhi said he has asked the pollution control board and Sambalpur collector to submit a report.

Heavy showers throw life out of gear in Odisha

Life continued to be affected in several parts of western and southern Odisha on Friday following incessant rainfall. The situation will only get worse with the weatherman predicting heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours across the state due to a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal. Many pockets in Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts are submerged while at least eight panchayats in Kandhamal were cut-off after roads were washed way in the rainwater.

Jharsuguda on Thursday received a record rainfall of more than 700 mm. Kolabira block of the district remained cut off from most parts of the state as the bridge over Ramkumar nullah had been completely washed away. Traffic on NH 49 (Lakhanpur-Chandikhol) was also disrupted for the second consecutive day. Hundreds of trucks and vehicles were stranded on both sides of the bridge.

River Ib that passes through Jharsuguda district is in spate submerging Telenpali, Goinghora, Etabhata and Remja villages. Scores of affected families were shifted to safer places. Floodwaters entered several houses in Sambalpur’s Naktideul, Bamra and Kuchinda blocks. While Kuchinda received 192 mm rainfall, the adjoining Bamra block got 180 mm on Thursday.

Jharsuguda collector G C Mishra said the administration will restore connectivity on a war-footing. “Steps have been taken to construct a new bridge at the earliest. We are also working on a temporary alternative to restore traffic on the NH,” Mishra told TOI on Friday.

Hirakud Dam authorities on Friday decided to keep five gates open compared to 16 on Thursday as inflow declined. Official sources said the reservoir was receiving 287,842 cusecs of water per second on Thursday and the water-level had increased to 614.19 ft on Friday. “We are constantly monitoring the situation and will increase and decrease the number of opened gates keeping in mind the inflow,” an official of the dam authority said.

Among the southern districts, Kandhmal was the worst-hit. Barkhama, Sudra, Rebingia, Salaguda, Landagaon and Khaman Khola panchayats in Baliguda sub-division were cut off when an approach road in the under construction culvert over Apran nullah was washed away near Barkhama. Communication between Tumudibandh and Belaghara was disrupted as the nullah water overflowed, sources said.

Road communication between Berhampur and Phulbani was disrupted for a few hours after an under construction road was damaged near Shankarakhola. Government authorities repaired the damage and restored connectivity by the afternoon, sources added. The district authorities said the administration is trying its best to restore connectivity everywhere. “The PWD is already undertaking the repair the roads. Tehsildars have been asked to keep a watch on the emerging situation as rain continues in several places,” Kandhamal collector B S Punia said.

Coming to the low pressure, the forecast is that strong surface wind speed reaching 40 to 45 kmph is likely to prevail along and off the Odisha coast. Fishermen have also been advised to venture out into the sea.

“This low pressure will give some rain. But there is little chance of this system intensifying further,” said Sarat Chandra Sahu, director of the meteorological centre here. He also forecast that this system would not give much rain.

Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said there is no flood in the Mahanadi river system so far. However, he said the government was keeping a watch over the situation as the IMD forecast more rain under the impact of the low pressure.

The overall average rainfall in the state, meanwhile, stood at 5% deficit with actual rainfall of 726.5 mm against normal rainfall of 762 mm. Eight out of 30 districts have been reeling under deficient rainfall but the percentage of deficiency is decreasing. Balasore district experienced the highest deficient rainfall of 38% followed by Bhadrak, Gajapati and Jagatsinghpur districts with 30% rainfall deficiency. The other rainfall deficit districts are Kendrapada (27), Deogarh (24), Jajjpur (23) and Mayurbhanj (22). Director of agriculture and food production R S Gopalan said the department is ready to face any kind of situation but are hopeful of improvement in the situation.

The Seven Major Chakras

The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. If we were able to see the chakras (as many psychics, in fact, do) we would observe a wheel of energy continuously revolving or rotating. Clairvoyants perceive chakras as colorful wheels or flowers with a hub in the center. The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish at the top of the head. Though fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body, and work through it.

Each chakra vibrates or rotates at a different speed. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest speed. Each chakra is stimulated by its own and complimentary color, and a range of gemstones for specific uses. The chakra colors are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.

If the chakras are not balanced, or if the energies are blocked, the basic life force will be slowed down. The individual may feel listless, tired, out of sorts, or depressed. Not only will physical bodily functions be affected so diseases may manifest, but the thought processes and the mind may also be affected. A negative attitude, fear, doubt, etc. may preoccupy the individual.

A constant balance between the chakras promotes health and a sense of well-being. If the chakras are opened to much, a person could literally short circuit themselves with too much universal energy going through the body. If the chakras are closed, this does not allow for the universal energy to flow through them properly which may also lead to dis-ease.

Most of us react to unpleasant experiences by blocking our feeling and stopping a great deal of our natural energy flow. This affects the maturation and development of the chakras. Whenever a person blocks whatever experience he is having, he in turn blocks his chakras, which eventually become disfigured. When the chakras are functioning normally, each will be open, spinning clockwise to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal energy field.

As already mentioned any imbalances that exist within any chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies. We are able to use our quartz crystals and gemstones to re-balance all our chakric centers and once the chakra has been properly balanced then our body will gradually return to normal.

The reason why crystals and gemstones are wonderful and powerful healing tools are because of what science calls its piezoelectric effect. (You can see this effect in the modern quartz watches). Crystals and gemstones respond to the electricity that is coursing through our body, and if the energy is sluggish, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and stimulate these energies.

First Chakra – Root

Studying the individual chakras begins with the root chakra, called Muladhara in Sanskrit. The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. This center holds the basic needs for survival, security and safety. The root chakra is powerfully related to our contact with the Earth Mother, providing us with the ability to be grounded into the earth plane. This is also the center of manifestation. When you are trying to make things happen in the material world, business or material possessions, the energy to succeed will come from the first chakra. If this chakra is blocked an individual may feel fearful, anxious, insecure and frustrated. Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs. The colors used for this chakra are red, brown and black. The gemstones are Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, and Black Tourmaline.

NOTE: A man¹s sexual organs are located primarily in his first chakra, so male sexual energy is usually experienced primarily as physical. A women’s sexual organs are located primarily in her second chakra, so female sexual energy is usually experienced primarily as emotional. Both chakras are associated with sexual energy

Second Chakra – Belly (Sacral)

The next chakra or second chakra is often referred to as the belly or (sacral). It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions. It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way. It¹s influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in the family during childhood. Proper balance in this chakra means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine. The main color used with this chakra is orange. The gemstones are Carnelian Agate, Orange Calcite and Tigers Eye.

Third Chakra – Solar Plexus

The third chakra is referred to as the Solar Plexus. It is located two inches below the breastbone in the center behind the stomach. The third chakra is the center of personal power, the place of ego , of passions, impulses, anger and strength. It is also the center for astral travel and astral influences, receptivity of spirit guides and for psychic development. When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed. Physical problems may include digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies. When balanced you may feel cheerful, outgoing, have self-respect, expressive, enjoy taking on new challenges, and have a strong sense of personal power. The body parts for this chakra include the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and small intestine. The main color for this chakra is yellow. The gemstones are Citrine, Topaz, and Yellow Calcite.

Fourth Chakra – Heart

The fourth chakra is referred to as the heart chakra. It is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the center for love, compassion and spirituality. This center directs one¹s ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit. Almost everyone today has a hard, hurt, or broken heart, and it is no accident that heart disease is the number one killer in America today. Deep heart hurts can result in aura obstructions called heart scars. When these scars are released, they raise a lot of old pain, but free the heart for healing and new growth. When this chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing. When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone. Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back. The main colors used are pink and green. The gemstones are Rose Quartz, Kunzite, and Watermelon tourmaline.

Fifth Chakra – Throat

The fifth chakra is referred to as the Throat. It is located in the V of the collarbone at the lower neck and is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought , speech, and writing. The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally let go of. When this chakra is out of balance you may want to hold back, feel timid, be quiet, feel weak, or can¹t express your thoughts. Physical illnesses or ailments include, hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations, and back pain. When this chakra is balanced you may feel balanced, centered, musically or artistically inspired, and may be a good speaker. Body parts for the fifth chakra are throat, neck, teeth, ears, and thyroid gland. The main color used is light blue. The gemstones are Aquamarine and Azurite.

Sixth Chakra – Third Eye

The sixth chakra is referred to as the Third Eye. It is located above the physical eyes on the center of the forehead. This is the center for psychic ability, higher intuition, the energies of spirit and light. It also assists in the purification of negative tendencies and in the elimination of selfish attitudes. Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance, channel, and tune into your Higher Self. When this chakra is not balanced you may feel non-assertive, afraid of success, or go the opposite way and be egotistical. Physical symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, blindness, and eyestrain. When this chakra is balanced and open you are your own master with no fear of death, are not attached to material things, may experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives. Sixth chakra body parts include the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system. The main colors are purple and dark blue. The gemstones are Amethyst, Sodalite, and Lapis Lazuli.

Seventh Chakra – Crown

The seventh chakra is referred to as the Crown. It is located just behind the top of the skull. It is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom, and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. This is also the center of connectedness with the Goddess (God), the place where life animates the physical body. The silver cord that connects the aura bodies extends from the crown. The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and leaves from the crown at death. When this chakra is unbalanced there may be a constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy, and destructive feelings. Illnesses may include migraine headaches and depression. Balanced energy in this chakra may include the ability to open up to the Divine and total access to the unconscious and subconscious. The main colors for the crown are white and purple. The gemstones are Clear Quartz Crystal, Oregon Opal, and Amethyst.