Event Diary – 7th April 2012

Bangalore International Airport to be named after Kempe Gowda

The Centre has accepted the proposal to name Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) after Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. In a statement here, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the Civil Aviation Ministry had accepted the proposal to rename BIA, and the matter would be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval.

Many Kannada organisations and the Vokkaligara Sangha have been demanding for quite some time that the international airport be named after the city’s founder.

Operation Green Hunt in Odisha at stake

Maoists refuse to accept the Odisha Government’s swap offer.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced that the government would facilitate the release of four persons, including Mr. Panda’s wife Subhashree Das alias Mili Panda, to secure the release of Mr. Paolo.

The 13 demands of Mr. Panda include a complete halt of “Operation Green Hunt” and withdrawal of the Central forces from the tribal regions of the State. In an audio message, secretary of the Odisha State Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Sabyasachi Panda threatened to take the extreme step, if the government failed to make a written commitment by Tuesday on the fulfilment of the various demands made by him.

Medicines and Vaccines to be procured in Chennai to prevent the spread of A(H1N1) influenza

The Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine of Chennai will purchase and stock up medicines and vaccines for A (H1N1) influenza. The directorate has sought Rs.55 lakh from the government, and it would be used to procure tablets, syrups and vaccine vials needed to contain a possible epidemic, according to the Director of Public Health R. T. Porkai Pandian. The decision follows fears that the flu could spread. Since the last week of March, 24 persons in the State have tested positive for the infection. Of these cases, 11 are from Chennai and 10 from Coimbatore.

Jewellers suspend strike

following a meeting with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and a personal assurance by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee that he would consider their demand for rollback of excise duty on unbranded jewellery when the Finance Bill is taken up for approval in Parliament, Jewellery and bullion traders on Friday called off their 21-day strike. “The strike has been suspended till May 11, as the Minister has assured us of a decision on rollback of excise duty and customs duty by May first week,” said All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation governing board director Dinesh Jain.

This shutdown has amounted to a cumulative loss of Rs.20,000 crore to the industry.

UN report says India will witness the largest increase in urban population in the next four decades

India will witness the largest increase in urban population in the next four decades followed by China, a United Nations report has said.

India will add another 497 million to its urban population between 2010 and 2050, while China will see 341 million people shifting into cities, followed by Nigeria (200 million), the United States (103 million) and Indonesia (92 million), according to the U.N.’s ‘2011 Revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects’ report released on Friday.

The projected increase in urban population in India and Nigeria between 2010 and 2050 will be higher than that of the past 40 years.

In 2025, Tokyo is projected to remain the world’s most populous urban agglomeration, with almost 39 million inhabitants, although the population will scarcely increase. It will be followed by Delhi with 33 million inhabitants and Shanghai in China with 28.4 million inhabitants. Mumbai would come next, with almost 27 million inhabitants. All three cities are expecting important population gains.

High rates of growth are expected in Lagos, Dhaka, and Karachi in Pakistan (all having growth rates well above 2 per cent per year). In addition, the megacities in India (Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai) and in China (Shenzhen, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai) plus Manila are expected to grow considerably faster than those in Egypt or Turkey.

Goods train service start on a new line

Goods train services started on the newly-laid Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai line on Friday. A train with 59 wagons of coal from Karaikal port made its way.