Archive for December 2007

LANCO vs CAMPCO – Ignorant “activists” take Udupi “journalists” for a ride yet again! “ಕ್ಯಾಂಪ್ಕೋ” ಮತ್ತು “ಲಾಂಕೋ” ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸ ಅರಿಯದ ಉಡುಪಿ ಅವಿವೇಕಿ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು!

December 5, 2007

Idiot journalists don’t know difference between LANCO and CAMPCO 

Earlier we reported on this blog how journalists of Udupi are being misused by various foreign funded anti development activist groups.

Yet another incident has come to light – hilarious incident but shows the precarious nature of journalism in Udupi and calibre / intelligence of the journalists in this district.

In a nutshell:

As usual foreign fund rich protest group led by NRI Balakrishna Shetty from Dubai (with vested interest in various export business – hence the push for “Gas based Power plant is ok” theme of this group) called a press conference in Udupi to talk about their “protest” against Nagarjuna Thermal Plant in Nandikuru, Udupi District.

So called “scientist”Mr.Vijaya Kumar Hegdeof anti-Nagarjuna group – same Vijay Kumar Hegde who even now claims there is no power shortage in Karnataka – asked people of district to boycott famous Kadri Kambala – because LANCO President Madhusudhan Rao is attending the event (LANCO being mother-ship of Nagarjuna Power Company)  Journalists duly noted that down without any cross checks and the same was published across newspapers.

A simple Google search for LANCO would have shown the name of LANCO’s President –  Lagadapathi Madhusudhan Rao– not to mention LANCO being a publicly traded company in Stock Exchange. Or journalists could have called organisers of Kadri Kambala to find out if indeed LANCO has sponsored Kadri Kambala this year!

It turned out Mr.Madhusoodhan Rao in question is Managing Director of CAMPCOand Kadri Kambala is no way connected or sponsored by LANCO!

See below a “sorry-we-were-wrong-but-it-is-not-our-fault” report from Udayavani (screenshot from Udayavani online) on the same issue. At least Udayavani had the decency while all other newspapers remained silent.


Predictably organisers of Kadri Kambala and public in general flooded newspaper offices about this goof up. And as usual newspapers without admitting their embarrassing gaffe washed their hands off the incident by blaming it all on Mr.Vijaya Kumar Shetty – who in turn wriggled out by issuing a lame excuse.

While some can say this is a minor goofup, bigger question is – how can we trust what is published in newspapers when these journalists can’t even get basic facts right – like name of President/CEO of well known companies?

Moreover it is a mystery why they continue to support and publish baseless statements from idiots like Vijay Kumar Hegde who claims to be a scientist but has become a laughing stock for his baseless and hilarious statements about the project?

For a change why can’t Udupi journalists investigate the background of anti-development protesters? For starters they can check who is funding these groups and why some long distance NRI patriot like Balakrishna Shetty of Dubai is so keen on opposing Thermal plant while silently pushing for Gas based power plant?

It is a pity to see journalists – supposed to be well informed and well connected – being taken for a ride by vested groups and become laughing stock!