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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.

LANCO vs CAMPCO

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!

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REAL STORY BEHIND PROTESTS AGAINST NAGARJUNA POWER PROJECT PADUBIDRI UDUPI:How Dubai based gas mafia,corrupt media,foreign fund rich Guruvaayanakere Nayak mafia,fake environmental groups,politicians,out of state contractor lobby come together to oppose development project in the name of saving the environment

January 13, 2007

Nagarjuna Thermal Plant Udupi - real reason behind the protest

After our last blog post about gifts showered on Udupi media by anti-Nagarjuna protest organisers (based in Dubai) we received several responses. Curious, we dug further on who really is behind ongoing protests against Nagarjuna Thermal power plant and we unearthed several fascinating and at the same time disturbing details on nexus between several vested interests including role of media. Click here to read earlier exclusive blog post on how Dubai based gas mafia showered gifts on Udupi media.

There appears to be few key players who have their own agenda funding protest against this development activity.

First, Dubai based promoters of Nandikoor Janajagruti Samiti – this organisation is funded by Balakrishna Shetty and Laxman Shetty both have lived in Dubai for several years and are said to have vested interest in gas export business. That is the main reason, argument of NPCL opponents is “We support gas based power plant” as they have vested interests in pushing their own business. Media of Udupi has remained silent on this aspect of Nandikoor Janajagruti Samiti as they have been showered with gifts from Dubai  in terms of money, bottles, imported cigarettes and even free trip to Dubai all sponsored by these vested interests.If Nandikoor Janajagaruti Samiti is really serious about environment they would have opposed Gas based power plant as well?

Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere is a fake environmental organisation established with sole purpose of receiving massive foreign funding

Second, the notorious Nagarika Seva Trust of Guruvayanakere. This is mainly a letterhead organisation issuing press releases on daily basis whose press clippings are then faxed to environmental NGOs at Netherlands, Norway, UK, USA to collect crores of rupees.Some newspapers have reported that Somanatha Nayak, convener of this closely held private organisation has purchased several prime real estate from the money received from foreign NGOs who are obvilious to fake activism of Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere. Some time back questions were raised even in Karnataka State Assembly about foreign funding of this organisation which protests all developmental activities in Karnataka. We also would like to know nature of relationship between OXFAM UK and Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere.Some ex-members of Nagarika Seva Trust have also alleged massive irregularities in financial management – not surprising to anyone who know letterhead NGOs who survive on foreign dollar / euro handouts. It has to be noted that Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere successfully closed prestigious iron ore plant at Kudremukh – reason given was “saving environment” as usual but everyone now knows that Nagarika Seva Trust acted as agent for Bellary mining lobby who stood to gain the most from closure of mining at Kudremukh.Nagarika Seva Trust also routinely gifts expensive items to media so no wonder no newspaper has exposed illegal activities and financial irregularities.

Third and probably most disturbing news to unemployed youth of Udupi Mangalore:It has come to our attention that all plum contracting work for the project is being now given to out of state contractors from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu. These contractors stand to benefit with continued protest – so it is said they are indirectly supporting the protest and at the same time hiring hundreds of workers from their native state. So due to misguided protest, local youth – who already are forced to move out of the region due to lack of jobs – stand to lose. Same thing happened with MRPL, Konkan Railways where local youth were blacklisted for employment due to their role in protests – and today these companies are filled with out of state workers.

Fourth, corrupt media elements – who have been showered with gifts by Dubai based gas mafia and Guruvayanakere Nagarika Seva Trust NGO dollar mafia. So during press conferences, media take unofficial role of these anti-development mafia. Whatever happenned to impartial reporting? This was in full display during Jayakrishna Parisara Samithi press conference where Ganesh Prabhu of “The Hindu” (whose sister magazine FRONTLINE has a glowing article on MRPL this month – ironically MRPL also encountered same kind of protest by same group of people when it was being constructed) is said to have dubbed those supporting the project as “pimp”,”dalal”. Irony of this situation is same Ganesh Prabhu of Hindu newspaper has accepted lavish gifts from both Dubai based mafia and expensive European gifts from Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere. Who really is “dalal” here Mr Prabhu!? (Readers of this blog are encouraged to write to Editor, Readers Editor of Hindu at readerseditor@thehindu.com about corrupt, partial correspondents)

Fifth, self styled leaders of fishermen community. While common fisherman is struggling with increasing fuel price, lack of proper distribution and storage costs, some leaders who may not even know what fishing is are using this opportunity to get ready for next MP election. It is common knowledge that use of modern fishing techniques, fishing during rainy season when fish are breeding is the reason for decline in catch, these leaders use some antique report to blame lack of fish on everything under the sun but their own action.

Less said the better about other characters involved in anti-Nagarjuna project– predictable characters one can find in any Indian district. Local politicians who can’t see beyond their vote bank instead of leveraging developmental activities in their district, hired goonda and protesters (Padubidri protest audience is primarily hired people – paid 50 rupees a day), misguided college school kids who don’t need any reason to boycott classes and break some vehicle glasses, fake environmentalists with equally fake documents etc etc.

All in all, quite sad state of affairs. Every state in India is competing to get large projects – and here we have a case where a private company is investing large amount of money using latest scientific method to dispose off ash but few misguided elements funded by foreign money are opposing the project. Luckily, it appears common man has now realised that there are no danger with Nagarjuna Power Plant – and real danger is posed by Dubai gas mafia, Guruvayanakere Nagarika Seva Trust – a playground of Somanath Nayak couple who are after foreign dollars and their dubious links to foreign NGOs and corrupt media elements of Udupi who are unofficial spokesman for Dubai gas mafia opposing Nagarjuna Power project in Padubidri Udupi District.

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BLOG EXCLUSIVE:NAGARJUNA THERMAL PROJECT – UDUPI JOURNALISTS SHOWERED WITH GIFTS BY DUBAI BASED ANTI NAGARJUNA SPONSORS!

January 13, 2007

Dubai based anti-Nagarjuna sponsors shower Udupi media with gifts and money?

Regular readers of this blog may not be surprised by this scoop – considering how we have exposed corrupt elements of media in Udupi Mangalore in this blog for months. For example: taking money from iron ore truck owners to put pressure on district administration, taking money during communal riots to add fuel to the fire, blackmailing restaurant owners, blackmailing police, blackmailing doctorsindulging in criminal activities like murder, running liquor stores and what not.

And now our sources indicate that anti-Nagarjuna elements – primarily sponsored by vested interests sitting in Dubai (hence their demand for “Gas based” project in place of Thermal based plant) have showered gifts on media in Udupi Mangalore to write favourable stories in newspapers.

This is in addition to cash showered on media by fake environmentalist organisations like Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere who get millions of dollars from Netherlands, Norway, USA by sending press cuttings of what is published by these journalists! How come media is not investigating acres of benaami land purchase by Somanatha Nayak, Vidya Nayak  at Bangalore?

See a pattern here? First these fake protesters pay media to write story in their favour. Then the protesters make copies of those newspaper cuttings and fax it to Netherlands, Norway, USA and get millions of dollars!

Nagarjuna protest - criminal elements funded by Dubai money? 

Hired goondas with active support from media of Udupi attacked vehicles belonging to Nagarjuna Thermal project. Same photos were probably sent to Netherlands, Dubai to collect more money in the name of “environment”

No wonder protest against Nagarjuna Thermal Power plant has fallen flat and same 20-30 people are protesting for days by hiring beedi workers for 50 rupees a day. And media reports this as some major protest while in reality there is no grass root support to these protesters with an agenda.

Dubai angle to anti-Nagarjuna is very interesting – it is well known that anti-Nagarjuna protest is backed by people sitting in Dubai. Balakrishna Shetty – President of Padubidri Janajagriti Samiti is based in Dubai with interests in gas exports.  That is one of the main reasons these fake environmentalists are saying “Thermal plant not ok. But gas plant OK!” – because they can get their commission.

It is said that expensive gifts and cash from Dubai has been showered on media to keep pressure on government against the project. More details as they become available – initial news indicate that reporters of prestigious national newspapers like “The Hindu” also accepted lavish gifts and cash from anti-thermal/pro-gas protestors and now act as anti-Nagarjuna spokespersons in press meets. And journalists have fallen to this trap – not surprising to readers of this blog who are aware how rotten media in Udupi is.

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