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Hyderabad, Nov. 22

Dr B. Ramalingeswara Rao, Scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), here has been awarded the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshni Award-2006 given by the National Unity Conference. The award is for identifying the buffer mechanism of Buckingham Canal, which saved several thousands of people of coastal Andhra Pradesh from tsunami on December 26, 2004.

In his findings, Dr Rao suggested that the century old Canal should be renovated and reused both as inland waterways and for mitigation of tsunami hazard along the east coast.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 23, 2006)
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