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Red Cross organises Social Service Camp on Nabakalebara ...

Bhubaneswar: On the auspicious occasion of Nabakalebara, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch in association with Youth Red Cross, Junior Red Cross and District Red Cross Branch, Puri has organised Social Service Camp at Puri to provide health & care services to the pilgrims and visitors during Car Festival 2015 where more than 1000 hundred YRC,JRC volunteers, SDRT, NDRT, DDRT, shelter voluneteers, life members and a team of scuba divers participated to render their voluntary service in the said camp. The Social Service Camp on the occasion of Rath Yatra 2015 was inaugurated on July 17, 2015 at SCS College, Puri.

The prime objective of such camp is to provide Health & care services, cleanliness and most importantly to present an opportunity for the YRC and JRC volunteers across the state to congregate and exchange ideas. Through this social service camp safe drinking water, generic medicine, stretcher services, Ambulance service, First Aid service etc. was provided to the pilgrims & visitors.

Dr. S.C. Jamir, Odisha Governor and President, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch inaugurated the Social Service Camp as the Chief Guest and praised the efforts of volunteers and said “Since its inception Odisha Red Cross has been playing a very pivotal in role in voluntary service during CAR festivals. This volunteer spirit will continue to shine with its unique identity in serving the pilgrims during the festival of Rath Yatra”.

Debi Prasad Mishra, Industry, School & Mass Education Minister and Chairman, Junior Red Cross presided over the meeting and highlighted on the objectives of the event and lucidly shared few initiatives about Nabakalebara.

Addressing the present volunteers Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Chairman Working Committee Red Cross suggested to work in a collective manner for the smooth management for First Aid Camps, Grand Road Cleaning programmes etc.

Higher Education Minister Dr. Pradip Kumar Panigarhi during his address expressed the important role of Red Cross and its volunteers during the Nabakalebara. And to increase the interest of volunteers he declared to give an allowance of 1000 rupees to meritorious volunteers who have participated in the camp.

Dr. Chakradhara Panda, Honorary Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch extended the welcome address in this occasion. During the session Dr.Panda described different initiatives of Red Cross which has specially conducted by Red Cross by looking forward the huge gathering of Nabakalebara. The Program was ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Ramachandra Dash, Principal of SCS College and Dr. Kalpana Dash of Red Cross.

During the Car Festival the trained volunteers of Red Cross have rendered stretcher services, Water sprayer services to provide pilgrims relief from the intense heat and humidity, Ambulance for emergency services and a team of scuba divers were deployed to save the drowning people from sea. IRCS-OSB in joint collaboration with Govt. of Odisha opened 24 First Aid centers in different routes from Bhubaneswar to Puri to provide basic first aid services to pilgrims. 6 other emergency Health center with temporary hospital with doctors, volunteers and generic medicines were also opened in Grand Road including Bagadia Dharmasal, Mousima Temple square, Gundicha Mandir main entrance, Utkal Hindi Vidyapitha Bada akhada Matha and Narendra Kona where First Aid services were provided to more than 1000 persons. Besides, Red Cross volunteers and life members were deployed at the District Head Quarter Hospital, Puri for rendering health & care services to the pilgrim and people. After the departure of Chariots to Gundicha Temple the YRC, JRC Volunteers, Counselors, Members, and Shelter Volunteers and staff of Red Cross have undertaken the noble endeavor of Bada Danda cleaning from Singhadwara as symbol of commitment of Red Cross to health, hygiene and sanitation.


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World Environment Day celebrated at NTPC Talcher Kaniha...

Bhubaneswar: World Environment day was celebrated at NTPC Talcher Kaniha on June 5, 2015. The programme was organised by Environment Management Group (EMG) Department, NTPC Kaniha.

The programme began with the administration of environment pledge by Chief Guest, N K Kothari, Group General Manager,Talcher Kaniha. Kothari speaking on this occasion said “Protection of environment is important for existence of future generation, otherwise the nature will be taking its revenge through natural various calamities like flood, drought, tsunami & cyclones etc from time to time”.

“It is very important for each of us to save or conserve energy; let it be at home or office”. One should not throw away food material as wastage rather it should properly utilized, which significantly contribute towards conservation of environment”, said Kothari urging to take all possible steps to keep our mother earth clean, beautiful & pollution free. He shared the theme on World Environment Day by UNEP (United Nation Environment protection) for the year i.e “Seven Billion Dreams, one planet consume with care” which stress on consumption with care, keeping in view of having only one planet with 7 million population to survive.

GGM flagged off the Environmental Awareness Walk in which several employees, their families, Associates and school children participated. A leaflet of simple steps that make good eco behaviour in to a habit on daily routine was distributed amongst all employees and associates.  Competitions for various groups for drawing, essay & slogan writing were also organised on this occasion.

On this occasion, a mass sapling plantation programme was organised. Around 120 mango saplings were planted near central park of the township. Essay, drawing and slogan competition was organised on world environment day celebration.

Anand Khalatkar, GM (O&M) and P.K. Mohapatra, AGM (Maintenance) and other senior officials along with representatives of unions and associations were present to celebrate the day

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Odisha sends 25 samples of Maggi samples to Pune for testing...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has sent samples of Maggi noodles to an accrediated laboratory in Pune for testing.

The samples of instant noodles have been collected from different districts of the State and sent to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India accredited Central Food Laboratory, Pune.  As many as 25 samples collected from 14 districts have already been sent.

Odisha Government had earlier sent the samples of Maggi noodles to State Public Health Laboratory. But the laboratory does not have the facility for detecting the lead content.

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Red Cross Odisha Branch organizes Refresher First Medical Responder training programme...

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch with the support of National Head Quarter New Delhi, aims to develop a cadre of First Medical Responder at State level through a series of training programmes, enhancing the capacity of communities to respond to emergency situations. These volunteers and staffs were trained and equipped to address needs of their local communities, providing first aid, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, public health and psychological support.

Today, Odisha State Branch organised Refresher First Medical Responder training programme for FMR volunteers at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar with the objective to enhance the capacity of Red Cross volunteers and communities to deliver emergency health services during disaster and health emergencies by developing a cadre of First Medical Responders.

The training programme inaugurated by Dr. Chakradhara Panda, Honorary Secretary of IRCS-OSB as Chief Guest and highlighted about the objective, Seven fundamental principles of red cross, it has promoted mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all people, responsible for society at the time of disaster as outcome of the training programme. Bijaya Kumar Mohapatra, Disaster Management Coordinator, IRCS-OSB gave the welcome address in this programme. More than 40 Volunteers from Khordha & Dhenkanal district participated in the training programme.

Participants were trained on First Medical Responder, Basic First Aid, Safe handling & transporting of the casualty, basic life support, psychological support, TRIAGE in emergency, coordination mechanism, contingency planning, Restoring Family Link and Sanitation & Hygiene promotion in the training programme. Dr. Satyanarayan Hota, FMR Trainer & Dr. Manoj Kumar Das, First Aid trainer trained to the participants as resource persons. At the end of the session Bijay Kumar Khatua, Disaster Preparedness Supervisor offer vote of thanks on this occasion.

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Vigilance facebook page launched...

Bhubaneswar: The facebook account and helpline of vigilance department was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at State Secretariat.

The facebook page www.facebok.com/odisha.vigilance, will be a milestone achieved in curbing down corruption. The younger generation will be more involved now in the fight against corruption. In reporting bribery and corruption activities through facebook page, citizens can not only report crimes but also narrate positive experience. Besides, the information collected from the complaints, can be periodically monitored to be made available to public to make them aware about specific corruption challenges.

With those who do not access the internet can make use of the toll-free helpline number 1064 on all working days to lodge complaints and maintain anonymity too. Al calls received on the helpline will be registered and a complaint number will be given for each complainant for future reference.   


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7 persons kidnapped by Maoists...

Bhubaneswar: Seven persons including a former Panchayat Samiti Chairman has been kidnapped by Maoists from Kirtanpali village, a remote village under Mathili police station in Malkangiri district.

A search operation has already been initiated to locate the abducted persons, said Malkangiri police officials.

According to sources, a group of 20-25 armed persons came to Kirtanpali village on Monday late night and kidnapped six persons. They also took away another person from the neighbouring Bara village.   

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Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti observed at NTPC Talcher Kaniha...

Bhubaneswar: The 124th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti was observed at Talcher Kaniha on 14.04.2015.The event was organised by SC and ST Employees Welfare Association, NTPC Kaniha.

K.K. Sharma ,Director (Operation), NTPC Limited  graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the function.Prof B K Mallick,Dept of History & Director ,Centre for Ambedkar Studies ,Utkal University , Arvind Kumar ,RED(East II)&  N K Kothari were the Guests of Honor. The programme began with the lighting of lamps and floral tribute to Babasaheb Ambedkar. Birupakshya Pradhan, President, SC& ST association gave the welcome address.

Speaking on the occasion K.K. Sharma (Operation), NTPC Limited said “Dr. B R Ambedkar is remembered as the father of the Indian constitution, we should adapt his values and principles in our life to be a better human being”

Speaking on NTPC he said “the current installed capacity of NTPC has become 44, 598 MW with commissioning of 3 units of 200 MW of Koldam Hydro Power project located in Himanchal Pradesh. Sharma said “NTPC has achieved a PLF of 80.2% which more than average national PLF of 65%, it is matter of great proud that Talcher Kaniha has secured 4 th best position in the country and 2nd best among NTPC power stations”. He added that Talcher Kaniha can become No.1 station of the country.

Guest of Honour Mallick deliberated the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and appealed all to follow the footsteps of Ambedkar.” He added “the contribution of Ambedkar towards protection of Dalit Rights, Women empowerment, making a Modern India & formation of Indian Constitution is immeasurable”

Guest of Honour, Arvind Kumar, RED (East II) said “India has become republic with the efforts of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar. Our constitution is one of the best constitutions and it is still relevant”

Guest of Honour N.K. Kothari, GGM (Talcher Kaniha) on the occasion said that “contribution of Babasaheb Ambedkar cannot be expressed in words and one should follow the principle of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar “

Prizes for winners of various essay & quiz competitions were given away on this occasion by the dignitaries. Vote of thanks was given by Arun Kumar Naik, Secretary, SC & ST association.

Office bearers of SC&ST Employees Welfare Association, representatives of union and association and employees with family members were present on this occasion. A cultural programme on Odishi & traditional dance was organised to celebrate the special day.

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Vedanta’s Jharsuguda operation observed National Fire Service Week 2015...

Bhubaneswar: Vedanta’s Jharsuguda operation observed the National Fire Service Week 2015 with the theme ‘Let us be the partners in preventing fire and protecting life and property’. In the week, of April 9 to April 14, Vedanta’s initiatives included spearheading awareness on fire related safety practices through quiz, essay and training sessions in its plant premises for all sections of employees and contract partners.

The Fire service week was led by Santosh Srivastava, Head Fire Services, Vedanta Jharsuguda. The conclusion event was kicked off with unfurling of the Fire Service flag by the chief guest, Mr. Braja Gopala Acharya, ADM, Jharsuguda. After paying homage to the gallant firemen, the fire-safety pledge was administrated. A fire-safety manual was also released by the Chief Guests during the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Acharya appreciated Vedanta for establishing excellent fire service infrastructure and team at the location and emphasised on the need to establish mutual aid with all Industries and State Fire Stations, to be alert for any kind of eventuality in the area. Mr. D K Singh, Head HSE and Sustainability apprised on the last year’s Annual performance and achievements of Fire Department and stressed on the commitment towards a hazard like fire. Fire demonstration and their methods of extinguishment by the fire fighters left the audience mesmerized during the event. Prizes were distributed to the winners of Quiz and Essay Competition and Extinguisher operation competition. Employees who contributed towards fire service department were also felicitated on this ceremony.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr.Satya Sahu, Head Safety, CPP. More than 300 employees and partner company agencies witnessed the concluding event. Also present during the occasion were other dignitaries from Vedanta Jharsuguda, Mr D. K Singh, Head HSE & Sustainability, Dr. Rajeev Nayan, Head Business HR, Mr. Dayanidhi Behera ,Head Plant-I, Mr. Ashok Nayak, Mr. Rajeev Ranjan on dais amongst a number employees.



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Vocational education course to be introduced in schools of all districts...

Bhubaneswar: School & Mass Education Department on recommendations of the relevant syllabus committees, two years course on "Secondary School Vocational Education Examination" in trades Automobiles and Information Technology & Information Technology Enabled Services (IT&ITES) for the students of Class-IX (as level-I) and Class-X (as level-II), on the basis of National Vocational Education Qualification Frame work of NCERT, Delhi and Ministry of H.R.D. Government of India has been approved.

This will come into force with effect from the academic Session-2015-16 for Class- IX (level-I) and session 2016-17 for Class-X (level-II). This Vocational Education Course will be introduced in the following 30 High Schools of the state at the first phase as approved by Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister School & Mass Education.

These schools are Anugul High School, Town High School Balasore, Gorge High School Baragarh, Zila School Bhadrak, P.R. High School Balangir, Basuni High School Boudh, Ravenshaw Collegiate School Cuttack, R.B.D High Schook Deogarh, B.B. High School Dhenkanal, M.R. B. High School Paralakhemundi Gajapati, Onslow Institution Chatrapur Ganjam, S. K. Academy Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur Zilla School, Government High School Jharsuguda, Bhawanipatna Town High School Kalahandi, Government High School Khajuripada Kandhamala, Kendrapara High School, D.N. High School Keonjhar, Capital High School Unit-III Bhubaneswar Khorda, Government High School Koraput, Government (New) High School Serapali Malkangiri, MKC High School Mayurbhanj, R.C.D High School Nabarangapur,

Brajendra High School Nayagarh, National High School Nuapada, Biswambar Bidyapitha Puri, Shree Ugratara High School Rayagada, Budharaja High School Sambalpur, Khari High School Sonepur, B.S. High School Sundergarh.

The syllabus, courses of studies and student's handbook (study materials) and other relevant documents will be provided to the head of the Institution very shortly.


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IPL 2015 inaugurated...

Bhubaneswar: The grand opening ceremony of much awaited Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) - 2015 was held at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Tuesday. This is the eighth edition of IPL.

Bollywood stars Anuska Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor mesmerized audiences with their performances. Thundershowers pushed back the ceremony by one and a half hours, but a large crowd gathered at the stadium to witness the grand opening ceremony.

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Red Cross Odisha Branch celebrates World Health Day 2015...

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of World Health Day State level meeting was organised at Red Cross Bhavan.

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Minister Health & Family Welfare and Chairman, Working Committee, IRCS-OSB inaugurated the programme as the Chief Guest. By highlighting about food safety, Minister opined that access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. He said- this day is a reminder of the equal importance of food safety systems and food safety culture. Systems can be in place, but people drive the culture. We need to know those working in the industry understand their role in protecting our food safety reputation, he added. Besides, Sri Sudhansu Bhusan Mishra, IAS, Former Chief Secretary & Chairman, Health & Care Standing Committee, IRCS-OSB, Bijay Kumar Mohanty, MLA, Bhubaneswar Madhya, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar Uttara &  Prof. Asha Hans, Lady Vice-President, IRCS-OSB joined as Guest of Honors in this occasion.
In his address, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra said that YRC volunteers can promote awareness and understanding of food safety issues among the general public. Bijay Kumar Mohanty also expressed that make safe food is a priority to prevent food borne diseases, protect the health of your family and community and be confident about the safety of the food you eat.

Sudhansu Bhusan Mishra in his address he stressed that  Foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems, and harming national economies, tourism and trade. During her address Prof. Asha Hans expressed that Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. And she opined that public plays important roles in promoting food safety, from practising safe food hygiene and learning how to take care when cooking specific foods that may be hazardous (like raw chicken), to reading the labels when buying and preparing food.

By highlighting the figures of food borne diseases Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary of IRCS-OSB expressed that Foodborne and waterborne diarrheal disease kill an estimated 2 million people annually, including many children and particularly in developing countries. He said unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of diarrhoea and malnutrition, threatening the nutritional status of the most vulnerable. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases - ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Foodborne illnesses are usually infectious or toxic in nature and caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water. Food safety is thus a prerequisite for food security.

The meeting was presided by Dr. Chakradhar Panda and ended with a vote of thanks by Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary, IRCS-OSB.
To mark the celebration an awareness rally on food safety was organized from Red Cross Bhavan to Ram Mandir to Red Cross Bhvan, Bhubaneswar at 8.00 AM. Where more than 250 Red Cross Life Members, Youth Red Cross & Junior Red Cross volunteers and IRCS-OSB staffs participated and created awareness among public by holding placard and giving different slogans to make safe food to prevent food borne diseases. The rally was inaugurated by Sri Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary, IRCS-OSB. Besides, IRCS-OSB has also organised a Free Health Check up camp at Kantabada, Khordha with the support of District Red Cross Branch, Khordha. Where patients were consulted and generic medicine were also provided to them.

Every year on April 7 World Health Day is being celebrated in the world to marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is– “Food Safety” - from farm to plate make food safe. The World Health Day 2015 campaign focuses on unsafe food, the diseases they cause and simple precautions we can all take to protect ourselves and our families.

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‘Mission Indradhanush’ inaugurated...

Bhubaneswar: Health & Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak inaugurated the massive immunisation programme ‘Mission Indradhanush’ on Tuesday here at Sishu Bhawan Dispensary in Bhubaneswar.

 Children from 0-2 years of age and pregnant women who missed their vaccination or partially vaccinated will be covered under this programme. Vaccination will be provided against seven vaccines preventable diseases like measles, diphtheria, tuberculosis, whooping cough, tetanus, polio and hepatitis B. The Mission Indradhanush has been started in ten districts of Odisha like Ganjam, Khurda, Koraput, Gajapati, Boudh, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Nabarangpur from today.

It has been decided to expand the immunisation coverage to 90 percent by 2020 in the country.

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Differently able persons got Red Cross Award on Utkal Divas...

Bhubaneswar: On the 79th Anniversary ceremony of Utkal Divas i.e on 1st April 2015 Shri. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha felicitated 4 differently abled persons with “Red Cross Award” for the year 2015 on the basis of their outstanding achievement. The awardees were chosen by a Selection Committee headed by the Director, Social Welfare, Govt. of Orissa, Additional Director, Health Service, Govt. of Orissa and Honorary Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Orissa State Branch from different categories like hearing & speech impaired, orthopedically challenged, cerebral palsy & mental retardation and visually impaired. The award carried a citation and A/c Payee Cheque prize of Rs.30,000/- to each.

The following Differently able persons received the Red Cross award for 2015:

  1. Orthopedically challenged      -           Mr. Batkrushna Jena  
  2. Hearing & Speech Impaired   -           Mr. Manas Kumar Das
  3. Visually Challenged                -           Mr. Bihari Naik
  4. Mentally Challenged               -           Mr. Tita Mohanty

Red Cross took the proud to honour these differently abled persons of Odisha who have self sustained through their determination & endeavor created examples for other physically and mentally challenged persons.  

On this occasion Niranjan Pujari, Speaker, State Legislative Assembly, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Information & Public Relation, Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Culture & Tourism, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar Madhya, Dr. Prsanna Patsani, M.P, Madhusudan Padhi, Commissioner, Information & Public Relation and Dr. Arvinda Padhee, Commissioner, Tourism & Culture and Ranjit Mohanty, Director, I & PR. were present on the dais on this occasion.

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB encouraged to the physically and mentally challenged awardees.


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80th Utkal Diwas celebrated at Talcher Kaniha ...

Bhubaneswar: 80th Utkal Diwas was celebrated at Talcher Kaniha on April 1, 2015.The programme Utkal Anthem “Bande Utkal Janni...”.Group General Manager N.K. Kothari and Chief Speaker of the evening Sanjay Kumar Satapathy, Dean, Students Welfare, Ravenshaw University inaugurated the event by lighting the lamps and flower tribute to Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati & Fakir Mohan Senapati etc.

N.K. Kothari in his address conveyed his good wishes to all employees on the Utkal Diwas celebration. He stated that “The contribution of freedom fighters and legends of the state has made odisha rich in culture and heritage which is popular worldwide”. He further added that "he was surprised to see participation of employees and their family in large numbers in various competitions organised on the occasion of Utkal Diwas which shows the keen interest of the people in preserving their culture and tradition" 

Chief Speaker, Satapathy in his address briefed the contribution of Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala mani Gopabandhu in making the state independent, he also spoke on odisha’s rich culture, literature and its heritage.

To celebrate the day, various cultural programme e.g traditional form of dance like Odishi etc were performed, popular odishi cuisines stalls were made available in food stalls which was enjoyed by the public assembled for the event. Winners of competition like essay, elocution, odia songs etc were also felicitated on this occasion. A souvenir specially designed for the occasion was also inaugurated by the delegates of the programme.

JVN Rao, GM (O&M), UK Dasgupta, GM (Maintenance), Lalita Rao, Vice President, Tanvi Sangam & Sonali Dasgupta, Vice President (Bal Bhavan) along with senior officials and representatives of union and association were also present. The programme was coordinated by A.K.Samal, Secretary; Utkal Diwas Cultural Committee gave the introductory speech and conveyed his gratitude to all employees and public for their cooperation for successful organisation of the programme.


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Aadhar registration ended in May...

Bhubaneswar: By the month of May, the ongoing registration of Aadhar would be completed. This is informed by the State Assembly. IT minister Pranab Prakash Das said while Aadhar registration in 29 districts would be completed by March, it will begin in Malkangiri district very soon and will be completed by May this year.

The minister, while replying to a question from BJP member Dilip Ray, said a total of 3,30,39,347 people have been registered under Aadhar by March 8 of which 2,71,15,591 people have been provided with Aadhar number.

Referring to the information from the Census Directorate, he said the first phase registration in 29 districts has been completed while the second and final phase registration in these districts is underway.

He said the first phase registration in Malkangiri district which was stopped mid-way due to some problems, would begin very soon and would be completed by May this year.

“To expedite the process of registration, the state government has opened permanent registration centre at each tehsil”, Das said in his reply.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the agency of the Central government which is implementing the Aadhaar scheme in the country.

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Awareness Programme on Environment Protection, Sanitation, Plantation, Climate Change & Global Warming organised...

Bhubaneswar: One day awareness and advocacy programme on Environment Protection, Sanitation, Plantation, Climate Change & Global Warming for the Youth Red Cross Volunteers & Counsellors was organised by the Youth Red Cross unit of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. In this programme more than 150 Youth Red Cross Volunteers & Counsellors from different Colleges of Bhubaneswar had participated,   The main objective of the training programme was to promote awareness on Environment protection, Sanitation, Plantation, Climate Change & Global warming among the youth and the   community both in campus as well as in the society.  

The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Roshan Ara Begum, Director Vocational Education, GoO as the Chief Guest. In her address she said that the Youth Red Cross volunteers can create and intensify the spirit of volunteerism among the youth to increase the public environmental awareness and demonstrate a commitment for environmental protection.

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Secretary, Youth Red Cross, IRCS-OSB welcomed all the participants and expressed that the youth has the key role to play in bringing about these reforms in society. YRC will be a great platform for the youth volunteers by taking up environmental issues such as global warming and climate change through plantation programmes in their respective areas as well as raising awareness to change sanitation behavior and mitigating environmental pollution.

Dr. C.V. Satya Narayan Rao, Deputy Director State Institute of Health & Family Welfare delivered a talk on Environment Protection and Sanitation. Pravat Mohan Dash, Programme Officer Centre for Environment Studies delivered a talk on Climate Change & Global Warming and Debaraj Panda, Divisional Manager, Odisha Forest Development Corporation, Bhubaneswar delivered a talk on Plantation. Besides, a Group competition was held on how to create awareness among the general public by the volunteers.

The Programme was coordinated by Dr. Debadatta Satpathy, Youth Red Cross Officer. 
 

At the end of the programme participation certificates were given to all the participants by Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Secretary, YRC, IRCS-OSB. The programme was ended with a vote of thanks by Sushil Kumar Pattnaik, YRC Counsellor, RD Womens College.


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Schedule for Nabakalebara prepared...

Bhubaneswar: A sum of Rs 239 crore has been approved for the annual budget of Puri Jagannath Temple. The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) also prepare for the long Nabakalebara process starting from the Banayatra Yatra beginning on March 29 to the Rath Yatra on July 18.

As per the schedule approved at the meeting chaired by Puri king Gajapati Dibya Singha Dev, the Banajaga Yatra, which would leave Puri on March 29, would spend the night at Deuli Mutt on April 2 and reach the Maa Mangal temple in Kakatpur the following day.

The Brahma Paribartan (infusion of soul into the new bodies of the deities) would take place on June 15 while the Nabajaubana Darshan (the first sight of the deities in their new bodies) would take place on July 17, a day ahead of the Rath Yatra, SJTA chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra said.

Earlier, the Gajapati king had given his approval for holding of the Nabakalebara Mahotsav of the Lords this year at a meeting of the Chhatisa Niyog (confederation of servitor bodies of the Shree Jagannath temple) held at the Srinaar (Puri king’s palace) on Tuesday.

During the course of Tuesday’s meeting of the Chhatisa Niyog, it was informed that Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati had given his consent on Monday for holding of the Nabakalebara of the Lords.

Gajapati Dibya Singha Dev asked the member from the Shree Mandir Mukti Mandap Pandit Shabha whether this year has consecutive asadha months or not. The member replied in the affirmative after which Dev formally gave his approval for holding of the Nabakalebara Yatra of the Lords this year.

The Gajapati’s approval for holding of the Nabakalebara Yatra is considered by temple servitors as ‘chhamu chithau’ (or the king’s order).

The Chhatisa Niyog‘s proposal for holding of the Nabakalebara and the ‘chhamu chithau’ will be presented in today’s meeting of the temple managing committee. After its approval, a formal notification for Nabakalebara-2015 will be issued as per standard procedure.

Internal wrangling within the Chhatisa Nijog was out in the open at yesterday’s meeting as members of different Nijogs (servitor bodies) traded charges against each other. As charges and counter charges flew thick and fast, the managing committee member and Daitapati Nijog secretary left the meeting half way.

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Pre-Paid Auto Services from March 22...

Bhubaneswar: From March 22, people of Capital Bhubaneswar will get the benefit of pre-paid auto services. Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik is scheduled to inaugurate the service on March 22.

The service has been initially planned at the railway station, Baramunda bus stand and KiiT square, said a notification from Transport department and Commissionerate Police. In the first phase, 150 autos will be deployed at station, 100 at bus stand and 100 more at KiiT square.
The service will be available 24 x 7 at the railway station and between 6 AM till 10 PM at Baramunda bus stand and KiiT Square.

While the service was initially planned to be launched from the airport, it has not yet been started as authorities are yet to provide parking space for auto rickshaws and the booking counter at the terminal.

The charges have been capped at Rs 30 for the first two kilometres, which also is the minimum amount payable for hiring a pre-paid auto. Beyond the first two kilometres, the charges would be calculated at Rs 10 per kilometre. If the auto is hired for a distance of more than 20 kilometres, the charges would come down to Rs 8 per kilometre beyond the first 20 kilometres, the notification said.

“Night time charges (11 PM- 5 AM) has been capped at Rs 50 for the first two kilometres, which is also the minimum night rental charge. Beyond the first two kilometres, the tariff would be 30 percent higher than day charges,” said a senior official of the Transport Department.

The tariff would be calculated within the distance from one square to another. The auto drivers will drop the passenger within one kilometre radius of the destination square as asked by the passenger.

“The drivers can claim the rental charges by submitting the receipt at the counter after dropping the passenger. We will keep a copy of the RC book of the autos, driver’s permanent address, photo and driver’s license with us. This is going to curb criminal activities by auto-drivers in the city and make travel safer,” said Sanjay Kumar Behera of RTO-2 of the city.

“We will start the service from airport at a later date,” Behera added.

As per the new prepaid service, the passengers wouldn’t have to negotiate the fare with auto-drivers. They can walk up to the counter and ask for the fare for the journey. Once they submit the amount at the counter, the auto driver would drop him at his destination.

The authorities are also planning to start welfare services and facilities such as rest shades, insurance, drinking water and other facilities by taking Rs 2 extra from the auto-owners.

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BSE starts evaluation process ...

Bhubaneswar: After the Matric examinations conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) the evaluation process started. Board President DP Nanda said around 16,000 teachers engaged in evaluation process. The evaluation process will be conducted at 70 centres across the state.

BSE has asked the examiners to switch off their mobile phones before entering evaluation centres in order to avoid errors during examining the answer sheets. They have been directed to report at the evaluation centre at 9:30 am. A total of 5,92,281 students had appeared in the matric exam this year.


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Careless work of Airport parking staffs ...

Bhubaneswar: A NRI & his brother were allegedly assaulted by some parking staff at the Biju Patnaik International Airport On Sunday. Digbijay Behera, a Marine Engineer by profession working in Europe and his brother Bijay Behera (29) were attacked by eight personnel of airport parking lot.

Bijay had gone on his Pulsar bike to the airport to receive his brother, who arrived today on an Indigo flight from Mumbai. As the brothers reached the exit of the parking lot, the staff on duty asked them to pay the parking fees.

Bijay reportedly refused to pay arguing that he was not issued a ticket when he entered through the main gate of the parking. “When we reached the exit gate, they asked to pay the parking fee but we had already reached before time,” he said.

This led to an altercation between the two brothers and the parking staff during which the latter allegedly assaulted them and attacked them with the ticket billing machine which they hold on their hands.

Later the brothers, who had received minor injuries, were rescued by the police. They were taken to Capital hospital for treatment.
Following the incident, a case has been registered at the Airfield police station.

“An airport visitor is exempted from paying parking charge only if he comes out of the parking lot within five minutes. However, action will be taken against the staff who attacked them,” RR Sahu, IIC of Airfield Police Station.

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Morning School to start from April 1...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has decided for starting morning school from April 1. Both private & government schools across Odisha will open at 6.30 AM and close at 10.30 AM.

According to the circular no school in the state will remain open after 11 AM and directed school authorities to finish their mid-day meals by 10.30 AM. School authorities have been further asked to complete all examinations by March 31 and make adequate provision for drinking water and first aid facilities during the days of the examinations.

The 2015-16 new academic year will commence from April 2 and all schools have been directed to observe April 1 as Utkal Divas in the circular.
In schools, which do not tube wells or drinking water facilities, headmasters will be required to advise students to get water bottles and umbrellas from their homes.

Students cannot be forced to do physical exercise against their will, the circular said. The department has directed schools to close schools for summer vacation by May 4.

After being approved by School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, the circular was issued to all directorates by School and Mass Education department secretary Usha Padhi.

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Seats increased in VSSUT & 5 Engineering Colleges...

Bhubaneswar: The number of seats in five government engineering colleges and Vira Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) has been increased to 1035.

The five engineering colleges are Keonjhar Government College of Engineering in Keonjhar, Kalahandi Government Engineering College in Kalahandi, College of Engineering and Technology (CET) in Bhubaneswar, Parala Maharaja Engineering College in Gajapati and Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), Sarang in Dhenkanal district.

The seats would be increased in the B.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc and Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) courses.

The government also decided to allow the students to take admission in the increased seats from the current academic session.

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Founder Editor of Outlook passes away...

Bhubaneswar: Vinod Mehta, the founder editor of Outlook magazine & the senior journalist is no more.

“Outlook Group announces with deep sadness the demise of its founder editor-in-chief and editorial chairman, Vinod Mehta, today,” it said in a tweet.
Born in Rawalpindi before India’s partition, Mehta’s family moved to India when he was only three years old. He grew up in Lucknow, studying in the La Martinere School and Lucknow University.

He starts his career in “Debonair” as an editor in 1974. It was a men’s magazine in India which boasted of serious articles as well as centre-folds. He later went on to launch other successful publications such as Sunday Observer, The Pioneer and Outlook. He also founded the Indian Post and The Independent newspapers.

A gifted writer, Mehta authored a biography of Bollywood actress Meena Kumari and Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of slain Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. His much acclaimed memoir, “Lucknow Boy”, came out in 2011.

President Pranab Mukherjee also offered his condolences and tweeted that “the eminent journalist made immense contribution to journalism”.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Lucknow, said: “I express my heartfelt condolences… His demise has left a big void in the field of journalism.”

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“Thila Gharara Gelhapua” writer to be honoured with Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award ...

Bhubaneswar: Rabindra Praharaj, the eminent literature of Odisha has been selected to be honoured with the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award. He has been selected for his translated book “Thila Gharara Gelhapua”, a translation of “Alaler Gharer Dulal”, a Bengali novel written by the eminent Bengali litterateur Peary Chand Mitra (1814-1883), who wrote under the pseudonym Tekchand Thakur, and published in 1857.

He has translated numerous books from other languages into Odia. The best known among his works of translation is ‘Thomas Hardynka Galpa Sambhara’, which is available on amazon.in.


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Odia Girl in Femina Miss India finals...

Bhubaneswar: Sushree Shreya Mishra, a girl from Western Odisha has made it to the grand finale of Femina Miss India-2015. This event will be held on March 28. She is among the 21 finalists vying for the crown.

She is from Sambalpur & has won many beauty pageants. She won the Asian Super Model-2010, Miss Friendship International 2010, Asia Model Festival Award 2011 and was among the top seven contestants in the Femina Miss Diva 2013 contest. Besides, she entered the final round of ‘I Am She 2010′ held in Mumbai for Miss Universe India.

Earlier, Shreya was crowned the Miss SPM and Miss Delhi Times too. This apart, she was among the five finalists of Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2010.
Her family members have appealed to the people in the state and elsewhere to vote for Sushree Shreya Mishra by clicking on the ‘Like’ option, sharing or commenting on her page on social networking site Facebook.

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While her father, Kishore Kumar Mishra, is a Lieutenant Colonel in Defence services posted at Ranchi, her mother, Sabita Rani Panda is a Vigilance Inspector in Sambalpur.

Sushree completed her schooling from St Joseph Convent School in Sambalpur and did her intermediate from BJB College here. Then she moved to Delhi for her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology (Hons) at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College under Delhi University.

Besides her inclination towards the glam world, she was bright in sports and cultural activities too. During her school days, she has won state-level sub-junior title in swimming, medals in horse riding and many trophies in Odissi dance competitions.

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Dr. Shyam Sundar Pattnaik appointed new Vice Chancellor of BPUT...

Bhubaneswar: In order to share the learning experience of all the organizations/stakeholders involved in the relief and rehabilitation process of recent Odisha floods of 2014 (Inter Agency Group- Odisha) IAG Odisha in collaboration with Christian Aid, CASA and ECHO organised a state level lesson learnt workshop on “Odisha floods” on 2nd march 2015 at hotel Excellency.

It was attended by a wide array of individuals including INGO’s, UN Agencies and the participants from various Grass-root level NGOs. The meeting was presided over by Ram Kishan, Regional Emergency Manager -South Asia of Christian Aid, and Nirmal Singh, Head of Emergency, CASA, Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda, State Head Odisha and Jharkhnd-UNDP, Akshaya Biswal, Regional Manager, Oxfam India, were present as the Guests of Honor.

The main objective of the workshop was to bring together internal and external stakeholders’ perspectives along and to collate information and share knowledge/experiences/lessons about the impacts of the Odisha floods and to suggest future strategies for short and long term planning, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

During the inaugural session Dr. Dipankar Chau Patnaik of Christian Aid  welcomed the participants and while defining the objective of the event expressed that the insights & unique experience gained during the post flood relief and rehabilitation efforts/lesson learnt/key challenges etc. can be usefully applied to build a disaster resilient Odisha and proper response mechanism in near future. During the session, Ram Kishan made a brief presentation on the different humanitarian interventions and works undertaken by Christian Aid and expressed his view on learning from the past experience and how it has helped to get momentum and success in handling the recent disaster and planning for better strategy.

Dr. Ambika Nanda urged that we are concerned with the big disasters but no one is concerned about the smaller ‘every day disasters’ which occur and affect people frequently, and therefore suggested that the civil society members to come together, reflect and build a larger partnership. By addressing the present members, Akshaya Biswal opined that the issues coming out in LLW and GO-NGO coordination can be taken up by the IAG in its meetings and can be further incorporated in the advocacy agenda.

The event helped in identifying the key issues relating to GO-NGO coordination, preparedness of civil society during pre-disaster situation and also helped in identifying and highlighting best practices and strategies at the community level particularly during the floods.

Suggestions and recommendations were made by the participants including strengthening of IAG Odisha, Documenting the integrated works of GO& NGO in disaster management, Coordination from state level to district Level, in Disaster Management plan etc. The meeting was coordinated and ended with a vote of thanks by Manoranjan Behera, Coordinator of IAG Odisha.


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Slum sanitation drive organised on International Women’s Day...

Bhubaneswar:A slum sanitation drive was organised by Center for Child and Women Development (CCWD) with support of National foundation for India, New Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day-2015 at Tuighoot slum under ward no-10 of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation. 

As many as 40 youth and child club members under the leadership of Jagadish champia cleaned the slum pocket. The aim of the programme was to raise awareness among the slum dwellers to use dustbin and clean their house periphery for better living.

The programme was coordinated by Bhaskar Chandra Pradhan, Biswa Ranjan Mishra and Soumya Ranjan Mallick.

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Insurance Laws Amendment Bill passed in Lower House...

Bhubaneswar: The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill has been passed in Lok Sabha. It seeks to hike the foreign equity cap on domestic companies from 26 percent to 49 percent, despite opposition protests.

It also seeks to replace an ordinance that was promulgated earlier.

The bill now faces a crucial test in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not enjoy a majority.

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License of Reliance Energy Limited cancelled ...

Bhubaneswar: Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, the principal secretary of Energy department said that Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) withdraws licenses of three Reliance-managed electricity distribution companies (discoms)-WESCO, NESCO, SOUTHCO for citing unsatisfactory performance. After withdrawal of licenses, the OERC has appointed the CMD of GRIDCO as the administrator of these companies for the time being.    The commission took the decision after the unsatisfactory improvement in performance of these companies. The discoms had been in the scanner for failing to invest in improving distribution and were seeking for upward tariff revisions without caring for reduction of aggregate technical & commercial (AT&C) losses.

Mohapatra said that though the existing employees of the department will not be affected by the withdrawal of licenses.


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Campus of XIMB to open in Rourkela...

Bhubaneswar: Another campus of the Xavier Institute of Management-Bhubaneswar (XIMB) decided to open in Rourkela. Naveen Pattnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha has decided this at the State Secretariat in a high level of meeting.

The Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) will provide all assistance for setting up of the second campus, official sources said.

The decision of the state government has come in the wake of the growing discontentment among the citizens of the steel city over the recommendation of Odisha chief minister to the Centre for establishment of the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Sambalpur.

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Lesson learnt workshop on Odisha Floods organised...

Bhubaneswar: In order to share the learning experience of all the organizations/stakeholders involved in the relief and rehabilitation process of recent Odisha floods of 2014 (Inter Agency Group- Odisha) IAG Odisha in collaboration with Christian Aid, CASA and ECHO organised a state level lesson learnt workshop on “Odisha floods” on 2nd march 2015 at hotel Excellency.

It was attended by a wide array of individuals including INGO’s, UN Agencies and the participants from various Grass-root level NGOs. The meeting was presided over by Ram Kishan, Regional Emergency Manager -South Asia of Christian Aid, and Nirmal Singh, Head of Emergency, CASA, Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda, State Head Odisha and Jharkhnd-UNDP, Akshaya Biswal, Regional Manager, Oxfam India, were present as the Guests of Honor.

The main objective of the workshop was to bring together internal and external stakeholders’ perspectives along and to collate information and share knowledge/experiences/lessons about the impacts of the Odisha floods and to suggest future strategies for short and long term planning, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

During the inaugural session Dr. Dipankar Chau Patnaik of Christian Aid  welcomed the participants and while defining the objective of the event expressed that the insights & unique experience gained during the post flood relief and rehabilitation efforts/lesson learnt/key challenges etc. can be usefully applied to build a disaster resilient Odisha and proper response mechanism in near future. During the session, Ram Kishan made a brief presentation on the different humanitarian interventions and works undertaken by Christian Aid and expressed his view on learning from the past experience and how it has helped to get momentum and success in handling the recent disaster and planning for better strategy.

Dr. Ambika Nanda urged that we are concerned with the big disasters but no one is concerned about the smaller ‘every day disasters’ which occur and affect people frequently, and therefore suggested that the civil society members to come together, reflect and build a larger partnership. By addressing the present members, Akshaya Biswal opined that the issues coming out in LLW and GO-NGO coordination can be taken up by the IAG in its meetings and can be further incorporated in the advocacy agenda.

The event helped in identifying the key issues relating to GO-NGO coordination, preparedness of civil society during pre-disaster situation and also helped in identifying and highlighting best practices and strategies at the community level particularly during the floods.

Suggestions and recommendations were made by the participants including strengthening of IAG Odisha, Documenting the integrated works of GO& NGO in disaster management, Coordination from state level to district Level, in Disaster Management plan etc. The meeting was coordinated and ended with a vote of thanks by Manoranjan Behera, Coordinator of IAG Odisha.


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“Aahar” for poor by Odisha Government...

Bhubaneswar: “Aahar” scheme for poor people in urban areas was launched by Naveen Pattnaik, Chief Minister in the 5 big cities. It will be worked from this April.

Under the scheme, the government would provide a meal for five rupees to the urban poor in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela. The government has decided to open Aahar centres at bus stops, railway stations, collectorate and hospitals in the five urban areas. The menu of the meal will comprise plain rice and dalma. This meal will available for urban poor during lunch time. 

The state government will provide Rs. 5 meal to 25000 people daily in the state. The state government will engage experienced NGOs in this activity in these cities. Food, supply and Urban Development department will provide basic infrastructure for this purpose. 


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Date of OJEE exam extended to March 20..

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) 2015-16 is scheduled to be held on March 20.

OJEE chairman Tushar Nath said in view of the annual Plus Two examinations currently underway in the state and less number of applicants for Lateral Entry Engineering, the last date of application has been extended from March 5 to March 20.

The OJEE examinations would be held for admission in MBA, MCA, Pharmacy, Lateral Entry MBA, Lateral Entry MCA, Lateral Entry Pharmacy, Lateral Entry Engineering, M. Pharm, M. Arch, Ayurveda and Homoeopathy courses. The OJEE has excluded PGDM, PGCM, PGDM (Executive) and MSC Dual Degree courses from this year’s entrance test.

About 32,000 students have applied for the examinations till date which is 6000 less as compared to last year. OJEE has provided scope to the students from outside the state for admission in the Lateral Entry courses, Nath said.

He informed that about 10000 students have applied for admission in Ayurveda and Homoeopathic courses this year compared to 8000 last year. The students will have to pay a fee of Rs 1000 and those who have applied for two subjects will have to pay Rs 15000.

Students unable to make online payment can make online challan payment in the Canara Bank or Bank of Baroda.

The first sitting would be from 9 AM to 12 PM, the second sitting from 12 PM to 1 PM and the third sitting from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM.
The students can download their admit card from the OJEE website www.odishajee.com from April 20 onwards.

Besides, OJEE, for the first time in the state, has introduced two new courses—B. Plan and M. Plan—in the College of Engineering and Technology (CET) for which it will announce the date of application for admission in these courses within a week.

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Save Us Sand Sculpture by Sudarshan Pattnaik on World Wildlife Day...

Bhubaneswar:“Save us” message by Padmashree Sand Artist Sudarshan Patnaik on the occasion of World Wildlife Day. He created a sand sculpture with message at Puri sea beach. 

On this occasion Accounts General (G &SSA) Amar Patnaik inaugurated this sculpture and there are 56 delicate from 36 countries present there at that time. The delicate came to attend the 124th International Training Programme on “Environment Audit” Pattnaik has created a 5ft high sand sculpture of some wild animals and forest and used about three tons of sand to complete this art.

Patnaik created the art work in a bid to create awareness on the saving of Wild life’s and their habitat. World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.


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All Government Colleges, Universities to become Wi-Fi enabled by March...

Bhubaneswar: All the government recognised Universities & Colleges will be fully Wi-Fi enabled by March. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting organised by Higher Education department presided over by its Secretary Gagan Kumar Dhal.

With this initiative, seven universities, 46 colleges and all autonomous universities funded by state government would avail Wi-Fi facilities from the next academic session in which students would have access to e-library, smart classroom and smart campus services.

Internet facilities will be on offer for students and they would be able to enrol in online programmes after the introduction of Wi-Fi facilities in the educational campuses. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has been entrusted with the responsibility to execute the project for which the officials have begun the survey of the state-run institutions. Following this, they would submit a detailed project report (DPR) and subsequently funds will be released to make the institutions Wi-Fi enabled.

“The state-owned telecommunications company will be executing the project and has been asked to submit DPR following which the campuses will be made Wi-Fi enabled by March this year,” Ajay Nayak said.

In the subsequent phases the facility will be rolled out to other colleges and varsities in the state. Besides, emphasis would be given on the government aided colleges, unaided colleges and residential colleges to be included in Wi-Fi campuses initiative.

The technology driven initiative is slated to benefit students and faculties as well who will have access to internet facilities.

“This is a welcome initiative by the state government. The proposed digital initiatives would uplift the standard of education in the state as it is lagging behind as compared to other states. The measures to introduce smart Wi-Fi campuses, e-libraries, smart classes and other digital initiatives will definitely help improve the quality of higher education in the state,” a student of Utkal University in the capital city said.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited Sri Sri University campus ...

Bhubaneswar: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited Sri Sri University here and inspected the grounds, checking the 2.5 lakh square ft of infrastructure development activities which is in progress, in addition to the existing 3 lakh sq ft built up area. The campus is now preparing for its fourth academic year beginning in July 2015, when it will be ready to receive nearly 1000 students more. 

This year, the university is all set to open many new programmes such as M.Sc in Osteopathy, B.Arch, B.Com, CST, PGDM in Financial markets in collaboration with NSE,B.Ed and Bachelor of Performing Arts in Hindustani Music along with the existing Programs of MBA (General Management, Agri Business, Entrepreneurship), M.A (Good Governance and Public Policy), BBA, BA and MA (Yoga and Naturopathy), BA (Performing Arts- Odissi).


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11.580 Land handed over to VSSUT ...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has decided to hand over nearly 11.580 acres unutilized land of Burla town to Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) in Burla. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved this proposal. Earlier the lands were in the possession of the irrigation department. 

CM also approved construction of a ropeway near Hirakud dam. Proposed ropeway will connect Nehru Park with Gandhi Minar near Hirakud dam to boost tourism. The ropeway will be constructed by Mahanadi Coalfields.


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Odisha Government sanctions more than Rs. 100 crore infrastructural development of Utkal University...

Bhubaneswar: More than Rs. 100 crore rupees have been sanctioned by Odisha Government for infrastructural development of Utkal University. The Government has decided to start a project to convert the university campus into a smart, energy efficient and eco-friendly campus similar to major universities of the world. Rupees thirty-two crore will be spent on this project. A Rural Vocational Training Centre at a cost of Rupees fifteen crore at Chandikhol will also be established, which will act as a rural campus of the University. The focus will be on modern techniques for better employability of Odia youth. The Government is also considering to set up a chair in the name of legendary educationist Dr. Pranakrushna Parija in Bio-Technology and to set up a centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Training in the name of our legendary leader Biju Patnaik, who himself was a great entrepreneur, says Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while addressing the annual function of Utkal University Students’ Union.

Among other guests, Higher Education Minister Dr. Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy, Panchayati Raj Minister Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo, Tourism & Culture Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister For Civil Supplies, Technical Education Sanjay Dasverma, MP Dr Prasanna Kumar Patsani, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra, BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, President of Utkal University Students Union Rajesh Raj Swain and Secretary of Union Suryakant Sahoo also spoke on the occasion.

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Training programme on Federation Management organised...

Bhubaneswar: Center for Child and Women Development (CCWD) with the support of Practical Action and Bernard Van Leer foundation organised training on Federation Management for the executive members of Bhubaneswar Abarjana Gotali Mahasangha here at Hotel Suryansh.

As many as 30 members participated in this training programme. The objective of the training programme was to gear up the federation in a well manner and to create unity   among other informal waste workers for their development said Sadasiv Swain, secretary of CCWD. Among others programme manager of Practical Action Rashmi Patel, Hrusikesh Sarangi, Kishore Mohanty oriented to the members on Federation management.


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Veteran BJD leader passes away..

Bhubaneswar: Kalindi Behera, senior BJD leader passed away. He was suffering from septicemia and died of multi organ failure in a private hospital here. He was 71 at the time of end. His cremation was held at his native village Salepur.

As news of Behera’s death spread, leaders of political parties, friends, well wishers and followers arrived at the hospital for a last glimpse of the departed leader.

Behera was elected to the Assembly five times, the first time as a Janata Party candidate from Salepur constituency in 1977. He went on to win from the same seat three times more: as a Janata Dal candidate in 1990 and as BJD candidate in 2000 and 2004. In 2009, he was fielded by the party from the Cuttack Sadar constituency while his son Chandrasarathi was given the ticket for his old constituency.

The veteran leader, however, had been sulking since being denied the BJD ticket in the 2014 Assembly elections on the grounds of ‘old age’.
Behera had held several important portfolios in the council of ministers, first under the late Biju Patnaik and then under his son Naveen Patnaik.
Behera, who was a professor before taking the plunge into politics, was also a writer of repute and took a keen interest in socio-cultural affairs.

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Odisha BJP, Congress legislators opposed English drafted bills ...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress & BJP legislators opposed the presentation of bills drafted in English in Odisha Assembly. There was a hilarious scene created in Assembly in this regard.  

Both Opposition members rushed into the Well of the House and shouted slogans against presentation of Bills drafted in English. Demanding that they be drafted in Odia, they staged a walkout to register their dissent. The ruckus started after Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra opposed the Odisha Police Bill-2015 drafted in English. The Bill was presented by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh when the House reassembled at 5 pm.

Mishra said as the Assembly had earlier passed Odia language as official language of the State. The State Government should have presented the Bill in Odia. Instead, it moved an English drafted Bill and went to pass it without allowing the Opposition to debate on it. The BJP members too opposed the Bill and demanded that Bills should be written in Odia and presented.


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Five papers of Science stream to be evaluated ...

Bhubaneswar: From this year only five subjects of science paper going to evaluated. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Zoology papers will only be evaluated. This was informed by Prof Basudev Chhatoi, Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE).
 
The Higher Education department has decided to exclude English, MIL and other optional subjects in the Science stream from e-evaluation.
Chairman said the proposal to this effect would be discussed at the Examination Committee meeting in 2-3 days after which the mode of e-evaluation would be decided.

The CHSE chairman said to ensure error-free e-evaluation, assistant examiners and chief examiners would be imparted a two-day training scheduled at 30 nodal centres in the state on February 19 and 20.

Though it is still not known which agency would be assigned with the e-evaluation work and where the scanning and e-evaluation of papers would be done, the Higher Education department has decided that there would be an experimental e-evaluation of Science papers this year while there would total e-evaluation of papers of all streams from next year.

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432 Dolphins found in Odisha Coast...

Bhubaneswar: As per the Dolphin Census in Odisha there are 432 dolphins, out of which nearly 24 were found in the Ganjam Coast, 124 in Chilika coast, 280 dolphins of six varieties were found in the Bhitarkanika National Park and four were found in Balasore and Bhadrak coast.
 

About 280 dolphins of six varieties were found in the Bhitarkanika National Park. Irrawady dolphin was sighted at Kalibhanjadiha under Kanika forest range whereas finless porpoise and irrawady dolphin were spotted in a stretch of water from Hansua to Khola river and Hansina to Mahipura river mouth under Rajnagar forest range. 

They have been identified as bottlenose dolphin, sousa chinensis, sousa plumbea, spotted dolphin, irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, said dolphin researcher Dr Mumtaj Khan.

Notably, as many as 31 participants and experts by constituting nine teams conducted the enumerations at the water bodies, rivers and coastline of Bhitarkanika on Sunday. As per report, not a single dolphin was found under Mahakalapada zone.  


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Odia Farmer to be honoured with Krishi Karman Award...

Bhubaneswar: Nirakara Dharua, an Odia farmer of Bolangir district has been selected to be honoured with Krishi Karman Award. He will receive this award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajastan on February 19. The farmer will be awarded for achieving highest paddy production in the State.

He is from Badtelenpali in the Lower Suktel project area of Balangir district. In 2013 he had cultivated MTU-1001 High yielding variety and achieved a production of 115 quintal per hectare. While the normal paddy yield of the district was 25.53kg, Dharua, by using System Rice Intensification (SRI), line transplanting method and bio-fertilizer, got production of 45 quitnal per acre. 


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App for distress women in twin city soon...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha police is now plan to launch mobile application for women. This app will help to allow women in distress to send a call or a message to the Police Control Room and three of their relatives in case of an emergency Twin city Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr R P Sharma said, “Our department had launched the mobile application on January 15 having various help-lines like emergency number (100), women helpline (1091), traffic helpline (1095), important phone numbers, know your police station, on traffic, senior citizen, women security cell, email, social media and download forms.”

To ensure safety of working women who use public transport, the commissionerate has launched the Pink Auto service and has provided self defense training to girls. “But now we are going to launch another mobile app which will basically provide safety to employed women in distress who have android based smartphones,” the commissioner said.

“After a thorough study on ‘Himmat’ project launched by Delhi police on January 1, we are working on the project to launch it in the month of March this year. It is a cost effective project,” he added.

Explaining the working of the app, Commissioner Dr Sharma said that after downloading the app, a new user has to register with the Commissionerate Police website, after downloading a form, by sharing their name, mobile number and that of a minimum of three relatives.

Once the user registers, s/he will get an SMS on mobile number given at the time of registration with a download link and registration key. The user has to enter this key in the registration window in the application. This is a one-time process.

“In case of an emergency, the user can send an alert by just shaking her phone or by pressing the power button/soft button. As soon as the button is pressed, the camera of the phone will automatically start and capture a 30-second audio and video recording on the phone which will be transmitted to the Police Control Room, and the victim will get a call back from the PCR,” said Dr Sharma.

An SMS alert will also be sent to three relatives of the user in distress.
“All the details of the victim, including her location, time will be there in the SMS which will also be transmitted simultaneously by the Police Control Room to the PCR vans in the area and the local police station for immediate action.

Generating false SOS alerts/ alarms, intentionally/ unintentionally, will lead to cancellation of the registration after three false SOS alerts, he said.
A total of 2, 000 people have downloaded the present mobile application of the commissionerate so far, Sharma revealed.

Sushree Ankita, a plus three student of Ramadevi College, said it is a welcome step by the Commissionerate police. “It will help women like us and provide safety to us while returning from the college or the work place,” she said.

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CCTV surveillance in 10 major market complexes...

Bhubaneswar: After launching the CCTV in the state capital, Commissionerate Police of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack is now gearing up to set up CC cameras in 10 of the major market complexes in Bhubaneswar.

The new project, to be implemented on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, will have business establishments set up high resolution cameras at their own expense. After installation, the cameras would be connected to the police control room via a leased line. The Commissionerate Police would provide the monitoring support and send PCR vans as and when required.

Busy market complexes of the city such as Unit-2 Market, Ashok Nagar Market, Bapuji Nagar Market, Ruchika Market in Baramunda, Indradhanu market in Nayapalli, Priyadarshini Market in CRP Square, Rabi Talkies Square Market, the market from Janpath cemetery to Master Canteen, Shahid Nagar Market and Cuttack-Puri road market will be covered under the project.

Given the presence of shops such as jewellery, electronics and other high value materials and repeated incidents of theft and loot, the police have advised business installations to use front facing high resolution cameras that can focus on objects up to 100 metres away.

A meeting has been scheduled between the market complex association and the Commissionerate Police at the office of the Commissioner of Police on February 24 to discuss the issue and listen to the suggestions from the association.

The police also plan to set up 14 CC cameras at the gates of state assembly and secretariat. While four of these would be Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras, the rest would be fixed ones.

The police also are considering setting up CC cameras in front of Raj Bhavan and the office of the Commissioner of Police to enhance the security.

It may be noted that 128 cameras have been set up in 28 important junctions of the city recently along with 99 cameras in 33 PCR vans. Another 90 junctions of the city are being planned to be covered under CCTV surveillance in two phases.

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Group Editor


KIIT FEST 2015 concludes...

Bhubaneswar: KIIT Fest, the annual university festival of KIIT University concluded on February 16. The festival was a defining platform for the students and artists to showcase their skills and develop their potential. It is the first and the largest of its kind in east India and hopes to carve a niche for itself in the country. The students showcased their technical and cultural talents. It was the biggest platform for the students to express their technical ideas in various fields and cultural creativity. More than 8thousand students from various technical institutes across the country were participated in this techno-cultural extravaganza, while more than 60 technical and cultural events held in various campuses of KIIT.

The four day extravaganza featured on workshops for inquisitive minds, Robotic Events for technical, app making events for computer geeks, structure challenges for civil engineers, business plan marathons for management Gurus, competitive debates, dance, drama and quizzing events for artists and cultural shows for free wheelers. To make it more colourful Bollywood musical Duo Salim-Sulaiman, Melody Queen Sweta Pandit, winner of the Indian Idol-6 and Renowned Bollywood artist Sourav Shukla, singer Karan Oberoi and sunburn DZ group were the main attraction of the festival on different days.

Several competitive events like Jab they met, Amalgam, Give Me a Break, Open Sesame, Pen the Lens, KIIT FEST Press Corps, That's Life, view profile, Time Machine, Virtuous Artus, Illumination, Raag, Taal, Manch, Hands On: Algorithm, Bhojan, Create, Tron, Troy, Use'em Brains: Buzzered, Ideate, Biz Wiz, Gaming etc. also another attraction of this four day fest.

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BrahMos Test Fired successfully...

Bhubaneswar: Supersonic Brahmos has been successfully test fired from INS Kolkata. It is the navy’s most powerful and newest warship.
The launch was flawless and the missile met all its designed parameters. The Indian Navy commissioned INS Kolkata Aug 16, 2014. This is the first ship of this class, with two more in the pipeline.

All the three ships will be equipped with the vertical-launched BrahMos system as the prime strike weapon.

The Universal Vertical Launcher Module (UVLM) being used in these has a unique design, developed and patented by BrahMos Aerospace.
The UVLM has the benefits of stealth and permits launching of the missile vertically in any direction.

BrahMos chief Sudhir Mishra congratulated the BrahMos Team and Indian Navy on the successful mission.

The BrahMos has a range of 290 km and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. It has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile. This makes BrahMos one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world.

It can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft and land.

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Odisha Government sanctions Rs. 1600 crore for development of Sambalpur...

Bhubaneswar:The State Government has announced a plan of Rs 1,600 crore for the development of Sambalpur. The plan was finalised at a meeting held under chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat.

Chief Minister directed the concerned officers to complete projects within stipulated time frame. The amount would be spent on construction of roads and bridges, renovation works of Maa Sameleswari Temple, construction of a guest house, a water park, a ropeway, systemization of water supply and a modern bus terminal among others.


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Dolphin Census to begin in Odisha...

Bhubaneswar: Dolphin census is going to be started in the coastal areas & shorelines of Odisha apart from Chilika lagoon.

Encouraged by the presence of several species of the aquatic mammal, the state government had decided to take up enumeration at multiple sites, two coastal eco-systems—Chilika and Bhitarkanika – and off the Baleswar, Brahmapur, Bhadrak and Puri coasts.

The forest and environment will do this. ‘‘The enumeration of the dolphins has begun today at various places, including six forest divisions in the state. The forest divisions are–Baleswar, Brahmapur, Bhadrak, Puri, Chilika and Rajnagar and the area of census operation would spread from Udaipur in Baleswar district to Pati Sonepur in Ganjam,’’ a forest official said.

As many as 12 species of dolphins were sighted off the Odisha coast of which at least six species – Irrawaddy, Finless Porpoise, Bottle Nose, Hump Back, Spinner and Gangetic species – have been recorded in Bhitarkanika and Rajnagar areas. The census will try to locate the pockets of their habitats in the coastal zones as well. Besides, it will aid in conservation strategies for the aquatic species.

Nine teams consisting of 40 wildlife experts and the forest department officials have been constituted for the headcount at the Bhitarkanika marine sanctuary. This apart, three five-member teams have been formed to carry out the census along 150-km Puri coast. Besides, two trawlers and two boats will be pressed into service for this purpose.

Notably, this year’s census is being conducted under the direct supervision of the Chief Wildlife Warden in active participation of the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) and its forest division.

According to 2014 census, Chilika had recorded dolphin population of 158, followed by 152 in 2013, 145 in 2012 and 156 in 2011.

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Veteran Congress leader passes away...

Bhubaneswar: Janab Habibulla Khan, veteran leader of Congress & former minister passed away. After a long illness he died at Care Hospital of Vishakhapatanam on Saturday.

He was 81. In 1961 he was sarpanch of Taragam & has won all eight Assembly elections since first began contesting in 1971 to 2004. He is one of India’s longest serving MLAs — a rare Muslim who has never lost an election in a constituency.


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Roses forever; Gift a Plant: A Bakul Initiative this Valentines Day ...

Bhubaneswar: This Valentines day, volunteers were on roads with decorated rose saplings packed with fancy baskets and eco friendly wrappers. Spreading the message of gifting trees volunteers were motivating the passer by to buy Plants and gift their beloved ones on this Valentine's Day.
"If we promise to be in love for lifetime, then why not a gift which grows and stays for ever," said Sulagna Sivaprava, a volunteer from the city based voluntary organisation, Bakul Foundation. We have set up 2 stalls in the city and also 10 different florists have joined hands with us to spread this cause and packed saplings are available with them as well, added Sulagna.

A total of 200 plants have been sold so far since we start this campaign which got launched today. We are receiving orders for more and we will keep spreading the word of Gifting Trees. Our basic idea is to bring a cultural change where people will think of buying a sapling instead of Gift or a flower bouquet at the time of gifting, said Alok Mohanty, another volunteer.

This is a gift that grows, like this tree wish our relationship will also grow, said Madhumoy, a buyer who got a red rose plant being packed in a basket for his valentine.

This Gift a Plant is an initiative under the My Tree Campaign of Bakul, which aims to create an emotional connect between individuals and trees by promoting individual ownership of trees. The main objective of the My Tree Campaign is to promote gifting and plantation of trees as a cultural practice where it becomes a part of the everyday lives of people. 

The campaign, which started in 2009, has many components through which the idea of gifting trees is promoted. There is a campaign on social media in which hundreds of people have profile pictures with trees. Environmental Film Festivals and workshops have been organized in schools, colleges and apartments to create awareness, and most importantly, to suggest how individually, each one of us can contribute to address the problem of climate change.

Gift a Plant is an attempt to break the inertia that people have in planting trees. It comes from a realization that many want to plant trees but they keep procrastinating. 

The My Tree Campaign has received international recognition now, as it is being featured in an Exhibition from November 2014 to June 2015 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, widely considered the Mecca for contemporary art and architecture. The curators of the exhibition interestingly identified the campaign as one of the very creative and impactful endeavours to address environmental challenges in urban areas in the world.

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Matric Questions Papers dispatched...

Bhubaneswar: For the first 3 days of the Matric exam, the questions papers were sent to 302 nodal centres from the Board of Secondary Education (BSE).
Dakshya Prasad Nanda, Chief of BSE said “The question papers and answer sheets will be kept under tight surveillance of police. “The vehicles carrying the question papers have been provided foolproof security. We have already alerted the district administrations and district education officers (DEOs) about the dispatch”.

Nanda also said that the Board had asked school headmasters to report any mistakes in the online registration of any student to the Controller of Examinations with immediate effect. We have opened a control room led by the Controller of Examinations of the Board. The concerned headmasters can directly contact the Controller and rectify the mistakes, he added.

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Group Editor


Dutee breaks record in National Games...

Bhubaneswar: Dutee Chand, an Odia Sprinter broke the record at National Games. She smashed the meet record in the heats clocking 11.83 sec in the women’s 100m sprint surpassing the previous mark of 11.84 sec set by H M Jyothi in the 2011.

Besides, the women’s hammer throw gold also went into Odisha’s kitty with Sarita Singh’s effort of 56.47 m.

It may be recalled that 19-year-old star Odisha sprinter, barred from taking part in any competition after failing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s controversial new hyperandrogenism test, got a partial reprieve when the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), where she had filed an appeal in September last year, allowed her to participate in national events.

The Switzerland-based CAS, however, had made it clear that it was only a provisional ruling and she continues to be barred from taking part in international events till a final decision on her case is decided by the international apex quasi-judicial body on sports.


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Group Editor


One more swine flu case in Odisha...

Bhubaneswar: Inter PSU Badminton & Table Tennis 2015 was organised by Sports Council, NTPC Talcher Kaniha at Recreation Centre on 08.02.2015.Employees from PSUs NALCO,MCL & NTPC Talcher Kaniha participated in this one day tournament.

The tournament was inaugurated by N K Kothari, Group General Manager, Talcher Kaniha in presence of JVN Rao, General Manager (O&M), U.K. Das Gupta, GM (Maintenance) & other senior officials.

The one day tournament saw participation of total 15 groups in both Badminton & Table Tennis .NTPC Talcher Kaniha was the winner and NALCO team was the runner in the badminton sports whereas in the Table Tennis MCL was the winner and NALCO was adjudged as the runner team.

Among others S K Suar, President, Sports Council, Sudhir Pani, Secretary and Bijay Bag, Joint Secretary of Sports Council along with other sports officials were present on the occasion.


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Foreign Tourists likes Odia Culture...

Bhubaneswar:As Odisha is rich in heritage & culture many foreigners like to visit Odisha and also became the part of it. Nearly 71,426 foreign tourists visited the State last year which is a mere 0.96 per cent of the country’s total foreign visitors. Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Tourism & Culture said that 4,58 20,689 tourists have visited the State in last five years. Out of the total, 1 76 97,871 tourists were from outside of the State and 3,13,974 from abroad.

Statistics revealed that the number of foreign tourists is gradually increasing in the State. The State had received 50,432 foreigners in 2010 and 60,722 in 2011, but the number increased to 64,719 in 2012 and 66,675 in 2013.

Panda said the Tourism Department and the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) have opened Panthasalas and Panthanivases to give accommodation to the tourists. He said the State has a total of 341 tourist centres, including the highest 25 in Cuttack and 22 in Ganjam district.  


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Painting show ‘Shringara’ inaugurated at Orissa Modern Art Gallery...

Bhubaneswar: The painting exhibition by Sasmita Barik ‘Shringara’ has been inaugurated at Orissa Modern Art Gallery by Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on February 12, 2015.

Other guests include BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi President Siba Panigrahi and social worker Gayadhara Swain.
“The exhibition will remain open to public till February 17”, informed Founder of Orissa Modern Art Gallery.

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City Bus fares reduced in Odisha...

Bhubaneswar: From today, the city bus passengers will pay less fare for their journey. Dream Team Sahara (DTS) which is operated by JNNURAM slashed bus fares by 10% for normal passengers & 20% for smart card holders per km.

This would directly benefit for more than 55,000 passengers travelling in the city buses. The bus operator had earlier revised fares on September 26, 2014, when the price of diesel per liter was Rs 63.


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Odia Journalism student of IIMC receives Dr. Radhanath Rath Memorianl Fellowship...

Bhubaneswar: Manasirani Mahapatra, a student of Odia Journaism in Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has got the Dr. Radhanath Rath Memorianl Fellowship for 2014-15. She got this for her exceptional performance in the first term exams with 72% marks. Manasi will be conferred with the award by Sri Nilakantha Rath and Sri Kumar Ketkar, well known journalist and writer.

The fellowship was instituted by Dr. Radhanath Rath’s son and noted economist Prof. Nilakantha Rath in 2002 in memory of his father's great contributions to the State through journalism. Dr. Rath, one of the greatest and the longest serving editor of The Samaja in India, used journalism as a medium for social development and significantly helped in the growth of journalism in Odisha.

Sri Nilakantha Rath and Sri Kumar Ketkar will confer the certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10, 000 to Manasi in presence of Institute Head, Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee."I am very happy that Manasirani Mahaptra is getting Dr. Radhanath Rath Memorial Fellowship, which is given every year to the most deserving Odia Journalism student of IIMC Dhenkanal. I hope that the fellowship amount helps in furthering Manasi's academic and professional career," said Dr. Chatterjee.

Shri Nilakantha Rath is one of the most noted economists who have distinctly calculated theories of poverty in the country. Mr. Ketkar is a well known journalist and the Editor of Jansatta, a prestigious daily of Indian Express group.


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NTPC holds Inter PSU Badminton & Table Tennis 2015 ...

Bhubaneswar: Inter PSU Badminton & Table Tennis 2015 was organised by Sports Council, NTPC Talcher Kaniha at Recreation Centre on 08.02.2015.Employees from PSUs NALCO,MCL & NTPC Talcher Kaniha participated in this one day tournament.

The tournament was inaugurated by N K Kothari, Group General Manager, Talcher Kaniha in presence of JVN Rao, General Manager (O&M), U.K. Das Gupta, GM (Maintenance) & other senior officials.

The one day tournament saw participation of total 15 groups in both Badminton & Table Tennis .NTPC Talcher Kaniha was the winner and NALCO team was the runner in the badminton sports whereas in the Table Tennis MCL was the winner and NALCO was adjudged as the runner team.

Among others S K Suar, President, Sports Council, Sudhir Pani, Secretary and Bijay Bag, Joint Secretary of Sports Council along with other sports officials were present on the occasion.


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Python found in Kendrapada...

Bhubaneswar:An eight-foot-long python was found from a villager’s house. It was rescued by forest officers of Kendrapada in Subrnapur village under Dangmal gram panchayat. Akshay Kumar Nayak, Kanika Range Officer said that it may be come from Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary. “The villagers informed us to rescue the snake. We have released the reptile in Kanika reserve forest which is a safe habitat for snakes and lizards”, he added.

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Nominations for Odisha Media Award begins ...

Bhubaneswar: Nomination process for Odisha Media Award has been started. OMA is a new attempt in Odisha intends to facilitate media coverage of people’s causes by recognizing and encouraging journalists and other media persons of the state whose work helps highlighting and championing causes of people while passing relevant information for people’s empowerment.

 OMA is dedicated to appreciate and highlight the talent and contributions of journalists, editors, cartoonists, columnists, related media persons and institutions that have made Odisha their base of activity and have contributed to the growth and integrity of Media in Odisha. A board of jury comprising members from all walks of life will evaluate the submissions thoroughly and decide the works, on basis of their relevance for the ordinary man, to be highlighted and awarded. Nomination will be closed on 28th February. 

Details about OMA can be availed from www.odishamediaaward.in


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“Happy” Singer won Grammy Award ...

Bhubaneswar:“Happy” of singer Pharrell Williams won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. Grammy Award given in a grand starry night at Staples Centre of Los Angeles.

The other songs nominated in the category were “All of me (Live)” by John Legend, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Stay with me” (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith and “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift.

Williams was awarded the trophy by singers Tom Jones and Jessie J after they performed song “You’ve lost that loving feeling” as a tribute to composer Barry Mann and lyricist Cynthia Weil, who were honored by trustee award.

Delighted by the win, Williams said he feels honored to group with such talented people in the nominations and thanked everyone while accepting the award.
Williams also won award for the best music video for “Happy” and best urban contemporary album also went to Williams for his album “G I R L”.

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Indian Surf Fest kicks off...

Bhubaneswar: The most awaited Surf Festival begins in Odisha. Ashok Panda, Minister of Tourism Department, inaugurated the event. There are over 70 surfers with 20 female surfers and 300 resident registrations that travelled from every corner of the globe.

The day started with a stand up paddling workshop followed by SUP Cup preliminary round. Total of 14 surfers were short listed for the SUP Cup Championship. The festival saw surfers practicing for the Asian Surf Championship that is also to take place. The winners will be awarded prize worth $1500. Kite surfing demonstration by Srilankan group and Demotri was the standout of the day.

Dipti from Mumbai said. “The set-up for this event is incredible. The organizers really haven’t held back. Odisha is really beautiful and the nature’s everywhere. I’m really happy the people here have been such amazing hosts”.

This first day festival concluded with music performance by Thallavattam band from Bangalore that made the spectators respectfully applauding.

As the morning hours passed, the beach began to fill in with locals, tourists and the occasional dignitary. Though the sport was new to most of the people in attendance, photos with the surfers were taken and applause was shared.


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Higher Education Department asks CHSE to conduct e-evaluation of + 2 science papers...

Bhubaneswar: The Higher Education department has asked the CHSE authorities to conduct e-evaluation at any cost; the letter has sought assurance from the department for error-free evaluation failing which it will have a loss of face which it had in the last year.

The examination management committee, formed by the Higher Education department, had a threadbare discussion with the CHSE officials at a meeting. CHSE chairman Prof Basudeb Chhatoi said the Council would agree for e-evaluation if the concerned agency, who would be assigned with the job, assures the Council of error-free scanning and uploading of answer sheets with utmost secrecy failing which, it would not give consent for e-evaluation. After meeting it is conformed that only science papers would have the evaluation this year & the central scanning of all Science answer sheets would be done and uploaded at the CHSE office.

There are about six lakh answer sheets of Science papers which would be scanned and uploaded, for e-evaluation of these papers, 3200 examiners, and 400 chief examiners would be trained and engaged.

The Annual examination of CHSE is going to be started on March 2.

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Odisha AIIMS adds 325 beds ...

Bhubaneswar: After addition of 21 beds in the neurosurgery department of AIIMS, the number of beds has now been increased to 325. On January 28 the neurosurgery department was inaugurated here.

There are eight beds for male patients and five for females, three more for patients who need hospitalization post surgery. Two isolated beds and three beds for additional treatment have also been set up.

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Bus fares of Odisha reduced to 1 paisa per km...

Bhubaneswar: One day after reduce the petrol & diesel price in India, Odisha Government has announced a cut in bus fares by 1 paisa per kilometer. This is applicable in all categories of passenger bus of Odisha.

After the 1 paisa cut, fare for ordinary buses has come down from 60 to 59 paise per km. that of express buses from 63 to 62 paise per km, deluxe buses from 83 to 82 paise and AC buses from Rs 1.02 to Rs 1.01 per km.

The first downward revision of bus fares of the year follows substantial cut of Rs 2.25 in diesel prices announced the three principal public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs).

While announcing the fare cut, Transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi hinted that there could be another cut in the near future.

In the second half of 2014, the price of diesel had come down by Rs 9.17 in four revisions while the bus fare was reduced by only 4 paisa per kilometre.
It may be mentioned that, irrespective of repeated demands from the passengers and private bus owner’s association, the government has neither shown any sincerity in implementing the automatic fare correction system, wherein the fare goes up or down as per the market price of fuel, nor does it take a call on revised fare soon after the change in fuel price.

For example, it took nearly a month for the government to announce a fare cut after diesel prices were reduced in January.

The Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi continues to reiterate that government will implement the automated system. However, he shies away from making a commitment about a definite time frame to implement such a system.

A meeting of the Technical Committee of Transport Department was held in January to consider fare correction after drop in diesel prices. However, the government couldn’t hold its own in front of the pressure of Private Bus owner’s Association. The report of the committee was also not released.

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Odisha Chief Minister launches CCTV based surveillance system for Bhubaneswar...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister launched the closed circuit television (CCTV) based city surveillance system for Bhubaneswar on Thursday in presence of Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, MP Dr. Prasanna Patasani, MLA Bijay Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra,  Police DG Sanjeev Marik, Police Commissioner Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma and Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.

After inaugurating the system, CM Mr. Patnaik said that such a surveillance system is one of its kinds in the entire state, and has been successful in bringing about the collaboration of the best tools of technology to aid day-to-day policing.

He said “The Government is dedicated towards making optimum use of technology in all spheres of governance and policing is an essential part of it. Therefore, I am glad that the first phase of the CCTV based surveillance system has already been completed and I dedicate it to the people of Bhubaneswar. I call upon the Commissionerate Police to make the best use of this system to infuse a greater sense of security among the people”.

“I am happy that a state of the art modern control room has come up in this building which will function as unified command and control centre for the CCTVs and PCR vans. I must stress that active surveillance being a demanding task, the Commissionerate Police must staff the control room with ably trained operators who have the ability to critically analyze the complex environment before them and make prompt and judicious interventions to prevent commission of crimes”, he added.

He further expressed that the Police Commissioner is carrying out study of some of the best police surveillance systems in the country to develop comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures for effective functioning of the newly installed system in Bhubaneswar.

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CHSE to conduct evaluation of science papers...

Bhubaneswar:From this year the papers of +2 science students will be evaluated. This has been decided by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) in a high level meeting with Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi, the Higher Education Minister. The Council authorities, who had earlier decided to e-evaluate answer sheets of Science, Arts and Commerce streams in which a total of 3, 71,920 students are scheduled to appear the examinations this year, decided to conduct e-evaluation of only Science papers as it would not be possible for them to employ at least 15,000 examiners and impart training for e-evaluation of papers of all streams within a month.

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Train services affected after goods train derailed...

Bhubaneswar: Train services from Talcher to Paradip have been disrupted after three wagons of a goods train derailed at Sauria level crossing near Gurudijhatia railway station near Athgarh in Cuttack district.

According to reports, a goods train was on the way to Paradip from Talcher when two wagons and the goods car cabin derailed at Sauria level crossing at about 7.30 AM. However, the guard inside the goods car cabin had a providential escape. After that senior officials of East Coast Railway (ECoR) reached to the spot and going to started for the remove the derailed wagons from the track.

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Odisha Chief Minister inaugurates National Handloom Expo 2015 ...

Bhubaneswar: “Government of Odisha is implementing a number of welfare measures for upliftment of artisans in handloom sector. Provision of housing-cum-work shed, insurance coverage for artisans, supply of solar lanterns and utility items, development of cluster under Chief Minister’s Special Package are some of the promotional measures taken up by the State Government for economic upliftment of artisans in Odisha”, says Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after inaugurating the National Handloom Expo 2015 at exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar.  

Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Minister Snehangini Chhuria, Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, MP Dr. Prasanna Patsani, MLA Bijay Mohanty, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra, Commissioner cum Secretary of Textile and Handloom Chithra Arumugam also spoke on the occasion. Director of Textiles and Handloom Debendra Prasad Das welcomed the guests and Bibhu Sarangi gave vote of thanks.

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Bank Unions to go on stir from Feb 25...

Bhubaneswar: The bank unions have decided to go on a 4-day strike February 25 to 28 as the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has not come out with any attractive proposals.

C.H. Venkatachalam, general secretary of All India Bank Employees Association (AIEBA) told to IANS that “IBA has not come out clearly on the wage revision. They are offering 13 percent hike as against their earlier offer of 12.5 percent”.

Wage negotiations between United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) and the IBA were held in Mumbai Tuesday.

The UFBU includes the AIBEA, National Confederation of Bank Employees, Bank Employees Federation of India, Indian National Bank Employees Federation, Indian National Bank Officers Congress and National Organisation of Bank Workers, All India Bank Officers Association and National Organisation of Bank Officers. (IANS)

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Admit cards, question papers dispatched for HSC exam...

Bhubaneswar: From February 23 the High School Certificate (HSC) examination is going to be held. The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) dispatched the admit cards& question papers to all the zones of 30 districts.

Prof Dakhshya Prasad Nanda, the president of BSE said that the admit cards would be kept at the zones for at least 2/3 days for verification after which they would be sent to the office of the district education officer (DEO). The Board has requested the centre superintendents to collect the admit cards from the DEO and hand them over to the schools which are tagged to the centre.

Stating that as the Board had decided not to accept handwritten admit cards from this year, he said the Board should be immediately informed about any mistake found in the admit card so that it can generate error-free admit card and send it to the concerned schools before the commencement of the examinations.

“After the dispatch of admit cards, the Board will start the dispatch of question papers of the first three days of the examinations to the all nodal centres from February 11. We have decided to dispatch these question papers to the nodal centres in the remote districts in the western and southern zones in the first phase. The questions papers would be dispatched to the remaining centres in the next phase,” he added.

Nanda also informed that the Board is in the process of identifying sensitive and extra-sensitive centres through the DEOs where an observer would be posted till the conclusion of the examinations.

Since shortage of OMR sheets were reported from some centres last year, the Board has decided to keep 25 additional OMR sheets in stock at each centre where the centre superintendents can use them when necessary.

“We have also decided to keep additional questions papers in stock at the nodal centres which would be used if any shortage is found in the examination centres. The concerned centre superintendents can collect the question papers from the nodal centres with prior permission from the DEO,” he added.

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Preparation for Nabakalebara to be started...

Bhubaneswar: Nabakalebara of lord Jagannath going to be held, for this every where the preparation is going to be started. Naveen Pattnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha allots 4 senior officials for the various works in Nabakalebara. Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati kept in charge of infra projects including railway lines, roads and bridges. AP Padhi, Additional Chief Secretary of CM’s office allots in the departments of security, temple affairs and traffic. Health, sanitation and drainage controlled by Development Commissioner UN Behera.  Additional Chief Secretary (Fin) R Balakrishnan will be in charge of tourist amenities, brand promotion and documentation. 

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Governor appreciated health awareness, road safety and blood grouping programmes by JRC ...

Bhubaneswar: The 5 Days National level Junior Red Cross Study-cum-Training camp is being organised by the Junior Red Cross Unit of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch at University High School, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar from February 3 to 7, 2015. More than 300 JRC Volunteers and Counsellors from different State Andhra Pradesh, Karnatak, Haryana, Tamilnadu, Jammu & Kashmir including 23 districts of Odisha are participating in the camp.

During these 5 days camp volunteers will be trained on various programme and practices such as History of Red Cross Movement, Fundamental Principles, First Aid, Health & Hygiene, Road Safety and Leadership. Yoga, various competitions will also be organized during the camp to harness the literary potentiality of the Junior Red Cross volunteers. This camp will help the volunteers to build their capacity to render the humanitarian services to the most vulnerable people in the society.

Dr. S. C. Jamir, His Excellency, the Governor, Odisha & President, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch graced the inaugural session as the Chief Guest. He appreciated the awareness programme on health, plantation programme; road safety and blood grouping camps carried out by the Junior Red Cross volunteers in different school of the state are praiseworthy.

Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister, Industries, School & Mass Education & Chairman, State Working Committee, Junior Red Cross graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour and defined volunteerism as standing next to the people in trouble and difficulties. He appreciated the activities of the IRCS-OSB under the dynamic leadership of the present Honorary Secretary Dr. Panda. He said that the juniors can add flavour to life by keeping their eyes and heart open for standing by the side of need ones. He also informed that the Department has also started process to open more JRC units in 3000 schools and create 3 Lakhs of JRC Volunteers by the end of this year.

Prof. Dr. Ashok Kumar Das, Vice Chancellor, Utkal University joined as Guest of Honor and emphatically said the Juniors that in order to become a leader one has to serve the down-trodden and the vulnerable people in the society. Dr. Laxmidhara Behera, Head Master, University High School also joined as Guest of Honour on this occasion

Dr Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB delivered the welcome address and said that Junior Red Cross can spread the spirit of oneness & the spirit of service to humanity in the society. The Programme was coordinated by Dr. Mrutyunjaya Rath, JRC Counsellor and the vote of thanks was offered by Sri Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary, IRCS-OSB. Besides, the Annual Report of JRC was also published by the Guests on this occasion.

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Odisha sand artist wishes Indian Cricket Team...

Bhubaneswar: Sudarshan Pattnaik, the internationally acclaimed sand artist of Odisha wishes Indian Cricket team by creating sand art at Puri. He has created 8ft high sand sculpture & message them “Good Luck” for ICC World Cup. He used about 6 tons of sand and colors for made World Cup trophy, Cricket bat, ball with stadium.

 The ICC cricket World cup will start from 14th Feb at Australia and New Zealand.   Before Pattnaik has created many sand sculptures on World cup. During 1999 World cup he has also created a sand sculpture in Englondon which was highly appreciated at that time. Recently he has created a sand sculpture to welcoming the ICC World cup trophy at golden beach of Puri. I want to wish Team India to keep the World cup with us, said Pattnaik. Lot of people gathered at Puri beach near the sculpture. So far Padma shree awardee sand artist Sudarsan pattnaik has participated in more than 50 International sand sculpture championships and festivals around the World and won many prizes for our country. He always tries to give messages through his sand sculptures. Basically his sand sculptures on social issues are famous.

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Group Editor



16 States to participate in National Handloom Expo ..

Bhubaneswar:At least 16 states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab,  Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra and Pondicherry will participate in the National Handloom Expo scheduled to be held from February 4 to March 1, 2015 at IDCO exhibition ground in Bhubaneswar.

Addressing a press meet here, Director of Handlooms Debendra Prasad Das said that out of the 100 stalls to be set up in the exhibition venue, 28 have been allotted to the state participants. Seminars and live demonstrations on weaving activities on loom will be conducted during the expo.

The special attraction will be one theme pavilion that has been constructed in shape of three chariots resembling the car festival keeping in view the eagerly awaited Nabakalebara at Puri.

Food stalls will be opened and doli/chakri will be set up in the ground to attract children.

The Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, New Delhi sponsors the National Expo with financial assistance of Rs. 18 lakh. The State Government in Handloom, Textiles & Handicrafts Department provides financial support for publicity of the events under the scheme Promotion of Handloom Industry (POHI). Boyanika is the implementing agency for organising the exhibition in coordination of the Directorate of Textiles, Odisha.

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Magha Mela kicks off in Joranda...

Bhubaneswar: The world famous Magha Mela, which is also known as Joranda mela, kicked off in the Joranda of Dhenkanal district. It is the biggest event of the Mahima sect.

As per the schedule, the rituals began with the opening of the doors of the temple and Jhadu Neeti at 3.15 AM followed by Kheera Lagi Neeti at 4.45 AM. For the Jhadu Neeti, silver vessels are used to carry water for the sacred rituals and gold utensils for sprinkling of sandalwood water. Later at 5 AM, seven huge offerings known as bhog were offered to the deity. From the temple sources its known, the jhada deepa (sacred fire) will begin at 5.15 pm at the four gates of the temple, Akhanda Jyoti temple, Neeti temple, Shunya Temple, Smruti temple, and Dhwani temple. Notably, the saints divided into two groups–Koupunidhari Samaj and Bakaladhari Samaj—are observing 142nd ‘Baba Purnima’ this year.

The seven-day exhibition and cultural extravaganza draws lakhs of devotees from far flung areas across the state. Devotees from neighboring Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and other parts of the country also pay obeisance at the temple during the annual festival.

‘‘Special arrangements have been made for the Mahima saints and other devotees. We have made arrangements for their lodging and food. The district administration is helping us in every possible way,’’ a saint of the temple said.

Keeping in view the district administration has made elaborate arrangements like drinking water facility, sanitation and parking lots apart from deployment of security personnel. Besides, special arrangements have been made to avoid traffic snarls. Alternative routes have been chalked out for smooth vehicular movement.

It is believed that Swami Jogeswar Maha Prabhu, who lived in the Himalayas, began a self-mortification for 24 years near the Kapilasa hills in 1838. The place where the swami attained enlightenment is now known as Tapoban. In 1875, the swami selected Joranda, as the seat of Mahima dharma. Since the following year in 1876, the magha mela is being organized at Joranda.

Exhibition and operas are organized during the annual fest apart from the religious observance.


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+2 Practical exams begins...

Bhubaneswar: From today the practical exams for +2 science students began. As per the directive of the CHSE the examination would continue till February 9. The Council has directed the college authorities to conduct the practical examinations in the Arts stream like Education and Psychology from 10 AM to 4 PM by February 9.

To monitor the practical examinations, the Council has formed a central squad for the first time from this year which will have a surprise visit to the colleges and report to the concerned authorities if it finds any irregularities in the examinations.

Apart from this, the Council has made mandatory provisions for installation of CCTV cameras in the practical examination halls of all private and residential colleges this year. It has also directed the authorities of these colleges to submit the CCTV footage on practical examinations failing which the results would be withheld.

The Council has dispatched question and answer sheets, list of external examiners and admit cards to all colleges for the practical examinations.

It may be mentioned that the Council had earlier announced the conduct of practical examinations from January 27 to February 2. However, following the death of a senior clerk of the Council in a road accident on January 23, the Council later rescheduled the examination from February 2 to 9.
The theory examinations for Science, Arts and Commerce would start from March 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

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Group Editor


One dies of swine flu in Khurda ...

Bhubaneswar: Gradually swine flu is spreading in Odisha. After four persons have already been found positive, Aditya Narayan Jena of Mukundaprasad area in Khurdha district died of swine flu. He was being treated at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, and was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after he was found very critical. Doctors did their best, but could not revive him. Jena had tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus on Saturday, & he found died on Sunday. Following the death, health department officials held an emergency meeting to review the situation in the state. Health secretary Arati Ahuja said that there is no need for panic as the government is taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease.

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KIIT felicitates Padmashri Prafulla Kara...

Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) celebrated its 22nd annual day on Friday. Padmashri Prafulla Kara was the chief guest of this glittered occasion. He was also felicitated by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, the founder of KIIT & KISS.  He said that “Though hundreds of well-wishers have congratulating me these recent days, still I cannot forget the best wishes I got from 22,500 students of KISS.”

Dr. Samanta also mentioned about the great Odia personality Shri Kar. He said that the students should follow the path of Shri Kar. He also wishes Kar’s long and healthy life. Among others R. N. Dash, Secretary KIIT & KISS; Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS, Dr. P.K. Das, Director, KISS and Anu Choudhury, eminent Odia cine artist were also spoke on the occasion.  Pramod Patra ACEO presents the annual report of KISS. Delegates from South Africa, America, Nepal and Afghanistan were also witness the function. Lastly cultural programme was organized by students of KISS.

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Odia Sculpture selected for 20th International Sculpture Event ...

Bhubaneswar: Gadadhar Ojha, the famous Odia sculpture, who is based in Paris, has been selected to participate at 20th International Snow Sculpture Event in Canada. After Europe, in Italy, now he is going to American continent, and more precisely in Canada. He will participate in the event "Fête de l'Hiver" ("Winter Festival"), organised by the city of Saint Jean Port Joli, near Québec. The event will be held from February 5 to 8, 2015.

71 sculptors (21 teams) of international and provincial sources will demonstrate to visitors the extent of their artistic talent. Gadadhar accompanied one more time with his new team member, Annie OJHA, will represent India. Hailing from a family of sculptors, he never aspired to pursue the family tradition. However, the sound of hammer and chisel, tap-tapping on stones, always attracted him.

When his father send him Delhi to prepare for company secretary examination, he found himself visiting the Delhi college of Arts and getting closer to form of art which ran in his blood. Today, having carved a niche for himself as one of the best stone sculptors of the country, Gadadhar believes he was destined to be drawn towards the art. Born and brought up in the quaint seaside village Gorh bangor, Badagaon, Puri, he had grown up observing the bounties of nature, the culture and tradition of the state, which moulded and shaped his Imagination. For the last 15 years, Gadadhar has been settled in the Mecca of Art, Paris and keeps experimenting with a wide range of materials including all kinds of stone granite, marble, sandstone, wood, metal, ice, snow and bronze. "But I still prefer stone over all of them because they express my ideas the best," he concludes. Gadadhar Ojha has represented India in symposiums all over the world, including France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Romania, Russia, and Argentina.

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Tanvi Sangam's "Basant Mela” celebrated at Talcher Kaniha...

Bhubaneswar: Tanvi Sangam’s Annual Fest “Basant Mela“ is being celebrated from January 31 -February 1, 2015 at PTS sports complex of NTPC Kaniha.

Basant Mela is celebrated every year by Tanvi Sangam.The objective of organising the mela was to provide an opportunity to the members of the club to showcase their talents in bringing up food stalls comprising mouth watering delicacies from all parts of the country under one roof as 'mini india".
The mela encourages participation of multiple vendors to display their products & services during the two days event.

N.K. Kothari ,Group General Manager inaugurated the mela on January 31, 2015.The mela saw participation of more than 80 stalls which included electronics, furniture, handicrafts, sarees, toys, ayurvedic, jute materials, books ,fitness equipments ,games & automobiles etc. Local people from nearby places including employees & their family members were witnessed in enjoying event with mouth watering recipes & kids were seen enjoying playing games.
On this occasion U.K. Dasgupta, GM (Maintenance), V.A. Rao, GM (Operations), R C Patnaik, GM (Fuel Management), Vice Presidents, Lalita Rao, Sonali Dasgupta & Nilu Patnaik & Anita Dash, Secretary, members of Tanvi Sangam, representatives of unions & associations were present on this occasion. A cultural prorgamme was also held to uplift the spirit of Basant Mela function.



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Talcher



‘Tribal society is an integral part of our country’ ..

Bhubaneswar:“Tribal society is an integral part of our country and there can be no stable model of development without their complete participation,” Union Tribal Welfare Minister Jual Oram said on Saturday as he played host to tribal artistes from across the country who had come to Delhi to participate in the Republic Day function.

Welcoming the artistes, the Union Minister said that the Narendra Modi government is committed to make the tribals a part of the development process and his ministry will do everything possible to help the tribals in all their pursuits.

While the practice to host the tribal artists and representatives in Delhi has been there since the first Republic Day, the honourable minister has added a personal touch to the tradition by throwing open the lawns of his residence for the function.

 “This is a house allotted in my name as I am the minister, but this house actually belongs to all of you. You are the owners and I am honoured to have all of you at my residence,” Jaul Oram said.

“The practice of hosting artistes in Delhi must have started to strengthen the process of integration of people from different parts of the country,” the minister told the artistes urging them to play the roles of cultural ambassadors once they returned to their native states.

“You have seen what many others from your state haven’t. I urge you to go back and share your experiences with all,” the Union minister said.
A colourful cultural extravaganza, which started with a powerful display of Ganesh Vandana by artistes from Maharashtra, enthralled the audience that had gathered for the occasion.

MansukhbhaiDhanjibahiVasava, the honourable Minister of State, Tribal Affairs Ministry, also addressed the gathering and thanked the artistes for their wonderful performance. The evening ended with a sumptuous dinner for all the participants and the guests.

The tribal artistes from across the country who had come to participate in the Republic Day function met President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their week-long stay in the national capital.

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Aadhar Card made mandatory for Post Matric Scholarship...

Bhubaneswar: Now Aadhar card is mandatory for the post matric scholarship. All eligible ST/SC/OBC/Minority students studying at Post Matriculation or Post-Secondary stages has to update the Bank Account who have applied for Post Matric Scholarship by seeding their Aadhar number at student level.

The students are requested to complete the process or before February 5, 2015 positively. In case of any problem faced by the students regarding Aadhar updation, ST & SC Development Department has issued some instruction for the students. Those students who have got their Aadhar number, they should immediately update seeding their Aadhar number by logging in to their used ID.  Those students who have applied but not got Aadhar number, they can download their Aadhar number on the basis of their Enrolment ID by going through the link http://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/OR , they can contact to the toll free number 1800-300-1947 and update the same after receipt of the Aadhar number.

Which Aadhar Card has been rejected, they have to re-enroll, re-apply in the near Enrolment centre. Those students who have applied but not got Enrolment Id, they can go to the permanent Enrolment Centre at their near Tehsil Office & ask for their enrolment ID or, they can re-apply/Re-enroll in the centre. Those who have not yet enrolled/applied Aadhar card they can go to the permanent enrolment centre at their nearest Tehsil & apply for Aadhar Card by 30th January. In case of any problem faced by the students at the time of updating Aadhar number through online they may take the help of Institute concerned/Helpline No.1800- 30-1947 or communicate through e-mail ID stscpms@gmail.com said, Sri R.Sai, Director (SC), and ST & SC Dev. Deptt. 

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Meeting held for smooth conduction of CHSE Exam...

Bhubaneswar: The examination of +2 students will begin from March 2, 2015. A meeting of the Examination Management Committee of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) was held in this regard.

The meeting took a final decision on the mode of evaluation of answer sheets, examination rules, management of hubs and evaluation centres. Prior to the meeting, the Higher Education department had convened a meeting of the supervisors of 203 examination hubs and the principals of the colleges where the evaluation of papers would be held.

But as 33 hub supervisors and some principals had failed to attend the meeting, the department had convened another meeting at the Odisha Text Book Bureau on Wednesday.

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Group Editor


2nd State level Cricket Championship at NTPC Kaniha ...

Bhubaneswar: State Level Cricket Championship is being organised by Sports Council, NTPC Talcher Kaniha under CSR from 29.01.2015 to 04.02.2015.This is for the second time such state level Cricket championship was organised at Kaniha. In total 8 teams will took part in the championship.

The tournament was inaugurated by N K Kothari, Group General Manager, Talcher Kaniha by hitting the cricket ball in presence of JVN Rao, General Manager (O&M), U.K. Das Gupta, GM (Maintenance) & V.A Rao, GM (Operations) & R C Patnaik, GM (Fuel Management) & other senior officials.

In the inaugural match played today, Team Nimpur, Cuttack (scored 184/10 in 30 Overs) defeated Angul Cricket Club (scored 170/10 in 30 Overs) in a closed might match. Man of the match went to Santosh Kumar of Team Nimpur , Cuttack who scored bashing 63 runs in 72 balls. Final match of the tournament will be played on 04.02.2015.

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Talcher



Odia Journalists Awarded with ENBA-2014 ...

Bhubaneswar: Jajati Karan, chief of the Odisha bureau of English news channel CNN-IBN has won the News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA) 2014. He will get this award for best spot news coverage for his coverage of Cyclone Phailin in October 2013. As well as Nilakantha Acharya, video journalist of the same channel has also been awarded by the ENBA-2014

A 12-member jury selected the winners. The awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony held at Hotel Hyatt Regency in New Delhi on behalf of indiantelevision.com. Reputed journalists and video journalists of different TV channels from the country had applied for this coveted award.
Karan, started his career with the Orissa Television (OTV) in the 90s, worked for Sahara TV before joining as the head of the Odisha bureau of CNN IBN. He has 18 years of experience in television journalism. He is also the first person from the state to have won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award. Video journalist Acharya also has 15 years of experience in TV journalism.

ENBA Awards are given for best talent in news television in India. Exchange4media formulated these awards in 2008 with the objective of recognizing the best in television news, to reward broadcasters and industry leaders who are responsible for shaping the future of Television Broadcasting in India.

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Cartoonist R. K Laxman passed away...

Bhubaneswar: R. K Laxman, the fabulous cartoonist & the creator of iconic “Comman Man” passed away. He died at the age of 94 in a private hospital at Pune. He was suffering by urinary tract infection and lung problems. So that he admitted at hospital from last 10 days. But there was no improvement in his condition & then he was shifted to the Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital. There he was in a ventilator from Jan 18. At the end time he had failure his multiple organs & was removed off the ventilator and shifted to the intensive care unit.

Laxman, brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha.

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Colombia beauty crowned Miss Universe 2014...

Bhubaneswar: Paulina Vega, beauty lady of Colombia crowned the title of Miss Universe. She defeated 87 contestants & won this title for 2014. Miss USA Nia Sanchez was crowned first runner-up, while Diana Harkusha from Ukraine was named the second runner-up at the glitzy event. This event was held at the FIU Arena at Florida International University in Miami.

There are 88 countries were participating in this beauty pageant. Since last 14 years India has not won the Miss Universe Crown. This year Noyonita, a Bangalore girl failed to reach at the Top 10.

Actor William Levy, Grammy winner musician and producer Emilio Estefan, footballer Desean Jackson, baseball player Giancarlos Cruz-Michael Stanton and boxer Manny Pacquiao were the judges of this beautiful event. Colombian fashion-journalist Nina Garcia, “The Hills” star Kristin Cavallari, fashion guru Louise Roe and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump were also part of the panel too.

Vega was crowned by her predecessor Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela at the end of the pageant.

Some of the highpoints of this year’s Miss Universe was the new crown, created by Diamonds International Corporation (D.I.C), given to the winner along with an audience question that was asked in addition to the judges round.

The event also witnessed a flashback showing former Miss Universe winners from past several years along with a special showcasing of Isler and her contribution in the year after winning the crown.

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Digital Ration Cards to be launched tomorrow...

Bhubaneswar: Now 1.86 lakh beneficiaries will get digitized ration cards from BMC and Bhubaneswar block tomorrow. Naveen Pattnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha will launch this under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). He will launch the distribution of cards at a function at Chakeisiani in Ward No 5 of BMC.

The process for applying for digitized ration cards under NFSA in other remaining districts will be also begin from tomorrow. Prior to the rollout of NFSA, the identification would be carried out on the principles of exclusion criteria. The process beginning from January 28 would end on August 15 and the PDS beneficiaries would be eligible to avail food grains and other commodities with their new ration cards from September this year. Notably, based on the eight notified exclusion criteria, all citizens who deem themselves to be eligible for ration cards will have the opportunity to apply for it during a specified period.

To start with, the eligible families will be required to register themselves by filling up a short registration form, which requires the name of at least two members of the family along with name of their father and spouse. The registration form shall be available at registration centres to be set up at gram panchayats in rural areas and at the level of wards in urban areas.

While registering, the concerned families shall be given a registration number or form number (4 digits) and issued a prescribed application form along with the instruction sheet and the advance date when the family can submit the filled in forms at the centre.

Upon submission of forms on the designated date, the family shall be assigned with a date when an acknowledgement slip towards the proof of submission of the form can be issued. The registration centres shall be identified and manned by resources locally hired.



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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Adivasi Mela 2015..

Bhubaneswar:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated Adivasi Mela-2015 Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Sudam Marandi, ST & SC Development Minister Lal Bihari Himirika, Member of Parliament Dr. Prasanna Patsani, ST & SC Development Department Commissioner-cum-Secretary Surendra Kumar and Director of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) Dr. A.B. Ota at Adivasi Exhibition Ground here on Monday.

Neraly164 stalls have been set up in the fair which will continue till February 9. About 21 ITDAs and 8 Micro Projects have erected their stalls in the tribal village. There are 8 broad segments in the mela including tribal village, tribal haat, government undertaking/SHG stalls for sale of tribal products, government/corporate stalls, tribal food plaza, tribal art & crafts, tribal handloom & textiles, etc.

The mela is organised by Scheduled Tribes & Scheduled Castes Development Department with an aim to showcase the culture, lifestyle and art, of tribes and to sale the tribal and forest products are the main activities of the mela. The mela also gives an opportunity to the city dwellers to see and learn the culture and tradition of tribals.
 
There will be cultural shows comprising of tribal dance/music from 6pm to 9pm every evening.

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2 Fallen Army Soldiers Awarded with Ashok Chakra...

Bhubaneswar: Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh, the two army heroes were posthumously awarded the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra. Their widows received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of US President Barrack Obama at the Republic Day parade.

Both of them laid down their lives while fighting heavily-armed terrorists in separate gun-battles in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

Varadarajan, of the army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, died last year April 25 while leading an anti-terrorist operation in a village in Shopian district. A severely Varadarajan continued fighting the enemy in the operation that resulted in elimination of three top-ranked Hizbul Mujaheddin terrorists. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Singh, also from Rashtriya Rifles, got killed when he came under heavy fire from terrorists while on a search operation in the state’s Kupwara district Aug 24, 2014.

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Devotees discharged sins in Chandrabhaga...

Bhubaneswar: On the auspicious occasion of Magha Saptami, lakhs of devotees took a holy dip in Chandrabhaga. Since early morning, Arka Kshetra Konark was crowed with devotees. As per the Hindu belief, taking a dip early in the morning at Chandrabhaga and watching the rising Sun fulfils all the wishes of the devotees and absolve all their sins.

Along with Sun God, Mahadev is also worshipped at the place making the celebrations of this ‘Magha Mela’. Special ritual has also begun for Lord Trivenishwar at Madhipur village, Lord Ishaneswar at Santhpur and Lord Dakshineswar at Kurujang village.

Another interesting ritual performed in this famous mela is cooked rice and dried fish (shukhua) dalma which is offered to mythological demon Arkasura in whose name the place has been named as Arka Kshetra. The food is then eaten together on banana leafs and the cooking pots are broken and thrown into the pond as per tradition.


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Sand Art of Lord Jagannath Shines in New York ...

Bhubaneswar: For the first time Padmashree Sudarshan Pattnaik, the brand ambassador of Odisha Tourism, has created a sand art of Lord Jagannath outside country. In the year of Nabakalebara (ritual change of wooden idols at the 12th century Shree Jagannath temple at Puri) he created such attempt in New York City.

The internationally acclaimed sand artist is part of a delegation at New York Times Travel Show (NYTTS) led by Odisha’s Minister for Tourism and Culture Ashok Chandra Panda, which also includes Secretary in the Department of Tourism (DoT) Dr Arvind Padhee.

Sudarsan has also plans to create artworks on the famous UNESCO heritage site of Sun Temple, Konark and other heritage monuments of Odisha at the show, which started on January 23 and will continue till January 25 at Jacob Javits Centre in New York City.

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Odia Mountaineer Kalpana Dash creates history again...

Bhubaneswar: Kalpana Dash, the Odia mountaineer has creates another history to climb the second highest peak in the world. Mt Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of Asia with an elevation of 6960.8 metres, is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza in Argentina. She had started her mission from the base camp of Argentina on January 4 2015. She was the only female member of the 13-member team of mountaineers that took on the treacherous Aconcagua expedition. The team took 12 days to map the distance from base to the peak. During her Mt Aconcagua expedition, she also scaled Mt. Bolt of the Andes range. She is from Dhenkanal District & became the first Odia to have scaled Mt Everest on May 21, 2008.

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13 Odia Cops honored with President’s Police Medal ...

Bhubaneswar: 13 police personnel from Odisha have been honoured with President’s Police Medal. Motor Transport SP Khageshwar Gowda and Vigilance DSP Tarak Prasad Sadangi will get police medal for their distinguished service.

Similarly, Railway IG Mahendra Pratap, DIG Dayal Gangwar, SP Signal Baikunthanath Das, Nuapada SDPO Shantanu Das, Bhubaneswar Security Wing’s Assistant Commandant Saroj Kumar, Cuttack Police Motor Transport SI Saroj Kant Barik, Havildar Basant Kumar Gochayat, Havildar Kamalakant Mohapatra, Havildar Jagabandhu Sahu, Constable Basant Kumar Barik and Sephoy Upendra Kumar Balabantray were selected for meritorious service. Among the awardees, 25 personnel have been honoured with the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG), 132 personnel with Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG). But there is no one from Odisha chosen for these two awards.

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Odia Musician Prafulla Kar Among with Padma Awardees 2015...

Bhubaneswar:Prafulla Kar, the famous musician of Odisha who is going to be honored with Padma award. Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

The Awards are given in various disciplines – art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
Padma Vibhushan: The names of the nine famous persons to be honoured for various distinguished services are:

  1. Shri L. K. Advani, Public Affairs, Gujarat
  2. Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Art, Maharashtra
  3. Shri Prakash Singh Badal, Public Affairs, Punjab
  4. Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Social Work, Karnataka
  5. Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar, Art, Maharashtra
  6. Shri Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya, Others, Uttar Pradesh
  7. Prof. Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan, Science and Engineering, Tamil Nadu
  8. Shri Kottayan K. Venugopal,  Public Affairs, Delhi
  9. Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner), Trade and Industry, France/UK

Padma Bhushan: There are 20 great persons selected for this award.

  1. Shri Jahnu Barua,  Art, Assam
  2. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar,  Science and Engineering, Maharashtra
  3. Shri Swapan Dasgupta, Literature and Education, Delhi
  4. Swami Satyamitranand Giri, Others, Uttar Pradesh
  5. Shri N. Gopalaswami, Civil Service, Tamil Nadu
  6. Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, Public Affairs, Delhi
  7. Dr. (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj, Art, Madhya Pradesh
  8. Dr. Ambrish  Mithal, Medicine, Delhi
  9. Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Art, Tamil Nadu
  10. Shri Harish Salve, Public Affairs, Delhi
  11. Dr. Ashok Seth, Medicine, Delhi
  12. Shri Rajat Sharma, Literature and Education, Delhi
  13. Shri Satpal, Sports, Delhi
  14. Shri Shivakumara Swami, Others, Karnataka
  15. Dr. Kharag Singh Valdiya, Science and Engineering, Karnataka
  16. Prof. Manjul Bhargava(NRI/PIO), Science and Engineering,  USA
  17. Shri David Frawley (Vamadeva)(Foreigner), Others,  USA
  18. Shri Bill Gates(Foreigner), Social Work,  USA
  19. Ms. Melinda Gates (Foreigner), Social Work,  USA
  20. Shri Saichiro Misumi(Foreigner), Others,  Japan

Padma Shri: There are 75 eminent persons for this award.

  1. Dr. Manjula Anagani, Medicine, Telangana
  2. Shri S. Arunan, Science and Engineering, Karnataka
  3. Ms. Kanyakumari Avasarala, Art, Tamil Nadu
  4. Dr. Bettina Sharada Baumer, Literature and Education, Jammu and Kashmir
  5. Shri Naresh Bedi, Art, Delhi
  6. Shri Ashok Bhagat, Social Work, Jharkhand
  7. Shri Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Art, Maharashtra
  8. Dr. Lakshmi Nandan Bora, Literature and Education, Assam
  9. Dr. Gyan  Chaturvedi, Literature and Education, Madhya Pradesh
  10. Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Kumar Chawla, Medicine, Chandigarh
  11. Smt. Jayakumari Chikkala, Medicine, Delhi
  12. Shri Bibek Debroy, Literature and Education, Delhi
  13. Dr. Sarungbam Bimola  Kumari Devi, Medicine, Manipur
  14. Dr. Ashok Gulati,  Public Affairs, Delhi
  15. Dr.  Randeep  Guleria, Medicine, Delhi
  16. Dr. K. P. Haridas, Medicine, Kerala
  17. Shri Rahul Jain, Art, Delhi
  18. Shri Ravindra Jain, Art, Maharashtra
  19. Dr. Sunil Jogi, Literature and, Education Delhi
  20. Shri Prasoon Joshi, Art, Maharashtra
  21. Dr. Prafulla Kar, Art, Odisha
  22. Ms. Saba Anjum, Sports, Chhattisgarh
  23. Smt. Ushakiran Khan, Literature and Education, Bihar
  24. Dr. Rajesh Kotecha, Medicine, Rajasthan
  25. Prof. Alka Kriplani, Medicine, Delhi
  26. Dr. Harsh Kumar, Medicine, Delhi
  27. Shri Narayana Purushothama Mallaya, Literature and Education, Kerala
  28. Shri Lambert Mascarenhas, Literature and Education, Goa
  29. Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan, Social Work, Madhya Pradesh
  30. Shri Veerendra Raj Mehta, Social Work, Delhi
  31. Shri Tarak Mehta, Art, Gujarat
  32. Shri Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Art, Meghalaya
  33. Shri Chewang Norphel, Others, Jammu and Kashmir
  34. Shri T. V. Mohandas Pai, Trade and Industry, Karnataka
  35. Dr.Tejas Patel, Medicine, Gujarat
  36. Shri Jadav Molai Peyang, Others, Assam
  37. Smt. Bimla Poddar, Other, Uttar Pradesh
  38. Dr. N. Prabhakar, Science and Engineering, Delhi
  39. Dr. Prahalada, Science and Engineering, Maharashtra
  40. Dr. Narendra Prasad, Medicine, Bihar
  41. Shri Ram Bahadur Rai, Literature and Education, Delhi
  42. Ms. Mithali Raj, Sports, Telangana
  43. Shri P. V.  Rajaraman, Civil Service, Tamil Nadu
  44. Prof.  J. S. Rajput, Literature and Education, Uttar Pradesh
  45. Shri Kota Srinivasa Rao, Art, Andhra Pradesh
  46. Prof. Bimal Roy, Literature and Education, West Bengal
  47. Shri Shekhar Sen, Art, Maharashtra
  48. Shri Gunvant Shah, Literature and Education, Gujarat
  49. Shri Brahmdev Sharma (Bhaiji), Literature and Education, Delhi
  50. Shri Manu Sharma, Literature and Education, Uttar Pradesh
  51. Prof. Yog Raj Sharma, Medicine, Delhi
  52. Shri Vasant Shastri, Science and Engineering, Karnataka
  53. Shri S. K. Shivkumar, Science and Engineering, Karnataka
  54. Ms. P. V. Sindhu, Sports, Telangana
  55. Shri Sardara Singh, Sports, Haryana
  56. Ms. Arunima Sinha, Sports, Uttar Pradesh
  57. Shri Mahesh Raj Soni, Art, Rajasthan
  58. Dr.Nikhil Tandon, Medicine, Delhi
  59. Shri H. Thegtse Rinpoche, Social Work, Arunachal Pradesh
  60. Dr.Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi, Medicine, Gujarat
  61. Shri Huang Baosheng(Foreigner), Others, China
  62. Prof. Jacques Blamont(Foreigner), Science and Engineering, France
  63. Late Shri Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin(Posthumous), Others, Maharashtra
  64. Shri Jean-Claude Carriere(Foreigner), Literature and Education, France
  65. Dr. Nandrajan “Raj” Chetty(NRI/PIO), Trade and Industry, USA
  66. Shri George L. Hart(Foreigner), Others, USA
  67. Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja(NRI/PIO), Others, Portugal
  68. Late Shri Meetha Lal Mehta (Posthumous), Social Work, Rajasthan
  69. Ms. Tripti Mukherjee(NRI/PIO), Art, USA
  70. Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori(NRI/PIO), Medicine, USA
  71. Dr. Raghu Rama Pillarisetti(NRI/PIO), Medicine, USA
  72. Dr. Saumitra Rawat(NRI/PIO), Medicine, UK
  73. Prof. Annette Schmiedchen(Foreigner), Literature and Education, Germany
  74. Late Shri Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran(Posthumous), Art, Delhi
  75. Late Shri R. Vasudevan(Posthumous), Civil Service, Tamil Nadu


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66th Republic Day celebrated with joy...

Bhubaneswar: The 66th Republic Day has been celebrated in Odisha with great joy on Monday here.

Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir hoisted the national flag in a state level function at Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar and took the salute of the ceremonial parade.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also hoisted the national flag at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack and spoke about various schemes introduced by the Government for development of the people of Odisha.

Security has been tightened across the State, mainly in the Maoist affected areas for Republic Day celebrations in view of the possibility of terror strike and Maoists’ boycott call. In Bhubaneswar, more than 1000 police personnel, quick action teams, counter-terrorist squads, bomb disposal squads and Special Operations Groups personnel were deployed.

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Tiger population increase in India but declines in Odisha...

Bhubaneswar: As per the tiger survey by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) the population of tiger rises in the country by 30% but it is declines in Odisha. The tiger population has gone up from 1,706 to 2,226 tigers.

The Mudulalai-Bandipur-Nagarhole- Wayanad area which spread across Karnataka, Kerala & Tamilnadu is the world’s single-largest tiger population. There are estimated over 570 tigers as per 2014 tiger assessment report.

The report said, Karnataka has 406 tigers while Kerala and Tamil Nadu have an estimated 136 and 229 tigers, respectively. Goa which was reported as being without any big cats in the last census was found to be home to five tigers in the latest count.The Western Ghats has an estimated 776 tigers (685-861).
All the three states, barring Goa, saw a substantial increase in their tiger populations over the 2010 estimates where the number of tigers were 300, 71 and 163, respectively, in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Second to Karnataka, Uttarakhand has an estimated 340 tigers as against the 227 which were reported in the 2010 assessment. Besides, Jharkhand has registered a decrease in tiger numbers from 10 in 2010 to 3-plus in the latest report.

As far as other regions are concerned, tiger population in the Sunderbans has remained stable and is estimated to be about 76 (62 to 96) tigers. A major part of the Sunderbans has now been camera-trapped with 62 unique individual tiger photos captured.

The report added said that the big cat population has shown an improvement in Assam where the Kaziranga national park has the maximum number of tigers. Population of tigers in Karbi Hills, Dibang Valley and Namdapha tiger reserve, on the other hand, has been encouraging, the report added.

Odisha has been steadily losing tigers over the last one decade despite crores of rupees of central aid poured into protection. The state had 45 tigers in 2006 which declined to 32 in 2010 & it’s now only 28.

Out of 3,299 forest beats which were sampled by the Wildlife Institute of India in partnership with state forest department in Odisha during the study for tiger occupancy and tiger signs, only 81 beats recorded tigers, sources in the wildlife department said. Out of 140 camera traps set up to capture tiger photographs, pictures of only six tigers were obtained, the sources added.

Simlipal and Satkosia are two well known tiger habitats in the state. However, the menace of poaching affects both and there is a steady decline in the prey base in both the Tiger Reserves of the state. The third proposed tiger reserve at Sunabeda is affected by left wing extremism and nobody has estimated the tiger population in that area.     


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National Voter’s Day observed...

Bhubaneswar :Odisha Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir inaugurated a photo exhibition on best practices adopted during last simultaneous General Elections 2014, in presence of Chief Electoral Officer Dr. Mona Sharma and State Election Commissioner Dr. Rabi Narayan Senapati. The voter’s pledge was also administered by the Governor to the gathering present during a function organised on the occasion of 5th National Voters Day at State Museum on Sunday here.

Addressing the meeting, Governor Dr. Jamir said that there is a great improvement in enrolment of voters and voting percentage due to intense awareness campaigns taken up by the Election Commission of India. Appealing every citizen to participate in electoral process, he said “Election Commission of India has embraced technology wholeheartedly, as exemplified by use of Electronic Voting Machines and Computerized Photo Electoral Rolls. To ensure free and fair polls, the Commission has been trying to curb the menace of money power and muscle power. It has steadfastly tried to ensure India’s standing as a symbol of democracy in its true sense, he added further.

On the occasion, awareness rally was taken out from Master Canteen Square to State Museum to educate the voters. Six newly enrolled young voters were distributed with Elector’s Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).

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Renowned Odia Author Dr. Sitakanta Mohapatra gets Limca Book People of the Year 2015...

Bhubaneswar: Dr. Sitakanta Mohapatra, the eminent author of Odisha announced as the Limca Book of Records “People of the Year” 2015. In the Jaipur literature Festival 2015, Coca-Cola India launched the 26th edition of this prestigious Award and announced the eminent litterateurs for the “People of The Year” award in recognition of their profound contribution in the field of literature.

HK Dua, MP, Rajya Sabha and senior journalist, Karthika VK, publisher and chief editor Harper & Collins, India; Dr K Sreenivasa Rao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi and Sir William Mark Tully, author and former bureau chief of BBC New Delhi were the jury members of this award list.

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Red Cross Odisha Branch organises blood donation camp on eve of 5th National Voters Day...

Bhubaneswar:  In order to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process, Government of India has decided to celebrate January 25 every year as 'National Voters' Day'. To mark this occasion, today, Indian Red Cross Society, Orissa State Branch has organized a Blood Donation Camp at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar in association with State Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha.

In this Blood Donation Camp 56 no. of donors participated and 22 of them have donated their blood after proper examination.

The Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by Niranjan Sahu, IAS, Collector-cum-Chairman, District Red Cross Branch, Khordha, Gahadu Mirdha, Additional Electoral Officer, Odisha and Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Orissa State Branch.

Niranjan Sahu, IAS said that the moral reason to donate blood is to get the joy of saving a life and the scientific reason is it keeps the donor healthy and Dr. Chakradhar Panda added to motivate more youths for blood donation for the cause of humanity.

Besides, Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary co-ordinated the programme and Gourimani Biswal assisted in this Blood Donation Camp.

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Insurance Scheme for Journalists by Odisha Govt ...

Bhubaneswar: The journalists of Odisha are going to get a gift by Odisha Government. The Government has decided to provide insurance scheme for the journalists working in the State.

Minister for Information and Public Relations Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has assured members of the Odisha Union of Journalists (OUJ) to include working journalists in the State under insurance coverage would be implemented soon.

A team of delegations from the OUJ met the Minister and discussed about various issues and demands of scribe fraternity in the State. They also submitted a memorandum to the Minister. Nayak assured them that the process of inclusion of journalists under an insurance scheme is at its final stage and the Journalists’ Welfare Committee would be restructured with relaxation of the welfare fund rules. The journalists rued that while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had approved the proposal of increasing the welfare fund to Rs5 lakh, it is yet to be made available. Besides other issues facing the journalists were also discussed.

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates national workshop on Promoting Handloom with Fashion at NIFT..

Bhubaneswar:Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated the national workshop on Promoting Handloom with Fashion in the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) campus in presence of Union Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Handloom &Textiles Government of Odisha Snehangini Chhuria, Member of Parliament Dr. Prasanna Patasani, Director General NIFT Prem Kumar Gera and NIFT Bhubaneswar Director K.C.S. Roy.

The Chief Minister emphasised that NIFT has initiated action for bringing the handloom weavers and fashion designers together. The NIFT over the years has emerged as the premier institute in the fashion industry imparting training on design, management and technology and developing professionals. NIFT has integrated the ‘Craft Cluster Initiative’ into its curricula that allows students to work in collaboration with the artisans and weavers from different geographical areas of the country, which will help in exposing the students to the challenges faced by the sector and in introducing new designs, techniques and materials for benefit of weavers and artisan community.

Appreciating the young talented students of NIFT who have participated in a competition ‘Design Sutra’ organised in various categories where they have produced diverse collections and displayed in the form of an exhibition, CM said that the ‘Design Sutra’, envisages bringing the designers and the handloom weavers together for reinventing handloom with fashion, infusing new ideas for producing a wide range of products as per the liking of customers.

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R.K. Srivastava takes over as AAI chairman...

Bhubaneswar: Ravindra Kumar Srivastava, a 1984 Jharkhand Cadre IAS Officer is the New Chairman, Airports Authority of India. Before taking over as Chairman of AAI, he has been Principal Secretary to the Government of Jharkhand in the Department of Planning & Development and Energy after reverting from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India where he was looking after the desk of J & K Affairs as Joint Secretary.

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Puri included in heritage city list...

Bhubaneswar: Lord Jagannath’s abode Puri has been included in the National Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) and will get special grants for developmental works.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for the inclusion and said its natural for Odia’s to feel honoured as this has been done in the Nakalabara year of Lords.

The new scheme seeks to promote an integrated, inclusive and sustainable development of heritage sites, focusing not just on maintenance of monuments but on advancement of the entire ecosystem including its citizens, tourists and local businesses.

Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma have jointly launched the programme in New Delhi.

While as per UNESCO resignation there are 32 natural and cultural heritage sites, the Government has included 12 cities in HRIDAY scheme at present. Initially for Puri city Rs.22.54 crore has been allocated.

 


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Support to blind and physically challenged by NTPC Kaniha...

Bhubaneswar: NTPC Talcher Kaniha in association with Utkal Gopobandhu Blind Relief Society,Kaniha distributed shawls ,dhotis ,sarees & towels among 700 blind & physically challenged persons on 04.01.2015 under CSR.

NTPC has been supporting this initiative since last 21 years since inception of the blind society in the year 1984.The clothes were distributed by Chief Guest of the occasion, S.B.Mishra ,Sub Collector ,Talcher and N.K. Kothari,Group General Manager ,NTPC Kaniha.

Sub Collector, Talcher Shri Mishra on this occasion said “he is happy to be part of the programme for support of blind and physically challenged; he appreciated the good initiative taken by NTPC Kaniha”.

Shri. Kothari, Group General Manager in his message, conveyed New Year wishes to all and expressed his happiness in being part of the noble cause. He further stated that society should think of taking initiative for generating income for the blinds which will lead to the economic development of the underprivileged.

Block Chairperson, Kaniha Ushabati Garnayak, Benudhar Sahoo, Sarpanch Samitti Member, Kaniha Panchayat, Kunjabihari Pradhan President and Secretary Shri Sudakar Pradhan of Utkal Gopobandhu Blind Relief Society & Snt.Jayanti Sahoo ,Kaniha Panchayat, Samiti Member were present on the occasion.

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Training program on human rights organised for block and district human right monitors...

Bhubaneswar: The Block and District level Human Rights Monitors were trained on various aspects of human rights starting from basic human rights to human rights laws, national and international covenants on human rights, fact finding, monitoring and behavioral approach of defenders, establishing network among different human rights defenders and agencies, role of NHRC and other human rights institutions, at a one day training program on human rights organised by Human Rights Front (HRF) with support from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at Red Cross Bhawan on January 17, 2015.

The program was coordinated by Chairperson of HRF Manoj Jena, in presence of guests and resource persons like President CLAP Bikash Das, senior journalist Rabi Das, RTI activist Pradip Pradhan, Human Rights activist Baghambar Patnaik, senior journalist Sai Prasan and academician Er. Laxmikant Rath.
An action plan was formulated to carry out various human rights work in Odisha like strengthening grievance redressal and justice delivery system, develop victim and defender protection mechanism, advocacy for whistle blower protection law, access to human rights institutions, educate stakeholders on human rights, establish network and coordination among human rights defenders and agencies.

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75th Session of IRC inaugurated ...

Bhubaneswar: The 75th session of (Platinum Jubilee) of IRC was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in presence of Rural Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra, Chief Secretary of Odisha Gokul Chandra Pati,  Secretary Works Department Odisha, President IRC, Secretary General IRC, Director General MoRTH and other dignitaries.

In his address, CM Mr. Patnaik mooted the IRC to utilize the industrial wastes, like fly ash, slag and also plastic waste for road construction.

“Odisha Government spends nearly 25 percent of its budget which implies the prioritizing of infrastructure development in road sector in the State. It is clearly visible from the Biju Express Way project having a distinguish funding of about Rs. 3200 crore. This Biju Express Way project is the road connectivity project to major cities of Odisha with the developed urban areas of the country like, the Vijayawada-Ranchi corridor, which is connectivity between Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Moreover, the State Highway Development Programme is having a major aim for improving all State Highway up to two-lane standard. Besides this the newly launched Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana (MMSY) will take care of the roads connectivity to all un-connected rural areas. Odisha is the pioneer in e-procurement in the country”, he said.

Rural Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra welcomed the delegates and wished the session a grand success. The Minister was very much pleased to see the new technology in the construction area which were displayed in the technical exhibitions & wished its implementation in different sector in Odisha.

The president of IRC expressed his gratitude to the State Government for inviting IRC to hold the Platinum Jubilee Annual session at Bhubaneswar, which is a place of magical beauty & diversity. He also pressed the tourist scenario of Odisha with sweet hospitality of Odias. He on behalf of IRC extended his hearty welcome to the Chief Minister, Minister RD Department, Chief Secretary, Odisha & Works Secretary of Odisha. The President expressed that the principal objective of IRC is to promote & encourage the science and practice of construction and maintenance of roads by adopting the rules & methodology laid down in the standards, specifications, codes of practice, guidelines & manuals.

Director General, MoRTH welcomed and thanked the CM, the State Government. He also emphasized on adoption of EPC contract in the construction sector. The DG, MoRTH conveyed the discussion of MoRTH for adopting the concrete pavement in place of bituminous road. Also by replacing all rail level crossing with ROBs and RUBs.

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Odisha CM dedicates Anand Bhawan to Odisha...

Bhubaneswar:Anand Bhawan, the birth place of late Biju Patnaik was dedicated to Odisha on January 13, 2015.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, his elder brother Prem Patnaik along with Prem’s son Arun Patnaik donated the double storied 22-room building spread over an area of 22 gunth of land after completing the formalities of the gift deed at the district collector’s office. The building was built by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s grand father Laxmi Narayan Patnaik.

The house situated at Tulsipur in Cuttack, will be converted into a memorial museum-cum-research library for the public.  

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Citizen4Forces, Being Indian Foundation celebrates Army Day, appeals to public to pray for soldiers...

Bhubaneswar: Citizen4Forces and Being Indian Foundation organised an event to celebrate Army Day as Pray for Soldiers at Lower PMG.

The aforesaid organisations are well known for their work towards Forces in India. The team comprises mostly youngsters, working for welfare, recognition & rights of forces, veterans and martyr’s family. Most of the time the members of organisation go for expeditions to various military places and they have visited Kargil, Tawang also. The courage, unity and honesty among them made them to work towards country.

“This year we are celebrating the Army day as “Pray for Soldiers- 2015” with 67 square feet Rangoli, saying thanks to our esteemed Indian Army with a musical tribute by our volunteers”, said organisers.  

The event was inaugurated by the former Ranji Player Jitu Satpathy, patron of Being Indian Foundation. A documentary video was also showcased on Indian army from the expedition of the volunteers of Citizen 4 Forces to Kargil”.

The sixty seven square feet Rangoli is the symbolic representation of 67th year celebration of Army Day, the years of sacrifice, hard work and dedication of our Indian Army to safe guard our mother nation and to safe guard every individual of India. This year again, the team of Being Indian foundation and Citizen 4 Forces are together to say thanks to our Indian army and this time we are celebrating the day with the general public. Last year they celebrated Army Day by honouring 35 veterans.

The organisation members said that the motto is to drag the attention of every common man towards our Indian Army and recall their sacrifices. Every citizen of India should join us in this celebration and pray for the long life and good health of our Army. We want every mother to pray for the good luck of the proud son, of Mother India. This year we are celebrating one day before the Army Day to appeal the Public “Please light a candle at your home for the good health and security of our Indian Army on January 15, 2015, Army Day.

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Road Safety Week celebrated by Humara Bachpan child leaders ...

Bhubaneswar: Road safety week is celebrated with the great joy and enthusiasm every year in India at many places such as Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Baroda, Vadodara, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and etc. People are encouraged about how to drive on road by organizing variety of programmes related to the road safety.

To celebrate this week of awareness to generate road safety precautionary measures; Humara Bachpan child leaders from various slums in Bhubaneswar assembled at the Traffic Police Station, AG Square to make roads of Bhubaneswar safer for children. The child leaders had an interface with the Mr. Jatinra Kumar Panda, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic); where he held audience on the various traffic rules and regulatory measures that the children must adhere to as responsible citizens of the country. The congregation of children also submitted a Charter of Demand to the ACP which highlighted on child friendly components like the introduction of a set of exclusive child-friendly guidelines for children to be developed by the Commissionerate Police among others.

“I will take all the points made by the children and take it to higher authorities for approval. We will like to put more traffic signal poles”, said ACP Jatin Panda at the event.

“I got to know so many rules that we as a part of the city must stand by to avoid from fatal accidents and road mishaps. Through this interface I will tell my friends about the many traffic rules and regulations as well. I especially liked the tour of the park at the AG Square”, said Sushree Monali Priyadarshini, a 12 year old Humara Bachpan child leader from Ganga Nagar basti in Bhubaneswar.

“It is unfortunate to say that India has the world’s worst record of road safety. 19 out of every 100,000 children are killed in transportation related incidents in India. 41% of the child deaths are caused because of transportation accidents. One child is injured or killed in road accidents every five minutes” What we require is a stringent set of exclusive guidelines which can take into cognizance the needs of a child. Sensitization, of traffic personnel who can provide aide and assistance to a child in need on the roads during accidents”, said Ms. Preeti Prada, National Head of Humara Bachpan Campaign, who was present at the venue While Bhubaneswar is urbanising rapidly with a population of 837,737; where children form 8.98% of the total population as per the Census 2011. Irrespective of being one of the first few planned cities of India, still there has been no provision for the city’s traffic to be child-friendly.

“Our city’s roads should have safe footpaths and cycle paths for children’s separately. Roads near schools and slums must have speed breakers at the same time signage boards to avoid further accidents. Also, the concept of child friendly zebra crossings should be introduced. We children demand separate provisions to cater to the facilities in a sensitive manner.” asserts Rupak Kumar Gouda, a 15 year old Humara Bachpan child leader from Science Park Basti in Bhubaneswar. Rupak has been propelling to bring about necessary changes in the city’s infrastructure to monitor on child friendly components.

Celebrating the road safety campaign was initiated by the ISS India HSE (Health Safety and Environment) in order to make people aware about the national road safety in the Indian subcontinent. ISS India had declared to celebrate the Road Safety Week all through the country in the first week of the month of January. The aim of this campaign was to emphasize and accentuate people about the need of safe roads travel by applying just simple rules.

Humara Bachpan Campaign initiated this interface so as to encourage children’s participation in road safety initiatives with active support from transport experts and urban planners of the city.

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Chief Minister inaugurates 9th National Film Festival...

Jharsuguda :Inaugurating the 9th edition of three-day National Film Festival Art and Artists, an annual event of JD Centre of Art, at the IDCOL Auditorium on January 16, 2015, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed that the State Government is in the process of taking up a Kalamandal Project to provide a prestigious platform to artistes of all forms”.   

He underlined the State Government’s commitment to promote all forms of Art and said that there is also an initiative to set up a permanent art gallery in the state capital.

Appreciating the initiative of JDCA to organise annual film festivals for showing documentaries on various forms of art and eminent artists of the country, the Chief Minister said “I believe it will be a great learning experience. It will certainly be inspiring to our youngsters who want to pursue art in life. The documentation of art and artists makes a great contribution to the history of our art”.

“The JD centre has been persistently endeavouring to keep people engaged in the aesthetics of life”, the Chief Minister added. The CM said that the collections of art objects and documentary films by the JD Centre are a visual delight and a reminder of our cultural wealth.

Describing the cultural splendor of Odisha, the CM said “Odisha is a state that is deeply rooted in art. From the majestic temples of Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark to intricate patta paintings to pure tribal art – Odisha is a journey through art.  Our art and culture make us special as a people that understand life and its true aesthetic sense”.

The CM complimented the Chairman of JDCA Jatin Das for his efforts to make JDCA a prestigious centre of art. He said “Collection of art, its cataloguing, preservation and displaying them to public at times is not easy. It needs the lifetime devotion and commitment of a person like Jatin Das to bring such dream into reality.”

Among others Minister for Tourism and Culture Ashok Chndra Panda, Chairman, JDCA Jatin Das, Secretary, Tourism and Culture Arabinda Padhi, Executive Director of JDCA Abasar Beuria, Director of Film Festival Biren Das spoke on the occasion. Padmashri Chaturbhuj Meher, actress Nadita Das and several other prominent persons from the field of Art and Film were present.


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Odisha Chief Minister praises efforts of Commissionerate Police for establishing community friendly policing...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik graced the 7th Raising Day celebration as the chief guest and received the salute of the parade contingents. 

In his address, Chief Minister praised the efforts of Commissionerate Police to establish community friendly policing. Chief Minister congratulated all the award winners, both Police officers and the civilians, for their hard work, sincerity, courage and devotion to duty. Chief Minister inaugurated a souvenir titled ‘Sankalp’, a telephone directory of Commissionerate Police and the mobile application ‘BBSR-CTC Police’. 

DGP Sanjeev Marik, CJ Venugopal, the Principal Secretary to Government of Odisha, Home Department, Police Commissioner Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma and other senior police officers were present in the function.
                                                           


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Popular Odia film actor Hara Patnaik no more...

Bhubaneswar :Veteran Odia film actor Hara Patnaik passed away at a private hospital today afternoon. He was 56.

Hara Patnaik, who suffered from cancer has recovered from that and had started his work in Ollywood industry. After becoming sick again, he was admitted in the hospital. But his condition was deteriorating. On January 13, 2015, he breathed his last in the hospital.

Born in Cuttack, Hara Patnaik received several awards and accreditations from media and Odis cine public at large.

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Road Safety Conclave flagged off at Sesa Sterlite Jharsuguda ...

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to promote and inculcate road-safety consciousness among drivers, helpers, labourers, plant personnel and the community members at large at its plant premises, Sesa Sterlite Limited., Jharsuguda embarked on a week long road safety awareness campaign from January 11 to 17, 2015.

The campaign began with a road-safety rally led by Abhijit Pati, President & COO, SSLT, Jharsuguda wherein more than three hundred plant personnel, employees from partner agencies, drivers and labourers took part. The team walked down to the observation venue which was later inaugurated by JK Mohanty, Head CPP, Venkat Reddy, Head IPP and KA Chowdary, Head Smelter II in presence of a huge gathering of employees, drivers, helpers and labourers. At the venue, safety pledge was administered to the attendees. Afterwards, senior management from the SSLT, Jharsuguda shared their experiences and urged all to obey road-safety norms in and outside the plant premises.

During the occasion, DK Singh, Head Health-Safety-Environment & Sustainability, SSLT, Jharsuguda stressed upon the need to make road-safety a habit rather than an act out of compulsion to follow the rules. He also added that in the last few years, SSLT Jharsuguda has raised its bar on road-safety practices and will continue this effort further.

During the week-long programme, more than 300 truck drivers will be trained by IRTE, an agency which is an expert on road traffic training. Through a CSR campaign, about 500 school children from the periphery schools will also be trained during the campaign. To bring awareness to the plant personnel and the community at large, pamphlet distribution through ‘Sadak Surakshya Rath’ will be conducted in and outside the plant premises.

The inauguration ceremony was coordinated by SK Srivastava, Head Fire and Safety, Smelter II and safety team, SSLT, Jharsuguda in cooperation with the plant security team.

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Red Cross celebrates National Youth Day ...

Bhubaneswar: Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch celebrated National Youth Day to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, maker of the modern India. The main objective of the National Youth Day is to spread knowledge and the literature of Swami Vivekananda to the society, to build good characters and true citizens of the Nation.  More than 200 Youth Red Cross Volunteers, Counsellors from different 13 colleges of Bhubaneswar, SDRT members and life members of Red Cross have joined to celebrate this day.

Sudhansu Bhusan Mishra, IAS.(Retd,) Former Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha and Chairman, Health & Care Standing Committee, IRCS-OSB inaugurated the state level function as the Chief Guest and said that Vivekananda is known as the man behind starting the culture of modern India. He is one of the great Indian citizens who praised Indian culture out of Indian and made world to belief that Indian culture has a great history and it will always be batter than western culture.

Prof. Dr. Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik, Director, Higher Education, Odisha joined as Guest of Honour and inspires all the youths towards the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and his ideals.

Biswaranjan Satapathy, Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuba Mahamandal, Odisha joined as Chief Speaker on this occasion and said that we all should create the awareness among the people in various aspects of Health, Education, Technology, and develop the quality of spiritualism among the Youth.

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch welcome the Guests and Volunteers and said that a responsible youth must take the responsibility for the development of individuals, villages and cities. Let us all put our efforts together to make a better society.

On this occasion, at 9.00 A.M. a Voluntary Blood Donation Camp was organized in collaboration with “Seed” a voluntary organisation at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB inaugurated the Voluntary Blood Donation Camp.

At 10 A.M a Human Chain was organized in front of Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar for creating an awareness on Road Safety by taking small steps like respecting traffic rules can go a long way in saving precious lives. Cleaning of internal premises of Red Cross Bhavan was done as a part of Swaschha Bharat Abhiyan at 11 A.M.

Besides, a Debate Competition on National Youth Day was organised and prizes were distributed to the YRC volunteers of NISWAS, KISS and Droupadi College of Bhubaneswar 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Participation certificates were also distributed to the YRC Volunteers by the Chief Guest.

The programme was coordinated by Dr. Debadatta Satpathy, YRCO, IRCS-OSB & vote of thanks by Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary, IRCS-OSB. 


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Sesa Sterlite distributes quilts to special children at Brundamal...

Jharsuguda : Sesa Sterlite Limited, Jharsuguda in partnership with Vedanta Foundation distributed quilts to the students of Special School at Brundamal near its plant premises. During the occasion, Matilata Dungdung, District Social Welfare Officer, G.G. Pal, Dy. Plant 1 Head, SSLT, Jharsuguda, Dinamani Bishi, Area Coordinator- Odisha, Vedanta Foundation distributed 87 quilts to the students of the school in presence of Sudhansu Bala Muduli, Principal, Special School, Brundamal and Sanjeev Patnaik, Head PR, SSLT, Jharsuguda.

The objective of the initiative was to support children in need of special care by providing them essentialities for basic comfort and the effort was lauded by Dungdung. She appreciated this noble initiatives keeping in view of the severer prevailing cold condition in the region and also expressed hope for the other supports that can be extended in future. Mr. Pal reiterated the commitment of the organisation and said that such initiatives are our societal commitment and we must continue them. Led by our leader Anil Agarwal, we are committed to reach out to all the children in need of development care and protection and we are reaching out to thousands of children around our presence globally.

Present on the occasion were all the CSR & PR members of SSLT, Jharsuguda, guardians of the students and others citizens of the locality.

Sesa Sterlite Limited (SSLT) is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resources company, whose business primarily involves exploring and processing minerals and oil & gas. SSLT produces oil & gas, zinc, lead, silver, copper, iron ore, aluminium and commercial power and has a presence across India, South Africa, Namibia, Ireland, Australia, Liberia and Sri Lanka. Sustainability is at the core of SSLT’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities.

SSLT is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, a London-listed company. SSLT is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Medical institutions in Odisha alerted on swine flu...

Bhubaneswar: Medical institutions in Odisha have been asked by the State Government to remain alert on swine flu, H1N1, after a meddle-aged man tested positive for swine flu.

“All the district medical officers and medical colleges have already been asked to take precautionary measures to counter the seasonal disease. Even though it would not be an outbreak-like situation, we have directed them to remain alert”, said Public Health Director Kailash Das, urging people not to panic as it would not be an epidemic like previous years.

The middle-aged man was tested positive and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. His blood samples which were sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) here, confirmed the presence of virus.

The man had gone to Uttar Pradesh and then to Delhi before returning to Odisha on January 6. Since Delhi and Gurgaon are affected by the H1N1 outbreak, the man is believed to have contracted the virus from a carrier.

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Self check-in kiosk introduced at city airport...

Bhubaneswar: Airports Authority of India, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar introduced the Self Check-in Kiosk at New Domestic Terminal (T1) on January 7, 2015.

Inaugurated by Airport Director Sharad Kumar, the Kiosk is supported by IT partner SITA. AAI and SITA have developed this facility to reduce check-in time at counters and avoid undue inconvenience to passengers travelling only with hand-baggage. To get the boarding pass, a passenger would need to feed in their PNR number in the system and select a seat of their choice from the seating chart. This facility provides the passenger to select his choice of seat and save time in queuing up at the Check-in Counter. The Kiosk is designed to meet IATA’s Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) specifications. Besides improving the passenger speed, this system also makes efficient use of the limited space and infrastructure at the Airport.

Initially one Kiosk has been introduced which caters to Indigo Airlines but in future the number of Kiosks may increase so as to accommodate and cater to the needs of all the passengers.

Passengers were seen appreciating this effort and staff members of Indigo Airlines were instructed to help the passengers get accustomed to this new system.


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Odisha Food Security Act to be introduced soon...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Food Security Act will be introduced in the State very soon. The act will cover nearly 3.26 crore people in Odisha and ensure equitable distribution of food grains to all with emphasis on tribal, slum dwellers and other vulnerable sections of the society.

Announcing this on the second day of District Collectors’ Conference held at State Secretariat, CM Patnaik said “My Government is going to introduce the act with focus on agricultural production, marketing and equitable distribution of food grains in Odisha”.

He said that efforts will also be made to enhance productivity by creation of additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares in the next five years. To achieve this objective, Rs. 5000 crore will be invested each year on major, medium and small irrigation projects, deep bore wells, mega lift irrigation projects and restoration of defunct lift irrigation points.

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Dharmendra Pradhan launched sale of 5 kg LPG cylinders in city...

Bhubaneswar: Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India Dharmendra Pradhan launched the sale of 5 Kg LPG cylinder for the benefit of BPL families and others today amidst thunderous applause from the huge audience at a function held at the Salia Sahi, Bhubaneswar in the presence of Alok Tripathi, Director (LPG), MOP&NG, A.N. Jha, Executive Director (LPG), Indian Oil, Ajit Singh, ED (LPG), HPC, George Paul, ED(LPG), BPC, K.K. Sharma, General Manager, Indian Oil cum State Level Coordinator, Oil Industry, Odisha, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor  and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister said that LPG being a cleaner fuel helps in creating better and smoke less cooking environment. This will greatly benefit women of the households especially from their health point of view.

He launched the expanded corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme to cover the BPL populace living inurban areas. Under the scheme, as approved by the Minister, all BPL families will be getting LPG connection without payment of security deposit for cylinder and pressure regulator. He urged the people to take benefit of the scheme which is available up to 31/03/2015.

Minister also launched the sale of 5Kg cylinders under free trade LPG (FTL) scheme in Bhubaneswar, to cater to the LPG requirements for all sections of society including economically weaker families, Students and Migrant labourers, etc who do not have proof of address due to acquiring residence on temporary basis. Such customers can buy 5 Kg LPG cylinder at market price. To begin with 5 Kg LPG cylinders under FTL scheme could be available at 9 retail outlets in Bhubaneswar, 4 retail outlets in Cuttack.  Subsequently the sale of cylinder under FTL scheme is proposed at various locations of Udyan Fresh outlets in Bhubaneswar.

The scheme is aimed at increasing the usage of LPG, cleaner cooking fuel by households by enabling it to be more affordable and easily available to all sections of the society.

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Sisir Saras kicks off in city...

Bhubaneswar: The National level Handicraft and Handloom fair ‘Sisir Saras’ kicked off at IDCO exhibition ground here on January 3, 2015.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik highlighted that the exhibition aims to provide a better scope and platform to rural producers/artisans to market their product. Organising such fairs will help a long way in popularizing the art and culture of Odisha, he said.

Organized by Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS), Odisha Livelihoods Mission, Panchayati Raj Department and sponsored by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

Nearly 600 participants from 25 states have opened nearly 300 stalls. Participants from all the 30 districts of Odisha have also participated in the exhibition.
Exclusive products like Paper Mache products from Pondicherry, Wrought Iron and Tassar of Chhattisgarh, Cane & Bamboo works of Assam, Woolen products of Manipur, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir, Jute products of West Bengal, Silk from Varanasi, Chanderi Silk of Madhya Pradesh, Dry Flower from Manipur, Home Decorative items and Shawls from Gujarat, Leather shoes from Punjab and Rajasthan are some of the attractions here.  

Food items available in the food stalls and cultural programmes to be held on daily basis will be other attractions of the exhibition which would remain open to public till January 13, 2014.

Panchayati Raj Minister Dr. Arun Sahoo, Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Member of Parliament Dr. Prasanna Patsani, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra, Bijay Mohanty, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Panchayati Raj Secretary D.K. Singh and Odisha Livelihoods Mission Director NBS Rajput also spoke at the function.

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Utkal University of Culture celebrates 16th foundation day ...

Bhubaneswar: Governor and Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture Dr. S.C. Jamir graced the sixteenth foundation day celebration of Utkal University of Culture on January 4, 2015 at Bhanja Kala Mandap. 
 
Addressing the august gathering, Governor expressed his satisfaction over the continuous efforts made by the university authorities in resolving the university’s problems. He hoped that the university will play a crucial role in bringing about cultural renaissance in Odisha and will become a Centre of Excellence.

Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda called upon the teachers and students to carry forward research activities. He assured to take required steps to resolve the problems of the university within a short period and requested the intellectuals of Odisha to cooperate in bringing about the development of this university.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Culture Department Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee requested the university authorities, members of the faculties and the students to contribute towards prosperity of the university. He expressed his satisfaction over the progresses made by the university in spite of several handicaps and assured that the university will shift its own campus within six months so that the university will be a full fledged one. He was hopeful that the university will avail the financial assistance from U.G.C. under Section 12-B of the U.G.C. Act soon.

Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. (Dr) Debendranath Jena delivered the welcome address ad introduced the guests to the audience. He requested the guests to take steps for resolving the issues of the university.

Registrar of the university Dr. Suman Das presented the annual report and threw light on the activities undertaken in the university throughout the year. He also expressed hope that the university will shift to its new campus at Madanpur very soon.

Culture Director Sushil Das and Head of P.G. Teaching Departments Prof. Nabakishore Mishra also addressed on the occasion.
The annual newsletter of the university ‘Sanskruti’ was released. Prior to the meeting ‘Student Talent Hunt’, an art exhibition and a food court was also organised by the students. Cultural programmes were also organised by the university students.


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New Year Eve to be celebrated with fun in Odisha capital...

Bhubaneswar: With just a few days left for the New Year-2015, there has been an increase in number of visitors to the shopping malls, gift shops, cards shops, hotels and restaurants in Bhubaneswar. Hotels, restaurants and different shops have also come up with attractive offers for their customers.

Preparations for the New Year have already begun in the State capital. People are busy cleaning their houses, planning for feasts and picnics to add more excitement to the celebrations of New Year Eve to make it a memorable day. As the New Year is the day that marks the beginning of new calendar, people pray to god for happy and prosperous New Year.

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Waste polythene recycling unit inaugurated...

Bhubaneswar: With the effort of waste workers federation Bhubaneswar, waste polythene recycling unit started in the city here today.  For the economic development of waste workers city based voluntary organization named center for child and women development (CCWD) with the support of Practical Action and Bernard Van Leer foundation started this unit at Satya Nagar under ward no- 66 of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation. The unit was inaugurated by Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda. Among others, MP Dr. Prasanna Patasani, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Deputy Mayor K. Shanti and Corporator Chhabirani Das joined the function.

 


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Orientation Programme of District Secretaries of JRC District Committee inaugurated...

Bhubaneswar: The Junior Red Cross wing of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch (IRCS-OSB) has organized a State level Orientation Programme of District Secretaries of JRC District Committees from December 29 to 30, 2014 at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. The objective of this two days programme is to acquaint the District Secretaries with various activities and objectives of Junior Red Cross with the view to strengthen JRC movement in Odisha.

S. B. Mishra, IAS. (Retd.) former Chief Secretary of Odisha & Member, Executive Committee, IRCS-Odisha State Branch has inaugurated the programme and addressed the JRC District Secretaries to take forward the JRC activities in the State of Odisha  Snehamayee Senapati, Deputy Director, Secondary Education, Odisha and Brundaban Satpathy, District Education Officer, Khordha has joined as Guest of Honour .

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Secretary, Junior Red Cross, Odisha welcome all the Guest & participants and highlighted about the objective of the training programme. Besides, he said the District Secretaries are playing vital role in building the future generation of the society through the JRC Volunteers. 38 participants from 29 districts of Odisha have participated in the training programme.

Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary offered the vote of thanks and Apramita Mishra, Under Secretary, N. R. Mishra coordinated the programme.


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KISS organises Mega Guardians' Meet ...

Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organised a mega guardians' meet on December 30, 2014. More than 50,000 people, all parents and guardians of tribal students of the institute, attended the meet. Assembly of such a large number of tribals representing 62 tribes and 13 primitive tribal communities from all corners of Odisha and some other states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Assam, is one of its kind.

The parents and guardians got a firsthand experience of the institute where their wards are studying during the day-long programme. Like every year, KISS authorities made elaborate arrangements, including food, shelter and transport, to host the parents in this mega assembly. They expressed their profound gratitude to Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for securing the future of their children through KISS, which provides education from KG to PG, vocational training, food, accommodation and all other basic necessities of life absolutely free of cost to 22,500 tribal children.

They were satisfied to see that their children are getting education and care at par with any good public school in a beautiful environment. On the other hand, they expressed their unhappiness over the fact that there is no adequate support for them from society at large, in general. Their children are becoming demoralized as some persons with vested interest are continuously running propaganda against KISS to defame their institution, even though it has not done anything wrong, they said. They will not tolerate anymore if this type of propaganda against KISS continues, said the guardians. On the occasion, it was decided by the district guardian committee to approach government on different problems being faced by KISS.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Samanta advised the parents and guardians that only education can ensure a dignified life to them, as the traditional way of living is now impossible due to lack of natural resources. Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS, R. N. Dash, Secretary, KISS, Dr. P. K. Routaray, CEO, KISS and P. K. Das, Livelihood Director, KISS also spoke on the occasion. As many as 50 guardians of KISS students, who are high achievers, were felicitated.

 


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Major search, rescue operation starts for AirAsia flight ...

Bhubaneswar: Major search operation has been started to locate the AirAsia flight QZ 8501 flying from Indonesia to Singapore that has gone missing early on Sunday. The plane carried 162 passengers.

According to the perception of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, the flight is under the sea. Nothing concrete has been achieved so far from the search operation.

12 navy ships, 5 planes, 3 helicopters and warships are participating in the operation. Local fishermen have also been asked to help in the search and rescue operation.

The pilot of the flight had requested to change the route due to bad weather. But, the permission was denied owing to traffic in that area, and the plane went missing after 5 minutes, sources said.


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Sesa Sterlite Mentor's Trophy 2014 won by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Jharsuguda...

Bhubaneswar: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Jharsuguda emerged as the winner of the second edition of Mentor’s Trophy, a regional inter school group dance championship, which was organized by Sesa Sterlite Limited at its township auditorium on December 24, 2014.

The occasion was also marked by Ranjit Nag, eminent Sambalpuri dance guru and Secretary of Sambalpur Kala Parishad along with Manoj Mishra, a national Cine and TV Serial artist. They were felicitated for their exceptional contribution in the field of art, culture and cinema by Abhijit Pati, President and COO, Sesa Sterlite.

“With a view to encourage young talents in schools, we feel elated that this annual event could facilitate a befitting platform to 10 lead schools from Jharsuguda and Sambalpur district to showcase their efforts for overall development of their children,” said Abhijit Pati, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sesa Sterlite.

Ranjit Nag and Manoj Mishra appreciated the effort of Sesa Sterlite towards organizing such a noble and innovative people connect programme involving children, schools, parents and wide range of citizens. They said that such efforts by corporates would go a long way in bringing out the latent talent of the state benefitting our culture in turn.

After paying tribute to the recent Peshawar incident, the glittering ‘Mentor’s Trophy’ was ceremoniously brought to stage and displayed. The dance competition was fiercely contested by some of the finest dance performances by the young students of ten schools from Sambalpur and Jharsuguda. The schools from Sambalpur were Vikas-the concept school, Aditya Residential, Delhi Public School and from Jharsuguda were Town High School, VSS High School, Belpahar English Medium School, St. Thomas English Medium School, St. Mary’s higher secondary school and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.

In scintillating neck to neck competitions, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya emerged as the champion surpassing a brilliant dance performance by St. Mary higher secondary school, the defending champion of 2013 by a flicker. The performance by the specially-abled students of Specially School, Brundamal left the audience mesmerized. The initiative was acknowledged by all sections of the society present on the occasions.

In presence of jury, comprising of Alok Panda, Prem and Sandhya Sarkar, the event was witnessed by Principals, Teachers, parents, citizen representative of Jharsuguda, employees of Sesa Sterlite and members of social organisations of the region enhancing the external connect of the corporate on a different scale.

Sesa Sterlite Limited (SSLT) is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resources companies, whose business primarily involves exploring and processing minerals and oil & gas. SSLT produces oil & gas, zinc, lead, silver, copper, iron ore, aluminium and commercial power and has a presence across India, South Africa, Namibia, Ireland, Australia, Liberia and Sri Lanka. Sustainability is at the core of SSLT’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities. SSLT is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, a London-listed company. SSLT is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.



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Bus fares cut off by 2 paise per km ...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Monday has cut off the bus fares by 2 paise per kilometer due to the reduction in diesel price.

The passengers will now have to pay Rs. 60 paise instead of 62 paise per kilometer in ordinary buses and 63 paise instead of 65 paise in the express buses. Now, the fare for deluxe uses is 83 paise whereas for the deluxe A/C buses it is Rs. 1.02 paise per kilometer, said Commerce & Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi.

The Technical Advisory Committee of the Transport Department had a discussion in this regard at an emergency meeting on Friday last.
The State Government had earlier reduced the bus fares by two paise in two phases due to the reduction in diesel prices by Rs. 9.17 in phases in the last two months.    

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Shivering cold paralyses normal life...

Bhubaneswar: Normal life has been paralysed under the impact of intense cold-wave that continued to sweep several parts of Odisha.
Most parts of the State are in the grip of severe cold forcing the people to stay indoors.
 
According to Met officials, a further dip in temperature is expected in the coming days. Cold wave conditions would continue to be intense till December end.
 

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Santa turns Green ...

Bhubaneswar: This Christmas, the Red and White Santa turned green as he joined hands with Dedi Loku (Tree Man in the Kui language), the green superhero to give tree gifts to people. Instead of the sledge pulled by reindeer, the Santa had a bullock cart which carried the saplings as well.

The Bullock Cart with Santa Claus and Dedi Loku moved from the Bakul Library in Satyanagar behind the Catholic Church to Janpath to shouts of “Gacha Neba Gacha, Santa Deuchi Gacha” by about 30 young college students, all volunteers of Bakul Foundation. The volunteers mobilized and motivated the curious onlookers to plant trees and take the saplings from them. About 300 medicinal plants and trees like Bakul, Kanchan, Jamun and Amla were gifted to people.

The Tree for Free is an initiative under the My Tree Campaign of Bakul, which aims to create an emotional connect between individuals and trees by promoting individual ownership of trees. The main objective of the My Tree Campaign is to promote gifting and plantation of trees as a cultural practice where it becomes a part of the everyday lives of people. 

The campaign, which started in 2009, has many components through which the idea of gifting trees is promoted. There is a campaign on social media in which hundreds of people have profile pictures with trees. Environmental Film Festivals and workshops have been organized in schools, colleges and apartments to create awareness, and most importantly, to suggest how individually, each one of us can contribute to address the problem of climate change.

Tree for Free is an attempt to break the inertia that people have in planting trees. It comes from a realization that many want to plant trees but they keep procrastinating. Hence, this makes it easier by taking the saplings to the people. Many people in the city have not known the joy of planting a tree and seeing it grow. This initiative facilitates that and over 8500 saplings have been distributed so far to individuals, who have planted them. Many people have come back asking for more saplings after the excitement of seeing their tree grow.

The My Tree Campaign has received international recognition now, as it is being featured in an Exhibition from November 2014 to June 2015 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, widely considered the Mecca for contemporary art and architecture. The curators of the exhibition interestingly identified the campaign as one of the very creative and impactful endeavours to address environmental challenges in urban areas in the world.

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Human chain organised to build safe city for women and girl child ...

Bhubaneswar: As many as 200 women, youth and civil society organisations in a human chain organised by Center for Child and Women Development (CCWD), Beti Zindabad and Action aid in front of Rastra Bhasa Prachar Sabha to sensitize the public for a safe city for women and girl child.
                                                                             
The programme has been inaugurated by Deputy Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) K. Shanti. Addressing the gathering she stressed that every woman needs a safe city for bright future and we have to end domestic violence from family level.   

Among others, Regional Manger of Actionaid Debabrat Patra, Ghasiram Panda, Sanjukata Panigrahi, Jyotshanarani Mishra, Sudhir Sabat and Duryodhan Karada spoke on this occasion.  Secretary of CCWD Sadasiv Swain presided over the programme and Ashok Gochhi proposed a warm vote of thanks to participants.


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Good Governance Day observed in KIIT...

Bhubaneswar: Good Governance Day was observed in KIIT University with enthusiasm on December 25, 2014. Top functionaries of the University spoke on the topic ‘Use of Technology and Innovation in Promotion of Good Governance’ at a meeting attended by 3000 staff members and 300 students of KIIT University. December 25, the birth anniversary of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, was observed as Good Governance Day countrywide following a Govt. of India announcement recently.

KIIT is fortunate to benefit from a series of steps implemented long before to make its functioning transparent and accountable, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, while stressing that there is a need to do more to take the University to a higher level of excellence. KIIT, and its sister concern Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), together have 47,500 full-time students, and such a big system is functioning smoothly due to good governance practices followed here, he added.  

KISS has been recognized as a unique model of empowering the most deprived tribal children through education, said R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS, while mentioning how KIIT and KISS are striving to deliver the benefits of quality education to the masses. Technology and innovation play an important role to promote good governance in a large institution like KIIT, said Prof. P. P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor. Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar and P. K. Sahoo, Director, Estate & Establishment also spoke on the occasion.

The meeting remembered the contribution of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in nation building and appreciated the government’s decision to honour him with the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.  

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CM greeted for providing autonomous status to VSS Medical College & Hospital ...

Bhubaneswar: Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and MLA (Sambalpur) Dr. Raseswari Panigrahi with student union leaders of VSS Medical College greeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Nivas for providing autonomous status to VSS Medical College & Hospital, Burla. NAC chairman, vice chairman and chairman of State Social Welfare Board were also present on the occasion.


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Prakash Mishra appointed as DG of CRPF ...

Bhubaneswar: Union cabinet has approved the appointment of special secretary in the Union Home Ministry Prakash Mishra as the new Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General (DG). The Appointments Committee of cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made this announcement.

The post was lying vacant since November 30 after the retirement of Dillip Trivedi. Now, Prakash Mishra, the 1977 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre took the charge.

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N K Kothari joined as Group General Manager of Talcher Kaniha...

Bhubaneswar: N K Kothari assumed charge as Group General Manager of NTPC Limited,Talcher Kaniha replacing P R Dahake, who has been transferred to the company’s Corporate Centre, New Delhi. Kothari was Group General Manager, Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant, Unchahar, Uttar Pradesh.

A bachelor in Mechanical engineering from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya, Indore (1981), Kothari joined NTPC  in September 1981 as an Executive Trainee.
Born on 09.02.1959, Kothari has a long stint of 34 years service in NTPC. He started his career at Badarpur Thermal Power Station, New Delhi. He was the Head of (O&M) in Farakka Super Thermal Power Station & Badarpur Thermal Power Station from 2006 to 2008.

He was Business Unit Head of Badarpur Thermal Power Station in 2009 and later headed Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant.
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He has a long work experience in the field of operation & mechanical maintenance & fuel management. He has attended many important training programmes within the country and abroad including the recent one in USA at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

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4th Rural Cultural Meet-2014 held ...

Bhubaneswar: The 4th edition of Rural Cultural Meet- 2014 was organized by NTPC Talcher Kaniha on the occasion of Children's day under its CSR initiative at Recreation Club on November 14, 2014.

 The Cultural meet was organized for students to provide a platform for promoting rural talents through dance and cultural performance
The meet was participated by 550 rural students involving 32 schools of nearby villagers i.e Bijigol, Kaniha, Kamarei ,Derang and Jarada gram Panchayats. This is the fourth year; NTPC Talcher Kaniha had organized such Rural Cultural Meet.

 Traditional, classical & folk dance were presented in three categories via Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior groups of students. Inaugurating the meet JVN Rao, General Manager(O&M), NTPC Kaniha said “Such type of programme provides a platform to rural students to showcase their talent and the enthusiasm with which they participate makes the event special ,I am happy to say NTPC has doing its part to promote culture through its CSR initiatives since 2011”
U K Dasgupta, GM (Maintenance), VA Rao, GM(Operations), Sonali Dasgupta ,Vice President ,Bal Bhavan P C Mohapatra,(Retd. President Awardee teacher) Dr. Jaginath Sahoo ,ABEO, Kaniha block ,members of ladies club "Tanvi Sangam", Yajna Rai, Director, Nitya Nilaya, Miss Sweta Simran  and Batakrishna Tripathy of Odishi Visarad were also present during the function.

In senior category, Panchayat High School, Bijigol and in both categories i.e Sub-junior category & under junior category Gadasila UP School was adjudged as the winners. Special jury award was given to Bijigol Nodal UPSschool under junior category for their special performance.

Prizes and trophies were distributed to the winners at the closing ceremony of the Cultural Meet by U K Dasgupta, GM (Maintenance) & VA Rao, GM (Operations). 

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41st Junior State Level Kabbadi Tournament 2014 at NTPC Kaniha...

Bhubaneswar: The 41st Kabbadi Championship was organized at NTPC Talcher Kaniha on December 12, 2014. The tournament was organized by Sports Council, NTPC Kaniha in association with Odisha Kabbadi Association & Angul Athletic Association. 25 Boy’s team and 14 Girl’s team took part in the tournament.

The tournament was inaugurated by Chief Guest of the occasion, Satyanarayan Chetty & Guest of Honour N. K. Kothari Group General Manager, NTPC Kaniha, & H. Panda ,GM (Business Excellence), ER-II HQ, Bhubaneswar, in presence of JVN Rao  GM (O&M), U. K. Dasgupta; GM (Maintenance),V. A. Rao. GM (Operation). Mahendra Singh Sahu, District Sports Officer, Ajay Behera ,Secretary ,Odisha Kabbadi  Association, Neela Mani Rout ,Secretary , Athletic Association, Angul Peskar Garanayak, Athletic Association, Talcher were the special guests of the event.

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NTPC Talcher Kaniha holds TB awareness and Sputum collection camp ...

Bhubaneswar: With a commitment for improving the health of the local community of Kaniha.NTPC Talcher Kaniha has organized health check up camps for respiratory diseases (TB) at Community Health Centre, Kaniha under CSR initiative from November 29, 2014 to December 16, 2014.

The programme was organized in association with District Health Department and District Tuberculosis Officer, Angul under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme. The basic aim of the camp was to intensify TB awareness in villages and collection of sputum for examination. Camps were conducted for all periphery villages of Bijigol (on November 29, 2014), Kamarei (on December 9, 2014) and Kaniha (on December 16, 2014).

Around 500 patients were treated for various respiratory diseases and free medicines were also distributed in these camps. Sputum of around 63 persons were collected for examination during the camp.  

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State School Football Championship 2014 ...

Bhubaneswar: State School Football Championship 2014 for Under 17 Girls was organised by NTPC Talcher Kaniha in association with District Education Office, Angul from October 18 -20, 2014. In total 10 teams, 170 participants from Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Kendrapada, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda & Bargarh took part. .

The championship was inaugurated by P R Dahake , Executive Director ,Talcher Kaniha on 18.010.2014. Addressing the gathering Dahake stated “NTPC Kaniha takes proud in organising the event and we are eager to support for children in the field of sports in future also”.

The three day championship concluded on 20.10.2014 .In the final clash between for championship title, Bhubaneswar team defeated Cuttack team by 3-0.
JVN Rao ,General Manager (O&M) distributed prizes to the winners and runners-up team on the final day of the championship in presence of Mahendra Kumar Sahu, District Sports Officer, Angul ,U K Dasgupta, General Manager(Maintenance), V A Rao,General Manager(Operations), S K Suar,Chairman, Sports Council, NTPC Kaniha, Prabhakar Mungraj, Assistant Director Physical Education ,Odisha & Rita Kerketta ,Assistant District Education Officer ,Angul.

The championship was overall coordinated by Sports Council, NTPC Kaniha. 


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Citizen 4 Forces organised “Jashn-E-Fateh”...

Bhubaneswar: Commemorating the Day of the victory which brought glory for nation on 1971 war, Citizen 4 Forces organized “Jashn-E-Fateh” (A tribute to 1971 indo-Pak war martyrs & living legends) at Select CITYWalk, Delhi on December 16, 2014. C4F teams from 8 states joined in this event .Citizen 4 Forces Odisha State Convener Smrutiranjan Biswal along with five members attended this program to meet the real heroes of nation, living legends of 1971 war along with many other army veterans. In this event Ankit Gupta, Founder of Citizen 4 Forces said youth mass should come forward to remember our forces addressing thousands gathering at the venue. War veterans shared their experience from battle field and thanked to Citizen 4 Forces for organizing such type of unique events. Team Odisha members interacted personally with war veterans on a tea party.

The programe was attended by the war veterans and eminent guests from defence sector including Lt Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (Key liberator of Bangladesh & former governor of Goa & Punjab), Living Param Vir chakra Awardee Subedar Yoginder Singh Yadav (Hero of 1999 Kargil War), General V K Singh (Former chief of Indian Army & Minister of state (Independent Charge), Maj Gen. Ian Cardazo (1971 Indo-Pak war veteran & First disabled officer to command a battalion & later a brigade), Maj Gen. Satbir Singh (Chairman of the Indian Ex-servicemen movement), Col Anil Kaul (Veer Chakra awardee in IPKF operation in Sri Lanka in 1987& Defence Expert), Meenakshi Lekhi (National Spokesperson of BJP & MP of New Delhi), Maj Surendra Poonia (VSM awardee, former bodyguard of President & first Indian Doctor to win 15 international Medals (Limca book record), Maroof Raza (Times Now strategic expert) and Former Miss India Earth Prachi Mishra and Former Miss India World Vanya Mishra.


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State, society have primary responsibility in protecting children from violence, abuse and neglect: Chief Minister ...

Bhubaneswar: Only making laws is not enough. We as lawmakers must ensure effective implementation of laws to ensure that the laws protecting and asserting the children’s rights are effectively enforced. Adopting and enforcing strong laws protecting children, overseeing Government activities, allocating financial resources, raising awareness and providing advocacy are what you all can do to help alleviate children’s sufferings, said chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the sensitization programme for MLAs on Child Rights organised by UNICEF and Kalinga Kusum Foundation at Gopabandhu Akademy.
We must invest in them everything we have for a better world. The State and society have the primary responsibility in protecting children from violence, abuse and neglect, the Chief Minister said.

He emphasised that a number of legislations are in force to protect the rights of children. The Juvenile Justice Act, the Protection of Child Rights Act, and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act are some of the legislations directed at protecting children’s rights. Moreover, we have the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, various Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards and other organizations to pursue these issues vigorously. However, the issues related to children’s rights cut across considerations of political systems and geography. The entire world is grief stricken over the recent horrific incident at a Peshawar school. The people of India are strongly behind the bereaved souls in Pakistan. Children belong to none, but humanity. We have to take issues related to children’s welfare most zealously, ignoring our political differences and other partisan considerations. I would urge all of you to use today’s orientation as an opportunity to make yourself aware of the various issues related to children, and also brainstorm on possible interventions which can be made to address these issues based on the resources available at your and the State’s disposal, he added.

Among others, Scheduled Tribes & Scheduled Castes Development Minister Lalbihari Himirika, BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, Former Advisor of Election Commission of India Dr. Bhagaban Prakash, Chief of UNICEF Odisha Yumi Bae, Chairman of Kalinga Kusum Foundation Sujeet Kumar also spoke on the occasion.

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Chit fund scam victims organised mass dharana before Parliament...

Bhubaneswar: Thousands of duped depositors, the victims of the Collective Investments scheme normally termed by media as chit fund scam victims organised rally and demonstration at Jantar Mantar on December 17. The United Forum of Duped Depositors – Arthika Sansthamanankadwara  Kshatigrastanka Milita Manch (United Forum of Duped Depositors) held Mass Dharana before parliament demanding fulfillment of eleven-point charter of demands. 

Crores of innocent, illiterate people have been duped by innumerable number of fraudulent companies taking advantage of defective Acts in Odisha and rest of the country.  This scam has disrupted the socio-economic relationships of the villages, clans and communities. Many depositors have also committed suicide and succumbed to unnatural deaths.  At Jantar Mantar, Jayant Das, Convener  of the Forum  presided over the meeting  which was addressed  by Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Advisor  of the Forum, Prof. Ajay Pattnaik, JNU, Sonak Das, Advocate, Supreme Court, Shaktiman Ghosh, General Secretary, NHF, Bimal Trivedi, Leader, CPI (ML), Activists like Ashok Bharati, President, NACDOR,  Bijay Parida, Pradip Pradhan,  Jyoti Ranjan Mohapatra, Sanjukta Panigrahi, Arun Jena, Ashok Mallik, Joint  Conveners of  the Forum, Anuradha Subudhi, Kanyabati Madhu Sudan Biswal, Jaya Krushna Das, kshitish panigrahi, Sanjay Mohapatra, Umesh Nayak,   Gopabandhu  Palai,  Kalandi Behera, Pratap Sahu, Soudan Singh, Niranjan  Kohli, Bijay Rohtas  Choudhury, Innayat Alli Bagri etc have addressed.

A delegation led  by  D. Raja, leader CPI,  Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Jayant Das,  Madhusudan Biswal and Anuradha Subudhi  met Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and submitted a 11-point charter of demands  and discussed about  plight of duped depositors. Mr. Jaitley responded positively and assured to Delegation to bring out Amendment to various defective Acts like SEBI, Multi State Co-operative Act, RBI, Companies Act etc which has paved the way for duping the financially ignorant people. He also assured that Investigative agencies will be given full liberty to take on offenders. The United Forum of Duped Depositors has decided to expedite nation-wide movement till the hard-earned money is refunded to the depositors. The demands include cent percent refund of the assured amount to the duped depositors through amendment to existing Laws, compensating the family members of the depositors who lost their lives either by committing suicide or by succumbing to unnatural deaths, Enactment of stringent law to punish the owners of aforesaid Non-Banking Financial Institutions found guilty in Mega Scam Offenders and amend all the defective laws related to Collective Investment Schemes.  


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Orientation for waste workers organised...

Bhubaneswar: As many as 40 members of Bhubaneswar Abrjana Gotali Mahasangh were made aware about on unit management and waste polythene recycling by the Center for Child and Women Development (CCWD) with the support of Practical action and Bernard Van leer Foundation in a one day orientation programme at Red Cross Bhawan today. 

Programme Manager of Practical Action Rashmi Patel and CCWD Secretary Sadasiv Swain participated in the orientation programme.


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Differently abled honoured with Red Cross Award ...

Bhubaneswar: On the International Day of People with Disability Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated 4 differently abled persons with “Red Cross Award” for the year 2014 on the basis of their outstanding achievement. The awardees were chosen by a Selection Committee headed by the Director, Social Welfare, Government of Odisha, Additional Director, Health Service and Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch from different categories like hearing & speech impaired, orthopedically challenged, cerebral palsy & mental retardation and visually impaired. The award carried a citation and cash prize of Rs.30, 000/- to each.

The differently able persons who received the Red Cross award for 2014 are Rabindra Kumar Tripathy, Bhubaneswar (Orthopedically Challenged), Brajamohan Acharya (Bhubaneswar, Visually Challenged), Sarita Routray (Khordha, Mentally Challenged) and Ms. Ch. Nirupama Patra (Ganjam, Hearing Impaired).

Red Cross took the proud to honour these differently abled persons of Odisha who have self sustained through their determination & endeavor created examples for other physically and mentally challenged persons.  

On this occasion, Women & Child Development (Disabled Welfare) Minister Pranab Prakash Das, Culture & Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, MP Dr. Prsanna Patsani, MLAs Bijoy Kumar Mohanty, Priyadarsi Mishra, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Kasturi Mohapatra and Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB Dr. Chakradhar Panda, encouraged to the Physically and Mentally challenged awardees.


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Sesa Sterlite Aluminium Smelter Plant wins ‘National Energy Conservation Award-2014’...

Bhubaneswar: Efficient management of available energy resources has been one of the major thrust areas of Vedanta’s operations across the World. Adding feather to its rich collections of awards and accolades over the years, Sesa Sterlite’s Aluminium Smelter Plant, Jharsuguda has been awarded the 1st Prize in the prestigious “National Energy Conservation Awards -2014” in Aluminium sector of India. The Award is for exhibiting and discharging its commitment towards the cause of environmental conservation, focusing on superior energy management.

Mr. Abhijit Pati, President & COO, Sesa Sterlite (SSLT) received this award from Mr. Piyush Goyal, Honourable Union Cabinet Minister for Power and Coal, during “National Energy Conservation Day Celebrations” on December 14, 2014 organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) , Ministry of Power, Government of India at New Delhi.

Ministry of Power awards different companies for creating benchmarks in energy conservation on ‘The National Energy Conservation Day’ every year. BEE evaluates the energy consumption data and shortlists companies. These shortlisted organizations are audited by Ministry of Power, Government of India. Based on their recommendations, the energy conservation award is decided.

This is for the second successive time SSLT, Jharsuguda Aluminium Smelter Plant has been recognised by Government of India for its commitment towards energy conservation. SSLT has undertaken many energy conservation initiatives for achieving benchmark energy efficiency by implementing innovative projects such as pot cell voltage reduction by lining design change and fuel oil consumption reduction by process optimisation. SSLT has also adopted best in class practices and Energy Management Systems which include ISO: 50001. In the field of energy conservation, this year, SSLT’s Jharsuguda Aluminium Smelter Plant also received many National and International awards which includes the ‘Excellent Energy Efficient unit’ award from CII and ‘Best Energy Efficient project realised abroad’ in ENES’2014 organised by Ministry of Energy, Government of Russia.

Sesa Sterlite Limited (SSLT) is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resources companies, whose business primarily involves exploring and processing minerals and oil & gas. SSLT produces oil & gas, zinc, lead, silver, copper, iron ore, aluminium and commercial power and has a presence across India, South Africa, Namibia, Ireland, Australia, Liberia and Sri Lanka. Sustainability is at the core of SSLT’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities. SSLT is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, a London-listed company. SSLT is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


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Odisha Government to provide two mobile planetariums in rural areas...

Bhubaneswar: The State Government is working to create a facilitating environment for growth of scientific temper among the youth, says Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Young Astronomers’ Talent Search Award at Pathani Samanta Planetorium on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Late Samanta Chandra Sekhar Mahapatra (Pathani Samanta).

“The second planetarium is coming up at Burla. With a view to increase the outreach of astronomy in rural areas, the Government is going to provide two mobile planetariums. These planetarium units will be able to go to every village, camp there and disseminate the knowledge of Astronomy and Science in general”, he added. The Government is working towards establishing a Museum at Khandapada in the honour of Late Pathani Samanta, he added further.
As may as 20 students from more than a hundred students were selected in the competition. YATS topic chosen for the year: My Manned Spacecraft.
      

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State level Interface Programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organised...

Bhubaneswar: More than 2.5 billion people live in lack of access to adequate sanitation worldwide especially in developing countries like India. And 1 billion people defecate in the open and especially instates like Odisha and Jharkhand, as high as 78 per cent of the households are without toilets.And the situation is worse in the acutely impoverished rural areas Odisha. Under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), significant progress has been made; over 9.04 crore toilets have been provided for rural households. However, open defecation by large population in India remains a matter of concern and states like Odisha. On October 2, 2014 government of India launched Swachha Bharat Abhiyan which was with the aim of making India open defecation free (ODF) by 2019. In this context a state level Interface Programme was organized by Inter Agency Group (IAG) Odisha, in collaboration with Indian Red Cross society Odisha state Branch, Oxfam India and SOLAR in 12th December, 2014 at Red Cross Bhavan Bhubaneswar.

The main objective of the meeting was to bring together all stakeholders working on WASH Issues in the state to a single platform i.e. Government, NGO’s, INGO’s, UN Bodies, academia and media etc. in a single platform and to collect their views, opinion’s and suggestions which is needs to be consider, for the strategic framework of Swachha Bharat Abihyan. It was attended by a wide array of individuals many of whom were members of IAG including UN agencies, INGO’s and WASH Experts, Govt. Officials and media personals.The meeting was presided over by Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, Odisha State Branch & Chairperson,IAG Odisha. Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda State Head, UNDP Odisha, Akshya Biswal, Regional Manager, Oxfam India, Shikha Nayak, State Consultant- Odisha State Water &Sanitation Mission, Bishakha Bhanja, State Head- Water Aid, Debabrat Patra, Regional Manager- Action AidOdisha & Vice Chairperson IAG Odisha Ranjan Mallick, Consultant WASH and Harishchandra Dash, Secretary, SOLAR (Odisha) were present as the guest of honor.

During the meeting, all the speakers on the panel highlighted various aspects of the WASH Sector which provided the context for the exercise of collating an assessment of the sector from the floor and putting together ideas for a strategic plan and creation of proper implementation framework for Swacha Bharat Abhiyan.  They set the tone for the engagement and flagged key concerns in their presentations in order to help participants hold these in the forefront while embarking on identifying actionable areas, gaps and overall implementation scenario of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan in Odisha. The meetingalso aimed to draw the needs and inputs which are needs to be consider during the strengthening of Odisha WASH forum in Odisha. The meeting has also highlighted existing creative practices on WASH and different strategies at the community level particularly.

Several suggestions and recommendations were made by the participants including Regular interface meetings with various stakeholders, Strengthening of Odisha WASH Forum,Awareness generation for behavioral and attitude changes,coordination between multi stakeholders, etc. which will be presented as recommendation to the State Government and different stakeholders, for inclusion in Odisha WASH Forum. Animesh Prakash of Oxfam India, Sukant Kumar Sahoo of Plan India, Kamal Adhikary- Wetlands International, V. Nageswar Rao of Lepra Society and many eminent personalities of civil society, government and IAG members participated and expressed their views and suggestions in the meeting. The Meeting was coordinated and ended with a vote of thanks by Manoranjan Behera, coordinator of IAG Odisha.


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Consultation on Property Rights to Slum Dwellers organised...

Bhubaneswar: NIDI, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with PRIA, New Delhi organized a State level Consultation on Property Rights to Slum Dwellers on December 12, 2014 at CYSD, Bhubaneswar under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bhagaban Prakash. The purpose of the program was to create a forum to discuss the property rights of slum dwellers in the context of The Odisha Property Rights to Slum Dwellers and Prevention of New Slums Bill 2012, for "comprehensive redevelopment and rehabilitation of slums in the state both in terms of basic civic services and assigning property right to slum-dwellers and prevention of formation of new slums", which got Cabinet approval in September 2012, but could not be placed before the State Legislative Assembly. The state government was committed to making the state slum-free and formulating comprehensive policy for it.

The program was attended by more than 70 persons including representatives of slum dweller associations, street vendors association, association of transgenders, civil society organizations and others.

The participants highlighted the issues of the slum dwellers relating to property rights and the slow progress with regard to enactment of the property rights legislation. The representatives of slum dwellers association claimed that beneficiary selection has not been made properly and the affected people are not aware about their rights under comprehensive redevelopment and rehabilitation of slums.

Saroj Kumar Samal, MLA, Dhenkanal in his address emphasized the rights and duties of slum dwellers.

Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation briefed about the initiative taken by BMC towards providing basic facilities to the slum dwellers and also said that BMC provides around 400 sqft houses to the slum dwellers under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) with all civic facilities around it. Survey has been conducted in 436 slums of Bhubaneswar and DPR prepared accordingly, and there will be no eviction in Bhubaneswar, Mr. Jena added. He also said that in case of eviction for infrastructure development, the affected families will be accommodated in transit houses, proposed to be constructed for 6000 families, prior to their permanent rehabilitation.

Puspendra Singhdeo, Minister, Housing and Urban Development highlighted the schemes and programs of State Government for welfare of slum dwellers. All need to join hands to make the Bhubaneswar city green and developed, instead of blaming the State Government, Mr. Singhdeo said. He also brought to the notice of the house that the State Government will bring the Bill afresh and the Government is open to any kind of suggestion regarding property rights of slum dwellers from all quarters.

Ranjan Rout, Executive Director, NIDI welcomed the participants and gave the keynote address. Dr. Piyush Ranjan Rout, Mr. Prafulla Dhal, Sankar Parida, President, OSPP, Raju Singh, President, HMS, Odisha, Mrs. Sanjukta Mahal, HMS, Mahendra Parida, CPI (ML), Meera Parida, representative of transgender association, Sachala Panda,Secretary, ANWESAN and Sura Jena, President, Nikhila Odisha Basti Unnayan Mahasangha were the key persons spoke in the discussion. Arun Parida, social worker gave the vote of thanks.


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Red Cross holds Instructor Training Programme for FMR volunteers of Cuttack, Puri and Khordha districts...

Bhubaneswar: Indian Red Cross Society, with the support of its international partners IFRC aims to develop a cadre of First Medical Responder at district level through a series of training programmes, enhancing the capacity of communities to respond to emergency situations. These volunteers and staffs were trained and equipped to address needs of their local communities, providing first aid, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, public health and psychological support.

Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch (IRCS-OSB) is organizing the Instructor Training Programme for First Medical Responder Volunteers those who are selected from FMR Induction training programme. The FMR Volunteers of Cuttack, Puri & Khordha districts from December 9 to 12, 2014 with the objective to enhance the capacity of Red Cross volunteers and communities to deliver emergency health services and psychological support during disaster.

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB, Kamal Lochan Mishra, Chief General Manager, OSDMA & Gobinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint- Secretary, IRCS-OSB inaugurate the training programme & highlighted about the objective and outcome of the training programme. 15 Volunteers, SDRT &DDRT Member, JRC & YRC Counselors and Life Members from Cuttack, Puri & Khordha districts participated in the FMR Instructor training programme.

In a special session of the training programme Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB, told to the participants what are the work & responsibilities as volunteers towards society and   will enhance the capacity of the volunteer and can provide psychological support & first aid to the communities.

Kamal Lochan Mishra, CGM, OSDMA told  that  Indian Red Cross Society is the first organization  that was trend the volunteers and make cyclone shelter for disaster prone areas purpose of disaster management.

In the four days training programme. Dr. Satya Narayan Hota & Dr. Jasobanta Narayan Jena and Dr. Bikash Prasad prepared to the participants as resource persons on the topics Basic First Aid, Safe handling & transporting of the casualty, basic life support, Crisis management, Volunteer Management, psychological support, TRIAGE in emergency etc. Sanjukta Priyadarsani Barick, DM Coordinator, IRCS-OSB coordinated in this training Programme.

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Dr. Prakash Chandra Sarangi appointed as new vice chancellor of Revenshaw University...

Bhubaneswar: Professor Dr. Prakash Chandra Sarangi has been appointed as the new vice chancellor of Revenshaw University. His appointment was approved by Governor of Odisha Dr. S.C. Jamir on Thursday.

Dr. Prakash Chandra Sarangi is presently serving as the Professor of Political Science in School of Social Studies in Central University, Hyderabad. 
 

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Sesa Sterlite Jharsuguda bags "Significant Achievement in HR Excellence" at 5th CII National HR Excellence Award 2014...

Bhubaneswar: Sesa Sterlite, Jharsuguda received the coveted "Significant Achievement in HR Excellence" at 5th CII National HR Excellence Award, 2014 held at New Delhi on December 05, 2014. The award, organized by CII has been conferred for the exemplary commitment of the organisation towards HR excellence.

The Award aims to recognize organizations for excellence in Human Resources practices and programs. There are four levels of recognition, starting from the Commendation certificate for strong commitment, the next levels being Commendation for Significant achievement in HR Excellence, Prize for Leadership in HR Excellence and the highest level being the “Award”. 33 companies including Hindustan Unilever Limited, Saint Gobain, Sterlite Copper, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Tata Capital, Mahindra & Mahindra etc. participated in the CII HR Excellence Award this year and a distinguished jury of assessors thoroughly assessed and evaluated the participating companies on the basis of the application document submitted and site visit for finalizing the list of awardees.

Last year, SSL, Jharsuguda had bagged “Strong Commitment to HR Excellence” and this year the company moved to the next level “Significant Achievement in HR Excellence” within a year’s time. This recognition is one of its kinds in manufacturing sector wherein the organisation has moved to the next level of Excellence in a year's time.

Eminent personalities including Mr. TV Narendran-Chairman CII National Committee on HR & MD, Tata Steel Ltd., Mr. Naushad Forbes-Vice President, CII & Director, Forbes Marshall Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. N. Kumar, Chairman of Jury of CII presented the Award to the winners. Mr. Asok Nayak, Head HR-Smelter along with Ms. Subhashree Mahapatra, Ms. Swati Singh and Mr. Shamaresh Mishra from the HR team received the award on behalf of SSL, Jharsuguda.

Dr. Rajeev Nayan, Head Business HR said that this award not only added one more feather in its cap but also reaffirms Sesa Sterlite’s commitment towards driving more HR- best practices for the wellbeing of the employees and for the organisation at large.

Sesa Sterlite Limited (SSLT) is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resources company, whose business primarily involves exploring and processing minerals and oil & gas. SSLT produces oil & gas, zinc, lead, silver, copper, iron ore, aluminium and commercial power and has a presence across India, South Africa, Namibia, Ireland, Australia, Liberia and Sri Lanka. Sustainability is at the core of SSLT’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities.

SSLT is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc, a London-listed company. SSLT is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


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Language helps in bringing harmony among tribal communities ...

Bhubaneswar: More than six hundred representatives from thirty four indigenous tribes of the state assembled and emphasised the importance of language in bringing harmony and shaping identity among tribal communities in a recently held three days Tribal fest titled “Adivasi Ekta Parab” in Ektaguda, Koraput.

Supported by Advivasi Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti and voluntary organization ActionAid, the programme witnessed the testimony and a visual treat of various forms of tribal dances, traditional costumes, songs and worshipping of their deities in the fest.

The programme was attended by linguist Dr. Mahendra Kumar Mishra, Dr. Chitta Ranjan Kar and Dr. Rajendra Padhy who highlighted the importance of language and literature towards revival of tribal and other indigenous communities. They threw light on the crucial role of tribal people towards enriching their language and protecting from being extinction. They also opined that such fest would bring to fore many ideas, knowledge on the tribal communities.

Representative of Kandh Tribe from Ganjam Saraswati Dani said “We must respect our motherland and mother tongue and subsequently our efforts must be directed towards teaching own language to the successors so that language can be protected from being extinct”.

Community leader of Saura Tribes Lambodar Sabar said “Language is the prime bearer of one’s identity. Otherwise, there is no meaning of belonging to one tribe. The tribal people must join hands to thrive their languages”.

Convener of the Adivasi Ekta Sangathan Malana Pidika moderated the fest and gave formal vote of thanks to all for their presence, active participation and solidarity to make this fest successful.

During this fest, the scripts of tribal languages and books were exhibited and two books on language of the Saura and Gadba tribes were released. The fest also raised concerns on the extinction of the local languages, dialects of the indigenous tribes and the need to accelerate our strategy and focus towards its revival and booming from Government and other responsible agencies. The tribal have been raising the ante for mother-tongue based education and demanding that the culturally appropriate contents generated through social history documentation by adivasi groups themselves inform the contents of school curriculum. The programme was organised by RITES Forum, Malkangiri and Adivasi Ekta Sangathan, Koraput and attended by representatives of the organizing and supporting agencies.


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Security of defenders paramount in human rights movement: Speakers...

Bhubaneswar: Human rights defenders play pivotal role in prevention of human right violation even working against all odds for which their security becomes a concern for the society. There is a demonstrative increase in the situation of human right owing to increased vigilant role played by Human Right Defenders in remote areas. This was highlighted by speakers in a deliberation organised jointly by Human Right Front (HRF) and Committee for Legal Aid to Poor (CLAP) on the eve of World Human Rights Day.

“Human right violations are manifested in various forms due to the situation of poverty with ignorance among a vast chunk of rural and tribal population. Even though there is a fundamental shift made in the nature of violation due to consistent initiative of Human Right Organisation still gross human right violations are being witnessed. The State endeavours to protect the human rights defenders whose life is at risk for their relentless effort to prevent human right violation”,says Acting Chairperson of Odisha Human Right Commission (OHRC) Justice Bira Kishore Mishra.

Executive President of CLAP Dr. Bikash Das emphasised that with the enactment of Whistle Blowers Act there has been an expectation of human rights defenders that larger security in terms of protection by the State to the defenders would be made available. The State must take steps for early enforcement of the Whistle Blowers Act. The human rights defenders are entitled to special protection and Human Right Commissions at the Union and State level must address the issues of defenders, Das added.   

The deliberation on role of human rights defenders and the mechanism for their protection was addressed by Senior Advisor of Election Commission of India Dr. Bhagawan Prakash, Chairperson of HRF Manoj Jena and human right defenders of Odisha.

On the occasion, Justice Ranganath Mishra Memorial Human Right Defenders Award was conferred on Justice Bira Kishore Mishra for his outstanding accomplishment.

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16 days of activism campaign against gender based violence concludes...

Bhubaneswar: Ame Samartha- campaign to end gender based violence concluded on Wednesday by organizing a candle light vigil at lower PMG here.

Oxfam India, other organisations and students participated in the candle light vigil to build a commitment towards enhancement of women’s dignity. The 16 days of activism campaign against gender based violence by Oxfam India and other organisations was an opportunity to show international solidarity in the fight to end violence against women. Different awareness programmes were organised during the 16 days of activism.

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Differently abled honoured with Red Cross Award ...

Bhubaneswar: On the International Day of People with Disability Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated 4 differently abled persons with “Red Cross Award” for the year 2014 on the basis of their outstanding achievement. The awardees were chosen by a Selection Committee headed by the Director, Social Welfare, Government of Odisha, Additional Director, Health Service and Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch from different categories like hearing & speech impaired, orthopedically challenged, cerebral palsy & mental retardation and visually impaired. The award carried a citation and cash prize of Rs.30, 000/- to each.

The differently able persons who received the Red Cross award for 2014 are Rabindra Kumar Tripathy, Bhubaneswar (Orthopedically Challenged), Brajamohan Acharya (Bhubaneswar, Visually Challenged), Sarita Routray (Khordha, Mentally Challenged) and Ms. Ch. Nirupama Patra (Ganjam, Hearing Impaired).

Red Cross took the proud to honour these differently abled persons of Odisha who have self sustained through their determination & endeavor created examples for other physically and mentally challenged persons.  

On this occasion, Women & Child Development (Disabled Welfare) Minister Pranab Prakash Das, Culture & Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, MP Dr. Prsanna Patsani, MLAs Bijoy Kumar Mohanty, Priyadarsi Mishra, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Kasturi Mohapatra and Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB Dr. Chakradhar Panda, encouraged to the Physically and Mentally challenged awardees.


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Red Cross Odisha celebrated World AIDS Day...

Bhubaneswar: Every year on 1st December World AIDS Day is being celebrated in the world to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. The theme from the year 2011 to 2017 for the World AIDs Day campaign is, “Getting to zero: New HIV infections; Discrimination and AIDS related deaths”.

On this occasion, the State Level Function was hosted on 1.12.14 at 4 P.M. at Red Cross Bhavan with the participation of the Red Cross Members, Counsellors, Youth Red Cross Volunteers in large numbers.

Debiprasad Mishra, Minister, School & Mass Education, Industries and Chairman, Working Committee, Junior Red Cross, Odisha graced the programme as the Chief Guest. He appreciated the humanitarian initiatives taken by Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch (IRCS-OSB) and urged the volunteers to take up initiatives to motivate the people to increase awareness, improve education about HIV/AIDS, and set aside and combat prejudices that come with the diseases.

Prof. Asha Hans, Lady Vice President, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch and Dr. Samar Kumar Pattnaik, Deputy Director, Higher Education, Govt. of Odisha joined as Guests of honour. Prof. Asha Hans cherished the activities of Volunteers and said If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today - you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding.

Dr. Pattnaik in his address, he said this day is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the gap. Ending the AIDS is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind. 

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, IRCS-OSB welcome the Guests and expressed the volunteers to unite the people of the society in the fight against HIV & show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

Dr. Debadatta Satpathy coordinated the programme and Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary offered vote of thanks.

At 5 pm, a human chain & Candle awareness rally on HIV/AIDS were organised at Master Canteen Square. More than 430 Youth Red Cross Volunteers have participated in the said programme. Besides, street plays were also performed by the Youth Red Cross Volunteers of City Women’s College, KIIMS, KIIT College, Rajdhani College near Railway Station, Bhubaneswar to create awareness among the people on HIV/AIDS.


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Odisha Vikalanga Mancha demand increase in disability pension...

Bhubaneswar: Demanding an increase in disability pension from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000, Odisha Vikalanga Mancha launched indefinite dharana at lower PMG o Wednesday here on the occasion of International Day for Persons with Disability.

Three percent reservation in employment for persons with disability in government and private organisations, provision of 10 kg rice per month for PWDs having more than 40 percent disability and 150 days of work to the PWDs under MGNREGA by providing special job cards are the other demands.

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President inaugurates golden jubilee celebrations of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya ...

Bhubaneswar: President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the golden jubilee celebrations of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya on Saturday here.  

President congratulated Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya for keeping alive the art and culture of Odisha. He said that by the turn of 20th century, classical music and dance of India witnessed a host of changes and re-inventions. The most important of these were that the masters of the performing arts were now seeking to find patronage for them beyond the traditional historical domain. This essentially meant spreading the performing arts to practitioners and audiences outside of the traditional families and communities that had been the repositories of these art forms in pre-colonial times. These new impulses resulted in India rediscovering its culture in a manner and scale not previously seen. The introduction of gramophone, the radio, and later on, cinema served to further popularize these classical music and dance forms in India”. 

“State funding of performing arts was instituted by Government of India post-independence and three Akademis were set up in the early 1950s for documenting and disseminating knowledge of these art forms as also for their training and performance. Setting up of institutions like the Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow and the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in Bhubaneswar is a contribution of this tradition wherein the state funds and promotes various forms and aspects of Indian art, music, dance, drama and culture-inherent in this is the realization that our classical arts are our link with the past and, thus, both the foundation for our current thought and the platform for our future action”, President added.

Odisha Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Culture Secretary Dr. Arabinda Padhee, Culture Director Sushil Das and Principal of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Dr. Tamsarani Das were present on the occasion.  

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Red Cross volunteers should be the best in eyes of society: Minister ...

Bhubaneswar: International Volunteers Day has been celebrated by Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch (IRCS-OSB) at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. On this occasion, at 8.30 A.M an Awareness Rally (i.e from Red Cross Bhavan, Keshari Talkies, Reserve Bank Lane, Ram Mandir, Central School Square to Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar, was organized to create awareness on humanity & volunteerism among public. More than 500 Red Cross Volunteers, Life Members including Youth & Junior Red Cross Volunteers and Shelter Volunteers, SDRT and DDRT Members from different schools and colleges of Bhubaneswar and different districts of Odisha have joined to celebrate this day.

The meeting was presided over by the Chief Guest Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Minister Health & Family Welfare, and Chairman Working Committee, IRCS-OSB. He said that the Red Cross volunteers should be the best in the eyes of the society.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi, Minister, Higher Education, Science & Technology and Chairman, Working Committee, Youth Red Cross, Odisha, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA. Bhubaneswar(Uttara), Prof. Dr. Asha Hans, Lady Vice-President, IRCS, Odisha State Branch joined as Guests of Honour on this occasion.

MLA Priyadarshi Mishra in his speech expressed the volunteers for making & keeping the Red Cross symbol always for the volunteerism for the vulnerable of the society.

Prof. Dr. Asha Hans in her address said that this is a global celebration honouring people’s participation in making a change at all levels – locally, nationally and globally.


On International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets – but pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to: stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch welcome the Guests and Volunteers and said that we all join here for recognizing the commitment of all volunteers, and applaud hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make change happen. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Debadatta Satpathy, YRCO, IRCS-OSB & vote of thanks by Sri Govinda Chandra Mahunta, Honorary Joint Secretary, IRCS-OSB. Besides, the Newsletter on activities of Red Cross, Odisha State Branch for the year 2014-15 has been released by the Chief Guest on this occasion. A signature campaign on voluntarism was conducted on the spot and cultural programme performed by the volunteers of Youth and Junior Red Cross volunteers of different colleges of Bhubaneswar on this occasion.

                                                                                                                                             


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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik opens Odisha Enterprise-2014 in State capital...

Bhubaneswar: : Odisha has attracted investments of over 200 billion US dollar during the last decade. A majority of these investments have gone into the manufacturing sector. The overall growth in the last decade for major sectors like power, alumina, steel, IT exports, in State has ranged between 400 to 1200 percent. Significant investments in the metals industry in the past few years augur well for the State’s manufacturing sector. Odisha has about 10 percent of the total steel production and 50 percent of the total aluminum production capacity of the country, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after inaugurating the 19th edition of Enterprise Odisha at IDCO exhibition Ground on Wednesday here.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister highlighted that Government has already set in motion initiatives to set up a dedicated Aluminum Park, a second Plastic Park and is in advanced stage of finalizing the detailed plans for setting up the petrol, chemicals and petrochemical investment region. The Government has approached the Central Government to declare the existing industrial region at Kalinga Nagar as National Investment Manufacturing Zone. To encourage local value addition and to broad base the industrial portfolio, the State Government is actively pursuing measures to promote Food Processing Industries, Tourism, Ancillary and Downstream Industries based on steel as well as aluminum.

He added that significant focus has also been provided to the IT, ITES & ESDM sector of the State. Over 215 acres of land have been dedicated to Info Valley under EMC scheme of Government of India for setting up an ESDM cluster. With such a rich and diversified industrial base, huge entrepreneurship and employment opportunities can be generated in Odisha.

During the inaugural function, Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Industries Department Vishal Dev, Managing Director of Tata Steel Limited T.V. Narendran, Chairman of CII Esatern Region Viresh Oberoi and Chairman of CII Odisha State Council Ansuman Das also spoke.

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Inclusion of non-tribal forest dwellers under FRA entitlements demanded..

Bhubaneswar: The people who are non-tribal but dwelling in forests for decades must be included under Forest Rights Act. Traditional forest dwellers are equally eligible to get individual Pattas under the Act, speakers said in the Lok Sammilani here at lower PMG, organized by Dalit Adhikar Sangathan Bhubaneswar and Lok Adhikar Sangathan, Bargarh on Monday.

The organisers revealed that according to the report of the State Government, 2014, 337664 people were provided individual acknowledgement out of which 575790 applications were submitted through Gram Sabha.  The report also clarifies that 144012 numbers of applications has been rejected either by Gram Sabha, Sub-divisional and District level. Most importantly, the Sub- Divisional Level Committees are sending back the applications to Gram Sabha stating that these applications lack requisite document proof of residence. According to the Act, one must have resided in the forest areas for three generations or 75 years but it is practically difficult to get documentary proof of residence for these people as there is no such record of mention.

The Act also hints that a committee formed to acknowledge the Forest Rights to a person can recommend his/her name after field verification but the apathy of the local and district administrations are resulting in deprivation of the entitlements to the forest dwellers.

We therefore demand that non-tribal and other traditional forest dwellers must be included in the Act, The government must recognise the important role of Gram Sabhas, accelerate Mass acknowledgement of Forest Rights and reconsider on cancelled applications for acknowledgement, said Kisan Pattnaik, Convener of the Peoples Movement outfit.

More than 300 people assembled at lower PMG are to show their solidarity for the demand. Dignitaries like Prafulla Samantaray, Convener, Lok Sakti Abhiyan, Judhistir Mohapatra, State Secretary, CPI (ML), Odisha, Pradeep Purohit, MLA, Nisikanta Mohapatra, Convener, Aam Aadmi Party, Odisha and Pramila Swain from NAWO attended the Lok Sammilani and supported the cause of the fights of the Peoples Organization for raising concerns for the Dalits and other socially excluded groups to get their entitlements. Hazaru Mallick, President of the Forum spoke on the occasion and targeted the lacunae and apathy of the State government towards effective implementation of Forest Rights Act in Odisha.

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President’s Award for Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch...

Bhubaneswar: In a dignified function of Annual General Meeting of Indian Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance organised at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on 18.11.2014, Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Honorary Secretary of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch received award from his Excellency, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, because Odisha State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society secured first position in Fund Raising for the year 2012-13.

Among other, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Government of India & Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society, Padma Bibhusan Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society and Governors from two States and many officials and members of Red Cross & St. John Ambulance of different states were present in this function.


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Dharmendra Pradhan greets Rituraj Mohanty for winning India’s Raw Star title ...

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has congratulated Rituraj Mohanty a native of Puri district of Odisha for becoming victories in the Star Plus channel reality Show India’s Raw Star. 

The Union Minister has said that Rituraj Mohanty’s victory has again proved that poverty can not be obstacle where there is determination and will.

Rituraj Mohanty had to pass through several rounds of stiff competition and voting to occupy the top slot in the prestigious contest.


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