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al-Qaeda module: Nabbed madrasa teacher sheltered extremists from Pakistan, say sleuths

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Investigators also found that the accused, Abdul Rahman (37), was closely related to one of the persons held in connection with the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, but failed to gather further leads in this line of inquiry.

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A madrasa teacher arrested from Odisha in connection with the busted al-Qaeda in Indian subcontinent (AQIS) module had allegedly sheltered two suspected Pakistan-based extremists who were later killed in an encounter in Lucknow, interrogators said.Investigators also found that the accused, Abdul Rahman (37), was closely related to one of the persons held in connection with the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, but failed to gather further leads in this line of inquiry.”During his stay at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, Rahman was introduced to two Pakistani nationals and he sheltered them in UP and in his hometown of Cuttack. In 2001, the two Pakistani nationals (names not disclosed) were killed in Lucknow in an encounter following which Rahman also went underground,” said an official privy to the investigation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahman was arrested on Wednesday by a team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell from Jagatpur in Odisha’s Cuttack district. He was living there with his family and taught at a madrasa.”Rahman also has close ties with one of the persons arrested in connection with the Glasgow attack and had rendered financial help for his sister’s marriage. However, it has so far turned out to be an entirely personal affair and there are no further leads in this regard,” the official said.It is also clear by now that Rahman had known Mohd Asif for the past few years and they exchanged messages in different media.Asif — the first person to be arrested in connection with the module — has now turned out to be the mutual link between Rahman and Umar Hyderabadi. Hyderabadi was allegedly recruited by Rahman and is presently undergoing training at north Waziristan in Pakistan, said the official.Hyderabadi, whose real name is not none, belongs to Hyderabad and came in touch with Rahman when he went there and allegedly delivered a heated speech. Rahman is believed to have delivered similar speeches in Odisha, Jharkhand and Karnataka too, the official said.However, police have not yet been able to find any connection between Rahman and Sambhal resident Zafar Masood, whose arrest on December 16 night was the third in the AQIS module case.

How unprepared Odisha is becoming a soft target for terrorists

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Uttar Pradesh: Alert in Sambhal after arrest of al-Qaeda operative

Asif is believed to be one of the founding members and the Indian head (amir) of al Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent’s (AQIS) motivation, recruitment and training wing.

An alert has been sounded in the district after it emerged that a suspected al Qaeda operative had links with youths, police said.Two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested from the national capital and Odisha on Wednesday as Delhi Police claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.While Mohammed Asif (41) was held from Seelampur in northeast Delhi, another operative, Abdul Rahman (37) was nabbed in Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police, it was found during interrogation that Asif had links with some youths who are all natives of Deepa Sarai mohalla in Sambhal district.”An alert has been sounded in the district after the arrests yesterday in Delhi and Odisha.”Directives have been issued for verification of workers in factories and a search operation has been started,” said Superintendent of Police Atul Saxena.Hotels and guesthouses, too, are being checked, he added.Asif is believed to be one of the founding members and the Indian head (amir) of al Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent’s (AQIS) motivation, recruitment and training wing.AQIS was floated by al-Zawahari himself in September, 2014, following a meeting in the Af-Pak region which reportedly had in its quorum the entire grand council (Arabian Shura) of al-Qaeda, including al-Zawahiri’s son-in-law, said a senior official.

Odisha Assembly passes resolution demanding Bharat Ratna for former CM Biju Patnaik

None of the opposition members were present when the House adopted the resolution.

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Odisha Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution seeking “Bharat Ratna” for freedom fighter and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.”The House adopted a resolution empowering the state government to make a demand before the Centre for conferring Bharat Ratna on Biju Patnaik posthumously and observe birth centenary of the legendary leader next year,” Speaker Niranjan Pujari said after the House adopted the resolution moved by the government chief whip Ananta Das.Das had moved a motion on Tuesday on the ‘Role of Legendary Biju Patnaik during freedom struggle and nation building after Independence’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>None of the opposition members were present when the House adopted the resolution. Opposition Congress, BJP and CPI-M are keeping away from the House to protest the suspension of Congress MLA Nabakishore Das by Speaker Niranjan Pujari for seven days on the charge of watching objectionable video on mobile phone in the house on Monday.At least eight ministers and 20 MLAs participated in the debate which began yesterday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also the younger son of Biju Patnaik, however, did not take part in the debate.BJD lawmakers said the legendary leader had been honoured with the highest civilian award by Indonesian government and the government of Russia. National flags of three nations were therefore draped on his body in his funeral, they said.Rout also said how Biju Patnaik had contributed to the security of the country during Chinese aggression in 1962 and war with Pakistan in 1965.”Biju Patnaik had a major role for which Jammu Kashmir is now part of India. Biju Babu carried V K Krishna Menon to Kashmir in his plane and convinced Raja Hari Singh to keep Jammu and Kashmir with India,” Rout said.When Pakistan along with some other nations announced war against India in 1965, the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Sashtri sought Patnaik’s help to ensure that Indonesian naval warship do not come to the rescue of the enemy country and Patnaik used his personal relation with President Sukarno and stopped Indonesia’s warship moment, he said.Government Chief Whip Ananta Das said, “Biju Babu suggested Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to select Wheeler Island for test launching of missiles instead of setting up a National Test Range at Baliapal in Balasore district. Then, Dr Kalam and his team visited the island and found the place most suitable place in the world for missile testing.” The House was adjourned sine-die after the resolution was adopted.

Al-Qaeda in India: Cops arrest two suspected operatives in Delhi, Odisha

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Congress, BJD protests over Polavaram irrigation project lead Rajya Sabha to adjourn twice

The placards read “Polavaram will harm Odisha”, “Condemn Polavaram. Stop Stop” and “We Oppose Polavaram.”

Protests over “politics of vendetta” continued in Rajya Sabha for the second day on Wednesday, with Congress members forcing two adjournments of the House till noon by storming the Well and raising anti-government slogans. Even before Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien could take his seat when the House assembled for the day, Congress members rushed into the Well shouting slogans like “Modi teri tanashahi nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (dictatorship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be tolerated).” BJD members also trooped into the Well carrying placards opposing the multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project. The placards read “Polavaram will harm Odisha”, “Condemn Polavaram. Stop Stop” and “We Oppose Polavaram.” Amid the din, Kurien got the listed papers of the day laid on the table of the House, but two of them to be laid by Congress members were not tabled.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wansuk Syiem (Cong) did not move a petition signed by a Guwahati-resident praying for improvement and strengthening of non-lapsable central pool for resources (NLCPR) schemes in the North-Eastern Region, despite Kurien calling her repeatedly. Syiem’s party colleague Viplove Thakur also did not present the reports of the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy. “Laying of papers is your duty,” Kurien told Thakur after she did not return to her seat from the Well to lay the reports.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affiars Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Congress was insulting the mandate of the people and went on to suggest that the House should not be adjourned. “Don’t you know that displaying placards is not allowed,” Kurien told BJD members. “Shouting slogan is also not allowed. Coming into well is also not allowed,” he told the protesting Congress MPs. He asked members to return to their places and allow the Zero Hour to proceed but no one heeded to his pleas, forcing him to adjourn the House till 11:30 hours. Similar scenes continued when the House reassembled at noon with Congress members again entered the Well raising slogans against the government. BJD members too rushed in the Well with some of them carrying placards with slogans like ‘Polavaram Will Harm Odish’ and ‘Stop Polavaram’.Amid the din, Naqvi said important bills like the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, were before the House. In addition, discussion on an important matter like price rise, which was demanded by Congress, was also listed, he added. Everybody knows “history and geography” of Congress, Naqvi said, adding government was ready for discussion. “If they (Congress) feel they are being discriminated, we are ready for a discussion,” the Minister said. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad rose to speak something, but Kurien adjourned the House till noon as sloganeering continued.

Uproar in Odisha Assembly over ‘locking’ of girls during CM Naveen Patnaik’s visit

Showing newspaper clippings, Bahinipati alleged that around 10 girl students of Maa Rama Devi University here were locked up in a room by the police anticipating disturbance during Patnaik’s campus visit for inaguration of the state’s first women’s university yesterday.

The Odisha Assembly on Friday witnessed repeated adjournments with opposition Congress demanding unconditional apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over alleged locking of some girl students during his visit to a city college. The issue was raised by Congress Chief Whip Taraprasad Bahinipati as soon as the House assembled for the question hour.Showing newspaper clippings, Bahinipati alleged that around 10 girl students of Maa Rama Devi University here were locked up in a room by the police anticipating disturbance during Patnaik’s campus visit for inaguration of the state’s first women’s university yesterday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While demanding unconditional apology from the Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister, the Congress members, led by Bahinipati, attempted to climb on the Speaker’s podium and grab his mike.Unable to run the House, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House till 12 noon. As soon as the House reassembled, the Congress lawmakers again created furore. Following this, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 PM.Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra (Cong) said, “I demand that the Chief Minister should come to the House and beg apology for illegally confining girls in their own college. This action of police clearly violated the basic human rights and constitutional rights of girls.”

Odisha Opposition seeks apology after college locked girls away during CM Patnaik’s visit

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Odisha: NIA official takes stock of Puri train fire

Officials, probing the matter, suspected that the accused might have been employed by some terror groups trying to create disturbance in religious places.

The NIA officer was likely to interrogate the accused as well.

A senior officer of National Investigation Agency (NIA) today reached here to take stock of the train fire incident at Puri and take a call on whether the agency will take up investigation into it. A Superintendent of Police (SP)-rank officer, Prasant Kumar met senior officials of intelligence wing, Odisha Police, and GRP, who had interrogated Ramachandran Subas, the lone accused arrested in connection with the train fire incident. Kumar, a state police official said, was sent to Bhubaneswar after the Odisha Police sought NIA’s assistance for investigation into the serial train fire incidents in the state. The NIA officer was likely to interrogate Ramachandran as well, the official said.Ramachandran, a native of Tamil Nadu, was arrested on November 12 immediately after a fire broke out at Puri railway station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials, probing the matter, suspected that the accused might have been employed by some terror groups trying to create disturbance in religious places. The Puri train fire incident succeeded similar incidents at Gaya, Kharagpur and Hyderabad. Earlier on Friday, the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court of Puri had allowed the Government Railway Police to take Ramachandran in three-day remand. A major fire had broke out at Puri Station on November 12, gutting two coaches each of Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express and one coach of Puri-Howrah Express, even though there was no casualty. Ramachandran was arrested from the spot on November 12, and a knife, a blade and a match box were seized from him.

Odisha University of Agriculture rusticates 5 students on ragging charges

Stating that action was being taken against the five erring students for now, the VC said charges against 10 others were being examined.

The Odisha University of Agriculture (OUAT) on Friday rusticated five students for one year on charges of ragging first year students in Department of Forestry. The action was taken as per the recommendation of the disciplinary committee of the varsity. “As per the guidelines laid out by the University Grants Commission, the five students have been rusticated from the fisheries college for one year,” OUAT Vice-Chancellor Manoranjan Kar told reporters.This apart, the committee also recommended disciplinary action against 10 other students of the university’s Forestry department where the ragging was reported. Stating that action was being taken against the five erring students for now, the VC said charges against 10 others were being examined.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are examining the evidence against the others as once the orders are issued it would have ramifications if there are certain discrepancies. We will give the accused students a chance to defend themselves and have called them tomorrow to present their case,” the VC said. The expelled students include undergraduates of second, third and fourth year and few post-graduates. The move followed the complaint of 10-12 junior students of Forestry department of ragging by senior students on Tuesday. They even gheraoed the Office of Dean demanding action and lodged an FIR at Khandagiri police station.In their FIR to the police, some of the boarders of Pathani Samanta Hostel of the university alleged that they were brutally beaten up by the seniors on the night of November 19 and two of them were seriously injured in the incident. However, the university authorities and anti-ragging committee had taken no action despite repeated complaints, they alleged before the police.

India successfully test fires Prithvi-II in Odisha

The missile test was carried out at the launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.

India on Thursday successfully test-fired the surface to surface nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial by the army. The missile test was carried out at the launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.During the test, the trajectory of the missile, weighing 4,600 kg, 8.56 meter in length and 1.1 meter in width, was tracked by radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha.Inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003, Prithvi II, the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program) is now a proven technology. The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 19, 2015, from the same test range in Odisha. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

India successfully launches nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile

Bhubaneshwar: India on Monday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 km.

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The army’s strategic forces command fired the missile as part of a user trial from the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast, defence ministry sources said.

“The test was a success,” a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) source said.

The indigenously developed surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile is a two-stage weapon system weighing 17 tonnes and is 20 metres long.

It is one of its kind and represents a quantum leap in terms of missile technology.

The missile is lighter in weight and has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.

It is equipped with fifth generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances, DRDP sources added.

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Ballistic Missile Agni-IV test-fired as part of user trial

The indigenously developed surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile is a two-stage weapon system. It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. The trial was conducted by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the army, they said.

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India on Tuesday test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 kms, from a test range off the Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the armed forces.Supported by a mobile launcher, the sleek missile was flight tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, at about 0945 hours, defence sources said.The indigenously developed surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile is a two-stage weapon system. It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. The trial was conducted by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the army, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability,” sources in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.Agni-IV missile is equipped with 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances, they said.The most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant micro navigation system (MINGS), ensures the vehicle reaches the target within two-digit accuracy.The re-entry heat shield can withstand temperatures in the range of 4000 degrees centigrade and makes sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degrees centigrade.Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi are already in the arsenal of the armed forces, giving them reach of over 3000 kms and providing the country an effective deterrence capability, they said.Radars and electro-optical systems were positioned along the coast of Odisha for tracking and monitoring all the parameters of the missile, the sources said, adding two Indian naval ships were anchored near the target area to witness the final event.This was the fifth trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial conducted by SFC of the army on December 2, 2014 was successful.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik asks party leaders to stand by drought-hit farmers

Stating that the state government has already announced packages for the drought-hit farmers, Patnaik said the people in villages should be made aware about the announcement that the crop loans would not be collected for three years.
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Accusing opposition political parties of trying to extract mileage from the drought situation in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked the leaders of the ruling BJD to stand by the farmers.”It is our moral responsibility to stand by the farmers who have been facing trouble due to the drought situation caused by the deficient rainfall in the state,” Patnaik said in a letter to the ruling BJD’s MLAs, MPs and district presidents.Stating that the state government has already announced packages for the drought-hit farmers, Patnaik said the people in villages should be made aware about the announcement that the crop loans would not be collected for three years. This apart, those farmers having not paid the previous crop loan would be provided with fresh loan for the rabi crop, Patnaik stated in the letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patnaik, who is also the ruling BJD president, said that though the government has announced the drought packages in media, the party workers and leaders need to publicise them in their level. “We had stood solidly behind the farmers during droughts in 2010 and 2011,” Patnaik said.Denouncing the opposition campaign against the state government, Patnaik said: “Instead of helping the farmers the opposition parties are instigating them to agitate against the government. This is the time to face the challenge and save the existing crop.””The opposition parties are giving colour to farmers death cases. They attribute all deaths of farmers as suicide due to crop failure and debt burden. We should desist from politics,” Patnaik said in the letter.Stating that his government believes in work and not in words, Patnaik asked his party leaders to come together and fight against the calamity as they have done successfully in the past.

Five farmers commit suicide in last 12 hours in Odisha

Slamming the BJD government for delaying amendment to Odisha Land Reforms Act, opposition BJP on Monday said that the drought package announced by CM Patnaik has failed to stop farmer suicides as it was faulty.
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Even after a drought package was announced in Odisha by CM Naveen Patnaik, five farmers have reportedly committed suicide in last 12 hours across the state allegedly due to crop loss. Slamming the BJD government for delaying amendment to Odisha Land Reforms Act, opposition BJP on Monday said that the drought package announced by CM Patnaik has failed to stop farmer suicides as it was faulty.”The drought package announced by the CM is faulty and full of discrepancies. It shows the BJD government is not at all serious about mitigating the plight of farmers hit by drought and debt burden,” senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that suicide by farmers continued to rise even after the package was announced on October 14, Mohapatra said in a span of one-and-half months 36 to 40 farmers have committed suicide as the entire state is reeling under drought conditions. “In fact, incidents of suicide increased after the announcement of drought package.”Claiming that the package suffers from many loopholes,he said it ironically provides for agriculture input subsidy of Rs 6,800 per hectare in rain-fed and non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare under assured irrigation area.”It exhibits the callous approach of the state government which has failed to gauge the gravity of the situation and the reason behind farmer suicide,” he said adding the government failed to realise that majority of the distressed peasants are engaged in share farming.The BJD regime has also failed to understand that most of the farmers who committed suicide were small and marginal farmers who had borrowed from private money lenders and not from any government agency, Mohapatra said.Coming down heavily on the BJD regime for delay in bringing necessary amendments to Odisha Land Reforms (OLR) Act, the BJP stalwart said a high-powered committee had gone into the issue and law department’s opinion was also obtained.However, the proposed measure has been lying with the CM for over six months without any concrete action, Mohapatra alleged and added that those engaged in share farming would not get any benefit from assistance package without amendment in OLR Act.Accusing Odisha government of being “callous” towards farmers’ problems, Mohapatra said it failed to prepare any contingency plan when the possibility of drought was predicted in the state this year due to scanty rainfall.The state government woke up only after the central team visited the drought-affected areas, he said adding BJD regime’s response was confined to the state secretariat and no action was taken to bring relief to the farming community.The BJP leader also hit out at the state government for seeking central assistance for drought and said the move was surprising after Rs 9,000 crore was returned unspent to the Centre. Similarly, utilisation certificate was yet to be given for Rs 12,000 crore of central funds, he claimed.Stating that BJP wants the the present situation to be declared as a calamity, he said the party has opened a helpline centre for distressed farmers who can share their problems through the facility.BJP would take up their issues with the state government, he added.

Vyapam: Digvijay Singh seeks CBI probe of ex-forest officer’s death

Bahadur, who had conducted two tests of Vyapam after it appointed him as observer during 2010-2013, was found dead on railway tracks near Belpahar in Jharsuguda district of Odisha in the wee hours of October 15.
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Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has demanded CBI probe into the death of the retired Indian Forest Service officer Vijay Bahadur (63), who had served as observer for two recruitment tests conducted by the scam-tainted Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.”(The death) must be investigated by CBI investigating the Vyapam (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal) scam,” the Congress general secretary tweeted on Saturday.One of the whistle-blowers in the scam, Ajay Dubey, too has written to the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, demanding a CBI probe into Bahadur’s death. Bahadur, who had conducted two tests of Vyapam after it appointed him as observer during 2010-2013, was found dead on railway tracks near Belpahar in Jharsuguda district of Odisha in the wee hours of October 15. He and his wife Nita Singh were returning here after attending a re-union of 1978 batch of IFS officers by Puri-Jodhpur Express when he went missing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assistant sub-inspector Kuleep Patel, the investigating officer, told PTI over phone that the police were expecting autopsy report tomorrow. The cause of death will be known only after that, he said, adding that the body bore injury marks on the left hand and the right foot.The mysterious death has brought the scam, a massive admission and recruitment racket, back in focus. It also revived the memory of Namrota Damor, a medical student and an accused in the scam, whose body was found on the tracks near Ujjain in January 2012 under mysterious circumstances.The Supreme Court handed over the probe into Vyapam scam to CBI in July. The Central investigating agency is probing the scam and also the deaths of over 40 persons, including accused and witnesses, linked to it.

Another Vyapam scam-related death? Ex-observer for recruitment tests found dead on tracks

More than three months after multiple deaths in the Vyapam scam hit the national headlines, yet another death has been linked to the controversy, bringing it back to the spotlight.

The Hindustan Times reported that the body of a retired IFS officer, Vijay Bahadur, was found on a railway track in Jharsuguda in Odisha.

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Bahadur was said to have worked as an observer for two recruitment tests in the Vyapam scam. The Pioneer reported that he had been a member of several committees between 2010 and 2013, including the question paper selection committee and the answer sheets valuation committee.

However, it is not clear in what way he was connected to the alleged corruption in the recruitment examination conducted by the authority.

According to the report, Bahadur was returning to Bhopal from Puri after attending a reunion of 1978 batch IFS officers.

Zee News quoted a senior railway police official as saying that prima facie, it seemed that he died after falling from a moving train. However, the post-mortem report in the case is said to be awaited.

Bahadur’s death is similar to the death of Namrata Damor, a second year student in medical college, who was linked closely to the Vyapam scam.

Damor had gone missing in 2012, after which a missing complaint was filed. While the police had found an unidentified, mutilated body on the railway tracks in Ujjain on the same day, but no one had claimed her body then. However, later, her brother, had identified her photo, after which the body was exhumed.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had noted that no new deaths had been reported in the alleged scam after it directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over investigation in the case, as reported by the Indian Express. However, the death of Bahadur seems to have only made the case murkier.

Vyapam scam: Observer for recruitment tests found dead on railway track in Odisha

Former IFS officer, Vijay Bahadur, who was an observer for two recruitment tests in the Vyapam scam was found dead in Odisha. Bahadur was found dead on railway tracks in Jharsuguda on Thursday, October 15.

Former IFS officer, Vijay Bahadur, who was an observer for two recruitment tests in the Vyapam scam was found dead in Odisha. Bahadur was found dead on railway tracks in Jharsuguda on Thursday, October 15.As per a report in Hindustan Times, Bahadur had gone to Puri with his wife Nita Singh to attend a reunion of 1978 batch IFS officers. Deputy superintendent of police, GRP (Jharsuguda), Dilip Bag told the daily, Bahadur prima facie died after falling from the moving train. But, the post-mortem report is still awaited and probe into the case will progress based on it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report also said that his wife Nita Singh had raised questions over the open door of the AC compartment and the absence of a coach attendant.Related read: Vyapam scam: 70 accused seek ‘permission to die’ from President Pranab MukherjeeAll Vyapam scam related cases were recently handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Taking the Vyapam scam probe forward, CBI had carried out searches at nearly 40 places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh including the premises of alleged mastermind Jagdish Sagar and Dhanraj Yadav, a former OSD to Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.The searches in connection with alleged irregularities in the conduct of examinations by MP Professional Examination Board, popularly known as Vyapam, spanned across Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Rewa, Jabalpur, Lucknow and Allahabad among other cities, CBI sources said.A few weeks ago, senior official of the Central Bureau of Investigation, sent to Madhya Pradesh to aide the probe into the Vyapam Scam, was found in an unconscious state at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district.

Indigenous Nirbhay Missile fails test for the third time

The long range , low altitude missile, test fired from Chandipur Integrated Test Range ( ITR) in Balasore district of Odisha had to be aborted mid-flight after it was found to have deviated from its original path.

At a time when the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been under scanner for slow progress in critical defence programmes, India’s indigenous surface-to-surface sub-sonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, deviated from path on Friday, and critically for the third consecutive time could not complete its tests. The long range , low altitude missile, test fired from Chandipur Integrated Test Range ( ITR) in Balasore district of Odisha had to be aborted mid-flight after it was found to have deviated from its original path. The missile, though have a range of 750-1000 kilometres, it was aborted after covering 128 kilometers only due to technical glitches.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two earlier test flights of Nirbhay, one in March 2013 and another in October, 2014 too had failed within minutes of the missile taking off. Friday morning, the missile’s launch was disrupted several times due to snags and finally could be launched at 11.38 AM. However, after it failed to stick to its path, was aborted into the Bay of Bengal 20 minutes into its flight. A Sukhoi 30 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force had taken off from Kalaikunda air base near Kharagpur in West Bengal to track the missile’s movement. A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said that all initial critical operations- booster ignition, booster separation, wing deployment and engine start were successfully executed and Nirbhay reached the desired altitude. During 700 seconds of flight all the subsystems of the cruise missile functioned satisfactorily and met all the desired functions. “The mission was aborted after 700 seconds of flight”.

Flight of Nirbhay missile aborted nearly 12 minutes after launch

During 700 seconds of flight, all sub-systems of the missile functioned satisfactorily and met all the desired functions.

However, The mission was aborted after 700 seconds of flight

The test flight of India’s nuclear-capable ‘Nirbhay’ long-range subsonic tactical cruise missile, launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha on Friday, was aborted nearly 12 minutes after lift-off, defence sources said. The missile took off from a specially-designed launcher at launch complex-3 of ITR at 11:38 hrs, a defence ministry statement said. All initial critical operations such as booster ignition, booster separation, wing deployment and engine start were successfully executed and Nirbhay reached the desired cruise altitude, the statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During 700 seconds of flight, all sub-systems of the missile functioned satisfactorily and met all the desired functions. However, The mission was aborted after 700 seconds of flight, it added. Powered by a solid rocket motor booster, the missile has a strike range of more than 1000km. Nirbhay missile, with a turbofan engine, is guided by a highly-advanced inertial navigation system, sources said. The 1000kilometer class cruise missile, capabile of striking deep into the enemy territory, has been designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation at it’s aeronautics R&D laboratory ADE (Aeronautical Development Establishment) based in Bengaluru, they said.The maiden test flight of Nirbhay on March 12, 2013 also had to be terminated midway for safety reasons due to malfunction of a component. However, the second launch on October 17, 2014 was fully successful. Both the trials were conducted from this base.

11 students injured in gas balloon explosion near Odisha CM’s house

At least 11 students, including nine girls, were injured when a gas-filled balloon exploded near Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence in Bhubaneswar when they were on way to wish him on his birthday today.

At least 11 students, including nine girls, were injured when a gas-filled balloon exploded near Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence in Bhubaneswar when they were on way to wish him on his birthday today.The mishap took place when a large number of students among others were proceeding to Naveen Niwas to wish the chief minister and a huge bunch of gas balloon carried during the procession exploded near Airport Square, Commissioner of Police RP Sharma told reporters.Some people sustained minor injuries and they were rushed to hospital for treatment, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 11 persons, including nine girls and two boys, were undergoing treatment at the Capital Hospital after the explosion and all of them are stable, said hospital Superintendent Dr Binod Mishra.”None of them is serious. Their condition is all stable. They sustained burn injuries on forehead, arms and other exposed parts of body,” Mishra said adding they were being treated at a special ward.Sources said most of the injured girls are from city’s Ramadevi Women University.Police said efforts were on to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion but prima facie it appeared that the incident might have taken place after a splinter from a cracker burst by the rallyists fell on a balloon.State Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Law Minister Arun Sahoo and a host of leaders of different political parties visited the hospital to enquire about the condition of the injured. Describing the incident as ‘unfortunate’, both Congress and BJP lashed out at the ruling BJD for absence of adequate safeguards and safety measures during the procession.”It was unfortunate. I wish the injured students speedy recovery. But, it is surprising that such an incident took place near the CM’s residence. No step was taken to prevent such mishap,” said Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Prasad Harichandan.Holding the ruling BJD responsible for the mishap, state BJP spokesman Sameer Mohanty said the organisers failed to take any safety measures. Though the chief minister is also in-charge of home department, the police failed to take preventive measures during the celebrations near his residence, he said.

Odisha announces package for drought-hit farmers

Farmers affected by drought in Kharif season will also be provided fresh finance for Rabi cultivation during the current Rabi season.
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With 107 blocks in 12 districts sustaining more than 33% crop loss due to drought conditions in the state, Odisha government on Wednesday announced a package to bail out farmers, many of whom have committed suicide allegedly due to debt burden.”Short-term Kharif loans will be converted to medium-term loans in drought-affected areas in cases of 50% and above crop damage. The rate of interest of short-term loans will be applicable for converted medium-term loans,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while announcing the package.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This will be done through interest subversion of Rs 227.38 crore over a period of three years for bringing down interest rate to 5 per cent for crop loan availed by farmers, Patnaik said. Farmers affected by drought in Kharif season will also be provided fresh finance for Rabi cultivation during the current Rabi season, he said.As part of financial assistance for the affected farmers, Patnaik said agriculture input subsidy will be provided to small and marginal farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 per cent and above at the rate of Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rain-fed/ non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare in areas under assured irrigation area.Similarly, the package announced by the government said agriculture input subsidy will also be provided to the farmers other than small and marginal farmers at the same rates subject to celling of two hectare per farmers.”For perennial crops, the assistance shall be provided at the rate of Rs 18,000 per hectare. The assistance to be provided to the actual cultivators,” Patnaik said.He said district administration will keep a close watch on money lenders and other unscrupulous elements who cause financial hardships for farmers and police will initiate tough action against them under the Odisha Money Lenders Act and CrPC. Superintendent of Police will have the responsibility to proactively implement the order.”The DIGs will review implementation of the laws,” Patnaik said.Patnaik further said 50 per cent remission in respect of cess on land will be given to farmers where the crop loss is 33 per cent or more. “Collection of the remaining amount will be deferred to the next financial year without levying any interest,” Patnaik said.

Sand sculpture of APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Puri beach on the eve of his birth anniversary as a mark of honour.

Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand sculpture of former President APJ Abdul Kalam to pay him tributes on his 84th birth anniversary at Golden Sea Beach, Puri, Odisha on Wednesday.

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Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Puri beach on the eve of his birth anniversary as a mark of honour.Pattnaik said he has created the five-feet high sculpture using about four tons of sand with the message “Tribute to Dr Abdul Kalam, 84th Birth Anniversary”. Tomorrow is the 84th birth anniversary of Kalam, also known as the country’s ‘Missile Man’.Students of Pattnaik’s sand art institute joined hands with him in creating the sculpture. Many art lovers and local people gathered at Puri beach to see the sculpture, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He was the first president who had invited me to Rastrapati Bhawan in 2005 when sand art was not very popular in our country and encouraged me a lot through his inspiring words,” Pattnaik said.

Went by Coal Secretary’s advice regarding allocation: Manmohan Singh’s clarification to CBI

“It was interpreted by the MoC that the request in the letter was regarding issue of allocation of Talabira-II coal block. This recommendation was approved by me after it was examined by the PMO officials,” said Singh, who was also the Coal Minister at that time.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s request for allocation of Talabira-II coal block to HINDALCO was approved by him on the advice of then Coal Secretary PC Parakh and examined by PMO officials, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told the CBI.He said Patnaik’s letter requesting a review of refusal to allocate the coal block to Kumar Mangalam Birla’s HINDALCO had led to the “re-opening” of the issue.During the probe into the alleged scam in Talabira-II coal-block allocation, Singh was asked by CBI, “When the letter dated August 17, 2005 of Naveen Patnaik addressed to you as PM had only requested to provide required coal linkage for the important project of M/s HINDALCO, which was already allocated, why did you approve the accommodation of HINDALCO in the share of coal in Talabira-II coal block.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to the query, Singh said, “This letter of CM of Odisha also mentioned about the allocation of Talabira-II coal block to M/s HINDALCO Industries Ltd. This was required to be looked into by the Ministry of Coal.”It was interpreted by the MoC that the request in the letter was regarding issue of allocation of Talabira-II coal block. This recommendation was approved by me after it was examined by the PMO officials,” said Singh, who was also the Coal Minister at that time.”With regard to the query that giving coal block could be more beneficial financially to the company than giving a coal linkage as the price of coal from coal block is much cheaper than price of coal from coal linkage; I state that it is true of all allocations to the private sector,” Singh said.Singh further said that if this logic was applied, the government should not make any allocation for the private sector.”In this context, the recommendation of the Chief Minister of Odisha vide his letter dated August 17, 2005 favouring HINDALCO for allocation of Talabira-II is relevant,” he said.While Birla had written letters requesting the government to “change the decision” of not considering HINDALCO for the coal block, Patnaik had requested a review of the decision.The special court had summoned Singh, Parakh, Birla and others as accused in the case while refusing to accept CBI’s closure report.They have all denied any wrongdoing in the case.The Supreme Court had on April 1 stayed the trial court’s order summoning them as accused.Singh said while the Coal Ministry “interpreted” Patnaik’s request to be for allocation of the block, Parakh had proposed to “accommodate” HINDALCO.”This was approved by me after it was examined by the PMO officials,” the former Prime Minister said.Singh said the issue was to see whether HINDALCO could be accommodated without harming the interest of Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC), a PSU, which was initially recommended by screening committee for the block.”On being asked as to why I approved the proposal of Secretary, MoC, to accommodate HINDALCO in the share of coal in Talabira-II coal block, though the SC (screening committee) had in its minutes mentioned that coal linkage of 3.06 MTPA had already been allocated to HINDALCO which was sufficient to meet the full requirement of 650MW power plant and that no separate coal block needs to be given for the Aditya Aluminium Project; I state that I went by the advice of Secretary (Coal) and as endorsed by the officials of the PMO,” Singh said.”It was due to the letter of the CM of Odisha (Patnaik) that the whole matter was re-opened. The issue was to see whether Birla could be accommodated without harming the interest of NLC,” he said.As per the 25th screening committee, the case of a number of companies, including HINDALCO, was not considered favourable and it had decided to allocate Talabira-II coal block to NLC.

Did not influence anyone to give coal block to Birla, says former PM Manmohan Singh

“On being asked, I state that I do not recall having told anyone in PMO to issue reminders, other than the noting of my PS. It is a routine administrative matter. The PM does not go into these issues. Anyway, I had already stated that I did not try to influence anybody and that there was no undue haste in arriving at the decision,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told CBI that he did not try to “influence” anybody, nor was there “any undue haste” in awarding the Talabira-II coal block to HINDALCO which was initially refused.He also told CBI, investigating the case, that he had neither promised, nor gave any assurance to industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla about allocation of the block in Odisha to his firm HINDALCO.Singh, who was holding the portfolio of the Coal Ministry in 2005, said he only forwarded the letters of Birla and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik in this regard to the Ministry for careful examination.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On being asked, I state that I do not recall having told anyone in PMO to issue reminders, other than the noting of my PS. It is a routine administrative matter. The PM does not go into these issues. Anyway, I had already stated that I did not try to influence anybody and that there was no undue haste in arriving at the decision,” he said.While Birla had written letters requesting the Government to “change the decision” of not considering HINDALCO for the coal block, Patnaik had requested a review of the decision.Singh, who has been summoned as accused by a special CBI court in the case, in a statement to the agency has said that recommendation of the Ministry to accommodate HINDALCO was approved by him.There was no “undue haste” in arriving at the decision to allocate the block to HINDALCO, he maintained.The Supreme Court had on April 1 stayed the trial court’s order summoning Singh and others, including Birla and ex-Coal Secretary P C Parakh, as accused in the case.In his statement recorded before CBI, which is probing the alleged scam in allotting a coal block to HINDALCO, Singh said he had received a May 7, 2005, letter from Birla urging the government to allocate Talabira-II block to his firm as it would enable them to set up a large aluminium plant in Odisha.”I knew of the decision that I had already given the approval to the Secretary (Coal) to approve the minutes of the 25th SC (screening committee) at his level. The letter of Mr Birla was merely forwarded to the MoC (Ministry of Coal) with instructions to get a report,” he told the CBI.”I gave no promise or assurance to Mr Birla that coal block would be allocated. The request of Mr Birla was to change the decision and matter was whether or not the matter should be re-opened or not,” Singh said in his statement which has been placed on record before the court by CBI.As per the 25th screening committee, the case of number of companies, including HINDALCO, was not considered favourable and it had decided to allocate the Talabira-II coal block to Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC).Singh also told CBI that Birla had written two letters in support of his request which he had asked the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to send to the Coal Ministry for a report.”It is thus clear that as Coal Minister and PM, I did nothing more than merely forwarding the letters of Kumar Mangalam Birla for examination by the Coal Ministry. Kumar Mangalam Birla had requested for allocation of a coal block,” he said.”It was only fair that his representation on the matter be carefully examined. I did no more than this. I repeat that I did not seek to influence the assessment and report of the Coal Ministry in processing Birla’s representation at any stage,” Singh told the investigating officer.Regarding Birla’s letter, Singh said the industrialist had mentioned about aluminium project in Odisha and emphasised on the need for Talabira-II coal block to set up a globally competitive aluminium smelter which had employment and revenue generation potential in the state.Singh also said that a letter was received from the Chief Minister of Odisha in this regard and it was sent to the Ministry of Coal with a request to take it on record, re- examine the matter and re-submit the file.”On being asked, I state that I was aware of the fact that Jawed Usmani, the then Joint Secretary, PMO, mentioned in his note dated September 26, 2005… that the screening committee had already recommended the allocation of Talabira-II block to NLC, a PSU, and that this recommendation and its approval by PM was in public domain,” he said.”What is to be understood is that the letter of Birla and the letter of CM of Odisha requested a review of the decision of the SC. It was for the Ministry of Coal to come up with a report.”Finally, the recommendation of the MoC was approved by me as it was brought out in the notings of Secretary (Coal) and the PMO officials that it was possible to take care of the interests of both NLC and HINDALCO,” he explained.The former Prime Minister has also said that he had “many other issues to worry” about being at the helm of the government and it was practically not possible for him to know and recollect every guideline on coal-block allocation.The special court had summoned Singh, Birla, Parakh and others as accused in the case while refusing to accept CBI’s closure report filed in the case.They have all denied any wrongdoing in the case.

PM Narendra Modi reviews key projects including Mumbai Metro

During the meeting, which lasted several hours, Modi laid stress on development of the solar energy parks in 17 states across the country and exhorted the state officials to be proactive in creating conducive policy framework for speedy implementation of the solar power projects.

Less that 24 hours after he returned from a a seven-day visit to the US and Ireland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reviewed key national projects, including the Mumbai Metro Project Line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), their pace of development and status with the central and state officials in his sixth interaction with the ‘babus’ through PRAGATI (the ICT-based, multi-model platform for Pro-active governance and timely implementation). During the meeting, which lasted several hours, Modi laid stress on development of the solar energy parks in 17 states across the country and exhorted the state officials to be proactive in creating conducive policy framework for speedy implementation of the solar power projects. The PM expressed concern at the undue delay in processing of requests for patents and trademarks. He directed officials to bring these processes in line with global standards, within a reasonable timeframe. He also called for an overhaul of the patent application filing process, and a drastic reduction in the number of forms required for this process.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Modi also reviewed the progress of the key infrastructrure projects in the Railways, Metro Rail, Roads, power and aviation sectors as also coal and iron ore mining. Officials said, the Prime Minister was keen to know the progress of implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 and Aadhar card enrollment across the country. He raised few questions and emphasized officials for speedy implementation so that citizens can avail the benefits of these initiatives. At the request of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhlesh Singh Yadav, he also reviewed the Lucknow Metro Rail Project (Phase 1A), and expressed satisfaction that several clearances have been given after the project was flagged for review under PRAGATI. The Prime Minister also reviewed the Khurda-Bolangir new Broad Gauge Rail link, on the request of the State of Odisha as also the project for new Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, describing it as a crucial project for connectivity and development of tourism in the state, and urged the state government to work proactively for its timely implementation. The PM also reviewed the progress of important Indian projects in Afghanistan, including the Parliament Building and the Salma Dam. The Prime Minister asked all concerned departments to ensure that development projects being implemented by India in the SAARC region, are implemented expeditiously, said officials, who attended the meeting.

Odisha government introduces scholarships, pension schemes for transgenders

Bhubaneshwar: In a bid to empower the transgender community in Odisha, the state government has decided to implement five sub-schemes launched by the central government.

The sub-schemes will be implemented by the state government through its newly-created Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD).

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The department has drafted a proposal for recognition of transgenders and subsequently providing them certificates as third gender.

The parents of every transgender will get a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month. For pre-matric scholarship (Class VIII to X) the day scholar will get Rs 150 and the hostelers Rs 350 for 10 months in a year.

Similarly, the transgender students will get monthly post-matric scholarship (XI and above) of Rs 550 for day scholar and Rs 1,200 for hosteler for 10 months and there is reimbursement of compulsory refundable fees during higher study, an official said.

For their skill development, Rs 15,000 will be given per transgender trainee for 200 hours of the course. There will be 30 trainees in one batch. The trainee will get stipend amounting to Rs 1,000 per month. They will get subsidy linked to loan at a maximum Rs 5 lakh to be an entrepreneur.

There are also pension schemes for transgenders at Rs 1,000 per month, he said.

Welcoming the state government’s decision, the All-Odisha Eunuch Association (AOEA), which is fighting for the rights of 15,000 transgenders in Odisha also demanded immediate formation of a welfare board to focus on the development of the community.

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Mastermind of 2013 Maoist massacre of Congress leaders killed

The mastermind of the Maoists’ massacre of nearly 30 senior Congress leaders, including former Union Minister VC Shukla in 2013, was killed in an encounter in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Saturday.

Congress leader VC Shukla, shot dead by Maoists in 2013

The mastermind of the Maoists’ massacre of nearly 30 senior Congress leaders, including former Union Minister VC Shukla in 2013, was killed in an encounter in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Saturday.Sonadhar, who was the brain-behind the killing of Shukla, Mahendra Karma and several other top leaders of Congress in Chhattisgarh on May 25, 2013, was killed along with two of his body guards in Malkangiri district.On a tip-off, a team of Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) launched an operation in Bhejaguda forest of Mathili area where they came face to face with a group of ultras, sparking a gunbattle, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Maoist rebels–Sonadhar, the Darbha (Chhattisgarh) Maoist division area committee Secretary, and his two body guards–were killed in the encounter while several others fled, he said.In the 2013 incident in Chhattisgarh’ Darba Ghati before the state assembly polls had wiped out almost the entire Congress leadership in the state. Karma, a former Home Minister of Chhattisgarh, was the spearhead of Salwa Judum, an anti-Naxal operation. They were among 25 people killed in the Maoist ambush.Sonadhar, who held an important position in Maoist hierarchy, was allegedly involved in many crimes in Mathili area in Odisha and adjoining Darabha region in Chhattisgarh, police said. A pistol, some sharp weapons, walkie talkie sets, Maoist uniforms and several other Naxal materials including literature were recovered from the site of today’s encounter.Combing operations and patrolling have been intensified in the area after the incident, they said.

Water storage levels in 85 dams less compared to last year

Of the 91 important reservoirs monitored by CWC, the water storage level in six important reservoirs located in northern region is better when compared with the corresponding period of last year as on September 17.
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The water storage levels in 85 important reservoirs in the country, which is monitored by the Central Water Commission (CWC), is less when compared with the corresponding period of last year.Of the 91 important reservoirs monitored by CWC, the water storage level in six important reservoirs located in northern region is better when compared with the corresponding period of last year as on September 17.According to a Ministry of Water Resources statement in New Delhi, there are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring in the eastern region – Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 11.35 BCM, which is 60 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The storage during corresponding period of last year was 77 per cent and average storage of last 10 years during corresponding period was 73 per cent of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last 10 years during the corresponding period,” the statement said.As far as the water storage levels in western and southern regions, comprising 27 and 31 important reservoirs respectively, whose water levels are monitored by CWC, the storage during the current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last 10 years.While the storage level in 12 important reservoirs located in the central region comprising – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh is less when compared with the corresponding period of last year, it is better than the average storage of last 10 years. The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country as on September 17 was 92.631 BCM, which is 59 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs.”This storage is 74 per cent of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 77 per cent of storage of average of last ten years,” it said.The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62 per cent of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM, which is estimated to have been created in the country. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined project in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.Only Himachal Pradesh and Tripura have better storage than last year for corresponding period.

Drought situation, power crisis in Odisha man-made: Congress

The administration was yet to make a proper assessment of the situation in different areas, while farmers were making a desperate effort to save their crops, the PCC chief said.

Congress on Wednesday described the drought like situation and power crisis in Odisha as man-made and lashed out at the state government holding it responsible for the plight of the farmers and pushing people into darkness.”The drought like conditions and power crisis are nothing but man-made. Both the problems are being faced due to sheer apathy and indifference on the part of the state government,”Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan told reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the BJD government of neglecting the farmers, Harichandan said though most parts of the state received scanty rainfall this monsoon, the government failed to conduct a proper timely survey.The administration was yet to make a proper assessment of the situation in different areas, while farmers were making a desperate effort to save their crops, the PCC chief said.Hitting out at the state government for failing to draw up any strategy to deal with the situation, Harichandan said the PCC has constituted a committee headed by former union minister Kahnucharan Lenka to review the drought situation in different districts.The committee would visit various districts and prepare a detailed report on the situation, he said.Asking the government to take immediate steps to mitigate the miseries of farmers, the PCC chief demanded waiver of loans to farmers and waiver of examination and tuition fees of students in the affected areas.Harichandan came down heavily on the Naveen Patnaik Government for the power crisis and accused it of failing to prepare any contingency plan to deal with the situation.People have been pushed into darkness due to power cuts as the government lacked foresight, he said adding, the government should arrange power from alternative sources.Meanwhile, national president of BJP’s Kisan Morcha, Vijaypal Singh Tomar, who reviewed the drought situation in different areas of Odisha, accused the state government of being insensitive towards the farmers as it was yet to send assessment report on the drought situation to the Centre.Though the Centre has provided Rs 280 crore under SDRF to initiate steps for dealing with the drought situation, the state government was yet to start any work in this regard, Tomar claimed.

Odisha school headmaster suspended for holding Vajpayee condolence meeting

The incident occurred on Friday at Budakhunta UGME School in Oupada block in Odisha’s Balasore district.
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Odisha government on Monday suspended a school headmaster for conducting a condolence meeting for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee based on false information. The incident occurred on Friday at Budakhunta UGME School in Oupada block in Odisha’s Balasore district.The inquiry by district education officer revealed that the headmaster had been to a training programme in another place on that day and had allegedly telephoned a teacher of the school that Vajpayee has passed away. He had also asked his junior teachers to conduct condolence meeting in the honour of the former prime minister and the school was closed for a day, the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Surendra Prasad Sankhua, Balasore district project co-ordinator for Sarva Siksh Abhiyan said the headmaster had been suspended on the order of the District Collector. The erring headmaster has apologised for the blunder.

Odisha: Plus Two CHSE exam to begin from first week of March 2016

The actual dates of the examinations will be declared by December 21 and distribution of admit cards will be completed by January 15, he added.

The Plus two theory examinations for the academic year 2015-16 would begin from the first week of March, 2016 and the practical examinations will be conducted in between January 20 to 30, 2016, informs a source from Council of Higher Secondary Education(CHSE) Odisha.According to the source, registration for ex-regular students for appearing in the exam is set to be completed in the month of October and for the regular students, registration will start from November 3 and continue till December 3.The actual dates of the examinations will be declared by December 21 and distribution of admit cards will be completed by January 15, he added.“We have already started preparation to conduct the examination peacefully and without any irregularities. This time results of all papers will be declared through E-evaluation process. The colleges having 50 to 100 computers will be made E-evaluation centres and we have a plan to establish E-evaluation centres at each districts of the state,” said Basudev Chhatoi, chairman, CHSE.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For more hyperlocal stories, visit iamin.in

Parents jump to death after 7-year-old boy dies of dengue in New Delhi, probe ordered

Heath Minister JP Nadda commented said that it is a tragic incident and he has asked Delhi Government to submit a report.

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In a tragic case, the parents of a seven-year-old boy who died of suspected dengue after allegedly being denied admission by two prominent private hospitals here committed suicide by jumping from a four- storeyed building in south Delhi’s Lado Sarai. The deceased were identified as Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, both natives of Odisha, said DCP (south) Prem Nath, adding that the couple has left behind a one-page suicide note in Odia, in which they written that “it is nobody’s fault” and the “the decision” was theirs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heath Minister JP Nadda commented said that it is a tragic incident and he has asked Delhi Government to submit a report.
The couple’s only son, Avinash, died of suspected dengue on September 8 after allegedly being denied admission at two prominent private hospitals on the previous day. Taking cognisance of the matter, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain has ordered issuance of show-cause notice to the two hospitals, a senior government official said. The couple’s bodies were discovered by a neighbour on the intervening night between Thursday and Friday. The couple had their arms tied together with a stole. The police have initiated an inquest proceeding into the incident under Section 174 CrPC. No case has been registered so far in the matter. Laxmichandra worked with a private company and the family had been living for more than one year in a two-room rented apartment at Lado Sarai, said a police official.

Rahul Gandhi says Naveen Patnaik ‘lacks focus’ on Odisha’s future

Describing children as the country’s future, Gandhi said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha.

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Taking a jibe at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for spurt in infant deaths at Sishu Bhavan here, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the state government “lacks focus” on key sectors like health care and education. “I found the doctors are working sincerely and there is no shortcoming on their part. However, what is lacking is the state government’s focus on health care and educaton. The chief minister is indifferent towards these sectors and state’s future,” Gandhi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The AICC vice president was speaking to media after visiting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhavan, which witnessed death of more than 60 infants in a span of 12 days last month. Describing children as the country’s future, Gandhi said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha which is endowed with rich mineral resources. Observing that there should not be any difficulty in running Sishu Bhavan properly, he said the attitude of the state Government should change. “Odisha’s tragedy is played out in this hospital,” said Gandhi who spent around 30 minutes in the hospital and interacted with doctors. Maintaining that there was no politics behind his visit to the hospital as alleged by the ruling BJD in Odisha, Rahul said “I came to see for myself the state of affairs here and I thought my visit can at least put some pressure on the state Government to improve things here.” “If the state Government thinks there is politics in my visit, I am happy because it has drawn the attention of the administration to this hospital,” he said. Narrating his experience inside Sishu Bhavan, the Gandhi scion said, “I saw the spirit .. future of Odisha inside the hospital where a child was lying on bed and the mother was crying. However, the child appeared disturbed not for his health condition but for his mother’s plight.The child requested us to console the mother.” The mother and the child have every right to get better treatment and attention at the hospital so that they can return happily, said Gandhi. Refuting BJD’s claim that there was politics behind Rahul’s visit to the hospital, both PCC President Prasad Harichandan and leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra said party leader’s visit is totally humanitarian and not political. “At least Rahulji could come all the way from Delhi to see the condition of children undergoing treatment, but our chief minister didn’t find time to visit the hospital despite the serial infant deaths,” said Mishra.

Rahul Gandhi in Odisha: Targets PM Narendra Modi and CM Naveen Patnaik

The Congress Vice President is on a two-day visit to Odisha where the party is out of power for the past over 15 years.
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Embarking on a ‘Save Farmer March’ in Odisha, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of neglecting farmers and took a dig at the prime minister, asking when will the promised ‘achche din’ come for them.Targeting the prime minister on a day when he hit out at the Congress for putting “roadblocks” in NDA government’s reforms agenda, Rahul alleged that suicide by distressed farmers have risen “substantially” since its advent and that they have been left to their fate. The Congress Vice President also repeated the ‘Suit Boot Ki Sarkar’ jibe at Modi, saying that it works for the interests of “two-three handpicked” corporate people.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that farm loans to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore had been waived during UPA rule, Rahul said farmers needed support in the form of irrigation, fertilisers and other items for raising crops properly. But the NDA government had been paying little attention to their needs and farmers were now asking when will the “achhe din” which had been promised to them by Modi before the 2014 general elections come, he said. “When will the achche din come for the farmers?” he asked.”He(Modi) has made promises. He is good at making promises, probably no.one. But he failed to fulfill even one,” he said.”BJP-led NDA seeks to snatch away precious land from poor farmers and dislodge them without seeking their views. The Centre wants to hand over peasants’ land to corporates,” he said while launching the ‘Save Farmer March’ at Debahal.The Congress Vice President started his padyatra after meeting family members of Sanand Kathar, who had recently committed suicide due to abject poverty. Rahul emphasized that farmer suicides were rising as NDA government has been neglecting them since it came to power over a year ago.Accusing the Centre of scrapping various steps taken by Congress-led UPA for the welfare and progress of farmers, he said Congress always worked to safeguard the interest of peasants and the land acquisition measure brought by it provided for adequate compensation.While the UPA legislated for land acquisition only after asking farmers, BJP was bent upon snatching land from peasants without seeking their views and had brought Ordinance twice for the purpose, he said. Asserting that Congress always favoured adequate compensation at market rate to farmers parting with their land, Rahul said labourers engaged in the land being acquired must also be compensated properly, but BJP was against it.Targeting the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, he said that Patnaik was no different from the Prime Minister and both were “friends”. Rahul wanted the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to realise that the voice of the depressed could not not be silenced for long.The Congress Vice President is on a two-day visit to Odisha where the party is out of power for the past over 15 years.Hitting out at BJP over corruption, Rahul said Modi was silent on issues like Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and Lalit Modi episode in which names of Rajasthan Chief Minister and External Affairs Minister were linked.

Bad time for Babas: Competitive media leave no place for them to hide in Odisha

It is a particularly inauspicious time for Babas in Odisha. Used to enjoying the unquestioning following of gullible devotees on the one hand and the unstinted support of the administration on the other for decades, they are being hounded like never before.

It all began with an expose on newly launched local TV news channel about the colourful life of Sarathi Baba, the man with lakhs of followers who had built an empire of sorts in the best traditions of Indian babadom, in the first week of August. It showed the 48-year old Baba, never seen in public in anything but spotless white dhoti and banyan, in jeans and T-shirt sporting Rayban glasses in the lobby of a posh Hyderabad hotel. Quoting ‘sources’ in the hotel, the channel also claimed that the Baba had checked into the hotel in the company of a young girl and ordered chicken dishes and alcohol during his three-day stay.

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What the channel showed by way of ‘proof’ did not amount to much. The girl, for instance, was never shown with him. Nor was any concrete evidence provided to buttress the claim that the holy man had indeed ordered those items. There was more innuendo than proof in the initial reports aired on the channel. But all hell broke loose once the channel started airing what it later boasted was ‘100 hours of non-stop coverage’ of the Baba’s shenanigans.

Outraged by the ‘revelations’, people broke into spontaneous demonstrations at various places in the state, including Kendrapara where the Baba held sway for close to two decades. The Baba initially tied to brazen it out saying he had never gone to Hyderabad. But his blatant lie was nailed in less than 24 hours when the media produced the details of his Hyderabad sojourn, including photocopies of his tickets booked on an Indigo flight and the identity proofs presented at the time of checking into the Golconda Hotel in the Banzara Hills area of Hyderabad. The Baba’s fate was sealed when the girl herself appeared on another television channel to confirm that she had indeed accompanied Sarathi Baba to Hyderabad.

As the protesters in Kendarapra grew restive, the police, which had initially tried to suppress it with brute force, had no option but to arrest the Baba and whisk him away to Cuttack for interrogation in the wee hours of August 7. With their kingdom now in ruins, the Baba and his alleged son Satyam, who he claims to have created out of bibhuti, are now cooling their heels in the Choudwar circle jail.

Given the inherently competitive nature of TV journalism, it was perhaps inevitable that rival channels trained the spotlight on other Babas who, like Sarathi Baba, have built their empires on encroached government land (while the administration looked the other way), accumulated immense wealth by cashing in on the gullibility of the devotees and indulged in sexual exploitation of the most revolting kind.

“I find it hard to believe the stories that are coming out in the media on a daily basis. How could so many women believe these tricksters posing as reincarnation of Lord Krishna and surrender themselves to their lust in this age and time?” asks Smrutirekha Pani, a Bhubaneswar homemaker, incredulity written large over her face. But she readily admits that she cannot dismiss the stories as lies, coming as they do from the victims themselves.

In the days since the fall of Sarathi Baba, many Babas have bitten the dust – Abhiram Baba and Shankarananda Baba in Bhubaneswar, Sura Baba at Jhiinti on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, Kalki Baba alias Bana Baba near Konark, ‘Mentho Plus’ Baba in Jajpur (so named apparently because he cured all ailments with a dose of Mentho Plus!) being some of the more prominent ones. There is a Mata too – Premamayi Krishna Mata of Cuttack – under the scanner of the administration and the police, providing a semblance of gender parity as it were!

Sura Baba alias Surendra Mishra, who set up the famous Trahi Achyuta ashram in Jhiiniti, and his two sons are now in Crime Branch remand while Kalki Baba quietly vacated the 26 acres of forest land he had encroached and built his ashram on without a murmur an hour before the deadline given by the Puri district administration was to expire on Friday midnight.

More arrests are on the cards. With the media spotlight refusing to budge from the Babas, Bhubaneswar police has been forced to dust off an FIR filed by a Danish national Allen Franklin Nielsen in 2010 and then again in May this year accusing Swami Shankarananda Giri, the founder of the Kriya Yoga ashram in the city, of duping him of Rs 2 crore.

With unsavoury revelations about Babas coming to the fore with each passing day, victims of their greed and lust are now emboldened to lodge fresh complaints against them. Cases of cheating, murder, human sacrifice and sexual exploitation are now being registered in a frenzy. The state government has written to collectors of all 30 districts asking them to probe the affairs of all mutts and ashrams in their areas and to see if illegal or immoral activities are going on there. Instructions have also gone out to the police administration to move in wherever there is any suspicion of wrongdoing.

But most people are not convinced that that the government would take things to their logical conclusion. “The sense of urgency that the government is now showing will last only as long as the media spotlight is on the Babas. The moment the media moves on to other things, the government would go back to its old ways. After all, these Babas could not have flourished for so long without the patronage of the politicians and the backing of the local administration, could they?” asks Chitta Ranjan Dash, a senior citizen in Bhubaneswar.

There certainly is a point to ponder in what Dash says.

Infant death toll mounts to 63 in Cuttack hospital

A day after Odisha government refused to accept the central assistance for health care facilities at the Sishu Bhawan, the paediatric hospital registered four more crib deaths on Thursday, taking the toll to 63 in past two weeks.

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A day after Odisha government refused to accept the central assistance for health care facilities at the Sishu Bhawan, the paediatric hospital registered four more crib deaths on Thursday, taking the toll to 63 in past two weeks.Following the visit of a central team here last week, the Union Health ministry had deputed a team of six Senior Resident doctors to assist the under-staffed Sishu Bhawan to stem the rise in infant deaths, but the state refused to accept the assistance following which the central team was asked to go back today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The hospital spokesperson said that there were four more crib deaths today.Meanwhile, Odisha BJP spokesman Sajjan Sharma said, “This is nothing but sheer ego by the state government which came from the ruling party’s brute majority in the Assembly.” He said when the paediatric hospital is currently having 21 vacancies against a sanctioned strength of 48 doctors, including 18 posts of assistant professors and two senior resident doctors, it is not comprehensible as to why the state refused to accept the central assistance.Sharma said a team of senior resident doctors – each in paediatrics, paediatrics surgery, pathology, biochemistry, radiology and microbiology – had come from New Delhi to man the Sishu Bhawan for about a week as these doctors are considered to be the main workforce of any hospital.”But the Odisha government humiliated them by not accepting their assistance,” the BJP spokesman said. The state government changed the Sishu Bhawan administrative officer today in an apparent aim to instill discipline among the staff.Last week the state had put six employees of the hospital under suspension and registered FIRs against three.

Four more newborns die in Cuttack hospital, death toll reaches 63 in two weeks

Cuttack: A day after Odisha government refused to accept the central assistance for health care facilities at the Sishu Bhawan, the paediatric hospital in Cuttack registered four more crib deaths on Thursday, taking the toll to 63 in past two weeks.

Following the visit of a central team in Cuttack last week, the Union Health ministry had deputed a team of six Senior Resident doctors to assist the under-staffed Sishu Bhawan to stem the rise in infant deaths, but the state refused to accept the assistance following which the central team was asked to go back on Thursday.

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The hospital spokesperson said that there were four more crib deaths on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Odisha BJP spokesman Sajjan Sharma said, “This is nothing but sheer ego by the state government which came from the ruling party’s brute majority in the Assembly.”

He said when the paediatric hospital is currently having 21 vacancies against a sanctioned strength of 48 doctors, including 18 posts of assistant professors and two senior resident doctors, it is not comprehensible as to why the state refused to accept the central assistance.

Sharma said a team of senior resident doctors – each in paediatrics, paediatrics surgery, pathology, biochemistry, radiology and microbiology – had come from New Delhi to man the Sishu Bhawan for about a week as these doctors are considered to be the main workforce of any hospital.

“But the Odisha government humiliated them by not accepting their assistance,” the BJP spokesman said.

The state government changed the Sishu Bhawan administrative officer on Thursday in an apparent aim to instill discipline among the staff.

Last week the state had put six employees of the hospital under suspension and registered FIRs against three.

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Will god save the Asarams and Radhe Maas? SIT to go after godmen & godwomen

Amit Bandre
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The unholy nexus of money, crime and religion allegedly built by the likes of Asaram Bapu, Sarathi Baba and Radhe Maa could soon unravel, with the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the financial transactions of these organisations to unearth black money believed to be stashed away in domestic and foreign bank accounts.The issue will be on top of the agenda at a meeting convened by Justice Arijit Pasayat, vice-chairman of the SIT, in Bhubaneswar on Thursday, a highly placed official told dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and SIT will be present at the meeting, it is learnt.The first on the list is likely to be the Sarathi Baba Trust in Odisha. It is run by 47-year-old Sarathi Baba, also known as Santosh Raula, who was arrested by the state crime branch earlier this month. According to the police, Sarathi Baba has about 30 bank accounts and properties worth Rs 10 crore, including 11 plots in Kendrapara district.“SIT will prepare a list of religious and charitable organisations and examine their sources of money generation, expenditure and other financial transactions. It has decided to start with the Sarathi Baba Trust in Odisha and subsequently extend it to other such religious bodies,” the source said.The SIT, in its latest report, has already recommended a tough law to bring religious bodies owned by self-proclaimed godmen and godwomen under the tax net.This issue has also been highlighted in a letter by Shri Kalki Dham from Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Acharya Pramod Krishnam from Shri Kalki Dham has given details about the “dubious” nature of controversial religious organisations like those headed by Asaram Bapu, Nirmal Baba, Sant Rampal, Maharshi Kumar Swamy, Radhe Maa, Swamy Nityanand and Datti Maharaj. Some of these ‘gurus’ are already in jail for various crimes, including murder and sexual assault. The letter, which the government may forward to the SIT, alleges that the godmen who own these organisations not only play with the religious feelings of people but also lead lavish lives with the money they earn from violating the law of the land.Asking the government for appropriate action in accordance with law, the temple trust said some of these self-styled godmen had even become ‘mahamandaleswars’, or high priests, after spending crores of rupees which are unaccounted for.It cited the case of Noida-based beer bar owner Sachin Dutta from Allahabad, who went on to become Mahamandaleswar Sachidanand Baba.The SIT was set up by the apex court last year to bring back black money stashed away by Indians in various banks abroad.

dna Must Reads @ 1 pm: From PM Modi’s appeal to protestors in Gujarat to Naxal attack in Odisha

Here’s a curated list of five top stories that have happened since the morning. These stories will give you an update on the major developments.

Here’s a curated list of five top stories that have happened since the morning. These stories will give you an update on the major developments.1) Patel quota row: Fresh clashes break out between police & protesters; PM Modi appeals for peace, says violence does not benefit anyonePrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for peace in Gujarat and said violence does not benefit anybody.​ Amid curfew in the various parts of the state, fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters in Ahmedabad. Members of Patel community had on Tuesday night resorted to arson, stone-pelting and vandalism after brief detention of their 22-year-old leader Hardik Patel, following which curfew was tonight imposed in three towns of North Gujarat and some areas of Surat. Read More<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Jammu and Kashmir: Rahul Gandhi meets victims of Pak ceasefire-violationAgainst the backdrop of tension along Indo-Pak border, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday arrived in Balakot and met the people affected by the Pakistani troops’ shelling. “I have come all the way here to share your pain and grief of losing your near ones,” Rahul told Azim, whose brother Amin was killed and another sibling Ramiz injured in the shelling. Read More3) Actor Sanjay Dutt gets 30 days parole to attend daughter’s nose surgery: Report​Actor Sanjay Dutt, who is serving a jail term for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, has been granted parole of 30 days, said reports. Citing the ill-health of his daughter, Dutt, who is lodged in Pune’s Yerawada Jail, had made a 30-day parole plea before divisional commissioner Vikas Deshmukh in Pune. Read More4) Long way before India replaces China as growth engine: RBI’s Raghuram Rajan​RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has said it will be “a long time” before India can replace China as a growth engine for the global economy, even if it grows at a faster rate. The comments assume significance in the wake of a China-led slowdown hurting the markets worldwide in the recent days, which has led to calls in India for taking this crisis situation as an “opportunity” as the global economy may need alternative growth engines. Read More5) Naxal attack: Three BSF jawans killed in Odisha​Three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed and six were injured on Wednesday after a Maoist ambush on a BSF party near Sukma-Malkangiri border in Chitrakonda, Odisha. Read More

Sarathi Baba’s absconding son nabbed by Odisha police

Satyam would be produced before the court of SDJM on Thursday morning where the prosecution would seek a five day remand of him, they said.

Sarathi Baba, who was arrested on August 7 under several charges of cheating, forgery, criminal intimidation and conspiracy, is now lodged in Choudwar jail in Cuttack after his bail application was rejected.
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After a week-long search, Odisha police on Wednesday nabbed Satyam Sekhar Roul, the adopted son of arrested self-styled godman Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul.Satyam, 20, was held from a hotel in Mumbai after state police along with the local cops tracked his cell phone call records and debit card transactions on Tuesday evening, sources said. He was brought in Cuttack on Wednesday afternoon and was arrested after initial interrogation on charges of moving valuables, including gold from the godman’s ashram in Kendrapara district, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Satyam would be produced before the court of SDJM on Thursday morning where the prosecution would seek a five day remand of him, they said. Police have detected multiple bank accounts operated by him and several properties in his name.The self-styled godman, who was arrested on August 7 under several charges of cheating, forgery, criminal intimidation and conspiracy, is now lodged in Choudwar jail in Cuttack after his bail application was rejected.A below-average student without any known source of income, Satyam was enjoying a lavish lifestyle and owns a flat in a posh locality in Bhubaneswar, believed to be worth nearly Rs 2 crore. His current bank balances are pegged at Rs 30 lakh and he owns several luxury cars and other valuables, sources said.

Odisha: Cops unearth huge properties of Godman Sarathi Baba’s trust

The prosecution has frozen at least 30 bank accounts operated by the Godman and their total balance was pegged at over Rs 2.55 crore

The prosecution has frozen at least 30 bank accounts operated by the Godman and their total balance was pegged at over Rs 2.55 crore. (Image Source: All India Radio News Twitter)

The crime branch of Odisha police on Thursday unearthed huge movable and immovable properties in the name of self-styled godman Santosh Roul alias Sarathi Baba. The investigating sleuths seized at least 50 property documents in the name of Satyam Charitable Trust that was floated by Roul in the name of his adopted son Satyam Roul, a crime branch official said.While two plots in the name of the Trust have been detected in Balasore and Bhadrak districts, the Trust was in possession of 5.25 acres of land at different localities in the State, the official said. The prosecution has frozen at least 30 bank accounts operated by the Godman and their total balance was pegged at over Rs 2.55 crore, the official said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sleuths have also seized four vehicles in the name of the Trust and the crime branch entrusted a revenue official of the state to assess the cost of the landed properties registered in the name of the trust. The official said at least 40 persons have now been examined by the investigating team in this connection. The cops are, however, not been able to trace the son of the godman, absconding ever since Roul was arrested last week.

Sarathi Baba’s remand extended by 3 more days

Sarathi was arrested by the Crime Branch on August 8 on charge of cheating and dishonesty following a state-wide hue and cry over his alleged escapades.

Sarathi Baba ( Image Source: All India Radio News Twitter)

Self-styled godman Sarathi Baba, who arrested on the charges of cheating, was on Wednesday remanded in the custody of the Crime Branch of Odisha Police for three more days. Santosh Kumar Raul alias Sarathi Baba was today produced before the court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate B Goutam, who allowed the Crime Branch to take him on remand till August 14. Earlier, the Crime Branch had taken Sarathi on remand for three days which ended yesterday.Sarathi was arrested by the Crime Branch on August 8 on charge of cheating and dishonesty following a state-wide hue and cry over his alleged escapades. While seeking extension of Sarathi’s remand, the Crime Branch officials justified its requirement by producing document against Sarathi Baba and a seizure list of his properties. During the first phase of remand, the Crime Branch had interrogated 13 associates of Sarathi Baba, including the caretaker, driver and the cook of his Barimula ashram and collected vital information.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime Branch ADG B K Sharma said the agency has detected properties worth about Rs 8-10 crore owned by Sarathi Baba and the Trust run by him. This apart, the Crime Barnch has also interrogated four persons named in the FIR of the woman medico, who allegedly accompanied Sarathi to a hotel in Hyderabad. Claiming that the Crime Branch has made vital breakthroughs in the case during the three-day interrogation, Sharma said as many as 30 officers are engaged in the investigation against Sarathi. “The focus of investigation during the second phase of remand will be on the financial transaction of the Baba and the Satyam Charitable Trust,” Sharma said.

Police interrogate ‘godman’ Sarathi Baba, examine his laptop, files

The self-styled ‘godman’ has been at the centre of a controversy for over a week after a TV channel showed pictures alleging that he had spent two days with a woman, who posed as his wife, at a Hyderabad hotel.

Sarathi Baba (Image source: All India Radio News Twitter)

A day after arresting controversial ‘godman’ Sarathi Baba on the charge of cheating and other offences, the crime branch of the Odisha police today started interrogating him after taking him on a 3-day remand. A court had on Saturday rejected the bail plea of Sarathi alias Santosh Kumar Roul and allowed the crime branch to take the Baba on remand for three days from today for interrogation. Marathon grilling of the self-styled godman continued since this afternoon at the crime branch headquarter in Cuttack, a senior police officer said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides scrutinising a number of files and documents, the sleuths examined a laptop and a computer hard disk seized from Sarathi’s premises at Kendrapara in a bid to gather information about financial transactions of the person, the sources said. The seized laptop of Sarathi’s chartered accountant was also being examined.The focus of interrogation was the godman’s alleged fraudulent possession of land, money collected in the name of a charitable trust, his visit to Hyderabad, Kolkata and involvement in criminal activities, they said. A case has been registered against him at CID police station under different section of the IPC, SC-ST Atrocities (prevention) Act, Arms Act and under provisions of Misuse of Religious Institutions Act, according to Additional Director General (ADG) of Crime Branch B K Sharma.The crime branch seized 10 kg of silver, 55 kg of metal lockets bearing the godman’s picture, two swords, CDs containing his publicity materials, bank and land documents, police said. The self-styled ‘godman’ has been at the centre of a controversy for over a week after a TV channel showed pictures alleging that he had spent two days with a woman, who posed as his wife, at a Hyderabad hotel.The preliminary statement of the 24-year-old woman, who allegedly spent time with the Baba at a star hotel in Hyderabad has been recorded by the inspector-in-charge of Mahila Police station in Cuttack. Kendrapara town, which witnessed protests by people against the Baba and pitched battle between protestors and the police two days ago, returned to normalcy yesterday after the arrest of Sarathi and transfer of the superintendent of police Satish Kumar Gajviye following complaints of alleged excesses.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife admitted to ICU in hospital following illness

Bhubneswar: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday night cut short his visit to Odisha and was returning to the capital after his wife Suvra was hospitalised following illness.

President Pranab Mukherjee with wife Suvra. PTI

President Pranab Mukherjee with wife Suvra. PTI

Official sources said Suvra, who has been ill for sometime, has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the hospital in Delhi.

The President was on a two-day visit to Odisha and he was scheduled to attend a convocation of National Law University at Cuttack.

The President performed puja at Puri’s Jagannath Temple this morning and later visited Puri beach to see sand sculptures of famous artist Sudarshan Patnaik.

Mrs Mukherjee is under observation and her condition is stated to be stable.

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President Pranab’s wife admitted to ICU in hospital following illness

Bhubneswar: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday night cut short his visit to Odisha and was returning to the capital after his wife Suvra was hospitalised following illness.

President Pranab Mukherjee with wife Suvra. PTI

President Pranab Mukherjee with wife Suvra. PTI

Official sources said Suvra, who has been ill for sometime, has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the hospital in Delhi.

The President was on a two-day visit to Odisha and he was scheduled to attend a convocation of National Law University at Cuttack.

The President performed puja at Puri’s Jagannath Temple this morning and later visited Puri beach to see sand sculptures of famous artist Sudarshan Patnaik.

Mrs Mukherjee is under observation and her condition is stated to be stable.

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President Pranab Mukherjee cuts short Odisha visit after wife gets hospitalised

Official sources said Suvra, who has been ill for sometime, has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a hospital in Delhi.
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President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday night cut short his visit to Odisha and returned to New Delhi after his wife Suvra was hospitalised following illness.Official sources said Suvra, who has been ill for sometime, has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a hospital in Delhi.On Friday morning, President Pranab Mukherjee performed ‘puja’ at the famous Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha.More details are awaited.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

39 dead as West Bengal reels under flood fury; at least 21 killed in Manipur landslide

West Bengal continues to reel under flood fury after cyclone Komen transformed into a deep depression and brought heavy downpour.

Villagers wade through a flood waters at Keshpur village in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.

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In the aftermath of Cyclone Komen as many as 12 districts were affected with official figures putting the death toll at 39. The heavy rainfall left 1,19,000 people homeless in over 900 relief camps. As many as 1,80,000 houses were damaged, with more houses across the city and in other parts of the state collapsing. Since making landfall in Bangladesh on Thursday, Cyclone ​Komen has been bringing heavy to very heavy showers in Kolkata from Friday night. In a span of just 24 hours, the city received 133.6 mm of rainfall. Komen has weakened into a depression and is presently situated over Kolkata. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the Met office, the deep depression formation is fast moving towards Jharkhand and Odisha and holds enough strength to bring widespread, heavy showers in the entire state of West Bengal including Kolkata, over the next 24 hours. The Indian army has been called in to tackle flood situation in Burdwan. An alert has been sounded in Birbhum district as heavy showers would lead to Damodar Valley Corporation barrage releasing water in the district. Villagers have been asked to stay away from low-lying areasMP of Bishnupur, Soumitra Khan, had to swim through the flood hit parts of Bankura to distribute relief items among the villagers. Vast areas and arterial roads of north and south Kolkata— that include places such as Amherst Street, Thanthania, Girish Park, Manicktala, Golf Green, Jadavpur, and Tollygunge, still remain waterlogged. The water level in some areas was more than knee-deep. Major arterial remained waterlogged and traffic movement was reduced to a grinding halt. On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district to take stock of the situation and monitor relief and rescue operations. Meanwhile, persistent rainfall over the past few days caused a massive landslide in Manipur’s Chandel district on Saturday, killing at least 21 people. As per reports, the landslide led to the collapse of almost all houses in the Zoumul village under Khengjoi sub-division.Responding to the situation, the state Irrigation and Flood Control Department has reportedly opened one control room with the number 0385-2451550 in Imphal. Centre directed NDRF to move forces to Manipur for rescue and relief operations in the landslide-affected areas.With agency inputs.

Land bill: Congress ruled Arunachal Pradesh slams UPA’s bill

The Congress-ruled states have written identical letters to the panel totally opposing the changes being brought in the 2013 land Act, but the party’s government in Arunachal Pradesh said the 2013 law brought by the UPA was “too lengthy” and “complicated” as compared to the 1894 Act.

As the Modi government tries to muster support for its contentious land bill in the Rajya Sabha, some states ruled by opposition parties have kept up suspense over their next move but Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh has sprung a surprise, finding fault with the 2013 law passed by the UPA dispensation.Going against the Congress’ stand, Arunachal Pradesh has described the 2013 Act as “complicated” and which required to be revisited.The Joint Committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP S S Ahluwalia looking into the vexed issue had, after its first meeting on May 29, asked the states to submit their views on the proposed legislation in writing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress-ruled states have written identical letters to the panel totally opposing the changes being brought in the 2013 land Act, but the party’s government in Arunachal Pradesh said the 2013 law brought by the UPA was “too lengthy” and “complicated” as compared to the 1894 Act.”The said Act requires to be revisited and reviewed to obviate, minimize and to reduce complications like involvement of external expert group for social impact assesssment…there is difficulty in acquiring land under the 2013 land Act,” it said in a communication to the panel.It said because of difficulty in the acquisition process in 2013 Act, the state government acquired land for some projects under certain other regulations.However, responses sent by over a dozen state governments make it clear that they are not backing the changes in the 2013 law.While the government has no hope of support from Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress, it has still not given up on parties like SP, BJD, AIADMK, NCP and a few others by bringing in some changes in the draft bill.BJD has on a number of occasions made a common cause with other opposition parties on the joint Parliamentary panel to corner the NDA government.Party government of Odisha has, in its reply to the panel, refrained from commenting on key clauses of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment Bill, 2015).The Naveen Patnaik government of Odisha has offered “no comments” on 14 provisions of the bill including those related to removal of consent clause and social impact assessment. It will be interesting to watch how they would respond when the bill is brought up for passage in Parliament.It has, however, sought an amendment to clause 7 of the bill seeking to make it mandatory for profit making industries to provide shares to gram panchayats and people from whom land has been acquired to provide them a steady income.”This may be introduced as a new clause (e) in the section 31 of the proposed draft bill,” the state government said.AIADMK government of Tamil Nadu has opposed provisions of the section 3 of the proposed bill on exemption from the requirement of consent for private sector and PPP projects and provisions of section 5 relating to exemption from social impact assessment (SIA).Out of the 15 clauses of the new bill, the AIADMK government has opposed two, responded with “no comments” to five, said “may be accepted” to seven and suggested modifications to one.The Parliamentary panel is yet to get a response from Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh. Senior party leader Ramgopal Yadav had some time back talked of the need for some give and take from both sides— the ruling alliance and the Opposition–to break the logjam over the issue.

Cyclone Komen hits Bangladesh coast; heavy rains in Bengal, Odisha

Cyclonic storm ‘Komen’ hit the Bangladesh coast today evening, bringing with it heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha, the MET department said.

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Cyclonic storm ‘Komen’ hit the Bangladesh coast today evening, bringing with it heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha, the MET department said.After making landfall in Bangladesh, it will move west- north-westwards and weaken gradually.”Rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy at isolated places over the Gangetic West Bengal on July 30-31 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on August 1,” said Mritunjay Mohapatra, head of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Isolated places in Odisha will also witness heavy to very heavy rainfall at most places today and heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rains on July 31 and August 1,” he added.There would be rains at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over the northeastern states of Mizoram, Tripura and Assam till tomorrow.Jharkhand will also witness heavy to very heavy rains tomorrow and on August 1. “Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off West Bengal and north Odisha coasts during next 48 hours.”Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail over Mizoram and Tripura commencing from this evening for next 24 hours and over Gangetic West Bengal from tomorrow morning. Sea condition would be high over north Bay of Bengal during the same period,” Mohapatra added.Meanwhile, the depression over Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh that brought heavy rains to the states leading to a flood-like situation has now reduced to a “well marked low pressure area” over West Rajasthan and neighbourhood areas.”Rainfall would occur at many places with isolated heavy rainfall over Gujarat region, Daman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Saurashtra, Kutch Diu, West Madhya Pradesh during next 48 hours.”Heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur at isolated places over Rajasthan during next 24 hours,” the IMD said in its advisory.

Heavy rains in West Bengal , Odisha as cyclone Komen nears

Cyclonic storm ‘Komen’ will hit the Bangladesh coast on Thursday afternoon, bringing with it heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha, the MET department said.

Locals wade through flood water at Karalaghat road in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Wednesday

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Cyclonic storm ‘Komen’ will hit the Bangladesh coast on Thursday afternoon, bringing with it heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha, the MET department said.Komen currently lies 300 kms east-southeast of Kolkata. After making landfall in Bangladesh, it will move west-north- westwards and weaken gradually.”Rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy at isolated places over the Gangetic West Bengal on July 30-31 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on August 1,” IMD’s Cyclone Warning Division said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Isolated places in Odisha will also witness heavy to very heavy rainfall at most places today and heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rains on July 31 and August 1,” the division further said.There would be rains at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over the north-eastern states of Mizoram, Tripura and south Assam on July 30 and 31.Jharkhand will also witness heavy to very heavy rains on July 31 and August 1.”Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off West Bengal and north Odisha coasts during next 48 hours. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail over Mizoram and Tripura commencing from this evening for next 24 hours and over Gangetic West Bengal from tomorrow morning. Sea condition would be high over north Bay of Bengal during the same period,” the Cyclone Warning Division added.

26 dead as rains wreck havoc in Gujarat, Odisha and Rajasthan

At least 26 people lost their lives as flood-like situation continued in various parts of Odisha and Gujarat, where Army and NDRF teams were called for relief operations, and some districts of Rajasthan also stared at a similar crisis.

Commuters wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

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At least 26 people lost their lives as flood-like situation continued in various parts of Odisha and Gujarat, where Army and NDRF teams were called for relief operations, and some districts of Rajasthan also stared at a similar crisis.Flood-like situation prevailed in parts of Gujarat due to incessant rains, with Banaskantha in the north emerging as the worst-affected district. Army as well as NDRF teams and IAF helicopters were roped in for relief and rescue operations in the state, where at least 22 people have died in rain-related incidents. Nearly 300 NDRF personnel and three helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief operations in Gujarat where incessant rains have claimed 22 lives.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to assess the flood situation in the state on Wednesday.Heavy downpour since the last two days, triggered by deep depression over north Gujarat and Kutch regions, has thrown life out of gear. Torrential rains have caused flood-like situation in Banaskantha, where 2,500 people have been evacuated to safer places.”A team of Army from Dhranghdhra base in Surendranagar district in Gujarat and four teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Pune were sent to Banaskantha district today, which is worst affected,” state disaster control room officer T B Patel told PTI.Besides, two Indian Air Force helicopters were also roped in for rescue operations in the district, he added. Chief Minister Anandi Patel is touring Mehsana to take stock of the situation.Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Chaudhary said the Centre is keeping a close watch on the situation in Gujarat and will provide all the necessary help to the state for relief and rescue work.In Odisha, flood situation in northen parts became grim as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked officials to evacute people to safe places and send ODRAF personnel to affected areas for rescue operation.Reviewing the flood situation, Patnaik asked the officials to remain alert round the clock as the Subarnarekha river is swelling, said water resources secretary P K Jena, who attended the meeting. The water level of the Subarnarekha river has crossed the danger level at many places, Jena said adding the situation has become grim as the authorities of Galudihi dam in Jharkhand released about 1.9 lakh cusec of water last night.In Rajasthan’s Jalore district, four persons were killed in rains-related incidents. Flood-like situation continued for the third day today in parts of Sirohi district following the torrential rains, officials said. Meanwhile, traffic was halted on the Mount-Abu and Abu-Road in Sirohi district in the wake of the landslides triggered by heavy rains, a senior traffic official said.Only medical emergency vehicles were allowed to pass under keen observation of traffic moderators from Mount Abu to Abu-Road, the official told PTI on phone. Tourists were advised to stay on the hill station of Mount Abu till the rains abate, he said.Though there was a unit of Army and CRPF stationed in Mount Abu but they could not be called in due to due to blockade on roads, he said.Seven trains running on the Samdari-Bhilwari route were cancelled today again by North-West Railways (NWR), while one train (Dadar-Bikaner) has been diverted following damages to the rail tracks due to incessant rains at Jalore-Sirohi route here, its chief public relation officer Tarun Jain said.

Odisha flood: CM Naveen Patnaik orders evacuation of people to safer places

Reviewing the flood situation, Patnaik asked the officials to remain alert round the clock as Subarnarekha river is swelling, said water resources secretary P K Jena, who attended the meeting.
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With flood situation in northen Odisha districts turning grim, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday asked officials to evacute people to safe places and send ODRAF personnel to affected areas for rescue operation.Incessant rains in upper catchment areas has triggered floods in Budhabalang, Baitarani and Subarnarekha rivers and the state government asked the district administration of Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj to evacuate people to safe places and deploy Odisha Disater Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire services personnel for search and rescue operations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The district administration of Jajpur had already engaged personnel of ODRAF in the flood affected areas.Reviewing the flood situation, Patnaik asked the officials to remain alert round the clock as Subarnarekha river is swelling, said water resources secretary P K Jena, who attended the meeting.”The flood situation in Subarnarekha is grim while the water levels have been falling in rivers Baitarani and Budhabalang as there was no major rainfall last night,” he said.One breach each has developed in the embankments of rivers Subarnarekha and Baitarani. A breach in the river embankment of Subarnarekha at Dahamunda village in Balasore district caused flood in some villages, Jena said, adding, another breach in the embankment of Baitarani river near Ganeswarpur in Jajpur district had also inundated some areas.Jena said the situation was, however, under control as officials of water resources department were engaged in closing the breaches on war footing.The Chief Minister has also asked the officials to remain on high alert in Baliapal, Bhoigari and Basta blocks in Balasore district as the water level in river Subarnarekha is on rising trend, he said.Patnaik has also asked officials to deploy ODRAF teams in Balasore district immediately.The water level of Subarnarekha river has crossed the danger level at many places, Jena said adding the situation has become grim as the authorities of Galudihi dam in Jharkhand released about 1.9 lakh cusec of water last night.With excess flood water passing through the system due to the discharge from Jharkhand, the Odisha government has decided not to release water to Subarnarekha river from Rengali Dam today, he added.However, there has been a major respite as the IMD has predicted that the depression created in Bay of Bengal would move towards Bangladesh.”As a result there will be no heavy rains in Odisha and in the upper catchment areas of rivers in Jharkhand till August 1,” he said, adding there was, however, likelihood of rainfall of medium intensity in coastal and northen districts of the state over the next two days.After August 1, Odisha would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall as per indications, he added.Special Relief Commissioner G V V Sarma said though the water level of Budhabalang river has come down at several places, its waters inundated certain areas of Baripada town and Saraskana area yesterday.The local administration has already shifted the people to safe places and distributed food materials among them, he added.

Chit fund scam: Supreme Court seeks Bengal’s reply on CBI’s plea for more manpower

The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from West Bengal government on a fresh plea of CBI that it needed more hands from the state police, including ten Superintendent of Police (SPs), to probe the multi-crore rupees chit-fund scam cases.

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from West Bengal government on a fresh plea of CBI that it needed more hands from the state police, including ten Superintendent of Police (SPs), to probe the multi-crore rupees chit-fund scam cases.”You (West Bengal”s counsel) take instruction. We will hear it again on Monday (July 27) ,” a bench of justices T S Thakur and C Nagappan said.Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the probe agency, said that as many as 971 cases have been registered, of which 464 matters related to non-Saradha chit-fund firms.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At present, the chit-fund cases were spread over in various trial courts across the state and the CBI wanted three special courts in Kolkata to deal with them, the Solicitor General said. He also said the CBI needed police force, including ten SPs, from the state to efficiently probe the scam cases.Senior advocate L Nageshwar Rao, appearing for West Bengal, said though the state police does not want to probe any chit fund cases, it may consider CBI”s demand for more policemen for the investigation.The bench, which fixed the matter for hearing on July 27, also agreed to hear some applications filed in the Odisha chit-fund scam case on that day. Earlier, the court had taken strong note of CBI”s submission that it lacked manpower to handle all the chit-fund scam cases.As per our earlier order, the entire investigation was transferred to the CBI and now, “you (CBI) cannot decline to take up all the cases without seeking modification of the order,” it had said, adding “a plain reading of our earlier order says that all the cases stand transferred to CBI.” However, the bench had clarified that the CBI may seek modification of its earlier order.The apex court, on May 9 last year, had ordered CBI probe into the chit-fund scams in West Bengal, Odisha and Assam allegedly involving various companies including Saradha, while taking note of allegations that scamsters were getting “patronage” of people in “high positions”.

BJD to oppose Land Bill, raise Posco, Vyapam scam issues in Parliament

Asking party MPs to oppose the controversial Land Acquisition Bill and demand action in Vyapam scandal, BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday stressed on steps to prevent opposition Congress from deriving political mileage out of any issue.

Asking party MPs to oppose the controversial Land Acquisition Bill and demand action in Vyapam scandal, BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday stressed on steps to prevent opposition Congress from deriving political mileage out of any issue.Patnaik gave this instruction while presiding over a meeting of the BJD’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members. The regional outfit, which claimed to be maintaining equi-distance from both BJP and Congress, has 20 members in the Lok Sabha and 7 in Rajya Sabha.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting was held to chalk out BJD’s strategy ahead of Parliament’s monsoon session beginning on July 21. The meeting resolved that BJD would continue to oppose Land Acquisition Bill till the Centre accepts its amendment proposal.”We have demanded inclusion of a clause in the Bill to make the land losers stakeholders if their properties are used for economic activities or commercial projects,” said Bhartuhari Mahatab, leader of BJD in the Lok Sabha.On other issues, Mahatab said, “As the Centre has not extended required support for implementation of the Posco project in Odisha, we will raise the issue and demand clarification from the central government.” Mahatab said the state had already said that the understanding with Posco needed to be treated as an international commitment.On Vyapam scandal, Mahatab said the party has already made its stand clear on the matter. “The BJD demands resignation of Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan if the allegation against him is correct,” he said.Asked about BJD’s strategy in Parliament, Mahtab said, “We have been asked to be be careful while raising certain issues because opposition Congress may attempt to take mileage from them. We will not join the chorus of Congress.”

49 child labourers rescued in Odisha

At Paralakhemundi, the child workers were rescued from 17 different locations, including hotels, restaurants, bars, wielding workshops and motor garages and they were in the age group of seven and 18 years, he said.

As many as 49 child workers, including 20 from Bihar, have been rescued from small -scale units in Ganjam and Gajapati districts of Odisha.Twenty-two children, including 20 from Bihar, who were working in small manufacturing and sugarcane juice processing units in Berhampur were rescued during a raid by a district- level monitoring committee squad yesterday. In a separate raid, 27 children were rescued from Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district yesterday, said Gajapati district Child Protection Officer, Arun Tripathy.At Paralakhemundi, the child workers were rescued from 17 different locations, including hotels, restaurants, bars, wielding workshops and motor garages and they were in the age group of seven and 18 years, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The squad, comprising the district labour officer (DLO), chairman of district child welfare committee (CWC), district child protection officer (DCPO), police and activists of ISRD-Childline, raided at least five small manufacturing and sugarcane processing units at Tulasi Nagara, Niladri Bihar and Somanath Nagara areas of Berhampur.While two of the rescued children were from Ganjam, the others belonged to Darbhanga and Samastipur districts of Bihar. Most of the children are illiterate or school drop-outs who have been working here for the past two to three years, added Prabhu Prasad Patra, ISRD-Childline coordinator. “We found they were working in hazardous conditions in various localities,” Ganjam district child protection officer Subodh Kumar Sarangi said.”We will take steps for the prosecution of the owners of the units for engaging these children,” said Berhampur district labour officer, Kalpana Mishra.”We are trying to send the rescued children back to their home state through the CWC of their districts in Bihar,” Sarangi said. The State Convenor of the Campaign Against Child Labour, Sudhir Sabat, said, “We identified locations in Berhampur where child labourers were working. The list was submitted to the DLO.” The district-level coordination committee on the implementation of the action plan for the elimination of child labour in Ganjam, at its first meeting held in February last, had decided to make Berhampur the “first child labour-free” town in the district.

Illegal mining: Goa, Odisha, Jharkhand yet to file ATRs

New Delhi: Three states of Goa, Odisha and Jharkhand have not submitted the latest action taken reports on steps taken to curb illegal mining even after a high level panel raised the issue in September last year.

Justice M B Shah Commission in 2014 had reported illegal mining worth over Rs 22,000 crore in Jharkhand, unlawful ore exports to the tune Rs 2,747 crore from Goa and blatant encroachment in Odisha by companies.

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“At the last CCEC (Coordination-cum-Empowered Committee) meeting, earlier this month, the issue of updated action taken reports (ATRs) on action on illegal mining from Jharkhand, Goa and Odisha was taken up. These states have not submitted their
reports even after this issue was taken up ten months back at the CCEC meeting,” a source said.

According to the minutes of the CCEC meeting, held here on June 5 under the chairmanship of Mines Secretary Anup K Pujari, the Centre drew state’s attention on the pending cases of action taken on decision of previous CCEC meetings.

On ATRs on illegal mining, the minutes of the meeting said: “Updated action taken report (ATR) on Shah Commission Reports on illegal mining from concerned state governments of Goa, Jharkhand and Odisha were sought in the CCEC meeting held on September 18, 2014 … such ATR’s are still awaited.”

Besides, the states have been urged to initiate auction process for mines at the earliest.

Pujari informed the states that Mineral Auction Rules (MAR) and Mineral (Evidence of Mineral Contents) Rules have already been notified and Model Tender Document and Model MDPA have also been uploaded on the new website of Mines Ministry.

This has been expedited to facilitate states to “initiate the mineral auction of the identified blocks, at the earliest. Now state governments are requested to inform the dates for starting the auctioning of identified mineral blocks,” the
minutes from the meeting said.

The states were also informed that 166 Geological Reports (GRs) explored by the GSI have been given to the states free of cost, to assist them in further identification of blocks for auction.

According to minutes of the meeting, Pujari emphasised on “the urgency of initiating the auction processes by the state governments. He further mentioned that the state governments should not see mining sector only from point view of revenue
generation rather states should approach the sector for its coordinated development and mineral conservation.”

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Three govt school educators suspended for selling mid-day meal rice in market

Jajpur (Odisha): Three School and Mass Education department employees including a headmistress of a government-run primary school were suspended on charge of diverting rice meant for mid-day meal to the open market in Odisha’s Jajpur district.

District Education Officer (DEO) Kapilendra Mishra said on Friday the three were placed under suspension on the basis of the inquiry report by Block Education Officer (BEO), Dharmasala.

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The suspended employees are – Block Resource Cluster Coordinator (BRCC) Akshya Kumar Biswal and Cluster Resource Centre Coordinator (CRCC) Subodha Kumar Patra, both of Dharmasala block and headmistress of Radhakrushna nodal upper primary school at Achutpur, Suresini Acharya, he said.

Misappropriation of rice came to fore when villagers of Achutpur informed to the higher authorities regarding mid day meal rice meant for such sale last week.

On being informed by the villagers, I rushed to Radhakrushna nodal upper primary school at Achutpur and found over 25 quintals of rice meant for mid-day meal for students were kept in two rooms of the school. While 18 quintals of rice were kept in a room, another 7 quintals were hoarded in another room,” said Prafulla Chandra Behera, BEO of Dharmasala.

After verification of stock, it was detected that over 18 quintals of excess mid-day meal rice was stocked in the school. On inquiry, it is found that mid-day meal was not being served to the children for couple of weeks, he said.

BEO seized the excess rice with the help of the villagers in presence of all school staff.

Headmistress of the school failed to produce registers and documents regarding the excess 18 quintals of rice, said the DEO adding both BRCC and CRCC also failed to give satisfactory answer over the stock excess rice.

The school authorities were trying to misappropriate the mid-day meal rice, he said.

BEO submitted his inquiry report to the Jajpur DEO following which the three employees were placed under suspension on Thursday.

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Air Force jet crashes at a field in Odisha, two pilots injured

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Check orissaresults.nic.in, as.ori.nic.in/chseorissa for CHSE Odisha / Orissa Board Class 12th XII, Higher Secondary plus two (+2) Results 2015

The results for Class 12 Odisha Board were declared at 11.30 am on Monday.

CHSE Odisha board +2 Results 2015

The results for Class 12 (HSC) for Odisha Board have been declared on Monday.More than 3 lakh students appeared for the Class 12 Odisha Board exams this year. The CHSE results for all three streams, viz science, commerce and arts, have been declared at the same time on Monday.Students who gave their exams in March 2015 this year can finally heave a sigh of relief.About Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha:The Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha was established in accordance with the Odisha Higher Secondary Education Act 1982 to regulate, control and develop Higher Secondary Education in the State of Orissa.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The administrative function of the Council commenced from 7th September 1982 in a rented building at Budheswari Colony, Bhubaneswar. In course of time the Council constructed its own administrative building over Plot No. C-2, Samantapur, Bhubaneswar where it has been functioning since 2nd January 1996.The campus has been named as ‘PRAJNAPITHA’.How to check results?The students can chech their results online. They simply have to enter their seat number and date of birth in the area provided and submit. The students can also take a print out of the results available online.Although original marksheets will be made available at their respective schools soon.The students can check their results here: http://www. orissaresults.nic.in/.

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