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Bhubaneswar,(16/07/18):Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday laid the foundation stone of India’s first National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) here.
The proposed institute will impart training to trainers and create a skill-based ecosystem to meet the industry demands.
“The NSTI will cater to the training needs of youths with industry-relevant skills, supplement training activities and build on demographic advantages of Odisha to truly fuel her growth and development,” Pradhan said on the occasion.
He said that a large skilled workforce is required in new and emerging technologies to realize the country’s growth potential.
The Institute costing Rs 160 crore will come up over five acres of land and have state-of-the-art facilities.
The Minister said the new institute will also impart training to trainers at various Industrial Training Institutes and for other skill-based education.
“We aim to set up one NSTI in each state very soon,” he added.
Bhubaneswar,(16/07/18):Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to take immediate steps to fix the water-logging problem at Sun Temple in Konark of Odisha’s Puri district.
The Chief Minister sought the personal intervention of Union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma to address the issue citing it causes much inconvenience to tourists.
“The Sun Temple is an exceptional testimony, in physical form, of the 13th century, under the reign of Narasimha Deva I (ad 1238-1264). This temple complex is now facing a perpetual problem of water logging which affects teh temple very much causing problems to the visiting tourists as well as hurting the sentiments of the people,” Patnaik said in a letter to Sharma.
He further said, “It is now imperative to take up the measures to drain out water from the temple premises for enhancing the longevity of the temple complex as well as to facilitate teh visitors to witness the glory and grandeur of the standing 13th century edifice. The Archaeological Survey of India – the custodian of the temple may be asked to take up immediate steps for proper drainage of water on a permanent basis.”
The government of India would take necessary measures immediately to save this magnificent pride of our culture and heritage, the CM urged.
Patnaik also said his government would be extremely keen to take up the drainage work, if Archeological Survey of India gives due permission. “However, what is important is that the flooding problem that poses threat to this World Heritage Monument is immediately attended to and a permanent solution is found,” Naveen wrote.
After onset of the monsoon, a majority of the tourists, who had come to have a close look of the Black Pagoda, the epitome of architectural excellence of Odia artisans were left disappointed, some were seen wading through knee-deep water to have a close look at the sculptures of the 13thcentury monument.
Several tourists expressed their displeasure since they could not dare to visit the monument due to water-logging and fear of snakes etc despite buying tickets.
Locals were of the opinion that water-logging at the Sun Temple during rains has been a regular feature for the last decade or more.
Report;Rajesh Mohapatra, Odishabarta
ROURKELA(16/07/18):Police of Jhirpani Police station have managed to arrest 3 miscreants out of six who have made dacoits in Jagda area under Jhirpani Police Station on 11th of this month. Police have also seized almost everything looted including golden rings, bangles, ear rings, diamond ring and ear rings, silver coins, mobile phones, wrist watches, mangal sutra, lockets amounting to lakhs of rupees from the dacoits along with 4 live bullets, Country made pistol, 2 face mask, two Knives and one Activa Scooter. All three dacoits are Dhiraj Kumar Sahoo (master mind of this dacoits), Sarfaraz Ansari and Manwar Ansari. The master mind of the Act was Dhiraj Kumar Sahoo one tile masons hails from Bihar who was working in the same house three month back fitting tiles. He has observed every movement and collected valuable information then he contacted few miscreants from Lathikata area who were having their relations in Bihar. They contacted other few from Bihar and planned to loot the house of Ex Revenue Inspector, Nurshingh Tripathy, staying in Jagda, Plot no 379/1655. On 11the afternoon all these miscreants went to the house in two Activa Scooter and entered the house but the house owner was not present had left to attend one marriage party outside Odisha. Finding their two sons in two floors they thrashed them and on gun points they looted the whole valuable things with cash and then they locked all family members in a room before speeding away. After the incident the son of the house owner, Sudipta Tripathy had lodged a complaint against the loot, vide case no-51, dtd-11-7-2018 which was then investigated by the police officers and staffs of Jhirpani Police station. During investigations they found one Aadhaar card of a lady not belonging to that family. Immediately they went to Malgodam area to trace the person and during investigation they found the card was belonging to the wife of the mastermind, Dhiraj Kumar Sahoo. After arresting him they arrested other two miscreants and now in search of other three members of the gang who are still at large. Police has done a good job in getting the clue and the accused in the case though not the entire team. As per police, very soon they will catch hold of other three miscreants.
Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
Berhampur,(16/07/18): Berhampur police today busted a sex racket here and rescued two sex workers from Hatibandha Street in Berhampur city.
Police raided a house at Hatibandha Street where prostitution was allegedly going on.
Acting on a tip off, police conducted the surprise raid at around 5.30 PM. While three youths and two sex workers were detected.
According to JK Patnaik,IIC,BN Pur police station , a case of immoral traffic detected at Hatibandha Street wherein 3 accused persons including house owner arrested and 2 sex workers detected.
Following Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956 a case has been registered vide the case no,145 dt.16.7.18 U/s 3, 4,5,7.
The follow up action initiated and the accused persons will be forwarded to Court tomorrow. The investigation is on.
Bhubaneswar, (16/07/18):The low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal has intensified into a well marked low pressure which is trigger heavy rainfall across Odisha, as reported by the Regional Meteorological Centre.
On today, heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Sonepur, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Sambalpur and Boudh districts, the bulletin added.
JC Behera, duty officer of Regional Meterological Center at Bhubaneswar informed that already several parts of Odisha witnessed rainfall activity in the past 24 hours.
“Several pockets in coastal areas of Odisha will witness rainfal in the next 24 hours,” said Behera.
Behera further stated that another low pressure system is likely to form over North Bay of Bengal by July 19.Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea during the next 48 hours.
Notably heavy to very heavy rain is also likely at isolated places over interior Odisha, Konkan and Goa on Sunday.
Bhubaneswar,(15/07/18):A probe will be launched to find out under what circumstances the ‘tahia’ of Lord Jagannath was torn off during Rath Yatra on Saturday, SJTA administrator (ritual) Pradeep Kumar Das said today.
“After the Rath Yatra gets over, the SJTA will examine the CCTV footage and will try to find out who has done it,” he said.
“Though servitors were told to remove the ‘tahia’ with care, a portion of it was found damaged. Therefore, we have decided to examine the CCTV footage,” Das said.
IG Central Soumendra Priyadarshi however tried to play down the incident saying that the incident simply reflects the eagerness of devotees to receive blessings of the deity. “However, we will take care to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future,” he said.
On Saturday, servitors, police and volunteers were seen tearing off the ‘Tahia’ while it was being dismounted from Lord Jagannath. Surprisingly few senior officials of the administration were present when the incident happened.
However, Lord Balabhadra’s ‘Tahia,’ was taken off under the supervision of Priyadarshi and handed over to the Temple administration office.
Bhubaneswar,15/07/18):A day after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind, eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra today said that he was optimistic about his dream project of constructing a second Konark temple in Odisha.
Mohapatra, after paying obeisance to Lord Shiva at the Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar here sought cooperation from both the State government and the Centre for the project.
“Construction of the second Konark Temple is my dream. I want to revive the art work, which has been billed as impossible by many. I wish to build the second Sun Temple and present it to the country,”said Mohapatra.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who also visited the temple along with Mohapatra extended his support to the project.
“He has planned to construct a second Konark temple and we Odias have high regards for him and his achievements. His presence in Delhi will surely represent Odisha’s culture and people,” Pradhan said.
Lending support to Mohapatra’s plans, BJD urged the Union Minister to refrain from politicising the Konark temple.
“BJD has always been supportive of Odisha’s language, art and culture and to any plans that intend to take them forward,” said Sasmit Patra, BJD spokesperson adding that Pradhan should refrain from playing politics on Konark temple.
Mohapatra is famous for his contribution towards preservation of traditional sculptures and ancient monuments. He has also worked on the beautification of the Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri. He was earlier awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan & Padma Vibhushan in 2001 and 2013, respectively.
Cuttack,(15/07/18):The Special Task Force(STF) of Crime Branch arrested two sharpshooters for having links with gangster Syed Usman Ali alias Tito.
The accused S K Sayed & Babula Pati were arrested on Saturday night and are now being interrogated, said STF DIG (Deputy Inspector General of Police) Himanshu Lal .
While Pati was nabbed from Kendrapara area, Sayed was arrested from Cuttack. More than 25 cases of loot and extortion are pending against them, sources said.
Meanwhile, STF is also interrogating a Labour Union leader, Rakesh Patnaik of Paradip today. The investigative agency is trying to find out his possible role in other organised crimes besides tender fixing, sources said.
Earlier on Friday, the STF took arrested gangster Tito on further remand to elicit more information about his businesses and crime networks.
Tito was produced before the Kendrapara SDJM Court on Thursday which allowed the CB to take the gangster on remand for three more days.