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Cuttack,13/11/18: Eminent Odia singer Chitta Jena breathed his last at a private hospital in Cuttack today morning.
His well known songs which people still remembers ‘Mo Priya Tharu Kiye’, ‘Rupa heithiba labanyabati, ‘Udi gala gendalia’ and ‘Ki Sundara Aaha Ki Aananda Maya’ are the ones that have captured the hearts of Odias.
Jena was born in the year 1941 and lent his voice for the first time in 1974 for the movie ‘Mana Akasha’ and was awarded with the prestigious ‘Prafulla Kar Samman’ by Prafulla Kar Foundation for his outstanding achievement in the field of music and lending voice to popular compositions.
Members of the Odia film fraternity have mourned the loss of the veteran singer.
“It is very difficult to believe that he left us. It is a big loss for us. He had an extraordinary voice,” eminent singer/composer Prafulla Kar said.
Speaking about Jena, Odia actor Mihir Das said, “He stood like a pillar for his family. His death leaves a void that cannot be filled. His memories will always remain with us.”
Environmental Clearance granted without holding Public Hearing(?).
Cuttack,13/11/18:The proposed cement grinding unit of Ultratech Cement Ltd in Athagarh Tahasil, Cuttack has hit a hurdle on Monday as the National Green Tribunal, Kolkata has, has issued notice and sought reply from all parties with in three weeks. The villagers of Kolathppangi and Khamar Nuagaon namely Duryodhan Rout and four others have approached the NGT challenging the environmental clearance granted to the project in July 2018.
Ultratech Cement company has proposed to set up a Cement Grinding Unit with Production Capacity of 3.0 MTPA and D.G. Set (2 x 6 MW) at Villages: Khamarnuagam & Kolthpangi, in Athagarh Tahasil of Cuttack District in the year 2011. However due to tough resistance from the villagers the project could not move ahead and on 3rd November 2018, the ground breaking ceremony was done by Chief Minister through video conference. Last year on 12th October 2017, the public hearing for the project was organized but could not be held because of strong protest and the clash between two groups.
The villagers through their advocate Sankar Prasad Pani has alleged in their petition that the grant of environment clearance is bad in law and non-application of mind as because the clearance was granted without holding public hearing, non-consideration of objections from local public, inadequacies in EIA report about flora and fauna, cumulative impact of the project has not been assessed, presence of elephant and its pathway has not been considered, proximity to the village and school and human settlement, impact on ground water availability and other environmental parameters have not been considered while granting environmental clearance to the project.
On 12th November 2018, NGT Bench comprising of Justice SP Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda has issued notice to Secretary, Forest and Environment Department Odisha, District Collector Cuttack, Divisional Forest Officer, Cuttack, Member Secretary State Pollution Control Board, Member Secretary, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and Ultratech Cement Ltd to file their replies within three weeks and fixed the next hearing to 10th December 2018.
Naveen Jindal thanked people of Odisha and Government for their support
JSPL enhance capacity of its Angul steel plant from 6 MTPA to 20 MTPA
JSPL to set up private industrial park at Angul to encourage MSME.
Bhubaneswar,12/11/18:Encouraged by the support received from people of Odisha and the State Government, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) will increase its investment in Odisha from Rs. 45000 Crore to Rs. 100000 Crore by 2030. This was announced by JSPL’s Chairman Shri Naveen Jindal today at the plenary session of Make in Odisha Conclave 2018. With the increased investment, the capacity of Angul steel plant will increase from 6 MTPA to 20 MTPA and employment generation will be enhanced from 50000 to 100000.
Sharing JSPL’s story in Odisha, Shri Jindal said, “JSPL’s story in Odisha started 30 years ago. My father OP Jindal, who shared his vision with legendary Biju Patnaik ji had planned for setting up a 1 MTPA Steel Plant. Subsequently in 2003, we started setting up a 6 MTPA Steel Plant in Odisha based on Swadeshi or indigenous raw materials. And for the first time in the world we set up a steel plant based on coal gasification. But after de-allocation of the same, it was very challenging for us. But with the encouragement from Government of Odisha, JSPL started to put up India’s largest and most modern blast furnace largest sinter plant, coke oven and steel making shop. When we had plenty of challenges, we also had plenty of support. Support from the people of Odisha, Government of Odisha and Hon’ble CM Naveen Patnaik”. He also expressed his gratitude to Lord Jaannath for His blessings.
Along with the 6 MTPA steel plant at Angul, which is at present Odisha’s largest steel plant, JSPL is also operating 9 MTPA pellet plant at Barbil, which has been exporting the highest amount of pellets from the country.
Shri Jindal also informed that encouraged by the Chief Minister and Government of Odisha, JSPL is setting up an industrial park at Angul. “People coming to our industrial park will not face any of these challenges, we faced like land, water or electricity or anything. We are going to make all these very very smooth,” he assured.
Reiterating JSPL’s commitment for social responsibility Shri. Jindal said, “Along with making steel, we also take passionate interest in our social responsibility like building schools, hospitals, community healthcare and drinking water facility”. Our social development vision is everyday becoming a reality and continuing to enhance quality of life of the people, he later added.
He urged budding investors to take advantage of conducive business environment and invest in the State.
Bhubaneswar,12/11/18:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today skipped his keynote address and preferred to be volleyed queries from the Industry Captains at the MIO Plenary Session today.
The Odisha CM said, “I am sure all of us remember that when we were in school in the last class before lunch, all hungry and tired, and sleepy. So keeping this in mind, I will make a very brief speech. My printed speech will be circulated to all of you, and after the speech, we will have some questions that are answered.”
The dignitaries’ present at the dais then started asking the Odisha CM on various key issues to which Patnaik replied instantly.
The first to question Patnaik was Anil Agarwal, Vedanta Resources Plc chairman. Agarwal asked to the Chief Minister, we talk a lot about Industry. Would you highlight anything that Odisha has? Like it’s full of nature, Chilika Lake, Tourism; any of your plans, and how you make the world excited to come here? Any plan for tourism(?).
Naveen Patnaik; Indeed, we do have a lot of potentials. We have historic temples, a huge coastline of almost 500 kilometres. We have great Chilika Lake, wonderful beaches, wildlife parks. We are working very hard in the tourism sector and it’s certainly been getting here, coming up very well.
Industrialist Sajjan Jindal asked: How much importance do you give on the state of Odisha? Do you give the skill development much importance? So much of industrialisation is happening; skill development obviously has an important role (?).
Ans:We have an excellent policy for skill development. We have a partnership with Singapore to which almost a 100 teachers went. In fact, we are working so hard in it that we want people to say ‘Are you skilled in Odisha (?)’ We are working very hard in this regard.
Apollo Hospitals Joint Managing Director, Sangeetha Reddy asked: We have been coming to this beautiful city from 2009, the time we set up the first hospital. Since then, the city has become greener, cleaner and more beautiful. You see a galaxy of industrialists. They are so happy, they are breathing happily in your city. We see the green city. What is your environmental policy for the entire state? This is my first question. And the second is related to health. May you please tell about your health policy(?).
Ans:As far as the environment is concerned, the Odias are very tree-loving people, and Odisha is one of the few states where tree cover has grown more than the national average. As far as health is concerned, we have a new health policy, which is no health insurance as you can call it. While the Union Government’s health policy is just for people below the poverty line, our health coverage is for everyone.
Reliance Industries Limited chairman, Mukesh Ambani asked: Hon’ble Chief Minister, I think the global investment community is enthused with Odisha. Can you share with us the priorities of the State as you would like to see investment flows in the next 3 to 5 years? So the priorities are matched. The second question is that you are passionate about sports and education. Can you share with us, how we in the industry can contribute to your sports and education vision (?). So we can link to the youth in the State.
Ans:As far as investment is concerned, we want to take advantage of the natural assets, what we have. Minerals assets should be developed and bring jobs to our people. Apart from minerals, we would also like to develop industry in many other areas. We are certainly succeeding in that. As far as sport is concerned, the sport is for the youth and youth is for the future. So investment in sport is an investment in youth and investment in youth is an investment for future. So we have been developing sports facilities. I would like to thank Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla for the state-of-the-art Shooting Institute. I hope that we can produce many great players. And you all know in this month, we are having the Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar,11/11/18: A National Philatelic Seminar was held on 10th November, 2018 at the Office of the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar organized by Odisha Postal Circle. Dr. Santosh Kumar Kamila, Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar inaugurated the Seminar in the presence of Col. Jaleswar Kanhar, Postmaster General, Berhampur Region, Berhampur. Shri Sahadev Sahu, Retd. IAS, Shri D.N. Padhi, Retd IAS, Shri Amit Banarjee, Vice Chancellor, Sikshya “O” Anusandhan, Mrs. Damayanti Pattie, President and Shri Rajesh Kumar Bagri, Secretary General, Philately Congress of India, all eminent Philatelist of International Repute attended the seminar as Guests Participants. Besides this the eminent Philatelists from all over the country along with the eminent Philatelists of Odisha participated in the seminar and submitted their views for improvement of Philately. The quarterly magazines issued by PCI “Signet” was released in the seminar. It was decided to establish more philatelic clubs in schools and colleges and promote philately in younger generation.
Shri Rajesh Kumar Bagri, Shri Anil Dhir, Shri Pragyan Jain, Shri Ajit Dash, Shri Madhukar Deogawonka, Shri Markand Dave presented the topic related to Philatelic like “Thematic Presentation”, “Last Post”, “Traditional Philately”, “Forensic Philately”, “Postal History”, “Dasish Settlement in India” respectively. All the participants discussed promotional aspects of philately in Odisha. The members of Philatelic Congress of India, Eastern India Philatelic Association, Odisha Philatelic Association and other Philatelic Association of Odisha extended their help.
Shri P.N. Pattanaik, Asst. Director(Philately), Office of the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar extended the vote of thanks to all the participants for attending the seminar.
Bhubaneswar,12/11/18:Xpressions 2018, the management cultural fest of XIMB, one of the biggest Management-Cultural fest of India, is a three-day extravaganza which is scheduled to take place from 16th to 18th November 2018. And the students are all geared up to make this event a grand success.
Xpressions 2018 plans to reach out to the best minds of business schools to test and challenge their business acumen as well as their zeal and vigor towards life. The three days are packed with business simulation games, cultural activities, fun-filled games, art exhibitions, and much more. Taking a break from their hectic schedules, Xpressions offers its guests one of a kind experience to refresh and rejuvenate them.
Less than a week left as XIMB gears up to host one of the biggest Management-Cultural fest of India, Xpressions 2018, scheduled to be held from 16th to 18th November 2018.
The students of XIMB are therefore leaving no stone unturned in actively promoting the fest. As part of the promotion activity, the students organized a flash mob at Bhubaneswar’s biggest mall, Esplanade One on 10th November. The shoppers were taken by surprise when the students suddenly started dancing to the tunes of hit Bollywood numbers. Within minutes the mall came to a standstill and the audience grew many-folds, all trying to catch a glimpse of the performance. The enthusiasm and energy of the audience, as well as the students, made the flash mob a huge success.
As XIMB celebrates 21 years of Xpressions, the fest promises to be even grander this year. A live performance by Sunidhi Chauhan on Celeblitz, the Celebrity Night, a performance by the rising stars of Electronic pop music – Zephyrtone, and a Comedy night with Gaurav Kapoor, are some of the mega events of Xpressions 2018. The flash mob just gave a small glimpse of the extravaganza that awaits the capital city of Bhubaneswar.
Last year Xpressions had witnessed the ravishing performance by Farhan Akhtar. Performing for the very first time in Bhubaneswar, not just XIMBians, but also the whole of Bhubaneswar awaited his performance. It was a starry night, adding another feather to the cap of all the previous glorious Xpressions. To astound everyone again, XIMB promises of an even more entertaining evening this year. XIMB awaits to host Sunidhi Chauhan for the live performance on Celeblitz, the Celebrity Night. Just 4 more days left for the grand event to astonish the city of Bhubaneswar. The energy is high, and it seems that the waves of excitement are going to cause tremors unwitnessed in Bhubaneswar.
Berhampur12/11/18: Sharing among human beings has existed since the earliest civilisation. Humans are hard-wired to share and be social animals. The barter system might have been the earliest form of sharing. From sharing content and media online, Internet has now enabled people to share physical things like homes, vehicles, appliances, furniture, etc with each other. Earlier, people preferred buying from big brands but are now considering pre-owned and refurbished options; people gradually looking at alternative options of sharing or renting a car only when required and people shares/unwanted/unused things could be used by someone who needs (through wall of kindness) these are few examples have now become mainstream and are a part of our daily lives. A sharing or collaborative consumption is a movement which is rapidly growing and will play a pivotal role in shaping our environment and economy.
There are a paradigm shift in idea of ‘me’ to gradually evolving to ‘we’, people are more willing to share, sharing economy applies to all walks of life like goods sharing, knowledge sharing, land sharing, transport sharing, space sharing and labour sharing are few examples. Some of the benefits of collaborative consumption are (1) ensures products are cycled and reused to its complete life cycle, thereby, reducing the effects on the environment, (2) offers economic benefits there by creating self-employment opportunities, (3) instilling trust amongst community members, (4) a desired lifestyle without burning a hole in your pocket, and (5) assets became a liability and owning became scarier (cutting down hyper consumption and wastage). Now time has come to create a sense of ‘sustainable consumption and lifestyle’ among the people to understand collaborative consumption and its benefits to environment and economy.
Youth for Social Development started month long campaign on the theme “Sharing Community”. On Green Action Week 2018 a college level workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle sharing Community has been organised at Binayak Acharya College IQAC Cell Berhampur Odisha. More than 200 students participated and understand the concept of sharing community, best practices and benefits of Collaborative Consumption.
Koraput,12/11/18:The Central University of Orissa, Koraput celebrated National Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of independent India’s first Education Minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad at its permanent campus on 11.11.2018. On this occasion a special lecture on “Importance of Education and the Nation’s Commitment to all aspects of Education’ delivered by the Chief Guest Prof. Gowramma. I.P, Professor of Education, Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, Bhubaneswar. Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor of the University conveyed his best wishes on the occasion of National Education Day. In his message Prof. Mohanty mentioned about the importance of education and the nation’s commitment to all aspects of education. He congratulated the University community specially Education Department for organising successful programme. Dr. Ramendra Parhi, HoD (I/c), Department of Education delivered the welcome address.
Prof. Gowramma highlighted how Bharat Ratna Moulana Azad voiced & strongly advocated universal primary education, free and compulsory education for all children up to the age of 14, vocational training, technical education and quality education. She said “In the opinion of the Azad education was the right of one and all. He knew that India was a nation with a broad cultural spectrum and hence needed educated citizens to participate in nation-building tasks”. She emphasized the value and importance of education and focused on the unity among the diversity in the field of education of our country. She said “We need to have a grand narrator of our culture and history. We need to take pride of our legacy and culture and need to pass over it to our next generation. India is very unique and contradicts but yet we are united”. She also said “towards the education in our county commitment is shown right from the Constitution, as free and compulsory education for the citizens of the country is our fundamental rights. Functionary democracy depends on the education of the citizens of the country. We need leaders to run free and compulsory education at the country”. She encouraged the students to go to ground level and see what is happing and must analyze what has happened and what yet to be done. She pointed out in her speech some historical steps taken by Maulana Azad as the founder of UGC, IIT’s, IIS’s, AICTE and other important bodies for educational development in the country.
Dr. Parhi in his welcome address emphasized on the elementary education and its role in construction of a developed country. He highlighted how we owe a great deal to the progress achieved in education in independent India to the direction and goals that Maulana Azad had envisioned for us. He also said that the role of a teacher in nation building is very crucial.
Ms. Suman Mandal, Sh. Debraj Pradhan, Ms. Laxmi Priya, and Sh. Amit Mishal students from the Department of Education also spoke on the contribution of Bharat Ratna Azad in development of Education.
Ms. Suman Mandal, students from the Department of Education proposed vote of thanks and Ms. Bibhulina Mishra compeered the programme. PRO of the University Dr. Phagunath Bhoi, Research scholars, students and staffs were present on the occasion.