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Bhubaneswar, May 20, 2019: Lending a helping hand to the Government's effort, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) through its CSR arm JSPL Foundation provided one lakh cooked meals to the victims of Cyclone Fani in Puri. The Company started the service on May 10, 2019 and continued for 10 days. Every day, 10000 meals were served.
In coordination with the district administration of Puri, A centralized kitchen was set up at PuriZilla School, in which meals were cooked. Cooked food was carried to different localities, identified by the district administration, for distribution among people by the government officials and government identified volunteers. The cooked hot meals were served twice a day. More than 100,000 people, especially those in interior and slum areas, were benefited by this effort.
Speaking on the occasion, JSPL Foundation's Co-Chairperson Smt. Shallu Jindal said, "What People of Puri have lost because of Cyclone Fani is irreparable. We just made an attempt to extend a helping hand to the Dist Admin and People of Puri during this difficult time. We are thankful to Govt of Odisha for giving this opportunity to reach the needy during the calamity. Praying Lord Jagannath to give strength to the cyclone impacted people to revive their lives soon".
For initial three days, Khichdi and veg-biriyani were served. Later on the menu was changed to rice, dal and chutney. JSPL officials supervised the activities regularly and ensured that appropriate quality and hygiene is maintained.
Besides these, the Foundation also supported rice, dal and vegetable for 5000 meals, for people living in severely damaged localities of Puri town. The materials were handed over to the local volunteers by JSPL's Executive VP and Group Head (CSR, Education & Sustainability) Shri Prashant Kumar Hota.
In addition to these, the TRB Iron Ore Mines of the Company provided 50000 liters of drinking water and Angul unit of the steelmaker has also supplied cement and construction material for repairing of public buildings.
TALCHER,20/05/19:Repoll was conducted at Booth no. 85 Jandabahalunder Dhenkanal Lok Sabha Seat of Talcher constituency peacefully on 19/05/2019.The polling started from 7.00 am at Jandabahal U P School up to 6.00 o clock and the voters cast their votes very eagerly. Out of total 762 voters only 660 voters were casted, among them 296 females and 364 males were calculated. At best 86.61 percent voters switched on EVM for their favorites told by local election officer cum sub collector Paresh Chandra Nayak.
It is needed to mention that due to error in EVM and VVPAT at the time of election on last 23rd April, as per the report of election officer, the election commissioner directed to conduct repoll in that booth. To maintain peace at the time of election all necessary steps were taken by the police department and cold drinking water as well as temporary sheds were arranged by local admin. Lastly, the EVM and VVPAT were deposited in the strong room in Talcher Auto. College.
87% PERCENT SLASH IN PRICES OF ANTI-CANCER DRUGS: LOGIC OF COMPANIES ALLOWED TO MINT MONEY IN PAST: NPPA SHOULD DEVISE PROFIT-FORMULA FOR ALL DRUGS
New Delhi,20/05/19:It refers to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority NPPA slashing prices of nine anti-cancer drugs by upto 87-percent. Big question is firstly why drug-companies were allowed to mint money in past with government-agency like NPPA in existence, and secondly why such price-slashing is not done for all drugs in one go with even World Health Organization WHO establishing that even essential drugs in India with lowest printed Maximum-Retail-Price MRP are exorbitantly priced over manufacturing-cost followed by abnormally high trade-margin between ex-factory price and MRP. High profit-margin is evident from the fact that many companies selling on-line medicines have emerged giving heavy discounts of upto 25-percent on medicines that too bearing heavy cost of packing and home-delivery.
NPPA must devise a profit-formula rather than differentiating by having various categories of medicines where price-regulation is applicable only for some limited drugs. Presently even generic medicines considered to be a cheaper version of respective branded medicines have exorbitant trade-margins of several hundred percent. There are many medicines where different drug-manufacturers take undue advantage of their brand-popularity with prices of same medicine differing several times according to brand-popularity.
Price-revision of any medicines must be allowed only once in a year say on First January only unless approved as special case by NPPA. Gimmick packaging other than in units of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 gms, mltrs or units must not be allowed unless approved by NPPA for dose-wise administration. Rule should be to emboss or print name of medicine in a manner that name is there on every capsule or tablet thus ruling out possibility of wastage of drug in case name-portion of strip is consumed.
Bhubaneswar,19/05/19:MayurbhanjAdivasi Bikash Manch (MABM) and Mayurbhaj Jala, Jungle, Jamin and Jana Adhikar Manch (MJJJJAM) organized one day workshop on “The implementation of Forest Rights Act(FRA and Panchatiraj Extension to Scheduled Area (PESA) Act, 1996- Issues and Challenges” has been jointly organised by on 19th March 2019 at NISWASS, Bhubaneswar. About 60 participants from different districts joined as participants in the workshop.
In the beginning, on behalf of the organizers, S.S. Hansada, Vice Chairman, All India Adivasi Congress welcomed all the participants and guests to the workshop and shared on the objectives.
The workshop was inaugurated by Padma ShriTulasiMunda. In her keynote address she emphasized on the awareness on Forest Rights Act, 2006 amongst the community and holding of gram sabha as per FRA and PESA in all villages. She also call upon all the gram sabhas to take over the common property resources under their control and to resolve all conflicts and issues in the village itself so that no one would go to the jail.
In the first half of the workshop discussion on the implementation of forest rights act(FRA) in Odisha was held in which RamgalalJamuda, former Chairperson of Odisha State Food Commission chaired the session andMr.Tushar Dash(member CFRLA) and Dr. Manohar Chauhan(member of Campaign for Survival and Dignity) joined as guest speakers.
Mr. Jamuda Chairing the session raised serious concern over the 13th Feb Supreme Court’s Eviction Order of the IFR claimants whose claims have been rejected across the country and called upon the both the Central Govt. and States Govts. to strongly defend the FRA in the Supreme Court. Sharing his field visit experienceon FRA as Chairman of the Food Commission he said , “there are many discrepancies in the FRA data being produced by FRA District Level Committees(DLCs and State Level Monitoring Committee(SLMC) and there is urgent need to demarcate all the forest land issued under FRA followed by RoR correction and extension of developmental programmes to the IFR title holders.”
Mr.Tushar Das shared on the process of enactment of the FRA in 2006, different rights recognized under the Act and on the forest rights recognition process. He also pointed out on the various threats to FRA under the BPJ led Govt. at the Centre i.e.,(CAMPA Fund Act, 2016, Indian Forest Policy 2018 and proposed amendments in Indian Forest Act, 2019)which are contradictory to and directly violate the FRA, 2006.
Dr. Manohar Chauhan sharing on the updated FRA implementation Status in Odisha said, “As per the nodal STSC Development Department, Govt. of Odishaby 31st March, 2019 in total 6,17,935 (5,86,245 of STs and 31,690 of OTFDs) IFR claims have been filed in the State at the gram sabha level. and 4,30,212 IFR titles ( 4,30,139 561 to STs and only 73 to OTFDs) have been issued over 2,60,028,752 Hectares /6,42,289.16 acres of forest land. Likewise by 31st March, 2019, 13826 CFR claims have been filed at the gram Sabha level and 6564 CFR titles have been issued over 95185 Ha/2,35,106.95 acres of forest land. Besides, it is also reported that in total 1,45, 750 IFR claims (1,18,316 of STs and 27434 of OTFDs)have been rejected in the State which are under serious threat after 13th Feb SC eviction Order”.
Sharing on the various FRA implementation issues in the State he said, “While the Govt. of Odisha claiming to be No. 1 in issuing highest number of IFR titles in the country, in most of the cases IFR titles have been issued without demarcation and are full of errors. Many IFR claims have been missed at the SDLC level and are not reported, the SDLC and DLC have bypassed the rights authority of the Gram sabha and IFR claims of OTFDs have been ignored, recognition of community forests rights have been badly affected by the interference of Forest Department” he said.
In the second half of the workshop, discussion on Panchatiraj Extension to Scheduled Area (PESA) Act, 1996 was held in which SandeepPattnaik from NCAS joined as guest speakerand shared on the important provision of the PESA ACT. He also emphasized on framing PESA Rules in the State so that the provision of Central PESA Act can be implemented.
Dr. R.K Nayak, Retied IAS and former MP joined as guest of honor in the workshop. At the end of the Programme, ShyamCharanHansdagave vote of thanks to all theparticipants and guest speakers of the workshop. Ashok Kumar Giri and others helped in organizing the workshop.
Brahmagiri, Puri, 19 May 2019UNICEF Odisha in partnership with Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti a national NGO today launched a Sneha Samparka Abhijan, a 45 day-intensive engagement for the care and protection of children post cyclone Fani. Present at the function here today were Dr Aurodindo Behera , IAS (Rtd) Ex add chief secretary ,Surya Narayan Mrishra Dy Director OPEPA , Dr.Monika Nielsen, Chief, UNICEF Odisha,Lalita Pattnaik , Education Speciality UNICEF ODISHA , Alka Gupta, Communications Specialist, UNICEF Odisha , SHG and PRI members from the concerned blocks and 670 children from Brahmagiri participated in the program .
“Any natural disaster hits children the hardest. They are especially vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation. A safe space for affected children with activities that help them cope with the trauma are important in such instances, “said Dr. Monika Nielsen, Chief, UNICEF Odisha. “Through our partnership with the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, we will train community volunteers in providing necessary psychosocial support,” she added.
The campaignaims atreaching approximately 40,000 children and 10,000 adolescents between 3-14 years includingfrom most vulnerable marginalised groups in 500 villages of Kanas,Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad blocks of the worst affected Puri district. Itincludes opening of activity centres in 500 villages, training and capacity building of volunteers and community engagement.
As schools will reopen a month later, these activity centres will create child friendly spaces to engage children in activities for psychosocial recuperation. Children will be actively engaged in individual and group activities of drawing, singing, dancing, storytelling which will help them understand, express and cope with their own emotions as a result of the trauma caused by cyclone Fani.
Bhubaneswar,19/05/19:The BJP is likely to make huge strides towards bettering its performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Odisha with a number of exit poll surveys predicting big win for the saffron party in the State.
According to Republic-C Voter analysis, the exit poll shows that BJP may win 10 seats in Odisha while 11 seats are likely to go to the ruling-BJD. The saffron party had won just a single seat of Sundergarh Lok Sabha constituency during the last polls. The survey predicted that Congress will repeat its gloomy performance similar to last 2014 elections.
The exit polls by Republic – Jan Ki Baaat have predicted even better results for BJP in Odisha. As per its projections, the national party will get large chunks of seats and emerge as winner in 12 Lok Sabha constituencies while the BJD might end up with 8 seats. The survey projected that the Congress might win one seat in the State.
Times Now-VMR has also predicted a similar result of Lok Sabha polls in Odisha.
Meanwhile, News 18 exit poll has projected that BJP might win 6 to 8 seats while the BJD could grab 12 to 14 seats.
A survey by India TV also predicted similar result with BJP winning 6 and BJD winning 15 seats in Odisha.
However, India Today exit poll predicted a completely different picture. As per its projections, the saffron party will secure landslide victory in Odisha by wining 15 to 19 Lok Sabha seats while the BJD will win only 2 to 6 seats.
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Keonjhar,(Odisha):Office of The collector cum District Magistrate,This iconic building is one of the marvels of British colonial architecture. This building was known as Durbar or Kachehari (King’s court/office/ secretariat) during Princely state days. Keonjhar was a tributary state during British Empire days having semi independent status. Keonjhar joined India on 1st January 1948 and was made a part of Odisha state.
This iconic Durbar was built in 1920s. The foundation stone was laid in 1920 by L.E.B Cobden Ramsay, the then political agent of Governor General of India. However, J.H Price, the then superintendent of Keonjhar state played the key role in the construction of this building. It is said that the building’s design and architecture was inspired from a famous London hotel of those days (which Hotel? Well, that’s a matter of further study/research.
It won’t be an exaggeration to state that this is one of the best heritages Collectorate buildings of India, and it deserves a fitting centenary next year.
Notably, Keonjhar in Odisha in India is one of the idyllic retreat which attracts tourists from all over. If you wish to explore the unspoilt beauty of the vast acres of green forests in Odisha, then Keonjhar is your ideal destination.
Keonjhar are the home to a variety of animals. The city is also famous for its rich mineral resources. On your tour you will get to know more about the breathtaking beauty of the place and not only about Coal mines.
Keonjhar are the home to a variety of animals. The city is also famous for its rich mineral resources. On your tour to Keonjhar you will get to know more about the breathtaking beauty of the place and not only about coal mines.
KEONJHAR AT A GLANCE,(Souce)
POPULATION – 15.61.990
AREA – 8.240 sq.kms
GEO LOCATION – South East
BEST TIME – November , February
Bhubaneswar,19/05/19:Re-polling in 34 booths began across Odisha amid heavy police security on Sunday. The re-polling which began at 7 am will continue till 6 pm today.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to conduct re-polls in 34 booths due to irregularities and incidents of violence during the third and fourth phase of polls held on April 23 and April 29 respectively.
According to sources, re-polling is underway at nine booths including five booths in Bari, two in Binjharpur and one each in Sukinda and Dharmasala under the Jajpur parliamentary constituency.
Similarly, in Cuttack, fresh polling is being held at four booths in Athagarh and one in Badamba. Long queues were seen outside the four polling booths in Mahanga and one in Salepur under Kendrapara parliamentary constituency. Fresh elections are being held in four booths in Baripada and one in Bangiriposi.
Re-polling also began in three booths in Puri, two each in Balasore and Dhenkanal and one each in Bhubaneswar, Keonjhar and Jagatsinghpur parliamentary constituencies.