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NOTA in Rajya Sabha elections not proper – Secret voting should be restored through EVMs with VVPAT provisionWritten by odishabarta
By;Subash Chandra Agarwal
New Delhi,31/07/18:It refers to Supreme Court presently seized with a petition where notification by Election Commission for provision of None-Of-The-Above – NOTA in elections to Rajya Sabha is challenged. Significantly, central government is, and rightly too, in opposition to Election Commission on this aspect. Elections to Rajya Sabha are totally different from general elections. Rather in general elections, NOTA should be given a practical touch where in case NOTA gets maximum votes, then election may be canceled, and also all those getting votes less than NOTA may be disqualified for life to contest any election.
Secret voting should be restored in Rajya Sabha elections to prevent sell of all votes by party-bosses. Secret voting will also to great extent will check sale of votes for the Billionaire-Club where ultra-rich persons get membership through purchase of super-costly votes.
To prevent Haryana-type situation where members of a particular party deliberately made their votes invalid to ensure victory of the rich tycoon which was officially opposed by the party concerned. Secret voting should be through Electronic Voting machines – EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail – VVPAT to ensure complete fairness in elections. Members of Lok Sabha and state-legislatures must first resign from their earlier membership before filing nomination-papers for Rajya Sabha.
Community Media Specialist N. A. Shah Ansari elected as National President of Community Radio Association, India.Written by odishabarta
NewDelhi/Bhubaneswar,31/07/18:: Renowned Community Media Specialist N. A. Shah Ansari has been elected as National President of Community Radio Association, India. Today during Annual meeting of the association Mr Ansari was elected in unanimous decision of the members from different states at New Delhi.
Since more than a decade Mr Ansari is closely associated with community media sector & working hard for setting up community radios & its sustainability in different states of India. In his able leadership the first community radio of Odisha, Radio Namaskar is established & running effectively at Konark and received National Community Radio Award twice. He is also leading the state wide campaign ‘MissionCR314’ to establish community radios in each block of Odisha. He is a known face in different South Asian countries as an effective community media Guru. Since early student hood Mr Ansari is involved in community development activities & has bagged several national & international awards like National Youth Award, Indira Gandhi NSS Award, International Community Participation Award etc. He has planned to open an National Institute for Community Media at Konark soon.
CUTTACK,(30/07/18):The Hon’ble Special Judge, Special Court, Bhubaneswar convicted Sri Prafulla Kumar Routray, (OAS, Retd.) Ex-Joint Secretary to Government, Transport Department, Odisha, Bhubaneswar in connection with Bhubaneswar Vigilance P.S. Case No.7 dt.28.1.1998 U/s 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (e) Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 for possession of disproportionate assets to his known sources of income and sentenced him to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment for a period of 2 years and to pay fine of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh), in default, to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment for further period of 6 months for the offence U/s 13 (2) r/w 13(1)(e) P.C. Act 1988.
The gist of the case is that basing on a credible information regarding possession of disproportionate assets to his known sources of income by Sri Routray, his residential house along with the houses of his relatives were searched on 6.1.1998 and 8.1.1998 on the strength of search warrants and in this connection, an enquiry was taken up by the officers of Vigilance, Bhubaneswar Division. On completion of enquiry, the above noted case was registered. During investigation, as prima facie evidence was well made out, charge sheet was submitted against Sri Routray, for possession of disproportionate assets amounting to Rs.10,35,370/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs Thirty Five Thousand Three Hundred Seventy).
F. Khan, Ex-Inspector of Police, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar Division had investigated the case and Sri Sunil Kumar Pati, Spl. P.P, Special Court, Bhubaneswar conducted the case on behalf of the prosecution.
ROURKELA,30/07/18: Muktikant Biswal a youth from Rourkela covered 1550 mks distance by walking to Delhi, a grand mission to meet PM of India and to inform him about two projects which has been pending for years despite his assurance in 2015 to build 2nd bridge on Brahmani and to make Ispat General Hospital(IGH) a super specialty hospital. He covered this distance in 71 days, taking so many hardships but failed to meet Hon’ble PM. He remained unsuccessful despite the fact that we have two Cabinet ministers at centre from Odisha. He came back with more determination to take forward this mission ahead and visited two site of two projects to ascertain the progress of the work but nothing was up to mark. Hence, he decided to start his second journey to Bhubaneswar by walking to meet, this time our Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, the head of our state. He and his associate think that being the state head, he does have some responsibility to interfere and to take proper step to make this project completed at the earliest for the interest of the people of Rourkela, now it’s a Smart City. People of Rourkela have been suffering a lot for this and the existing bridge on Brahmani is in a bad condition which may bring in bad fete anytime. With a firm determination, Mukitkant has started his journey with his associates today at 8 am form Sector-2, BijuPatnaik chawk and till the time of writing of this news, he has already covered 28 kms by 4.20 pm and will reach Kanshbahal shortly. During this journey he will cover 480 kms entering 7 districts of Odisha. Many well wishers and most of the people of Rourkela have encouraged this move by Mulktikant but yet to see the result of this brilliant effort made by this young man.
New Delhi,30/07/18:Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Pravat Biswal was discharged from the Indian Spinal Injury Centre in New Delhi on Sunday after undergoing treatment in the centre for 23 days.
Biswal was admitted to the Centre on July 7 after the doctors at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack found injuries in his spine on June 2.
“I am feeling better now and will return to Odisha very soon,” Biswal told to the media after being discharged from the centre.
Notably, Biswal was arrested by the CBI from his Mahanadi Vihar residence in Cuttack on September 19 last year for his alleged involvement in Seashore chit-fund scam. He was under the CBI lens for a deal between his wife Laxmi Bilasini Biswal and Seashore Group CMD Prashant Dash over a piece of land at Benapur mouza in Jajpur district.
The Special CBI Court in Bhubaneswar and the District and Sessions Court had earlier rejected Biswal’s bail pleas and had remanded him in judicial custody.
As his health condition worsened, he was admitted to Capital Hospital on September 25 and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital after recommendation from a panel of doctors comprising of Orthopaedic, Medicine, Surgery and Cardiology specialists.The Odisha High Court had granted conditional bail to Biswal on June 26 this year for his outstation treatment.
Bhubaneswar,30/07/18:Thousands of ‘kanwariyas’ or ‘Bol bom’ devotees, carrying pots full of sanctified water on their shoulders, walked miles before thronging the Lingaraj Temple here to offer water to Lord Shiva on ‘Shravan Sombar’ today.
The devotees, clad in saffron clothes and carrying sanctified water in containers that they had fetched from various water bodies, on their shoulders were seen making a serpentine queue outside the temple waiting for their turn to offer the water to the Lord.
The Lingaraj temple administration has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure hassle free darshan by the devotees. Two platoons of police have been deployed to maintain law and order situation and 21 CCTV cameras also installed in and around the temple to monitor the movement of the people in the area.
Similarly, Lokanath Temple in Puri and Akhandalamani Temple in Bhadrak wore a festive look witnessing a large number of Bol Bom devotees making way into the temple since morning to offer water to the Lord.
However a considerable decrease in the number of Kanwariyas was noticed this Monday due to complete lunar eclipse last Friday, sources said.
Malkangiri,30/07/18:At a time when rebels are urging people to extended support to observe martrys’ week, a Maoist couple surrounded before Malkangiri superintendent of police on Sunday.
The ultras identified as Mukesh and his wife Ratna decided to shun the path of violence and return to mainstream. Both carried a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively.
“Mukesh was a Maoist area committee member while his wife Ratna was a party member. Both of them have surrendered fearing operation by security forces in view of the recent inauguration of Gurupriya bridge,” said Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena.
Meena informed that the couple was actively involved in over 40 Maoist violence incidents in Malkangiri and nearby-area. Moreover, the Maoist couple would be provided all assistance as per the rehabilitation scheme.
“We decided to return to main stream fearing operation by police after the inauguration of the Gurupriya bridge. We had joined the rebels for the cause of people. Now we will continue to work for them in the society,” said Mukesh.
Sealed Underground Bunker Should be Opened
Rasgovindpur, (Mayurbhanj) Odisha, 26th July 2018: A memorial service was held at the Amarda Road Airstrip today for the fourteen airmen who had died in a crash here on the 26th of July 1945. War historian Anil Dhir, Gandhian Aditya Patnaik, Social Activist Dr. Biswajit Mohanty and the Staff of the Gandhi Eye Hospital at Rangamatia, locals including school children paid homage to the dead airmen who have been forgotten in history. Wreaths were laid for each of the dead airmen.
Very few people know that the skies of Odisha had seen the crash of two aircraft which has collided against each other and resulted in the deaths of 14 airmen. On the 26th of July 1945 two British Royal Air Force B-24 Liberator four-engine bombers collided at low altitude. The aircrafts were based at the Amarda Road airfield and were part of a six-plane contingent from the Air Fighting Training Unit engaged in a formation flying exercise. Fourteen airmen – the crews of the two aircraft died in the crash. They were of nationalities- six British, three American, one each Canadian, Dutch, New Zea-lander, Australian and one Indian.
The Rasgovindpur Airstrip had a short but secret illustrious history which has never been made public. It had the longest runway in Asia, more than 3.5 km long. The total runways, taxiways, aprons, etc. were more than 60 km. Today all is forgotten, no details of the activities that happened here between 1943 and 1945 exist, not even in government and military records. The station came into existence during the war as a forward airfield against the Japanese conquest of Burma. The large strip served its purpose well as a landing ground for planes and also as a training space for special bombing missions. The Amarda Road airstrip, as it was called in war terminology, spreads across an area of nearly 900 acres. Built in the 1940’s at a cost of Rs 3 Crores, it was eventually abandoned after the war. It was named as the Amarda Road Airfield due to the nearby Amarda Road railway station.
Even today, seven decades after the base was made, one can still see the remains of the airfield, their 11000 feet concrete runway still intact, though the buildings that once cluttered the edges are gone. The offices, hangars, mechanic sheds and plaster walled barracks with thatched roofs have been ripped down. Instead, local women dry laundry and farmers their grain on the warm tarmac. The cows and goats crop weeds along the runway edges. The story of this crash and the victim had been lost in history.
Anil Dhir has requested the government of Odisha and West Bengal to erect small memorials for these airmen at Amarda Road and the crash site. He has also requested to open up the sealed underground bunker which may hold relics of the period. Aditya Patnaik has proposed that he would give ample space in the Gandhi Gurukul at the airbase for setting up a small museum which will highlight the importance of the airbase during World War II. The setting up of a Peace Museum was mooted last year and Dhir has contacted the British, Australian, Dutch and USA authorities for material to be displayed at the Museum. The response has been very positive. Anil Dhir also said that a book on the history of the base the and crash would be released on the next commemoration day.
Dr. Biswajit Mohanty said that the Odisha government should understand the importance of this historical airfield and promote it as a destination. There is a big tourism potential of the base. Many groups from Japan, Britain, America and other countries come to visit the war memorials in the North East every year. He said that all efforts should be taken up for the Museum. The airstrip is an important piece of history connected to the World War II and has a lot of significance as it was a secret base.
Ankit Kotecha from Balasore, who is a Pilot with Spicejet, too attended the memorial service.