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Bhubaneswar,21/04/19:Hours after Jagannath Pradhan— the BJP candidate for Bhubaneswar (Central) assembly alleged of bomb attack, BJD candidate from the seat Ananta Narayan Jena was injured in a bomb attack in Jharapada area. Jena has been rushed to the nearest hospital.
Eyewitnesses said that few miscreants hurled bombs at Jena, the former mayor of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) while he was travelling in a Maruti car. The miscreants later escaped from the spot. Police have reached the spot and have started an investigation in to the incident.
This is the second alleged incident of bombing in the city on candidates today. Earlier in the evening miscreants has allegedly hurled a bomb at the vehicle of Jagannath Pradhan, the BJP candidate for Bhubaneswar (Central) assembly constituency near Delta Square in the state capital this evening. However Pradhan escaped unhurt in the incident though the windows of his car were badly damaged.
Keonjhar,21/04/19:Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik and several other Congress workers were injured in a poll related violence in Ghasipura in Keonjhar district this evening. Patnaik accused BJD of orchestrating the attack.
As per reports the vehicle of state Congress chief was attacked near Bhandaripada in the Ghasipura constituency. The victims also alleged that the attackers also fired two bullets in the air to terrorise them. The injured were later rushed to Anandapur Hospital from where they were discharged after preliminary treatment.
District Congress vice president Ratikanta Baral however alleged direct involvement of Debasish Patra, son of BJD candidate Badri Narayan Patra for the attack. He alleged that the entire incident took place in presence of him.
Later Patnaik lodged a formal complaint with the Ramachandrapur police station. Police on the other hand told that both the BJD and Congress supporters clashed with each other and have started an investigation in to the incident.
Puri,21/04/19:A day before the third phase polls across Odisha, Magistrate of an election flying squad and Static Surveillance Team (SST) team members were allegedly attacked by BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy and his supporters. The incident took place when the officials had gone to raid Maharathy’s farmhouse at Hunkeipur under Pipili area in Puri district on Sunday night.
As many as 15 members of a joint group of flying squad and SST team had gone to the farmhouse after getting information about the distribution of money and liquor.
After reaching the farmhouse, they were allegedly attacked by Maharathy and his supporters.The miscreants reportedly attacked cameraman of the team and damaged his camera.
“After getting information about the distribution of money and liquor at Pradeep Maharathy’s farmhouse, I along with the SST team had gone for investigation. As soon as we reached there, Pradeep Maharathy barged into the farmhouse and started hurling abuses and later attacked me and my team,” alleged Rabinarayan Patra, Magistrate of Flying Squad.
“ASI Binay Kumar Das and driver Deepak who accompanied the team were injured in the attack. I have received injuries on waist and unable to walk. In a bid to save our lives, 15 of us who had gone for the investigation fled the spot in one vehicle. The other vehicle is still in the farmhouse,” said the Magistrate.
Meanwhile, Patra has been shifted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar for treatment.
Puri SP Umashankar Dash who reached the spot after getting information said, “There were some election related checking going on when some miscreants attacked the magistrate and police party. Further investigation is on.”
Koraput,21/04/19:To observe the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with Nandanik organized a week long painting exhibition for school children at Bikash Vidyalaya, Koraput. The workshop concluded today with a painting exhibition by the participants of the workshop.
The guests of the concluding session were Mrs Manjeet Kaur, representative of the Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Semiliguda, Shri Sourav Chatterjee, theatre director from Kolkata and Shri Sourav Gupta, Creative Director, Nandanik. It was presided over by Shri Saumendra Kumar Swain, Treasurer, Nandanik.
The guests spoke on the relevance and importance of the teachings of Guru Nanak. Shri Nilamadhab Mahapatra, the trainer of the workshop explained that the workshop was themed on life & workshop of Guru Nanak. They appreciated the paintings put up for exhibition. Thirty three participants were awarded certificates.
Monideepa Gupta, Secretary, Nandanik presented the vote of thanks. Members of Nandanik, Ajaya Edding, Abinash Pani, Arabinda Lenka were also present and contributed actively.
Bhubaneswar,20/04/19:Veteran leader and BJD’s candidate from Patkura Assembly constituency in the 2019 elections Bed Prakash Agarwalla died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
According to reports, Agarwalla was unwell for the past few days and was admitted to a private hospital in the city. He was elected twice to the Odisha Legislative Assembly four times and twice from Patkura in 2009 and 2014.He was also former finance minister of Odisha.
Agarwalla had joined politics at the young age of 20, post completing his graduation in Economics from the then Ravenshaw College. He started his political career as councillor from Kendrapara Municipality and then went on to become the Chairman of the Kendrapara Municipality at an age of 33 years. A close confidante of Biju Patnaik, Agarwalla had later joined the BJP in late 1990s and was chosen to represent Odisha in the BJP’s all important body – the National Executive.
“Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s death is a great loss for all of us. His organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of general public will be remembered forever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu. I convey my deep sympathy to the bereaved family,” tweeted Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
Condoling the death of Agarwalla, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, “Saddened by the news of senior leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s demise. I pray for the departed soul.”
Similarly, offering condolence to the bereaved family of Bed Prakash Agarwalla, BJP’s candidate from Patkura, Bijoy Mohapatra said, “Saddened by his demise.Since this happened during elections, I would say despite being bedridden for 3 months, those who fielded him did not do justice to him.”
Former union minister Srikant Jena said,” He was unwell but we didn’t expect that he will pass away all of a sudden. Not only for Kendrapara, it is a big loss for entire odisha.”
BJD vice-president Prafulla Ghadei also expressed his condolence and cited the reason behind giving Agarwalla party ticket. “Despite old age, he was given ticket as party members demanded that they wanted to see Bedu babu as MLA once again,” Ghadei said.
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Berhampur,21/04/19: In a gruesome act, a youth was thrashed to death by a group of people last night in village,Badadumula under Gopalpur police limit in Berhampur police district.
The victim, identified as Susant, was assaulted with high power bombs as he was watching TV at his home.
Villagers says four miscreants came by two wheeler and their face is covered by Masks to the house of Sushnat and by throwing bomb they flee from spot at around 9 PM on Saturday.
Getting the information Mr Pinak Mishra, SP, Berhampur, Mr Prabhat Routray,ASP,Mr JK Mohapatra,SDPO and Gopalpur police team rush to the spot .
From spot in action mood Mr Pinak Mishra, SP formed special teams to nab the miscreants as soon as possible.
While interacted with Mr Prabhat Routray, ASP, he said, the deceased Sushant was victim of a dispute between rivals last 5 yrs.
There was series of cases against the deceased at differnet police stations in Berhampur and Ganjam Police district.
Notably the dynamic SP, Mr.Pinak and other officers given consolation to the family of members deceased.
Before the SP the angry villagers demanded immediate arrest of culprits and SP promised them soon they all will be trapped without fail.
TALCHER,20/04/19:Talcher Assembly constituency is one of the sensitive and important among other constituencies under Dhenkanal Parliamentary seat. Both the Parliament and Assembly election is to be held on 23rd of this month. Total 08 candidates are contesting for Talcher Assembly seat and total 1,71, 483 voters will cast their votes in 199 booths including Talcher Municipality.
In 2014 Assembly election BrajakishorePradhan was the candidate from BJD and won from BJP candidate KalandiSamalin a margin votes of 14,322. In 2009 Assembly election, at that time Brajakishore was an independent candidate and defeated BJD candidate Mahesh Sahoo by margin of 8642 votes. From that day Brajakishore Pradhan looks forward to come to the down trodden people with their difficultiesand solution. He was and is with the common people of Talcher constituency and very much hopeful to win in this general election.
On the other hand, Dharmendra Pradhan is trying his level best for Kalandi Samal, his own choice candidate for Talcher contesting for third time under the banner of BJP and attract voters by various slogans regarding PARIBARTAN and the popular schemes implemented through Centre by Modi. Rallies and Road Shows also made by Dharmendra Pradhan with Kalandi Samal, MP candidate Rudra Pani and other party fellows. But all the attempts by BJP for winning is no more accepted by the people of Talcher, because after nominated as State Secretary, Kalandi Babu enjoys all his times in Bhubaneswar and did not spare times in his constituency and never comes to the common men for their time of need, another fact is that some of the party fellows did not accept his candidature for this time, these BJP fellows are not interested for KalandiSamal to go for winning.
Today, Naveen Pattanaikhas come for Brajakishore Pradhan and addresses in a public meeting at Ghantapada school ground, thousands of common people and ground level workers witness the talks of the Party chief and boost to work hard for the coming war of votes to be held on 23rd. Naveen assured the gatherings regarding KALIA YOJANA and BijuPakkaaGhar, Electricity to each families and food protection etc. MLA candidate Brajakishore and MP candidate Mahesh Sahoo was on the pendal.
Regarding Congress candidate Suresh Chandra Behera, he is a new face and ever before come to the common people or engaged with any social activities. Now the big discussions is spreading about MP candidate K.P. Singdeo that he is campaigning for himself at Talcher without the presence of the MLA candidate Suresh Behera.The branded congress votes will be the helping hand for congress only.
Koraput,20/04/19:Central University of Orissa organized the Annual Cultural Day Function on the occasion of centenary celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at its permanent campus, Sunabeda today. Prof. S. K. Palita, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor I/c. of the University and Prof. Krushna Chandra Biswal, Dean and Principal, Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital, Koraput inaugurated the programme as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Dr. Ramendra Kumar Parhi, Dean Student Welfare I/c. of the University delivered the welcome address. Prof. Palita in his address stressed on the development of the ability of the students for the excellence to get success.
Students need to make proper use of the resources and opportunity they are getting in life Prof. Palita advised. He motivated them to dedicate themselves for the quest of excellence in life and nation buildings. In his address he informed the auspicious gathering about the development and achievement of the University. First time in the history, the University has been accredited by the NAAC and got B+ grade. CUO also was ranked in 150-200 band in NIRF ranking among 600+ Universities of the country. First time the Students Council was formed and Annual Sports organised. Prof. Palita stressed on the need for connecting to the people of the region and expressed the desire for research and academic must have an orientation for socio-economic development of the region.
He highlighted the future plans of the University. He said “the Central Government has already sanctioned the amount for infrastructure development including four storied academic building, administrative building and staff quarters. The other hostels will also be constructed in future. He congratulates the students, faculty and staff of the University for organising a successful cultural day programme. Prof. Palita & Prof. Biswal distributed certificates and prizes to all the winners of the competition organised on the occasion of Annual Sports Day.
Prof. Biswal highlighted some of the glimpse of the rich and diversity culture of the Koraput region. He thanked the University community for inviting him as a Guest of Honour to the programme and congratulated for organising such a beautiful function on the occasion of centenary celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation. He said “these two leading educational institutions one in higher education and other in health education will serve the educational and health care need of the people of the Koraput region”.
Dr. Parhi in his welcome address gave a warm welcome to the audience and advised the students to develop their talents along with education. Mr. K. Kosla Rao, Finance Officer I/c. of the University delivered the vote of thanks and hailed the development and achievement made by the University.
Students of all 14 departments of the University performed classical dance, songs and drama on this occasion. The cultural programme was organised by Mr. Saurabh Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dignitaries of the region namely Shri Gadadhar Parida, Ex-Collector; Shri Manoj Kumar, GM NAD; Dr. G. Madhu, Director ICAR-IISWC, Sunabeda; Dr. Jagabandhu Samal, COATS, Dr. Sudhansu Shekhar Sahu, Scientist F & Director I/c, Vector Control Research Centre, Koraput were present on this occasion. Students, faculty and staff were also present at large.