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Talcher,21/03/19: While NTPC Kaniha CISF personnel deployed for MGR Track Patrolling Party during intervening night of 19th-20th March,19 at about 2315 hrs, about 40-50 unknown miscreants (Coal thieves) attacked on the patrolling party at desolated place near Scotlandpur Railway Station of MGR NTPC Kaniha located 26 kms away from NTPC Kaniha Plant.
The miscreants were equipped with iron rods, lathi, dab and other handmade weapons. In the said incident Head Constable Ram Ashish Singh got injury in his right leg (thigh) was admitted in NTPC Kaniha Hospital and civilian driver got injury in his both hand and rear glass of the vehicle was broken.
In this regard an FIR has been lodged in Talcher Police Station for necessary action. Matter has been taken up appropriate level by CISF to take strong action against coal theft so that pilferage of coal can be prevented .
Sambalpur,20/03/19:A trap was laid, in which Sri Madhusudan Patra, ASI of Police, Brahamanitarang Police Station, Dist.Sundargarh was caught red handed today while accepting bribe of Rs. 5,000/- from the Complainant, Sri Lalu Ram, Rourkela.
The allegation is that, Sri Prakash Ram, brother of the Complt. Collects scraps and sells at Vedvyas, Rourkela on last Friday his brother was arrested by ASI Sri Madhusudan Patra of Brahamanitarang Police Station in a case and was forwarded to the Court. On 18/19.03.2019 night ASI Madhusudan Patra came to the house of the Complt. and by breaking open the asbestos roof of the his house and took him to the Police Station while he was sleeping his house and gave threatening to his mother to sent him to Jail in the case if he would not be paid bribe of Rs.30,000/-. On 19.03.2019 morning Sri Sonu Sahu relative brother of the Complt. met Sri Patra, ASI at the Police Station and requested to leave the Complt., on which Sri Patra, ASI demanded bribe of Rs.5,000/- to release the Complt. without any case from the Police Station. On much persuasion ASI Sri Patra release the Complt. from the Police Station after taking his signature on a plain paper on the condition that if the demanded bribe of Rs.5,000/- is not paid to him on 20.03.2019, he would arrest and forward the Complt. in the same case. Out of fear of arrest and under compulsion the Complt. agreed to pay the demanded bribe money to the accused ASI.
Accused ASI Madhusudan Patra received the tainted G.C. Notes from the Complt. in front of Brahamanitarang Police Station on the road side and kept the same in the left side pocket of his wearing full pant. On seeing the raiding party he started running away from the spot but he was chased by the Vigilance officials and nabbed behind the Police Station near the Police Colony. His left hand wash as well as full pant pocket wash gave positive reaction in sodium carbonate solution confirming his acceptance of the bribe money. The bribe amount of Rs.5,000/- was recovered and seized in front of a Pump House near the Brahamanitarang Police Colony which the accused had thrown away from his pant pocket while running away from the spot. In this connection, Sambalpur Vigilance P.S. Case No. 07 dt. 19.03.2019 U/s 7 P.C. Act, 1988 has been registered and investigated into.
The accused has been arrested and being forwarded to the Court. His residential Govt. quarter in Police Colony, Plant Site P.S. is being searched.
Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta
ROURKELA,21/03/19: Let it be a general election or Assembly election, Rourkela election is something different and a tough fight has been given by BJD. Recent elction to be conducted in the state has challenged many’s aspiratants who wants a ticket; someone wins and someone looses. But this time after Dilip Ray’ s exit from BJP and his announcement to not to contest had created huge suspense. Anyway both Subrat Tarai and Sarda Nayak’s announcement of candidature was hugely celbebrated. A large supporters of Subrat Tarai had gathered near Sector-2, Biju Patnaik Chawak and welcomed him with huge slogans and showering flowers all around. He was then taken in a procession which started from Sector-2 to BJD office at Sector-3. Subrat Tarai in his address to media thanked Naven Patanik, the Supremo of the Party having bestowed his confidence for the third time in a row. He also said he has tried to do as much devlopmental work it is required for his contitutencies and will give thrust for pending works and also will focuss on new developmental work in his contituency if he wins. He also thanked the voters of this constituency for their untired support over these years. Initially it was a rumour that Prashant Sethi might get the ticket but all prediction went wrong. Subrat is now all keen to focus on coming election where time is very less and lot of planning and execution has to be made. In a similar fashion Sarada Nayak was also welcomed in Rourekla and undoubtedly he is a popular face. Let’s see how BJP is going to give a reply to these candidates, where BJP has not yet confirmed its candidates for the fortcoming election.
Berhampur,21/03/19:On Thursday at noon a press meet was conducted by Prabhat Routray,ASP and the accused persons with the seizure arms and bullets presented before Press. They were all hardcore professional anti-socials and all to all are local youths, he added.
Following the strict instruction of Pinak Mishra the SP, Berhammpur On late night of.20/21,03,2019 around 13 Hrs the Berhampur Town Police team foil a major crime during their night patrolling.
After the success of BN Pur Police,Bada Bazar and Gosanuagaon today Berhampur Town Police busted another major dacoity in city.
Bishnu Pati,SDPO, told to scribe that town Cop have received a confirmed information that a group of anti-socials are gathered at Suraj VIhar in City and planning to commit a major dacoity. Soon the police officers diverted the root to the spot a raid was conducted .In connection five persons were apprehended.
The accused persons are; Koko @ Kokhan,Kuna Sethy,Sandy @ Sandeep Agarwal,Aiash Khan,Kanhu Panda.All forwarded to court.
Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
We are all Set to Meet,Pinak Mishra,SP
Berhampur,21/03/19:With the model code of conduct coming into effect after the announcement of the 2019 general poll dates, the Berhampur Police have geared up to ensure free and fair elections across the Police district of Berhampure beginning April 11th said Pinak Mishra,SP.
With a discussion Mishra said, the preparedness right from filing of nomination to the end of Vote all security arrangements for the upcoming general elections is all set to meet in the Police district.
Because the elections dates already declared, Odisha Chief Minster, Ministers, Prime Minister, Union Ministers, leaders from various political parties and other eminent personalities are likely to visit the district . So, keeping in view of their safety and security will be the foremost concern as per the instruction from state Police head quarters.
Notably last week the high-level meeting chaired by DGP RP Sharma ,ADG,RP Koche,IG,Ghanasyam Upadhya,IG Yatindra Koyal SPs of all the districts under the range discussed on the guidelines and SOPs to be focussed and implemented while providing security cover to VVIPs visiting the State.
Bhubaneswar, 20 March 2019:A one-day state level workshop organised by Sparsh Foundation of JK Paper in collaboration with NABARD decided to set up an Odisha Bamboo Resource Centre (OBRC) as a collaborative platform to take up research, advocacy and project implementation initiatives in the bamboo sector of Odisha.
At this workshop that focussed on the bamboo sector in Odisha, leading national and regional experts deliberated upon the state of the bamboo economy and its future prospects and its associated challenges and bottlenecks. OBRC will be a glocal platform which would learn from global best practices and adopt and customise to Odisha’s local requirements, informed Prof Prafulla Dhal, the GM of JK Paper and Head of its Odisha CSR and the organiser of this workshop while speaking to the media here at Suryansh Hotel in the city.
The deliberations in five intensive sessions focused on understanding the utility of the bamboo in our lives, dissected the opportunities for livelihood promotion and developing a bamboo startup culture and suggested strategies on how best to increase corporate funding into the sector. CSR was identified as one important area where more consolidation of activities on the bamboo sector can work wonders in giving a fresh lease of life to the bamboo sector that is now considered as the green gold and wonder grass especially after it has been classified as a grass and not a tree. A Chandrasekhar, CGM, NABARD appreciated the effort of the organisers and announced to work with farmers producing companies, banks and state government agencies to ensure collateral-free loans to farmers to cultivate bamboo in non-forest areas and make bamboo cultivation commercially viable.
Several notable bamboo experts like Dr. BN Mohanty from IPIRTI, Bangalore, Mr. Pankaj Arora from Bamboo Initiative of Haryana, Harish Dash from the United States, Janmejay Mohanty of Auroville Bamboo Centre, Puducherry, Dr. N Barathi of Growmore from Hosur, Tamilnadu, Prof Nirakar Bhol of OUAT Bhubaneswar, Dhruba Charan Bal, DGM, Agri Finance, SBI, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Ambika Nanda, Head CSR, Tata Steel, Biswajit Dwivedi, VP, JKPM, Basanta Kumar Dash Director, Handicraft & Cottage Industries, Government of Odisha, Prof Binay Jena, Director of NIFT Bhubaneswar, PK Mohapatra, DGM, NABARD, Odisha, A Chandrasekhar, CGM, NABARD, Odisha, Kapil Kaul, Head CSR, JK Group, Prof Srinivas Subbarao of Sri Sri University and Dr. Ambika Nanda of Tata Steel et al argued strongly in favour of bamboo’s huge utility as a handy household product having large scale industrial use as well. The experts focused on the huge potential of bamboo in uplifting people out of poverty, provide them a sustainable livelihood while making a gigantic contribution to India’s commitment to fight climate change.
Mr. Kamesh Salam, a leading international bamboo expert sent a goodwill message in congratulating the workshop organisers and expressed willingness to contribute to strengthening institution building and capacity development to promote the bamboo economy in Odisha.
Representatives of industry bodies like World Trade Centre Bhubaneswar and experts from corporate houses like JKPM, Dalmia, Tata Trust participated in the deliberations and stakeholder consultations. Sri Sri University joined as an academic partner and Inksand Art and Crafts India joined as an eco-friendly product partner. Kamala Kanta Dash was the anchor and student volunteers from Sri Sri University extended crucial support in writing session summaries and engagement with the participants. Prof Dhal offered the formal vote of thanks.
First ever such state-level workshop on Bamboo, the platform discussed the socio-economic, cultural and environmental potential of the bamboo with a focus on its journey from the Tree to Grass.
Experts proposed to hold several such awareness workshops and related capacity development and training programmes at the district levels in the state of Odisha.
Bamboo scientists from OUAT and Growmore highlighted the climate benefits that bamboo cultivation brings to climate change resilience.
Experts proposed several ideas on how to take the Grass to the Market.
Collateral free loans to farmers to be offered by NABARD to cultivate bamboo in non-forest areas and make bamboo cultivation commercially viable.
Odisha Bamboo Resource Centre announced to be set up in Bhubaneswar on a unique Industry-Academia and Government partnership.
CONDEMN CORPORATE VIOLENCE IN LANJIGARH-UPHOLD THE RIGHT TO DISSENT OF THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE OF NIYAMGIRIWritten by odishabarta
MASS PROTEST AT BHUBANESWAR & APPEAL BY POLITICAL & RIGHT ACTIVISTS
Bhubaneswar, March 19, 2019: A mass protest has been organized at state capital of Odisha against the repression and killing of common people by the goons (security forces!) of Vedanta Company who gave their land for the company and assured to get job and other health and education like facilities. The protesters from different political, mass and human rights organizations were gathered at Master Canteen Square, Bhubaneswar condemned the barbaric action of the company which has been patronized by both the central and state government and demanded strongest action against Vedanta as well as to scrap the MoU with the company and wrote the letter as follows:
We the undersigned, with deep anger and profound sorrow, condemn the killing of the dalit activist DaniBatra at the gate of the Vedanta Alumina refinery plant at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district yesterday morning. Sujit Kumar Minj of the OISF has also been killed. Over 50 people were badly injured in the brutal lathi charge by the Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) and admitted to the Lanjigarh hospital.As per media reports, a heavy clash took place between contract employees of the refinery plant and the OISF personnel.
The contract workers were demanding permanent jobs, education for their children and provision of jobs for more people. As villagers from Rengopali, Chatrapur and Bandhaguda too joined the protest, the OISF forces present took the law into their own hands.
We deplore the violent suppression on contract workers of the Lanjigarh plant and on people from surrounding villages. Their demands are an outcome of years of simmering discontent ever since the company had acquired their land by making false promises of employment, education, health care facilities among others. The Odisha state government too has failed completely in making the company fulfil its promises. Instead of listening to their just grievances on March 18, 2019, the company let loose a reign of terror at the hands of the OISF. The entire area is now under Section 144.
The state government has asked for 150 companies of Central Armed Police Force from the Centre with the approach of the LokSabha and assembly elections. It is in this atmosphere of tension and intimidation that people are continuing to press for their just demands. It is deplorable that instead of the government implementing the 2013 Gram Sabha verdict of the people, the local administration has only increased the presence of CRPF and its surveillance. The entire of Niyamgiri has been subject to relentless state repression ever since the Gram Sabha verdict. It is evident from the more recent arrest of Lingaraj Azad who has been at the forefront of the struggle of the people against bauxite mining.
The largely dalit community living around the Lanjigarh plant at the foothills of the Niyamgiri mountain have been putting up with untold suffering. The pollution caused by effluents discharged into the Vamsadhara River has caused both deaths and diseases among the people dependent on the river. The creation of ash ponds too has been the biggest environmental hazard to the Niyamgiri habitat with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Indeed, the corporate greed for bauxite from the mountain is making the company flout all existing laws while the state government aids in providing security forces and crushing the voices of its citizens.
In recent months, the administration has undertaken a series of repressive measures curtailing people’s Right to Dissent. Dadi Kadraka and Jamu Gouda have been through intense interrogation. Lada Sikaka was picked up by the Raygada police and physically roughed up and interrogated and their protest rally for October 23, 2018 was asked to be called off despite their having obtained police permission. The demand of the rally was to withdraw the CRPF and stop the routine harassment of local people through daily surveillance and combing operations. A public hearing was held near Trilochanpur where people unanimously decried the setting up of yet another CRPF camp in the area. Earlier, British Kumar, a dalit youth leader of the Bhumi Adhikar Surakshya Samiti and a member of the CPI (M) had been detained in the office of the SP of Kalahandi and severely beaten. In recent years many random arrests of Dongria Kondhs have taken place such as Saiba Pusika, Dasuru Kadraka and Bako Jakasika. Allegations of having connections with Maoists had led to the detention of Kuni Sikaka and Drimbli Jakasika in May 2017. The intense mental torture has led to the suicide of Drika soon after emerging from prison life. There are many more such incidents.
The adivasis and dalits of Niyamgiri are paying a very heavy price living in the midst of combing operations and daily surveillance. Their struggle to save Niyamgiri by claiming the rights of the dalits and adivasis over the mountain, its forests and land continues. Niyamgiri is not only a source of life and livelihood but their identity and cultural heritage too. Very recently, thousands of adivasis and dalits, largely forest dwellers, had marched in protest demanding the scrapping of the Supreme Court order of February 13 that directed 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh forest dwellers whose claims to forest land had been rejected. They were supported by many mass organizations.
We demand strict accountability from the government and all political leaders to ensure that lives, livelihoods and rights of all citizens of the Niyamgiri region be upheld. Their struggle is a struggle for justice; for the mountains, rivers, and streams; for a place on this planet that belongs to them. We urge all democratic and progressive forces to protest against corporate violence against people (!).
Berhampur,20/03/19:On On 19/20/3 night at 1 am the Bada Bazar police on night patrolling they received a secret of information that a group of anti-socials are gathered in a particular place in city to commit a major crime.
Soon the IIC Prashant Bhupati and his officers rush to the spot and a raid was conducted .In connection five persons were apprehended.
Immediately the police team raided over them and could be able to caught them on spot all five anti-socials with a cache of illegal arms like; one country made pistol of 12 bore,5 nos live ammunition,3 swords, and two number of bikes without registration from their possession.During interrogation, the arrested confessed to their plan of committing dacoity.
According to IIC Prashant Bhupati the accused persons are local criminals have past crime record in different police stations.They were identified as Pintu Sethy,Papu Sethy ,P Rajesh Rao,Kalia Dakua and S Rajat Sahoo.All forwarded to court this evening.