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“NO PATTA-NO VOTE”- TRIBALS AND DALITS PROTEST RALLY IN SUKINDA

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Sukinda, (Jajpur)11/03/19:Hundreds of landless and homestead less people from different gram panchayats, i.e, Kharadi, Ampolba, Sukinda, Dudhjori, Lembo, Sansailo, Haripur, Hathibari, Kuchika coming under of Sukinda Tahasil staged protestrally and dharana on 11th March before the Sukinda Tahasil office of Jajpur district demanding land rights. The protest rally was started from Sukinda Cricket Stadium at 11 am and marched towards the Tahasil Office giving slogans i.e., “Patta Nai to Vote Nai”. The protest rally was organised by the local sangathan “Gaa Ru Andolan Abhijan’ .Susanta Mallik, the president of “Gaa Ru Andolan Abhijan’ gave welcome address in the public meeting held in front of the  Tahasil office after the Rally.

Ms. Geetanjalii Mohanta , President of Odisha Manavika Adhikar Manch(OMAM) joining as guest speaker in the rally  shared that  due to the landlessness among the local tribals, dalits and other people, they are suffering a lot, they are being deprived from getting Indira Awash, Caste Certificates and other basic benefits under different antipoverty programmes and  schemes.” “ While the same government is handing over hundreds acres of land to the private companies, the local people living from generations in the villages are deprived from a small patch of homesteaded land patta” she cried. 

Extending support to the rally, Narendra Mohanty from Odisha Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan and INSAF reminded the Kalingnagar homicide by the police, the “Nagada episode” of Jajpur district and alerted the community to be more conscious over the false promises being made by different political parties in the upcoming General and Assembly election and not to fall in the trap of money and wine offered by them and to keep the prestige and dignity of common man while casting their votes. He called upon the people to be more organized in future and to continue their struggle for the land rights. 

Joining the Rally, Manohar Chauhan from Campaign for Survival and Dignity(CSD) said, “After Forest Rights Act, 2006, all the gram sabha(village council) have become “GRAM SABHASARKAR” over its common property resources and hence the community should understand what power FRA , 2006has given to the local people. He said, “no community land (forest or revenue) belong to Odisha Govt. or Central Govt. and it belongs to the people of  theGram Sabha who have settled the village, who have named the village and have been conserving those resources from generations. So let the gram sabha do the public settlement of land, recognized land right to the landless and take resolutions asking the Tahasildar and Collector to obey its Order. He emphasized that if Gram Sabha is Sarkar over forest land under FRA 2006, it is equally empowered over revenue land. He called upon the protestors to stop saying the community land as “Sarkari Jami” and to take over all these community and forest land under the gram sabhasarkar’s control using FRA, 2006. He also demanded to scrap the 13th Feb anti-tribal and forest dwellers Supreme Court’s Order. 

Pramodini Pradhan, Convenor of Odisha PUCL addressing the protest rally said, “ It’s a matter of shame that we say we have  a democratic socialist State but reality is that even after 72 years of our independence, common people are still strugglingfor a piece of land and to have a house of its own. When the BJD Govt. in the State is asserting rights before the Central Govt. giving slogan of “Hak Mange Odisha” and  when BJP Govt. at the Centre asking for “Jawab Manguchhi Odisha”  whom the common citizens of the State will ask when their basic rights are denied. 

Besides, Sushanta Mallik, the protest Rally was coordinated by sangathan members i.e., Lambodar Mohanta, MunnuBhai,  Biswanath Patra, Jagabandhu Dez , Susanta Mahanta and Pintu Mallik etc. 

After the programme, over  1000number of claim forms for homestead land was submitted in the Tahasil office and acknowledgment receipt was collected. The sangathan is also planning meetings have gram sabha meetings  in the coming days and to make its community aware on the land right, forest rights recognized under FRA, 2006.

 

 

 

 

BJP NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT BAIJAYANT PANDA SOUGHT HEAVILY ON THE BJD

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Kendrapara,11/03/19: BJP national vice president and spokesperson Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda today came down heavily on the BJD-led State government over rising crime against women and rampant corruption. Addressing a public rally at Ichhapur in the district, Panda said that the State government is in control of goons and corrupt people. Highlighting the increase in cases of violence against women and children, he said the law and order situation has deteriorated significantly. 

“With your blessings, I tried hard to bring development, but obstacles were created by the ruling party about which you are all aware of. When I went to inaugurate a drinking water project in Mahanga, eggs and stones were hurled to stop me as percentage commission was not paid. There is a need for change in the State,” the BJP national vice-president said. 

He also cited how lakhs of Odias are migrating outside the state due to lack of jobs and decline in industrial growth in the State. 

“When industrial houses are being harassed in the State, why anyone will set up industry in Odisha,” he said. Calling for a change in Odisha, Panda said the BJP should be voted to power. 

After joining BJP, Panda visited Kendrapara for the first time today. He arrived in Kendrapara to a rousing welcome by thousands of supporters, who also took out a bike rally prior to the public meeting at Ichhapur.

 

 

 

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BJD ALL SET TO ANNOUNCE CANDIDATES;NAVEEN PATNAIK

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Bhubaneswar,11/03/19:While exuding confidence of BJD sweeping back to power, party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that his party will soon come out with the final list of candidates. 

Speaking to mediamen in Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik said BJD will do well in the coming elections, but stopped short of predicting any particular number of seats for the party. Patnaik added that the party will soon come out with its candidates’ list for the first phase of the polls to be held on April 11. 

Responding to media queries, Naveen asserted that the large-scale joining of leaders from other parties and former bureaucrats in BJD would not pose any challenge for the party while distributing tickets. “The party is adept in good management,” he quipped.

 

 

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DGP HOLDS HIGH LEVEL TO PROVIDE FULL PROOF SECURITY DURING THE ELECTION

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Cuttack,11/03/19:In order to provide full proof security during the election, a high-level meeting on Monday was held to discuss the security arrangements during the visits of political leaders to various areas. 

DGP RP Sharma held the meeting with CP, Range IGPs, DIGPs, DCPs and District SPs through video conferencing. The DGP said that there should be effective and unobtrusive security arrangement. 

Similarly, Senior IB and SPG officials who attended the attended the programme, apprised the officers in the field through power point presentation about the possibilities of multi-faceted security threats to the VVIPs, including MP and Union Ministers during the election campaign. 

The experts who came from IB and NSG suggested several precautionary and preparatory measures during the visit of VVIPs and other dignitaries. 

There should be different types of security arrangement for different categories of dignitaries. 

The security arrangement for Prime Minister should be done as prescribed in the Blue Book. 

The District SPs should have close coordination with the officers of SPG during the visit of PM. 

The SPs should also liaison with the local organizers during public meetings or road shows. 

Selection of meeting venue needs to be done keeping the security angles in view. 

Adequate steps should be taken for effective crowd control. 

Parking place should be selected at a safe distance from the meeting place. 

There should be an adequate light arrangement in the dais as well as a meeting place. 

A limited number of people should be allowed on the dais during VVIP programme. 

Steps should be taken to avoid fire hazards and other man-made accidents during public meetings. 

Fire fighting equipment shall be kept in readiness. 

There shall be adequate checking and frisking of people during the public meeting. 

Special security arrangement shall be done during VVIPs road shows. 

Sniffer dog, explosive detector, CCTV and other electronic gadgets shall be used to strengthen the security. 

 Preparation and safety of helipads to be seen. 

Radio Communication and navigation equipments must be used by the crew members of helicopter carrying VVIPs. 

There should be contingency planning for any untoward incident during election campaign. 

Proper certification should be obtained from GED, Fire Service, PWD and other line departments who are involved in the preparation of stage, barricading and helipads. 

The SOP for road shows of VVIPs to be strictly followed. 

There should be adequate clearance all around the stage. 

Adequate barricading to be done in the meeting place. 

Duty passes to be issued to the officers on duty. 

There should be double checking of people in the front sector of the meeting place

 

 

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JSPL OBSERVES 48TH NATIONAL SAFETY WEEK AT ANGUL

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Angul,11/03/19: A Seven day long National Safety week has been celebrated by Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) Angul, with a series of sensitization programmes targeted towards employees, workers and community members in and around the plant. Mr. Umakant Samontroy, Asst. Director of Factories & Boilers, Angul graced the valedictory ceremony as Chief-Guest, where Mr. Pankaj Gautam, Chief Operating Officer, and Mr.Suresh Kumar, Executive Director- Maintenance were present as Guest of Honour. 

Administering the Safety Oath Mr. Pankaj Gautam, said, “JSPL follows global standard safety norms and thrives to achieve the target of ‘zero accident’.  The intensive awareness programmes organised throughout this safety week will further strengthen JSPL’s endeavour to establish safety as a culture at this plant”. 

Mr. Suresh Kumar assured the management’s commitment for ensuring health, safety and wellbeing of employees. 

Other Senior functionaries of the Company who were present during the valedictory event were Mr. Ravikant Somani, Mr. Yogesh Patel, Mr. Arvind Bhagat, Mr.Atul Dubey, Mr.Gautam Sinha,  Mr Narasingham, Mr. Alok Malhotra Mr. Subash Jain, Mr.Ashis Pandey, Mr.B. N.Swain, Mr.Naveen Gautam. Mr.Pradeep Kumar Pradhan  and others. 

Many competitions were organised during this week long observation and the winners of different competitions like Slogans, Posters, Safety Talk, JSA and Safety quiz etc. were awarded with mementoes and certificates. 

Other Activities those ignited  awareness on Occupational Health & Safety measures amongst employees, workers, Ladies of  Company's Township, local Communities  during  Safety Week  included display of safety messages in the Plant and Labour Colony, distribution of leaflets around the plant throughout the week.

BRAHMAPUR SADAR COPS FOIL DACOITY BID; 4 NABBED

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Berhampur,11/03/19:The Sadar police late on Sunday night nabbed five dacoits while they were planning crime in an under constructed  house of Udhava Patra of Balipada and Balipada Petrol Pump.

Acting on a tip-off, the Sadar police conducted the raid and apprehended 4 hardcore criminals. They were identified as Tofan Sethy, Samber Khata,Y Purna [email protected]  and Salim Khan.However  one accused  managed to free from the spot  taking advantage of darkness. Police has seized 1 pistol 1sword 2 knife 3 mobiles 1 bike and  1 iron rod  from their possession.

KALAHANDI GOVERNMENT COLLEGE DECLARED AS UNIVERSITY

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Kalahandi,10/03/19:The Kalahandi  Government Autonomous college is declared as Kalahandi University on 6th march 2019 by the Govt of Odisha. The educationists of this district appreciated the Govt decision.

The Present Govt Autonomous College which was established on 18th  July 1860 with only 27 students of the locality as a private College to develop the education within the backward Gadjat area and was known as Kalahandi Science College. 

Later on 1st December 1961 Govt of Odiha has approved as Kalahandi Science College and since then the college have been running in the building now it was known as west Hostel of the college. The college which has a great role to develop the education within undivided Kalahandi with neighboring districts was declared as Autonomous College in the year 2002 after satisfied with its infrastructure and its quality education systems. 

This college became a mile stone in the field of education in Country among other 52 colleges across the country after recognized by the N.A.A.C team in the year 2004-05 with B+ College with potential excellence and became a glorious educational institution within the country. The selection Committee headed by the vice Chancellor of Utkal University recommend the college after due scrutiny for the University status and the state Govt on 6th March declare the Auto College as Single KJalahandi University. 

The Single University should be declared as the affiliated university to develop the education within the undeveloped area like Kalahandi,so that the colleges can get benefit from this University as discussed by the educationists of the locality. After becoming University it will be easy for the research scholars of the locality for their research projects. 

On this day the Autonomous College is running with shortage of 34 lecturers and students are facing so much problems. Out of 60 sanctioned strength of lecturer in +3 Arts, Science and Commerce stream 30 posts are lying vacant. Out of 26 sanctioned strength of lecturer posts in +2 Arts, Science and Commerce stream 4 posts are lying vacant. On the Other hand the students are doing Post Graduation in Odia, English, History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, and M.Phil in Odia and History Subjects. Like that B.Ed and Computer Science subject in  self finance and BBA, BCA, MFC & MSW subject in Self Finance PPP mode. The Journalism course is stopped due to want of students and the course like Archeology and musicology are not conducted due to want of its lecturer. 

The present Govt Auto College has 55 Acre 10 decimal of land out of which many portion are encroached. Some portion like 9 acre 10 decimal of land is used for the Urban Health center near College chowk. 

The Water supply dept has allowed vide the letter 220.01.02.2019 of the Principal to construct the drinking water storage center in 60  decimal of land with a condition to supply the water to the college but after completion of 4.5 lakhs liters of drinking water project no water supply is given to the college and Hostel campus as yet.

The college is running with its old building and for the university more infrastructures with teaching with non-teaching staff are required which should be fulfilled soon for the welfare and better quality education within the locality as demanded by the intellectuals of the districts.

CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER INDIA ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF 2019 POLLS

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New Delhi,10/03/19:The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday @ 5 PM in a press meet at Vigyan Bhaban ,New Delhi. 

Calling the Indian parliamentary battle the “largest festival of democracy”, he said that 91 constituencies (spread across 20 states) will see polling on April 11, 97 constituencies (13 states) on April 18, 115 (14) on April 23, 71 (9) on April 29, 51 (7) on May 6, 59 (also 7) on May 12 and 59 constituencies (8 states) on May 19. 

The staggered election will see about 900 million voters, up from 814.5 million in 2014, when Narendra Modi led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to power ending a decade of Congress-headed UPA rule. 

Of this, some 15 million will be first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years. 

Approximately 10 lakh polling stations, one lakh more than in 2014, will be set up and a total of 17.4 lakh VVPATs will be used with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all polling stations, Arora told a crowded press conference. 

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha Surendra Kumar today informed that the State will go to simultaneous polls in four phases starting April 11, 2019. The next three phases of elections will be conducted on April 18, 23 and 29. 

Addressing a press here in Bhubaneswar today, the CEO said that elections will be conducted in a total of four and five Lok Sabha seats of Odisha in the first phase and second phase respectively, while elections for six Lok Sabha seats each will be conducted in the third and fourth phase. 

While the first phase polls to Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in constituencies of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput will be held on April 11, the second phase elections will be held in Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska constituencies on April 18. 

Similarly, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituencies will see the third phase elections on April 23, the last phase polls will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur constituencies on April 29.

Currently ruled by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Odisha has 147 assembly constituencies. The term for Odisha Assembly will end on June 11. The BJD, BJP and Congress are the main contestants in the state. 

Soon after the announcement of election schedules, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “I welcome Election Commission of India’s announcement for elections to #Odisha Assembly & Lok Sabha to be held on 11, 18, 23 & 29 April. Pleased to pledge wholehearted support for the electoral process that is the foundation of our democracy.” 

PHASE 1- Lok Sabha Election 2019: key dates

Issue of gazette notification: 18th March

Last day of nomination: 25th March

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 26th March

Last date of withdrawal: 28th March

Date of Poll: 11th April 

PHASE 2

Issue of gazette notification: 19th March

Last day of nomination: 26th March

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 27th March

Last date of withdrawal: 29th March

Date of Poll: 18th April 

PHASE 3:

Issue of gazette notification: 28th March

Last day of nomination: 4th April

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 5th April

Last date of withdrawal: 8th April

Date of Poll: 23rd April 

PHASE 4:

Date of issue of gazette notification: April 2

Date of polls: April 29

Date of counting: May 23 

PHASE 5:

Date of issue of gazette notification: April 10

Date of polls: May 6 

PHASE 6

Date of issue of gazette notification: April 16

Date of polls: May 12 

PHASE 7

Date of polls: May 19 

With this announcement, model code of conduct comes into force from this evening, prohibiting political parties to announce any government schemes.

To check names in the electoral list, one can send SMS to 1950 for necessary information, Arora informed.

 

 

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