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ROURKELA09/03/19:Indian Railways have notified that the daily Intercity Express which is travelling from Rourkela to Bhubaneswar will stop at Cuttack which was a long demand and also the Rajyarani Express which is travelling 3 days in a week from Rourkela to Gunupur will now run 6 days in a week. This change for Intercity express will be applicable from 9th of this month where as for Rajyarani, this facility will be available from 13th of this month. These two developments are very much important and has been a consistent demand which was lying pending. For Intercity express the stoppage for Cuttack will be made in Naraj-Marthapur from where passengers will drop down to board for Cuttack, Paradeep, Kendrapara and many other places on this route. This will mostly help people who have some works in SCB Medical College and High Court. They need not cover at least a 30 km distance to come back again from Bhubaneswar stoppage. In case of Rajyarani Express, it will now be available 6 days a week instead of 3 days, where passengers will have three more extra days in a week and it will reduce the pressure to get seats in this train. Now passengers will have more option left to travel comfortably. A team of members from Odisha Rail Sammanya Samiti had visited, MP ,Bhartruhari Mahatab the present Head of Rail Convener Committee to address this issue which subsequently appraised by Mr. Mahatab to Piyush Goel, Rail Cabinet Minister and the decision was taken in favor of Odisha. After this announcement members of this committee including Sangram Keshari Mohnaty, Amulya Kumar Baral and Manoj Kumar Raul have extended their thanks to railway ministry, Government of India.
Bhubaneswar,08/03/19:Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda who joined BJP on March 4, was appointed the saffron party’s national vice president and spokesperson today.
BJP president Amit Shah assigned Panda the new role with immediate effect, a press release issued by the party national general secretary Arun Singh stated.
Shah’s decision to give the four-time parliamentarian an important organisational responsibility signals the importance the party has given Panda as it looks to further strengthen its organisation for its mission 120+ seats in Odisha.
Panda took to twitter and thanked party chief Shah after the announcement and also expressed his happiness to work under the leadership of PM Modi for a new India.
Meanwhile, congratulating Jay Panda on his appointment as the Vice President and Spokesperson of the BJP, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the former parliamentarian’s experience in social life and party organizational affairs will strengthen BJP and also help in building a new Odisha in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Purvodaya’.
It is worthwhile to mention that Panda had quit the Biju Janata Dal last year and also resigned from his Lok Sabha membership following his suspension from the regional party headed by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The BJP had won only one out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha in 2014, but is hopeful of putting up a much better show after it emerged as the main challenger to the BJD in the last panchayat polls.
Bhubaneswar,08/03/19: The railways will issue unreserved tickets in Odia language apart from English and Hindi from Odisha Diwas, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) said on Friday.
“A decision has been taken for Train Tickets to be made available in the vernacular languages, apart from Hindi and English. In view of this, Railways has prepared all Station Names of Indian Railways in Odia script which will now be implemented in 317 Stations in Odisha for the Stations under East Coast Railway, South Eastern Railway & South East Central Railway jurisdictions, the statement said.
According to the statement, with technical support from CRIS, Kolkata, the Database of more than 8 thousand Station Names in Odia Script has been prepared by East Coast Railway as a passenger-friendly initiative. Steps have been taken to print the Station Name in Odia script to match with the vernacular name of the Station as per the local language of that particular area of the country.
The Train Tickets having Odia script would be applicable for Unreserved Tickets bought manually from the Railway counters in Odisha.
Many people from Odisha who had problem with reading English & Hindi languages on Train Tickets and who did not know if they had the right tickets vis-a-vis their intended originating & destination Stations as well as Class of travel and Train Type are correct or not, can now read the same in Odia Script.
In Digital India, Railways is the largest service provider in the country and strives to promote vernacular language – the Language of the People. A decision has been taken to start this service from April 1 (Odisha Diwas)-2019.
Rayagada,,08/03/19:The emancipated women of the tinsel town Rayagada are still celebrating International Women’s Day. There is slew of activities by women groups who are celebrating their womenhood, their achievements and struggles. A district level convention is held at Sanskruti Bhawan under the aegis of District Social Welfare Office(DSWO), Rayagada with a handful of Anganwadi Workers and Supervisors reflecting the lackadaisical attitude of the govt officials. At Centurion University extension centre, the students and staff jointly celebrate and emphasize the equity issue. The District Legal Service Authority(DLSA) has also not lagged behind in observing the Day with nursing students and para-legal volunteers and para-medical workers. Members of women cultural organization named Sanskruti donated blood on the eve of this day.
Though in all the above events hardly any common people were involved to understand this year’s theme “Think equal, build for smart & innovate for change” emphasizing BalanceForChange and to discuss women’s rights, inequalities and discriminations, Utkal Alumina International Ltd(UAIL) gathered around seven hundred women. Women achievers and entrepreneurs were felicitated by its Joint President Mr.Mazharullah Beig.
While the whole district was celebrating in some way or other and some showcased their achievements, the ever ready CRPF-4th Battalion was traversing through the dusty, undulated forest terrain in the hinterland of Rayagada keeping vigil of any untoward incident. Yes, the CRPF jawans led by Smt Mitu Ray, Second-in-Command could diffuse two tiffin bombs loaded with IEDs near Bada Gatuguda village under Bissam Cuttack police station. These were planted by ultra-left wing of the nearby Niyamagiri hills range. One bomb was destroyed at the spot and the other was handed over to the local police police station. We celebrated because they empowered us to do so. It was not celebration time for Smt Roy, epitome of women leadership in CRPF hailing from Patna, Bihar. Their action at ground zero level spoke volume of their achievements. They don’t have to showcase their achievements. The sniffer Belgian shepherd dog Axcel, which was injured and lost one eye while diffusing a bomb at Muniguda during 2016, with his master Sri Sambhu Prasad was still active in the operation. “On the eve of International Women’s Day Roy, as a single woman, led the all-men CRPF troops to the spot infested by Naxals and has proved that women can. Not only CRPF-Kashmir has shown the way, but also Rayagada”, said Sri Jogeswar Das, a union leader.
Berhampur, March 08, 2019: International Women’s Day was celebrated today by Tata Steel with great fervor. Nearly 40 women working in the Ferro Chrome plant in the Gopalpur Industrial Park participated in the celebrations in the plant premises. Similarly, more than 100 women and adolescent girls of project affected villages of Gopalpur Project joined the celebrations at Narendrapur Primary Health Center ground.
In the celebrations in the plant, Mr. B Srinivas, Head FAP Gopalpur, addressed the working women and highlighted the strength of women employees. He urged them to work safely and confidently in the plant. Some women officers and employees also shared their thoughts and experience on the occasion.
At the celebrations at Narendrapur Primary Health Center ground, Ms Sita Kumari Jena, Weight lifting coach of Berhampur Sports Hostel attended as chief Guest. Mrs Damayanti Reddy, Sarapancha, Luhajhar Panchayat and Mrs Jasmine Dash, Medical officer in charge, Primary Health Center, Narendrapur also attended the function as guests. Briefing the participants on the occasion, Ms Sita Kumari Jena praised the initiatives taken by Tata Steel for the women in this region. She stressed upon the fact that more participation of girls in sports activities can be a medium of success in their lives.
Women and adolescent girls of Kalipalli, Basanaputi, Sitarampur, Sitanagar, Tata Colony, Sitalapalli, Narendrapur, Raghunathpur, Brajnagar and Madhua villages attended the function and participated in the series of activities in the event at Narendrapur ground. The event titled “#BalanceForBetter” saw the women and girls showcasing their talents in dancing, singing, rangoli competition and playing different fun games. 18 winners of the different events and activities got prizes from the guests. All officers of Tata Steel, Ferro Chrome plant, TSAL and TSRDS were also present in the events.
Koraput,08/03/19:Nandanik, a theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha has been doing drama productions and theatre based activities in Koraput and adjoining areas for last four years. As a part of its extension activity, Nandanik observed the International Women’s Day in its office in Koraput through an open, interactive session where women of Koraput shared their experiences.
At the start of the programme, Prof Sourav Gupta, creative director of Nandanik said, ‘Nandanik, besides being a theatre group is also a social organization. We aim not only to do theatre at Koraput but also promote a healthy cultural ambience where everybody may participate. One of our prime objectives is to address women’s issues in the society and also to engage the positive energy of women in social activities. This understanding will help us to later produce plays on these issues. Today’s programme is a small initiative to provide women, who are extremely important part of our lives, to speak out and engage in an exchange.’
The programme comprised cultural performances by child artists, recitations and songs by women artists. One of the important component of the programme was women from different backgrounds, house wives, service holders, business women, sharing their experiences in a common forum and others also joining to exchange opinions. There was a sizeable gathering comprising mostly women apart from members of Nandanik were present. On this occasion, Tanuja Pati, Nandanik’s member & actress was honoured.
Monideepa Gupta, convener of the programme, proposed the vote of thanks. Saumendra Kumar Swain, Sharada Khuntia , joint coordinators of the programme, Ajaya Edding, Rahul Patnaik & other members of Nandanik played an active role in the programme.
MULTIPLE FULL-PAGE NEWSPAPER-ADVERTISEMENTS BY CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS IS WASTAGE OF HARD-EARNED MONEY OF TAX-PAYERSWritten by odishabarta
Multiple full-page newspaper-advertisements by central and state governments is wastage of hard-earned money of tax-payers: Supreme Court should take cognizance
New Delhi,08/03/19:It is quite usual that central state governments start giving ultra-costly multiple full-page newspaper-advertisements for photo-publicity of political rulers especially at the end of financial year or before notification for general elections is issued, like is happening presently also. This is nothing but wastage of hard-earned money of tax-payers just for political gains of ruling parties.
Supreme Court once prohibited photos of Chief Ministers in government-advertisements, but later relented for allowing their photos subsequent to a review petition wherein argument was made that if photos of political ruler at the centre can be allowed, then it should be for political rulers of states also. Considering such massive spent on photo-publicity of political rulers,
Prime Minister should look into the matter, or otherwise Supreme Court should sue-motto once again review of its order whereby a total ban may be imposed on photo-publicity of political rulers at both the centre and in states.
Best is to allow photos of only President of India in government-advertisements. It may be recalled that the then Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam did not allow printing of his photographs in government-advertisements on 26.09.2013 released for providing an exclusive PIN code number 110201 for Supreme Court where he was the Chief Guest for the occasion.
TWO WOMEN MAOISTS SURRENDER
Koraput,07/03/19:Two women Maoist cadres surrendered before DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma, who is in Koraput district to attend a poll preparedness review meeting on anti-Maoist operations during poll .
The surrendered militants have been identified as Madi Sukanti and Kausalya Khila.
According to police reports, Madi was an area committee member, while Kausalya was a member of the Khila part. The two rebels were reportedly involved in several violent activities across Malkangiri district, officials added.
The duo will be rehabilitated and provided monetary assistance as per the Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme of Government of Odisha, the police further informed.
On Thursday DGP,Sharma reviewed the preparedness of Police and Central Armed Police forces in South Western Range in view of the ensuing general and assembly elections.
Director (Intelligence) Sunil Ray, IG, BSF, Senior CAPF Officers, DIG, SWR and Superintendents of Police of SWR Range were present in the meeting.
Sharma interacted with the Police and CAPF Officers regarding their preparedness for the ensuing elections. He exhorted all officers to work as a team and ensure that the ensuing elections are conducted peacefully and without any violence.
He reviewed the operational preparedness of the Police and guided the present Police Officers to increase the intelligence-based operations. The DGP also interacted with PRI members from Ganja cultivation areas of Malkangiri and Koraput district.
An elaborate discussion was made on shifting of cultivation from Ganja to other crops. PRI members participated in discussions and showed their willingness to make the people aware of alternate corps.
They suggested that turmeric cultivation and vegetable farming can be taken up. They suggested to have a procurement centre for turmeric at Chitrakonda Mandi which will motivate the farmers to go for alternate farming. Sharma assured them that he would apprise the Government of the issues so that these discussions convert into a working mechanism to develop an alternate cropping system in the area so that drug menace is uprooted from the source itself in the area.