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Bhubaneswar/Delhi,08/05/19:A team of BJP including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, party’s national vice president Baijayant Panda and spokesperson Sambit Patra met the Election Commission of India today alleging conspiracy by BJD president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to stop Patkura Assembly polls.
After meeting the EC, Sambit Patra said that the BJP wants a free and fair re-polling in Patkura and the EC has been apprised about the attempts being made to stop the polls for vested interests.
“We discussed with the Election Commission about how re-polling could be held in Patkura Assembly constituency by May 23. We also apprised the EC about the new Kendrapara collector Prem Chandra Choudhury who used to work for CM Naveen. The EC has assured us to look into the matter,” said Patra.
New Delhi,08/05/19:Amul is amongst the largest selling brands of milk and milk-products in India. But it was surprising to note that six-litre pack of Amul-Gold has Maximum-Retail-Price MRP of rupees 312, while two-litre pack is rupees 99. Evidently it is cheaper to buy three packs of two-litre at a total MRP of just rupees 297 for total six litres rather than one six-litre pack priced at rupees 312. Market-study reveals that profit-percentage at six-litre economy pack is much higher than in packs of half, one and two litres making dealers selling six-litre pack at rupees 300 rather than on printed MRP of rupees 312. Prices of Amul-Gold in packs of half and one litre are at rupees 26 and 50 respectively.
Since most popular pack in milk is of half-litre, standard packing of milk and milk-products should be half, two and five litres apart from a 200-mililitre pack, abolishing packs of one and six litres. Traders force one-litre pack after popular half-litre packs are finished. There should be reasonable and logical economy pricing in packs of two and five litres. Packs of 400 or 450 millilitres looking like of 500 millilitre in butter-milk are deliberately kept to befool consumers, and must be replaced and regulated by regular 500-mililitre pack.
Bhubaneswar,08/05/19:Indian Oil Corporation Limited has expressed its willingness to contribute Rs 5 Crore towards restoration work of Puri Srimandir.
Expressing the solidarity with Odisha and Iconic Sri Jagannath Temple of Puri, which has been damaged due to extremely severe Cyclonic Storm “FANI”, Indian Oil has pledged to donate the amount for the restoration work.
“Nobody can fight with nature, but can take precautions / preemptive actions to withstand the Nature’s Fury,” the IOCL said in a press note.
Apart from this, Indian Oil team is engaged in disaster outreach in affected areas by fueling of DG sets engaged in the restoration of power supply, road cutting, erection of dismantled telephone towers and also a contribution to relief operations and maintaining adequate fuel supplies for motorists in this difficult situation.
The cyclone FANI adversely affected electricity supply and telecommunication in several coastal areas of Odisha. Puri and Khurda district in Odisha were the worst hit.
Bhubaneswar,08/05/19:In the aftermath of cyclone ‘FANI’, help is pouring into the coastal state of Odisha from all quarters.
If sources are believed, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has extended support to the victims of the cyclone-hit state.
The Khilaadi of Bollywood has donated Rs. 1 Crs. to Odisha Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in the form of a cheque.
Furthermore, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has donated Rs. 10 lakh from the Dalai Lama Trust to aid in restoration and rehabilitation of the state.
Chief Ministers of various states have also declared their support at this time of adversity. While Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced aid of Rs. 5 Cr, governments of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have declared Rs. 10 Crs. assistance to Odisha, each.
Similarly, Rs. 11 Crs. and Rs. 15 Crs. have been contributed by the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, separately.
New Delhi,07/05/19: While the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar after 17 months of imprisonment is a welcome step, authorities there must also respond to calls for greater media freedom, the South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) Said today.
The freeing of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting along with other colleagues of the news agency for their reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis, also reflected the importance of the international campaign and mobilisation by media on the rights of journalists, SAMDEN said.
The two men were charged with breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act while working on an investigative report on the violence against Rohingya Muslims and pardoned earlier today as part of a general amnesty that freed thousands of prisoners. They had been in jail for over 500 days.
“We are extremely glad to hear of the release and hope that this acts as a spur for greater press freedom in Myanmar,” said Sanjoy Hazarika, SAMDEN co-convener and International Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).
SAMDEN, anchored in CHRI, is a network of senior media practitioners from across South Asia which advocates, researches, organises and disseminates on issues of media freedom. They include Kanak Dixit, founding editor of Himal Southasian in Kathmandu, Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star in Bangladesh, Salil Tripathi, author and Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International, London, and Lucy Freeman, Chief Executive Officer of the Media Legal Defence Initiative in London.
The detention of the journalists is widely seen as having extensively damaged the image of Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the de factor head of government, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Suu Kyi had drawn widespread condemnation for her inaction over the Rohingya exodus from her country following a brutal military crackdown.
# Press Release by ; Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) on behalf of South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN)
New Delhi,08/05/19:It refers to a consumer-forum in Chandigarh imposing a total levy of rupees 9000 on a renowned shoe-company for charging rupees 3 as cost of paper-bag. Ever since a ban has been imposed on plastic-bags, many traders have started charging cost of paper-bags from the shoppers,
Department of Consumer Affairs should widely publicise through electronic and print media-advertisements to educate consumers that they must not pay for cost of shopping bags citing all the reasons given by Chandigarh consumer-forum in this regard.
Since shopper-bags are printed with name and logo of the company, it is advertisement and sale-promotion for which consumer cannot be compelled to pay. Moreover charging cost for shopping-bag is held as deficiency in service and traders or companies are duty-bound to supply free shopping-bags with purchased goods.
# Input;Subash Agarwal
Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
Berhampur/Koraput,08/05/19: Five Maoists, including three women were killed during an exchange of fire with police personnel in Padua police station limit of Koraput district.
RP Koche,ADG (Operation) informed over phone that,our Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel seized a huge cache of weapons, including three SLR and one INSAS rifles from the spot.
Five ultras, including three women were gunned down in the encounter.The combing operation was underway in the area said Mr Koche,ADG.
Acting on a tip-off about the hideout of around 15 Maoists in Kituakanti forest under Hatibari Panchayat of Nandapur block, SOG Jawans today launched a combing operation in the locality.
Talcher,08/05/19:As part of providing medical relief to the Fani Cyclone victims .The five member medical team constituting doctors and paramedics which was send off from NTPC Kaniha to provide medical relief to cyclone victims visited Puri and thereafter stationed at Multi-purpose cyclone shelter, Chandrabhaga near Konark ,Puri District.
Today, the team attended to 506 cyclone victims mainly fishermen in the medical relief camp. The affected people were provided with proper medical diagnosis and free medicines. The team will visit the same venue tomorrow and expected to cover more 500 people.