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Bhubaneswar,30/07/18:Thousands of ‘kanwariyas’ or ‘Bol bom’ devotees, carrying pots full of sanctified water on their shoulders, walked miles before thronging the Lingaraj Temple here to offer water to Lord Shiva on ‘Shravan Sombar’ today. 

The devotees, clad in saffron clothes and carrying sanctified water in containers that they had fetched from various water bodies, on their shoulders were seen making a serpentine queue outside the temple waiting for their turn to offer the water to the Lord. 

The Lingaraj temple administration has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure hassle free darshan by the devotees. Two platoons of police have been deployed to maintain law and order situation and 21 CCTV cameras also installed in and around the temple to monitor the movement of the people in the area. 

Similarly, Lokanath Temple in Puri and Akhandalamani Temple in Bhadrak wore a festive look witnessing a large number of Bol Bom devotees making way into the temple since morning to offer water to the Lord. 

However a considerable decrease in the number of Kanwariyas was noticed this Monday due to complete lunar eclipse last Friday, sources said.

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Malkangiri,30/07/18:At a time when rebels are urging people to extended support to observe martrys’ week, a Maoist couple surrounded before Malkangiri superintendent of police on Sunday. 

The ultras identified as Mukesh and his wife Ratna decided to shun the path of violence and return to mainstream. Both carried a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively. 

“Mukesh was a Maoist area committee member while his wife Ratna was a party member. Both of them have surrendered fearing operation by security forces in view of the recent inauguration of Gurupriya bridge,” said Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena. 

Meena informed that the couple was actively involved in over 40 Maoist violence incidents in Malkangiri and nearby-area. Moreover, the Maoist couple would be provided all assistance as per the rehabilitation scheme. 

“We decided to return to main stream fearing operation by police after the inauguration of the Gurupriya bridge. We had joined the rebels for the cause of people. Now we will continue to work for them in the society,” said Mukesh.

 

 

 

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Malkangiri,30/07/18:At a time when rebels are urging people to extended support to observe martrys’ week, a Maoist couple surrounded before Malkangiri superintendent of police on Sunday. 

The ultras identified as Mukesh and his wife Ratna decided to shun the path of violence and return to mainstream. Both carried a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively. 

“Mukesh was a Maoist area committee member while his wife Ratna was a party member. Both of them have surrendered fearing operation by security forces in view of the recent inauguration of Gurupriya bridge,” said Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena. 

Meena informed that the couple was actively involved in over 40 Maoist violence incidents in Malkangiri and nearby-area. Moreover, the Maoist couple would be provided all assistance as per the rehabilitation scheme. 

“We decided to return to main stream fearing operation by police after the inauguration of the Gurupriya bridge. We had joined the rebels for the cause of people. Now we will continue to work for them in the society,” said Mukesh.

 

 

 

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Koraput,Nandanik, a Theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha is all set to hold a three day theatre event in Koraput. The programme is going to start on 1st August 2018 on the 4th foundation day of Nandanik with the first edition of the Foundation Day Lecture. The lecture, titled The relevance of non proscenium theatre in the present scenario is going to be delivered by Shri Subodh Patnaik, internationally recognized theatre director from Odisha. On the same date Nandanik is taking a novel initiative-Asim Basu Memorial Award to be given to a young theatre artist as a mark of encouragement.The award is named after Shri Asim Basu, the late thespian of Odisha Theatre. This year the first award is being given to Saumendra Kumar Swain from Koraput. The programme will be held at COATS Seminar Hall, Koraput. 

Sourav Gupta, creative director of Nandanik said, 'We at Nandanik believe that Theatre is an academic process which demands intellectual discourse which is provided by lectures. The foundation day lecture is an opportunity to enhance our knowledge on theatre which will be beneficial to form new ideas & better performances.' 

On 3rd & 4th August, Nandanik is going to hold the 3rd edition of the Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava 2018. This year the festival features plays by teams from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Kolkata and Koraput. Arjun Samataray from Bhubaneswar will perform his solo Ichcha. Rajesh Panda with his batchmates of Drama Department of Sambalpur University will perform Station under the banner of Natyashala. Nandanik will premiere its new play Takshaka by Manoj Mitra under the direction of Sourav Gupta. The main attraction of this festival is the staging of Kushilab, a Bangla play by the 52 year old Theatre Workshop from Kolkata. The play is a solo performance by Shri Ashok Mukhopadhyay, a veteran of Bangla theatre stage who has worked with greats like Sambhu Mitra, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay & Satyajit Ray to name a few.  

The Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava is a multi state multi language theatre festival started in 2016 by Nandanik with an aim to facilitate cultural exchange between theatre of Odisha & other states. In last two years plays have been staged in Odia, Bangla, Marathi, Hindi & Urdu language. This is the only national level theatre festival in south Odisha organized by a theatre group without any government grant. 

Monideepa Gupta, secretary of Nandanik said, 'We have invited young theatre directors to showcase their work and also a veteran like Ashok Mukhopadhyay so that we may learn from him. The festival will provide a platform of cultural exchange between the theatre artists of different areas.'  

Formed in 2016, Nandanik is a theatre group operated by youth of Koraput under the direction of Sourav Gupta & Monideepa Gupta. Since its inception on 1st August 2016, Nandanik has catapulted Koraput onto the national cultural map by its continuous theatre activities including drama productions by seniors & children, workshops, festivals and seminars. Nandanik has collaborated with national government organizations like Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata & Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

 

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Sealed Underground Bunker Should be Opened 

Rasgovindpur, (Mayurbhanj)  Odisha, 26th July 2018:  A memorial service was held at the Amarda Road Airstrip today for the fourteen airmen who had died in a crash here on the 26th of July 1945. War historian Anil Dhir, Gandhian Aditya Patnaik, Social Activist Dr. Biswajit Mohanty and the Staff of the Gandhi Eye Hospital at Rangamatia, locals including school children paid homage to the dead airmen who have been forgotten in history.  Wreaths were laid for each of the dead airmen.  

Very few people know that the skies of Odisha had seen the crash of two aircraft which has collided against each other and resulted in the deaths of   14 airmen. On the 26th of July 1945 two British Royal Air Force B-24 Liberator four-engine bombers collided at low altitude. The aircrafts were based at the Amarda Road airfield and were part of a six-plane contingent from the Air Fighting Training Unit engaged in a formation flying exercise. Fourteen airmen – the crews of the two aircraft died in the crash. They were of  nationalities- six  British, three  American, one each    Canadian, Dutch,  New Zea-lander, Australian and one Indian.  

The Rasgovindpur Airstrip had a short but secret illustrious history which has never been made public. It had the longest runway in Asia, more than 3.5 km long. The total runways, taxiways, aprons, etc. were more than 60 km. Today all is forgotten, no details of   the activities that happened here between 1943 and 1945 exist, not even in government and military records. The station came into existence during the war as a forward airfield against the Japanese conquest of Burma. The large strip served its purpose well as a landing ground for planes and also as a training space for special bombing missions. The Amarda Road airstrip, as it was called in war terminology, spreads across an area of nearly 900 acres. Built in the 1940’s at a cost of Rs 3 Crores, it was eventually abandoned after the war. It was named as the Amarda Road Airfield due to the nearby Amarda Road railway station.    

Even today, seven decades after the base was made, one can still see the remains of the airfield, their 11000 feet concrete runway still intact, though the buildings that once cluttered the edges are gone.  The offices, hangars, mechanic sheds and plaster walled barracks with thatched roofs have been ripped down. Instead, local women dry laundry and farmers their grain on the warm tarmac. The cows and goats crop weeds along the runway edges. The story of this crash and the victim had been lost in history.  

Anil Dhir has requested the government of Odisha and West Bengal to erect small memorials for these airmen at Amarda Road and the crash site. He has also requested to open up the sealed underground bunker which may hold relics of the period. Aditya Patnaik has proposed that he would give ample space in the Gandhi Gurukul at the airbase for setting up a small museum which will highlight the importance of the airbase during World War II. The setting up of a Peace Museum was mooted last year and Dhir has contacted the British, Australian, Dutch and USA authorities for material to be displayed at the Museum. The response has been very positive. Anil Dhir also said that a book on the history of the base the and crash would be released on the next commemoration day. 

Dr. Biswajit Mohanty said that the Odisha government should understand the importance of this historical airfield and promote it as a destination. There is a big tourism potential of the base. Many groups from Japan, Britain, America and other countries come to visit the war memorials in the North East every year. He said that all efforts should be taken up for the Museum. The airstrip is an important piece of history connected to the World War II and has a lot of significance as it was a secret base.  

Ankit Kotecha  from Balasore, who is  a  Pilot with Spicejet, too attended the memorial service.

By;Anil Dhir 

Sealed Underground Bunker Should be Opened 

Rasgovindpur, (Mayurbhanj)  Odisha, 26th July 2018:  A memorial service was held at the Amarda Road Airstrip today for the fourteen airmen who had died in a crash here on the 26th of July 1945. War historian Anil Dhir, Gandhian Aditya Patnaik, Social Activist Dr. Biswajit Mohanty and the Staff of the Gandhi Eye Hospital at Rangamatia, locals including school children paid homage to the dead airmen who have been forgotten in history.  Wreaths were laid for each of the dead airmen.  

Very few people know that the skies of Odisha had seen the crash of two aircraft which has collided against each other and resulted in the deaths of   14 airmen. On the 26th of July 1945 two British Royal Air Force B-24 Liberator four-engine bombers collided at low altitude. The aircrafts were based at the Amarda Road airfield and were part of a six-plane contingent from the Air Fighting Training Unit engaged in a formation flying exercise. Fourteen airmen – the crews of the two aircraft died in the crash. They were of  nationalities- six  British, three  American, one each    Canadian, Dutch,  New Zea-lander, Australian and one Indian.  

The Rasgovindpur Airstrip had a short but secret illustrious history which has never been made public. It had the longest runway in Asia, more than 3.5 km long. The total runways, taxiways, aprons, etc. were more than 60 km. Today all is forgotten, no details of   the activities that happened here between 1943 and 1945 exist, not even in government and military records. The station came into existence during the war as a forward airfield against the Japanese conquest of Burma. The large strip served its purpose well as a landing ground for planes and also as a training space for special bombing missions. The Amarda Road airstrip, as it was called in war terminology, spreads across an area of nearly 900 acres. Built in the 1940’s at a cost of Rs 3 Crores, it was eventually abandoned after the war. It was named as the Amarda Road Airfield due to the nearby Amarda Road railway station.    

Even today, seven decades after the base was made, one can still see the remains of the airfield, their 11000 feet concrete runway still intact, though the buildings that once cluttered the edges are gone.  The offices, hangars, mechanic sheds and plaster walled barracks with thatched roofs have been ripped down. Instead, local women dry laundry and farmers their grain on the warm tarmac. The cows and goats crop weeds along the runway edges. The story of this crash and the victim had been lost in history.  

Anil Dhir has requested the government of Odisha and West Bengal to erect small memorials for these airmen at Amarda Road and the crash site. He has also requested to open up the sealed underground bunker which may hold relics of the period. Aditya Patnaik has proposed that he would give ample space in the Gandhi Gurukul at the airbase for setting up a small museum which will highlight the importance of the airbase during World War II. The setting up of a Peace Museum was mooted last year and Dhir has contacted the British, Australian, Dutch and USA authorities for material to be displayed at the Museum. The response has been very positive. Anil Dhir also said that a book on the history of the base the and crash would be released on the next commemoration day. 

Dr. Biswajit Mohanty said that the Odisha government should understand the importance of this historical airfield and promote it as a destination. There is a big tourism potential of the base. Many groups from Japan, Britain, America and other countries come to visit the war memorials in the North East every year. He said that all efforts should be taken up for the Museum. The airstrip is an important piece of history connected to the World War II and has a lot of significance as it was a secret base.  

Ankit Kotecha  from Balasore, who is  a  Pilot with Spicejet, too attended the memorial service.

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New Delhi,29/07/18:Presently public-sector Life Insurance Corporation of India – LIC is paying a hefty commission of two-percent to its agents on its popular pension-plan Jeevan Akshay where one-time heavy premium is payable to get life-time pension on a fixed rate which does not vary with regularly fluctuating rates of bank-interest. There are lucrative incentives of various types over and above two-percent commission. Knowledgeable takers of this plan easily bargain for pay-back of upto 2.5 percent from the agents. One-time premium of say rupees fifteen lakhs can easily get a pay-back of rupees 37500 from the agent. Persons without knowledge about such hefty pay-back are deprived of such extra benefit when they directly approach LIC-branches where usually every staff-member has some indirect agency to grab hefty commission. 

But LIC-agents deliberately avoid giving knowledge about wonderful pension-plan Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojna -PMVVY exclusively for senior citizens aged above 60 years with rupees fifteen lakh as an upper limit of investment which is also routed through LIC, because commission to agents for policies under this plan is just rupees 1500 for a policy with one-time premium of rupees fifteen lakhs. 

LIC should arrange that each branch of every public-sector bank may be associated with some LIC-branch where LIC-policies can be purchased. Banks can arrange instant issue of LIC-policies with authorisation received from LIC with some nominal commission like on PMVVY paid to banks. Commission and other incentives on Jeevan Akshay Plan presently payable to agents should be at par with those payable in respect of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojna.

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Bhubaneswar,28/09/18:In a major reshuffle in Odisha cadre IPS officers, Satyajit Mohanty has been made the new Commissioner of Twin City Commissionerate Police. 

The 1988 batch officer presently working as Additional Director General of Police (Provisioning) will replace 1990 batch IPS YB Khurania. The latter has been transferred as ADG (Provisioning). 

Notably, Mohanty becomes the fifth police commissioner of Commissionerate Police. 

Similarly, IGP (Special Armed Police) Sanjeeb Panda has been posted as Transport Commissioner. Besides, IG (Law and Order) Amitabh Thakur has been given additional responsibility of IG (SAP). 

In addition to this, five officers including IPS and OPS officers have also been transferred. They are SP (CB-CID) Pandit Rajesh Uttamrao, Bhadrak SP Battula Gangadhar, Kalahandi SP Madkar Sandeep Sampat, ASP Bonai Debi Prasad Das and Additional DCP in Commissionerate Police Sashi Bhusan Satpathy. While Uttamrao has been transferred as Bhadrak SP, Gangadhar as Kalahandi SP and Madkar as SP (CB-CID), Debi and Sashi have been made SP in-charge of Sonepur and Nayagarh districts.

 

 

 

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Bhubaneswar,28/09/18:In a major reshuffle in Odisha cadre IPS officers, Satyajit Mohanty has been made the new Commissioner of Twin City Commissionerate Police. 

The 1988 batch officer presently working as Additional Director General of Police (Provisioning) will replace 1990 batch IPS YB Khurania. The latter has been transferred as ADG (Provisioning). 

Notably, Mohanty becomes the fifth police commissioner of Commissionerate Police. 

Similarly, IGP (Special Armed Police) Sanjeeb Panda has been posted as Transport Commissioner. Besides, IG (Law and Order) Amitabh Thakur has been given additional responsibility of IG (SAP). 

In addition to this, five officers including IPS and OPS officers have also been transferred. They are SP (CB-CID) Pandit Rajesh Uttamrao, Bhadrak SP Battula Gangadhar, Kalahandi SP Madkar Sandeep Sampat, ASP Bonai Debi Prasad Das and Additional DCP in Commissionerate Police Sashi Bhusan Satpathy. While Uttamrao has been transferred as Bhadrak SP, Gangadhar as Kalahandi SP and Madkar as SP (CB-CID), Debi and Sashi have been made SP in-charge of Sonepur and Nayagarh districts.

 

 

 

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Cuttack,29/07/19:During the first 6 months of the year i.e. between January to June- 2018, 133 Vigilance cases were disposed off by the Vigilance Courts, out of which, 8 cases were abated due to death of the accused persons and 1 case was dropped. Out of the rest 124 cases, 62 cases ended in conviction against 11 Class-I Officers, 7 Class-II Officers, 46 Class-III employees, 1 Class-IV employee, 3 Other Public Servants and  8 Private persons.  Thus altogether, 76 accused persons were convicted during the above period. The percentage of conviction in respect of cases disposed off after trial by the Courts comes to 50%. As such, the rate of conviction has increased by 3% as against the annual conviction rate of 47% in the year 2016 & 2017. 

During this period, 17 Public Servants were dismissed from Govt. service following their conviction in 17 Vigilance cases, which included 1 Class-I Officer and 16 Class-III employees. 

 In order to further strengthen the Vigilance Prosecution System with a view to raise conviction rate further, State Government have created ten posts of Prosecution Liaison Officers (PLO) in Vigilance Organisation. They will be engaged in the Vigilance Courts and entrusted with the responsibility of managing and monitoring the work of prosecution in the Court of Law on a day to day basis. They will also ensure Court attendance of the prosecution witnesses in time and their proper briefing before deposing in the Court. Retired Vigilance/Police Officers in the rank of Inspector and above, having thorough knowledge of investigation and prosecution matters will be engaged as Prosecution Liaison Officers. Steps are being taken to engage the PLOs in various Vigilance Courts of the State shortly. 

It may be pertinent to mention that during January to June-2018, 204 Vigilance cases were registered against 286 persons including 25 Class-I officers, 23 Class-II officers, 154 Class-III employees, 9 Class-IV employees, 28 Other Public Servants and 47 private persons. Out of these cases, 36 cases were instituted for acquisition of disproportionate assets against 11 Class-I officers, 11 Class-II officers, 11 Class-III employees, 2 Class-IV employees, 1 Other Public Servant and 18 private persons. 99 Trap cases were instituted for demand and acceptance of bribe from the complainants during the period against 6 Class-I officers, 8 Class-II officers, 76 Class-III employees, 7 Class-IV employees and 5 Other Public Servants. 69 cases were instituted for misappropriation of Govt. money and other irregularities during the period against 8 Class-I officers, 4 Class-II officers, 67 Class-III employees, 22 Other Public Servants and 29 private persons.

Investigation was completed in 75 Vigilance cases and Charge Sheets were placed against 17 Class-I officers, 18 Class-II officers, 104 Class-III employees, 1 Class-IV employee, 2 Other Public Servants and 52 Private persons. 

During the period, 134 persons were arrested, which included 17 Class-I officers, 15 Class-II officers, 88 Class-III employees, 7 Class-IV employees, 5 Other Public Servants and 2 private persons for their involvement in Vigilance cases.The Quarterly Review Meeting attended by the Ss.P. of all Vigilance Divisions and officers of Vigilance Directorate as well as Public Prosecutors and Counsels of Vigilance Organization was held today on 28.7.2018 presided over by the Director, Vigilance. Detailed deliberations were made in the meeting on improving investigation and prosecution of Vigilance cases in order to achieve higher rate of conviction.   

 

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