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Rayagada, August 9: Incessant rains had not deterred the top bureaucrats of the district including Sri Pramoda Behera, District Collector, Rayagada moving physically to the ground zero. Be these the most interior villages like Derigam of Gudari block or Khamapadar of Padmapur block, which were inundated due to incessant rains recently, Behera walked through the gushing water and interacted with the communities and took instant decisions then and there. Not only he was drenched & quick to move to few affected villages, but also despatched his team of officers namely Sri Amrit Ritiraj, IAS, PD-DRDA, Rayagada, Dr Bondar Siddeshwar Baliram, IAS, Sub-Collector, Gunupur, Sri Gorachand Gomango, PA, ITDA, Gunupur to most affected blocks like Gudari, Gunupur, Muniguda, Kashipur, K. Singhpur, which were worst affected. These committed officers alongwith the BDOs and Tehsildars of these blocks alongwith the supporting staff monitored the situation at the grassroot and managed the disaster so effectively that not a single human casualty took place. 

Behera updated the State Relief Commissioner on an hourly basis and interacted with the media to pass on the message to the villagers not to get panicky. As a part of disaster management plan, one ODRAF Unit, five fire units, three boats, 23 medical teams, 11 veterinary teams were deployed. 

3128 persons residing near Nagavali, Kalyani, Jhanjabati and Vansadhara rivers, which were in spate, were evacuated as a preventive measure to 21 relief centres where free kitchens got immediately operated after the evacuation. According to the information from the district emergency office, this havoc affected 14645 persons from 145 villages in 69 gram panchayats 3 wards from three urban level bodies(ULB). Flattened rice, molasses and other dry food items were distributed in the affected villages. Fortunately not a single village was marooned. There was a casualty of 67 livestock animals. Approximately 531 hectares of crop area including vegetables affected. In many areas the crops are either marooned or heavily sand casted causing severe damage. 18 houses were severely damaged where as 34 fully and 358 got partially damaged. Damage to infrastructure like breaches on embankments, roads cut-off is estimated to be Rs.296.15 lakhs. 

“Though the situation has become normal now, the field functionaries along with the senior officers are camping at the vulnerable points to monitor and tackle any eventualities. The assessment of damage is still in progress & the final damage assessment related to public and private properties will be done and sent to proper quarters at an earliest”, said Collector Behera. 

“Behera took charge as Collector hardly four months ago and he could handle this disaster quite well. The damage could be much more than the preliminary assessment. Now the rehabilitation measure is certainly a challenge for Behera. Taking into consideration his vast experience, it will not be a difficult task for him. The way he barged in to the affected & inundated villages with slippers and umbrella amidst heavy rains, it has made him People’s Collector. He took every inch of opportunity to serve the community during the disaster even serving food to the affected in the free kitchen. We have seen collectors in this district with feudal characteristics like a body guard with a gun and somebody holding an umbrella over the head of the collector. Behera says he is capable of holding an umbrella at any point of time and for this he does not need any assistance from anybody. He believes in inclusive development and asserts that community is the real protector of the persons providing service to them. So, he is of course an officer with a difference”, said Sri Gopinath Kandagari, a tribal farmer from Mukundapur village of Rayagada district.

 

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on the government’s big decision to revoke Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one. Here are 10 takeaways from the Prime Minister’s speech: 

1.People of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of their rights. With the abrogation of Article 370, the dreams of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B.R. Ambedkar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee have been fulfilled. A new era in Jammu and Kashmir has now started.

2.Citizens now have equal rights and responsibilities. Article 370 was harming the people and children of Jammu and Kashmir, and their loss was never discussed. Article 370 and Article 35A dragged Jammu and Kashmir towards terrorism, dynasty politics and corruption.

3.Article 370 was used as a tool by Pakistan to terrorise Kashmiris. Nearly 42,000 people died over the last three decades. Earlier, laws made by the Parliament didn’t benefit the people of Kashmir. Now all laws made by the Parliament will be applicable in J&K and Ladakh.

4.All Central and state government posts would be filled in Jammu and Kashmir. This will lead to employment generation. Private firms would also be encouraged to generate employment opportunities. Work will be accelerated on all projects and projects related to road and rail will be initiated.

5.Kashmir was the preferred destination for Bollywood movies. Now when the situation is normal, people from world over would shoot movies there. The region has the potential to become the world’s biggest tourism destination. Filmmaking would provide employment.

6.People who came to India after 1947 couldn’t contest polls in Jammu and Kashmir… they had rights everywhere else, but not in Jammu and Kashmir. With the scrapping of Article 370, rights to those who had migrated will be restored.

7.Assembly elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir. People will have a Chief Minister, MLAs and ministers. People of J&K will choose their own representatives.

8.Jammu and Kashmir will touch new heights of development and attract people from all over the world. Ease of living will improve the lives of people in the region.

9.In Ladakh, a plant called Solo, which is a boon to those living in high altitudes, can be sold worldwide as it has vast medicinal properties.

10.Jammu and Kashmir didn’t develop at the desired pace. The future of the people of J&K and Ladakh will become brighter now. The Parliament’s laws will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

 

 

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on the government’s big decision to revoke Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one. Here are 10 takeaways from the Prime Minister’s speech: 

1.People of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of their rights. With the abrogation of Article 370, the dreams of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B.R. Ambedkar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee have been fulfilled. A new era in Jammu and Kashmir has now started.

2.Citizens now have equal rights and responsibilities. Article 370 was harming the people and children of Jammu and Kashmir, and their loss was never discussed. Article 370 and Article 35A dragged Jammu and Kashmir towards terrorism, dynasty politics and corruption.

3.Article 370 was used as a tool by Pakistan to terrorise Kashmiris. Nearly 42,000 people died over the last three decades. Earlier, laws made by the Parliament didn’t benefit the people of Kashmir. Now all laws made by the Parliament will be applicable in J&K and Ladakh.

4.All Central and state government posts would be filled in Jammu and Kashmir. This will lead to employment generation. Private firms would also be encouraged to generate employment opportunities. Work will be accelerated on all projects and projects related to road and rail will be initiated.

5.Kashmir was the preferred destination for Bollywood movies. Now when the situation is normal, people from world over would shoot movies there. The region has the potential to become the world’s biggest tourism destination. Filmmaking would provide employment.

6.People who came to India after 1947 couldn’t contest polls in Jammu and Kashmir… they had rights everywhere else, but not in Jammu and Kashmir. With the scrapping of Article 370, rights to those who had migrated will be restored.

7.Assembly elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir. People will have a Chief Minister, MLAs and ministers. People of J&K will choose their own representatives.

8.Jammu and Kashmir will touch new heights of development and attract people from all over the world. Ease of living will improve the lives of people in the region.

9.In Ladakh, a plant called Solo, which is a boon to those living in high altitudes, can be sold worldwide as it has vast medicinal properties.

10.Jammu and Kashmir didn’t develop at the desired pace. The future of the people of J&K and Ladakh will become brighter now. The Parliament’s laws will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

 

 

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Rayagada, August 7: One loaded goods train going to Vedanta siding in Ambadola station got badly affected due to flash floods. According to sources from railways, no passenger train was involved in flooded area. Railways took measures to cancel/divert passenger and express trains from this area in the interest of safety. Out of 59 wagons of the goods train, 3 wagons  got affected due to the massive floods and derailed at site. Rest 56 wagons are on track. Railways rushed relief trains and boulders to site. They are still waiting for water levels to recede as because of incessant rains. Water is still flowing on track. Both up and down lines were affected. Soil and ballast below the track was washed away.

In view of this, Daikalu-Ambadola section of Rayagada-Titlagarh line the Trains fully cancelled are-Sambalpur-Koraput-Sambalpur Passenger, Sambalpur -Junagadh Road-Sambalpur Passenger, Visakhapatnam Raipur Passenger, Rayagada-Sambalpur-Rayagada Passenger. The services between Singapur Road- Titlagarh-Sigapur Road will remain cancelled.

Ahmedabad-Puri Express, Puri-Ahmedabad Express, Bengaluru Cantt-Hatia Express,  Dhanbad-Alleppey Express, Visakhapatnam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express are diverted through different routes.

Trains namely Visakhapatnam-KorbaVisakhpatnama Express. Rourkela- Jagdalpur-Rourkela, Howrah- Jagdalpur-Howrah Express, Bhubaneswar/Rayagada-Jungarh Road-Bhubaneswar express,  Durg- Visakhapatnam-Durg passenger are partially cancelled.

Today passengers, who came in Bhubaneswar-Junagarh Link Express, going to Kesinga, Bhawanipatna, Junagarh in Kalahandi faced lot of difficulties as the train was short terminated at Muniguda. Many commuters got down at Rayagada railway station and hired taxis to go to different parts of Kalahandi. For many it was a costly affair. The y loitered in Rayagada and Muniguda Railway stations for a long time waiting for buses and other modes of transport. Railways should have arranged some means of transport for the passengers who could not afford money, said Sri Sibaji Das, President of Yuba Vikas Parishad.

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Bhubaneswar,08/08/19:IPS officer Bijay Kumar Sharma today took charge as Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) with full additional charge as the Head of Police Force in the state. 

The 1986-batch IPS officer, who has been serving as the Director  General of Fire Services since November, 2017, formally assumed the office at the state police headquarters here. 

The appointment was made after RP Sharma was selected as a Lokayukta member. 

On the other hand, IPS officer RP Sharma assumed office as a member of Lokayukta, the anti-corruption watchdog that started functioning in the state from April 8. 

The Lokayukta selection panel had earlier recommend RP Sharma’s name for the position. On August 6, Governor Ganeshi Lal gave his assent to the proposal of state Government.

 

 

 

 

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Report;Dushmant Panda,Odishabarta 

Bhawanipatna: In a rain-related casualty, an elderly man has been swept away in floodwaters in Dedhasuli village under M Rampur block of Kalahandi district last night. 

The deceased has been identified as Uchhendra Majhi (60) of the same village.

Ucchendra, who had been to Pulinat village along with two relatives yesterday noon was returning back on a motorcycle in the same night when the mishap took place. They were trying to wade through the floodwaters which was flowing above the Kalipuling canal bridge near Sadghati when lost balance and fell off the bike. 

While the rest two saved their lives by swimming through the water Uchhendra was swept away into the canal and went missing. 

Local Police and Fire officials rushed to the spot later and launched a search operation to find out the victim in the canal but failed. His body was found floating in the canal near Tagabaju village this morning. 

Barakhama Police has rushed the body for autopsy and lodged a case of unnatural death in the case.

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New Delhi,09/08/19:With public-authorities going totally cashless, many of them like at National Green Tribunal (NGT) have even stopped accepting RTI fees of just rupees ten in cash, asking RTI applicants to enclose postal-orders of rupees ten as RTI fees. Many post-offices like at Baroda House (New Delhi) do not sell postal-orders. Others even including Head Post Office at Parliament Street (New Delhi) restrict sale of postal-orders by 4 pm even though these big post-offices work till late in the evening. Even otherwise handling cost of a postal-order of value rupees ten costs postal-department about rupees fifty with cost of handling of postal-orders by a public-authority and bank-clearing even extra. Most public-authorities require postal-orders in different names even though DoPT in its various circulars has required postal-orders towards RTI payments to be in name of Accounts-Officer only. 

Only and best remedy to overcome situation is to accept frequent CIC-verdicts and administrative-request of CIC by postal-department to issue special RTI stamps (like earlier stamps for payment of licence-fees of radios and TV sets in denominations of rupees 2, 10 and 50 which will save crores of rupees annually to public-exchequers in using postal-orders as mode of payment of RTI fees.  

Till such time, all public-authorities should be directed to accept cash as RTI fees with postal-orders in denominations of rupees ten to be compulsorily available at all post-offices to be sold till closing-hours of concerned post-offices.

 

 

 

 

 

Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal

Report;Bureau,Odishabarta 

New Delhi,09/08/19:With public-authorities going totally cashless, many of them like at National Green Tribunal (NGT) have even stopped accepting RTI fees of just rupees ten in cash, asking RTI applicants to enclose postal-orders of rupees ten as RTI fees. Many post-offices like at Baroda House (New Delhi) do not sell postal-orders. Others even including Head Post Office at Parliament Street (New Delhi) restrict sale of postal-orders by 4 pm even though these big post-offices work till late in the evening. Even otherwise handling cost of a postal-order of value rupees ten costs postal-department about rupees fifty with cost of handling of postal-orders by a public-authority and bank-clearing even extra. Most public-authorities require postal-orders in different names even though DoPT in its various circulars has required postal-orders towards RTI payments to be in name of Accounts-Officer only. 

Only and best remedy to overcome situation is to accept frequent CIC-verdicts and administrative-request of CIC by postal-department to issue special RTI stamps (like earlier stamps for payment of licence-fees of radios and TV sets in denominations of rupees 2, 10 and 50 which will save crores of rupees annually to public-exchequers in using postal-orders as mode of payment of RTI fees.  

Till such time, all public-authorities should be directed to accept cash as RTI fees with postal-orders in denominations of rupees ten to be compulsorily available at all post-offices to be sold till closing-hours of concerned post-offices.

 

 

 

 

 

Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal

Report;Bureau,Odishabarta 

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday conferred Bharat Ratna Awards on former President Pranab Mukherjee and posthumously on social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and renowned singer Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika. 

The country’s highest civilian honour was presented to Mukherjee at an Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. 

Similarly, Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tej Hazarika received the award on his behalf while Virender Jeet Singh, a relative of Nanaji Deshmukh, received the award for him. 

Pranab Mukherjee is an outstanding statesman, who served the nation in different capacities in this long political career spanning over five decades. He served as the 13th President of Republic of India from July 25, 2012, to July 24, 2017. 

Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika was a renowned singer, lyricist, musician, poet and filmmaker from Assam. He passed away on November 5, 2011. 

Similarly, Nanaji Deshmukh was an eminent social activist, who worked in the fields of education, health and rural self-reliance. He passes away on February 27, 2010, and as per his will, his body was bequeathed for medical students. 

 

 

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Report;Bureau,Odishabarta 

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday conferred Bharat Ratna Awards on former President Pranab Mukherjee and posthumously on social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and renowned singer Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika. 

The country’s highest civilian honour was presented to Mukherjee at an Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. 

Similarly, Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tej Hazarika received the award on his behalf while Virender Jeet Singh, a relative of Nanaji Deshmukh, received the award for him. 

Pranab Mukherjee is an outstanding statesman, who served the nation in different capacities in this long political career spanning over five decades. He served as the 13th President of Republic of India from July 25, 2012, to July 24, 2017. 

Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika was a renowned singer, lyricist, musician, poet and filmmaker from Assam. He passed away on November 5, 2011. 

Similarly, Nanaji Deshmukh was an eminent social activist, who worked in the fields of education, health and rural self-reliance. He passes away on February 27, 2010, and as per his will, his body was bequeathed for medical students. 

 

 

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