Report; Odishabarta 

Chatrapur,(Ganjam),16/11/19: On the occasion of National Press Day, Odisha Collector Ganjam Mr Vijay Amruta Kulange extended warm greetings to journalists and media persons of Ganjam.A meeting was held by the district administration on the occasion of National Press Day on Saturday at the Conference hall chaired by Collector Ganjam Mr Vijay Amruta Kulange.

Taking to the scribes, Kulange stated that “vigilant and free press is the fourth pillar of a vibrant democracy.”He also committed to upholding the values of the free and fair press. During the meeting by citing his own activity and said every day I am uploading all important news clippings in my mobile set and which I feel very important that i am forwarding to my higher authority for immediate action to solve the neglected matters in our district.

Speaker Mr Rabi Rath editor of Naveen said,with independence on August 15, had come to India a new phase of supremacy of commerce and industry that had organized the annihilation of Mahatma Gandhi, because, had he remained alive, his village Swaraj program and stress on cottage industry could have stymied the spread of their economic empires.

The First Press Commission (in 1956) had envisioned a 'Press Council' to protect freedom of the press in India and a higher ideal in journalism. After that, the Press Council was established on 4 July 1966 in India which started its work from 16 November 1966. From that day, November 16 is celebrated as National Press Day every year.

It was established on November 16, 1966. It is a statutory and quasi-judicial institution. The Press Council of India ensures the independent work and high standards of the press in India. It also ensures that the press in India is not affected by any external matter. The Press Council of India plays an important role to maintain a healthy democracy in the country.

Addressing to Media friends another Guest Speaker, Manoj Kanta Dash, Editor of Odishabarta the first web new portal from Berhampur said, The spirit of freedom of press is lost due to corporate supremacy. Last 10/15 years capitalism and rich media has helped the capitalist convert Indian democracy to plutocracy. Whosoever amongst the journalists of the day stay adhered to the true spirit of journalism is being tortured by the State under charges of sedition, harassed by the managements and conversions of regular employment to contracts, assaulted through goons hired by the mafia they dare to expose, to cite just a few quagmires the honest journalists are being pushed into.Espcially the corporate influence penetrated into our midst has almost killed it.

On this Press Day, I am embedding here to help our future generation to know how those, who struggle for freedom of press, struggle against all odds, notwithstanding the authorities and their pet media persons making a farce of the National Press Day he added.


Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta 

NJWB honours a Public Relations Professional Sanjay Sahoo by Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan on the occasion of National Press Day Celebration 

Bhubaneswar,16/11/19:Accomplished Communication and Public Relations professional of Odisha Sanjay Kumar Sahoo has been honoured with Best Public Relations Officer Award 2019 by National Journalist Welfare Board for his contribution in the field of Corporate Communication and Media Relations.

He received this prestigious award from Union Minster for Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in the National Press Day celebration organized by the Board on November 16, 2019. 

 Amongst others State Information & Public Relations Minister Shri Raghunandan Das, State Tourism Minister Shri Jyotiprakash Panigrahi, Senior Journalist Upendra Rai, President of the Board Shri Pradosh Pattnaik and other senior journalists were present on the occasion.

Sanjay, who is currently working in Jindal Steel & Power Ltd as Asst. General Manager of Corporate Communication, has introduced various innovations and techniques in communication and public relations management in Odisha, during his 15 years of professional service.

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and Post Graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, Sanjay has also contributed to education and research in the field of mass communication in Odisha. He has written various course materials for journalism students and four research articles published in reputed journals.

Sanjay has been instrumental in reestablishing Bhubaneswar Chapter of Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), the national association of PR practitioners across India. He is the founding Secretary of the Chapter. He is also leading the Odisha Chapter of IIMC Alumni Association. For his contribution to Public Relations and Communication profession in Odisha, Sanjay has been felicitated by several organisations. 

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Paralakhemundi,16/11/19:On the eve of Press Day,on Core Topic "Reporting, Interpretation & Journey"; Mr. Anupam Saha, Collector of Gajapati graced on the occasion as Chief Guest & lauded the unique contributions of Media people who round the clock are servers of people's feelings to publish in print & electronic medias.

Now news media has a core belief to reach at unreach.He needed all support from Media Representatives to be helpful on Good Governance. He assured for long demand of Press Club Chamber which may be helpful for more convergence.Garudadwaja Choudhry & Dwijen Kumar Padhi graced as President & Chief Speaker respectively. Among others Nabinananda Gantayet, Pradip Nayak,Santosh Patnaik,Amit Patnaik, Ramgobind Acharya, Bhagabat Padhi,Adarsha Das,Dilip Satpathy, Basant Panda shared their feelings on various Huddles being the regular News Reporters. Besides Positive informations they shied to open criticism on their reports which sometimes hardly seems lucrative due to vis-a-vis among Media Representatives.

So, need of hours to pluralise value based journalism that can reach as pro-people initiatives & interventions. Even sometimes Legal antity loose moral strength among Media Representatives despite highest commitment.So collaborative as team efforts can reach every Goal as Journalists where Administration,PRI & Community will be strength on every access & control of passing on update message & information basically core issues which can be mitigated & real justice be empowered among needy & vulnerable sections of Society. Among others Ganesh Raju, KCRatnam, Bijay Gauda, Rashmiranjan Mishra & other Representatives from Printing & Electricity Media participated on the occasion. Rabichandra Nayak DIPRO fecilitated the program,where Achyutananda Bastia conveyed vote of thanks.


Bari,16/11/19:Today at Baruan IB premises the National Press day was being observed by Organization of united working journalist ,Jajpur Team. 

State Secretary of OUWJ,Tapan Maharanya Sharma  inaugurated the programme , told the press and his members regarding the aim of the Press day observation .He also requested  on his speech to the Odisha state Government and Honble’ Chief Minister Sj Naveen Pattnaik and demand for Journalist protection act as soon as possible.  

Suresh kar in his speech he described the main aim of the day and explained how the press council of India formed this day.He also told this day is the main for all press members to recall their duties and the response to the society.  

Besides Tapan Maharanya Sharma, Dillip Dash ,the joint Secretary , Kasinath Barik, District President , Abhimanyu Mishra, Surendra Samal , Dipak Malik, Bijay Maharana , youth journalist Sunil Rout, Pratap Prusty, and more than 20 members were present and delivered their valuable opinion on this day. 

After all the day was observed with support of its all members and they have demanded the Government to pass their own protection act while on Duties.



Jagatsinghpur,17/11/19:M/s JSW Steel has proposed the construction of four projects in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, in the same area where of India’s largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) project proposed by M/s POSCO India Ltd withdrew its steel plant and port following untiring opposition of affected people for over twelve years. 

Since 2005, the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPPS) has strongly and consistently opposed the government’s push for handing over productive agricultural, forest and fishing areas of Jagatsinghpur to private corporations.  Our opposition fore grounded local livelihoods on the one had reject the steel plant and port proposed by M/s POSCO was approved based on misleading and incomplete environmental assessments, disregard for forest rights and gross violations of law. This opposition supported the voice of thousands of villagers who withheld the take over of the lands and homes. 

Today, M/s JSW Steel has proposed four new projects of a much larger scale and size at the same area where M/s POSCO had withdrawn in 2017.Integrated Steel Plant of 13.2 MTPA crude steel 10 MTPA cement grinding unit.900 MW captive power plant. 

All weather, multi cargo, Greenfield, captive jetties for handling capacity 52 MTPA at Jatadhari. 

Even though these are four interlinked and separate projects, the Odisha PCB has proposed only two public hearings of half day each on 22.11.2019 at “Badadanda” in Jagatsinghpur district [notice attached]. These projects have also not complied with the requirement of preparing four separate EIAs and one common EIA, which would need to be disclosed before the public hearing and then apprised by all concerned Expert Appraisal Committees (EAC). 

The PPSS has written to the Odisha State Pollution Control Board and the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) [Letter Attached] pointing to these clear and deliberate violations of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), 2006. These grounds make a strong case for the rejection of these projects on the grounds of providing false and misleading data.  

We also demand an immediate cancellation of the public hearing on grounds non-compliance of the EIA notification as highlighted in the official submission as well grossly undermining the requirement for free, fair and transparent public hearing ensuring maximum amount of participation. This will not be possible with public hearing for four projects being held on the same day, in the garb of it being two projects. 

The PPSS will continue to oppose the systematic effort of the government to push for destructive projects which not just undermine the long lasting struggle of securing lives, livelihoods and homesteads but repeatedly do so by grossly violating legal requirements and regulatory safeguards.





Prasant Paikray,

Spoke Person-PPSS

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