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Bhubaneswar,29/09/18:My most respected elder brother-like Nikhil Da has left for his heavenly abode in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi after prolonged illness. 

I respected Nikhil Da while I was a student in Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and Nikhilda was having office of UNI at Gangamandir, Cuttack which was most favourite meeting place of politicians. Media persons, social activists, artists, literary person’s stage and film artists. 

He guided me as an elder brother without any hesitation and always loved to speak with all in Bengali-Odia accent. He loved one and all and everybody reciprocated. He loved humor and use to create jokes with most with whom he was friendly. During my long association with him, I have learned many things from him personally, professionally and socially. 

After his transfer to Delhi, I used to meet him at his office and to spend happy moments with him. He was very much attached to me and whenever he was meeting anybody from Odisha he used to ask about me and all our friends in Odisha. 

During past two years we had lost Sunit Ghosh , who worked for Ananda Bazar Patrika group in Bhubaneswar,, Nikhil Chakravarty of the HINDU, P. Dev Kumar of U.N.I. who were very much attached to Odisha . Now with sad demise of Nikhilda only few young journalists from Odisha are left out to take care of interests of Odisha and its people as well as its heritage, art, literature , culture etc. 

I pray almighty to rest Nikhilda's soul in peace under his lotus feet and to give enough strength to Boudi and their only daughter and grand children to face the world with courage to cherish his loving memory.

Prasanta Patnaik 

Bhubaneswar,29/09/18:My most respected elder brother-like Nikhil Da has left for his heavenly abode in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi after prolonged illness. 

I respected Nikhil Da while I was a student in Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and Nikhilda was having office of UNI at Gangamandir, Cuttack which was most favourite meeting place of politicians. Media persons, social activists, artists, literary person’s stage and film artists. 

He guided me as an elder brother without any hesitation and always loved to speak with all in Bengali-Odia accent. He loved one and all and everybody reciprocated. He loved humor and use to create jokes with most with whom he was friendly. During my long association with him, I have learned many things from him personally, professionally and socially. 

After his transfer to Delhi, I used to meet him at his office and to spend happy moments with him. He was very much attached to me and whenever he was meeting anybody from Odisha he used to ask about me and all our friends in Odisha. 

During past two years we had lost Sunit Ghosh , who worked for Ananda Bazar Patrika group in Bhubaneswar,, Nikhil Chakravarty of the HINDU, P. Dev Kumar of U.N.I. who were very much attached to Odisha . Now with sad demise of Nikhilda only few young journalists from Odisha are left out to take care of interests of Odisha and its people as well as its heritage, art, literature , culture etc. 

I pray almighty to rest Nikhilda's soul in peace under his lotus feet and to give enough strength to Boudi and their only daughter and grand children to face the world with courage to cherish his loving memory.

Report;Bureau,Odishabarta 

Talcher,29/09/18:As part of providing medical care to the local people around NTPC Talcher Kaniha Power Station under CSR, the station organises medical camp regularly. In this regard, the power station organised a special medical camp at Badahira ,Kaniha on 27.09.2018. 

It is learnt that villagers were suffering from diarrhea outbreak in Badahira village , many people were admitted with symptoms of vomiting and frequent liquid discharge. Keeping in view of the urgency and immediate medical attention, the power station held the medical camp. 

Around 58 patients attended the camp. They were provided medical consultation by Dr R.K.Ranganathan with free medicine. On the occasion Jakir Khan ,DGM(HR),Rajendra Behera,Sr.Mgr(HR) and Bishmadev Nayak ,Asst(HR) & Santosh Sahoo ,Asst(HR)were present

 

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Bhawanipatna,28/09/18:The three day Kalahandi Dialogue, a global conclave on development has been launched here by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik. Using the platform the Chief Minister launched several projects for the district of Kalahandi. The District Magistrate Dr Parag Harshad Gavali introduced the proposed projects and thanked the CM for taking proactive action to expedite the development of Kalahandi. 

Shri Sujeet Kumar, the Chairperson of Kalahandi Dialogue delivered the welcome address. He explained the reason behind creating this collaborative platform to engage the youth in development dialogue and action. Highlighting the need of such a forum, Shri Kumar stressed on the need of interrogating development from the grassroots and see this from people’s perspective instead of imposing the ideas of development from the above.  He thanked Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik for being the chief architect behind this transformation of Kalahandi from an example of poverty and hunger to the agri-producer in surplus. 

Shri Subroto Bagchi, the Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Council, shared several examples of entrepreneurs from Kalahandi to highlight to the contribution they are making to the socio-economic transformation of the district. He identified three broad aspects to any development process. For him, the first aspect is to have a strong desire to create a self-identity, which is backed by the second aspect of individual development and finally achieved by the third aspect of organizational development. He shared three success stories to drive home the discussion. First was the example of Shri Dipak Sahoo, a confectioner/sweet maker from Junagadh who has become an inspiration for many by using innovative methods in business and using his business as a vehicle for social development. The second example is that of couple Sadananda Satpathy and his wife Ambika Satpathy who have started a business called Zoo Fresh, a meat and poultry supply initiative. Within only two years they have employed more than 100 people directly and becoming one of the top 20 agri-startups in the country. 

He then shared the example of ITI of Kalahandi which is now 58 years old. During these years the institute has trained more than 15000 students who gainfully employed or have created employment in and around Kalahandi thereby contributing to Make in India and Make in Odisha.  

After launching a slew of development projects, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik thanked the people of Kalahandi for the incredible spirit and indomitable energy. He congratulated the people of Kalahandi for making the district the green basket of Odisha. He wished best wishes to Kalahandi Dialogue and congratulated the organisers for this brilliant initiative. Shri Sushant Padhi offered a formal vote of thanks to close the inaugural session. 

The first plenary had brilliant minds sharing their personal experiences and setting expectations for the three-day dialogue. Prof Surendranath Pashupalak, the VC OUAT shared the glorious history of Kalahandi where the region was known for rice cultivation and thanked the collaborative efforts of government and farmers in turning around the Kalahandi story of scarcity to the story of surplus.  He wanted to draw everyone’s attention to the important role being played by OUAT and assured that his institution is going to play a key role in the future development of Kalahandi. 

The Rwandan High Commission to India, His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo argued that development is an ongoing and multi-stakeholder process. He shared his experience of work in Africa and Asia. He compared Kalahandi of the past and Kalahandi of the present and congratulated Kalahandi Dialogue for celebrating this positive change and being able to create a development model. 

Shri Niranjan Pujari, the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development and Water Resources of Government of Odisha asserted that Kalahandi Dialogue is the right platform to celebrate the glory of Kalahandi. The development process of Kalahandi is not known to many people, he mentioned. That is why Kalahandi Dialogue will do a yeomen service in explaining the history and the current in the context of Kalahandi. 

Shri Pratap Jena, the Hon’ble Minister of Health, Law, I&PR of Government of Odisha, congratulated Kalahandi Dialogue for the unique initiative and he strongly believed that Kalahandi is slated to be going to capture the global imagination of development and policy experts through Kalahandi Dialogue. Taking about local development, he assured that Government of Odisha has decided to make the Kalahandi Medical College and Hospital ready in two years. 

Shri Ramesh Majhi, the Hon’ble Minister of SC & ST, Minorities & Backward Classes Development, Government of Odisha highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of Kalahandi. He mentioned the coexistence of wisdom from the modern development of Kalahandi and the ancient knowledge from the primitive tribals like Dongria Kondh in Kalahandi. He also shared how Kalahandi is no more a punishment post in government or private jobs. People who are coming to Kalahandi don’t want to leave the place, he asserted.  

Shri Vaibhav Kant Upadhyay, the Chairman of India Center Foundation, first paid his respect to the Shri Rendo Majhi, the legendary freedom fighter of Kalahandi. Shri Upadhyay was impressed with Kalahandi’s infrastructure. He thanked the Odisha Government and the local leadership for the incredible turnaround of Kalahandi. He stressed that Kalahandi’s collaborative development model is an example for others in the country. 

Shri Satyanarayan Sahu, former Press Secretary to President KR Narayanan, spoke highly of the term Dialogue and mentioned its significance in governance. He shared several examples of how global media houses have shared Kalahandi’s success and how Kalahandi increasingly is capturing global thinking space in development studies. He argued that it will be easy to fight environmental challenges like global warming and climate change by respecting the indigenous traditions. He also thanked the Honourable Chief Minister and lauded his effort for suggesting Ahimsa (Non-Violence) be included in the preamble of the Indian constitution.  

Shri Bijay Sahoo, the Group President of Reliance Industries congratulated the Kalahandi Dialogue and found its themes extremely appealing and useful. He advocated a formula of micro-level skills development and development of the individual level willpower to determine the future of Kalahandi. 

The Hon’ble Minister Shri Jena announced the approval of five new PG courses at OUAT and announced three centres of excellence. The Heroes of Kalahandi were awarded for the inspiring work. Four people namely Folk Singer Shri Sarbeswar Bhoi, Mountaineer Shri Jogabyasa Bhoi, Poet Shri Jaidrath Jena and Chess player Saundarya Pradhan were chosen for the awards.  Awardees spoke about their journey and shared how they converted their difficulty into opportunities.

 

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Bhubaneswar,28/09/18:Thousands of adivasis and forest dwellers from more than 18 districts, mostly from tribal regions of Odisha called for a State level “Mass Public Protest” under the banner of CSD Odisha today raising their strong protest against and demanded for withdrawal of anti-tribal and forest dwellers law likeCompensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 (commonly known as CAMPA) and Draft National Forest Policies 2018. Such policies are organized conspiracy to take away the forest rights of the forest dwellers recognized under FRA. After more than a decade the progress of FRAimplementation in Odisha is very poor due to serious issues and challenges faced in the implementation and recognition of forest rights, which was raised in today’s mass protest. The protest march was led by GopinathMajhi and other leaders of CSD and culminatedin a public address by forest dwellers came from various districts near PMG. The meeting was presided by Narendra Mohanty, core body members of CSD and speakers like Pradeep Sahu, Prafulla Samantara, Anna Kujjur, Suresh Panigrahi, Karmi Besra, Balraju Gemel, Trilochan Punji, RadhakantaSethi, AkhyaPani, SalaMarndi, Lochan Bariha, Bijaya Upaddhyay, Pradipta Nayak, Kamal Saimajhi, Sandeep Pattnayak, Bijay Swain, BiranchiBariha and others. A team of delegation submitted memorandum to Governor of Odisha and Chief Secretary, Govt of Odisha drawing attention for immediate remedial of their issues. 

Their demands are as follows: 

Repeal Anti-environment and anti-people Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 thatenacted to reverse and wither away the forest rights recognised under FRA. 

Withdraw MoEF&CC guideline (F.No.11-423/2011- FC, of 8 Nov. 2017) creating “land banks” from revenue and degraded forest land to raise compensatory afforestation. 

Not to bypass the “authority” of gramsabhas in FRA implementation but need to empowerment gramsabha in campaign mode. 

Withdraw of anti-conservation and anti-tribal draft National Forest Policy, 2018 proposed by MoEF&CC, Govt. of India. This is anti-FRA and Anti-environment, would destroy India’s forest by handing over to private Companies formanagement. 

Withdraw 28 March 2017 order of National Tiger Conservation Authority illegally issued to subvert FRA in Tiger Habitat and forcing eviction of adivasisfrom their ancestral land for wildlife conservation. 

Stop diversion of rich biodiversity areas for development projects such as mines, industry, dams, etc to avoid destruction of wildlife habitats and increase human-animal conflicts. 

Allow gramsabhas for “free trade and issue transit permit” by printing their own permit book as per FRA and strict penal action against officials creating illegal obstruction in exercise of their rights over minor forest produce (MFP) . 

Review and monitoring of the progress of FRA implementation by State level (SLMC) to SDLC and DLC levels regularly. 

Withdraw the anti-FRA and anti-people JFMC/ VSS resolution and dissolve all VSS in Odisha. Mandatory approval of gramsabha for any forestry activities within community forest resource areas of gramsabhas. 

Strict instruction for SDLC and DLC to acceptclaims and recognize the IFR of OTFDs with special priority and accept recommendation of gramsabhas. 

Capacity building of line department officials and gramsabhas on procedures and guidelines issued by Revenue Dept., Board of Revenue for conversion of forest, un-surveyed villages into revenue villages. 

IFR and CFR rights in mining areas are withdrawn and not recognized for eligible claimants. Need monitoring of FRA violation in mining areas of Odisha and respect gramsabhadecision during forest land diversion process. 

Urgently instruct the Collectors to facilitate the process to recognize habitat rights of PVTGs and dispose of long pending habitat rights claims immediately by issue of titles. 

Lack of better budgetary allocation in capacity building of gramsabhasat village level and line dept officials constrained smooth implementation of FRA looks conspiracy of systematic suppression of FRA.

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ROURKELA,28/09/18:Rourkela Railway Police has gripped the success after arresting one thief Biswajit Khosla (21) who had stolen 18 Laptops from Rourkela-Koraput Express. He is a resident of Vill-Deokhard, PS-Dasamantapur, Dist –Koraput. In a press meet the SP, Railway Police, Ajay Pratap Swain, Rourkela briefed the media about the modus operandi and other information relating to this case. This case came to lime light after police received two complaints GRS case no-95,dtd-23-8-2018 and case no-100,dtd2-9-2018 u/s-379 IPC. Police found both these thefts are made in the same train. Finding some clue they verified the CCTV footage taken in Rourkela Railway Station and it was ascertained that a particular person is travelling regularly by the same train in AC coach and movement was suspicious. Then the police had planned to trace him Rourkela Station and as per the plan he was nabbed and then interrogated. He confessed to his crime and revealed all details. He was a tipper driver and was in love with a girl of that village but the family members had obstructed their relationship. But both of them had stayed in the same village in a separate house and incidentally Biswajit came in touch with a Bengali person named Pulak who then advised him to steal Laptops from the train which can give him a better life and can earn a lot of money. He further assured him to help to sale those stolen Laptops in Kolkata and took Rs.10000 cash from Biswajit. Finding the way of easy money he started travelling by the train and did all odd. When police had asked him about the stolen Laptops he initially lied to police that he had kept it all in Sambalpur but the information subsequently found wrong. Then he admitted of keeping all those in his village and in Jamankira. Police have seized all Laptops of different brands on 26-9-2018 and brought back him to Rourkela on 27-9-2018 and was arrested that day at 11 PM. Police is now investigating if any other persons are associated with him. There are Laptops of different brands consisting of Dell, HP, Apple and Lenovo.

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ROURKELA,28/09/18:Rourkela Railway Police has gripped the success after arresting one thief Biswajit Khosla (21) who had stolen 18 Laptops from Rourkela-Koraput Express. He is a resident of Vill-Deokhard, PS-Dasamantapur, Dist –Koraput. In a press meet the SP, Railway Police, Ajay Pratap Swain, Rourkela briefed the media about the modus operandi and other information relating to this case. This case came to lime light after police received two complaints GRS case no-95,dtd-23-8-2018 and case no-100,dtd2-9-2018 u/s-379 IPC. Police found both these thefts are made in the same train. Finding some clue they verified the CCTV footage taken in Rourkela Railway Station and it was ascertained that a particular person is travelling regularly by the same train in AC coach and movement was suspicious. Then the police had planned to trace him Rourkela Station and as per the plan he was nabbed and then interrogated. He confessed to his crime and revealed all details. He was a tipper driver and was in love with a girl of that village but the family members had obstructed their relationship. But both of them had stayed in the same village in a separate house and incidentally Biswajit came in touch with a Bengali person named Pulak who then advised him to steal Laptops from the train which can give him a better life and can earn a lot of money. He further assured him to help to sale those stolen Laptops in Kolkata and took Rs.10000 cash from Biswajit. Finding the way of easy money he started travelling by the train and did all odd. When police had asked him about the stolen Laptops he initially lied to police that he had kept it all in Sambalpur but the information subsequently found wrong. Then he admitted of keeping all those in his village and in Jamankira. Police have seized all Laptops of different brands on 26-9-2018 and brought back him to Rourkela on 27-9-2018 and was arrested that day at 11 PM. Police is now investigating if any other persons are associated with him. There are Laptops of different brands consisting of Dell, HP, Apple and Lenovo.

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NTPC Talcher Kaniha installs 96 solar street lights in 35 villages 

Talcher,28/09/18:NTPC Kaniha Lighting Up Lives through installation solar street lights under its CSR initiative .The solar street lights are installed keeping in view of formal requests received from respective village representatives & need assessment survey report. Recently the power station has installed 96 nos. solar lights in the nearby villages of NTPC Kaniha power station for convenience during night time. 

Solar street lights were has installed in 35 villages around the power station namely Bijigol,Bhimkand,Derang,Rangabeda,Gadasila,Karadei,Kateni,Mgrlineline,Patharmunda,Kaniha,Takua,Sarathipal,Tolakbeda,Mgr,- bye pass road Masunihata,,Badahira,Kaniha,Saradhapur,Ambapal,Lodhabanda,Gandaberena,Bijigol,Bhimkand,Rangabeda.Patharmunda,Takua,Sarathipal,Durgapur,Hariharapur,Kundheigola,Kakudia & Gadasila etc.   

The initiative intends to facilitate safety & smooth communication during night time and will result into fewer accidents. All the prominent areas, school premises and market places were taken into consideration for the installation of solar lights. 

This is one of the flagship programme of NTPC Kaniha which is being appreciated by various stakeholders.As part of promoting renewable energy i.e solar energy the power station runs 10 MW solar plant at its plant and township area and installed 60 Kwp Rooftop Solar PV system at its administrative building.  

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Talcher,28/09/18:NTPC Kaniha has been undertaking numerous initiatives under its CSR initiative for promoting education.In this regard  the power station has distributed school bag & water bottle at Dumuduma Nodal UP School on 26th September 2018. 

Distribution programme was held in presence Shri P.K.Sahu, DGM(HR), NTPC Kaniha ,Shri M.V.Rao, ES(HR), NTPC Kaniha Shri Bijay Kumar Pradhan, Sarapanch,Hariharpur Gram Panchayat with the presence of Headmistress of the School. 

On the occasion DGM(HR) ,Shri Sahu, emphasized on the role of school in a student’s life to become a good citizen and good individual in the society. Sarapanch, Shri Pradhan focused on the quality of education & the role of school bag & water bottle towards attaining the education objective. He   thanked NTPC Kaniha for its noble approach to this school. 

Headmistress of the school, Smt. Jyotsnamayee Dwibedi appreciated the social activity of NTPC Kaniha and expected the cooperation in future also through NTPC CSR initiatives. Around 150 students were benefited by the initiative.

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Nabarangpur/Berhampur,28/09/18:Basing on the allegations of acquisition of assets disproportionate to the known sources of income by Sri Mansai Panka, M.D., Jharigaon LAMPCS, Dist- Nabarangpur, his (1) Residential double storied building at Bharandipara, PS- Jharigaon, Dist- Nabarangpur, (2) Single storied building at native Village Bharandipara, PS- Jharigaon, (3) single storied building at Umarkote, Dist- Nabarangpur and (4) Office chamber at Jharigaon were simultaneously searched today i.e. on  27.9.2018 by the Officers of Vigilance, Koraput Division, Jeypore on the strength of Search Warrants issued by the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Vigilance, Koraput, Jeypore. 

In course of search and inventory, Sri Mansai Panka, M.D., Jharigaon LAMPCSwas found in possession of assets worth Rs.1,45,33,445/-  (Rupees One Crore Forty Five Lakhs Thirty Three Thousand Four Hundred Forty Five)  including one double storied building, 2 nos of single storied buildings, one tin roofed house, 3 nos of homestead plots and 3 nos of Agriculture land, one Honda Siel Car, one Indigo CS car, one Tractor with Trolley, one motor cycle, Gold and Silver ornaments, Bank and insurance deposits, Hard Cash Rs. 1,34,692/- (Rupees One Lakh Thirty Four Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Two) and costly household articles.  

During house search, the following movable and immovable assets have been so far unearthed from the possession of Sri Panka and his family members.

 

1.

Cost of one double storied building at Bharandipara, PS- Jharigaon, Dist- Nabarangpur  

Rs.

83,10,705/-

2.

Cost of one single storied building at Umarkote

Rs.

14,83,000/-

3.

Cost of one single storied building at Bharandipara

Rs.

2,93,635/-

4.

Cost of one tin roofed house at Hatapada, Jharigaon

Rs.

2,50,000/-

5.

Cost of 3 nos of homestead plot at Bharandipara and Jharigaon and 3 nos of Agriculture land at village- Telgam, Dhanpur and Bharandipara

Rs.

10,11,300/-

6.

Cost of one Honda Siel car

Rs.

9,00,000/-

7.

Cost of one Indigo CS car

Rs.

5,00,000/-

8.

Cost of one Tractor with Trolley

Rs.

6,00,000/-

9.

Cost of one motor cycle

Rs.

52,489/-

10.

Deposits in different Banks and LIC Policies

Rs.

1,44,686/-

11.

Cost of Gold and Silver ornaments

Rs.

1,50,200/-

12.

Hard Cash

Rs.

1,34,692/-

13.

Cost of Household articles

Rs.

7,02,738/-

 

Total

Rs.

1,45,33,445/-

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