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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Frustrated Pakistan may dig its own grave by reacting to internal matters of Indian Parliament doing its legislative business regarding Kashmir
New Delgi:08/08/19:Frustrated Pakistan Prime Minister has announced so-called serious and tough but totally mindless measures on Indian Parliament having its legislative business regarding Kashmir simply to divert attention of Pakistanis from serious-most economic crisis where Pakistan cabinet has even to discuss issues like bread-prices. All the measures announced by Pakistan will hit back Pakistan. Breaking bilateral trade-relations with India will further ruin badly-disturbed economy of Pakistan. Sending back Indian envoy to India will give breather of life to Kulbhushan Jadhav in absence of counsellor-access which is a pre-condition for a fresh trial ordered by International Court of Justice.
Pakistan taking Kashmir issue to UN will give India a chance to raise issue of Pakistan forces vacating Pak-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), pre-condition imposed by UN only to be followed by plebiscite. Every Pakistani leave apart Kashmiris very well knows that it is fortunate to be an Indian citizen rather than being a citizen of drowning Pakistan. Therefore isolated Pakistan taking issue of internal matter India on Kashmir will make task of Indian forces easy for auto-vacation of PoK by Pakistani forces. It is noteworthy that even China may not like to support Pakistan because Chinese industry and economy are presently totally dependent on Indian market.
Bhubaneswar,In the aftermath of the Jammu and Kashmir action by the Centre, the internet and the newspapers are agog with the story of Biju Babu having done the first landing during the 27th October 1947 invasion of Kashmir, and how he was instrumental in the Maharaja signing the Instrument of Accession. All the biographies, including the official hagiographic tome “The Tall Man” mention this act of bravery. Even the official sites of the Odisha government tom-toms this story. The demand for conferring the Bharat Ratna too has been raised against the Art 370 dilution.
This is far from the truth. Biju Patnaik was nowhere near Srinagar or Jammu and Kashmir on that day. In fact, he did do many landings in the later month, the first being on the 10th November 1947, and a good fourteen days after the invasion. The first landing was done by Wing Commander Karori Lal Bhatia of the Indian Air Force, flying a DC-3 Dakota. Three Dakotas of 12 Sqn took off from Wellingdon airfield at Delhi at 0500 hours for Srinagar signalling the start of the IAF operations in the 1947-48 War. Before the end of the day, 28 Dakota sorties are flown.
Immediately after the Maharaja of Kashmir signed the Instrument of Accession on the 26th October 1947, No 12 Sqn, under the command of Wing Commander Bhatia was deputed for operations. He piloted the very first aircraft, into the Kashmir Valley on 27 October 47, carrying troops of 1st Sikh Regiment under Lt Col D R Rai. In the following weeks, the squadron also conducted bombing sorties in support of the army with the bombs being rolled out of the cargo bay by the aircrew. The fledgling Indian Air Force committed almost its entire resources to the 1947-48 Kashmir Operations.
On 9th November, Prime Minister Nehru flew to Srinagar in an IAF Dakota piloted by Bhatia. Mehar Singh flew Maharaja Hari Singh from Jammu in another Dakota. No.12 Sqn, in the course of its regular casualty evacuation and transport duties in the next few months, airlifted 25 pounder field guns to Poonch and also ran bombing sorties with their trusted Dakotas.
The squadron also flew the first Indian Army troops to Leh, and the second landing in Leh was done by Wing Commander Bhatia. Karori Lal was later awarded the Vir Chakra along with many pilots of the Squadron. The award was announced in January 1950 when India became a republic and the Gallantry Awards were instituted.
The Kashmir Operations ended with Karori Lal being made the Station Commander at the Agra Airbase. The Transport Squadron operating under him had won 13 out of 19 Vir Chakras awarded to the IAF for its heroic deeds in the Kashmir Operations.
This air hero died young at the age of 34 years. In March 1948, his Dakota had been hit by the enemy artillery fire while flying to Srinagar and he was wounded with shrapnel. He was evacuated to Srinagar and operated upon. However, small shrapnel remained embedded with one of his lungs undetected which infected his lungs and caused malignant cancer. In December 1953 he was flown to Tata’s Institute at Bombay and from there to London for the treatment. He was operated twice but the disease spread fast, damaging his entire respiratory system and other vital organs. He breathed his last on 20th Jan 1954.
Karori Lal Bhatia is a legend in the IAF. During his short stint of ten years he flew every type of aircraft that operated in the Indian theatre. From Tiger Moths to Piston powered Wapitis, he flew Blenheims, Harvards, Hurricanes, Spitfires, Dakotas, Vampires and even the gigantic Liberators. In fact he holds the record of having flown nineteen different types of aircraft and clocked 2842 hours of flying.
And now Biju Babu. Yes, he did play a very important role in the Kashmir operations. His role was much more important and decisive than what is being wrongly attributed to him. It was he who suggested to Nehru to summon all the operating civilian aircraft to Delhi for the Kashmir operations. There were about a dozen private operators, mostly flying Dakotas, who were running flights in different places in the country. Private airlines like Deccan Airways, Airways India, Bharat Airways, Himalayan Aviation, Indian National Airways, Air India, Air Services of India, Assam Airways, Indamer Airways, Jamair and Dharbhanga Aviation were flying surplus World War II Dakotas.
At Biju Patnaik’s insistence, Sardar Patel issued a command on All India Radio requisitioning all civilian aircraft. They were summoned to New Delhi and parked at the Wellingdon (Safdargunj) Airport, from where sorties were made to Kashmir. Biju Babu supervised the operations. In fact the seeds of nationalization and merging the private airlines were sown during this period.
Biju Babu saved the day for India by the massive airlifts that were carried on in the first few months of the invasion, when the entire valley was landlocked due to winter. Everything that the troops required including coal, kerosene, mules and vegetables besides the ammunition was carried by these workhorses. Biju Babu undertook many flights himself.
Group Captain Bhatia’s flight Log Books are available at the IAF archives, in fact they are also on the internet. There are no records of Biju Babu’s flying career, except the legends. Incidentally, my research says that the first flight that Biju Babu made, he carried a dozen mules and hay for the pack animals. No small deed this, these were as vital for the troops as the ammunition and fuel.
It is about time that an official biography of Biju Babu should be commissioned. It is heartbreaking to see so many false things being written about him. He deserves much better. In his lifetime, Biju Babu was a voracious reader, but he seldom wrote. However, during my research, I was amazed by the sheer volume that has been written about him by other pilots of the Second World War. I have many books which have anecdotes and stories about his daredevilry. He deserves much more and much better than what all is being dished out about him. Asking for the conferring the Bharat Ratna an honour that is rightly deserved, should not be on falsities. There are many truths and facts which can be the base for such demands.
Angul:Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) celebrated Shri Om Prakash Jindal’s 89th Birth Anniversary today with a series of social welfare programmes. Led by Mr. PankajGautam, Chief Operating Officer – Odisha & Mrs. PratibhaGautam, President, Jindal MahilaSamiti, all the senior officials and employees of JSPL with their family members and people from the local community paid homage to the visionary and founder of O.P Jindal Group, respectfully called as Bauji by one and all.
To mark this occasion, JSPL Foundation organised a blood donation camp in association with Odisha Blood Bank, Angul, inaugurated by Mr. PankajGautam, in presence of Mr. Suresh Kumar, Executive Director - Maintenance; Mr. Damodar Mittal, President – Iron Making Zone; Brig. K.K. Chopra; Mr. S.K. Sharma, VP-CSR&R; Mr. Alok Malhotra, Head (HR&ES); Dr.Krushna Prasad Behera, CMO, OHC,JSPL;Swami Satyabindu Saraswati and other officials of the Company. Total 124 units of blood were collected in this camp.
Mr. PankajGautam also flagged off a 26-seater School Bus, which was contributed by JSPL Foundation for education of the children of Adruta Children Home.
On the occasion, O.P. Jindal Angul Cup Football tournament, organised by JSPL Foundation, was also inaugurated at Angul Stadium by Mr. Tapan Kumar Satpathy, ADM-Angul, in presence of Mr. AkhayaSetha, District Sports Officer, Angul; Mr. Nilamani Rout, Secretary of Angul Sub Division Athletic Association; Mr. S.K. Sharma and Mrs. Puspalata Satapathy, GM-CSR of JSPL. Total 12 teams from different parts of Odisha are participating in this state level football tournament.
A BhajanSandhya was also organised at the Devbhoomi Temple as part of the celebration.
Similarly, the staff members and students of O. P. Jindal School, Jindal Nagar; OPJCC, Angul and DAV-Savitri Jindal School situated at Badamahitala R&R colony also paid their homage to Bauji by performing a Havan, Plantation, Swachhata Rally and Drawing Portrait of Shri O.P. Jindal Ji.
At Bhubaneswar, all the staff members led by Mr. Prashant Kumar Hota, EVP & Group Head (CSR & Sustainability) paid their respect to the revered soul. The Company also distributed sweets among students of School for the Deaf and Dumb at Palaspalli in the City.