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New Delhi:05/08/19:Former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah who were placed under house arrest, have been arrested, sources said.
The arrests came moments after Rajya Sabha passed the bill to bifurcate the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without a legislature.
Following her arrest, the PDP chief was taken to Hari Niwas, a VVIP state guest house from her residence where she was under house arrest.
The government had earlier revoked the state’s special status, provided under Article 370, via presidential order. The government also bifurcated the state into two Union territories.
Mufti, Abdullah and other mainstream Kashmir leaders were placed under house arrest since last night after the Union government decided to scrap the special statue to J&K.
Earlier in the day, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah had lashed out at the Modi government for scrapping J&K’s special status and placing them under house arrest.
New Delhi: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Odisha today supported the resolution proposed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Parliament to scrap Article 370 of Indian Constitution.
The regional party of India came out in support of the historic move that will decide the destiny of Jammu & Kashmir.
“I support this resolution. My party BJD supports this resolution. Even though, we are a regional party, but the nation is first for us,” said BJD MP Prasanna Acharya during debate on the resolution in Rajya Sabha.
“We have our regional aspiration. But for us, our motherland comes first ahead of everything,” the parliamentarian said.
He lauded Shah for the move after 70 years of ongoing crisis in Kashmir valley, saying the J&K now seems to be integral part of India.
“We have been saying that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral of India. Is it really integral part where the Constitution of India could not be implemented? An Indian citizen is not allowed to buy property there that we claim as part of the country. I would like to thank Home Minister Amit Shah that Jammu & Kashmir is now integral part of India in true sense,” Acharya said in his speech.
With batting for removal of Article 370, he expressed long-standing wish on behalf of the country to see Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to become part of Kashmir and India.
“The 130 crore population of India has been eagerly waiting for the day when the POK becomes integral part of the nation,” he said.
Even after expressing concern about the freedom of Kashmiris over scrapping of the law, he assured the House that Centre’s move will free them from torment.
“We are very concerned about the freedom of people in Kashmir. We want to redeem people of Kashmir from torture. We want to take people of Kashmir at par the rest of India. But, at the same time, we are forgetting what happened to the Kashmiri pundits in the past 70 years,” Acharya said.
Being a part of the 4-hour-long debate in the Upper House, he questioned, “Was anybody certainly shading crocodile tears for Kashmiri pundits? Is anyone concerned about them(?).
The voice of BJD member reverberated in the Parliament after Shah on Monday proposed to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
During presentation of the resolution, he said the state will be split into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one.
Making a historic announcement in the Rajya Sabha that triggered bedlam, Shah said: “I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1).”
Following his speech amid opposition protests, at times drowning his voice, the House was adjourned. It later resumed business.
New Delhi,05/08/19:The Centre today scrapped Article 370, which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah informed the Parliament today. Shah proposed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, ending the special status to the state.
Shah moved the amendment amid uproar by Opposition members. Shah said: “I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1).” Following his speech amid bedlam, the House was adjourned.
“Article 370 which grants special status to the state of Jammu will be scrapped; the State will be bifurcated in two union territories. J&K to be a union territory(UT) with legislature and Ladakh will also be a UT without a legislature,” said Shah.
“Under the umbrella of Article 370 three families looted J&K for yrs. Leader of Opposition (GN Azad) said Article 370 connected J&K to India, it’s not true. Maharaja Hari Singh signed J&K Instrument of Accession on 27 Oct 1947, Article 370 came in 1954,” said Shah.
Following the scrapping of Article 370, Indian Army & Indian Air Force were put on high alert. Close to 8,000 paramilitary troops airlifted and moved in from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and other parts of the country to the Kashmir valley.
Shah’s announcement came after days of escalating tension in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Kashmir Valley, where panicky residents have been buying up essential goods amid a security build up.
Also in the Rajya Sabha, Shah, whose BJP had made scrapping Article 370 an election pledge denied that it was 370 which linked Jammu and Kashmir with India.
“Opposition leaders are saying that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir to India. But the fact is that the Maharaja Hari Singh signed on October 27, 1947 (the Instrument of Accession) while Article 370 came into existence in 1949.
“So this is wrong to say that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir with India,” the Minister told the Rajya Sabha in response to Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who condemned the decision to axe Article 370.
Leader of Opposition Azad said: “By revoking Article 370 that accords special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP government has murdered the Constitution of India.”
He underlined that it was the historic Article 370 which linked Jammu and Kashmir to India.
Shah said Article 370 was used as “vote bank politics” and that earlier governments lacked the political will to revoke it.
“But the Modi government has the political will and we are not bothered about vote bank politics.”
He asked the opposition members to have a debate on the resolution and said there should not be a delay “even one second” in revoking Article 370.
In Parliament, two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nazeer Ahmed Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz, were told to leave the House after they tore up copies of the Constitution.
But besides the treasury benches, the BJP won the support of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress supported the government move.
On Sunday night, the Jammu and Kashmir government imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in Srinagar district and placed the top leadership of the state, including former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest.
Internet services were shut down in several parts of the Valley and educational institutions were ordered closed. Earlier, tourists were asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir while the Amarnath Yatra was curtailed.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah called the decision “a betrayal of people’s trust” and amounted to “aggression”.
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti dubbed the decision to scrap Article 370 as “the darkest day in Indian democracy”.
“Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K,” she tweeted.
“It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday supported the Union government on scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution and to give Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory status, saying he hopes the steps will bring peace and development to the state.
Ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena on Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370, terming it as “a historic day” for the country.
In a statement, Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray said: “Historic day for India. Article 370 scrapped, and Jammu & Kashmir now truly a part of India.”
Jajpur,(Kaliapani),05/08/19:World breast feeding week is an annual celebration which is being held every year from 1st August to 8th August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies in the world. In this view Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation (BIPF) a CSR wing of IMFA observed World Breast Feeding week on 5th Aug 2019 through a awareness programme with the help of anganwadi and ASHA workers at Gopabandhu Club, Kaliapani, Jajpur. In this event CDPO Mrs. Sanjukta Kanungo representated as chief guest in presence of Mrs Bhagabati Mahanta (Ex Chairman & Advisor SRCKMS), Mr Narayan Chandra Dhir (Gen Sec.SRCKMS), Mr. Ashish Jena (Social Worker). From IMFA management, Lalatendu Mahapatra ( General Manager Mines) & Mr Babit Nanda (General Manager Supply Chain).More than 150 nos of women participated which includes pregnant ladies, newly married couple & mothers . The objectives of the celebrations was to focus on empowering parents for enabling breastfeeding, although breastfeeding is the mother’s domain but when fathers/partners support Breastfeeding and have responsive relationships with their infants, there is an improvement in breastfeeding practices and parental relationships. Additionally, fathers also become more attached to their infants, and their infants develop more quickly. The programme facilitated by BIPF team and PR team Mr Deepak mohanty (Program Officer BIPF), Mrs Hemalata Mahanta, Mr Purna Chandra Mahanta,Mr Milan Ranjan Kar(Sr officer public relation), Mr Sandeep Mishra (Officer public relation).
ODISHABARTA & ANUBHABA CELEBRATED Its FOUNDATION DAY
Berhampur,04/08/19:On Sunday the Odishas’first English News Portal Odisha Barta (24X7 English News Portal) celebrated its 10th Foundation Day and 3rd Foundation Day of “ANUBHABA (Monthly Odia News Magazine) at Conference hall of Revenue Bunglow, Berhampur.
Joining as Chief Guest Mr Pinak Mishra, Superitendent of Police, Berhampur said ,a web News portal is a specially designed website that brings faster information from diverse sources, like emails, online forums and their team network, together in a uniform way.
The features available may be restricted by whether access is by an authorized and authenticated user or an anonymous website visitor. Basing on the advanced technology in our Country we have thankfully moved from the past era and today reached at the step of New India concept. Although Indian newspapers were using computers for writing and page layout and they were slow to move to online editions of their papers. I am glad to note that Odishabarta the News Portal was launched last 10 yrs a back with sound vision of Mr. Dash the owner come Editor,Mr.Mishra said.
The Chief Speaker of the day Mr. Hrushikesh Panigrahy, Station Director of All India Radio, Berhampur presented many teachable materials and addressed to huge gathering.
Presiding over the meeting Mr. Manoj Kanta Dash,Editor of both the media said, when the internet services was not properly available in our State by that time only 7 web news portals are only available,Out of them six are in Odia those having their Prinit Media.But Only Odishabarta News Portal is available in English which is known as Online Daily English Newspaper and proudly operated from Berhampur City.
Notably, by 2006 the number has steadily climbed to reach more than 100 newspapers and is predicted to grow as more people in India get access to the web. The first newspapers to adopt an online format were generally English speaking because they had more of a global audience. However, as more users gained access more Indian language papers began to surface. A lot of these new websites were generic versions of the daily paper and were not edited once published. They were operated by minimal staffs. In some instances a single editor would upload data to a third party pre-formatted interface which would allow stories to be published under general headings such as Local News, International, Sports, etc. A large majority of online newspapers in India don’t receive advertisement revenue for their web editions and, with the exception of the major papers, most websites are being operated at a loss. Most publications have been slow to incorporate modern web features such as video clips or imbedded audio. One of the biggest concerns is economic viability due to lack of ad revenue. Indian journalism sites have also been slow to adopt the modern practice of online purchasing. This means that when someone visits the website they are unable to order the paper directly or purchase products through advertisements.
The 3rd year first issue of “ANUBHABA”was launched and dedicated by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honours with applause.
Talking about “ANUBHABA” (Monthly Odia News Magazine) Mr Jaggan Mohan Mohapatra,Sr.Journalist and regular columnist to Anubhaba said, the main secret behind the concept as Monthly Odia News Magazine only to create awareness in various issues.It mainly gives priorities like News,Agriculture,Education,Health,Article,Police and to promote at Village level in our State. More important is all developmental works by our State and Central Govt.
On this day Odishabarta and “Anubhaba” team felicitated with a token of Memento to Mr.Pinak Mishra, IPS, SP, Berhampur the Chief Guest for his dedicated responsibility to control peaceful law and order and mainly of his cordial relationship with Public and Press .
Among Other Guest of Honour Dr Ramesh Chandra Chyu Patnaik,Ex-MLA,Mr.Subash Moharana,Ex-Chairman,BDA,Dr.Charan Panda, Supt.of MKCG Hospital,Mr Santanu Padhy,Addl.S.P.,(Vigilance),Mr.Prasanna Dash,Editor,”Sakala Sathee”,Mr.Purusottom Polai,Editor,”Teertha Khethra” have presented few lines all about Media role in different manner by giving importance to Press People.
Senior Correspondent of Odishabarta and Anubhaba Mr.Jogi Nahak, Mr.K.Santosh Patro,Mr.Pabitra Raut,Mr.Manoj Badatiya and Sub Editor Miss Santoshi Muni were felicitated by the Guests for their remarkable achievement in different field.
Before Vote of thanks Mr.Manoj Kanta Dash,the Editor said,”I was immense pleased that all Journalist of all Media both Print and Electronics of the City have joined this function on request.Their whole hearted encouragement and moral support shall remember forever. It’s a great moral support. Especially the support of Mr Biswanath Patnaik,Mr.Shaktidhar Rajguru,Mr.Prakash Patnaik,Mr.Pranaya Kumar Panda,Mr.Satya Chetan Parida,Mr.BK Bisarad,Mr.Nageswar Prusty,Mr Sudeep Sahu,Mr Chiranjeet Rajguru,Mr.Narayan Mahankuda,Mr.Asit Panda,Mr.Abheeram Patra,Mr Sammer Kumar Acharya,Mr.Alok Sahu,Mr.Debahari Behera,Mr.Radhashyam Acharya,Mr.Jagannath Patra and Mr.Ranjeet Kumar Sahu.”.
Dash,the Editor,further said, “We have also invited some more dignitaries and expected Mr.Chandra Sekhar Sahu, Member of Parliament (LS),Mr.Bikram Panda,MLA,Berhampur,Mr.Chakravarty Singh Rathore,IAS,Commissioner Berhampur Municipal Corportation,Ms.Shara Sharma,IPS,S.P.,Gajapati as Guest but due to some unavoidable situation and circumstance they could not attend for which they communicated their regretted Message.
Finally the Vote of thanks given by Ms.Santoshi Muni,Sub Editor.
Talcher,04/08/19:After production and supply were most affected in the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) for the 12th day in a row, the authorities on Saturday launched steps to inspect safety conditions,. The operation in the MCL was hit owing to an agitation by locals backed by political parties after four workers died in an accident at a mine on 23th July
The agitation has led to water-logging and stranding of equipment in the MCL, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd. The company alerted its safety set up to go for quick structural inspection of the safety conditions of mines, an MCL spokesperson said.
The MCL would allow movement of men and machinery to resume operations only after clearance from the statutory authorities of respective mining units after complete safety check, he said. All sections of the mines including over burden dumps, electrification network and excavation equipment will be thoroughly checked.
The MCL spokesperson said the agitation has made the mining conditions at Talcher coalfields vulnerable as the daily safety assessments have not been allowed by the locals after the mishap. Four workers were killed and nine others injured in the accident at Bharatpur mine, triggering protests by political parties and local body.
The BJP had first launched an agitation demanding a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for families of each deceased. The party withdrew its strike after talks with the authorities on Wednesday, villagers backed by BJD leaders initiated stoppage of work, stalling operations at all the mines in Talcher Coalfields in Angul district. While the MCL is exploring possibilities to resume mining operations at the earliest, blocking of movement of the safety teams in Talcher coalfields makes the mines vulnerable to internal combustion, water logging, dumps slides, power breakdowns besides damage of machines, the spokesperson added.
It may take some time for the Mines Safety and Operations teams to make fully operational the mines lying idle for the last over 11 days, he said. Four trade unions have expressed fears of mines safety and handed over their memoranda to the collector of Angul district on August 1, urging him to intervene in the matter and restore normalcy.
Meanwhile, the MCL has appointed Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, has been appointed to investigate the July 23 accident, the spokesperson said. This inquiry will be done in addition to those being conducted by the Director General Mines Safety (DGMS) and the Internal Safety Organisation (ISO).
Since July 24, the MCL has suffered a production loss of 18.94 lakh tone coal valued at Rs 170.96 crore, the spokesperson said. It is estimated that 3005.77 million units of power generation has been suffered by power plants due to zero supply of fuel from Talcher coalfields.
NTPC's Kaniha plant has closed four of its six units while the Talcher Thermal Power Plant (TTPS) is running at 50 per cent of plant load factor (PLF).
Major power plants in southern India, namely APGENCO and APPDCL in Andhra Pradesh, TANGEDCO, Neyvelli Lignite Corporation and NTEL (a joint venture of NTPC and TNEB) in Tamil Nadu, and KPCL in Karnataka have reported depleting stocks of coal and are on the verge of closing their units, the MCL spokesperson said.
MCL, with 144 million tonne coal production in 2018-19, is the second-largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India Limited, contributing 20 per cent to the total dry fuel produced in the country.
Bhubaneswar,04/08/19:Sawan Sandhya 2019 an enthralling and engrossing music and poetry fete was organised on 3rd Aug(Saturday)2019 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan auditorium, unit iii, Bhubaneswar by the Sangini group. The group comprising of Sujata Pattanaik, Madhulita Parida, Lopamudra Mishra, and Sunanda Pattanaik Janah made the audience spellbound with their scintillating musical performance and poetry recitation. In this special unique combo many eminent poets participated from in and out of Bhubaneswar. The colourful evening was graced by the chief guest Sri Manoranjan Panigrahi,secy culture dept,Dr.S.K.Tamotia,vice chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan auditorium, Mrs.Bibharani Tamotia,director Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan auditorium, eminent poet and thinker Sri.Hara Prasad Das,Pt.Dr.Chittranjan Pani,eminent Hindustani vocalist. The purpose of the fete is to spread love and likeness towards literature and music. The programme ended by the thanks giving speech from the organisers.
Koraput,04/08/19:The 3 day theatre carnival at Koraput by Nandanik concluded with the audience enjoying a series of programmes including lecture, seminar and drama performances by teams from Bhubaneswar, New Delhi and Kolkata apart from Koraput.
On 1st August, Nandanik organized the Foundation Day Lecture at COATS Seminar Hall, Koraput. DrManmatha Kr Satapathy, ex secretary, Odisha SangeetNatakAkademi delivered a talk on Folk Culture of Odisha. The session was presided over by Shri K C Nisanka, eminent researcher. The session was inaugarated by Shri A K Sethy, District Culture Officer, Koraput. The AsimBasu Memorial Award was handed over to ShriDambarudharNayak by BhaswatiBasu.
On 2nd August, a national level seminar on ‘Folk Culture and Media’ was organized by Nandanik in joint collaboration with Kolkata based academic journal Parbo. Acdemicians and art practitioners presented papers in the seminar convened jointly by Dr Jhansi Singh and Saumendra Kr Swain.
On 2nd August, the 4th edition of the Deomali Theatre Festival was started at Town Hall, Koraput with inauguration by Shri R S Das, Exective Director, NALCO, Damanjodi, ShriJugal Kishore Panda, AIR, Jeypore, Shri Krishna Singh, eminent social worker ShriNiloy Roy and ShriProbirGuha, eminent theatre directors from New Delhi and Kolkata. All the guests congratulated Nandanik on reaching 5 years and spearheading the theatre movement in Koraput.Shri R S Das said, “We appreciate the efforts of Nandanik and will stand by the efforts of Nandanik to promote theatre in Koraput district.”Shri J K Panda described the significance of theatre as an art form.
Nandanik presented the play Nayeeka based on the plays of RamakantaRath. It was scripted and directed by Sourav Gupta. The play deals with the unconditional passion of a person for an actress and advocates that true love is unconditional. The next performance Kala Jal by Delhi based People’s Theatre Group was a strong non verbalstatement regarding water pollution.
On 3rd August, the Alumina Girls School, Damanjodi presented a play, Swabhiman, on Rights of Girl Child. It was supported by NALCO, designed by Ashok Kar and directed by SusantaKar. Alternative Living Theatre presented Gharwapsikigeet under the direction of SNA awardee ShriProbirGuha. The play in living theatre signature style of Guha was highly physical and musical in form and emphasized the important issue of curses of industrialization and uprooting of people from their homeland.
Nayika Natyachetana presented a modern adaptation of Fakir Mohan’s Rebati by Subodh Patnaik titled Rebati-Eibati-Sebati. The solo performance by Sujata Priyambada was liked by everyone. The play centre around women’s education in present social context.
Inspite of the heavy rainfall, there was a heavy turnout in the festival.