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New Delhi,01/08/19:Odisha-born Mrutyunjay Mohapatra today assumed charge as the Director General of Meteorology of India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Mohapatra also the Permanent Representative of India with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Member of Executive Council, WMO.
Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mohapatra on Thursday assumed the office as the Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Mohapatra, hwo hails from Odisha was appointed as the IMD chief by the Central Government last month. He has been appointed as IMD DG for a period of five years.
Known for his accurate cyclone forecasts, Mohapatra was leading the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD. He and his team have credited not only for their accurate forecast on cyclones, its wind-speed and likely impact on life and property including during the recent cyclone Fani that hit Odisha coast in May but also during Phailin (2013), Hudhud (2014) and Titli (2018) hit the eastern coast.
He is also a permanent representative of India with the WMO and a member of WMO Executive Council. He hails from Bhadrak district in Odisha.
Prior to joining the IMD, Mohapatra, who did his Masters in Physics, joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory in Chandipur in Balasore. He was also working as a Lecturer in Physics at DK College in Jaleswar in Balasore district for two years between 1990 and 1992.
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Berhampur,01/08/19:The Berhampur Sadar police Thursday arrested four persons who were allegedly posing as journalists and threatening a school teacher in the area in allegation of MDM meals.
Three of the accused have been identified as Sunil Baliarsingh, Tapan Patnaik and Deepak Badatya.
According to reports, they went to a school in the area, where they threatened a teacher and tried to extort money from him.
Suspecting foul play, locals detained them and later handed them over to police. During interrogation, it came to fore that they are fake journalists.
A car, a camera, a boom and fake identity cards were seized from their possession.
They all forwarded to court on Thursday however the bail petition has been rejected Police said.
Bhubaneswar,01/08/19:The Odisha government today issued an order directing all district education officers and Collectors to ensure implementation of Centre’s guidelines for reduction of weight of school bags for students from Class I to X.
The move came after reports of some students in English medium schools are not following the rules and the school authorities are also not doing anything in this regard.
The School and Mass Education Department, in a letter addressed to all District Education Officers (DEOs) and Collectors has asked to conduct surprise inspections in schools across the state and take stringent action if anyone found violating the rule.
The Department has instructed the DEOs and Collectors to form special teams to the same and submit the report by September, the letter said.
This apart, the officials were also asked to check whether the students are using the books prescribed by the National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT) and State Council of Education Research & Training (SCERT).
Notably, the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development in October ,2018 directed all States Govt to draw up guidelines to reduce the weight of schoolbags.
Baripada,01/08/19:A fake IAS officer arrested last year on charges of duping several job aspirants in the State was sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment by the Court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) in Baripada today. This apart, the court has reportedly directed the convict Rajat Panda to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.
“According to the reports of the Investigating Officer, there were several allegations against Rajat Panda as he used to dupe the job seekers. As many as nine witnesses kept their sides in the court today based on which the court pronounced the verdict,” informed government lawyer Brundaban Nayak.
Reportedly, Rajat used to develop friendship with youths on social networking sites posing as an IAS officer. After winning their trust, he used to demand money from them assuring to help them in getting a job. However, after complaints were filed against Panda in Baripada, Jharpokharia, Malkangiri and Dhauli police stations alleging him of duping job aspirants, he was finally arrested last year.
Bhubaneswar;Odisha has received 9 per cent deficit rainfall in July, official sources said today. The state experienced a rainfall deficit of 31.5 per cent in June this year.
The state received an average rainfall of 309.4 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 339.9 mm, it said.
Malkanagiri district received the highest rainfall of 633.8 mm (36.1% surplus) and Bhadrak district received the lowest rainfall of 178.9 mm (39.1% deficit) during the month, a letter issued by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office said.
The cumulative rainfall of the State in June and July 2019 remained 457.7 mm against the LTA of 556.4 mm registering a deficit of 17.7%.
Cumulatively, only Koraput district has received surplus rainfall of more than 19%.
11 districts which received normal rainfall (+ 19% to – 19%) are Nabarangpur, Malkanagiri, Puri, Kalahandi, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bargarh, Ganjam, Sonepur and Rayagada.
Rainfall in 17 districts namely, Jharsuguda, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Nuapada, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Bolangir, Boudh, Sambalpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Gajapati, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Angul, Mayurbhanj and Deogarh has remained deficit between 19% & 39%.
Rainfall in one district Sundargarh comes under severe deficit category i.e. between (-39% & -59%) during the period from 1st June, 2019 to 31st July, 2019.
On average, the State experiences 15.4 rainy days in the month of July. There were 13.7 rainy days during July this year. In June 2019, there were 7.4 rainy days against the normal average of 9.9 days.
Bhubaneswar:30th July, 2019:Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), a non-profit organization working for the development of urban poor in Bhubaneswar organized a public hearing on the “Issues and challenges faced by the Construction Workers” on Tuesday at BudhaMandir, Bhubaneswar. Around 50 construction workers from its three project settlements, i.e., KargilBasti, Kelasahi and Palaspalli participated in the public hearing. On behalf of the CFAR, Mr. Samir Ranjan Dash welcomed all the guests, Jury Members and participants of the Public Hearing. Mrs. RosalinPattnaik, the Project Coordinator of CFAR sharing the objectives of holding of Public Hearing gave a brief note on the finding of the study conducted to assess the status of implementation of the “Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Act and Cess Act, l996”. Sharing the study report, She said, “We did random sampling of 140 persons in our three project settlements (80 from KargilBasti, 45 from Kelasahi and 15 from Palaspalli) and found that out of the 140 persons surveyed, only 101 persons( Kargil Basti-71, 19 Kelasahi and 11 Palaspalli) are registered under Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Act and Cess (BOCWWC) Act, 1996. And out of 101 registered construction workers, only 64 construction workers(Kargil Basti-48, Kelasahi-5 and 11 Palaspalli) constituting 63.36 Per cent have renewed their Labour Cards and only 16 constructions workers constituting 11.42 per cent have been benefitted mostly under Cycle and Safety Security schemes under the Act.” She also shared that the major reason behind the poor renewal of the Labour Card is due to the ignorance on the Act and benefits under the Act at the construction workers and frustration at the construction workers due to failure to get renewed themselves despite many attempts and spending moeny. She also pointed out of the unwanted role of middleman in getting renewal and benefitted under the Act.
In the public hearing about 15 testimonies were presented by the aggrieved construction workers before the Jury. After hearing the testimonies, the Jury members shared their views and suggestions and the Govt. officials and members of the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board assured to redress the issues raised in the Public Hearing in a time bound manner.
Mr. Dhirendra Panda, Convener (CSFHR), Mr. Suresh Panigrahi, State Council Member CPI(M), Mr. Subhash Singh, Chairperson, Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board(OBOCWWB), Mr. SachikantPradhan, Human Right Activist, Mrs. ManjupriyaDhala, Director, CARD have consented to be members of Jury in the Public Hearing.
Sharing his key note address, Mr. Suresh Panigrahi said that “in the one hand the State Govt. is increasing the monthly pension, financial aid daughters marriage, financial assistance for death etc. of the construction workers, on the other hand construction workers are deprived from their due prescribed under the Act.
Mr. Subhash Singh, Chairperson of (OBOCWWB) said that Govt. of Odisha is speeding huge money for the welfare and development of the construction workers. He also urged the construction workers of the State not to fall in the trap of middlemen.
It is to be noted that in India about 94% of workers are engaged in un-orgainsed sector and construction workers constitutes the major section of it. The “Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare and Cess Act was enacted in 1996 by the Central Govt. for the betterment of the construction workers. In Odisha, Rules under the Act was framed in 2002 and registration under the Act was formally started in 2009 causing delay of almost 13 years. Govt. of Odisha claims to have registered about 25 Lakhs construction workers under the Act. The Act provides a number of cash benefits and assistance to the registered workers and its family members. i.e., Assistance in case of accident, (disability and death benefits, medical benefits), educational assistant for kids, maternity benefit to women workers, Assistance for purchase of working tools, Assistance for purchase of Bi-cycle, Assistance for purchase of Safety equipment, Housing Assistant, Stipend for Skill development training etc.
The Public hearing was ended with summery briefing of the Jury by MrsUsharaniBehera followed by vote of thanks by Miss Krishna Mohapatra, Field Coordinator , CFAR.
New Delhi, July 31, 2019: In a Boost to Indian Railways, JSPL has successfully executed the first-ever Rail order to Indian Railways on 29th July 2019. JSPL has supplied 126604 tonnes of long rails to Indian Railways in record time and far ahead of schedule. Out of this total quantity, JSPL supplied 97,400 tonnes of long rails on 22nd April 2019, in record time and four months ahead of schedule.
Earlier, on July 2018, JSPL had bagged the first-ever global tender for supply of rails to Indian Railways. The tender saw bidding by eight leading players amongst which were the world’s seven top-most manufacturers of rails. The total value of the contract was at Rs. 732 crores.
In addition to long rails orders from Indian Railways, JSPL is also expecting orders of a minimum volume of 2 lakh tonnes per annum of 13/26 metre rails from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and IRCON International Limited. It is noteworthy in this connection that, recently, JSPL won an order from RVNL to supply 89,042 tonnes of UIC 60 kg IRS T-12 880-grade 13-metre rails for RVNL’s upcoming projects. The order is valued at around Rs. 665 crores. RVNL has sent the LOA for the same to JSPL on May 8, 2019.
Part of the USD22-billion OP Jindal Group, JSPL has a presence in steel, power, mining and infrastructure sectors. JSPL had set up India’s most modern rail mill at its Raigarh plant in 2003 to become the second player after SAIL to produce rails in India. Its rails are one of the longest, which can go up to 260 metres rail panels through flash butt welding carried out within the plant premises. JSPL has already developed Head Hardened Rails through state of the art technology from SMSMeer Germany. This Rails head hardening facility is brought first time in India. The head hardened Rails are suitable for High-speed trains and Metro Rails where the movement is quite frequent. JSPL is partnering with Indian Railways and its subsidiaries like IRCON & RVNL to accomplish the Prime minister’s Make in India campaign. JSPL is further enhancing its capacities within the existing facility at Raigarh to produce more quantity of Rails to meet out the increasing demand of Indian Railways.
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Koraput;Tension prevailed at Kunduli hospital in Koraput district today following the death of an infant due to alleged medical negligence.
According to sources, the 16-day-old baby was undergoing treatment.
The baby’s health condition deteriorated early this morning and the child breathed his last after being administered wrong medicine by the doctors, alleged the family members.
Besides, irate locals and the family members of the baby staged a dharna in front of the hospital and demanded a reply from the on-duty doctor, sources added.