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Bhubaneswar,14/10/19:The RM Alumni Committee ofXavier School of Rural Management (XSRM), Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) conducted its rural leadership summit at the Xavier City campus, on October 13, 2019. The theme for the session was, “Indian Economic Slowdown & Rural Scenario”.
The summit was graced by esteemed alumni speakersand faculty members alike and was inaugurated byFr. Donald D’SilvaS.J., who ceremoniously lighted the lamp along with the panelists.He stressed upon the uniqueness of Rural Management as a course and the changes in the field of Rural Management over the years, enlightening the students about the opportunities in rural economic growth and development, taking the present political and economic scenario into consideration.Prof. S.S. Singh (Assistant Professor, XSRM) emphasized on the objectives behind the event and how it would help establish a link between the successful alumni and the future prospective alumni of XSRM. Thereafter, the panelists and faculty memberslaunched the annual magazine “Alohomora”published by the RM Alumni Committee. This was followed by the launch of their official YouTube Channel and the felicitation of the panelists with saplings as a token of gratitude.
The first panel was moderated by Prof. Gautam Prateek (Assistant Professor, XSRM) consisting of Ms.Neelima Burra (Country Marketing Director,Hewlett-Packard), Mr. Puspendra Singh Rathore (Operations Manager,ITC Limited) and Mr. Ved Prakash(Sr. Business Development Manager- Banking (India/SAARC),Gemalto). They deliberated upon, “Rural Dynamics Driving Marketer’s Approach & Shaping Consumer Behaviour to Counter Current Market Slump”.
Mr. Prateek shared the challenges faced by the rural managers in the industrial and financial context due to economic slowdown. Ms. Burra questioned the biggest concern of the organization and the impact of new investments, revenue streams, and consumer habits on the rural market, and its dynamics. Mr. Rathore highlighted the diversity among rural consumers, the emotional connect they have with the brand and the need to have specialized departments in an organization to attend to and satisfy each segment of the consumers. Mr. Prakash threw light on the deficit of technology in rural India, the importance of technological advancements concerning rural economic development, and the growth potential of technology in the rural dynamic markets.
Consequently, the second panel, moderated by Prof. Satyendra Nath Mishra (Assistant Professor, XSRM), comprising ofMs. Itishree Kanungo (State Coordinator, Climate Parliament), Mr. Prakash Panda (Associate Consultant, NABARD Consultancy Services), and Mr. Pratyaya Jagannath (Managing Director, Kabil Professional Services), elaborated on the “Incapacitate Rural Infrastructure& Reducing Agricultural Produce in Current Background”.
Prof. Mishracorrelated Indian agriculture and the economy and emphasized the importance of maintaining social security in India.Ms. Kanungo stated that there is a decline in economic growth,and to fill the gap, we need more experts in the area of health and agriculture. Mr. Panda elaborated on the causes of economic slowdown and its effects on various sectors. He suggested certain remedies such as strengthening agricultural extension and skill development to address this issue. Mr. Jagannath spoke about the policies that need to be changed in the development sector and gave examples of people facing difficulties in rural areas due to lack of development.
Subsequently, the third panel, moderated by Prof. Pradeep Kumar Mishra (Assistant Professor, XSRM)involvedMr. Pravash Dash (Founder, MD & CEO, Arthan Finance), Mr. Surya Panda (Head – Credit, Samasta Microfinance Limited) and Mr. Sudhanshu Shekhar (Founder & CEO, Aurbery Consulting Firm) who emphasized on “Dilemma of Financial Institutions – Rift Between Financing the Unfinanced and Maintaining Profit Sustainable Model”.
Mr. Dash brought to light the recent trends in the micro-finance sector along with the impact of demonetization.Mr. Panda conveyed that it is important to focus on the quality of manpower and adopt proper strategies to retain and serve customers. Mr. Shekhar explained the significance of introducing and implementing financial reforms in the rural sector for strengthening the foundation of rural economic growth and development.
The conclave concluded with a public address by Mr. Vishes Jena (RM Secretary) and a vote of thanks by Ms. Richi Mohanty (Coordinator, RM Alumni Committee) to the speakers, faculty members, and everyone who contributed in making it a grand success.
XSRM students contributed by posing relevant questions to the panelists and added value to the discourse. While appreciating the discussion topics, the panelists emphasized the significance of the issues and the importance of such qualified summits in keeping the conversation alive.
Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
Berhampur,13/10/19:Police busted multiple gambling dens in Berhampur city last night and arrested as many as 68 persons in this connection according to sources.
More than 30 cases pertaining to gambling in Berhampur have been registered in the recent past and over 300 persons have been arrested.
According to SDPO,Mr Pati in city last night major gambling raid was conducted at different PSs in Berhampur and a total amount of Rs 2,45,230/ had been seized and 48 persons have Been apprehended. In this connection 2 case in Berhampur Town, 2 cases in Badabazar, and 1 case under Gosaninuagaon PS limit.
PK Mishra,ASP stated that, under OPG act on Saturday during raids against gambling by different PS of the District 14 cases registered 95gamblers are nabbed , Rs 424215/- 24 mobile phone 4 two wheeler seized.
The PS wise Break up follows;
Berhampur Town 2 cases 22 arrested Rs 52,520/- cash,Badbazar 2 different cases 26 arrested Rs 1,21,765/- cash 16 mobile phone seized,G Nuagaon 1 case 10 arrested Rs 70,670/- cash 8 mobile phone 4 two wheelr ,Golanthara 2 cases 8arrested Rs21,200 seized Nuagaon 3 cases 9 arrested Rs 18,260/- seized,Digapahandi 3 cases 15 arrested Rs 38,100/- seized,Jarada 1 case 3arrested Rs1,01,700/- seized.
Paralakhemundi,13/10/19:As a rare venture after shattered of traumatic Disaster of Titli one year back, empathy creamed in Young Collector,Anupam Saha who had a long effort in rendering service for victims.
Along with BDO Gosani,Sangram Sekhar Panda visited Vivekananda Ashram School of S.Uruda village,where mostly those Orphan students of ravaged Baraghar of Gangabada Panchayat in Rayagada block are studying.
Those victims have a plight of missing surprisingly bread earner Parents on last Titli.Among them Simanchala Bhuyan,Kartik Bhuyan, Pitambar Sabar,Rama Bhuyan & Mithuna Bhuyan of Ramgiri enjoyed good pats from Collector who enquired also about their fooding,health & other logistic support by the Institution.He also played carrom with those kids for few time.On his visit he expressed all needs & supports services for the betterment of the children & families.That indeed a filler for those victim kids to assure a good career too.Such philanthropic gesture of Mr.Saha is admirable.
Bhubaneswar,12/10/19: At a time when Odisha government has launched ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative to ensure better healthcare to people of the State, authorities of Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar has turned a blind eye to the issues of patients. This is quite evident from an incident on Friday night when a pregnant woman was forced to deliver a baby on the footpath of Capital Hospital as doctors turned down requests to admit her in the hospital.
Reportedly, the woman, Pana Murmu of Saliasahi in Bhubaneswar complained of labour pain at around 8 pm on Friday. Along with her family members, Pana visited a doctor at the Gynecology department of Capital Hospital and then went into the labour room.
Instead of attending her, the doctor on duty at the labour room asked Pana and her family members to go to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack saying that her condition was critical. The doctor did not pay any heed to the requests of the family members of Pana and asked them to leave the labour room immediately.
As her family did not have enough money to take Pana to the SCB, they waited for some time in the hospital premises without any clue what to do next. In the meantime, the woman delivered a baby boy on the footpath of the hospital.
Following the incident, some relatives of patients and locals have expressed their unhappiness over the callous attitude of the hospital authorities.
TWO YOUTHS FROM REMOTE AREA OF ODISHA PARTICIPATED IN AN INTERNATIONAL GANDHI PEACE AMBASSADOR'S SUMMITWritten by odishabarta
Bari, (Jajpur),13/10/19:Two youth Sasanka Sekhar Dash, Ashok Sahoo from remote area of Bari block ,Odisha participated in an international Gandhi Peace Ambassador's Summit held in Nepal.
Today the two Odia youth of Our Bari block ,Jajpur has proved how they are loving Gandhiji. Without any Government assistance they able to attain in an international Summit on ' Gandhiji ' that was being held in Kathmandu,the capital of Nepal by the Gandhi peace Foundation.
The Summit was being held for three days since from October 7th with present of 62 ambassadors across the 9 countries and its associates as per information.
This two Odia youth has communicated about the Gandhian thoughts to the delegates those participated in the summit and displayed their collections where the Ambassador able to collect more information on Our Gandhiji .
According to them the Summit was very admirable and they also acquired a great knowledge on Gandhi.
Sasanka Sekhar Dash, the paperman and the brand Ambassador on Gandhi peace Foundation, the odisha chapter delivered his speach that Gandhi was a Journalist. He also displayed some collection that were collected by him only on Gandhi where the delegates were very happy .They had discussed with them what type of programmes they are going to arrange in Odisha in near future.
Ashok Sahoo , the Gandhian Boy also showed different types of new papers, those covered on only Gandhiji , Postal Stamps ,Books ,Special Envelopes of Gandhiji that were one and unique as per report.
Discussing with Ashok and Sasanka they both are very happy with the tour but due to non assist of the Odisha state Government they have to expense own self that unable to afford as per their condition where the Government spending maximum budget on any programme.But in "Gandhiji" nobody came forward to help them.
Talcher,12/10/19:A week-long Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM) Winter workshop was held from Oct7 – Oct 13, 2019 in NTPC Talcher Kaniha. The workshop was organized as a follow-up program to the Summer Workshop held earlier this year. To motivate the GEM students, an interaction ceremony with Shri Manoj Kr. Mohanty, Collector & District Magistrate, Angul was organized on Oct 11, where Executive Director, Shri Ramesh Babu V along with GMs, HODs, senior officials and employees were also present.
A total of 108 girls from nearby village schools participated in the follow-up workshop which was aimed at maintaining continuity in their learning process. Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest, Shri Manoj Kr. Mohanty highlighted the issues associated with gender discrimination and the social stigma that lies underneath. He spoke positively about NTPC’s contribution towards women empowerment through this workshop. He also added that such initiatives should continue to ensure the upliftment and development of the schoolgirls in the region. Taking examples of contemporary women achievers like Kalpana Chawla, he further encouraged the GEM girls to aspire, dream, and excel beyond their potential.
Highlighting the importance of the GEM workshop, Executive Director NTPC Kaniha, Shri Ramesh Babu V spoke extensively about the range of activities that were designed for the schoolgirls during the workshop. “The primary objective is that these students should be able to retain the knowledge and inspiration they have gained during workshop”, he said. He mentioned the prime significance that education has on NTPC’s CSR initiatives. Wishing the GEM students with a bright future, he said, “We hope these girls will act as advocates of better knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills in their respective villages and schools.”
Ms. Arunima Patra, Founder of Tanvi Consultancy Services expressed deepest gratitude to NTPC for organizing the GEM workshop which enables an encouraging environment for the girls. She said, “NTPC has provided this learning opportunity which is acting as a bridge for enhancing the potential of the students.” Interacting with the students, she told them always to maintain high energy and positive vibe in life.
The evening also showcased multi-cultural dance performances by students from various states and kept the audience mesmerized. Apart from dance performances, the event also saw a screening of short films that gave glimpses of NTPC Kaniha’s CSR initiatives.
The GEM interaction ceremony also coincided with the International Day of the Girl Child. The event concluded with GEM girls sharing their experience of the workshop and describing the skills they have built upon. The GEM Winter Workshop will conclude on Oct 13 at NTPC Talcher Kaniha.
Bhubaneswar,12/10/19:Xavier School of Rural Management(XSRM), in collaboration with RM Alumni Committee of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB), will be hosting the second edition of Rural Leadership Summit - XpectRM 2019, on October 13, 2019.
This event would serve as a platform for a healthy discussion and debate on issues pertaining to rural inclusive growth and the pain points in addressing the issues of the rural sector. This would serve as a unique opportunity to understand the nuances of serving the underserved and reaching the unreached through some of the best minds in the sector. The key areas of focus would be Development Policy and Livelihood, Rural and Inclusive Finance, Marketing and Rural Business Development.
The expected outcome of such an event is to create a lucid understanding of issues around rural livelihood, the key hindrances in addressing the difficulties of various sectors in rural paradigm, and most importantly, to sensitize budding young professionals to come up with ingenious ways to take incremental steps for the betterment of livelihoods.
The event will be graced by nine distinguished speakers who would be addressing the attendees. The speakers include Mr. Pravash Dash (Founder, MD & CEO, Arthan Finance), Mr. Ved Prakash (Sr. Business Development Manager – Banking (India/SAARC), Gemalto), Ms. Neelima Burra (Country Marketing Director, Hewlett-Packard), Mr. Surya Panda (Head – Credit, Samasta Microfinance Limited), Mr. Sudhanshu Shekhar (Founder & CEO, Aurbery Consulting Firm), Ms. Itishree Kanungo (State Coordinator, Climate Parliament),Mr. Prakash Panda (Associate Consultant, NABARD Consultancy Services), Mr. Pushpendra Singh Rathore (Operations Manager, ITC Limited), and Ms. Sangeeta Agasty(GM, Foundation for MSME Clusters).
Xavier University, Bhubaneswarbelieves in providing a platform for quality discussions on emerging issues and trends. The university organizes a number of leadership talks to enhance the students’ learning experience. XPectRMis one such leadershipsummit that aims to provide an enriching interactive session with respect to the latest developments in Rural Management.
VK PANDIAN 5T SECRETARY MADE SURPRISE VISIT TO THE AAHAAR CENTRE IN BOUDH AND PAID FIVE RUPEES TOOK AAHAAR FOOD WITH PUBLIC.Written by odishabarta
Boudh,11/10/19:Secretary to Chief Minister, Transformation and Initiatives (5T), VK Pandian and Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Friday accompanied by National Health Mission (NHM) Director Shalini Pandit suddenly visited the Aahar Centre at Boudh and like any other ordinary citizen after paying the bill had their meals. The bills were footed by the Chief Secretary.
They enquired about the quality and quantity of the food served and about the cleanliness at the Aahar Centre from people having their lunch at the centre to which they got a positive response.
Earlier, the trio visited different wards of the district headquarters hospitals in Boudh and Kandhamal districts to assess the status of Government healthcare facilities.
They interacted with the patients and their relatives at the hospital and enquired about the facilities. The senior officials held brief meetings with district administration officials and doctors during the tour. The visit was a part of ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Besides, on Wednesday Pandian, Pandit and Finance Secretary Ashok Meena were on a tour to Koraput, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri with the same mission.