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TRAFFIC JAMS DUE TO AUTO-RICKSHAW MENACE COMMON SIGHT(!).
Berhampur,21/05/19:The unruly auto-rickshaw menace is yet another issue which has added to the Berhampur city residents' woes. Most of the auto-rickshaws are ferrying passengers illegally without valid documents on the roads. Besides, reckless driving and abrupt stoppages by them in the middle of the roads is another major cause of accidents.
There are several busy points in the city where huge traffic points are witnessed on regular basis. These areas include Komapalli,Tata Benz, Gate Bazar,Annapurna Market Jn,One way traffic road,BIjipur,PVN Rao Petrol pump Junction, Tata Benz - Komapalli,New Bus stand - Goilundi and mainly at Convent School and De-Paul School among others.
The traffic Cops made many awareness programmes, imposed penalty, seizure of DL and RC books etc..Still the auto-rickshaw drivers stop their vehicle anywhere, creating chaos on the roads. In a bid to get passengers, they even take a halt in the middle of the roads, resulting in traffic jams for a long time.
Besides, most of the auto-rickshaws carry passengers more than their capabilities. It poses threat to the lives of not only passengers but other commuters on the roads.
As per transport norms, auto-rickshaws are permitted to carry passengers inside the municipal corporation limits- the entry points and the periphery of the city, which connecting to Berhampur Municipal Corporation from Hinjilut, Digapahandi, Haladia Padar, Ambapua and Gopalpur.
Inspite of strict instruction from Berhampur Police District Office and all kind of efforts moments of PCR vans extended by Berhampur Traffic (L.O) its surprising how and why they are not enduring the rules (?).
Senior Citizens and residents of the city are appealing to the authorities to take required action against these unauthorised road show so that people should not suffer from regular accidents and traffic snarls.
No doubt the role of Auto-rickshaws also have a major contribution keeping in view of the needy of public and attending at public door when required.
TALCHER,20/05/19:Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM), flagship CSR unique initiative of NTPC Limited was inaugurated at NTPC Kaniha on Monday. The CSR workshop meant for empowerment of girls shall be conducted four-weeks residential workshop for 120 students for girls between 10 to 12 years old. The programme is intended for government girl students pursuing education in the neighbouring 13 schools areas of the power station.
The CSR workshop will focus on empowerment of Girl children through creating awareness on various areas like hygiene, safety, security & fitness of both physical and mental through imparting academics sessions and self-defence methods for holistic personality development.
The programme was inaugurated by Chief General Manager, Ramesh Babu V. Speaking on the occasion said “Girl Empowerment Mission is a special initiative by NTPC among its various CSR initiatives, the programme focuses on empowerment of girls by imparting education through multiple activities designed for the workshop ”.
During the inaugural programme, health awareness talk was given by Dr Aprajita Misra , NGO “Barefoot” faculty briefed about the programme ,martial arts show by Sridevi Pradhan and cultural dance programme by school children was organised. Registration of the participants for GEM programme was completed on Sunday. The programme will conclude on June 16,2019.
Senior officials Sudip Nag, CGM(Shared Services) N S Rao ,GM(O &M),B Maharana,GM(Maintenance) Nabin Bagai ,GM(C&M) PMGV Srinivas ,AGM(HR-EDC) ,Dr R K Misra CMO ,Smt.Vani V ,President ,Tanvi Sangam , executive members of ladies club , representatives of union and associations were present on the occasion.
Bhubaneswar, May 20, 2019: Lending a helping hand to the Government's effort, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) through its CSR arm JSPL Foundation provided one lakh cooked meals to the victims of Cyclone Fani in Puri. The Company started the service on May 10, 2019 and continued for 10 days. Every day, 10000 meals were served.
In coordination with the district administration of Puri, A centralized kitchen was set up at PuriZilla School, in which meals were cooked. Cooked food was carried to different localities, identified by the district administration, for distribution among people by the government officials and government identified volunteers. The cooked hot meals were served twice a day. More than 100,000 people, especially those in interior and slum areas, were benefited by this effort.
Speaking on the occasion, JSPL Foundation's Co-Chairperson Smt. Shallu Jindal said, "What People of Puri have lost because of Cyclone Fani is irreparable. We just made an attempt to extend a helping hand to the Dist Admin and People of Puri during this difficult time. We are thankful to Govt of Odisha for giving this opportunity to reach the needy during the calamity. Praying Lord Jagannath to give strength to the cyclone impacted people to revive their lives soon".
For initial three days, Khichdi and veg-biriyani were served. Later on the menu was changed to rice, dal and chutney. JSPL officials supervised the activities regularly and ensured that appropriate quality and hygiene is maintained.
Besides these, the Foundation also supported rice, dal and vegetable for 5000 meals, for people living in severely damaged localities of Puri town. The materials were handed over to the local volunteers by JSPL's Executive VP and Group Head (CSR, Education & Sustainability) Shri Prashant Kumar Hota.
In addition to these, the TRB Iron Ore Mines of the Company provided 50000 liters of drinking water and Angul unit of the steelmaker has also supplied cement and construction material for repairing of public buildings.
TALCHER,20/05/19:Repoll was conducted at Booth no. 85 Jandabahalunder Dhenkanal Lok Sabha Seat of Talcher constituency peacefully on 19/05/2019.The polling started from 7.00 am at Jandabahal U P School up to 6.00 o clock and the voters cast their votes very eagerly. Out of total 762 voters only 660 voters were casted, among them 296 females and 364 males were calculated. At best 86.61 percent voters switched on EVM for their favorites told by local election officer cum sub collector Paresh Chandra Nayak.
It is needed to mention that due to error in EVM and VVPAT at the time of election on last 23rd April, as per the report of election officer, the election commissioner directed to conduct repoll in that booth. To maintain peace at the time of election all necessary steps were taken by the police department and cold drinking water as well as temporary sheds were arranged by local admin. Lastly, the EVM and VVPAT were deposited in the strong room in Talcher Auto. College.
87% PERCENT SLASH IN PRICES OF ANTI-CANCER DRUGS: LOGIC OF COMPANIES ALLOWED TO MINT MONEY IN PAST: NPPA SHOULD DEVISE PROFIT-FORMULA FOR ALL DRUGS
New Delhi,20/05/19:It refers to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority NPPA slashing prices of nine anti-cancer drugs by upto 87-percent. Big question is firstly why drug-companies were allowed to mint money in past with government-agency like NPPA in existence, and secondly why such price-slashing is not done for all drugs in one go with even World Health Organization WHO establishing that even essential drugs in India with lowest printed Maximum-Retail-Price MRP are exorbitantly priced over manufacturing-cost followed by abnormally high trade-margin between ex-factory price and MRP. High profit-margin is evident from the fact that many companies selling on-line medicines have emerged giving heavy discounts of upto 25-percent on medicines that too bearing heavy cost of packing and home-delivery.
NPPA must devise a profit-formula rather than differentiating by having various categories of medicines where price-regulation is applicable only for some limited drugs. Presently even generic medicines considered to be a cheaper version of respective branded medicines have exorbitant trade-margins of several hundred percent. There are many medicines where different drug-manufacturers take undue advantage of their brand-popularity with prices of same medicine differing several times according to brand-popularity.
Price-revision of any medicines must be allowed only once in a year say on First January only unless approved as special case by NPPA. Gimmick packaging other than in units of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 gms, mltrs or units must not be allowed unless approved by NPPA for dose-wise administration. Rule should be to emboss or print name of medicine in a manner that name is there on every capsule or tablet thus ruling out possibility of wastage of drug in case name-portion of strip is consumed.