Berhampur,(22/07/18):This year all the district administration responded to the problems over heavy downpour of the last three days. R.K Sharma, DGP and Amitabh Thakur, I.G, Law and order monitored the rescue operations adequate ODRAF team deployed at Sambalpur, Malkangiri, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Rayagada. According to SRC source free kitchens started and clear the rain water over stopped the roads. All concern officers of all affected districts and District Collectors were instructed to undertake the repair works instantly. The officials at the health centres and block development offices, local police, fire brigade and para-military forces, etc were instructed to work. Due to heavy rains which disrupted train services in the Rayagada district.


Odisha Official Language Bill passed in Assembly

Report; Bureau, Odishabart

Bhubaneswar:The Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed in Odisha Assembly on Tuesday through a voice vote.

According to the bill, it contains punishment provision for the government officials for not using Odia language in official work, as well as rewards to the officials in order to encourage maximum use of Odia language.

This apart, the Assembly passed a bill making Odia language mandatory on signboards of all shops and commercial establishments across the State.

The Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and its rule provides for all shops and establishments in the State to meet the terms within a month or pay a fine ranging between Rs 1000 and Rs 5000 for a first violation and rising to between Rs 2000 and Rs 25000 for the second violation, sources said.

In August 2016, the state government enacted the rules of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954, formally bringing it into force for official work in Odia language.

Odisha to get early prediction on lightning strike 


Bhubaneswar:The Government of Odisha is likely to set up Total Lightning Based Early Warning System (TLBEWS) which can predict the precise geographic location which is likely to be struck by lightning that too about 45 minutes prior to its occurrence. The aim of the move is to reduce death toll due to  nature’s fury. 

The Earth Networks, a USA based organization, made a presentation on TLBEWS with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat of Odisha.

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are said to be already making use of this to facilitate dissemination of early warning through mass messaging and mobile-based application to the people of such localities enabling them to take suitable precautionary measures to save their lives.

Noted socio-political leader and the Chairman of SNSMT has welcomed this move taken by the Government of Odisha. He said “nearly about 400 lives on an average per year are lost to lighting hits in Odisha. Should this system really work in accordance to what is claimed, it will be of massive help to all of us in Odisha”

Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Finance Department Tuhin Kanta Pandey and Special Relief Commissioner and Managing Director OSDMA Bishnupada Sethi too were present during the presentation given by Earth Networks.

Metrology Official Under Vigilance Scanner


Rourkela: Vigilance sleuths today conducted simultaneous raids on the office and houses of Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology, Rourkela Bidyadhar Biswal on charges of amassing property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Acting on a complaint, a team of 25 officials of the anti-corruption wing including three DSPs conducted the raids at 5 places,including his office at Uditnagar here. However, the officials could not search the residential quarters  at LIC Colony here and sealed it since it was locked.

Five MoUs inked by C.M to boost technical education in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: As many as five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed to give a boost to technical education in the State during the two-day state-level skills competition event on Sunday that began at IDCO Exhibition Ground here.

The agreements were signed in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and senior government officials.

The first MoU was signed between the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics.

Similarly, the second MoU was signed between the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Government of India and BPUT in the field of super computation, artificial intelligence and high-end research.

The third was between Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Government of India and Centurion University of Technology & Management (CUTM) in the similar field of super computation and its use for skill development and research.

The next agreement was between Director of Technical Education and Training (Odisha) and Central Tool Room & Training Centre (CTTC) for establishment of five mini tool rooms in five leading ITIs at Berhampur, Balasore, Cuttack, Talcher and Hirakud for imparting professional training to ITI passouts in handling high-end machines and technology.

The last pact was signed between Odisha Skill Development Authority and Eye-Mitra 2.5 New Version Generation, a division of Essilor India, for sector-specific skill development for self employment in vision care.

Prasanta Patnaik,Sr.Media Associate


Shri.Bijaynanda Patnaik known as Biju Patnaik, a two-time chief minister of Orissa (now Odisha) — whose interest in aviation and remarkably adventurous life as a young pilot make him stand apart from other Indian politicians — was born on 5 March 1916 in a princely family.

His parents Shri.Lakshminarayan Patnaik and Mrs.Ashalata Patnaik were from the Ganjam district. Patnaik studied at the Ravenshaw College but discontinued his higher education as he was more interested in flying planes.

He married Gyan Patnaik in 1939. He first flew a private aircraft, and later joined the Royal Indian Air Force during the World War 2.

in part thanks to a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi, Patnaik was attracted to the nationalist movement from an early age and did his bit for the cause by using Air Force planes to drop leaflets to Indian troops fighting in Burma under the British command. He also flew Congress leaders so that they could take part in secretive nationalist meetings. For his activities he was jailed by the British government in 1942. He remained in jail till 1946.

In its obituary on him, The Economist commented: “When he was 13, Biju had met and come under the spell of Mahatma Gandhi, the proponent of passive resistance to British rule. In the war he sought to satisfy both of his strongly-held beliefs: the need to defeat Japan, and to give India independence.”

Some of his finest moments as a pilot came after the Indian independence during the Kashmir conflict and the Indonesian crisis.

As reported after his death: “After Independence, Jawaharlal Nehru chose the young, lanky pilot for a danger-fraught mission, to carry the first contingent of Indian troops to Srinagar, surrounded by invading Pakistani tribesmen. A few months later Nehru entrusted him with another task — rescuing Indonesian freedom fighters from the [occupying] Dutch forces . . . Landing on an improvised air-strip and using leftover petrol from abandoned Japanese military dumps, he flew out Indonesian leaders, who included Dr Sultan Sjahrir and Sukarno for a secret meeting with Nehru . . .

For his daring contribution, Patnaik received the honorary citizenship of Indonesia and was awarded the Bhoomi Putra, and later that country’s highest national award, the Bintang Jasa Utama.

Patnaik was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 1946. He again won in the polls in 1952 and 1957. In the 1950s Patnaik focussed on industrialisation and started several projects in Odisha, including a textile mill and a refrigerator factory.

He became president of the state Congress in 1961, with the party winning 82 seats in the 140-member House. He became Odisha’s Chief Minister on 23 June 1961. He occupied the chair for over two years, quitting as part of the 1963 Kamaraj Plan that sought to revitalise the party across the country.

Biju Patnaik was initially close to Congress leader Indira Gandhi, but he left the party after differences with her and formed his own Utkal Congress. He later joined hands with the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, who had started a massive campaign against the establishment in the 1970s. Like many opposition leaders, Patnaik too was arrested during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi.

Later he was elected to the Lok Sabha and became Union Minister for Steel and Mines in the Morarji Desai and the Charan Singh cabinets.

He continued to remain close to central politics in the 1980s. In 1990 he returned to state politics and led the Janata Dal to a handsome victory, again becoming Chief Minister of Odisha. But his party lost in the next state polls five years later.

In the 1996 Lok Sabha elections he was again elected to the Parliament. He died on 17 April 1997 after being hospitalised for a respiratory condition.


A flamboyant man, Biju Patnaik made controversial statements at times. For instance, during his second term as chief minister he urged people to beat up corrupt officials, a careless remark that backfired. In the last years of his life, his political clout was on the downswing, but he remained a popular figure in his state. His vision for Odisha in his own words was: “In my dream of the 21st century for the state, I would have young men and women who put the interest of the state before them. They will have pride in themselves, confidence in themselves. They will not be at anybody’s mercy, except their own selves. By their brains, intelligence and capacity, they will recapture the history of Kalinga.”


The Hindustan Times noted after his death: “It may not be an exaggeration to say that Biju Patnaik was the tallest among all the leaders from Orissa, who made their mark in national politics. A major reason why he acquired his status was undoubtedly his romantic, impulsive nature, which made him stand out even at a time when Nehru and J.P. at the height of their power, there was no dearth of colourful politicians in India.”


Prasant Patnaik,Patron,Odishabarta

BHUBANESWAR, March 14, 2015: Laxmi kanta Mohanty editor of Kalinga Putra an Odia periodical and a social activist passed away on Saturday morning. He fell down while watering the flower plants in the premises of Kalinga Foundation founded by him in memory of Biju Patnaik. He is survived by his only daughter as he had lost his wife soon after birth of hsi daughter about 10 years ago.

Laxmikanta popularly known as " Tukuna Bhai " by the media persons, political activists , social activists and literary as well as cultural circles in the capital city was loved and respected by many. He was an active member of Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) and was participating in all gravitational program-mes of MUFP .

His sudden and sad demise has sent shock waves in the media, cultural and social circles in Bhubaneswar. Mourning his death Sambad editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik has said," Sei Amaratmaa prati mora Sraddha Suman...", Prasanna Kumar Mishra, former editor of Sanchar wrote," It is highly untimely and most tragic."Senior media person and Odisha chief of the Hindu, Prfaulla Das wrote, " .His demise is a big loss to us.".Eminent poet Kedar Mishra while mourning Laxmikanta Mohanty's death mentioned ,"I don't know what to tell and how to react. Am totally shocked and speechless. He was sitting with us whole evening yesterday. I am terribly upset. God knows how the little one will take this terrible blow of fate. Will miss him terribly." Hara Prasanna Das poet wrote , "Really a shocking news..Just cant believe..He was personally known to me.. very lovable soul. His wife was my student in Journalism. I was also present during her death. Could not bear the scene." Manoranjan Mishra of Focus Odisha TV, Durga Prasad Mishra of Naxatra TV and hundreds of media persons , social activists have also expressed their grief at the untimely demise of Laxmikanta Mohanty.

He was known as an ardent supporters of Biju Patnaik and his body was cremated at Swargaswar Puri near the Samadhi of Biju Patnaik on Saturday afternoon.


BHUBANESWAR: (14/11/2014):Prasanta Patnaik,senior journalist and media activist has filed a complaint before the press council of India on November 13, 2014, urging the council to take cognizance of the news item published in the times of India, the telegraph and other media about the incident to bribe the media persons in a press conference at Puri organised by the parliamentary standing committee on urban development headed by Sri.Pinaki Mishra,Lok Sabha Member of Puri.

Patnaik complaint about attempt to bribe media persons at press conference organised by Pinaki Mishra, chairman of L.S standing committee.  


Report; Bureau, Odishabarta

Mo Drustire, Prasant Patnaik’s book on contemporary politics and society unveiled.

BHUBANESWAR:It was intensely a personal journey where larger picture of society automatically becomes a part of my existence, said Prasanta patnaik, veteran columnist, story teller and political commentator. Talking to a select group of writers, journalists, social workers and sensible readers Sri Patnaik spoke strait from his heart on what, how and why he writes. His sixth book “Mo Drustire” has been unveiled and dedicated to the readers in a ceremony at Pantha Niwas, Bhubaneswar on 19th of October. Former judge of Odisha High court justice A.S.Naidu released the book as chief guest. While speaking on the ceremony justice Naidu outlined few vital points of Sri patnaik’s writing and it’s relevance to our time and society.elaborately speaking on the current state of politics and governance justice Naidu emphasized that a writer must play his role as a social participant and protester of evils. Famous poet and former vice chancellor of Ravenshaw University Devdas Chhotray spoke about the unseen creative sparks of the book hidden in between the lines.Sri Chhotray said that literature and politics go hand in hand as blood brothers. There is a creative side of every journalist which can at times sparks marvelous literary potential. Critic and historian Professor Pritish Acharya reviewed the book and presented an objective analysis of the book. He pointed out that every political writer must look in to the global context of the local politics. Poet and critic Kedar Mishra coordinated and introduced the book, author and the guests to the audience. Publisher and owner of BK publication Bijaya Kumar Mohapatra proposed official vote of thanks. The chief guest felicitated cover Designer Sudhir Lenka, renowned cartoonist Kamalakanta Rath, young photographer Ayush patnaik, writer’s assistants Subhasree and Sagarika for their contribution to bring out the book.

By;Prasanta Patnaik,Sr.Media Associate

Posted by;Odishabarta

Raids by the State Vigilance Department, Crime Branch and lately by the CBI to unearth the nexus between the politicians and the chit fund promoters in the multi-thousand crore Chit Fund Scam in the State have raised new hopes in the minds of the people of Odisha who have become tired of several mega scams. How ever many are shocked and surprised to see that none of the investing agencies have so far dared to touch the media houses who played a vital role in promoting the Chit Funds violating the provisions under The Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 as they are being treated as "holy cows" by the investigating and prosecuting agencies. 

The role of many influential media houses in giving wide publicity to the Chit Funds in both print and electronic media is known to every body in the State and also outside. 

Some tv channels had gone to the extend of displaying the logo of the chit fund companies in their screens while telecasting various program to promote the Chit Fund organisations and thereby influencing the innocent investors. Many newspapers also carried full page colour advertisements despite provisions under law not to act in such a manner.

The law is very clear about the provisions under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 . It clearly states under " Section 5. Penalty for other offences in connection with prize chits or money circulation schemes Whoever, with a view to the promotion or conduct of any prize chit or money circulation scheme in contravention of the provisions of this Act or in connection with any chit or scheme promoted or conducted as aforesaid,-

(a) Prints or publishes any ticket, coupon or other document for use in the prize chit or money circulation scheme; or 

(b) Sells or distributes or offers or advertises for sale or distribution, or has in his possession for the purpose of sale or distribution any ticket, coupon or other document for use in the prize chit or money circulation scheme; or 

(c) Prints, publishes or distributes, or has in his possession for the purpose of publication or distribution 

(i) Any advertisement of the prize chit or money circulation scheme; or

(ii) Any list, whether complete or not, of members in the prize chit or money circulation scheme; or

(iii) Any such matter descriptive or, or otherwise relating to the prize chit or money circulation scheme, as is calculated to act as an inducement to persons to participate in that prize chit or money circulation scheme or any other prize chit or money circulation scheme; or

(d) Brings, or inverts any person to send, for the purpose of sale or distribution, any ticket, coupon or other document for use in a prize chit or money circulation scheme or any advertisement of such prize chit or money circulation scheme; or 

(e) Uses any premises, or causes or knowingly permits any premises to be used, for purposes connected with the promotion or conduct of the prize chit or money circulation scheme; or  

(f) Causes or procures or attempts to procure any person to do any of the above-mentioned acts,

Shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to three thousand rupees, or with both: 

Provided that in the absence of special and adequate reasons to the contrary to be mentioned in the judgement of the court, the imprisonment shall not be lees than one year .

The provisions under Section 8. Forfeiture of newspaper and publication containing prize chit or money circulation scheme Where any newspaper of other publication contains any material connected with any prize chit or money circulation scheme promoted or conducted in contravention of the provisions of this act or any advertisement, in relation there to the state Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare every copy of the newspaper and every copy of the publication containing such material or the advertisement to be forfeited to the state shall not be less than one thousand rupees.

The Act very clearly mentions in Section 10. Offences under this Act to be cognizable.All offences punishable under this act shall be cognizable.
However due to "mysterious" reasons sofar none of the law enforcing agencies of the State and Central Government have touched the media as they might be considering that "MEDIA IS HOLY COW ".

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