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By Our Correspondent

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 10: Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sajjan Sharma on Wednesday pointed fingers at Bargarh superintendent of police B Jugal Kishore for ruling out political angles in the attack on a BJP activist’s house at Padagoaon under Bijepur block in Bargarh district.

“How did the SP Mr Kishore know that there is no involvement of politicians in the firing incident when the investigation is on? The SP is  acting as the spokesperson of the BJD,” Mr Sharma said.

He tried to drive his point home by saying that the police had arrested two persons in haste to put an end to the widespread resentment over the involvement of local BJD leaders in the dastardly act.

“The arrested persons – Mohammad Arshad alias Raja Khan and Sushant Bhoi have strong links with the BJD leaders. It is strongly suspected that they fired bullets at the BJP activist’s house at the behest of a powerful local leader,” Mr Sharma said, adding, the police is acting as stooge of the BJD.

BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said the BJP was leveling baseless allegations “as they find it difficult to organise their cadres in Bijepur before the poll.”

As political confrontation between BJP and BJD intensifies after the attack on saffron party activist Manoranjan Meher’s house in Bijepur’s Padagaon village, Bargarh Police on Tuesday arrested two persons for their suspected involvement in the firing incident.

The Bargarh police was on Tuesday quick to claim that main accused Mohammad Arshad had previous animosity with Manoranjan, the BJP activist, and his attack had no political undertone in the firing incident.

Bargarh Police had also seized a MUV and a country-made revolver from Khan and Sushatan. Khan belongs to Luharachati while Bhoi is a native of Sohela. Khan currently resides at Ambapali in Bargarh district.

The SP had said Khan admitted to the crime but declined having any political motive. Since an old rivalry existed between Khan and Manoranjan, the former was looking for an opportunity to settle the scores with the BJP activist, police added.

“When Khan saw the video of Manoranjan bad mouthing BJD leader and Labour minister Sushant Singh in public, he planned to take advantage of the situation and add political colour to the firing,” the SP had said.

On Tuesday, the BJP workers had staged demonstrations across Western Odisha demanding action against Labour Minister Singh, effigies of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were burnt at Golebazar in Sambalpur and at NAC Chowk of Boudh. The BJP workers had also submitted a memorandum to the Governor in Sonepur, Boudh and Balangir.

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    By A K SAHOO

    Bhubaenswar, Jan. 10: There is strong resentment among journalists fraternity in Odisha and in almost in all states in the country over filing of a First Information Report (FIR) against a lady journalist of Tribune as she broke a story that Aadhar (UIDAI) servers were not safe and a mere electronic transfer of Rs 500 to an agent communicating on WhatsApp was sufficient to have a gateway created and a login ID and password for entry to access the account details of millions.

    The Editors Guild of India has also expressed its concern over filing of the FIR and urged the Union government to ensure that the freedom of media is maintained. Later this month, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will take up this mater for hearing. The SC bench will hear whether Aadhaar is an intrusion of privacy or not.

    The fear of the possibility of identity theft rose after the newspaper report revealed UIDAI database can be accessed by feeding an Aadhaar number. Far from investigating and finding out if its servers had been accessed and data breached, UIDAI took to a venomous attack on the story with FIRs against the journalist and “unknown persons.

    According to editors of top media organizations, the authority’s bristling reaction will in no way help assuage valid public concerns over the security of their private data. The Aadhaar database may have been expanded beyond the billion mark since its inception in 2009, but concerns over data security have magnified of late as the Aadhaar ID through biometric data has been promoted for various government services – 139 government subsidies, mobile SIMs, bank accounts and essential financial and other services.

    Petitioners in pleas against Aadhaar have also noted that 135 million Indians may have been affected by multiple data breaches from government portals. Government departments have shown utter disregard for the database’s sanctity by freely putting up the identity of welfare beneficiaries on their websites. At least 1,400 complaints have also been registered with UIDAI over duplicate entries, bribery, and a variety of related issues.

    Editorials in leading national dailies have hold the view that the distrust of government, implicit in the understanding of the common man, is not the only reason for so much anxiety regarding Aadhaar. Considerable damage has been done to the image of Aadhaar with Bharti Airtel opening payments bank accounts without authorisation from the customers and diverting money earmarked as subsidies for cooking gas and the like.

    Credibility being extremely low after these exposes, it is important that UIDAI must investigate the possible leak thoroughly and work towards keeping the system clean rather than pounce on the newspaper and the journalist who exposed a systemic weakness.

    While there is no guarantee that any database can ever be completely secure in these days of professionals and pranksters acting as hackers, the authority must convince itself first that it can protect the data. Standing the scrutiny of a legal challenge on whether the very concept is a breach of the fundamental right to privacy is a different matter altogether.

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    Sukinda MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadai attending Ekadasaha ritual of of BJD worker who passed away 11 days ago. Photograph: Akshya Rout
    Sukinda MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadai attending Ekadasaha ritual of of BJD worker who passed away 11 days ago.
    Photograph: Akshya Rout

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    Jajpur MLA Pranab Prakash Das on Friday addressing participants of Ashok Das Mini Marathan event as District Collector Ranjan Kumar Dash and Ollywood actor Arindam Ray look on. Picture by Akshya Rout
    Jajpur MLA Pranab Prakash Das on Friday addressing participants of Ashok Das Mini Marathan event as District Collector Ranjan Kumar Dash and Ollywood actor Arindam Ray look on.
    Picture by Akshya Rout

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    EC will declare date for bypoll at appropriate time: BJP

    By Our Correspondent

    Bhubaneswar, Dec. 29: An intense war of words has started between the ruling BJD in Odisha and Opposition parties as there was no mention of Bijepur bypoll in the dates announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday.

    The ECI had on Thursday announced dates for by-poll to three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in Rajasthan and West Bengal.

    While the BJD criticised the BJP government alleging that the EC is delaying the Bijepur bypoll due to pressure from the Centre, the BJP termed the allegations as baseless.

    “The continuous delay in by-elections to Bijepur constituency has raised many eyebrows. The BJP is putting pressure on the EC to delay the bypoll as it is not yet prepared and knows that they will have to bite the dust in the bypoll,” said BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra.

    Fearing defeat in Bijepur, the BJP is trying its best to delay the bypoll, alleged Mr Patra.

    However, the BJP said that the party has nothing to do with the delay. “The EC will decide the dates for the bypoll at right time, we are not the authority to decide on it,” said BJP general secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan.

    Taking a jibe at the the BJD over the claims that the party is ready for the bypoll, Mr Harichandan said holding back election to Bijepur will help those who are not ready.

    “The BJD leaders have been claiming that they are all prepared for the by-election. In such case, the party should not be worried about the delay,” he added.

    The Congress lashed out at both the BJD and the BJP over the incessant delay in Bijepur bypoll.

    “Both the parties are not confident of their position in the Constituency and vehemently delaying the bypoll dates,” alleged Congress leader Sarat Rout.

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    EC delaying bypoll in Odisha under pressure from Centre, alleges BJD

    EC will declare date for bypoll at appropriate time: BJP

    By Our Correspondent

    Bhubaneswar, Dec. 29: An intense war of words has started between the ruling BJD in Odisha and Opposition parties as there was no mention of Bijepur bypoll in the dates announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday.

    The ECI had on Thursday announced dates for by-poll to three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in Rajasthan and West Bengal.

    While the BJD criticised the BJP government alleging that the EC is delaying the Bijepur bypoll due to pressure from the Centre, the BJP termed the allegations as baseless.

    “The continuous delay in by-elections to Bijepur constituency has raised many eyebrows. The BJP is putting pressure on the EC to delay the bypoll as it is not yet prepared and knows that they will have to bite the dust in the bypoll,” said BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra.

    Fearing defeat in Bijepur, the BJP is trying its best to delay the bypoll, alleged Mr Patra.

    However, the BJP said that the party has nothing to do with the delay. “The EC will decide the dates for the bypoll at right time, we are not the authority to decide on it,” said BJP general secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan.

    Taking a jibe at the the BJD over the claims that the party is ready for the bypoll, Mr Harichandan said holding back election to Bijepur will help those who are not ready.

    “The BJD leaders have been claiming that they are all prepared for the by-election. In such case, the party should not be worried about the delay,” he added.

    The Congress lashed out at both the BJD and the BJP over the incessant delay in Bijepur bypoll.

    “Both the parties are not confident of their position in the Constituency and vehemently delaying the bypoll dates,” alleged Congress leader Sarat Rout.

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    BY AKSHYA ROUT

    JAJPUR- Odisha’s second steel city at Kalinganagar has completed twenty-five years. The then Chief Minister of Odisha had visualized the Kalininganagar industrialization dream in 1990s and planned to set up steel hub in Jajpur district. He laid foundation stone of industrialization in Kalinganagar area under Sukinda and Danagadi blocks in 1992. His dream for industrialization came true and now over ten small, large and medium industries are operating in Kalinganagar area. The first ever “Kalinganagar Mahotsav” has been organized with a purpose to pay tribute to visionary leader Biju Babu.

    The Kalinganagar Mahotsav 2018 started at Maa Mahapat ground at Telibahali in Kalinga Nagar Industrial area on December 22 and it will continue till December 26. The Sports and youth affairs minister of Odisha Mr. Chandra Sarathi Behera kick started the grand Mahotsav with mini-marathon in the presence of local MLA Mr. Pritiranjan Ghadei and others in morning. Over hundreds of youths took part in min-marathon.

    In evening, the health and law minister Mr. Pratap Jena inaugurated the first ever Kalinganagar Mahotsav in presence of former finance minister in Naveen government Mr. Prafulla Chandra Ghadei, Jajpur MLA Mr. Pranab Prakash Das, Bari MLA Mr. Debasis Nayak and others.

    While the chief guest and other dice dignitaries appreciated the initiative of local MLA for success of first ever “Kalinganatar Mahotsav”, which has been implemented within twenty-five days, all the ears and eyes were seeking the address of former local MLA and finance minister Mr. Prafula Ghadai.

    Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Ghadei said: “Kalinganagar Industrial complex or second steel city of state was the dream and vision of former chief minister Biju Patnaik 25 years ago. He was initiated the process of industrialization in 1990s and invited industry leaders, experts to make Sukinda of jajpur a steel hub. Now, Kalinganagar has created a special identity not only in India but also abroad.

    Initially, he struggled and then he successfully implemented his dream. I had dreamt about Kalinganagar Mahotsav five years ago, but certain unfavorable circumstances delayed the implementation part, now I thanks to local MLA, administration, local people, displaced families and industries for successful inauguration of grand Mahotsav.

    Kalinganagar Mahotsav is the real tribute to late Biju Babu”.

    Local MLA Mr. Pritiranjan Ghadai told that “The aim of the Mahotasv to create conducive environment at Kalinganagar and it will minimize the gap between industries and local people. It will provide a platform to youngsters to showcase their talents. Various cultural programs are being celebrated to entertain the people in Mahotsav”.

     

    The industries have showcased their work in stalls, tribal food displayed, and many other entertainment options pulled thousands of footfalls during five-day long Kalinganagar Mahotsav. It has also facilitated a cultural platform to ensure harmony in industrial area.

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    Former finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai planting a tree at Kalinganagar Mahotsav ground on Sunday. Pic by Akshya Rout

    Former finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai planting a tree at Kalinganagar Mahotsav ground on Sunday.

    Pic by Akshya Rout

     

     

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    Former finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai and MLA Rohit Pujari felicitating Sidharth Jain, director of Mishrilal Mines, at Kalinganagar Mahotsav.

    Photo by Akshya Rout

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    Cine star and Rajya Sabha member giving away shield to the winners of Kalpataru Das Cricket Tournament at Dharmasala on Friday.

     

    Photograph by Akshaya Rout

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