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KBK chief administration encounters bitter truth during his surprise visit

By Suryanarayan Panda

Koraput, Dec. 22: Surprise visit by KBK chief administrator Sudarshan Pal Thakur has exposed many rots in implementation of various programmes in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of Koraput district.

During his visit to the twin blocks on Thursday, he found that attendance in many schools were very thin and many teachers were absent during school hours.

He, however, found Mid-Day Meal (MDM) was found in order.

During his review of development works, he found a contractor had unauthorisedly occupied a school in Garidi gram panchayat and ordered his immediate eviction from the spot.

He also detected that false bills were raised without construction of bridges.

The KBK chief said he would give priority to implementing Community Forest Rights in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna under Forest Rights Act, 2006.

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By Suryanarayan Panda

Bhubaneswar, DEC. 22:  Odisha chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik Friday evening dismissed Odisha agriculture minister and party vice president Dr Damodar Rout for his ‘beggar’ remarks on Brahmins.

Dr Rout was in his constituency when the CM announced his dismissal at reporters in Bhubaneswar.

“I strongly disapprove of anyone who makes derogatory remarks against any caste, creed or religion. I have dismissed Dr Damodar Rout from the council of ministers. A letter has been sent this evening to the Governor to accept this dismissal,” said the chief minister Mr Patnaik.

The 76-year-old BJD vice president, during the Malyabant Mahotsav cultural festival at Malkangiri on Sunday, had stated that “Brahmins beg for alms, if situation arises.”

His remarks had created a furore among the Brahmin community across the state.

A group Brahmin activists had on Friday submitted a written complaint to the Puri Town police alleging that the minister was trying to mislead people by giving such derogatory remarks on their community.

The Brahmins warned that they would oppose the Minister’s scheduled visit to the pilgrim town on December 26.

Besides, restriction will be imposed on his attendance at various meetings in Puri in the future, the activists had stated.

On Thursday, the minister had sought an apology for his remarks through a video posted on social media.

It may be mentioned here that the statement did not go well with the Brahmin community in pilgrim city Puri who later staged a protest here demanding his suspension.

The opposition BJP dubbed the CM’s action as a “mere drama” to divert the public attention from his “failures.”

“The Naveen Patnaik government is facing a lot of resentment for suicides by debt-ridden farmers, rising unemployment and increase in corruption in the administration. This tactic will not work and people have decided to dump this government in 2019 polls,” said BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma.

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Odisha CM begins exercises to check BJP rise in state

By Suryanarayan Panda

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 18: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has begun his exercises to hold the fort and retain power for the fifth consecutive term in 2019 general elections.

In the last two weeks, Odisha chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik – who has been in power in the state since 2000, – has held one-to-one meetings with dozens of elected representatives of the party to get their feedback on the organisation’s preparedness for the elections.

Besides legislators and elected representatives of local bodies, the CM has been meeting district observers, district presidents and other functionaries of the party.

According to senior BJD leader Mangala Kisan, the CM has asked the ward committee members to form sub committees and work towards party strengthening at the grassroots.

Expressing similar views Bimadhara Kunwar, Keonjhar district observer, on Sunday said all observers were asked to reach out to people and ensure that development schemes reached them.

Prashant Nanda, Sundergarh district observer, said, “The chief minister has asked everyone to work for the betterment of the party.”

Sources said the BJD chief has started short-listing of candidates ahead of the polls. He has also directed party leaders not to get flustered by criticism and work together.

Sources also informed that the CM has cautioned some MLAs that they would not get party tickets if they fail to improve party strength in their respective constituencies.

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Odisha gets Rs 4,000-crore natural gas pipeline

By Akshya Rout

SUKINDA (ODISHA), DEC. 18: Marking another significant development in the spread of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Odisha, Union petroleum and natural gas  minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday laid the foundation stones for new Dhamra – Angul 36-inch main line and Bhubaneshwar-Cuttack-Paradip 12-inch spur line at Haripur in Odisha’s Jajpur district.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said 600-km long natural gas pipeline project was a new year gift for the people of coastal districts of Odisha from the Modi led Government.

Mr Pradhan said foundation stone for the LNG Terminal at Dhamra with the investment of Rs 6000 crore had already been laid a few months ago. Gas will be imported from countries like Australia, Qatar in cape size vessels and supplied to Allahabad of Uttar pradesh through 2500-km long pipeline.

The 600-km long natural gas pipeline to be constructed in Odisha with an investment of Rs 4,000-crore will cover 13 districts such as  Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara and will connect major industrial clusters of Khurdha, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kalinganagar, Jajpur and Paradip.

Photo caption: PNG minister Dharmendra Pradhan lays foundation stone for natural gas pipeline project in Haripur, Sukinda, in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Sunday.

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By Suryanarayan Panda

Koraput, Dec. 16: A pregnant woman on Friday delivered a baby girl near a drain on the premises of Koraput district headquarters hospital in Odisha after the medical staff allegedly denied her for a checkup as she had forgot to bring the required prescription.

The woman and the newborn remained unattended near the drain for around half an hour before they were rescued and admitted to the hospital.

According to reports, Dimai Muduli (32) of Janiguda village under Mastiput panchayat in Koraput block had come to the hospital with her husband Raghu Muduli in the morning due to his illness.

After treatment of her husband, she complained of labour pain and told about it to a nurse. However, the nurse asked her for the required Mamata Yojana beneficiary card and prescription which she hadn’t brought with her.

The staff told her to bring the documents for checkup.

Moments after, the woman went towards a toilet on the hospital premises but sat near a drain due to excess labour pain where she delivered a baby girl.

After around 30 minutes, her husband noticed the incident and informed hospital authorities following which the mother and the baby were hospitalised.

The district administration has ordered a probe into the incident.

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Emerging youth leader of Remuna, Mr Deepak Kumar Mallick (third from right), participating  in a Julus Procession of Muslims. Mr Mallick is hugely popular in the area for his social works and fight for the poor.

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ITR RAISING DAY CELEBRATION

By Sudam Patra

Balasore:  Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, the premiere defence research and development (R & D) establishment engaged in Test and Evaluation of rockets and air-borne systems, observed its 35th Lab Raising Day (Annual Day) on December 10, 2017.

To celebrate this occasion, a colourful cultural function was organised. Former Director of the laboratory S C Narag was present as the chief guest during the function along with Dr B K Das, Director ITR. Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane, Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar and Dr M Manickavasagam, Project Director from another DRDO Laboratory ASL, Hyderabad were present as distinguished guests

Associate Director, ITR, M V Bhaskarachary, Chairman Raising Day Committee C R Ojha and Vice-Chairman CG Subudhi were also present at the dais.

During his address Chairman Raising Day Committee, C R Ojha briefed about various events which were conducted on the eve of 35th Raising Day. Associate Director, ITR, Shri M V Bhaskrachary in his address emphasised on the effort of ITR team in making this event possible in spite of a busy mission schedule.

Director, ITR, DR B K Das, in his address to the employees highlighted the achievements of ITR during the year 2017 and appreciated one and all for achieving the goals set for the year. He appreciated the sacrifice made by the families towards the success of Indian missile programme. However, he emphasised that team ITR should continue the effort so that ITR will excel further in spite of being one of the busiest Test Ranges in the world.

Distinguished Guest, Dr M Manikavasagam highlighted the transformation of ITR as a world class test range and the tremendous achievements demonstrating professionalism in Test, Evaluation and Post flight mission analysis.

Director AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane, distinguished guest on this occasion also lauded the achievements of ITR under the dynamic leadership of Dr. B K Das. The Chief Guest S C Narang, who has served as the Director of ITR during 1996 to 2005, appreciated the evolution of ITR as a World Class Test Range from a humble effort to have a facility to test defence systems.

On this occasion, a number of employees of ITR were awarded for providing excellent services in various fields of Range activities.  ITR employees and their family members were also awarded for various events conducted on the eve of Raising Day 2017.

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CNG stations to be inaugurated in Chandrasekharpur and Patia

Foundation stones to be laid for new Dhamra-Angul and Bhubaneshwar – Cuttack – Paradip pipelines

Term-sheets to be signed with various industrial consumers for supply of Natural Gas

MoU to be signed for skill development of local youth

By Sushobhita Guru

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 15: Marking another significant milestone in the spread of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Odisha, Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will launch supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and CNG-run scooters in Bhubaneswar and lay the foundation stones for two new pipelines which are connected to the mainline.

In addition, GAIL (India) Limited will sign term-sheets with industrial customers for supply of Natural Gas and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for skill development of local youth in the presence of the Hon’ble Minister.

This was announced by GAIL Director (Projects) Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak at a press conference here today. Among others Ms. Vandana Chanana (ED, CC&CSR), Mr. K.B. Singh (ED, ER), Mr. S. K. Pathak, CGM and Mr. A. K. Srivastava were present at this occasion.

GAIL is implementing the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The Hon’ble Minister will inaugurate CNG stations in Chandrasekharpur and Patia on December 16, 2017. Two more stations are being constructed in Khandagiri and Tamando. Over the coming years, 25 CNG stations will be commissioned in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to supply CNG to vehicles.

Initially, natural gas will reach Bhubaneswar in special containers called “cascades” which will be transported by road from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Later, Natural Gas will be supplied through the 2655 km long Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga. The Hon’ble Minister will also lay the foundation stones for new Dhamra – Angul 36 inch main line and Bhubaneshwar – Cuttack – Paradip 12 inch spur line on December 17, 2017 which are part of this pipeline project.

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By Our Correspondent

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 15: Utkal University has finally got its Geological Rock Garden. Built by Essel Mining and Industries Limited (EMIL) in the premises of geological department of the varsity, the garden was inaugurated on Thursday by Professor Soumendra Patnaik, vice chancellor of the University, and Ashok Kumar Bal, Chief Executive Officer of EMIL.

Addressing the august gathering, Prof Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Vice Chancellor praised EMIL to have extended its cooperation for such a project that opens industry-university interface. He urged the students to make the best use of the garden for their learning.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ashok Kumar Bal, CEO, EMIL emphasized the importance and need for such platform wherein knowledge and experience sharing can take place between institutes and corporates.

He also stressed on the maintenance of the quality of the project which will set an example and make the Geological Rock Garden a model project as well.

While Dr. B.K.Ratha, HoD, Geology Department gave introductory address, Sri A.K.Pati, AVP, EMIL extended the vote of thanks. Several dignitaries including senior officials of EMIL, faculty members of different departments of the University, students of Geology Department and officials of EMIL were present during the inaugural ceremony.

The Geological Rock Garden is designed to be one of the best Open Geological Laboratory and shall enliven the concept of Geology textbook, to practical approach in field measurement, mapping techniques, and identification of rocks, minerals, ores and fossils. The lab will enhance the teaching standards, catering to the needs of Post Graduate and PhD students of the Department and shall beautify the ambience as well. It will also provide a beautiful educative spot for students of the entire University and visitors to the campus.

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By A K SAHOO

Bhubaneswar , Dec. 15: Institute of Life Sciences is once again in the news for discovery of a “culprit” enzyme that causes metastasis in smoking group people, mostly women, suffering from breast cancer.

Metastasis is development of secondary malignant growths at a distance from a primary site of cancer.

The culprit enzyme – Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) – is mainly involved in suppression of gene expression by promoting a “chemical event” known as “methylation.”

According to Dr Mishra, who is the head of the molecular oncology lab in the department of cancer biology at ILS, pregnant women should stay away from smoking as it may lead to breast cancer and may also result in metastasis which is more alarming than simple malignant tumor.

“We have identified the culprit enzyme which is associated with the nicotine related breast cancer in smoking population. The inhibitor that enzyme may be promoted to work as a drug to checkmate the nicotine associated breast cancer. The candidate target is EZH2,” said Dr Mishra.

Nicotine associated breast cancer in smokers is mediated through high level of EZH2 expression which can be reversed by methyltranferase inhibitor DZNepA.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women worldwide.

“Studies show that female smoking in India is growing at a faster rate than smoking by males. In this context, using mice model, we have experimentally proven that nicotine has a significant role in breast cancer. In our investigation, we found that nicotine can regulate one of the cancer promoting genes (oncogene) named EZH2. The cancer-promoting role of nicotine can be controlled by targeting the therapeutics that has potential to suppress the nicotine-aggravated genes,” Dr Mishra claimed. Another important thing which takes the standard of the paper to the next height is Mishra and his team have also shown that EZH2 enzyme is high in nicotine related breast cancer in comparison to nicotine null breast cancer in human sample.

He added, “In our study, we blocked the EZH2 function, and showed reduced breast tumor growth in the mice model. The take home message from our study is that we should be aware that these preventable environmental factors might play significant role in breast cancer development. Therefore, as said, prevention is better than cure; – prevent smoking, and prevent breast cancer.”

The finding of the ILS research team has been accepted for publication in a highly prestigious Journal “Cell Death and Diseases” which has a high impact factor and belongs to Nature group of Journal.

Dr Mishra’s group had earlier this month “conclusively” proved that cancer cells migration and invasion can be restricted as well as induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) can also be controlled by Artemisinin in estrogen receptor positive (ER-positive) breast cancer cells.

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