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Station Master suspended for signal error
By Our Correspondent
BHUBANESWAR, AUG. 23: Passengers of Puri-Lokmanyatilak Express on Wednesday narrowly escaped a mishap as the Mumbai bound train took wrong route from Raja Athagarh station and was made to divert back to Dhenkanal due to alleged negligence of station master.
The Railways suspended the station master for dereliction of duty following a prima facie report.
“Prima facie it seems a grave human error. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident,’’ said spokesperson, East Coast Railway.
After taking the wrong track, the train ran for nearly one kilometer till Radhakishorepur from where it diverted back to Dhenkanal and took the scheduled path, sources said.
The incident occurred on the day when Azamgarhg-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in the morning in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh leaving around 50 injured.
Four days ago, the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed at Muzzafarnagar in UP killing 23 passengers and injuring 50 including five from Odisha.

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Chief Engineer Nirod Kumar Das, Superintending Engineer Gagan  kumar Biswal and Executive Engineer Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty overseeing the reparation of Bankasahi breach under Bari block in Odisha’s Jajpur district.

Photo:Akshaya Rout

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As per the advice of revenue and disaster management minister Maheswar Mohanty, water resources department chief engineer Nirod Kumar Das, superitending engineer Gagan  kumar Biswal and Exucutive engineer Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty overseeing the reparation of Bankasahi breach under Bari block in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Friday (Photo by Akshya rout Jajpur)

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Akshya Rout
JAJPUR, AUG. 2: In bid to get the first experience about the life the tribals living in Nagada in Odisha’s Jajpur district, local Sukinda MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadai spent a night in the hamlet.
In the night, he shared the food cooked by the local people and went to bed in a tiny hut with a mosquito net.
After getting up in the morning on Wednesday, he took tea prepared by the tribal women.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Ghadai said Nagada village has undergone significant development changes in the recent times because of the interventions made by chief minister Naveen Patnaik. He said more development works will be done in the area soon.
He also said that Nagada people demanded jobs in mines and other local ventures.
“They made demands for recruitments in mining and related activities undergoing in the area. We are actively considering the demand,” said the MLA.
Mr Ghadai also reviewed the nutrition and healthcare initiatives being executed in the area.

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SUKANTA MOHANTY
BHUBANESWAR, AUG. 2: Passengers of a moving car on Tuesday escaped miraculously when the vehicle caught fire while plying towards Jayadev Vihar near Nalco Bhawan in Chandraskeharpur area of Bhubaneswar.
After receiving information, fire personnel reached the spot and swung into action to bring the blaze under control.
The mishap occurred when fume billowed out of the bonnet of the car bearing registration number OD 02 G8636 and within two minutes fire engulfed the vehicle completely. No onlooker mustered courage to help the passengers due to the intensity of the flames.
By the time the fire staff reached the spot, the car was gutted.
An inquiry has been launched to find out why the car caught fire.
In a similar incident on June 23, a car had caught fire at Rasulgarh Square in Odisha capital and its owner had a narrow escape from the mishap as he moved out of the vehicle before getting harmed.
However, the car was completely gutted in the fire. Short circuit was suspected to be the reason behind the fire mishap.

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Special isolation ward created in Capital Hospital, screening facilities opened in city hospitals
By Chitta Ranjan Beura/Saroj Kumar Behera
Bhubaneswar, Aug. 2: Panic reigned in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar following reports that five persons had been detected with Swine flu. The H1N1 infected persons, including four women, were admitted to the isolation ward of private hospitals here in the last two days.
While three were admitted on Tuesday, two persons were hospitalised on Wednesday
The infected persons hailed from Kalahandi, Jagatsinghpur and Khurda districts.
“Of the 124 blood samples tested so far, five tested positive for the avian flu. One of the patients, a woman of 80 years of age, is serious because suffering from critical heart ailments. The others are quite okay and their conditions are improving after treatment,” K C Dash, director of Odisha health department said.
The director informed that special isolation ward has been created in Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, – for the Swine Flu patients.
“A special isolation ward has been created in Capital Hospital where doctors and other paramedics deployed on round-the-clock basis to attend the patients. We are also taking preventive steps that the flu does not spread to new areas,” Mr Das said.
The health department, meanwhile, directed its officials to collect information from health institutions in the city and analyse the data so as to detect cluster of cases before ensuring prompt preventive and containment measures.
The department has decided to provide separate screening facilities at all hospitals in the city for early detection of H1N1 infected persons.
“The facilities would be located in such a way that patients can have easy access of entry and exit without interfering with the main entry and wards to avoid exposure to other patients,” an official of health department said.
“Apart from following the infection control precaution at screening as well as isolation, the medical officers in all the hospitals have to categorise the cases for detection and case management. ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for prevention of influenza H1N1 would be circulated and all medical and paramedical staff sensitised,”the official added.
Odisha had recorded 75 Swine Flu cases with 13 deaths during October-December, 2015. In 2016, only one case of swine flu was reported in the state.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease with symptoms that include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache and fatigue.

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