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ଭୁବନେଶ୍ୱର,୧୯ ।୨(ସ୍ୱାଗତିକା ଭୁତିଆ):ଓଡ଼ିଶାରେ ଖୁବ୍ ଶୀଘ୍ର ନୂତନ ୪ଟି ସାଇବର ଥାନା ଖୋଲାଯିବ ବୋଲି ପୋଲିସ ମହାନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ଡ. ଆର.ପି. ଶର୍ମା ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି ।
ଆଜି ଦୁଇଦିନିଆ ଗଂଜାମ ଜିଲ୍ଲା ଗସ୍ତରେ ଯାଇଥିବା ପୋଲିସ ମହାନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ଶ୍ରୀ ଶର୍ମା ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁରଠାରେ ଦକ୍ଷିଣ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପ୍ରଥମ ସାଇବର ଥାନାକୁ ଉଦଘାଟନ କରି ଉଦବୋଧନ ଦେବା ବେଳେ ଏହା ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଥିଲେ ।
ଅନ୍ୟ ପକ୍ଷରେ ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର ସହରକୁ ଖୁବ୍ ଶୀଘ୍ର ପୋଲିସ କମିଶନରେଟ୍ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ଲାଗୁ ହେବ । ଗଂଜାମ ଜିଲ୍ଲା ଏବଂ ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁରରେ ଘଟୁଥିବା ଅପରାଧକୁ ନିୟନ୍ତ୍ରଣ କରିଥିବାରୁ ଶ୍ରୀ ଶର୍ମା ଗଂଜାମ ଏବଂ ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର ପୋଲିସକୁ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ଆସନ୍ତା କାଲି ସୋନପୁରଠାରେ ଏକ ସାମୁଦ୍ରିକ ଥାନା ଉଦଘାଟନ କରିବାର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମ ରହିଛି । ଏହି ଅବସରରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ସଭାରେ ଗୋପାଳପୁର ବିଧାୟକ ତଥା ପୂର୍ବତନ ଉଚ୍ଚଶିକ୍ଷା ମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ପ୍ରଦୀପ କୁମାର ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ଥିଲେ ।

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Bhubaneswar , feb 18 : The state unit of Congress will launch a State-wide demonstration on Monday to protest the Kunduli gangrape and suicide case, informed Congress SC cell chairman and Koraput MLA Krushna Sargaria at a press conference here on Sunday.

The agitation will be held across Odisha in a phased manner.

Sargaria alleged that the Government is trying to sabotage the probe by saying that law would take its course and punish the guilty.

He further stated, that the government is yet to clarify who will be in the SIT to probe the incident as the Government is yet to inform about this to Orissa High Court.

The Congress would intensify their protest and hold demonstration in a phased manner in Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhanmpur and Balsore, said Sargaria.

On the other hand, BJD Rajya Sabha Member and Spokesperson Pratap Deb said Congress’s allegations are baseless and said, “Government has already informed the Honourable Court about the SIT probe. High Court would take its decision.”

Source: News Odisha Bureau

 

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Naveen to hit campaign trail on Monday; Smriti to canvas for party candidate on Tuesday

By Our Correspondent

Bhubaneswar, feb18: Odisha police on Sunday arrested two businessmen a day after seizing Rs 40 lakh cash from them in bypoll-bound Bijepur.

The arrested persons were identified as Om Prakash Agarwal and his son Akash Agarwal and of Padampur area under Bargarh district.

The police on Saturday night had detained the father-son near check gate at Mahulipali square on Padampur-Bijepur road while the duo was transporting around Rs 40 lakh cash in their Mahindra Scorpio four-wheeler.

The police suspected that the huge amount of cash was carried by the two for distribution in Bijepur to allure the voters ahead of the bypoll scheduled on Feb 24.

Acting on information, police detained the Agarwals and their Xylo (with the number OD 17 G 1855) and seized around Rs 40.50 lakh from them.

The seizure of the money has led mud-slinging between the ruling BJD and BJP. While the BJP filed a petition with the Chief Electoral Officer alleging that the father and son duo were carrying money for the BJD, the latter on the other hand said the two arrested persons were members of the BJP Bajarang Dal, a member of organization of the Sangh Parivar.

Meanwhile, chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will campaign for his party candidate Rita Sahu on Monday.

On the other hand, Union textile and information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani will hit the campaign trail for Bijepur by-poll in Odisha on Tuesday, party sources said.

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BJP is afraid of truth, says the lawmaker

By Our Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR, FEB. 18: The Odisha state unit of BJP has lodged a complaint against BJD Lok Sabha member Tathagat Satpathy at Capital police station here for his controversial remarks against tribal people on his tweeter account.

The saffron party on Sunday alleged that Dhenkanal MP has insulted the tribal community by posting derogatory statements on social media.

“The MP has insulted the tribal community. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2016 clearly states that complaint can be lodged if tribal people are mentally and psychologically tortured in any platform. The constitution has provided me the right to complain and I have utilised it,” Sishir Gamang, BJP leader said on Sunday, adding the party has lodged a police complaint against the lawmaker on Friday.

Responding to Mr Gamang, the MP Mr Satpathy said that they were afraid of the truth.

“I can’t make them understand whatever I have tweeted about Ekalavya schools. Anybody can go through these tweets. They filed the FIR only out of fear as the truth came to fore,” Mr Satpathy told a local television channel over telephone.

On Thursday, the parliamentarian had tweeted “School for Adivasis? Well, teach ‘those’ types how to shoot arrows, dance a dumb dance, make crude mats and all. Don’t tell them nothing about computers, environmental and other sciences, languages, maths. No never. They are fit for jungle life,” Tathagat tweeted.

He had further mentioned on his social media account, “Surprised most people unaware what curriculum these Eklavya schools are designed to follow! That’s why maybe they are incapable comprehend irony. Pity them.”

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By Our Correspondent
Rourkela, Feb. 17: With inclination for western culture our younger  generation have almost forgotten to show regards to their elders including teachers and parents. They are least bothered about their cultural heritage.
To counter this and maintain balance  Rourkela based Shri Yoga Vedant Seva Samiti have started organising  Matru Pitrua Pujan Dibas in and around Rourkela township including educational institutions for the last one decade.
The workers of Samiti on February 12 organised one such function  in  Sector 13 ground here with participation of more than 1000 parents with their children.  Organised in a grand manner, the programme was attended by Swami Brahmasakhyatkar Saraswati Maharaj as Chief Guest who inaugurated by lighting the holy lamp in  the ground.  Principal of Hrusikes Ray College Professor Bhabes Chandra Sahoo graced the program as Chief Speaker while Registrar of Purusottam College of Engineering & Technology Kansbahal Dr Barada Prasad Bhol and Chairman of Sanatan Organisation Prakas Malengkar joined as Guests of honour.
The Chief Guest Swamiji spoke about degeneration of values and explained the necessity of such a programme in the present days citing example of Lord Ganesh wor shipping parents. Chief Speaker  Bhabes Sa hoo told about foreign impact in the minds of our students. When our culture is being pursued in foreign countries it is very unfortunate for us to forget this, he added.
Guest of honour B P Bhol explained about the necessity of such a programme with examples from our scriptures. Likewise the other Guest of honour Prakas Male ngkar said about lifestyle problems faced in foreign countries with drug addiction, old age homes etc. which is not found in our country.
The programme was organised by General Secretary Samir Patnaik with guidance of Samiti Advisor Rameswar Dash , President Biswajit Sarah, Debjit Satpathy, Saroj Sarma, Trailokyanath Hota, Banarasi Prasad, Dusmanta Kumar Jena, Sanjay Nath and others.

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By Our Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR, FEB. 17: A wild jumbo on Saturday strayed into Jayadev Vatika creating panic among the locals at Khandagiri on the outskirts of capital city Bhubaneswar.

As per sources, it is the same wild elephant that had earlier sneaked into the Horticulture farm of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) at Ghatikia on the outskirts of the Capital city and damaged some property on Wednesday.

It is believed that the pachyderm entered Jayadev Vatika after it was chased down by forest department officials during their attempts to drive it out from OUAT farm yesterday.

The forest officials closed Jayadev Vatika park for visitors as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

A massive drive is being undertaken by the forest officials to drive back the jumbo back into Chandaka forest.

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‘We remain equidistant from BJP and Congress’

By Saroj Behera

BHUBANESWAR, FEB. 17: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has put to rest all speculations in political circles that had emerged after he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Narasingha Mishra during his New Delhi visit.

Mr Patnaik, who returned Odisha on Friday evening after attending a function of Hockey India in New Delhi for the promotion of Hockey World Cup scheduled to be held here from November 28 to December 16 this year, rubbished the speculations regarding chances of political alliance of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Congress.

“During my visit to New Delhi, I met the Prime Minister and presented a copy of the book ‘The Tall Man Biju Patnaik’,” the CM said speaking to reporters.

On being asked by media persons about chances of Narasingha Mishra joining the BJD in a similar way to the then Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh joining the conch party in 2014 ahead of the general elections, Mr Patnaik said, “He (Narasingha Mishra) just dropped in five minutes before the Hockey function to find out the details.”

“BJD is concentrating on its good work for Odisha. We remain equidistant from BJP and Congress,” he added.

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Second Edition of Nrutyadham Classical Dance Festival begins

Dipti Mishra gets Nrutyadham Award

By Swagatika Bhutia

Odissi danseuse Subhashree Patnaik performing at Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaenswar on Feb 17, 2018

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 17: The second edition of the two-day Nrutyadham Classical Dance Festival 2017-18 began here on Saturday.

The festival began with Odissi performance by famous danseuses Subhashree Pattnaik.  The magic of danseuses’ steps with recital of the Odissi song cast a spell on the audience.

Subhashree began with Mangalacharan. After paying rich floral tribute to Lord Jagannath in Mangalacharan, she presented ‘Srimati-Sripati’ depicting the eternal love of Radha and Krishna.

The artiste’s facial expression depicting myriad moods of the characters of ‘Srimati-Sripati’ captivated the audience.

After Subhashree, Rama Koundinya of Srikakula presented Kuchipudi. Similarly, Abhisikta Maitra of Kolkata presented Kathakali; Rajib Gosh of Kolkata presented Kathak and Atanu Das of Kolkata presented Bharatnatyam.

Tarit Sarkar of Jamshedpur and Abhinjit Kundu presented Kathak and Bharatnatyam, respectively.

The performances by all the classical dancers grabbed the attention of the packed audience.

Noted Odissi exponent Dipti Mishra of Doordarshan got felicitated with Nrutyadham award.

The festival was inaugurated by Bijaya Kumar Nayak, director, department of culture, Government of Odisha.

Padma Vibhusan Raghunath Mohapatra, Guru Ramahari Das, Guru Durga Charan Ranbir , Jagannath Kunr, Chairman of PG Council, Utkal University, graced the occasion as guests.

 

 

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BHUBANESWAR, FEB. 16: Nagaland unit of BJP has accused Odisha Governor Dr S C Jamir of campaigning for the Congress and a regional party in the state and urged the Chief Electoral Officer to look into the matter, – reports said on Friday. According to reports, the BJP on Thursday filed a complaint against Jamir with the office of Chief Electoral Officer in Kohima, accusing the former Congress leader of “threatening” democracy with his action.

“The Odisha Governor has been camping in the state and is campaigning for particualr candidates of the Congress and the regional party – Naga People’s Front,” the BJP’s state unit chief Visasolie Lhoungu said.

Jamir should uphold the integrity and decorum of his office and should not take part in elections, Lhounga said.

The State assembly polls are due on February 27.

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Odisha has only 1 doctor for 13,154 patients in rural areas

Of the total 19,000 registered practitioners, only 3,500 working in govt hospitals

By A K Sahoo

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 14: The Odisha government has recently contested the Health Index report of NITI Aayog saying it does not portray a comprehensive picture of the sustained efforts made by the Government in the sector.

The national think-tank’s report ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ had shown that Odisha had slipped in its ranking during the assessment period as major indicators had shown little improvement.

However, the state government’s health department – on February 12, 2018 said better health outcomes require sustained efforts over a long term whereas in the NITI Aayog Report, comparison has been made only between two years.

“This does not give a comprehensive view,” the state government contested.

“The Composite Index has not considered key outcome indicators like Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Total Fertility Rate (TFR) where Odisha has made significant progress, consistently, over the past two decades,” the health department said.

Not only this, the department also maintained that findings of NFHS-4 have not been taken into consideration for institutional delivery where status of Odisha for reference year 2015-16 has shown much better progress.

The Odisha government thinks the NFHS-4 report is more comprehensive with a larger sample size, with more proximity towards data accuracy. To drive its point home, the department said indicators like 24×7 PHC and Cardiac Intensive Care Units were included in the composite index of NITI Aayog though these are not a mandate across most States, including Odisha, where PHCs are not bedded facilities.

It’s no denying the fact the Odisha government has made significant improvement in key some processes indicators such as ante-natal care registration, functionalisation of FRUs, proportion of vacancies or specialists at district headquarter hospitals, zero vacancy in ANM and staff nurse and percentage of birth registration. Average occupancy of officers for improved governance has gone up too.

It’s also a fact that Odisha is among a few states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Delhi to have initiated accreditation of Public health facilities for providing high quality services as per National Quality Assurance Standard. Besides treatment success rate in Odisha in TB is among the best and the state’s score in composite index has risen from 39.23 to 39.43 in the report.

However, the government cannot deny the fact over 70 per cent of state’s rural population still do not have access to minimum healthcare. Crunch of doctors and paramedics in primary health centres, community health centres , district headquarters is remains a major concern area.

Take the example of Jagatsinghpur district headquarters hospital (DHH). Of 58 sanctioned posts, 15 doctors are posted in the district headquarters hospital. Similarly, against the total sanctioned strength of 157, hospitals in the district are running with only 68 doctors. This implies that the district has only 43 per cent doctors and paramedics.

One can well imagine if this is the situation in a developed coastal district, how could be the scene in the backward western and southern Odisha districts.

The state, according to government’s own admission, has only one doctor for 13,154 patients in rural Odisha against the national average of 1:1668.

Another shocking fact is that the state has 19,000 registered practitioners. However, doctors in government-run health centres, including medical college hospital, stand at a minimal figure of 3,500. It implies that only 18.42 per cent registered practitioners is prefers to work in government sectors despite the incentives and perks given by the state government in 2016.

In 2017, as many as 49 doctors had deserted Primary Health Centres (PHCs) resulting in allopathic doctors’ vacancy rising to 353 in number.

The government must identify the cause of these problems and find a proper remedy which would go a long way to provide healthcare to the rural masses.

The World Health Organisation norm calls for one doctor to attend a population of 3,500. According to this barometre, Odisha falls back and records a 65 per cent to 85 per cent doctors in all its 30 districts. At least 200 doctors are required in state-run hospitals as against current available strength of a little above 2,000 in rural areas.

Besides, human resources, the state government would also lay special focus on infrastructure development in PHCs, CHCs and DHHSs, besides improving road conditions so that the pregnant women and others requiring emergency services can easily be brought to hospitals by ambulance services.

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