Mental Healthcare Act 2017 is notified and it decriminalises suicide

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The Union Health Minister of India JP Nadda has notified the Mental Healthcare Act 2017 which decriminalises suicide.

This new law also provides for ban of electric shock therapy for children with mental illnesses. In the case of adults with mental illnesses, the law only allows the controversial therapy to be used after the administration of anaesthesia and muscle relaxants. The new law also allows people to plan and give directives on the kind of treatment they would want if they are diagnosed with a mental illness.

In the new law ‘Mental illness’ is stated as -a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behaviour, capacity to recognise reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, mental conditions associated with the abuse of alcohol and drugs

Union Health Minister JP Nadda had informed the Lok Sabha in May 2016 that nearly 1%-2% of India’s population suffered from severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and nearly 5% of the population suffered from depression and anxiety at the end of 2005.

Minister Nadda has also stated that, a very important factor in the Bill is that it separates attempt to suicide from the Indian Penal Code. So, now IPC provisions cannot be invoked in case of an attempt to suicide. Since, the person undertakes the step in extreme mental stress, which means it’s triggered by mental illness, it should not be criminalised. The Act aims to provide healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation for patients and ensure they are provided in the least restrictive environment possible, and in a manner that does not intrude on their rights and dignity.

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Odisha to get early predictions of lightning strikes

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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.

Two senior citizens trampled to death by elephants in Sambalpur district of Odisha

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Sambalpur: Two senior citizens, Samhu Bhoi (65) and Sebati Bhoi (70) were trampled to death by elephants at Makarkonda village  in Sambalpur district of Odisha.

As per reports, while the villagers were asleep the elephants barged into the village and destroyed several houses.

The locals informed the police and Forest Department officials. Investigation of the matter and stock taking of the situation is under process. Inaction by the Forest officials to ward off the elephants from the locality has been complained by the gram sabba.

Odisha Police arrests the accused of the wedding gift Murder

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Bolangir: The Crime Branch (CB) of the Odisha Police has arrested three persons including the prime accused of the much talked about wedding gift bomb blast.

On 23rd of February 2018 just about four days after the wedding of Soumya Sekhar and Reema Rani. Soumya and his grandmother Jemamani had been killed while unwrapping the wedding gifts, when one of the gifts had exploded.

The arrested have been identified as Punjilal Meher, a lecturer at Bhainsa College and his two associates.

As per sources Punjilal had masterminded the entire thing. It is reported that a dispute was prevailing between him and the deceased Soumya Sekhar’s mother Sanjukta. She is the principal of Bhainsa College.

“To avoid suspicion Punjilal had attended the wedding as well as the funerals” said CID ADG Santosh Upadhyay.

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A few days back Reema Rani had met up with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. A special investigation team (SIT) of the Crime Branch had been constituted as per the CM’s order.

Woman set on fire alive in Odisha

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Angul: Unidentified persons at Balaramprasad village under Nalco police limits in Angul district of Odisha last night killed a woman by burning her alive.

The deceased has been identified as Parbati Pradhan (40) . She was set on fire by the accused after locking her in her own house from outside. She was charred to death in the blaze.

Police has initiated an investigation. Though the police did not want to comment officially but it is suspected that the woman was raped and later torched in order to eliminate evidence and this could be a fall out of a land dispute.

Four Elephants die of a train hit in Odisha

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Jharsuguda: This morning four out of an elephant heard which was crossing the railway line were killed after a goods train hit them near Bagdihi Railway Station in Jharsuguda district of Odisha.

Reportedly this accident occurred at about 4 am. Four elephants which includes a tusker died on the spot. Using JCBs, the carcasses were removed from the railway track by the Forest department personnel.

Movement of trains such as Bokaro-Alleppey Express, Tapaswini Express and a few others were disrupted.

Our newly appointed AICC team for Odisha will ensure a Congress Government in 2019: @RahulGandhi

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New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appointed three former MLAs — Rudra Raju, Anil Kumar Chaudhary and Shaikh Mastan Vali as the AICC secretaries to save the syncing ship of the Congress party in Odisha

Congress leader Aditya Sharma has also been appointed as Joint Secretary in charge of Odisha.

Earlier Former Union Minister Jitendra Singh had been appointed as General Secretary in-charge of Odisha.

DVF Jawan Sanjay Majhi (22) martyred by Maoists in Odisha

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Rayagada: A landmine explosion which took place last night near Sakata village under Muniguda police limits of Odisha’s Rayagada district has claimed the life of a District Voluntary Force (DVF) jawan.

The deceased is identified as Sanjay Majhi (22) of Ambadola village in the district.

The landmine which was reportedly set by the Maoists  blasted while a combing operation was on in Niyamgiri area. Majhi succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, a senior police official said.

A guard of honour shall be accorded to the martyr at the district police headquarters following which the body shall be taken to Majhi’s native place for last rites.

BJD youth wing Dhenkanal district President Jashobanta Parida shot dead

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Dhenkanal: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Youth wing Dhenkanal district president Jashobanta Parida was today shot dead by unidentified miscreants near Kamakhya Nagar.

As reported, bombs were hurled on the car Parida was travelling in, as he some how managed to get out of his vehicle, the attackers fired multiple bullets on him.

Parida sustained bullet injuries in his head and later succumbed while he was being taken to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in an ambulance. The doctor, who was accompanying Parida in the ambulance, declared him dead following which the body was brought back to the Kamakhyanagar hospital.

A few years back, on a previous occasion Parida had been shot at but that time the bullets had not yielded to fatality.

Police have started investigation into the incident. Tension gripped the area as locals blocked the National Highway and shops were shutdown.