Nirmal Deshpande remembered


Bhubaneswar : On her 88th birth anniversary a remembrance meeting was held here at the Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) Head Quarters for Padmavibhushan Nirmala Deshpande .

Nirmal Didi as commonly known was born to Vimala and Purushottam Yashawant Deshpande in Nagpur on 19 October 1929. She had embraced the Gandhian philosophy at a very young age. She ended up devoting her life in promotion of communal harmony and service to women.

Deshpande joined Vinoba Bhave’s bhoodaan movement in 1952. She had undertaken a 40,000 km journey on foot all across India to carry Gandhi ji’s message of Grām Swarāj. She recognized that it was difficult to practice Gandhian principles, yet believed that doing so was the only way towards a truly democratic society.

Nirmala Didi had done her MA in Political Science from Nagpur. She also studied at Fergusson College  Pune. Thereafter, she served as a lecturer in Political Science in Morris College, Nagpur

She was decorated with Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India in 2006 and was awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz posthumously by Pakistan in 2010

Deshpande was a nominated member of Rajya Sabha for two terms.

Addressing the attendees the Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy said ” Nirmala ji was a mentor to me. She was very close to both my grandparents. In year 2007 her name was very considered for the Indian Presidential position. I personally was privy to the same. Had she not taken ill then, India would have had Nirmala Deshpande as the first lady to take the office of President of India. She was a wonderful soul. Her sudden demise on 1st of May 2008 was a huge personal loss as well as a great loss to India. 1st of May 2008 shall always remain as one of the saddest days of my life”.

Her birth anniversary is on 19 Oct but since this year Deepawali was on that date commemorative meetings were held on 17 Oct.

Today in another meeting held at Chennai to commemorate the 88th birth anniversary of Late Smt. Nirmala Deshpande, the Hon’be Vice President of India Shri. M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the same and paid his tributes there.


Naveen announces Rs. 500/- aid; Suparno criticises

Bhubaneswar: While the Voluntary Blood Donation Day was on 1st of October,  the Government of Odisha decided to hold an event to commemorate the same today at Soochana Bhawan here.
On the occasion CM Naveen felicitated MLA Debashis Samantray the Convener of Jiban Bindu and Ex MP Soumya Ranjan Patnaik President Aama Odisha for conducting highest and second highest number blood donation camps respectively.
On the occasion CM announced an aid of Rs. 500/- for patients who need regular blood transfusion. Patients suffering with Thalassemia,  Hemophilia,  Sickle cell etc.
Post the event noted socio-political leader and Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy put out two tweet on the same and they are being talked about all around in the intellectual masses. Suparno in one tweet pointed out the correct date of ‘Voluntary Blood Donation Day’ was 1 Oct not 13 Oct , in the same he also appreciated Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and the efforts of Aama Odisha for blood collection. In a follow up tweet Suparno criticised the inadequacy of the announced aid of Rs. 500/- for blood ailment patients.
Health and Family Welfare Minister of Odisha Pratap Jena was present on the occasion.

3 BSF men raped a minor girl in Odisha


Koraput: In a shocking incident, a minor girl was allegedly gang raped by four armed jawans of the Central paramilitary forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Odisha’s Koraput.

The victim, a Class IX student, was returning home from school near Kunduli market when she was waylaid and gang raped by four armed men in BSF fatigue near Sorishpadar village under Pottangi police station limits.

“From school, my sister had visited a studio at Kunduli market to get a passport size photograph and was returning home. While on her way back home she was accosted by four armed BSF men ot a deserted patch near Sorispadar. The BSF men after gagging her took her to the nearby forest and raped her one after another. After raping her, BSF jawans had abandoned her. She was profusely bleeding with her dress torn. A woman relative of ours who was passing through that area rescued her,” said the brother of the victim.

The victim was initially rushed to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Kunduli and was later shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital here.

Sources said her condition is stated to be critical.

Family members of the victim have lodged a complaint at the Pottangi police station in this regard and police is investigating the matter.

In protest against the gruesome incident, locals have blocked NH 26 connecting Vizag.

Train derailments just don’t seem to be stopping. Sad about what happened in Cuttack : Piyush Goyal


Cuttack : A goods train carrying fertiliser, en route to Haibargaon in Assam from Gangavaram port in Visakhapatnam derailed near Nergundi of Cuttack district in the wee hours of Wednesday. Around 16 coaches of the train got derailed from the track.

The  Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak, Bhubaneswar-Berhampur and Berhampur-Bhubaneswar passenger trains have been cancelled.

As per sources in the Railways ,the routes of Tapaswini Express and Secunderabad-Howrah train have been changed after the derailment. Only for today the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express will go via Barang and Kapilas.

No casualties have been reported till this news was filed.

88th birth anniv. of Devendra Satpathy observed at SNSMT

Shri. Devendra Satpathy

Bhubaneswar : Today morning at 7 am, here at the Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) a prayer meeting for the 88th birth anniversary of Late Shri Devendra Satpathy was observed.
Volunteers and members of SNSMT along with a few noted personalities were present in the meeting. Late Devendra Satpathy the two time MP from Dhenkanal and the former editor of Odia daily Dharitri was fondly remembered by all who attended.
Old writeups on Late Devendra Satpathy written by Late Pradyumna Bal,  Late Haramohan Patnaik, Late Mahapatra Nilamani Sahu, Padmashri Manoj Das etc. were discussed after the prayer meeting.
Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy  in his address to the august gathering said ” Devendra Babu to you and Bapa for me is my ideal as a socio-political activist. He loved to selflessly work for people without bothering if he was credited for the same or not. Devendra Babu never bothered about what kind of office he held. His simplicity and selfless commitment for bettering our social fabric is an inspiration and if we adapt his philosophy this world shall end up as a much better place. He believed in the words of Sri Aurobindo. I too strongly believe in the same. One of my favorites is-  The great are strongest when they stand alone, a God given might of being is their force”.
The meeting commenced with light refreshments at 9am.

Swiss President Doris Leuthard to visit India


New Delhi: President Doris Leuthard to visit India for a three-day. India and Switzerland are set to expand bilateral ties during this visit.

President Leuthard is to meet President Ram Nath Kovind and  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Indian side most likely shall be taking up the matter of illegal money stashed by Indians in Swiss banks.

President Leuthard shall be accompanied by senior Swiss government officials and a large business delegation of leading Swiss companies.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, members of the council of ministers including the minister for external affairs are also scheduled to call on the Swiss president separately.

PM Modi had visited Switzerland in June last year during which the country had announced its support to India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) During the said visit the two countries had resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating tax evasion and blackmoney. PM Modi, had said that combating the menace of black money and tax evasion was ‘ priority’ for both the countries.


Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derails- 23 dead


Muzaffarnagar/ Bhubaneswar  : 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh at around 5:50 pm. 23 passengers are feared dead and more than 40 are seriously injured.

This fateful train left Puri on August 17 and was scheduled to reach Haridwar at 9 pm on August 19.  As per railway records a total of 86 reserved status passengers had boarded the train from Puri.

Four teams of NDRF personnel are reportedly working on the accident spot.

Helpline Numbers: 1072, 0674-2490670 and 0674-2534027 have been issued by the East Coast Railway (EcoR) .

Other helplines are: Muzaffarnagar: 0131-2645238, Cuttack: 0671-2200568, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road: 06726-220599

International Youth Day 2017 observed by SNSMT 

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Bhubaneswar  (12 Aug 2017): Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust  (SNSMT) today commemorated the 18th International Youth Day (IYD). A meeting of SNSMT volunteers from all over the state was held today at the Smt. Nandini Satpathy Hall at the SNSMT head quarters here.
On the occasion, eminent socio-political leader and the Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy addressed the gathering. The United Nations for IYD 2017 is following a theme of ‘youth for peace’. Speaking on the occasion Shri. Satpathy said ” Peace is the only force which takes us forward”. In his addressed he mentioned Vevekananda, Mahatma Gandhi,  Subash Chandra Bose,  Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandini Satpathy and a few other great leaders who firmly belived in one common goal of ‘Peace’ but each followed their own path towards it.
The meeting was concluded with an oath taking ceremony in which all the SNSMT volunteers pledged to follow the call of ‘Peace’ ,under what-so-ever be the circumstance or provocation.

Ivanka Trump shall lead the US delegation to India for GES

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Washington / New Delhi: US President Donald Trump ’s daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump shall be leading the US delegation to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) which is scheduled to be held at Hydrabad 28-30 November 2017.

‘(Ivanka Trump) will lead the U.S. delegation to India this fall, supporting women’s entrepreneurship globally’ read a tweet from President Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too confirmed about Ivanka Trump’s visit on his own Twitter handle.

Mary Kay Carlson, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in New Delhi, said “US-India ties have been growing every year with more trade, more travel, and greater people-to-people ties”. She added “The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is the latest example of how we are working together to advance the promise of an increasingly digital world and the remarkable entrepreneurial skills of our people to promote prosperity”.

Political oponents of Narendra Modi in India have criticised this move by him of allowing Ivanka Trump to act as a surrogate for her father in an International affairs. They claimed that Ivanka has no constitutional standing in the USA, for India to be entertaining her. In  July 2017 Ivanka Trump had been heavily criticised after she briefly sat in for her father at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.