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.

Owner of Pal Heights dies under mysterious circumstances

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Bhubaneswar: Five members of city-based hotelier Satpal Singh’s household died of suffocation when fire broke out in their Budheswari colony residence in Bhubaneswar early this morning.

Satpal Singh, his son Gagan Singh and others are the owners of Pal Heights Hotel at Jaydev Vihar here. He has narrowly escaped death but has sustained serious injuries. He is undergoing treatment in government-run Capital Hospital here. The deceased have been identified as Satpal’s son Gagan Pal Singh (40), daughter-in-law Bhawna Singh (38), grandson Rubir Singh and granddaughter Sohabi Singh. Their domestic help identified as Khushi Das too died on the way to the hospital.

As told to this reporter smoke was spotted by neighbours in 4.30 am this morning. They tried to inform security guards in the Pal household but were unsuccessful in doing so, then they informed the police control room whon then informed the fire service station.

“We received the information about 5.18 am. We tried our best” said Ramesh Chandra Majhi, fire officer.

Police said that this incident  seems strange, it certainly raises suspicion and that their investigating into the incident is on.


Santosh Mohan Dev is dead

Silchar: Today Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev took to his eternal journey. He was 83. Dev a seven-time Congress MP had held various positions in the Congress government. He was the Heavy Industry Minister in the UPA-I government. He also served as Minister of State (MoS) for Communications from 1986-1988 and MoS for Home between 1988-1989.

He was MoS I/C Steel Ministry in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government in 1991.

AICC President  Sonia Gandhi expressed her solidarity with Dev’s family and supporters, particularly with Congress MP Sushmita Dev.

Several leaders took to twitter to express their condolences.

Jawan found dead with bullet injuries at Angul CRPF camp


Angul: Today, a CRPF jawan who used to work at the arms and ammunition store at the CRPF camp in Angul district died after sustaining bullet injuries from an AK-47 rifle.

The deceased jawan Mihir Das (35), is from Kendrapara district of Odisha.

This reporter is told that this morning a few jawans heard gunshots from the store and as they rushed to the spot they found Das in a pool of blood with bullet injuries on his chest. The CRPF personnel without wasting time moved Das to the Angul district headquarters hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

The IIC of Angul police station said “We are not yet sure if Das committed suicide or if it was an accident or a murder. We have started our investigation into the incident.”

PM Modi punishes 24 IAS officers & 381 babus

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New Delhi: A senior official of the Personnel Ministry has said “PM Modi’s mantra is ‘Perform or perish’. The ministry has taken actions like premature retirement and cut in remuneration against 381 civil services officers, including 24 from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, for being non-performers and allegedly being involved in illegal activities”.

Strict action has also been initiated against officers on foreign postings who were continuing on such assignments beyond their approved tenures.

“These strict measures have gone a long way towards inculcating a sense of discipline and accountability in the bureaucracy and have sent a message to employees to either perform or perish, while having a positive impact on the performing workforce,” said the Ministry official who had requested this reporter for anonymity.

He also said that the records of 11,828 Group A officers, including 2,953 all India services like the IAS, the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS), were reviewed. The service records of 19,714 Group B officers were also reviewed to eliminate the deadwood and the corrupt.

A total of 25 Group A officers, including one IAS and two IPS, and 99 Group B officers were prematurely retired by the government.

As many as 21 civil servants, including ten IAS officers, deemed to have resigned.

The penalties like dismissal, removal or compulsorily retirement and cut in pension was imposed on 37 Group A officers that included five from the IAS.

In addition to this, 199 Group A officers, including eight from the IAS, were penalised on remuneration.

The ministry official while highlighting its initiatives, said there was “visible demonstration of the will of the State in punishing wrongdoers”.

Sushmita Dev suspended from Lok Sabha


New Delhi: Today six Congress MPs were suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the grounds of ‘highly unbecoming’ conduct during their protests over the lynching issue that ‘undermined the Chair’s dignity’.

Mahajan announced her order as soon as the House met at 2.00 PM following an adjourment.

Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan are the MPs who have been suspended. They alegedly tore official papers and threw it towards the Speaker’s Chair, which prompted members of the treasury benches to shout “shame, shame”.

“Some of these members had picked up papers from the Lok Sabha secretariat staffers’ table and had torn and thrown them” said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan


14 year old girl set an example by stopping her own marriage in Odisha

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Berhampur: A 14 year old girl set an example by stopping her own marriage in Odisha.

Rutu Nahak (14), daughter of Narayan Nahak of Chadhiapalli village of Aska block in Ganjam district showed her bravery and went against her family’s decision to get her married of.

Rutu is a class IX student, her marriage had been fixed for the 9th of March by her family, she opposed the decision. She decided to approach the child help line to stop this marriage.

Rutu placed a call on child helpline number 1098 and gave information about her family’s decision. She also communicated that she wanted continue with her studies.

The child line members along with a few social activists came to Rutu’s help and deposed her case with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). On counselling, Rutu’s parents realised their wrong doing. Her marriage was stopped and she is now pursuing with her studies.