Horrific train derailment in Odisha

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KBC Junior 1 Cr. winner Ravi Mohan Saini is now an IPS officer

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Bhubaneswar:  He was in class 10 then. He had answered all 15 questions correctly in year 2000 and had won our hearts along with the grand prize of Rs. 1 crore in the popular TV game show hosted by non other than the Amitabh Bachchan, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) Junior.

It is not just that KBC Junior win which makes him special and an inspiration, Ravi Mohan Saini has recently cleared the UPSC Civil Services to became an IPS officer.

Saini tells this reporter that it was his strong desire to meet Amitabh Bachchan which had prompted him to try his luck at KBC.

If that was not enough to impress and inspire, Ravi Mohan Saini has been a topper throughout his academic career and he is also a MBBS.

In year 2013 Saini had got selected for the Indian Post and telecom, accounts and finance services. He had also undergone an eight months training for the same. In 2014, he appeared for the UPSC exam and qualified for the Indian Police Services (IPS).

He is now posted as an IPS officer in Gujarat.

 

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik addresses ‘Spandan’ an ‘Odia Society of Singapore’ event

Bhubaneswar / Singapore: Odia Society of Singapore- Sing Odia held its annual cultural event ‘Spandan’ and the same was dedicated to Lord Jagannatha.

An evening of devotional songs was performed by noted singer Arabinda Muduli and his group. The evening was graced by Ama Odisha Party President Soumya Ranjan Patnaik as their Chief Speaker. He in his address spoke about the rich culture of Odisha and about Odisha’s ancient literature and significance of  Odisha as motherland.

BJP leader Dr. Sambit Patra, also attended the cultural programme as Guest of Honor.  Patra also launched a mobile application of Odia Society of Singapore.

The President of Odia Society of Singapore Sambit Mishra and Vice President Sunil Senapati along with several other committee members were present on the occasion. The evening was attended by several non resident Odias living in Singapore.

Sushant Manna said that next year the event shall be organised in a much better way than this year and that the few glitches witnessed this year shall be taken care of.

Greg Moran launches Zoomcar services in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: India’s first 100-per cent self-driven car rental company, Zoomcar, launched its Odisha operations here. The company is  in talks with the tourism department  to further enhance a better opportunity for locals and travelers.

Zoomcar CEO and Co-founder Greg Moran said, “With our successful launch in Bhubaneswar, we have covered 27 metro and non-metro cities across India. We already have about 2600 registered users in Bhubaneswar.”

Major reshuffle of IPS in Odisha

 

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Bhubaneswar: Today government of Odisha announced a major reshuffle in the IPS cadre

BK Sharma, a 1986 batch IPS officer has been appointed as new DG (Fire Services & Commandant General, Home Guards & Director Civil Defence).

Amitabh Thakur is the new Inspector General (law and order).

Binyanand Jha is the new chief of Odisha prisons

Santosh Kumar Upadhaya is the new Additional DGP, CID, Crime Branch.

Lalit Das is the new chairman and managing director of OPH&WC.

Satyajit Mohanty, a 1988 batch IPS has been given the chqrge of additional DGP, Law and Order.

Debasis Panigrahi is the new vigilance director.

Arun Kumar Ray is posted as additional DGP, Communication.

Santosh Bala, who was inspector general (fire service and home guards) is the new special secretary of home department.

Rajesh Kumar is appointed as Inspector General (fire service and home guards).

Sudhanshu Sarangi is appointed as the Director of SCRB.

Sanjay Kumar Kaushal has been appointed as DIG Vigilance and Sarah Sharma has been appointed as SP in Biju Patnaik State Police Academy (BPSPA).

Arun Bothra is the new Inspector General  of modernisation.

Pranabindu Acharya has been appointed as the first ever ADG (railway and coastal security) of Odisha.

Child sacrifice bid foiled in Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar:  Khandagiri police station incharge has confirmed that eight persons had been detained for their alleged involvement in conducting a Tantric puja to sacrifice a child at a house near Dumduma last night. Investigation of this matter in still undergoing as we report.

“At about 12.30 am, few people came with a child and a garland put around his neck to this house. We also spotted a pit being dug near the house. When we asked about what was happening, the wife of the house owner scolded us and asked us to mind our own business,” an eyewitness said.

The eyewitnesses then informed the local police about this suspicious incident following which the police reached the spot at around 1 am.

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

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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

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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.