WRI & BDA sign MoU for urban mobility planning in Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar: World Resources Institute, India( WRI) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop sustainable urban mobility planning for Bhubaneswar. The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by H&UD Minister of Odisha Shri Pushpendra Singh Deo, Commissioner of Police (Bhubaneswar & Cuttack) Shri YB Khurania, Transport Commissioner-cum-Chairman State Transport Authority Shri. DS Kutey, Engineer-in-chief-cum-Secretary Works Shri. Nalinikanta Pradhan, Director Housing  Shri. Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited Shri. Vineel Krishna and a few independent standing volunteers of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT).

This MoU ensures an integrated effort by both BDA & WRI India to address transport and development challenges, such as road safety, traffic congestion, long commuting time, inadequate mobility alternatives, poor transport infrastructure, transport related pollutants, design of public space and planning of city areas. This MoU shall remain effective only for one year. However, later it may be extended with mutual consent. Director, Integrated Transport of WRI India, Shri Amit Bhatt and BDA Planning member Shri. Sudhiranjan Mohanty placed their signatures from either sides .

Addressing the gathering Shri. Amit Bhatt ran the audience through a presentation. On the occasion  the H&UD Minister of Odisha Shri. Pushpendra Singh Deo said “as the urban mobility is a subject in which convergence of ideas and action is of prime importance, we have to ensure it for building a better Smart City.’’ VC BDA Dr. Krishan Kumar said that WRI’s Vision Zero concept for minimizing road accidents had been adopted by several states and we were happy that it had started from Bhubaneswar last September. “We have planned for a child-friendly and livable city and this association with WRI shall help us in getting more ideas,’’ he added. He also mentioned that the city is going to have a transformation in public transport system by having more number of buses under the city bus service network.


Conversion of black money into Dollars, Gold & Platinum is passe


Mumbai: Post the 8 Nov ‘2016 Demonetisation  of Indian rupee announced by PM Narendra Modi, conversion of black money into Dollars, Gold & Platinum had been hogging headlines in media reportage but all that is passe now. A new form of converting or parking ill got cash seems to have found its way with the December 22nd seizure of uranium worth around Rs 26 crore at Thane, Maharashtra . A detailed investigation on the same is being conducted by the Thane police.

One Kishore Prajapati has been arrested in this connection. Prajapati who is a scrap dealer has told the police during his interrogation that he had found this uranium in a scrapped Air India aircraft which he had purchased through his contacts. The market value of uranium stands at Rs 3 crore per kg.

BSNL introduced unlimited local and STD calls at Rs. 99


Bhubaneswar: Today the state-run BSNL introduced unlimited local & STD calls only to BSNL numbers at just Rs. 99, valid for 28 days. Users will not only get unlimited calling services, but also additional 300 MB data for 28 days. Not only this, BSNL has also introduced a new combo STV plan offering unlimited local and STD calls to any network at just Rs. 339 for 28 days, along with an added 1GB data.

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik arrested by Odisha Police


Bhubaneswar : Today a large conglomeration of farmers from all over Odisha had been called in front of the Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA)  to protest against the current BJD Government. The protest meet had been called by Navanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) a leading farmers organization. Three main points of this protest were Price, Pension and Prestige for the farmers of Odisha.

The Government intelligence dept. had apprised the ruling side that a large number of farmers were to assemble for the said protest. Fearing the same Chief Minister Shri. Naveen Patnaik  took personal interest and passed on information to the Police High ups to carry out a crack down and to ensure that this protest does not occur. In the past, Police high ups had once lapsed in their duty and members of  the same NKS had obstructed the entourage of the CM while he was travelling from his residence to the Central Secretariat of Odisha. For the same a few Police high ups had been suspended then. Being fearful of reoccurrence of a similar situation, the current set of Police high ups did not take any chance in their crack down. The Police to sabotage the said protest, went on a rampage. Several leaders were arrested and thousands of protestors travelling to Bhubaneswar were detained at several places. Former MP and the President of Ama Odisha Party Shri. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik who is also an advisor of NKS was also arrested in Bhubaneswar in this regard.

Union Minister Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Eminent Socio-Political leader Shri. Suparno Satpathy and a few other leaders took to twitter to express their condemnation for this  Police excess on farmers.

MLAs lead by Leader of Opposition Shri. Narasingha Mishra today created ruckus on the floor of the Legislative Assembly demanding an explanation from the CM for the Police excess on the peacefully protesting farmers. OLA was adjourned for the same.

A group of MLAs lead by MLA Shri. Tara Prasad Bahinipati also marched to the Raj Bhawan  to appraise the  Hon’ble Governor of Odisha regarding the said matter. Our sources tell us that Governor Shri. SC Jamir has ordered for a report on this.

Man – Elephant conflict takes another from Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal / Cuttack: A man had been attacked by an elephant when he was returning to Jamujhari from Pandua Chhak of Dhenkanal dist.  last evening , he died today here at the SCB Hospital at about 5 am. The deceased  Sambhari Pradhan was identified as a resident of Jamujhara village under Kamakhyanagar sub-division in Dhenkanal.

Pradhan was initially admitted to the Dhenkanal district headquarters hospital but later shifted to Cuttack SCB Hospital  as his condition had deteriorated.

42 ft long & 28 ft wide carcass of a whale found at the beach of Puri


Puri: Today  a 42 ft. long and 28 ft. wide carcass of a whale was found  here at the Baidhara Pentha beach.

The locals informed about the carcass to the forest department. Experts inform that the carcass is of a rare whale mostly seen in the Pacific Ocean.

Veterinary college doctors have been requested to conduct an autopsy to establish the reason of death.

“Investigations are on” said an ASI of Odisha Police