Odia activist Prafulla Samantara wins Goldman Prize `17

Goldman Environmental Prize 2017

Washington DC: Odia social activist Prafulla Samantara (India) along with Mark Lopez (US), Uros Macerl (Slovenia), Rodrigo Tot (Guatemala), Rodrigue Katembo (Congo) and Wendy Bowman (Australia) today were decorated with the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize ‘2017.

Samantara had led the rallies and demonstrations against Anil Agarwal owned Vedanta Ltd., due to the said agitation and court cases they had been forced to shut down their bauxite mining. Hundreds of Dongria tribals had joined the agitations for protection of their Niyam Raja. The same movement had been backed by the Indian National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Noted socio-political leader, a co-activist of Samantara and SNSMT Chairman Suparno Satpathy took to twitter to congratulate Prafulla Samantara.


Odisha goes in for a major bureaucratic reshuffle



As per a  Home department notification today the government of Odisha conducted a bureaucratic reshuffle. 16 IAS officers have been given new assignments.

Vineet Bharadwaj is the new collector and DM of Sundergarh. BS Poonia has been transferred as Dhenkanal Collector. Anjan Kumar Manik shall take over as Kalahandi Collector and Brunda has been transferred as DM of Kandhamal

Reghu G shall be taking up the new assignment as Kendrapara Collector and Poma Tudu as Nuapada Collector. Sadique Alam has been appointed as CEO, CESU.

Surendra Kumar Meena has been transferred to Mayurbhanj as Collector and the dynamic IAS Patil Rajesh Pravakar has been appointed as OSD of Odisha Skill Development Authority.

Nikhil Pawan Kalyan shall take over as the new Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner and Shuvam Saxena has been transferred as VC, Cuttack Development Authority (CDA).

Madhusmita Sahu has been given the new assignment as MD, OAIC  along with an additional charge of MD, Odisha State Cashew Development Corporation Ltd.

Roopa Roshan Sahoo has been transferred from Dhenkanal and shall be taking up the new office as Khurda Collector.

The OAS cadre too witnesses a few transfers, Khagendra Kumar Padhi (OAS), Additional Secretary in Steel and Mines Department has been transferred as Bargarh Collector.

Digvijay Nath Padhi has been appointed as Secretary of Odisha State Information Commission.

Manish Agarwal PD, DRDA, Khurda has been transferred as Deputy Secretary in Home Department.

Sanjay Kumar V shall take over the office of Deputy Secretary in Water Resources Department.

Mamata meets Naveen

Bhubaneswar (20 April 2017) : West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee landed in Bhubaneswar on 18th of April. She meet up with her party members and leaders who are under arrest out here in connection with the Chit Fund Scam. This visit holds much importance, as 12 of her party members have recently been charge sheeted by CBI in connection with the Narada scam. The Tv sting of Narada, just prior to the last WB assembly election had created a lot of noise back then. However, after the landslide victory of TMC in the same all had fallen cold till the recent CBI charge sheet.

As per protocol Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik under normal circumstances should have been at the Airport to receive Mamata, more so as she was visiting as a state guest, but the same was not witnessed.

Mamata was to visit the Jaganatha temple at Puri  for a darshan of The Trinity  till a controversy broke when a group of  priests (sevayat / panda) of the temple protested saying that Mamata shall not be allowed entry into the temple because she eats beef and practices Islam. On the side of the same noted socio-political leader Shri. Suparno satpathy placed a comment via his official twitter handle @SuparnoSatpathy stating that Lord Jaganath had allowed his appointment with Mamata but Lord Naveen still hadn’t. To the same all hell broke between TMC and BJP supporters. The fact is Shri. Suparno Satpathy had passed a message to the Sevayats that Mamata was a Hindu and that there was no need to stop her entry into the Temple. On the query of this reporter he said “ A few sevayats had serious doubts about Mamata’s religion. To the same I had got it conveyed to them that they could ask Mamata about her religion but as far as my knowledge went, she was a Hindu and if that be true she must not be blocked from her darshan. I am told, to the same a few sevayats got their satisfactory clarification from Mamata about she being Hindu and with full due respects from the sevayats, the Hon’ble West Bengal CM had her darshan of The Trinity at about 5pm on 19th of April”.

It is only on the last day of Mamata ‘s stay in Bhubaneswar did Naveen accede to meet her at  4pm in his residence. From reliable sources at the Odisha CM’s office, this reporter learnt that citing  Mamata’s visit as political in nature, Naveen had planned to skip meeting  her here, just as he had skipped meeting PM Narendra Modi during the PMs two day visit to Bhubaneswar on 15-16 April during the BJP’s National Executive meet.

AITMC supports can protest the tweets from Shri. Suparno Satpathy. They could thump their chest for Mamata’s darshan of Lord Jaganath and also of Naveen but the real fact for the later is mainly this tweet (image appended) which was posted by one of the TMC leaders of Odisha. Naveen’s intelligence officials took note of this matter and had briefed the Odisha CM, that if Mamata fielded her candidates in Odisha, she/ AITMC might not win here but the same could further dampen the chances of the already shaky BJD.

6 year old Tiki fights a Croc; saves a life


Kendrapara: Tiki Dalai is a 6 year-old girl from Bankuala village in Kendrapara district  of Odisha. The first sight of the frail tiny girl will never make one believe that today, she displayed exemplary courage and save her friend Basanti Dalai from furious crocodile attack.

Both the girls were bathing in the village pond when a crocodile suddenly leaped from the water and attacked Basanti.  Tiki picking up a bamboo stick and hit it on animal’s head. The Croc had the victim gripped in its jaws and when Tiki jolted the animal, it left the girl and slip back into the water.

“The attack was very sudden. The stick that was lying near the pond ”, Tiki, narrated. “I acted on the spur of the moment. I had taken it for granted that the animal would kill my friend” she added.

This croc attack occurred outside the Bitarakanika national park limits. The state forest department would bear the cost of treatment of the injured following croc attack. Besides the department would also award compensation sum to the injured person’s family as per revised rules, said Divisional Forest Officer Bimal  Acharya.

The survivor Basanti Dalai is a standard one student of a government-run school in Bankuala village. She is undergoing treatment at a government-run hospital. While recalling the harrowing experience Basanti thanked her friend and schoolmate Tiki Dalai.

The victim sustained multiple wounds on her hand and thigh. The Chief Medical Officer has stated that the victim is now out of danger