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.

Major reshuffle in the IPS officers of Odisha Police


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today effected a major reshuffle in the IPS cadre.

Manoj Kumar Chabra – ADG (Training) BPSPA. SM Narvane – ADG OHRC.

Radha Kishan Sharma – IG (EOW) and STF and Arun Bothra is new IG (Railways).

Susanta Kumar – IG (Northern Range). Vinayatosh Mishra is now the IG (Eastern Range).

The 1998 batch IPS Amitabh Thakur has been appointed as the new IG (Modernization), while 1999 batch IPS Ghanshyam Upadhyay is new IG (Southern Range).

Nikhil Kumar Kanodia is now DIG (Police training) BPSPA and Kavita Jalan shall take charge as the DIG of Rourkela.

Umashankar Dash- SP Rourkela, IPS Prakash R is now the SP of Jharsuguda.

Sanjeev Arora is SP Sambalpur and IPS Anirudh Kumar Singh has been given thr new chsrge as SP Mayurbhanj.

Akhileswar Singh has been posted as the new DCP of Cuttack and IPS Brijesh Kumar Rai is new SP of Angul.

Charan Singh Meena is now SP of Jajpur and Mitrabhanu Mahapatra has been appointed as the new SP of Kandhamal.

IPS Sarah Sharma is new Principal Police Training Institute Byree and Kanwar Vishal Singh of the same batch is the new SP of Koraput.

K Siva Subramani has been taken in as the SP of Bolangir. Ashish Kumar Singh is the new S P of Nayagarh.

While 2011 batch IPS Pinak Mishra is the new SP of Sundargarh, Battula Gangadhar of the same batch is the new SP of  Deogarh.

Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra, 2012 batch IPS is the new SP of Boudh, while the same batch IPS Madkar Sandeep Sampat is the new SP Kalahandi.

While 2013 batch IPS Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo is the new SP of Nawarangpur.

Tathagata buries the hatchet at Naveen Niwas ; Suparno veils a comment


Bhubaneswar: At a public meeting Dhenkanal MP Tathagata Satpathy had called former Minister and party colleague Debi Prasad Mishra a ‘thief’. Today, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had called the duo to his residence Naveen Niwas.

The duo were accompanied by Jajpur MLA Pranab Prakash Das and Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Keshari Deb.

“It was a slip of tongue. I expressed my regret over my remark. We are friends and we don’t have any bitter feelings amongst us,” said Tathagata Satpathy

” Tathagata is a dear friend of mine. He has already spoken in public forum. We both talked about the issue in front of CM,” said Debi Prasad Mishra

Naveen Patnaik on June 8 had sought an explanation from Tathagata for his remark against the party vice president at a public meeting.

Today Tathagata clicked a selfie and tweeted the same announcing his truce with Debi.

To the same Tathagata’s political adversary, noted socio-political leader and Chairman of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) Shri. Suparno Satpathy was quick to tweet an interesting veiled comment on this matter.

Kin of the Dhenkanal rape & murder victim receive support


Dhenkanal: Transport Minister and MLA of Parajang Nrusingha Sahu and a host of social activists today met the family members of the widow who was brutally gangraped and murdered in Balikuma village Kankadahada area.

Social activists Namrata Chaddha and Linkan Subudhi met the victim’s kin. They met the victim’s minor son who is a witness in this gruesome  incident, the child was on his way to the court along with IIC of Kankadahada to record his statement.

Strong voice of Dhenkanal, noted socio-political leader and Chairman of SNSMT Shri. Suparno Satpathy also had a word with the kin of the deceased victim. He took to twitter for putting out his statement.  He tweeted @SuparnoSatpathy “All the 3 accused in the infamous #Dhenkanal rape & murder case have been arrested. Today, I had a word with the deceased victim’s kin”

Intellectuals have demanded a fast track court proceedings of this case and the courts has been requested to consider this as a ‘rarest of rare’ case.