Archive for January, 2010

Odisha Govt. okays five-year perspective plan for the handloom and textile sector

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The State Government on Friday finalised a five-year perspective plan for the handloom and textile sector. It put stress on the welfare of the weavers and giving marketing linkage to their products.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat.

About Rs 182.73 crore would be spent in these sectors in the next five years.

It was decided that emphasis would be given on the disbursement of loans to the weavers. More Women Self-Help Group would be involved in all these programmes. Handloom culture would be set up. Discussions were also held on creating a pension fund for those weavers who have already crossed 60 years.

In a bid to provide the necessary raw material to the weavers, he said 353 common facility centres would come up across the State with an investment of Rs 11.80 crore.

Steps would be taken to invite more investment in the field of handloom and textiles

January 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Odisha Govt. accorded status of ‘Dental College and Hospital’ to the dental wing at SCB Medical College; PG seats in Govt medical colleges to be increased

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The Centre has given its nod to the State’s demand to increase the number of seats in the three Government medical colleges. As per the announcement, the number of seats in PG (Post Graduates) and specialist courses has been increased.

While 76 seats will be added to the existing the strength in PG courses, eight seats will be added in the specialist courses. In PG course, 36 seats will be added in SCB Medical College, 36 seats in VSS Medical College, Burla and 20 seats in MKCG Medical College Berhampur.

Similarly, eight seats will be added in the specialist courses in the SCB Medical College, Cuttack. Admission in the increased seats will come into effect from 2010-11 session. In another development, the Government accorded the status of ‘Dental College and Hospital’ to the existing dental wing at SCB.

January 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

EU funded Indian Centre for Contemporary Research established in Poland

Following is a report from IANS published in The Hindu:

An Indian Centre for Contemporary Research has been set up by the European Union at Warsaw University to cater to a growing interest in India in Europe.

“The centre will meet the demands of the students from Central and East European countries and it will act as a bridge between Indian universities, particularly Jawaharlal Nehru University and Central University of Hyderabad, along with other EU funded centres in the European Union countries,” said Marie-Theresa Duffy Hausler, the representative of EU in Poland.

“This new baby has to be properly nourished and let us make him healthy so that it could be a model for other EU funded institutions,” she added.

“We are honoured that the EU commission has selected Warsaw University for its pioneer step to promote understanding between EU and India in the educational field. The centre will take up a Masters Course on Indian Studies shortly and that too in English language so that it could meet the requirements of EU students,” said Pawel Wajczehowski, Poland’s vice minister for foreign affairs.

“It is a great day for India that EU has given a proper status to the emerging power of India. There is no doubt India has progressed tremendously well in the last 15 years and the profile of India deserves a better understanding of India, rather than an old exotic India label in European Union countries,” said Rajesh Vashenav, the Indian charge d’affaires at the inauguration ceremony at the Senate Hall of the university.

“We in our Hyderabad University will give a big support to the newly established centre. We are ready to host the first joint seminar in January 2011,” said Prakash Sarangi, pro-vice chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, who was invited to the ceremony.

There was a big competition among the EU countries to establish an Indian Studies Centre but the EU Commission selected Poland and Denmark among 27 countries. The centre will get specialists from other European countries along with teachers from India.

January 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm 1 comment

Indian govt team visiting mining site of Niyamgiri hills to probe land grab charge against Vedanta

Following is a report by IANS published in Yahoo India News:

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 (IANS) A central team is visiting a mining site in Orissa’s Niyamgiri hills to probe the allegation against British mining major Vedanta that it had grabbed forest land, officials said Saturday.

The union ministry of environment and forests team, led by senior official Usha Ramnath, visited Niyamgiri hill in the district of Kalahandi and inspected the site to find out if the mining major has flouted government guidelines, district collector R. Santhanagopalan told IANS.

The two-member team that arrived in the state Thursday is expected to hold discussions with local tribals and officials before departing for New Delhi Monday, he said.

It is the second union forest and environment ministry team to visit the site in the past one month in the wake of allegations that the company had carried out construction work on government land in violation of ministry guidelines.

Vedanta Alumina, part of the Anil Agarwal-promoted Vedanta Resources Plc, has built an alumina refinery at an investment of $800 million at the foot of the Niyamgiri hills, where production has already started.

The firm, which is currently sourcing bauxite from other states at market rates, said mining permission in the hills was essential for it to reduce cost of production.

The project to mine bauxite in the Niyamgiri hills – held sacred by the locals and awaiting central nod – has been vehemently opposed by residents and social activists.

A state investigating team had conducted a probe in November in the same site, some 600 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, and said it did not find any illegal construction activities by the company.

‘The construction was done in non-forest area which the government has already handed over to the firm, and it is not unlawful,’ Santhanagopalan, who had led the state government team, said.

‘There was no construction by the firm either found in the mining lease area or outside of the plant area,’ he said.

The union forest and environment ministry teams have however not revealed their findings.

January 30, 2010 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

Balangir’s Bariha family starvation deaths: Tribal leaders demand action against officials

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Hundreds of tribal’s of Balangir, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Boudh and other nearby districts, led by tribal leaders of Balangir Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangha Brajakishore Singhbhoi, Niranja Bisi and others, once again marched through the town on Thursday.

The tribals danced and brandished their traditional arms demanding redressal of their grievances. The tribal’s submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the district administration. Besides, the fake certificates issue, this time, another issue that come to fore, was the demand for action against the officials who were responsible for the alleged starvation death of five members of Jhintu Bariha family in Chabirpaili village of Khaprakhol block recently

According to the memorandum submitted by Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangh, the officials responsible for starvation deaths of five members of Jhintu Barih family should be booked under SC, ST Prevention of Atrocity Rules 1995.

Rejecting the constitution of the State-level scrutiny committee and Vigilance cell opened to inquire into the fake caste certificate issue, all fake caste certificates should be cancelled as per the Orissa Caste Certificate for SC, ST Rule1980.

More over all those fake tribal employees’ political representatives and students, should be booked under Section 3 of the prevention of atrocity for SC/ST Act 1989, they demanded.

The stay order granted in favour of fake tribal employees by the Odisha High Court may be vacated and the court may be approached to finalise the case with in two months as per the decision of Supreme Court, pointed out the memorandum further.

Moreover the non ST persons possessing title Dora who belongs to the caste Telenga which is recognised by Government of Odisha vide resolution no 26118ORC1/96W as ST are non ST and those fraudulently obtained certificate of Kondadora(ST) should be cancelled

Similarly, those persons belonging to caste Kului noni ST, procuring the Schedule Tribe certificate in disguise by false pretension of Kulis(ST). All the ST certificates issued in favour of KULI castes should be cancelled as per the letter issued by Government of India.

While other communities are allowed to carry arms why tribals would be barred from carrying it, they questioned. Tribals are different people who have their own tradition, custom and culture any attempt to interfere there would not be tolerated, said Niranjan Bisi Secretary of Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangh. The Sikhya Sahayaks posts should be filled up from among the candidates of the district, mentions the memorandum further.

January 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm 1 comment

Faculties from Kota (Rajasthan) to open IIT study centre in Bhubaneswar

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

In a bid to enable more students from Odisha to qualify for the IIT and JEE entrance, ABLES Educations, Kota (Rajasthan) has decided to open its study centre in the capital. It would be its first centre in eastern India. Worthwhile to mention, Kota is famous for producing highest number of IITians in the country.

Addressing a Press conference here, Head Operations, ABLES Education Shiv Prakash Vijay said with his 28 high quality centres across the country, the institute has been able to help a number of students to qualify the tough examinations like IIT, AIEEE and medical test. “Around 30 per cent of our total faculties are from IIT back ground,” he said, adding that it selects its faculty and teachers through all -India recruitment programmes with preference for IIT and NIT graduates.

“Out of the totally 8,000 qualified for the IIT, 12 per cent are from our institutes,” he said, adding that there are regular tests for students like daily tests, simulator test and online test. “Bhubaneswar has the potential to become Kota of the East,” he added.

He further said one student has to pay Rs 50,000 to Rs 55,000 for the enrollment in the Bhubaneswar institute. Academic Director, ABLES Education Dr Bijoya Mishra said the new centre would function from April. “We have not yet decided the location of the centre,” she said, adding that all the faculties of the centre would come from Kota.

Senior Faculty members Venkar Panikiran, Rajat Gupta, eminent educationist Prof Priyambada Hejmadi were present on the occasion.

January 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm 2 comments

Industrial growth of South-western Odisha can bring social balance

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Noted NRI activist Digambara Patra, in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has appreciated and congratulated him for the fast emergence of Odisha as the second favourite domestic investment destination, according to an analysis report of Assocham Investment Meter Study on Corporate Investments published in The Pioneer earlier.

However, if the State Government could encourage more industrial growth in south-western Odisha, it could be even better to bring social balance in the State, he suggested. Instead of making another smelter in West Bengal, Vedanta Alumina Limited could be encouraged to establish a smelter and downstream park in Lanjigarh-Bhawanipatna region, proposed Patra, an assistant professor of Chemistry at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

Anil Agrawal may be convinced to play a pioneering role towards industrial revolution in the KBK region to bring social balance in the State, he further said. Along with irrigation, agriculture and horticulture, growth in industries and service sectors such as health, higher education etc is equally important for inclusive and overall growth of south-western Odisha, he opined.

He pointed out that south-western Odisha is the most backward pocket in the nation including KBK, Kandhamal, Boudh, Gajapati and Bargarh. Its development is very much important as it covers more than 40 per cent geographical area of the State and all of them are backward, he felt.

South-western Odisha should get highest priority for regional development and an RDC should be located in Kalahandi, being the central place for whole of south-western Odisha, in order to help in administration and development, and it should be developed like Sambalpur, Berhampur, Balasore/Baripada and Cuttack/Bhubaneswar as regional station, he further suggested.

January 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

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