Archive for March, 2010

Sambalpur University wins prize for Odia panel discussion

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

While the group from Ravenshaw University topped in the Odia panel discussion, the group from Utkal University topped in English in the final round of the Second Inter-University Panel Discussion competition held in OUAT’s MS Swaminathan auditorium here on Wednesday.

The runners-up in Odia were Utkal University and Fakir Mohan University stood third while in English the runners-up was Ravenshaw University and BPUT group third. Consolation prizes were bagged by Sambalpur University in Odia and OUAT in English.

The cup winners received Rs 5,000 as cash prize while the runners-up received Rs 3,500, the third position holders Rs 2,500 and the consolation prizes carried a cash prize of Rs 500.

The final round was held in the very presence of the Governor-cum-Chancellor MC Bhandare who was so involved in the debate that he delayed his scheduled programmes by more than one hour and waited till the results were announced and gave away the cups and cash prizes.

In his address, Bhandare appreciated the debating abilities of the students and said that in the next twenty years, India is destined to be among the top-three nations and this would be possible only due to the youths’ power and imagination, a Press release stated.

March 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) a “rehabilitation platform” for the ruling party

Following is a report by PTI:

Bhubaneswar, Mar 17 (PTI) Orissa Assembly was today adjourned thrice in the face of pandemonium by opposition Congress MLAs demanding removal of the chairperson of the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC).

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, S S Saluja termed the Council as a “rehabilitation platform” for the ruling party and said defeated BJD candidates were made expert members.

Though the expert members had no specialisation in any field, they were appointed in the council, the Congress members alleged. “The expert members exercise more power than sitting MLAs,” party member from Kalahandi Gobardhan Das said.

Stating that 36 MLAs and six MPs from the western region were ignored by the WODC chairman, Das alleged that interest of western region was not being given importance.

Some of the MLAs also demanded shifting of the WODC headquarters from here to any place in the western region.

March 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Sambalpuri dance to precede IPL matches in Cuttack

Following is a report by IANS published in

Bhubaneswar, March 18 (IANS) Indian Ppremier League cheer leaders will face some competition , in wooing crowds, during the T-20 matches in Cuttack as the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) has decided to organise a performance by traditional Sambalpuri dancers before the start of every match.

“We have requested the IPL authorities that we would like to include Sambalpuri dance during the IPL matches, which has been accepted by them. We have included Sambalpuri dance to showcase Orissa’s culture during the IPL matches,” OCA secretary Ashirbad Behera told IANS.

“About 70 Sambalpuri dancers will perform for an hour before the start of the match,” he said.

But they will not be a replacement for the popular cheer leaders.

“Cheer leaders are a part and parcel of IPL matches and they will be in action during the matches here. We have set up seven platforms for their performance,” he said.

Kalinga Sena, a fringe political outfit in the state, had threatened to disrupt the IPL matches if cheer leaders perform during the matches.

Cuttack, a non-IPL franchisee city, got a chance to host matches after the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers picked Barabati Stadium here as a venue, terming it as their “catchment” area. The Deccan Chargers will meet Kings XI Punjab March 19 and Delhi Daredevils March 21.

March 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

All secondary schools in India to have an IT teacher, says Sibal

Following is a report by IANS published in

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) All secondary schools in India will have a computer teacher each and the central government will bear the related expenses, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday.
“We have now a policy. All schools will have an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) teacher. We will pay their salary, which is Rs.10,000 per month,” Sibal said to highlight the need for technology to better educational scenario in the country.

“We are open to any technology solution (provided by private sectors) but it should not be elitist. The real problem is in rural India and we must keep that in mind. I think, the private sector can collaborate with government and train these ICT teachers,” he said.

“Our focus is on giving every child an opportunity.”

Sibal also said that all states should chip in to improve education and make right to education a success.

“It is not about politics, it is about education… it’s about every single child. We need a system in place for quality education and quality teachers.”

The minister also said that India will be most educated country in the world by 2030 and it will be the key to provide intellectual capital to all countries.

“India in 2030 will be most educated in the world. The world must realize that future human capital will flow from India. They should make our population literate and take the benefit,” Sibal said in an event organized by computer giant HP and TV channel CNBC.

He also reiterated his point that his ministry is in touch with Nandan Nilekani, the chief of Unique Identity Authority for an UID for every single student.

“Nandan has told me that he will work with us.”

Sibal also stressed the need for an education finance corporation, which will help refinancing education with a long-term goal and provide education loans to all needy students.

March 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Members demand removal of the chairman and expert members of the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC); Orissa government says no way

Following is a report from

The Congress members on Wednesday stalled the proceedings of the Assembly demanding removal of chairman and expert members of the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) over the `usurpation’ of powers.

The members rushed into the well demanding a ruling by Speaker Pradip Amat on special mentions leading to several adjournments.Describing the members as experts in taking percentage and cuts from projects and deciding on tenders, the legislators said they have emerged parallel power centres in their constituencies.

Raising the issue, Santosh Singh Saluja (Cong) alleged that violating all Acts, the expert members have submitted 257 project proposals. These members, who were defeated in the last Assembly and Lok Sabha elections as BJD candidates, are also reviewing the projects at block offices. He also mentioned about two defeated BJD MLA candidates from Atabira and Patnagarh constituencies and one from Bargarh Lok Sabha seat.Demanding immediate halt to the infringement of power of the MLAs, Saluja demanded that all proposals given by the expert members be cancelled and they be immediately removed.

His party colleague Naba Kishore Das alleged that it is a well thought out plan of the BJD to create trouble for the Opposition MLAs in their constituencies by promoting the expert members through WODC.Surendra Singh Bhoi announced that he will stage dharna in the House during the next session if the Government did not remove the chairman and the expert members immediately. Gobardhan Das wanted to know details about the expenditure incurred by the chairman and expert members.Nihar Ranjan Mahanand and Subal Sahu also raised the issue and wanted their dismissal.

Normalcy returned after the Speaker directed Planning and Coordination Minister A U Singhdeo to make a statement. The minister said that the Act does not give preferential treatment to any category of members.He clarified that 1,737 proposals worth Rs 63.42 cr from MLAs were accepted against 3.97 cr from expert members. While the proposals from MLAs constitute 63.42 percent of the funds, those from the expert members are only half a percent of the accepted proposals.He said that members can review work anywhere in WODC.

March 18, 2010 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

CM assures Western Odisha MLAs on relocation of ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Rourkela

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

A delegation of western Odisha MLAs met Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik to personally apprise him of the genuineness of their demand for the relocation of the proposed ESIC Medical College and Hospital in the western region of the State instead of Bhubaneswar on Friday in his chamber on the Assembly premises, reliable sources informed. The delegation also urged the CM to take into consideration the ground reality of the maximum presence of the Insured Persons (IPs), the bona fide beneficiaries, in the western region.

After hearing to the delegation patiently, the Chief Minister claimed to have assured them that if the Union Government makes its mind to set up the institute in Rourkela, the State Government has no problem. The Chief Minister also assured the delegation that before taking the final decision, he would definitely go through the memorandum submitted to him, sources further informed.

Under the leadership of Talsara MLA Dr Prafulla Majhi, the delegation comprised of Rajgangpur MLA Gregory Minz, Sundargarh MLA Yogesh Singh, Attabira MLA Nihar Mahananda, Brajarajnagar MLA Anup Sai and Bijepur MLA Subal Sahu. Besides, more than 20 MLAs from western Odisha have signed the memorandum submitted with the CM urging for the establishment of the ESIC unit in Rourkela.

March 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo urges CM to set up solar power park in Balangir

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to set up a solar power park in Balangir district.

Arguing that solar radiation in Balangir is one of the best and can be compared to that of Rajasthan and Gujarat as Balangir district gets lots of sunshine throughout the year and being a non-industry district with low mineral base and when the encouragement of industry poses its own problem, MP Singh Deo suggests it is high time that the State contemplated setting up solar projects in future.

“The non-conventional source of energy like solar energy is pollution-free and thus Odisha should have a re-look on the renewable energy obligations,” Singh Deo points out adding further that the Centre, Governments of Rajasthan and Gujarat have now designated solar parks for facilitating solar power projects in their States.

With the advent of global climate change, the thrust on renewable energy has become the order of the day and with global thrust on innovation in solar energy, it is a matter of time that solar power would be competitive with that of the fossil fuels, Singh Deo presages quipping “even as Odisha has enormous coal reserve, with the years to come, the demand for coal energy and its price would shoot up.”

As the water level in the reservoirs producing hydro electricity is declining rapidly due to shortage of rainfall besides the problems in thermal power stations leaving the people of the State in the lurch pinched by power-cuts and resulting in dharnas and protests, the attentions of the planners need to be diverted to non-conventional sources of energy like solar energy, the visionary young MP views.

March 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm 2 comments

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