Archive for April, 2010

New recommendation by Higher Education Task Force (HETF), Orissa show gross injustice towards Western Orissa

Following picture is taken from http://www.dheorissa.in/DHE/consolidated.aspx. This picture clearly shows the injustice of Orissa govt. and Higher Education Task Force (HETF) towards western Orissa. Just look at the density of the institutes in both the region, that is coastal and western Orissa. 

For decades people from western Orissa have been pleading to deal with inter-regional horrendous disparity. Solution offered had been to decentralize all state institutions as well as spread whatever is obtained from the central govt. but to no avail. All the centrally funded institutes are located in the coastal belt, now the new recommendation by Higher Education Task Force (HETF) adding salt to the wound of western Orissa people. 

The disparity is so stark that one really does not need to count.

April 23, 2010 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

The Orissa state pollution control board clears Vedanta refinery at Lanjigarh

Following is a report from http://economictimes.indiatimes.com:

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa state pollution control board has given a clean chit to Vedanta’s alumina refinery in the state’s Kalahandi district after conducting checks in the areas near the plant, an official said on Thursday.

 

The board had launched a probe after series of allegations made by some individuals and organisations in January this year, claiming at least 100 people died of tuberculosis over the past few years by the pollution caused by the plant at Lanjigarh, some 500 km from here.

A delegation led by local tribal leader Sridhar Pesnia in January submitted a memorandum to the state government, alleging the deaths of cattle and birds in the area.

A team of scientists from the board made an on-the-spot enquiry last month and collected data and samples from different sources, including data from local health department, a senior official of the board said.

“As per the report the scientists submitted, only one death has occurred – in 2006 – due to tuberculosis in the periphery area of the refinery between 2002 and 2010,” he said.

The team analysed the water samples from the river, streams and tubewell from various locations around the plant and found that the pollution in surrounding surface and ground water remained within acceptable limits.

April 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

Oral Epics in Kalahandi

The following article is written by Dr. Mahedra Kumar Mishra:

Read the complete article here.

April 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

77 passport help centres to open up nationwide:PTI

Following is a report by PTI:

New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today said 77 passport sewa kendras (help centre) will be opened across the country to ease issuance of the key travel document.

In his reply to the Demand for Grants for Ministry of External Affairs in the Lok Sabha, Krishna said pilot passport sewa kendras have started functioning in seven cities across the country, including Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Chandigarh.

The software and other logistical needs have been tested thoroughly at these locations, from where 1,000 passports have already been issued.

The remaining 70 such centres will be established soon, he said.

April 21, 2010 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

India to add 10,000 more medical post graduate seats:Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad

Following is a report by IANS found in http://www.indiatalkies.com:

New Delhi, March 17 – India will soon add 10,000 more post graduate seats in medical education within two years, and 4,000 of them will be available from the coming academic session, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Wednesday.  

‘Many graduates of medical education are going abroad for studies. I am assuring 10,000 more PG seats within two years,’ Azad said at the 94th convocation of the Lady Hardinge Medical College.  

These seats will be available in central and state medical colleges, he added.

April 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Post-graduate law degree may become one-year course:Indo-Asian News Service

Following is a report by IANS found in http://www.indiatalkies.com:

New Delhi, April 21 – A post-graduate degree in law may become a one-year course instead of the current duration of two years, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari said Wednesday.  

‘A proposal to restructure the existing post-graduate programme in law from that of two years duration to a one-year duration programme with selectivity in admission to attract the brightest graduates in law towards this programme is under consideration with the University Grants Commission (UGC),’ Purandeswari told the Lok Sabha.

‘The proposal would be considered in respect of other post-graduate programmes of study which are amenable to restructuring by reducing the time duration of the programme for award of degree without compromising on the quality of education,’ she added.

April 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

“BENI” Koshli E-Magazine (March-April Issue)

Click here to download “BENI” (March-April 2010)

April 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm 1 comment

Planning commission approved Rs.11,000 crore annual plan for Orissa

Following is a report by TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday told the Planning Commission that his government’s consistent and focused efforts had helped the state achieve an average annual growth rate of 9.51 per cent during the 10th Plan against the target of 6.20 per cent and aims to maintain the tempo during the 11th Plan period.

Patnaik said this during discussions with the Planning Commission where the state’s annual plan size was fixed at Rs 11,000 crore. The state government had during the last Assembly session got a four-month interim budget passed stating that it would place the full budget only after knowing the 13th finance commission recommendations for the state. The state government later expressed dissatisfaction over the commission’s awards.

The chief minister at the meeting maintained that the government has undertaken several initiatives to achieve higher broad-based inclusive growth, faster overall development and accelerated poverty reduction’. The delivery mechanism and outreach of public services had been improved resulting in progressively increasing annual plan sizes. “Orissa has increased its annual plan outlays by more than four times from Rs.2,500 crore in 2004-05 to Rs.11,000 crore in 2010-11”, he pointed out.

He said the state had made commendable efforts to improve fiscal health and plan performance and to create investor-friendly environment for attracting private investments. He endorsed the Central government’s initiative on right to education and urged the Planning Commission to convene a meeting of National Development Council (NDC) as early as possible to discuss and devise modalities for substantial Central funding for the purpose.

He also urged the Planning Commission for a special annual dispensation of Rs.300 crore for Orissa portion of the Ranchi-Vijayawada highway till the completion of the project. He stressed the need for expeditious approval of an 8-Year Perspective Plan of Rs.4,550 crore for development saturation of the KBK region, that has been prepared in consultation with Planning Commission and submitted for approval, immediate increase in the special central assistance from Rs.130 crore to Rs.500 crore a year for the KBK region for the year 2010-11, appropriate modifications in the guidelines for APDRP II so that the states like Orissa adversely impacted by power sector reforms could be benefited.

The chief minister further demanded inclusion of the state for implementation of the Central government initiative for development of pulses and oilseeds, allocation of 500 MW of power from the Central un-allocated share and NTPC Kaniha Stage II to help address the current power deficit situation in the state.

April 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Orissa may seek separate financial aid for the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC)

Following is a report from expressbuzz.com:

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is likely to seek separate financial assistance for the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) from the Centre for all-round development of the region. 

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the last meeting of the WODC held here two months back. Members had maintained that as the Centre is sanctioning financial assistance to other such regional bodies elsewhere in the country, it should provide funds for the WODC also.  

Sources said that the issue may crop up during plan discussion Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to have with Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia tomorrow in New Delhi.  

Under-development in the western Orissa districts is back in focus because of the large number of suicides committed by farmers. Extensive crop loss because of erratic monsoon had exposed lack of food security among the tribals and poorer section of the population of area.  

Besides inadequate infrastructure including lack of roads to many inaccessible areas, the health services in the area also do not always reach the needy. Though the State Government has increased the budget for the WODC to Rs 100 crore, it is still insufficient for the entire region.  

Several projects started by the council including medical colleges have been delayed because of shortage of funds among other reasons. Though it is not expected that the Centre will concede the demand for separate funding for the council immediately, placing such a proposal will focus on the backwardness of the area.  

Official sources said that a detailed plan of action to be taken up by the WODC should accompany such 

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is likely to seek separate financial assistance for the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) from the Centre for all-round development of the region.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the last meeting of the WODC held here two months back. Members had maintained that as the Centre is sanctioning financial assistance to other such regional bodies elsewhere in the country, it should provide funds for the WODC also.

Sources said that the issue may crop up during plan discussion Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to have with Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia tomorrow in New Delhi.

Under-development in the western Orissa districts is back in focus because of the large number of suicides committed by farmers. Extensive crop loss because of erratic monsoon had exposed lack of food security among the tribals and poorer section of the population of area.

Besides inadequate infrastructure including lack of roads to many inaccessible areas, the health services in the area also do not always reach the needy. Though the State Government has increased the budget for the WODC to Rs 100 crore, it is still insufficient for the entire region.

Several projects started by the council including medical colleges have been delayed because of shortage of funds among other reasons. Though it is not expected that the Centre will concede the demand for separate funding for the council immediately, placing such a proposal will focus on the backwardness of the area.

Official sources said that a detailed plan of action to be taken up by the WODC should accompany such demands.

April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Central Rice Research Institute,Cuttack releases 11 new rice varieties

Following is a PTI report:

Cuttack, Apr 20 (PTI) The Central Rice Research Institute here has come up with at least 11 new high-yielding varieties of rice, five of which are exclusively suitable for cultivation in Orissa.

With this, the institute has released 76 rice varieties for different ecosystems since its inception in 1948.

Of these, at least 44 varieties are suitable for Orissa, CRRI Director T K Adhya said today.

Adhya said the new varieties were recently released by the central and state committees for general cultivation in different parts of the country.

While varieties like CR Dhan-701, CR Dhan-601, CR Boro Dhan-2, CR Dhan-401 and CR Dhan-501 are released by the central committee for cultivation in Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, the Orissa sub-committee has released CR Dhan-801, CR Dhan-401, CR Dhan 402, CR Dhan-403 and CR Dhan-901 for cultivation in the state, Adhya said.

April 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

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