AAI asks Air Odisha to ground Jharsuguda flights

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday directed Air Odisha to stop flying to Jharsuguda, the industrial hub of the state, barely a week after it had started operating on the route.

AAI sources said since a construction of a new airport is underway, the runway is being renovated. For the next year, Air Odisha will not be allowed to fly to Jharsuguda.

Biju Patnaik airport director Sharad Kumar said the runway is being renovated and expanded for landing and takeoff of big aircrafts. “The runway has developed cracks and needs to be repaired urgently. So, we have stopped flight operations at the airport,” said Kumar.

Air Odisha was taken aback by the sudden refusal to the operations. “If the AAI knew that the runway will be renovated a week after we begin our operations (to Jharsuguda), it shouldn’t have give us the green signal in the first place. We made publicity accordingly and tickets for the flight had already been booked in advance. Now, the operations will be badly hit,” said Air Odisha founder Santosh Pani.

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya appointed as the chairperson of IIM Sambalpur

sbi_26012014SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as the chairperson of the Society and Board of Governors of IIM Sambalpur, according to an official release.

Bhattacharya has been named the chairperson of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Sambalpur for the next five years starting January 15. She is the first woman to lead an India-based Fortune-500 company and joined the SBI in 1977 as a probationary officer and held several positions during her long career at the largest bank of the country.

Illegal kidney transplantat in Bargarh

The Special Task Force of Crime Branch has taken up probe into the allegation of an illegal kidney transplantation incident which surfaced in Bargarh district. The organ transplant had been carried out in a private hospital of the City more than two years back.

Following an instruction from Additional Director General Bijay Kumar Sharma, a three-member team led by a DSP-ranked officer proceeded to Bargarh to investigate into allegations of Amil Swamy whose kidney was transplanted on Raghav Ram Dora, neighbour of the former.

Earlier, basing on a complaint filed by Swamy, a 37-year-old resident of Talipada in Bargarh town, a police team of Bargarh had initiated investigation into the incident. According to the complaint, Swamy’s kidney was allegedly removed and transplanted on Dora without the former’s knowledge while he was shown as the latter’s brother. The documents were allegedly forged.

The Special Task Force has registered a case under Sections 419/468/471/120(B) and 506 of the Indian Penal Code as well as Sections 18/19/20 of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. While medical examination will be carried out, allegations of fabrication of documents and exchange of money will also be verified. The Special Task Force will also probe if the hospital authorities overlooked the norms and existence of any racket in the organ transplant.

Rs 50 lakhs postal savings ‘swindled’ in Kalahandi post office

Swindling of postal savings to a tune of over Rs 50 lakhs have been alleged in western Odisha’s Kalahandi district headquarters town of Bhawanipatna.

A victim was about to withdraw Rs 3 lakh from his postal savings for his daugther’s wedding when the matter came to fore. To his utter chagrin, he found his savings of around Rs 4 lakh not entered into the post office ledger nor fed to the computer while the figures only surface in the pass book.

Some other victims have amazingly stumbled upon distorted figure of savings amount in the ledger and pass books.

Such a fraudulent practice has been alleged at the Bhawanipatna Stadium branch Sub Post Office while the fleeing postal official has been identified as Aditya Majhi.

Liquor shop protest spills on street at Sambalpur

sambalpur-liqureHundreds of women of Gumulei area on Saturday staged a road blockade here demanding the closure of a government-run country made liquor shop in their locality.

According to sources, the women sat on the road shouting slogans against the authorities for allowing the liquor shop to be set up there. The road blockade created a big traffic jam for several hours.

Besides, they also hurled stones at the liquor shop, the sources added.

An agitating woman said, “Number of persons dying every year by consuming liquor. So creating awareness and close the liquor shop in our locality we hit the road today.”

On being informed about the incident, senior police officials, Additional Tehsildar of Rengali and Excise department officials rushed to the spot.

The irate women withdraw their strike after the officials promised them to close the liquor shop during its next registration.