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Three farmers end life in seven days in Bargarh

Farmers frustrated with government officials’ non-response to their grievances on Tuesday set acres of paddy crop in Odisha’s Bargarh district as a mark of protest.

According to reports, the farmers had procured pesticide from government agencies to protect their crop. However, they found the pesticide of very low quality and failing to prevent the pests from eating out standing crop. The farmers again drew the attention of the district administration to the problem.

However, as no response positive response came from the government side, as many as 10 farmers on Tuesday morning set their crop fire. “Farmers of Bargarh have been complaining about the quality of the pesticide since long and demanding interventions by the government agencies but to no available. This government is totally apathetic towards the farmers,” said Seshadeba Nanda, a noted farmers leader.

Agriculture minister Dr Damodar Rout remained incommunicado for his comment. At least three farmers in Baragarh district have committed suicide in the past seven days due to crop loss.

Naveen announces Rs 1250 crore canal project for Bargarh

Ahead of the by-election to Bijepur Assembly constituency, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced an underground pipeline irrigation project at an estimated cost of Rs 1250 crores in Bargarh district.

The project, which would be the first of its kind with the underground pipeline in the country, will be named as Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.

The project will irrigate a gross command area of about 32, 000 hectares including 25,600 hectares in khariff and 7, 000 hectares in Rabi season in Bijepur area, one of the drought-prone region of the district.

“The project will pump water from Baragarh main canal through an 18 km long underground rising main pipeline, where irrigation will be provided through underground pipelines based distribution system with outlets for every four hectares of land”, said the Chief Minister.

The project will utilise latest technologies in irrigation and will be developed as a model project for the entire country, he claimed.

“My Government accords topmost priority to agriculture. We are on course to create an additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares in the state during the five years period by 2019,” said the Chief Minister.

65 persons arrested for torching police station

AT least 65 persons have been arrested by Bargarh Police for their alleged involvement in two separate cases of arson and road blockade on Thursday. On February 19, 48 persons including 20 women had set a police station on fire over death of a boy and subsequently, 17 more persons had staged road blockade over the same issue. All of them were produced in the court of the Additional District Judge and remanded in judicial custody.

A four-year-old boy Piyush Jain went missing mysteriously while playing outside his home at Melchhamunda on February 8. Although his family members searched for him, they could not find Piyush and lodged a missing complaint with Melchhamunda police station. Police had formed a squad to trace the child till his decomposed body was recovered from Kalangadera near Para village under Bijepur police limits in the district on February 18.

Situation flared up on February 19 when the body of the child reached Melchamunda. An irate mob torched the Melchamuda police station and two police vehicles accusing cops of inaction and demanding the arrest of the accused involved in the crime. Later, they resorted to blockade of road connecting Sohela with Padmapur, part of the Biju Expressway at Melchhamunda, holding back the body.

Padampur SDPO, Laxmi Narayan Panda said while the 48 arrested have been charged under section 147/148/395/342/294/353/336/307/506 of IPC besides 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act, 3 PDPP Act, 3 SC/ST Act; the 17 persons arrested for road blockade have been booked under section 143/283/147/149 IPC and 7 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act.

Maoist camp busted, explosives seized in Bargarh

The District Voluntary Force and CRPF jawans on Friday busted a Maoist camp at Gandhamardan hill range near Maryadapali under Paikmal police limits in Bargarh district.

Suspecting over strong presence of Maoists in the hill range, the jawans conducted frequent combing operations.

Informing this to mediapersons, Padampur SDPO Laxminarayan Panda said no one was present in the camp and there was no exchange of fire. He said the security forces have seized one tiffin bomb, one hand grenade, 8 kg of gun powder, 10 metres of safety fuse, and 200 metres of electric wire besides other materials.

Security forces have also recovered one inverter, a bow and 12 arrow heads indicating the change of strategy of the Maoists and their shifting to traditional weapons.

Although the security forces have been combing the hill range regularly forcing the Maoists to be on the run, the seizure has exposed the fact that the Maoists are trying to reestablish their base in the hill range, which is close to Chhattisgarh and also provides passage to Kalahandi, Balangir and Nuapada

Odisha Panchayat elections 2017: Polling Date, Counting of Votes, and Results

The three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha began Monday amid cases of poll violence reported in different parts of the state. The state is scheduled to hold the Panchayat elections in five phases between February 13 and February 21. The timing of polling is 7 am to 12:00 pm. On polling days, counting of votes starts from 1 pm till the completion. The first phase polling was held in 188 Zilla Parishad seats spread over 65 blocks in 29 districts where 716 candidates contested.

Gram Panchayat Elections in State of Odisha in Year 2017:

Panchayat Election Posts:

Sarpanch, Panch, Ward Members, Zila Parishad Members and Others

Total number of seats:

The State Election Commission (SEC) had in December announced the dates for elections to the Panchayati Raj bodies. Elections are to be held for 853 zilla parishad members, 6,802 sarpanches, 6,801 panchayat samiti members and 92,052 ward members. Half the seats have been reserved for women.

Polling Dates:

First phase: February 13

Second Phase: February 15

Third phase: February 17

Fourth phase: February 19

Fifth phase:  February 21

Political parties:

The three major political parties contesting the panchayat polls in Odisha are BJP, Congress and the ruling BJD.

Number of Eligible Voters

At least 2.6 Crore people will vote in the ongoing odisha panchayat elections.

First phase results:

Despite the ruling BJD deploying a huge line-up of filmstars for a month-long campaign, opposition BJP posted stunning results in the first phase of panchayat polls, winning or leading in at least 68 of the 188 zilla parishad seats. BJD, meanwhile, managed an impressive show in nearly 100 seats. The BJP, which won just 36 of the total 854 zilla parishad seats in the 2012 panchayat polls, seems set to do better with four more rounds of polling remaining till February 19. 71 per cent of the 58,28,446 voters exercised their franchise in the first phase of polls.

More details:

The zilla parishad seats are contested on party symbols. Although BJD was expected to do well, BJP sprang a surprise, sweeping the zilla parishad election in Mayurbhanj, Bargarh and Kalahandi districts. It is likely to replace the Congress as the Number 2 party in phase one. Congress won around 20 zilla parishad seats.

Expenditure limits for candidates had been raised earlier, according to which a person running for the zilla parishad could spend up to Rs 2 lakh, while the limit for a sarpanch or samiti candidate was set to Rs 80,000.

Candidates filed their nominations from January 11 to 17 and the papers were verified on January 18.