Monthly Archives: August 2011

Orissa: Anti-Maoist operations gets a boost

BHUBANESWAR: The anti-Maoist operation in Orissa got a boost with the Centre providing logistics, including a helicopter and funds worth Rs 112 crore, for setting up fully fortified police stations in Naxal-affected regions of the state, official sources said today. “We have already got a 24-seater MI-172 Pawan Hans helicopter for anti-Maoist operation. The state

Mass education official ‘molests’ Class VII girls

A senior officer of the mass education department has been accused of molesting girls of 7th standard during his inspection to a school in Jharsuguda district. The incident took place in Gandghora Upgraded ME School in Brajarajnagar police station area on Wednesday. According to the victims, the accused officer, Srikanta Paikrai, deputy director of the mass

Open air jail inmates into criminal act?

Three days after Cuttack Police arrested two gun runners, three inmates of Biju Patnaik Open Air Ashram were transferred to Special Jail, Jharpada for creating trouble and instigating the fellow prisoners. According to official version, the three Susant Das, Bimbadhar Mallick and Budheswar Mahakud were protesting arrest of Hara Prasad Sahu, one of the two

Orissa government bows to pressure, to hold public hearing on Sindol hydro-power project

BHUBANESWAR/ BALANGIR: Even as a dawn-to-dusk bandh was observed in Sonepur district in protest against the proposed Sindol hydroelectric facility, the state government on Wednesday said it would organize public hearing in the project area. “Public hearing would be held in the project area to take the views of the local people,” said energy minister

Centre wants fresh data on six towns

The Centre has asked the state government to update the existing database of six towns in Orissa, which was earlier developed by the Survey of India under the Central-sponsored National Urban Information System (NUIS) scheme. Though the database for Cuttack, Balasore, Baripada, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur was created a few years ago, the towns have

Sambalpur university shelves plan to privatize exams

Sambalpur University has dropped its plan to outsource its examination process to a private company. The move was being considered as a major step to bring in transparency and reforms in the examinations using technology. “We will not involve any private party in the examinations. As of now the proposal is shelved,” varsity registrar S