Daily Archives: March 4, 2012

Abhinash Nayak to lead Odisha football team

Abinash Nayak will lead Odisha in the final phase of the 34th Sub-junior National Football Championship for Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy to be held at Goa from March 8 to 23.
Football Association of Odisha announced a 20-member State team on Friday with Suraj Toppo as vice-captain.
The team includes eight from Sambalpur, six from Cuttack, two from Koraput and one each from Nayagarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Bargarh districts.
The team will leave for Goa on Saturday, accompanied by coach Akshay Das. Odisha will start their campaign against host Goa on March 8. They are scheduled to play their next three league matches against Meghalaya, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh on March 10, 12 and 16 respectively.
Team Odisha: Goalkeepers: Avijit Ruidas, Neela Kantho Pujari. Defenders: Abhinash Nayak (Captain), Ajay Ekka, Rajesh Murmu, Karan Oram, Sangram Das, Sunil Soren, Susanta Sethi. Mid-fielders: Gomeya Samad, Sanjit Khara, Harimohan Soren, Suraj Toppo (Vice-captain), Besarat Khan, Sujit Tirkey, Padam Lochan Behera. Forwards: Majhia Murmu, Bhabagrahi Padhihary, Supriya Mahalik, Rakesh Oram. Coach: Akshay Das.

Complete 75% of IAP projects by March-end

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the implementation of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) should be made more participatory by consulting people’s representatives in districts.

Chidambaram reviewed the implementation of IAP in the State through video-conferencing with district collectors. Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik and secretaries of? departments, including Home, Panchayati Raj, Women and Child Development and Rural Development, participated in the video-conference. The IAP is being implemented in 18 Naxalite-affected districts of the State.

Official sources said ` 915 crore has been sanctioned for implementation of IAP in the 18 districts. While ` 325 crore was released in 2010-11, ` 400 crore was sanctioned in 2011-12 for 15 districts. Projects worth ` 834.5 crore have been approved. The expenditure by January 2012, has been ` 487 crore.

Out of the 14,868 projects, which include roads, buildings, irrigation facilities, drinking water and electrification, 13,896 have been taken up. So far, 8,203 projects have been completed. Sources said the Home Minister directed the collectors to complete 75 per cent of the remaining projects by March-end.

Balangir, Deogarh, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh, Nabarangpur and Jharsuguda districts were included in the IAP in the first phase. Later the scheme was extended to Nayagarh, Ganjam and Jajpur districts.

The spirit of Bhagavad-gita

The spirit of Bhagavad-gita is mentioned in Bhagavad-gita itself. It is just like this: If we want to take a particular medicine, then we have to follow the directions written on the label. We cannot take the medicine according to our own whim or the direction of a friend. It must be taken according to the directions on the label or the directions given by a physician.

Similarly, Bhagavad-gita should be accepted as it is directed by the speaker, Lord Sri Krishna, Himself. If we want to derive benefit out of the Bhagavad-gita, then we have to follow some rules and regulations, otherwise, how can we understand? It is not an ordinary book of knowledge that you purchase from the market, and read it and consult dictionary, and you understand. Otherwise, Krishna would not have told to Arjuna, “The Bhagavad-gita is now lost. I am therefore speaking to you.” Why? “Because you are My devotee.” So one has to become a devotee like Arjuna and must be ready to understand the Bhagavad-gita as Arjuna understood. Then the spirit of Bhagavad-gita can be understood.

Those who are envious of Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead have no bona fide access to the great literature. The non-devotee’s approach to the teachings of the Gita is something like that of a bee licking on a bottle of honey. One cannot have a taste of honey unless one opens the bottle. Similarly, the mysticism of the Bhagavad-gita can be understood only by devotees, and no one else can taste it. One who has a little faith in Bhagavad-gita should learn from a devotee, because no one else can perfectly understand it’s purpose. When one searches for a devotee and fortunately gets a devotee’s association one actually begins to study and understand Bhagavad-gita.

Special cell to monitor malpractices in Plus II

The state government has formed a special monitoring cell for the first time ever to regulate the movement of flying squads to check malpractices during the month-long Plus II examination, beginning from Friday. Over 2.79 lakh students are scheduled to appear for the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) examination across 1,065 centres in the state.

There are 20 examination centres in the state capital. “The cell will keep a close watch on the use of unfair means during the test and will depute inspection squads as per its intelligence inputs. The checking groups will file reports about their findings on a daily basis,” said CHSE controller of examinations Jasobanta Behera.

Hirakud Dam probes water contamination

Hirakud DamHirakud Dam authorities have started investigation into the alleged destruction of paddy saplings in western Odisha because of contamination of the dam water used for irrigation.

Dam officials have contacted regional pollution control board and  deputy director of agriculture of Sambalpur and Bargarh districts in this regard. The investigation was prompted by a direction of the OHRC (Odisha human  Rights Commission) that asked thedam authority to submit a report on the issue. The OHRC acted upon a petition by a social activist in this regard.

Sources said thousands of acres of paddy saplings were destroyed in Hirakud command area during the Rabi crop season. Farmers, who sustained huge losses, alleged the crops were destroyed because of contamination of the dam water. They argued water pouring into the dam from various rivers carries waste material, chemicals and poisonous effluents from industries in Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts, making the dam water unfit for irrigation.

Farmers had asked the government to take measures to solve the problem. “But when the government did not take any step to find out the exact reason behind the problem, I thought of bringing the matter to the notice of the OHRC,” said social activist  Rajesh Agrawal of Attabira on Saturday.