Daily Archives: March 11, 2012

Plus Two exam: 53 candidates were booked for malpractice

At least 190 candidates appearing in Physics paper of Plus Two Examination were booked for malpractice on Saturday. The flying squads of the CHSE found at least 21 students cheating at JBNM College in Sundargarh, highest for any centre for the day.

In Central Zone, at least 74 candidates were booked for malpractice, followed by 53 in Sambalpur Zone. The CHSE said no complaint has been received against the invigilators yet. An examination committee will decide on the punishment to be handed out to the students, booked for malpractice, after the examination concludes. Degree of the punishment will depend on the severity of cheating. Meanwhile, father of Aditya Singh Maneka, who was not issued admit card by BJB Junior College and failed to appear the MIL paper, has moved the OHRC seeking justice. The Commission has received the petition.

PS members surface from hiding

After virtually remaining under house arrest for about a fortnight, the newly-elected Panchayat Samiti members were allowed to move out and make purchases for their families before returning home on Saturday.

The PS members holed in various small lodges here, were seen boarding vehicles along with their political bosses and local leaders and middlemen after lunch on Saturday.

This, it is believed, was done to ensure their presence for voting for the post of block chairman on scheduled for Sunday.

Though the election to the post of ward member and PS members are not held on party basis, yet they have a political undertones as the post of block chairman is a political one. Despite a beating at the polls to the post of Zilla Parishad (ZP) member, besides the BJD, which swept the polls of ZP, both the Congress and the

BJP, are trying hard to establish their control over the post of block chairman to make their presence felt in the district.

In fact, after the initial trends indicated that the BJD will lead the race, the Opposition parties were quick to extend support and financial help to contesting PS members as a quid pro quo for their loyalty for the block chairman post.

Yet, not willing to take any chances and apprehending poaching by other parties, each party packed off its members to alien destinations to keep their flock together.

While some PS members had brought their families along, including children, many had come single and the parties sponsored their boarding and lodging and other ‘necessities’. One of the PS members, preferring anonymity, revealed that they would be paid cash in addition to their cost of stay once the polls end.

Ailing Tusker dies in Odisha’s Sambalpur dist

An old tusker, which was ailing for some time, died in the forests in Odisha’s Sambalpur district today, official sources said.

Aged between 50 and 60 years, the tusker was found to be seriously ill in the woods near Kharsanmal under Badrama forest range of Bamra Wildlife division on February 24 by the forest personnel.

While keeping a vigil on it, they found the elephant trudging into the forests. However, even as it was gaining strengh after slight recovery from illness, the tusker fell into a nullah and was seriously injured, the sources said.

Veterinarians from Sambalpur and the Nandankanan Zoological Park at Bhubaneswar went to the forest and were providing treatment since March 1 by supplying medicine.

However, it died today, the sources said.

“The tusker died of old age related ailments. We were providing all possible treatment but it did not recover”, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife), Bamra, Sankarshan Behera told PTI.

The tusker would be buried in the forest after post-mortem, he said.