Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Approval has been given to set up three new Sainik Schools

At present, there are 24 Sainik Schools in the country. In-principle approval has been given to set up three new Sainik Schools in Sambalpur (Orissa), Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) and Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) respectively.

Sainik Schools admit boys in Classes VI and IX. Their age should be 10-11 years for Class VI and 13-14 years for Class IX as on 1st July of the year in which admission is sought. Admissions are made strictly in the order of merit on the basis of an Entrance Examination held once a year. The Entrance Examination consists of a written examination followed by an interview of shortlisted candidates. Admission is further subject to the candidates being found medically fit according to the same medical standards prescribed for entry to National Defence Academy.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri N. Balaganga in Rajya Sabha today.

Thapa: Santosh semis in sight

Despite having made it to their third quarterfinal in as many years in the 2012 Santosh Trophy, Delhi didn’t get any time to celebrate. Almost as soon as the squad had beaten Jharkhand 3-1 in their final league encounter, a night match in Sambalpur, Orissa, they had to rush back to their hotel to pack. “Our cab will be leaving at 5 am for Bhubhaneshwar, where the knock-out matches will be taking place,” says coach of the team and former India international Ranjith Thapa.

Against Jharkhand, Mahender Singh scored a brace while Kamal scored the third goal. The win was Delhi’s third consecutive win in the league phase. They had initially beaten Gujarat 4-0 and then thrashed Andaman and Nicobar 13-0. Delhi had a chance to go into the next phase with a clean sheet but Jharkhand found a consolation goal with just ten minutes to go for the final whistle.

“Towards the end of the match, we were already up 3-0 and were certain of going into the next round. We were trying out new things and perhaps we slackened because we were so ahead on goal difference from the rest of the group. Also we were playing without our specialist defender Vikas Rawat because he already had a yellow card and we didn’t want to risk losing him for the next phase,” he said

That phase would be especially tough considering Delhi has been paired with heavyweights Tamil Nadu, Services and Mizoram in their quarterfinal group. Coach Thapa, though, remains confident that his side will perform well. “If our opponents are tough then we too won’t just give up without a fight. Even in 2010 when we reached the quarterfinal stage, we were alongside Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram. Even then we didn’t lose a single game,” he says.

Thapa though wants more than to simply return home with a quarterfinal appearance though it was only in 2010 that they had reached the last eight stage for the first time in 45 years. “We have played in the quarter final stage three times in a row now. This time everyone is expecting that we would get into the semi final,” says Thapa.

However the team performs, Thapa insists he has nothing but admiration for them. “Other than three experienced players, our side is very young. We only had a 23-day camp before the team left for the Santosh Trophy but I have no complaints about their dedication and their performance so far,” he says.

Oust-Niranjan move gathers momentum

Odisha’s main Opposition party, the Congress, is now embroiled in increasing infighting to the further glee among the ruling BJD’s rank and file.

A dominant section of the State Congress is out to oust PCC president Niranjan Patnaik, who, despite being in the saddle for several months, is yet to gain control over the party. Busy in firefighting within the party, Niranjan Patnaik now hardly has time to fight against the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government.

At least half a dozen of the 27 MLAs and two of the six Lok Sabha members of the Congress and several other party leaders in the State are against Niranjan Patnaik’s continuance as the PCC chief. The move to dethrone him initiated by Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das, seems to be gradually snowballing into a major movement.

Das and two other MLAs and the two MPs have already taken the matter to 10 Janpath recently while three other MLAs, Surendra Singhbhoi, Dushmant Nayak and Shyam Hansda, went public in Bhubaneswar saying they want a change of guard in the PCC.

Even though AICC general secretary in charge of Odisha Jagdish Tytler has issued warning letters to Singhbhoi, Nayak and Hansda, for their “indiscipline” in the party, there is no letup in the activities of intra-party dissidence.

These three MLAs had met Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad during his visit here and demanded that Niranjan Patnaik be removed as the State party is unable to confront the BJD under his leadership as is evident from the party’s poor performances in the two Assembly by-elections and panchayat polls.

They even named former senior MLA Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra as an alternative PCC chief. Mohapatra also defended these MLAs saying they did not indulge in any anti-party activities. “What was wrong in taking party matter to Mr Azad who had remained AICC general secretary in charge of Odisha three times in the past,” he asked.

The wrangling within the Congress has, needless to say, left the BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik and other leaders of the ruling party further confident about the BJD’s continuance as the predominant political force in the State. After all, municipal polls are to be held next year and the general elections in 2014. As such, the Congress is out of power in the State since 2000.

Alu Baigan Jhol

Ingredients:Alu Baigan Jhol
Two medium size patato
Three  medium size Brinjal
One Tomato
One Spoon Garlic Paste
One Spoon sabji masala
50 gm Oil
Half spoon termeric powder
One spoon cumin
Salt as needed

Method:
Take a pot and put it on the stove, pour oil into the pot. Let the oil be hot, then put cumin on hot oil. Cut the onion into small pieces and fry it on oil. Put garlic paste also, fry it as long as it becomes golden color. Then put tomator  with sabaji masala and turmeric powder and fry it for 2/3 minutes. Now put potato and brinjal and salt as needed, add 300 ml water to it and boil it completely. So that all the ingredients will mixed up well. Now The Alu Baigan Jhol is ready to serve. It will taste good with hot boil rice.

Recipes by Sashi Bhusan Meher