Monthly Archives: May 2012

Former minister’s brother suspected in Bhubaneswar firing case

The role of Khirod Chandra Mallick, an NGO activist and brother of former minister Pramila Mallick, in connection with a firing incident in the city is under the scanner with police suspecting his involvement in the case.

Mallick, founder of an NGO, came under police glare after his driver Biswanath Pradhan, who was earlier arrested in the shooting incident, told police that he had engineered the gun attack on Namita Padhi. The girl, who works in a BPO, was injured after being shot at in Mancheswar industrial area here on April 13.

“Pradhan said he was mobilized by Mallick to eliminate the girl, who used to work in his NGO earlier. The exact cause of Mallick’s grudge against the girl is not known,” inspector-in-charge of Mancheswar police station, Priyaranjan Satpathy told TOI. “Neither the driver nor the victim’s family could tell us the motive behind the attack. We suspect she was targeted because of some monetary dispute,” he added.

“Since Mallick is a suspect, we raided his offices in Sambalpur and Delhi, but could not find him,” Satpathy said. Police recently came under fire for allegedly attempting to protect Mallick.

However, Mallick’s lawyer Dharanidhar Nayak said, “My client has nothing to do with the attack on the girl. The Orissa High Court on Tuesday heard his anticipatory bail application and asked him to move the sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Bhubaneswar, within four weeks.” Police on April 20 arrested three men in connection with the attack on Padhi outside her office.

Odisha reels under heat waves, Titilagarh sizzles at 45 degrees

high temperatures Wednesday included Sambalpur (44.5 degrees)Odisha continued to reel under a severe heat wave Wednesday with one of its towns recording a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, the day’s highest in the state, an official said.

Titilagarh town in Balangir district, has recorded 45 degrees Celsius, a senior official of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said. Titilagarh had recorded 44.5 degrees Celsius a day earlier.

The other places which witnessed high temperatures Wednesday included Sambalpur (44.5 degrees), Sonepur (44 degrees), and Balangir (43.8 degrees Celsius), he added.

The state capital Bhubaneswar also sizzled at 42.6 degrees Celsius. The heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in several parts of the state during the next two days, the weatherman added.

4 nabbed with marijuana from mayor’s house

Gadge Nagar police nabbed four persons with two bags of marijuana from the mayor’s official bungalow located on Amravati University road in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The names of the accused are Vishveshwar Parwan, Suraj Parwan and Swaraj Mohanty, residents of Sambalpur in Orissa and Shaikh Hasan Shaikh Kasam of Vyankayyapura here.

The accused were nabbed from the compound of mayor’s residence and 18.6kg marijuana kept in two travel bags was seized from them.

The police also seized a motorbike (MH 27/J 2731) from the accused. Mayor Vandana Kangale is presently staying in Adivasi Colony and is yet to shift to her official residence as it is undergoing renovation.

Only one security guard has been deployed at the mayor’s bungalow for 24 hours. Gadge Nagar police have arrested four accused and registered offences against them under relevant sections of Narcotics Drug Act.

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.