Monthly Archives: May 2012

Students are unhappy with the published results

Students are unhappy with the published results

CBI raided the office of GM of the MCL in Sambalpur

Ten teams of the CBI on Wednesday raided houses and offices of seven officials of the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) in different places of state, including Dhori area of Bermo subdivision, Ramgarh and Dhanbad districts, in connection with investigation related to coal shortage scam of Rs 200 crore.

A CBI team has also raided the office of general manager of the Mahanadi Coalfield Limited U S Singh in Sambalpur district of Odisha, who was earlier posted in CCL, Dhori. The raids were conducted in three cases related to coal shortage in the CCL Dhori area in 2011 January. The CCL vigilance has also busted the scam earlier, said SP CBI Dhanbad P K Manjhi.

Besides Singh, other six officers are A K Choudhary, Virender Singh, S K Singh, D K Jha, Satyajit Kumar and R K Dubna. The CBI has conducted raids at office and house of Jha in Dhanbad. The other team simultaneously conducted raids at residence and office of Dubna in Badkishyal and Satyajit Kumar at Barkakana. All these six officials were posted as manager and project officer in Dhori project of the CCL in 2011 when the irregularities took place.

“There was coal shortage of about 40 to 66% of the overall production in the project, loss of which is assessed to be about Rs 200 crore. Of the three mines of the CCL Dhori, there was shortage of 66.54% coal in Tarmi, 60.44% in Amlo and 44.27% in Kalayani coalfields,” said Manjhi. Sources said the coal shortage was about 13 lakh tones which is one of the biggest scam in the CCL.

The CBI sleuths have recovered several documents related to the case from the residences and offices of the officers. The raids began in the morning and ended in evening at almost all the places. However, the search at Singh’s office in Sambalpur began late and raid continued till late evening “The CBI has taken up the case on a tip off. No arrest has been made but the CBI can also lodge disproportionate assets (DA) case against the officers in this connection,” said Manjhi.

Varsity staff oppose jobs on contracts

Sambalpur University Employees’ Union has submitted a memorandum to vice-chancellor Bishnu Barik, opposing a Syndicate resolution to hire non-teaching staff on contract with a consolidated pay.

The varsity Syndicate on May 18 had resolved to appoint 20 assistants with computer knowledge on Rs 5000 per month remuneration.

The union demanded filling up of all the vacant posts in all categories on regular basis. Rejecting the concept of appointment on outsourcing basis, the union sought a special syndicate meeting and to invite the union to put fourth their points on the matter.

The employees also demanded a special programme to fill up all the sanctioned vacancies in the University Health Center within six month and to make it well equipped with in a year. The single post of doctor in the centre is lying vacant since 1990. “There is no minimum healthcare facility for the 5,000 population in Jyoti Vihar campus,” said employees’ union general secretary Mahendra Mishra.

The union, in its memorandum, also sought steps to check the movements of unauthorized heavy vehicles and tractors on the campus to avoid mishaps and renovation of university staff quarters using 11th Plan UGC grant.

Heatwave death toll mounts to 10 in Odisha

The death toll in heatwave mounted to ten in Odisha with three persons succumbing to sunstroke in coastal Balasore district as most parts of the state recorded temperatures above 40 degree Celsius.

The state government was also verifying 26 other alleged heatwave deaths in Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Ganjam, Jajpur and Sonepur. One person each had died earlier in each of the seven districts earlier, the sources said. Of the total 60 complaints of sunstroke deaths received so far, 34 had been verified of which 10 were due to heat related aliments, Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said.

 The district collectors were verifying 26 other cases, he said. Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar recorded 40.2 degree celsius, while Titlagarh and Sambalpur reeled under 45.5 degree C, followed by 44.8 degree C at Hirakud and 44.6 degree C at Jharsuguda.

Other districts which recorded temperatures above 40 degree C were Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Mayrubhanj and Angul. The Met office predicted the heatwave condition would prevail for at least three days more.

Collector decide to release of seized liquor

Finally the IMFL seizure matter of United Spirits Ltd (USL) at Narayanpur under Gopalpur police limits reached the Ganjam collector’s court.

The USL is authorised by the State Government to transport and export duty -paid IMFL. The company, owned by Vijay Mallya, supplies IMFL to Odisha State Beverages Corporation Ltd (OSBC) depots.

On February 23 this year, a truck with around 50,000 bottles of IMFL of USL was on its way to Sambalpur via Bhanjanagar when Tarasingi police detained the truck. During verification of records, a large quantity of IMFL was not mentioned in the transportation pass. Two staff of USL reached the Tarasingi police station and produced other necessary documents. They claimed that the bottles were loaded in a hurry by casual labourers and hence some bottles could not be listed. Police, in no mood to relent, seized the truck and arrested the driver on charges of unauthorised transportation of IMFL.

The following day the driver was produced before the Sub Divisional Judicial Magitrate (SDJM), Bhanjanagar, who remanded him in judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Mainak Pal, local unit manager of USL, appealed to the SDJM, Bhanjanagar, and the Ganjam Collector to release the seized liquor on the same plea.

The USL moved the Orissa High Court to direct police to release the IMFL-laden truck since it was kept in the open without proper

protection.

The High Court in its order directed the SDJM, Bhanjanagar, to send all the documents to the Collector, who shall consider release of the seized goods in the presence of Superintendent of Excise, Ganjam, after verifying all relevant documents regarding the seized articles.

Accordingly, the SDJM court sent a copy of the High Court order to Tarasingi police and Collector Kishen Kumar who would hear the matter.