Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

Red Ribbon Express chugs into Mancheswar railway station

The Red Ribbon Express exhibition train, which is on a whirlwind tour of the country to spread HIV/AIDS awareness, attracted a huge crowd at Mancheswar railway station of the city on Tuesday.

Attending a function organized to mark the arrival of the train at the state capital, health minister Prasanna Acharya said concerted efforts are needed by everybody to counter HIV/AIDS and other health challenges.

The train, the third of its kind, is on its last leg in Odisha with Balsore to be its last stop in the state after the halt in the city. The train touched Koraput, Kantabanji, Balangir, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul, Cuttack and Ganjam during its Odisha sojourn.

The train, which was flagged off in the second week of January from New Delhi as part of the third edition of HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, arrived in Odisha on June 20 during its nationwide journey of 23 states, covering 162 halt stations.

The special train has six coaches. While three coaches are dedicated to an exhibition on HIV/AIDS, the fourth coach exhibits information on tuberculosis, malaria, reproductive and child health services, general health and hygiene.

100 acres land, Rs 5 crore for Sainik School at Sambalpur

The Odisha government has decided to expedite the process for setting up another Sainik School in the state at Sambalpur. In order to expedite the project, school and mass education minster Pratap Jena reviewed the progress with the officials of Sainik School here today.

Around 100 acres of land has been demarcated for setting up the school at Sambalpur. The school and mass education department has also made a budgetary provision of Rs 5 crore which will be spend initially, Jena said, adding that a decision to set up the school at Sambalpur was proposed in 2011.

He said that like Bhubaneswar Sainik School, all facilities will be installed in the school.Informing that the Bhubaneswar-based Sainik School is placed seventh among the 24 Sainik schools in the country, the Minister hoped that the proposed school at Sambalpur will be number one school in next two years. With this, the State will have two Sainik schools.

Sainik School Bhubaneswar was set up in February, 1962. It temporarily functioned from Blind School, Bhubaneswar and was finally shifted to the present sprawling campus in August, 1963. During the last 50 years, the school has churned out over 600 officers for Indian defence forces.