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Kadambala sarpanch was killed by naxalites

Yesterday night around 8pm, in kadambala, Goilkera, Jharkhand 60 km from Bisra, the sarpanch of kadambala( young politician ) Jayaram purti was killed by naxalites in his premises. naxalites killed him as he was telling everything about the naxalites movement to police, even he was warned before by naxalites.

Police did not protect him even police knew about this matter and did not come at midnight also.

4-year-old boy rescued at Jharsuguda

Acting promptly on a complaint, police rescued a four-year-old boy and nabbed his kidnapper from Jharsuguda on Tuesday evening. The accused, Sunil Sawant, was produced in court on Wednesday.

Reports said the boy was found missing after school on Tuesday. His mother, Laxmi, had gone to pick him up but was told that he had left with an acquaintance. Before she could lodge a complaint with police, Sunil called asking her to return the money she had borrowed from him. Laxmi knew Sunil, a resident of sector 3, through a common friend.

She immediately lodged a complaint in Bondamunda police station and the police tracked the call to Jharsuguda. Plain-clothes cops nabbed Sunil at Jharsuguda police station and rescued the boy.

“Considering the urgency of the case, police began the investigation even before receiving a written complaint,” said additional SP (Rourkela) Sudersan Sethi.

Odisha to invite bids for vegetable retail chains in three towns

The horticulture department of the Odisha government will soon come up with tenders for setting up of vegetable retail chains in towns like Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur, after a similar initiative in Bhubaneswar.

The department has already facilitated setting up of two vegetable stores, branded as ‘Udyan Fresh’ in the capital city with the help of private players and aims to open at least 18 more. In the adjacent Cuttack city, it has plans to open five such stores.

“For Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur towns, we have not decided how many stores will be there. We will notify it in our next expression of interest advertisements,” said K B Dash, an official dealing with the ‘Udyan Fresh’ scheme, in the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Odisha.

 These stores are being set up as part of a scheme of the Central agricultural ministry, launched in 2011. Known as vegetable initiative for urban clusters (VIUC) plan under the Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojna, it has little more than Rs 12 crore provision for Odisha in the current fiscal.

The scheme envisages development of vegetable clusters and opening up of retail stores for ensuring supply of good quality vegetables to a city or town in every state having a population of one million and above. In the case of states with smaller population, the state capital city or township having less than one million population are also covered.

As per 2011 census, no city in Odisha has a population over one million. However, the combined population of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack goes beyond two million, according to an estimate.

The expression of interest will be open for domestic and international investors too, informed the horticulture official.

“Companies like Reliance Fresh can apply for the stores like it has done in Andhra Pradesh. Foreign investors too can apply after the recent central government decision,” said Das, referring to the latest announcement by the Union government allowing foreign players to invest in retail sector.

Under the VIUC scheme, the promoters would be subsidised for setting up selling stores, buying refrigerated vehicles and establishing cold stores, apart from buying farmers’ produce. So far, the state horticulture department has identified three vegetable clusters within the 100 Km radius of Bhubaneswar.

7 Odia girls in gold medal winning football squad

Seven girls from Odisha, including three from Kendrapada district, were part of the gold medal winning Indian women squad at the recent South Asian Women Football Tournament in Sri Lanka.

Besides Sasmita Mallick (21), Alochana Senapati (21), Suprava Samal (21), all from Kendrapada’s Aul block, Sita Sharma (Rourkela), Lochana Munda (Sambalpur), Supriya Routray (Cuttack) and Pinky (Jharsuguda) were part of the Indian team that defeated Nepal in the final at Colombo on Sunday.

Sasmita Mallick scored five goals in the tournament whereas Alochana and Suprava scored one each. The India team defeated Bangladesh 3-0, Sri Lanka 5-0, Bhutan 11-0 and Afghanistan 11-0 before gaining entry into the finals.

Sasmita, Alochana and Suprava are simple village girls, who were propelled into international sport for their love of football and hard work in Aul. On Tuesday, many villagers thronged Alochana’s house after she returned home. Sasmita and Suprava went to Bihar as they work in the railways at Patna. Alochana received a rousing welcome. “No happiness is bigger than winning a medal for the country,” said Alochana.

State to set up six more anti-human trafficking units

Centre has asked the State government to convert primary schools having low enrolments in urban and semi urban areas into integrated hub of services for children especially vulnerable ones.

In a recent communication addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Krishna Tirath, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, expressed concerns over inadequacy of services for deprived children like shelters, creches and residential schools especially in urban and semi-urban areas.

“A number of primary schools are having low enrolment and thus, are under consideration of closure. There may be unutilised government buildings and similar infrastructure in cities as well,” Ms. Tirath pointed out.

She suggested that such schools and buildings could be better utilised for establishment of an integrated hub of services for children.

“Services available in such hubs could include open shelter under Integrated Child Protection Scheme, creche facilities under Rajiv Gandhi National Creches Scheme for Children of Working Mothers (RGNCS), anganwadis under Integrated Child Development Schemes and residential schools under Sarva Sikshan Abhiyan,” the Union Minister noted seeking Chief Minister’s intervention for expeditious establishment of such centres. Sources in State Women and Child Development Department that steps had already been initiated to action plan on the proposal.

Meanwhile, the State government has decided to set up six more anti human trafficking units (IAHTUs) to track human trafficking in the State. These units would be located at office of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Crime Branch, Cuttack, DIG (North Central Range), Talcher, DIG (South Western Range), Koraput, Inspector General of Police (Railway), Cuttack, Sundargarh and Kandhamal districts.

At present there are six IAHTUs operating in the State. The locations are office of IG (Crime Branch), Cuttack, Commissionerate of Police, Bhubaneswar and offices of IG of Police, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Balasore and Berhampur.