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Mumbai: Central Railway replaces 6.2 km of tracks during mega block

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Safe travel is a right of every passenger. Now safety of rail assets is finally being given some attention by the Indian Railways, which was in the backburner. For instance, on Sunday, the Central Railway replaced 6.2 km of tracks during the mega block between Thane-Vashi and Thane-Mulund sections. These tracks had become unsafe for trains to ply as it’s condition has deteriorated. In this year itself, there have been several derailments and accidents across Indian Railways; one of the primary reasons being the poor quality of tracks. The railway officials agree that underinvestment in rail infrastructure, poor maintenance and excessive traffic has deteriorated the condition of these tracks. AT A GLANCEMajor Derailments In 2017DescriptionUtkal Express derailment, Aug 18, 2017 Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailment, April 15, 2017 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailment, Jan 22, 2017 Kalindi Express derailment, Feb 20, 2017 ​The life of a rail track depends on the frequency of train movement and its tonnage capacity (load-bearing capacity that coaches carry). In Mumbai, the rail tracks are normally replaced after 1-2 years due to heavy usage while in the interiors where train movement is less, the replacement is done after 10 years too. “The railway ministry has specifically asked all the zones to address safety issues which also includes replacement of old and worn out tracks. Work on new rail lines has been kept on hold and the same tracks have been diverted to rail stretches that need immediate attention,” said a senior railway official.On November 19, near about 300 labourers were deployed for this work. “The rail replacement is done usually on those which have outlived its codal life and on condition basis of rail. However, this is record progress of rail renewal in a single block,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. These rails came from Bhilai steel plant as 24 panels of 260 meters long each, ferried in a rake. These were inserted in place of old rails during the mega block. The CR officials expect that it would improve safety as the track related technical glitches will definitely reduce.

AIIMS: Retired doctors to fill in the position for six new hospitals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Struggling to find suitable candidates for senior-level positions at the six new AIIMS, the Union health ministry is mulling contracting retired doctors and faculty who have worked in the country’s premier medical institutes.The six new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) — Rishikesh, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Raipur, Patna and Bhubaneshwar — are yet to become fully functional due to the lack of doctors and faculty.The ministry is considering hiring retired doctors on contract basis as various faculty positions at the level of additional professors and professors in most of the clinical disciplines lie vacant despite two rounds of vacancy filling exercises.”All the six new AIIMS have been finding it extremely difficult to start out-patient and in-patient department services in a number of speciality and super-speciality disciplines due to faculty crunch,” said a senior health ministry official.”We advertised twice. Last year, we advertised 1,300 posts for the AIIMS at Jodhpur, Bhopal, Patna, Raipur, Bhubaneswar and Rishikesh. Only 300 were selected out of which 200 joined. Most of them were found to be unsuitable for the positions,” the official said.As an immediate measure, the ministry is thinking of contractual employment of faculty up to 70 years of age and hiring faculty and doctors who have served in reputed institutes like PGI-Chandigarh and AIIMS, New Delhi, the official said.In order to attract such faculty, there is a proposal to give them gross monthly remuneration that is at par with the regular faculty of the same rank.Additionally, they may also be suitably compensated for renting accommodation or even the institute may offer them a place to stay, the official said.A high-powered committee, headed by M K Bhan, former secretary in the Department of Biotechnology, constituted to look at the governance structure of all the new AIIMS, had made these proposals to the ministry.Over the last two years, the AIIMS at Jodhpur has been able to fill up 47 per cent of its vacancies, followed by Bhubaneshwar which filled up 45 per cent vacancies, Rishikesh had 43 per cent vacancies filled,Bhopal had 35 per cent, and Raipur just 24 per cent. The AIIMS at Patna has been able to fill up only 17 per cent of its faculty positions.

10 more airports, including Pune and Ranchi, to go tag-free on hand baggage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten more airports in the country, including Pune and Ranchi, will soon do away with the practise of stamping domestic passengers’ hand baggage tags, a new air travel regime that began at civil airports in April this year.A total of 17 airports are stamp-free in the country at present, with four airports joining the new protocol yesterday.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), tasked to secure 59 civil airports against terror and security threats, will soon launch a trial of the new system at Amritsar, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Udaipur, Dibrugarh, Nagpur, Managalore, Trichy, Pune and Ranchi airports.”We will be conducting the trial at ten more airports.Once the trials are successful, we would be bringing these ten airports under the stamp-free hand baggage regime by this month end or early October,” CISF Director General O P Singh told PTI.The force, alog with other aviation security stakeholders, had started the regime at the Jaipur, Guwahati, Lucknow and Trivandrum, Patna and Chennai airports from June 1.It has already done away with the system at seven other air facilities in Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, since April 1.Sources in aviation security said two airports at Bhubaneswar and Bagdogra could also have been brought under the new regime, with the four airports of Coimbatore, Kolkata, Indore and Vadodara yesterday, but some “infrastructural issues” delayed the move.The trial at the ten fresh airports will ensure that adequate security gadgets and logistics are provided at these facilities so that tight security measures are in place once the stamping of the hand baggage tags procedure is discontinued.By having the stamped tags on the hand baggage, the security personnel used to be assured that no weapon or ammunition like material enters the aircraft. It also pin points the accountability on the CISF personnel who clear the baggage.With the deployment of smart cameras and re-positioning of security paraphernalia at the ten airports after the trial period, the same objective is being achieved.The old stamping of hand baggage bags procedure had been a major irritant for passengers and they have made many complaints in this regard to airport authorities saying the system poses hassles for them as it consumes time and in case they forget to get it tagged, security personnel would ask them to go back and get it done.A committee comprising officials of the CISF, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the airport operators has been constituted early this year by the government to smoothen the roll-out of this new protocol at all the 59 airports guarded by the paramilitary force.DG Singh had maintained that the new measure will enhance “passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment to them” while travelling through the airports.The new protocols are only meant for domestic passengers and those travelling to international destinations will have to get their hand baggage tags stamped as usual.

Several trains cancelled, diverted following train derailment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several trains have been cancelled or diverted in the aftermath of the derailment of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express in UP’s Auraiya district early today, according to the North Central Railway (NCR). NCR spokesman Amit Malaviya said, “A medical relief train was rushed to the site of the mishap from Tundla, while a MEMU rake was sent from Shikohabad to evacuate the passengers onboard the Kaifiyat express”. All passengers were evacuated and the stranded passengers left the site by 8.50 am. “A number of trains have been cancelled following derailment of Kaifiyat Express. These include the Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, the Lucknow-Agra Cantt intercity express, the Lucknow-New Delhi Gomti Express and all passenger trains running on the Kanpur-Tundla section”, NCR Chief PRO G K Bansal said. “New Delhi-bound Rajdhani trains originating from Howrah, Rajendra Nagar (Patna) and Bhubaneswar, besides the Garibrath from Ranchi, have been run via Lucknow-Moradabad”, he added. In addition, more than 40 trains scheduled to run through the Kanpur-Tundla route have been diverted, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha CM announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for derailment victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia relief to the next of the kin of Odia passengers killed in the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailment in Uttar Pradesh. Patnaik, while expressing concern over the incident, also announced Rs 50,000 for each injured person, a statement from the chief minister’s office said. Fourteen coaches of the Utkal Express, which had left Puri on the night of August 17 for Haridwar, derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh this evening, causing deaths and injuries. Altogether 86 passengers — 80 in sleeper class and six in AC coach — had boarded the train at Puri station. Railway officials in New Delhi said the Uttar Pradesh government has informed the ministry of 12 deaths in the derailment. Patnaik, who is presently in Delhi, spoke to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and sought his assistance for rescue of the passengers and the union minister assured him of all assistance to the affected passengers, the statement said. Patnaik also directed the chief secretary to remain in touch with the railway authorities. He also asked the state’s commerce and transport department to work in coordination with the railways and Uttar Pradesh government to provide help to the injured persons and kin of the deceased passengers. Meanwhile, relatives of the affected passengers gathered at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack railway stations to enquire about the fate of their kin. The East Coast Railway has opened a helpline number — 1072 — to provide information on the accident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata, July 29 (PTI) Following are the top stories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>from the Eastern Region at 2100 hours. CAL10 WB-CID 2NDLD ROOPA Kolkata : The West Bengal CID questions BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly in connection with a child trafficking case in Jalpaiguri. CAL11 AS-FLOOD Guwahati : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Assam on August 1 to review the flood situation in Assam, where 79 have died in the calamity so far. CAL12 WB-LD FLOOD Kolkata : The flood situation in West Bengal improves marginally even as three more persons die in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 31 since July 21. CES6 BH-PMCH-VEHICLES Patna : At the order of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Patna Medical College and Hospital has made provision for free vehicles to carry patients’ bodies from the hospital to the venue of the last rites or to the their homes. CES11 BH-NDRF Patna : The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General Sanjay Kumar today stock of flood situations in Bihar and Jharkhand and deployment of NDRF for relief and rehabilitation work in the two states. CES12 WB-CHESTER TRIBUTE Kolkata : Tributes were paid to Chester Bennington, the frontman of nu-metal band ‘Linkin Park’ by city music lovers who curated a memorial concert today to celebrate his life and tracks. CCM9 BIZ-OD INVESTMENT Bhubaneswar : Odisha today approved investment proposals of Rs 1,325 crore from Chettinad Cement Corporation, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) and Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Orissa High Court annuls BMC corporator’s election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Orissa High Court today annulled the 2014 election of a Bhubaneswar Municipal corporator on the ground of mismatch in her name and educational data mentioned in her nomination paper and accompanying affidavits. Declaring the election of Sukanti Subudhi, the corporator of ward no 18, as null and void , the Bench of Justice Biswanath Rath ordered the state government to hold election to the vacant ward within two months. The High Court also quashed an earlier judgment passed in this connection by the Khurda district judge in January 2015. The judgment came on a writ petition filed by Punam Parida, who had unsuccessfully contested the Municipal elections from the same ward in 2014. She had alleged in her petition that Subudhi had submitted a forged transfer certificate (TC) from her school in which she was named as Dhadi Jena. “while the TC mentioned that she left the school in 1988 as a Class 9 student, the affidavit submitted by Subudhi mentioned that she left the school in the year 1998 as a class 10 student , the petitioner had alleged, urging the High Court to declare Subudhi’s election null and void. Parida had brought the discrepancies to the notice of Khurda district election officer at the time of the poll but cognizance was not taken. She then filed an election petition before the Khurda district judge which was also turned down.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lack of adequate staff hit the drive against housing scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The drive against corruption launched by Odisha’s vigilance directorate in state and central housing schemes appeares to have hit a roadblock in Jeypore in Koraput district dur to staff shortage. The state-wide drive is underway against corruption in Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BGPY) and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY). The Jeypore division with Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts of south and western Odisha under its jurisdiction has registered only six cases of graft in rural housing schemes in the last one month, officials said. Out of the six, at least three cases are from Kalahandi and one each from Koraput, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri. Out of the sanctioned posts of 16 inspectors, eight posts are lying vacant and against a sanctioned strength of seven DSP-rank officers only three are present, they said. “Every day, we receive complaints of corruption in rural housing schemes, but owing to acute shortage of staff, it takes a long time to initiate action,” said a senior vigilance official adding, besides investigating into the complaints about rural housing schemes, the office also got other related complaints. This necessitates the diversion of the investigation officer, thereby delaying the probe into the housing graft. Owing to the shortage of staff, mobilisation of officers for investigation gets delayed, he said. After the vigilance directorate launched dedicated phone numbers through which people can lodge complaints regarding the scams in the twin housing schemes recently, the Jeypore division had received at least 10 complaints. Stating that full strength of officers could expedite the investigation process, SP (vigilance) Sashi Bhusan Mishra said, “We are trying to manage with the available manpower and resources. We have registered at least six cases and investigation is on for seven more complaints.” To ensure that funds meant for the rural housing schemes were not misappropriated and benefits reached the genuine beneficiaries, the vigilance directorate had launched the special drive. The vigilances action follows Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s stress on abolishing bribe culture in welfare schemes at the collectors’ conference in Bhubaneswar last month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shipping Ministry to hold Sagarmala workshop at Bhubaneswar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shipping Ministry today said it will organise a workshop at Bhubaneswar tomorrow to increase awareness about coastal shipping and inland navigation. The workshop on ‘Promoting Coastal Shipping and Inland Navigation in India’ will be the second in a series of workshops the ministry plans to hold over the next 6-8 months to create awareness about the Sagarmala programme among the stake holders and to engage with them, a release by the ministry said. The first such workshop was held on June 9 in New Delhi. “The main objective of tomorrow’s workshop is to increase awareness about coastal shipping and inland navigation, with the purpose of increasing their modal share in the logistical modal mix from the current level of approximately 6 per cent to about 12 per cent by 2025 under Sagarmala,” the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI books IIT-Goa director BK Mishra in disproportionate assets case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director of the Indian Institute of Technology-Goa B K Mishra is under the CBI scanner for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 1.14 crore more than his known sources of income.The agency has alleged that Mishra, who was the director at the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology- Bhubaneswar before joining the top post at the newly set up IIT, had amassed assets to the tune of Rs 2.15 crore between 2006 and 2016. Assets worth Rs 1.14 crore were allegedly unaccounted for, a CBI FIR has claimed.The FIR has alleged that at the start of the check period — April 1, 2006 — he had movable and immovable assets amounting to Rs 3.79 lakh in his and his wife’s name. However, at the end of August 31, 2016, the assets shot up to Rs 2.19 crore, it has said.The CBI has alleged that during the period, Mishra had earned Rs 2.32 crore as income from various sources. This amount also included earnings by his wife. The agency, which registered the FIR based on “source information”, has claimed that during 2006-16, his expenses on repayments of loans, children’s education and household were over Rs 1.31 crore. Mishra’s likely savings during the period were little over Rs 1 crore, it has said.”Against this likely saving, Mishra has acquired assets (movable/immovable) to the tune of Rs 2.15 crore. “Hence, Mishra is in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 1.14 crore to his known sources of income during the aforesaid check period and the acquisition of the same is not likely to be accounted for satisfactorily by him,” the CBI has alleged. Emails sent to the director’s official ID and to the institute’s public relations officer seeking their response remained unanswered.

Dried lizard penis being sold online as India tantric root

The illegal trade uncovered in Europe and the US is said to involve protected lizard species.

BJP to protest against egg attacks on ministers in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP today said it would undertake a silent protest across Odisha tomorrow against egg attacks on several union ministers during their visits to the state recently. Besides protesting the egg attack allegedly by BJD activists on the vehicle of Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram in Kendrapara on June 14, the party activists would also seek proper probe in the gang rape and killing of a widow in Dhenkanal district recently. Announcing the programme at a press meet here, BJP Odisha unit’s Vice President Samir Mohanty said the silent protest would be held in areas under all the municipalities, Notified Area Councils (NACs) and Zilla Parishad Zones of the state. “The decision to hold silent protest in a peaceful manner was taken to counter violent methods being adopted by the ruling BJD in the state,” Mohanty said, referring to the egg attack on Oram’s vehicle during his Kendrapara visit. The party activists would also protest the egg attack earlier on Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s vehicle in Bhubaneswar, he said. Stating that violence has no place in a democratic set-up, the BJP leader said the frequent attacks on central ministers by “BJD goons with the cooperation of police” had posed a serious a threat to the democracy. Alleging that investigation into the dalit woman’s gang rape and killing in Kankadahada area of Dhenkanal was conducted in a shoddy manner, Mohanty said some more people were involved in the June-12 incident, but they were not booked by the police. Claiming that ruling BJD is shaken by the surge of BJP in the state, he said in a desperate attempt to regain its grip over the people the regional party was now resorting to violence against political opponents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest in Odisha, observe 2-hr symbolic shutdown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers in Odisha as part of the nation-wide stir staged protests across Odisha today to protest against the killing of peasants in police firing in Madhya Pradesh and to press for farm loan waiver. Various farmers’ outfits under the banner of Navanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) observed a two-hour symbolic shutdown across the state. Besides protesting killing of farmers in police firing Madhya Pradesh, the farmers demanded implementation of the recommendations of Swaminathan committee, social security allowance to all farmers, farm loan waiver and recognition of share croppers, NKS leaders said. In Bhubaneswar, NKS activists staged road blockades in different areas like Chandrasekharpur, Jaydev Vihar and Master Canteen square, burnt tyres and led a ‘rail roko’ at the railway station. Several protesters, including NKS advisor and Aama Odisha Party leader Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, were picked up from Master Canteen area by the police as a preventive measure. Patnaik said today’s stir was held in solidarity with farmers across the country and the agitation would be intensified if the demands are not met. In western Odisha, farmers under the banner of Paschim Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti (POKSSS) staged road blockades in various districts of the region. The farmers staged road blockade at Choudhury chowk on the national highway in Sambalpur. A report from Nabarangpur said farmers blocked NH 26 here and staged a dharna on the highway in front of Bhandargharani Temple for two hours disrupting traffic for some time. Similar reports of farmers’ stir were also received from Puri, Ganjam, Dhenkanal, Balangir, Rayagada and Keonjhar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangles thrown at Smriti Irani in Gujarat, one detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Police arrested a man for allegedly throwing bangles at Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on Tuesday while she was addressing a ?Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas? rally in Amreli town. Irani later blamed the Congress party for this incident and said that she was expecting this. “With elections soon to happen in Gujarat, I was expecting such tricks,? Irani said. She further added, “A man has been sent to attack a woman. This strategy of the Congress party is absolutely wrong.? According to the police, the man was identified as Ketan Kaswala, a resident of Mota Bhandaria village in Amreli district. Reportedly, ahead of the function, the police detained around 25 Congress workers for staging protests against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government outside the venue, Agriculture University Hall. Meanwhile, the Congress party leaders resorted to hunger strike demanding the release of the detained man. This is not the first incident when a union minister has been insulted publicly. On June 10, the Bhubaneswar Police arrested five persons, including Youth Congress President Lokanath Maharathi for allegedly hurling eggs at Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s vehicle near the State Guest House. They also showed him black flags in protest against the killing of six farmers in firing in Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh. The incident occurred soon after Singh left the State Guest House and was on his way to Jatni to attend a programme. Singh was here to attend the mega ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ event. On May 28, a member of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti had allegedly hurled a shoe at Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Bhavnagar district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Many parts of country lashed by pre-monsoon showers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pre-monsoon showers in many parts of the country kept maximum temperatures within normal limits even as Banda in Uttar Pradesh sizzled at 42.2 degrees Celsius. Delhi experienced a relatively pleasant day with the maximum being recorded at 37.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 26.4 degrees Celsius. The humidity level oscillated between 80 and 35 per cent. Two days after rains lashed several places in Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures hovered below the normal in most parts of both the states. In Haryana, Ambala and Hisar’s maximum were 36 degrees Celsius and 39.7 degrees Celsius respectively, both three notches below their normal. Amritsar in Punjab recorded a high of 36.8 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 36 degrees Celsius and 37.4 degrees Celsius respectively. Light to moderate rains and thundershowers occurred at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh even as day temperatures rose in many parts of the state, with Banda being the hottest at 42.2 degrees Celsius. Maharajganj received two cm rains while Aligarh and Aurraiya received one cm rainfall each, the MeT office said. Pre-monsoon showers also lashed many parts of Rajasthan with Banswara recording maximum rainfall of 11 cm, followed by Ajmer which received 4 cm rains till this morning. Several places in Rajsamand, Bundi, Dungapur, Pali, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur districts received 3 cm rain. Barmer was the hottest place in the state with a maximum of 41.6 degrees Celsius, while Churu, Sriganganagar and Pilani recorded 41 degrees Celsius, 39.8 degrees Celsius and 39.1 degrees Celsius respectively. In Odisha, rains triggered by a low pressure brought considerable respite from the long spell of heat across the state, where sunstroke has claimed 17 lives this summer. The mercury remained below the 40-degree all over the state during the day barring Titlagarh in western Odisha which recorded a maximum temperature of 40.5 degree Celsius. Bhubaneswar registered a high of 38 degrees Celsius while Cuttack’s maximum was 36 degrees Celsius. Hot and humid conditions prevailed in most parts of Bihar with Bhagalpur being the hottest place in the state at 38.5 degrees Celsius. Gaya recorded maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius while Purnea’s maximum was 36.5 degrees Celsius followed by Patna at 35.8 degrees Celsius. Light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places in northeast and north central parts of the state with Bhagalpur and Purnea witnessing 0.4 and 0.6 mm rainfall respectively since yesterday. Moderate to heavy rains also lashed many parts of Goa since yesterday marking the arrival of the southwest monsoon in the coastal state. Tourism-related activities have already been suspended on the state’s beaches, while fishermen are barred from venturing into the sea due to rough weather conditions. Day temperatures were above normal in parts of West Bengal, Sikkim, Saurashtra and Kutch regions where the southwest monsoon is yet to set in. Maximum temperatures were below normal in parts of Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and interior Karnataka.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man injured while trying to take selfie with wild elephant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was seriously injured when he was attacked by a wild elephant while trying to take a selfie with the tusker in Dhenkanal district today. The man identified as Abhisekh Nayak of Masania village in Dhenkanal district, has been admitted at a private hospital here with serious injury. Local politician and chairman of Smt Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT)) Suparno Satpathy, said the people of Masania village under Khadagprasad gram panchayat were panic struck for the past two days as a herd of elephant had wandered into their villages. “Without realising the risk involved, Abhisekh went to one of the wild elephants to snap a moment with him. Getting intimidated, the tusker went violent and chased Abhisekh while he moved too close to click a selfie. The elephant charged at him and attacked him,” Satpathy said. Official sources also confirmed the incident. Other villagers, however, rescued Abhisek from the spot and rushed him to the district head quarter hospital at Dhenkanal. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha to have two more higher education regional directorates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Odisha government today decided to open two more regional directorates of higher education department at Jeypore and Balasore, official sources said. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here. While the regional directorate at Jaypore will look after colleges in Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts, the Balasore regional directorate will look after colleges located in Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts. Three regional directorates are functioning from Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Sambalpur at present. These directorates look after publications of new course curriculum and also fix the remuneration of teachers as well as the non-teaching staff. The decision to set up two more directorates was taken since the task of the education directorates had escalated in view of rise in enrolments in government and private colleges across the state, an official of the higher education department said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBSE blues: Students-parents protest agnst ‘faulty’ results in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protest against alleged discrepancies in CBSE Class-XII results intensified today with the students’ wings of political parties joining the stir, even as a team from the board’s headquarters arrived here to sort out the issue. The Board officials said the issue will be resolved in 15 days. Meanwhile, the activists of the Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) and the National Students’ Union of India joined the protest outside the CBSE’s regional office here. As the slogan-shouting demonstrators holding placards and banners demanded immediate re-evaluation of answer-sheets and declaration of withheld results, some BCJD workers tried to forcibly enter the premises of the CBSE regional office. A brief scuffle took place when the policemen present at the spot stopped the activists from entering the office. Demanding immediate steps to resolve the issue, activists of the NSUI burnt tyres and an effigy of Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. Meanwhile, two senior officials from the CBSE’s head office, who were deputed by Javadekar to sort out the issue, held discussion with officials of the Bhubaneswar region office, which covers the states of Odisha, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. The problem of the students would be looked into by 10 teams to be formed at the board’s regional centres, a CBSE official said. Steps have been taken to resolve the issue in 15 days, said CBSE assistant secretary Jagabandhu Pradhan. He, however, made it clear that there was no provision of re-evaluation of papers and only photocopies of answer sheets can be provided to the students who make a request for the same. Later in the evening, the students and their parents met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Scores of students from schools under the Bhubaneswar region of the CBSE have alleged that they had secured poor marks due to faulty evaluation, while many others claimed their results were withheld without citing any reason. Concerned over the manner in which the CBSE XII Board results were announced, Patnaik had yesterday sent a letter to Javadekar seeking his intervention for providing relief to the affected students and parents. “I would request you to kindly look into the matter personally and issue appropriate directions to the CBSE authorities to rectify the situation in order to provide relief to the affected students on an urgent basis,” he had said. Stating that the results of 12th standard published by CBSE suffered from “gross discrepancies”, Patnaik said the students and parents were shocked at the manner in which the same were announced. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had also met the aggrieved students yesterday and taken up the matter with Javadekar for an early solution.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bhubaneswar: Alleging discrepancies in CBSE results, students launch protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of students along with their parents staged demonstration outside CBSE’s regional office on Monday in Bhubaneswar alleging discrepancies in class XII examination results. The students and their parents gathered outside the board’s regional office in Saheed Nagar area holding placards and raising slogans, a day after CBSE declared class XII results.While some students alleged that their results were withheld without any reason being cited, many others claimed that valuation of answer sheets have been faulty. The protesters demanded immediate steps by the CBSE for revaluation of the answer sheets and immediate publication of the withheld results. “I was shocked to find that I have secured 5 marks in Maths and 8 in Chemistry, while my English score is 85. I am not as bad a student to fail in the exam. I don’t believe it. I want revaluation of the papers at the earliest,” said an aggrieved student of a city school.She said her results were withheld till last evening and then she found that she has failed. When contacted, CBSE’s regional officer Sumita Singh said that the aggrieved students who came with their parents submitted a representation. “We received their representation and forwarded it to our head office,” she said. “Most of the students complained that they have got low marks than expected and sought revaluation,” Singh said.Regarding results which were kept withheld, she said it was due to some technical problem which has now been sorted out.

Jharkhand rail track leading to Delhi blown up by Maoists-Reports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maoists have reportedly blown up a railway track that falls under the jurisdiction of the Dhanbad railway division. According to preliminary reports, the track was damaged at 12:40 a.m. this morning at a point between the Chichaki and Karmabaand railway stations. A Dhanbad railway official, Manoj Kumar Akhouri, was quoted as saying that train services are being halted at different stations on the Delhi-Howrah route. Trains affected by the mishap include the Kalka Express, the Hatia-Patna Express, the Howrah-Dehradun Express, the Kolkata Rajdhani Express, the Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express and the Ranchi Rajdhani Express. Several freight trains have also been affected by the damage to the railway track, reports said. Further details are awaited. (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sunstroke toll rises to 12 in Odisha, rains bring respite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sunstroke toll climbed to 12 in Odisha today even as rains triggered by a depression over the Bay of Bengal and a nor’wester in some areas brought respite from scorching heat. The death toll due to sunstroke, which stood at 11, mounted to 12 so far this summer with one more casualty reported from Bargarh district, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said in a statement. With this, four heat-related deaths have been reported from Sambalpur, while three deaths each took place in Angul and Bargarh districts and one each in Balangir and Bhadrak, the statement said. With the temperature sliding in many areas following rains, the mercury breached the 40 degrees Celsius mark in only four places in the state, all in the western region. Angul was the hottest place in the state, recording 42.1 degrees Celsius, the MeT office here said. Hirakud town recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 40.2 degree Celsius in Sambalpur and 40 degrees Celsius in Bhawanipatna, it said. The drop in temperature was experienced after rains and thundershowers occurred in some areas, under the impact of a depression, while a nor’wester appeared to have acted as a coolant in some parts of the state. The state capital, Bhubaneswar, registered a maximum of 39.6 degrees Celsius while Cuttack recorded 37.4 degree Celsius, it said. The MeT forecasts rains and thundershower at a few places in the next 24 hour, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha prepares for monsoon, EWDS in coastal region by July

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expecting an early arrival of the monsoon, Odisha government today geared up to face possible calamities like flood and cyclone, besides asking officials to set up Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) by July. The decision in this regard was taken at the State Level Pre-Monsoon Preparatory meeting presided over by Chief Secretary A P Padhi. Padhi asked district collectors to hold pre-monsoon preparatory meetings in their respective areas and hold mock drills at district, block and tehsil levels for keeping official machineries ready for any eventuality. He issued directions to the fire service, Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) to get prepared before the onset of the monsoon. “The Chief Secretary has directed to put in place EWDS for the coastal region by July so that people can get alert before calamities hit them,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi adding, monsoon is likely to reach Odisha coast a week before its schedule. Stating that this time the monsoon will be normal, Sethi said the IMD has forecast about 20 per cent excess rain in June this year. “We are preparing for the future keeping an eye on all these information,” Sethi said. Replying to a question, the SRC said EWDS will cover all six coastal districts and provide information on weather regularly. He said the government has already started work for installing 122 towers spread over six districts and 22 blocks of the six coastal districts and people living along the 480 km long coastline can be alerted through siren, through MMS and other kinds of alerts. The state already has 879 multi-purpose shelter homes for the flood and cyclone where the people could be shifted during the calamities. He said while 10 teams of ODRAF have been stationed in Cuttack, Ganjam, Koraput, Jharsuguda, Balsore, Baripada, Paradip, Bhubaneswar, Bolangir and Rourkela, another set of 500 personnel have been trained with disaster management techniques and will be part of the new ODRAF teams. “The Chief Secretary has directed to provide required machineries and boats to the new ODRAF team,” Sethi said. This apart, 11 teams of NDRAF have been stationed at Mundali near Cuttack and another team at Balasore. The Chief Secretary also directed the health department and others associated with relief and rescue measures during calamities to remain alert.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heat wave continues, Titlagarh in Odisha records 46.5 degrees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many parts of the country continued to reel under blistering heat wave conditions with Titlagarh in Odisha recording the highest maximum temperature in the plains at 46.5 degrees Celsius. Delhiites experienced humid weather with the mercury settling within normal levels. The humidity levels oscillated between 86 and 30 per cent. The maximum temperature was recorded at 38.3 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average. The minimum temperature was pegged at 23.3 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal, said a Met department official. In Rajasthan, several places in Jodhpur division received rainfall, bringing some respite to the people. Barmer was hottest in the state with a high of 42.8 degrees Celsius followed by Jaisalmer which recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius. According to the MeT department, Churu, Kota, Sriganganagar, Bikaner and Jaipur recorded maximum of 42. 2 degrees Celsius, 42.1, 41.1, 40.8 and 39.8 degree Celsius respectively. Maximum temperatures hovered around normal level in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a high of 39 degrees Celsius, the local MeT Department said. The mercury in Ambala and Hisar settled at 38.8 and 41.1 degrees Celsius respectively. Karnal recorded maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius, while Narnaul recorded 40.5 degrees Celsius, one below normal, it said. Amritsar’s maximum temperature was 37.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded their maximums at 38.8 and 39 degrees Celsius respectively, the weatherman said. Odisha remained in the grip of scorching heat wave conditions as the mercury breached the 43 degree-mark in at least nine places and 40 degree-mark in 13 places. Titlagarh was closely followed by Balangir, which recorded a maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 45 degrees Celsius at Bhawanipatna and Malkangiri, 44.5 at Sonepur, 44.1 at Angul, 43.8 at Jharsuguda, 43.7 at Hirakud and 43.3 degrees Celsius at Sambalpur, it said. The maximum temperature stood at 42.4 degrees Celsius at Phulbani town, while it was 41.5 at Talcher, 41 at Sundargarh and 40.2 degrees Celsius in Chandbali, the MeT office said. Bhubaneswar recorded a high of 39.2 degrees Celsius, while Cuttack city recorded maximum temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius. Eight heat-related deaths have been reported in the state so far this summer, the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said. In Bihar, weather remained hot and dry with Dehri-On-Sone in Rohtas district recording the highest maximum temperature in the state at 43.6 degrees Celsius. Gaya recorded the maximum temperature at 43.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Bhagalpur at 40.7, Patna at 39.6 degrees Celsius and Purnea at 36 degrees Celsius. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, weather remained dry in most parts of the state. Allahabad was the hottest place in the state with maximum temperature of 43.6 degrees Celsius. Day temperatures were above normal limits in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Faizabad and Allahabad, the local MeT Department said. The weatherman has predicted heavy rain at isolated places in Karnataka and Kerala. Thundersquall at isolated places in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal and Sikkim. Thunderstorm with gusty winds at isolated places in Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Heat wave conditions to continue in parts of Odisha.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three years of Modi govt: BJP plans 20-day celebrations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Having reached out to the masses with his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now get people’s feedback on his government’s programmes and policies through ‘Jann ki Baat’.’Jann ki Baat’ will form part of the 20-day celebrations the BJP has planned to mark the Modi government’s three years in office beginning May 26, the day he was sworn-in as prime minister in 2014.BJP chief ministers and ministers in states will visit those ruled by their political rivals, with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath travelling to Bihar and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan to Karnataka and Odisha. Over 450 BJP leaders, including Modi, members of his council of ministers, party chief Amit Shah, and other office bearers will hold 900 events in places outside their home states between May 26 and June 15, Union Minister Smriti Irani and party general secretary Arun Singh said today.Modi will kick off the exercise with a number of events in Guwahati on May 26. Shah will visit Kerala, the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh, while top union ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari will attend events in Mumbai and Jaipur, Delhi and Lucknow, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Chhattisgarh, and Chennai and Ranchi respectively.Most party chief ministers will go to non-BJP ruled states. Making of Developed India (MODI), a “festival” to celebrate the Modi government’s three years in office, will be one of the seven major events and people, especially youth, will be informed about various government schemes, and urged to download related apps on their mobiles, Irani told a press conference.Government agencies and the ruling party will organise these events. Through ‘Jann ki Baat’ (people’s voice), common people can record their feedback on the performance of the government, she said. Singh said 330 BJP MPs, 11 chief ministers, five deputy chief ministers, ministers in state governments, besides organisational functionaries will participate in these programmes. BJP’s NDA allies will be involved in celebrations organised by the government, he said.”They will each hold two events in states outside their home state. They also have to organise events in their home state and constituencies (for MPs),” he said. They will hold rallies, visit colonies populated by the poor and meet the local intelligentsia, he said.Irani cited central government programmes, including the one to provide LPG connections to poor households, ‘Jan Dhan’, and ‘Mudra’ Yojana, 70 per cent of whose beneficiaries are women, to claim that the government has touched the lives of the poor across the country.

Bhubaneswar-bound AI flight returns to Mumbai due to suspected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bhubaneswar-bound Air India flight carrying 155 passengers onboard was forced to return to the airport here after its pilot detected smoke in the cockpit.The aircraft made a safe landing. All the passengers are also safe, an Air India spokesperson in New Delhi said.According to Air India, its flight AI 669 took off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here at 2.15 pm but soon its pilot sought an emergency landing as he detected smoke in the cockpit.The flight returned to Mumbai safely at 2.50 pm with full emergency procedure in place.The aircraft is now grounded. A team from the engineering department is inspecting it, the spokesperson said.Air India has made available an alternative aircraft to take the stranded passengers to their destination, he said, adding that the flight is expected to take off for Bhubaneswar soon.

TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay returns to Kolkata, admitted to hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay, released on bail by the Orissa High Court two days ago in the Rose valley chit fund scam, was admitted to a Kolkata hospital after his return from Bhubaneswar today.Accompanied by his wife and party MLA Nayana Bandyopadhyay and a doctor from Bhubaneswar, the TMC parliamentary party leader was wheeled out of the airport in the presence of his family members and the party supporters. Bandyopadhyay was then taken to a private hospital on EM Bypass and was admitted there, the party sources said. Earlier after completion of formalities, he was discharged from a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where he was undergoing treatment while in judicial custody. He was then taken to the airport in an ambulance.While Bandyopadhyay claims he is innocent and it would be proved in time, his wife Nayana said they would never forget the love and affection they got from the people of Odisha.The Orissa High Court gave bail to Bandyopadhyay on May 19. He was arrested by the CBI for his alleged role in the Rose Valley Group chit fund scam. The bench of Justice J P Das released the TMC leader on bail against a deposit of Rs 25 lakhs in a nationalised bank, and bail bonds of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the same amount.While releasing the TMC MP, the high court stipulated that he would submit his passport to the trial court and join the investigation as and when required. While probing the chit fund scam on direction of the Supreme Court, the CBI had arrested Bandyopadhyay in Kolkata on January 3. The CBI has also arrested another TMC MP Tapas Pal for his alleged role in the scam. The agency earlier accused Rose Valley chairman Gautam Kundu and three others of defrauding investors from across the country of more than Rs 17,000 crore.

Odisha becomes a boiling pot, Titlagarh sizzles at 46.5 deg

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gruelling heat persisted in Odisha today with the mercury breaching the 45 degree Celsius mark at four towns and Titlagarh the hottest place in the state sizzling at 46.5 degree Celsius. The mercury breached the 45 degree Celsius mark at four places, 43 degrees at nine places and 40 degree mark in at least 13 places, the Met office here said. Titlagarh was the hottest place in the state at 46.5 degree Celsius followed by Malkangiri, which recorded 45.6 degree Celsius, while the mercury stood at 45.2 degree Celsius at both Bhawanipatna and Sonepur, 44.8 degrees at Balangir, 43.6 degree Celsius at Jharsuguda, 43.4 degree C at both Sambalpur and Hirakud and 43.1 degrees at Angul, it said. Phulbani town recorded a maximum temperature of 42.2 degrees, while the temperature was 42 degrees at Sundargarh, 40.2 degree Celsius at Koraput and 40 degrees at Talcher. While Bhubaneswar recorded a maximum temperature of 39.3 degree Celsius, the mercury at neighbouring Cuttack city stood at 38 degree Celsius, the Met office said. At least six people have died due to sunstroke in the state this summer. While three heat related deaths have been reported from Angul district, two casualties took place in Bargarh and one in Balangir district, the special relief commissioner’s (SRC) office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

City hospital system down, officials fear ‘WannaCry’ attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The WannaCry ransomeware virus is feared to have attacked the data system of the government-run Berhampur City Hospital here in Odisha’s Ganjam district, officials said. The additional district medical officer (ADMO), Saroj Mishra said it appeared that the data and information management system were hit by the virus and experts were trying to ascertain what happened. Experts from the National Informatics Centre (NIC) arrived here and carried out a thorough examination to ascertain whether the system failure happened due to the WannaCry ransomeware attack or due to some technical snag, Mishra said. The computer system was displaying a message demanding USD 300 for restoration and access to the hospital s information management system, the ADMO said. The hospital’s e-medicine services and data were affected. The information management system was also affected due to the attack, hospital officials said. An FIR was lodged with the police. State’s IT minister Chandra Sarathi Behera told reporters in Bhubaneswar that a technical team was sent to the Berhampur City Hospital. He said the IT department had already issued an advisory and asked all government departments as well as district collectors to remain alert. The advisory included guidelines for taking precautionary measures, he said. The crime branch of Odisha police on Monday had issued an advisory for net users. Over two lakh computers in at least 150 countries are said to have been infected, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha ‘Orange alert’ issued as heat wave intensifies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Predicting further intensification of heat wave conditions in the state, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMT) on Tuesday issued orange alert, a warning for severe heat wave, across Odisha for next few days. As the temperature rose beyond 45 degrees in five towns and 40 degrees in other 16 places yesterday, the Bhubaneswar met office issued the alert. It is expected that the temperature may breach the 47 degree mark today, however, thundershowers may be experienced by some parts of the state. Bolangir was recorded as the hottest place yesterday with a temperature of 46.2 degree Celsius followed by Jharsuguda with 46 degree Celsius temperature. Misery is added in the lives of the people of the state due to water shortage and power cuts. The state Special Relief Commissioner office informed that by far, it has received complaints of 38 deaths, allegedly caused by sunstroke.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP urges backward Muslims to take advantage of pro-poor policies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to target the Muslim vote bank, BJP has now reached out to backward section of the community, urging them to take advantage of the pro-poor policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government.A large-scale meeting of Muslims belonging to backward castes was organised in Delhi’s Talkatora stadium on Tuesday. Thousands of Muslim men and women from different parts of the country came to attend the meting. Former Member of Parliament and Bihar BJP leader Sabir Ali, organised the meting here in Delhi. The party has plans to organise more such meetings in the coming days in Patna, Lucknow and other parts of the country.Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who was also present in the meeting alongside Sabir Ali on Tuesday said that Muslims have not been able to take advantage of the welfare schemes for minorities and claimed that Modi’s ‘pro-poor’ policies will uplift them.Interestingly, it was Naqvi who had raised objections to Ali’s induction into the party before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He had called him “a friend of a terrorist” and said that if Ali is joining the party Dawood too might join in.His outburst had forced the party to cancel Ali’s membership and Ali had then filed a defamation case against Naqvi. In 2015, before the Bihar assembly polls Ali joined the party again and both the leaders patched up. On Tuesday, Naqvi praised Ali’s ground efforts for the poor members of the community and mentioned how he has helped them take their movement forward.Addressing Muslims drawn from various states in the meeting, Naqvi said, “Parties like the Congress, TMC and JD(U) that came to power on the strength of Muslims support are the ones that have been opposing the bill that would have benefitted the backward members of the community.”In the party’s national executive meeting held in Bhubaneswar last month, Modi had asked party members to reach out to the backward Muslims, saying they will also benefit from his government’s bill that seeks constitutional status for the OBC Commission. The bill was stalled by opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha.There are 84 such groups, like qureshi, momin and weavers, among Muslims which would get help from his government’s development push for the poor and backward. There is a large population of these castes among Muslims in the country.”The educated Muslim does not necessarily need help because they have jobs and facilities. But the class that needs help is the backward class of the community. The policies that are meant for minorities do not reach them, which is why we want to now reach out to the backward class,” said Saqib Khan, a BJP member.It is not often that the BJP or its leaders organise events especially targeting Muslims, but in the current regime, the party has been trying to get Muslims in their favour by targeting them on class basis.ONE BILL, ONE INDIAIn the party’s national executive meeting, Modi had asked party members to reach out to the backward Muslims.
He said backward Muslims will also benefit from the bill that seeks constitutional status for OBCs.
There are 84 such groups, like qureshi, momin and weavers, among Muslims which would get help from this.

BJP asks backward Muslims to embrace Modi’s policies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s Muslim leaders today urged backward sections of the community to embrace Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “pro-poor” policies at a meeting organised here following his call to the party to reach out to them. Making a distinction between backwards and others among Muslims, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the poor Muslims have been unable to take advantage of the welfare schemes for minorities and claimed that Modi’s “pro- poor” policies will uplift them. Modi had asked leaders at the party’s national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar to reach out to the backward Muslims, saying they will also benefit from his government’s bill that seeks constitutional status for the OBC Commission but was stalled by opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha. Addressing Muslims drawn from various states, Naqvi said parties like the Congress, TMC and JD(U) came to power on the strength of Muslims’ support but blocked the bill which would have “benefited” the backward members of the community. He said there are 84 such groups, like qureshi, momin and weavers, among Muslims which would get help from his government’s development push for the poor and backward. It is not often that the BJP or its leaders organise events especially targeting Muslims, who have historically been wary of the saffron party due to a host of issues, including its Hindutva agenda. Former MP and Bihar BJP leader Sabir Ali, who organised the meting, urged Muslims to ally with the party, saying “patrons of secularism” like the Congress, RJD and others did nothing for them while getting their votes all these years. “Modi says nobody should be poor or remain deprived. He is working for them. His government is working for development and it will help backward Muslims,” Ali said sharing the stage with Naqvi. Interestingly, it was Naqvi who had strongly opposed Ali’s induction into the party before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, calling him “a friend of a terrorist” and wondering if Dawood Ibrahim too will join the organisation now. His outburst forced the party to cancel Ali’s membership and the rebuffed leader then filed a defamation case against Naqvi. He was inducted again before the Bihar assembly polls in 2015 and both the leaders patched up. Naqvi today heaped praise on Ali, who as a JD(U) MP had tried to rally backward Muslims in Nitish Kumar’s support, and said he was working diligently for the poor members of the community on the ground.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Temp up in many parts of country, Delhi sees its hottest day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mercury soared in several parts of the country today with the national capital witnessing its hottest day of the season at 44.1 degrees Celsius. The temperature in Delhi was five notches above normal while the minimum was recorded at 25.3 degrees Celsius. The denizens of the national capital are in for a sweltering day tomorrow as well with the weatherman forecasting that the maximum temperature may go up to 44 degrees Celsius. Punjab and Haryana, meanwhile, are experiencing a severe heatwave condition. The maximum temperatures hovered between four and six notches above normal in most parts of the two states, the MeT office said. Hisar in Haryana registered the highest temperature of 45.4 degrees Celsius in the region, five notches above normal. Patiala sizzled at 43.6 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal, while the maximum temperature at Ludhiana was 43.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. The scorching conditions are likely to continue over the next 48 hours. In Uttar Pradesh, the weather remained dry with the mercury breaching the 40-degree mark at several places. Allahabad recorded a high of 45.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 45.4 in Jhansi. Orai, too, witnessed scorching heat as the mercury there touched a high of 45.5 degrees Celsius, while Hamirpur witnessed 44.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperatures in Agra and Aligarh were 44.4 and 43.4 degrees Celsius respectively. Day temperatures were above normal in Rajasthan. The highest maximum temperature recorded over the plains was 46.1 degrees Celsius at Churu in western Rajasthan. Nor’westers brought some respite from the scorching heat to Odisha, as temperatures dipped in several places. The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar was 40.6 degrees Celsius, while in neighbouring Cuttack it was 38.5, the MeT office said. Despite a drop in temperature in many areas, including the western region, the mercury crossed 40 in at least eight places. Angul town was the hottest place in the state, recording 42.1 degrees Celsius. Sunstroke has claimed at least three lives in the state this summer so far with casualties reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts. Bihar today witnessed a hot and dry day with Gaya recorded as the the hottest place at 43.1 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal. The Met department said Gaya’s maximum may cross 44 degrees Celsius tomorrow. State capital Patna registered 37.4 degrees. In Telangana, Adilabad sizzled at 46 degrees Celsius even as several other places in the state received light to moderate rains in the last 24 hours. Burgampadu and Bhadrachalam (both in Khammam district) received four cms of rainfall, followed by Vikarabad (2 cms) in Ranga Reddy district in the last 24 hours, it said. A few other places got one cm of rainfall. Heatwave conditions prevailed at isolated places in Vidarbha while day temperatures were markedly above normal in some parts of Saurashtra and Kutch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Marginal dip in temperatures in Odisha, nor’wester brings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Marginal dip in temperature in many areas coupled with a nor’wester brought some respite from the gruelling heat in Odisha today, even as Angul was the hottest place in the state at 43.1 degrees Celsius. Despite drop in temperatures at many areas, the mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least a dozen places, the local MeT office said. Malkangiri was a close second to Angul recording 42.2 degrees Celsius, while it was 41.8 degrees Celsius in Balangir, 41.6 degrees Celsius in Jharsuguda, 41 degrees Celsius in both Titlagarh and Sonepur. Both Sambalpur and Hirakud recorded a maximum temperature of 40.5 degrees Celsius, while it was 40.2 degrees Celsius in both Bhawanipatna and Phulbani, 40.1 degrees Celsius in Talcher and 40 degrees Celsius in Keonjhargarh. The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar dropped to 35.8 degrees Celsius from 38.2 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday, while in Cuttack the mercury fell to 35.6 degrees Celsius from 37.5 degrees Celsius yesterday, the local MeT office said. Sunstroke has claimed at least three lives in the state this summer so far with casualties reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts, the Special Relief Commissioner’s office had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

INA veteran’s grandson Babula Panda to stay in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>INA veteran late Laxmi Indira Panda’s grandson Babula Panda was suspected to have developed some neurological problems and was likely to remain in hospital for a few more days. He was scheduled to be discharged today. Found in an unconscious state beside a drain in Mancheswar of Bhubaneswar after he mysteriously disappeared for nine days, 30-year-old Babula was undergoing treatment at state run SCB Medical College and Hospital here for kidney related ailment for over a week. “The patient (Babula) is completely cured of the kidney ailment and his mental status is found to be normal. But we noticed he has difficulties in walking which could be due to neurological problems for which certain tests have been done,” the medical college’s principal Siddhartha Das said. Babula’s disappearance and his mother boarding a wrong train soon after he along with his parents were felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bhubaneswar on April 16 had triggered a war of words between ruling BJD and opposition BJP. Modi had felicitated family members of at least 16 freedom fighters of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

13 Odisha towns record above-40 temp; light rain in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was no respite from the scorching sun in Odisha where more than 10 places breached the 40-degree mark, while a brief spell of evening rain brought the mercury down in the national capital. It was a pleasant day in the national capital which received traces of rains in the evening. The minimum temperature settled at 24.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of season, a MeT official said. The maximum temperature dipped marginally from yesterday and settled at 38.1 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature yesterday was 39.2 degrees Celsius. The MeT department has forecast a mainly clear for tomorrow. Gruelling heat wave prevailed across Odisha today with Balangir being the hottest at 44.3 degrees Celsius. At least 13 places breached the 40-degree mark– nine of them above 42. The MeT office has forecast that the heat wave will continue in most parts of the state for the next few days despite thundershower in some areas tomorrow. The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar stood at 36.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury touched 36.5 degrees in Cuttack city. In Rajasthan, Kota was the hottest place at 41.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Barmer at 41.4 degrees. Jaisalmer and Churu recorded their day temperatures at 41.2 and 41 degrees Celsius respectively, while other stations registered their maximums below 40. Light rains occurred in Bhilwara (1 cm) and traces were recorded in Pilani in the morning. An IMD bulletin said thunderstorm occurred at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab. In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures hovered a few notches below normal in several parts thanks to overnight rain. Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 35.2 degree Celsius, two notches below normal. The city received a rainfall of 2 mm. Amritsar and Patiala received rainfall of 2 mm and 8.6 mm respectively. The MeT department has predicted light rain or thundershowers at isolated places in the two states in the next 24 hours. The Met department has predicted partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thunderstorm for tomorrow in most parts of Bihar. State capital Patna recorded a maximum temperature of 35.7 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 41.6. Gaya was the hottest place in the state at 39.5 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorm was witnessed in several areas of Himachal Pradesh while high-altitude tribal areas had another spell of snowfall, causing sharp fall in temperatures. Lightning also damaged electronic gazettes in several parts of Shimla while gusty winds blew off roofs of kachha houses and uprooted trees.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

13 towns in Odisha record temp above 40 degrees Celsius

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gruelling heatwave persisted across Odisha today with Balangir remaining the hottest town in the state at 44.3 degrees Celsius, even as at least 13 places breached the 40-degree mark. The state virtually remained a boiling pot as the mercury breached the 42 degrees Celsius mark at nine towns. Sunstroke has claimed at least three lives in the state so far this summer with casualties reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said. The MeT office has forecast heatwave to continue in most parts of the state for the next few days despite thundershower in some areas tomorrow. Closely following Balangir town, Angul recorded a maximum temperature of 44.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Sonepur (43.4), Titlagarh (43.2), Hirakud (42.9), Sambalpur (42.7), Jharsuguda (42.6), Bhawanipatna (42.5) and Malkangiri (42.2), the MeT office said. Both Talcher town and Sundargarh recorded 41.5 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 40.1 degrees Celsius at Keonjhargarh and 40 degrees Celsius at Phulbani, it said. The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar stood at 36.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury touched 36.5 degrees in Cuttack city, the MeT said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

INA soldier’s kin in better health, BJP demands probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The health condition of INA veteran Laxmi Indira Panda’s grandson Babuli Panda, who went missing for over 10 days and was found in an unconscious state here, is improving. Revenue divisional commissioner, central division, A B Ota accompanied by Cuttack district magistrate and collector Nirmal Mishra, visited Babuli (19) at the SCB Medical College Hospital and inquired about his health. “The health condition of Babuli is not critical. He is improving and talking like a normal person. A team of doctors is attending to the freedom fighter’s grandson,” Ota told reporters here. Babuli went missing on April 16 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated his parents at the Raj Bhavan here. He had accompanied them and the family was separated at Bhubaneswar railway station during their return to home to Jeypore in Koraput district. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced free of cost treatment for him. DGP K B Singh told reporters that Babuli was yesterday found in unconscious state at Mancheswar. He is under treatment at the SCB Medical College Hospital now. “He is an adult. He will tell where had had been all along,” Singh said when asked about Babuli’s whereabouts after his disappearance. “We demand a probe into the disappearance of Babuli. We suspect the role of former minister and BJD spokesman Rabi Nanda and Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das behind it. The call records of both Nanda and Das should be verified to ascertain the truth,” BJP state vice-president Samir Mohanty told reporters here. The BJD, out of a feeling of “insecurity”, had played a role in the disappearance and blamed the BJP over the missing of Babuli, he alleged. The BJD was intolerant about the felicitation of the freedom fighters’ family members by the prime minister, he said. “Since they (BJD) had not honoured the freedom fighters families during their 17-year-long rule, the BJD had attempted to give a bad name to BJP by engineering Babuli’s disappearance,” he said. Ama Odisha president S R Patnaik suspected involvement of political parties in the Babuli Panda disappearance case. “With so many twists and turns, the incident is no less than high voltage drama and I suspect the involvement of political parties in the incident,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI files supplementary chargesheet against Tapas Pal and Sudip Bandyopadhyay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today filed a supplementary chargesheet against two Trinamool Congress MPs, Tapas Pal and Sudip Bandyopadhyay, and Rose Valley group chairman Gautam Kundu in a Bhubaneswar court in connection with the chit fund scam probe.According to the central probe agency, the accused were allegedly involved in a criminal conspiracy and the MPs abused their official position by participating and aiding the illegal money collection business of the Rose Valley group.”They promoted the illegal business of the company – Rose Valley Marketing System – by writing letters to the regulator and also by sharing the dais with the accused director at various functions to endorse the schemes (of the company) in lieu of huge financial benefits,” a CBI statement read.The case has been registered under sections 420, 408, 409, 120B, 34 of IPC and sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.

10 Odisha towns record temp above 43; rain forecast for Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was no respite from the scorching sun in Odisha where mercury crossed the 43-degree mark at 10 places even as the Met department forecast a possibility of thunderstorm and rain in Delhi for tomorrow. It was cloudy and sunny day in patches in the national capital with both the maximum and minimum temperatures settling within normal levels. Delhi witnessed a windy morning. Six Delhi-bound flights had to be diverted to the Jaipur International Airport owing to the weather condition. The Safdarjung observatory registered a maximum temperature of 38.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average. The Met office has forecast overcast conditions along with the possibility of rain, thunderstorm and dust storm for tomorrow. Gruelling heatwave swept across Odisha throwing life out of gear, particularly in the western parts of the state, where roads wore a deserted look during the day as people chose to remain indoors due to scorching heat. Jharsuguda was the hottest place in the state at 44.4 degrees Celsius. The mercury breached the 43-degree mark in 10 towns and 40-degree mark at at least 15 places, with the MeT office forecasting that heat wave will intensify. The maximum temperature in the state capital of Bhubaneswar dropped marginally to 37.8 degrees Celsius from 40.8 recorded yesterday. The weather remained dry in parts of Uttar Pradesh where Etawah was the hottest place at the maximum of 42.2 degrees Celsius. Day temperatures otherwise remained normal throughout the state. The weatherman has predicted that rain and thunderstorms with gusty winds are likely at isolated places over the state for tomorrow and the day after. In Rajasthan, the mercury is once again on the ascendance at most of the places after a brief spell of respite due to rain. Churu was the hottest place where the maximum touched 41.7 degree Celsius followed by 41.4 in Kota, 41.0 in Ganganagar, 40.8 in Jaisalmer. The MeT department has predicted duststorm or thunderstorm at isolated places in the state in next 24 hours. The weather remained dry in Bihar with Gaya being the hottest place in the state at 42.4 degree Celsius, two notches above normal. The Met department has forecast a mainly clear sky for Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea tomorrow. Maximum temperatures remained close to the normal at most places in Punjab and Haryana as a few places in the two states received light rain. Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 36.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal. The city witnessed a rainfall of 0.2 mm. The MeT department has predicted light rain or thunder showers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab in the next 48 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I don’t use red beacon in my car: Mamata Banerjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said she does not use the red beacon in her car.”I don’t use the red beacon in my car”, Banerjee told reporters at the N S C Bose International Airport here after her return from Bhubaneswar when asked about the Union Cabinet’s decision that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire brigade from May 1.She also said that in West Bengal there was restriction on the use of red beacon on vehicles.

Patnaik sends help to escort freedom fighter’s kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed officials to escort Sujata Panda, the daughter-in-law of late freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda, who had reached Balasore instead of her home Jeypore after catching a wrong train. The chief minister has directed the Balasore district collector to ensure that an official accompanies and escorts Sujata to her home in Jeypore with due honour, according to a statement from the chief minister’s office. Sujata, daughter-in-law of late Panda of Azad Hind Fauz, had come from Jeypore to Bhubaneswar to be felicitated by the Prime Minister at Raj Bhavan, it said. However, while returning she mistakenly reached Balasore instead of Jeypore after boarding a wrong train. She was unable to return back to Jeypore due to lack of money, the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Scorching heat in western Odisha, more rains in coastal area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scorching heat persisted in many parts of Odisha, mainly in its western region, while the mercury dropped marginally in the coastal belt following rains and prediction of more showers under the impact of Cyclone Maarutha. The mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least 10 places in the state and Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district became the hottest place in the state at 43.5 degree celsius, the Met office here said. Balangir recorded a maximum temperature of 43 degree celsius, followed by 42.8 degrees in Malkangiri, 42.6 degrees at Titlagarh town and 41 degrees in Sundargarh, it said. Jharsuguda recorded 40.8 degrees, while the maximum temperature was 40.6 degrees in Sonepur, 40.4 degrees in Hirakud, 40.3 degree celsius at Sambalpur and 40.1 degree celsius at Angul, it said. Following rains and thunderwhower last night, the maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar dropped to 34.3 degrees from 35.2 degrees, while it was 34 degrees in neighbouring Cuttack city, compared to 35 degree celsius yesterday. Further relief is, however, likely in some areas as the weatherman predicted rain or thundershower coupled with gusty wind over coastal Odisha and adjoining interior areas of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Kalahandi during the next 24 hours under the impact of Cyclone Maarutha. Two sunstroke deaths have so far been reported in the state this summer – one from Bargarh and another from Angul district, according to the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Freedom struggle narrative restricted to a few: Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a veiled attack on Nehru-Gandhi family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said narratives on India’s freedom struggle were confined to a few families and events.He was felicitating descendants of 16 freedom fighters of the Paika rebellion against British in 1817 in Odisha, here at the Raj Bhavan on Sunday. Modi was in Bhubaneswar to attend the BJP’s national executive meeting.Lauding the contribution of tribals to Indian freedom struggle, Modi said that virtual museums would be set up at 50 places in the country to highlight the significant role played by the tribals in the freedom struggle. “Unfortunately, narratives of our great freedom struggle were restricted to a few families, dynasties and a few events in our country. But, the freedom struggle was people’s movements filled with sagas of dedications and sacrifices over 700-800 years,” Modi said.Modi said for a self-respecting country, it was essential to recall all those stories of struggle. He underlined the role played by tribals, several of whom were hanged or arrested, in fighting the British. “The new generation should know the sacrifices made by all,” he said.He said the sacrifices of the martyrs would be recognised when the country celebrates 75 years of Independence in 2022 and that by then India will be a land that these tribal communities have dreamt of.The BJP is hoping to make significant inroads into the state, where the population of the tribals is around 22 per cent, in 2019 when both Odisha and Lok Sabha go to polls.

BJP to bring positive change in Indian pol landscape: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP said on Sunday it would strive to bring about a positive change in India’s political landscape with “popular” Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the way.”Today, our responsibility is not just winning elections and strengthening our party, but also bring about a positive change in the country’s politics,” BJP president Amit Shah said in his concluding speech at the party’s National Executive here.Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is popular not only in the country but abroad too, is BJP’s main asset.Modi has been working day-in and day-out for the last three years, he said.”In the last three years Modiji attended programmes in at least 300 district headquarters across the country,” the BJP president pointed out.He said the BJP needed to bring about changes in the party system and the government “so that other political parties will be forced to adopt such policies which will lead to positive changes in India’s political landscape.” The BJP chief told the party members that time had come to tell the world that a political party with a specific ideology could meet aspirations of the people and serve the nation.Shah said the National Executive of the party took place in Bhubaneswar at a time when political analysts and critics were being forced to acknowledge the BJP’s meteoric rise in Indian politics.He asked partymen not to be complacent due to back to back successes and take a pledge to make effort to ensure “lotus bloom in each and every booth in the country”.”Now show your strength to serve the people and the downtrodden,” Shah said.He called upon party’s rank and file to make BJP’s win sustainable. “The win should not be short-lived, but should be made a permanent feature for the party. India should again get the status of the world leader.”Shah asserted the “party’s acceptance has increased manifold and more parties are now interested to be its allies.”He said the NDA meeting in Delhi on April 10 had reposed full confidence on the Prime Minister and partners had set a target to win the 2019 general elections with a two-thirds majority.

With eye on 2019, PM Modi’s Mission Odisha takes off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Putting Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik?s fortress under threat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after aiming for ?Congress Mukt Bharat? seems to be targeting regional players. The ongoing executive meeting being held in Bhubaneswar has made it clear that the saffron brigade in full force is gearing up to siphon the throne of the state in 2019. After pushing the Congress on the distant position of number three in the recent panchayat polls, the BJP is plying to avenge it?s breakup with ex-ally Biju Janata Dal (BJD) which parted ways with the saffron party in 2008. Odisha chooses a new assembly in 2019, the same time as the national election and the BJP is aiming to conquer all from panchayat to Parliament. Prime Minister Modi attending the national executive meeting in Odisha with his trusted lieutenant Amit Shah and brigade of 300 leaders is an indication that the saffron party is firming up its mission 2019. The BJP was routed, winning just six seats in 2009, as compared to 32 in 2004. The saffron party did only marginally better in the 2014 Assembly polls, bagging just 10 out of the total 147 seats. Even in the last general election, the BJP won just one seat with the BJD claiming the rest. Odisha, a third of whose population is below poverty line, was among the few states that defied the Modi surge in 2014. However, anti-incumbency is acting in favour of the BJP. The BJP is relying heavily on Prime Minister Modi?s growing popularity due to lack of a regional face. The party is also wooing the underprivileged sections of the state. Tribals account for about 23 percent of Odisha?s population and the Scheduled Castes more than 24 percent. Shah, who was felicitated with a garland of 74 lotus flowers, symbolising the halfway mark in the 147-member Odisha assembly yesterday asserted the BJP?s golden era will commence when it will have the Chief Ministers in every state. It is crucial for the party to make way in states such as West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where regional parties dominate the political landscape. The Prime Minister, who was accorded with a grand welcome, will address the national executive meet later in the day during which he is expected to sound the bugle for the electoral battles ahead.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Least bothered’ about BJP national executive: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Saturday he is not worried over national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar by BJP, whose leaders have claimed that the party would emerge victorious in the next assembly election.”Least bothered … I am not at all worried,” said Patnaik, also the president of ruling Biju Janata Dal, in reply to a query.To another question, the chief minister said he would not be able to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held a roadshow in Bhubaneswar on Saturday evening after reaching the city to attend the BJP national executive here.Patnaik’s statement came at a time when top BJP leaders are in an upbeat mood after the party’s impressive win in the recent assembly elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh. The party now appears to have set its eye on the 2019 elections in Odisha.Earlier too Patnaik had said the BJP national executive, being held in the state after a gap of two decades, would have no impact on the people of Odisha. “I think it (the BJP meet) will not have any impact on the people of Odisha,” he had said.Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said his party, which had done well in the recent rural elections in Odisha, would try to come to power in the state in the next election. “We will try to come to power in Odisha in 2019 (when the assembly poll is due),” Naidu, who is here to attend the national executive meeting, told reporters.The party appears to be bubbling with confidence in wake of its impressive show in the recent panchayat elections in Odisha. The BJP had secured 297 zilla parishad seats while the Congress, the main opposition party, had won just 60. The ruling BJD had, however, maintained its supremacy capturing 473 zilla parishad seats.

Tel govt’s move to raise Muslim quota unconstitutional: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging that the TRS government’s move to raise reservation for backward sections among Muslims is against the Constitution, Telangana BJP chief K Laxman today said his party would organise protests over the issue on April 17. BJP would hold protests at the offices of District Collectors on April 17, he said in a statement. The issue was brought to the notice of BJP’s central leadership at the party’s national executive at Bhubaneswar, he said. “BJP’s national leadership expressed surprise on this,” he said. BJP would take the “vote-bank politics” of the TRS government to the people, Laxman added. BJP has been opposing the move to provide quotas to Muslims, saying that it is nothing but “communal reservation”. The TRS government, however, said the quotas are proposed not on the basis of religion, but backwardness in the Muslim community.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi to attend BJP’s national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party?s (BJP) two-day national executive meeting will begin in Bhubaneswar from Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP veterans L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi will be among those joining the deliberations. ?However, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may skip the meet due to health issues, Union Ministers, the Chief Ministers of 13 BJP-ruled states and three Deputy Chief Ministers, will attend the meet,? Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. ?Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to arrive at the state capital by 3.30 p.m. tomorrow and then will proceed to the Raj Bhavan before attending the national executive meet at Janata Maidan at 5 p.m.? he added. BJP president Amit Shah, who arrived in Bhubaneswar earlier in the day, garlanded the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar at A.G. Chhak, near the Secretariat. Shah is also scheduled to attend a programme at the state BJP headquarters to celebrate the Odia New Year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

State Guest status to ministers attending BJP Nat Exe meeting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha government today announced that all Chief Ministers and Union Ministers, who will visit the state to attend the BJP National Executive committee meeting will be accorded state guest status. “The Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and deputy chief ministers coming down to Bhubaneswar to attend the BJP’s national executive meeting will be treated as state guests,” an official communication received from the Chief Minister’s Office said. The BJP national executive committee meeting will be held on April 15 and 16 in Bhubaneswar which will be attended by prime minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other top leaders. As per the provisions, the visiting dignitaries will get lodging, security, transportation and other facilities as provided to the state guests, it said. The Odisha Police have made elaborate security arrangements to provide full-proof security cover to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other visiting guests. At least 100 platoons (3000 personnel) of policemen and two companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be deployed in Bhubaneswar during Modi s visit, said Director General of Police (DGP), K B Singh. For security reasons the entire area where the Prime Minister would stay or move during his two-day visit has been divided into different sectors and four IG rank police officers will remain in charge of these sectors. These officers will be assisted by 15 SP rank officers and five units of Special Operations Group (SOG), the DGP said. “The police will ensure that the whole event passes off peacefully without any incident. Four IG rank officers are camping there. All arrangements have been made at airport, residential area including hotels, Governor House where Prime Minister will be staying and the meeting venue,” the DGP said. An hour before the Prime Minister s visit to a particular area, that concerned area will be declared a no flying zone , the DGP added. Stating that the Prime Minister s security arrangement is being made as per provisions in the Blue Book , Singh said arrangements are made in coordination with the Special Protection Group (SPG). The police today held a security mock drill from the airport to Janata Maidan for the Prime Minister s visit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha’s 1st sunstroke death this year, T’gana feels heat too

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha reported its first sunstroke death this year as temperatures remained above the normal levels in several parts of the country, including in Telangana, where many cities recorded their maximums in excess of 40 degrees Celsius. It was a hot day in the national capital where the maximum temperature rose to settle at 37.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average. The minimum temperature was pegged at 20.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, a senior Met department official said. The maximum temperature was recorded at 34 degrees Celsius yesterday. The minimum was 20. Intense heatwave conditions prevailed in most parts of Odisha with the mercury hovering above 40 degrees Celsius in at least 10 places and the state capital witnessing a big jump in temperature. Announcing the first sunstroke casualty in the state this summer, Deputy Special Relief Commissioner Prabhat Mohapatra said a man died due to sunstroke in Bargarh district of western Odisha. Malkangiri was the hottest place in the state at 42.8 degree Celsius, while the western region also continued to sizzle under searing heat, the Met office said. The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar soared to 40.6 degrees compared to 37.5 degree Celsius yesterday. The mercury rose to 38.8 from 36.8 in neighbouring Cuttack. In western Odisha, Balangir recorded the maximum temperature of 41.7 degrees Celsius, followed by Titlagarh at 41.5 degree C and Angul at 41.1 degree C, the Met office said. While Talcher registered 40.8 degree C, the maximum temperature was 40.4 degree C at Jharsuguda, 40.3 degree C at Hirakud, 40.1 degree at Sambalpur and 40 degree at Sundargarh. Large parts of Telangana continued to reel under intense heat where Bhadrachalam sizzled at 44.2 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature recorded in the state so far this summer. Yanambailu village recorded maximum temperature of 44.1 degree Celsius. Both Bhadrachalam and Yanambailu are located in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district. Wyra, in Khammam district, recorded 44 degrees Celsius, according to Telangana State Development Planning Society. Dry weather is likely to prevail over Telangana and maximum temperatures are likely to remain 2 to 3 notches abve the normal levels tomorrow. Gujarat’s Sunder Nagar was the hottest place in the state at 43.5 degrees Celsius followed by Bhuj (43.3) and Naliya and Porbandar (43.0 degrees Celsius each). Most parts of Uttar Pradesh however witnessed normal temperatures despite the continuing dry spell in the state. The MeT office said the day temperatures remained below normal in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Kanpur divisions, and normal elsewhere. Hamirpur was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 40.2 degree Celsius. Weather conditions remained dry in Bihar where Gaya was the hottest place at 38.5 degrees Celsius. In Patna, the maximum temperature was 37.4 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 36.8, a MeT office bulletin said. The MeT department has forecast mainly clear sky for tomorrow in the major cities of Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea. The Chhattisgarh government meanwhile has directed all chief medical and health officers (CMHOs) in the state to take effective measures to prevent spread of seasonal diseases during summer. Director, Health Services, yesterday issued a circular instructing the CMHOs of all 27 districts in state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI slams Postal officials over violation of RBI guidelines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered a case against two officials of the Postal Department on account of undertaking fraudulent transactions. A case was filed under Section 120 B r/w 420 and 406 of IPC and Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against the former Post Master and Postal Assistant, both of the Saheed Nagar Post Office in Bhubaneswar, a Superintendent of Central Excise, six private persons and unknown others. It was alleged that the Post Master and Postal Assistant abused their official position and fraudulently allowed cash deposits worth Rs. 36, 80,930 in the postal savings accounts of seven persons with Saheed Nagar Post Office on November 9, 2016, which was declared a non-business working day by the Postal Department after the demonetisation initiative was rolled out. Searches were conducted at the office and residences of the accused including alleged depositors in and around Bhubaneswar, which led to the recovery of incriminating documents. A bank locker key, documents related to various bank accounts and immovable property (a Duplex at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district and land / plots at Ugalapada and Patharagadia in Khorda district) and cash worth Rs. 4.4 lakh were recovered from the residence of one of the depositors, a Superintendent of Central Excise at Bhubaneswar. The investigation is currently underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Even in the darkest of night, a single star looks bright: When opposition hailed Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday came in for praise in the Lok Sabha from the Opposition whose members said he is “sincere” and has “impressive performance”.During a debate on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016, members complimented Gadkari for doing a “very good job”. Congress leader KC Venugopal, while heaping praise on Gadkari, said he has been a very “sincere” minister who has been trying hard to address major challenges facing the road transport sector. BJD member Tathagata Satpathy said Gadkari is a “hard working person” who is hell bent on proving that good work can be done even if the government is bad.”Even in the darkest of night, a single star looks bright,” he remarked. Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi and few other opposition members also complimented Gadkari for his impressive performance, bringing broad smile on the minister’s face. Kharge, while complimenting Gadkari for his performance as a Union Minister, pointed towards empty treasury benches, suggesting there was not much appreciation for his work as they were absent when an important bill has been introduced by him.Satpathy said people in Gadkari’s home town Nagpur of the view that he is doing an excellent work. “I would like to draw his attention to Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar is a city which is coming up and growing and you should look at Bhubaneswar with equal love and affection,” he said.

No respite from heat despite rain, snowfall in parts of north

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Most parts of the country witnessed heatwave conditions today despite snowfall in hilly regions of Jammu and Kashmir and scattered rainfall in some areas of other northern states. The country’s highest temperature (43.2 degrees Celsius) was recorded in Madhya Pradesh’s Khajuraho followed by Wardha (Maharashtra) 43, and Daltonganj (Jharkhand) at 42.9. In the national capital, which witnessed cloudy and sunny patches through the day and light rainfall by the evening, the maximum temperature was recorded at 36.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 21.8. The weather department has forecast likelihood of rain, duststorm and thunderstorm in Delhi and NCR for tomorrow due to an active western disturbance across northwest India. The IMD in an evening bulletin said heatwave conditions were observed at most places across the country while severe heatwave conditions were observed at a few places over West Rajasthan, at many places over East Rajasthan, at a few places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and East Uttar Pradesh. Rajasthan’s Pilani (7 mm) and Churu (.5 mm) also received light rain. The maximum temperature continued to hover above normal limits across Haryana and Punjab even as several parts of the two states received rains. In Haryana, Hisar recorded maximum temperature at 35.6 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. The city also recorded 0.1 mm of rainfall. Narnaul recorded 39 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala braved hot weather at 34.9 degrees and 33.3 degrees Celsius respectively, three notches above normal. Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded rainfall of 0.8 mm, 0.1 mm and 0.2 mm respectively, as per the MeT report. Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while the plains in the Valley were lashed by rains. The state’s Meteorological Department has forecast continuous wet spell till the weekend. Few areas in the upper reaches of the Valley, including Gurez, Razdan Pass, Sadhna Top, Affarwat, and Amarnmath Cave received fresh light snowfall. Plains of the Valley, including the summer capital, received intermittent rains since the morning. Meanwhile, the MeT department in Uttarakhand has issued a heavy-rain alert for the hilly districts over the next 48 hours starting late tonight. Heavy rain is likely to lash isolated places, especially in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag and Bageshwar districts during the next 48 hours starting late tonight. Hailstorm and squalls are also likely to occur at a few places during the period. After a brief two-day respite, the mercury again started rising across Odisha where temperature remained above 40 degrees Celsius at nine places with Angul being the hottest at 42.7 degrees Celsius. The state capital of Bhubaneswar recorded 34.7 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mercury crosses 43 deg C mark, heatwave conditions in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mercury soared above 43 degrees Celsius mark in five Odisha towns today, with the IMD issuing heatwave warning in the state during next 48 hours. “Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail over in some parts of interior Odisha during the next 48 hours,” the MeT department said in a bulletin here this afternoon. It added that the hot weather will prevail till April 2. The western Odisha towns which recorded 43 degrees Celsius by afternoon were Bolangir (43.8), Titlagarh (43.8), Jharsuguda (43.4), Angul (43.1) and Sonepur (43). The mercury level reached 40 degrees Celsius in 13 different places across the state, IMD sources said. Bhubaneswar recorded 36.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 42.2 degrees Celsius in Sambalpur. Other hot places were Keonjhar (40), Sundergarh (42), Hirakud (42.6), Talcher (42.6) and Bhawanipatna (42.5). The IMD bulletin said the heat wave conditions prevailed over some parts of interior Odisha where the temperature was appreciably above normal. The weather was dry across the state and maximum and minimum temperatures observed no big change. The temperature was normal in coastal area, above normal over north Odisha, appreciably above normal over south interior Odisha, the MeT office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurates Digi-Dhan Mela

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Digi-Dhan Mela was inaugurated today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who said cashless transaction will benefit all including small vendors. The Mela seeks to promote cashless economy through digital mode of transactions in the country. The Railway Minister said it was necessary to create awareness about the benefits of digital payment among all sections of the society. It would immensely benefit people starting from small vendors and fruit sellers to hair cutting salons, he said. Speaking at the function, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said there would be no need for the people to visit banks everytime as the Centre was making efforts to shift the focus towards digital payment mode. Several banks, BSNL, India Post, Common Service Centre, UIDAI, oil marketing companies and private e-wallet operators have put up stalls outside Bhubaneswar railway station to make people aware of cashless transactions. A day long exhibition was organised to sensitise people about digital payment systems and their advantages. Odia cinestars Sabyasachi Mishra and Archita Sahu also participated in the Mela.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rabi Ray’s funeral conducted with full state honours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mortal remains of noted socialist leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray was today consigned to flames at his native village in Khurda district with full state honours. Ray’s nephew lit the funeral pyre at Bhanragarh village in the presence of hundreds of people including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, JDU president Sharad Yadav, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma and Athagarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain. Ray’s body was taken to his village for cremation in a procession and was given the gun salute. Earlier Odisha governor S C Jamir, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, several MPs and MLAs had paid floral tributes to the departed leader at the Lohia Bhavan here. CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury and party’s West Bengal unit secretary S K Mishra also condoled on the death of Ray, who was one of the noted socialist leaders in the country. Patnaik said Ray’s death marked the end of an era, Nitish Kumar said the former Lok Sabha speaker was like a guardian for him and for many others in the socialist movement. The state observed a one-day mourning today in his honour and the national flag was flown half mast on all government buildings for the day. Ray is survived by his writer wife Saraswati Swain.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ravenshaw VC resigns, Governor refuse to accept letter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging unruly behaviour of students, the vice chancellor of Ravenshaw University, Prof P C Sarangi today stepped down from his post. Later in the evening, after meeting the State Governor and Chancellor of the University Dr S C Jamir at the Raj Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, Prof Sarangi told the media that the Chancellor refused to accept his resignation offer and he was asked to continue till further orders. He said he has been assured by the Governor that all sorts of administrative cooperation would be extended to him. “The Chancellor has assured me that all sorts of administrative cooperation would be extended to me to defend all sorts of political interferences in running the University as per its statute and rules prescribed in the Odisha Universities Act”, said Prof Sarangi, whose tenure as VC is ending in January next year. Earlier in the day, Prof Sarangi was allegedly heckled by a group of 50 to 60 students inside the University campus asking him to instantly revoke the last week s suspension order imposed on six erring students, who were found guilty by the University disciplinary committee for inciting a group clash among the inmates of two hostels last November. When the VC expressed his inability to grant them instant justice, the agitated students asked him to step down from his post and started jeering him shouting slogans. Earlier in the day, speaking to media, Prof Saragi had said, “Neither civil society nor the local media have helped me in this situation.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Many highly qualified candidates win panchayat polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Highly qualified candidates like IIT graduates, post graduates, engineering graduates, PhD and law graduates have emerged victorious in panchayat polls in Kendrapara district this time. Though highly educated people chose to keep away from rural polls in the past, this time they had expressed their desire to fight the polls for development of their respective rural pockets. ` While voters reposed trust on majority of them and cast their votes in their favour, there are also stray instances of highly qualified losing the polls. An IIT alumni Nihar Ranjan Beura (50) had quit his job, forsaking a lucrative career, to fight the rural polls in Dumuka gram panchayat under Marshaghai block. He won the polls for the post of panchayat samity member. There is a general perception that people join politics to earn money. I have pledged to prove it wrong. People have elected me thrusting a lot of hope on me. I will not let them down. My priority will be to ensure effective functioning of canal irrigation network as my area is an agricultural belt. Besides I will do my best so that social security schemes reach the targeted sections , Beura said. 42-year-old Debabrata Choudhury, who won the Zilla Parishad zone-21, is qualified with LLM degree and PhD in human rights law. He was teaching University Law College in Bhubaneswar before plunging into hurly-burly of rural polls. Choudhury, whose spouse is a judicial officer, said I was in student politics and was elected president of premier Ravenshaw autonomous college, Cuttack in 1997. Inclination towards politics was imbibed in me since student days. I have now got an opportunity to serve the people. I want to go back to the roots where I was brought up. Funds are flowing to rural bodies. My primary concern will be to see that funds are judiciously utilised and not siphoned off , said Choudhury, a native of Khurisia Village in Mahakalpada block. more(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Last date to fill AIIMS MBBS 2017 examination form extended, check how to apply

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has extended the deadline for registration for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 2017 examination by a day. Aspirants can now register for the entrance examination till February 23 on the official site – aiimsexams.orgTo be eligible for the examination, aspirants should be at least 17 years old and should have passed Class 12 examination or equivalent (with a minimum of 60 per cent) with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as their main subjects.How to check your result:1. Visit the website aiimsexams.org2. Click on ‘Academic Courses’3. You will be directed to a new page. Click on ‘MBBS’ under branch ‘Medicine’.4. When you are directed to Notification page, click on ‘Registration’ from the left-hand side panel.5. Click on ‘Login’6. Follow the registration instructions post that.About AIIMS MBBS Exams:AIIMS MBBS Exam 2017 will be held on May 28. The results will be declared on June 14.Post the result declaration the counselling sessions will be conducted in three in July, August and September, whereas the classes will begin on August 1.There are seven AIIMS centres in all – New Delhi, Patna (Bihar), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). Good luck to all the students.

36,779 candidates win Odisha panchayat polls uncontested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 36,779 candidates contesting the three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha have been declared elected uncontested even as the three major political parties intensified their campaigns for the remaining posts. A total of 36,779 candidates, including 36,222 contesting for the posts of ward members, have won the elections even before polling, State Election Commission (SEC) Secretary Rabindra Nath Sahu said here today. Of them, 209 won uncontested for the posts of sarpanch, 347 as samiti members and only one in Ganjam district for the zilla parishad post, he added. The SEC office had notified a final list of 1,89,099 candidates who were in the poll fray after the withdrawal of nomination papers by candidates on January 21. Meanwhile, the three major parties — the ruling BJD in the state, and opposition Congress and BJP — have intensified their campaigns for the five-phase panchayat polls starting February 13. Odisha Congress chief Prasad Harichandan has started his campaign from Bhubaneswar, while Union minister Jual Oram is campaigning in Sundergarh district for the BJP candidates. Senior Congress leader and former state unit chief of the party Niranjan Patnaik has been busy campaigning in his native Keonjhar district. The MLAs of all the parties too have started campaigning. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan will soon start campaigning, their respective parties said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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