Tourist drowns in Puri

Puri, Mar 20: Taking bath in the sea at Puri turned fatal for a tourist from Uttar Pradesh here on Monday.

According to reports, one Santosh Kumar Barnwal went into the sea to take bath along with his companions. But, unfortunately he drowned.

On being alerted, the lifeguards present over there rescued Barnwal in serious condition and rushed him to the District Headquarter Hospital (DHH). However, doctor declared him brought dead.

Police said the mortal remains of the deceased would be handed over to his kin after the completion of the postmortem.

 

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ZP law amendments during polls unconstitutional: SEC

Cuttack, Mar 20: The State Election Commission (SEC) on Monday said that the recent amendment brought in the Zilla Parishad law during the process of Panchayat polls is unconstitutional.

“Neither the High Court nor even the Supreme Court interferes in the election process. So, the state government’s interference in the election process that too during election is unacceptable and is completely unconstitutional,” said advocate Pitambar Acharya while presenting stand on behalf of the SEC in the Orissa High Court today.

The state government on March 10 had made changes in the Odisha Zilla Parishad Election Rules-1994 just two days before the election of the Zila Parishad chairman.

The government had amended Section 51 of the Act to allow the agents of every political party to be present during the election.

Protesting the move of the BJD government, BJP had moved the High Court.

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Union Ministers pay tributes to Pyarimohan

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20: Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu paid tribute to the two-time Rajya Sabha member and founder of Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) Pyarimohan Mohapatra here on Monday.

Prabhu, who is in the city to inaugurate many welfare projects, visited Pyarimohan’s Sahid Nagar residence after his body was brought from Mumbai and paid his last respect.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also paid his tribute at the residence of Pyari better known as the “Chanakya of Odisha politics.”

BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, many senior leaders and Ministers of the BJD also paid their tributes to Mohapatra at the Biju Patnaik International Airport as soon as the latter’s mortal remains was brought from Mumbai.  

Pyari breathed his last late on Sunday evening while undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Hinduja hospital.

 

 

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Prabhu to inaugurate Diji Dhan Mela in city

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20: Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the Diji Dhan Mela here on Monday.

According to reports, Prabhu will inaugurate the Diji Dhan Mela at the railway station in a bid to promote digital or cashless economy through the use of digital mode of transactions here in the presence of Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Minister, during his one-day visit to the state is also slated to inaugurate the extension of Khurda Road-Rajsunakhala passenger train to Bolagarh and Bhubaneswar – Rourkela Rajya Rani Express train to Gunapur via video conferencing. Besides, he will inaugurate the lift and accelerator at the Bhubaneswar railway station.  

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Matric exam papers evaluation begins

Cuttack, Mar 20: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) began the evaluation of annual Matric examination subjective answer sheets from Monday.

As many as 14,077 teachers have been engaged for the evaluation of the answer sheets at 60 e-centres.

Out of the 14,077 teachers, 11,265 have been appointed as examiners, 703 as chief examiners and 2,109 as the deputy chief examiners for the evaluation process.

According to sources, the evaluation of the answer papers will be done in three phases. First the examiners will evaluate the papers and then the chief examiners will verify the answer sheets and finally the deputy chief examiners will verify it before sending to the computer farm.

The BSE has decided to complete the evaluation of answer sheets within 10 days.

Total 6,08,690 students had appeared the matric exam at 2,887 centres this year between February 28 and March 10.

 

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Condolences pour in as Pyarimohan passes away

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20: People from all section of the society irrespective of their political inclination expressed deep sorrow at the demise of two-time Rajya Sabha member and founder of Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) Pyarimohan Mohapatra at 9.30 pm on Sunday at a private hospital in Mumbai.

“Sad to hear about passing away of Shri Pyarimohan Mohapatra. My deep condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after the demise of Pyari.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan described Mohapatra as an efficient administrator and said, “Pyarimohan Mohapatra was such a personality that he had influence over the contemporary politics as a political worker.”

A host of dignitaries, including Odisha BJP president Basant Panda, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan have expressed condolences over the death of Mohapatra who died at the age of 77.

Mohapatra started his career as an IAS officer and was principal secretary to former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik. Once upon a time, he was considered as the mastermind and the proxy leader of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). However, he was suspended from the party following an alleged coup attempt against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in June 2012, while Naveen was in London.

Mohapatra had resigned as BJD’s parliamentary group leader in Rajya Sabha on 4th August 2012.

The bureaucrat turned politician attributed his resignation to absence of communication between him and BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

He founded OJM as a rebel party and fought in the 2014 state elections without much success.

After spending eight months at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai in a critical condition, the “Chanakya of Odisha politics” died on March 19.

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