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Odisha: BJD Holds Mahila Samavesh; CM Patnaik Promises to Strengthen Women Economically

Bhubaneswar: Four days after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a “Jan Jagran Maha Samavesh” in Bhubaneswar, the Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government here today on Tuesday held a State-level ‘Mahila Samavesh’ under the Panchayati Raj Department to woo voters prior to the upcoming panchayat elections early next year.

Addressing the gathering Chief Minister Patnaik said the State government has decided to double the credit limit for self-help groups (SHGs) from Rs 500 crore to Rs 1000 crore from the current year. He also added that it will double the double the income of the women in the State.

The samavesh organised as a part of the ongoing Biju Patnaik Centenery celebration, Patnaik empahsised that development of women will help with the overall growth of society and equal participation of woman will facilitate in building the State. Patnaik also said mothers in our society are placed in high pedestal and their sacrifices remain unmatched.

Reacting to the announment made during “Mahila Samavesh” BJP on Tuesday attacked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about enhancement of loan for SHGs. The party pointed out that the loan is provided by NABARD and Central Government.

“Raahgiri” Back in New Avatar as “Bhubaneswar Pathotsav”

Bhubaneswar: Come tomorrow on Sunday “Raahgiri” will be back in a new Avatar called “Bhubaneswar Pathotsav”. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena informed the media persons here on Saturday. According to Jena, “Bhubaneswar Pathotsav” will commence again on Janpath stretching from Ram Mandir to Master Canteen roundabout from 7 am to 10 am tomorrow on Sunday. He announced that as before cultural and fun activities will be organised and citizens are welcome to participate.

BMC is said to have made adequate arrangements for the day’s activities. Notably, BMC had decided to rename “Raahgiri” and sought a new name from the citizens between November 22 and 24.

VP Hamid Ansari and Odisha CM Patnaik Release Books on Biju Patnaik on his Birth Centenary Celebrations at New Delhi

New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday presided over the meeting on the Birth Centenary Celebrations of legendary statesman and visionary leader Biju Patnaik in New Delhi. The Vice President of India, Dr. M. Hamid Ansari graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Among other dignitaries who attended the Centenary Celebrations include Justice A.K. Patnaik, Ministers of Odisha, Members of Parliament and Odisha Legislative Assembly and many eminent personalities.

On the occasion VP Ansari released a Book titled ‘Biju Babu as Legislator” by Ramakanta Das. Chief Minister released another Book titled “A Visionary Leader of the Century” published by Odisha Live.
In his address to a huge gathering Chief Minister Patnaik re-called the signal contribution made by Biju Babu in laying the foundation of Modern Odisha. He stated that Biju Babu was one of the most celebrated leaders of his time. He was an idol, a cherished icon for the people of Odisha. Starting his career as a pilot, he took part in the freedom movement, succeeded as an entrepreneur, then left everything to serve the people of Odisha. His only ambition was to take Odisha forward on the path of progress and modernisation.

CM Patnaik concluded his address by stating that Biju Babu is not only our inspiration…he is an idea in continuity. He symbolises for us Odia self esteem, empowerment and progress. He thanked the gathering for standing up to the ideals of Biju Babu and for displaying their enthusiasm in celebrating the Birth Centenary of Odisha’s legendary statesman and a visionary leader.

Indian Contingent Ready to Participate in the Opening Ceremony of Rio Paralympics, 2016

New Delhi: After some section of media reported that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has raised serious issues about the kit of the Indian contingent the ministry sought clarification from the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent over the issue.

Today the government and the sports ministry has clarified that Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent in Rio has informed that inspection of uniforms/kits of the participating countries is a routine affair in such mega events. This was done in the case of Paralympics, 2016 as well.

After the inspection, IPC made some suggestions to India as well as many other countries. The issues raised in respect of the ceremonial kit of the Indian Contingent have since been resolved. Necessary corrections have been made which have been duly approved by IPC. The Chef-de-Mission has reported that the Indian contingent is ready to participate in the opening ceremony to be held on September 7 with full enthusiasm.

Odisha Cabinet Okays Use of Odia as Official Language and Other Proposals

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday at the State Secretariat approved the use of Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 for successful implementation of Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.  A long standing demand for the use of Odia as official language from various quarters finally materialised and became operational after the cabinet nod.

Informing this to the media persons after the cabinet meeting Chief Secrretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the cabinet also decided in setting the University of Odia language and Literature with “unitary” university status.

As regards implementation of the official language in the government Padhi said that a five-member official committee headed by Chief Secretary will be set up to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Act. Other members include Special Secretary in General Administration Department will also be the convener, Secretaries of Higher Education, School and Mass Education, Culture and Information and Public Relations Departments. The committee is set to hold review meetings of the implementation twice in a year.

Among other decisions made by the cabinet is the approval to the proposal to bring the State under National Agriculture Market (NAM) fold to take advantage of Agritech Infrastructure Fund. A proposal to amend Odisha Agricultural Produce Market Act, 1956 in order to incorporate provisions for allowing e-marketing of agricultural products was taken, Padhi said.

The cabinet sanctioned 40 acre of Government land at Laudigan in Ganjam district to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar for setting up of Bay of Bengal Coastal Observatory and Innovation Centre for climate change.

Cabinet also decided to exempt stamp duty and registration fee for Government land required for seven ongoing railway projects was also approved.

Tenders of Fortune Group, Bhadrak and NKC Projects Private Limited, Gurgaon to the tune of Rs 79.32 crore and Rs 104.23 crore were approved by the cabinet for the widening of Bhadrak to Pirahat and Pirahat to Chandbali carriage and the projects being implemented with World Bank assistance is said to be targeted to complete within 18 months.