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OCA Announces Domestic Cricket Tournaments to be held from March 26

Cuttack: The newly formed working committee of the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) met here under the chairmanship of Dhiren Pallai at Barabati Stadium on February 14 and finalised the dates of the domestic tournaments in Odisha, which would be held from March 26 to May 17, 2017.

OCA decided that all matches of the four domestic tournaments will be conducted at eight different venues in Cuttack. The domestic season will start with the U-16 Inter-District Tournament to be played from March 26 to April 12. It will be followed by the U-19 Inter-District Tournament from April 16 to May 3, the Women Inter-District Tournament from April 3 to 12 and the Kalahandi Cup Senior Inter-District Tournament from April 24 to May 17.

Keeping in view of the hot weather the association decided to conduct the matches in morning and afternoon sessions (timings 7.00 am to 11.30 am and 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm). For determination of age, necessary medical test of all players will be done prior to respective age-group tournaments. Over-age issue will be strictly dealt with and no team will be allowed to field over-age players in junior inter-district tournaments.

OCA also made it mandatory for all players to produce affidavits, made before Executive Magistrate declaring their age, along with original birth certificates, academic certificates and ID Cards for necessary verification. For players born outside the state of Odisha, it is mandatory for them to produce required valid proof of residing inside the state as local player.

LPG Customers to get a Discount for On-Line Payment of Refill Cylinders

New Delhi: The Oil Marketing Companies, IndianOil, BPCL and HPCL offer a discount of Rs 5/- on every LPG refill to all LPG customers who will book and pay for their LPG cylinders online. Customers can make payment through existing online modes such as net banking, credit and debit cards at the time of web-booking their refills.

According to the ministry customers will get the discounted amount displayed on their screens on the net amount refill RSP minus (-) incentive amount of Rs.5/- which they need to pay for their refill transactions. The net discounted amount will also be shown on the cash memo accompanying the home-delivery of the LPG cylinder.

The Oil Marketing Companies aim to encourage consumers to increasingly shift to such payment modes through digital platforms to achieve the objective of no-cash or less-cash based transactions. The incentive will encourage more and more LPG consumers to go for cashless mode transactions.

Odisha Panchayat Polls from Feb 13, Model Code of Conduct in Force

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha State Election Commission today declared the dates for 3-tier panchayat general elections for Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads to be conducted in five phases to begin on February 13, 2017. The State Election Commissioner R N Senapati informing the media persons here said the polls will be conducted in five phases on February 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21, respectively. The model code of conduct comes into force from today and no new schemes, development programmes or roads can be constructed and the government cannot announce any new programmes till the elections end.

The Commission also urged the government, all political parties, candidates and persons holding public offices who are provided with official perquisites and transport and all officials and all employees of the Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Panchayati Raj Institutions and Co operatives to observe the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct in right earnest.

According to Senapati, the filing of nomination papers will take place between January 11 and 17 barring government holidays and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is January 21. Final list of candidates will be declared on the same day, he added.

The Election Commissioner also informed as per the interim orders of the Honble High Court of Orissa, elections to Panchayat Samiti Members of Paijang Panchayat Samiti of Dhenkanal district, Dasarathpur Panchayat Samiti of Jajpur district, Kolabira and Laikera Panchayat Samiti of Jharsuguda district, Bhawanipatna Panchayat Samiti of Kalahandi district and Rengali Panchayat Samiti of Sambalpur district are not being notified.

Odisha: BJP-BJD Clash during 12-Hour Bhubaneswar Bandh

Bhubaneswar: During the 12-Hour Bhubaneswar bandh called by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unprecedented scenes were witnessed when Biju janata Dal (BJD) party workers took to streets on motorcycles in a rally and clashed with the BJP party workers at the station square in the city centre.

Police had to take resort to mild lathi charge and detained a few BJD workers for getting into confrontation with BJP workers. Moments later Bhubaneswar city Commissioner of Police YB Khurania was seen at the spot taking stock of the incident alongwith the city DCP Satyabrata Bhoi.

BJP had announced the bandh call a couple of days back demanding the resignation and probe against the alleged “sex tape” of Mayor Anant Narayan Jena and also his alleged role in the death of an engineering student.

bhubaneswar-bandh-dec-21-2016During the BJP workers were seen blocking the NH-16 and major roads of the city causing inconvenience to commuters and office goers. Main junctions at Khandagiri, Baramunda, Nalco square, Kalinga Hospital square, Vani Vihar, Ram temple square, Sriya Talkies square, station square experienced complete road blockade.

Police was forced to take the protestors into preventive custody from various places. No major untoward incident of violence was reported though a couple of stray incidents happened like setting fire to a vehicle and vandalising a few buses.

BJP leaders also alleged that the police sided with the BJD workers who clashed attacked them. Reacting to the bandh BJP’s Union Minister for petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted that “basic foundation in a democracy is all about respecting protests and protestors’ demand. But the act of ruling BJD during the hartal by BJP in Odisha goes against the ethics of democracy”.


Barring one incident of clash the Bhubaneswar bandh remained more or less peaceful till 5:20 pm in the evening till the report was filed.

Odisha: Government Gears up for Panchayat Polls

Bhubaneswar: In view to the upcoming panchayat polls early next year the State government on Wednesday issued a notification through the Panchayati Raj department informing all Zilla Parishads in the state to elect members of the Parishad. As per the notification of the Panchayati Raj department, it says “In pursuance of sub-rule (2) of rule-3 of the Odisha Zilla Parishad Election Rules,1994, the State government do hereby call upon the Parishad Constituencies of all the Zilla Parishads in the State to elect members of the parishad in accordance with the provision of the Odisha Zilla Parishad Act,1991 (Odisha Act 17 of 1991) and the rules made there under”.

The State government is also likely to issue a gazette notification in this regard on Friday following which the State Election Commission is expected to declare the dates of the panchayat polls.