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Bhubaneswar Traffic Chaos; Not Cops but Administration to Blame

Driving through the roads in Bhubaneswar during peak hours can be a nightmare for any sane driver. On the contrary it can be a sail through for those who don’t follow traffic rules. But this is reality so far as the traffic of the capital city Bhubaneswar is concerned.

Though the traffic police are supposed to streamline the traffic but it is not possible for them since there are more rule breakers and offenders than those who follow the rules.

Zebra crossings at intersections are nowhere to be seen. If at all it is present one would find motorists on them while the signal is red. Lack of basic infrastructure such as foot over-bridges at busy intersections or for that matter proper footpaths for pedestrians are missing.

Footpath is either under encroachment by illegal street vendors or illegal parking contractors. Evident from the prevalent circumstances it shows the lack of co-ordinaton between various government departments. Though the traffic police are mindful of their duties and work diligently but the city administration with a lack luster attitude adds more to the woes of the daily commuter. The sincerity of the cops has been countered by physical attacks from offenders which has been worst form of unruly behavior.

Over all that too much of interference by politicians in the free functioning of various administrative departments has led to the disorderly behavior among motorists. The sooner the government realizes it the better.

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.

BJB College Autonomous College Declared Sine Die after Campus Violence

Bhubaneswar: One of Odisha’s premier colleges BJB Autonomous College has been in news for all the wrong reasons over the past few months. Violence, protests and unruly incidents in the college campus has made matters worse for which reason BJB College was closed sine die on Monday here in Bhubaneswar.

According to an office order released by the principal, sine die has been declared till December 30 and the hostel boarders have been asked to vacate the hostels immediately.

The college authorities took the drastic step after there were group clashes in the campus leading to ruckus. Sources added, a dalit student of the Ambedkar hostel was attacked by miscreants within the college campus on Sunday night. In all 3 students were said to be injured and admitted to Capital hospital in the city.

Since September, sine die has been declared twice. Classes had resumed after 15 days sine die in mid October but the situation has not improved which led to another sine die. Repeated violence in the campus and suspension of classes has been affecting the education of students. Involvement of politics within the college campus has led to deterioration in the academics, opine intellectuals.

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”.

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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.