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Odisha: Bhubaneswar Hosts Seminar on “Mission 1000 Startups”

Bhubaneswar: On the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair-2017 and Entrepreneurship Week being held here between March 5 to 11 in Bhubaneswar, a seminar session on “Mission 1000 Startups” was held today at the Conference Hall of IDCO Exhibition Ground. L.N. Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, MSME highlighted the implementation of the Startup Policy and also outlined the measures and events planned to encourage more and more startups and foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the state. He stated that we are working on sustained basis to achieve the ’Mission 1000 Startups’ by 2020.

Inaugurating the Seminar, Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority congratulated the Team Startup Odisha for the outstanding efforts toward promotion of Startup eco-system in the state. He identified the main traits of an entrepreneur and described him as someone, who has fire in the belly, courage and patience. He should have self-belief, independent thinking to serve customers, hardworking attitude, flexibility to improvise, and the ability to keep their ego aside for the sake of their business. He advised all the budding entrepreneurs to select their domain carefully, choose their tools suitably, follow appropriate methodology and should remain focussed on quality of their product or services.

Vikas Bali, MD, Intellecap said to have funded over USD 600 million across countries, including Milk Mantra in Odisha. Under the programme “Sankalp”, they have been assisting social enterprises in India, Indonesia and Kenya. He added that they search, seed, support and scale up early stage social enterprises. As regards Odisha, he announced that the Startups, who get registered under the Odisha Startup Policy, will be provided access to their virtual incubator namely, “Startup Wave”. He also announced that the best 5 Startups, who qualify for product/marketing assistance under the Odisha Startup Policy, will get focused mentoring by the Intellecap team.

Amit Singh, Co-Founder & M.D., Headstart, one of the largest grass root level organisations, supporting entrepreneurship and startups in the country, announced opening of their Headstart Entrepreneurship Chapter in Odisha during this month. Through this chapter, they would be mentoring entrepreneurs across the state. He mentioned that every year 25,000 entrepreneurs are benefitting from their services. Omkar Rai, DG, STPI said that the largest number of STPI Centres are existing in Odisha, which are in Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Rourkela. Further, they intend opening 4 new Centres. He suggested that MSMEs and startups working in the IT and electronics sector can avail funding under the Electronic development fund of the Government of India. He assured to work closely with Govt. of Odisha to strengthen the Startup eco-system in the state.  Manish Kumar, an IITian turned Researcher-cum-Entrepreneur, who is running an organisation ‘Back 2 Village’ and working mostly on promotion of agriculture in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, articulated his long journey as an entrepreneur and how he has enjoyed the oil that goes with it. ‘Back 2 Village’ is engaging farmers in Mayurbhanj towards adoption of best farming practices as well as assisting them towards market linkage.

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.

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: Tickets put on Sale On-line for the Jan 19 Ind vs Eng Cuttack ODI

Cuttack: Over 8,000 tickets have been put on sale on-line from January 2 for the January 19 One Day International match between India and England which is scheduled to be played at Barabati stadium in Cuttack.

The tickets are on sale till Jan 15 at http://get2thegames.com. The Orissa Cricket Association had earlier decided to sell 25 percent tickets online out of total 42,000 tickets.

Tickets will be made available at the counters of the Barabati Stadium on January 16 and 17 for the convenience of the cricket fans who don’t have access to on-line platform.