Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BKM to hold statewide stir on July 21 over farmer issue

BHUBANESWAR: The BJP Krushak Morcha (BKM) on Sunday decided to hold demonstrations across the State on July 21 protesting State Government’s apathy towards solving farmer issues. It was informed by BKM State president Maheswar Sahu at a State-level meeting held at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district on Saturday.  

Sahu said they would stage demonstrations at all district headquarters in the State urging the State Government to fulfill their seven-point charter of demands including supply of seeds in right time, infrastructural development of market yards, irrigation facility and bonus on paddy to Phailin-hit farmers. 

The farmer leader said the State failed to stop distress sale of paddy and other cash crops and vegetables. Farmers go for distress sale of their produces due to lack of cold storages and godowns in the State, he added.

The BKM leaders discussed at length about Morcha’s action plan for the next six months in order to strengthen the organisation from its grassroots level. Among others, BKM general secretary Jadumani Panigrahy, vice president Surath Biswal secretary Ajay Pradhan and Anil Singh Deo were present.           

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Akash urges Govt to renovate Kalinga Studio

BHUBANESWAR: Korei MLA and Odia film actor Akash Dasnayak on Saturday called upon the State Government and art loving people of the State for renovation of Kalinga Studio here that is in dilapidated condition. 

Once upon a time, Dasnayak said, producers from Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Odisha were shooting films in the studio. But now it is in bad condition since 1999 super cyclone as a result of which film producers are going outside the State for shooting by paying heavy amount, he added. 

The MLA said the Government should take steps to renovate the heritage studio and also establish a museum in the city to conserve memorabilia of great artists. He also urged the State Government to set up an ultramodern film institute here like the Biju Patnaik Film Institute at Cuttack.      

Congress holds dharna against price rise

BHUBANESWAR: Protesting price rise of essential commodities, members of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) on Saturday staged a dharna in front of the Raj Bhawan here with vegetables and domestic LPG cylinders.

The leaders criticised the BJP Government at the Centre and the BJD Government at the State for failing to control price rise that hit common men badly. Later a party delegation met Governor Dr SC Jamir and submitted a memorandum to him on the issue.

PCC president Jayadev Jena said the Modi Government has raised the prices of fuel and LPG which has resulted in the price rise of essential commodities which is now beyond the reach of the common man. There is nothing for Odisha in Modi Government’s railway budget and the union budget, he added.

Former PCC president Niranjan Patnaik, who was seen sitting next to Jena at the dharna site, said the general budget of Modi Government is disappointing; it has nothing for a poor State like Odisha, no provisions for irrigation, nothing for agriculture. Modi’s promise of special package for eastern region during his poll campaigns has not been reflected in his budget, he added.

The former PCC chief questioned why Naveen Government is now not alleging of Centre’s neglect and maintaining silence by writing mere letters which he is good at. It is his weak leadership which is responsible for the neglect of Odisha by the Centre, he added.

Meanwhile, the BJP and the BJD strongly criticised the Congress for taking the issue to the streets as it had created the economic mess which is leading to the price rise.

3 held for killing man suspecting sorcerer in Ganjam

BHUBANESWAR: Three persons were arrested on Friday for killing an old man Baya Mallick suspecting him a sorcerer in Digapahandi area of Ganjam district. 

The accused were identified as Tapatia Mallick and her two brother-in-laws Shiva Mallick and Chakra Mallick of Dhepakuda village under the Digapahandi police limits in the district. 

According to reports, the trio had taken Baya to a nearby jungle on July 8 and hacked him to death. After beheading the old man, the accused came with the head and threw it in a bush in the jungle.

The accused had targeted Baya after the death of three persons of their family in 40 days. The trio thought that Baya killed their family members by applying black magic. 

“We have seized a Katuri from the trio and arrested them for killing the oldman,” said Digapahandi IIC Suresh Tripathy.       

CPM dubs Union Budget anti-people

BHUBANESWAR: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday staged demonstration in front of the Railway Station here protesting the Union Budget which allegedly favours corporate houses.

Party’s State leaders like Suresh Panigrahy, trade unionist Naba Mohanty and tribal leader Sal Marandi alleged that the budget is prepared to woo the corporate houses sidelining the interest of common people of the country. 

The party said the BJP Government curtailed allocation for agriculture, rural development and social sector which showed the anti-people attitude of the Government. Even the Government did not show any interest to allocate for effective implementation of MNREGA and Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) which provides employment and house respectively for poor villagers, they added.

The party also criticised the Government for reducing subsidy on petroleum products which would indirectly impact on price rise. Centre’s positive attitude towards FDI would bring disaster to the economy of the country in a long term, the left leaders added.