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Thursday, July 31, 2008

BPUT Students on Strike, demand reintroduction of Supplementary Tests

The BPUT students have gone into warpath over the reintroduction of supplementary tests in Engineering colleges. They have been staging demonstrations for three days now. However, after the talks between the students' representatives and BPUT administration failed last evening, the students from 15 Engineering colleges from the state, have decided to intensify their agitation and close their respective colleges and other colleges in the state.

The BPUT had recently abolished the supplementary tests and introduced the year back system, saying these regular examinations are putting more pressure on the teachers throughout the year. However, students are not willing to buy this argument and they say that BPUT's decision will ruin their career. Currently, students from 15 Engineering colleges are on a sit-in protest at the PMG Square, Bhubaneswar.
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BPUT to defer Campus Recruitment for Enginnering Students

In a significant development, the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has decided to ask all industries, corporate houses and small companies not to hold campus recruitment during the 5th semester of Engineering. The decision was taken as BPUT felt that students hardly concentrate on their studied after getting selected by a company.

The BPUT authorities will ask the companies to hold campus recruitment only after seventh semester. Several technical universities in the country have always taken this step.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Naveen Patnaik in Poll Mode, to supply 25 kg Rice at Rs 2 per kg to BPL Families

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is a poll mode. It became evident, when he announced that Orissa government would supply 25 kg rice per month at Rs. 2 per kg to all BPL (Below Poverty Line) families in the state. The new announcement will help around 55,55,000 families in Orissa. The families covered under the Antodaya scheme, tribal hostels and the APL families in the Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput (KBK) districts will get rice at the same rate. With elections due in early 2009, this sudden development has put the opposition in a tight spot.

According to sources, after announcing a few more populist measures, the CM may recommend the dissolution of the assembly and may go for early elections. With the Congress yet to project a leader as its Chief Ministerial candidate, Naveen is hopeful of winning another term in office. The new announcement has come as a major relief for the poor, who are finding it tough to combat the rising food prices. The government has to bear an additional cost of Rs. 800 crore per year, as a fallout of this announcement.
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Friday, July 4, 2008

Puri Rath Yatra: 6 People die in Stampede

Breaking News! The much-awaited Rath Yatra in Puri, began on a disastrous note, as at least 6 people died and 12 injured in a stampede near Devi Subhadra's chariot. Three women are among the dead. Despite the claims made by the Puri administration, a stampede took place, which exposed the mismanagement of the whole affair.

The injured have been rushed to the hospital and an inquiry has been ordered into the incident. Further details are awaited. Situation is said to be under control and Yatra would take place as per the schedule. The state government has announced Rs. 1 lakh each to the families of the deceased. The government would bear the medical expenses of the injured. According to estimates, over 10 lakh people have gathered at Puri to get a glimpse of the deities on this auspicious occasion.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Orissa Health Scam (OHSDP): Rs. 38 lakh loss in X-Ray Purchase reported

The Orissa Vigilance department, which registered graft cases against seven health department officials in the state for their involvement in the Orissa Health System Development Project (OHSDP), found the misappropriation of Rs. 38 lakh in the purchase of X-Ray equipments. This time, five of those seven officials were found involved. The project was aided by World Bank. Criminal cases have been registered against retired IAS officer, Mayadhara Panigrahi and others.

The $76.4 million Orissa Health System Development Project (OHSDP) was launched in 1998 and was completed in 2006. Large scale corruption was reported in the implementation of the project. The World Bank sources earlier pointed out to the involvement of a state health minister and some officials. More skeletons are likely to tumble, as the probe continues.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Orissa.IT@2008: MindTree, Genpact to open branches in Orissa

IT giants MindTree and Genpact are all set to open their branches in Bhubaneswar. It was announced at the Orissa.IT@2008 held at Swosti Plaza, Bhubaneswar. Infosys Technologies will also open another branch in the proposed second Infocity in Bhubaneswar. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who presided over the function, conferred IT awards on eminent persons who have achieved laurels in that field.

Subrato Bagchi, the co-founder of MindTree received the first Kalinga IT Ratna award. Incidentally, he originally belongs to Rayagada district in Orissa. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled Bagchi's book, "Go, Kiss the World". The Chief Minister and the representatives from other IT companies have stressed the need for IT development in Orissa and expressed confidence that the state would soon become a major IT hub of the country.

According to the Chief Minister, the second Infocity will be set up soon and it will generate 20,000 IT ad ITES jobs in the next two years. The state government will invest Rs. 2,000 crore to set up the second Infocity. Besides Subrato Bagchi, Infosys CEO K Gopalakrishnan, Genpact President Pramod Bhasin and many other top officials from leading IT companies in the country attended the Orissa.IT@2008. The mega event will last for two days.
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