Monday, August 25, 2008

Orissa Bandh impact: No JEE Counselling on Monday

The JEE authorities have deferred the counselling for Engineering students for a day in the wake of Orissa Bandh called by VHP today. The counselling process will resume on Tuesday and it will be held at the same venue. Since the road and train services have been paralysed in the state, JEE had no option but to defer the counselling process till Tuesday.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Spanco bags Rs 70 cr contract from Orissa govt

Spanco Telesystems, a system integrator in the telecom segment, today said it has bagged a contract from Orissa Government for rolling out a State Wide Area Network (SWAN) across the state worth Rs 70 crore. Under this contract Spanco, along with ITI will build own and operate a state wide network connecting 30 districts and 284 talukas in Orissa, before transferring it to the state government at the end of five years. At 10:30 am, the company's shares were up 10.9 per cent to Rs 105.80 after soaring to a high of Rs 114 with volume traded at 22,821 against two-week average of 38,167 shares.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Posco, Vedanta get Supreme Court nod for Mega Projects in Orissa

The Suprme Court cleared all hurdles in the way of controversial Sterlite (Vedanta) and Posco projects in Orissa. However, it imposed certain conditions to ensure the environment safety and welfare of the tribals affected by the mining projects. Sterlite Industries, the Indian subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Plc. got the final nod to proceed with its controversial Rs. 4,000 crore aluminium project in the Niyamgiri hills.

Sterlite had sought clearance for diversion of 660.749 hectare of forest land for mining purposes to feed its alumina plant. The special forest bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, pronounced the verdict in Sterlite's favour. The court also ruled that 5 per cent of the profit of the company, or Rs 10 crore (whichever is higher), would be spent each year to maintain the ecological balance and for the welfare of the displaced tribal people. A Centrally Empowered Committee would supervise the functioning of the project.

The same bench of the Supreme Court, gave its nod to another controversial steel project from Posco India. Posco is going to invest Rs. 51,000 crore to set up a steel plant in Orissa, which includes a captive minor port in Paradeep. The project covers 1,650 hectares of land including 1,253 hectares of forest land. The same condition that applies to Sterlite, will apply to Posco too. While the Supreme Court cleared the hurdles that came in the way of industrialization, it also took utmost care of the concerns expressed by the environmentalists and displaced tribals.
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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Orissa Government launches Rs. 2 per Kg Rice for Poor

The wait is finally over. The Orissa government on Saturday, launched a food scheme, which will provide 25 kg rice in a month to all BPL (Below Poverty Line) families at a subsidised rate of Rs. 2 per kg. In addition, all APL families in the KBK (Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi) districts will be entitled to get the benefits of that scheme. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a grand ceremony.

CM Naveen Patnaik said that state government decided to provide Rs. 2 per kg rice to poor families in order to save them from the impact of price rise. He also blamed the UPA government at the centre for the high inflation and price rise. While the Chief Minister launched the rice scheme in Bhubnaeswar, ruling BJD-BJP minister launched the scheme in other districts of the state.

The state government's newly-launched rice scheme will benefit at least 5.7 million people in the BPL category and 500,000 people in the APL category in KBK districts. The subsidised rice will be given on the 5th, 6th and 7th of every month and again on 20th, 21st and 22nd of the month.
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Sayantani Das - Voice of Orissa

Sayantani Das, has emerged as the latest heartthrob in Orissa. She is the idol for the new generation youth. For the first time of the history of Reality Musical Show on TV, a girl from Orissa manged to make the cut and has been doing exceptionally well. Sayantani Das is one of the 24 contestants that are participating in the Star Voice of India 2008. Each contestant represents his/her state and Sayantani produly represents her state Orissa or Odisha.

Sayantani is only 20-year old and is currently studying in the first year of graduation with English Honours. She comes from an educated family. Her father is a banker, while her mother is a homemaker. Her only sister is studying computer engineering. Sayantani was born in 29th February 1988, which means she can celebrate her birthday only once in every four years. Sayantani is born to Bengali parents, but she is well versed in Oriya language.

Sayantani Das loves her father more than anything else. "I am here at Voice of India platform to fulfil my father's dreams", says Sayantani. She has only one idol - his father. Sayantani loves to listen to songs of Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Chitra and Shreya Ghoshal. Her favourite music directors include Shankar Ehsaan Loy, AR Rehman, Vishal Shekhar and Sandeep Shandilya.

Sayantani rates Bombay, Roja as her favourite films. She dreams to sing for Kajol, Vidya Balan, Amrita Rao and Konkona Sen Sharma. She loves food with chocolate flavour, Chicken Tandoori and Kababs. Her attitude says about her confidence level. "I don't have any fashion icon. Rather, I could be a fashion icon for someone else", says Sayantani.

So far, Sayantani has been doing very well on the Voice of India platform. It would be interesting to see how she is going to fare on the next episodes. The road is not easy. But she looks confident and energetic. She just wants concentrate in her songs and extent her dominance over others. Can Sayantani make it? Only the time will tell, but she needs the support of every single citizen from Orissa. Let's support our own Sayantani Das, who has made us and our state proud.
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