Oriya Woman starts off Mission Mt Everest Kalpana Dash, the adventurous lady from Dhenkanal whom the mountains and forests always lured and who had a childhood dream of conquering the World's highest peak, started off on her
renewed attempt to scale Mount Everest after being given a warm send off by Governor Rameswar Thakur, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other sports lovers in the Governor House. After the flag off ceremony in Raj Bhawan, Dash went straight to the Jagannath Mandir in Puri to seek Lord's blessing before leaving for Nepal. It will be Dash's second attempt to conquer Everest. In 2004, she could not make it to the top after climbing 7300 metres when she had to withdraw due to frost bite with the summit barely 1500 metres away. Last year was as miserable as the year before as she could not generate the requisite fund for the expedition though people of Dhenkanal,her home district, had organised a sponsorship campaign for her. However failure could not deter her and she has arranged about Rs 16 lakhs out of the total Rs 30 lakhs to be submitted at the end of her expedition and has urged people to donate for her cause.This time, many corporates have come forward with sponsorships and with well wishes from all, it is hoped that she will achieve grand success. Send your views to -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Displaced people rally for NALCO jobs Police arrested 123 people on Thursday for demonstrating in front of the NALCO smelter plant at Angul, about 120 kilometer from Bhubaneswar. The demonstrators were demanding jobs as compensation for their lands acquired for the construction of the plant. They blocked the road leading to the plant till afternoon and later a delegation met Executive Director of the smelter plant to discuss their problems. The company maintained that it would consider their employment if they fulfilled the eligibility criteria. According to the company sources, there were 1530 "substantially affected persons"- those who had lost one-third of their lands- of whom 1094 have since been absorbed. For the remaining, NALCO has offered different training plans based on which they would be provided the jobs. Those who cannot be absorbed would be offered cash compensation. Send your views to: --email@example.com
Assembly stalemate resolved After four days of noise and stalemate in the Assembly, Speaker Maheswar Mohanty and Opposition members agreed to work together. The dispute had arisen over the dumping of eight bags of coins in the well of the House by the three Congress legislators. The Congress members wanted the speaker to accept the coins as payment of the fine that he had imposed on them for damaging mikes during the monsoon session. Normalcy was restored after the Speaker and the Opposition regretted their conduct in the House in a closed-door meeting and agreed that Assembly required a peaceful atmosphere to discuss important issues. Both Naveen and J B Patnaik were present at the meeting. Maheswar Mohanty stated that that he would settle the issue of the fine imposed on Congress members later. Send your views to- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tehsildar attaked Zilla Parishad Chairman and senior BJD leader Nagendra Behera on Friday evening allegedly attacked the tehsildar of Marshaghai, Nalinikanta Barik in Kodakana village, about 25 km from Kendrapada when the latter had gone there to look into the complaints of some villagers that the trucks carrying sand of a construction company had trampled their groundnut crops. The injured tehsildar has filed a FIR in the Patkura police station that he was abused and assaulted by Barik. This is not the first time that the BJD leader was embroiled in an unsavoury act. In January, the police had arrested him for attacking the Project Director of District Rural Development Authority. He was subsequently released on bail and attacked another senior government official. There is palpable tension in the area and people are demanding stern action against Barik.
Lakshya test flown An advanced version of indigenously developed pilotless target aircraft 'Lakshya' was test flown from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur -on -sea, about 14 kilometer from Balasore. The unmanned aerial vehicle was test flown at about 12.15 pm on 6th from a launching complex. Already inducted into the Indian Air Force in 2000, Lakshya's trial on Monday was undertaken with an improved engine and other sub-systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Send your views to- email@example.com
Puri-Howarh express rams into a car Puri-Howrah Express moving from Puri had an accident before reaching Bhubaneswar Station but fortunately a major damage could be averted. In Punama railway crossing of aerodrome area, before the level crossing got closed, a maruti-800 car got stuck up on the tracks and failed to start. The locals alongwith the driver tried to push the car off but failed. In the meantime, sighting the speeding train, driver ran away leaving the vehicle. The train rammed into the vehicle headon but to good luck, didnot derail and reached Bhubaneswar station even though the frontal portion of the engine sustained damage. The vehicle was broken to pieces and lying at a distance of about 200 feet. Railway police have registered a case and looking for the driver who has absconded. The car belongs to an officer of passport department.
Orissa Weather Thursday was hot and humid with the temperature remaining more or less the same as on Wednesday. Maximum temperature of the day was 34.3 degree celsius and minimum was 23.8 degrees. Maximum humidity was 93% and minimum was 40%. Daybreak on Friday is sunny. No rainfall was recorded.
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Myself Amaresh Das, from Orissa, Now working as a software developer in a MNC compnay.