Naveen Patnaik launches pink auto service for women

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launches pink auto service for women commuter with 200 going on the roads. After examining about 300 auto-rickshaw drivers in the city, about 200 drivers were found eligible to drive the special pink coloured three-wheeler with ‘Pink Auto’ inscribed on them, a senior police official said. A trained psychologist examined the drivers with 220 of them appearing for tests. The exercise was carried out to eliminate those having ‘criminal minds’, the official said. “The criminal intents and leanings of drivers were studied during the tests,” he said. Stating that safety and security of women was a major component of women’s empowerment in the state, Patnaik said “The police need to take prompt action when a woman lodges complaint as their safety and security is the commitment of the state government,” Patnaik said. The Pink Auto Service would boost the morale of the working women, he said.

Dutee Chand wins two gold medals in 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship

Dutee Chand, Odisha’s ace woman sprinter,bagged two gold medals within a one and a half hour period on the last day of the 16th Asian junior athletics championships at Taipei city : one each in the 200 meter sprint and the 4 X 400 meter relay. The 18-year-old Dutee, coached by N. Ramesh, won the women’s 200 metres with a time of 23.74 metres ahead of Shanti Veronica Pereira (23.99) of Singapore and Nigina Sharipoa (24.24) of Uzbekistan.
Later, Dutee anchored the 4 x 400 metres relay team to the gold with a time of 3 minutes 40.53 seconds. VV Jisha, Jessy Joseph, GK Vijaya Kumari were the other members of the relay squad. Thailand was second at 3:42.27 and Chinese Taipei third at 3:43.00. Incidentally, Jessy had won the 800 metres silver on the third day, when she missed the gold by two hundredth of a second to Ryoko Hirano of Japan.

Shaktikanta Das appointed as Revenue Secretary in Modi Government

Shaktikanta Das, a 1980 batch Tamilnadu cadre IAS officer who is originally from Bhubaneswar, was appointed as the Revenue Secretary, replacing Rajiv Takru. He is among second Odia IAS officer who was altered by his position after forming of Modi Government.
IAS PK Mishra who hails from Odisha was recently appointed as Addl Principal Secy to PM. Shaktikanta Das an Odia IAS appointed as the Revenue Secretary in Modi Government

Dr Brajanath Rath passed away

Odia poet and Odisha Sahitya Akademi awardee Dr Brajanath Rath, passed away at the age of 79 at his residence at Sunahat here on Saturday. Dr Brajanath Rath is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. He was not well and became critical during the last five days. Dr Brajanath Rath  was conferred the highest honours from the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award for ‘Manara Manachitra’ He was also awarded the Tagore Literature Award (2010) for his poetry collection ‘Samanya Asamanya’

AIIMS Bhubaneswar inaugurated officially by Ghulam Nabi Azad

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad today dedicated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar to public by official inaugurating the AIIMS Bhubaneswar.  The premier institute is inaugurated by Union Health and Family Welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad while Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was the chief guest. Since the start of academic session for the first batch of MBBS students in September 2012 with intake of 50 students, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar now has 135 beds including 10 ICU beds, 30 for casualty and six recovery beds, he said adding by the end of this year the hospital is expected to have about 600 beds.’By June, 2015, we are likely to achieve the target of having a 978-bedded hospital,’ Mahapatra said. Stating that the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar was among the six new AIIMS planned under the centre’s Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakshya Yojana (PMSSY), he said these were meant to correct the regional imbalances in quality tertiary healthcare.
The premier medical institute of the State built over an area of 1,25,000 square metre has three operation theatres (OTs), a recovery ward, four high dependant units, a 10-bed ICU along with 150 beds spanning different specialties. The hospital had started the OPD services in the basic disciplines of medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, dentistry and gynaecology in June last year which increased to 24 subsequently. On the day of inauguration, the institution would introduce e-card system, which is also called as health card, for patients coming to the hospital. Through the card, the patients can know about the disease, treatment and doctor assigned.

Odia gets Classical Language status

Odia on Thursday became the sixth language of the country to get “classical language’’ status after the Union Cabinet conceded a long-pending demand for putting it in the same league as Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.  Following demands, the Union Cabinet today gave its approval for putting Odia in the list of classical language.  The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for classifying Odia as classical language. This will give impetus to scholarship in this language.
The following benefits are available for languages which are declared as classical languages:
1.  Two major annual international awards for scholars of eminence in the concerned language.
2. A `Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Languages` can be set up.
3. The University Grants Commission can be requested to create, to start with at least in Central Universities, a certain number of professional chairs for classical languages, for scholars of eminence in the concerned language.
There has been a demand that Odia, which is one of the oldest languages and has no resemblance to Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Telugu, etc., be declared as a classical language. So far Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam have been declared as classical languages.