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’