Wednesday, August 29, 2012

43 Balangir migrant labourers back home after decades Wednesday, 29 August 2012 23:51

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 23:51
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A total of 43 migrant labourers who were living in misery and facing torture in a brick kiln in Andhra Pradesh for years were finally rescued on Tuesday.
They were rescued from a brick kiln of Indugududdm village under BDLVanoor police station in Medhak district, thanks to steps taken by Balangir SP R Prakash,  Medhak SP Abinash Mahanty, besides effort of Aide et Action and local revenue and other officials there.
These migrant labourers include 20 children, 13 female and 10 male members of eight families of Tureikela, Muribahal, Saintala, Deogaon block of Balangir district.
Bhajaram Sahu of Janamukti Anusthan, a local NGO of Muribahal and a partner of Aide et Action, raised the issue of the plight of the migrants and it was published in the Pioneer (Bhubneshwar edition) on July 11, 2012 under the caption ‘Migrants family held in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh for 3 years’.
After publication of the news, officials of the Migration Information Resource Centre (MIRC) of Aide et Action, Bhubneshwar started their search.
A team of MIRC official of Aide et Action, Bhubneshwar comprising Dayasagar Pradhan and Saroj Barik under the guidance Umi Daniel of MIRC, went to  Hyderabad and apprised Medhak SP Abinash Mohanty about thesituation.
Meanwhile, Balangir SP R Prakash, after getting complaints from Jalindra Kaliet, brother of Narenda Kaliet, a migrant labourer, wrote a letter to the Medhak SP  Abinash Mohanty to locate and rescue  these migrant labourers.
Mahanty directed his subordinates to locate these migrants and rescue them.
With support from local Mandal revenue officials, these migrants were finally located at a brick kiln in Induguddm village under BDLVanoor police station in Medhak district on August 28 and found  a total number of 43 migrant labourers  including 20children, 13 female and 10 male person who were staying in the brick kiln for decades, informed Saroj Barik. 
Among the rescued migrants, 25 migrant labourers were released under the Bonded Labour System Abolition Act of 1976 and they were given Rs 1000 each as per provisions of the Act at the destination.
The local labour official had written a letter to the Labour Commissioner of Odisha to rescue these people.
These rescued migrant labourers, accompanied by Dayasagar Pradhan of Aide ete Action, arrived at Balangir on Wednesday evening.

Youth Cong demands Balangir NH repair

The Indian Youth Congress' Lok Sabha Committee, Balangir, has expressed concern over the sorry state of the NHs passing through Balangir and Subarnapur districts. 
The condition of NH-26 from Balangir to Salebhata is full of potholes. So also is the condition of the NH from Balangir to Manmunda. The potholes on the roads are a big problem for commuters and vehicles and often cause accidents, pointed out president of IYC LS Committee, Balangir, Akash Mishra in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Engineer of National Highway through the NH Executive Engineer, Balangir. Mishra threatened to launch a stir unless "proper steps are taken to improve the road situation by September 30." 

Computer edu to be compulsory at +2 level WEDNESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2012 00:18 PNS | BHUBANESWAR HITS: 33 ·

 Bhubaneswar Computer edu to be compulsory at +2 level
WEDNESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2012 00:18
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As part of its efforts to overcome a major shortcoming and prepare students for the challenges of the modern society driven through technology, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha has decided to introduce a non-examining compulsory subject “Basic Computer Education” (BCE) at the +2 level, said a senior official in the Department of Higher Education (DoHE).
 Despite the ever-growing importance of computer education, the State has not introduced the subject at the higher secondary level so far. Principal Secretary of Higher Education Gagan Kumar Dhal has asked his departmental officials to form a committee to finalise the process to ensure that students are able to receive computer education from this academic session itself.
 In a proposal submitted to the DoHE, CHSE Chairman Nihar Ranjan Patnaik has outlined the course of action and roadmap to complete the process as soon as possible, said an official.
As per the proposal, BCE course would be introduced in Classes XI and XII and carry 100 marks (both theory and practical). Principals of colleges would conduct the examination at their college level and award grades to the students, which would be reflected in the mark-sheets and certificates issued by the CHSE.
The colleges would make provisions for computer labs and other infrastructure facilities. Courses are being finalised taking the help of experts in the field of computer education, said the official.
The BCE course would be available to Plus Two students of all the three streams of Science, Arts and Commerce as well as of subjects like Yoga and Environmental Science. “This will improve the students’ basic knowledge of computers, which is currently lacking among them,” said the official.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lower Suktel Action Committee members launch indefinite fast

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 23:47
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Members of the Lower Suktel Action Committee led by its president Gopalji Panigrahi launched fast-unto-death before the District Collectorate from Monday demanding immediate commencement of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project work.
“We are on indefinite fast demanding fulfilment of our 11-point charter of demands. As our earlier agitation and rallies failed to evoke any response, we are resorting to this course of action with seven persons going on fast on Monday. Once their conditions deteriorate, other people will join the stir,” Panigrahi said.
Besides Panigrahi, Anuraag Nahak, Kahnu Charan Mishra, Uddhab Chhatria, Maheshwar Seth, Durga Prasad Bhoi and Sudaam Dharuua went on fast.
President of Samajwadi Party’s Balangir unit Arun Mishra said, “We carried out agitation for 10 days in June, and after that the IG of Police Northern Range and the RDC Northern Division came and held talks with us assuring us to recommend all our demands to the Government to take necessary steps. However, nothing has happened so far. We demand immediate commencement of the irrigation project and adequate compensation to displaced people.”
The Lower Suktel Irrigation Project was approved in 1996-97 at an estimated project cost of Rs 217crore.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid its foundation-stone in November 2001 eight km away from the actual dam project area due to stiff opposition by the locals. Meanwhile, the project cost has escalated to Rs 1,042 crore.