BRAID-CHOPPING RUMOURS TOOK THE LIFE OF A WOMAN IN JHARKHAND :

A woman was allegedly lynched by a mob on the suspicion that she was a member of a braid-chopping gang in Jharkhand’s Sahibgunj district, the police said. Three persons, who too were assaulted on Saturday by the mob on the suspicion that they were members of the gang, have been rescued, a police officer said yesterday.
Superintendent of Police P Murugan said the mob had taken some persons and the woman into captivity and allegedly assaulted them on the suspicion of being braid-choppers.  The district police rushed to the spot, rescued the three and shifted the seriously injured woman to a hospital where she succumbed to injuries, he said. The police used batons and fired a few rounds in the air to disperse the mob, Murugan said.  There have been no incidents of chopping of women’s braids in the district and reports of such incidents were canards, the officer said. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has expressed concern over the killing of the woman, terming it as unfortunate.  Das appealed to the people of the state not to take law in their hands and not to pay any attention to rumours of braid cutting, an official release said, adding he also directed the administration to take strict action against the guilty.  The chief minister also announced that the government would take care of the deceased’s 14-year-old son, the statement said. In view of rumours of braid chopping, the East Singhbhum district police held a meeting with village heads and elected representatives in several areas to make people aware about facts.  The Rediff.com : 21st. Aug,17

IIT ENTRANCE TEST WILL GO COMPLETELY ONLINE FROM 2018 TO MAKE LOGISTICS AND EVALUATIONS EASIER :

The entrance examination for the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology will go completely online from 2018 to make logistics and evaluations easier, the Joint Admission Board decided.            The JAB, which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in Chennai. In the online mode, students will take up the examination at designated centres where they need to answer the questions on a computer instead of using pen and paper. At present optical mark reading sheets are used which need to be filled using pen or pencils and are evaluated by machines. In a statement, Director, IIT-Madras, and Chairman JAB 2017, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “It has been decided that the JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.” The ministry of human resource development had earlier introduced the option of taking the Joint Entrance Examination Mains online. The JEE-Mains is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs.  The Rediff.com : 21st. Aug,17

WHY STRAY DOGS IN BLUE COLOUR ARE SPOTTED NOW IN MUMBAI ?

A bizarre sight has caught the attention of Navi Mumbai residents. Blue dogs have been spotted in the vicinity. Stray dogs in Mumbai are turning blue for a disturbing reason. Toxic industrial waste that is being dumped into the Kasadi River is the reason behind the bright blue fur of strays that live around Navi Mumbai’s Taloja industrial area. This is where a whopping 1,000 pharmaceutical, engineering and food factories thrive. As per the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, an industrial plant in the area uses a blue dye for several purposes, including manufacturing detergents. While the area is closed to the public, stray dogs that waded into the river looking for scraps of food got more than they bargained for and ended up with bright blue fur. A water-quality test also revealed that the waste treatment at the plant was inadequate. It could pose a threat to human health as well. Animal-rights activists who took the strays under their wing later reported that the dye washed off after two regular baths. Their fur has also been tested for toxicity levels, but the lab results are yet to arrive.  SIFY :     21st. Aug,17

WHERE IS RAPID INDUSTRIALISATION OF NAVEEN’s GOVT. IN ODISHA AS VISA STEEL IN JAJPUR IS GOING TO BE CLOSED COMPLETELY DUE TO SHORTAGE OF RAW MATERIALS ?

Where is industrialisation in Odisha though the Naveen Patnaik’s government has been signing one by one MOUs.  Generally we can say that no  new industries have been set up in Odisha during his tenure where as the old  industries are closing their units one by one.  Our educated youths are not getting jobs and are running to other states for doing jobs with less salaries.  It is very sad that the Visa steel unit in Jajpur is likely to be shut down completely due to shortage of raw material in the plant.  With the order by the plant authorities to shut the unit temporarily citing shortage of raw materials and cease work notice furnished to the workers clearly indicated ongoing crisis in the plant. Following the directive, over 1500 workers including employees sat on a dharna on Biju Patnaik Marg this morning. The plant was temporarily shut due to halt in transport of raw materials including iron ore and chromites allegedly by the ruling BJD to all the units. According to reports, the steel units were closed in phases in the past few days after the transport of raw materials were allegedly halted by the ruling party workers. Almost all the units were closed by yesterday night after the company authorities issued cease work notice to 29 contractors. With the move, total 3200 employees working under the contractors will lose employment. The blast furnace, steel melt shop (SMS), rolling mill, DRI and Ferro chrome plant have been shut due to shortage of iron ore and chromites. Despite permission to have 5500 MT iron ore and 3700 MT chromites, it could not be transported to the plant under pressure from the ruling party. It is alleged that interference of BJD workers led by Sukinda legislator Priti Ranjan Ghadai and Kalinganagar labour union caused disruption in transport of raw materials to the plant. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Aug,17

AGAIN STUDENTS OF ITER, BHUBANESWAR STAGED DEMONSTRATION FOR NON-FULFILLMENT OF PROMISES MADE TO THEM DURING FAKE PLACEMENT ROW :

It is very sad that several students of Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) in Odisha capital today staged demonstration alleging that the authorities didn’t fulfill the promises they had made during the fake placement row. The students resorted to sloganeering in front of the main gate of ITER, reports said. Worth mentioning, Prof Amit Banerjee, vice chancellor of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) University, under which the ITER functions, had assured the duped students to provide each of them Rs 20,000 monthly stipend for a year and fresh job within three months. Notably, as many as 50 students of the college had alleged that they got fake job letters for recruitment in many leading companies during the campus placement drive. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Aug,17

PLEASE CONTROL THE CARELESS & RUSH DRIVING OF THE DRIVERS OF PRIVATE SCHOOL BUSES AS A SCHOOL BUS RAMMED INTO AN ELECTRIC POLE IN BHUBANESWAR :

Please control the careless and rush driving of the drivers of private school buses as a school bus rammed into an electric pole in Bhubaneswar.  Students of a private international school had a narrow escape this morning as the school bus in which they were travelling rammed into an electric pole at Nilakantheswar Marg in Baramunda area of Odisha capital. Fortunately, cable wires were connected to the pole instead of metal wires which averted a major mishap of electrocution. It is suspected that careless driving by the driver of the vehicle led to the accident, reports said. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Aug,17

DHENKANAL MP TATHAGATA SATPATHY RAISED OBJECTION OF SENDING OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION BY UNION MINISTER TOMAR TO NON-HINDI SPEAKING PEOPLE IN HINDI :

Questioning the reason behind sending official communication to non-Hindi speaking people in Hindi, BJD MP from Dhenkanal Tathagata Satpathy on Saturday posted a thread of twitter messages saying that he replied in Odia, to a letter sent by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Hindi. He further stated on social media, “Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non-Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages?” Satpathy also posted a photo of his response letter to Tomar.  The BJD leader further asked, “Why can’t Union ministers hire one person from each State to help them communicate with people speaking different languages?” adding that the move will create jobs for the youth.   Satpathy, on Friday, wrote to Tomar expressing his inability to understand what is written in the letter in Hindi.  He also mentioned, “Odisha falls in the ‘C’ category, so the letter should have been sent either in English or Odia.”  The Union Minister had written to Satpathy inviting him to attend an event on the ‘India 2022’ vision.  The Odisha TV : 20th. Aug,17