BHUBANESWAR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION IS GOING TO GET ITS 12 STOREYED NEW OFFICE BUILDING AT JANPATH IN BHUBANESWAR :

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is going to get its 12-storeyed new office building at Janpath in the city. While construction work will start in January, the office will be commissioned in two and half years, informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Facebook. BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar yesterday presented the architectural design of the new building before the CM. As per the presentation, four acres of land has been identified at Unit-9 here and the building will be constructed on 2.5 acres. Besides space for parking, there will be specified area for people to stage dharna in front of the office. According to BMC sources, first floor will consist of mayor’s office, 2nd floor will be used for commissioner and deputy commissioner’s office, 3rd and 4th for Smart City Bhubaneswar Integrated City Operation and Management Centre, 5th and 6th for BMC office and 7th and 8th for all offices of Smart City Bhubaneswar. Rest floors will be left for future expansions. The building will be equipped with four lifts, sources added. “This iconic building is envisaged to be a smart office incorporating intelligent operations and management centre which will be the cornerstone of the transformation of Bhubaneswar,” the CM wrote on Facebook. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Sept,17

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SWIMMERS STAGED DEMONSTRATION FOR DEMOLITION OF POOLS AHEAD OF THE MEN’s HOCKEY WORLD CUP TO BE HELD AT KALINGA STADIUM :

Ahead of the men’s Hockey World Cup scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Odisha capital next year, the state government is all set to go ahead with massive infrastructural overhaul to accommodate more spectators by demolishing swimming pools. Scores of swimmers from different proficiency levels staged a demonstration in front of the swimming complex inside the stadium to oppose the unilateral decision of the government to demolish the pools to accommodate the expansion of hockey stadium for which visitors’ galleries would be erected. The decision has irked many as it has been implemented. “How can the government go ahead with its unilateral decision without making alternative arrangements? Professional swimmers like me will be badly hit if they don’t get chance to train for even a week. We demand the government to rollback its decision without making alternative arrangements,” swimmer Pratyasha Ray expressed. Notably, the government has planned to demolish portions of professional swimming pool and diving pool to expand the gallery to increase the seating capacity which currently can accommodate only 10, 000 visitors. Worth mentioning, over 200 members come to the pools every day in two shifts for training and fitness purposes. When contacted, an official said that the pools will be rebuilt by extending its length from other sides. The work may take some months. According to sources, the Sports and Youth Services department is mulling to provide logistic support to professional swimmers to train at Odisha Cricket Association’s swimming pool at Cuttack. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Sept,17

DEVOTEES THRONGED TEMPLES IN HIMACHAL PRADESH ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NAVRATRI FESTIVAL :

Thousands of devotees from across the region thronged temples in Himachal Pradesh on 21st. September on the first day of the Navratri festival. The popular temples of Naina Devi in Bilaspur district, Chintpurni in Una district, Baba Balak Nath in Hamirpur district, Brajeshwari Devi, Jwalaji and Chamunda Devi in Kangra district and Bhimakali and Hateshwari in Shimla district witnessed huge rush. A majority of the pilgrims came from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. “We are expecting over 20,000 devotees every day at the temple,” an official at the hilltop Naina Devi shrine told. He said the senior citizens and physically challenged devotees would be allowed entry into the shrine through lifts. The offering of coconut in the temple has been banned this time owing to security reasons. Devotees would be able to watch live “darshan” of Brajeshwari Devi, Naina Devi, Chintpurni and Jwalaji temples. They would also be able to offer online offerings. The festival will conclude on September 30 with the Dussehra celebrations. IANS : 21st. Sept,17

IF YOU ARE IN ODISHA’s FAVOUR TOURIST PLACE PURI, TRY TO EAT MOUTHWATERING DELICACY ‘MALPUA’ :

Odisha is known for its hospitality and warm-hearted people. When you are in Odisha’s famous tourist site Puri, you can not miss out on the opportunity to treat your sweet tooth. This Pilgrim Town has a lot to offer beyond beaches. ‘Malpua’  is a sweet dish made from maida and milk with fennel seeds and whole black pepper put into it. On your way to Puri, you can grab some at Chandanpur, besides at Sakhigopal and Puri. This sweet dish will leave you craving for more! The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Sept,17

IF YOU ARE IN ODISHA’s FAVOUR TOURIST PLACE PURI, TRY TO EAT ‘DALMA’ :

Odisha is known for its hospitality and warm-hearted people. When you are in Odisha’s famous tourist site Puri, you can not miss out on the opportunity to treat your sweet tooth. This Pilgrim Town has a lot to offer beyond beaches. ‘Dalma’  is a curry which many outsiders identify Odias with. It is a curry in which the prime ingredients are pulses and varieties of vegetables and is mostly cooked at all households and food outlets in Puri. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Sept,17

IF YOU ARE IN ODISHA’s FAVOUR TOURIST PLACE PURI, TRY TO DRINK FLAVOURED MILK :

Odisha is known for its hospitality and warm-hearted people. When you are in Odisha’s famous tourist site Puri, you can not miss out on the opportunity to treat your sweet tooth. This Pilgrim Town has a lot to offer beyond beaches.  Milk flavored with elaichi (cardamom), kesar (saffron) and other such spices is something you should try if you want something sweet and cool! You can find these at Grand Road and other places.  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Sept,17

IF YOU ARE IN ODISHA’s FAVOUR TOURIST PLACE PURI, TRY TO EAT MOUTHWATERING DELICACY ‘KHAJA’ :

Odisha is known for its hospitality and warm-hearted people. When you are in Odisha’s famous tourist site Puri, you can not miss out on the opportunity to treat your sweet tooth. This Pilgrim Town has a lot to offer beyond beaches.  You can see hawkers inside and also outside the temple selling Khaja which is a sweet dish made up of maida and dipped in caramelized sugar. They are an absolute delight!  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Sept,17