{{ 'Go back' | translate}}
Njus logo

Latest news from Orissa POST, | Njus India

Australia book World Cup semis spot

Read and Listen Orissa POST

London: It was reminiscent of the Australian swagger of yore as Aaron Finch’s pacers bossed arch-rivals England on their way to the World Cup semifinals with a 64-run victory here Tuesday. While Australia became the first team to reach the
'London: It was reminiscent of the Australian swagger of yore as Aaron Finch’s pacers bossed arch-rivals England on their way to the World Cup semifinals with a 64-run victory here Tuesday. While Australia became the first team to reach the semifinals of the showpiece, England’s defeat, their second straight following the stunning reverse to Sri Lanka, made their path to the last four way tougher than it was not less than a week ago. Captain Finch (100, 116b, 11×4, 2×6) rose to the occasion with his second century of the tournament before England rallied to stop Australia at 285/7 in their blockbuster showdown. In reply, England found the left-arm pace duo of Jason Behrendorff (5/43) and Mitchell Starc (4/44) too hot to handle, capitulating to 221 all out in 44.4 overs. Ben Stokes (89, 115b, 8×4, 2×6) waged a lonely battle. England were off to the worst possible start, losing James Vince (zero) in only the second ball of the innings. Bigger blows awaited the hosts as the Lord’s saw in disbelief the quick departure of the in-from Joe Root (eight) followed by skipper Eoin Morgan (four). At 26/3 in the sixth over, England were staring down the barrel against a side that is historically known to raise its game on the biggest stage, more so when the stakes are high. England were pushed further down the abyss when Jonny Bairstow (27) was dismissed by Behrendorff, making it 53/4 in the 14th over. With a 71-run partnership for the fifth wicket, Stokes and Jos Buttler (25) somewhat rescued the innings. The match was as good as over when Starc bowled Stokes with one of the tournament’s finest yorkers to leave the home team reeling at 177/6. Earlier, comfortably placed at 185/3 in the 36th over, Australia were headed for a 300-plus total, but lost the plot due to England’s fine comeback and lack of discretion on part of most of the batsmen that followed Finch and David Warner (53, 61b, 6×4). Sent into bat after Morgan called it right at the toss, Australia were given another fine start by their in-from openers, who took them to 123 in the 23rd over, when leading scorer Warner got out. Dropped on 15, Finch went on to make his 15th ODI century, off 115 balls, but got out in the very next ball to leave the responsibility of finishing the innings in style on Steve Smith’s (38) shoulders. Smith batted positively until he was sent back by Chris Woakes (2/46), while Alex Carey smashed 38 off 27 balls, but the defending champions seemed to have lost the plot with the wickets of Glenn Maxwell (12) and Marcus Stoinis (eight). Brief scores: Australia 285/7 (Aaron Finch 100, David Warner 53; Chris Woakes 2/46) beat England 221 (Ben Stokes 89; Jason Behrendorff 5/43, Mitchell Starc 4/44) by 64 runs.'

In slumber

World News Orissa POST

We have been duly reminded by the all powerful of today that 44 years have passed since the declaration of the state of Emergency by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. We are also being told that the people of India did not accept the authoritarian
'W e have been duly reminded by the all powerful of today that 44 years have passed since the declaration of the state of Emergency by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. We are also being told that the people of India did not accept the authoritarian rule imposed by the Congress in those days and those who opposed Emergency are lucky to be congratulated now. This spirit is welcome. The idea of reminding citizens about anti democratic forces that had raised their heads in history should also be refreshed in people’s memory. However, history is never confined to the past alone. It is being created every moment. Every breath we take immediately becomes history. So also every action, reaction, speech and even intent of ours gets etched in history as an indelible part. If today we speak about the Mauryan Empire, the Moguls, the European colonizers or even the Emergency of 44 years vintage as history to learn lessons from then we must also remember that what we do today could be judged thus 44 years or centuries later too. As we sit in judgment of history today, we ought to remember that the future too will sit in judgment of this present time as history. Take for instance our actions and the reactions of the present day system. Mob violence that took religious overtones has claimed yet another life. 22 years old Tabrez Ansari was beaten up by a mob about a week ago at Dhatkidih village in Saraikela, Jharkhand. He succumbed to injuries Sunday after the police, who had kept him in custody, admitted him to a hospital. Chief minister of that state, Raghubar Das, has ordered a special investigation team to probe into the matter and also placed the police officer who was in-charge of Saraikela under suspension. But is that damage control adequate? Will this be the indelible history that our present time wishes to leave behind to be judged on forever? It does not seem acceptable to all. The videos of Tabrez being beaten up and being forced to utter ‘Jai Shri Ram’ are doing the rounds on social media. These incidents continue to create fear and a deeply divisive emotion not only among a particular minority but also seem alarming for all people aware of lurking threats. Lest we forget history, such hatred and persecution is not new or exclusive to present day India. The world knows that when such hatred surfaces against particular sects, castes, gender or religious groups it never stays put and limited in its boundaries. Hatred spills over and engulfs others who kept quiet when their neighbours were burning. How this fear would manifest in the coming times is not difficult to predict. A similar mindset is prevalent in social sphere, too. History has also taught that language alone retains cultural heritage for any society. Destroy the language and it becomes easy to enslave the people. In this backdrop, the clandestine but obvious effort to impose Hindi as the sole language, at the cost of all other languages, across the subcontinent seems ominous. India’s strength lies not only in its oft-repeated diversity but also in its flexibility to encompass so many languages. Different languages have kept the Union united. When attacks have commenced on that, as is evident in the recently announced Education Policy by the federal government, it is time for all conscious citizens to sit up and take note. It is, of course, sad that most Oriyas do not feel happy about their language. The elation felt when hearing one’s own language is missing among the local populace. It is because the education system in the state and the leadership, both political and social, have never tried to inculcate the understanding of the beauty of this language among the students. We have generations upon generations of Oriyas who are unaware of the antiquity of their language. While they fight bitterly over whether it should be Oriya or Odia, they are unaware that this probably is the only ‘live’ script that is a direct derivative of Prakrit/Pali. The way the name of the state was written in Oriya prior to the formal change in the English spelling remains the same even now. It has very little meaning how one spells the name in English. What matters most is that the need of the hour is to protect our mother tongue from the invasion being launched by the government under the guise of Hindi to destroy our culture and history. We must not go into slumber at these critical moments when history is being created.'

Jaiskhankar-Pompeo talks: Terror, H-1B, Iran oil to top agenda

World News Orissa POST

New Delhi: Terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, will be among a host of issues on the table when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with his American counterpart Mike
'New Delhi: Terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, will be among a host of issues on the table when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo Wednesday. The US Secretary of State’s visit starting Tuesday night is the first high-level visit from any country following the Lok Sabha polls. The two leaders will hold talks Wednesday – their first meeting after Jaishankar assumed office last month. Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Osaka, Japan from June 28-29. During his visit, Pompeo will also have a working lunch with Jaishankar and call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will meet Indian and US businesses in a round table format and deliver a policy speech at the India International Centre. Jaishankar, while speaking about the visit in Gandhinagar, said India will try to find common ground on trade issues during discussions with Pompeo. “We will be meeting with a positive attitude,” he told reporters after filing his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat. “The meeting with Mike Pompeo will be an important one. We will definitely discuss issues related to trade between the two countries,” he said. “Both the countries are having their own interests. And it is natural to have some conflicts because of that. We will find a common ground using diplomacy. We will hold discussions with the US with a positive approach,” he said. Diplomatic sources said there is no “structured agenda” for the talks between Pompeo and Jaishankar, and the entire spectrum of the relationship will be on the table. They said the talks would be “substantive” but should be seen as a “getting to know each other” meeting, rather than one with concrete deliverables and agreements. Diplomatic sources said combating terrorism, including cross border terrorism, is an “inescapable” topic of discussion in Indo-US talks and will be “very high” on the minds of the two ministers. Another matter that is likely to figure high in the talks is the H-1B issue with an American official saying Pompeo will assure the Indian leadership during his visit to India that the Trump administration has no plans to impose a cap on issuing the highly sought-after H-1B visas that are forcing foreign companies to store data locally. The H-1B visa, popular among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. On the issue of the situation arising out of the ending of exemptions from US sanctions to buy oil from Iran, the diplomatic sources here said a decision will be taken based on India’s energy security and commercial considerations. The engagement with the US will continue on how it can help India get alternative supplies. PTI'

Day after arrest, BJD MLA Saroj Meher hospitalised

Public Protection Orissa POST

Patnagarh: A day after his arrest, Patnagarh BJD MLA Saroj Meher was hospitalized today after falling ill in a jail here. Sources said the MLA has been admitted to Patnagarh hospital this evening after he complained chest pain in Patnagarh sub-jail.
'Patnagarh : A day after his arrest, Patnagarh BJD MLA Saroj Meher was hospitalized today after falling ill in a jail here. Sources said the MLA has been admitted to Patnagarh hospital this evening after he complained chest pain in Patnagarh sub-jail. On Monday morning, the legislator was detained by the police in Nuapada and brought to Bolangir for questioning. His bail plea was rejected by Patnagarh ADJ and he was remanded in Patnagarh sub-jail. Patnagarh police have already registered a case against the MLA on the basis of an FIR lodged by the government official’s wife. The case has been registered under Sections 341, 363, 294, 323, 353 and 355 of IPC and Section 3 of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. It is pertinent to mention here that a video clip surfaced in which the MLA was seen forcing Jaykant Sabar, JE of PwD of Belpada block in Bolangir district, to do sit-ups a hundred times. Sabar also alleged that the executive engineer of the PwD had slapped him in public on the order of the Patnagarh MLA. The incident received flak from all quarters after the video went viral on social media following which the state government sought a report in this connection. In a report to the state government, Bolangir Collector Arindam Dakua stated that due to sub-standard road construction work, the MLA punished JE Sabar in public in Belpada area and directed the engineer-in-charge to slap the JE. Though the newly-elected MLA tendered an apology, a day after the incident, a case was lodged against him on the basis of a complaint filed by the engineer’s wife accusing the MLA of publicly humiliating her husband. Earlier, the District Tribal Welfare Association had threatened to gherao the State Assembly June 26 demanding action against the legislator.'

3 held for tonsuring young couple

Public Protection Orissa POST

Karanjia: A day after a couple was assaulted and tonsured for daring to fall in love despite belonging to two separate communities, police have arrested three persons in this connection Tuesday. This appalling incident took place in Mandua village
'Karanjia : A day after a couple was assaulted and tonsured for daring to fall in love despite belonging to two separate communities, police have arrested three persons in this connection Tuesday. This appalling incident took place in Mandua village under Karanjia police limits of Mayurbhanj district. According to sources, the incident occurred June 22. A case has been registered and investigation is underway after the victim lodged a written complaint with Karanjia police. According to the complainant, she was in a relationship with a driver of the village. June 22, the couple decided to meet and the driver had come near her home. However, some of the so-called vigilantes had kept a track of the couple’s movements and gheraoed the two while they were talking near the girl’s house. Upon knowing that the boy belonged to another community, the villagers dragged out the duo to punish them. The villagers cut their hair locks and shaved their heads. Meanwhile, an onlooker recorded the whole episode and uploaded it on social media that went viral. In the video, the young couple is seen sitting crouched while the mob is tonsuring and hurling abuses at both. Acting on the complaint lodged by the victim, a case was registered against 22 persons. While a manhunt was launched to nab the culprits, three persons were arrested so far, sources said.'

Man helps friend rape his wife, arrested

Law and Order Orissa POST

Kendrapara: A 25-year-old woman, the mother of a three-year-old child, was allegedly raped by her husband’s friend June 20 night while she was sleeping at home in Kendrapara district’s Rajnagar Police limits. The surprising fact is that the woman
'Kendrapara: A 25-year-old woman, the mother of a three-year-old child, was allegedly raped by her husband’s friend June 20 night while she was sleeping at home in Kendrapara district’s Rajnagar Police limits. The surprising fact is that the woman was allegedly raped by her husband’s friend in the presence of her hubby, who helped his friend to rape his wife. When the woman resisted she was assaulted by her husband. IIC Tapan Kumar Nayak of Rajnagar Police Station said the woman lodged an FIR June 22 alleging that she was raped by one Braja Mallick of Balarampur, a friend of her husband, June 20 at around 1.30 am while she was sleeping. The woman said Braja Mallick undressed and raped her while she was deep asleep in the presence of her husband Pravat Mallick. She said that when she woke up and protested, her husband Pravat Mallick assaulted her and placed a sharp weapon on her neck and threatened to kill her. After the rape Braja Mallick fled, she added. She later shouted for help and her in-laws rushed in. After listening to her, the woman’s elder brother-in-law, Ranjan Mallick, assaulted her husband, Pravat Mallick, for facilitating the heinous act. Her father-in-law Sarat Mallick lost his mental balance after hearing about the incident, and made an attempt to commit suicide by jumping into a river. He was rescued by locals, the survivor said in her FIR. She said that as she failed to get the help of her in-laws to file an FIR against her husband and the accused Braja Mallick, she informed the matter to her parents. With the help of her parents, she approached Rajnagar Police June 22 and lodged an FIR against her husband Pravat Mallick and his friend Braja Mallick. Rajnagar Police registered a case (No: 103) under Sections 341, 323, 376 (I), 450 and 109 of IPC and is probing the matter. No arrests have been made. The police are trying to nab the accused, said IIC Nayak.'

RBI union wants collegium of experts to select top officials

Personal Finance Orissa POST

Mumbai: A day after the Reserve Bank (RBI) announced the resignation of deputy governor Viral Acharya, the central bank’s employees association has called for a collegium of experts to select new governor and deputy governors so as to ensure
'Mumbai: A day after the Reserve Bank (RBI) announced the resignation of deputy governor Viral Acharya, the central bank’s employees association has called for a collegium of experts to select new governor and deputy governors so as to ensure autonomy of the central bank. Acharya, the youngest ever deputy governor, resigned from his position a few weeks back citing ‘unavoidable personal circumstances’ and will be leaving the Mint Road office, July 23, the RBI had said in a brief statement Monday. As per the Section 8 of the Reserve Bank of India Act of 1934, the governor and deputy governors are appointed by the government. “Such sensitive and very important positions at the central bank must be decided not by a few ministry officials, even not by the Finance Minister himself, but by a collegiums of experts comprising former governors, other prominent central bankers and economists,” the All-India Reserve Bank Employees Association said in a statement Tuesday. Only such a body can properly assess and judge the competence, knowledge and experience of the individuals for such posts. Only such appointments can ensure neutrality as well as the independence and autonomy of the central bank, and also prevent undesirable political and purposive interference in such nominations,” the association pointed out. The employees’ body expressed regret on the premature departure of Acharya and said the personal reason cited by the deputy governor does not tell the whole story. “Deep and prolonged differences with the Finance Ministry on the autonomy and the independence of RBI is supposed to have quickened Acharya exit,” claimed the body. Acharya resigned six months before the scheduled end of his term, January 20 next year. PTI'

SpiceJet will launch 8 new international flights

Travel and Experiences Orissa POST

New Delhi: Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet will launch eight new non-stop international flights from Mumbai and Delhi to destinations, including Dhaka and Riyadh. With this, SpiceJet will become the first Indian low-cost carrier to connect Mumbai
'New Delhi: Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet will launch eight new non-stop international flights from Mumbai and Delhi to destinations, including Dhaka and Riyadh. With this, SpiceJet will become the first Indian low-cost carrier to connect Mumbai with Riyadh and Dhaka, and Delhi with Dhaka and Jeddah. “Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, earmarks SpiceJet’s 10th international destination and the fourth station in the Middle Eastern market,” the airline said in a statement on Tuesday. “The flights to Dhaka and Jeddah are effective from the last week of July, while the flight to Riyadh will commence on August 15, 2019,” the statement added.'

From Deewana to Zero, fans pay tribute to SRK as he completes 27 years

Royal Orissa POST

Mumbai: It was June 25, 1992 when “Deewana” released, and paved the small-to-big screen way for Shah Rukh Khan, who has earned epithets like ‘Badshah’ and ‘King Khan’ during his glorious journey, and will next be heard in the Hindi dubbed version of
'Mumbai: It was June 25, 1992 when “Deewana” released, and paved the small-to-big screen way for Shah Rukh Khan, who has earned epithets like ‘Badshah’ and ‘King Khan’ during his glorious journey, and will next be heard in the Hindi dubbed version of “The Lion King”. “Legacy of the one true king continues. Thank you Shah Rukh Khan for giving us #27GoldenYearsOfSRK! #Mufasa #TheLionKing,” Walt Disney Studios wrote in a Twitter tribute to the actor, one of Bollywood’s best known global ambassadors. The actor made a humble beginning with theatre in Delhi where he grew up, before he moved to television with shows like “Fauji” and “Circus”, and eventually into the universe of films. He scored unprecedented success with films like “Darr”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Dil To Pagal Hai”, “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, “Pardes”, “Swades”, “Chak De! India”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Mohabbatein” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”, “Om Shanti Om”, “Main Hoon Na” and “My Name Is Khan”, in which he showcased his range as an actor. In the past few years, he has featured in projects like “Fan”, “Raees”, “Dilwale”, “Jab Harry Met Sejal” and “Zero”. “Zero” was an experiment for Shah Rukh as he played a vertically challenged man. It failed to work, and left the superstar contemplating over what went wrong.The actor is currently working on the television show “TED Talks 2”, and as far as his film projects are concerned, in a recent interview to China Global Television Network during a visit to Beijing, he had said: “I haven’t decided what I will do next. I thought I will take a few months off and try and work on what I want to do because it’s very important for me to be most excited about it. “I have worked for 30 years, I work 16 hours a day, so if it doesn’t excite you in the morning, you should not wake up. “At my stage, when I have worked in over 80 films, have done some satisfactory roles and have made a career out of what I do, I should be like I don’t want to get up and go if it’s not going to be an absolutely, stunning, scintillating and exciting day as an actor. “So, right now I don’t have anything that’s stunning, scintillating and exciting, If I will have it, I will start working on it.” The failure of his films has not affected the love that he receives from his fans, who took to social media with full gusto to post messages and tributes with the hashtag ’27GoldenYearsOfSRK’. “27 years a ago a Delhi boy became a hero. I would rather say a hero became a film actor. Hard work and passion can make magic happen. You showed it to us, you still do. Intelligent, sharp, witty but the grounded SRK,” tweeted one ardent fan. Another fan described him as: “There’s only one religion in this world, hard work. He’s More than just the world’s biggest movie star. More than just a king. More than just an entertainer. More than just a dimpled charmer. More than an icon/idol.” His fans had also come in hordes outside his house Mannat on the festival of Eid earlier this month, and he was joined by popular global personality David Letterman who got a glimpse of the stardom SRK enjoys in the country. SRK had shot with Letterman for his Netflix chat show. In his personal life, Shah Rukh is married to Gauri Khan and they are proud parents of three children — sons Aryan and AbRam and daughter Suhana. Shah Rukh has teamed up with Aryan, who rightfully voices Simba in “The Lion King”. In hindsight, the actor says that as a youngster he had “small dreams and wishes” like buying a home and a car but later realised that his dreams had gone “beyond” his imagination. “I had never thought of being what I am today… like people say ‘legendary’, ‘mythical’ or ‘The Shah Rukh Khan’ kind of a feeling. I never thought that my name would become an adjective, which people will use to describe things — ‘Shah Rukh kind of boy’, ‘Shah Rukh kind of romance’,” he had said in an interview to IANS.'

Low pressure to trigger rains over weekend

Weather Orissa POST

Bhubaneswar:   The regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) here has said that heavy rainfall is likely in 10 districts of Odisha from June 28 under the influence of a low pressure area that is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal
'Bhubaneswar:    The regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) here has said that heavy rainfall is likely in 10 districts of Odisha from June 28 under the influence of a low pressure area that is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal around June 30. The rainfall is likely to lash the state for two days – June 28 and 29. Primarily, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Sundergarh, Dhenkanal, Kendrapara, Nabarangpur and Koraput will experience majority of the rains. This apart, the agency in its afternoon weather bulletin Tuesday said that it expects light to moderate rain or thunder-shower to occur at a few places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Guajarati and Nuapada and at a one or two places over the rest districts of Odisha in next 24 hours. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature recorded in the last 24 hours in the state stood at 35.1 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature stood at 26.9 degrees.'

Water bill dues of ministers: NCP holds ‘begging’ protest in Mumbai

Garden Orissa POST

Mumbai: The youth wing of the NCP Tuesday staged a novel protest here by begging money to “foot the pending water bills” of official residences of chief minister and other ministers in Maharashtra. Members of the NCP youth wing’s Mumbai unit staged
'Mumbai: The youth wing of the NCP Tuesday staged a novel protest here by begging money to “foot the pending water bills” of official residences of chief minister and other ministers in Maharashtra. Members of the NCP youth wing’s Mumbai unit staged the “bheek mango” (begging) protest outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus here, after media reports claimed that bungalows of the chief minister and some other ministers were in the civic body’s list of water bill defaulters. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), dues worth Rs 7.44 lakh were pending against the connection provided at the chief minister’s bungalow Varsha. NCP youth wing’s working president Suraj Chavan said, “The BMC cuts water supply when common citizens fail to pay bills for a month or two. But the bill of the chief minister’s bungalow has been pending for several months. To help clear the bill, our youth wing staged the bheek mango protest.” Chavan also said that in case the BMC fails to take action in the matter in next four to five days, they would take out a march towards the chief ministers official residence and cut its water supply along with civic officials. In a clarification issued Monday, the government said the water bills of bungalows of the chief minister and other ministers were paid in November 2018 itself. The process to clear dues, however, was stopped after a “difference” was noticed in the bills cleared earlier and received in May this year, it said. The government also said that the process to clear the dues was being undertaken immediately after tallying the same.'

Fani caused 64 deaths, destroyed over 1.4 lakh hectare crop area: Government

Politics Orissa POST

New Delhi: As many as 64 people had died and over 1.4 lakh hectare crop area affected due to cyclone Fani in Odisha, the Home Ministry said Tuesday. Cyclone Fani affected three states — Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Odisha, 64 lives
'New Delhi: As many as 64 people had died and over 1.4 lakh hectare crop area affected due to cyclone Fani in Odisha, the Home Ministry said Tuesday. Cyclone Fani affected three states — Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Odisha, 64 lives were lost, 5.56 lakh houses and huts were damaged, 6,281 cattle were lost, 1,48,663 hectare of crop land affected and 6,416 boats and 8,828 nets were damaged, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told Lok Sabha in a written reply. “In addition, infrastructure like roads, power, railway, telecommunications etc. were also damaged in Odisha,” he said. There was no loss of human lives in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. A total of 222 houses/huts were damaged, 28 cattle were lost and 1,365 hectare crop area was damaged in Andhra Pradesh, he said. In West Bengal, 29,260 houses/huts were damaged and 1.12 lakh hectare of crop area was affected due to the cyclone Fani, the minister said. To prevent loss of human lives, a record number of 15,57,170 persons in Odisha, 17,460 persons in Andhra Pradesh and 2,34,801 persons in West Bengal were evacuated to safer places, Rai said. “There are institutional mechanisms at the national and state level for effective management of natural disasters. Though the primary responsibility for disaster management rests with the state governments, central government extends all possible logistics and financial supports to the states to supplement their efforts to meet the situation effectively,” he said. The concerned state governments undertake assessment of damage and provide financial relief in the wake of natural disasters including cyclone, from the State Disaster Response Fund already placed at their disposal, Rai said. In order to support the affected people of the states, central government has released in advance an assistance of Rs 1,086 crore  (Rs 340.875 crore to Odisha, Rs 200.25 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs 235.50 crore to West Bengal and Rs 309.375 crore to Tamil Nadu) from SDRF on April 29, the minister said. In pursuance to the visit made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha after the cyclone Fani, central government released additional Rs 1,000 crore to the state government on May 7, he said. Odisha was severely affected by the cyclone and has submitted a memorandum seeking an assistance of Rs 5,227.68 crore, Rai said. An inter-ministerial central team visited the affected areas of the state from June 20 to 22 again for an on-the-spot assessment of damages caused by the cyclone Fani. Upon receipt of report from the team, further financial assistance under NDRF will be considered as per laid down procedure, the minister said.'

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ to open in India a day earlier

Movies Orissa POST

Mumbai: Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” will arrive in India a day earlier than scheduled – all thanks to the widespread fan frenzy for the film in the country. The film, which was scheduled to release July 5, will now open July 4. Sony
'Mumbai: Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” will arrive in India a day earlier than scheduled – all thanks to the widespread fan frenzy for the film in the country. The film, which was scheduled to release July 5, will now open July 4. Sony Pictures Entertainment India made the announcement Tuesday via a statement. The film will release in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Holland was introduced as Spider-Man in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in 2016. He got his first solo movie with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, and will be back as the superhero with his second solo movie ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home”. View this post on Instagram #SpiderMan: #FarFromHome to release a day *earlier* in #India… Will now release on 4 July 2019 in #English, #Hindi, #Tamil and #Telugu… Advance bookings to open on Sun [30 June 2019]… #SpiderManFarFromHome A post shared by Taran Adarsh (@taranadarsh) on Jun 24, 2019 at 10:03pm PDT Jon Watts’ film follows the aftermath of ‘Avengers: Endgame’. The trailer shows how Holland as Peter Parker and Spider-Man is dealing with the death of Iron Man/Tony Stark. On the change of the release date, Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Entertainment India, said: “Spider-Man is the most loved superhero in India, and with such unprecedented anticipation and hype around ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, we have decided to release it a day prior July 4.” The early advance bookings for the film will open Sunday.   IANS'

Electric shock injures one in Keonjhar

Public Protection Orissa POST

Patna: A man has been heavily injured in his right hand and abdomen owing to electrical shock near Putulia shibakrupa petrol pump in Patna block of Keonjhar district. The victim has been identified as Ghaneswar, son of Bhima Mohanta of Badajammupasi
'Patna: A man has been heavily injured in his right hand and abdomen owing to electrical shock near Putulia shibakrupa petrol pump in Patna block of Keonjhar district. The victim has been identified as Ghaneswar, son of Bhima Mohanta of Badajammupasi Village. According to reports, Ghaneswar, who is not a staff of electrical department was jolted and injured while he was crafting the fuse over transformers. Initially, he was hospitalised at District headquarter Hospital (DHH) but was shifted to SCB Medical college and hospital in Cuttack later after his condition deteriorated.   PNN'

Apple releases public beta of new iPhone, iPad OS

Apple Orissa POST

San Francisco: Apple has released the first public beta of its upcoming iPhone and iPad operating systems (OS), iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, open for everybody to download and experience the test versions. The final version of the new iPhone and iPad
'San Francisco: Apple has released the first public beta of its upcoming iPhone and iPad operating systems (OS), iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, open for everybody to download and experience the test versions. The final version of the new iPhone and iPad operating systems is scheduled to release later this year, most likely by September, TechCruch reported Monday. However, because of bug-risks and chances of patchy experience, users are advised to proceed with caution and not install the beta versions on their primary iPhones and iPads. According to the report, while some apps and features would not work at all as part of the beta tests, but in some rare cases, beta softwares could also brick devices and make them unusable. Last week, the iPhone-maker announced the availability of the developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Apple unveiled iOS 13 with features like the Dark Mode and Apple sign-in, a sturdy Mac Pro desktop for creative professionals and a 30 per cent snappier Face ID. The new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like the Indian-English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak in a more natural and expressive way – in both male and female voices. The users would be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style. According to the iPhone-maker, iOS 13 would reduce app download sizes by up to 50 per cent and make app updates over 60 per cent smaller, resulting in apps launching up to twice as fast. With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil. On the other hand, just like iOS 13, iPadOS with Dark Mode feature would be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and iPad mini 4.   IANS'

Do-or-Die for Pakistan against unbeaten New Zealand

World News Orissa POST

Birmingham: Pakistan will play another must-win game when they take on New Zealand, the most consistent team in the World Cup so far, in their crucial encounter at Edgbaston Wednesday. Pakistan have played according to their ‘unpredictable team’ tag
'Birmingham: Pakistan will play another must-win game when they take on New Zealand, the most consistent team in the World Cup so far, in their crucial encounter at Edgbaston Wednesday. Pakistan have played according to their ‘unpredictable team’ tag in the tournament so far. They have registered wins against tournament favourites England and South Africa. However, they have also conceded comprehensive defeats against West Indies, Australia and India. Their game against Sri Lanka got washed out and now they have five points from six games. They need to win all their remaining three games and also hope that results of matches of other teams go in their favour so that they can make it to the last four stage. Pakistan’s batters and bowlers have performed in bits and pieces in the World Cup so far. Their bowling has mostly relied on left-arm pacer Mohammed Amir while their batting revolves around the likes of Hasan Ali, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. However, the main concern for Sarfaraz Ahmed should be their fielding. The 1992 champions have dropped as many as 14 catches in the six games they have played so far and they need to come up with a much improved performance if they want to beat the Kiwis which are one of the best fielding sides of the world. On the other hand, New Zealand have been a team which has improved constantly with each passing game. Their batting is led by skipper Kane Williamson who has been in tremendous form and has already scored two daddy hundreds. Their bowling, too, looks in fine touch with Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner all chipping in with wickets at crucial junctures of the games. With 11 points from six games, the Black Caps are sitting pretty at the top of the table and the win against Pakistan will seal their semifinal spot.   Squads: Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman   New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.'

Priyanka, Nick romance in ‘city of love’

Teen Orissa POST

Paris: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her pop-singer husband Nick Jonas were seen romancing each other in the French capital also known as the ‘city of love’. Nick Monday, shared a black and white photograph of himself along with the
'Paris: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her pop-singer husband Nick Jonas were seen romancing each other in the French capital also known as the ‘city of love’. Nick Monday, shared a black and white photograph of himself along with the ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ star on Instagram. In the image, the couple are on a boat. Nick is seen holding Priyanka, as the two stare at the picturesque locales of Paris. He captioned it: ‘The city of love’. View this post on Instagram The city of love A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Jun 24, 2019 at 5:58am PDT Priyanka replied with a kiss emoji. The pair are reportedly in Paris to attend Nick’s brother Joe’s wedding. The ‘Quantico’ actress tied the knot with Nick in two extravagant ceremonies at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur in December 2018. On the Bollywood front, Priyanka has wrapped up shooting for Shonali Bose’s ‘The Sky Is Pink’ along with Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim.   IANS'

Demand for GI tag to ‘Nayagarh Chenapoda’

World News Orissa POST

Nayagarh: Members of Shanti Charitable trust Monday intensified their demand for Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the world famous ‘Chenapoda’ of Nayagarh district. The trust Monday called a press meet and laid out its demands. “Nayagarh
'Nayagarh: Members of Shanti Charitable trust Monday intensified their demand for Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the world famous ‘Chenapoda’ of Nayagarh district. The trust Monday called a press meet and laid out its demands. “Nayagarh Chenapoda is famous all over Odisha and India. Despite its popularity, the sweet is yet to get its GI tag. So, we demand for its GI tag,” the trust’s president Pramod Patnaik said. Nayagarh’s Chenapoda is the finest in the world, but because of poor promotion and export facilities, the sweets are not getting the publicity and hype, and not getting marketed properly, he added. “If the Chenapoda gets GI status, it can be differentiated from similar competing products and will earn a reputation for its indigenous nature,” stressed Patnaik. He also revealed how a local Sudarshan Sahu of Satpatna village under Daspalla block had made Chenapoda for the first time. Sahu’s Chenapoda was even enjoyed by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik. Both the statesmen have praised the quality of the sweet. Among others present in the meeting were Sridhar Sahu and Sudarshan’s son Suman Kumar Sahu. They also emphasised that a GI recognition lends a distinct identity to a product as belonging to a particular area with characteristics attributed to that place. The sweet earns a reputation for its long-standing association with the region or the ecological beauty of the region (such as soil quality and climatic conditions) or a combination of both, they highlighted. The demand for GI tag for Nayagarh’s Chenapoda has been going on for years now. Earlier, the district (Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society) ORMAS department deposited necessary documents as proof to the state government. It may be mentioned here that there have been demands for GI tag to ‘green gram’ of Banigocha village of Daspalla block, Ekiri and Kidraspur village of Nayagarh block and Lodachua of Ranpur block, ‘sal plates’ of Daspalla, Nuagaon, Khandapara and Gania block and also for ‘Chenapoda’. However, the state government is yet to accord any tag to the above products. Now, the Shanti Trust has been keen on getting GI tag for ‘Chenapoda’ and has prepared all the documents and proofs to be sent to the Central government. They alleged that the sweet might lose its tag like ‘Rasgola’ if no steps were taken immediately. A little help from the government will make it world famous and further increase its popularity, Patnaik said. Patnaik added, “Our trust is trying to encourage more people to prepare the sweets and export it to other places to increase its popularity. It can be a profitable venture and give a source of income and livelihood to many people. Besides, attempts should also be made to produce various by-products.” The members also suggested that the sweet be included in the midday meals in schools as they are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Nutritionally, Chenapoda is on par with milk and eggs with lots of vitamin.  It contains protein (14g), fat (14g), carbohydrates (32g), 310 calories with some content of iron and other minerals in small quantities. “It should be given to children in midday meals for the vitamins in it,” Patnaik concluded.   PNN'