PM PV Narasimha Rao contested from Berhampur in 1996

PM PV Narasimha Rao contested from Berhampur, Odisha in 1996 

By Swaraj Mishra

Thank you, PM PV Narasimha Rao for choosing a constituency from Odisha for your reelection to Lok Sabha. It is an honour for Odisha that you chose this one, in addition to the one which returned you to become the Prime Minister in the previous term. People were waiting for your decision in bated breath and you chose our Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency.PV Narasimha Rao

All through the electoral history of our country, those constituencies which had the honour of electing a Prime Minister, have been treated as VVIP constituencies. Be it Phulpur, Rae Bareli, Amethi or Lucknow. But when a PM chooses a constituency away from his home  like Medak in Telangana, Chikmagalur in Karnataka, Berhampur in Odisha or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, it makes news.

Odisha’s Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency had the honour to elect P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1996. After having completed his first term in office as Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, he was seeking reelection to Lok Sabha from two different constituencies in 1996 General Elections. One, Nandyal which returned him in 1991 bye election with a record margin of 5.8 lakh votes, and the other, Berhampur from Odisha.

It is well known that PMs or CMs often play it safe to contest from 2 different constituencies. One their traditional bastion from which they have won earlier and the other in a relatively far off place, to give a boost to the morale of the party workers in that region and to build a wave like situation in that state. Narasimha Rao did just that. In Odisha, Congress had come back to power in 1995 and the Chief Minister J B Patnaik was very keen to consolidate his position by getting the PM to contest from Odisha.

Lucky for him, the voters of Berhampur obliged and voted overwhelmingly in favour of Rao. Traditionally known to be a Congress bastion, it had returned a Congress candidate even during the countrywide anti-congress wave in 1977. In 1991 Congress candidate Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Dev had won this seat by defeating Janata Dal candidate Surya Narayan Patro by a margin of 73,824 votes. In 1996, although there were 11 independent candidates in the fray, it was actually a direct fight between Congress and Janata Dal. The queen of the erstwhile princely state of Khallikot, V. Sugnana Kumari Deo from Janata Dal was pitted against Rao. But it was  P.V. Narasimha Rao who won the election with a comfortable margin of more than 1.68 lakh votes.

Rao contested from two constituencies in 1996, Nandyal, his home constituency which returned him in 1991 bye election and Berhampur. Although he won both the seats, he chose to resign from Nandyal and retain Berhampur. It is another matter that his party couldn’t form the Government at Centre in 1996. But Berhampur retained its honour as a VVIP constituency returning a Prime Minister who completed his full 5 year term in office, for his next term in Lok Sabha, an honour which Puri seem to have missed in 2019.

Source- Odisha Sun Times 

Lok Sabha Election to be held from April 11 to May 19

17th General Election to be held in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19; counting on May 23

PM Modi wishes the best to Election Commission and seeks blessings of people

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission has announced on 10 March, 2019.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from March 10 and 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time as against about 9 lakh in 2014.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora addressing media to announce the dates for the General Elections 2019.Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the ‘voter verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time. The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. Counting of votes for all seven phases would be done on May 23, the EC said. Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in J&K would vote in three phases due to security reasons, the ECI said.

Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision. The ECI said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the ECI for assiduously organizing elections for several years, he said.

PM Shri Modi said, “The festival of democracy, Elections are here. I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers.

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The PM further said, “Guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous & secure India. #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar”.

Assembly polls

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha will be held simultaneously with the respective Lok Sabha constituencies.

President’s rule to continue in J&K

On J&K, the ECI said security situation is being monitored. Regarding holding elections ECI has sought info from the State administration. EC has assessed the ground situation and preparedness for the polls, also considering recent developments, sought comments from MHA and also visited the State, had meeting with all political parties and administration officials, based on the findings and availability of forces, EC has decided to announce only the parliamentary elections in the State, decision on holding Assembly elections to be taken soon, he says. So, Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir not to be held along with Lok Sabha polls.

-MARCH 10, 2019

India’s only Army Air Defence College in Gopalpur-Tazeen Qureshy

Into the Heart of India’s only and most advanced Army Air Defence (AAD) College in Gopalpur (Brahmapur), Odisha

Written by Tazeen Qureshy and Edited by Shruti Singhal

It’s a sunny weekday afternoon, and the road leading to the famous Gopalpur sea beach in Odisha is bustling with activity. Shopkeepers are wrapping up last-minute sales to break for lunch while some of the others are making way to their homes.

Amid the hustle, a bus takes a left diversion, and all the activities cease into oblivion. After another right turn come two entry points, which are paths leading to a different world altogether.

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‘Trespassers will also be trained,’ the signboard reads. You read that right! Trained, not prosecuted.

The signboard is a metaphor for the rigorous training and discipline inside India’s only and most advanced Army Air Defence (AAD) College.

One of the youngest corps of Army, the Army Air Defence Corps bifurcated from the Regiment of Artillery 25 years ago. Spread over 2,700 acres, the institution boasts of modern facilities, equipment and weapons.

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The AAD College has around 3,000 recruits. It is a popular training hub for all the AD warriors from Air Force, Navy, CRPF and CISF personnel. Around 100 are recruited from the Officers Academy. The College also receives foreign officers from 20 Asian and African countries including Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Mozambique and Rwanda.

The training period is divided into physical and advanced training modules. While the former can take up to 19 weeks, weapon training takes at least 45 weeks.

“When we get trainees, the first task is to improve their endurance, strength and confidence. We undertake physical training activities like vertical rope, horizontal rope, toe touch beam, shuttle race and other body exercises. At the end of each day’s training, the trainees are made to play any game for five minutes as a recreation,” says an instructor posted at Gopalpur Military Station.

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Weapon training is more sophisticated. From Russian-made 9mm Carbine guns to the latest 5.56 mm Light Machine guns, the Air Defence (AD) Warriors are provided in-depth training. The AAD also has radar control weapons including ZU 23mm guns and L 70 guns, to combat aerial threats.

As the sun sets, the dark skies suddenly roar with thunders and erupt into beams of light, striking a target, barely visible to the naked eye. The logo of the AAD has the Sanskrit wordsRelated image ‘Akashe Shatrun Jehi’, which means “no enemy can dare venture into our skies”.

“The ultimate test of any personnel is defeating enemies. So, we focus a lot on firing. The ZU 23mm has a firing range of 2.5 km, while the L 70 gun has a range of 3.5 km,” says Major General PS Bhatia, Deputy Commandant, AAD College.

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Both day and night firing is possible with the weapon system. With these state of art facilities already in place, the AAD is now up for further modernisation. “Day and night firing are completely different. In day-time firing, the target is in front, while at night, the radar controls most firing. The Indian army is equipped to use both,” says Major General Bhatia. “Air-borne threats have changed over the years. We are transforming the technology at AAD. MRSAM

(Medium Range Surface to Air Missile) have been inducted in defence forces through a joint venture with Israel. Our teams will be sent to Israel, and a new facility will be built at this Army AD College in Gopalpur,” says Lieutenant General A P Singh, Commandant, AAD

Image result for Army Air Defence College in OdishaWhile the military station is generally out-of-bounds, it was recently open to media interaction, to display its strength.

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“Most people are not aware of this AAD College and its training. We want people to know they are safe, with us around. Apart from what we do (combat training), we are directly engaged in service when there are natural calamities like cyclones or civil unrest. All we want to say is that the AD warriors are ready, should there be any requirement,” concludes Major General PS Bhatia.

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Central Industrial Security Force personnel have started training at Army Air Defence College and Centre in Gopalpur (Brahmapur)

(Written by Tazeen Qureshy and Edited by Shruti Singhal)

Watch how Army Air Defence College is moving towards modernisation

May 8, 2018


Where and What to Eat in Odisha (Orissa)

Where and What to Eat in Odisha (Orissa)

Its vacation time again for my family and I usually spend the first half of my holidays in Brahmapur (Odisha) Odisha the place where I was born and grew up to be a chef. A trip to my hometown brings back fond memories with food being the focal part of our trip. The craving for Odia delicacies always stayed alive, irrespective of whichever part of the world I was in. However, I realised that not many people, outside the country and in it, are aware of the intricacies of Odia cuisine and the remarkable flavours it offers. Well, all that is about to change. So here goes.

Compared to other regional Indian cuisines, Odia cuisine uses relatively less oil and is mild in spices but very flavorful. Rice is the staple food of this region. Mustard oil is used in several dishes as the cooking medium, butghee is preferred in temples like Jagannath. Traditionally, food was served on disposable plates made of sal leaves. Yoghurt is also used in various dishes. Many sweets of the region have chhena(cheese) as a base.

Ingredients and Seasoning

The ingredients used in Odia cuisine are typical – plantains, jackfruit, and raw papaya. The curries are garnished with tamarind and dried raw mango also called ‘Ambula’ in Odia. Coconut is also used in several dishes. ‘Pancho phutana‘ is a blend of five spices, which is widely used in Odiya cuisine. It contains mustard, cumin, fenugreek, aniseed and kalonji. Although garlic and onion are used in households, these are avoided in temple kitchens. Turmeric and red chilies are also commonly used.

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Pancho phutana is a blend of five spices 
Local Influence

The food in the region around Puri-Cuttack is greatly influenced by the Jagannath Temple. On the other hand, kalonji and mustard paste are used mostly in the region bordering Bengal, and curries tend to be sweeter. In the region closer to Andhra Pradesh, curry leaves and tamarind are used more. My hometown Brahmapur region has influences of South Indian Cuisine, and the Telegu speaking audiences living in Odisha have re-invented some new Odia dishes.

Food for the Gods

Various temples in region make their own offerings to the presiding deities. The prasada of the Jagannath temple is well known and is specifically called ‘Maha Prasad’ meaning greatest of all prasadas. It consists of 56 recipes, hence called chhapan bhoga. It is based on the legend that Krishna missed his eight meals for seven days while trying to save a village from a storm, holding up the Govardhan hill as a shelter.


People from Orissa eat a lot of sour chutneys with their lunch and dinner thalis. These side dishes or chutneys are as important as the main course. Some of the well-known dishes under this category are:

Dahi Baingano : A sour dish made from yoghurt and fried brinjal.

Khajuri Khata: A sweet and sour dish made from ripe tomatoes and dates.

Amba Khatta: A condiment made from raw mangoes.

Dhania-Patra Chutney: A side made from coriander leaves, green chilies and tamarind.

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Where to Eat in Odisha (Orissa)

Now the obvious question, where do we get to eat such lip smacking dishes while on a trip to Odisha? Here are my recommendations:

1. Odishi Restaurant – Brahmapur

The best Pokhalo (fermented rice dish eaten in summers) can be found at Odishi Restaurant, Spectrum Tower at Brahmapur. This place serves the best traditional thali I have had in a long time. Food that is cooked home style is their USP, without the use of any preservatives, colour or additives. The Pokhalo is served with condiments such as Aloo Bhartha, Badi Chura, Lali Koshala Saaga and Kondori Aloo Bhaja. I was also served Macha Besara (Rs. 70) (Rohu fish deep fried and steeped in a mustard gravy). I am not too fond of Rohu because it has too many sharp bones but I binged on the whole dishbefore I could lay my bare hands on the Pokhalo.

The other dish that caught my attention was the Chingudi Kossa (Rs. 90) a dry preparation of shrimps with onion, green chillies and mild spices. The shrimps were crisp and were a delight. I had to temporarily put an end to my gastronomical journey as I was full but not before I was served a bowl of their favourite dessert “kheeri”. Kheeri(Rs.20) is the Odia word for kheer. The kheer is made with rice, reduced milk and sugar. This is traditionally served in all Odia weddings throughout the state.


2. Dalma Restaurant, Madhu Sudan Nagar, Bhubaneshwar

My next culinary stop was the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. Dalma Restaurant, serving authentic Odia food, is a must-do on your foodie list. The restaurant is around 15-16 years old and claims to be the trendsetter in popularising Odia cuisine and it now has branches in Bangalore, Kolkata, Puri, Rourkela and Brahmapur.

The place was very casual with canteen like seating. After settling down, I ordered the Mutton Thali (230/-), the Crab Thali (250/-) and Dalma (50/-). The Mutton Thali was heavenly with tender pieces of mutton and the well-balanced curry went perfectly with the plain rice. The Crab Thali was equally competent. Dalma is an Odia curry made with brinjal, raw papaya, colocasia, drumstick, beans, raw banana, lentils and lots of mild spices. The Dalma was loaded with flavours and one should not forget to order this while at its namesake restaurant

We also ordered a bowl of Chhatu Rai (130/-), basically mushrooms tossed in mustard sauce and Hilsa Maccha Jhola (200/-), Hilsa fish cooked in home-style Odia gravy. We loved both the dishes. The food felt completely natural, unlike other restaurants where you just get some artificial, repetitive and predictable taste. If you want to taste some Odia delicacies, this place is perfect.

A meal without desserts is always incomplete and this place serves one of Orissa’s favourite sweet, the Chhena Jhili (35/piece). The birthplace of this sweet is Nimapada in Puri district. It is prepared by deep frying balls of chhena and steeping them in sugar syrup.

Pricing at Dalma is a bit steep but this place does serve very authentic Odia food and one must try to visit this place atleast once when in Bhubaneswar.

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Hilsa Maccha Jhola

Take a Trip to Cuttack

A trip to Bhubaneswar is incomplete without visiting its twin city Cuttack. With River Mahanadi on one side and River Kathojodi on the other side, Cuttack is more than 100 years old and its many roads and lanes are like a maze for any new comer. My sister lives in this city and I am no stranger to the food scene the place has to offer. When we talk about food, people here only think of the Dahibara Aludum. It’s a kind of lentil dumpling that is soaked in yoghurt, and then covered with hot Ghuguni (a spicy dish made with cooked peas and spices) and Aloo Dum. The dish is then garnished with yoghurt, onions and pudina chutney.

Dahibara Aloo Dum in Cuttack has its own signature style with a hint of spiciness and a slight flavour of mint.

There are a few places in Cuttack that are famous and an evening stroll could take you to one of these places for Dahibara Aloo Dum:

– Eshwar Dahibara Aloodum – Biju Patnaik Chowk

– Dahibara stall at Ranihaat

– Raghu Dahibara Aloodum – Bidanasi, Daulasahi

– Dahibara stalls – Outside Barabati stadium

– Dahibara stall opposite Kanika Chowk Petrol Pump

– Dolamundai Chowk Dahibara

– Rama Dahibara – In front of SB women’s college Bhoggie Dahibara – Near New Stewart school

I was fortunate enough to try this delicacy at all the above places and every one of them had their own distinct taste, texture and presentation. This divine and amazing snack is very reasonably priced somewhere between Rs 40/- to Rs 50/- per plate and I promise you will never have just one.

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By Chef Anees Khan , Founder & Chef, Star Anise Patisserie and Star Anise Fine Foods Pvt Ltd  |

– April 24, 2018

Massive victory for BJD in Odisha bypoll

Massive victory for BJD in Odisha bypoll

Massive victory for BJD in Odisha bypoll.  Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu registered a thumping victory in the Bijepur assembly bypoll in Odisha by defeating BJP’s Ashok Panigrahi by a margin of 41,933 votes on Wednesday.
While Sahu secured 102,871 votes, Bharatiya Janata Party‘s Panigrahi got 60,938 votes. Congress candidate Pranaya Sahu was a distant third with 10,274, said Returning Officer Tapiram Majhi.

The BJD won a staggering 56 per cent of the polled votes, while the BJP won 33.53 per cent and the Congress a mere 5.65 per cent, said Majhi.

The Bijepur result assumes significance, particularly for the BJD, BJP and the Congress as it is seen as a precursor to the 2019 general elections.

The results proved that the popularity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik remains intact despite an aggressive campaign by the BJP, which failed to capitalise on its advantages from the panchayat polls.

The BJP had swept the Zilla Parishad polls in Bargarh district in 2017. On the other hand, the Congress party, which won the assembly seat the last three times, was completely decimated in the by-election.

Celebrations erupted at the BJD party headquarters here. Party workers were seen dancing and bursting firecrackers following the victory of their candidate. BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Patnaik said a victory by more than 40,000 votes will have an impact on future elections.

“I am humbled by love and trust of the people of Bijepur for giving BJD a massive victory. BJD lives in the hearts of the people of Odisha. Our people are peace loving and have rejected the politics of hatred and violence,” said Patnaik.

“I thank each and every BJD worker who has worked hard for this. We will continue our efforts to build a prosperous and empowered Odisha. Jai Jagannath,” he tweeted. BJP legislature party leader KV. Singdeo conceded defeat.

“We need to do our introspection over the defeat in the Bijepur bypoll and move forward,” said Singhdeo.
The by-election was held on February 24 in which around 82 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise. It was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu in August 2017.

Panigrahi had won the Bijepur seat in 2000. Though as many as 13 candidates were in the fray for the assembly seat, the high voltage fight was primarily seen as a triangular contest between the ruling BJD, BJP and Congress.

-February 28, 2018

Baijayant Panda suspended from BJD

Baijayant Panda suspended from BJD

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Kendrapara, Baijayant Panda, was on Wednesday suspended from the primary membership of the party for “anti-party” activities.

Baijayant PandaMr. Panda, who is the vice-president of IMFA, India’s largest, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys, was suspended from the party with immediate effect by Chief Minster and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. IMFA is engaged in mining, ferro alloys and electricity production.

Naveen Patnaik took action against the MP for his “anti-party” activities. The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.

The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.

Mr. Panda had been trying to weaken the regional party since he was not allowed by the party leadership after the 2014 elections to become the head of the Lok Sabha’s Standing Committee on Finance, senior Minister and BJD vice-president Surjya Narayan Patro said in a press note.

“Mr. Panda’s claim that he was a founder-member of the BJD is baseless,” said Mr. Patro in his statement.

The rebel MP had not campaigned for the BJD nominees in the run-up to the panchayat elections last year and instead openly campaigned for opposition parties, Mr. Patro added.

Mr. Patro further said that as vice-president of IMFA, Mr. Panda had received ₹1,45,27,747 in 2014 towards salary and allowances, and waiver of loans to the tune of crores of rupees of IMFA (previously named as ICCL) was still surrounded by controversy.

Reacting to Mr. Panda’s recent tweets, BJD spokesperson and MP Pratap Keshari Deb said the rebel MP was appearing to be speaking the language of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.


Candles and a world record in Berhampur, Odisha

21 candles and a world record in Berhampur, Odisha

In an attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records, Manoj Kumar Moharana — a post-graduate student of mathematics of Berhampur,  district Ganjam in Odisha — stuffed the ends of 21 lit candles in his mouth.

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Apart from the attempt with candles, he also kept 90 grapes inside his mouth in a second bid to reach the record book. Both these demonstrations took place in the presence of Berhampur Sub-Collector, S.S.Swain at his office on Saturday.

Two years’ practice

Mr. Moharana, who hails from Khadarada village under Polasara block of Ganjam district, said he had been practising for the potential record in these two fields for over two years.“Recent Guinness record for most lit candles in the mouth is 18, by Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya of Mumbai on Jan 7, 2017. The current record for most seedless grapes stuffed in the mouth is 88,” said Mr. Moharana.

He said that he hopes to be the new record holder after verification by Guinness officials.

Failed attempt

Earlier in 2015, he had tried to create a record using his field of study, mathematics. He had attempted to write squares of every number from 1 to 1000 from memory in 49 seconds. “But Guinness authorities did not accept my endeavour, so I decided to try another field to get recognised,” he said.

– BERHAMPUR, MAY 22, 2017

Cleanest Cities in the Country- 2017 list released

‘Cleanest Cities in the Country’

Survey of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ — carried out by the Quality Council of India released

Indore and Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh have emerged as the cleanest cities.

Indore and Bhopal, both in Madhya Pradesh, have emerged as the cleanest cities in the country as per a massive cleanliness survey commissioned by the Union Urban Development Ministry. They are followed by Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara in the top 10 list.

The survey — Swachh Survekshan 2017 — was carried out by the Quality Council of India across 434 cities in the country and is based on the feedback of 18 lakh respondents.Cleanest Cities

The results of the survey were announced by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

The top 10 cleanest cities in the country are Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara, respectively.

In Madhya Pradesh, all cities and towns have substantially improved sanitation rankings in 2017 over that of 2016 and 2014. The State’s 23 cities and towns are among the top 100 cleanest cities in the country.

Gujarat is also close, with 21 of its cities and towns in the top 100 list. Surat and Vadodara are in the fourth and tenth position respectively.

However, Gujarat has the maximum of 12 cities among the Top 50, closely followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Andhra Pradesh with 8. Tamil Nadu and Telangana account for four each. Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh account for one each in this group.

“I would prefer to call these results as ‘Citizens’ Verdict’ on sanitation in urban areas, given the scale and eagerness of citizens’ participation and the fact that these 434 cities and towns account for about 60% of the country’s urban population,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I am particularly happy over the fact that over 80% of the respondents reported a definite improvement in cleanliness in our cities and towns over the last year and in sanitation related infrastructure and services like waste collection and processing has improved,” he said.

A major transformation in respect of sanitation was taking place in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “So, let us call them the ‘Movers and Shakers’ of the ongoing cleanliness drive,” he said.

Rajasthan and Punjab have five cities each in the Bottom 50, followed by Maharashtra, with two and one each from Haryana, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Of the 62 surveyed in Uttar Pradesh, 41 figured among the Bottom 100 and this was a matter of concern, Mr. Naidu said.

“Further to our analysis of the survey data, sanitation scenario in Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab and Kerala also appear to be a matter of concern, requiring these States to step up efforts,” he said.

In respect of Bihar, out of the 27 cities surveyed this year, 19 of them were ranked beyond 300 and the best rank for the State being 147 for Biharsharif. Fifteen cities are among the Bottom 100.

In the case of Rajasthan, 18 of the 29 cities are ranked beyond 300, with 13 among the Bottom 100. Best rank that the State could get is 171 for Bundi.

In Punjab, 7 of the 16 cities surveyed figure among the Bottom 100 with the best rank being 121 for SAS Nagar.

-04-May, 2017

Swachh Survekshan- 2017 Rankings



1 Indore Madhya Pradesh
2 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
3 Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Andhra Pradesh
4 Surat Gujarat
5 Mysuru (Mysore) Karnataka
6 Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Tamil Nadu
7 New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Delhi
8 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
9 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
10 Vadodara Gujarat
11 Chandigarh Chandigarh
12 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
13 Pune Maharashtra
14 Amdavad (Ahmedabad) Gujarat
15 Ambikapur Chattisgarh
16 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
17 Khargone Madhya Pradesh
18 Rajkot (M. Corp) Gujarat
19 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
20 Gandhinagar (NA) Gujarat
21 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
22 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Telangana
23 Sagar Madhya Pradesh
24 Murwara (Katni) Madhya Pradesh
25 Navsari Gujarat
26 Vapi Gujarat
27 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
28 Warangal Telangana
29 Greater Mumbai Maharashtra
30 Suryapet Telangana
31 Tadipatri Andhra Pradesh
32 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
33 Bhavnagar Gujarat
34 Kalol Gujarat
35 Jamnagar Gujarat
36 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh
37 Kumbakonam Tamil Nadu
38 Rewa Madhya Pradesh
39 Jetpur Navagadh Gujarat
40 Narasaraopet Andhra Pradesh
41 Chas Jharkhand
42 Erode Tamil Nadu
43 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh
44 Tenali Andhra Pradesh
45 Siddipet Telangana
46 Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh
47 Shimla Himachal Pradesh
48 Ratlam Madhya Pradesh
49 Godhra Gujarat
50 Gangtok Sikkim
51 Singrauli Madhya Pradesh
52 Junagadh Gujarat
53 Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh
54 Bhilai Nagar Chattisgarh
55 Sehore Madhya Pradesh
56 Shirdi (Shirdhi) Maharashtra
57 Madurai Tamil Nadu
58 Dewas Madhya Pradesh
59 Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh
60 Bharuch Gujarat
61 Pithampur Madhya Pradesh
62 Tambaram Tamil Nadu
63 Mangaluru (Mangalore) Karnataka
64 Jamshedpur (NAC) Jharkhand
65 Karnal Haryana
66 Dwarka Gujarat
67 Gandhidham Gujarat
68 Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
69 Nadiad Gujarat
70 Ongole Andhra Pradesh
71 Chittoor Andhra Pradesh
72 Pimpri-Chinchwad Maharashtra
73 Khandwa Madhya Pradesh
74 Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh
75 Satna Madhya Pradesh
76 Chandrapur Maharashtra
77 Korba Chattisgarh
78 Betul Madhya Pradesh
79 Botad Gujarat
80 Nandyal Andhra Pradesh
81 Giridih Jharkhand
82 Hosur Tamil Nadu
83 Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh
84 Velankani (Vellankanni) Tamil Nadu
85 Durg Chattisgarh
86 Eluru Andhra Pradesh
87 Bhimavaram Andhra Pradesh
88 Faridabad Haryana
89 Ambarnath Maharashtra
90 Panaji Goa
91 Hazaribag Jharkhand
92 Chhatarpur (Chhattarpur) Madhya Pradesh
93 Guntakal Andhra Pradesh
94 Bhubaneswar Town Odisha
95 Palanpur Gujarat
96 Morbi Gujarat
97 Tadepalligudem Andhra Pradesh
98 Bhuj Gujarat
99 Mehsana Gujarat
100 Leh Jammu and Kashmir
101 Veraval Gujarat
102 Deoghar Jharkhand
103 Anand Gujarat
104 Raigarh Chattisgarh
105 Aizawl (NT) Mizoram
106 Dindigul Tamil Nadu
107 Chilakaluripet Andhra Pradesh
108 Vellore Tamil Nadu
109 Dhanbad Jharkhand
110 Karaikkudi Tamil Nadu
111 Patan Gujarat
112 Gurugram (Gurgaon) Haryana
113 Pudukkottai Tamil Nadu
114 Nagda Madhya Pradesh
115 Solapur Maharashtra
116 Thane Maharashtra
117 Ranchi Jharkhand
118 Guntur Andhra Pradesh
119 Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh
120 Deesa Gujarat
121 S.A.S. Nagar Punjab
122 Imphal Manipur
123 Amreli Gujarat
124 Dhule Maharashtra
125 Rajapalayam Tamil Nadu
126 Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh
127 Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu
128 Bhind Madhya Pradesh
129 Raipur Chattisgarh
130 Mira-Bhayandar Maharashtra
131 Mango (NAC) Jharkhand
132 Bathinda Punjab
133 Proddatur Andhra Pradesh
134 Guwahati Assam
135 Salem Tamil Nadu
136 Neemuch Madhya Pradesh
137 Nagpur Maharashtra
138 Burhanpur Madhya Pradesh
139 Vasai Virar City Maharashtra
140 Ludhiana Punjab
141 Ichalkaranji Maharashtra
142 Valsad Gujarat
143 Udupi Karnataka
144 Adityapur Jharkhand
145 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
146 Biharsharif Bihar
147 Shivamogga (Shimoga) Karnataka
148 Mandya Karnataka
149 Dharmavaram Andhra Pradesh
150 Surendranagar Dudhrej Gujarat
151 Nashik Maharashtra
152 Tumakuru (Tumkur) Karnataka
153 Gondal Gujarat
154 Kadapa Andhra Pradesh
155 Pallavaram Tamil Nadu
156 Gudivada Andhra Pradesh
157 Satara Maharashtra
158 Kulgaon Badlapur (Badlapur) Maharashtra
159 Kavali Andhra Pradesh
160 Hindupur Andhra Pradesh
161 Nagaon Assam
162 Jalgaon Maharashtra
163 Seoni Madhya Pradesh
164 Rajnandgaon Chattisgarh
165 Nellore Andhra Pradesh
166 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
167 Gadag Betageri Karnataka
168 Raurkela Odisha
169 Avadi Tamil Nadu
170 Panvel Maharashtra
171 Bundi Rajasthan
172 Delhi Cantonment Delhi
173 Vidisha Madhya Pradesh
174 Nagercoil Tamil Nadu
175 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
176 Kurnool Andhra Pradesh
177 Kolhapur Maharashtra
178 Nizamabad Telangana
179 Bilaspur Chattisgarh
180 Sikar Rajasthan
181 Nandurbar Maharashtra
182 Miryalaguda Telangana
183 Ahmednagar Maharashtra
184 Porbandar Gujarat
185 Nagapattinam Tamil Nadu
186 Pali Rajasthan
187 Berhampur(Brahmapur Town) Odisha
188 Pathankot Punjab
189 Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry
190 Balasore(Baleshwar Town) Odisha
191 Ramagundam Telangana
192 Nanded Waghala Maharashtra
193 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
194 Puri Town Odisha
195 Adilabad Telangana
196 East Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
197 Anantnag Jammu and Kashmir
198 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
199 Hubli-Dharwad Karnataka
200 Nalgonda Telangana
201 Karimnagar Telangana
202 South Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
203 Bagalkote(Bagalkot) Karnataka
204 Cuttack Odisha
205 Morena Madhya Pradesh
206 Ozhukarai Puducherry
207 Ulhasnagar Maharashtra
208 Kohima Nagaland
209 Jodhpur Rajasthan
210 Bruhat Bengaluru (BBMP) Karnataka
211 Panchkula Haryana
212 Bhilwara Rajasthan
213 Ananthapuramu (Ananthapur) Andhra Pradesh
214 Srikalahasti Andhra Pradesh
215 Jaipur Rajasthan
216 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
217 Bhadravathi(Bhadravati) Karnataka
218 Roorkee Uttarakhand
219 Osmanabad Maharashtra
220 Ranebennur (Ranibennur) Karnataka
221 Port Blair Andaman and Nicobar Islands
222 Ferozepur Punjab
223 Thoothukudi (Thoothukkudi) Tamil Nadu
224 Adoni Andhra Pradesh
225 Chickamagaluru (Chikmagalur) Karnataka
226 Ajmer Rajasthan
227 Hassan Karnataka
228 Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh
229 Parbhani Maharashtra
230 Yavatmal Maharashtra
231 Amravati Maharashtra
232 Jagdalpur Chattisgarh
233 Jalandhar Punjab
234 Kalyan-Dombivli Maharashtra
235 Greater Chennai (Chennai) Tamil Nadu
236 Khammam Telangana
237 Sangli Miraj Kupwad Maharashtra
238 Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
239 Malegaon Maharashtra
240 Udgir Maharashtra
241 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
242 Damoh Madhya Pradesh
243 Sonepat (Sonipat) Haryana
244 Haridwar Uttarakhand
245 Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh
246 Jaunpur Uttar Pradesh
247 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
248 Belagavi (Belgaum) Karnataka
249 Mahabubnagar Telangana
250 Cuddalore Tamil Nadu
251 Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
252 Ayodhya Uttar Pradesh
253 Thanesar Haryana
254 Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala
255 Gangapur City Rajasthan
256 Kashipur Uttarakhand
257 Kishanganj Bihar
258 Amritsar Punjab
259 Kullu Himachal Pradesh
260 Dabra Madhya Pradesh
261 Baripada Town Odisha
262 Patna Bihar
263 Agra Uttar Pradesh
264 Silvassa (Silvasa) Dadra and Nagar Haveli
265 Jind Haryana
266 Guna Madhya Pradesh
267 Ambur Tamil Nadu
268 Rameswaram (Rameshwaram) Tamil Nadu
269 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
270 Bettiah Bihar
271 Kochi (Cochin) Kerala
272 Hajipur Bihar
273 Orai Uttar Pradesh
274 Sirsa Haryana
275 Bhagalpur Bihar
276 Shillong Meghalaya
277 Dimapur Nagaland
278 Sasaram Bihar
279 North Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
280 Silchar Assam
281 Madanapalle Andhra Pradesh
282 Kaithal Haryana
283 Ballari(Bellary) Karnataka
284 Barnala Punjab
285 Beawar Rajasthan
286 Palakkad Kerala
287 Barshi Maharashtra
288 Davanagere Karnataka
289 Datia Madhya Pradesh
290 Agartala Tripura
291 Hisar Haryana
292 Jhunjhunu Rajasthan
293 Bodh Gaya Bihar
294 Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Karnataka
295 Rohtak Haryana
296 Akola Maharashtra
297 Dibrugarh Assam
298 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
299 Aurangabad Maharashtra
300 Sujangarh Rajasthan
301 Chittorgarh(Chittaurgarh) Rajasthan
302 Beed(Bid) Maharashtra
303 Rewari Haryana
304 Muzaffarpur Bihar
305 Chandausi Uttar Pradesh
306 Guruvayur Kerala
307 Jehanabad Bihar
308 Ambala Sadar (Ambala) Haryana
309 Sultanpur Uttar Pradesh
310 Udaipur Rajasthan
311 Achalpur Maharashtra
312 Vijayapura (Bijapur) Karnataka
313 Wardha Maharashtra
314 Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh
315 Bidar Karnataka
316 Dehradun Uttarakhand
317 Hosapete (Hospet) Karnataka
318 Latur Maharashtra
319 Bikaner Rajasthan
320 Lalitpur Uttar Pradesh
321 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh
322 Sambalpur Town Odisha
323 Hoshiarpur Punjab
324 Thrissur (M.Corp) Kerala
325 Rudrapur Uttarakhand
326 Shamli Uttar Pradesh
327 Buxar Bihar
328 Raichur Karnataka
329 Tonk Rajasthan
330 Nainital Uttarakhand
331 Loni Uttar Pradesh
332 Hanumangarh Rajasthan
333 Akbarpur Uttar Pradesh
334 Dehri Bihar
335 Panipat Haryana
336 Etawah Uttar Pradesh
337 Chitradurga Karnataka
338 Deoria Uttar Pradesh
339 Meerut Uttar Pradesh
340 Diu Daman and Diu
341 Kota Rajasthan
342 Purnia Bihar
343 Gondia Maharashtra
344 Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh
345 Bhiwani Haryana
346 Yamunanagar Haryana
347 Robertson Pet Karnataka
348 Motihari Bihar
349 Bhadrak Odisha
350 Daman Daman and Diu
351 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh
352 Mathura Uttar Pradesh
353 Bahadurgarh Haryana
354 Baran Rajasthan
355 Hinganghat Maharashtra
356 Darbhanga Bihar
357 Aurangabad (Bihar) Bihar
358 Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan
359 Ganganagar Rajasthan
360 Modinagar Uttar Pradesh
361 Ballia Uttar Pradesh
362 Gaya Bihar
363 Malerkotla Punjab
364 Alwar Rajasthan
365 Kollam Kerala
366 Kannur Kerala
367 Hindaun Rajasthan
368 Jalna Maharashtra
369 Moga Punjab
370 Maunath Bhanjan Uttar Pradesh
371 Bharatpur Rajasthan
372 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
373 Kolar Karnataka
374 Pilibhit Uttar Pradesh
375 Firozabad Uttar Pradesh
376 Siwan Bihar
377 Farrukhabad-cum-Fatehgarh Uttar Pradesh
378 Sambhal Uttar Pradesh
379 Mainpuri Uttar Pradesh
380 Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala
381 Gangawati Karnataka
382 Mughalsarai Uttar Pradesh
383 Faizabad Uttar Pradesh
384 Nagaur Rajasthan
385 Banda Uttar Pradesh
386 Basti Uttar Pradesh
387 Dhaulpur Rajasthan
388 Badami Karnataka
389 Mirzapur-cum-Vindhyachal Uttar Pradesh
390 Arrah Bihar
391 Dinapur Nizamat (Danapur) Bihar
392 Bhiwandi-Nizampur(Bhiwandi) Maharashtra
393 Amroha Uttar Pradesh
394 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh
395 Haldwani-cum-Kathgodam Uttarakhand
396 Saharsa Bihar
397 Palwal Haryana
398 Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh
399 Rampur Uttar Pradesh
400 Khanna Punjab
401 Shikohabad Uttar Pradesh
402 Jhalawar Rajasthan
403 Bhiwadi Rajasthan
404 Begusarai Bihar
405 Churu Rajasthan
406 Etah Uttar Pradesh
407 Sitapur Uttar Pradesh
408 Hathras Uttar Pradesh
409 Kasganj Uttar Pradesh
410 Lakhimpur Uttar Pradesh
411 Patiala Punjab
412 Fatehpur Uttar Pradesh
413 Ghazipur Uttar Pradesh
414 Jamalpur Bihar
415 Munger Bihar
416 Kavaratti Lakshadweep
417 Unnao Uttar Pradesh
418 Batala Punjab
419 Kishangarh Rajasthan
420 Badaun(Budaun) Uttar Pradesh
421 Baraut Uttar Pradesh
422 Chapra Bihar
423 Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh
424 Hapur Uttar Pradesh
425 Khurja Uttar Pradesh
426 Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh
427 Abohar Punjab
428 Muktsar Punjab
429 Bahraich Uttar Pradesh
430 Katihar Bihar
431 Hardoi Uttar Pradesh
432 Bagaha Bihar
433 Bhusawal Maharashtra
434 Gonda Uttar Pradesh

Olive Ridley eggs hatch in thousands in Ganjam

Olive Ridley eggs hatch in thousands in Ganjam

Thousands of hatchlings are coming out of the nests buried under sand on this coast to venture into the sea. The Rushikulya rookery coast near Berhampur city in Ganjam district of Odisha is a major mass nesting site for Olive ridley turtles in India. This year, over 3,85,000 mother turtles reached the coast to lay eggs. Each nest contains around 100 eggs. This means over three crore hatchlings are expected to come out of the nests. On an average, 80 hatchlings come out of each nest.

Olive Ridley, microstat

“As the rate of mortality among the hatchlings is so high, the Olive Ridley remains an endangered species,” Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera said.

Forest range officer Dilip Kumar Martha said the hatching had started in a small number of nests on April 2. The process picked up on the night of April 7 and is expected to last for the next five days. This year, hatching was delayed by a few days because of the rains on the night of April 2.

Bivash Pandav, a scientist of the Wildlife Institute of India, pointed to an interesting fact. The hatchlings come out of the sand 48 hours after they hatch. During this period, they remain under the sand, getting oxygen through the porous sand, their shells turning hard for them to cope with the condition outside.

The Hindu, Sib Kumar Das


Tata Steel’s First Greenfield Ferro-Chrome Plant in India at Gopalpur (Berhampur) Starts Production

Tata Steel’s First Greenfield Ferro-Chrome Plant in India at Gopalpur (Berhampur, Odisha) Starts Production

The recently commissioned ferro-chrome plant of Tata Steel at Gopalpur Industrial Park (Berhampur) in Ganjam district of Odisha, has achieved a major milestone with the first ever production of ferro-chrome on February 25, 2017, with compliance to all technical parameters.

TataChromite briquettes used for making ferro-chrome have been produced by the Briquetting Plant at the ferro-chrome plant complex. The Briquetting Plant had earlier commenced production on January 23, 2017. For the plant, the steel major is sourcing chrome ore from its chromite mine at Sukinda in Jajpur district of Odisha.

Speaking on the occasion Mr D B Sundara Ramam, Executive-in-Charge, Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division of Tata Steel said, “This marks the completion of the commissioning of the ferro-chrome plant. It also goes a long way in consolidating our footprint in Odisha and the long standing partnership with the state towards industrial progress of the region.”

As part of the anchor investment in Tata Steel’s Gopalpur Industrial Park, the Rs 542 crore Ferro-chrome plant has an installed capacity of 55,000 tonne per annum (TPA). The plant was inaugurated on November 30, 2016 by the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik. It is a unique environment-friendly plant with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment and technology such as the ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) and STP (Sewage Treatment Plant). It has 100% water harvesting facility that caters to most of the water needs of the plant. It has an indigenously built semi-closed hybrid furnace, which is first of its kind in India and components procured from all over the world to maintain high standards of quality and safety. Also, it is the first plant in India to use briquetting method of Chrome ore fines agglomeration.

Besides the plant at Gopalpur, Tata Steel has two other Ferro-chrome plants in Odisha- a 65,000 TPA plant at Bamnipal in Keonjhar district and the other at Athagarh in Cuttack district of 55,000 TPA capacity under the management of its subsidiary T S Alloys.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group stands among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA) and a turnover of US $17.69 billion in FY16. It is the world’s second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in over 50 countries. Established in 1907, the Group’s vision is to be the world steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Besides being one of ‘worldsteel’s’ Climate Action members, it has also been awarded the CII ITC Sustainability Prize, the ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ by TIME Award, the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant, among several others.

Statements in this press release describing the Company’s performance may be “forward looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. Actual results may differ materially from those directly or indirectly expressed, inferred or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the Company’s operations include, among others, economic conditions affecting demand/ supply and price conditions in the domestic and overseas markets in which the Company operates, changes in or due to the environment, Government regulations, laws, statutes, judicial pronouncements and/ or other incidental factors.

-Microstat, 28 February, 2017 Gopalpur-On-Sea (Berhampur)