As rich tributes were paid to Biju Patnaik on his 101st birth anniversary of Sunday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik criticised the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for stopping many welfare programmes ignoring the interests of the people living in tribal and backward regions of the State.The State government, however, continues to implement those schemes using its own resources to safeguard the interest of the people, and would continue to do so, said Mr. Patnaik said while addressing a gathering at the Biju Janata Dal headquarters here.Progress in many sectorsWhether one admits or not due to political reasons, but the State has achieved significant progress in various sectors since the BJD started ruling the State in 2000, said Mr. Patnaik. “There is a huge difference between Odisha of 2000 and today’s Odisha,” he said.Besides faring better than the national average in infant mortality rate, Odisha has also seen infrastructure development, investment flow, growth in employment opportunities and increase in food production and people’s income, said Mr. Patnaik. Stating that the BJD has remained No. 1 in the recently held panchayat elections and will remain in the same position in future, Mr. Patnaik urged the gathering of party leaders and workers to stay in touch with the people. Observing that BJD doesn’t believe in slogans, but in service, the Chief Minister called upon his party workers to continue on the path shown by Biju Patnaik to serve Odisha.Birth centenaryMr. Patnaik also attended a function organised at port town of Paradip to mark the closing of the year-long Biju Patnaik birth centenary celebrations. He also flagged off a mini-marathon in Bhubaneswar to mark the occasion.The Chief Minister also highlighted his government’s achievements at a function organised to mark the celebration of the Panchayati Raj Day which is observed on the occasion Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary every year.
View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The unexpected break may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise as Pacquiao is already primed up for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout against Jeff Horn on July 2.On Friday night, Pacquiao told sportswriters that he has learned to listen to his body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Before, I can do 32 rounds and recover overnight. Now, [recovering] takes me a longer time, so I have to slow down sometimes,” Pacquiao said.Chief trainer Freddie Roach knows that, of course. Though the eight-division world champion still trains as hard as before, it now requires little persuasion for Pacquiao to stick to the training routine. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Fortune agreed, wishing that Pacquiao would climb to 146.5 lb during the official weigh-in on July 1.Notes: Team Pacquiao’s use of the Air Asia chartered plane was facilitated by Eric Arejola, ground operations head of Air Asia Phil. Though the plane has a 377 seating capacity there were only 187 passengers on board for the direct flight to Brisbane.Visit Inquirer Sports’ The Pacquiao Files for news, features, and other multimedia content about Manny Pacquiao and his upcoming fights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGEN. SANTOS City—Intermittent rains led to the cancellation of Manny Pacquiao’s scheduled hilly morning run Saturday, hours before his chartered plane took off for Australia.To make up for that, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune made him do several laps around his covered basketball court within the confines of his mansion here.ADVERTISEMENT SMB, TNT out to break tie World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Unlike years before, when the Fighting Senator would usually request for additional rounds of gym work.Although he’s hoping for a knockout, Roach knows that Pacquiao can very well go the full 12 rounds if necessary at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.The only thing that poses some concern for Roach is Pacquiao’s “lightness.”Despite eating voraciously at least four times a day, Pacquiao weighed only 142 pounds Thursday, five lb below the division’s limit.Roach wants Pacquiao to be between 145 to 146 pounds at this point as Horn will definitely be at least 10 lb heavier on fight night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
An explosion that killed seven people and caused panic in the Pakistani city of Lahore was caused by a gas leak and not a bomb as police had earlier stated, according to officials 24 February. AFPPakistani officials on Friday said a blast that killed 10 people at a shopping centre in the eastern city of Lahore was most probably an accident caused by a gas leak, not a bomb, as initially described.Panic gripped the city on Thursday after the blast at an upscale market, which also wounded 32 people.Soon after, a burst tyre in another commercial district prompted police to clear the area and rumours of another blast began to spread.”Yesterday’s blast was not an act of terrorism,” Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters.”It took place by accident. There is no evidence of explosive materials. There were gas cylinders present at the site and there is a strong possibility that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.”Speaking to Reuters on Friday, Punjab government spokesman Malik Mohammad Ahmed Khan revised his statement the previous day that the initial blast had been caused by a planted bomb.”Confusion was caused because the evidence was buried under the rubble, but it is now clear that this was not a bomb blast,” Khan said. “It was a gas cylinder explosion.”The injuries suffered by victims were not consistent with a bomb explosion, he added, while no militant group had claimed the blast.Pakistan has been hit by a wave of militant attacks in recent weeks that have killed at least 130 people. One attack at a Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province killed 90 people.
Kolkata: Bengal received a positive response in the recently concluded bidding of the India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS), much to the delight of the state Information Technology (IT) & Electronics department and the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), the nodal agency of the union ministry of IT and Electronics for this scheme. Bengal has applied for as many as 500 seats, nearly an increase of 2.5 times. Last time, out of a total of 48,300 seats, the state had accounted for only 200 seats. “A company based in Krishnanagar, Nadia has availed 400 seats while another in Siliguri has applied for 100 seats,” a senior official of the state IT department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe IBPS, envisaged under the Digital India Programme, seeks to incentivise the establishment of 48,300 seats in respect of BPO/ITES operations across the country, with a focus on Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 493 crore and aims at creating capacity building in smaller cities in terms of infrastructure and manpower. Bengal has an allocation of 1,700 seats in this scheme.Officials of STPI in Bengal feel that stringent eligibility criteria had been a major factor in Bengal’s lukewarm response to the scheme. “It should be noted that most of the state’s activities take place in Kolkata Metropolitan Area, where this scheme is not applicable. Hence, the response was not positive last time. However, the response has been satisfactory this time,” a senior STPI official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA senior IT department official felt that lack of awareness regarding a financial assistance of upto Rs 1 lakh per seat, which can be sought under the scheme, had also been a reason for the poor response.At a workshop organised by STPI in the city on April 20, state Additional Chief Secretary IT Debashis Sen had urged people working in the IT sector to spread the word around through tweets, Facebook and other social media channels. “This has contributed in the rise of seat applications,” an IT official said. The state IT department has adopted a two-tier approach in the IT sector. Apart from holding knowledge sharing workshops on emerging technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics etc at the state level, it is also holding workshops at the district level in collaboration with Nasscom, Webel and local chambers to enable people to have an idea of the facilities offered by the state government and STPI, if somebody wants to set up a BPO or other IT start ups.
Pet Fed, a two-day festival, is back with its 4th edition in the Capital with some Bollywood celebrities supporting and taking part in the event.Powered by Dogsee, the pet festival is coming back with its 2017 edition in Delhi on December 2-3 at NSIC Grounds in Okhla and will have its debut edition in Mumbai on December 17-18 at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, said a statement. Anticipating more than 25,000 pet parents and 4000 pets, this year’s pet extravaganza will witness engagements into fashion shows, talent shows, workshops, police dog shows, dog art gallery and even a world record attempt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnd if your pets have some cool tricks in their repertoire, enroll them for the Pet’s Got Talent, happening for the first time in India and show off how well they can jump through a loop, play dead on command or any other such fascinating trick.After creating waves in Delhi, Pet Fed is set to give every pet parent and animal lover a chance to spend two days with these loving creatures who love us unconditionally and to reciprocate the love they deserve in Mumbai as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePet Fed is India’s biggest pet festival curated to celebrate the love people have for animals. The entire concept of Pet Fed was started by the young entrepreneur Akshay on the belief that there’s an event for every passion of human being, be it music, art, fashion or comedy, but nothing for people who like animals. Pet Fed was curated to fill this very gap in the market.When: December 2 – 3Where: NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi Timing: 11 am – 9 pm