SAMBALPUR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 20 CITY EDITION WON’T CONTEST 2019 POLLS DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES, SAYS SUSHMA Senior BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she wouldn’t contest Lok Sabha polls due to health reasons ‘CAN’T PARTICIPATE IN OUTDOOR EVENTS’ ■ 25 MADAM, THANK YOU, SAYS HUSBAND “Doctors have advised me that I should avoid exposure to dust. Because of this, I am unable to take part even in election rallies,” said the minister, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2016. “I cannot participate in outdoor public programmes... I also told my party leadership that in view of health reasons, I must avoid such exposure” ■ Sushma’s husband Swaraj Kaushal responded by tweeting: “Madam - Thank you very much for your decision... I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running “I am also running behind you for the last 47 years. I am no longer a 19 years old. Please - I am also running out of breath” AGE AT WHICH SUSHMA JOINED HARYANA GOVT AS YOUNGEST CABINET MINISTER CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI SC fumes over ‘leak’ of secret report Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi irked by sensational press coverage of CBI leadership feud cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SC slams M K Sinha Rescue teams shifting the injured from Mahanadi river bed after a bus plunged 30 feet from the bridge near Cuttack on Tuesday evening | RASHMIRANJAN MOHAPATRA 10 killed as bus falls off Mahanadi bridge SAVIOURS OF THE HOUR CUTTACK: Cometh the hour, cometh the man. The men in yellow and red were the saviours on Tuesday evening. Braving odds, thinking out of box and marshaling all their resources, the Odisha Fire Service personnel were the first responders who jumped to the rescue of bus accident victims. Reaching the spot was a tough task because it would have required the rescue teams to use a long route through the bank and then the sand beds. Instead, the Odisha Fire Service team admirably led by 58-year-old Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethi, used dangling ladders to reach the river bed.Using cutters, the rescue team opened the mangled bus in which passengers were trapped in grievous conditions. Since the Odisha Fire Service is headquartered at Cuttack, most of the senior officials including Director General Bijay Sharma were at their offices. P6 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Cuttack AT least 10 passengers were killed and 40 others injured, 20 of them seriously when a Cut, tack bound private bus coming from Talcher fell off bridge into Mahanadi river on Tuesday evening. According to eyewitness, the incident occurred at about 6.15 pm when the driver of the bus lost control over vehicle after it hit a buffalo on the bridge following which the bus veered off the bridge and plunged into the sand bed of the river from a height of more than 30 ft by breaking the guard wall. The bus named Jagannath, which had left Talcher at about 3.15 pm, was coming with around 60 passengers to Cuttack via Angul and Dhen- kanal. Some of them had reportedly got down at Manguli and Jagatpur. Following the accident, around 40 Fire Service personnel, ODRAF team and police rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operation. Around 10 ambulances were pressed into service to shift injured passengers to hospital. Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty Collector Aravin, da Agarwal and DCP Akhilesvar Singh rushed to the spot to monitor rescue operation. However, rescue teams faced uphill task in shifting injured passengers to the ambulances with the help of rope and ladder as spot is surrounded by the river water. Besides, it was already dark wh e n t h e y s t a r t e d t h e P6 operation. CM EXPRESSES GRIEF Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed deep concern over bus mishap on Mahanadi bridge. Expressing deep grief over the death of some passengers, the Chief Minister announced ex gratia of ` two lakh for next of the kin of the deceased and free treatment for injured persons. He has conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved families. He also directed Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera to proceed to the spot and oversee the treatment of the injured persons. 4-PAGE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT ON ODISHA HOCKEY MEN’S WORLD CUP WITH THIS ISSUE The SC was also disturbed to see extensive reportage of the contents of the petition filed by CBI DIG M K Sinha on Monday. “We expressed that the highest degree of confidentiality to be maintained but today we see the litigant has gone ahead and given everything to everybody,” the bench remarked Odisha a role model in malaria control: WHO | P2 Beach tourism potential untapped | P5 Govt database on crimes by khap panchayats | P9 India, Russia sign $500 million deal for two stealth frigates | P9 Four militants, para commando killed in J&K | P9 SORRY TWITTER APOLOGISES FOR CEO PIC The networking platform’s CEO was criticised after he was seen holding a ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’ poster in a pic that went viral RESOLUTION PASSED FOR 33 PC WOMEN QUOTA IN ASSEMBLY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar IN a move that will to bring gender parity in politics and socio-economic development of women, the Odisha Assembly on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution seeking approval of the Centre for making provision for one-third reservation in the State legislature. Opposition Congress and BJP, though supported the resolution, dubbed it as politically motivated saying the ruling BJD wanted to draw political mileage ahead of next elections to the Assembly and Parliament. Moving the motion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Empowerment of women is very close to my heart. No household, no society, no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women.” Citing the leadership qualities of two tribal women, Mamata Padhaimi, a Koya tribal girl from far away Malkangiri district who motivated the Chief Minister to enhance the ceiling for medical coverage for wom- Empowerment of women is very close to my heart. No household, no society, no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister en under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and Jayanthi Ekka, a physically challenged grassroot entrepreneur from Sundargarh, the Chief Minister said their courage and conviction have inspired all of the State. “From Malkangiri to Sundargarh, we witness the new Odisha. An Odisha with lakhs of Mamata Padhiamis and Jayanti Ekkas. This bold, aspirational and new Odiusha has voices - voices which must be heard across panchayats, legislative Assembly and the Parliament,” the Chief Minister said while initiating the debate on the resolution. Asserting that his government has taken many initiatives that have brought about a movement transforming the lives of millions of women, the Chief Minister said Odisha must show its commitment and resolve to the entire country that it is the land where women are truly empowered and truly involved in nation-building. Making an appeal to all lawmakers to extend their support to the resolution, the Chief Minister recalled the revolutionary steps taken by his father and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik in 1992 by bringing women to the realm of political decision-making by providing 33 per cent reservation for them in local bodies. “The principle of gender equality is enshrined in our Constitution. Biju Babu was the true champion of women empowerment,” he said and added that his government has further enhanced it to 50 per cent. P6 A furious Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday tore into the petitioners in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) leadership feud case for the purported leak of sensitive reports to the media and adjourned it till November 29 saying none of the parties deserved any hearing. The CJI’s anger stemmed from the alleged leak of CBI Director Alok Verma’s confidential reply to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which has been tasked by the court to investigate allegations against Verma by his deputy Rakesh Asthana. “Our effort was to make sure individual officers are protected and so we asked for confidentiality. But we don’t think any of you deserve a hearing,” the CJI fumed. The CVC has filed its inquiry report in the Supreme Court and Verma submitted his reply on Monday in a sealed cover. The apex court assumed it was this report that was leaked to the media. Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for Verma, first shared the top court’s agony but in a subsequent hear, ing clarified that the contents of the sealed envelope remain classified. What appeared in the media was Verma’s response to a CVC questionnaire sent during the process of inquiry and not the final report, he explained. The web portal echoed him in its tweet. But the bench refused to advance the hearing as one of the judges on the bench, Justice S K Kaul, will not be in the city for a few days. The bench also snapped at Verma’s lawyers squabbling over seeking more time for filing their response on Monday . “This court is not a platform for anybody to say anything they want. This is a place for adjudication of legal rights. We intend to set this right.” Nariman had said he had not authorised Gopal Shankaranarayanan to seek more time on behalf of Verma on Monday When Shankarana. rayanan tried to put his point across, the CJI said: “We are prepared to hear Mr Nariman only We want this place clear.” . This is not a platform for anybody to come and express what they want. This is a platform for adjudication of legal rights Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India
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