SAMBALPUR WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 18 CITY EDITION DOG FOUND PADDLING 220 KM OFF THAILAND COAST RESCUED The exhausted brown aspin swam towards a team of oil rig workers when they called him out last Friday afternoon PLUCKY POOCH DIDN’T CRY OR BARK AT ALL REACHES THAI PORT IN GOOD SPIRITS The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering, Chevron worker Vitisak Payalaw said in a Facebook post. There was no indication of how the plucky pooch—named Boonrod or “survivor from karma” by his rescuers—got there, or how long he had been lost at sea ■ ■ Local media speculated he may have fallen off a fishing vessel and paddled towards the rig. Boonrod was taken care of on the deck for two days and reached land in good spirits on Monday “His health is okay ... it’s only skin problems that he’s suffering from,” a member of Smile Dog House, a Thai charity, told AFP NEW HOME RESCUER VITISAK PLANS TO ADOPT NOW-FAMOUS DOG IF UNCLAIMED 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 Vellore polls cancelled after cash seizures EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Vellore ‘Murder of democracy’ SAFFRON sparkles in ‘diamond city’ It seems the sparkle of Gujarat’s diamond city, Surat, is intact for the BJP P11 Reacting to the development, DMK treasurer Durai Murugan said: “This is murder of democracy. People cannot be fooled.” ELECTIONS to the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency has been cancelled following the seizure of crores of rupees from the district by the Income Tax Department. President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday accepted Election Commission’s recommendation to countermand the polls, even as the State is set to vote on April 18. At a whopping `204 crore, Tamil Nadu tops the list in cash seizures since March 10, when the model code of conduct came into force. The value of total seizures from the State, including precious metals and liquor, is `510 crore, just behind Gujarat. In Vellore, officials seized over `11 crore from a cement godown allegedly owned by a local DMK functionary linked to the party’s candidate Kathir Anand. Officials also raided Anand’s father and DMK treasurer Durai Murugan’s house and seized `10 lakh ‘excess cash’. While the poll panel recommended countermanding the polls as such a ‘vitiated atmosphere’ would mar the conduct of free and fair elections, DMK has termed the official action as witch-hunt to sabotage its prospects. The news dampened the mood of politicians in the Fort City, who toiled in scorching summer heat to garner votes for their party’s candidates. DAY AFTER “You’ve woken up to your powers,” SC tells EC after prodding the latter into taking decisive action against hate speech SP leader Azam Khan, barred for 72 hours from electioneering, gets a fresh EC notice for other inflammatory remarks The SC refuses to hear BSP boss Mayawati, barred for 48 hours. Her nephew Akash Anand (24) addresses his first political rally UP CM Yogi, barred for 72 hours, goes to the famous Lucknow Hanuman Setu temple and is seen reciting the Hanuman Chalisa FIRST PHASE POLL SIGNALS Naveen signs off 2nd phase campaign with vote plea to his ‘Bijepur family’ BJP WAVE, SAYS MODI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bargarh P H A N I N D R A P R A D H A N @ Sambalpur PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday exuded confidence that the BJP will retain its place at the Centre and wrest the power from BJD in the State. The people’s mood in the first phase polls on April 11 signals “Phir Ek Bar Modi Sarkar” (Modi Government once again) and “Odisha Mein BJP Sarkar” (BJP Government in Odisha), he said during his Odisha-leg of campaigning here. Addressing a massive gathering at Bijay Sankalpa Sabha at Remed area in Sambalpur city ahead of the third phase poll on April 23, Modi raised two major issues of corruption and farmers’ problems. On the crusade launched by his Government against corruption, the Prime Minister said as ‘Chowkidar’ of the country’s wealth, he has rooted out corrupt practices that led to sugar scam, ration scam, urea scam and mining scam in the earlier regime. Castigating the State Government for PC (percent commission) culture, Modi said the funds, released by earlier Central Governments, were not utilised properly due to patronisation of the middlemen. Out of 100 paise released to Odisha, only 15 paise was utilised for development works with the rest 85 paise embezzled by the dalals. However, the NDA Government at the Centre removed the middlemen to ensure that the entire 100 paise is utilised for development of the country . “The Government here has looted the mining resources and exploited the forest dwellers. However, the BJP led Government at the Centre has changed the decades-old mining law and made provisions for development in the mining areas,” said Modi. Though `6,000 crore has been allocated to Odisha under District Mineral Fund (DMF), the State Gov- Jet makes `400-cr SOS call, banks weigh options I was showered with love and affection of people of the area last year. When they requested me to contest from the constituency, I decided to do so Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi at election meeting in Sambalpur on Tuesday | EXPRESS ernment has utilised only `1000 crore, he alleged. Reaching out to the farmers, Modi again put the State Government in the dock stating that it failed to save the paddy crop from pest attack due to lack of timely intervention. Even the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy is not paid to the farmers. Holding the State Government responsible for neglect of the farmers, Modi said due to its non-cooperative attitude, they are deprived of benefit from the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Only 8.5 lakh farmers of Odisha have received their first phase assistance under the PM Kisan Yojana as the complete list of the farmers eligible for the scheme EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Mumbai JET Airways’ lenders, led by State Bank of India, met seniors official of the finance ministry on Tuesday to discuss ways to bail out the airline with temporary funds. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said the Jet management sought interim funding, but lenders were yet to take the call. Unconfirmed reports said Jet Airways requested at least `400 crore has not been submitted. Modi assured of formation of Jal Shakti and Fisheries ministries, if his party is voted to power. While the Jal Shakti ministry will end the water crisis in the country by ensuring that water from the rivers reach the poor, the Fisheries ministry will work for overall development of fishermen. Among others, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, State BJP president Basanta Panda and BJP candidate for Sambalpur Parliamentary constituency Nitesh Ganga Deb besides BJP MLA candidates from various Assembly segments under Sambalpur Parliamentary constituency were present. from lenders. There was also some buzz on Jet promoter Naresh Goyal backing out of earlier plans to bid for his own airline. But SBI Capital Markets, which is managing the bidding process for the stake sale, is yet to make any formal announcement, or share the names of bidders. To control the airfare spike, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation urged all airlines to reduce it on 10 routes. HEAT RELIEF Summer vacation preponed to April 18 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar WITH mercury at 43.7 degree Celsius (C) scorching the Capital City on Tuesday the State Government pre, poned summer vacation of all schools and educational institutions to April 18. Earlier, the Government had announced the vacation to begin from May 6 and asked school authorities to ensure that no classes are held after 11 am till that date. “In view of the prevailing heat conditions in the State, the Government has decided to prepone the summer vacation to April 18,” Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said. Meanwhile, eight stations registered 40 degree C and above on Tuesday with Bhubaneswar emerging as the hottest place in the State. The temperature was recorded at 43.3 degree C in Talcher, 42.7 in Angul, 42 in Titlagarh, 41.1 in Cuttack, 40.8 in Malkangiri, 40.5 in Chandbali and 40 C in Jharsuguda. In a possible relief from the heat, Met officials have predicted low to moderate rainfall in different parts of the State between April 17 and 21. P8 CHIEF Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday wrapped up campaigning at Bijepur, the second seat from where he is contesting the Assembly polls, by promising to work for the development of the Western Odisha constituency . Bijepur and Hinjili, where the Chief Minister is contesting, are going to polls in the second phase on April 18 for which campaigning came to an end at 5 pm on Tuesday In his short . speech at the public meeting after the road show, he said the people of Bijepur in Bargarh district are his family and the development of the constituency is his responsibility . The Chief Minister said he had gone to campaign at Bijepur during the by-poll last year and was showered with love and affection by the people. “People of the area recently requested me to contest from the constituency and I decided to do so,” he said and added in his characteristic style, “Apana Mane Khusi Ta?” (Are you happy), “Mu bhi Khusi.” (In am also happy). Naveen also targeted the Centre for allegedly conspiring to stop the KALIA scheme by not allowing disbursement of funds to farmers. CM Naveen Patnaik speaking at election meeting in Bijepur on Tuesday. BJD’s Bargarh MP candidate Prasanna Acharya and Bijepur MLA Rita Sahu are also present | EXPRESS “But, no one can stop the KALIA yojana till I am alive,” he said. Criticising the two Union ministers from the State, Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram, without taking their names, Naveen said they are not working for development of Odisha. “They come rushing to the State during elections only for campaigning,” he said. P8
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