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Govt blacklists 250 NGOs
The state government has blacklisted 250 NGOs, the minister of planning and coordination AU Singh Deo, said on the floor of the state legislative Assembly on Thursday. Most of the NGOs were found to be involved in misappropriation of money and other irregularities. In response to a question, Deo said the NGOs used to avail funds from different sources, including funding agencies and the state and central governments. During the past four years, the NGOs have received Rs 5.40 crore. Currently, there are 1.05 lakh NGOs operating in the state. Out of the, 83,000 have been registered in the district level and the rest have been registered at the state level.
The city-based Human Development Foundation School of Management has received recognition from the All India Council for Technical Education for conducting post-graduate studies in micro finance. The director of the institute, Prof. Haribandhu Panda, said: “In recent years in India and abroad, micro finance has been empowering the poor. Through micro finance and its management the economy of rural Orissa can also be changed. There is also a huge employment opportunity in the field of micro finance. We have introduced a special course of studies for the subject at our institute.’’
Stir called off
An indefinite strike called by contractual workers at the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) was called off on Thursday after the district administration intervened and assured the workers that their demands would be met. The authorities of the Rourkela Steel Plant have agreed to pay additional wages of Rs 1,000 under the additional welfare amenities scheme with immediate effect.
Posts of headmaster posts lie vacant in 1,223 high schools across the state, the minister of school and mass education, Pratap Jean told the state Assembly on Thursday. The highest number of headmasters’ posts lying vacant is in Balasore district, while 112 headmaster posts are empty in Balasore district, 76 in Bhadrak, 72 in Cuttack, 97 in Jajpur, 77 in Kendrapara, 90 in Keonjhar, 82 in Mayurbhanj and 88 posts are lying vacant in Sambalpur district.
The city police arrested eight persons on Thursday from the S.C.B. Medical College Hospital for allegedly diverting patients to private hospitals. The inspector-in-charge of Manglabag police station, Pramod Rath, said the accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC including Section 420. The eight persons arrested were from neighbouring areas of the hospital.
A 32-year-old worker died after being crushed under the conveyor belt of the coal handling plant at the IFFCO fertilizer plant factory on Thursday. Smruti Ranjan Jena, a resident of Marshaghai area , died on the spot after accidentally falling on the belt.
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