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Orissa Diary

Huge response to robotics workshop

Bhubaneswar: A workshop on robotics, organised by Robotic Wares Innovation at the KIIT University came to an end on Sunday. More than 600 participants from almost all engineering colleges of the state and other neighbouring states attended the two-day workshop. ll participants were taught to assemble robots on their own, using basic concepts of electronics first and then moving towards the complex methods. The next target of Robotic Wares is to initiate an ORS (Orissa Robotic Society) which would provide an opportunity for all budding engineers to get together and discover their talent in the field of science and technology and setting up the biggest robotics lab of India in Bhubaneswar.

Steel steps

BHUBANESWAR: Chairman of the Steel Authority India Limited (Sail) C.S. Verma on Monday called on chief minister Naveen Patnaik and urged him to recommend the Centre to give requisite permission for its mines. Once we get the permission, we will prepare a detailed plan regarding our future investment in the steel and mines sector,” he said. Verma said the Sail’s expansion would be enhanced to 4.5 million tonnes from two million tonne and it would be completed by 2012-13. Several educationists and policy makers such as Dhananda Mishra (chairman of human development foundation trust), Priya Ranjan (assistant professor of the IIT Kanpur), Kumar Mohanty (general manager of the IMS Learning Resources) and R.C. Parida (chairman and founder of the NM Group of Institutions) attended the event.

Woman killed

BHUBANESWAR: A 65-year-old woman was beaten to death on Saturday at Naxapali village in Jharsuguda district for allegedly practising witchcraft. The deceased was identified as Gangi Munda. Ten people were detained in this connection. “Investigation is going on. We have detained 10 people for interrogation,” police inspector C.M. Pradhan said.

Bus mishap

KENDRAPARA: At least 13 persons were injured when a Cuttack-bound passenger bus in which they were travelling overturned near the vigilance office on the Cuttack-Chandballi state highway on Monday. olice said the bus driver lost control while trying to save a cyclist near a turning. The injured were shifted to district headquarters hospital here, police said.

Agitation

Baripada: The Mayurbhanj unit of the BJD has called for an indefinite rail roko stir on the Howrah-Chennai route at Narangabad station from Monday demanding immediate introduction of Shalimar-Baripada-Shalimar Inter-City Express. he train had been incorporated in the time table that was supposed to be effective from July 1.
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