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Orissa Diary

Power cut in Balasore

Balasore: Unscheduled power cuts are making life difficult for residents of the town here with the mercury crossing the 40°C mark during the past few days. In the last three days, there have been reports of frequent power cuts, some even lasting between four and six hours in quite a few areas. Local residents alleged this has been going on for the last four days despite assurances from power distributor Northern Electricity Supply Company (Nesco), to provide uninterrupted power supply. “The erratic power supply coupled with problems of low voltage has made life miserable this summer,” said Alok Dey, a local resident. Besides causing inconvenience to domestic consumers, frequent power cuts have also been affecting commercial activities here.

Essar violence

Paradip: Tension mounted at the Essar Steel project site as at least 22 persons were injured on Friday afternoon with workers and security personnel locking in a pitched battle. In a precautionary measure, authorities have beefed up security in and around the steel plant's site with deployment of five platoons of armed police. The security check gates, the security posts, and the barrack housing the personnel were ransacked as angry mob resorted to acts of vandalism.

Maoist woman

Jajpur: One Maoist woman, identified as Basanti alias Dudu Badara (19), surrendered before Jajpur's superintendent of police on Friday evening. Basanti, a native of Baligotha village in Kalinga Nagar, had joined in the ultra wing two years ago. She was involved in the Daitary police station attack and in the abduction of police officer Umesh Marandi. She decided to shun violence and join the mainstream as two of her Maoist brothers also surrendered before police last month.

Naxal held

Bhubaneswar: Mayurbhanj police on Friday arrested a top Naxal, Pintu Singh, from the Kadakatha forests in the district during a search operation. The police said the rebel was nabbed during a routine combing operation in the tribal dominated district bordering Bengal and Bihar.

One injured

Bhubaneswar: A 45-year-old person sustained serious injuries after he falling from the newly constructed official building of the city police. The man, identified as Yudhistir Rout (45), fell down to the ground while working on the roof of the building. He sustained injuries on his head. He was soon taken to the Capital Hospital and was later shifted to the S.C.B. Medical ollege and Hospital in Cuttack.

Promotion

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Friday promoted eight Indian Police Service (IPS) officers to the rank of DIG (deputy inspector general). The officers are D.S. Kutte, Rekha Lohani, Asit Panigrahi, Sanjay Kumar, Suresh Palsani, Arun Bothra, Sunita Kakran and Sanjay Kumar Singh.
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