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Acute poverty forced an elderly couple to consume poison at Lingipur village under Bhusukudi panchayat in Gosani block of Gajapati district. While 65-year-old V. Shantaya died, his wife V. Waralaxmi, 60, is fighting death at the district headquarters hospital at Paralakhemundi, 110km from here. Police have got a suicide note written in Telugu from their house. “No one is responsible for our death. We have no power and vigour to live further. The government. has had never helped us. We are deprived of rice and a house under Indira Awas Yojana,” said a police officer, quoting the suicide note. Their only source of income was Rs 200 which they were getting as old age pension, said local residents adding that they were not issued a BPL card. Block development officer Lalit Kumar Kanhar said the couple was getting 10kg of free rice per month under Annapurna Yojana earlier. “We stopped supplying this free rice to them after they received Rs 200 as old age pension,” he said.
: Three persons, including a car driver, died in a road mishap near Bahadapasi on NH-49 on Tuesday. The accident took place when a truck hit the car. The two deceased were from Kendrapara.
PCR van hit
: A speeding truck hit a Khandagiri police control room (PCR) van on NH-5 on Tuesday, while the former was carrying an injured woman to hospital. Though the van was damaged in the mishap, the injured passenger is safe. Police have seized the truck.
: A decision on the method of counselling for Orissa Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE), which was expected on Tuesday, is likely to be taken within two days, vice-chairman of OJEE Committee, Sitaram Mohapatra, said. Chief secretary Bijay Patnaik was supposed to decide on whether the mode would be web-based, centralised or decentralised e-counselling. Sources said Patnaik, along with chief minister Naveen Patnaik, is attending a two-day meeting of the Planning Commission in Patna and is scheduled to return to the capital on Wednesday.
: Nearly 10 quintals of bhang (hemp) worth around Rs 2 lakh was seized following a joint raid by the special vigilance squad of the excise department and Railway Protection Force. While two of the accused were forwarded to court, another managed to flee.
: Demanding inclusion in the Scheduled Caste (SC) category, people of Kesuria community disrupted train services at Jaleswar police station. The protest was mainly due to deprivation of SC status to Kesuria though another similar community, Kodhala, got the SC status. The strike was called off after the arrival of district collector, A.B. Ota and his discussions with the agitators.
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