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Odisha Briefs

Ban on power sale

Bhubaneswar: The state government has restricted the captive power plants from selling electricity outside the state. The decision was taken to tackle the ongoing power crisis. The restriction will be effective for a period between December 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012. nergy minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said: “The state is facing power crisis. So, all the captive power plants in the state will sell power to the state only,” said Nayak. At present, the state is facing a 600MW power shortage, which has forced the government to shed electricity loads for two hours in urban areas and more than three hours in rural areas every day.

Maneka letter

Bhubaneswar: Animal rights activist and MP of Bhartiya Janata Party Maneka Gandhi has written a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik regarding death of five tiger cubs at the Nandankanan Zoo. She urged Naveen to take stringent actions against officials who were responsible for the incident. On November 18, five newborn tiger cubs, including a white cub, had died at the zoo.

Bhusan plant

Angul: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has revoked its closure order on four sponge producing kilns and coke oven plants of Bhusan Steel Plant at Meramanadali in Dhenkanal district. The closure order on its power plant, however, is still continuing. The plants were closed on October 31.

Free medicine

Bhubaneswar: Mental health patients would be distributed free medicines at Veer Surendra Sai (VSS) Medical College and Hospital at Burla, directed health minister Prasanna Acharya at a review meeting on Monday. The minister also asked to expedite the development work being undertaken at the VSS Medical College and Hospital.

Bar president

Cuttack: Senior advocate Jayant Das has been elected as the new president of the Orissa High Court Bar Association, defeating Jagannath Patnaik, another senior advocate. mong other association office-bearers elected on Sunday include Pyush Mishtra (secretary), Amiya Kumar Mohanty (vice-president), Maitrajit Mohanty (joint secretary), Karunakar Das (assistant secretary) and Manoranjan Mohapatra (assistant secretary, library). Nine other members were also elected to the executive council of the bar association.

Trawler attack

Berhampur: Twelve fishermen of Bada Nolianuagaon under Ganjam block were injured in deep sea when some criminals attacked them. “They came in trawlers and attacked us at 2am when we were catching fish some 10km away from the coast. Two fishing boats have been damaged after they repeatedly dashed their trawlers against our boats. We do not know who they were. But, we have become panicky,” said A. Daneya, a fisherman.
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