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1 killed in L&T blast

Bhubaneswar: At least one worker died and two others were seriously injured in an explosion at the Larsen and Tubro (L&T) factory at Kansbahal, 20km from Rourkela. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. The exact cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.

Plan monitor

Bhubaneswar: The state government has decided to constitute a state-level committee for regular monitoring of the implementation of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for the Maoist-affected districts. The committee would move around the 15 IAP districts every three months to review the implementation of the various programmes under the scheme, said planning and coordination minister A.U. Singhdeo.

Lake research

Bhubaneswar: To understand the impact of climate change on the Chilika lagoon, the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) and Wetlands International-South Asia are set to launch a three-year research programme. The initiative is the first of its kind to be implemented for a wetland system and would be of immense use to wetland managers in the country, CDA chief executive Ajit Kumar Patnaik said. The research findings would be used to guide investment planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Two held

Sambalpur: Two persons were arrested and a country-made pistol with cartridges was seized from their possession. The accused have been identified as Vinod Singh and Siba Tiwar. The duo was arrested by Rourkela police when they were loitering in a suspicious manner in Bhojpur area of the district.

New chairman

Bhubaneswar: D.K. Mohanty has taken over as the chairman-cum-managing director of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI), a public sector Miniratna company. He took the charge from P.V. Ramana Murthy, the director (finance) of the company, who was also the CMD, at the company’s headquarters in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Mohanty has been appointed by the shipping ministry for a period of five years. The DCI, a Rs 700 crore company, provides dredging services to major and minor ports besides the naval dockyards and fishing harbours in the India and overseas.