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Free bicycles for schoolchildren

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Thursday decided to extend its populist scheme of free cycle distribution to school students and even those studying in various Sanskrit schools and madrasas.Making the announcement in the Assembly, school and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda said all girls studying in Class X at various government and aided Sanskrit tolls and madrasas would be provided with free bicycles from the current financial year. esides, all boys studying in Class X at various Sanskrit schools and madrasas in 118 blocks, who belong to the SC/ST category and are already covered under various tribal plans, would also be included under the scheme. Boys of Class X belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families would also be eligible for the scheme, said Nanda.

Student dies

Berhampur: Police on Thursday recovered the body of G. Ganapati Dora, 21, a Plus Three second-year student of Gopalpur College. Dora’s body was recovered from a bush near Venkatraipur UP School in Gopalpur police station limits. He was missing since September 4 after returning from college around 3.30pm,” said his father G. Shyam Sunder Dora, a resident of Venkatraipur. Gopalpur police who recovered the body a day after Ganapati went missing, also took his mobile phone from his pocket. The police sent the body for postmortem and registered a case of unnatural death.

Bandh

Berhampur: The 12-hour Phulbani bandh from 6am to 6pm on Thursday was by and large peaceful. The bandh was called by civic activists who demanded basic health amenities for the public. hops, business establishments, banks and vegetable markets remained closed and bus services to Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Balangir, Boudh, Baliguda and other places were unavailable for 12 hours. Supporters of the bandh handed a 11-point memorandum to Kandhamal collector Bhupendra Singh Punia and chief district medical officer Nrusingha Charan Behera.

Closure notice

BHUBANESWAR: Vedanta Aluminium Limited, a subsidiary of London-based Vedanta Resources, sent a formal letter to the state government on Thursday for the closure of its Lanjigarh bauxite refinery at Kalahandi from December 5. In a letter to the labour and employment department, the company said it was no longer possible to continue refinery operations unless the state government found a solution for the supply of bauxite.

Rail protest

Bhubaneswar: BJB activists organised a rail roko in Balangir on Thursday leading to disruption of rail services for a few hours. The activists squatted on the railway tracks holding banners and shouting slogans demanding immediate completion of the Balangir-Khurda rail line and more stoppages at Balangir station.

Baby found

Berhampur: A one-month-old girl was found abandoned outside the balcony of a family in Berhampur. The infant was later rescued by the Berhampur division of child line. The baby is in good health,” said a childline official.