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Second Sainik School

Bhubaneswar: The school and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda on Wednesday said that efforts would be taken to expedite the construction of the second Sainik School proposed to be set up at Sambalpur. bout 100 acres of land has been identified by the Sainik School Society at Burla in Sambalpur district for its second campus in the state. The minister directed the officials to hand over possession of the land to the school authorities to facilitate construction at the earliest.

Arrested

Bhubaneswar: The accused arrested in connection with December 11 Baramunda bus stand group clash were denied bail by a local court on Wednesday. Around eight accused have been arrested in connection with the clash in which at least 10 persons were injured and seven buses were damaged. The goons had also attacked a scribe, patients and their attendants and ransacked the Capital Hospital.

Protest

Cuttack: The All-Odisha Student Union of the Visually Impaired on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of Odisha Public Service Commission against a notification that denies use of writer during examination. They demanded urgent modification in the notification. ast month the commission had issued the notification regarding recruitment for the post of assistant section officers in the Odisha Secretariat and Governorís Secretariat. Out of the total 811 posts, 24 are to be reserved for physically challenged persons. However, there is no clear mention on any kind of reservation for the visually challenged candidates, the association members alleged.

Raid

Bhubaneswar: A number of ganja (cannabis) plants were destroyed at a joint raid by the excise and police officials on Wednesday at Pattaguda Kudia in Rayagada district. The ganja plants worth over Rs 5 crore were grown illegally on 11 acres of land, which were destroyed by setting fire. This was the third such raid by the excise team in the last two months.

Tension

Balasore: Tension ran high in Balasore following the death of a person undergoing treatment at the headquarter hospital. The patient Ramesh Barik had sustained injuries after an attack by goons. The incident was a fallout to a longstanding feud between two groups of Srikrushnapur and Mandarpur village of Remuna block.

Health camp

Bhubaneswar: A team of CRPF jawans deployed in Sundergarh district for anti-Maoist operation on Wednesday organised a health camp at Barsuan village under Bisra police station. This was an exercise to build trust with the villagers and convince them that the security personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order. Officials of the 19 Battalion said such camps would be organised in different parts of the district.