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Ganja worth Rs 7 lakh seized

Bhubaneswar: Excise officials on Wednesday seized one quintal ganja worth around Rs 7 lakh from a house at Tangi in Khurda district. The officials arrested one Sarat Patra from whose house the contraband, kept in a steel container, was seized. An official said Patra was a wholesaler of ganja and he sed to supply the stuff to retailers in Bhubaneswar and on its outskirts.

Liquor tragedy

Bhubaneswar: State BJP leaders sought the intervention of governor S.C. Jamir in connection with the death of two persons allegedly due to consumption of spurious liquor at Borigaon village in Khurda district. They urged Jamir to direct the government for appointing a judicial commission to probe the alleged involvement of political leaders and officials in suppressing the liquor tragedy.

Staines case

BHUBANESWAR: The CBI filed a chargesheet in a local court against two persons accused in the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in Manoharpur, Keonjhar, in 1999. The duo, Ghanashyam Mohant and Ramjan Mohant, were arrested in May this after remaining at large for over 14 years. Another accused, Buddhi Naik, is still on the run.

Four laning

Bhubaneswar: The state government approved the proposal for four-laning of the Sambalpur-Rourkela Road at an estimated cost of Rs 1,292 crore. The 161-km road is considered vital for growth of the Jharsuguda-Rajgangpur industrial belt.

SCB apology

BHUBANESWAR: Superintendent of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Shyama Kanungo, and two other doctors appeared before the two-member National Commission for Women team and apologised for the delay in the medical check-up of the teenage rape victim in Khandapada.

Award

BHUBANESWAR: Poly Patnaik, principal of Motherís Public School and Sasmita Tripathy, physical education trainer of DPS-Kalinga, have been selected from the state capital to receive the National Award for Teachers from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on the occasion of Teacherís Day on Thursday.

Suspended

Jajpur: District collector Anil Kumar Samal suspended five officials, including three revenue inspectors, of Darpan tehsil at Dhanmandal on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. The suspension followed after Revenue Divisional Commissioner (central) Arvind Padhee visited the area and found that the officials allowed mineral mafia to operate illegally in their respective revenue circles without getting requisite sanction from the tehsil.

Bribe charges

BHUBANESWAR: Vigilance officials arrested an amin working in the assistant settlement office of Shampur mouza at Rental Colony while taking bribe from a woman. Dhruba Charan Bhoi was caught while receiving Rs 7,000 from complainant Snehalata Das to clear a file. He was sent to jail after a local court rejected his bail.