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Red attack prompts high alert

Stepped-up security measures for I-Day

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 14: The state government has asked administration of the bordering districts to remain on high alert in view of the 68th Independence Day tomorrow.

The direction came following an unsuccessful attempt by Maoists to target a patrolling party in the Malkangiri district. The patrolling party consisted of both police and the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel.

A police official said the team had a narrow escape as a pressure bomb planted by the Maoists had gone off moments after they passed by Telrai Chowk near the Kalimela-Motu main road in Malkangiri district.

The explosion resulted in a deep ditch being created at the site of the blast. The bomb got activated when a stone came rolling down from a hill due to heavy rain. Members of the team that visited the spot has collected particles of explosives for examination.

A Malkangiri police official said the team was on a combing operation in the area in the wake of the rebels’ call to observe the Independence Day as “Black Flag Day”.

“They have planted the pressure bomb in anticipation of the combing exercise in the area,” said the official.

Inspector general of the south-western range Yashwant Kumar Jethwa said: “We have directed all superintendents of police to remain on a high alert in view of the call for Black Flag Day by the Maoists. We have also asked them to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the Independence Day.”

In another development, the state government today stepped up security in Bhubaneswar for tomorrow’s parade. “Foolproof security has been made to ensure a peaceful parade,” said police commissioner R.P. Sharma.

In yet another development, President’s medal was announced for state’s police officials for their outstanding service.

Three senior IPS officers — Amrit Mohan Prasad, inspector general (vigilance), Arun Sarangi, inspector general (vigilance) and Y.B. Khurania, inspector general (crime branch) — will receive the President’s Service Medal in recognition of their remarkable performance.

Besides, this time, the President’s Bravery Medal will go to Malkangiri superintendent of police Akhileswar Singh, havildar Satya Sundar Singh and constables Siba Shankar Nayak, Manoj Kumar Parida, Pabitra Mohan Nayak, Moti Singh Khara, Tribijaya Khara and Sanat Kumar Patra.

Plan smart to celebrate freedom

On the occasion of Independence Day, Namita Panda of The Telegraph decodes the city youth’s idea of the historic day. Be it their feelings on the special day or the various ways they can spend the day, here’s a guide to celebrating August 15 in Bhubaneswar

What the day means to them

Stereotypes about the city youth are completely misleading when you find their concern and awareness about the country’s affairs. Young chess player and Odisha’s first Grandmaster Debasish Das says excelling in one’s profession and sincere work in their chosen field is the best way to express one’s love for India. “Not just on this special day, we must always work hard and do our bit for India,” he said. Actress Archita feels Independence Day reminds us that how fortunate we are to be in India. “There may be backwardness in society, but the country has produced hundreds of great men over the ages. This day should be an occasion to reflect on our duty for the country, inspired by great leaders of the past,” she said.

Students rehearse for the August 15 parade in Bhubaneswar. Pictures by Sanjib Mukherjee

Events galore

Youngsters will have plenty of options to get together and express their love and patriotism for India. The morning will begin with the parade and flag hoisting on Mahatma Gandhi Road and the East Coast Railway will host its own event at the Railway Stadium. The United for Social Interests Foundation is having a special function at the Odisha Association for Blinds. In the evening, lovers of patriotic songs head for Rabindra Mandap, while those interested in musical jugalbandi can take a trip to the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

Style code

For many youths, Independence Day is an occasion to flaunt their styles in saffron, white and green. According to stylist Neha Panda, white kurtis or salwars would look great on girls who could then team it up with a dupatta that has any one of the other two colours of the flag or a two-shaded one as well. Tricolour accessories will rule the day — be it bangles, earrings or shades. Boys could wear ethnic kurtis or white shirts or tops paired with blue jeans and chappals or mojris. Readymade dhotis with kurtis are also an option.

Food fun

Cooking special meals on special days is the Indian way to celebrate. If you wish to go out, plenty of food fests are also on. Spice Garden is offering Flavours of Asia and Delhi Chaat, while Hotel Empires is hosting Daawat-e-Nawaab, a 10 day Awadhi food fest beginning on August 15. A food fest is also on at Hotel Hindusthan International.