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Orissa Diary

Central team for collector

Bhubaneswar:The state government on Monday gave its nod to the Centre’s proposal to send former Malkangiri collector R. Vineel Krishn on a central deputation. His abduction had sparked a nationwide outcry in February. Union environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh wants him to take in his team. After being released from the Maoists, the state government had posted him as director of the SC and ST department. However, Krishna did not join and had gone on leave.

One shot

Sambalpur: A bank employee was shot at by the robbers in Gochhara, 100km from here. Amrit Lakra, cashier of the State Bank of India at Guchhura branch was shot by the robbers. According to sources, four to five unidentified men on two motorcycles came to the bank at 11.30am on Monday with the intention of looting money. First they fired two rounds in the air to intimidate the staff and insisted Lakra to hand over the keys to them. When Lakra denied any access to the keys to the robbers, they shot him below his chest. The robbers, however, fled without looting as the villagers had reached the spot on hearing sounds of the gunshots. Police said Lakra had sustained severe injuries and was admitted to Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital in Burla. His condition is critical.

Rajdhani AC

Bhubaneswar: The New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express remained stationed for more than three hours at the city railway station as passengers staged an agitation protesting against non-functioning of air-conditioners. They said the ACs in three compartments were not working and even in the past on many occasions they were not running while the train was coming from New Delhi. Later, the railway authorities intervened and called mechanics to repair the ACs. Finally, the passengers allowed the train to run. A senior railway official told the agitating passengers that a high-level inquiry has been initiated to nab the people behind the mess.


Cuttack: An online grievance redressal system was launched at the sub-collector’s office here in the city on Monday. Now, people can directly register their grievances by logging on to the website They can also track the status of their complaints. Revenue divisional commissioner P.K. Mohapatra formally launched the system.

Chess champ

Bhubaneswar: The third Orissa International Grandmaster Open Chess Tournament that was on in the city since May 27, concluded on Monday with Belarus grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov winning the title. He was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh. Armenian grandmaster Tigran L. Petrosian finished runners-up while Abhijeet Gupta was the best performer from the Indian contingent. The tournament, organised by the All Orissa Chess Association, was held at KIIT University.
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