UGC funds boost to women’s studies-(11-09-2012)
BERHAMPUR: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned Rs46 lakh to the Women's Studies Research Centre (WSRC) of Berhampur University. While Rs36 lakh has been sanctioned for five years as recurring fund, the remaining 10 lakh has been sanctioned as non-recurring fund from this year. The centre has taken up various extension work like the problems faced by fisherwomen in coastal villages, women in politics and the issue of dowry since it was set up in 1988.Several researchers conducted research on gender and women issues and the centre is also offering M. Phil to eight students.
Odisha: Eco-Friendly Ganesh Idols are in Demand-(10-09-2012)
Jajpur: Every year over 500 idols of lord Ganesh in and around Jajpur district are immersed in the rivers and other water bodies after the Puja is over. And, that raises the environmental concerns after all the fun and frolics of the celebration. To make this year's Ganesh festival an environment-friendly one, many school authorities have placed environmental friendly Ganesh idols before the idol makers. Materials such as flowers, clothes, decorating materials made of paper and plastic should be removed before immersion of idols. Some were even unaware of the idols made of plaster of Paris. They were worried about offering puja to the idol without any colour. Lack of awareness was apparent. The idols without colour are not in demand. Majority of the public prefer attractive idols over eco-friendly ones.
Odisha-based KIIT University conferred Honorary Degrees to Afghanistan Minister, President of Hanseo-(09-09-2012)
Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley offered a new perspective of life - pursuit of happiness - to the graduating students of KIIT University at its 8th Annual Convocation on September 9. He graced ceremony as the Chief Guest. Obsession with growth has brought our environment and civilization to the brink, said Mr. Thinley in his convocation address, while emphasizing that the world is in desperate need of change. He was also conferred the Degree of D.Litt., Honoris Causa. Three other eminent personalities from India and different parts of the world were conferred degrees of D.Litt. / D.Sc. by KIIT University on the occasion. The recipients of Honorary Degrees are – Mr. Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (D.Litt.), Dr. Kee Sun Ham, President, Hanseo University, South Korea (D.Sc.) and Prof. (Dr.) Baidyanath Mishra, Eminent Economist, Bhubaneswar.
Odisha Tourism to organize beach fest at Talasari from Nov 25 to 27-(08-09-2012)
Odisha Tourism has decided to organize beach festival and boat race at Talasari beach from November 25 to 27. This was decided at high level meeting presided by Tourism Minister Maheswar Mohanty on Friday in Bhubaneswar. It should be noted that Talasari beach is 36 km s from Jaleshwar, is the nearest railway station and Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport and is 300 km from Talsari. It's also well connected to Baleswar. The serene villages and tall palm trees creates a thrilling experience on the tourists. The cashew trees sway in the breeze welcoming the visitors. In February, red and orange flowers appear on the plants. The cashew kernel hangs outside the fruit, which is also edible.One will find only sand dunes on the beach — no heckling hotelier, no screaming hawker, no bargaining tourist. There are a handful of small hotels and a Panthasala run by the Orissa government.
Odisha Assembly proceedings paralysed-(08-09-2012)
Proceedings of the Odisha Assembly was paralysed on Friday as Congress legislators stormed into the well protesting alleged police excesses during a party rally here while ruling BJD MLAs countered them. As soon as the House assembled for the day, members of the opposition Congress were on their feet alleging attack by police on party demonstrators who held a rally in a peaceful and democratic manner here yesterday. As pandemonium persisted despite appeals to restore order, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 pm, barely six minutes after commencement of question hour.
Odisha Assembly passes women reservation bill-(07-09-2012)
The bill providing 50 per cent reservation for women in urban local bodies in Odisha was passed by the state assembly on Thursday. he house had debated the Odisha Right to Public Service Bill, 2012 on Wednesday night but there was no discussion on two other bills - The Odisha Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 which provides for women's reservation and Odisha Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes (Regulation of Issuance and Verification of Caste Certificates) Bill, 2011. All three bills were passed during the day. The bill provides for issuance and verification of caste certificates by the competent authority, he said adding it also made provision for smooth and speedy disposal of fake caste certificate cases. The Act would serve as a deterrent for use of fake caste certificate and offence in respect to it has been made cognizable and non-bailable.
Bhutanese Prime Minister's 4-Day visit ot Odisha from Today, Thinley will visit KIIT-KISS-(06-09-2012)
His Excellency Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister, Royal Government of Bhutan will arrive here today on a four-day visit to KIIT and KISS. Security in the city has been beefed up and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State Government are closely monitoring the preparations in the run up to his visit. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS had invited Mr. Thinley to KIIT and KISS during his visit to Bhutan and meeting with the Prime Minister of Bhutan last month. His visit to Odisha is a result of acceptance of this invitation. During his visit, Mr. Thinley would receive the prestigious 5th KISS Humanitarian Award 2012 at KISS campus on 8th Sept. 2012. He will grace the 8th Convocation of KIIT University as the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address to the graduating students of the University on 9th September 2012. He will also receive the Degree of D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) on the occasion. Prof. N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University will preside over the ceremony. The Bhutanese Prime Minister's programme in KIIT and KISS includes special interactive sessions with tribal students of KISS and Bhutanese students of KIIT University and KiiT International School.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik honoured 67 teachers, Matric toppers-(06-09-2012)
On Teachers' Day Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik honoured 67 teachers for their contributions in the field of education. On behalf of the state government CM Patnaik also gave away the awards to 110 students who were among the top 100 scorers in the 2012 High School Certificate (HSC) exam. At a programme organised by the United Teachers’ and Employees’ Association on the occasion of Teachers’ Day CM Patnaik gave away these awards to teachers and students. 36 educationists were conferred awards for 2009 and 31 for 2010.
Congress to gherao Assembly-(06-09-2012)
Pradesh Congress Committee to gherao Assembly today. Nearly 30 thousands Congress supporters already gathered in the state capital city to participate in this protest rally. The state government has deployed 30 additional platoons of police force in the state capital to tackle Congress activists' plan to gherao Odisha assembly. The state Congress today said that the state government, in a bid to foil the Assembly gherao programme by the Congress on Thursday, has directed the district transport officials not to issue temporary route permit to buses.
President Mukherjee conferred National Award for Teacher-2011 to twelve Odia teachers-(06-09-2012)
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Award for Teacher-2011 to tweleve Odia Teacher . President Mukherjee conferred this award on the occasion of the 'Teachers Day', at a function in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September 05, 2012. The National Award to Teachers, 2011 were given away to 310 teachers from across the country. For the first time 20 additional awards were given away under the category of National ICT Award for School Teachers(for the years 2010 & 2011). The Scheme of National Award to Teachers was introduced in 1958 with the object of raising the prestige of teachers and giving public recognition to teachers of outstanding merit. Under the scheme , school teachers are selected for the award on the basis of their academic efficiency, desire for improvement in education, genuine interest in and love for children, involvement in social life and reputation enjoyed in the local community. The names of the teachers for these awards are recommended in the first instance, by the District Education Officer etc. on the basis of teacher's record of work. It is further vetted by the District Committee. The recommendations of the Committee are scrutinized examined by the State Selection Committee which forwards its recommendations, in order to merit, to the State Government. The State Government in turn sends the same to the Union Government along with Character Certificate of faultless antecedents and absolute integrity duly signed by the State Education Secretary. The final selection is made by the Union Government. Each award consists of a Certificate of Merit, a Silver Medal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 25,000/- .

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