Bhubaneswar, Jan 30: As many as four fresh cases of Covid-19 surfaced in the Capital City Bhubaneswar in last 24 hours taking the Corona tally of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area to 31861 on Saturday.
All four cases which were detected today are local contacts and no cases were reported from quarantines, mentioned a Tweet by BMC.
Similarly, a total of five patients also recovered from Corona in Bhubaneswar in last 24 hours taking the total number of recovered patients under BMC area so far to 31397.
While the active Covid case tally in Bhubaneswar has reduced to 197 today, the death toll stands unchanged at 246.
Bhopal, Dec 11: Mohan Yadav has been named the next Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
The decision was taken at the legislative party meeting held at the state BJP headquarters here. Former minister Rajendra Shukla and outgoing Finance Minister have been named Deputy Chief Ministers, while senior BJP leader and former Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been appointed as the Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
Yadav (58), who won the Assembly elections from Ujjain South, served as Higher Education Minister in Shivraj Singh Chouhan's outgoing Cabinet. He is considered close to Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav, who was the in-charge for the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.
Varanasi, Dec 11: Varanasi District Judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha has given one more week to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and asked the agency to file the report of its scientific study and survey of the Gyanvapi mosque on December 18.
This is the seventh extension granted to the ASI by the District Judge’s court to complete the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque to ascertain whether its stands atop a temple.
On Monday, standing government counsel (Government of India) Amit Srivastava had moved an application before the court mentioning that due to ill-health, the ASI’s Superintending Archaeologist Avinash Mohanty, who had to submit the report, was unable to appear before the court.
Through this application, the ASI sought a week’s time to submit the report.
On November 30, while granting extension for the sixth time for 10 days to the ASI, the District Judge had asked the agency to positively file the report in the given time and not seek any more extensions.
On July 21, the court had ordered an ASI survey on the plea of four women plaintiffs in Suit No. 18/2022.
In compliance with this order the ASI had started a scientific study of the Gyanvapi mosque on July 24, however, the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid (AIM) filed a revision before the Allahabad High Court.
On the order of the High Court, the ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque was halted on July 24. The HC dismissed the objection of the AIM against the District Judge’s court order on August 3.
After this, the AIM appealed to the Supreme Court against the HC’s order. The Apex Court refused to stop the ASI survey after which the ASI resumed the survey from August 4.
As the ASI’s survey could not be completed by August 4, it sought extension thrice on August 5, September 8 and October 5. After the end of the study and survey at the Gyanvapi mosque, the ASI on November 2 and 17 had moved pleas for another extension before it sought another extension of three weeks on November 28 to finalise the report by mentioning technical reasons consuming time and delaying the process.
After going through the ASI’s November 28 application for a sixth extension, the District Judge, in his November 30, order mentioned, “After taking into consideration, the facts mentioned in the application and circumstances of the case, I find it proper to grant 10 days more to the ASI to file the report in the court. This court expects that within the provided time, the ASI shall positively file the report and will not seek further time.”
With these strict remarks the District Judge had fixed December 11 for hearing and disposal of survey report.
Bhubaneswar, Dec 11: The recovery of hundreds of crores of rupees from liquor traders in Odisha has disappointed political leaders and common people not only in the State but also in the country. The amount of the seized untaxed money is so high that 40 officials have failed to count them even in six days. While counting continues, it is estimated that the amount would cross the Rs 500-crore mark.
While poverty grips Odisha and youths, women, elderly, and ailing persons have remained neglected lots, it seems that the BJD government has no concern for them. Instead, it is busy accumulating funds for the party.
The seizure indicates that the BJD government has been protecting the three-four families connected to the Congress Rajya Sabha member of Jharkhand who has spread the liquor trade network in Odisha for many years now.
The seizure has raised questions over the functioning of the Excise Department.
While the Excise department has permitted the trading of 100 quintals of liquor, in reality, they were trading 2700 quintals of liquor. From this, it is understood that Odisha has lost huge amounts of revenue. Had the Excise Department levied taxes, Odisha would have gotten about Rs 50,000 crore in the last 20 years.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and other Central leaders have expressed concern. They have asserted that all looted public money will be recovered and looters, irrespective of their status, will be punished as per law.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister posted a news article published in a newspaper and wrote, "People of the country should see the bundles of notes seized and listen to the 'Imandari' speeches of leaders involved in the illegal work,"
He assured that all looted money will be recovered one by one and it is Modi's guarantee.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote, "The news of hundreds of crores of rupees being seized in Odisha has surprised me. It is a matter of concern that such a large amount of black money has been seized at a point in time from a State like Odisha during raids by Central agencies. Whoever they may be, the looters will be sent to jail. Nobody will be spared. it is Modi's guarantee,"
BJP senior leader Golak Mohapatra severely criticized both the Congress and the BJD.
"Congress MP is the owner of this black money and its protector is Naveen Patnaik. BJD Ministers and leaders are directly involved. The money was meant for election manageent of the BJD," alleged.
He wanted to know why the BJD is silent while hundreds of crores of rupees have been seized.
Many wanted to know what the Excise, Vigilance and Police were doing when the liquor trader was piling up money.