BHUBANESWAR: Novelist Dr Padmaja Paul will receive the inaugural Sukubina Srahsta Memorial Award on March 3 for excellence in the field of Odia literature. The prize, which includes a sum of Rs 50,000 and a citation, will be awarded by the eminent poet Dr Sitakanta Mohapatra.
The Sukubina Srahsta Memorial Trust was established in memory of Sudhir Kumar Bijayendra Narayan, a famous novelist and philanthropist from Odia, popularly known as Japani Babu, after his death in July last year. It aims to promote the literature, art and culture of Odisha. The recipient was selected by a distinguished panel of judges and administrators including Jitendra Narayan Dash (Dash Benhur), Prof. Jatindra Kumar Nayak, Dr. Gourahari Das and Pradeep Biswal.
The first volume of the complete works of Japani Babu entitled ‘Japani Babanka Katha Samahara’ published by Paschima editions will also be released on this occasion. The prize will be awarded annually on its birthday to deserving candidates in the field of literature, art and culture of Odia.
“Reservation for the third gender in urban polls is not feasible”
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has set May 9 to hear the petition in brief seeking a 2% reservation for the third gender in the urban local body polls. The Divisional Bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice RK Pattanaik set the date after the state government filed a counter affidavit in response to the motion on Wednesday. The president of the transgender community and social activist Meera Parida had filed the petition. The bench expected the petitioner to file a reply by then.
In the affidavit, the state government said there was no such provision for third gender in the Odisha Municipal Act 1950 and the Odisha Municipal Corporation Act 2003. regarding the reservation of seats in the elections for them. “No isolated decision is possible at the level of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, when the Constitution of India in Articles 330, 332 and Section 9 (1) of the Boundaries Act 2002 is silent on this topic.” He added that given this, a 2% reserve for the third gender does not seem feasible.
Live up to people’s aspirations
Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Thursday urged the State Judiciary Service interns to fulfill the aspirations of the people in line with Mo Sarkar and 5T initiatives. Interacting with the trainees during an exposure visit to the State Secretariat, the Chief Secretary said, “The people are the center of governance and their aspiration is supreme in a democratic system.” He said that the four pillars of democracy help meet the aspirations of the people.