Dear Editor,As a property owner, resident and business owner in our capital city, I would like to enquire from the powers that be when they would relieve the citizens of Georgetown from the oligarchy that exists within the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown. This oligarchy was formerly known as the “Fantastic Four”, and is now known as the “Terrific Trio.”The level of venality, duplicity and mismanagement there is simply unbelievable, and it just keeps getting worse and worse. If there is an entity in the country that needs the examination of a commission of enquiry, it is the Georgetown Municipality. Could you imagine an entity receiving and spending billions of dollars each year and not being audited?It is complete anarchy at City Hall, where senior officials ‘buse out’ the Minister that is responsible for the Council, and ignore court rulings and the wishes of the Government. It is a serious affair when officers undertake major activities without the Council’s knowledge or fiat.And we cannot forget the numerous hair-raising scandals that have occurred over the last two and a half years at City Hall, from the parking meters’ ignominy to the stun gun fiasco, to the attempted cover up of the rape of a juvenile, to a firearm going missing, to inappropriate sexual conduct by a senior official in the Engineer’s Department, to the granting of permission to a vendor to build a two-storey structure without Council’s knowledge or permission — something that would change the aesthetics of the Stabroek Market — without consultation with the National Trust, to the building of model homes on the city’s reserves.Can the citizens be told what tangible benefits were derived from all of those many luxury trips abroad? Can the citizens be told why the City Police Training School was allowed to go to rack and ruin, even though it was totally rehabilitated during the term of the last Council? Can the Citizens be told when the Stabroek Market Clock would work again, having received foreign funding a long time ago? And when will works begin on the restoration of City Hall?Just look at the Stabroek Market wharf, which collapsed years ago. Rather than fix it, they hang some lights at the front for window dressing. Council has an administration that refuses to recognize or to engage the vendors’ union. This same administration has farmed out a part of the Farnum Field in Subryanville to a private individual, and has attempted to sell the Bel Air Park Playfield to a private developer, all against the covenants associated with these properties. The greed in this attempt is palpable, as at least one of those individuals owns multiple homes, and is attempting to grab more.Sincerely,Mark Roopan
…as PPP accuses Govt of legislative plagiarismThe Protected Disclosures Bill 2017 was on Thursday passed in the National Assembly after a heated debate, with the Parliamentary Opposition charging the Government with copying from corresponding laws in other countries and pasting together what it had copied to form most of the draft law.This charge, which emanated from Opposition Parliamentarian Attorney-at-Law Adrian Anamayah, saw Anamayah acknowledge that there are treaty obligations regarding anti-corruption which Guyana must adhere to, and that whistle blowers must be protected. However, he questioned whether the legislation was indeed following international best practices.Noting that in developed countries, the standard is to focus the legislation on policing employers, he pointed out that Guyana has not learned from the loopholes of legislation in other jurisdictions. For instance, he pointed out, the legislation does not specifically prevent employers from blacklisting employees.He also said that, with some exceptions, the draft legislation was copied almost word for word from corresponding legislation in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago. The problem with this copying, Anamaya noted, is that the actual realities faced in Guyana were not properly taken account of.“I seem to get the impression that the commission is expected to get 10 (to) 20 complaints a day. I don’t see that happening. So we need to know if it will be a full-time or part-time commission. A full-time commission will cost money,” he declared.The lawyer pointed out that since the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) exist, a Disclosures Commission is unnecessary and nothing more than another opportunity for “jobs for the boys.”Integrity commissionAnamayah also noted that while the bill entails nominees from the Integrity Commission, the commission is defunct when its sole purpose is to combat corruption. He noted that it is therefore hypocritical of the Government to set up the commission.Meanwhile, Opposition Parliamentarian Gillian Burton expressed concern that the Protected Disclosures Bill has not provided for more representation from all the workers’ unions in Guyana. She noted that there is a potential for conflict when clause four of the bill is considered.According to clause 4 (a) besides the Chairperson “the four other members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Minister after being elected by the National Assembly from a nominee of the: Integrity Commission, Private Sector Commission, Guyana Bar Association, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana, Guyana Human Rights Association, Guyana Trades Union Congress; and Guyana Police Association, being a retired police officer who was not below the rank of Inspector.”Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan defended the merits of the bill. Regarding allegations of ‘legislative plagiarism’, Ramjattan noted that it was not unusual for Commonwealth countries to use legislation of similar nature, as it would have been determined that they would have enacted laws of an international standard.He also responded to Opposition queries as to the usefulness of having a separate commission. According to Ramjattan, it was necessary to have separate staff of a certain standard to validate the veracity of claims.In the end, the bill was passed in the house. This means that operationalising aspects of the bill, such as the Protected Disclosures Commission, are at the discretion of cabinet.The billThe Protected Disclosures Bill 2017 is an act which sets out to combat corruption and other wrongdoings by encouraging and facilitating disclosures of improper conduct in the public and private sectors; to protect those persons making those disclosures from detrimental action; to establish the Protected Disclosures Commission to receive, investigate, or otherwise deal with disclosures of improper conduct; and to provide for other related matters.According to Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, the bill allows an employee who reasonably believes that his employer or another employee of that employer has committed, is committing, or is likely to commit, an improper conduct to make a disclosure of the improper conduct to the Commission.Among other clauses, the act applies to any disclosure made “after the coming into operation of this act where the improper conduct to which the disclosure relates occurred twelve years immediately before the coming into operation of this Act, or occurs after the coming into operation of this act.”The Commission established under this Act will consist of a chairman, to be appointed by the Minister, and four other members who hold or have held the office of a Judge of the Court of Appeal or High Court, or are qualified for same.This Bill was initially laid in the National Assembly on November 17, 2017.
Former Arsenal midfielder Arteta, who has been working as assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has no management experience.Gazidis, who has said he is not scared of making a bold appointment, wants the new boss to keep playing progressive football, to embody the values of the club and to be keen on developing young players.Arsenal want to take their time and are planning on making an appointment before the World Cup starts in a month.Gazidis is working his way through a preferred list of candidates with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.Other names being considered include Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri.It is understood the new manager will be able to bring in his own backroom staff.Also leaving with Wenger are coaches Boro Primorac, Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Tony Colbert, and physio Colin Lewin.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta was assessed in the City dressing room after being left with a cut to the head, the Guardian reportedLONDON, United Kingdom, May 15 – Mikel Arteta is now the favourite to become the next Arsenal manager, Sky Sports News understands.Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants Arsene Wenger’s successor to fulfil a head coach role to fit into the club’s new management structure.
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) – Current odds: 14/1 – The talented young English coach won plenty of admirers as he helped Bournemouth up to the Premier League, and has impressed further by keeping them there. His coaching has been lauded by players, and he has in general got the best out of players who some may have thought lacked the ability to play in the top-flight, like Josh King, who is now a target for some bigger clubs. But, the signing of Jordon Ibe for £15m will now be held against him as a sign he is unable to spend cash wisely, while his £2m move for Marc Wilson was also a little perplexing. Would Howe be an ugrade? Not right now, but who knows in the future? 5 Thomas Tuchel (Unattached) – Current odds: 4/1 – Less of an overhaul would be required for the Gunners if they were to turn to German boss Tuchel. The 43-year-old endured a tempestuous relationship with Dortmund’s board and an escape route to north London wouldnt be the worst idea for all parties with the coach, hopefully, bringing an exciting, attacking game to the Emirates. One big sticking point would be how capable the Gunners are of meeting the Germans needs in the transfer market. This has seemingly irked him in Dortmund and based on recent events it would just be the same scenario at Arsenal, so maybe its best they avoid the grief and infighting his arrival could lead to? Would Tuchel be an ugrade? Highly debatable! 5 5 5 Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus) – Current odds: 6/1 – Italian boss Allegri is heading into the biggest match of his career this weekend as his side face Real Madrid in the Champions League in Cardiff. Victory seals a brilliant treble, defeat sees the Old Lady fall short in the final for the second time in three seasons. Arsenal would be foolish not to consider the tactically flexible coach, who impressed with his ability to adapt and nullify the threat of free-scoring Monaco. This versatility bodes well in the Premier League where sides are swapping between several systems, with a back-three currently en vogue. His micro-management against Monaco in the Champions League suggests he would be an improvement on Wenger, while his ability to alter the role of Mario Mandzukic also counts in his favour. Would Allegri be an ugrade? Yes. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – Current odds: 6/1 – After helping Los Colchoneros battle with Barcelona and Real Madrid for five years, a move is on the horizon. Whether its this summer, or next year, when his contract ends, Simeone will be a wanted man. Inter Milan and Lazio are possible destinations given his ties to the clubs from his playing days, but the Gunners would be foolish not to, at the very least, sound the Argentine out. It may be the case, though, that his style would require an overhaul of the playing stuff, which may put off the Arsenal board. Would Simeone be an ugrade? Yes. An announcement on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s future is imminent following a board meeting at the club.Just days after their FA Cup triumph over Chelsea at Wembley – Wenger’s seventh victory in the competition – the Gunners will finally decide on whether to keep the Frenchman.Reports suggest he will stay, which will disappoint all those critics who believe he’s had his time as Arsenal manager.But the question remains: who would replace Wenger as boss, and would they be an upgrade?Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund exit provides one such example of a possible successor – would he be a step for for the FA Cup holders?Read all about it, above, plus a selection of other managers who could conceivably replace the Frenchman, and comment below with your thoughts. 5 Leonardo Jardim (Monaco) – Current odds: 16/1 – Were not sure how much the Arsenal board will listen to Mikael Silvestre but hes one man keen on the Gunners landing Jardim as their replacement for Wenger. He believes the attacking style of the Portuguese boss would suit the club, and his track record with Olympiacos, Sporting Lisbon and now Monaco is certainly worth taking note of. His ability to nurture younger players has been there for all to see, but whether his usually 4-4-2 formation would suit the Gunners current playing style is something which should be considered. Would Jardim be an ugrade? Debatable.
HUNDREDS of people came out today to watch Ireland’s most spectacular road cycling race as it wound its way through the streets of Letterkenny.One cyclist, pictured above, came off his bike close to the Clanree Hotel, but within seconds he was back up again and on his way. ALL THE THRILLS (AND SPILLS) OF THE AN POST RAS AS IT ARRIVES IN LK was last modified: May 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL THE THRILLS (AND SPILLS) OF THE AN POST RAS AS IT COME TO LK
“It’s like time stops!”Co-commentator Alberto Edjogo-Owono couldn’t help but let out a laugh on Friday night as Santi Cazorla effortlessly dropped a ball directed at him from a throw-in to the ground, as if it had the weight of a feather, then casually rolled it on to keep play ticking.The midfielder’s appearance against Girona at the Estadio de la Cerámica was his third start in three league games since not only returning to Villarreal, but more remarkably still, returning to football full stop. And just about everyone in La Liga is delighted about it. Cazorla started his career with Villarreal, and is now in his third spell with the club 4 Villarreal fans are the most delighted of them all of course. When Cazorla left for Málaga in 2011 it broke hearts. When he struggled for two years with chronic injuries that at one point had the spectre of potential amputation looming, their hearts broke further still. Now, he is back in the unmistakable yellow shirt, 33 but still the same old understated genius. Still showing that same old remarkable ability to always take decisions on the pitch that make sense.“Cazorla’s return is one of the most exciting things ever for both the supporters and people behind the scenes at Villarreal. He’s one of the highest quality players – and the most significant – in our club’s history,” explains local journalist Javi Mata, who has been following Villarreal for 17 years.He has covered the rise of the side from a small town an hour north of Valencia as it grew from a yo-yo club to a household name with a European pedigree. By extension he has observed Cazorla’s rise from promising teenager in the reserves, to elite level playmaker coveted by some of the biggest clubs in the world.“His career as a professional was born and nurtured at Villarreal, and his style of play, and above all his character made him the most loved player by the fans in the stands from the very beginning,” Mata notes. 4 BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? latest He hasn’t found the net yet, but the goal threat – a talent perhaps underexploited as he was moved deeper in his later years in England – has also threatened to rear its head, with a difficult first time volley in the box against Girona only just going over the bar. There’s a slight touch of rust, but nothing a few more weeks of competitive football won’t fix.There were reasonable doubts over whether the midfielder could return to the heady standards he set earlier in his career after so much time out, and full match fitness will take a while to achieve, but even if it is too early to say if he still has the spark to decide the biggest of games, the level of quality the veteran has produced so far already puts him a cut above most. It already makes him the most competent player in his team this season – a team which, lest we forget, were good enough to qualify for European football.And in case anyone thought he had gone soft, the temper is still there, deep beneath the surface but occasionally popping up to remind us that Cazorla is no pushover – as if he even could be considering what the playmaker has had to endure as of late. A sharp word with a referee here, a bit of eager chasing down of the opponent there – the veteran doesn’t have time to waste and knows every minute is a bonus.Villarreal fans likely initially looked at his return as a bonus too, but with no wins in three league games, the quality Cazorla brings could yet be key in deciding the course of their season. “He’s someone who can make a difference,” Mata acknowledges. As is now well documented, the chances of him even kicking a ball again looked just as small. More than 600 days, ten operations, a skin graft and other medical problems passed between his last game for Arsenal and his first run-out in a friendly for Villarreal over the summer. Looking at him now, three games into the competitive season, you wouldn’t know it.All the hallmarks of classic Cazorla remain.The laser-accurate passes – always weighted so they arrive in front of the man and allow him to continue his run – have been rolled out in abundance. So too has the simple one-touch game with his back to goal that so valuably helps speed up play in the final third. The anticipation, disguised lofted balls and dazzling dribbles inside from the wing – all of those are back as well. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “He’s the head of the dressing room now, a motivation and an example for his teammates. If it all ends well and Cazorla is one of the best again, and a regular, it would be a joy for fans of the club.”When the final whistle blew in the Girona game on Sunday, the score 1-0 to the visitors, the camera cut to the side-lines and caught the homecoming hero with a frustrated, contemplative look. Hand on head as he took in the result, the expression was one that said “I’m going to have to drag them up on my own again, aren’t I?”Don’t bet against him doing so. Football has moved on, but Cazorla is still a master of it.He has been through worse and come out the winner. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City predicted silverware SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4 tense REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most read in football The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Cazorla made his return to football from injury during pre-season revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 4 “Because of that, his departure caused by economic problems at the club really hurt. When Cazorla left, Villarreal lost part of its personality, and notably, they got relegated the same year.”There was always a hope that the 5’6” magician would one day pull his old colours back on once his adventure in England with Arsenal was over, but when that end to his time in England was caused by crippling injury rather than a change in the guard, the chances of him going back to El Madrigal looked pretty slim. Villarreal sold Cazorla to Malaga, but he spent just season there before moving to Arsenal in 2012 In his time at Arsenal, Cazorla established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest players gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT
A man who caused the collapse of a trial after he failed to turn up as a witness has been warned he faces going to jail or being fined if he does not comply in future.Conor Kelly appeared at Buncrana District Court today charged with being in contempt of court.He was due to give evidence in a trial of a man charged with dangerous driving but because he failed to do so, the case collapsed. Kelly, who runs PC Repairs at St Mary’s Road, Buncrana, told the court that he was self-employed working with computer repairs and could not get off work.Garda Patrick Henry told the court there had been some confusion and that he believed Kelly was due to appear at 2pm on the day of the trial.Judge Paul Kelly said it was Kelly’s civic duty to appear in court.“It is not a satisfactory answer to say that you were working on the day. A trial could not go ahead because you were not here,” he said.Judge Kelly added that the result was an expense which had to be met by the taxpayer.However, he said in light of Garda Henry’s evidence, he would dismiss the case.He warned Kelly to ensure he appeared again if he was ever a witness in a court case.MAN WHO CAUSED COLLAPSE OF TRIAL WARNED HE COULD GO TO PRISON IN FUTURE was last modified: January 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaConor Kellycontempt of courtcourt
From a few bone fragments and lots of imagination, reporters lit the fireworks and marching bands to spin stories for Darwin.Whenever you see the phrase “missing link,” be prepared for a media circus. This time it’s about a horse-sized tyrannosaur fossil discovered in Uzbekistan. From 15 scattered bone fragments (7 of them vertebrae), Steven Brusatte and team have deduced it was a missing link. The find was published in PNAS; simultaneously, Brusatte crowed on The Conversation about his “Evolution Story” with a large banner of an artist’s rendition of the feathery monster walking on a beach. On cue, reporters started the drum roll and fanfare, prepared with artwork on their banners. The parade was on!“‘Missing Link’ in Tyrannosaur Family Tree Discovered” (National Geographic)“From Brains to Brawn: How T. Rex Became King of the Dinosaurs” (Live Science); see also their Photo Gallery“Newly Discovered Dinosaur Reveals How T. rex Became King of the Cretaceous” (Smithsonian)“Skull of mini T. rex shows it gained intelligence before size” (New Scientist)“Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery” (BBC News)As you can guess from the headlines, the basic story goes like this: early tyrannosaurs were small, but the first Cretaceous ones were giants. There was a “frustrating 20+ million-year gap in the mid-Cretaceous fossil record” that desperately needed filling. The early tyrannosaurs lacked the proportionally large brain and acute hearing and sense of smell like the later T. rex. This new specimen, dubbed Timurlengia euotica (“well-eared Tamerlane,” named after a famous Asian ruler) seems to fill the gap, because it must have had the larger proportional brain and ear, but remained horse-sized like its ancestors. That’s the reason for the “brains to brawn” meme; this dinosaur supposedly “gained intelligence before size.” The artist added imaginary feathers to complete the popular picture of dinosaurs evolving into birds.**See a Live Science photo gallery of the new propaganda exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History that portrays dinosaurs with imaginary feathers and birds made to look like dinosaurs. Compare that with a CMI review by Sarfati and Carter, “Did dinosaurs evolve into birds?”Nature reviewed this fossil find. While sitting on the bandwagon enjoying the parade, its coverage mentioned a couple of difficulties with the interpretation being put forth. After quoting the celebrants excitedly making it out to be “a wonderful affirmation of evolution,” writer Adam Levy mentioned a few other facts that must be considered:“Still, the new find is only a single data point in a 20-million-year evolutionary period; Timurlengia might not be typical of other tyrannosaurs that were alive at the time.”“And tyrannosaurs come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. Even as far back as 100 million years ago, there were large tyrannosaurs — “weird off-shoots”, says Brusatte, that were not ancestors of the enormous tyrannosaurs of the late Cretaceous — such as the long-snouted Xiongguanlong baimoensis, and the 9-metre long Yutyrannus huali.” (This new species is claimed by the authors to be 90-92 million years old.)To these caveats, we could add additional considerations from the PNAS paper, the artwork, and the photos of the actual bones.Most of the bones were found over a decade ago (1997 to 2006), and were scattered about different institutions. Brusatte only saw the brain case in 2014 from its storage site in St. Petersburg, Russia.The length of the arms are inferred; only terminal claws were found.“Individual bones come from different individuals,” the figure caption says. The text mentions, “We therefore consider it most parsimonious that all of these specimens belong to the same taxon,” but the authors acknowledge the possibility that “later discoveries” may “show this to be incorrect….” If so, only the braincase may be diagnostic of T. euotica and everything else could belong to different specimens or species.The size of the ear with its cochlea and semicircular canals was “reconstructed” from the sizes and shapes of cavities in the bones, not from any actual remnants.The authors confess that “part of the broken parabasisphenoid was not fused to the remainder of the braincase, perhaps suggesting that the individual was not yet osteologically mature and adults of the species may have been somewhat larger.“The articles mention the keen sense of smell of T. rex as if this “missing link” had that, too, although no bones of the nasal cavity were found. Nature says, “It is not known, however, whether the dinosaur possessed later tyrannosaurs’ keen sense of smell.”If these creatures inhabited Uzbekistan, what relationship could they possibly have with T. rex in Wyoming on the other side of the world?No feathers, of course, were found.These issues are enough to cast serious doubt on the claim that these bones represent a missing link. Beyond that, the very logic of the inference is highly questionable. Is it a law of nature that larger brains precede brawn? Then why are birds so smart with small brains (3/05/16), and why aren’t humans as big as a T. rex? How did earlier giant dinosaurs like allosaurs and the ones mentioned by Nature survive so well if they were not endowed with big brains and big ears? Remember, it’s not the size of the hardware but the nature of the software that can make a huge difference in intelligence (see “Brain Size Myth Won’t Die,” 6/26/15)Adding these problems to the question of whether the bones represent an adult of one species, there appears to be no clear line of descent to support a “missing link” claim.Don’t you get angry at the snow jobs these Darwinians foist on the public? How many readers are going to stand in awe of the “scientists” who make such pronouncements, and fall on their faces before Darwin-Baal, the god of emergence? Listen to Brusatte, chief medicine man, go into a trance on The Conversation:And swoop they did. Very quickly the human-to-horse-sized tyrannosaurs grew into supersized monsters, longer than a bus and weighing more than a ton. Their heads became giant killing machines and their arms, now unnecessary, shrunk down to nubbins. By 80m years ago these mega tyrannosaurs were terrorising what is now North America and Asia, spreading into all ecosystems on land, displacing smaller predators, and eating whatever they wanted.It would remain this way for another 15m years or so, until the day, when T. rex was at the peak of its success rampaging across western North America, that a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid fell out of the sky and the world changed in an flash.Oh, barf. This is the storyteller who told the tall tale about the “fluffy feathered poodle from hell” (7/20/15). If you are hypnotized by this kind of rhetoric, you need to read Creation-Evolution Headlines and our Baloney Detector more often. After sufficient deprogramming, instead of genuflecting, you will be laughing loud and long.Exercise: Read Katherine Gammon’s article on Live Science, “A Brief History of Dinosaurs.” Run the Baloney Detector on it; how much is observation, and how much is storytelling? 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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel an order given the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for Polavaram project in July this year and stop construction of the project until all the pending issues are resolved.‘Injury to Odisha interest’“If the project is allowed to be completed before the resolution of all the pending issues, it will cause permanent injury to the interest of the State of Odisha and its people,” Mr. Patnaik wrote in a two-page letter sent to Mr. Modi on Wednesday.“I am constrained to write this letter to draw your personal attention and intervention on the magnitude of the consequences that the people of Odisha will have to face viz. the submergence of tribal villages resulting in mass displacement of tribals, the flooding of fertile agricultural lands and submergence of large forest area, all of which can be avoided if only an opportunity is given for a final resolution of the disputes pending before the Supreme Court,” Mr. Patnaik said in his letter.The Chief Minister has suggested that the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh can be reformulated as per Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal, without causing large-scale submergence in the States of Odisha, Telangana and Chhattisgarh.Mentioning that public hearing in Odisha has not been carried out till date, Mr. Patnaik said that a detailed study of design, flood and the studies related to backwater extent during floods will allow to make an assessment about the exact submergence in Odisha.In his letter, Mr. Patnaik also mentioned that he has written three letters to the Prime Minister on the issue in the past — September 16, 2015, November 28, 2017, and July 12, 2018.
Election to the Patkura Assembly seat in Odisha, which was postponed twice, will be held on July 20, the Election Commission of India announced on Thursday.The counting of votes will be held on July 24. The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect in Kendrapara district since Patkura comes under it.The election to the Patkura Assembly seat was first scheduled to be held in the fourth phase of the recently concluded general election on April 29. It was, however, adjourned due to the death of the Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20.Subsequently, the ECI called upon the BJD on April 24 to nominate another candidate and fixed May 19 as the next date of polling. The BJD fielded Agarwalla’s wife Sabitri Agarwalla as its nominee.But after Cyclone Fani hit the State on May 3, the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha, proposed to postpone the poll schedule, and the ECI extended the completion of the election in Patkura by 60 days.The ECI said on Thursday that EVMs and VVPATs will be used in all the polling stations in Patkura. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPTs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the poll is conducted smoothly.