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Cyclone Titli triggers flood-like situation in Odisha

Heavy rains triggered by the severe cyclonic storm Titli have caused flood-like situations in several districts of Odisha on Friday.

 
Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
Heavy rains triggered by the severe cyclonic storm Titli have caused flood-like situations in several districts of Odisha on Friday.
 
The situation remains vulnerable, especially in Ganjam, Rayagada and Gajapati districts where the remote areas have been cut off due to the incessant rains after Titli hit the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast on Thursday morning.
 
During a review meeting via video conferencing, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday directed the three district collectors to closely monitor the situation and shift the people living in vulnerable areas to safer places.
 
He directed them to focus on early restoration of power supply and emergency services.
 
The Chief Minister has also asked the collectors to submit crop and house damage assessment reports within seven days.
 
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said two Indian Navy choppers from Vishakapatnam will be pressed into action in Ganjam district to expedite the relief and rescue operations.
 
"The two choppers are on their way to Ganjam. They will carry out relief and rescue operations in Aska and Puroshotam areas," said Padhi.
 
He said 14 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 12 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in various districts.
 
Road and electricity restoration works were also in full swing in the affected districts.
 
Reacting to casualty reports, the Chief Secretary said: "We have seen media reports of the deaths of two or three persons in these districts. We are verifying it."
 
The water is flowing above danger level in Vansadhara, Rusikulya and Jalaka rivers. 
 
A total of 16 blocks have received about 200-300 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while 60 blocks received 100-200 mm rainfall in the state. 
 
Some blocks received more than 300 mm of rainfall.
 
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Reliance to invest additional Rs 3,000 crore in Odisha

 File photo of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
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Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said on Monday the group, which has already invested Rs 6,000 crore in Odisha over the last few years, will invest an additional Rs 3,000 crore in the state.
 
"Today, Reliance has emerged as one of the largest investors in the state in the last few years. Reliance has already invested over Rs 6,000 crore in the state. And today, I am committing to invest an additional Rs 3,000 crore in our new businesses in Odisha," he said at the Make in Odisha Conclave here.
 
The additional investments would be made in the next three years.
 
"Most of our investments are in creating the Jio network. For Reliance, Jio is not just another business. It is a mission to transform India -- to transform Odisha. We have created sustained new employment opportunities, both direct and indirect, to over 30,000 people in the state," he said.
 
Since Reliance Jio commenced operations little over two years ago, India has moved from the 155th rank in mobile broadband penetration to being the number one nation in mobile data consumption in the world, he said.
 
"We are committed to connecting everyone and everything, everywhere always with the highest quality and the most affordable price. I have a big reason for focusing on digital business. The world is at the cusp of a digital revolution," Ambani said.
 
He also said the group is taking another step to propel Odisha further into the digital future.
 
"With JioGigaFiber, we have now begun an ambitious push in fixed broadband through fiber-to-the-home and premise.
 
"Our aim and resolve is to ensure that India rises from the present 135th rank to be amongst the top three nations in fixed broadband within the next three years," Ambani said.
 
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Five Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Odisha

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Five Maoists have been killed in an encounter with the security forces and ammunition recovered in Odisha's Malkangiri district, police said on Monday.
 
The gun battle took place inside a forest area near Papluru village in the Kalimela late on Sunday.
 
A combing operation by a joint team of Odisha Police and the Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel led to the encounter in which the five Maoists, including a woman, were killed, Additional Director General (Operation) R. P. Koche said.
 
Multiple weapons, including two INSAS rifles, a hand grenade and one SLR, were also recovered as the combing operation continued, he said.
 
"We have deployed additional Border Security Forces and SOG personnel to keep a strict vigil and track down all the Maoists hiding in Papluru," he added.
 
"I think, this is by far the best operation of the Odisha Police against the left-wing extremists. While a huge cache of arms and ammunition have been recovered, a search operation is still on to track down the Maoists," Director General of Police (DGP) R. P. Sharma said.
 
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Seven elephants electrocuted in Odisha

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At least seven elephants died of electrocution after coming in contact with a live wire near Kamalanga village in Odisha's Dhenkanal district, a forest official said on Saturday.
 
Non-rectification of sagging lines and non-cabling of transmission lines led to the tragedy in Meramundali section of Dhenkanal range. The carcasses were found lying in a ditch early on Saturday.
 
A herd of 13 jumbos was passing through the village in Sadar Forest Range when the seven got electrocuted by a 11-KV line, which was hanging loosely, Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Jitendranath Das said.
 
The Dhenkanal divisional forest officer and villagers had informed the Central Electricity Supply of Odisha (CESU) about the sagging electric wire, both Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathi said.
 
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Death toll in cyclone-hit Odisha rises to 52; damage put at Rs 2,200 crore

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The number of deaths in cyclone Titli-hit Odisha increased to 52, and the state government more than doubled the compensation amount to the kin of the deceased, an official said on Wednesday.
 
Authorities conducted a review meeting to assess the extent of damage due to the cyclone that battered the state on October 11. 
 
The coastal state is estimated to have suffered damages worth Rs 2,200 crore, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said.
 
"As per the primary damage assessment report, the overall damage including infrastructure and agriculture has been estimated at Rs 2,200 crore," Padhi said.
 
A final damage assessment report will be prepared within two days, he added.
 
"Thirty-nine deaths are reported from Gajapati district alone. Twelve deaths are reported from Ganjam district and one from Kandhamal district," said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi after the review meeting.
 
The state government enhanced the compensation amount from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for each family of the deceased.
 
Earlier, the state government had confirmed 26 deaths due to cyclone and subsequent floods.
 
Damage to roads has been estimated at Rs 500 crore, electricity infrastructure at Rs 133 crore, houses at Rs 150 crore and crops at Rs 233 crore.
 
The state government on Tuesday released Rs 102 crore for the people of Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada - the worst affected districts.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who visited Gajapati and Ganjam districts, announced that Baraghara village will be shifted from the hilltop to the foothills.
 
Seventy-six families of the village will be provided with pucca houses under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.
 
The Chief Minister distributed "patta" to beneficiaries and said that the government would take care of the children who lost their parents in the calamity.
 
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12 feared dead in landslide in cyclone-hit Odisha

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The Odisha government on Saturday rushed a team of rescuers after local media reported that 12 persons, including five children, lost their lives while four others were missing due to a landslide in Gajapati district.
 
The incident occurred in Barghara village under Gangabada panchayat under Rayagada block when the cave, in which they had taken shelter, collapsed following incessant rain triggered by cyclone Titli on Thursday.
 
However, the officials are yet to confirm the exact death toll.
 
"There are reports about the death of 12 people and missing of four persons in a landslide caused by heavy rains in Baraghara village in Gajapati district. We are verifying the reports," said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi.
 
He said they can only confirm the death toll after the team returns from the spot.
 
The SRC said the team would have to trek about 17 km, cutting the trees to reach the spot.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed condolence over the tragic incident.
 
"The tragic incident of landslide in Gajapati has been most unfortunate. I extend my deepest condolence to the bereaved families," said the Chief Minister.
 
Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said a team comprising Gajapati district Superintendent of Police, sub-collector, doctors and other officials have gone to the landslide area.
 
He said the accident spot is located at the border of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and Raighar block and it is inaccessible.
 
With the opposition parties questioning the poor handling of the natural calamity and the government's zero casualty claim, the Chief Minister said, "If the opposition parties want to criticise, they can do so. We are busy in relief and rehabilitation works."
 
He said after a proper assessment of damage, the state government would place its demand before the Centre for assistance.
 
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Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, crosses coast

 
Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
Very severe cyclonic storm Titli which is being referred to as a Category 2 hurricane, made landfall in Odisha's Gopalpur on Thursday with surface winds reaching 126 kmph, the Met said. There has been no casualty reported yet.
 
Heavy rains were dumped in at least eight districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore as Titli with high-velocity winds crossed the south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts leaving behind uprooted trees and displacing three lakh people.
 
Gajapati district is the worst affected till now. Road communication from district headquarters to various parts like Mohana and Kashinagar was disrupted, said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.
 
Odisha's Balasore received very heavy rainfall of 117 mm and Paradip recorded 111 mm of rains. Gopalpur, where the cyclone made its landfall, has so far received 97 mm of rain, and hefty showers were further expected over the region, said Skymet Weather. 
 
Power supply and telephone lines were snapped in Ganjam, where wind gusted at 165 kmph uprooting trees, levelling houses disrupting road communication.
 
According to hourly coastal observations, Gopalpur reported surface wind speed of 126 kmph at 4.30 a.m., the IMD said. "Titli will completely cross the Odisha coast in two to three hours," Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director H.R. Biswas said.
 
The coastal alert has been put at 10 -- the highest with fishermen prohibited from venturing into the sea for the next few days.
 
It crossed Palasa in Srikakulam district between 4.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m., said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
Damages to houses with thatched and asbestos roofs and street lights were reported in Ganjam district. Road were blocked by falling of trees, said a government report. 
 
About three lakh people were shifted from low-lying and vulnerable areas in Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Khordha districts.
 
A total of 1,112 relief camps have been opened for the shelter of those evacuated.
 
The landfall process which continued for two to three hours till 8.30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a wall cloud in the rear sector of the cyclone yet to enter completely into the land brought heavy rains in several parts of the state that may continue till Friday.
 
Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi announced that all schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
 
Trees have been uprooted in large numbers in the coastal belt as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik set a mission "zero casualty" for the and directed district administration, police, fire service, and coastguard to closely monitor the situation and remain prepared with adequate relief materials.
 
A total of 13 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and nine Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have been deployed at strategic locations.
 
The system is very likely to move northwestwards for next 12 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha, said Biswas.
 
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My heart beats for Indian Hockey: Shahrukh Khan

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Saying that his heart beats for the sport, Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan on Tuesday extended his support team India and announced that he will attend the opening ceremony of the Hockey World Cup on 27th November in Bhubaneswar.
 
Cheering the Men in Blue to get the cup back home, Shahrukh Khan in his tweet also urged everyone to get behind Team India and support the game. 
 
With "King" Khan firmly behind the team, it is certain that the sport will attract a larger fan base that steps forward to see the battle of the finest hockey talent as India play the rest of the world at Bhubaneswar come end November.
 
“Hockey is the song of my heart. It is that time of my youth that is forever etched in my consciousness. I follow the game and watching the game, even now, gets my pulse racing. India is hosting the Hockey World Cup in November at Bhubaneswar, and I am honoured to be a part of hockey at the highest level."
 
"We have a young and promising team and they have my unconditional support. They are my heroes and I pledge my heartbeat for India, for the Indian team and for hockey," he added
 
“My heart beats for hockey, and I will be at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. Are you game?”
 
 "I wish our team the best. Hockey is the pride of India. We will cheer Chak De India! Thank you for thinking of me. #HeartBeatsForHockey."
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Shah Rukh's support for hockey will not only motivate the team, but it will also catalyse the nation to join this movement for hockey. "I thank him for the same."
 
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Five die of asphyxiation in septic tank in Odisha

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Five people died of asphyxiation inside a septic tank in Odisha's Rayagada district on Sunday, police said.
 
The incident occurred at Paika Sahi of Durgi village, said police.
 
The victims got into the septic tank to rescue a woman worker who had fallen inside it. However, they fell unconscious inside the tank during the rescue attempt.
 
The villagers dragged them out of the septic tank and rushed them to the hospital. While five of them including the woman worker were declared dead, another labourer is in a critical condition.
 
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13 killed in lightning strikes in Odisha

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As many as 13 persons died and four were injured in lightning strikes at different places in Odisha, officials said on Friday.
 
"We have received reports from various districts regarding the death of 13 persons due to lightning. We are inquiring into the reports," said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner's office.
 
While six people were killed in Balasore district, five persons were killed in Mayurbhanj district and one each in Khurdha and Kendrapara districts due to lightning, the official said.
 
He said people are being sensitized about how to save themselves from lightning.
 
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Seven Maoists killed in two encounters in Odisha

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At least seven Maoists were gunned down in separate encounters with security personnel in Odisha's Kandhamal and Balangir districts in last two days, said an official on Monday.
 
"Five Maoists were killed during a combing operation at Sudukumpa forest in Kandhamal's Golanki village, while two were killed in Dudkamal village of Balangir district," said Additional Director General of Police (Operations) R.P. Koche.
 
Acting on a tip-off, a combing operation was launched by the police and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel in Sudukumpa forest, said Koche.
 
The police have recovered nine rifles, including AK-47 and INSAS and other ammunition from the area. The combing operation was on in the forest area, he added.
 
Director General of Police R.P. Sharma described it as a red letter day in the history of Odisha Police.
 
"This is a great team effort. The district Superintendents of Police have led from the front with exemplary courage and confidence," said Sharma.
 
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Rail traffic on Haridaspur-New Garhmadhupur section in Odisha affected as train hits JCB machine

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Rail traffic between Haridaspur and New Garhmadhupur stations on East Coast Railway (ECoR) in Odisha was affected after the 22878 Ernakulam-Howrah Antodaya Express hit a JCB earthmoving machine while passing a manned level crossing this morning, official sources said.
 
No one was injured in the incident, they said.
 
ECoR officials said the mishap occurred at about 10.15 am today when the train was passing the level crossing at Gate Number 154.
 
The officials said the pantograph of the train's engine was broken, temporarily affecting traffic on the Down line. They said the Up and Middle lines were free for train movement.
 
The officials said the overhead wire and the masts were also damaged. A diesel engine had been sent to bring the train, they said.
 
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Khurda Road Division of ECoR has placed the gateman under suspension for alleged dereliction of duty on the basis of the prima facie findings of a preliminary enquiry and ordered initiation of disciplinary proceedings against him. Responsibility of others will be fixed if any fault is found, the sources said, adding that an enquiry at the officers' level has been ordered by the DRM.
 
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Super Cup: Bengaluru FC eye redemption in final against East Bengal

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Bengaluru FC's bid to win a fifth title in as many seasons of the club's existence, will face one last hurdle in East Bengal as the two sides go to battle in the final of the Super Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here on Friday.
 
Albert Roca's Blues who missed out on the ISL title, going down in a final played just a little more than a month ago, have a shot at redemption and the Spanish manager said hunger and confidence is what will propel the Blues' charge.
 
"We've kept aside the disappointment of not winning the ISL because it won't do us any good. If anything, it's made us hungrier to keep alive the tradition of this club to win a trophy every season. 
 
"The Super Cup final is another chance and we will be going into the game with the right amount of confidence. We've been consistent and have had a fantastic season so far. It would be nice to have a trophy for our efforts," said Roca on the eve of the game.
 
Bengaluru have been clinical all through the tournament, always finding the answers to come away with a win. The Blues shrugged off the rust to beat Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 before beating Neroca FC 3-1. Then, in what was a performance for the ages, a ten-man Bengaluru came from a goal down to beat arch rivals Mohun Bagan 4-2 and storm into the final.
 
East Bengal, on the other hand, have been doing just enough to progress. They started with a 2-1 win over Mumbai City FC and followed it up with 1-0 wins over both Aizawl FC and FC Goa to set up a date with Bengaluru.
 
Roca brushed aside talk of Bengaluru's billing as favourites going into the final but hoped his side would get a grip on the game as it progressed. "We have a 50% chance to win this and I'm hoping that as the game wears on, we increase that number. East Bengal will enter the game with a similar belief, so I don't really make much of that tag we've been given."
 
The Blues are sweating over the fitness of two vital players in defenders Juanan Gonzalez and Rahul Bheke. 
 
The Spanish centre-half was pulled out of the squad minutes before kick-off against Mohun Bagan, complaining of pain in his rib cage. Bheke, meanwhile, was an early substitution against Neroca FC in the quarter-final after injuring his leg. 
 
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"Both of them aren't 100% ready and I'm hoping that our medical team pulls off a little miracle. What I am certain of though, is that whoever plays in those positions will be completely ready for the job at hand," said Roca.
 
East Bengal have an injury concern of their own after striker Dudu Omagbemi, whose goal against FC Goa sent the Kolkata club to the final, left the pitch clutching his hamstring and in visible pain. Roca preferred not to guess whether the Nigerian would make the cut in Khalid Jamil's squad or not. 
 
"You're saying he's out of the fixture, but you never know, Dudu could start the game and score a goal or two. Football is always unpredictable, which is why I'm not going to go about guessing things I have no idea about."
 
Dudu aside, Jamil has enough quality in his other foreign players. Katsumi Yusa, Mahmoud Al Amna, Ansumana Kromah and Eduardo Ferreira are all experienced hands who have been part of championship-winning teams.
 
A free-scoring Bengaluru will hope their lethal attack turns up with the goals yet again. Sunil Chhetri and Miku have both notched hat-tricks in the tournament and Udanta Singh has been causing all sorts of trouble to defenders through the season with his pace and quality of the final ball in the box.
 
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Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan to enter Super Cup final

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Bengaluru FC (BFC) rode a hat-trick by Nicolas Fedor to beat Mohun Bagan 4-2 in their Super Cup semi-final at the Kalinga Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Fedor (63rd, 65th, 88th minutes) struck thrice late in the second half before BFC skipper Sunil Chhetri (90th) scored in the last minute of regulation time.
 
Aser Dipanda Dicka (42nd, 90+2) scored twice for Mohun Bagan.
 
Before Fedor found his scoring touch, BFC were in a spot of bother.
 
Dicka had put the Kolkata giants ahead in the closing minutes of the first half after Akram Moghrabi picked him out inside the BFC penalty box with an excellent ball from the left.
 
To make matters worse for the Indian Super League (ISL) runners-up, their defender Nishu Kumar was shown the red card after a horrendous tackle on Mohun Bagan's Nikhil Kadam. 
 
Kadam had latched on to a clearance from the Mohun Bagan defence and was about to burst into the BFC penalty box after out running Nishu, who was the last defender. The BFC defender however, caught hold of Kadam's arm and pulled him down, leaving the referee with no option but to give him his marching orders.
 
Despite being down to 10 men, BFC continued to put pressure on the Mohun Bagan defence, as they had done for most of the game.
 
The former I-League champions from Kolkata, however, could not exploit their numerical advantage.
 
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They played mostly on the counter, looking to absorb the repeated BFC attacks by sitting back on defence and hitting back with long balls into their opponents' half.
 
Although the defence and midfield did well to deny time and space to the BFC players for most of the game, Fedor finally made Mohun Bagan pay when he exploited some poor marking to score with a superb finish from a difficult angle.
 
The Mohun Bagan defenders were caught unawares a couple of minutes later when a quick free-kick found Fedor through on goal and the Venezuelan punished them with an easy finish.
 
BFC were awarded a penalty in the closing minutes of regulation period when a mistimed tackle by Mohun Bagan substitute Rana Gharami brought down Udanta SIngh inside the box. Fedor stepped forward to convert the resultant penalty and complete his hat-trick.
 
Chhetri then scored BFC's fourth goal with a well-placed finish to put the issue out of Mohun Bagan's reach.
 
Dicka then utilised some loose defending by BFC to score a consolation goal for Mohun Bagan late into second half injury time.
 
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East Bengal pip FC Goa to reach Super Cup final

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East Bengal rode on a late strike from Dudu Omagbemi to defeat FC Goa 1-0 to reach the final of the inaugural edition of the Hero Super Cup football tournament here on Monday.
 
Nigerian striker Dudu scored the winner in the 78th minute. East Bengal now await the winners of the second semi-final between arch-rivals Mohun Bagan and JSW Bengaluru FC which is to be played on Tuesday.
 
In the first semi-final, the first half ended goalless. East Bengal had better chances with Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna missing the first real chance of the half in the 19th minute but he failed to tap in a cross from inside the box by teammate and Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa.
 
A minute later Dudu broke free from an Al Amna flicked header but with just the goalkeeper and Hero of the Match Laxmikant Kattimani to beat, he hit straight at him.
 
A lot of the Goan attack came down the right wing through Mandar Rao Dessai but the Goans were unable to find any joy.
 
Katsumi Yusa then missed two gilt-edged chances in the 33rd and 35th minutes. 
 
FC Goa also had a chance in added time but Ferran Corominas' shot hit the post from an acute angle after his solo run. Corominas tricked his way into the opposition box and released a left footed effort at goal. However, the goalkeeper got a touch to his shot to keep it out. But the tenacious striker got to the ball and attempted to curl it in from a tight angle from the left but the ball ricocheted back into play off the post.
 
It was Goa who started slightly better in the second period. Edu Bedia found Corominas with a sublime lobbed pass in the 49th minute. The striker ran on to the ball but his run was cut off well by an East Bengal defender.
 
East Bengal continued to press hard for a goal in the second half and Dudu and Katsumi again missed golden opportunities to score between them -- the Nigerian being the more profligate. Dudu couldn't get his head on to a superb cross in from the left despite diving forward.
 
Goa's best chance of the match came in the 59th minute when Edu displayed spectacular vision to find the run of Amey Ranawade. The diminutive full back beat the offside trap and found himself one on one with the goalkeeper who reacted beautifully to make the save from the full back. 
 
The deadlock was finally broken in the 78th minute when another quality cross from the left flank by Katsumi found Dudu who tapped in past Kattimani.
 
Meanwhile, FC Goa captain Eduardo Bedia was sent off in the second half after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
 
Afterwards, it was easier for East Bengal to control the game and see off the match.
 
East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil admitted that he was a bit worried about his team not being able to "capitalise on the early chances in the match".
 
"I was very worried about this match. FC Goa had five players suspended and I was very much hoping that we convert early. We had our chances but weren't able to put it in," he said. "But we won it and it's a nice feeling to make it to the final."
 
Meanwhile, FC Goa Coach Derrick Pereira certified that his "players combined well".
 
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Two killed in Odisha bus accident

 
Two dead, 30 injured in Odisha bus mishap
 
 
An infant was among two people killed on Friday when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a 30-feet deep gorge near Kalahandi in Odisha, police said. Thirty others were injured.
 
The bus plunged off a bridge on the National Highway 26 near Bhawanipatna after its driver lost control over the vehicle, a police officer said.
 
There were around 55 passengers in the bus, which was on its way from here to Bhawanipatna.
 
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Ahmedabad-Puri Express travels for a few km without engine; no one injured

 
Coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri Express travel without engine
 
 
Coaches of the Ahmedabad-Puri Express rolled down without an engine for some kilometres from Titlagarh, Odisha late on Saturday after railway staff failed to apply skid brakes as required when the engine of the train was detached from one end to be attached to the other.
 
"A case of rolling down of coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri Express towards Kesinga side has occurred," a spokesman for East Coast Railway said, adding that no one was injured and that all passengers were safe.
 
"This was due to non-application of skid-brake on the wheels of the coaches by staff concerned while he should have put the skids as per rules," he said.
 
The spokesman said seven railway employees had been put under suspension in connection with the incident.
 
The spokesman said the coaches were stopped by alert railway staff who put stones on the track to bring them to a halt. The section from Titlagarh has a downward slope, he pointed out.
 
Titlagarh is the place where there is engine reversal for the train. "When engine is detached to be attached at the other end, the coaches should be secured with skids at the wheels.  In this case,  it appears that the skids have either not been placed or placed improperly. Facts will be known after detailed enquiry," he said.
 
The spokesman said the Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur had ordered a senior officer-level inquiry consisting of the divisional heads of the Operating, Safety, Mechanical and Civil Engineering departments. 
 
The Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur and Senior Divisional Safety Officer had rushed to Titlagarh.
 
Official sources said the railway control room decided to allow the coaches to travel up to Kesinga, about 12 km away, where an upward slope begins. They said trying to stop the train on the down gradient could have led to an accident.
 
Level crossing gates on the section were closed. The speed of the coaches slowed down on the up graident, which made it easier to bring them to a stop, they explained.
 
The train had arrived at Titlagarh at about 2135 hours yesterday and the incident occurred at around 2205 hours.
 
An engine was sent from Titlagarh to get the coaches back and the coaches and engine left Kesinga at 0035 hours today.
 
Those suspended included two engine drivers and three staff of the Carriage and Wagon department.
 
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Super Cup: East Bengal beat Mumbai City FC 2-1 to reach quarters

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East Bengal rode on goals either side of half-time from Yusa Katsumi and Mahmoud Al Amna to beat Mumbai City FC 2-1 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Super Cup at the Kalinga stadium here on Thursday.
 
Mumbai took the lead through Achille Emana (22nd) but it took East Bengal four minutes to draw level as Katsumi (26th) found the back of the net. Al Amna (73rd) netted the winner after the interval.
 
Both coaches Khalid Jamil and Mumbai's Costa Rican coach, Alexandre Guimaraes lined up their outfits in identical fashion at the start of the game -- four man defense, packed midfield and with the lone target man upfront.
 
While Mumbai had India striker Balwant Singh as the goal poacher, Nigerian Dudu Omagbeni was entrusted with that role by the Red & Golds.
 
The first-half did not see many goal-scoring chances being created but saw end-to-end football and two brilliant goals, one from each side. It was Mumbai who struck first.
 
In the 22nd minute, Eduardo inflicted a needless challenge to bring down Mumbai midfielder Sahil Tavora about 35 yards out from the East Bengal box. Cameroonian Achille Emana then engineered an outrageous late curl off his right-footer from the resultant free-kick to leave the East Bengal keeper Ubaid stunned.
 
The Kolkata giants were quick to hit back when a ball played ahead by overlapping defender Samad to Laldanmaiwa Ralte made the Mizo winger produce a quality cross which found Katsumi Yusa's head with pinpoint accuracy in the 26th minute. The Japanese just had to time jump and connect with his head perfectly, and he did not disappoint.
 
Mumbai had held the lead for just over three minutes. East Bengal were clearly the more attacking side of the half, also evident by the fact that two Mumbai players, Zakeer and Shehnaj, had not only been booked by referee Venkatesh but also forced him to issue final warnings post the bookings.
 
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The second half mirrored the first. The football was end-to-end, flowing and open, but lack of imagination and penetration in the attacking third by both sides meant that gilt-edged scoring opportunities were at a premium.
 
Coach Guimareas rung in the changes and played all his cards by bringing in Pranjal Bhumij for Khongjee in the 65th minute, Abinash Ruidas for Zaqeer in the 76th and finally Biswajit Saha for Sahil Tavora in the 84th minute. But East Bengal not only trusted the same 11 throughout the game but also reaped the rewards for being the more enterprising side.
 
They found the winner in the 73rd minute when first Cavin Lobo from just inside his half found Laldanmawia Ralte with a beautiful ball on the right flank. Ralte trapped well and raced inside the box to unleash a right-footer straight at the Mumbai custodian Amrinder, who brought about a stop. Syrian Mahmoud Al-Amna came rushing in to meet the rebound, and connected first-time perfectly to bulge the roof of the Mumbai net.
 
It was a deserving victory for the Red & Golds who now move on to play Aizawl FC in the quarter-finals.
 
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Super Cup: FC Goa down ATK 3-1 to move to quarters

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FC Goa proved to be too hot for ATK as they beat them 3-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Super Cup here on Tuesday.
 
Goa drew first blood through Spanish forward Ferran Corominas (45'+1') in the dying moments of the first half.
 
ATK came back stronger in the second half to equalize via their captain cum manager Robert Keane (50') but a couple of strikes within a span of 10 minutes from Goa through Hugo Boumous (69') and Brandon Fernandes (77') ensured that the Goan team faces their Hero Indian Super League opponent Jamshedpur FC in the quarterfinal encounter.
 
The first half of the game began on an attacking note, with ATK managing a corner within the first minute but a poor shot ensured they stay eluded from gathering a lead early in the game.
 
The Keane-led Kolkata outfit went on to show their intent, consistently attacking on the Goan post, twice getting extremely close, but the lack of a good finish denied them from an early lead.
 
Goa started on their forward move a little late but the story wasn't much different at their end as well, until a pass from Brandon Fernandes to their unmarked Spanish forward Ferran Corominas (45' + 1'), ensured that the Goan team stamp their authority in the game taking a lead during injury time.
 
The first half of the game came to an end with FC Goa leading 1-0 against ATK.
 
The second half began with ATK again leading the attack with an equalizer in the 50th minute from their captain. Thereafter ATK kept pressing hard for a lead but the Goan defence did not allow them to break in.
 
Goa again started slowly but struck early when a brilliant lofted pass from Corominas at the center line to French Hugo Boumous in the 69th minute, saw the French make a beautiful run to the ATK box making no mistakes in finding the back of the net bringing back FC Goa in the lead.
 
It also struck through Brandon Fernandes in the 77th minute to ensure it finished the game with a 3-1 win.
 
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Super Cup: BFC clinch exciting win over Gokulam

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Bengaluru FC (BFC) clinched a hard fought 2-1 win over Gokulam Kerala FC in an exciting, fast paced Super Cup match here on Sunday.
 
Henry Kisekka (33rd minute) had given Gokulam the lead with a wonderful strike in the first half. 
 
But BFC made a strong comeback to dominate the second half as Nicolas Fedor (69th minute) found the equaliser before Udanta Singh (90+4) scored the winner deep into the second half added time.
 
It was a saga of two halves as Gokulam, who finished seventh in this season's I-League, outshone the Indian Super League (ISL) runners-up in the first half.
 
They were fast and incisive in attack while the defence did well to shut out most of the BFC attacks.
 
Although BFC skipper Sunil Chettri managed to beat the Gokulam defence on a couple of occasions, an excellent tackle by defender Emmanuel Chigozie and a superb save by goalkeeper Nikhil Barnard kept the I-League outfit's citadel intact.
 
Gokulam took a well deserved lead when a fantastic build-up culminated in a well directed through to Henry Kisekka. 
 
The Ugandan striker controlled the ball well before producing an excellent finish to beat BFC custodian Gurpreet Singh in a one-on-one situation.
 
The second half however, was a different story altogether as a determined BFC dominated proceedings from start to finish.
 
Gokulam were forced on to the backfoot and kept the repeated BFC attacks at bay with some desperate defending and a few superb saves by Barnard.
 
However, BFC's sustained pressure finally bore result off a counter-attack when Udanta Singh's scorching pace down the right flank and subsequent cutback to an unmarked Fedor beat a couple of Gokulam defenders.
 
With the Gokulam defence woefully out of position, Fedor had all the time and space in the world to place the ball past Barnard.
 
BFC continued to attack relentlessly but the tough Gokulam defence held firm.
 
But Udanta finally broke their brave resistance in virtually the last minute of injury time when he found the target off a square pass by Fedor.
 
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Super Cup: Dicka brace lifts Mohun Bagan

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Mohun Bagan rode a brace by Aser Dipanda Dicka to defeat Churchill Brothers 2-1 in a Super Cup clash here on Sunday.
 
Willis Plaza (30th minute) put Churchill ahead before Dicka (45+3, 70th) restored parity in the closing seconds of the first half.
 
Dicka then found the winner late in the second half to push Mohun Bagan into the next round.
 
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Super Cup: Churchill face tough task against Bagan

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Churchill Brothers FC have left the euphoria of overcoming Delhi Dynamos FC in the Super Cup qualifiers and they are looking forward to facing Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan in their campaign opener here on Sunday.
 
"Yes, we got the sweeter result the other day but it's a new test tomorrow. We have played Mohun Bagan twice this season but couldn't garner a single point. We are aware of their football acumen and we respect them," Churchill coach Alfred Fernandes said.
 
Newly-recruited striker Willis Plaza bombed a brace in the qualifiers to propel Churchill into the tournament proper and he will be the 'trump card' for the Goan outfit on Sunday as well.
 
"Yes, you might term him as our trump card. We are in the hunt for the attacking spearhead and he fitted the bill perfectly. But, at the end of the day, it'll be a team effort and we need to get the job done collectively," the coach said.
 
Churchill finished second best twice against Mohun Bagan in the Hero I-League and now they are aiming to improve their record. 
 
Skipper Osagie Monday asserted that the Churchill players have special plans for their Mohun Bagan counterparts including striker Dipanda Dicka who has ended up with the maximum number of goals in two consecutive I-League seasons.
 
"Yes, I know him (Dicka) very well. We played them twice and we all know how dangerous he can be in the box. We are very keen to prove our diligence tomorrow. Dicka is a great player but there are other players too who can be equally dangerous. We have plans not only for him but everyone," he said.
 
Mohun Bagan's upsurge in the I-League started late which brought them very close to the title but finally, their saga did not end with the top honours.
 
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Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty and his team has now shifted their focus to the Super Cup and are now ready for the fresh challenge.
 
"It's a tough match tomorrow. The tournament is different from I-League. A silly mistake can dent your journey heavily and it might end your path in the tournament as well. Churchill had a terrific game against Delhi Dynamos in the qualifier, far superior to their performance in the I-League and we have to be very cautious tomorrow," Chakraborty said.
 
Although his team had left the pitch with two wins in the I-League against Churchill, the coach believes that they are a transformed side who might pose a stiff challenge on Sunday.
 
"Whatever we did in the I-League, is past and we have already flipped the page. I-league is history and we have to focus on tomorrow's game now. Churchill played an excellent game against Delhi Dynamos in the qualifier and we have to respect that," he said.
 
On being asked to single out a player who might give him a sleepless night, Chakraborty said: "They brought in Plaza and he might wreak havoc on a given day. Foreigners akin to Plaza, Ceesay, Monday are well supported by the Indian players and it has been a dangerous team to play against."
 
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Indian Air Force's Hawk MK-132 crashes in Odisha, pilot ejects safely

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) Hawk MK-132 aircraft crashed this afternoon in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, on the state's border with Jharkhand, but the pilot managed to eject safely, official sources said.
 
A press release from the IAF said the advanced jet trainer (AJT) crashed around 1220 hours, shortly after getting airborne from Air Force Station Kalaikunda on a routine training mission.
 
"The pilot, after having ejected safely, has been evacuated to the base in an IAF helicopter.  A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," the release added.
 
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Alert gateman saves goods train from major mishap in Odisha, one wagon derails

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A goods  train was saved from a major mishap yesterday, thanks to the alertness of a gateman and the quick reaction by the loco-pilot (driver) and the assistant loco pilot, who stopped the  train immediately in  Odisha yesterday, though one wagon derailed in the process.
 
East Coast Railway (ECoR) sources said the gateman, B. K. Sethi, noticed  a problem in one of the wagons of the goods train while it was passing the Balugaon level crossing and alerted the drivers, S. N. Patnaik and S. K. Sahoo, who managed to stop the train immediately, resulting in the derailment of all wheels of one wagon. As a consequence, the Up line was blocked for some time.
 
The goods train was carrying dolomite from Biramitrapur near Rourkela in Odisha to the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant in Andhra Pradesh when the mishap occurred between Balugaon and Chilka stations on the Khurda Road-Brahmapur railway section at about 11.55 am.
 
The Down line was clear for train movement and no one was injured in the incident.
 
An Accident Relief Train with manpower from Khurda Road reached the spot soon after the mishap and began work on restoration of the blocked Up line. The wagon was re-railed at 6.25 pm, but  more than four kms of track length were severely damaged, requiring replacement  of sleepers and rails, the sources said.
 
The line was kept suspended for repairs and it is likely to be restored today, the sources said. Some trains were cancelled or partially cancelled as a consequence.
 
The three alert and dedicated staff have been invited to ECoR Headquarters at Rail Sadan to be felicitated by General Manager for meritorious service today, the sources added.
 
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Technical Cooperation Non-Cash Grant for Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Kochi for urban transport

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Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Bhubaneswar in  Odisha and Kochi in Kerala will receive Technical Cooperation Non-Cash Grant for Urban Transport Activities.
 
An Implementation Agreement on Sustainable Urban Transport project between Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the German development agency GIZ was signed here yesterday in the presence of Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and German Ambassador Dr Martin Ney.
 
The agreement was signed by Mr. Mukund Kumar Sinha, OSD & ex officio Joint Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs and GIZ Country Director Wolfgang Hanning.
 
Under the agreement, an amount of euro four million (approximately Rs. 29 crore) will be given to the three cities for urban transport activities through GIZ over a period of three years. The main objective is to improve planning and implementation of sustainable urban transport, an official press release said.
 
The Annual Negotiations and Consultations between India and Germany in 2015, had listed Technical Cooperation by Germany for Urban Mobility in India as one of measures to be taken. It was later formalised with a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
 
The project will give the desired impetus in three major interventions proposed under Smart City Mission of the Ministry -- ITS based transport solutions, Non-motorised vehicles and Last mile connectivity, the release added.
 
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