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Daughter-in-law’s age embroils MLA Mahakud in a row

Social activists submitting a complaint at the district child protection office Op Photo

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Keonjhar: From illegal land grabbing to sudden appearance of a ‘daughter-in-law’ who claims to be married to his son Pankaj Mahakud, controversies continue to dog Champua MLA Sanatan Mahakud.
The latest row that broke out Thursday was related to the age of the woman who Mahakud insists is his real daughter-in-law.
A woman named Kabita claimed in public that she was the wife of Mahakud’s son Pankaj. The allegation is being investigated by Mahila police in Bhubaneswar after the woman had lodged an FIR against the MLA and his son. However, the MLA outrightly rejected the woman’s claim, stating, “My daughter-in-law is in my house and she has not complained against me.”
However, a twist emerged later with social activists unearthing a new fact about Mahakud’s daughter-in-law, claiming her to be a minor.
The activists have brought this matter to the notice of the district child protection committee and district child welfare committee Thursday by producing a copy of an HSC certificate purporting to be that of Mahakud’s daughter-in-law.
According to the HSC certificate, the girl is yet to turn even 17, the activists said, demanding action against the MLA for breaching the law.
Pankaj Mahakud had married the daughter of a resident of Talipasi under Bansapal block in June 2015. The marriage was widely publicised in the area as it was a topic of hot discussion.
According to the HSC certificate produced by the social activists, Sanatan’s daughter-in-law was born June 5, 1998. They claimed that till date, the woman who has married Pankaj has not attained age 17.
The activists said they will draw the attention of the collector, state commission for women and state child protection cell. If necessary, they will move court, they added.
District child protection officer Debangana Barik said the matter is not within their jurisdiction and it will be referred to Joda CDPO and local police station.
Chairperson of the district child welfare officer, Shiba Prasad Pradhan said the marriage has taken place with the consent of both the families. “Legal aspect of this issue needs to be looked into,” he said.

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Kendrapara collector orders illegal brick kilns to be shut within 3 days

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Kendrapara, April 28: District collector Debraj Senapati has directed all the tehsildars of the district to close down all illegal brick kilns set up in violation of National Green Tribunal and Pollution Control Board norms within three days and submit a report in this regard, said Sanjay Rout, deputy collector.
Rout said the illegal brick kilns are contributing to an increased heatwave in the district along the coastal belt. This apart, locals have complained that the illegal brick kilns are responsible for massive land degradation, soil erosion, rise in pollution and temperature and depletion of groundwater levels.
Several locals had brought the issue of illegal brick kilns to the notice of the collector demanding closure of all such units across the district. Continuous digging of earth also weakens riverbanks, thus leading to a change in the course of rivers, the locals said.
About a thousand brick kilns were set up illegally in Kendrapara district this year, sources said, adding that the unauthorised brick kilns are mostly set up in agricultural land and also near riverbanks. They demanded that the district administration take steps against the brick kiln owners.
Each of these illegal brick kilns reportedly uses about eight tonnes of wood every day during brick-making season. The use of wood and coal leads to profuse carbon dioxide that contributes to air pollution. Temperatures are rising in the vicinity of brick kilns particularly during summer, said locals.

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‘Indira cool as cucumber when ‘71 war began’

New Delhi: A day after the India-Pakistan war erupted in 1971, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was so cool that she was changing the bedcovers on a divan when her personal physician walked in.

“I had the occasion to see the PM herself changing the bedcovers on the divan,” says KP Mathur, now 92, in his just-released book based on the many years he spent with Gandhi. “It was the day after the Bangladesh war started and she had worked late into the (previous) night,” says the book, ‘The Unseen Indira Gandhi’, brought out by Konark Publishers.
“When I went to see her in the morning, I saw her engaged in the exercise of dusting. Perhaps, it helped her release the tension of the earlier night,” says the 151-page book that is full of anecdotes recollected by the former physician of Safdarjung Hospital about his nearly 20-year association with Gandhi till her assassination in 1984.
According to Mathur, when Pakistan attacked India December 3, 1971, Gandhi was in Kolkata. She flew back to Delhi. “During the flight, she was cool and composed as ever; her mind was obviously occupied with the strategy of war, the future course of
But the same Gandhi used to be nervous soon after she took charge as prime minister in 1966, the book says. “During the first year or two of her becoming PM, she used to be very tense, a bit confused and not sure of herself. She had no advisors and was almost friendless… She would also get stomach upsets in the early days of being PM, which I believe was the result of the same nervousness,” writes Mathur.
He describes Gandhi as “a pleasant, caring and helpful person” who treated servants in her household well, addressing each one by his or her name. Gandhi lived a simple life with no sign of opulence. “Thrift was her guiding principle.” She refused to move into Teen Murti House and added “a couple of rooms” only after Rajiv Gandhi married Sonia in 1968.


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Actors are incomplete without fans: Divyanka

Mumbai: It was a surprising moment for actress Divyanka Tripathi, who won six trophies at the Star Parivaar Awards 2016 for her role of Ishita Bhalla in popular daily soap “Ye Hai Mohabbatein”. She said actors are “incomplete” without support from their fans. “I was surprised to see most of the awards coming to our show (‘Ye Hai Mohabbatein’). Every category in which we were nominated has won the title,” Divyanka, who won awards for categories like Favourite Bahu, Favourite Maa and Favourite Patni among others, said after the show. “I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team. Also, I want to thank my fans because we as actors are incomplete without them. Their love and blessings make us complete,” she added. Co-hosted by Harshad Arora and Karam Rajpal, the award show, which honours the best talent in the television industry, took place here on Wednesday night. IANS

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