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  • Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel attends Rath Yatra Parv celebration

    Mr. Baghel performed customary rituals and prayed Mahaprabhu Jagannath for the peace and prosperity of people in the state

    Vaccination is necessary to prevent the third wave of COVID crisis: Chief Minister

    Chief Minister requested people to wear masks, practice social distancing and sanitization rules, while enjoying the celebration of Rath Yatra Parv

    On the occasion of Rath Dooj, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel worshipped Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Mata Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra ji and performed customary rituals at his residence office. Mr. Baghel prayed to Mahaprabhu Jagannath for happiness, prosperity and health of the people in the state. Mr. Baghel extended warm wishes of the Rath Yatra festival to everyone.

    While virtually attending the celebration at Jagannath Temple situated at Gayatri Nagar, Chief Minister had ‘darshan’ of Mahaprabhu Jagannath and attended Rath Yatra Mahotsav. On the occasion, Mr. Baghel said that Bhagwan Jagannath is connected with the cultures of both Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The tradition of taking out  Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath on this day has been going on in the cities of Chhattisgarh for centuries. This connection between the Utkal culture and the culture of Dakshin Kosala is unbreakable. It is believed that the original place of Lord Jagannath is Shivrinarayan-tirtha of Chhattisgarh, from where he got established in Jagannathpuri. In Treta Yuga, Lord Shri Ram had accepted the sweet berries as gift from Mata Shabri in Shivrinarayan, where we have temple of Nar-Narayan at present. There has been Triveni Sangam in Shivrinarayan since Satyug, where Mahanadi, Shivnath and Jonk rivers meet. In order to develop the places related to the exile period of Lord Rama in the form of tourism-pilgrimage in Chhattisgarh, the government is developing Ram-van-gaman-circuit and Shivrinarayan has also been included in this scheme. The development and beautification of Shivrinarayan will further strengthen the cultural connection of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

    Mr. Baghel said that Devbhog is also an important area associated with Lord Jagannath in Chhattisgarh. Even when Lord Jagannath left Shivrinarayan and got established in Puri, the tradition of sending rice for his ‘bhog’ from Devbhog was upheld.
    He said that the history of Bastar is also inextricably linked with Lord Jagannath. In 1408, King Purushottamdev of Bastar went to Puri to get blessings from Lord Jagannath. In his memory, the festival of Rath Yatra is celebrated there as Goncha-Parva. The festival has gained popularity across the world. Lord Jagannath is also seated in Podi village of Koriya district in North Chhattisgarh.

    Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that this time is a difficult time for the entire world. COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of pain to all of us. We have lost a lot during the first and second wave of Corona. But the crisis is not over yet. Experts are warning us about the third wave of this pandemic. Mr. Baghel prayed to Lord Jagannath for protection from this crisis and this pandemic. He appealed the people to follow the rules of wearing masks, social distancing and sanitization while enjoying the Rath-Yatra festival. Only by following the rules will you be able to keep yourself and your family safe. Those who have not yet got the corona vaccine, they should get the vaccine as soon as possible, said Chief Minister.
    On this occasion, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhendia, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Mr. Ajay Singh. , Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu were present at the Chief Minister's residence.
    Besides, Mayor of Raipur Municipal Corporation Mr. Ejaz Dhebar, President of Chhattisgarh Housing Board Mr. Kuldeep Juneja, Director of Gayatri Temple Mr. Purandar Mishra and public representatives virtually attended the celebrations at Jagannath Temple Gayatri Nagar, Raipur.


  • CBI raids Crompton Greaves, Gautam Thapar in 2435 Cr. bank fraud

    CBI registered a case against Crompton Greaves Power and Industrial Solution Ltd for causing loss to the SBI led consortium banks worth Rs 2,435 crore

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at several locations in Delhi, Haryana’s Gurugram, and Maharashtra’s Mumbai on the premises linked to Crompton Greaves, industrialist Gautam Thapar, the then CMD of the company, and several others for fraud worth Rs 2,435 crore to State Bank of India and other consortium member banks.

    A CBI official spokesperson here said that the agency has registered a case against Crompton Greaves Power and Industrial Solution Ltd, Thapar, who was then CMD, K N Neelkanth, the then CEO and MD, Madhav Acharya, the then ED and CFO, B Hariharan, the then Director, Omkar Goswami, the then non-executive director, Venkatesh Rammoorthy, the then CFO and unknown public servants and unknown others for causing loss to the SBI led consortium banks worth Rs 2,435 crore. The case was registered on the basis of the complaint filed by the SBI.

    In the complaint, it was alleged that people named in the complaint had cheated the SBI and other consortium member banks including Bank of Maharashtra, Axis bank, Yes Bank, Corporation Bank, Barclays Bank, IndusInd Bank, etc by way of diversion of bank funds, sham transactions with related parties, borrowing funds from the Bank by misrepresentation, falsifying or fabricating books of accounts, entries, vouchers and financial statements, furnishing false, incorrect or misleading information, siphoning off funds including various loan proceeds.

    It said that the allegations were based on a forensic audit report. A CBI official said that the agency carried out searches at the office premises of Crompton Greaves in Mumbai, premises of Thapar, and others in Delhi and Gurugram.

    This is the third case against Thapar by the CBI in the last 15 months. On June 9, the CBI had earlier filed a case against Thapar of Avantha Realty and Oyster Buildwell Pvt Ltd among several others for allegedly cheating Yes Bank to the tune of Rs 466 crore.

    The CBI also carried out searches at 14 locations including Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Secunderabad, and Kolkata which has led to the recovery of incriminating documents and digital evidence. Thapar is also being probed in another case related to the diversion of public money in Yes Bank, allegedly involving the bank’s former chief Rana Kapoor.


  • Parts of Sydney going into lockdown as virus outbreak grows

    The local council areas in Sydney headed for lockdown are Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney

    Parts of Sydney will go into lockdown late Friday as Covid-19 outbreak in Australia’s largest city continues unabated.

    Health authorities reported an additional 22 locally transmitted cases and imposed a weeklong lockdown in four areas, saying people could leave their homes only for essential purposes.

    The outbreak of the highly contagious delta variant was first detected last week, and 65 people have been infected.

    “If you live or work in those local government areas, you need to stay at home unless absolutely necessary,” said Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales state.

    She said the lockdown, which was due to go into effect just before midnight, would have a significant impact on businesses, especially in the central business district of the city of more than 5 million people.

    A day earlier, the premier had said there wasn’t any need for further restrictions.

    Berejiklian herself tested negative for the virus after her Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall tested positive. Health Minister Brad Hazzard is self-isolating as a close contact of a suspected Covid-19 case in Parliament House.

    The local council areas in Sydney headed for lockdown are Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney. People can leave their homes only for reasons such as essential work or education, shopping, and exercise.

    Authorities say the cluster spread from a Sydney airport limousine driver who wasn’t vaccinated and reportedly didn’t wear a mask and he is suspected to have been infected while transporting a foreign air crew.

    Australian states have closed their borders to travelers either from parts of Sydney or from anywhere in New South Wales. New Zealand has stopped quarantine-free travel with the state until at least 6 July.

    One of the people infected traveled to New Zealand’s capital Wellington last weekend, visiting restaurants, bars and tourist spots. That prompted some restrictions in Wellington, although no one has tested positive so far.

    The pandemic has claimed 910 deaths in Australia, a country of 26 million. The only Covid-19 death since October was an 80-year-old man who was infected overseas and was diagnosed in hotel quarantine.