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Parties chalk out strategies for Dhamnagar by-polls before Bishnu’s post death rituals are over

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Although less than a week has passed since the death of Dhamnagar MLA Bishnu Charan Sethi, the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the Congress have strategized to win the upcoming runoff elections for the vacant seat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticized the state government’s hush-hush strategy of starting the secondary voting process for the vacant Dhamnagar constituency ahead of the leader’s 11th-day death ritual, though it claims to have prepared for the vote.

Meanwhile, political analysts opined that the by-election for the Dhamnagar constituency will be a litmus test for all political parties ahead of the 2024 general election.
According to the sources, three major political parties, BJP, BJD and Congress, have drawn up plans to win the by-elections.

It is learned that BJP National Chairman JP Nadda is planning to visit Bishnu Sethi’s family in Dhamnagar during his two-day visit to Odisha. Also, he will attend a joint conference at Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar at 11 am on September 30.

Along with Nadda, the party’s national secretary general, BL Santosh, and Odisha chief Sunil Bansal will attend the conference. The saffron party is expected to elect a candidate for secondary ballots there.

The Congress has formed a three-member team consisting of Jayadev Jena, Niranjan Patnaik and Prasad Harichandan. The trio will pay a field visit to Dhamnagar and report to the Speaker of Congress on the candidate to stand for the Dhamnagar secondary ballots.

Meanwhile, BJD seems to have full confidence to win the secondary vote with a majority.

According to sources, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Bishnu Sethi had defeated Biju Janata Dal candidate Rajendra Das by a margin of 4,625 votes in the 2019 general election. BJD had won all the Assembly seats in the Bhadrak district, excluding Dhamnagar, in 2019. During the elections, a clash broke out between two BJD groups in Dhamnagar, thus BJP took the seat.

Political analyst Prasanna Mohanty said: “This could be the last vote before the 2024 general election. That’s why every political party is doing everything they can to win it. The result of the partial elections will show the real strength of the parties before the General Elections”.

Rajkishore Das, BJD MLA, said: “BJD is ready to fight the battle and win it. The popularity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will overshadow the chances of other parties to win the elections there.”
Congress Leader Sura Routray said: “Jayadev Jena, Niranjan Patnaik and Prasad harichandan were assigned the choice of one candidate for the post. Also, our chairman Sarat Patnaik has asked MLAs to campaign in panchayats for Congress to win the secondary vote.”

BJP General Secretary Golak Mohapatra said: “The by-elections will be held in six months. The state government should not be in a hurry to hold elections at a time when Sethi’s death rituals have not yet ended. It’s really embarrassing.”

Notably, Sethi took his last breath on September 19 while undergoing treatment at Bhubaneswar AIIMS for the past month.


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Rs 60,000 looted from mini bank operator in Balasore by two fraudsters

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Two scammers posing as engineers looted Rs 60,000 from a mini-bank operator in the Simulia region of Soro in Balasore district.

The victim, Bholanath Sarangi, who runs a mini-bank, was tricked by two scammers in broad daylight under the pretense of exchanging a five hundred rupee note for five hundred rupee notes.

In a statement to the media, Sarangi said: “The wrongdoers projected themselves as non-Odias, working as site engineers and asked for the address to exchange foreign currency. After a while, they asked for the highest ticket available.”

He further added, “After speaking for a brief period, they demanded a particular series of Rs 500 notes in which Bhola allowed them to check the available coin packs with him from which they cunningly took Rs 60,000 in three installments of Rs 20,000 each. . ”

Bhola found out that he was cheated when he counted his total cash of Rs1.44 lakh. The amount cheated was 60,000 rupees.

The police, based on the CCTV footage of the incident, are investigating this matter.

(Reported by Niranjan Behera)


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Know how to pour the right way to prevent stomach bloating

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A cold mug of beer on a sunny afternoon can make any alcoholic beverage lover weak in the knees. In fact, beers, more precisely craft beers, have their own set of fans in India and the number is only increasing.

In addition to a moderate alcohol content, like any other soft drink, beer has a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2, when released from the bottle, creates a spectacular foam in the cup that gives the drink a distinctive visual appeal. Without the foam collar, it’s not really a beer.

However, some people are in the habit of minimizing the foam in the cup by pouring it slowly and low. But is it correct, or more precisely, is it healthy? Well, apparently not.

A Tech Insider video elaborates the point.

According to the video, beer foam can be bad for your belly. As people usually have the habit of chewing chips or nachos with beer, after entering the stomach, salty snacks can cause the beer to foam and break the CO2 inside the stomach. CO2 can cause the belly to bloat.

However, if you pour it like you pour water, the foam will come out breaking up the CO2 in the glass or cup. The beer will upset your stomach less after you drink it with the foam. In the head you can taste the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. But it’s going to protect the integrity of that aroma that’s under the foam through every sip, Tech Insider reported.

Now you know why you feel bloated every time you drink a beer. Go ahead and pour it vigorously into the glass/mug or pitcher and don’t be afraid to create a bit of a head. Because it’s really worth it.


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BJP set for historic seventh consecutive mandate in Gujarat

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BJP looks set to make history when the Gujarat Assembly election results are announced on December 8, as it is set to come to power for a seventh consecutive term in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.

This was revealed by an IANS analysis of the ABP-CVoter Exit Poll with a sample size of 30,000 spread over 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat.

According to the findings, the incumbent BJP, which has already ruled Gujarat continuously for 27 years barring a brief revolt by Shankar Singh Vaghela, is projected to win 128-140 seats in the 182-member Assembly. Despite 27 years of fighting incumbency, the BJP’s vote share is expected to improve slightly from 49.1% in 2017 to 49.4% in this election.

As of 2017, the BJP had won 99 seats, the lowest tally for the party since it first came to power in Gujarat in 1995. The rise in vote share seems a clear indicator of voter support for the party despite the fact that the state faces a number of perplexing problems. problems ranging from unemployment to test skipping and a sudden stall in growing agricultural prosperity.

In 2017, Congress had put up a spirited fight, scaring off the ruling BJP. In this election, exit poll results have shown that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is emerging as a formidable third force in the state with a 15.4 percent vote share. The lion’s share will be borne by Congress, as its vote share is expected to fall from 41.4% in 2017 to 32.5% this time.

The AAP is projected to win between 3 and 11 seats, while Congress is likely to win between 31 and 43 seats, significantly less than the 77 it won in 2017.

If the exit poll numbers are true, the AAP looks poised to emerge as a national political force after its recent electoral success in Punjab.


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