Why four-phase polls in Odisha, questions BJD

first_imgOdisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal on Monday questioned the Election Commission of India’s decision to conduct elections in the State in four phases. Previously, the polls were being held in the State in two phases. Addressing a press conference here, party spokesperson Amar Patnaik alleged that the ECI had been influenced by the BJP which is trying to occupy the non-BJP States.While polling will be held in one phase in several other States, including Gujarat, having more number of seats than Odisha, the ECI prepared the poll schedule in multiple phases in the States where the BJP is weak, Mr. Patnaik said. Not only Odisha, but several non-BJP ruled States have been made a victim of the Centre’s conspiracy, he charged.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik claimed that his party will perform “very well” in the upcoming simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The list of the party candidates will be finalised soon, he added.Polling for the 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats in the State is scheduled to be held in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.‘Centre’s apathy’ On Monday, the BJD launched a ‘Haq Maguchhi Odisha’ (Odisha seeks its due) campaign alleging Centre’s apathy towards the State.Thousands of activists of the party’s youth and students’ wings took out a rally in Bhubaneswar seeking replies from the Centre to a series of questions.“Even as the mineral and natural resources-rich Odisha is playing a key role in the development of the country, the Centre has been neglecting the State for political reasons. The Centre has been deceiving Odisha people in exchange of high revenue earning from the State,” the party alleged.The protesters targeted the Centre over lack of political will to grant special category status to the State, to solve the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, non-revision of coal royalty and poor service by banks and the BSNL.last_img read more

MOL to Equip 80 Bulkers with EnergySaving Service

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has decided to equip 80 of its operated bulk carriers with an energy-saving operation analysis service.The company said it would install NAPA Fleet Intelligence (NAPA FI) with Noon Report developed by Helsinki-based software company, NAPA Ltd, in an effort to reduce its environmental footprint.MOL explained that the service, which is a part of the company’s data-driven initiatives, is expected to optimize propulsion performance and reduce the environmental impact even for vessels on short-term charter contracts.NAPA FI does not require installation of an operational data collection device onboard as it relies on information gained from vessel logs and the Automatic Identification System (AIS), and analyzes propulsion performance using NAPA’s engineering knowledge and data analysis.The system verifies the effects of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from MOL-operated vessels, such as more effective engine output control, timely measures for hull and propellers maintenance to prevent reduction of propulsion.last_img read more