After a gap of around four years, Odisha government on Monday announced to revive the Shamuka Beach Project, which is being dubbed as India’s largest tourism project at a single location, in coastal town of Puri.The State government has already acquired 972 acres of land near Sipasarubali village on the outskirts of Puri to develop the area into a tourism destination of international standards.When trees were felled for the project in 2015, the National Green Tribunal directed the government to stop felling and construction activities in ecologically sensitive areas.Green activist Prafulla Samantara had moved NGT stating that the project was illegal as it had not got clearance as per Coastal Regulation Zone guideline and environment clearance under Environment Protection Act 1986.At a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy at Lokseba Bhawan on Monday, the progress made on the project was discussed in detail.As the land acquisition is almost complete, the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) has been asked to start construction of boundary wall around the project area immediately.“We have already formed a company — Shamuka Tourism Development Corporation Limited — in partnership between Odisha Tourism Development Corporation and IDCO. We have also received consent from Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Coastal Regulatory Zone Authority and Puri-Konark Development Authority for the project,” said State Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev.“In wake of fresh alteration noticed in coastal ecology, some changes were required in the master plan of the project. We have observed that sand mound have started forming near coast. Changes will be made internally without disturbing sand mounds. The new master plan will be prepared in next four months,” he said.As per the State government, the project would be ideal for tourists looking to relax in the lap of luxury in tranquility and to experience the beautiful bio-diversity, rich culture and traditions.It is envisaged that Shamuka Beach would be developed with establishment of star hotels, resorts, spa, exhibition complex, eco parks, Odisha Haat, museum complex, public park and residences.Located along Bay of Bengal between Puri and Chilika Lake, Shamuka Beach is 8 kilometers from Puri, 60 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, and 35 kilometers from the world heritage monument — Konark and 45 kilometers from Chilika Lake — Asia’s largest brackish water lake. Besides, tourists coming to project area could also go to Chandrabhaga beach as well as Raghurajpur, an artisans’ village.
Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar was handed an eight-match ban by Chinese football authorities on Thursday for his role in a brawl that broke out during Shanghai SIPG’s draw with Guangzhou R&F at the weekend.The Brazilian, who moved to China for a record transfer fee in January, was also fined 40,000 yuan (5,855 dollar) by the Chinese Football Association in the latest move by the country’s authorities to stamp out indiscipline.”According to the referee’s report, video evidence and a written explanation from the parties involved… Oscar offended opposing players in an immoral manner, leading to a massive brawl which has had a very bad influence on the Chinese Super League’s reputation,” an official statement said.The incident was triggered in the dying seconds of the first half of Sunday’s game after Oscar had set up Hulk to score his side’s equaliser, with Guangzhou players complaining to officials the strike should have been ruled out for offside.Soon after the restart, Oscar deliberately kicked the ball at two Guangzhou players, provoking a response that led to a scuffle on the halfway line.Oscar was pushed to the ground by Guangzhou’s Chen Zhizhao, while R&F’s Li Tixiang and Fu Huan of SIPG were sent off for their part in the ensuing altercation.The 25-year-old joined SIPG from Chelsea in January for an Asian record transfer fee of 60 million euros (66.96 million dollar) as Chinese Super League clubs continued a spending spree that has seen several high-profile acquisitions in recent years.advertisementOscar’s purchase was the third time in a 12-month period the Asian transfer record had been broken with the fee paid for the Brazilian surpassing that paid by SIPG for Hulk seven months earlier.His sanction is another sign Chinese authorities intend to crack down on poor behaviour as the profile of the Chinese Super League grows overseas.Shanghai Shenhua’s Qin Sheng was given a six-month ban in March for stamping on the foot of Belgium international Axel Witsel in a game that was televised internationally.
Story Highlights Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is to be incorporated in the training programme offered at peace and justice centres across the island. “We are having conversations with the Ministry of Justice for a perpetrator intervention programme, where, through the peace and justice centres, a module will be included on gender-based violence,” said Director of Policy and Research at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn-Robinson. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is to be incorporated in the training programme offered at peace and justice centres across the island.“We are having conversations with the Ministry of Justice for a perpetrator intervention programme, where, through the peace and justice centres, a module will be included on gender-based violence,” said Director of Policy and Research at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn-Robinson.“We expect this to materialise by the first quarter of 2019,” she added.Mrs. Robinson was speaking at a recent Think Tank held at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston.Gender-based violence refers to any harm that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that results from power inequalities that are based on gender roles.Around the world, gender-based violence almost always has a greater negative impact on women and girls, and includes sexual abuse, domestic violence, legal discrimination and exploitation.Mrs. Robinson explained that through the training programme the bureau will equip facilitators at the peace and justice centres to intervene in reported instances of gender-based violence.“The… centres are very poised to have intervention at the community level, and that’s why we intend to work with the Ministry of Justice, and Dispute Resolution Foundation,” Mrs. Robinson expressed.The peace and justice centres, under the direction of the Dispute Resolution Foundation, offer mediation services and support the work of the police, courts, community-based organisations and schools in reducing crime and violence in Jamaica.