Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday campaigned for party nominee Rita Sahu in the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha where bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21. Hundreds of supporters stood along the roads when Mr. Patnaik undertook a roadshow and addressed people at several locations urging them to vote for Ms. Sahu for the all-round development of their constituency. Many senior party leaders were also present. Overnight stayMr. Patnaik is scheduled to stay overnight and campaign in different areas on Friday. Ms. Sahu had won from Bijepur as a BJD candidate when a bypoll was held in the constituency in 2018 following the death of her husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu. As campaigning will come to end on Saturday evening, other major contenders for the seat – Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Dillip Kumar Panda of Congress – have also intensified campaign in the constituency. Many senior leaders of the BJD, the BJP and the Congress have been camping in Bijepur to canvass for votes in favour of their respective candidates. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned in the constituency a few days ago, is scheduled to campaign again to seek votes in favour of Mr. Gartia on Friday. The bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who had won from both Bijepur and Hinjili constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.
zoom Russia’s energy giant Gazprom and Japan’s Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in feasibility and marketing studies with regard to the bunkering of marine vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Russia’s Far East and the Asia-Pacific region on September 2, 2016, in Vladivostok. Gazprom and Mitsui, which is focused on the development, marketing, distribution and treatment of energy products in Japan and overseas, as well as on financial activities, discussed the ongoing and future cooperation, focusing, among other things, on LNG production within the Sakhalin II project and on the increase of its output with the construction of the third production train of the LNG plant.“Gazprom and Mitsui have successfully cooperated on the Sakhalin II project. Now we have an excellent opportunity to partner in a new business area – small-scale LNG,” Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, said.Russia’s only LNG plant is operating under the Sakhalin II project. The project operator is Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., with the ownership distributed among Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui and Mitsuibishi.On June 18, 2015, Gazprom and Shell signed a memorandum on implementing the construction project for the third production train of the LNG plant. In 2015, the plant produced 10.8 million tons of LNG, exceeding the design capacity by 1.2 million tons.