Central Council Stops Admission to Sambalpur Homeopathy College

Bad days are ahead for the Medical College of Homeopathy and Research in Sambalpur. Even as the State is facing acute shortage of doctors, the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) has directed Odisha Government not to allow students to take admission into the Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) course of the college.

The college apparently failed to comply with the basic infrastructure and other criteria including faculty strength as per the guidelines of CCH. As per norms, each homeopathy college should have at least 43 teachers.

However, the guidelines were revised later by the Council which made a mandatory provision for appointment of 24 full-time teachers of which, 12 should be in the rank of either Reader or Professor.

But, the Medical College, established in 1978, neither has a Professor nor Reader. There are six regular lecturers besides as many contractual lecturers. The post of Principal has been lying vacant and is currently being held by a senior lecturer.

Apart from the staff strength, the Council in 2011 had asked the State Government to ensure basic infrastructure in the four homeopathy colleges including the one in Sambalpur in two years. As there was not much development in the last three years, the CCH directed the Government to stop admission to the college this year.

Though a new building was constructed for the college, it is located 10 KM from the hospital. Moreover, while the medical has ultrasound facility, it does not have a radiologist. As a result, the students are deprived of practical classes.

With the CCH decision not going down well with the locals, they have demanded the State Government to form a task force that would redress the problems faced by the college.

Principal of the college, Radharani Mishra, said while there is no problem in the basic infrastructure, there is a shortage of faculty. “Though we have apprised the State Government of the problems many a times in the past, no step has been taken yet,” she added.

Farmer commits suicide due to heavy loan burden

Unable to bear the loan burden, a farmer of Nuapali village under Bheden police station in Bargarh district has committed suicide. Police today said Bhagaban Pradhan (35)had consumed pesticides and died in Bargarh district headquarters hospital where he was rushed by his family members.

Heavy loan burden was stated to be the main reason behind the suicide, family sources claimed.

The farmer had availed loan from banks and cooperative societies. Last year he sold a portion of his land and repaid some amount of the loans.

He was under severe mental depression as he could not clear up the loan and decided to end his life by consuming pesticide,his elder brother Narayan Pradhan said.

The district administration is conducting an enquiry to ascertain the real reason behind the suicide of the farmer.

Fish Markets Set for A Major Facelift

In a bid to provide hygienic and organised market facility to fish traders, the district administration is all set to develop six state-of-art fish markets in Sambalpur, Burla and Hirakud. These markets would not only provide better trading facility but also remove the make-shift shops on drains and road-side presently used by the fish vendors.

Sambalpur Collector Balwant Singh said an expert team from National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Kerala recently visited Sambalpur town to undertake a survey for the proposed project. Each fish market will accommodate 20 to 30 vendors and fish will be made available to the customers in a hygienic atmosphere. Apart from these fish markets, a wholesale fish market is also being mooted at Durgapali here along NH 6, Singh said.

The Collector said while they are waiting for the Detailed Project Report (DPR), the markets will have facilities like refrigeration, weighing system, running water, drainage and effluent treatment plant. The vendors will be charged for availing the facilities. The maintenance work would be monitored by the Sambalpur Municipality which may outsource sanitation and related works, Singh added.

Tentative locations for four retail fish markets in the town have been identified in Gobindtola, Badbazaar, Bareipali and Budharaja. Similarly, two retail fish markets will be developed in Hirakud and Burla.

The NFDB will offer 90 per cent subsidy as a part of their activities aimed at promoting domestic market and popularising fish consumption. The Municipality will manage the balance 10 per cent and around `6 lakhs will be spent on each retail fish market. There is also a plan to develop an abattoir in the town to facilitate sale of mutton in hygienic condition, the Collector said.

At present, unorganised fish markets have mushroomed all over the town and fishes are sold in unhygienic surroundings. In most of the markets, the shops are located close to drains with  place emitting stinking smell. The only organised fish market is situated at Golebazaar. Since it is in dilapidated condition now, the vendors operate from outside the market.

Mishap occurred in Redhakhol – Naktideul road

mishape occured in Redhakhol - Naktideul roadAnother road mishap occurred,  as the Bolero(OR 02BA 0963) hit the road side tree somewhere in Redhakhol – Naktideul road near chahatapada in sambalpur district. Three person were killed in this mishap and the driver ( named as Dhiren Sahu) was under treatment at VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla. They were all teachers of some institution.

This mishap happened when Minakshi Sahu and her father Ramakanta Sahu,  Ramakanta’s brother Rajanikanta Sahu, and Sridhar Majhi were returning to home after taking admination in +3 science in a college of Angul. Minakshi father Ramakanta Sahu was a retire head master and her uncle Rajanikanta Sahu was a sport teacher in Jagathnath Prasad Pabitra Mohan High School, and Sridhar Majhi was a School Inspecter in Block.

Naktideul police rused to mishap place as soon as they got to know about the accident, including police incharge Rameshchandra pradhan and ASI Rabinarayana Tripathy. Police found dead body of the three teachers and Minakshi as unconcious and injured driver.

Sambalpuri Song and Dance




Sambalpur, Aug. 8 2005: An Orissan tribal dance has evolved to gain popularity throughout the world, although it has yet to be accepted as a profession. Besides a vibrant culture, dance and music are also the other glorious aspects of Orissan art form. Sambalpuri dance ‘ may be it Dalkhai or Rasrkeli ‘ comprises one of the most exquisite forms of aesthetic expression for both men and women.

‘Among many a folk dances of the state, Sambalpuri dance has emerged as one of the most popular dance forms both here and around the world,’ said Murari Prasad Mishra. Mishra is the working president of Sambalpur Kala Parishad. The Sambalpur Kala Parishad was established in 1956 for the cause of folk art and dance in western Orissa.

Besides, an inborn inclination for folk arts and music, Mishra is also one of the leading advocates of the state, and the former minister of Orissa having unmatchable contribution for the cultural revolution in the entire state. Mishra is one among the few to bring Sambalpuri dance to its present form through a series of research. ‘We have brought the dance to a new level through the Sambalpur Kala Parishad,’ said Mishra.

The people of rural Sambalpur, particularly those living in the forests, used to perform the dance open air on a moonlit night. It was to soothe their weary nerves, tired after a day of manual work. Women danced as well as particularly on Bhaijuintia (Day of Durga Astami during Dussera in Aswina) and Sulka Ekadashi (Eleventh day of the bright fortnight). Both women and Bhadra also performed Dalkhai and Karma dances for the wellbeing of their brothers and family members. But in later stages, such dances underwent a series of changes. ‘The present Sambalpuri dance form is a refined state of the original,’ Mishra said. With time, Sambalpuri dance has become more diverse with innovative tunes, musical rhythms and movement of the body.

While retaining its traditional musical instruments, a modern touch has been made to the dress . Sambalpuri dance Nrutya Gurus (teachers) did their best to give it a new look, added Mitra. Ranjit Nag (64), a dance teacher of the Kala Parishad expresses pleasure that the folk dance of the tribals has been well acclaimed in Russia, USA, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and so many other foreign countries.

‘Devotion to different tribal Goddesses is the main theme behind Sambalpuri dance, though people take it mostly as entertainment,’ Nag added. The dance used to be confined to tribals and other backward castes in the district. But today, higher castes have expressed an immense interest to learn it and they have excelled. But no one has taken it as a profession yet.

Currently, it is mainly a group of girls that gets disrupted due to the marriage of one the members . Now some ‘solo-dancers’ have emerged as Sambalpuri dancers. ‘But that is not Sambalpuri dance in its truest sense,’ clarified Nag.

‘I take pleasure in performing as a solo dancer,’ said dancer Minakshi Raut. According to her audience, Minakshi’s performance has gained popularity.

Shop burgled of items worth 50K

Jharsuguda : Some unidentified miscreants, today had broke into Utkal Variety Store situated opposite to Gujarati M.E. School and burgled items worth Rs. 50,000 in the wee hours of Monday.

As per the police officials, the burglars had first made a hole from the back side of the wall and entered inside the shop and had taken away one Motor Pump, Ball Bearings, Brass and SS Items along with cash of Rs. 2800, altogether around items worth Rs. 50,000 had been stolen.

Nirmal Mahapatra had reached the spot along with the Forensic experts and dog squads were also called in for the investigation.

DHABA Owners Nabbed for Selling Adulterated Liquor

As many as 13 persons including seven DHABA owners were arrested by Bargarh police on Wednesday for allegedly selling liquor illegally.

Police also seized large quantities of IMFL and outsill liquor from the DHABA. All those arrested have been forwarded to court.

DHABA owners are Bijay Bhoi, Gobinda Sahu, Tarjit Singh, Gouranga Patel, Sriram Suna, Purandar Yadav and Rakesh Behera. Among the others arrested are two IMFL shop owners Ghanshyam Karmi and Mohammad Sakil, oustill liquor shop owners Philips Nanda, two IMFL outlet managers Nandkishore Tiwari and Manoj Sahu and one country liquor vendor Lochan Meher. Additional SP, Parul Gupta, said the IMFL shop owners in nexus with the ‘dhaba’ owners were selling liquor in violation of Odisha Excise Rules. Informing that three IMFL outlets were closed after their involvement in the illegal trade was found, she said steps would be taken to get their licence cancelled.

She added that there have been reports of ‘dhaba’ owners adulterating the liquor to give customers extra kick. She said that the seized liquor would be sent for laboratory test to ascertain the fact and action would be taken accordingly.