Six arrested for sexual assault on minor in Sambalpur

Police  arrested six persons on charges of alleged sexual assault of a minor girl and circulation of obscene MMS and visuals in Sambalpur, police said.

Based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s father at the Mahila police station here, police made the arrests on Saturday.

ASP S K Panigrahi said while six persons have been arrested, another person involved in the incident is still at large. He said the person has been identified and efforts were on to nab him.

The arrested persons have been identified as Ranjan Oram (21), Muna Oram (19), Amira Pradhan (19), Prashanta Dansana (34), Sunil Mirdha (22) and Jayamangal Pradhan.

The ASP said although the incident had taken place in July this year, the victim had not informed her family members until the visuals of her rape, recorded during the incident, went viral through an MMS.

The police said the incident took place in July, when the girl had travelled with her “boyfriend” to Jamadarpali area in Hirakud Dam’s right dyke in an auto-rickshaw.

Jayamangal Pradhan, of Ainthapali area, the driver of the auto-rickshaw after dropping them at the spot, had informed the other accused persons about the trip of the lovers. The other accused then reached the spot and forcibly took the girl to an isolated place where Amira Pradhan and the absconding accused allegedly sexually assaulted her. Lewd visuals of the sexual assault was recorded on a mobile phone by one of the accused, the police said.

ASP Panigrahi said some people who heard the cries of the victim rushed to the spot and rescued her from the clutches of the miscreants.

One of the arrested accused, Sunil Mirdha, owner of a mobile shop, who had allegedly downloaded the video from the mobile phone is suspected of having a role in circulation of the clippings through an MMS, said Panigrahi.

C.R. Tripathy new VC of Sambalpur University

CR Tripathy - VC of Sambalpur UniversityGovernor and chancellor of universities S C Jamir on Wednesday appointed Chitta Ranjan Tripathy as the new vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University.

Tripathy is serving as professor in the department of computer science and engineering at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla.

He will take over from the second week of November after the term of outgoing VC Bishnu Charan Barik ends on November 9, official sources said. Tripathy and two others – chemistry professors Satyaban Jena from Utkal University and Sarat Acharya from Sambalpur University – were also shortlisted for the post.

Reacting to his appointment, Tripathy said, “I am happy on my new appointment and it will be a good challenge. I will take all efforts for the development of the university. Since I was associated with various activities of the university for a long time, it would be easier for me to work as the VC.”

Sambalpur University’s new vice-chancellor C.R. Tripathy is willing to attach priority to research and development.

VC said: “Industrial pollution is a major issue in this region. Emphasis will be put on the research projects about the environmental pollution in the area.”

Tripathy said: “I will try to set up a sponsored research and industrial consultancy cell in the university. The cell will emerge as a major node to bring various industry-sponsored projects. Students will get the opportunity to do better research.”

Tripathy, a native of Khurdha, had attained his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, formerly known as the university college of engineering, Burla. He completed his master’s degree in technology and a PhD from IIT, Kharagpur.

He will assume the office after the tenure of vice-chancellor B.C. Barik ends on November 9.

“Apart from academics, the university has several other responsibilities as well. The Sambalpur University is in the midst of nine tribal districts. It should come forward and do something for the tribal youth.”

Tripathy said he would take the initiative to set up a tribal youth skill development centre in the varsity. “Young tribal men and women can be trained in several activities at the centre. They can also get employment after the training.”

Talking about the students’ placement, he said measures to establish a training and placement centre in the varsity would also be taken. “The students of Odisha are not doing well in the civil services examination as compared to other states of the country. A coaching centre for the all-India examination in the university will help them compete at the national level.”

He said the university would celebrate its golden jubilee in 2017. “Our endeavour will be to upgrade the status of the university, which has been catering to a large area for many years. The scarcity of teaching and non-teaching staff is a big challenge. Besides, funds crunch is another major area of concern.”

Tripathy, the 51st vice chancellor of the university, said the authorities would accord high priority to the problems of the students.

Nation first Solar Power Plant of 2MW capacity by MCL

Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a CPSE and subsidiary of Coal India Limited, (on Monday October 13, 2014) dedicated to the nation its first Solar Power Plant of 2MW capacity at its headquarters complex Anand Vihar here in Odisha.

Mr S K Srivastava, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India, formally commissioned the project in the presence of Mr A N Sahay, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MCL. Mr A K Tiwari, Director (Technical/Operations), Mr Deepak Srivastava, IFS, CVO, Mr J P Singh, Director (Technical/Projects & Planning), Mr P C Panigrahi, Director (Personnel) and Mr K K Parida, Director (Finance) were also present among the senior officers present on the occasion.

Spread over in 8 acres of barren land in Anand Vihar complex of MCL Headquarters, this solar power project has been set-up at the cost of Rs 13.54 crore. This plant is expected to reduce the electricity bill of the company by Rs 1.11 crore per year. The power generated by the MCL Solar Plant will feed the existing 11KV grid of WESCO, Odisha state’s transmission utility. Mr Srivastava and Mr Sahay, along with the Functional Directors and CVO, also planted saplings to mark the successful beginning of the company in the field of power production and green energy.

Disabled get loans for small units

The district administration has started facilitating loans for disabled youths to help them set up their own business.
In the first phase, 274 men and woman from all nine blocks of the district got loans. Earlier, the administration conducted a survey of disabled youths and provided training to the selected 274 at a centre in Dhankauda block. Expert trainers Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped, Bhubaneswar, conducted the programme. Though banks have provisions to provide loans to disabled, charging a nominal rate of interest to encourage them start various businesses, the initiative had come a cropper without proper planning and coordination with the district administration. “We are happy that the administration has taken steps to identify youths, train them and request us to disburse loans,” said regional manager of Central Bank of India Ajay Rath. He said with the cooperation of the district administration, he is quite confident that the scheme would be successful.

Collector (Sambalpur) Balwant Singh said proper coordination between beneficiaries and banks is needed to make the scheme successful. “We are functioning as a linkage between the two,” Singh said. “Many of them are talented. They need encouragement. They would definitely succeed if the government helps them,” said director of Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped, Bhubaneswar, Ram Kumar Sharma.

Selection of vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University

Governor and chancellor of universities S C Jamir has called three professors for an interaction on October 10 to select one of them as the next vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University. Incumbent Bishnu Barik’s term ends November 9.

Chancellor’s office sources said the three – Satyaban Jena (Utkal University), CR Tripathy (Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology) and Sarat Acharya (Sambalpur University) – have been sent letters to attend a one-on-one interaction with Jamir.

The three have been asked to appear before the chancellor with their vision plan should they become the VC for the varsity located in the western part of Odisha for a period of three years. The chancellor is likely to announce name of the VC on the same day after the interaction on October 10.

Speculation is rife about possible advantages and disadvantages of the three candidates. But one thing is certain that the next VC would be someone from a science background as all three short-listed candidates are from science background. While Tripathy is a computer scientist, and Jena a professor of chemistry, Acharya is a professor of statistics. The outgoing VC (Bishnu Barik) is from humanities (sociology) background.

A three-member search-cum-selection panel led by Lalit Mansingh (chancellor’s choice) and having members G Behera (syndicate nominee) and Kamlesh Jashipura (UGC nominee) had short-listed the three after a marathon interview of 15 aspirants, from among over 40 applicants, over a period of two days on September 21 and 22. The incumbent VC was also among the 15 aspirants looking for a second term.

Special importance is being attached to the next VC as s/he would preside over the golden jubilee celebrations of the university in January 2017. The university started functioning on January 1967 following the state assembly passing the Sambalpur University Act on December 10, 1966.

Hirakud reached its top most level 629.33ft

Hirakud-Dam-flood-waterThe water level capacity of Hirakud Dam is 630 ft. but yesterday night, it reached to its top most level of 629.33ft.. 1 lakh and 95 thousands cusec of water enters into dam and 1 lakh and 57 thousand cusec of water drains to river and canals.

Sahayatri Football Club beat Sambalpur Football Academy 7-1

Spirited Sahayatri Football Club from Howrah squeezed past Sambalpur Football Academy,Odisha by the huge margin of 7-1 in the 12th Administrator’s Football Tournament on Tuesday. Howrah lads started raiding rivals defence right from the start, but stiff challenge by Sambalpur defenders foiled their early attempts.

Budha Bara of Sahayatri drew first blood and scored in the 29th minute of play through a powerful grounder. He scored two more goals in 90th and 91st minute of play. After conceding early goal, Sambalpur scored the equaliser in the 34th minute. Chandra Mohan Murmu scored the goal for Sambalpur.

Thereafter, it was Sahayatri Club all the way. Anirban Dutta, SK Mukkarram, SK Suraj Ali and Souvik Pal scored one goal each for Sahayatri.

In the second match of the day played at sector-42, DAV Sr. Sec. School Chandigarh beat Gujarat Football Association by 4-0. Rizul Patiyal scored three goals in a row. He struck in 30th, 49th, and 56th minute of play. Fourth goal for DAV was scored by Rajat in 69th minute of play.

In the third match of the day, Dalbir Football Academy, Patiala drubbed Chandigarh Football Association by the huge margin of 6-1. Akashdeep of Dalbir scored the first goal in the 23rd minute of play. Second goal for Dalbir was scored by Gurroop. Sachin of Chandigarh scored the only goal for his team in the 34th minute of play. Jarman Singh scored two goals for Dalbir Football Academy in the 40th and 47th minute.

Thereafter Veerpal Singh struck twice in 81st and 84th minute of play and consolidated the tally. Jagroop Singh and Akashdeep singh of Dalbir Football Academy were cautioned and shown yellow cards for their involvement in Rough Play.
In another encounter, SAIL Mohun Bagan Football Academy trounced JJ.Soccer Academy , Bangalore by 4-1. Mohun Bagan, who lost their first match against Mahilpur Football Academy, adopted cautious approach in the initial minutes of the game. Deep Saha scored three goals for Mohun Bagan in the 20th, 30th and 85th minute of play. Fourth goal was scored by Gurshan Singh Sandhu through a superb header off cross from right flank. Narendra Prashad of JJ,Bangalore was cautioned by the referee and shown yellow card for his involvement in rough play.

In the last match of the day Thou Football Academy, Manipur edged past Madhya Pradesh Football Association by 3-1.