Seashore Chief’s Key Aide Got Neta-Babu Eat Out of His Hand

From general secretary of the students’ union of Sambalpur’s GM (Autonomous) College to a conduit between Seashore Group of Companies chief Prashant Dash and the political leaders as well as bureaucrats in the State Capital, Subhankar Nayak really came a “long way.”

He initially dabbled in supply of sand and stone chips in Sambalpur after his graduation before shifting his base to Bhubaneswar, reportedly to pursue MBA, where he found what he wanted __ wealth and clout.

A native of Mudipada in Sambalpur town, Nayak, a key aide of the Seashore Group chief, was produced before the court of Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (CBI) here. The court sent him on a nine-day CBI remand during which the probe agency is likely to seek out names of people he was involved with.

It was during his stint as general secretary that Nayak had invited a former minister of the Biju Janata Dal as chief guest of the annual function of the college which apparently opened the floodgates of opportunities for him. Soon, he came in contact with a host of ministers and politicians while proximity to a senior leader brought him closer to bureaucrats, including IPS officers.

Nayak, who is charged with channeling funds of Seashore Groups, went on to enjoy such clout that influential people were soon eating out of his hand. He once allegedly forced Jharsuguda Police to make the accused of a cheque dishonour case parade before the media holding a “maha thaka” (big cheat) slate.

For someone who had no formal occupation for a living, Nayak ensured that bureaucrats turned up at the funeral rites of his maternal grandfather.

The CBI suspects him to be the front for investment of funds by the high and mighty. Nayak called the shots in transfer and posting and allegedly collected money on behalf of politicians and bureaucrats. This also gave Nayak leverage to dictate terms to them. While his friend recollect him as the little “Sobhraj”, he stayed away from Sambalpur after finding his calling.

On Tuesday, when the CBI searched his flat in the Capital, two gold biscuits and `14.63 lakh were found from his possession. Upon seeing the CBI sleuths, he is alleged to have attempted to throw the cash through his windows.

Husband burns wife alive in sambalpur

Today morning neighbours found a woman is burning near Anandnagar, kuluthkani, sambalpur. Neighbours came after listening the noise made by the burning woman due to pain. Neighbours contacted her husband but he said, He is the one who burnt his wife and walk out from there. woman’s parent and her sister rushed to the place after listening the incidents.

Police register a case against the Husband and arrest his mother.

“Dhanu Yatra” counted as National Festival

The Department of Culture of the Government of India has accorded national festival status to the famous Dhanu Yatra in Bargarh, Odisha.

This was informed by the Bargarh MP Pravas Singh and collector Anjan Manik at a meeting here on Friday.

They said the district administration and the organizing committee have already started preparatory measures two months ahead of the festival.

To make the festival more lively and attractive, a decision has been taken to select the actors to perform in various roles for which a selection committee has been formed under the chairmanship of additional collector Simanchal Mandal.

The committee will have the responsibility to nominate all actors of Mathuranagari.

Besides, well-known Bollywood and Ollywood actors and reputed cultural organizations at the national level would be roped in for the festival this year, they informed.

The meeting decided to bring out a souvenir on the festival in English for the first time. Bargarh MP Pravas Singh would be in charge of its publication.

Like previous years, Rangoli and Sand Art would be on display at the festival.

It was also decided that bus services from Gopapura to Mathuranagari would be provided by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) from this year.

OMFED would put up a stall at Gopapura and take up awareness campaign on production of milk.

Apart from this, the Veterinary department would organise a “Go Sambardhana” programme along with cattle farming during the week-long festival.

Among others, Bargarh MLA Debesh Kumar Acharya, SP Dr Uma Shankar Das, Zilla Parishad vice chairman Soubhagya Ranjan Nayak, senior district officials, office-bearers of Mahotsav Samiti and senior citizens were present at the meeting.

Centre, a helping hand in road projects

Of the 559 km Biju Expressway, launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in August, the State Government will construct only 258 km, while the rest will be laid by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Besides, most of the funds provided for construction of the Expressway have been drawn from the Central Government schemes and will be funded by the Ministry.

The State Government had launched Rs 3,200 crore economic corridor between Jagdalpur and Rourkela in August, as promised during the last elections. Out of the 656 km corridor, 559 km will be in Odisha and the rest in Chhattisgarh.

The State Government has admitted to a query through the RTI that the four-laning of 160 km road from Rourkela to Sambalpur has already been started under public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Besides, the four-laning of the Expressway from Sambalpur to Sohela via Bargarh of 74 km will be implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

According to the reply furnished by State Government, the two-lane road between Sohela and Nuapada via Padampur of 119 km will be executed by the State Government under the State Highway Development Programme (SHDP). The four-laning of this part of the project will be implemented in the second phase after land acquisition.

Construction of two-lane road from Nuapada to Bhella will be taken up by the Ministry. The 139 km road from Bhella to Ambapani via Godabhanj, Dharamgarh and Sinapalli will be laid under SHDP. However, two-laning of 42 km long Expressway from Ambapani to Chandli via Borrigumma will be executed by the Ministry.

The project aims at connecting Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh with the four KBK districts of Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada. The Expressway will also connect many border towns of western and south Odisha like Chandli, Borrigumma, Nabarangpur, Papadahandi, Ambapani, Dharmagarh, Sinapalli, Behella, Nuapada, Paikmal, Padmapur, Sohela, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Rourkela.

In the first phase, 254 km road will be converted to four-lane and 402 km to two-lane. In the second phase, 258 km will be made four-lane. The total project outlay is Rs 3,200 crore, out of which Odisha will contribute a minimum amount.

While the first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by May 2017, the second phase will be over by 2019-end.

Air Odisha plans flight service to Angul, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, and Jeypore

jharsuguda-airportA regional airline has proposed to start flight service to small and industrial towns of Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela and Jeypore within Odisha.

“Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd has expressed its interest to operate flights from Bhubaneswar to different parts of the state such as Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela and Jeypore from this month,” Sharad Kumar, director Bhubaneswar Airport said.

Stating that the work for the Jharsuguda airport will begin from December this year, Kumar said it is likely to be completed within two years. Jharsuguda would be the second commercial airport in the state of Odisha, he said.

Go Air will be operating four daily flights – two flights to New Delhi and one each to Mumbai and Kolkata from the Biju Patnaik domestic airport from the October 26, Kumar said.

He also informed that the preparations are on for starting flights from Bhubaneswar to Bengaluru by another airline operator ATC Airways by February next year.

Presently, 32 flights to eight different destinations are operating from the airport here.

Police arrested the murderer of on-duty forest officer

murderer-forest-officerPolice arrested the murderer of on-duty forest officer

Women’s Inter District Football Match in Bargarh

Women-inter-district-football-match1Jharsuguda and Sambalpur posted massive win in the inaugural match of the 13th Senior Women Inter District Football Championship for PC Behera Trophy-2014 in Bargarh.

In the first match at Sohela, Jharsuguda outplayed Jajpur by 9-1 goals. For Jharsuguda, Satyabati Khadia scored five goals and Purnima Kujjur scored two goals while Kalabati Kachhap and Sunita Toppo scored a goal each.

For Jajpur, Rima Das scored the only goal.

In the second match, Sambalpur blanked Keonjhar by 12-0 goals.

Women-inter-district-football-match2For Sambalpur, Indira Munda scored three goals while and Nandini Munda scored two goals while Subhasini Oram, Lata Khadia, Karisma Oram, Sanjita Toppo, Padmini Suna Rina Oram and Sukanti Barik scored a goal each.

At Padampur, Bolangir got a walkover from Koraput as the latter did not turn up.

Among others, MLA Susanta Singh, Prabhat Aditya Mishra honourary secretary, Bargarh District Athletic Association, Rabi Narayan Panda, vice president, Football Association of Odisha and former minister Prakash Chandra Debta were present at the opening ceremony of the event.