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.

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.