Women dismantle roof for mother’s funeral in Kalahandi

four-doughter-carrying-mother-funeralThe Kalahandi district, which was in the news recently when a tribal man carried his wife’s dead body for kilometres for want of transport, has hit the headlines again for the wrong reason.

With nobody coming forward to lend a helping hand, four daughters were forced to carry the body of their mother on their head to cremation ground in the Dokripada village of the district’s Golamunda block on Saturday. According reports from the district, Kanak Satpathy, a 75-year-old woman, died after prolonged illness on Friday night.

Following the death, four of her daughters pleaded with their neighbours to help them in performing their mother’s last rites, but to no avail.

After waiting for hours, when the daughters saw no help forthcoming, they placed the body of their mother on a woven cot and started marching towards the cremation ground.

With no wood for the funeral pyre, they dismantled the roof of their house for the wood required for the cremation.

Of the four daughters, two are widows and two have been deserted by their husbands. As they did not have any source of living, they begged for food in order to survive.

Railway conduct mock drill at lapanga

railway mock drillIn a bid to check preparedness of railway staff in case of train accidents, a mock drill exercise was conducted by Sambalpur Railway Division at Lapanga Railway Stationon Friday.

Various rescue, fire fighting and passenger techniques were demonstrated in the drill to prevent loss of life during railway accidents. The drill was carried out with participation of Police, ODRAF, NDRF, local hospitals and NGOs.

Besides, the fire personnel also demonstrated the various modes of rescue operations during fire accidents.

 

Army Open Bharti / Rally Registration for Soldier Posts

An Indian Army Recruitment Rally under the aegis of Headquarters Recruiting Zone, Kolkata will be conducted by Army Recruiting Office, Sambalpur from 17.10.2016 to 23.10.2016 at VSS Stadium, Sambalpur to enroll eligible candidates into the Indian Army from districts of Odisha ie, Angul, Balangir, Bargarh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jharsugura, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Subarnapur & Sundargarh. Candidates can apply online using below given link from 02.09.2016 to 01.10.2016. Other Detail like age, qualification, dates, etc. is given below.
State Name: Odisha
Districts Covered: Angul, Balangir, Bargarh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jharsugura, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Subarnapur & Sundargarh
Cat. being Screened: Soldier {General Duty, Clerk/ Storekeeper, Technical, Nursing Assistant, Tech Dresser (RVC), Tech (Avn & Amn Examiner), Tradesman}
Open Rally Dates: 17.10.2016 to 23.10.2016
Online Registration Dates: 02.09.2016 to 01.10.2016
Open Rally Place: VSS Stadium, Sambalpur

Qualification:

For Soldier General Duty: SSLC/ Matric (10th) with 45% marks in aggregate and 33% in each subject. No percentage required for higher qualification i.e. Intermediate (12th) and above.
For Soldier Technical: Intermediate (12th) pass with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with 45% marks in aggregate OR 10th Class pass with min 50% marks in aggregate and 3 years Diploma in Engineering.

For Soldier Clerk/ Store Keeper Technical: Intermediate (12th) pass in any stream. Should have secured 40% marks in each subject and 50% in aggregate in Class XII. Should have studied English and Maths/ Accounts/ Book Keeping in Class XII or Class X. Should have secured min 40% marks in each of these subject, whether in Class XII or Class X. If a candidate is a graduate with Maths/ Accounts/ Book Keeping and English (even elective) as one of the subjects, the stipulation of scoring 40% marks in Maths/ English in Class XII or Class X and scoring 50% marks in aggregate in Class XII is waived off.

For Soldier (Nursing Assistant & Tech Dresser): Intermediate (12th) pass with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% in each subject. In case the candidate has a B.Sc. Degree with (Botany/ Zoology/ Bio-Science) and English, the stipulation of percentage in Class-XII is waived off.
For Soldier Tech (Avn & Amn Examiner): Intermediate (12th) pass with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with min 50% marks in aggregate and min 40% in each subject OR Three years Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical/ Electrical/ Automobiles/ Computer Sc. and Electronic & Instrumentation).
For Soldier Tradesmen: SSLC/ Matric (10th) (Except Syce, Mess Keeper and House Keeper – who may be 8th pass).
Age Limit:
For Soldier General Duty: Born not earlier than 01.10.1995 and not later than 01.04.1999.
For Other Posts: Born not earlier than 01.10.1993 and not later than 01.04.1999.

 

Two dead in lightning strikes Bargarh

In a tragic incident, at least two persons died while one person is believed to be severely injured during lightning strikes in Bargarh district on Wednesday.

According to information, Nagendra Kumbhar of Barapadar village under Bheden PS and Balram Kumbhar of Baliapal village under Binika PS died on the spot during the lightning strike while Pinky Kumbhar of Pankel village under Bheden PS was critically injured. Pinky was admitted to local hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Bargarh farmers stage blockade for better deal

A Day after farmers from Western Odisha staged a demonstration in front of the office of RDC (North) at Sambalpur protesting indifferent attitude of the State Government, hundreds of farmers from Bargarh block under the banner of Bargarh Anchalika Chasi Sangathan blocked the NH-6 at Chakarkend for four hours on Friday demanding a better deal from the Government.

They also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through Bargarh Tehsildar Jyoti Prakash Mohapatra over their long-pending demands. The blockade was called off after Mohapatra assured the protestors to take up their demands with the authorities concerned.

The road blockade brought traffic on the busy NH connecting Kolkata and Mumbai to a grinding halt while commercial and heavy vehicles were stranded on either side of the blockade. Movement of traffic between Bargarh and Sohela was also affected.

In the memorandum, farmers claimed that they are yet to get insurance amount against crop loss of last kharif season despite paying premium. Similarly, the State Government is yet to disburse the drought assistance of `100 per quintal of paddy as declared by the Chief Minister, they said.

Admitting that the farmers of the block have received the promised input subsidy, they said there is no sight of crop bonus yet. Although a survey was undertaken to assess the loss jointly by Agriculture, Co-operative and Revenue departments, they are yet to get their insurance against crop loss, the farmers alleged.

Apprehending a repeat situation with scanty rainfall reported in the district, they requested the Chief Minister to expedite payment of insurance and identify drought-hit areas to facilitate payment of financial assistance to farmers. Terming the demands as ‘genuine’, they have urged the State Government to take immediate steps to save farmers and farming.