Prohibitory Order Imposed In Sambalpur

Keeping in view the ensuing Hanuman Jayanti festival, prohibitory orders have been in Sambalpur to ward off any threat to religious harmony.

“Provisions of section 144 CrPC is hereby imposed prohibiting carrying / display of arms during the religious and other processions in Sambalpur in order to preserve public safety, public peace and for maintenance of public order”, an order issued by Sambalpur District Magistrate.

Carrying of arms during religious processions in the town had witnessed communal tension thereby jeopardising law and order situation in certain areas in the past. Taking serious account of such situation, the district administration in various peace committee meetings had also advocated not to carry arms during religious and other processions.

However, in spite of such decision, the procession led by some organisation were deliberately trying to disturb the peace and tranquility of the town defying the order.

“It has been made to appear to me that such religious processions are likely to lead to communal dis-harmony in Sambalpur town in future if any organisation succeed in carrying/display of arms during procession,” the order said.

Hanuman Jayanti, scheduled to be observed on April 14, is celebrated in a big way in this region.

Two places for IIM in Western Odisha, State Govt.

With the increasing demand to set up IIM in Western Odisha, the State Govt. recommended two places in sambalpur to the Center
for setting up the permanent campus of the proposed educational institution based on a report of Sambalpur Collector.

The two sites are in Dhankouda and Jujumura blocks of the district. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to the Centre on March 2 for setting up IIM at Sambalpur in response to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s letter seeking opinion of the State Government for establishment of the institute in Western Odisha.

In the letter, the Chief Minister had said if the Centre is willing to relax guidelines for site selection, the State Government would strongly recommend Sambalpur as the location of the IIM.

Earlier, the HRD Ministry, as per its guideline, had asked the State Government to identify locations for the IIM close to an airport. The State Government had restricted its choice to places in  and around Bhubaneswar while making recommendations.

The State Government had recommended two places on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar for establishment of the IIM. The site selection committee of the HRD Ministry had also visited the two sites and recommended its findings.  It remains to be seen whether the Centre relaxes its guidelines for setting up the premier educational institution in view of the fresh recommendation made by the State Government.

Two women Maoists leaders surrendered before Odisha Police in Kalahandi

Two women Maoists leaders from Chattishgarh on Monday surrendered before Odisha Police in Kalahandi. This was informed by the IG of South-West range Yashwant Jathawa.

They are namely Phulbati alias Mithila (30) and Rukmati alias Rashmila (28).  They were working as Area Committee Members (ACMs) in Chhattisgarh since 2006, police sources said. Jethwa said the duo was actively providing leadership as ACMs of Koili Bhitar area committee at Mainpur under the Nuapada Division of the CPI Maoist organisation.

In another incident Maoists torch vehicles in Nuapada district. Maoist raided a contractor’s base and torched construction vehicles parked near Timali village.

Naxalite killed in Kalahandi

One left wing extremists was killed when security forces and naxalites exchanged fire in Kalahandi district on Sunday.

Based on intelligence input, District Voluntary Force, a special constabulary unit of the Odisha Police engaged in anti-Maoist operations, had made a move towards Kegaon under Golamunda Police Station area on late Saturday evening.

Near Chura Pahad area, security forces were fired upon by a group of Left ultras and in retaliation DVF personnel also returned fire, said Y. K Jethwa, Inspector General (South-West).

Mr. Jethwa said one naxalite was found to be dead while exchange of fire was still continuing till evening of Sunday. One Insas rifle was recovered from the spot. Kalahandi police had launched combing operation following the encounter with naxalites.

During past one year, left wing extremists were found to be active in Kalahandi district which shares border with Nuapada and Bolangir districts which are already affected by naxal violence.

Odisha scribe Ajit Kumar Nayak passes away

AJIT NAYAK

A pal of gloom descended on Odisha’s Sambalpur City after news of death of senior scribe Ajit Kumar Nayak (53) reached Sambalpur.

Nayak died while undergoing treatment for jaundice at a private Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. He is survived by his wife, son, mother, brother and sisters.

He was battling with jaundice since last four months and was also admitted to Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences at New Delhi.

After completing his graduation from G M College, Sambalpur, he completed his LLB and was had joined the Sambalpur District Bar Association.

He was also a social worker and was closely associated with Indian Society for Cultural Co-operation and Friendship (ISCUF) and joined journalism in the year 1992.

Nayak had also served as President of NUJI, Sambalpur, General Secretary of Sambalpur Press Club and President of Media Federation, Sambalpur. Beginning his career from vernacular daily “The Ganabarta”, he worked for “The Asian Age”, The Prajatantra”, “The Sunday Indian”, “The Odisha Bhaskar” and was associated with “The Times of India”.

His death has been condoled by people from various walks of life, organisations and members of the media.

Source : Odisha Sun Times