Director Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s tale of an old man’s wit, Sala Budha is nominated for the competition category of FIJI International Film Festival. The movie participate in the competition with the movies of 11 different countries. The FIJI International Film Festival to be held in GOA by the coming month of June.
‘Sala Budha’ is a movie made in Sambalpuri language. It is an attempt to show the plight of aged people in the western part of Odisha.
This movie is made in black and white and the director says that he has enough reasons for doing so. This, being a periodical movie, a black and white adaptation can give it the required justice.
“Though the film had been screened at various cities and both the critics and the viewers applauded it, I was a little apprehensive over the jury’s take on my experiments. First, the story, penned by my father Kapileswar Prasad Mohapatra, is 100 years old, and second, it’s a black and white film with an 83-year-old protagonist,” said Mohapatra.
The story of ‘Sala Budha’ or ‘The stupid Old man’ revolves around an old village head, the Sarpanch of a village, who tries his best to take care of the subjects at any cost. The film has successfully depicted the strong relationship of the earlier days in the villages of western Odisha and the innocence, simplicity and righteousness of the Old man, who finally gets his reward from the King.
Octogenarian Atala Panda plays the protagonist. Mohapatra’s brothers, son and some other family members, who are in the film industry, pitched in with their individual expertise in making of the film.
Three people were taken into custody by hirakud police in Chinmaya murder case. They seemed to be from one family. Chinmaya murder case is a love matter, police doubt. Police submit the charge sheet against the the culprits.
With the model code of conduct coming into force in the State, the Municipality finds itself in a tight spot to resolve the sanitation woes faced by the denizens.
With the recent development in election front, the Municipality cannot finalise the tenders which it had floated for outsourcing of cleaning work. The civic body had outsourced cleaning work in 15 of total Wards under its jurisdiction.
However, the agency, which bagged the tender, walked out of the job on February 15 with prior intimation following which the sanitation in the town went for a toss.
Though the Municipality claims to have engaged an agency temporarily for cleaning work, there has been no visible improvement in sanitation and the town is sinking under heaps of garbage littered in various places across 15 Wards. The drains are overflowing and filthy water is spilling on to the roads while the garbage is emitting foul smell.
Sources said the delay in payment of bills forced the private agency to withdraw from the work. Following the withdrawal, the Municipality subsequently floated fresh tender seeking expression of interest from NGOs and other enterprises having experience in cleaning work with the last date of receipt being February 25.
However, with the announcement of the general election, the finalisation of tenders has met a dead end. Besides, the crisis has exposed lack of sincerity on part of the Municipality to tackle the sanitation woes.
As the outgoing agency gave prior intimation much before its withdrawal, the Municipality could have hired a new agency. Instead of acting on the issue, it sat over it till the situation worsened.
It is alleged that the entire issue was allowed to slip out of hand to help certain vested applicants who had evinced interest in taking up the cleaning job.
When contacted, Executive Officer of the Municipality Aniruddha Padhan admitted that the tender is yet to be finalised due to enforcement of the model code of conduct. However, things would be set right with the help of a temporary agency which has been hired for the cleaning job, he claimed.
About 900 villagers of Dhingiamunda in Nuapada district have threatened to refrain from voting in the coming Lok Sabha and assembly polls if drinking water does not reach their village by March 21.
The villagers on Thursday met district collector Jaya Kumar V and put forth their grievances. “We have taken a unanimous decision not to cast our votes for both LS and assembly polls. For the last one decade, we have been demanding drinking water supply to the village but no one paid any heed,” said Bhabani Shankar Kata, a villager. He further said if their demands were not fulfilled, two villagers would end their lives in front of the collector’s office at Nuapada.
In a letter to the collector, the villagers said piped water could be supplied to Charpali, Gibhimunda and Hatibandha villages from Gidhmal river. “We also want the village pond to be renovated. The administration should also construct a check dam at Dabrinala, which will help in irrigation,” a villager said.
The collector said the government would take steps to fulfill the demands of the villagers at the earliest. “The villagers have submitted a memorandum wherein they have mentioned their demands. I will personally convince the villagers not to boycott the polls,” Kumar added.
With all the five blocks of the district being Maoist-hit, the district administration would anyway be on its toes to manage the polls.
Close on the heels of the boat tragedy at Hirakud that claimed 31 lives, another tragedy was averted when a country boat ferrying people from Sambalpur to Mundo Ghat across river Mahanadi capsized after being caught in a strong gale on Tuesday. However all the passengers had a narrow escape and were rescued.
Ironically, the incident exposed the failure of the district administration to learn from past mistakes and the boat had been ferrying people illegally despite the State Government putting a blanket ban on boat services.
Reports said there were 12 persons, including five women in the country boat when the boat capsized in river Mahanadi on the downstream of Hirakud dam on Tuesday. The people had boarded the boat at Badbazar Ghat in Sambalpur town and were supposed to get down at Mundo Ghat across the river.
Boatman Upendra Singh said they were very close from the bank of Mundo Ghat when the gale led the boat hit a rock overturning it. While some of the passengers swam to the rocky island in the river to safety, the boatman also rescued at least five persons to safety. Sambalpur Additional District Magistrate, Jyoti Kumar Lakra, who had also rushed to the spot said all the passengers on board were rescued.
Badbazar Ghat, where the people boarded the boat comes under the jurisdiction of Sambalpur Municipality though Executive Officer of the Sambalpur Municipality, Aniruddha Padhan said the boat was ferrying people illegally.