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Sambalpur’s 2nd KV to Come up at Burla

The second Kendriya Vidyalaya in Sambalpur city will be set up at Burla instead of the earlier site near railway station.

Sambalpur Collector Balwant Singh said the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has approved a second school in Sambalpur City and if things go smoothly, admission would start from next academic session.

Informing that 10 acres of land near Burla NAC College have been identified for the school, Singh said it will be handed over to the  Sangathan after Water Resources Department, to which the land belongs, transfers the ownership.

Meanwhile, the district administration is planning to provide temporary arrangement at Hindi High School here and the KV will be shifted to Burla after construction of the building at the new location, Singh said.

Earlier, the district administration had identified 10 acres of land near Sambalpur City railway station and a KVS delegation had given  its approval for the location. Even the old TRW School building at Jamadarpali on the outskirts of the City was finalised to operate the school temporarily. Subsequently, the Sangathan finalised the new location at Burla.

The second Kendriya Vidyalaya which was to begin operation from 2012-2013 academic session got delayed due to lack of coordination among the district officials and school authorities.

Minor molested by a professor, Sambalpur University

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a professor of Sambalpur University, as per the police statement.

The head of the post-graduate Department of History of Sambalpur university had allegedly molested the girl when she was alone in her house on January 4, police officials said.

The incident came to light after the victim’s father, who is a colleague of the accused professor, lodged a complaint with the Burla police station yesterday.

Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, C R Tripathy, however, refrained from making any comment on the issue and said that the police had taken up the matter.

The incident sparked sharp reaction among the students, who burnt the effigy of the accused professor in the varsity premises.

The professor was arrested, Additional Superintendent of Police Sushil Kumar Panigrahi said.

No place to dispose of private hospitals waste

The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) is in a fix over disposing biomedical waste of private hospitals in Berhampur and Burla.

Last month, the state government asked MKCG Medical College and Hospital and VSS Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur and Burla respectively not to receive waste from private hospital for disposal in their incinerators (a heat chamber, where waste are burnt).

According to OSPCB, an arrangement between government and private hospitals was made to ensure that the waste generated by the latter can be disposed of. “We asked MKCG and VSS authorities to allow private hospitals to dispose of their waste in the government incinerators, which can accommodate more than 500 kg a day. This arrangement also reduced burned on the government institutions as the private hospitals were asked to share maintenance cost of the incinerators,” said OSPCB senior scientist D K Behera.

While the MKCG generates about 200 kg waste a day, VSS generates 300 kg. “The government move will compel private hospitals to follow the traditional method of disposing waste by digging deep pits,” he said. An incinerator costs around Rs 30 lakh and it is not feasible for private hospitals, generating less than 50 kg waste a day, to buy one, he added.

VSS superintendent L K Dash said the government took the decision as the incinerator at the hospital could not take too much load.

A survey conducted by OSPCB, in the third week of July, revealed SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack was not segregating biomedical waste despite several reminders.

SCB superintendent P K Rath told TOI that the incinerator had developed some technical snag.

Snake helps girl to escape molestation

A 21-year-old student of Sambalpur University — had a miraculous escape from two anti-socials who abducted her on Tuesday evening from the university campus and attempted to outrage her modesty.

According to sources, two anti-socials kidnapped the student while she was returning to her hostel in the evening after meeting her friend in another hostel on the campus.  The culprits took the girl to a nearby forest and started misbehaving with her.

As the girl was fighting to escape from the clutches of the perpetrators, a cobra hiding in a nearby termite hive rushed towards to the scene. When the culprits saw the snake, they freed the girl and fled the spot.

After returning to her hostel, the girl reported the matter to university authorities who then filed a police complaint. As the news kidnap and molestation attempt re­ached the boys’ hostels, the inmates blockaded the Bargarh-Sambalpur road demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

They withdrew their agitation only after the senior police officials visited the campus and assured them to nab the culprits soon.

“We have lodged a complaint with the police and hope the culprits in­volved in the crime would arrested soon,” B.C. Ba­rik, vice chancellor of the university said.

He added that the state government would be requested to properly equip the police outpost on the campus so as to avoid such unpleasant incidents in the future.

Nine newborn babies die in Burla Hospital

nine newborn babies die in 24 hoursNine newborn babies have died at the VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla in the last 24 hours, leading the Odisha government to order an investigation. “The nine deaths were reported in the neonatal care centre of hospital since last morning. All of them were kept in incubators as they were premature babies,” Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Laxmikant Dash said.

Denying negligence by the hospital, he said most of the premature babies were seriously ill since birth, underweight, anaemic and with respiratory problems. One of the babies weighed barely 560 gram and the deaths during a short span was only a coincidence, Dash said. “However, the matter is being looked into and I have asked the head of the paediatric department to submit a report immediately,” Dash said. The Director Medical Education and Training and Sishu Bhawan director have been asked to enquire into the matter, Health Minister Damodar Rout said. Preliminary reports indicated that most of the babies were ill since birth, but a clear picture would emerge after an enquiry, he said. There was tension in the hospital as parents and relatives of the babies held the hospital authorities responsible.

special-new-born-care-unitThe Congress held a demonstration and road blockade in Burla against the deaths, accusing the hospital authorities of negligence. Senior Congress leader Sriballabh Panigrahi accused the Health Minister of neglecting the hospital and doing little to improve its infrastructure and facilities. Senior BJP leader Jainarayan Mishra accused the BJD government of failing to improve the condition of the hospital where a large number of patients from different parts of the state and Chhattisgarh came.