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Shop burgled of items worth 50K

Jharsuguda : Some unidentified miscreants, today had broke into Utkal Variety Store situated opposite to Gujarati M.E. School and burgled items worth Rs. 50,000 in the wee hours of Monday.

As per the police officials, the burglars had first made a hole from the back side of the wall and entered inside the shop and had taken away one Motor Pump, Ball Bearings, Brass and SS Items along with cash of Rs. 2800, altogether around items worth Rs. 50,000 had been stolen.

Nirmal Mahapatra had reached the spot along with the Forensic experts and dog squads were also called in for the investigation.

Global grinding start-ups

Christian Pfeiffer mill at JizanICR seeks out the locations of the new finish-grinding plants and proposed new grinding station projects around the world. Large projects coming on-stream this year include Saudi Cement’s new Jizan plant, Sephaku Cement’s 1.4Mta Delmas grinding unit in South Africa and UltraTech’s 1.6Mta expansion at Jharsuguda, India.

The need to build grinding plants does not seem to be slowing as producers see this as an opportune way to enter new markets on a permanent footing, especially after importing into the region. It is the next step and a natural progression to distributing larger amounts of cement at a more competitive price.

While grinding plants can be quicker to set up than integrated facilities they still require environmental assessments and licences, and usually take 18 months or more to be established from the moment construction begins. However, capital expenditure for such a unit is far lower than for an integrated plant.

Doctor arrested by vigilance while taking bribe

Doctor arrested by vigilanceSambalpur Vigilance P.S. Case No.15 dated.27.02.2014 U/s 7P.C. Act was registered against Dr. Debendra Naik, Surgery Specialist, District Head quarter Hospital, Jharsuguda for demand  of illegal gratification of  2,000/-   from the complainant Jatin  Saraf of Vill- Raghunathpalli, Dist-Jharsuguda for conducting   Hydrosil operation of his nephew who was admitted at Dist. Headquarters Hospital, Jharsuguda on 22.2. 2014.

In course of investigation a trap was laid on 28.2.2014 by the Vigilance Officers of Sambalpur Division. Accused Dr. Debendra Naik was caught red handed by the Vigilance Officers at Dist. Headquarters Hospital, Jharsuguda, while accepting bribe amount  2,000/- from the Complt.  Mr. Saraf as per previous demand.  Bribe amount   2,000/- was recovered from the pant pocket of Dr. Naik and seized in presence of witnesses. His hand & pant pocket wash  gave positive chemical reaction confirming acceptance of bribe.

 

Air Pollution Rising in Jharsuguda

Increasing air pollution in the coal-rich district has led to increasing threat of accidents. The coal dust hinders the drivers’ vision leading to accidents. District police report stated that 249 accidents cases were reported in 2013. While 98 persons died, 133 were seriously injured.

Jharsuguda has been placed at the eighth position among critically polluted districts of India. According to a survey, the district also tops in the State in spreading pollution. The measures taken by the district administration have failed to solve the problem.

Brajrajnagar MLA Anup Sai along with his supporters staged a protest on NH-49 on Thursday, demanding measures to check pollution levels. The stir was called off after Sub-Collector assured of taking corrective measures.

Seven Families Rendered Homeless in Jumbo Attack

Dalpatpali VillageA herd of around 30 elephants damaged houses rendering seven families homeless in Rengali block of Sambalpur district and Kolabira block of neighbouring Jharsuguda district.

With their corridor shut by boundary wall of industries in the two districts, the elephants are intruding into human habitations in search of food.

According to reports, the herd strayed into Pipalpada and Dalpatpali in Rengali block on Friday night and damaged the houses of Hrushikesh Sunani, Bighneswar Sunani, Sushama Bhanja, Santosh Bhanja and Kunduru Deep. They devoured the paddy stalks stacked in the yard near the houses besides damaging utensils, bicycles, motorcycles and domestic articles.

The villagers’ efforts to chase away the herd proved futile. The homeless villagers have taken shelter in Dalpatpali Primary School.

Similar reports have also been received from Mangrapali village under Kolabira block of Jharsuguda district where the same herd damaged two houses owned by Nityanand Bag and Danara Sandha on Saturday night rendering the two families homeless.

Sources said the village shares border with Jharsuguda forest range from where the herd had trooped in. The movement of the herd has been restricted to Rengali and Kolabira and the Forest Department has pressed a special squad to prevent the elephants from entering villages. Rengali Tehsildar Lambodar Dharua admitted that houses of five families have been completely demolished and 14 members of the families have taken shelter in the primary school. “Free kitchen has been opened to provide food to the affected families who have been given other relief materials,” he said and added that they have moved the Collector requesting him to sanction houses under ‘Mo Kudia Yojana’ to the affected families.

Range Officer of Rengali Forest Range SC Khuntia, who visited the village for spot assessment on Sunday, said a report on the damage would be submitted to the District Forest Officer and the Collector basing on which the affected families will be compensated.

He also admitted that the corridor of the elephants has been blocked by boundary walls of several industries and because of degradation of the corridor, the elephants are intruding into the villages.

Couple arrested for torturing tribal maidservant

Police on Saturday raided the house of a couple at Belpahar, Jharsuguda to arrest them on charges of sexually harassing their tribal maid servant, who is a minor. The couple, however, managed to give police the slip.

The accused, Mukul Singh, an employee of Belpahar-based TRL Krosaki Refractory Limited, and his wife, Archana, from Bihar, had allegedly recorded a nude video of the 16-year-old girl and threatened her of making it public in case she left the house. The matter came to light after the girl managed to flee, and narrated her plight before her parents.

“We have registered a case against the couple basing on the complaint by the victim’s father on Friday,” Brajarajnagar SDPO Chudamani Nayak said on Sunday.

Angry over the incident, locals on Saturday blocked a highway near Belpahar and demanded immediate arrest of the couple. “We have launched a manhunt to nab the couple. A police team has also been sent to their native place in Bihar,” Nayak said.

Police said Singh and his wife had engaged the girl two years back. She was tortured if she failed to do any work, the girl has said in her complaint.

Nuakhai Celebration in Western Odisha

Yesterday, Nuakhai was celebrated with gaiety and religious fervour and today the day after the Nuakhai is the BASI of Nuakhai.

The Navanna (newly harvested rice) was offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, at the stipulated lagna (auspicious moment) between 10.18 am and 10.32 am. During this period, families also offered the Navanna to their respective Istadevata (presiding deity) and Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth) as a mark of gratitude for a bumper harvest, good rain and a favourable weather.

While it was Goddess Samaleswari in Sambalpur, it was Patneswari in Balangir, Sureshwari in Sonepur, Sekharbasini in Sundargarh and Manikeswari in Kalahandi who were worshipped.

Being an agrarian festival, the eldest in each household in rural pockets worshipped their paddy fields and cattle.

Womenfolk woke up early in the morning to perform Nuakhai rituals that began with decorating the house with jhoti. The later half of the day was spent in the kitchen preparing special delicacies. During the festival, various traditional dishes and pancakes are prepared, including Mug Bara, Ras Bara, Mug Manda, Suji Manda, Chaul Manda, Kakra Pitha, Kheeri besides preparations from Saru Patra (leaves of taro plant), Makhan Sag (leaves of pumpkin creeper) and Kardi (bamboo shoots).

While children in colourful attire enjoyed their holiday to the fullest, devotees across the region thronged Samaleswari temple. Later in the evening, ‘Nuakhia Bhetghat’ were organised by different socio-cultural organisations and greetings were exchanged among the denizens.