Kalam urges students to set their goal

Kalam urges students to set their goal

The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise... Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers, Kalam said at the 150th anniversary function of Chandrasekhar Behera Zila School here.

Samleswari Mandir

Samleswari Mandir

Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Orissa, India dedicated to the goddess known as MAA, also known among the natives as samalei maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari.

Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 km from Sambalpur.

Karma Naach: Sambalpuri Folk Dance

Karma Naach: Sambalpuri Folk Dance

This pastoral Sambalpuri folk dance is performed during the worship of the god or goddess of fate

gudguda

gudguda

This is one of the small but beautiful waterfalls of Sambalpur district, Orissa. It sprinkles out from the Gudguda mountain

Though Dusserah is the occasion of Dalkhai the most popular folk-dance of western Orissa, its performance is very common on all other festivals such as Bhaijauntia, Phangun Puni, Nuakhai etc.

The Leaning temple of Huma located about 25 km from Sambalpur. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a well-known structure the world over.

 

‘Historic, unprecedented’, Rahul Gandhi reacts to PM Modi’s first press conference

Reacting to PM Modi’s press conference, Rahul Gandhi said, “Very good. PM’s first conference comes two-three days before the election ends.”

As the last day of campaigning came to an end, the political parties wrapped up their poll campaigns and made a last effort to communicate with the people. While PM Modi addressed his first ever Press Conference, Congress President Rahul Gandhi too talked to the media.

Addressing the media Rahul Gandhi wittily remarked on the PM conducting the first conference. Rahul Gandhi said that it is ‘historic’ that PM Modi is conducting a press conference. He further took a jibe at the PM saying that it is unprecedented for a PM to conduct a press conference sitting besides party president. “Very good. PM’s first conference comes two-three days before the election ends,” Gandhi commented.

He also asked why PM Modi has not accepted his challenge of debate on the issue of Rafale. “While the Prime Minister is conducting a press conference, I want to ask him why hasn’t he accepted my challenge to debate on the issue of corruption in Rafale deal. Why were you scared of me?” Gandhi asked.

Reacting to PM Modi’s remarks on Pragya Thakur, Gandhi said that PM Modi’s ideology is of violence and it was never aligned with Gandhi ji’s ideology. Rahul Gandhi also came down heavily on Election Commission. He said that the Election Commission’s role has remained biased in this election. He said, “PM modi can say whatever he wants to say but others are stopped for it.” Rahul Gandhi alleged that EC made the entire schedule to help PM Modi.

Rahul Gandhi also mocked PM Modi’s cloud theory. PM Modi in an interview to a TV channel had said that he had suggested the experts during balakot airstrike that bad weather and clouds can help escape the radar. His comments created a lot of hysteria.

Talking about Congress’ role as the opposition party in the last 5 years, he said that the party has played an A grade role as opposition. On the question of whether Rahul Gandhi will become a PM or not, he said, “I am not going to disrespect the people of India by judging what they are going to decide.”

Gudvelipadar’s copper snake business in a slump

At one point in past decades, the artisans of Gudvelipadar in Boudh district earned handsomely from selling Silver Filigree. Later, when the demand for these ornaments came down, clever artisans started making ‘Copper Snakes’, and found their safety net around it.

Over the years, Gudvelipadar has earned a name for itself for the copper snakes made here.

About 30 villagers along with their families are engaged in this trade. These silversmith families are not the only ones in the village who earn their livelihood from selling these items; there also are people — trained by these artisan families — doing brisk business.

 

But this craft, like many other traditional ones, is facing severe headwinds.

“Sometimes the cops harass us. We have license to procure raw materials like acid, brass and copper sheets. We get these raw materials from Rengali area in Sambalpur district. Yet at times the cops catch us and we have to cough up some money to avoid getting entangled in their concocted plots,” says an artisan, wishing not to be named.

Some other artisans joined him to narrate the issues they are facing these days.

According to them, their present business is also passing through the same situation they once experienced during the collapse of silver filigree period.

“The golden period of our copper snake business is over. We are no longer earning what we used to make in earlier days,” some said.

They have ascribed the slump in their business to the change of people’s mindset due to rapid ingression of western culture.

“It is Lord Shiva believers who constitute our main customer group. They buy copper snakes from us to offer them at Shiva temples. They do so when their wishes are granted. But the present generation is largely influenced by western culture. Some of them hardly visit these shrines, let alone wishing to offer copper snakes to Lord Shiva upon fulfillment of their wishes,” said a village elder.

The entire process starting from putting copper sheets in fire to make it flexible till a finished product takes time as well as needs engagement of whole family members.

“The price these products are fetching these days is not satisfactory as compared to the labour put together,” they alleged.

The copper snakes manufactured by the artisans here have found places in several Shiva temples including the Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar. However, pride alone is unlikely to fill their stomachs. The state government should come forward to bail out this traditional art form which seems to be on the verge of extinction.

Commercial flights from Jharsuguda airport to six cities soon

Commercial flight operations to six cities under the third phase of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme will soon begin at Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu made the announcement through his twitter handle on Tuesday.

Earlier on January 25, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had informed that flight services from Jharsuguda Airport to six cities including Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Raipur would commence soon.

Pradhan had also informed that airstrips at Jeypore, Utkela and Rourkela would be upgraded to airports soon.

On February 19, a high-level team of Alliance Air had visited Jharsuguda airport to inspect its infrastructure and facilities. The Alliance Air is likely to start flight services from Jharsuguda to Kolkata and Raipur from March 1.

Prior to that, a team of SpiceJet had also visited the airport on February 9. As per official sources, SpiceJet is likely start operations connecting Jharsuguda to three major routes- Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad from March 31.

ECoR conducted a trial of 2KM long train in Sambalpur Division

DMR Sambalpur called the 2KM long train as Python Rake, comprised 147 wagons, three guard vans and four engines. The first rake of 45 flat wagons, and the second and the third rakes of 51 wagons each, were loaded with containers bound for Visakhapatnam port.

Two kilometres. That is the length of a new train which went on its first trial run in Odisha. With the aim of minimising man power and making path utilisation more economic, the East Coast Railway combined three rakes (a group of freight wagons or passenger coaches coupled together) into a single train, running it between Godbhaga and Balangir Stations in Sambalpur Railway Division.

 

Watching a freight train of average length rumble past is often an unending experience (especially if you are waiting at a level-crossing). So imagine watching a train almost three times as long.

East Coast Railway(ECoR) ran three goods train rakes with a length of about 2000 meters on a trail basis for the first time for economic path utilization with less man power.

SC stays its Feb 13 order directing eviction of forest dwellers

The Supreme Court today stayed its February 13 order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the land have been rejected by the authorities. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha directed the state governments to file affidavit giving details about the process adopted in rejecting the claims. The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on 10th July.

The top court had yesterday agreed to hear the Centre’s plea seeking withholding of its 13th February order asking 21 states to evict nearly 11.8 lakh forest dwellers whose claims were rejected.

The Centre had rushed to the top court for modification of the order saying the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 was a beneficial legislation and should be construed liberally to help extremely poor and illiterate people who are not well informed of their rights and procedure under the law.