Monthly Archives: December 2011

Jamia in semifinals

Propelled by Parveen’s hat-trick, Jamia Millia Islamia made it to the semifinals of the all-India inter-university hockey championship with a 3-1 win over Banaras Hindu University on Friday. The results: Jamia 3 (Parveen 3) beat BHU N1 (Dharamveer); Panjab 1 (Gagandeep) beat Barkatullah 0; Sambalpur 0 drew with Madras 0; Annamalai 2 (Manoj Kumar, Vinod

Lok Mahotsav deferred for polls

Lok Mahotsav, the annual cultural festival of the area, has been deferred this year in view of the forthcoming panchayat polls. It is usually organized from January 4 to 6 every year. Collector (Sambalpur) Mrinalini Darswal said the festival cannot be organized on its scheduled date due to the enforcement of the election code of

In many ways a bad year for Sambalpur

The year 2011 was not a great one for Sambalpur district. Two starvation deaths, Maoist-related cases, nature’s fury, student unrest and political turmoil among other things kept the district administration on its toes. A Dalit labourer Kapil Hans of Gobindpur village under Tribanpur gram panchayat of Rairakhol block reportedly died of starvation in July. Sources

State demands 12 new trains in railway budget

The State Government has demanded 12 new trains in the 2012-13 Railway Budget. The new trains are, Bhubaneswar-Mumbai/Pune, Puri-Jeypore/Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar-Bangalore, Puri/Bhubaneswar-Surat (all Duronto express), Rourkela-New Delhi, Keonjhar-Howrah, Barbil-Visakhapatnam via Keonjhar and Bhubaneswar, Titlagarh-Bhubaneswar via Rayagada, Bhubaneswar-Shiridi daily express, passenger train service between Barbil-Puri and passenger service between Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneswar via Sambalpur. In a letter to Railway

Assets of 57 Lakhs seized from Cooperative Bank Branch Manager

In a Vigilance raid assets of nearly around 57 lakhs from the Sargipali Branch Manager of Sundargarh District Central Co-operative Bank (S.D.C.C) unbar by Sambalpur Vigilance. Basing on the allegation of acquisition and possession of disproportionate assets by Rajendra Narayan Mohapatra presently working as Branch Manager, at Sargipali Branch, a residential three storied building located

30,000 birds and animals sacrificed despite ban

Despite the prohibition of the district administration, more than 30,000 animals and birds were sacrificed during Sulia Yatra at Nuakhala in Kumuria village under Balangir’s Tusura police station limits on Tuesday. Devotees and supporters of the tribal community sacrificed the animals, citing the practice to be part of their long-standing tradition. Large number of police

Son dies waiting for his father

When police whisked away Upendra Mirdha and his cousin from his Banjarikitira village in the wee hours of on Nov 14, his diabetic son Sushanta (16) hoped his father would be back soon. Policemen too assured them Upendra would be ‘back in five minutes.’ It took more than 12 hours to ascertain where they were

Sambalpur – Jharsuguda, a new destination for industrial development in Odisha.

Maa Samaleswari In 1957, India’s first prime minister Pandit Javaharlal Nehru inaugurated world’s largest earth Dam, Hirakud Dam at Sambalpur and with this an industrial revolution started in Orissa, particularly in Western Orissa. Orient paper mill started its operation in BrajarajNagar and Steel authority of India established in Rourkela. Now the 180 KM stretch between

Sambalpur in grip of cold wave

Normal life in Sambalpur has been paralysed under the impact of intense cold-wave that has swept across the region where mercury level plunged below normal for the last one week. On Tuesday, the minimum temperature was 8.3 degree C, while it was 7.7 on Wednesday. Thursday saw the lowest temperature of the season in the

Student’s death triggers tension

The death of a local pharmacy student in the Sambalpur district headquarters hospital on Sunday triggered tension with the deceased’s fellow students alleging medical negligence. Sources said Amit Kumar Behera, a student of Gayatri Pharmacy College here, had allegedly attempted suicide by taking over 20 quinine tablets as he was depressed over his poor performance