Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sambalpur lad features as Infosys youth icon

Sambalpur lad Ansuman Panda, currently working as a testing engineer at Infosys, Bangalore, features in the company’s campaign, ‘Future is built by the restless’. The IT major selected Ansuman to strike a chord with the future Gen-Y recruits. The advertisement has been well received in social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut.

“I am happy that the company chose me as an icon over its around 1.5 lakh employees,” said Ansuman. He had to undergo a gruelling selection process along with several hundreds of the company.

A gym enthusiast, Ansuman did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Balangir, and completed Plus Two from Bhubaneswar KV. He did BTech from KIIT in Bhubaneswar and joined Infosys in 2009.

While Ansuman’s father, Sasanka Sekhar Panda, is the Joint Director in the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Odisha, at Bhubaneswar, his grandfather is Sambalpur-based renowned Odia writer Uma Shankar Panda.

“The advertisement in the newspaper came as a surprise for us. Though I was aware of the photo session,

I did not know that he has been selected for the theme,” said Sasanka Sekhar Panda.

Slum children turn delinquents

Mitu (11) gets up really early in the morning without parents’ coaxing. It’s not the school bell that has him up, instead it is the lure of filthy lucre through petty thefts.

For the children of Rani Bandh slum in Baraipali area under Ainthapali police limits, it has become a way of life. They are up before dawn and go scurrying for small things that can fetch them money.  Since the things stolen are not costly, they either go  unnoticed or the matter  is never reported to the  police.

After disposing of the stolen items, the delinquents sit down for a game of gambling which continues till dusk. They sit behind tall bushes to avoid attention of passersby and the police. And whenever pulled up, they leave the place  immediately to assemble at another location.

Despite being informed about the delinquency, the police have so far failed  to catch the children red-handed.  Their parents too have expressed helplessness as they are mostly out the entire day earning a living.

Hardcrore Maoist nabbed

Sambalpur Police reportedly arrested a hardcore Maoist, Roshan of Jharkhand from the Maoist hotbed Kisinda under Jujumura block of the district, on Sunday.

While the police are tightlipped, it is said that Roshan could have come to the area to boost the sagging morale of the cadres and the sympathisers. The possibility of his visiting for funds also cannot be ruled out.

Although Maoists from Chhattisgarh have stepped up activity in Bargarh and Nuapada districts, those from Jharkhand been maintaining a low profile after the death of Kishenji.

Four-day techno festival held at VSSUT

The Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology’s (VSSUT) Samavesh-2012, its four-day annual techno management festival, was inaugurated on Thursday.

Students of several colleges of the state are participating in the festival. Events like robotic, technical paper presentation and programming are organised for the students. The best performers will be distributed prizes on the closing day on Sunday. On the opening day, Pawan G Agrawal, chief executive officer of the Mumbai Dubbawalas, delivered a lecture. Managing Director of Boeing Research and Technology, India, Dr Bala Bhardwaj, writer cum entrepreneur Durjoy Datta and motivational speaker Akash Gautam are to speak during the festival.

Fun programmes like acrobatic and pyrotechnic shows are also be held. The Music Club of the university will also perform during the festival. Around 200 students from other premier institutions of the State are participating in the event.

It’s a nice experience and the questions put by the judges and the audience are challenging, Subhasis Debata, a participant of Business Plan event said. This is an opportunity for technocrats to gain knowledge about technologies and businesses. This is the seventh edition of the Samavesh, Debabrata Panda, media head of the festival said.

BJD sweeps zilla polls

Continuing with its enviable record of electoral triumphs, the ruling BJD has swept the  Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls, winning 651 out of the 851 seats for which the  State Election Commission announced results on Thursday. In the 2007 panchayat polls, the ruling party had won 345 seats.

The Opposition  Congress finished a distant second with 128 ZP seats, while BJP ended with a paltry 36 seats, state election commissioner Ajit Tripathy said. The election body declared results of 851 out of the 854 ZP seats for which polls were held. Three ZP zones in Kashipur area of Rayagada have fallen vacant as nobody came forward to contest the polls, supporting a demand by the local Jhodia community for Scheduled Tribe status. In the three-tier panchayat elections, political party symbols are used only for the ZP seats.

Because of its overwhelming victory, the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD is comfortably placed to head ZPs in 26 districts, a massive jump considering that it had presidents in 15 ZPs five years ago. BJD would lead the ZPs in Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Boudh, Balangir, Cuttack, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kalahandi, Kendrapada, Keonjhar, Khurda, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundergarh.

The Congress’ performance fell sharply, leaving it with only 128 seats as against 303 won in 2007. So the state’s main Opposition party will lead the ZP in only one district, Jharsuguda. With 14 members, it is tied with BJD in Koraput with a lone Independent holding the key. Similarly, in Kandhamal and Gajapati districts no party has got a clear majority. While Congress with nine ZP members is ahead of BJD (six) and BJP (three) in Kandhamal, the BJD with seven seats is the single largest party in Gajapati, ahead of Congress (four) and BJP (three), SEC said.

The BJP, which led the ZPs in Bargarh and Deogarh in 2007 courtesy its alliance with BJD, has suffered significant reverses with its tally dropping from 129 five years ago to only 36. The JMM has won 11 seats, comprising 10 in Mayurbhanj and one in Sundergarh, while CPI and CPM have emerged  victorious in two and one ZP seat respectively, the SEC said. The Left success has come in Ganjam district. Independents have triumphed in 22 zones.

BLURB: While the BJD has won 651 seats, Cong has bagged 128 and BJP only 36.