Monthly Archives: April 2012

Judgment in doctor’s murder deferred

A fast track court here on Monday deferred judgment in the Dr Brahmananda Panda murder case till May 9. “The court postponed pronouncing its verdict as lawyers struck work expressing solidarity with their counterparts in Sambalpur,” defence counsel Sirsendu Prasad Rout said. The 60-year-old doctor was hacked to death at his nursing home-cum-residence in Kharavel

Lawyers stir on against Sambalpur incident

Lawyers in Cuttack continued their ceasework even as those in Bhubaneswar joined them on Monday to express solidarity with their counterparts in Sambalpur in the wake of the collector-lawyers standoff on April 23. Two separate fact-finding teams of advocates from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack left for Sambalpur to assess the situation. “A fact-finding committee of the

Sambalpur Collector-Lawyers scuffle: Bar Associations call for western Odisha bandh on May 8

Western Odisha Bar Associations  called for a western Odisha bandh on May 8 demanding arrest and transfer of Sambalpur collector Mrinalini Darswal for her alleged highhandedness. The central action committee of the associations also demanded judicial inquiry into the confrontation between the collector and lawyers, which took place on April 23. There was a conflict

Maoists eye Sonepur

With security forces intensifying combing operation in Kandhamal district, armed Maoists have reportedly entered Sonepur through Boudh creating panic among the people. Reports said 40 to 50 armed cadres, including women, visited Jharbahali-Pipalkanta village near Mankadbahal under Chadeipank gram panchayat and held a meeting on Sunday, their second over last two days. The Maoists inquired

Anti-Jual faction boycotts meet

That all is not well in the State BJP became more pronounced on Sunday with the rebels boycotting the State Executive Committee meeting. All the seven legislators of the party, including Independent MLA Pratap Sarangi, senior leaders and former ministers Bijay Mohapatra, Manmohan Samal, Samir Dey, Dilip Ray, Surama Padhi and several State functionaries, including

Land losers demand relook into prices

After Posco, trouble is brewing for the Greenfield project of Aditya Aluminium at Lapang in Sambalpur district. The land oustees of the project have demanded a review of land valuation after a CAG report on under-valuation of land acquired for industrial houses. They also demanded a CBI probe into the land acquired by the State

Manhandled Collector moves SCW

Sambalpur Collector Mrinalini Darswal has petitioned the State Commission for Women (SCW) seeking an inquiry into the April 23 incident of ‘manhandling’. The Commission received a five-page petition from Darswal in which the collector has narrated how she was ‘manhandled’ and ‘abused’ while trying to intervene in a law and order situation. A copy of

Odisha Government enhance sewerage coverage in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar

The sewerage and drainage programmes for the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar planned under the Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project have been revised both in terms of its coverage and budget estimate. The sewer length, which was originally planned for 98 km in Bhubaneswar, has been enhanced to 236 km. Similarly, the length of sewerage

Hockey Odisha to host Nalco Cup hockey championship from May 2

Hockey Odisha is all set to host the Nalco Cup State Hockey Championship at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack from May 2 to 7. The affiliated unit of the State association would participate in the six-day long tournament. Odisha Police, Rourkela Steel Plant, Nalco, Sundargarh, Cuttack, Ganjam, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Phulbani, Balangir, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Angul,

Support swells for Sambalpur lawyers

Lawyers across the state extended their support to their Sambalpur counterparts, urging the chief minister to take appropriate legal action against the district collector, accused of abusing lawyers while they were agitating on Monday against irregular electricity supply. The collector, Mrinalini Darswal in turn had leveled serious charges against the lawyers of trying to outrage

Nrusinghanath Temple

The Vidala-Nrusimha Temple stands amidst the verdant beauty of the picturesque Gandhamardan Hills. Nrusinghanath is a popular and attractive pilgrim point. Coupled with a series of beautiful waterfalls and some sculptures, its location offers an air of serenity and visual delight, making the trip worthwhile. It is only 165 km away from Sambalpur. The present

Manhandling of Collector: Investigations begin

A team from Crime Branch arrived here on Friday to investigate the alleged manhandling of Collector Mrinalini Darswal by Sambalpur District Bar Association (SDBA) members on April 23. The eight-member team met SP Nikhil Kanodia, who was absent on the day of the incident and the Additional Superintendent of Police, Dilip Kumar Deo, who had

An eight-member of crime branch police team reached Sambalpur

Demanding a judicial probe into the incident, the joint Demanding a judicial probe into the incident, the joint coordination committee criticized the government?s decision to hand over the matter to crime branch police for investigation. On the other hand, an eight-member of crime branch police team reached Sambalpur and began investigating into the incident in which

XIMB to open university, partially bypass AICTE

In a departure from the current trend in business education, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) is opening its own university and taking away some of its courses from what it describes as a restrictive All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) accreditation process. This will allow it to impart “innovative courses”. To be