Daily Archives: April 26, 2012

ARREST 2 LAST

Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association extended Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association extended their support to Sambalpur lawyers and announced their decision to cease work as a mark of solidarity.

A bandh was observed in Sambalpur town yesterday following a call by the District Bar Association seeking dismissal of Darswal for her alleged high-handedness. The IAS Officers’ Association, on the other hand, has sought action against all those involved in abuse of Sambalpur Collector and attack on her residential office.

“The lawyers illegally confined me in the bus and even tried to take me away. They abused me in filthy language and ransacked my residential office,” Darswal had alleged. Meanwhile, a team of Crime Branch police arrived here and started its probe into the incident, two days after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a crime branch inquiry into the incident.

Let go of the fear that if you’re relaxed or happy, you’re going to fall

When you eat too much, the energy that is usually directed toward normal body functions – healing, cell division, metabolism, and all sorts of other good stuff – must go toward digestion. This makes you feel sleepy and lethargic. You lose motivation and energy.

There is an emotional equivalent. You can extend this same metaphor to your tendency to be overly serious and immobilized over little things. When you are angry, bothered, and annoyed, virtually all the mental and emotional energy that could otherwise be used for creativity, spontaneity, and mental ambition is taken away.

When you focus on things that irritate you, it interferes with the process of creation. It keeps you down, stuck, focused not on the wonder and mystery of life and its many possibilities but on what’s lacking, what’s wrong, and all that makes you mad and frustrated.

As you lighten up, relax, and unwind, you open the doors of creativity and joy that were previously hidden. So, starting today, remind yourself that it’s okay to relax – in fact, it’s more than okay, it’s downright important.

Sambalpur Collector-Lawyers scuffle: IAS body demands strong action against erring lawyers

Sambalpur Collector-Lawyers scuffle: IAS body demands strong action against erring lawyersAs Sambalpur town observed a bandh today called by the District Bar Association seeking dismissal of lady collector Mrinalini Darswal for her alleged high-handedness, IAS Officers’ Association of Odisha demanded action against the “erring” lawyers.

The lawyers on April 23 ransacked Sambalpur district collector Darswal’s official residence and allegedly abused her over a dispute relating to hike in the land registration fee.

The lawyers had also allegedly attacked the office of the deputy sub-registrar while protesting the increase in the registration fee.

Collectors represent the state in districts and must be protected at all costs, Secretary of the IAS Officers Association, Odisha, Madhu Sudan Padhi told reporters after an emergency meeting of the general body here.

A delegation of the association also met chief minister Naveen Patnaik and submitted a memorandum seeking protection of the officers in the state.

“The meeting also appreciated the exceptional courage shown by Mrinalini Darswal in protecting her subordinate officers while discharging duty, Padhi said.

“The lawyers illegally confined me in the bus and even tried to take me away. They abused me in filthy language and ransacked my residential office, Darswal told reporters.

The Chief Minister had yesterday ordered a crime branch inquiry into Monday’s incident in Sambalpur.

“The law will take its own course,” Patnaik said though no one was so far arrested in connection with the ransacking of the collector’s office and her vehicle. ?

Meanwhile, the 12-hour bandh call given by lawyers at Sambalpur got support from all political parties. “The bandh was total and spontaneous,” Sambalpur District Bar Association president P K Rath claimed.

While the annual matriculation examination was exempted from the purview of the shut-down, shops, offices, banks, petrol pumps, post office remained closed during the bandh.

Kalyan Mandap turns ghost house

It was once abuzz with activity and played host to social functions. For the middle class of the town, this Kalyan Mandap near Jail Chhak offered the best bargain for marriages.

However, administration’s apathy and lack of maintenance have rendered the place useless.

Kashinath Trust had donated land to Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) for a Kalyan Mandap which was constructed in 1991 at a cost of Rs 30 lakh. Pramila Bohidar was then at the helm of affairs of the SDA.

With two big halls, three rooms, an open space to solemnise marriage and hold social functions besides three toilets, the place was large enough to accommodate about 1,000 guests. With a daily rent of Rs 1,000, the place was a favourite among the middle class. While the rent was increased to Rs 2,704 after it was handed over to the district administration in 1995, the Kalyan Mandap is now dilapidated.

Leaking roof and fungus on the wall due to lack of maintenance and repair had people avoiding it. Even as the bookings dropped, the place was handed over to the CRPF in January this year.

While locals feel the place can serve its earlier purpose once repaired, no steps have been initiated to renovate it. With the CRPF yet to use the place, it has instead turned a safe haven for criminals, locals alleged.

The closure of the place has affected the common man with the two other kalyan mandaps in the town charging Rs 30,000 to

Rs 60,000. They also do not have sufficient parking space.? The few hotels that offer the facility too are out of their reach.

The district administration declined comment stating that the CRPF is in need of the place.

IAS officers meet CM, seek stern action against guilty

Coinciding with lawyers successfully organizing a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Sambalpur town demanding immediate removal of district collector Mrinalini Darswal, IAS officers in the state on Wednesday pressed for stern action against those involved in abusing Darswal and attacking her official residence two days ago.

Members of the IAS Officers’ Association, Odisha chapter, met chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat and handed over a memorandum seeking protection of officers in the state. This followed a general body meeting of the association on Tuesday.

“We condemn the anti-socials involved in abusing the Sambalpur collector and attacking her official residence and also the attack on the district’s sub-registrar,” the association secretary, Madhusudan Padhi, told TOI. “Collectors represent the state in the districts and need to be protected at all costs,” he added.

The association, in its memorandum to the CM, refrained from using the word “lawyers” and demanded exemplary and immediate action against the “anti-socials” involved in attacking Darswal so that officers could work with dignity. Padhi said the association has also appreciated the “exemplary courage” shown by Darswal in protecting her sub-ordinate officers.

On Monday, some lawyers ransacked the Sambalpur collector’s official residence and allegedly abused her following a heated exchange between them over hike in land registration fee. The lawyers also allegedly attacked the office of the sub-registrar.

Darswal has alleged that lawyers illegally confined her inside a bus and tried to take her away. In her FIR to police, she has said some lawyers wanted to molest her, used filthy abuses on her and named 16 lawyers, including the district bar association president and secretary.