Monthly Archives: May 2012

Rail tracks melt in heat

Rail service was completely disrupted on the Sambalpur-Angul route for more than four hours on Wednesday after the tracks reportedly melted near Jujomora railway station in extreme heat. Train service was resumed at 2.30 pm only after replacement of the tracks. Several trains running on the route were delayed by several hours causing severe difficulties

Rain relief for sweltering city

With rising mercury wrecking havoc in most parts of Odisha, a sudden spell of rain accompanied by gusty wind brought mild respite to residents of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on Monday. People were caught unaware when the gusty wind swept many areas around 5pm. Traffic was badly hit in Bapuji Nagar area after an electric pole

Meteorology projects in schools a non-starter

Meteorological instrument worth lakhs of rupees are lying defunct in different schools across the state, thanks to the indifference and apathy of the state government. In a bid to collect real time data of different regions, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has installed various observatories in 530 schools in all the districts of

Heat fails to dampen Sital Sashti revelry

The scorching heat failed to deter the enthusiasm of more than one lakh people, who thronged to seep in the festive joy during the climax of Sital Sasthi Yatra, here on Sunday. This western Odisha town recorded 46.3 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 30.1 degree Celsius, higher than Saturday’s 27 degree Celsius. The

Sital Sasthi: Gods back in their abodes

After a week-long festivity, curtains came down on the Sital Sasthi in Sambalpur. As the Lords entered their respective temples on Sunday, revellers retired to their homes after having hectic time. Earlier in the morning, intense heat and humidity failed to dampen the spirits of people who kept thronging various Shiva temples to get a

Cong to woo tribals for regaining lost ground

The State Congress, realising that its traditional tribal vote bank is fast slipping out of its hands, is now trying to raise the issue of ‘rising atrocities’ on tribals in the State. The issue will be discussed at the zonal meetings of the party on June 5, 6, 7 to 8 in Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Sambalpur

Vulgar dance organizers face police music

Police arrested two persons on Sunday for allegedly promoting raunchy dances during the Sital Sasthi festival at Barpali in Bargarh district. Police said the accused, Ashok Sahu and Tatan Talukdar, had organized a vulgar dance show in a play ground and charging money from people eager to see it. “We have taken immediate step to

Odisha slaps Rs 1306 cr fine on MCL for illegal coal mining

The state government has asked the Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL), to pay a fine of Rs 1,306 crore for mining coal without environment clearance in the Ib valley area. It said, MCL had resorted to illegal extraction of coal in the absence of statutory clearances and therefore, is

State Government cautions people on heat wave

The Odisha government cautioned public to avoid venturing out of their houses between 11 am to 3 pm due to intense heat wave as the death toll in sunstroke mounted to 19, official sources said. Heat wave condition may prevail in some parts of interior Odisha during the next 24 hours, a Met office release

Meteorological observatories lying idle in 530 schools

Calamity-prone Odisha has missed out on a golden opportunity to tackle natural disasters by not generating real-time data in 500-plus schools where meteorological observatories are virtually lying idle. Even though natural disasters have been taking a heavy toll on lives and property every year, the State Government is showing no interest to put the observatories