Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Impact partial in Koraput, Phulbani

Impact of the country-wide bandh, called by Srikakulam-Koraput division of CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday, could be felt only in interior pockets where shops and business establishments were closed. In urban centres, life remained unaffected.

Security was tightened in Red-hit zones of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Nabarangpur and Ganjam districts to prevent any untoward incident.

While opposing the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the Maoists are demanding halt to Operation Green Hunt and combing operation and closure of CRPF camps.

While private bus services from Jeypore to Malkangiri and on Boipariguda-Lamtaput-Rayagada route have been cancelled, the State-owned Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) plied its buses from Jeypore to Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Berhampur via Rayagada through Andhra Pradesh route.

In Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks, buses to Andhra Pradesh were cancelled.

Train services from Koraput to Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Howrah were normal. Shops and business establishments also remained open.

An alert was sounded and a thick security blanket thrown to prevent any trouble.

“We are prepared to meet any eventuality. Patrolling has been stepped up,” SP Awinash Kumar said.

PHULBANI: The bandh evoked mixed response in Kandhamal district.

Vehicles remained off the road in vulnerable blocks of Daringibadi, Kotagarh,

Tumudibandha and buses plying from Rayagada to Phulbani and Jeypore to Phulbani were cancelled. Shops in some blocks downed their shutters.

Vehicles were being checked in Kandhamal district in view of the bandh. Security forces were also deployed in the vulnerable areas in the district, Kandhamal SP J N Pankaj said. Combing operation was intensified in border areas of Ganjam-Gajapati-Kandhamal district by security forces.

Heatwave sweeps state, so does power crisis

The season’s first spell of heatwave has been ruthless aided and abetted by erratic power supply and an administration in slow-motion. The  mercury level soared with day temperature on Wednesday crossing the 40-degree Celsius mark in at least 15 districts. Titlagarh recorded 45.

The State Government woke up late to the power crisis and convened a meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, to take stock of the preparedness. The weather office, meanwhile, issued a heatwave warning for the next 48 hours across most parts of the State.

Western, central and northern Odisha districts reeled under the heatwave as mercury soared past 43 degree C in most places. Titlagarh recorded 45 degree C, Sambalpur sizzled at 44.5 and Sonepur at 44. Balangir, Kalahandi and Jharsuguda in the west, interior districts such as Angul, Dhenkanal and northern districts like Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar recorded 42 degree C on the day. Phulbani, considered Odisha’s Kashmir, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.6 degree.

Coastal Odisha was not spared of the misery either. Bhubaneswar registered 42.6 degree while Cuttack recorded six degrees above normal.

“There is conspicuous absence of easterly wind for the last couple of days whereas the north western wind has been consistent in raising the surface temperature. The see breeze, which cools down the City (capital), was weak, blowing at a speed of 1 knot to 2 knots,” Director, India Meteorological Department, Odisha, Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

Although a trough line existed over coastal Odisha, it was lying closer to the surface and unable to gather enough moisture from the atmosphere to trigger thunder squalls. Unbearable conditions apart, the shoddy power supply in the City has made life intolerable for the denizens. Low voltage and frequent breakdowns have been reported in most parts of the Capital for more than a fortnight. Even on Wednesday, people complained of frequent load shedding and power surge during most parts of the day and the evening hours.

At the meeting, the Chief Minister directed the Energy department to ensure transformers are repaired immediately. The Health and Family Welfare department was asked to stock ORS in hospitals and take preventive measures to check sunstroke.

Goods train derails, train movement hit in Odisha’s Koraput district

A goods train derailed in Odisha’s Koraput district early today, disrupting train services on the route.

Five rice-laden wagons of the train, proceeding from Hirakud to Jeypore, jumped off the tracks at Chatriput, about 25 km from here in the wee hours, railway officials said.

While the Bhubaneswar-Sambalpur Hirakhand Express and Kirandul-Visakhapatnam Passenger were cancelled for the day, some other trains were diverted in the wake of the derailment, they said.

Rebels back in action in Sambalpur

After remaining in hibernation for little over three months following the arrest of Girish Bhokta, a key Maoist operative in Sambalpur district, the rebels have reportedly resurfaced.

Reports received indicate that the Maoists had been noticed in Larasara village under Dhama police limits late on Monday night. About 10 uniformed and armed cadres were speaking both in Odia and Hindi during their interaction with the villagers. They reportedly inquired about their well-being and problems bothering them.

It is learnt that the Maoists in the district have regrouped and have divided themselves into two groups. While one is being led by old hand Kunu Dehuri of Tamersingha village in Jujumura block, the other is being headed by Jharkhand-based Maoist Hemant Bhokta, who has been sent from Saranda to replace Girish in restoring the lost base.

The Maoists were lying low till an exchange of fire with the police at Gaigot-Kuleijharan hills near Gusriabahal village under Kisinda police limits on October 8 last year. After the Maoists retreated the security personnel busted a camp and recovered empty cartridge of INSAS and SLR besides IED.

Later, the Maoists struck at the facility of ARSS Infrastructure along NH-55 at Mundher under Jujumura block, about 15 km from here. Subsequent combing operation led to exchange of fire with the fleeing Maoists at Jadu Loisingha under Jujumura police limits on October 26, located barely a couple of kilometers from the ARSS facility.

Since then the Maoists have been lying low and the fresh movement has made their intentions clear. Though it was believed that the security forces would be able to flush out the Maoists after the arrest of Girish, the arrival of Hemanta from Jharkhand reveals that the Maoists are not prepared to retreat.

Sambalpur politics hots up as municipal chairperson Reena Trivedi looses no-trust motion

Reena Trivedi, the chairperson of Sambalpur municipalityReena Trivedi, the chairperson of Sambalpur municipality has lost the no-confidence motion today.

As per the direction of the High Court, the vote counting was held today. 19 of the 23 councillors have voted for the no-confidence motion. One vote has been rejected and three councillors voted against the no-confidence motion.

Chairperson Reena Trivedi has lost in the no confidence motion,” said additional district magistrate, Madhab Chandra Bariha.

“The vice chairperson of the municipality will remain in charge until a new chairperson of the municipality is elected,” said Bariha.

Twelve councillors of Congress, 7 dissident councillors of the BJP, 3 councillors of the BJP and one Independent councillor took part in the voting process.

Of the 29-member Samabalpur Municipality, as many as Nineteen councilors had moved the no confidence motion against the chairperson of Sambalpur municipality, Reena Trivedi.

Following the motion, the administration had fixed May 7 as the day for voting.The chairperson Reena Trivedi had moved the Orissa high court against the voting.

The high court had also imposed restriction on the counting of votes. The voting was held on May 7 and the ballot were kept in the sealed vote box.

Twenty three councillors had voted on that day. But though the chairperson was present during the voting, she chose not to vote. On May 11, the High Court rejected the petition of the chairperson and directed for vote counting.