Monthly Archives: July 2012

Five pilgrims die, six injured in road accident

Five people were killed and six injured, two of them critically, when the vehicle in which they were travelling in collided with a truck on NH-6 near Godabhanga under Atabira Police station in Sambalpur district today. Police said all the injured were admitted to the VSS Medical College and hospital, Burla. Police identified the deceased

Indian Forest Officer released on bail

Senior Indian Forest Service officer Surendra Prasad Mohapatra, arrested by Pennsylvania police and charged with indecent assault after a woman hotel worker complained against him, has been released on bail. Mohapatra will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on August 1 in a Pennsylvania court. Sources told PTI that Mohapatra was released on bail

Grid collapse affects Odisha

The collapse of the eastern grid disrupted normal life in Odisha, which witnessed power failure in most parts today. Grid Corporation of Odisha(GRIDCO) director (commercial), PK Pradhan said distribution of electricity was disrupted in the entire state except some parts of the western region. “We are not aware of the reasons behind the grid collapse.

Activists campaign for organic farming

In their bid to minimize the use of pesticide in farming, social activists in the region have begun a campaign – ‘India for save food’ – urging the farmers to change to ‘non-pesticide management farming’ – a model that has worked successfully for the farmers of Andhra Pradesh. In a workshop organized here on Sunday,

Padmashree Dr. Chaturbhuj Meher conferred Doctorate by Sambalpur University

Padmashree Dr. Chaturbhuj Meher, famous for giving an unique identity to Odissi style, Ikat and Baandha styles of weaving in global arena, has today been conferred with honorary Doctorate in the field of literature from Sambalpur University, Odisha for his contribution in literature. The honorary doctorate was presented by Honourable Governor of Odisha Shri Murlidhar

Centre slashes Railways budget allocations for Odisha

The Odisha government on Saturday lodged a protest with the Centre over reduction in the budgetary allocation for the state in the 2012-13 railway budget and demanded its restoration. “I strongly protest against the step-motherly attitude of the Railways towards Odisha. I further request you to take immediate steps to restore the budgetary allocation made

XIMB to set New Campus at Sambalpur

In a major initiative to impart In its effort to impart eminence and well equipped business professionals in western Odisha Government of Odisha has approved a substantial amount to set up a new XIM campus in Sambalpur. A total of ten crore rupees has been approved for creating a new XIM campus for the whole

Nineteen inspectors shunted in state

As many as 19 inspectors of different police stations in Odisha were transferred on Thursday. The transferred officers included seven inspectors of the twin city (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) police commissionerate. The cops transferred from Bhubaneswar are Tapan Mohanty (Khandagiri police station), Priyaranjan Satapathy (Mancheswar police station), Satyajit Mishra (Kharavela Nagar police station) and Bijay Kumar Sethi (Balipatna

Vedanta Aluminium Commemorates Kargil Vijaya Diwas By Record Blood Donation

Vedanta employees at Jharsuguda paid a quite but strong tribute to the fallen heroes of Kargil on the occasion of Kargil Vijaya Diwas. A Record number 272 units of Blood Collected voluntarily by the employees of VAL and Donated to the Red Cross Society of Jharsuguda and Sambalpur. On this occasion Inaugurating the event today

Odisha CM demands to set up new passport seva kendras in Sambalpur and Berhampur

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urges Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to set up new Passport Seva Kendras in Sambalpur and Berhampur. Patnaik said this in a letter to Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. Patnaik said that, “With the expansion of opportunities for mobility across borders for education, tourism and business, there is

Rajesh Khanna fan performs shraddh

Indian Railways employee Sebaram Bagh has neither met Rajesh Khanna ever in his life, nor is he related to him in any way. But his love and affection for Bollywood’s first superstar prompted him to organize a shraddh ceremony at his house in Sambalpur on Thursday. Bagh performed all the rituals that are followed in

Odisha IFS officer held in US for allegedly assaulting hotel maid

A senior Indian Forest Service officer from Odisha, Surendra Prasad Mohapatra, has been arrested in the US for alleged wrongful confinement of a female employee of the hotel where he was staying, according to reports reaching the state on Thursday. Mohapatra, the regional chief conservator of forests, Sambalpur, was on a mid-career training programme to

Water discharged from Hirakud

Customary discharge of water from Hirakud dam was undertaken on Tuesday by opening one of the reservoir’s gates. The dam authority said it is obligatory to discharge water from the reservoir between July and September to ensure space for heavy inflow of rain water from the catchment areas. But since there was less water in

Wounded tusker spotted in Odisha forest

A wounded tusker was spotted today in Alighati hills of Dhama forest range in Sambalpur district and efforts were on to provide it with medical treatment. Villagers who had gone to the jungle first saw the elephant, forest officials said. Acting on this information, forest officials traced the tusker, aged around 40 years, inside the