Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sambalpur to get a planetarium soon

After state capital of Bhubaneswar, second planetarium of Odisha is all set to come up at a cost of Rs 12 crore in Sambalpur shortly. Five acres of land had been selected for the construction of the planetarium near Jyoti Vihar and Hirakud dam at Burla town, about 15 km from here, official sources here

Villagers tap self-help spirit for water supply to homes

People of Sambalpur’s Kusamura village have ensured that their homes have round-the-clock water supply. One to two members from each family rendered “shramdan” for over a month. They all dug up a trench for laying of water pipes from a spring, 4 km from the village. Their effort has not only ensured them water for

State identifies 10 focused districts for NRLM projects

In an attempt to reduce poverty in rural areas through the National Rural Livelihood Mission project, the State Government has identified ten districts as focused districts. According to Usha Padhee, Director of NRLM, Deogarh Rayagada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj have been identified as focused districts for NRLM  activities. Stating that

8 lakh Kendu leaf workers come under insurance cover

The State Government has decided to bring all Kendu leaf pluckers and binders under an insurance scheme in a bid to provide them social security. Around eight lakh workers would be benefited under the scheme. An MoU was signed here on Friday between the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and the Principal Chief Conservator

Teacher’s molestation triggers Burla bandh

Markets remained closed in Burla on Thursday as people of the town observed a bandh seeking immediate arrest of a man accused of molesting a teacher. Source said the victim, a 26-year-old unmarried woman from the town, is a teacher at a local English medium school. She was molested and forced to pose nude in

Odisha tops list of tobacco chewers: Survey

Odisha has the highest percentage of tobacco chewers among nine surveyed states, according to the latest annual health survey (AHS). Odisha with 38 per cent tobacco chewers in the above-15 age group is ahead of Assam (36.6%), Chhattisgarh (32.5%), Jharkhand (24.1%), Bihar (22.5%), Uttar Pradesh (21%), Madhya Pradesh (18.9%), Uttarakhand (8.8%) and Rajasthan (6.9%), the

Erratic monsoon clouds hydro power generation

Hydro power generation in the state may decline over the next couple of weeks due to erratic and deficient monsoon. This is in contrast to the sharp jump in hydro electricity generation witnessed during the past few weeks. “Even as the generation has gone up, the reservoir build up (water level) has not been upto

Bargarh cops crack fake lottery racket

SAMBALPUR: Bargarh police made a breakthrough in fake lottery case by arresting four Nigerians and one Ugandan in New Delhi recently. The accused, N Anthony, Max well, Okonkwo Nambichery, John Abboid Bayjoi (all Nigerians) and Kisakai Fanta Bela (the Ugandan) have been brought to Bargarh. They had swindled more than Rs 5 lakh from a

Bid to shift swimming facility to Bhubaneswar protested

The residents of Sambalpur have vehemently protested against the shifting of an old swimming hostel from Sambalpur to Bhubaneswar. Intellectuals, sports lovers and representatives of different organisations on Thursday organised a meting under the banner of Santarana Chhatrabas SthanantaranaPratirodh Manch to protest the recent decision of the government. The residents here have decided in a

Government to cancel licenses of three doctors

The government would cancel the licenses of three Jharsuguda doctors, who were convicted in Januray 2012 for violating the pre-natal sex-determination law. During a raid in 2009, the three medics, S D Sharma of Sairam Hospital, Beherapat, Ramaniranjan Tripathy of Central Hospital, Mandalia, and Purnachandra Pradhan of People’s Charitable Hospital and Research Centre, Belpahar, were

Odisha to set up 20 Highway motels

The state government has undertaken a project to set up motels along National Highways, State Highways and other roads connecting major tourist destinations. The decision to this effect has been taken up by chief minister Naveen Patnaik. Considering the problems faced by the travellers along the highways, the project has been taken up as per

Sambalpur varisty ties up with US University

The Sambalpur University (SU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with College of Charleston, US for academic activities. The memorandum of understanding includes exchange of teachers and students, joint research, cultural exchange and conferring of joint degrees, among other. In a specially organised function for the purpose in the Department of Anthropology, Vice-Chancellor of

Anthropology Students Travel to India for Field Research

Is childhood really that different in another culture? College of Charleston students and professor Christine Finnan will spend the month of July in India to explore this topic as part of an upper-level anthropology course. As both a teacher education and anthropology professor, Finnan brings students a unique perspective in this course.The group will travel

Red Ribbon Express chugs into Mancheswar railway station

The Red Ribbon Express exhibition train, which is on a whirlwind tour of the country to spread HIV/AIDS awareness, attracted a huge crowd at Mancheswar railway station of the city on Tuesday. Attending a function organized to mark the arrival of the train at the state capital, health minister Prasanna Acharya said concerted efforts are