Daily Archives: August 12, 2012

Meher among stalwarts who saved Odia

The students of Odisha at the preliminary stage tend to forget their mother tongue Odia since most of the parents now prefer English medium schools. This is no doubt a challenge for the State as well as the entire Odia community. Hence, everyone must contribute to strengthen Odia language and Odisha, said Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik on the 150th birth anniversary of the famous poet Gangadhar Meher here at Sambalpur.

ISCOF and Odisha Sahitya Academy (OSA) jointly organised the function here at the Dr Radhanath Rath community hall where Patnaik was the chief guest. When the very existence of the Odia language was at the crossroads due to the conspiracy of the British Government, there came Radhanath, Fakirmohan, Madhusudan and Gangadhar. “The people of the State would never forget their efforts to preserve the language,” said Patnaik. Patnaik also compared the literary creations of Gangadhar Meher with that of Rabindranath Tagore. “What Tagore did for the Bengali literature, Gangadhar exactly did the same for Odia,” he said further.

Speaking broadly on his literary works, Patnaik further said that narrowness never touched him. He was above any constriction in his creation. He even accepted the virtues from western culture and gave up the awful qualities from it, Patnaik maintained. “Literary works apart, Gangadhar also made mention about the governance in the Panchayat level and the social customs in the society,” said Patnaik. He also reiterated the contribution of Sambalpur for enriching Odia language.

“Gangadhar’s literary creations are very practical and shows the way as to making a better world for the human being,” said another speaker Sambalpur University VC Prof Bishnu Charan Barik.

A host of dignitaries from the State were also present on the occasion who lauded the literary works of the poet and urged its translation in Hindi and English. The national general secretary of ISCOF Ghanshyam Patnaik, vice president Sriballav Panigrahi, VSSUT VC Prof Bijay Kumar Panda, Odisha Sahitya Academy president Dr Ramachandra Behera, MCL CMD AN Sahaya and former VC of Sambalpur University Prof DR Nayak, among others spoke.

On this occasion, Dr Nilamadhab Panigrahi, Poet Brajanath Rath, Prof DR Nayak, Prof Madhusudan Pati, Prof Debendra Kumar Dash, Dr Manindra Meher and photo journalist Hrudaynath Dash were felicitated. At the outset, Odisha Sahitya Academy member poet Surya Mishra welcomed the guests.

New railway station inaugurated at Bhawanipatna

New railway station of Bhawanipatna under Sambalpur division The new railway station of Bhawanipatna under Sambalpur division under East Coast Railway was inaugurated and 18438 Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneswar Link Express flagged off from here on Saturday evening dated 11- 08-2012. Lok Sabha member and former railway minister Bhakta Charan Das flagged off the train.

According to East Coast Railway, the 18437 Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express will leave Bhubaneswar at 7.35 pm and will arrive at Bhawanipatna at 9 am on the next day. In the return direction, 18438 Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneswar Link Express will leave Bhawanipatna at 6.45 pm and arrive at Bhubaneswar at 08.25 am on the following day.

Train run in Bhawanipatna railway trackThis new train will run with 18447/18448 Bhubaneswar-Jagadalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express up to Rayagada and will be bifurcated from there to Bhawanipatna. It will be amalgamated with Hirakhand Express at Rayagada during its return journey.

The Raipur-Kesinga-Raipur passenger will run till  Bhawanipatna from Sunday. The 58207 Raipur-Bhawanipatna passenger after arrival at Kesinga at 8 pm will leave at 8.05 pm for Bhawanipatna. Similarly, 58208 Bhawanipatna-Raipur passenger will leave Bhawanipatna at 2.15 am and will arrive at Kesinga at 4.25 am.

Station inaugurated, express train flagged off

The railway station at Bhawanipatna in Sambalpur division of East Coast Railways was inaugurated and 18438 Bhawanipatna-Rayagada- Bhubaneswar Link Express train was flagged off from here today.

The daily express train, flagged off by Lok Sabha member and former minister of state for Railways Bhakta Charan Das, will link Raygada, Vijayanagaram and Berhampur to reach Bhubaneswar.

He requested railway officials to take steps for early completion of Lanjigarh-Junagarh rail line from Bhawanipatna to Junagarh. Implementation of rail wagon factory project would also give Kalahandi a special place in rail map, Das said.

Wild life adventures in Mahanadi

As part of promotion of adventure sports, tourism and developing self confidence among the rustic youth, especially girls, as many as 24 trainees, including nine girls, have embarked on an expedition under the guidance of the National Adventure Foundation director in the Mahanadi.

The voyage was kicked off on August 2 at Sambalpur, which will be completed after the rafting team members reach Paradip on Friday. On Thursday, the team reached at Kalapada in Kendrapada.

According foundation director Rabindra Kumar Bhuiyan, some tribal girls are in his team in the rafting expedition. It would also pave the way for the tribal youth to promote wildlife and nature trail, added Bhuiyan.

The participants are from Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Boudh, Cuttack, Kendrapada and Khurda districts. Except three, the rest participants in the team do not have any past experience in the rafting expedition. Nor had they gone in a voyage.  The team will cover a distance of 296 km within eight days, Bhuiyan informed. “We chose the Mahanadi river for the rafting expedition as it is the longest river in the State and covers 296 km between Samabalpur and Paradip touching hundreds of riverside villages,” said Rojalin Patnaik, a participant.

Another participant, Laxmi Bhengra, sharing her last seven days rafting experience, stated that she along with her co-rafters covered white water, greenery, wildlife sanctuary and remote areas during the voyage. Though during the starting of   voyage she was very nervous, but gradually she gained confidence, she said.

“During the expedition, we faced a difficult phase from Boudh to Tikarpada in view of the white water current and crocodile threat. There was life risk in that stretch. But with confidence, we managed to pass the hurdles and are all set to hit the destination at Paradip,” said Samir Patel, a rafter.

The rafters received generous welcome from hundreds of riverside villages during their voyage. At some places, they had brief stopovers to interact with the curious villagers. At Kalapada, they received much encouragement from the villagers who garlanded them, applied vermilion and sandalwood paste on their foreheads and gave them sweets. Kendrapada SP Sarthak Sarangi too came to the river bank and encouraged the rafting team.

R. P. Sasmal assumes charge of Director (Operations), POWERGRID

R. P. Sasmal, has assumed the charge of Director (Operations) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) on 1st August, 2012. Prior to this, he was Executive Director (Operation Services) in the company and he is a graduate Engineer from Sambalpur University, Odisha, Shri Sasmal has more than 30 years of experience in power sector.

Shri Sasmal has handled multi disciplinary functions such as planning, monitoring and implementation of HVDC projects, EHV transmission systems and Load Despatch and Communication Systems.  He was instrumental in introducing the ± 800 kV multi terminal DC transmission system, under implementation in the country, which is first of its kind in the world. Under his guidance, the first unmanned operation of 400 kV sub-station at Bhiwadi was implemented as a pilot project.

He is a recipient of “Distinguished Member of CIGRE, 2012” and has published various technical papers on transmission systems especially on HVDC in various national and international professional forums/societies like IEEE and CIGRE. He is currently the national representative for India at CIGRE for HVDC and Power Electronics.  Before joining POWERGRID in 1993, he had worked in NTPC Ltd. for around 13 years.