Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Assam Government to acquire Bezbaroa’s Odisha house

The Assam Government is going to acquire the Sambalpur (Odisha) residence of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the doyen of Assamese literature, for converting it into a memorial. Presiding over a meeting held in this connection at Raj Bhawan yesterday, Governor JB Patnaik underscored the need to convert the Sambalpur residence of Bezbaroa into a memorial, and directed

Lighter of pyres

Personal tragedies forced her to go against age-old customs and take up the cudgels at a local crematorium. Meet Shanti Behera from Odisha’s Sambalpur There is nothing extraordinary about the way she looks. Yet Shanti Behera, 52, a resident of Sambalpur, is unique. For the last decade she has been running the local crematorium. According

Maoists torch cellphone towers

Maoists blew up two mobile towers of a private telecom operator in the Gandhamardhan mountain range on Monday night. The tower were in Bargarh’s Purena village and Balangir’s Rengali village. Police could reach the spot only on Tuesday due to security concerns. SDPO (Padmapur) Parul Gupta said “Last night incident is a desperate attempt by

Lower Suktel Dam: Villagers, Maoists take contrast stand

Hundreds of villagers supporting the Lower Suktel irrigation project on Tuesday blocked Balangir-Patnagarh road at Dhulusar Chhack for more than one hour. Sudam Dharua of Telenpali village, who led the agitators, said local tribals are supporting construction of the lower Suktel irrigation dam, but some ‘outsiders with vested interest’ have been creating disturbances. They presented

Sambalpur University conduct online admission

Sambalpur University (SU) has decided to conduct online admission for post graduate courses for 2013-14. SU Post Graduate Council chairman Shukadeb Naik said after admission dates are announced, students can log onto the varsity website. They can download the prospectus and submit the application online and upload their photo at the designated place. If a

woman paid supari to kill a woman in sambalpur

Police have arrested three persons including a woman in connection with murder of an unmarried woman and forwarded them to court on Friday. The victim was identified as Gulapi Bhue (35) of Talab village under Sasan police limits. Reports said Gulapi had gone to the village tank on April 12 evening. On her way back,

Farmers’ body slams govt policy

Sambalpur Zilla Krushaka Surakhya Sangathan (SZKSS) has come down heavily on the state government’s paddy procurement policy and said it would lead to more farmer suicides in the state. The sangathan reacted sharply to the statement of food supplies minister P K Deb, who reportedly said the government was not being able to procure paddy

Cops record statements in BJP MLA assault case

A day after registered a case against Sambalpur MLA Jayanrayan Mishra over the assault case, statements of DSP Josabanta Senapati and other cops were recorded by Dhanupali police. Efforts are underway to collect video footage to ascertain the cause resulting in the ugly spat.  Sources said though police had initially decided to underplay the entire

Thunder squall snaps power in west Odisha

Major parts of western Odisha were plunged into darkness after a huge thunder squall snapped power lines on Saturday night. The massive blackout continued on Sunday even as repair and restoration works were on. Sundargarh, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Deogarh and Jharsuguda districts were the worst affected by the storm that swept across the western

Sambalpur’s ring road still remains a pipedream

It has been over one and half decade that the Ring Road in Sambalpur has been lying incomplete. In the wake of frequent floods, when idea of the Ring Road along river Mahanadi flowing by Sambalpur town was conceived by the then Irrigation Minister Basanta Biswal, it was welcomed by all. Besides protecting the town