Monthly Archives: July 2013

Kadambala sarpanch was killed by naxalites

Yesterday night around 8pm, in kadambala, Goilkera, Jharkhand 60 km from Bisra, the sarpanch of kadambala( young politician ) Jayaram purti was killed by naxalites in his premises. naxalites killed him as he was telling everything about the naxalites movement to police, even he was warned before by naxalites.

Police did not protect him even police knew about this matter and did not come at midnight also.

State Govt. sancation Rs 50 crore for Jharsuguda airport

The state government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore to develop an airstrip at Jharsuguda into a full-fledged airport.

A sources said chief secretary J K Mohapatra has written to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) chairman, V P Agrawal, that the government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the Rs 175-crore project to be jointly executed by AAI and the state government.

“We hope Jharsuguda Airport will become operational in two years. Aircrafts like Airbus A-321 and Boeing 767, used by domestic carriers, can land in the airport. The airport will cater to areas like Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Angul,” said an official.

The state government has asked the Jharsuguda collector to identify 119 acre of land for the first phase expansion work although another 275.75 acre area will be required. Land acquisition is underway and a plot of 56.21 acre of private land has already been identified.

Biju Patnaik Airport director Sharad Kumar said apart from increasing the length of airport, a 5,500sqmt new terminal building and air traffic control (ATC) tower will be built at Jharsuguda, which is spread over 909.22 acre.

“Gradually parking space for about 200 cars, conveyer belts and boundary wall work will be taken up,” said the director.

The government has made a similar attempt for expansion of Jeypore airstrip. It has written to the Koraput collector to identify 910 acre for developing the airstrip there.

Nine newborn babies die in Burla Hospital

nine newborn babies die in 24 hoursNine newborn babies have died at the VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla in the last 24 hours, leading the Odisha government to order an investigation. “The nine deaths were reported in the neonatal care centre of hospital since last morning. All of them were kept in incubators as they were premature babies,” Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Laxmikant Dash said.

Denying negligence by the hospital, he said most of the premature babies were seriously ill since birth, underweight, anaemic and with respiratory problems. One of the babies weighed barely 560 gram and the deaths during a short span was only a coincidence, Dash said. “However, the matter is being looked into and I have asked the head of the paediatric department to submit a report immediately,” Dash said. The Director Medical Education and Training and Sishu Bhawan director have been asked to enquire into the matter, Health Minister Damodar Rout said. Preliminary reports indicated that most of the babies were ill since birth, but a clear picture would emerge after an enquiry, he said. There was tension in the hospital as parents and relatives of the babies held the hospital authorities responsible.

special-new-born-care-unitThe Congress held a demonstration and road blockade in Burla against the deaths, accusing the hospital authorities of negligence. Senior Congress leader Sriballabh Panigrahi accused the Health Minister of neglecting the hospital and doing little to improve its infrastructure and facilities. Senior BJP leader Jainarayan Mishra accused the BJD government of failing to improve the condition of the hospital where a large number of patients from different parts of the state and Chhattisgarh came.

GM College now Wi-Fi enabled campus

The Gangadhar Meher (GM) Autonomous College here on Sunday made Wi-Fi-enabled. While inaugurating the system, vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University Prof B C Barik said with the modern gadget, students of the institution would remain updated round-the-clock.

“GM College is the first government college in the state to have Wi-Fi facility on campus. We have already installed the system but today we formally launched it on the 70th foundation day of the institution. We are proud that our students can remain online 24X7,” said by principal of the institution.

The principal said a computer hub has also been set up in the college, so that students can visit any educational sites to get latest information. “We have also have printing facilities through outsourcing where students can get printouts with a nominal cost of Rs 3 per  page,” Mishra said. The college awarded gold medals to 45 toppers of various departments.

Tale of two brothers: One Maoist, another Sarpanch

Mana bhanjan Badaik, The Sarpanch of Meghpal gram panchayat

One brother still believes power would flow from the barrel of the gun, another has taken the ballot route. One has turned a hardcore radical swearing by Mao’s ideals, the other has vowed peace offensive and development thorough democratic process. This is a tale of two brothers who have treaded two different paths.

Meghpal gram panchayat is home to hardcore Maoist Gobardhan Badaik. One of his brothers Mana Bhanjan Badaik is the sarpanch of the GP. Meghpal is considered the ‘Naxalbari’ of Sambalpur district. It is the place where Maoists killed former Sarpanch of Tampargarh, Kader Singh in broad daylight in 2003 announcing their arrival. Since then, the place has been the hotbed of Maoist activities.

But there is a wind of change. Despite the threat of Maoists looming large, Mana Bhanjan has started a silent revolution for development of the panchayat.

Once considered a backward panchayat which helped Maoists make the area their stronghold, Mana Bhanjan has become a catalyst of change and villagers are gradually feeling it would isolate the Maoists someday.

Setting his priority right, Mana Bhanjan said all that people require are basic amenities __ drinking water, health, education, communication and electricity. Admitting that Maoists took advantage of the backwardness of the area to spread their tentacles, Mana Bhanjan, a Matriculate himself, lays thrust on education.

And his effort is slowly paying off. Today, new school buildings and anganwadi centres have come up in several villages under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP). In a bid to boost irrigation, he managed to get sanction for 40 farm ponds spread over the panchayat and work is on verge of completion. This, he hopes, will help the villagers remain engaged in cultivation all the time.

It will complemented by digging up a new ‘kata’ (tank) under National Horticulture Mission (NHM) at Khadiberna at an estimated cost of Rs 15 lakh.

The monsoon is likely to help store water in the ‘kata’ and ease water scarcity in the area. Similarly, Mana Bhanjan’s efforts have helped several hamlets get power supply. His relentless fight for legitimate rights of the people has helped him achieve success even in implementation of Forest Rights Act and Indira Awas Yojana.

Underdevelopment, he says, is key to growth of Maoists. His exposure to the Maoist problem in the area has helped him understand the nuance of Maoism and he exuded confidence that the Maoists will not be able to recruit youths from the panchayat any more.

However, he said a lot remains to be done and hoped that his effort will be supported by the district administration.