Monthly Archives: October 2013

Heavy rain & wind killed farmers indirectly

A farmer of Bahmnipali village under Bhatli block of the district allegedly committed suicide over crop failure. According to reports, the farmer, Lekru Bhoi (58), had suffered loss in the last two crop seasons due to lack of adequate rain. This month, pests damaged his crops after heavy rain and wind. He owned eight acres

OSPCB confirms crop loss for HIL emission

Damage of crop in the peripheral villages of Hindalco Industries Limited (HIL) at Hirakud due to fluoride emission from the plant has been confirmed by Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB). Regional Officer of OSPCB Hemendra Nath Nayak told this paper that analysis of foliage and water samples collected from farmland on October 17 revealed

PCR-based police system for Sambalpur in the offing

Sambalpur town will soon have Police Control Room (PCR) based police system and PCR vans and motorcycles will patrol the town.  Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty said besides increasing the visibility of the police, it will also help contain crime. The motorcycles will be on the move and will reach the spot of criminal act or

State govt readies for civic elections in western Odisha

With the lawyers’ strike withdrawn, the state government has started preparations for holding elections in all urban bodies in western Odisha in November-December. But Sambalpur and Rourkela being tipped to become corporations are likely to be left out of the list, official sources said here. The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday intimated the government

Lawyers tread a cautious path

Going by the past experience, lawyers agitating for permanent High Court bench are treading a cautious path. A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal to set up two benches, lawyers of 33 bar associations in Sambalpur region decided to suspend the agitation. At its meeting in Boudh on