Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

One More Boat Capsizes, all 12 Rescued

Close on the heels of the boat tragedy at Hirakud that claimed 31 lives, another tragedy was averted when a country boat ferrying people from Sambalpur to Mundo Ghat across river Mahanadi capsized after being caught in a strong gale on Tuesday. However all the passengers had a narrow escape and were rescued.

Ironically, the incident exposed the failure of the district administration to learn from past mistakes and the boat had been ferrying people illegally despite the State Government putting a blanket ban on boat services.

Reports said there were 12 persons, including five women in the country boat when the boat capsized in river Mahanadi on the downstream of Hirakud dam on Tuesday. The people had boarded the boat at Badbazar Ghat in Sambalpur town and were supposed to get down at Mundo Ghat across the river.

Boatman Upendra Singh said they were very close from the bank of Mundo Ghat when the gale led the boat hit a rock overturning it. While some of the passengers swam to the rocky island in the river to safety, the boatman also rescued at least five persons to safety. Sambalpur Additional District Magistrate, Jyoti Kumar Lakra, who had also rushed to the spot said all the passengers on board were rescued.

Badbazar Ghat, where the people boarded the boat comes under the jurisdiction of Sambalpur Municipality though Executive Officer of the Sambalpur Municipality, Aniruddha Padhan said the boat was ferrying people illegally.

Global grinding start-ups

Christian Pfeiffer mill at JizanICR seeks out the locations of the new finish-grinding plants and proposed new grinding station projects around the world. Large projects coming on-stream this year include Saudi Cement’s new Jizan plant, Sephaku Cement’s 1.4Mta Delmas grinding unit in South Africa and UltraTech’s 1.6Mta expansion at Jharsuguda, India.

The need to build grinding plants does not seem to be slowing as producers see this as an opportune way to enter new markets on a permanent footing, especially after importing into the region. It is the next step and a natural progression to distributing larger amounts of cement at a more competitive price.

While grinding plants can be quicker to set up than integrated facilities they still require environmental assessments and licences, and usually take 18 months or more to be established from the moment construction begins. However, capital expenditure for such a unit is far lower than for an integrated plant.

Trains diverted on Kharagpur-Bhadrak section of SER

On account of traffic cum power block due to re-girdering of a rail bridge on Kharagpur-Bhadrak Section of South Eastern Railway (SER) from March 8 to 10 the following train services are diverted.

In a release here today, South Central Railway said Train 22612 New Jalpaiguri-Chennai Central Weekly Express, departing New Jalpaiguri on March 7, will be diverted to run via., Ahmedabad, Chandil, Sini, Nagpur and Balharsha and will stop at Chandil, Chakradharpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda.

Train 15630 Guwahati- Chennai Egmore Weekly Express, departing Guwahati on March 7 will be diverted to run via., Asansol, Joychandi Pahar, Garhdhrubeswar, Tatanagar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Vizianagaram and will stop at Chandil, Chakradharpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda.

Train 15902 Dibrugarh-Bangalore Express, departing Dibrugarh on 7th March, 2014 will be diverted to run via., Kharagpur, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Vizinagaram and will stop at Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda.

Train 12509 Bangalore-Guwathi Tri-weekly Express, departing Bangalore on 6th and 7th March, 2014 will be diverted to run via., Balharshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda and Kharagpur and will stop at Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur and Tatanagar.

Train 15643 Puri-Kamakhya Weekly Express, departing Puri 8th March, 2014, will be diverted to run via., Cuttack, Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Kharagpur and will stop at Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradarpur and Tatanagar.


Two rape cases shock Sambalpur

Two rape cases have rocked the district even as police managed to nab the accused.

While one case was reported from Dhuturapara here, another occurred under Thelkolai police limits. Police registered cases after receiving complaints against the accused. Both accused and survivors were medically examined.

While Deepak Hara, 35, is the accused in Dhuturapara case, Prasanta Kishan, 22, was held for Thelkolai incident.

Police sources said the survivor in the Dhuturapara incident is a married woman. On Sunday night, the accused allegedly raped her finding her alone. “Deepak overpowered and raped her by gagging,” IIC of Mahila police station Bandana Routray said. In the other incident, a 20-year-old unmarried girl alleged that she went with the accused to different places last week after he promised to marry her. But he left her alone on Sunday after raping her repeatedly, the survivor charged.