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Assamese Poet Lakshminath Bezbaroa

Documentary Film on Assamese Poet Bezbaruah

Programme Production Centre (North East), DoorDarshan, Guwahati is filming a documentary here on renowned Assamese poet Laxminath Bezbaruah who spent substantial part of his life in Sambalpur. The documentary is being filmed as part of 150th birth anniversary of the eminent poet to be observed this year.

Informing this, Debendra Nath Tamuli, who is filing the documentary, said Bezbaruah had spent his creative days in Sambalpur which is mentioned in his autobiography. Tamuli  visited the house where Bezbaruah had stayed besides other places of his activities.

He said local culture enthusiast Deepak Panda is acting as local guide who had collected some information for the documentary which will be telecast both in DD Assam and DD National.

Although it was believed that Bezbaruah was in Sambalpur to supervise family business of railway wooden sleepers then supplied to Bengal-Nagpur Railway (BNR) in the first two decades of 20th century, Panda revealed that the poet worked for timber company ‘BIRD’ and spent 20 years of his life from 1917 to 1937.

Earlier, Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Pattnaik had visited ‘Bezbaruah Kuthi’ at Nelson Mandela Chowk where the great poet had stayed. Now it houses the office of Revenue Inspector. Both Odisha and Assam Governments have been planning to convert the house into a heritage place after a delegation of academicians and scholars visited it to pay their tributes to Bezbaruah.

Former Higher Education, Tourism and Culture Minister Debi Prasad Mishra also visited the house and proposed to develop it as a Writers Museum with funds from WODC.

Bezbaruah had given a new impetus to Assamese literature and enriched it through his essays, plays, fiction and poetry. His patriotic poem “O mora aponar desh O mor chikunir desh” has become the anthem of Assam. He was popularly known as Roxoraj or ‘The King of Humour’ for his popular satirical writings.

Bezbaruah also wrote short stories, a novel, dramas, satires, biographies, children literature and compiled folk tales of Assam.

During his stay here, he was inspired by the beauty of river Mahanadi, the countryside and the lifestyle of the people which find mention in his work with a rare sensibility.

About the Legend

  •  Laxminath Bezbaruah  had given a new impetus to Assamese literature and enriched it through his essays, plays, fiction and poetry. His patriotic poem “O mora aponar desh O mor chikunir desh” has become the anthem of Assam
  •  He was popularly known as Roxoraj or ‘The King of Humour’ for his popular satirical writings
  • He spent a substantial part of his life in Sambalpur district

Sambalpur University entrance on

The entrance examination for admission to postgraduate courses of Sambalpur University, which begun on June 23, will conclude on July 1.

“The entrance examination for self-financing courses will continue till July 5,” said chairman of the PG council of Sambalpur University, Prasanna Kumar Tripathy.

“The admission process will begin after July 5. The result of the entrance examination will be published within a week after July 5. The university will send intimation to those students, who qualify in the entrance examination,” said an official of the office of university’s PG council.

This year, the university has received more application forms as compared to previous years. The university has received 3,545 application forms for admission to its 22 departments. A total of 3,291 application forms have been received for regular postgraduate courses and 254 application forms have been received for self-financed courses. Last year, the university had received 3,026 applications for the 22 departments.

“The increase in the number reflects that students are interested to pursue general courses. The scope in the general courses has increased now. The teaching standard of Sambalpur University has considerably improved,” said a teacher of the university’s political science department, Rajat Kujur.

“I have come here with my brother to take the entrance examination. The atmosphere of the university is very peaceful. I hope to be selected,” said Ipsita Mishra, who had come here to appear the entrance examination from Bargarh district.

Sambalpur Farmers Paid More than MSP for Paddy

Even as farmers across the State are struggling to get minimum support price (MSP) for their paddy, their Sambalpur counterparts this time got more than the MSP.

Rabi paddy procurement in the district was recently concluded and farmers received Rs 10 to Rs 45 more than the MSP of Rs 1310 per quintal of paddy.

Against a target of 87,015 tonnes of paddy set by the district-level paddy procurement committee, 77,990 tonnes were procured in the season.

The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department had opened 19 procurement centres and for the first time. The smooth passage of the procurement process is being attributed to the Sambalpur Zilla Krushak Surakhya Sangathan (SZKSS) who stepped up vigil and ensured that farmers were not harassed.

Farmers’ leader Ashok Pradhan said normally, rice millers entered into conspiracy and undervalued the cost of paddy on various pleas and pretext. “But this year there was no such reports and alertness of SZKSS ensured that no paddy from outside the district enter the local market yards,” he said.

Secretary of District Regulated Market Committee, Sanjay Tripathy, said auction of paddy to the rice millers fetched the farmers the profit.

Recket of forgery matriculation certificates came to fore, three arrested

Recket of forgery matriculation certificates came to fore, three arrestedBargarh town police arrested Sarat kumar Ratha, on charges of printing and supplying forged matriculation certificates. He runs an open school.

Police have also seized a scanner, computers and various documents from his possession besides detaining two other youths. They have been identified as Tilak Rout of Bargarh town and Umesh Kumar Sahu of Bhinjetora village in Bhatli block.

The youths has been arrested for trying to get admission in Panchayat Junior College here by using forged certificates procured from Ratha.

Sources said the incident came to fore after the principal in-charge of the college Pandaba Behera lodged an FIR over submission of fake certificates by nine applicants for admission into Plus Two. Acting on the complaint, police began investigation and found that Ratha had provided the forged certificates to the applicants after charging Rs.12,000 for each certificate.

A case has been registered. Efforts are on to nab the other seven applicants.

NCDS team in Sambalpur to study leakage in Hirakud dam

A four-member team of the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) arrived here to study the leakage in the powerhouse gallery of Hirakud dam in Odisha.

Hirakud DamAccording to sources, the team comprising Er AD Mohile, chairman, NCDS, member Suresh Chandra, PK Mohanty, chief engineer, Odisha Dam Safety, and deputy director Er AK Das, will visit the dam site at Burla today to study the leakage point.

The team would then recommend the state government to take necessary steps in accordance with its report.

Prior to the visit of the NCDS team, a five-member team of the Odisha Dam Safety had visited the dam on June 4 to study the leakage in the unit 6 and 7 of the powerhouse gallery that were built in 1956 and 1989-90 respectively.

The team, later in its report to the state government had claimed that the leakage will pose no threat to the main dam.

It may be recalled the leakage was detected during the annual supervision in March this year.

Later, the dam authorities informed the matter to the state government to take adequate steps.