Monthly Archives: March 2020

Grocery at your DoorSteps from March 26, Sambalpur

Get Grocery at your DoorSteps from today March 26th, as the administration has shortlisted 79 grocery stores across nine wards of the Sambalpur city and people can contact any of the store nearest to their ward.

With people of Sambalpur resorting to panic buying leading to overcrowding at markets, the district administration has decided to provide grocery at their doorsteps from Thursday.The move comes following a meeting on Wednesday to take stock of coronavirus prevention measures where issues like overcrowding at shops and panic buying were raised.

The administration has shortlisted 79 grocery stores across nine wards of the Sambalpur city and people can contact any of the store nearest to their ward. “The shopkeeper after collecting multiple orders from one locality, will send the stocks to the area through autorickshaws. We have identified volunteers who will collect the ordered items and deliver them at people’s houses. All precautions will be taken to ensure that the grocery packets are sanitised and there is no multiple handling of the packets”, said an official of the administration.

Meanwhile, panic buying was witnessed at several places in the city right after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for nationwide lockdown on Monday evening.

A local, Karuna Sahu went ahead to purchase a large stock of onions, potatoes and rice after coming to know that wholesale shops are running out of stock. “I bought potatoes for `25 a kg a day before but today, the price went up to `35 per kg. If shops are unable to maintain the stock, people will face shortage of food materials very soon”, he said.

Price of onion and rice was also high at the Khetrajpur market, which is the largest wholesale market in the city. Most of the wholesalers here claimed that the stocks have become low in the last few days. Locals, however, allege that traders at Khetrajpur are hoarding food grains and vegetables to sell them at exorbitant rate at the later phase of lockdown.

Like wholesalers, retail shopkeepers are also claiming to have limited stock of essential commodities as trucks carrying the goods are not reaching Sambalpur on time. To deal with the shortage, traders are restricting people from buying groceries and vegetables in large quantities. They are apprehensive of the situation worsening if the trucks do not arrive by the end of this week.

The homeless and daily wagers are also facing the brunt. Though they are being provided food through various sources but are still apprehensive that they might not be able to buy regular food items once the prices rise due to shortage.

How will it operate

  • 79 grocery stores across 9 wards selected
  • People can contact the stores and place orders
  • After taking multiple orders from an area, shopkeeper will send the stock to the place through an auto
  • A volunteer of the administration will collect the grocery stock and deliver it at people’s doorsteps
  • All precautions will be taken to ensure that the grocery packets are sanitised

Odisha’s second Covid-19 testing Lab at Sambalpur

The Odisha Government is planning to set up Odisha’s second Covid-19 testing Lab at Sambalpur to ease the burden on the state only other facility at Bhubaneswar.

The state government is working out the modalities of setting up a Biosafety Levels 2(BSl2) laboratory at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (ViMSAR), a senior official said on Thursday.

Jayashree Dora, the superintendent of VIMSAR, said the institute has sent a feasibility report to the government in this regard and decision will be taken shortly.

The laboratory is likely to come up in the microbiology department of the hospital, she said.

Odisha in LockDown to prevent spreading of Covid-19(CoronaVirus)

LockDown from tomorrow

7 am of March 22th

to

9 pm of March 29th 2020

 

 

Odisha in near-total lock down: 8 towns and 5 districts shut till March 29 to stop spread of CoronaVirus

 

Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack, Angul and Kendrapada, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town, and Rourkela will be in a lockdown till March 29 in the wake of the novel CoronaVirus.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thirteen places will be in lockdown from 7 am of March 22 to 9 pm of March 29
  • Airports, railway stations, bus stands and essential services have been exempted
  • Odisha in India has become first state to go for lockdown

 

Odisha government ordered for a lockdown of eight towns and five districts including Cuttack and state’s capital Bhubaneswar in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, outbreak.

These districts are Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack, Angul and Kendrapada, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town, and Rourkela.

These 13 places will be in a lockdown from 7 am of March 22 to 9 pm of March 29.

A press release from Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, ‘To knockdown Covid-19, Naveen Patnaik locks down 40 per cent of Odisha including state capital for a week.’

Airports, railway stations, bus stands and essential services have been exempted.

Odisha in India has become the first state to go for a lockdown to contain spread of the novel coronavirus.

Two positive cases of the novel corona virus were reported in Odisha and both have foreign travel history.

 

Courtesy: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/odisha-lockdown-districts-march-29-contain-spread-coronavirus-1658204-2020-03-21

Nephew missing while uncle found dead in IB River, Brajrajnagar

On 08th of March, Sunday, Sandeep Mehta (54) had gone to IB River near OPM with his two nephews and one niece. They were bathing nearby the side of the temporary road made up of sand. Ketan jumped to the river for caching the bucket which was gone away from him. Unfortunately Ketan did not know swimming and went under the water. To save ketan’s life Sandeep also jumped to river and both the nephew and uncle were missing in the river.

Seeing this the sibling crying and asking help to the labours who were working nearby there. They were looking for the man and the child but they did not get. In the evening a rescue team from Jharsuguda came and started the search operation for both uncle and nephew. They found the uncle body while the nephew is missing.

Couple surrendered, for running fake college in Sambalpur

Dhanupali police arrested a couple who had been running a fake plus two arts college in Charbhati area, Sambalpur. The couple, Tusar Barik and his wife Manjulata, were operating Jamuna Devi Junior College from a rented house in Charbati area under Dhanupali police limits without  any affiliation from the Council of Higher Secondary Education. They had duped 25 students of Rs9.75 lakh.

The couple had taken Rs36,000 from each student in the last two years as admission fees, besides Rs 3,000 each as examination fees. Sambalpur SP Kanwar Vishal Singh said the couple suo motu appeared in the Dhanupali police station and they have been detained. Based on the evidences, further decision on arresting them will be taken on Friday.

Earlier in the day, the students, who had taken admission in the fake institution and failed to appear in the Plus Two examination, staged dharna in front of the residence of the Sambalpur Collector demanding stringent action against the culprits.  They withdrew the agitation after Collector Subham Saxena assured them a high-level probe into the incident.

Tusar was principal of the fake college while Manjulata was a faculty member.  On Wednesday when the students sought admit card for appearing the Plus Two exams, they were told that the cards would be provided at their examination centre. However, when the students turned up at the examination centre at Anchalik College in Subarnapur district, they were refused. They rushed back to their college only to find it locked and both Tusar and Manjulata missing.