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Sambalpur boy dies after being ‘ragged’

A 16-year-old Sambalpur boy, who had allegedly faced ragging at his school in Andhra Pradesh in December last year, died in a hospital in the Capital on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Shreyash Kesharwani of Garposh village in Sambalpur district. He was studying at a school in Visakhapatnam.According to Nilesh Kesharwani, uncle of Shreyash, his nephew was savagely beaten by his colleagues in December and he was threatened not to reveal about the incident to anyone.

“Shreyash had not informed about the incident for about two days. He later called his father Sailesh and my brother rushed to bring him back,” Nilesh said.“Shreyash was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam and the doctors had advised him one month bed rest. My brother brought him back, but his condition deteriorated. We then admitted him at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where he died on Saturday,” he added.

The family members of Shreyash, who was studying in Class XI, alleged that the school authorities had also not informed them about the incident. The deceased had reportedly developed some heart and lungs ailment after the incident. Meanwhile, Shreyash’s family have lodged a complaint in this regard with Sambalpur police.

Kansa’s death wraps up 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra

Curtains came down on the 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra here on Tuesday. The festival ended with the death of tyrannical King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna and coronation of Ugrasen. Around 3,000 artistes of 120 cultural troupes from across the country performed in the Dhanu Yatra this time.

During Dhanu Yatra, Bargarh transforms into Mathura. River Jeera symbolically represents river Yamuna and Ambapali, which is located on the other side of the river Jeera, turns into Gopapur.

The tyrannical rule of Kansa, his death and the ‘Balya Leela’ of Lord Krishna are enacted at 14 main places in Mathura and Gopapur.

The final act presented Lord Krishna, accompanied by brother Balaram, entering the court of Kansa in a beautifully decorated chariot. Earlier, at the invitation of Kansa, Lord Krishna was brought to Mathura along with Balaram by Akrura, Minister of Kansa, to participate in Dhanu Yatra.

A worried Kansa lost his senses after being informed that Krishna was fast approaching his Raj Durbar to participate in Dhanu Yatra. Though Kansa went berserk, he tried to put up a brave front. After a brief battle, the bulky tyrant tumbled down the stairs of his Durbar. An effigy of Kansa was burnt to mark the end of his tyrannical rule. Lakhs of visitors from across the Sate thronged the festival venue.

Meanwhile, experts in Bargarh opined that since the inception of Dhanu Yatrra, youths of a particular caste are playing the role of Lord Krishna.

“Though Krishna belonged to the milkman community (Gouda) in mythology, his character is always enacted by children of a particular caste. There is no dearth of youngsters in Gouda community here (Ambapali). But, they never get a chance to play Krishna’s role on stage,” experts alleged.

The residents of Amapali turn vegetarians during Dhanu Yatra. Since Lord Krishna and Balaram put up at Amapali during the yatra, locals refrain from having non-vegetarian food as a mark of respect.

BSE zonal office sambalpur shift to new building

More than four decades after it started functioning here in 1975, BSE zonal office will have its own new building near the Jail chowk.

The BSE zonal office is currently functioning from a rented building near Sen park in the city. The new building has been constructed near the Jail chowk. The office will start functioning from its own new building by December 31.

Deputy Secretary of BSE, Balram Hota said: “The building has been constructed over 8000 square feet area at an estimated cost of Rs 1.67 crore. Public Works Department (PWD) executed the construction work.”

“We had planned to shift to the new building on December 20 but we could not shift as the electricity connection to the new building is yet to be supplied. We have set a target to shift to our own building by December 31,” he added.

The Zonal Office of the BSE is responsible for smooth conduct of the examination, publication of results, issue of certificates and correction of certificates.

The zonal office of BSE here caters to nine districts in western region – Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.

There are 2095 schools with around 1.5 lakh students under its jurisdiction.

“Long standing problem of the zonal office here will be resolved after the office starts functioning from its own building. We are waiting for the PWD to take steps for the electricity connection to the new building,” said Hota.

UDAN flights from Jharsuguda from February 2018

The Odisha government will start regional flight operations from Jharsuguda airport under Centre’s UDAN scheme in the first week of February 2018, officials said today.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed the reporters after discussing the matter at a state-level coordination and monitoring committee meeting at Secretariat.

“The flight from Jharsuguda is scheduled to take off during first week of February, 2018,” a government release said, adding the flight will connect Jharsuguda with Raipur and Jagdalpur.

Four airstrips in Odisha and the Biju Patnaik International airport have been selected in phase-I for implementing the UDAN scheme.

The airstrips are Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Utkela in Kalahandi and Jeypore in Koraput districts. Jharsuguda has been upgraded to an airport from an airstrip.

Infrastructure of the airstrip at Rourkela is now ready for flights under UDAN scheme, the release added.

He also directed to make Utkela and Jeypore strips ready by March, 2018 so that the UDAN scheme could be implemented at the earliest, the release said.

The Director General of Police R P Sharma said around 135 police and 27 fire personnel have already been trained to provide security and fire services in the regional airports.

The Biju Patnaik International Airport will serve as the mentor airport for the scheme.

“The flight operator company (Air Odisha) appraised that regional connectivity from Kolkata to Rourkela has been scheduled to be started from January 23, 2018,” the release said.

The state government has decided to reduce VAT on aviation fuel from 5 per cent to 1 one percent and provide 20 per cent of under the Viability Gap Funding, said general administration special secretary A K Meena.

It will also provide subsidies and financial assistance for regional air connectivity, as a part of the ‘Make in Odisha’ initiative.

The average price of a ticket for these flights would be around Rs 2,500.

Routes like Bhubaneswar to Utkela, Utklela to Raipur, Bhubaneswar to Jeypore, Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda to Ranchi, and Bhubaneswar to Rourkela have been suggested for regional connectivity.

Rehearsals going on for Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra New Kansa Bhubaneswar PradhanWith the 11-day Dhanu Yatra barely a week away, rehearsals are going on in full swing for the final show. It is considered to be the largest open-air theatre festival of the world, which will begin from December 23.

This year, 55-year-old Bhubaneswar Pradhan of village Sarla in the district will perform the role of Kansa, the main protagonist of the Yatra. Bhubaneswar, who is owner of an opera party, was selected after an audition conducted by four-member team of jury on November 28. The rehearsal for the Yatra began on December 6 at Kalyan Mandap here.

Ashok Behera, who is the director, said the rehearsal was at its peak. The rehearsals are likely to end on December 19. “All the artistes, including Bhubaneswar, are performing well and they have already completed two rounds of rehearsal,” Behera added.

Speaking about his efforts, Bhubaneswar said he was trying his best to do justice to his character. Around 40 artistes, including musicians, are participating in the rehearsals for five hours every day. The theme of the festival has been influenced by ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’. The enactment of Day One begins with Kansa’s accession to throne and concludes with ‘Kansa Badha’ (death of Kansa) at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna on the last day of the festival.