Vedanta Aluminium observes 41st National Safety week

As a part of its continuing effort to promote and inculcate safety consciousness among the plant personnel, 41st  National Safety week was observed today here at the premises of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) Jharsuguda.   On this occasion, safety related programmes were conducted in which plant personnel from all sections along with employees and Chiefs

Timber mafia caught in Sambalpur

A timber mafia and his two accomplices were arrested in Sambalpur, additional SP (Sambalpur)  Dilip Kumar Deo said on Tuesday afternoon. They are Raiman Munda and Raju Pradhan of Dangarpada village and Fakir Gardia of Chilikon village within  Jujomora police limits. Deo said a police team trapped him and his men on Monday night when

BJD members kept in hiding

With just a week remaining for the election of Zilla Parishad president, the 10 elected BJD ZP members have been shifted to an undisclosed location. They have been shifted after reports of Congress trying to poach its members to form the ZP were received. To ensure surety, the BJD ZP members will arrive in Sambalpur

Dip in annual footfall at city planetarium

The state-run  Pathani Samanta Planetarium here has failed to catch the fancy of visitors, if the Odisha economic survey 2011-12 is any indication. The annual footfall of visitors at the planetarium has been steadily declining since 2006, even as the state government recently announced to establish a second planetarium at an initial cost of Rs

Octant gets clearance to set up 10MW bio mass power project

Octant Industries has announced that the Orissa Pollution Control Board has given clearance for construction of the Biomass Power Project in Sambhalpur District, Orissa State. The company has also received clearance from various government authorities such as Orissa Power Transmission Corporation for evacuation of power. The above mentioned government authorities have inspected the site at

3.5 quintals of hemp(ganjei) seized

Naktideul and Ainthapali Police on Sunday seized nearly 3.5 quintals of hemp(ganjei) in two separate hauls. The Naktideul police seized the contraband weighing 99 kg after intercepting five motorcycles at Bindpur Chhak near Jamujori on Angabira-Naktideul Road. Six persons, including a SPO, a college student and a school clerk, were arrested.? They have been identified

Maoist rampage at Nuapada unit; trucker injured in Sundargarh

Maoists raided a crusher unit owned by a construction company in Nuapada district and set ablaze 15 vehicles including trucks, dumpers, JCB machines and vans, while in Sundargarh district, the Red rebels shot at a truck driver and injured him before setting on fire a truck loaded with rice. The incident in Nuapada happened at

Maoists target construction firm in Orissa, burn 15 vehicles

Armed Maoists attacked a stone crusher unit of a private builder and set afire 15 of its vehicles in Nuapada district on Saturday night. Over 40 rebels from Bargarh-Mahasamund division of the CPI(Maoist) came to Baleshbahali village of Nuapada district where building firm DB is working on a canal extension project. The Maoists torched eight

VSS asked to cough up 1.97cr tax

The income tax department has asked  VSS medical college hospital to pay up Rs 1.97 crore as income tax for collecting fees from patients. The medical authority collects small amounts from patients in the name of users’ fee since 1997. The money is used to improve facilities available at the hospital. “We have received a

Abhinash Nayak to lead Odisha football team

Abinash Nayak will lead Odisha in the final phase of the 34th Sub-junior National Football Championship for Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy to be held at Goa from March 8 to 23. Football Association of Odisha announced a 20-member State team on Friday with Suraj Toppo as vice-captain. The team includes eight from Sambalpur,