Hailstorm destroys fruits of labour

The trouble seems far from over. Drought, untimely rain, flood and now hailstorm, the vegetable growers of western Odisha cannot but blame their fate. For the last three days, the region has been experiencing rain with reports of hailstorm being received from Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh besides Sambalpur. While the storm has left watermelon growers of

Two youths lynched in Sambalpur

On the eve of the festival of Pushpuni, a double murder rocked Sambalpur district on Monday. Two youths were lynched to death by the villagers of Kudhernisha, under Sambalpur’s Dhama police station limits, after they attacked two villagers in an inebriated condition. Police registered a case and detained eight persons of the village in this

Krishna arrives at Mathura

The scene of 11-day Dhanu Yatra finally shifts to Mathura with the arrival of Lord Krishna, Balaram and cohorts here to take part in the festival. After retiring for the night at Adimata Mandir at Khajurtikra on Saturday, Lord Krishna went around Mathura on Sunday morning. Earlier in Khajurtikra, Lord Krishna meets the washerman of

Ajay Dash bags Falcon Open golf title

 Ajay Dash emerged champion in the All-Odisha Falcon Open Golf Tournament, which concluded at the Bhubaneswar Golf Club (BGC) Course here on Sunday. Other winners included Rajeev Roy (best gross), Yun Woo Jung (17-23 handicap), Gopinath Sarangi (senior), Alka Taneja (ladies) and Nikhil Pratap (24+ handicap). Altogether 100 golfers from Sambalpur, Talcher, Paradip, Army, Railways

Rural polls: Filing of nominations begins

 Hectic lobbying is on in different parties for tickets, even as filing of nomination papers for the three-tier panchayat polls got under way on Saturday. Candidates for the posts of ward members, sarpanch, panchayat samiti member and zilla parishad member were seen taking out processions to file nomination papers before their respective election officers in

Bandh against power plant hits services

The Kishore Nagar bandh called by the locals, protesting the proposed R Power Plant in the block, disrupted road and rail services on Friday. The agitators, under the banner of Jiban Jibika and Krushi Jami Surakhya Samiti, blocked the traffic on NH-55 at Bamur and paralysed several train services. Though the road blockade was lifted

Patience, key in world of showbiz

Only a handful of Odia artistes could make it big in Bollywood but their contribution behind the scene cannot be ignored, said renowned cine artiste Sadhu Meher. Odias mostly prefer to work as technicians and have excelled as photographers and editors, he added.  Meher was in Sambalpur recently to inaugurate the Lok Mahotsav. In his

Heavy Rain Fall in Sambalpur

Heavy rain fall is going on today in Sambalpur  since early  morning . There were reports of rain accompanied by hail in the city. In the early morning at around 3 a.m. heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning hit the city. The rain causes large puddles to form and some streets are flooded.

Foreign flavour to desi beats

 Dhanu Yatra got a new flavour this year with dance troupes from Russia and Japan putting up shows. But all them were dancing to desi beats of Dhol and Nishan much to the amazement of the people, who had gathered around the Rang Sabha for a glimpse of the yatra. “We were surprised when dancers

All-powerful Kansa dictates terms at Bargarh

It is during the world famous Dhanu Yatra that a religious aura engulfs Bargarh. Because the top officials of the district administration no longer hold the sway but Maharaja Kansa who dictates terms for long 11 days. The portly king perched on an elephant visits in the length and breadth of the town and gives