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Sambalpur’s new Collector

Samarth Verma joined as the new district Collector of Sambalpur on Monday after his transfer as PD DRDA from Rayagada. He is an IAS officer of 2010 batch and served in various capacities in the State, including his last posting in the backward Raygada district. He was also the Sub Collector in Rayagada. An IIT

Air Odisha decides to ground its aircrafts from tomorrow

Exactly after two months it started its operation, the Air Odisha has decided to ground its aircrafts from tomorrow citing the reason that the State Government is not paying the subsidy and rebate on aviation turbine fuel and exemption on value added tax. Yesterday, the airline stopped it services to Sambalpur and Rourkela while it

Pregnant carried 8km on Bhara to reach hosp in Kalahandi

While it is claimed all around that institutional delivery is safer for both mothers and newborns and ambulances are available at single phone calls, but reality in the remote areas in Odisha is fully different. Such a naked incident came to the fore in Birasingera village under Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district on Tuesday. After

Milk Mantra eyes Rs 1,000 cr turnover in 5 yrs

Agri-startup Milk Mantra is eying Rs 1,000 crore turnover in five years as it look to strengthen position in the eastern parts by expanding milk shake brands across the country. Fidelity Growth Partners backed startup is also planning to raise $25 million from VC funding to finance growth plans. “As of now we are eastern

MCL supports 61 more Sambalpur farmers under CSR programme

Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL) has extended a helping hand towards 61 under-privileged farmers in Odisha’s Sambalpur, raising the total number of peasants sponsored by it to 378 in the district, to enable them water their crop timely and reap a good harvest. MCL, a leading coal mining CPSU and a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd, has

Sambalpur civic body to enforce trade licence rule

The Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has decided to strictly enforce the trade licence rule in the corporation area. A trade licence is mandatory to operate business in the corporation area. However, very few traders have obtained it in Sambalpur. To get the licence, a business establishment will have to cough up 1,000 a year to

AAI asks Air Odisha to ground Jharsuguda flights

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday directed Air Odisha to stop flying to Jharsuguda, the industrial hub of the state, barely a week after it had started operating on the route. AAI sources said since a construction of a new airport is underway, the runway is being renovated. For the next year, Air

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya appointed as the chairperson of IIM Sambalpur

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as the chairperson of the Society and Board of Governors of IIM Sambalpur, according to an official release. Bhattacharya has been named the chairperson of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Sambalpur for the next five years starting January 15. She is the first woman to lead an India-based

Illegal kidney transplantat in Bargarh

The Special Task Force of Crime Branch has taken up probe into the allegation of an illegal kidney transplantation incident which surfaced in Bargarh district. The organ transplant had been carried out in a private hospital of the City more than two years back. Following an instruction from Additional Director General Bijay Kumar Sharma, a

Rs 50 lakhs postal savings ‘swindled’ in Kalahandi post office

Swindling of postal savings to a tune of over Rs 50 lakhs have been alleged in western Odisha’s Kalahandi district headquarters town of Bhawanipatna. A victim was about to withdraw Rs 3 lakh from his postal savings for his daugther’s wedding when the matter came to fore. To his utter chagrin, he found his savings