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Proposed Handloom Park Yet to See Light of Day

The State Government’s ambitious Sambalpuri Ikat Handloom Park project in Bargarh district has remained confined to the pen and paper for over three years now. In 2011, the Government had decided to set up the Park at Katapali village under Barpali block which would be the second handloom park in the country and in Asia, the

Boat Owner, One More Boatman Held

One more boatman and owner of the boat which capsized in the Hirakud dam reservoir claiming 31 lives, were arrested by Sambalpur police on Saturday. Police had been on the lookout for the two ever since the incident took place on February 9. The boat owner was identified as Satyanand Pandey of Jagannath Mandir Colony

BDO Issued Notice on Illegal Boat Service in Hirakud

Sambalpur Sadar Sub-Collector Surendra Panda has issued a show cause notice to Dhankauda BDO Ashok Kumar Gartia over illegal operation of boats from Sonutikra ferry ghat along left dyke of Hirakud dam. The ghat was not put to auction last year. Members of Lions Club of Sambalpur had boarded the ill-fated boat at the Sonutikra

Boy robs own house

A boy allegedly robbed his house at Haragouripada in Sambalpur and concocted a loot story. The Class X student was arrested, along with a friend, on Friday. Sources said the student told police that three masked miscreants tied him up and looted Rs 2 lakh and gold ornaments on Monday. His parents were away to

Three new trains for Odisha

Three new trains were announced for Odisha in the interim railway budget presented in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The budget is for four months of the 2014-15 financial year prepared in view of the approaching general elections. The new trains to operate under East Coast Railway (ECoR) jurisdiction are Puri-Gandhidham weekly express, Gunupur-Visakhapatnam and

Summary of Hirakud Incident

 

Death toll in Hirakud boat tragedy rises to 28

The death toll in the Hirakud Dam boat tragedy in Sambalpur district rose to 28 on Monday with the recovery of 17 more bodies, even as rescue operations continued for the second day to trace another five persons. “Personnel of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire brigade fished out 11 bodies by

22 Dead, 9 Missing as Boat Capsizes in Hirakud Reservoir

At least 22 people died and 9 others were reportedly missing after a country boat carrying picnickers from Sambalpur town capsized due to overloading in Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) here on Sunday afternoon. The deceased have been identified as Anita Singh (40), Seema Agrawal (38), Usha Agrawal (35), Santosh Kumari (50), Suchismita Jena (30), Harish

Odisha law minister to meet lawyers on stir today

A solution to lawyers’ agitation in western Odisha seemed imminent on Saturday after law minister Maheswar Mohanty on Friday invited them for a discussion. The agitating lawyers are demanding a high court bench in western parts of the state. The minister in a letter requested the Central Action Committee (CAC), spearheading the protest, to have

Air Pollution Rising in Jharsuguda

Increasing air pollution in the coal-rich district has led to increasing threat of accidents. The coal dust hinders the drivers’ vision leading to accidents. District police report stated that 249 accidents cases were reported in 2013. While 98 persons died, 133 were seriously injured. Jharsuguda has been placed at the eighth position among critically polluted