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Bargarh Decked up for Dhanu Yatra

The stage is all set for the 11-day open air theatre Dhanu Yatra to begin from today, Monday. With the central theme of the festival based on the Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay, the enactment will begin with wedding of King Kansa’s sister Devaki with Basudev followed by his accession to throne dethroning his father

Farmers ends life in debt frustration

A debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Saturday evening. His son, who also attempted to kill self, was admitted to VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, in a critical condition. The deceased was identified as Bijay Thapa, 50, of Deogarhtikira village, on the outskirts of Bargarh town. He had taken a loan

Seven Families Rendered Homeless in Jumbo Attack

A herd of around 30 elephants damaged houses rendering seven families homeless in Rengali block of Sambalpur district and Kolabira block of neighbouring Jharsuguda district. With their corridor shut by boundary wall of industries in the two districts, the elephants are intruding into human habitations in search of food. According to reports, the herd strayed

Road Widening Projects Fail to Serve Purpose in Sambalpur

Road widening projects in the Sambalpur town do not serve the purpose as the officials of Roads and Building (R&B) Department do not clear the road of obstacles before taking up the projects. Water kiosks of Sambalpur Municipality that never ooze water and the electric poles that have gone too weak and may collapse any

Pumping Stations to Prevent Urban Flooding

The district administration has decided to set up three water pumping stations in Sambalpur town to pump out flood water from low lying areas. Every year during monsoon, the town is flooded by overflowing Dhobijoar nullah which runs through Sambalpur town. The Housing and Urban Development Department has sanctioned `2.95 crore for the purpose and

Cleaning Drive in Sambalpur DHH

Around 1,800 people of Sambalpur town participated in a mass cleaning drive launched by District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) here on Sunday. The drive started at 8 am and continued till 12 noon. People from all sections of society including academicians, intellectuals, senior citizens and members of social organisations armed with broom and cleaning equipments cleaned

Municipality Collects Rs 15 Lakh as Rent

Following a drive launched by Sambalpur Municipality on December 5, about `15 lakh has so far been collected as pending rent from shopkeepers who had taken the shops on lease from the municipality. In order to prevent their shops from being sealed, the defaulters are making efforts to pay the amount to the Municipality. ‘’Since

SEC Visits Bargarh to Probe Code Violation

State Election Commissioner (SEC) Ajit Tripathy visited Bargarh on Wednesday to probe into the controversial statement made by Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya during an election meeting here on November 17. The SEC has already examined video footage of the speech in which Acharya had threatened to stop funds to areas that would not vote for

Urban Body Wakes up to Remove Illegal Hoardings

After losing substantial revenue on account of hoardings, Sambalpur Municipality has finally woken up from its slumber and initiated a drive to remove illegal hoardings. While 11 hoardings have been removed in last two days, the drive will continue till all the illegal hoardings are removed. According to reports, contract for hoardings in the town

Sambalpur seeks change in Mahanadi bridge site

People of the town have demanded construction of the proposed bridge over the Mahanadi near Kachery ghat instead of Sadak ghat to ease traffic. The government has already finalized a proposal to link eight gram panchayats of Sambalpur Sadar block with the town by constructing the bridge at Sadak Ghat. This would be the shortest