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Circle jail bursts at seams

Non-functioning of courts due to the lawyers’ agitation, demanding an HC bench in western Odisha, has led to overcrowding of circle jail here as most of the accused are unable to plead for their bail petitions. With more than 80 suspects remanded in judicial custody in the last 15 days, the jail is facing the

HC commuted death sentence to life imprisonment

The Odisha high court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence awarded to Bisi Munda, for raping and murdering a minor girl in Sambalpur last year, to life imprisonment. “The division bench of Justices Pradip Mohanty and Biswajit Mohanty reduced the sentence after it found that it was not rarest of the rare case,” said petitioner’s

Passport facilitation centres

The regional passport office (RPO) here is contemplating to start ‘passport facilitation centres’ at the speed-post centres in the city besides 53 other locations in the state. The proposed centres would guide applicants to fill up their forms online. “We have sent a proposal to the ministry of external affairs seeking introduction of facilitation centres

FCI Area Manager asking bribe

Rice millers of Sambalpur, Bargarh and Jharsuguda districts have stopped supplying rice to Food Corporation of India (FCI) Godowns. Usually, millers milling the paddy supplied by Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation(OSCSC), and supply those paddy to OSCSC and FCI respectivly. Since 23rd August, millers have stopped supplying to FCI as the Area Manager of FCI

Unused swimming pool set for major facelift

Jhasketan Sahu Swimming Pool in Sambalpur, the first competition pool in the State, is set to get a major facelift following the visit of a team of experts recently. The team comprising Secretary, Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Sanatan Mohanty; former Director of SAI, VVSN Rao and swimming coach Surendra Naik visited the pool

Second bridge over Mahanadi at Sambalpur soon

Construction of a second bridge over the Mahanadi at Sambalpur would begin soon. A team of senior officials from Bhubaneswar headed by works secretary Suvendu Kumar Ray and Chief Engineer (Roads) Bijan Kumar Behera visited the area in the presence of concerned district officials including Sambalpur collector Balwant Singh on Sunday. The team visited the

Panthikas on public-private partnership path soon

As many as 13 state-run panthikas, panthasalas or restaurants will be brought under public- private partnership (PPP) mode soon. The highest bidders for each project have been finalized. They are waiting for the final approval from the empower committee on infrastructure (ECI) headed by chief secretary, official sources said. Tourism minister Maheswar Mohanty said the

Lawyers’ stir may hit salary disbursement

The lawyers’ strike has put a big question mark on the state government employees getting salary before Nuakhai that will be celebrated on September 10. All government offices in Sambalpur, including that of the RDC and district collector, municipality and other revenue offices and courts are shut since August 20. “We understand the plight of

Another accident in midday meal; boy critical

No lessons have been learnt from the death of the Class III girl who succumbed to burn injures after falling into hot dal in her school in Sambalpur district on last Saturday. Within days of the tragic incident, a Class II boy sustained severe burn injuries after falling into boiling rice cooked for midday meal

Flowers bloom in pollution belt

He proved the adage, nothing is impossible, by growing flowers over three acre when farmers of the district are shying away from cultivating their land with pollutants from industries, rendering them useless. The thought of giving back to the nature prompted transport company owner Ajay Poddar to plant saplings in his farm, about two months