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Nuakhai Celebration in Western Odisha

Yesterday, Nuakhai was celebrated with gaiety and religious fervour and today the day after the Nuakhai is the BASI of Nuakhai. The Navanna (newly harvested rice) was offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, at the stipulated lagna (auspicious moment) between 10.18 am and 10.32 am. During this period, families also offered the

Two devotees injured in mishap

Devotees had a narrow escape in Nrusighanath temple of  Gandhamardan hill range after heavy rain triggered heavy flow of water in 20 feet high Chaldhar waterfall on Tuesday. While two devotees were injured and locals with help of fire brigade personnel rescued devotees downstream who had been washed away due to the high current of

Hirakud Reservoir water level keeps on increasing

Water level keeps on increasing day by day in Hirakud Reservoir. The maximum capacity of water level of the reservoir is 630ft, and yesterday night it was recorded as 625.56 ft., it is very nearer to the reservoir maximum capacity. It was observed that approximately 1,15,178 cusecs of water is entering to the reservoir and

4 laning project of Sambalpur-Rourkela is approved

Yesterday, the High-Level Clearance Authority(HLCA) approved the 4 laning project Sambalpur-Rourkela road SH 10, in a meeting held between CM and HLCA Official. This project is under public-private partnership(PPP) mode. The estimated budget for this project is Rs. 1292.56 cr with the concession period of 22 years including 3 years to develop this 4-laning project.

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