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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

ULBs poll differed issue: Odisha Govt to appoint administrators in nine western Odisha districts

The 25 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the nine western Odisha districts are all set to get Administrators for executing the day-to-day administration as the terms of office of the ULB councils would expire on September 19 next without any elected bodies. “Since in the absence of any elected councils after the expiry of the

Stir over HC bench: 15-day relief for state government offices

The Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) at a meeting on Thursday issued a fresh ultimatum to the State Government and resolved to continue the agitation demanding setting up of a High Court bench in the region. In view of Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha, on September 10

Naveen Patnaik asks home secretary, DGP to rush to Maoist-hit Koraput

Naveen Patnaik asked the home secretary and director general of police (DGP) to rush to Koraput district and take stock of the situation in the southern region of the state. Patnaik issued this direction while presiding over a high level review meeting on Tuesday’s landmine blast where at least four BSF jawans were killed and

Naxals attack BSF convoy in Koraput, 4 personnel dead

 A group of heavily armed Naxals attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy in Koraput district of Odisha killing four personnel and injuring three others. The BSF personnel were killed when their van was blown up by the Naxals. The three personnel have been injured seriously and they have been taken to the hospital. A

Mohammad Kadim was arrested for robbery involvement

Mohammad Kadim of Kumbharpada area in the town was arrested by Sambalpur police for his alleged involvement in robbery. Two pistols, Rs 50,000 in cash and a motorcycle were seized from his possession, police said. SDPO PK Mohapatra informed that on August 22, three persons including Kadim had robbed Bablu Megwar and Chand Sharma of