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Girl dies after falling in hot curry cauldron

An eight-year-old girl student of a tribal residential school died of burn injuries on Sunday after she fell into a hot curry cauldron. Banita Kahnhar, a Class III student of Sevashram School run by Odisha government at Girish Chandrapur village, accidentally fell into the cauldron when the students were jostling to get egg curry while

Strike enters Day 3, Nuapada too joins

The third day of agitation by the lawyers of Sambalpur Bar Association saw students of GM College boycott classes and close down the college over the High Court bench demand. They staged demonstration outside the college shouting slogans against the State Government. Offices and courts remained closed while relay hunger strike launched by the lawyers

Men call shots in women wards of Sambalpur

The State Government’s bid to empower women by involving them in decision making process of governance seems to have been derailed in Sambalpur district. After the Government reserved 50 per cent of seats in rural as well as urban local bodies, women have come forward to file nominations. But it is their male relatives who

23 arrested for fraud

Police have arrested 23 persons of a racket involved in embezzling `48 lakh from Indian Bank branch  by submitting fake documents, was busted by Bargarh Town police on Tuesday morning. One Atmaram Panda of Dhanger village under Bargarh Sadar police limits, who is suspected to be the brain behind the fraud, managed to get an anticipatory

Six Western Odisha districts to shut down from today

Lawyers in six districts of western Odisha will close down the Government offices and courts during the monsoon session of the State Assembly beginning Tuesday. Under the aegis of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA), the agitation is being held to mark their protest against silence of the State Government on establishment of a permanent

Congress hits out at government for delaying HC bench

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has criticised the State Government for the delay in recommending to the Centre for setting up a permanent bench of the High Court in western Odisha districts. Even though the people of western Odisha are resorting to different types of agitation during the last several years and courts are

Boycotting the forthcoming ULB polls

Leaders from all political parties decide to boycott forthcoming Urban Local Bodies elections in Sambalpur by demanding permanent bench of ??Odisha? High Court. Leaders from several political parties including BJD, Congress and BJP on Saturday decided in a meeting to boycott forthcoming Urban Local Body (ULB) elections. The leaders also supported the ‘Western Odisha bandh’

Fake currency racket busted

A fake currency printing racket was busted and four persons including a woman were arrested on Wednesday. The fake notes amounting Rs 42,500, huge quantity of papers and a scanner-cum-printer machine were seized. The accused have been identified as mastermind Radhakanta Rai alias Suru (24), Chanchala Saha (42) and her son Ganesh Saha (25) besides

Housing scheme moves at snail’s pace

It has been five years since the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) was launched in Sambalpur to improve the condition of the slum dwellers. But the programme has failed to make any impact till now. Although 613 BPL families were identified under the scheme, only 101 houses have been completed so far while

Stray animals rule the roost on Sambalpur streets

While stray cattle and dogs dominate the streets of Sambalpur town leading to a number of accidents including some fatal ones, the civic authority has not initiated any measure to control the menace. With stray cattle invading the roads and squatting right in the middle of the roads indifferent to blares of horns, instances of