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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

Snake helps girl to escape molestation

A 21-year-old student of Sambalpur University — had a miraculous escape from two anti-socials who abducted her on Tuesday evening from the university campus and attempted to outrage her modesty. According to sources, two anti-socials kidnapped the student while she was returning to her hostel in the evening after meeting her friend in another hostel

Flood alert in North Odisha, major rivers in spate

The low pressure formed off the Odisha coast has triggered heavy rains over northern Odisha sending Budhabalanga river in spate. Two blocks of Mayurbhanj were affected by the swelling river and over 1,500 villagers evacuated to safer places. The low pressure over north-west Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal West Bengal turned well marked and

Traders’ promissory notes gain currency

In an informal money exchange system, many traders in Bargarh district in western Odisha are issuing their own ‘promissory’ notes in the form of paper vouchers in lieu of Indian currency. Customers can show such coupons of a particular trader in any of its neighbouring shops for further transaction. If someone buys articles at these

Teen killed in accident, dumper torched

A mob torched a dumper near Sindurpankchowk under Sadar police limits on Saturday after it ran over a girl killing her on the spot. The accident took place when the girl, Itishree Dhar, 13, a Class VIII student of Ganesh Girls’ High School, Dhanupalli, was returning home on a bicycle. The driver and helper of

Sambalpur administration gears up for flood

Apprehensive of a flood-like situation following release of water from Hirakud dam, Sambalpur administration has taken a number of steps to meet any eventuality. Collector Balwant Singh said district administration has divided the flood prone areas of the town into 12 portions. Those are Bhatra, Dhanupali, Sunapali, Pensionpara, Sakhigopinathpara, Golebazar, Badbazar, Talbhatapara, Durgapali, Khetrajpur, Baraipali