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Sambalpur takes first step on slum-free drive

In a bid to make Sambalpur town slum-free, Sambalpur Municipality has taken first step by seeking Request For Proposal (RFP) from NGOs for participating in implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) in the town. The municipal authority published notification in this regard on Thursday following which the interested NGOs can apply for the same on

Three persons killed by a goods train in Sambalpur

Three persons including two railway employees were run over by a goods train ahead of the railway bridge over river Mahanadi under Sambalpur Government Railway Police (GRP) limits on Tuesday. The accident took place at about 3.30 pm between Sambalpur junction and Hirakud railway station under Sambalpur railway division. The deceased are key man Alekh

Rains lash Sambalpur

Even as rain since Saturday have thrown normal life out of gear in Sambalpur, it has brought cheer on the faces of  farmers. They are now confident of taking up agricultural works for rabi season. However, there has not been much change in the water level of Hirakud reservoir which continues to be at 594.54

Villagers come to rescue of ailing boy

Sixteen-year-old Chandrasekhar Pradhan of Kusanpuri village in Bargarh district awaits for a new life. And residents of his villagers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he gets one. Chandrasekhar has been suffering from a serious disease which is yet to be diagnosed. Blood is oozing out of his mouth and anus. Though the

Odisha govt to upgrade 11 airstrips in different districts

Air connectivity across Odisha is set to get a boost with the state government proposing upgradation of the existing 11 airstrips in different districts. The plan includes installation of communication and surveillance apparatus, increasing the length of runways and construction of boundary walls, sources said. The airstrips are located at Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jeypore (Koraput

Official apathy delays project

There is neither any dearth of funds nor land. Yet, the six million litres per day (MLD) drinking water project for Burla NAC which was declared way back in 2006 is awaiting execution. Sources said negligence by the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) has delayed the project even though coal major Mahanadi Coalfields Limited

Water Rights activist Ranjan Panda faults Odisha Govt for suppplying water from Hirakud Reservoir to Industries

Water Rights activist Ranjan Panda faults Odisha Govt for supplying water from Hirakud Reservoir is toIndustries. The way they have shut down the power plant while continuing to supply water to industries is illegal, alleges Ranjan Panda, Convenor of Water Initiatives Odisha. “Hirakud dam was originally constructed for flood control. Irrigation and power generation were

Bargarh canal yet to get Hirakud water

There is not enough water in the Hirakud dam reservoir for irrigation. Every year water is released from the reservoir through Sason canal, Bargarh main canal and Sambalpur distributary on June 16 for farmers to facilitate agricultural activities for the kharif crop. But with water level dropping to an alarming low of 593.65 feet, the

Medicine stores raided

Even as youths are fast becoming addicted to habit forming drugs, a special drug squad led by Sambalpur Drug Inspector has been formed to raid various medicine stores across the town. The squad along with police and Excise officials has been conducting raids since Tuesday evening and so far collected 18 samples which will be

Coal India gets into solar power

Coal India officials will do something unprecedented today – they will brainstorm with a select group of prospective bidders to decide on the technology to be used for setting up solar power plants. For once, mines won’t be on the agenda. In a surprising diversification move, Coal India has decided to set up solar power