Farmers’ body slams govt policy

Sambalpur Zilla Krushaka Surakhya Sangathan (SZKSS) has come down heavily on the state government’s paddy procurement policy and said it would lead to more farmer suicides in the state. The sangathan reacted sharply to the statement of food supplies minister P K Deb, who reportedly said the government was not being able to procure paddy

Cops record statements in BJP MLA assault case

A day after registered a case against Sambalpur MLA Jayanrayan Mishra over the assault case, statements of DSP Josabanta Senapati and other cops were recorded by Dhanupali police. Efforts are underway to collect video footage to ascertain the cause resulting in the ugly spat.  Sources said though police had initially decided to underplay the entire

Thunder squall snaps power in west Odisha

Major parts of western Odisha were plunged into darkness after a huge thunder squall snapped power lines on Saturday night. The massive blackout continued on Sunday even as repair and restoration works were on. Sundargarh, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Deogarh and Jharsuguda districts were the worst affected by the storm that swept across the western

Sambalpur’s ring road still remains a pipedream

It has been over one and half decade that the Ring Road in Sambalpur has been lying incomplete. In the wake of frequent floods, when idea of the Ring Road along river Mahanadi flowing by Sambalpur town was conceived by the then Irrigation Minister Basanta Biswal, it was welcomed by all. Besides protecting the town

Danda Nacha fails to fade with time

With the passage of time, many folk dance forms have vanished into oblivion but Danda Nacha (punishment dance) continues to hold relevance in Ganjam, Boudh, Kandhamal and Sambalpur districts. It is performed in ‘Chaitra’ and begins 21 or 13 days prior to Bisuba Sankranti. Despite the dance form having stringent rituals, the number of participants

Congress chairpersons in three new NACs

Sunita Bag of Congress was declared elected to the post of Chairperson of Attabira NAC unopposed here on Saturday. The post was reserved for SC (woman) candidate and the announcement was made by Bargarh Sub-Collector who was officiating as the election officer. Although the Congress had the option to field Bilasini Naik of the party

Rajkishan Patel has been selected by NCA for the training

Rajkishan Patel has been selected by NCA for the training

UBI opened its 60th regional office at Sambalpur

Union Bank of India(UBI) opened its 60th regional office at Sambalpur, its second in Odisha. The regional office was opened by H R Khan, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the presence of D Sarkar, chairman and managing director of Union Bank. This office will cater to the branches of the public

City Bus Service in Sambalpur and Berhampur by June end

The State Government has decided to  introduce city bus services in Sambalpur and Berhampur by June end. Naveen Patnaik the CM asked the officials to work out the details of implementation of the bus service in these two towns. City bus service has already been introduced in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The CM reviewed the implementation of the

Odisha gets NHRC notices on rape of minor girls

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday issued a notice to authorities in Odisha over the alleged rape and molestation of four minor girls in an orphanage last month in the state, an official said Wednesday. Acting on a media report, the NHRC has asked the collector and superintendent of police of Sambalpur district to