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Two Students drowned in Debjharan Waterfall

Two students drowned in Debjharan waterfall in Sambalpur.
In a shocking incident, at least two students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) met watery grave waterfall near here on Saturday.

The deceased have been identified as Soumya Ranjan Beuria and Abhijit Samal. Both are 3rd  year Computer Science student of the institute.



Debjharan Waterfall

Debjharan Waterfall

As per the report, a group of 40 students had been to Debjharan waterfall for a picnic today morning when the mishap took place. While taking a bath in the waterfall, Abhijit went into the deep water and got swept away. In a bid to save him Soumya Ranjan jumped into the water and drowned.

Getting intimation, fire services personnel and local divers reached the spot and fished out the bodies of the victims from the water later.

The bodies have been rushed to the hospital for autopsy and an investigation into the mishap is currently underway.

Missing woman found buried, husband arrested

Missing woman found buried, husband arrestedBody of a woman missing for over two weeks was found buried 5 km away from her house at Sakhipara under Dhanupali police limits, Sambalpur on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Arati Debi (19), the wife of Kunal Singh, a native of Bihar. Kunal Singh is staying with family at Sakhipara for the last few years and he is an auto-rickshaw driver by profession. It had been a year that Arati was married to Kunal.

On January 1, Kunal had informed Arati’s father that she had gone missing and also lodged a complaint in this regard at Dhanupali Police Station on January 3. However, when he and his family members did not receive the calls of Arati’s parents, they arrived in Sambalpur on January 7 but found Kunal’s house locked.

After neighbours informed that the house is locked for the last two days, Arati’s family members reported the matter to police following which the house was opened in presence of a magistrate. Arati’s family members also complained that Kunal has an affair with another girl.

During course of the investigation, police detained Kunal who confessed that he and Arati got into an argument on December 31 last year, which culminated in her murder and burial of her body. Meanwhile, Arati’s body has been sent for post-mortem and Kunal arrested.

Odisha Health minister’s daughter and her friends shoot video at prohibited zone of Hirakud Dam

Odisha Health minister's daughter and her friends shoot video at prohibited zone of Hirakud Dam

Odisha Health minister’s daughter and her friends shoot video at Prohibited Zone of Hirakud Dam. The controversial video of the Health Minister’s daughter hanging out with three Odia actress at the prohibited zone of Hirakund Dam, hence the video has been going viral on the internet.

The purported video shows three Odia actress including Prakruti Mishra hanging out with the daughter of Odisha Health Minister, Naba Kishore Das in the prohibited area of Hirakud Dam in Sambalpur district. As a result Kanwar Vishal Singh, Sambalpur SP has sought a report from the Hirakud SDPO in this connection.

Reportedly Odia actresses Prakruti Mishra, Elina Samantray along with Deepali Das, daughter of Health Minister,  and a few other friends were travelling to Burla from Hirakud on Saturday. On their way, they halted at the prohibited zone of Hirakud dam and shot photos and some videos. They shared those on their Instagram which went viral and soon after the video drew flak.

Angry netizens are now raising questions regarding the security system at the reservoir.

Reacting to the controversy, Prakruti Mishra said influenced by the nature’s beauty, she had clicked photos and shot videos. But she promised that such a mistake would not happen again. Samantray also said such mistakes would never happen again.

Health minister Naba Kishore Das said he can’t speak for his daughter as she is no longer a minor. “Let the law take its own course,” he said.

Sambalpur Police SP, Kanwar Vishal Singh told IndiaTodayTV, “I have asked for a report from Hirakud SDPO in this connection, he has been asked to submit clarification on the matter by today evening. After the report comes we will take appropriate action.”

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will inagurate BPCL bottling plant in Balangir

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will inagurate BPCL bottling plant in Balangir. It is dedicated to the nation on December 27th 2019. It will be the second bottling plant of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a public sector undertaking under the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas, after Khurda.

The plant, spread over 23 acres at Barkani, 12km from Balangir railway station, has the capacity to produce 42 lakh cylinders per year. It will supply LPG cylinders to the consumers in 14 districts of western and south-western part of the state. These are Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Nuapada.
Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan had laid foundation stone of the LPG bottling plant on May 21 last year. This plant has been completed in a record 19 months. We had fixed a deadline of March 2020. The plant has been set up with an estimated cost of Rs 103 crore, said Sanjay Sharma, state head, LPG – Odisha and Jharkhand – BPCL, here on Sunday.

The oil company has been supplying gas since 1988 from its LPG bottling plant at Khurda. The company has 21.59 lakh customers in the state and they consume 78 lakh cylinders per year. The consumption may go up to 105 lakh cylinders by end of 2020, said a BPCL official.
Oil marketing companies, including BPCL, have LPG bottling plants at Balasore, Jharsuguda, Khurda and Jatni. Besides Balangir plant, two more bottling units are coming up at Khurda and Rayagada. Odisha will have a total of seven LPG bottling plants after commissioning of the new plants. Capacity of these seven plants will be 4.06 crore cylinders per annum, said an official source.

There were 20.22 lakh LPG consumers in the state on June 1, 2014, said an official source. But the number has increased to 88.10 lakh in 2019. Demand for packed LPG in the state was 454.3 thousand metric tonne (TMT) last year. It is expected to touch 610 TMT by end of 2020. Number of LPG distributors in the state has increased from 367 in 2014 to 932 this year.

Auto Rickshaw Driver In Odisha ‘Fined For Not Wearing Helmet’

An auto driver was fined in Sonepur for not wearing a helmet.


As per reports, one Ram Banchhor of Nilabandhapara in Bargarh, who owns an auto rickshaw bearing registration number of OR-17H-5743 was fined Rs 6,000 by Sonepur RTO for not wearing a helmet and using mobile phone while driving.

What is even more surprising is the fact that Ram alleged he never went to Sonepur district. According to Ram, he only operates in Bargarh and uses his vehicle to transport goods within Bargarh district limits and never went to Sonepur district.

“I came to know about this fine only after I went to Bargarh RTO to renew the fitness certificate of my auto rickshaw. The officials said that I can’t renew unless I pay the fines first,” said a bewildered Ram.

“I never went to Sonepur, but still they penalised me for not wearing a helmet. Because of this I am not being able to renew the fitness certificate of my vehicle,” added Ram.

This is not the first instance, but there have been other cases where motorists have alleged that they have been penalised unduly. Recently on December 7, a truck driver in Bargarh district was fined by the transport department for not wearing a helmet.