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Water projects lying defunct

Of 110 revenue villages under Bijepur block here, 80 are water-stressed. Out of 800 tubewells in the block, 200 are lying defunct. Water projects under Swajaldhara rural water supply scheme in villages of Gudimunda T Gondpali and Jokhipali are lying defunct. After working for some time, those were rendered defunct due to breakdown of transformer.

More officials land in police net for money laundering

Deputy general manager of Andhra Pradesh-based para-banking company Wellfare Buildings and Estates Private Limited RS Madhav Rao was arrested by Dhanupali police on Tuesday. Rao was in charge of operations in the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. Police have also seized documents related to investments from his possession. The company

The Assam Government to acquire Bezbaroa’s Odisha house

The Assam Government is going to acquire the Sambalpur (Odisha) residence of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the doyen of Assamese literature, for converting it into a memorial. Presiding over a meeting held in this connection at Raj Bhawan yesterday, Governor JB Patnaik underscored the need to convert the Sambalpur residence of Bezbaroa into a memorial, and directed

Lighter of pyres

Personal tragedies forced her to go against age-old customs and take up the cudgels at a local crematorium. Meet Shanti Behera from Odisha’s Sambalpur There is nothing extraordinary about the way she looks. Yet Shanti Behera, 52, a resident of Sambalpur, is unique. For the last decade she has been running the local crematorium. According

Maoists torch cellphone towers

Maoists blew up two mobile towers of a private telecom operator in the Gandhamardhan mountain range on Monday night. The tower were in Bargarh’s Purena village and Balangir’s Rengali village. Police could reach the spot only on Tuesday due to security concerns. SDPO (Padmapur) Parul Gupta said “Last night incident is a desperate attempt by

Lower Suktel Dam: Villagers, Maoists take contrast stand

Hundreds of villagers supporting the Lower Suktel irrigation project on Tuesday blocked Balangir-Patnagarh road at Dhulusar Chhack for more than one hour. Sudam Dharua of Telenpali village, who led the agitators, said local tribals are supporting construction of the lower Suktel irrigation dam, but some ‘outsiders with vested interest’ have been creating disturbances. They presented

Sambalpur University conduct online admission

Sambalpur University (SU) has decided to conduct online admission for post graduate courses for 2013-14. SU Post Graduate Council chairman Shukadeb Naik said after admission dates are announced, students can log onto the varsity website. They can download the prospectus and submit the application online and upload their photo at the designated place. If a

woman paid supari to kill a woman in sambalpur

Police have arrested three persons including a woman in connection with murder of an unmarried woman and forwarded them to court on Friday. The victim was identified as Gulapi Bhue (35) of Talab village under Sasan police limits. Reports said Gulapi had gone to the village tank on April 12 evening. On her way back,

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