Protest On the ‘anti-farmer’ policy

Thousands of farmers from across western Odisha assembled in the town on Wednesday to protest the ‘anti-farmer’ policy of the state government. The farmers, under the banner of Western Odisha Farmers Associations’ Coordination Samiti (WOFACS), demonstrated in front of RDC office and submitted a memorandum addressed to the chief minister. They also warned the government

Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination on Jan 20

Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, for selection of candidates for appointment as Special Class Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on  20thJanuary, 2013 at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareily, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat,

BJD activists gherao OJM office

A day before the Odisha Jana Morcha’s (OJM) public rally, high drama took place on Saturday here with the ruling BJD leaders and activists burning the effigy of OJM chairman Pyarimohan Mohapatra alleging that “the proposed gathering is act of revolt” against the chief minister Naveen Patnaik. The BJD women wing gheroaed the OJM office

Abhaya Hota is awarded by PM for his work

An Odia man was honoured by the Centre for devising an Aadhaar-based system for payments under different welfare schemes. The system is unique as it would do away with repetition of payments because fingerprint authentication of the beneficiary is mandatory. Abhaya Hota of Sambalpur received the award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a function

Kalibari provides taste of Bengali Durga Puja

The Bengalis in Sambalpur have stayed rooted to their tradition and rituals for almost a century. And the assault of 21st century has not deviated them from their way of celebrating Durga Puja that was started by their forefather with the building of the ‘Kalibari’ here in 1918. The 94-year-old ‘Kalibari’ has become the epicentre

Bhai Juntia celebrated in Sambalpur

‘Bhai Juntia’, the celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters, was observed here on Tuesday. Women of all ages wished for their brothers’ long life and prosperity by touching their forehead with a bunch of ‘duba’ grass and a morsel of rice. The festival also presented married women with a happy opportunity to visit

Sambalpur paddy scam: HC urged to lift stay on arrests

The Sambalpur police finally knocked at the door of the Odisha High Court to revoke a stay order for arresting three businessmen in a swindling case pertaining to paddy procurement. Manoj Agrawal, Pawan Agrawal and Rakesh Agrawal had misappropriated over Rs 4.11 crore by procuring paddy from MARKFED under the pretext of running rice mills

Art workshop in Sambalpur

Sambalpur is celebrating a colourful Durga Puja with its artists gathering together to express their feelings on canvas this festive season. Over 30 painters assembled at Sakhipada Hanuman temple on Sunday to participate in a workshop titled ‘My Sambalpur’ where they depicted the beauty of the town with paint and brush. The Sambalpur Working Artists’

Students all set for campus elections

Campuses across the state are geared up for student union elections today. Polling is scheduled to start between 8 am and 12 noon in various institutions and will be over by 2 pm, government sources said. Counting will start soon after polling. Elected representatives will take oath on Saturday before the educational institutions close for

Maoist held in Bargarh

A joint team of Bargarh district volunteer force and CRPF arrested a Maoist during a combing operation in Arhwal reserve forest range on Wednesday. He has been identified as Sanatan Deep (30). Police claimed he was involved in a series of offensives in Paikmal police station area in the past few months. A local court