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Recket of forgery matriculation certificates came to fore, three arrested

Recket of forgery matriculation certificates came to fore, three arrestedBargarh town police arrested Sarat kumar Ratha, on charges of printing and supplying forged matriculation certificates. He runs an open school.

Police have also seized a scanner, computers and various documents from his possession besides detaining two other youths. They have been identified as Tilak Rout of Bargarh town and Umesh Kumar Sahu of Bhinjetora village in Bhatli block.

The youths has been arrested for trying to get admission in Panchayat Junior College here by using forged certificates procured from Ratha.

Sources said the incident came to fore after the principal in-charge of the college Pandaba Behera lodged an FIR over submission of fake certificates by nine applicants for admission into Plus Two. Acting on the complaint, police began investigation and found that Ratha had provided the forged certificates to the applicants after charging Rs.12,000 for each certificate.

A case has been registered. Efforts are on to nab the other seven applicants.

NCDS team in Sambalpur to study leakage in Hirakud dam

A four-member team of the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) arrived here to study the leakage in the powerhouse gallery of Hirakud dam in Odisha.

Hirakud DamAccording to sources, the team comprising Er AD Mohile, chairman, NCDS, member Suresh Chandra, PK Mohanty, chief engineer, Odisha Dam Safety, and deputy director Er AK Das, will visit the dam site at Burla today to study the leakage point.

The team would then recommend the state government to take necessary steps in accordance with its report.

Prior to the visit of the NCDS team, a five-member team of the Odisha Dam Safety had visited the dam on June 4 to study the leakage in the unit 6 and 7 of the powerhouse gallery that were built in 1956 and 1989-90 respectively.

The team, later in its report to the state government had claimed that the leakage will pose no threat to the main dam.

It may be recalled the leakage was detected during the annual supervision in March this year.

Later, the dam authorities informed the matter to the state government to take adequate steps.

Kedarnath Loss Still Haunts Rathis

kedarnath-tragedyA year has passed since Rathi family of Khetrajpur here lost its 17 members in the Kedarnath tragedy that rocked the country on June 17, 2013. But the nightmare of the calamity that took thousands of lives continues to haunt the bereaved family.

Recounting the horror, Pramod Rathi said his mother Pushpa Rathi, then 63 years of age, had called him at 6.30 am from Kedarnath to tell him of the danger from the massive flood that struck Kedarnath. Suddenly there was a loud explosion and the mobile connection snapped. Pushpa’s apprehensions proved true as 17 members of Rathi family including her were swept away by the deluge.

The only survivors of the family were Pramod’s father Suraj Rathi (69) and Binod Mantri (59) of Kolkata, who managed to save their lives by clinging on to an iron grill of a window during the massive landslide.

A year later, the family has moved on accepting the tragedy in its stride. But rebuilding their lives is difficult. The irreparable loss continues to haunt them at every step of life.

The family now has applied for the death certificates of its loved ones, said Pramod.

Nineteen members of the Rathi family had reached Kedarnath on June 15 after visiting Gangotri and Yamunotri. At Kedarnath, they checked in to Rajasthan Guest House and were staying in the first floor of the building.

After paying obeisance at the Kedarnath temple, they decided to stay back even though it rained heavily. When the deluge struck, Suraj and Binod watched helplessly as their loved ones were washed away.

“I watched helplessly as the building collapsed like a pack of cards. With it, everyone was washed away,” said Suraj as his wrinkled hands reached out for the photographs of the ones he had lost in the disaster.

Struggling to lead a normal life after losing 15 kg in the last one year, Suraj misses his wife Pushpa with whom he had spent 45 long years. Moaning the death of his wife and nephews, Suraj said he has lost the very purpose of living after the incident. “The incident would continue to haunt me till I breath my last,” he said.

However, the declaration of CBSE results recently has brought something to cheer for Rathi family. Three children of the family have passed the CBSE Class X and XII examinations with flying colours. Cousins Apurva Rathi and Varsha Rathi secured 95.6 and 94.8 per cent respectively in the CBSE XII Commerce examination from DAV Public School, MCL, Burla while Adarsh Rathi secured 10 CGPA in his CBSE Examination from Madnawati Public School here.

School Properties up for Grabs in Sambalpur

Surprising it may sound, but the shops constructed by Budharaja High School here with an aim to generate funds for overall development are up for grabs for a paltry monthly rent of `100 and `150.

Though the State Government has taken over the school, the situation has failed to improve with the Collector, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the school, and the district officials turning a blind eye to the issue.

Similar is the situation of Nrusingha Guru Town High School in Golebazar here. It was expected that things would change after the Government took over the school in 1991. But school properties worth crores of rupees are up for grabs and those in possession of it pay a pittance towards rent.

The earning from the properties is neither used for development of the schools nor transferred to Government fund.

Sources said the Budharaja High School situated along Budharaja-Ainthapali main road owns a market complex having 26 shop rooms in front of the school. Though the rent of the shops has been fixed between `100 and `150 per month, which is a paltry amount compared to the present market price, most of the shop owners are reluctant to pay the rent. Several shop owners have even rented out their shops to others for hefty amount besides undertaking extension of the shops without seeking permission from the school authorities or Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA).

Similarly, though Nrusingha Guru Town High School owns 33 shops, the income generated from the rent is a pittance. Most of the shop owners are unwilling to pay their monthly rent. Moreover, the rent is yet to be revised even after two decades.

In 2001, the Government ordered that a committee comprising the Collector as Chairman, District Education Officer, Headmaster of the school and president of the School Committee will revise the rent of the shops and
ensure timely collection of the revenue. However, nothing has been done in this regard so far even as the schools continue to languish due to paucity of funds.

Contacted, District Education Officer, Sambalpur Sangram Sahu passed the buck to the school committees and said respective schools should initiate preliminary steps against the errant shop owners.

Affiliation of nine colleges to be withdrawn

The Odisha government has decided to withdraw the affiliation accorded earlier to nine colleges following their dismal show in the annual Plus Two examinations results in current year.

According to Gagan Dhal, secretary, Higher Education, the nine private colleges that had zero results are Gunupur College, Trupti Women’s College, Basudevpur, Govt Junior Science College Jirang, Swami Vivekananda Residential College, Rayagada, Govt Junior Science College, Tiring, Jayakrushna College, Tamando, Cosmic Plus Two Science College, Puri, Centurian Plus Two Science College, Ramachandrapur and Pratik Science College, Sambalpur.

It may be mentioned here that the Higher Education minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi, in a press briefing here yesterday had said that his department would issue a show cause notice to the authorities of these nine college to explain the cause behind such dismal results.

“If the explanations are not found satisfactory, the government would withdraw affiliation from these colleges”, he had warned.