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3 taken into custody in chinmaya murder case

Three people were taken into custody by hirakud police in Chinmaya murder case. They seemed to be from one family. Chinmaya murder case is a love matter, police doubt. Police submit the charge sheet against the the culprits.

Sanitation Goes for a Toss in Sambalpur

With the model code of conduct coming into force in the State, the Municipality finds itself in a tight spot to resolve the sanitation woes faced by the denizens.

With the recent development in election front, the Municipality cannot finalise the tenders which it had floated for outsourcing of cleaning work. The civic body had outsourced cleaning work in 15 of total Wards under its jurisdiction.

However, the agency, which bagged the tender, walked out of the job on February 15 with prior intimation following which the sanitation in the town went for a toss.

Though the Municipality claims to have engaged an agency temporarily for cleaning work, there has been no visible improvement in sanitation and the town is sinking under heaps of garbage littered in various places across 15 Wards. The drains are overflowing and filthy water is spilling on to the roads while the garbage is emitting foul smell.

Sources said the delay in payment of bills forced the private agency to withdraw from the work. Following the withdrawal, the Municipality subsequently floated fresh tender seeking expression of interest from NGOs and other enterprises having experience in cleaning work with the last date of receipt being February 25.

However, with the announcement of the general election, the finalisation of tenders has met a dead end. Besides, the crisis has exposed lack of sincerity on part of the Municipality to tackle the sanitation woes.

As the outgoing agency gave prior intimation much before its withdrawal, the Municipality could have hired a new agency. Instead of acting on the issue, it sat over it till the situation worsened.

It is alleged that the entire issue was allowed to slip out of hand to help certain vested applicants who had evinced interest in taking up the cleaning job.

When contacted, Executive Officer of the Municipality Aniruddha Padhan admitted that the tender is yet to be finalised due to enforcement of the model code of conduct. However, things would be set right with the help of a temporary agency which has been hired for the cleaning job, he claimed.

No water, no vote: Nuapada villagers send loud message

About 900 villagers of Dhingiamunda in Nuapada district have threatened to refrain from voting in the coming Lok Sabha and assembly polls if drinking water does not reach their village by March 21.

The villagers on Thursday met district collector Jaya Kumar V and put forth their grievances. “We have taken a unanimous decision not to cast our votes for both LS and assembly polls. For the last one decade, we have been demanding drinking water supply to the village but no one paid any heed,” said Bhabani Shankar Kata, a villager. He further said if their demands were not fulfilled, two villagers would end their lives in front of the collector’s office at Nuapada.

In a letter to the collector, the villagers said piped water could be supplied to Charpali, Gibhimunda and Hatibandha villages from Gidhmal river. “We also want the village pond to be renovated. The administration should also construct a check dam at Dabrinala, which will help in irrigation,” a villager said.

The collector said the government would take steps to fulfill the demands of the villagers at the earliest. “The villagers have submitted a memorandum wherein they have mentioned their demands. I will personally convince the villagers not to boycott the polls,” Kumar added.

With all the five blocks of the district being Maoist-hit, the district administration would anyway be on its toes to manage the polls.

 

One More Boat Capsizes, all 12 Rescued

Close on the heels of the boat tragedy at Hirakud that claimed 31 lives, another tragedy was averted when a country boat ferrying people from Sambalpur to Mundo Ghat across river Mahanadi capsized after being caught in a strong gale on Tuesday. However all the passengers had a narrow escape and were rescued.

Ironically, the incident exposed the failure of the district administration to learn from past mistakes and the boat had been ferrying people illegally despite the State Government putting a blanket ban on boat services.

Reports said there were 12 persons, including five women in the country boat when the boat capsized in river Mahanadi on the downstream of Hirakud dam on Tuesday. The people had boarded the boat at Badbazar Ghat in Sambalpur town and were supposed to get down at Mundo Ghat across the river.

Boatman Upendra Singh said they were very close from the bank of Mundo Ghat when the gale led the boat hit a rock overturning it. While some of the passengers swam to the rocky island in the river to safety, the boatman also rescued at least five persons to safety. Sambalpur Additional District Magistrate, Jyoti Kumar Lakra, who had also rushed to the spot said all the passengers on board were rescued.

Badbazar Ghat, where the people boarded the boat comes under the jurisdiction of Sambalpur Municipality though Executive Officer of the Sambalpur Municipality, Aniruddha Padhan said the boat was ferrying people illegally.

Global grinding start-ups

Christian Pfeiffer mill at JizanICR seeks out the locations of the new finish-grinding plants and proposed new grinding station projects around the world. Large projects coming on-stream this year include Saudi Cement’s new Jizan plant, Sephaku Cement’s 1.4Mta Delmas grinding unit in South Africa and UltraTech’s 1.6Mta expansion at Jharsuguda, India.

The need to build grinding plants does not seem to be slowing as producers see this as an opportune way to enter new markets on a permanent footing, especially after importing into the region. It is the next step and a natural progression to distributing larger amounts of cement at a more competitive price.

While grinding plants can be quicker to set up than integrated facilities they still require environmental assessments and licences, and usually take 18 months or more to be established from the moment construction begins. However, capital expenditure for such a unit is far lower than for an integrated plant.