Lawyers’ bandh shuts down western Odisha

The 12-hour lawyers’ bandh threw life out of gear in western Odisha on Tuesday. While government offices, courts, business establishment, banks and other financial institutions remained closed, lawyers in several places stopped magistrates from entering court premises. In Sambalpur, the office of the RDC, collector and IG of police remained closed because of picketing by

Train movement hit on Sambalpur section of E. Coast Rly

Train movement on the Sambalpur-Jharsuguda section under the Sambalpur division of the East Coast Railway remained suspended for several hours on Tuesday following derailment of a goods train near Sason station, according to ECoR sorces. The train was carrying about 3,800 tonnes of thermal coal from the mines at Ib Valley to NTPC’s Kanhia plant.

2 international-standard MSDC to come up

Having set the target to train one million youths in various job generation skills in the next five years, the State Government has now initiated steps for establishment of international-standard multi-skill development centres (MSDC) in the State. A high-level meeting, presided over by Chief Secretary B K Patnaik, here on Monday decided to set up

Trivedi loses trust motion

Despite the High Court directive to reserve result of the no-confidence motion till the next hearing on May 10 on a writ petition filed by Sambalpur Municipal Chairperson Rina Trivedi, it is amply clear that her ouster is only a matter of time. According to leaked reports, 20 councillors have voted for the motion with

Life affected in Western Odisha bandh

Normal life was affected in Western Odisha today during a 12-hour bandh called by lawyers in the region demanding arrest and transfer of Sambalpur district Collector for her alleged highhandedness. Shops, markets, schools, colleges, offices and banks remained closed in major towns of Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bolangir and other districts in the region during the

Former MP passes away

Former MP and trade union leader Patitpaban Pradhan died of prolonged illness at his home in Brooks Hill here on Sunday. He was 78. He is survived by his wife Deeptibala Pattnaik, a social activist, and four daughters. His last rites will be performed on Monday at the Rajghat here. Born in Jarachat village in

Gurundia villages on road to development?

Finally, there is some hope for four under-developed interior villages, including the Maoist-infested Kelo in Gurundia block. Collector Rupa Roshan Sahu visited Kunjara, Kelo, Kantamunda and Majuridima villages and took stock of the situation, on Friday. Her visit assumes significance against the backdrop of villagers complaining that no Government officials even in the rank of

Maoists exploit forces’ ops halt to lay landmines

Maoists have managed to make major gains during the suspension of armed operations following recent high-profile kidnappings. As expected, most of these have been in Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The Ultras have managed to lay out a vast network of landmines during this period. This is revealed in a classified report, in Deccan Chronicle’s possession, sent

Lawyers close ranks, seek removal of Collector

Shedding differences over location of the proposed High Court Bench, lawyers of Balangir District Bar Association expressed solidarity with their Sambalpur counterparts here on Thursday. The team was here to stage a dharna in front of the IG (NR) office demanding arrest of the Sambalpur Collector Mrinalini Darswal. The dharna comes a day after Jharsuguda

Road map drawn to develop Buddhist sites

With the 13th Finance Commission grant of ` 65 crore, the Culture Department has drawn up a road map to develop the various Buddhist sites in the State. An amount of Rs 12 crore has been earmarked for conservation, documentation and development works of Buddhist heritage sites scattered across the State. The works will be