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Lawyers stall work over Sambalpur incident

The lawyers’ strike over the Sambalpur incident continued to stall work in the Orissa High Court on Monday as the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has announced the ceasework till Tuesday. The decision was taken as HCBA’s assessment team’s report is still pending. The team had visited Sambalpur on April 27 and met the parties

NRI urges PM, CM for HC Bench

Non-resident Odia professor Digambara Patra of the American University of Beirut has demanded establishment of a High Court Bench or Circuit Bench in Bhawanipatna. In a letter to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Odisha, Patra has cited that a High Court Bench or Circuit Bench exists along with their parent HC in

Odisha forests burning bright

Forests in Odisha are burning in the scorching summer heat, literally. Around 2,700 cases of jungle fires were reported in the state in the past two months. Satellite generated data available with the Forest Survey of India (FSI) said Kandhamal district in the southern part of the state reported the highest 757 incidents of forest

Judgment in doctor’s murder deferred

A fast track court here on Monday deferred judgment in the Dr Brahmananda Panda murder case till May 9. “The court postponed pronouncing its verdict as lawyers struck work expressing solidarity with their counterparts in Sambalpur,” defence counsel Sirsendu Prasad Rout said. The 60-year-old doctor was hacked to death at his nursing home-cum-residence in Kharavel

Lawyers stir on against Sambalpur incident

Lawyers in Cuttack continued their ceasework even as those in Bhubaneswar joined them on Monday to express solidarity with their counterparts in Sambalpur in the wake of the collector-lawyers standoff on April 23. Two separate fact-finding teams of advocates from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack left for Sambalpur to assess the situation. “A fact-finding committee of the

Sambalpur Collector-Lawyers scuffle: Bar Associations call for western Odisha bandh on May 8

Western Odisha Bar Associations  called for a western Odisha bandh on May 8 demanding arrest and transfer of Sambalpur collector Mrinalini Darswal for her alleged highhandedness. The central action committee of the associations also demanded judicial inquiry into the confrontation between the collector and lawyers, which took place on April 23. There was a conflict

Maoists eye Sonepur

With security forces intensifying combing operation in Kandhamal district, armed Maoists have reportedly entered Sonepur through Boudh creating panic among the people. Reports said 40 to 50 armed cadres, including women, visited Jharbahali-Pipalkanta village near Mankadbahal under Chadeipank gram panchayat and held a meeting on Sunday, their second over last two days. The Maoists inquired

Anti-Jual faction boycotts meet

That all is not well in the State BJP became more pronounced on Sunday with the rebels boycotting the State Executive Committee meeting. All the seven legislators of the party, including Independent MLA Pratap Sarangi, senior leaders and former ministers Bijay Mohapatra, Manmohan Samal, Samir Dey, Dilip Ray, Surama Padhi and several State functionaries, including

Land losers demand relook into prices

After Posco, trouble is brewing for the Greenfield project of Aditya Aluminium at Lapang in Sambalpur district. The land oustees of the project have demanded a review of land valuation after a CAG report on under-valuation of land acquired for industrial houses. They also demanded a CBI probe into the land acquired by the State

Manhandled Collector moves SCW

Sambalpur Collector Mrinalini Darswal has petitioned the State Commission for Women (SCW) seeking an inquiry into the April 23 incident of ‘manhandling’. The Commission received a five-page petition from Darswal in which the collector has narrated how she was ‘manhandled’ and ‘abused’ while trying to intervene in a law and order situation. A copy of