Waltair division of East Coast Rly crosses 50-mt mark in goods traffic

The Waltair division of the East Coast Railway has crossed the 50-million tonne mark in cargo-handling for the first time during 2011-12 financial year, according to Mr N. Kashinath, Divisional Railway Manager. Reviewing the performance here on Monday, he said the division had handled goods traffic of 50.80 million tonnes earning Rs 4,054 crore during

Poly bags back in use

The much hyped ban on use of polythene bags imposed by Sambalpur Municipality from January 1 has come a cropper. The Municipality in a bid to make the town clean and prevent use of non-biodegradable polythene had declared a blanket ban on use of polythene bags below 40 micron. Even as the civic body started

Odisha loses Rs 191cr of central aid because of mismanagement

NAVEEN PATNAIK government claims that the centre is not providing adequate financial support to the state but a report proved it completely wrong. The state government had to lose central assistance to the tune of Rs 190.72 crore during 2005 to 2011 because of low spending of available scheme funds by the implementing agencies. According

Big slump in number of IIT aspirants

Nearly 20,000 students appeared in the  joint entrance examination (JEE) in the city on Sunday. However, the number of  IIT aspirants in the state saw a decline from the previous years, official sources said. About 30,000 aspirants appeared from the state last year, he said. The Registrar of IIT-Bhubaneswar, Bata Kishore Ray, said, “The number

Huma’s religious bend

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a well-known structure the world over. But, have you ever heard of a leaning temple? Yes, we do have a unique temple with a leaning tower in Orissa. The place is the small village of Huma and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Vimaleshwara. At about

Workshop showcases Sambalpur city development plan

The Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) on Thursday organised a workshop to show the comprehensive development plan chalked out for Greater Sambalpur. It has been prepared for the people that is likely to be around 5.75 lakh by 2030. The Gujarat Industrial and Technical Consultancy (GITCO) entrusted to prepare the plan for Sambalpur displayed it to

Twelve dacoits arrested

Twelve members of an inter-state dacoit gang involved in robbery of aluminium from trucks on highways in Odisha were arrested and materials and cash seized from them, police said today. Acting on complaints about hijacking of several aluminium laden trucks at various police stations in Sambalpur and adjoining districts, police swung into action and nabbed

Mahua Collectors left in lurch

Poor forest dwellers, mostly tribals, are facing a tough time with the shrinking green canopy and distress sale of Mahua flower has only hit them hard. In non-irrigated areas, people fall back on the forest produce for about six months in a year for sustenance. They engage in collection of non-timber forest produce (NTFP) which

Patient dies as ambulance hits truck

A patient going to Bhubaneswar for treatment died in a road accident on Thursday when the ambulance that was carrying him collided head on with a truck. The mishap took place at Bethgarh near Redhakhol in  Sambalpur district. The ambulance driver was also killed. The truck driver and others accompanying the patient were seriously injured

Sikhs protest college barring boy with kripan

Tension prevailed for hours in  Rourkela College on Thursday after college authorities debarred a Sikh student from appearing in the university examination for carrying his ‘kripan’, a traditional weapon carried by members of the Sikh community. Three other non-Sikh community students also did not appear in the examination, protesting the decision of the college authorities,