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Inspired by Anna, 70-year-old on hunger strike to make his village liquor-free

Inspired by the anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare, a 70-year-old man, Janardan Sahu, has begun a hunger strike in front of the Sambalpur collector’s office on Friday demanding removal of liquor shops from his village, Laida. Criticizing the sluggish attitude of the excise officials of the district, Sahu said officials had assured him to remove

Sambalpur ex-VC criticized for ‘plagiarism’ blog

Former Sambalpur University vice-chancellor Arun Pujari’s March 10 blog alleging largescale plagiarism in PhD thesis across varsity departments has evoked sharp reactions from various quarters. The allegations were first reported in TOI on March 27. DOST, a social service organization of students in Sambalpur, sent a memorandum to governor M C Bhandare and chief minister

IBPS 2012: Option to apply for pre-exam training

The second Common Written Examination (CWE-PO/ MT-II) will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a per-requisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer / Management Trainee posts in the select 19 Public Sector Banks. It is proposed to impart pre-examination training to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled

OHRC orders compensation for handcuffing accused

The Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Thursday directed the Home Department to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 each to two theft accused who had been handcuffed by police on their way to a court in Bargarh two years ago. Chairperson of the rights panel Justice RK Patra directed that the compensation be paid

10 Jawans injured in road accident

A mini bus with 25 personnel of 12th Battalion of CRPF overturned after hitting a stationary truck at Gopalpali under Kuchinda Police limits late on Wednesday. Ten of them were injured in the mishap. The two seriously injured, Amin Tudu and Odisha Police driver Sarat Kumar Behera, have been admitted to VSS Medical at Burla.

Only a nullah to slake thirst of whole village

The Chatuni nullah is the only source of drinking water for both people and livestock in Manduaam village under Balam gram panchayat. Manduaam has been identified as a revenue village but there is no source of drinking water here. Under these circumstances, villagers are forced to walk down to Chatuni nullah for their water requirements

Sunstroke fear stalks western Odisha

With people already feeling the pangs of heat with the rising temperature, fear of sunstroke stalks Western Odisha. The region had seen 204 and 31 sunstroke deaths in 1998 and 2005 respectively. Although government-run hospitals in rural and urban areas have geared up to meet any eventuality, livelihood insecurity, poverty, illiteracy, ignorance and lack of

Maoists serve ultimatum to Odisha Govt

Dialogues between the Government representatives and the two Maoist-nominated negotiators on the release of Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco appeared headed for a breakdown with one of the negotiators, Dandapani Mohanty, asking the Government to accept the three main demands put forth by the State Organising Committee of the CPI(Maoist) led by Sabyasachi Panda and

CAG raps Orissa over land buying for mega industries

Acquisition of nearly 5,000 acres of land for six major industrial players including Posco India and Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) has turned out to be a sticky thorn in the flesh of the Orissa government. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its latest report (civil) for the year ended March 31, 2011

Former VC stirs up a hornet’s nest

Former vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University Arun Pujari’s allegations of plagiarism against teachers and students of the varsity have stirred up a hornet’s nest. Both the teachers and students are now up in arms against Pujari accusing him of doing little for the varsity’s development during his 2008-2011 stint.  As it is Pujari was accused of