Kalam urges students to set their goal

Kalam urges students to set their goal

The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise... Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers, Kalam said at the 150th anniversary function of Chandrasekhar Behera Zila School here.

Samleswari Mandir

Samleswari Mandir

Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Orissa, India dedicated to the goddess known as MAA, also known among the natives as samalei maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari.

Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 km from Sambalpur.

Karma Naach: Sambalpuri Folk Dance

Karma Naach: Sambalpuri Folk Dance

This pastoral Sambalpuri folk dance is performed during the worship of the god or goddess of fate



This is one of the small but beautiful waterfalls of Sambalpur district, Orissa. It sprinkles out from the Gudguda mountain

Though Dusserah is the occasion of Dalkhai the most popular folk-dance of western Orissa, its performance is very common on all other festivals such as Bhaijauntia, Phangun Puni, Nuakhai etc.

The Leaning temple of Huma located about 25 km from Sambalpur. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a well-known structure the world over.


Again a woman abused publicly

District collector Pradeep Kumar Rath has courted trouble for allegedly misbehaving with a lady social worker in his office. Town police registered a case against him on the direction of Sambalpur SDJM for verbally abusing Pankajini Pradhan last month.

“We are investigating the case. It will be decided later if the collector is to be arrested,” town police station inspector R N Deo said.

Trouble started when Pradhan, who works for the empowerment of women in Jujumora block, went to meet the collector in support of another woman, Kalpana Seth, who was attacked in Jamloi village on October 21 last year after she refused to pay a ‘chanda’ to some villagers. Pradhan rescued the family of the victim woman and provided her shelter. Upon her pressure, Jujumora police registered a case in this regard but took no steps.

When the victim family did not get any justice even with the help of Pradhan, Seth put up a notice in front of the collector’s office on December 12, threatening ‘self immolation’.

Four/two laning of Baharagora-Sambalpur section of NH-6

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the implementation of the four/two laning of Baharagora-Sambalpur section of NH-6 in the States of Orissa and Jharkhand under NHDP Phase IV on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT/BOT) basis. The total length of the road will be 368.20 kms.

The total cost of the project including land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities will be Rs.3636.43 crore. The concession period will be 30 years including construction period of 36 months.

The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the States of Orissa and Jharkhand and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Baharagora and Sambalpur. NH-6 is a major link for Kolkata in West Bengal to Hazira Port in Gujarat. The project also improves the connectivity of Baharagora in the State of Jharkhand with Bisoi, Jasipur, Keonjhar, Pallahara, Deogarh, Barakote, Jamankira and Sambalpur in the State of Orissa. It will also increase the employment potential for local labourers for project activities.

The project is covered in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Angul, Deogarh and Sambalpur in Orissa and Singhbhum in Jharkhand.

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Sambalpur Lok Mahotsav 2013

The 17th Sambalpur Lok Mahotsav, 2013 kicked up to the beats of Dulduli, folk songs and dances at the Gangadhar open air theatre, here Friday.
Finance Minister Prassana Acharya inaugurated the festival while eminent litterateur Srinivas Udgata released a souvenir on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Acharya said the culture and tradition of western Orissa, which has transcended the geographical boundaries and made us known in the world, remains a pride for the State. The contributions of poet Gangadhar Meher, Bhima Bhoi and Veer Surendra Sai belonging to the region are well known, he added.
sambalpur-lok-mahotsav Udgata said the Lok Mahotasav has been able to uphold the culture and tradition of western Orissa which can be rarely found anywhere in the entire world.
After the inaugural ceremony, Ratan Bag and his troupe presented a folk music programme in which Gagan Bag and Jagat Bardia, Krishna Patel and Arati Mishra presented some devotional numbers.
Later, troupes from Sambalpur, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Puri performed folk dances which were appreciated by the audience.
In the morning, a procession was taken out after offering puja to Goddess Samaleshwari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur.
In the afternoon, an exhibition depicting folk art and culture was held in Veer Surendra Sai Town Hall.

RDC seeks details on Sambalpur tollgates

 Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Alekh Chandra Padhiari has directed the Sambalpur civic body authorities to submit details of the tollgates of its jurisdiction.

It has been alleged that the municipal authorities, contravening the order of the State Government, are allowing a private agency to collect entry fee and parking fee from the vehicles entering into the town. But the Urban Development department in a letter in March, 2011 has clearly restricted collection of illegal fees.

The municipality in its council meeting has also decided not to collect the fees.In spite of this, the private agency has been collecting the illegal fees worth crores of rupees, source said.

Civil society members have alleged that the illegal collection is continuing because the administration has cast a blind eye on it. Moreover, the private agency in order to keep the practice going had appealed against the orders of the State Government through a writ petition in the Odisha HC. Surprisingly, the municipality of late has floated fresh tender inviting interested agencies for toll gate operation.

It is also alleged that the municipal authorities are neglecting the regular sources of its income from holding tax, licence fees from shops and commercial bodies and tax from its own market complexes. The RDC after being apprised of the issue has taken the step to disband the practice as per law.

Odisha CHSE +2 exams start from 1st March 2013

CHSE OdishaFor the academic year 2011 – 2012, the +2 examinations will start from 1st of March to 30th of March, 2013 as per the notifications published by the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha. Student has to fill up an e-form for this as similar to last year, by taking help of CHSE Staff who present nearby them.  

 The process of form fill-up will start from 2nd of January to 21st of January, 2013 in a certain criteria like, 2nd to 8th of January without fine, then after 10th to 12th with a fine amount of Rs. 50 and 16th to 18th with a fine amount of Rs. 350.

All the theory papers will be completed within 23rd of March and practical papers will be completed between 22nd of March to 30th of March. There will be 2 sittings in a day 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.