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.


Balraj Komal receive Gangadhar National Award

Eminent Urdu poet Balraj Komal has been selected for the prestigious Gangadhar National award for poetry for the year 2011.
The award, slated to be presented to him on the 46th Foundation Day of the Sambalpur University, comprises of Rs 50,000, a citation, a memento and a shawl.
Komal is the 4th Urdu poet selected for this award. So far, 20 poets of various Indian languages have received the annual award.
Born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan, poet Komal now resides in New Delhi.
A former education officer of Delhi Administration, Komal had received Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award for his poetry compilation “Parindo Ka Asmann” in 1985. He was also awarded with “Ghalib Samman.
Sambalpur University has been honouring poets of national stature since 1992, every year with Gangadhar National award for poetry.
Distinguished poets like Sardar Ali Jaffery, Shakti Chattopadhyay, Ayappa Paniker, Binda Karandikar, Nirupam Kaur, M Sachidanandan, Shankha Ghosh, Nilamoni Phookan, Gulzar, Dr Surjit Singh Pattar, Rajendra Kishor Panda, Shahariyar have been the recipients of this National award, said SS Rath, Registrar, Sambalpur University.

Celebrating Kartik Purnima in sambalpur

kartik purnimaToday, many people are going to resoiver or river to float lamp of lights by making a miniature boat at early morning. As today is a lunar day, the lunar day of kartika( month November – December ) is very pure as beleived in our culture. In this month of kartika, people worship to lord vishnu in pure mind.

Many stories are there for the Kartik Purnima like some of Munirshi wish to go along with lord Ram Chandra as a woman and God knew this and bless them as they are incarnated as Gopis in the Dwapara Yuga. Kartik Purnima is also known as Rasa Purnmia or Rahaas because in these days God Krshna play Rasa with gopis.

Highway amenities centres, to reduce accidents

 With a view to reducing the rising number of road accidents and ensure road safety, the State Government has decided to develop roadside amenities centres in 12 places in the State in the first phase. The State Human Rights Commission has urged the completion of the projects in a time-bound manner.

The amenities would include parking lots, restaurant/snacks bar, toilet and rest room for drivers, rest rooms for passengers, telephone booth and internet kiosk, first aid, petrol pump, minor vehicle repair shops, spare part shops, ATMs and bank extension counters, tourist linked services, police post, budget hotels and landscaping with plantation at every 60-80 km intervals. They would be set up along the National Highways (NHs) and State Highways (SHs) for providing adequate rest and refreshment to the road users.

Due to absence of clearly identified parking place along the highways, heavy vehicles park on the road during the night time causing many accidents. According to the Motor Vehicle Act, the State Government should provide traffic aid posts and heavy vehicle parking complexes on the side of the SHs and NHs. The Government would provide the parking place to the vehicles along the roads keeping the problem in view.

These amenities centres would be developed in PPP mode wherein land will be provided by the State Government, while the developers for the projects will be decided through an open bidding process. During the first phase, Kacharamal (Phulanakhara) near Bhubaneswar, Chandikhole in Jajpur, Garavana near Sambalpur-Baragarh ,Rairakhole in Angul-Sambalpur, Lahunipada near Remuli-Rajmunda , Ghatagaon in Panikoili-Remuli Road, Basta in Baleswar-Laxman nath, Batagaon in Bhubaneswar-Puri Road, Barkote in Biramitrapur-Barkote road, Meramundali in Cuttack-Angul road, Soro in Bhadrak-Baleswar NH and Badatrilochanpur/Sunasahi of Panikoili in Chandikhol-Bhadrak NH would be taken up for setting up the amenities centres. The National HighwayAuthority of India has already started work at Soro. In the second phase, the centres would be set up in Koraput, Balangir, Malkangiri, Nuapada and places like Sunabeda, Potangi, Ambapani, Boriguma, Sundergada and Kesinga.

Tazia binds religions

tazia procession in sambalpurLike every year, a Hindu family of Modipara in the town took out the ‘tazia’ procession to mark Muharram on Sunday. The Padhiary family has been doing it for past three generations. But the colour and rituals of Modipara tazia make it different from other tazia processions taken out by the Muslim community. When the top (tomb) of Muslim tazias are painted in white and green, the Hindu tazia has it in red. Coconuts are offered by devotees at the Hindu tazia unlike the Muslim ones.

“After the death of my father I have taken up the responsibility of bringing it out the procession every year. The practice dates back to 1664,” said the eldest member of the family Lalmohan Padhiary.

He said one of his forefathers Jaydev left home in 1655 to avoid marriage. He did not return till 1663. The family members, believing him to be dead, had performed his last rituals. But he appeared one fine morning in 1664 along with two maulanas and wished to take out a tazia procession that year. Initially, he did not get any support from his family because of religious and social restrictions. The people also vehemently objected it but it was the ruler of Sambalpur kingdom who not only supported him but also allotted a piece of land to meet the expenses of tazia procession.

HC asked Railways to pay damage to victims

 In a significant ruling on Monday, the Odisha High Court asked the Indian Railways to pay compensation to all the victims of the August 25 train accident that took place at an unmanned level-crossing near Sambalpur in which at least 14 people died and five others were injured.

This direction from the High Court came despite the Railways had strongly opposed paying compensation saying there was no provision to pay damage to the non-passengers under the Railways Act.

Disposing of a PIL filed by social activist and advocate Prabir Das, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda asked the Chairman of the Railway Board to pay Rs 5 lakh each to the families of all the 14 victims who died while the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by an Express train.

The HC also asked the Railways to pay Rs 1 lakh to one of the grievously injured woman, who is still undergoing treatment. Similarly, the Railways was asked to compensate other injured persons of the accident by paying damage ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000 as per the gravity of the injury they sustained. The mishap had taken place when an Express train hit a good lorry in which the victims were crossing the railway track at Khairapalli. All the victims were farm labourers under the BPL category and were socially and economically disadvantaged. While 13 of the 14 deceased were women and belonged to the SC community, their family members could not independently fight to seek damage and, therefore, the PIL was filed on August 28.

The HC asked the Railways to pay the compensation from the date of filing of the PIL with a six-per cent interest. The authorities were asked to complete the process of payment within two months, informed advocate Das.The HC also directed the Railways to convert all the unmanned level-crossings into manned level-crossings and deploy Home Guards with red flags to alert the road users about the approaching trains. “Provide road under-bridges (RUBs) and limited height subways (LHSs) wherever necessary,” the HC order said. Similarly, the State Government was asked to provide necessary cooperation to the Railways for construction of all these structures within six months. The police and transport authorities were also asked to take stringent action against the drivers who are using mobile phones while driving. It was alleged that the goods lorry driver was listening to music from his cell phone when the accident took place.