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

gudguda

gudguda

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.

 

Bijepur bypoll: BJD candidate Rita Sahu to file nomination paper on 5th February

Bijepur bypoll: BJD Candidate Rita Sahu

Rita Sahu wife of late Congress sitting MLA Subal Sahu will file her nomination on 5h Februry as a BJD Candidate. As she is the appropriate candidate for the most awaited Bjijepur bypoll election in Bargarh District.

The party declared this after BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired a high-level meeting at Naveen Niwas to prepare party’s strategies ahead of the bypoll.

Senior party leaders including Prasanna Acharya, Debi Prasad Mishra, Prasanta Nanda, Pranab Prakash Das, party observer for Bargarh district Prafulla Mallick and canditate Rita Sahu attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, some Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 congress and BJP workers from Gaisilat Block of the district joined the BJD today.

Speaking to media persons, Naveen said “I am very happy that the Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 leaders from Congress party belonging to Bijepur Assembly Constituency have joined BJD. Their joining will strengthen our party. I welcome them”.

The Bijepur by-poll will be held on February 24. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu on August 22, 2017.

Bargarh looks forward to World Cup for blind hero’s homecoming

On Monday, when Pankaj Bhues will reach Bhubaneswar, the son of a tractor driver will have done something that very few in Bargarh thought he could do – win a World Cup. Pankaj, who is entirely blind in his left eye and has only partial vision in his right, spearheaded the Indian blind cricket team to victory against Bangladesh at UAE, helping India clinch the Cricket World Cup 2018 for Blind last week.

“It is a dream for a player to become the part of a World Cup winning team. Though I started my international cricket career in 2011, this was my first ODI cricket world cup,” said the 23-year-old fielder and bowler.

The tribal youth is the son of Shibulal Bhue of Phulapali village in Bargarh – the second among four children. With a small income, it was difficult for Shibulal to provide an education to all four of his children.

Pankaj started playing cricket when he was studying at the Physically Handicapped School, Bargarh. The cricketer credits Abhay Pradhan, now headmaster of the school, for shaping his talent. Pradhan would be his first coach, the man who would set him on the path to being selected for the 2006 state team.

Picked for the Indian team in 2011, Pankaj played his debut International match against Pakistan in Lahore. Soon after, he was selected for the T20 World Cup in 2012. He took three wickets in the final against Pakistan and helped India win the T20 world cup. “But after the match, I was diagnosed with knee injury and could not run for a year. I thought my career had come to an end,” he said.

Pankaj said his brother, now a policeman, had then asked him to choose athletics to win over his fears. “Though I was scared of running due to injury, I started practising running, long jump and high jump during the end of 2015. It surprisingly gave me physical strength and I took part in national meets held in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. I got 11 medals, including five gold medals in sprint, long jump and high jump,” he said.

Pankaj, incredibly, holds a 6.2 metre record in long jump.

Poverty forced a mom to sell her newborn baby for Rs 12k

Poverty forced a mom to sell her newborn baby for Rs 12kAN 11-day-old baby boy was sold by her mother for Rs.12,000 due to poverty at Banjari village on the outskirts of Jharsuguda town, police said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old woman, identified as Sarita Ansari, had given birth to the baby at VIMSAR in Burla on January 13. However, unable to take care of the newborn due to acute poverty, she was forced to sell the baby to Ramakrushna Sahu and Pradeep Guru of Sambalpur district the very next day for `12,000.

Acting on the information of Childline, Badmal police rescued the baby and arrested Sahu and Guru of Balbaspur village within Sason police limits in Sambalpur district.

Childline coordinator Ashis Panda said in a bid to save the baby boy, poverty-stricken Sarita had to sell him. Reportedly, Guru was in touch with the woman to take the newborn on delivery and had even paid `8,000 in advance.

However, on a tip off about the incident, Childline officials contacted Badmal police and reached Balbaspur where the newborn was rescued from Sahu’s house.

Sources said the baby was born to Sarita and Raju Ansari who are staying in a rented accommodation at Banjari. The couple was driven out of their respective homes by their families for being in a live-in relationship. Though Raju worked as a mason, he was unable to make ends meet and the couple was in dire financial straits.

Sarita reportedly told police that as it was difficult for her to take care of the newborn due to financial constraints, she was forced to hand over the baby to Sahu with help of Guru.

Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee Janmajaya Das said they are verifying the claim of sale of the newborn. Further investigation into the matter is on, said police.

MP Nagendra Vents Anger On Scribes For Talking To Collector First

MP Nagendra Vents Anger On Scribes For Talking To Collector FirstBJD MP from Sambalpur Nagendra Pradhan today berated TV journalists as they sought the byte of the Collector first during Veer Surendra Sai’s birth anniversary celebration here in the city today.

“Tell me, who is more important? People’s representative or bureaucrat? Is Chief Secretary important or Chief Minister? Who are the TV journalists to decide whether a bureaucrat will speak first or representative?” asked Pradhan in a raised voice.

Asking the reporters to record his byte, the MP said the representatives formulate the legislation and the officers are appointed only to execute them. He refused to give any statement to the journalists until the media personnel sought an apology from him.

The parliamentarian accused the journalists of getting advertisements from the Collectors for their respective media houses. “You all preferred the byte of Collector first because you get advertisement from him. We know better than the bureaucrats as we are making schemes. Can’t we clarify on that?” Pradhan asked.

His reaction came after some reporters sought a byte from the Collector about implementation of government scheme in the district before talking to the parliamentarian.

Meanwhile, senior BJD leader and former minister Damodar Rout backed the MP for such reaction. “It is decency to interview the elected representative first when he is present on an occasion. Those who want to take the byte of an administrative officer first lack trust on the democracy,” Rout said.

Bus accident in sambalpur

4 Killed, 32 Injured As Bus Skids Off Bridge In Sambalpur

Four persons were killed and 32 others injured after a bus they were travelling in skidded off a bridge near Goudapalli village in Sambalpur district last night.

As per sources, the ‘Maa Vaishnodevi’ bus was on its way to Rairangpur from Sambalpur when the driver reportedly lost control of the bus and it fell off the bridge.

Locals, police personnel and fire brigade reached at the spot immediately and started rescue operations in presence of Sambalpur Collector, SP and Tehsildar.

The rescue operations went on for nearly four hours after which the injured were rushed to Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla.

The deceased were identified as Ranjan Meher from Bijepur, Gopalchandra Mahant from Keonjhar, Saroj Routray from Puri and Dilip Sahu from Keonjhar. The death toll is likely to increase as many of the injured were in critical conditions.

Sambalpur Collector, SP and Tehsildar also visited the hospitals to check health status of the injured passengers.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for kin of those killed in the accident. He also announced free medical checkup for the injured passengers.