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.

 

ECoR conducted a trial of 2KM long train in Sambalpur Division

DMR Sambalpur called the 2KM long train as Python Rake, comprised 147 wagons, three guard vans and four engines. The first rake of 45 flat wagons, and the second and the third rakes of 51 wagons each, were loaded with containers bound for Visakhapatnam port.

Two kilometres. That is the length of a new train which went on its first trial run in Odisha. With the aim of minimising man power and making path utilisation more economic, the East Coast Railway combined three rakes (a group of freight wagons or passenger coaches coupled together) into a single train, running it between Godbhaga and Balangir Stations in Sambalpur Railway Division.

 

Watching a freight train of average length rumble past is often an unending experience (especially if you are waiting at a level-crossing). So imagine watching a train almost three times as long.

East Coast Railway(ECoR) ran three goods train rakes with a length of about 2000 meters on a trail basis for the first time for economic path utilization with less man power.

SC stays its Feb 13 order directing eviction of forest dwellers

The Supreme Court today stayed its February 13 order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the land have been rejected by the authorities. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha directed the state governments to file affidavit giving details about the process adopted in rejecting the claims. The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on 10th July.

The top court had yesterday agreed to hear the Centre’s plea seeking withholding of its 13th February order asking 21 states to evict nearly 11.8 lakh forest dwellers whose claims were rejected.

The Centre had rushed to the top court for modification of the order saying the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 was a beneficial legislation and should be construed liberally to help extremely poor and illiterate people who are not well informed of their rights and procedure under the law.

BJP Chief Amit Shah Visiting Sambalpur tomorrow

With the general elections a few months ahead and as BJP national president Amit Shah has set ‘Mission Odisha 120 seats’, he has been touring the State frequently and accordingly, his Sambalpur visit has been slated for tomorrow.

While the Odisha unit BJP rank and file is in an upbeat mood, Congress and BJD today termed his repeated visits sans any impact on the voters. As per the Odisha unit BJP Media Cell press note, BJP national president Amit Shah is visiting Odisha tomorrow (February 15).

After landing at Jharsuguda Veer Surendra Sai Airport, he will head towards Sambalpur. There he will have the darshan of Maa Samaleswari and then pay floral tribute to Veer Surendra Sai at Jail Chhak. In the afternoon, he will address the party workers at a meeting organized in the field near the Sambalpur Jay Guru Mandir.In his media reactions, senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, “The poll environment has been a bit hot earlier this time.

The top leaders of all the parties have become vibrant and have focused on Odisha.”He commented, “The ruling party of Odisha perhaps carries the impression that this time they are going to lose the battle. Rest of the parties are of the impression that this is a state that would shape their future prospect.” “Let the people’s impression about Amit Shah fade first. I have witnessed what happened in their meeting in Bolangir. Tried a lot but couldn’t gather people for the meeting,” he lampooned.BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra reacted, “When the election approaches, the leaders of the national parties remember Odisha.

It is solely meant for election campaign. In the recent past, their visits have had no impact and will also have no impact.” “Now the big question of the people of Odisha is on the political tourism of those national leaders. When the election comes, Shri Rahul Gandhi remembers Odisha after three and half years. Similar is the case of Shri Amit Shah. Except speeches, both Congress and BJP have done nothing for Odisha. Naveen Babu was, is and will be with the people of Odisha,” he remarked.

CM Patnaik asked PM Modi to fulfill aspirations of Western Odisha for Air Connectivity

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to instruct Air India (AI) authorities to begin flight operations between the state’s Jharsuguda city and the national capital. The air services at the airport have been suspended since November 6, 2018.

Letter to PM for Jharsuguda Airport

Letter to PM for Jharsuguda Airport

In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Patnaik requested for having Veer Surendra Sai Airport at Jharsuguda as a stopover for one of the national carrier’s flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi.

“It may be noted that Jharsuguda is located strategically in the industrial and mining belt of Odisha, and is a critical point of connectivity to western Odisha. During the inauguration of Jharsuguda Airport on September 22, I had offered full support of state government for running of commercial flights and had requested for commencing Air India flight operations from Jharsuguda to Delhi,” he said in the letter.

Air Odisha had started flying operations under RCS-UDAN. Unfortunately, it suspended its operations on November 6, 2018, without any valid reason, said the Chief Minister.

CM Naveen Patnaik asked to PM Narendra Modi for instructing Air India Authorities to take immediate steps for fulfilling the aspiration of the people of Western Odisha  to have air connectivity.

HC bench: 48-hour Maha Bandh paralyses life in western Odisha

Intensifying its agitation for the establishment of a permanent High Court bench in western Odisha, the Central Action Committee (CAC) of All-Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) today launched a 48-hour ‘Maha bandh’ in the western districts of the State.

The Sambalpur Bar Association including various lawyer associations of different districts and social and cultural organisation of western Odisha have taken part in the two-day-long ‘Maha bandh’.

As a result, normal life has come to a grinding halt in the region since today morning. Shops, various educational, business establishments & markets have remained closed due to the bandh. The Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has also postponed its examination to be held today.

48-hour Mahabandh in western Odisha over HC bench

However, emergency services have been kept out of the purview of the strike.

Meanwhile, the agitating lawyers of Sambalpur district staged ‘rail roko’ at Khetrajpur railway station disrupting rail services in the district. Sambalpur-Puri and Sambalpur-Rayagada Intercity trains were halted in the station to mark the bandh.

“However, emergency services like ambulance, medical, water supply have been exempted. We will completely disrupt the rail services during the ‘Maha bandh’,” said Bijitendra Pradhan, President of the Sambalpur District Bar Association.

“The Chief Minister had written thrice to the Central Government to take steps to establish permanent HC bench in western Odisha. But as the demands were not fulfilled, we have resorted to the Maha bandh,” said Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi, who also took part in the agitation at Khetrajpur railway station.

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On the other hand, the Balangir Bar Association has decided not to participate in the two-day-long shutdown. Instead, it will launch a separate agitation for the establishment of High Court bench in Bolangir.

The lawyers’ body has decided to launch cease work strike in the district from December 1 to 15 to press for their demand. The lawyers have also called for a bandh in Bolangir on December 3 over the demand.

Members of the Bolangir Bar Association will also shut down courts in the district from December 3 to 10 as a mark of protest.