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.

 

Sambalpur Police close eyes to trafficking by transgenders

A couple of years ago, a transgender was remanded in judicial custody after being arrested and produced in court by Bargarh police over some case. But it turned out to be a nightmarish experience for the jail authorities to find a suitable accommodation for the prisoner on the jail premises. Neither the accused could be accommodated with male prisoners nor with women prisoners. Finally, the jailer housed the transgender prisoner in his office chamber and later, the prisoner was let out on bail.

Perhaps this could be the reason why the Sambalpur police has turned a blind eye to a group of transgenders offering unnatural sex to commuters on the road linking Baraipali with Ainthapali. They descend on Ainthapali Chowk during night and move towards the IMFL outlet mingling with crowd.

Though an on-shop where one is not allowed to consume liquor, it acts like an off-shop and customers enjoy their drinks with push carts rolling out snacks. Here the transgenders make money and later move to desolate area near a closed office where they indulge in the illegal activity till late in the night.

With garish makeup and trendy and hugging scanty outfits, one can hardly make out whether they are girls or transgenders till they speak out with their gruffly voice. They have regular customers. The virtually abandoned premises of the office is used to carry out their trade.

The presence of the transgenders has forced the commuters to take the Highway route instead of driving on the service road. Although PCR vehicle is seen patrolling at the spot, the police seem to be more interested in collecting money from parked trucks than driving them out.

Social activist and transgender Mira Parida said irrespective of gender, every individual has biological urge but privacy needs to be maintained. The circumstances under which they are into the trade also needs to be reviewed, Mira said, adding that the State Government should take steps to provide livelihood to transgenders.

When contacted, Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora assured that action would be taken. He said a cell can be earmarked in Sambalpur Circle Jail to house transgenders and directed the Ainthapali police to round them up and book them under relevant sections of IPC.

Tribal Woman gives birth in drain after doctor refuse admission

Denied hospital admission Odisha woman gives birth in drainaThe Tribal woman was visiting her  ailing husband in the hospital when she went into labor pain. The doctors allegedly refused to check her due to lack of documents.

In a distressing case of hospital apathy, a woman delivered in a drain next to the hospital that denied her admission over lack of documents.

The doctors allegedly refused to admit the woman in labour after they discovered that she did not have the right documents with her needed for the same.

Reports say that the woman did go the hospital for delivery but only to visit her ailing husband, during which she went into labor.

Paddy procurement running smoothly in Sambalpur

AMID reports of dispute over FAQ standard in other districts, paddy procurement in Sambalpur district for the current Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) is going on in full swing. Commencing on November 15, the authorities have already procured 1,03,446.85 tonnes of paddy till December 11. Sources said farmers had received `106.60 crore so far.

Civil Supply Officer, Sambalpur, Pitambar Acharya said the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department has set a target of 2,61,764 tonnes, out of which the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (OSCSC) will procure 2,30,882 tonnes. MARKFED and Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Limited (TDCC) will procure 27,941 and 2,941 tonnes respectively.

While OSCSC had procured 98,437.70 tonnes so far, MARKFED and TDCC had bought 4704.38 and 304.77 tonnes respectively till December 11, Acharya added.

According to the official, 41,327 farmers had registered themselves for the procurement against 36,405 last year.

“The farmers are focusing on hassle-free paddy procurement in the district and payment of Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy through online within a period of three days,” he added.

Even after achieving the set target, authorities had not imposed any restriction on the procurement of the crop which would come to market yards from registered farmers, the official said.

Kharif procurement is being carried out at 77 market yards and paddy purchase centres across nine blocks of the district. The Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) are procuring paddy on behalf of OSCSC in the district. Altogether, 51 millers are participating in the process.

Sambalpur Zilla Krushak Surakhya Sangathan (SZKSS) vice-presidnt Umesh Mishra said the procurement is being carried out smoothly in the district. The farmers are also getting their payment within the stipulated period, he added.

Illegal paddy stock worth Rs 15 Lakh seized in Kalahandi

Illegal paddy stockA flying squad of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department on Friday conducted a surprise raid at Khandi Dangariguda village under Kalampur block in Kalahandi District and detected illegal paddy stocks worth 15 lakh from a house.

Sources said acting on a tip-off, the squad raided the premises of Goutam Bihari and found 2,280 bags of paddy weighing about 1,000 quintals illegally purchased from farmers. Bihari is an influential farmer of the area and he managed to prepare some land records and agreement documents of sharecroppers and land owners for paddy procurement. These records are under scrutiny, said Assistant Civil Supply Officer (ACSO) of Dharmagarh Prafulla Das, adding that the squad has seized 27 agreements made with farmers. The tehsildar of Kalampur was also present during the raid. Meanwhile, paddy procurement in the district is slowly picking up pace. At least 47,933 farmers have registered their names at 74 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) to sell their paddy. So far, 25,790 tonnes of paddy have been purchased in the district from 6,332 farmers.

However, farmers alleged that procurement officials and millers are deducting 5 to 10 kg of paddy for fair average quality (FAQ) verification. Taking advantage of the confusion prevailing among farmers over FAQ norms, some unscrupulous millers and middlemen have become active in the area to mislead the farmers.

Vedanta official abducted in Kalahandi district

An official of Vedanta Allumina Limited and his driver have allegedly been abducted by a criminal gang in Kalahandi district, police said today.

The incident took place last night when Assistant Manager (Environment) Satya Ranjan Sahu was returning to Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district after purchasing a new Maruti Baleno car from a showroom in Sambalpur.

His driver has been identified as Gourishankar Naik.

About five unidentified people in another car intercepted Sahus vehicle near Kadalighati. They allegedly directed Naik to drive as per their direction and two persons followed them in their Swift car.

However, near the Sikerkupa police outpost, the Swift car met with an accident in which the two occupants were injured.

They have been admitted to Bhawanipatna Government Hospital, police said.

Additional SP, Kalahandi, Akhaya Kumar Das said the accused persons were involved in snatching incidents and had criminal records.

“The two injured persons, who are part of the criminal gang, are being interrogated,” he said.

Though police found Sahus car abandoned near Gatiguda village close to Muniguda town and Niyamgiri, there was no trace of the assistant manager and his driver.