April 18th will be the Certificate Day for Sambalpur University

April 18 will be Sambalpur University’s certificate distribution day when the varsity will hand over around 75,000 certificates to the degree and diploma holders of various colleges affiliated to it.

Graduates of Sambalpur university have not received their degrees and diplomas certificates since 2013 despite convocations being held every year to issue certificates.

The news of the huge backlog came to limelight after the joining of Deepak Behera as vice-chancellor in January. It has been alleged that former vice-chancellors Bishnu Charan Barik and Chitta Ranjan Tripathy did not take interest in distributing certificates.

Minor bureaucratic reshuffle in Odisha after Bijepur by-poll

Odisha government on Thursday effected a minor bureaucratic reshuffle in the State administration, a day after result of Bijepur by-poll was declared.

According to an official notification issued by the General Administration Department, Yamini Sarangi, who was appointed as Bargarh Collector just two weeks ahead of the election, was send back to her previous place of posting as the district collector of Jagatsinghpur.

Senior OAS officer Indramani Tripathy, who presently holds the office of the Additional Secretary of School & Mass Education Department, has been posted as Collector of Baragarh, while Khagendra Kumar Padhi, who was the former Bargarh Collector, has been appointed as the Additional Secretary of School & Mass Education Department in the State Government, the notification added.

Maoist attack on a construction camp in Lanjigarh

Maoist attack on a construction camp in Lanjigarh area under Narla Police Station in Kalahandi district. As per sources a group of maoist vandalising the construction camp and also torched many vehicles.

Last month a civil contractor Tunu Dash was killed by Maoist in Kalahandi district.

According to reports, the incident took place in the wee hours while Kadamguda-Bhurtigarh Road construction work was underway and labourers were resting in a polythene camp set up beside Lanjigarh Road.

A group of at least 15-20 heavily armed Maoists raided the camp and threatened the workers at gunpoint. They later torched several tipper machines and other vehicles parked at the camp.

The red rebels shouted slogans against the road construction project which was being carried out under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and attacked a water tank located near the site.

Narla Police reached the spot and took stock of the situation this morning.

 

 

Holi arrives early for BJD in Bijepur

Holi celebration began early for BJD in the district after the landslide victory of party candidate Ritarani Sahu in Bijepur by-poll on Wednesday. BJD supporters went on a celebration-mode smearing colored powder, locally called ‘Phagu’, on each other besides distributing sweets among them. They also danced to the tune of ‘dulduli’, a traditional music of western Odisha amid fireworks.

Similar celebration broke out in Barpali NAC and block, Bijepur and Gaisilet blocks, Padampur and other areas of the district. BJD candidate Sahu along with Rajya Sabha Member Prasanna Acharya, Handlooms and Textiles Minister Snehangini Chhuria, Bargarh MP Prabhas Singh and MLA Debesh Acharya congregated in front of Anchal College at Padampur, where counting of votes was held, to celebrate the victory with BJD workers.

Thanking the voters and BJD workers, Sahu and Acharya said this win of BJD was against ‘goonda raj’ and false campaign. The by-poll result is the answer of people against bullet through ballot, Acharya said. The win was also a victory of ‘Vikash’ (development) and the result will determine the course and future of Odisha politics, he said.

An elated Sahu said she won the by-election due to the clean image of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and popularity of her late husband Subal Sahu. Thanking the voters of Bijepur Assembly segment for their support, Sahu said development work will continue in the area.On the other hand, while BJD celebrated the victory in different parts of the district, party workers of Chichinda village were grief-stricken.

On February 24, Dileswar Sahu of Chichinda died at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after being attacked during pre-poll violence.Dileswar was with Subrat Singh, the brother of Labour Minister Susant Singh, when miscreants attacked them at Banabira within Sohela police limits.

Bhutan team is in Sambalpur for Buddhist link

A four-member team from Bhutan led by Jigme Choden of National Library and Archives of Bhutan under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs visited Sambalpur Friday. Other members of the team were Gympo Tsherung, Yonten Dargyl and Lama Tashi Norbu.

The four-member team from Bhutan were in search of the history of ‘Sambhala’, the earlier name of Sambalpur that existed almost 2,000 years ago.

The team visited Odisha to trace the origin of Uddiyana and Sambhala. After visiting several places in and around Bhubaneswar to get clues of these words, they came to Sambalpur. They met local historian Deepak Panda and discussed with him about the historical background of Sambalpur, particularly traces of Buddhism.

They visited several places here including Dhanukosha, the birthplace of Mahapadmasambhava. It is said Dhanupali was derived from the word Dhanukosha.

Speaking to Orissa POST Saturday, Panda said as per Buddhist texts, King Indrabhuti, who propounded Mahayana sect of Buddhism, was the king of Sambhala in Uddiyana during 7th century AD.

Legends have it that the king had no son. He adopted a son, who was found on a lotus in the middle of Dhanukosha, a large water body. This event took place after a series of droughts. His brilliant son became famous in history in the name of Padmasambhava.

He said Padmasambhava achieved the status of a great master (Guru) after meditation and penance. He went to Tibet on invitation by the then king of Tibet and established Lama cult there and became known as ‘Buddha the Second’. He said Dhanukosh was the pond where the lotus blossomed with Padmasambhava in it. In due course of time, Danukosh became Dhanupali, a locality in Sambalpur.

Panda said there used to be a huge water body in Dhanukosha or Dhanupali area. It shrank and dried in course of time. A great saint came to Sambalpur in 1805 who could know the significance of the place. He started meditating with dhuni (making smoke) at that place. Then Queen Ratna Kumari built a mutt for him and this mutt is known as Rani Mutt. One can still find a vast dry water body here.

He said the Bhutanese team collected many references on the ancient scriptures mentioning Uddiyana and Sambhala. They went to Sonepur the neighborhood district headquarters. It was earlier known as Swarnapuri. Lakhmikara, sister of Indrabhuti was married to Seol, son of King Jalendra of Swarnapuri. Lakhmikara established Tantrayana or Sahayajana sect in Buddhism.

The visiting team said they need more proof about Uddiyana. If it is established, it will be a famous tourist hub and there will be a large inflow of tourists to Orissa, particularly to Sambalpur.