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.

 

The fate of tribal people of Kalahandi is at stake

The fate of Indravati multipurpose project and economy of tribal people dependant on Buflamali hills of Kalahandi is at stake said state secretary of CPI-M Alli Kishor Patnaik after visiting the area on Thursday and taking note of the proposed bauxite mining proposal of Utkal Alumina.

Both the union government and the state government need to study the impact of the proposed mining on the Kalahandi side of Buflamali hills since the Indravati reservoir is located just below the hill. Indravati is the lifeline of Kalahandi district and the tribals are dependent on the hill, he noted.

People are apprehensive that the mining may lead to siltation of the reservoir as several streams from the hill and flow down to the Indravati. This may reduce the life of the reservoir and endanger the irrigation project, he said.

Besides this, 164 land less tribal families of Durmushi and Suryagarh areas who were issued with land patta in the hills by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his tour to Thuamul Rampur in 2011 are also facing eviction by the mining project, he alleged.

The CPI-M leader said the Ministry of Water Resources and Environment should intervene. Some modalities should evolved seriously so that the future of Indravati project and of tribal families can be safe guarded. Industry has its own economics importance but not at the cost of an important Irrigation and power generation project, he noted.

The Kalahandi portion of Buflamali and the origin places of the streams from the Mali discharging in to Indravati reservoir should be protected.

The CPI-M leader told reporters that resentment amongst local people is brewing and it is high time measures should be taken by government. Among others senior party leader Nabakishor Patnaik and the Kalahandi district wing secretary of CPI-M Satyajit Chatarjee were also present at the press meet.

Day After Odisha Girl Pushed Out of Train by TTE, Railway on Denial Mode

A day after a minor girl was pushed out of running train allegedly by a female TTE for travelling without ticket, the railway authorities continue to be on denial mode. Besides feigning ignorance about identity of the TTE, they have termed the incident as an accident.

Apparently, this is not the first time that a ticketless traveller has been subjected to unruly conduct of the TTEs or GRP personnel. Thirteen-year-old Shankar Singh, a resident of Vedvyas slum in Rourkela lost his right hand and a leg after he was pushed off the Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express on July 2, 2008 by a TTE.

Three months later, a 20-year-old vegetable vendor died after he was allegedly pushed off a running train by GRP personnel and succumbed to his injuries as they failed to extort `150 from him.

According to sources, TTEs seem to go on an overdrive during Odia month of Shravan when hundreds of people take train journey from interior parts of the district to the city to visit Shiva temples.

If found without ticket, the passengers are pulled up and hefty amount of fine demanded. However, the matter is resolved if the passengers shell out money to the TTEs without a proper receipt being issued.

In Monday’s incident, a female TTE identified as B Naik pushed 17-year-old Rekha Naik from Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express near Sambalpur Road railway station.

The Sambalpur Railway Division feigned ignorance about identity of the female TTE and termed the incident as an accident. On the other hand, the GRP has registered a case against “unknown” person under Sections 341, 325 and 323 IPC over the incident.

Meanwhile, the girl has been shifted to SCB Medical at Cuttack.

Sambalpur University introduces 2 new UGC-approved courses

Sambalpur University has introduced two new courses, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Education and Certificate Course in Human Rights Education from this academic session.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has approved both the courses. While the duration of thePG Diploma in Human Right Education is one year, a student will complete the Certificate Course in Human Rights Education in six months. Both the courses have 16 seats each.

The two courses will run in the PG Department of Political Science of the University. And along with managing the course, the faculty of the PG Department of political science will also teach the students in these two courses. Moreover, the authority is also planning to invite human right activists and guest faculties to teach the students.

“Several cases of Human Rights violation are reported on regular basis. The Western Odisha is a tribal dominated area. One can find many cases of human rights violation, tribal atrocity and woman rights violation in Western part of the state. Similarly, the displacement is also major issue in Western Odisha. And the displacements are also linked with Human Rights. Everyone should be aware about the human rights.

The introduction of these two courses will help in making the people aware about human rights and producing professional human right activists,” said a teacher of Post Graduate Department of Political Science, Rajat Kujur.

“Any graduate, who has secured 45 per cent marks in aggregate, is eligible to apply for the admission into these courses. Apart from the class room teaching, priority will also be given to gain knowledge through field visit in these courses,” he said.

Talking on the job opportunity, Kujur said that linkages with the industries and non governmental organisation would be developed to create job opportunity for the students of these two courses. This year, the University has received only 45 application forms for 32 seats of these two courses this year.

Sources in the university said, “There are 24 Post Graduate course in the University. And the University has received 30788 application forms for the 578 seats of the 24departments for the 2015-16 academic session.”

“The PG Diploma in Human Rights Educational and the Certificate Course in Human Rights Education are valuable courses. However, because of the lack of propagation, the two courses received poor response this year. Butmore number of students will apply for admission into these courses in the coming years,” said a student.

 

Inter-state airline operation from Bhubaneswar

The Odisha Government has given the green light to Air Odisha to start inter-state airline operations from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela, Sambalpur and Jeypore.

The company has decided to begin the flight operations by July end and fixed the airfare at Rs 2,000 per person in all three routes. However, the fare could be increased in future.

According to Air Odisha Director Trideeb Rout, the company has already put a nine-seater plane (excluding Pilot and Co-Pilot) Cessna 208 Caravan on stand-by, which is ready to fly any time.

The Bhubaneswar-Jeypore flight will take 1:30 hours, while Bhubaneswar-Sambalpur will take 1:15 hours. Similarly, it will take 1:05 hours to reach Rourkela from Bhubaneswar.

In the future, Air Odisha will expand its operations to Jharsuguda and Nuapada. Meanwhile, the Odisha Government has decided to provide ambulance, fire tenders and other security services to Air Odisha to conduct its operations smoothly.

Police complaint against Sona Mahapatra and Rituraj Mohanty

New turn to the controversy about the remix of sambalpuri song “Rangabati”, the BJP youth has lodged a police complaint at Sambalpur against Sona Mahapatra and Rituraj Mohany who sang the remix version of “Rangabati”.

Sambalpur ASP Sushil Panigrahi ackonledged the lodged complaint and said, after verifying the legal issue over the copyright, police will take action about the case