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



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.


Pipeline Network to Cover New Colonies of Sambalpur

In a bid to provide pipe water connection to the areas in the city which are deprived of drinking water supply, the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) will lay 19 kms of new pipelines. Besides, a water treatment plant with capacity of four-million litre per day (MLD) will be constructed on PHED ground at Ainthapali from where drinking water would be supplied to the uncovered areas.

The project also includes construction of three overhead tanks and four sumps. The total project cost has been estimated at Rs 38.81 crore for which fund has already been allocated. The commissioning of the project holds significance as it would supply water to the new residential areas coming up within the city.

Executive Engineer, PHED, Sambalpur, MR Nanda said the project will be implemented under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) of the Centre. Both the State and Central Governments have shared the fund for the project. The tender for the work will be floated shortly and six firms have qualified the technical bid to participate in the tender, he added.

At present, drinking water is being supplied to the city from two water treatment plants located at Baraipali and Mudipada. While the treatment plant at Baraipali has a capacity to treat 42 MLD, the Mudipada plant is of 11 MLD capacity. Although the water demand of the city is around 28 MLD, many areas do not have network of pipelines for distribution of water.

With the increase of population, many new residential areas have cropped up in Dhanupali, Bhatra, Sunapali, Mahabirpara, Ainthapali and other places of the city. But, these areas do not have provision of drinking water supply. However, once the project is commissioned, the new localities will get piped water supply.

Sources said in absence of supply network, residents of many areas have to struggle for arranging drinking water. While tankers have been deployed to supply drinking water to the new residential areas, people, who can afford, have opted for 20-liter mineral water barrels to be delivered at the doorsteps.

New Connections

  • Public Health Engineering Department to lay 19 kms of new pipelines
  • A water treatment plant with capacity of four-MLD will be constructed on PHED ground at Ainthapali
  • Three overhead tanks and four underground sumps also to be constructed

Teacher arrested for allegedly duping students

Dibyajyoti Mohapatra, a teacher of Vikash Junior College at SasanPolice in Sambalpur district on Monday arrested a teacher of Vikash Junior College at Sasan, 10 km from the western Odisha city, for allegedly duping students in the name of filling up their applications for All India Pre Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT).

The SDPO (Sambalpur), Utkal Keshari Das, said the teacher, Dibya Jyoti Mohapatra, confessed to taking Rs 1,500 each from 11 students. He did not apply for them and instead issued them fake admit cards, mentioning their examination centre at a Delhi-based institution.

The matter came to light on Sunday as six of the 11 students, who went to Delhi for the examination, discovered that the particular institution was not a centre. The rest five did not travel to Delhi because of long distance.

“We are waiting for the affected students and their parents to return from Delhi. After recording their statements, it would become clear if there was institutional involvement or role of any other person in the crime,” Das said.

D. Murali Krishna, Chairman of Vikash Group of InstitutionsVikash Group of Institutions chairman M Krishna said it was an individual act of crime, which has nothing to do with the institution. “We have maintained outmost transparency in the matter and as soon as it came to our notice, we reported it to police,” Krishna said.

J B Patnaik passes away in Tirupati

J B PatnaikThree-time Odisha chief minister and octogenarian Congress leader Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died in Tirupati early this morning. He was 89 and is survived by his wife Jayanti, son Pruthvi Ballav and two daughters Sudatta and Supriya.

According to family sources, Patnaik had gone to the holy city in Andhra Pradesh yesterday in a special flight to attend the convocation of Rashtriya Sanskrit University as the chief guest. He was the varsity’s chancellor.

However, Patnaik complained of chest pain around midnight and was admitted to a hospital there. But he could not be saved and he breathed his last at 3 am following a cardiac arrest.

His mortal remains were flown to Bhubaneswar this afternoon and his last rites will be done in Puri, informed his son-in-law Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.

Odisha governor S.C. Jamir and chief minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of the veteran leader. The chief minister cancelled all his Akshay Trutiya programmes scheduled for the day.

Officials said the State government announced holiday today as a mark of respect to the departed leader while a week-long State mourning has also been declared.

A pall of gloom descended in the party circles with senior leaders like Hemanand Biswal, Narasingh Mishra and Bhakta Charan Das mourning his demise.

A great devotee of Lord Jagannath, Patnaik had chanted “Vishnu Sahasranam” while having darshan of Lord Balaji at Tirupati temple hours before he breathed his last at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences.

“While visiting Tirupati temple last evening, my father was chanting Vishnu Sahasranam on his own and had a darshan of the Lord. He is a great devotee of Lord Vishnu,” his elder daughter Dr Sudatta Patnaik said.

Stating that all his parameters were perfect barely three days ago, Sudatta said her father had a thorough health check-up at a reputed hospital here before going to Tirupati. “However, he was complaining of breathing problems since some time,” she said.

He passed away all of a sudden a few hours after he offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala. After returning from the temple, he had discussion with Sanskrit scholars on the Jagannath cult, Sudatta said.

IIM Forum Seeks Audience with PM

Members of People’s Forum for Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur have decided to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani over the State Government’s proposal to establish the proposed top B-school in Sambalpur.

Earlier, the State Government had recommended setting up the proposed IIM in Sambalpur city subject to relaxation in the Central guideline. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to Irani, had said that the Centre had asked State Government for its opinion in setting up the IIM in Western Odisha, particularly in Sambalpur region. The HRD Ministry asked the State Government to identify a location close to an airport. Hence, the State Government had restricted its choice to sites in and around Bhubaneswar. “However, if the Centre is willing to relax this guideline for site selection, the Odisha Government would strongly recommend Sambalpur as the location of the IIM,” Naveen wrote in his letter.

Speaking to mediapersons on Saturday, convener of the organisation, Sapan Mishra said they have sought an audience with the Prime Minister and Union HRD Minister in the last week of this month over the issue. He said a clear picture on IIM location in Odisha is yet to emerge.

“The Union HRD Minister has agreed to set up the IIM at Sambalpur provided the Odisha Government submits a formal proposal,” Mishra said, adding that they will inquire about the delay over the issue from the Union Minister.

Former vice-chancellor of Berhampur University, Aditya Padhi said the Chief Minister had himself said at the meeting of National Development Council recently that national institutes should be set up in backward areas of the State.

Tabloi Villagers Finally See Light of Bulb

For Janma Padhan (70) of Tabloi village in Deogaon gram panchayat in Maneswar block of the district, electricity was a facility meant only for people in towns and cities. So, when power supply was provided to her village on March 31, she stayed awake the whole night gazing at her house glowing in the light of the solitary bulb.

Her village, located about 50 kms from Sambalpur city, is cut off from the mainstream and bereft of all facilities. Though solar lights were provided to the village under Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for Left Wing affected areas, electricity was extended on the intervention of Collector Balwant Singh. Singh, who came across the village during a review of development projects in Maneswar block in February, ensured its development in three months.

The grid connection to the village was dedicated by Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari in presence of Collector, Sambalpur SP Akhilesvar Singh and DFO, Sambalpur Santosh Joshi.

The village, known for Maoist activities till some time back, is nestled in the hills of Badpati, Jamkhulia, Satpardia, Guja and Mahulkhulia. While electricity has reached the village, a lot more needs to be done to improve the living conditions of the villagers. The inhospitable terrain is a major challenge before the district administration.

To reach the village, one has to walk 15 kms through the narrow, dusty and bumpy forest road and cross a nullah. A little further, there is a big dry patch of land where villagers gather to celebrate functions. However, plans are afoot to improve the road and Maneswar BDO Pankaj Pradhan has been directed by the Collector to provide rice and pension to the villagers. The dense green cover prevents the villagers from venturing beyond the village limits to avail the benefits of Government schemes.

And they have their reasons. Forest Ranger Aswini Kumar Padhi said five wild bears had climbed upon his vehicle during one of his visits to the forested areas near the village.

The village is home to about 50 tribal and dalit families who depend on minor forest produce like Mahua flowers and agriculture for livelihood. While the only water body in the village is filled with silt, the recent digging of three tubewells takes care of the water needs though they depend on Dhama PHC for health care.

The village has a primary school and those interested to pursue high school have to travel 10 kms to either Keuntipali or Badmal through the forested road.

Villagers, now, hope other development works too would be taken up by the district administration at the earliest.