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.


Admn Imposes Blanket Ban on Vulgar Dances During Sital Sasthi Carnival

Sambalpur police has decided to impose a blanket ban on vulgar dances during the three-day Sital Sasthi festival which will be celebrated here from 2nd June.

Taking note of strong reactions to ‘public display of obscenity’ in the procession during Sital Sasthi celebration, police administration here has come up with strictures not to allow vulgar dance, locally termed as ‘Bai Nacha’.

Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty, at a preparatory meeting on Wednesday, said vulgar dance will not be allowed during Sital Sasthi Jatra on June 3 and 4. He threatened of stringent measures against the organisers and the artistes if they do not follow the stricture. Mohanty asked all the organising committees to submit route charts for their processions.

Speaking on the occasion, Collector Balwant Singh said police would initiate immediate step if any of the committees is found holding dance performances by nautch girls during the carnival.

Sital Sashti marks the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. The festival is conceived as a real marriage with two families playing the roles of parents, one of them as Bara Pita (groom’s father) and the other as Kanya Pita (bride’s father). But it is the return of the ‘barat’ which is the highlight of the festival drawing crowds in droves.

Traditional folk dances like Dalkhai, Rasarkeli, Gotipua and Ghumra add to the festive spirit. Eunuchs and nautch girls also join in. While eunuchs from nearby areas participate in large numbers to pay their obeisance to Lord Shiva, also referred to as ‘Ardhanariswara’, dancing girls, popularly referred to as ‘bais’, are roped in from neighbouring states. Of late, vulgarity has crept into the performance of the dancing girls leading to public outcry with many demanding it to be stopped. Although every year, the local administration steps up vigil to put a ban on ‘indecent’ performances by these nautch girls during the carnival, it has proved futile so far.

Meanwhile, it was also decided that a police control room would be opened at the Town police station where officials of all line departments like fire, PHD, health, excise and Wesco will remain present to attend to the complaints. Police personnel in civil clothes would be deployed to check crime and raids undertaken jointly with Excise officials to curb sale of liquor during the carnival.

The Sambalpur Municipality authorities were directed to maintain sanitation in the town and supply water through tankers. It was also asked to spruce up bathing ghats of river Mahanadi.


Sital Sashti marks the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati

Traditional folk dances like Dalkhai, Rasarkeli, Gotipua and Ghumra add to the festive spirit

Dancing girls, popularly referred to as ‘bais’, are often roped in from neighbouring states

Sand Mafia Cloud on Migrant Farmers

Till a few years back, landless peasants from neighbouring Chhattisgarh frequently travelled to Bargarh district during this part of the year to cultivate vegetables on dry river bed of Jeera.

Their number, though, has drastically come down due to rampant illegal sand mining from the river bed.

Barely a decade back, one could find watermelon, cucumber, bottle guard, pumpkins and cowpeas grown on vast stretches of the dry river bed of Jeera. These migrating peasants used to sell the vegetables in Bargarh market and return to their villages before monsoon arrived.

With sand mining taking toll on the river bed, the number of such peasants has decreased. Such is the situation that this year, only one peasant from Chhattisgarh has come to Bargarh to cultivate vegetables.

Dukha Patel (26) from Chhattisgarh has taken up cultivation of bottle guard near Sainyan village. He alleged that he is often threatened by sand mafia of dire consequences if he did not give up cultivation on the river bed.

Patel, who hails from Chicholi village of Baloda district in Chhattisgarh, said he had been coming to Bargarh since his childhood with his father and mother. While his father has to stay back now due to old age, his mother continues to join him. Apart from his mother Agri Bai, his uncles have this year joined him in cultivating the vegetable in 70 decimals of the river bed land.

Dukha said after meeting all their expenses including food and clothing, he earns about 50,000 during this period every year. He has built makeshift huts along the river bed.

Earlier, Dukha was growing vegetables on the river bed at Bardol in the outskirts of Bargarh town, along with 22 peasant families from across the border. But they were shooed away from the place by sand mafia.

While the other peasants decided not to return this year, Dukha managed to find a new location for growing his crops near Sainyan village.

Lone leopard dies in Sambalpur Deer Park

Likan, a 15-year-old male leopard, died inside the Deer Park mini zoo  in Sambalpur in Odisha  on  Saturday morning.

The lone big cat of the zoo had been rescued from the Redhakhol forest on February 4, 1999, when it was only two-month old.

Since then, it was a captive animal inside the zoo.

According to RCCF Sarat Chandra Acharya and DFO S Nayak, Likan had fallen ill two days ago and gave up food on Friday.

“The leopard was administered saline and kept under observation by the forest staff. However, it died in the early morning the next day. The death was due to old age”, they informed.

The leopard was later cremated inside the zoo premises after the post mortem.

Poor sanitation in Sambalpur hospital riles locals

Poor sanitation of the district headquarters hospital here has become a cause of concern for patients and locals as they feel it could lead to spread of infection.

“We are extremely worried because the stench affects us. The hospital authorities need to do something about it,” said Apurba Naik, 50, who is admitted to the orthopaedic ward.

Biranchi Majhi, an attendant of a patient, echoed similar sentiments. “The hospital premises should be clean. But the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to this aspect,” he said.

Sambalpur Bichar Manch, a social outfit, has threatened to launch a stir from May 2 if the issue is not addressed immediately. “Poor management and lack of initiative on part of hospital authorities have contributed to the unhygienic conditions,” said outfit’s convener Debasis Purohit.

Sources said the hospital produces nearly a quintal of general and biomedical waste every day. It does not have a waste management system. The biomedical waste is shifted to the waste treatment plant at VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla. But garbage dumped on the premises remains an eyesore.

Hospital manager Sudeep Dutta said, “We depend on municipality staff to clean it. On days when they do not show up it remains. But things have changed due to the administration’s efforts.”

Story behind the CHSE +2 results 2014 still unpublish

Story behind the CHSE +2 results still unpublish

Courtesy:Sambad e-Paper