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.


Two rape cases shock Sambalpur

Two rape cases have rocked the district even as police managed to nab the accused.

While one case was reported from Dhuturapara here, another occurred under Thelkolai police limits. Police registered cases after receiving complaints against the accused. Both accused and survivors were medically examined.

While Deepak Hara, 35, is the accused in Dhuturapara case, Prasanta Kishan, 22, was held for Thelkolai incident.

Police sources said the survivor in the Dhuturapara incident is a married woman. On Sunday night, the accused allegedly raped her finding her alone. “Deepak overpowered and raped her by gagging,” IIC of Mahila police station Bandana Routray said. In the other incident, a 20-year-old unmarried girl alleged that she went with the accused to different places last week after he promised to marry her. But he left her alone on Sunday after raping her repeatedly, the survivor charged.

OUIDF sanctioned 11 projects of various urban local bodies

Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund ( OUIDF) has sanctioned 11 projects of various urban local bodies for loan and financial assistance.

The projects have been approved in the Board of Trustees Meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in the conference hall of OUIDF office last evening. Sri Mohapatra has directed OUIDF functionaries and the concerned ULBs to develop best quality infrastructure with appropriate mechanism for service delivery and maintenance. He has also directed that there should be proper metering system in water supply projects. Chief Secretary has advised OUIDF to display its reports and activities in website titled www.OUIDF.in .

The approved projects include Modern Slaughter House in BMC with project cost of Rs 6.4 cr. involving OUIDF loan of Rs.2.83 cr. and VGF ( Viable Gap Funding) of Rs 2.83 Crs and Solid Waste Management ( SWM) -Collection & Transportation of BMC with project cost of Rs.15.26 cr involving OUIDF loan of Rs.6.85 cr and VGF of Rs.6.85 cr. The Affordable Housing Projects of BDA at Shampur (Phase-I) for construction of 1600 houses with project cost of Rs.85.28 cr involving OUIDF loan of Rs.32.38cr cr and VGF of Rs32.37cr cr. and Shampur (Phase-II) for construction of 1280 houses with project cost of Rs.68.23 cr involving OUIDF loan of Rs 25.90 cr and VGF of Rs.25.90 cr have also been approved by the Board. Other approved projects are Sewerage System Sambalpur with project cost Rs.375.97 cr involving loan of Rs.40.00 cr, ,Sewerage System Rourkela, with project cost of Rs.488.50 cr involving loan of 40.00cr , Solid Waste Management Project of Berhampur with project cost of Rs.40.60 cr involving loan of Rs.8.79 cr and VGF of Rs.5.49 cr, and Augmentation of Water Supply in Gopalpur with project cost of Rs.4.00 cr involving loan of Rs1.80 cr and VGF of Rs1.80 cr. Two Affordable Housing projects of Odisha State Housing Board have also received approval of the Board. These projects are Cluster – A at Malipada for 1368 houses with project cost of Rs.73.23 cr. involving loan of Rs.27.90 cr and VGF of 27.77 cr and Cluster-B at Malipada for 1134 houses with project cost Rs.60.64 cr. involving loan of Rs 23.04 cr. and VGF Rs 23.00 cr. In total 10 projects with project cost of Rs.1218.11 cr. involving OUIDF loan of Rs.209.49 cr and VGF of Rs. 126.01 cr have been approved in the meeting.     Besides, the Energy Efficient street lighting through PPP mode in Cuttack, Sambalpur , Berhampur and Rourkela have also got in principle approval of the Board. These projects on total envisage for installing of 38,705 energy efficient lights in the selected areas of these towns.

It may be of worth to mention that OUIDF is an urban lending mechanism for Infrastructural projects like urban water supply, sewerage, street light, drainage, solid waste management, slaughter house, affordable housing for economically weaker sections, slum development, basic services to urban poor etc. This has come to being since last one and half a year through a Government of Odisha initiative with assistance from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW) Bank of Germany in the form of a Line of Credit and Technical Assistance support to develop and finance urban infrastructure projects in the State. The Government of Odisha have set up a Trust namely “Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF)” in the Housing & Urban Development for the purpose of developing and financing Infrastructure Projects under taken by Urban Local Bodies, Statutory Bodies, Public Sector Undertakings and Private Investors and attract inter alia, investments, professional advice from institutions for financing infrastructure projects. The Board of Trustees is headed by the Chief Secretary with six other Trustees to collectively manage and administer the affairs of the Trust and Trust Funds.

The Development Commissioner Sri Injeti Srinivas, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Sri U.N.Behera, CMD IDCO Sri Vishal Dev, Chief Executive OUIDF Sri Shishir Kumar Ratha, Secretray OUIDF Sri R.K.Mohanty, Financial advisor Sri Ranchandra Kara, Project manager  B.P.Rayguru along with other members of the board participated in deliberations.

Urban policing in three more cities

Keeping an eye on the forthcoming elections, the state government on Sunday decided in-principle to introduce commissionerate of police system in Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur.

Currently, the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are under the commissionerate of police system that was introduced in 2008 after the enactment of Odisha Urban Police (OUP) Act, 2003.

“Officers in the rank of DIG or IG would head the proposed commissionerate of police system. Berhampur municipal corporation and adjoining areas in Ganjam district, Sambalpur municipal corporation and adjoining areas and Rourkela municipality and its adjoining industrial areas would come under it,” said a senior police officer.

The government would soon issue an executive order. It need not seek approval of the assembly since the OUP Act, 2003, is an enabling legislation for such matters, sources said.

Recently, the government announced to upgrade Sambalpur municipality into a corporation. “Considering the profile and growth of the three cities, the government has decided to improve policing there,” he said.

Opposition Congress found little meaning behind the announcement. “Instead of improving the law and order situation in the state, the government hurriedly decided to start commissionerate of police system in three cities to gain political mileage ahead of elections. I don’t think it will change policing there,” senior Congress leader Narsingha Mishra said.

Though the commissionerate of police system was introduced in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in 2008, the system still reels under acute shortage of manpower.

No clue about Chinmaya murderer, Hirakud Police

Hirakud police has no clue about the chinmaya murderer even after the incedent happend 2 days back. Still they are trying to find out the culprits.

Chinmaya Nayak aged 25 year, Hindalco FRP employee was killed by bullet fired by some unknown person. He was the 2nd son of Ravi Narayana Nayak of Gandhinagar area. By profession, he was working as electrician in Hindalco FRP.

On 28th Febuary, he was watching football match with his friend Poonam Bahadur in Subhash Playground, around 4PM, for answering a phone call he stay out from the playground to somewhere.

On 1st March morning,  Local people found the dead body of Chinmaya Nayak at Alindchwock. On that day, locals were blocking roads and lunched a FIR at Hirakud Polic station.

CB Breakthrough in Pachyderm Poaching

The Crime Branch, which has been assigned the probe into back-to-back killing of tuskers in Sambalpur in January last, made a headway and arrested two members of the poaching racket from remote forest pockets of Jamankira on Saturday.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the CB along with Sambalpur and Deogarh police arrested Bhika Lohura (48) and Jhina Badhei (40) belonging to Kulchipadadihi village of Deogarh’s Riamal police limits. From their possession, the cops seized explosives as well as raw materials required for gun-making.

They were produced before the SDJM Court at Kuchinda. The Crime Branch has secured their remand for seeking details into the poaching operations. Along with Bhika and Jhina, a third accused will be in CB remand for three days beginning Sunday, Additional Director General of CB BK Sharma said. Preliminary investigation revealed that while Bhika was directly involved in the poaching and manufactured the rifles used in the killings, Jhina supplied raw materials. They formed the front of the racket and were entrenched deep in the forests. Bhika killed the elephants, removed the ivory and disposed them. “We need to know the modus operandi, disposal of ivories so as to understand the marketing link as well as the source of the arms, ammunition and explosives,” Sharma added.

Meanwhile, the Wildlife Wing, which has been struggling to gather intelligence on poachers in the State, has decided to set up a toll-free number seeking real-time information from the public about incidence of poaching in the State.

The move came after three tuskers were shot dead in Bamra and Dhama forests of Sambalpur in January and in all cases the tusks were missing.

When Sambalpur Forest Division cracked down, it arrested three persons and seized customised jeep, huge volumes of ammunition as well as navigational gadgets.

Subsequently, the Forest and Environment Department asked the Crime Branch to probe into the incidents and a seven-member SIT was formed.

Since the wildlife crime cell has virtually been dormant in the Wildlife Wing in absence of manpower, the Forest and Environment Department has asked the Chief  Wildlife Warden to put in place the toll-free number.

Special Secretary Debabrata Swain, in a letter to CWW SS Srivastava, has directed that a register has to be maintained for keeping record of the calls and actions taken by the wing.

Police arrested Bhika Lohura (48) and Jhina Badhei (40) belonging to Kulchipadadihi village of Deogarh’s Riamal police Bhika was involved in poaching and manufacturing rifles, while Jhina supplied raw materials