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.


Traders’ promissory notes gain currency

In an informal money exchange system, many traders in Bargarh district in western Odisha are issuing their own ‘promissory’ notes in the form of paper vouchers in lieu of Indian currency. Customers can show such coupons of a particular trader in any of its neighbouring shops for further transaction.

If someone buys articles at these shops, they would not return the coins or notes of smaller denomination such as Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5. Instead, they issue pieces of paper bearing their seals and signature mentioning the amount. To unwilling customers, they convince that shops in the vicinity would honour these slips. “They never return the change. The vouchers would force customers to return to these shops again and again,” said Balakrushna Sahoo of Bargarh town.

Shopkeepers said they have to rely on such coupon system due to shortage of coins. “Re 1 and Rs 2 notes or coins are difficult to find. The coupon system is an arrangement with mutual understanding with the customers,” said a departmental store owner at Gandhi Chowk in Bargarh.

Apart from the district headquarters town of Bargarh, this trend is fast catching up in villages and smaller townships in the district. Most shops on Padampur road in Sohela block headquarters have been using their own vouchers instead of currency notes. “It is very difficult to find coins of Re 1 or Rs 2. It will be very difficult to run our business without such coupons,” said a shopkeeper in Sohela.

Economists described the practice as illegal. “The practice is unauthorized and violates customers’ rights. The coupons force customers to visit the same set of shops again,” said UC Pati, a economics teacher in Balangir.

Trader associations said there have been no complaints against this system. “We have not received any complaint from any customer regarding such a coupon system. But in any case, we advise shopkeepers to give toffees if they don’t have coins instead of coupons. The shortage of coins is a genuine problem,” said secretary of Bargarh District Merchant Association Pradip Debta.

Government authorities said they will look into the matter. “The matter had not come to my notice. Nobody can use a substitute to money. We will look into it,” said Collector (Bargarh) Bhabagrahi Mishra.

Teen killed in accident, dumper torched

Itishree Dhar's dead bodyA mob torched a dumper near Sindurpankchowk under Sadar police limits on Saturday after it ran over a girl killing her on the spot. The accident took place when the girl, Itishree Dhar, 13, a Class VIII student of Ganesh Girls’ High School, Dhanupalli, was returning home on a bicycle.

The driver and helper of the dumper fled. “Before we arrived, the mob had torched the vehicle. We tried to extinguish the flames with the help of fire brigade but it was delayed due to the mob,” said SDPO (Sambalpur) P K Mohapatra.

Traffic on Sindupank-Dhanupali road, which links Kolkata-Mumbai NH and Sambalpur-Cuttack NH, was disrupted for over five hours as the mob staged a road blockade demanding compensation to the family of the deceased and construction of a new road linking the highways outside the town.


They cleared the road following an assurance from the administration. “The administration has assured us to take immediate step to construct a new bypass linking the both highways outside of the town. The tehsildar also assured to provide compensation to the victim’s family,” said president of BJP, district unit, Nauri Nayak.


Sambalpur administration gears up for flood

Apprehensive of a flood-like situation following release of water from Hirakud dam, Sambalpur administration has taken a number of steps to meet any eventuality.

Collector Balwant Singh said district administration has divided the flood prone areas of the town into 12 portions. Those are Bhatra, Dhanupali, Sunapali, Pensionpara, Sakhigopinathpara, Golebazar, Badbazar, Talbhatapara, Durgapali, Khetrajpur, Baraipali and Danipali of the town.

Areas where 14 temporary shelters will come up have also been identified. It has been decided that temporary shelters will be opened at Dhanupali Girls High School, Bhutapara Urdu School, Ranisati Mandir, Kalyan Mandap near Jail chhack, Ashraya, Sindhi Dharmsharla in AN Guha Lane, Marwari Dharmashala in Golebazar, Municipal Girls High School, Samaleswari College, Durgapali Upper Primary School, Marwari Dharamshala of Khetrajpur, Guru Nanak Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya, all within the town limits, to accommodate flood-affected people.

District Emergency Officer Nihar Ranjan Dash said whenever there is sudden or excess release of water from Hirakud dam, water goes into internal sewage system from river Mahanadi resulting in deluge in low lying areas.

Dash said officials of the Municipality have been asked to ensure that all the drains in the town are cleaned within three days to allow free flow of water.

Kadambala sarpanch was killed by naxalites

Yesterday night around 8pm, in kadambala, Goilkera, Jharkhand 60 km from Bisra, the sarpanch of kadambala( young politician ) Jayaram purti was killed by naxalites in his premises. naxalites killed him as he was telling everything about the naxalites movement to police, even he was warned before by naxalites.

Police did not protect him even police knew about this matter and did not come at midnight also.

State Govt. sancation Rs 50 crore for Jharsuguda airport

The state government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore to develop an airstrip at Jharsuguda into a full-fledged airport.

A sources said chief secretary J K Mohapatra has written to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) chairman, V P Agrawal, that the government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the Rs 175-crore project to be jointly executed by AAI and the state government.

“We hope Jharsuguda Airport will become operational in two years. Aircrafts like Airbus A-321 and Boeing 767, used by domestic carriers, can land in the airport. The airport will cater to areas like Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Angul,” said an official.

The state government has asked the Jharsuguda collector to identify 119 acre of land for the first phase expansion work although another 275.75 acre area will be required. Land acquisition is underway and a plot of 56.21 acre of private land has already been identified.

Biju Patnaik Airport director Sharad Kumar said apart from increasing the length of airport, a 5,500sqmt new terminal building and air traffic control (ATC) tower will be built at Jharsuguda, which is spread over 909.22 acre.

“Gradually parking space for about 200 cars, conveyer belts and boundary wall work will be taken up,” said the director.

The government has made a similar attempt for expansion of Jeypore airstrip. It has written to the Koraput collector to identify 910 acre for developing the airstrip there.