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Maoist bandh affects communication in western Odisha

The 24-hour bandh call given by Maoists had its impact on western Odisha districts today with road communications coming to a grinding halt even as business establishments and government offices were open in many parts during the day.

The outfit had given a day’s bandh call in the districts of Bolangir, Bargarh, Nuapada and others demanding stop of green hunt operation and release of innocent tribals booked on charge of Maoists.

In Bolangir, the Maoists damaged a telephone tower by blasting it while they set fire on a kendu leaf godown under Khaprakhol block area. A report from Nuapada said that bus service was paralysed resulting in no movement from Nuapada to Padampur and Chhatishgarh to Khariar. The Maoist supporters also felled large trees on the roads and disrupted traffic in many places.

The bandh call was given by Chhattishgarh–Odisha boMaoist bandh affects communication in western Odisha

Heat-wave to continue for another 48 hrs in State

Sizzling temperatures coupled with hot winds continued making life miserable for people in the entire State. As many as 25 persons succumbed to sunstroke and extreme weather conditions. However the alleged death due to sun stroke has touched 105.

Due to continued heat-wave conditions, the interior areas covering western parts of the State, are experiencing harrowing times with the situation being more precipitated by frequent undeclared power cuts and scarcity of drinking water.

There is no respite from the scorching sun with the weatherman forecasting prevalence of heat-wave conditions for another 48 hours in the State.

However, there is warning of thunder squal accompanied by hail and gusty surface wind with speed reaching 60 to 70 km per hour in one or two places over the State during next 48 hours.

Balangir remained the hottest place on Sunday as mercury touched 46 degree Celsius, which is highest in the district during the season, throwing life out of gear in the areas. Besides maximum temperature was recorded between 40 to 46 degrees Celsius in around 13 districsts  across the State.

Towns like Titlagarh, Hirakud and Sundargarh recorded a maximum 45.5 degrees Celsius followed by Sambalpur with 45.3 degrees, Bhawanipatna 44.7, Malkanakrir 44.5, Angul 44.1, Talcher 43.2, Candabali, 42.7, Phulbani 42, Konajhargarh 41, Cuttack 40.5 and the capital city Bhubaneswar registered 40.4 degrees Celsius temperature on the day.

The Bhubaneswar Met office has predicted that the heat-wave conditions would prevail for next 48 hours in interior Odisha. However, the sources said that the Monsoon this year is likely to be delayed and may reach Odisha coast by early third week of June.

Vulgar dance organizers face police music

Police arrested two persons on Sunday for allegedly promoting raunchy dances during the Sital Sasthi festival at Barpali in Bargarh district.

Police said the accused, Ashok Sahu and Tatan Talukdar, had organized a vulgar dance show in a play ground and charging money from people eager to see it. “We have taken immediate step to stop the dance that was organized in the local play ground and arrested the two for organizing the show at Barpali during Sital Sasthi festival,” said IIC (Barpali) PK Meher.

Sources said the dance was supposed to be organized in the local football ground on May 22 and 23 during late night and dancers from outside were specially invited to perform in it. The organizers were charging Rs 30 per person as entry fee. The dancers allegedly performed vulgar dance by wearing skimpy clothes during the dance. Police, however, stopped the show on May 23 after receiving complaint from the local people. However, police arrested the two organizers of the show only on Sunday following the intervention of the Bargarh SP, sources said.

On the other hand, similar dances were organized in Balangir town during the procession of the Sital Sasthi festival on Sunday. Dancers from outside Odisha performed vulgar dances. Social activists alleged that the dance was performed in presence of police and the administration took no step to stop the show.

No power cuts during daytime, says Naveen

With no sign of respite from the ongoing heat wave in Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the energy department not to go for power cuts from 10 am till 5 pm.

Naveen’s direction came during a review meeting on facilities available at hospitals to attend sunstroke patients, drinking water crisis, facilities available for treatment of birds and animals and power cut problem.

The CM asked officials to immediately provide tankers to areas reporting drinking water crisis. He also directed the department to immediately repair defunct tube wells. He also stressed on taking adequate steps to make people aware about the facilities available at hospitals to beat the heat.

On Monday, the mercury in at least five places in the state hovered at 44 degree Celsius or above in western and interior Odisha. Balangir recorded the day’s highest of 44.6 degree Celsius followed by Titlagarh (44.5 degree Celsius), Sambalpur, Sundergarh and Hirakud (all 44 degree Celsius). Jharsuguda and Bhawanipatna recorded 43.7 degree Celsius and 43.5 degree Celsius respectively. Besides, there were at least six more places in the state where mercury touched 40 degree Celsius or above. The day temperature in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack stood at 40.4 degree Celsius and 38 degree Celsius respectively.

The weather officials on Monday forecast that the heat wave condition would continue to prevail over some parts of interior Odisha for at least two more days.

Though the sudden spurt in heat wave over the past few days is causing physical discomfort to many, it has proved to be a boon for those involved summer-related business activities. Ice factories are working to capacity as a large number of ice-sellers have put up their platforms in every nook and corner of the town.

Go to any market of the town and you will find an array of fans displayed outside shops. Decked up shops selling air-coolers, air-conditioners and refrigerators beckon prospective buyers with various bargain offers.

The sale of ‘matkas’ and ‘surahis’, which are the best natural water coolers, is also brisk as there are thousands of poor men who cannot afford the luxury of a refrigerator.

One more dies of sunstroke

With no respite from the heat, one more sunstroke death was reported from Boudh district on Sunday, taking the official toll to five. The unofficial death toll though stands at 47.

So far, Angul, Balangir, Sambalpur, Jajpur and now Boudh have confirmed deaths.

While the Met office said that the heatwave conditions will continue for next two days, it also predicted thunder squalls at a few places.

Balangir was the hottest place in the State where mercury read 45.5 degree Celsius. Other towns which recorded 45 degree C temperature included Sonepur and Titlagarh.

Capital City Bhubaneswar saw the maximum day temperature rising to 41.6 degree on Sunday.