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State Pollution Control Board move to manage biomedical waste

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has urged Sambalpur Collector to provide at least two acres of land at a strategic location in the district for developing common biomedical waste management facility. The facility will be developed to facilitate treatment and disposal of biomedical waste generated from the hospitals of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bargarh and Sonepur districts.

An SPCB official said Sambalpur has been considered as model district under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Global Environment Facility project for managing bio-medical waste generated from hospitals in the region in an environmentally sound manner.

A common biomedical waste management facility should be developed at Sambalpur to provide service to hospitals in five districts of the region, he said and added that though the Collector was asked to provide a patch of land at the earliest, no communication has been received so far.

Two dead in lightning strikes Bargarh

In a tragic incident, at least two persons died while one person is believed to be severely injured during lightning strikes in Bargarh district on Wednesday.

According to information, Nagendra Kumbhar of Barapadar village under Bheden PS and Balram Kumbhar of Baliapal village under Binika PS died on the spot during the lightning strike while Pinky Kumbhar of Pankel village under Bheden PS was critically injured. Pinky was admitted to local hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Bargarh farmers stage blockade for better deal

A Day after farmers from Western Odisha staged a demonstration in front of the office of RDC (North) at Sambalpur protesting indifferent attitude of the State Government, hundreds of farmers from Bargarh block under the banner of Bargarh Anchalika Chasi Sangathan blocked the NH-6 at Chakarkend for four hours on Friday demanding a better deal from the Government.

They also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through Bargarh Tehsildar Jyoti Prakash Mohapatra over their long-pending demands. The blockade was called off after Mohapatra assured the protestors to take up their demands with the authorities concerned.

The road blockade brought traffic on the busy NH connecting Kolkata and Mumbai to a grinding halt while commercial and heavy vehicles were stranded on either side of the blockade. Movement of traffic between Bargarh and Sohela was also affected.

In the memorandum, farmers claimed that they are yet to get insurance amount against crop loss of last kharif season despite paying premium. Similarly, the State Government is yet to disburse the drought assistance of `100 per quintal of paddy as declared by the Chief Minister, they said.

Admitting that the farmers of the block have received the promised input subsidy, they said there is no sight of crop bonus yet. Although a survey was undertaken to assess the loss jointly by Agriculture, Co-operative and Revenue departments, they are yet to get their insurance against crop loss, the farmers alleged.

Apprehending a repeat situation with scanty rainfall reported in the district, they requested the Chief Minister to expedite payment of insurance and identify drought-hit areas to facilitate payment of financial assistance to farmers. Terming the demands as ‘genuine’, they have urged the State Government to take immediate steps to save farmers and farming.

Looted antique idol recovered in Bargarh

Police Friday recovered a 500-year-old ‘Astadhatu’ idol from under a banyan tree near Danta riverbank, 1.5 km from Kuruan in Bargarh district. The idol was looted by miscreants four days ago from Kuruan-based Maa Uma Maheswari Temple.

Scores of devotees gathered around the tree to catch a glimpse of the idol after the news spread in the area. Devotees offered prayers and rejoiced in joy playing drums after the stolen idol was recovered. Later, Bargarh Town police seized the idol and handed it back to the temple’s chief priest Satyanarayan Dehuri.

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According to reports, miscreants broke into the temple Tuesday night and looted the idol weighing 7 kg along with the donation box. Locals spotted the broken donation box Wednesday morning in a bush on the banks of Maheswari lake near the village while the idol was nowhere to be seen. The ‘Astadhatu’ idol was made of five kilogram of gold, locals said.

Police with the help of a forensic team and sniffer dogs launched a manhunt to nab the accused. Police had also detained some suspects but got no clues about the loot.
Meanwhile, a few youths of the village Friday morning noticed the idol under the banyan tree and alerted the temple priest. Investigation into the incident is on, police said.

BJP takes protest to Sambalpur Collectorate

BJPBJP workers were taken into custody after they broke police cordon and entered the collectorate on Wednesday protesting attack on Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Sadhvi Niranjan during their Bargarh visit on June 24. They also burnt an effigy of Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik inside the collectorate.

In the morning, the BJP workers came in a rally to the collectorate where the party leaders lashed out at the Bargarh administration and State Government for failing to take action against those involved in the attack. They said the attacks were ‘pre-planned’ and staged at the ‘behest’ of the Chief Minister. Earlier, BJP’s national secretary Suresh Pujari alleged that no action has been taken against those involved in the ‘murderous’ attack on the Union Ministers.

Later in the day, when the BJP workers tried to submit a memorandum addressed to Governor SC Jamir to Sambalpur Collector, police tried to stop them. This led to a scuffle between the police and the BJP workers. To restore law and order, police arrested the agitating BJP workers.

President of BJP’s Sambalpur unit Ram Chandra Meher said despite prior intimation, none of the senior officers of the administration was present inside the collectorate to receive the memorandum. The situation could have been averted had the Collector or his officers come to receive the memorandum, he added. The party workers demanded arrest of all those involved in attacks on the Union Ministers.

Similarly, the BJP workers staged a demonstration in front of collectorate in Bargarh and condemned the attack on Gangwar and Niranjan. They demanded immediate arrest of Bargarh MLA Debesh Acharya for his alleged involvement in the attack.