Bargarh News

Rains lash Sambalpur

Even as rain since Saturday have thrown normal life out of gear in Sambalpur, it has brought cheer on the faces of  farmers. They are now confident of taking up agricultural works for rabi season. However, there has not been much change in the water level of Hirakud reservoir which continues to be at 594.54

Villagers come to rescue of ailing boy

Sixteen-year-old Chandrasekhar Pradhan of Kusanpuri village in Bargarh district awaits for a new life. And residents of his villagers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he gets one. Chandrasekhar has been suffering from a serious disease which is yet to be diagnosed. Blood is oozing out of his mouth and anus. Though the

Odisha govt to upgrade 11 airstrips in different districts

Air connectivity across Odisha is set to get a boost with the state government proposing upgradation of the existing 11 airstrips in different districts. The plan includes installation of communication and surveillance apparatus, increasing the length of runways and construction of boundary walls, sources said. The airstrips are located at Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jeypore (Koraput

Bargarh canal yet to get Hirakud water

There is not enough water in the Hirakud dam reservoir for irrigation. Every year water is released from the reservoir through Sason canal, Bargarh main canal and Sambalpur distributary on June 16 for farmers to facilitate agricultural activities for the kharif crop. But with water level dropping to an alarming low of 593.65 feet, the

Water projects lying defunct

Of 110 revenue villages under Bijepur block here, 80 are water-stressed. Out of 800 tubewells in the block, 200 are lying defunct. Water projects under Swajaldhara rural water supply scheme in villages of Gudimunda T Gondpali and Jokhipali are lying defunct. After working for some time, those were rendered defunct due to breakdown of transformer.

Lower Suktel Dam: Villagers, Maoists take contrast stand

Hundreds of villagers supporting the Lower Suktel irrigation project on Tuesday blocked Balangir-Patnagarh road at Dhulusar Chhack for more than one hour. Sudam Dharua of Telenpali village, who led the agitators, said local tribals are supporting construction of the lower Suktel irrigation dam, but some ‘outsiders with vested interest’ have been creating disturbances. They presented

Danda Nacha fails to fade with time

With the passage of time, many folk dance forms have vanished into oblivion but Danda Nacha (punishment dance) continues to hold relevance in Ganjam, Boudh, Kandhamal and Sambalpur districts. It is performed in ‘Chaitra’ and begins 21 or 13 days prior to Bisuba Sankranti. Despite the dance form having stringent rituals, the number of participants

Congress chairpersons in three new NACs

Sunita Bag of Congress was declared elected to the post of Chairperson of Attabira NAC unopposed here on Saturday. The post was reserved for SC (woman) candidate and the announcement was made by Bargarh Sub-Collector who was officiating as the election officer. Although the Congress had the option to field Bilasini Naik of the party

College girl’s death sparks road blockade

Vehicular traffic on Bargarh-Balangir route was totally disrupted for hours on Tuesday following agitation by people at Barpali town over mysterious death of a college girl of the locality. Keeping the body of the girl on the road, people demanded proper compensation to the deceased’s family and action against the accused involved in the incident

2 lakh Odisha workers suffer in hellish Andhra kilns

They are loaded onto trains like goats, wide-eyed and scared. Few know where they are being herded to or where the trains – the Korba-VSKP Link Express and the Durg-VSKP Passenger – are going. They are pushed into unreserved compartments, one stacked above the other like sacks of rice. Some die without food or water;