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Early Morning Encounter in Sambalpur

Early morning in kuluthkani-Dhankauda Road, Encounter of notorious criminal Tridev Bag by a joint operation by Dhanupali Police and a special squad. Police also nabbed two of his associates at the same time, police found one minor from them.

Earlier 2-3 days back in this kuluthkani Dhankauda Road, two men snatched a gold chain from a lady and ran in a motorcycle.

Injured Criminal Tridev Bag

The team had received input from reliable sources that the criminals were planning to rob the area near Kuluthkani -Dhankauda Road. Police party undertook multiple raids to nab the criminals. Upon spotting the cops, Tridev Bagh and his associates fired a round at the police party. Police party retaliated appropriately and fired 1 round in a controlled and restricted manner.

Bagh sustained bullet injuries in his left leg during the encounter, and was admitted to Sadar Hospital here. His associates Deepak Mandal, 30, and one Juvenile aged about 17 years were apprehended.

A constable suffered minor injuries in the operation and was given adequate treatment.

Police party seized one country made Pistol, two live rounds, one fired case, three mobile phones, Rs 30000 cash, one toy pistol, one Motor cycle and 3 Gold Chains.

Bag, 25, has more than eight criminal cases pending against him across several Police station in the district.


Odisha braces for flood as Hirakud dam readies to discharge floodwater

Officials in Bargarh have asked all educational institutions in the district to remain closed on Wednesday in view of heavy rainfall and flood threat.

The flood warning came as Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday sounded a red alert for the districts of Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur, Nuapada and Jharsuguda predicting extremely heavy rains.

At least 13 Odisha districts, including several coastal ones, on the banks of the River Mahanadi and its distributaries, are bracing for a flood from Thursday with Hirakud reservoir all set to release its overflowing waters, officials said on Wednesday.

Special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said due to the heavy rainfall in the lower catchments of the Mahanadi as well as the opening of the gates of Hirakud in Sambalpur on Wednesday, about 11.5 lakh cusec of floodwater is likely to be discharged at Mundali from Thursday morning.

पश्चिम ओडिशा के प्राणकेंद्र संबलपुर में सैकड़ों करोड़ की लागत के विकासकार्य की पोल तब खुल जाती है। जब मूसलाधार बारिश होती है ।

“This is likely to cause a medium flood in river Mahanadi and its distributaries. We have deployed 12 ODRAF teams and three NDRF teams in the likely affected districts for rescue and evacuation operations,” Sethi said.

“Besides fire service teams in respective districts will be deployed. Special care must be taken to shift the old, infirm, physically challenged, women and children to safe shelters well in advance,” he added.

Officials in Bargarh have asked all educational institutions in the district to remain closed on Wednesday in view of heavy rainfall and flood threat.

The flood warning came as Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday sounded a red alert for the districts of Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur, Nuapada and Jharsuguda predicting extremely heavy rains. IMD said the low-pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal was likely to become more marked during the next 48 hours.

The situation in at least five western and central districts of the state remained grim with chief minister Naveen Patnaik announcing gratuitous relief of seven days for the flood-affected people.

Patnaik, who reviewed the situation in Balangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur and Kandhamal districts, directed officials that relief worth Rs 60 per adult per day and Rs 45 per child per day be provided in the affected areas.

In the districts of Bolangir, Sonepur and Kalahandi, the flood situation did not improve much despite a let-up in the rain.

In Bolangir town, schools, hospitals, residential buildings, and government offices were inundated by rainwater as over 216 mm rainfall was recorded between Monday and Tuesday morning. More than 90% of Bolangir town has been inundated.

In Binka area of Sonepur, floodwater washed away five houses after gushing into Mahulapali village.

पश्चिम ओडिशा के प्राणकेंद्र संबलपुर में सैकड़ों करोड़ की लागत के विकासकार्य की पोल तब खुल जाती है। जब मूसलाधार बारिश होती है।

Gudvelipadar’s copper snake business in a slump

At one point in past decades, the artisans of Gudvelipadar in Boudh district earned handsomely from selling Silver Filigree. Later, when the demand for these ornaments came down, clever artisans started making ‘Copper Snakes’, and found their safety net around it.

Over the years, Gudvelipadar has earned a name for itself for the copper snakes made here.

About 30 villagers along with their families are engaged in this trade. These silversmith families are not the only ones in the village who earn their livelihood from selling these items; there also are people — trained by these artisan families — doing brisk business.


But this craft, like many other traditional ones, is facing severe headwinds.

“Sometimes the cops harass us. We have license to procure raw materials like acid, brass and copper sheets. We get these raw materials from Rengali area in Sambalpur district. Yet at times the cops catch us and we have to cough up some money to avoid getting entangled in their concocted plots,” says an artisan, wishing not to be named.

Some other artisans joined him to narrate the issues they are facing these days.

According to them, their present business is also passing through the same situation they once experienced during the collapse of silver filigree period.

“The golden period of our copper snake business is over. We are no longer earning what we used to make in earlier days,” some said.

They have ascribed the slump in their business to the change of people’s mindset due to rapid ingression of western culture.

“It is Lord Shiva believers who constitute our main customer group. They buy copper snakes from us to offer them at Shiva temples. They do so when their wishes are granted. But the present generation is largely influenced by western culture. Some of them hardly visit these shrines, let alone wishing to offer copper snakes to Lord Shiva upon fulfillment of their wishes,” said a village elder.

The entire process starting from putting copper sheets in fire to make it flexible till a finished product takes time as well as needs engagement of whole family members.

“The price these products are fetching these days is not satisfactory as compared to the labour put together,” they alleged.

The copper snakes manufactured by the artisans here have found places in several Shiva temples including the Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar. However, pride alone is unlikely to fill their stomachs. The state government should come forward to bail out this traditional art form which seems to be on the verge of extinction.

ECoR conducted a trial of 2KM long train in Sambalpur Division

DMR Sambalpur called the 2KM long train as Python Rake, comprised 147 wagons, three guard vans and four engines. The first rake of 45 flat wagons, and the second and the third rakes of 51 wagons each, were loaded with containers bound for Visakhapatnam port.

Two kilometres. That is the length of a new train which went on its first trial run in Odisha. With the aim of minimising man power and making path utilisation more economic, the East Coast Railway combined three rakes (a group of freight wagons or passenger coaches coupled together) into a single train, running it between Godbhaga and Balangir Stations in Sambalpur Railway Division.


Watching a freight train of average length rumble past is often an unending experience (especially if you are waiting at a level-crossing). So imagine watching a train almost three times as long.

East Coast Railway(ECoR) ran three goods train rakes with a length of about 2000 meters on a trail basis for the first time for economic path utilization with less man power.

BJP Chief Amit Shah Visiting Sambalpur tomorrow

With the general elections a few months ahead and as BJP national president Amit Shah has set ‘Mission Odisha 120 seats’, he has been touring the State frequently and accordingly, his Sambalpur visit has been slated for tomorrow.

While the Odisha unit BJP rank and file is in an upbeat mood, Congress and BJD today termed his repeated visits sans any impact on the voters. As per the Odisha unit BJP Media Cell press note, BJP national president Amit Shah is visiting Odisha tomorrow (February 15).

After landing at Jharsuguda Veer Surendra Sai Airport, he will head towards Sambalpur. There he will have the darshan of Maa Samaleswari and then pay floral tribute to Veer Surendra Sai at Jail Chhak. In the afternoon, he will address the party workers at a meeting organized in the field near the Sambalpur Jay Guru Mandir.In his media reactions, senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, “The poll environment has been a bit hot earlier this time.

The top leaders of all the parties have become vibrant and have focused on Odisha.”He commented, “The ruling party of Odisha perhaps carries the impression that this time they are going to lose the battle. Rest of the parties are of the impression that this is a state that would shape their future prospect.” “Let the people’s impression about Amit Shah fade first. I have witnessed what happened in their meeting in Bolangir. Tried a lot but couldn’t gather people for the meeting,” he lampooned.BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra reacted, “When the election approaches, the leaders of the national parties remember Odisha.

It is solely meant for election campaign. In the recent past, their visits have had no impact and will also have no impact.” “Now the big question of the people of Odisha is on the political tourism of those national leaders. When the election comes, Shri Rahul Gandhi remembers Odisha after three and half years. Similar is the case of Shri Amit Shah. Except speeches, both Congress and BJP have done nothing for Odisha. Naveen Babu was, is and will be with the people of Odisha,” he remarked.