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When Odisha Met Paris: Sambalpuri Dancers Enthrall At The Eiffel Tower

After Bhangra in Brazil, we saw another beautiful amalgamation of two very different cultures. This time, it was Odisha’s traditional dance forms in France. To celebrate the Odisha Dance Week in Paris, internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Saswat Joshi performed Odisha’s Sambalpuri folk dance in front of Eiffel Tower along with other artistes on May 26. The dance troupe’s colourful performance enthralled spectators at the famous French monument, the Odisha Sun Times reports.

Fire breaks out at SBI branch in Sambalpur University

A fire broke out at Jyoti Vihar branch of State Bank of India (SBI) located on the premises of Sambalpur University at Burla due to short circuit on Sunday.

There three computers, five air-conditioners, fans, cash counter and furniture of the banks have been destroyed. However, cash and jewellery stored in the bank are safe. Reports said people, who were near the branch, first noticed smoke emitting from the branch in the afternoon and they informed the police. Subsequently, fire brigade was informed and two fire tenders rushed to the spot to put out the fire.

It took around one hour to bring the fire under control. However, property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed. Branch Manager Uma Charan Behera said business of the branch will not be hampered and the bank will function as usual on Monday.

67 model villages to be developed in Sambalpur

THE district administration has decided to develop 67 model villages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in nine blocks.

Informing this, Coordinator of MGNREGS, Sambalpur, Sobhit Kumar Bishi said 67 junior engineers working in nine blocks of the district have been entrusted with the task to identify revenue villages in their jurisdiction. Each junior engineer will select one village and personally monitor the development works to be undertaken under MGNREGS in the village, he added.

Work under various categories, including institutional plantation, land development, agriculture, livestock, renovation of traditional water bodies, rural sanitation and watershed will be taken up in the model villages during the ensuing monsoon season.

While kitchen gardening, green fencing and fruit-bearing tree plantation will be undertaken under institutional plantation, development of wasteland and land levelling will be done under the land development category. Besides, feeder channel, compost pit, dug well, vermi-compost, nadep compost, goat shelter, cattle shelter and azolla pit will be developed under agriculture and livestock related work.
This apart, stone packing and turfing on embankments will be undertaken under renovation of water bodies category while soak-cum-recharge pit will be constructed under rural sanitation head.
Moreover, boundary trenches in villages affected by elephant menace, pebble bunding, staggered trenches and stone bunding will be taken up under watershed category.

Bishi said the objective of the programme is to provide work to the rural dwellers during monsoon and at the same time  develop livelihood projects to help the villagers supplement their income.

The junior engineers will submit the project proposal for the model village on June 5 and work on the proposed projects will begin from June 8.

So far, the junior engineers have been involved in technical matters only. However, they have now been assigned with the responsibility to develop project proposals for the model village in consultation with the villagers, Bishi added.

Sarpanch candidate dies in motorcycle mishap in Sambalpur

A Sarpanch candidate of Paruabhadi gram panchayat in Kuchinda block of the district and one of his supporters died after their motorcycle hit a roadside tree at Patrapali village under Kuchinda police limits late on Tuesday.

The deceased Sarpanch aspirant has been identified as Mani Pradhan (35) and his supporter Sudhir Patel (40), both from Paruabhadi.

The incident occurred while the duo was returning to their village after having dinner at a ‘dhaba’ near Patrapali.

Though they were rushed to Kuchinda Sub-Divisional Hospital by the locals, doctors declared them brought dead.

The election, scheduled to be held in the gram panchayat on February 21, has been countermanded following the death of the Sarpanch candidate. The election for the posts of Zilla Parishad member, Panchayat Samiti member and ward members, however, will be held as per schedule.

Kuchinda Sub-Collector Chanchal Rana said they will inform the State Election Commission about the death of the candidate and the Commission will announce the new schedule of the election.

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.