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Three minors burnt alive in Ranikhenda

In a tragic incidence, three children, including a brother and sister were burnt alive after a fire broke out due to a LPG cylinder leak in a house at Ranikhenda village under Sasan police limits in Sambalpur district on Wednesday.

The Son and daughter of Narottam Jagat, residing as a tenant in the house, along with a neighbor child were killed in the fire mishap.

The deceased were identified as bijayani(13), Thakur Ram(11), Kirti(17). Reportedly, a gas stove in an adjacent room suddenly caught fire which spread to the room in which the children were sitting and watching television.

Meanwhile, police with the help of fire brigade has started a probe on possible reasons of the mishap.

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 feet with 13.44 mm rain being recorded in the upstream. In the downstream, it was 64.55 mm. Around 2,200 cusecs of water was released in Bargarh main canal, 400 cusec in Sason canal, 30 cusec in Sambalpur distributary. There has been a dip in power generation from power houses under Hirakud project. Power generation of Power House I was 16.750 MW, while it was nil in Power House II on Monday.

Bargarh canal yet to get Hirakud water

The dry Hirakud dam reservoirThere 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 Irrigation Department released just 200 cusecs of water into the Sason Canal on Monday. No water was released to Bargarh main canal and Samablpur distributary.

As per the working table formulated jointly by Energy Department and Water Resources Department during pre-monsoon period, the water level should be at a minimum of 595 feet.

However, with not much rain reported ever since monsoon arrived in the State, the situation at the reservoir has reached an alarming level.

In 2005, the water discharge was delayed by 12 days and for 17 days in 2006. It had triggered widespread agitation by farmers who suspected that water was being diverted to industries from the reservoir.

Subsequently, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after a discussion with farmers declared that ‘not a single drop of water meant for irrigation would be diverted to industries’. He had even announced a package of ` 200 crore for renovation of the canal and dredging to enhance the water capacity of HDR. For the next three years – 2008, 2009 and 2010 – water was released into the canal in time due to dredging while in 2011 timely monsoon ensured smooth release of water. Last year, there was a delay in releasing water due to delay in monsoon.

Farmer leader Ashok Pradhan alleged that industries draw water from the reservoir which has led to the problem. He demanded a high-level inquiry.

Train movement hit on Sambalpur section of E. Coast Rly

Train movement on the Sambalpur-Jharsuguda section under the Sambalpur division of the East Coast Railway remained suspended for several hours on Tuesday following derailment of a goods train near Sason station, according to ECoR sorces.

The train was carrying about 3,800 tonnes of thermal coal from the mines at Ib Valley to NTPC’s Kanhia plant.

Three wagons got derailed. Since it is a double line section, it should be possible to resume movement on the single line shortly, according to a spokesman for East Coast Railway.

Missing siblings found in Ranchi

Three children of Station Pada in Sason here have been rescued from Ranchi. Childline, Ranchi handed them back to their counterparts in the district on Wednesday night. The siblings have been identified as Muskan Chardia (10), Sanatan Chardia (6) and Suraj Chardia (5). The children had accompanied their parents and three sisters to Rengali in the district to witness Nag Panchami.

However, on their return, the three children along with the mother, Basanti could not alight from the train at Sason and were missing since then. It is learnt that the Ranchi RPF found the three children at Ranchi railway station and on enquiry the children revealed that they had separated from their mother. Later the children were handed over to Childline at Ranchi and were united with their father and sisters. Their mother is still missing.