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Patient relative looted by showing Bhujali in Burla

With the help of a Bhujali, an amount of Rs. 30,000 was looted from a patient relatives in Burla while he was taking bath in Mahanadi near Kendriya Vidyalaya -2

A man came for her wife treatment in a private nursing home in Burla and staying there. Basically the couple is from Redhakhol. On 7th of February the man with his other relative went for taking bath in Mahanadi near Kendriya Vidyalaya -2. While taking bath, a group of 3 strangers coming near to them and threatening by showing a Bhujali and loot an amount Rs.30000.

Now the man is helpless as all the money what he had, was looted. And he worried about the treatment for his wife because he have no money even for their eating purpose. He came to the police station near by the canal area and lunched a FIR against what happened to him.

This type of cases were happened regularly with patient relatives in Burla. Many times police arrest some thieves  from this canal area and submit to the court for next procedure. But still police is not regularized the security for controlling the bad people in Burla.

These bad people is very harmful to any mankind as Burla is the only one Big Government Hospital in Western Odisha. The dependents are also from the border states. So police should take necessary steps to demoralized the bad people. So further no bad people having courage to do this type of bad things in Burla.

Western Odisha Bandh in protest of permanent High Court Bench

Western Odisha Bandh in protest of permanent High Court BenchIn the protest of permanent High Court Bench in Western Odisha, Bar associations called 12 hours Bandh in Western Odisha.  Normal life has come to a standstill throughout Western Odisha.

Permanent High Court Bench is a long standing demand from the people of Western Odisha. Till date Government is not listening the demad, as whole, people of Western Odisha supporting this Bandh with Bar Associations.

All educational institutions, business establishments and offices have been closed as protestors are picketing at various places in all the districts in Western Odisha. Not only the road but train transport has also been disrupted at several locations. In Jharsuguda, picketing is taking place at Beheramal, Station Square, Bombay Chowk, BTM colony and National Highway 10 and 49. Sambalpur-Puri Intercity and Rourkela Jharsuguda Passenger have been stranded at Khetrajpur Railway Station in Sambalpur due to the bandh.

Public and political parties have also come forward in support of the bandh. The protestors have threatened that the protest will be intensified if the Government does not heed to the demand of establishing a permanent bench of High Court in Western Odisha.

 

The associations are also protesting the move of the State Bar Council, which recently sought disciplinary action against the protesting lawyers. Members of political parties like the BJD and the Congress, various voluntary organisations and general public have extended their full support to the protest.

The impact of the bandh was witnessed since early morning in Sambalpur, Boudh and other parts of the region as courts, government offices, shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed.

The agitators have also staged ‘Rail Roko’ protest while halting Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express and Bangalore Cant.-Hatia Express at Khetrajpur railway station.

Tension erupted during the bandh observation after police detained several protesters who staged ‘Rail Roko’ agitation at the station. While Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express has been cancelled after the protest, Bangalore Cant.-Hatia Express was subsequently departed the station.

“We had earlier said that this is not just a lawyers’ protest, rather it is a public movement and it is evident from the participation of large number of public in the Rail Roko protest here today,” said a protesting lawyer.

“We will intensify our protest in future and go to any extent for the fulfillment of our demands. Whatever action is taken, we will not give up and withdraw our agitation,” he added.

Another protesting lawyer alleged that efforts are made to suppress the protest. “It is now a public movement for legitimate demands. We are protesting the efforts being made to suppress our protest. The entire Western Odisha is with us,” he said.

Meanwhile, State law minister Pratap Jena said that the demand of the lawyers for establishment of HC bench will be discussed.

It is worth mentioning here that the Odisha State Bar Council, last month, had written a letter to the Bar Council of India (BCI) seeking action against various lawyers associations continuing protests for establishment of High Court bench in western Odisha.

In the letter, the council had recommended disciplinary action against members of 17 lawyers’ associations and central working committees for continuing protest over establishment of permanent HC bench.

Connection cut from 18th February in Western Odisha, Wesco

Wesco electricity supplyWesco, a power supply company in West Odisha, has decided to start a campaign to recover outstanding electricity bills from 18th of this month February. It is noted that, earlier  Nesco and Southco had already start the outstanding electricity bill recovery from last month.

There are 9 districts depends on Wesco for electrictity and that are Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Balangir, Deogarh, Sonpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.  Wesco  disconnect the electricity connection of customers who do not pay the outstanding electricity bills.

At a press conference held at the local Wesco office in Cheruapada on Saturday afternoon, Wesco’s official Tapas Kumar Patnaik said that Wesco  is committed to provide better electricity service to its customers, but the electricity bills of 2117 crores owed to millions of customers has become a major deterrent. . Millions of customers have been using electricity for years, but are not paying electricity bills. Other customers along with the company are suffering due to this. Wesco  can no longer bear the burden of the outstanding electricity bill. In such a situation, a campaign will be started from February 18 to collect the outstanding electricity bill from the customers and the electricity connection of those who do not pay the bill will be cut. He said that to avoid this, customers have to pay the outstanding bills. For this, the bill can also be paid in installments.

Connection cut from 18th Febuary in Western Odisha, WescoGiving information, Patnaik said that there are 1,25,180 customers of Wesco  who have not been paying electricity bills for more than two years. Apart from these, the number of customers who owe bills more than 25 thousand rupees is 2,57,652 and the number of customers who owe bills of more than 50 thousand rupees is 1,34,561. There is an outstanding bill of more than Rs 406 crore on various commercial establishments, plants etc. Some of these cases are in court and the bill has not been recovered from them.

Patnaik further said that Wesco  does not want to disconnect the electricity connection of any customer, but despite repeated requests in this regard, it has now been decided to take action against such customers. Customers have been given time till February 17 to pay the outstanding bills. Despite this, if the bill is not paid, the campaign to cut the connection will start from 18 February. He has requested customers to understand and support Wesco ‘s problem. In this press conference Wesco General Manager (Commerce) Ashish Patjoshi, General Manager (Finance) Dilip Agarwal, Company Secretary Subodh Mahalik, Deputy General Manager (Finance) Kshirodchandra Nand, Superintending Engineer (Sambalpur) Sanjit Nayak, Chief Vigilance Officer Bhagyadhar Behera and Public Relations Officer Devanand Samal present.

Week-Long Cease-Work Agitation for High Court Bench

Demanding a permanent High Court bench, the All Western Odisha Lawyers’ Association launched a week-long cease-work agitation from today.

As per sources, all members of the bar associations of all Western Odisha districts began their week-long agitation from today till February 24 in the region. Offices of both state and central governments, courts and banking institutions will remain closed, sources added.

However, schools, colleges, hospitals and other business establishments will continue functioning normally, informed by the association.

The committee has also decided to boycott all legal activities in the state.

Reportedly, lawyers of the region had been agitating for a bench for the past 40 years. The association had earlier threatened to intensify their agitation if the state government fails to settle the issue of establishment of Orissa High Court bench in Western Odisha.

On the other hand, the Rourkela Bar Association passed a unanimous resolution to boycott the court proceedings till February 24 alleging that their seven-point charter of demands have not been fulfilled despite repeated requests.

Besides establishment of a permanent bench of High Court in Rourkela, their demands include immediate appointment of judges against the vacancies and establishment of a record room in Rourkela among others.

Meanwhile, demanding establishment of permanent High Court bench in Bolangir and not in any other place in Western Odisha, the district Bar Association pulled out of the cease-work agitation called by the All Western Odisha Lawyers’ Association.

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.