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Ensure Smooth Functioning of Courts, Offices in W Odisha: HC

In what would come as a major relief to the people of Western Odisha, the Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed the State Chief Secretary and the Director- General of Police to ensure smooth functioning of courts and offices in the region.

The full bench of the court comprising Justice P Mohanty, Justice I Mohanty and Justice S C Parija instructed the State to see to it that the general public, litigants and employees do not face any obstruction in entering and exiting the courts and offices.

As per the earlier orders of the court, the State counsel, on the basis of reports received from the Collectors of the Western Odisha districts, submitted that courts in  different parts of the regions were functioning but work was affected due to the continuing strike by lawyers. The bench has sought further reports from the district judges of 11 districts on the functioning of courts in their jurisdiction by the first week of April. Acting on a petition filed by one Saroj Kumar Padhy and a letter from the District and Sessions Judge, Sambalpur, the court had also initiated contempt proceedings through Registrar (Judicial) and directed the Registrar Administration to submit a status report on the court strikes in Western Odisha.

The petitioner had prayed for declaration of the bandh and strikes across the State illegal as they posed serious problems to the general public. Pensioners were not able to receive their pensions while students faced severe hardships in getting different documents from the offices.

The daily wage earners were not able to manage a square meal as there was no work for them. People were also being deprived of medical services on account of the strike.

He alleged that the State Government had not taken any action to prevent the illegal activities that violated every Rights enshrined under the Constitution.

‘Sala Budha’ is nominated for FIJI International Film Festival, 2014

sala-budhaDirector Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s tale of an old man’s wit, Sala Budha is nominated for the competition category of FIJI International Film Festival. The movie participate in the competition with the movies of 11 different countries. The FIJI International Film Festival to be held in GOA by the coming month of June.

‘Sala Budha’ is a movie made in Sambalpuri language. It is an attempt to show the plight of aged people in the western part of Odisha.

This movie is made in black and white and the director says that he has enough reasons for doing so. This, being a periodical movie, a black and white adaptation can give it the required justice.


“Though the film had been screened at various cities and both the critics and the viewers applauded it, I was a little apprehensive over the jury’s take on my experiments. First, the story, penned by my father Kapileswar Prasad Mohapatra, is 100 years old, and second, it’s a black and white film with an 83-year-old protagonist,” said Mohapatra.

The story of ‘Sala Budha’ or ‘The stupid Old man’ revolves around an old village head, the Sarpanch of a village, who tries his best to take care of the subjects at any cost. The film has successfully depicted the strong relationship of the earlier days in the villages of western Odisha and the innocence, simplicity and righteousness of the Old man, who finally gets his reward from the King.

Octogenarian Atala Panda plays the protagonist. Mohapatra’s brothers, son and some other family members, who are in the film industry, pitched in with their individual expertise in making of the film.



Lawyers Call for Western Odisha Bandh Today

The Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) has decided to go ahead with their Western Odisha bandh call on Wednesday with the State Government remaining silent over their demand.

They have been demanding a complete and comprehensive proposal to the Central Government over setting up of High Court Bench in the region by February 18.

CAC secretary Niranjan Tripathy said the State Government has not yet acted on the demand. “As we had given an ultimatum, we will go ahead with the bandh call,” he said.

Essential services will not be hampered though. Similarly, students will be allowed to reach their schools and colleges to appear for examinations and marriage ceremonies allowed to be solemnised.

The Sambalpur District Bar Association (SDBA) has also urged all political  parties to join the bandh call.

Odisha law minister to meet lawyers on stir today

A solution to lawyers’ agitation in western Odisha seemed imminent on Saturday after law minister Maheswar Mohanty on Friday invited them for a discussion. The agitating lawyers are demanding a high court bench in western parts of the state.

The minister in a letter requested the Central Action Committee (CAC), spearheading the protest, to have a talk at 5 pm at secretariat on February 9, convener of the CAC Ashok Dash told the media.

“We convened a meeting on Saturday to discuss the matter. It was unanimously decided that we would take part in the discussion. Till then, we will stage a 24-hour relay hunger strike,” Dash said.

Dash has been on an indefinite hunger strike in front of Sambalpur RDC office since Wednesday along with four other senior members of the CAC. A 13-member team will go to Bhubaneswar on Sunday morning to meet the minister, he said.

“Our future course of action will be decided only on Monday after our delegation comes back from Bhubaneswar,” senior lawyer Pradeep Bohidar said.

Common men faced difficulties as even ATM counters of several banks remained closed owing to the agitation. Both RDC (northern division) Pramod Meherda and collector (Sambalpur) Balawant Singh have already requested the lawyers to call off the agitation in the interest of public.

West Odisha ryots seek pro-farmer policy

Thousands of farmers under the banner of Sambalpur Zilla Krushak Surakhya Sangathan turned up at the ‘Chetawani Samabesh’ here in protest against State Government’s indifference towards them on Wednesday.

They came in a rally to the Town Hall ground where a public meeting was held. The farmers accused the Government of taking them for a ride.

Urging the Government to hike the minimum support price (MSP) and declare bonus on paddy, they said handing over mobile phones when farmers were committing suicide was meaningless and would not help them in any way.

Maintaining that the hike of MSP to `1310 per quintal was too little and too late, they demanded that the Government should compensate the farmers by declaring bonus of `300 per quintal of paddy.

They also demanded uniform law on procurement process across the State, preventing procurement agencies devoid of infrastructure and funds from procurement, assuring minimum return to farmers by setting up a farmers’ commission, social security coverage for farmers and change in relief code.

The farmers also vented their ire against Hindalco for its failure in finding a permanent solution to crop loss in the villages located in the periphery of its smelter plant at Hirakud due to fluoride emission. Giving an ultimatum of two weeks to the district administration to resolve the issue, they warned that they would paralyse Hindalco if the issue is not sorted out within the specified time.

Convenor of Paschim Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti (POKSSS) Ashok Pradhan said similar protests were held in Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Balangir and Boudh districts on Wednesday. He added that if the State Government fails to take any measures, they would hold a similar ‘Samabesh’ in Bhubaneswar.