Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nature's beauty;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


The beautiful landscape and mountain;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Mountain and its reflections on water;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Mountain clouds and trees;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir.


B’NGIR VILLAGERS OPPOSE GAS BOTTLING PLANT Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

B’NGIR VILLAGERS OPPOSE GAS BOTTLING PLANT
Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Villagers of Barkani in Balangir district have opposed the proposed setting up of a gas bottling plant in their locality as one of the roads constructed by the bottling plant agency runs through a minor irrigation project, which provides irrigation to 100 acres of land of the village.
“The Banjhimunda Minor Irrigation Project (MIP) provides water for our paddy fields; and the road constructed inside the project would affect our agriculture. Hence, we are opposing it,” said Satya Sundar Bhanj, a local Journalist.
The villagers submitted a petition to district Collector Ashis Thakre on Thursday requesting him to look into the issue and shift the location of the plant. 


FIRE DAMAGES NRHM OFFICE Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FIRE DAMAGES NRHM OFFICE
Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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In an unexpected development, fire broke out in the NRHM office located in the District Headquarter Hospital premises here on Friday morning damaging an AC, a computer and files totally.
The main hospital is located at a distance within the premises.
According to sources, the fire broke out at around 9.30 am when the office was closed. Fire Service personnel rushed to the site and doused the blaze. Short circuit in AC was believed to be the cause of the fire.

The hospital authorities have not complied with the fire safety guidelines and instructions issued by fire office, said District Fire Officer Abani Kumar Swain to this correspondent over phone when contacted. 
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MP CONCERNED OVER B’NGIR DROUGHT Friday, 15 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

MP CONCERNED OVER B’NGIR DROUGHT
Friday, 15 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Member of Parliament from Balangir Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has expressed concern over the crop situation in the district arising out of the drought conditions this year.
The district had also experienced drought in previous years, but this year the crop situation is likely to surpass even the worst years of  drought of past, said Singh Deo speaking to The Pioneer on Thursday.

“I visited drought-affected areas of Bongomonda, Saintala and Titilagarh blocks a few days ago and reviewed the crop situation with officials there. I stressed the need for repair of defunct tube-wells and making arrangements for farmers to take up Rabi crops wherever possible,” said Singh Deo. “Besides this, I also stressed on the need of early completion of paddy crop loss on the basis of eye estimation to get a preliminary assessment of the crop scenario in the district,” he added.

Monday, September 11, 2017

PADDY CROP SURVIVES ONLY IN 10 OF 405 ACRES IN B’NGIR VILLAGE Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

PADDY CROP SURVIVES ONLY IN 10 OF 405 ACRES IN B’NGIR VILLAGE
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Bangabahl village, located 40 km from here in Agalpur block, has a canal system but still the farmers here are suffering for failing to get irrigation.
The beautiful surrounding and water canals criss-crossing the village notwithstanding, one gets disheartened to see most of the land in the village lying fallow. A vast stretch near a mountain is weeds infested as either people have not taken up cultivation or the paddy plants have failed to survive-- all due to lack of water.“Our village which gets water from Ang water irrigation project is located in the tail end of it. This year we did not get water in the canal in time and our paddy crop was badly affected,” says a villager.
Out of 405 acre, paddy crop has survived in barely 10 acre, rues another.
A lot of water supplied to our paddy fields though canal is lost in seepages. The canal bringing water should be cleaned before July and need to be properly maintained. Besides, water should be released timely. But no such step was taken by the authorities. Our villagers have highlighted this problem but the officials have turned a deaf ear, says Ananda Pradhan, a village youth.
Our village faced drought situation in 2012 and we got very poor amount of compensation, laments a villager.
Bangabahl village although is an irrigated village, yet severe crop loss has occurred this year due absence of water in canal. Only crop in 10 acre out of around 405 acre has survived. All this happened due to apathy and negligence of the irrigation officials. We demand action against the officials responsible and declaration of the panchayat as drought affected, says former LokSabha Youth Congress president Akash Mishra.
“We demand farm loan of farmers be waived and water cess be not collected. The Government should make arrangements for livelihood opportunity for the people or else road blockade would be held in future,” warns Akash Mishra further.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

WASTE WATER FROM TUBE-WELLS STORED, TREATED IN B’NGIR Sunday, 10 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

WASTE WATER FROM TUBE-WELLS STORED, TREATED IN B’NGIR
Sunday, 10 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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It is a common sight in rural areas of western Odisha of water flowing on road, creating water logging and providing an ideal ground for breeding of mosquitoes that leads to diseases like malaria and dengue.
Babijore, a small village tucked in the scenic surrounding of Deogaon block, located 27 km from Bolangir, had also the similar problem. Water discharged from tube wells in the village flowed on the road and created unhealthy surrounding, which made the lives of the rural poor a hell as many of them suffered from malaria.
“Two years ago, water discharged from the tube well would flow on the side of my house and the menace of mosquito was high and we suffered a lot. We even used to close our doors after 5pm and remain indoors to avoid mosquito bite,” says Sula Bag, a village woman.
“After the implementation of discharged residual water programme from tube wells by Ramji Krushak Samiti, Babijore, with support from Reliance Foundation, the water is not flowing on the road and it is carried by pipe below the surface. As a result, our area remains dry and the incidence of malaria could be averted,” adds Bag.
Besides the mosquito problem, water was also going waste. However, things have changed after the discharged residual water was collected in a two-chamber tank and utilized to provide life saving irrigation to nutrition garden promoted by the Reliance Foundation. The nutrition garden is a scheme to provide nutritional and economic benefit to the rural poor by providing fresh grown different vegetables in the back yard.
The water from the tube well in rural areas is used for drinking, bathing, and washing of clothes and utensils. The water is collected in a medium tank with two chambers. On one side of the tank, a total of five layers of locally available materials like big boulders, small chips, coal, coarse sand and fine sand are kept. As the water falls on there from the channel drawn from the tube well, it gets filtered. The soap and oily substance is soaked by the layers of coal in the tank and then water is totally filtered and is released to the field, explains senior programme manager Reliance Foundation Balangir Santosh Khandai, adding that the water treatment tank is operated by villagers themselves.
“Earlier, we used to dig knee/waist deep holes near the tube wells and collect the discharged water. However, low amount of water would dry up soon,” says Sursuta Bag, another villager. A total of 50 people of our locality would use the tube well for the different purposes and the quantity of water discharged from a tube well is more than 500 litres, informs Bag.
But with the new water storage and treatment method, we are irrigating our nutrition garden and around 10-14 varieties of vegetables are produced, adds Bag. 



DUPED INVESTORS GHERAO TEHSIL OFFICE IN B’NGIR Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

DUPED INVESTORS GHERAO TEHSIL OFFICE IN B’NGIR
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Around 3,000 duped investors under the banner of Arthik Sangathan Manak Dwara Khatigrast Milita Manch led by Jayant Das, Bhibudutta Joshi, Sudhanshu Behera, MadhusudanBiswal, Sudhansu Behera, Firoz Kumar Sahu, Sudhanshu Sahu and others on Monday gheroed the teshil office at Saintala,40 km from here.
The agitators demanded identification of both small and big depositors, arrest of owners of all fraudulent companies and confiscate their movable and immovable property and refund the hard earned money of depositors immediately.
 While over 300 companies are under investigation by the Odisha police, the Crime Branch’s Economic Offences Wing and the CBI, only a few have been arrested, pointed out Das.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely “assured us” on December 17 to amend the flawed laws to check further any such fraud by companies, but nothing has been done so far, Das lamented. The Central Government must amend the flawed laws that pave way for such massive scam and also ensure the recovery of people’s money from the companies and refund to the duped depositors, Das demanded.
Later, the activists submitted a five- point charter of demands to the Tehsildar, Saintala.

CHIT FUND INVESTORS HOLD RALLY AT BALANGIR
Monday, 10 August 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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As part of its month-long tehsil level satyagraha, the Arthika Sanstha Manankadwara Kshyatigrasta Milita Manch, an investors body which lost money in the chit fund scam, orgnised a protest meeting in Balangir. Duped investors of Balangir, Nuapda, Kalhandi and other nearby districts attended the meeting addressed by Manch convenor Jayanta Das.
The Manch had launched its satyagraha from the tehsil office in Baripada town last week demanding identification of chit fund victims in tehsil level. Das alleged that the State has paid deaf ear to the demand to conduct tehsil-wise door-to-door survey to identify the investors, find out the money deposited by them in the chit fund companies and return the amount.