Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nature's beauty;By SudhirMishra/Bolangir


OUJ STAGES DHARNA, PRESSES FOR DEMANDS Friday, 28 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

OUJ STAGES DHARNA, PRESSES FOR DEMANDS

 |  | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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Members of the Odisha Union of Journalists (OUJ) from Balangir, Subarnapur nd Kalahandi and others districts led by its president Prasanna Mohanty, National Union of Journalist(NUJ) vice president Shankar Prasad Mishra and others on Thursday staged dharna before the collectorate here demanding fulfillment of a 12 -point charter of demands.
The demands include enactment of Journalist Protection Act, completion of identification of scribe within a stipulated time, insurance cover for scribe, medi claim, hike in corpus fund announced by the CM, pension facility after retirement, residential facility, decentralisation of accreditation process, formation of an Accreditation and Welfare Committee, Press Academy and travel facility for journalist.
The scribes were supported by local trade unions and citizens of Balangir. Later, they submitted a memorandum to CM Naveen Patnaik through the district administration.  

 

WEEKLY MARKET BOOSTS B’NGIR VILLAGES’ ECONOMY Thursday, 27 July 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

WEEKLY MARKET BOOSTS B’NGIR VILLAGES’ ECONOMY

 |  | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The Anchalik Saptahik Rabibar Bazar, the regional weekly market at Budelgumma in Mahalei panchayat in Deogaon block, is really a new type of weekly market with rooftop and sitting infrastructure.
Constructed with an assistance of Rs 26 lakh from Reliance Foundation and with villagers’ contribution, the weekly market has seating capacity for 126 sellers. The Reliance Foundation had started the nutrition garden concept in nine villages, namely, Haldipali, Rusuda, Debrimunda, Balarpali, Barla, Kuiabahal, Kukurkhai, ,Kundeimal, Sargipali, Babijore and Talbandh in 2012. In the Reliance Nutrition Garden (RNG), 14 varieties of vegetables were cultivated, which include tomato, brinjal, chili, ladies finger, radish, cauliflower and leaf vegetables, etc. After consumption, many villagers were left with huge surplus vegetables grown by them.
A meeting was called and all the nearby 40 villages were invited  attend to start a weekly market at Budelgumma. However, representatives of 20 villages turned up and it was decided to start a weekly market on Sunday. But, there was a weekly market already at Rusuda on Sunday.
“Initially, we faced opposition from the people there who were selling items. However, after much persuasion, the sellers there agreed and participated in our weekly market and the weekly market was started on  November 24, 2013 on an open space,” said Satya Budek of Budelgumma village.
“Earlier we used to go to weekly market at Tusura or at Upparjhar which was lying at a distance of 8km away from our village. The long distance discouraged women members from visiting the weekly market. Moreover, whatever amount is taken for purchase of vegetables and other needs, around 50 per cent of it was also spent on liquor or in other unproductive purposes. Also, we faced threats by anti social while returning from market,” he added.The total turnover of the market is around Rs 1.5lakh to Rs 2 lakh in the weekly market. While in the rainy season the turnover is less as it is more in festive occasion.
“Earlier I used to go a rural weekly market located in Boudh district crossing the river. It was tiring. However, after opening up the market I have opened my shop here and am selling around Rs 1,200- Rs Rs 2,500 per week. The sale goes up in the festive season. In the rainy season, the sale is low,” said a seller who deals in shoes and other items.
The opening of the market has increased vegetable cultivation in the area. Moreover, village youths who were migrating to far Tamil Nadu have stopped doing it. The economic conditions of the household have increased and the village boasts pucca house and 8- 10 vehicles. Earlier barely 8 to 10 households had a decent living. But after the land development, and Reliance Nutrition Garden and weekly market, the economic condition has improved and migration has reduced.
“Budelguma Haat has created space for local community to develop their entrepreneurship skill with respect and ownership.

The dependency level in buying daily needs of women has come down after the weekly haat . It has also saved their time and increased bonding among community,” said senior programme manager of Reliance Foundation Balangir Shudanshu Das.

Monday, July 24, 2017

POLICE BUST MOIST CAMP, EXPLOSIVES SEIZED IN BALANGIR DISTRICT Sunday, 23 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

POLICE BUST MOIST CAMP, EXPLOSIVES SEIZED IN BALANGIR DISTRICT
Sunday, 23 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Acting on a tipoff, that a group of Maoist were camping in Chhatardandi reserve forest area near village Pakhanamunda, under Tureikela police station, a team comprising District Volunteer Force, Bomb Detection Squad and other police officials, searched the area and found an old Mao camp.
During the search, one big steel container with explosives, one small steel container with explosives, one empty steel container, 62 superdyne Gilatene sticks, plastic container with 5kgof urea, electric wire, Maoist literature and other items were recovered.
This was announced to mediamen at a Press conference by SP Balangir K Siva Subramani on July 21.
The incident has confirmed the fact that Maoists are using the Balangir route and moving in the area. Reports further said that Maoists under the leadership of Sudarshan are active in this area.
“Without the support of local militia, such a camp would not be possible. We would intensify the anti Naxal operation further,” said the Balangir SP. 



WESCO WORKERS PROTEST PRIVATISATION Sunday, 23 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

WESCO WORKERS PROTEST PRIVATISATION
Sunday, 23 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Protesting against “privatisation” of the Wesco in Balangir and Bargarh circle, HIRA GTD Workers Union  took out a rally and held a meeting before the Superintendent/Superintending Engineer office here on Friday.
HIRA GTD Workers Union president Lalit Nayak said, “We oppose the introduction of input based franchise (privatisation) in Balangir and Bargarh circle as it goes against the staffs of the Wesco Utility.
The introduction of ‘input based franchisee system’ would likely to jeopardise the careers of the employees who have worked here for more than 10 years and their possibility of getting regularised would be less as private company may engage other services, ignoring them, Nayak claimed.
The 33/11KV grid substation under Kalahandi Electrical Circle has been given to three different contractors outside the jurisdiction of Wesco utility which is likely to create problem regarding their payment of wages and deposit of provident fund. We apprehend that the contractor may appoint the existing worker afresh, for which the workers shall lose their seniority. Moreover, the vacant posts under technician and non-technician should be filled up immediately and the wage of meter readers engaged by “franchise in Wesco” should be fixed, Nayak demanded. 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

A fire broke out in Arundhati Jewellers in Bolangir.

20th July2017 
Bolangir;
A fire broke out in Arundhati Jewellers in Bolangir.
Big Generator located outside shop  and reception counter cum-office damaged
The shop had no fire safety clearance certificate.
Poor maintenance of generator resulted in the breakout of fire.
Exact amount of loss would be known later
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Even as the monsoon clouds are hovering over the sky of Bolangir today morning indicating the arrival of rainfall, in an unexpected incident, the generator and a portion of office of Arundhati  Jewellers located near  Durga Mandir in Bolangir-Sambalpur road caught fire today morning.
The fire was contained after fighting for 25minutes quickly.The generator located outside the shop and the reception counter cum office of Jewellery shop was damaged.
We got a call that there was a fire incident at Arundhati Jewellers. We rushed to spot. The power supply was stopped and we started the operation.However, as the generator was in Auto mode it started fire.Again it was controlled. Preliminary investigation indicates the fire was started due to poor maintenance of generator located before the shop. The lack of proper maintenance of generator led to short-circuit and resulted in the outbreak of fire. The Jewellery shop had not obtained fire safety clearance Bolangir district fire office, says in charge District Fire officer Abani Kumar Swain.
Not a single shop/mall, business establishment has not obtained fire safety certificate from district fire office says Swain further.
The exact cause of fire and extent of damage could be known only after investigation Swain says further.
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