Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FINALLY, HIDING BEAR FLEES INTO JUNGLE Sunday, 21 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FINALLY, HIDING BEAR FLEES INTO JUNGLE
Sunday, 21 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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After injuring two persons and keeping forest and police personnel and Raksimunda villagers on tenterhooks for more than 18 hours, the bear finally fled from the bamboo bushes, wherein it was hiding, around 2.30 am on Saturday.
Interestingly, the bear managed to avoid nets spread around the bushes and a cage kept for catching. It may be noted that another bear had fled into a nearby forest after being chased by villagers.
Meanwhile, the injured Gram Rakhi of Bandana Kata village, Tarani Bag, who was undergoing treatment in the VISMAR, Burla has been referred to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack in worsening of his condition.
This incident has once again brought the people’s behaviour in dealing with such situations to the fore. They were in a hostile mood and trying to kill the bear, according to sources. However, they were convinced not to do so after talks held between village leaders and forest personnel.
Locals have demanded for a corpus fund at the range level to tackle the situation immediately. They too demanded that a wildlife squad and a tranqualising team be kept at the division level to deal with such incidents.


BEARS ON RAMPAGE IN BALANGIR; 2 INJURED Saturday, 20 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1

BEARS ON RAMPAGE IN BALANGIR; 2 INJURED
Saturday, 20 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as the rising temperature is making the lives of people unbearable in urban areas of Balangir district, the people living in the rural areas are no better. For, they are now reeling under bear menace with little respite, coupled with the scorching heat and water scarcity.
According to reports, two persons, indentified as Tarani Bag, Gram Rakhi of Bandana Kata village and Nitu Pradhan, a minor girl of Raksimunda village, were injured due to attack by two bears which are on a rampage these days.
Bag was going to attend nature's call in the morning on Friday when the bears attacked him. He sustained injuries on face and head and was soon admitted at the District Headquarters Hospital and then shifted to the VIMSAR, Burla, as his condition deteriorated.
As the villagers chased the bears, one fled to a nearby forest and the other entered into Raksimunda village and injured Nitu before hiding itself in a bamboo bush.
According to sources, the bears most likely have strayed from Menda village wherein sugarcane has been grown. To eat sugar cane, the bears and other wild animals might be straying to the areas. To get rid of the animals, the villagers chase them but of little avail.
It would be pertinent to mention here that the Menda village lies on one side of the Suktel river in Sonepur district and these villages now under bear attack scare are located on the opposite bank in Balangir district. Meanwhile, a team of Balangir forest officials led by ACF Goutam Naik and range officer NK Jaysingh is camping at Raksimunda village to nab the bears.


BALANGIR TRIBALS HOLD DHARNA Tuesday, 16 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

BALANGIR TRIBALS HOLD DHARNA
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Members of the Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangh led by its president Braja Kishor Singh Bhoi staged a dharna before the district Collectorate here on Monday demanding arrest of the main accused in the Gopinath Majhi murder case and action against the Lathor police station personnel for their laxity.
The Sangha also submitted a memorandum on its five-point charter of demands addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through the district Collector.
The demands included arrest of the main accused involved in the Gopinath Majhi murder case under the Lathor police station, to provide financial aid to the deceased’s kin, education to their children, provision of Rs 5 lakh to perform his daughter Sanjukta Majhi’s marriage and speedy disposal of fake caste certificate cases.



FACEBOOK POSTING: RTI ACTIVIST GETS DEATH THREAT Sunday, 14 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FACEBOOK POSTING: RTI ACTIVIST GETS DEATH THREAT
Sunday, 14 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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An RTI activist has allegedly got death threat from police for his Facebook posting protesting tainted Balangir SDPO by writing ‘Narayan Naik Go Back’.
He had posted video clippings of protests against the lower Suktel irrigation project in 2013 and assault on protestors by the then Balangir SDPO. He had also posted video of a threat he got allegedly from the SDPO office.
According to sources on May 9, activist Shankar Panigrahi had uploaded a few videos clippings of people's opposition to construction of lower Suktel irrigation project in 2013 wherein then SDPO Narayan Naik was seen assaulting agitating people. Naik was transferred from Bolangir after the postings.
But he was recently again posted as SDPO Bolangir.
“After I uploaded the video protesting the posting of SDPO Naik, I got a phone call from a mobile phone number 7682955014 which threatened me of dire consequences and kill me in encounter,” said Panigrahi, adding, “When I asked him who was speaking to him over the phone, the caller replied that he was speaking  from the SDPO office.”
“Later, I shared the entire discussion and audio clippings on different groups created in Whatsapp,” said Panigrahi further.
However, when contacted, SDPO Naik rubbished the allegation. “It might be the work of some vested interest. SDPO office is not involved in the incident,” he said.



FINALLY, ATTACKER BEAR MOVES TO JUNGLE Sunday, 14 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FINALLY, ATTACKER BEAR MOVES TO JUNGLE
Sunday, 14 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The bear, which climbed atop a tree after injuring two persons in Bechubahali village in the Kantabanji area on Friday morning, finally got down from the tree at around 2.40 am on Saturday and went towards a nearby forest crossing the river.
Meanwhile, the injured woman was shifted to the VIMSAR, Burla as her condition deteriorated.
Nowadays, wild animals are straying into human habitation in search of water as water bodies in forests dry up in summer. The water bodies dug by the Forest Department hardly serves any purpose as they are very swallow.
Lack of foods in the forest is also another reason behind wild animals coming into human habitations.
Besides, increase in temperature and spread of fire in forests forces them to move outside, resulting in man-animal conflict.

Forest Department should take immediate steps to check entry of wild animals to villages soon, demanded locals.

2 INJURED IN BEAR ATTACK IN K’BANJI Saturday, 13 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

2 INJURED IN BEAR ATTACK IN K’BANJI
Saturday, 13 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Two persons were injured in a bear attack near Bechubahali village under the Kantabanji Forest Range on Friday morning.
The bear attacked an old woman, Surubali Majhi while she was going for attending nature’s call. Later, the animal attacked another person.

The bear, which might have strayed from the Gulmi Reserve Forest in search of food, came face-to-face with the victims, said Balangir DFO Rashmi Ranjan Naik. “An irate mob by busting crackers and beating drums scared the bear, which climbed up a tree creating problems for us to catch the animal,” added Naik.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The beautiful evening sky;by Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


A man cutting branch of a tree amidst scorching Sun for road widening in Bolangir; by Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


8 HURT IN BEAR ATTACK IN T’GARH Sunday, 07 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

8 HURT IN BEAR ATTACK IN T’GARH
Sunday, 07 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The total number of people injured in bear attack in Titilagarh has gone up to eight.
A team of forest officials, including Range Officer J Nanda, Dolagovinda Bisi, ACF Goutam Naik, ACF NK Jaysingh, Titilagarh police station in charge BN Karkara and tranqualiser experts from Bhawnipatna tried to nab the bear, but finally failed as the bear went into the forest near Kumudapahad. A member of tranquiliser team, besides a forest guard and a local media person were injured.

In a related development, the villagers of Barkani in Bongomunda Block saw a sloth bear on May 4 which spread panic among villagers. They informed the Bongomunda forest range officer. However, by the time the forest team arrived at the spot, the bear had run into the forest.

FOREST GUARD, SCRIBE AMONG FOUR INJURED IN BEAR ATTACK Saturday, 06 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FOREST GUARD, SCRIBE AMONG FOUR INJURED IN BEAR ATTACK
Saturday, 06 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Barely a few weeks after a Kantabanji Forest Range Officer was attacked by a leopard, another incident of man-animal conflict was reported in Balangir district on Friday with four persons, including a Forest Guard and a news reporter, getting injured in a bear attack in Titiligarh town.
According to reports, a bear strayed into a mango orchard adjacent to the town in the morning. Soon, people gathered there to see it. The bear attacked and injured Forest Guard Debendra Kumar Parida and another person who were standing nearby.
Being informed, some forest officials rushed to the spot to capture the bear with a net. However, the bear went in other direction and injured a TV channel reporter and another person.
Later, the bear moved into the bushes near the Kalyan Mandap. The forest officials were still trying to capture it by the time of filing of this report.

The bear appeared to have come from the Burni reserve forest and it hid in the mango orchard as it got morning. As people gathered, the bear became furious and attacked people, said some onlookers.

B’NGIR WOMEN SOW SEED TO MARK AKSHAY TRITIYA Monday, 01 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1

bolangir Zilla parishad chairperson ,Bharti Mahananda broadcasting paddy seed  at Bolangir  on Akshya  Tritiya day.

B’NGIR WOMEN SOW SEED TO MARK AKSHAY TRITIYA
Monday, 01 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Women members led by Balangir Zilla Parisad Chairman Bharati Mahanand on Saturday broadcasted paddy seeds at a formal function of the district level Krushak Dibas held on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya at the Rajendra Krushi Farm at Larkipali.
“A woman prepares everything required for the Akshay Tritiya festival and then the male member joins. To give recognition to the invaluable service of the women folk in agriculture, today I, along with other women, broadcasted seed,” observed ZP Chairman Mahanand.
The indiscriminate use and application of chemical fertiliser and insecticide has polluted soil, water and air. As a result, people after consuming the food are facing many health hazards. Hence, it is time, we began traditional paddy cultivation without use of chemical fertiliser, said Mahanand.
The Ahinsha Club Bhuti Bahal was awarded at a national level function recently for its effort to preserve and promote traditional paddy seed cultivation, Mahanand added.

Among others, Deputy Director of Agriculture Sridhar Das and other officials spoke. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

RESCUED, B’NGIR WOMAN MIGRANT WORKER REBUILDS LIFE

RESCUED, B’NGIR WOMAN MIGRANT WORKER REBUILDS LIFE
Friday, 28 April 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
(Photograph of Kuntala Jal sharing her experience in atraining of bonded labourers inBolangir)
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Kuntala Jal (35), a bonded labour  of Siletpada village of Muribahal block, who had migrated to the brick kilns of Tamil Nadu, has rebuilt lives with dogged determination through wage work under MGNREGS, and resolved not to go for migration again and face the ordeal.
“I had migrated to brick kilns of Tamil Nadu along with my husband and a minor child in 2011.While we worked at brick kilns, my minor son worked as brick head loader there. I took him along with me as in the village we were not getting support from our nearby relations .However, after a few days of working, the brick kiln owner gave only Rs 50 per week which was woefully inadequate and we protested. Our protest incurred the wrath of the brick kiln owner who assaulted us,” says Jal.
However, acting on a complaint, there was a raid in the brick kiln by the Tamil Nadu police and we were rescued from there. Although my son was reading in school, due to migration that was disrupted .After coming from the brick kiln, I ensured the education to my child with difficulty. I worked as daily labourer and then worked as a labourer under the MGNREGS. Last year I earned Rs 35,000 from wage employment and this year I have earned Rs 10,000. I have admitted my son in the Kantabanji College and he is studying in plus two arts final year, adds Jal.
She however laments, “Even though six years have elapsed in the meanwhile, I am yet to receive the remaining bonded labour assistance, totaling Rs 60,000.” I have resolved not to go for migration again and shall try to ensue education to my child to build a better future, Jal maintains.
As per the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1976, a labourer who is released as bonded labourer is given Rs 1,000 as assistance immediately and the rest Rs 19,000 is given with a rehabilitation plan so that the labourer does not return to bondage again.
According to sources, the rehabilitation assistance of at least ten labourers are lying pending at different blocks of the district. Balangir district has a total of 162 bonded labourers who have not received their rehabilitation assistance since 2013, thanks to the apathy of officials
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BALANGIR BONDED WORKERS TAUGHT ABOUT RIGHTS Saturday, 22 April 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

BALANGIR BONDED WORKERS TAUGHT ABOUT RIGHTS
Saturday, 22 April 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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An orientation programme on Draft Anti-Trafficking Bill 2016 was organised by the Migration Information and Resource Centre (MIRC), Bhubaneswar held here on Friday.
Bonded labourers of Balangir, Nuapada, Subarnapur and Bargarh districts attended the programme. Various features of the Bill were explained to participants in Odia. The labourers sought to include them in district and State level bodies for proper redressal of their grievances.
MIRC’s Umi Daniel called upon bonded labourers to strengthen their organisations to put forth their problems at higher forums. “The bonded labourers have all rights to fight to stop distress migration and bondage,” said Daniel.
Some labourers narrated how they have rebuilt their lives with rehabilitation assistance.

Among others, Saroj Barik, Jyoti Prakash from Aide Et Action Bhubneshwar explained various provisions of the Bill. 

B’NGIR LACKS FACILITY TO CONTROL WILD ANIMALS Wednesday, 19 April 2017 | pns | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Photograph of captured leopard
B’NGIR LACKS FACILITY TO CONTROL WILD ANIMALS
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 | pns | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as the leopard, which had sneaked into Kurli village and injured two persons on Monday, was finally caught, locals are unhappy that forest officials took 12 long hours to take hold of the animal as Balangir had no necessary equipment and manpower to tackle such a situation.
Though forest officials swung into action immediately, yet they didn’t succeed in catching the leopard. The wild animal was grabbed after 12 hours only when a wildlife expert team was brought in from Bhawanipatna.
“Had Balangir forest division been equipped with tranquiliser and expert teams, the leopard could have been caught early without harming people, locals pointed out.
Another important aspect which needs serious attention is how to control the curious mob. The tiger might not have attacked Kantabanji Forest Range Officer and another person, if panicked villagers didn’t throw stones at the cow-shed where the leopard was hiding.
Two important points haunt people’s mind are lack of water and prey forcing wild animals to come to human habitations. The water bodies of three metre width or 10 feet depth created by the Forest department in jungles are dried up in summer. Hence, the depth of water bodies should be increased, demanded locals.
High temperature is another reason that makes wildlife restless in the jungle.
Meanwhile, the leopard was taken to Harishankar and released in deep Gandhmrdan Reserve forest on Tuesday.

Bhawanipatna RCCF Suresh Panth, Balangir DFO Rashmi Ranjan Naik and others conducted the operation.

FOREST RANGER INJURED IN LEOPARD ATTACK IN B’NGIR Tuesday, 18 April 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FOREST RANGER INJURED IN LEOPARD ATTACK IN B’NGIR
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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After a gap of two years, leopard scare gripped some villages in Balangir district again as a big cat attacked and injured Kantababji Forest Range Officer Vijaya Khuntia in Kurli village on the outskirt of Kantababji town on Monday morning.
According to reports, on being informed that a leopard has sneaked into Kurli, Khuntia along with two staffs went to the village to know the truth. When they were returning, the leopard came out of a house, as some villagers threw stones at it, and attacked the Range Officer, injuring him on the hand and eyelid. He was then rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital.
The leopard might have strayed into the village while following a prey. It might have come from Raju reserve forest in Tureikela block to Jhalialiti village forest, which is located around 6 km from Kurli, said an official.
Meanwhile, Regional Circle Conservator of Forest Suresh Panth, DFO Rashmi Ranjan Naik and other forest official rushed to spot and were monitoring the situation. A tranquilider team from Hirakud is moving to the spot, reports said.

It may be noted that, two years ago, a leopard had sneaked into an orphanage located at Pathachepa and injured calf.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

SKILLED BALANGIR MIGRANT DIES Sunday, 16 April 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

SKILLED BALANGIR MIGRANT DIES

Sunday, 16 April 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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It is common in western Odisha to find people, especially unskilled youths, migrating to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in search of livelihoods and often facing exploitation, torture, hardship and even losing their lives.
However, in new development, a skilled youth, Tuleshwar alias Suryaa Sahu (35) of Bolangir town, who was working as tailor in a company at Tirupur in Tamil Nadu died at the Vijayawada railway station while returning home on Wednesday, His body was brought to Balangir on Saturday.
Suryaa used to migrate to Tirupur often from Balangir during the last six years. He had earlier quit his job at a company and joined a new one at Tirupur 25 days ago. As he suffered from fever, his family members told him to return home. While on his way home, he complained of stomach pain and died at Vijayawada.
“Suryaa died allegedly due to negligence by the company where he worked. Had the company taken adequate medical care for him, his life could have been saved. We demand compensation to the deceased labourer’s family from the Balangir district administration,” demanded social activist Lalit Nayak speaking to mediapersons here.
“The Labour Department will conduct an inquiry into the incident. We will also contact labour officials of Tamil Nadu. After inquiry, appropriate measures will be taken,” said Balangir Assistant Labour Officer Dileshwar Khakha.