Friday, September 27, 2013

VARSITY STAFF THREATEN MASS LEAVE ON OCT 3 Saturday, 28 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Saturday, 28 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Demanding UGC pay-scale, representation of employees in Senates and Syndicates, regularisation of services of casual and contractual workers, recruitment of adequate staff to cope with the increasing workload in the universities, members of the All India University Employees’ Confederation (AIUEC) have threatened to go on one-day mass casual leave on October 3 throughout the country.
According to a Press release issued by AIUEC president Bhabani Shankar Hota, on September 25, employees of around 180 universities in 22 States observed cease-work for two hours as per the decision at National Council of the AIUEC held at the Bangalore University on August 30 and 31.
Hota said that about 50 per cent of the nonteaching posts are lying vacant in various universities hampering the day-to-day administration and leading to stunted growth of the universities. Everyone starting from the Union Human Resources Development Minister to the Chairman of the UGC has categorically said that nonteaching staff form an integral part of the university administration. But acute shortage of the staff still continues unresolved.
The Union Government has been systematically neglecting the public-funded universities and other institutions of higher education and, on the other hand, encouraging private investment in some selected professional streams and is also bent upon inviting foreign universities, alleged Hota. This is meant to damage the public-funded universities so as to justify the large-scale entry of private and foreign investments in higher education, he said.
The AIUEC demands allocation of at least 6 per cent of the GDP for education as is being promised from time to time for the last 27 years. The Congress-led UPA also committed 6 per cent of the GDP for education in its Common Minimum Programme in 2004 but did not care to implement it, Hota said.

peaceful co existence by Sudhir Mishra

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The daily maket is filled up with all types of newly sprouted fruits with Jeunita-;The Puua Jeuntiais goingto obseved on Tomorrow (27thSeptember2013)bymothers in Western Odisha

 The Puua Juntiais going to observed on tomorrow (27thSeptember2013)by Mothers in Western Odisha.
Mother on this day  observe total fast and offer all the newly spouted deity to Goddess and on  the next day the son are worshiped next day morning.(shall post more details--

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Even as corporal punishment in schools has been banned, yet, in a shocking incident, a few girl students of Lukapada High School under Puintala block were allegedly told to do sit-up for coming late to the school.
According to reports, a few girl students arrived late on Thursday when the payer class was going on at the Lukapada High School.
The headmistress got angry at this and allegedly asked the latecomers to stand outside and do sit-up for 100 times.While obliging the headmistress, some students fainted and could not walk properly. Informed, irate guardians soon rushed to their ward’s safety and lodged a complaint with Balangir Sadar police station.       

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

In a bid to minimise the increasing road accidents and for better healthcare facilities in Balangir town, members of the Balangir Business Community led by its general secretaries Soumendra Parishchha, Lotus Sarangi, Manish Mishra and Purnna Chandra Tripathy submitted a memorandum to the State Governor through Balangir ADM BN Rath on Monday.
The memorandum demanded construction of a bypass road, installation of a CT scan machine at the district hospital and adequate and regular water supply to the town.
Speaking to the media, Parischha said the community also submitted its demands to local MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo on Monday. Parischha hoped that the district administration would take necessary steps in this regard.


Monday, 23 September 2013 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The specter of drought looms large in Bongomunda and its adjoining Muribahal block, thanks to absence of rainfall in last 14 days and deficient rainfall in August last. The farmers are a worried lot as their standing paddy crop is going to wither in the absence of rain and assured irrigation.
This year although rainfall was widely distributed in the month of June and July, yet it was deficient in August in Bongomunda block. According to available data in August, it received only 186.5mm against its average rainfall 360.4 mm. And in September, it received only 9 mm against the average 223.0 mm rainfall.
As a result, cracks have started appearing in the paddy field and the moisture stress symptom has also started appearing. This has really put the farmers in a fix. The assured irrigation system in this block is low. Only five out of the 22 panchyats in the block are getting partial irrigation from different projects. The irrigation projects also suffer from siltation and other problems providing less benefit to the farmers. The lift irrigation points are defunct for many reasons including absence of electricity connection. Already upland paddy has started suffering from the prolonged dry spell.
This is the crucial time for flowering of paddy and a small amount of rainfall is required. Unless there is rain within next three days, paddy crop in Attland and Bernna land would suffer extensively, said sources. The rainfall situation in Muribahal block is also not a rosy one. It also received less rainfall in August and September this year affecting the Kharif paddy crop further.
Unless there is rain within next three to four days, the paddy crop of Bongomunda block is going to suffer and drought seems likely. “This year, there has been deficient rainfall in Bongomunda block and we are keeping a watch on the situation,” says Deputy Director of Agriculture Manoranjan Mallick. 

Construct By passroad, and CT Scan machine in Balangir; Balangir Business Community; Memo submitted to Governor and MP(Balangir)

23rd September2013.

Balangir;Expressing concern over increasing road accidents and deaths  in Balangir town and demanding construction of a bypass road, better healthcare facilities with installation of CT scan machine, adequate and regular water supply to Balangir town ,members of Balangir Business Community led by Its General secretary, Sri SoumendraParishcca, Lotus Sarangi, ManishMishra, PurnnaChandra Tripathy and others submitted a memorandum to governor through ADM Balangir Sri B.N. Ratha.

Later speaking to media men Secretary of the association Sri Soumendra Parischha said “We have submitted our demands to Member of Parliament from Balangir Sri Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo today morning.  We are hopeful that district administration will take necessary steps in the regards"Parishccha said further. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Friday, 20 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Ignoring the Western Odisha Bandh call given by lawyers of Sambalpur, life in Balangir town went on as usual with shops and other business establishments remaining open and buses plying.
On their part, the lawyers of Balangir district are continuing their own agitation demanding setting up of a permanent Bench of the Odisha High Court at Balangir.
Local advocate Bhavani Satpathy said, “Since last 40 years, members of the Balangir district bar have been demanding establishment of a High Court Bench at Balangir. Since August 23 this year, we have been continuing our agitation in support of our demand. We are not supporting the Western Odisha Bandh call given by the Central Action Committee. The lawyers of Balangir are carrying out their cease-work agitation for setting up of a permanent High Court Bench here. And the next course of agitation will be decided at a meeting scheduled to be held on September 21.”
Several other local lawyers said that a High Court had been inaugurated here as far back as on September 6, 1940 and it was functioning in the pre-Independence days. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Sun behind the Mountains. SudhirMishra/Bolangir.

The Sun behind the Mountains.
17th September2013
Sunrise and Sunset are two important events of day time .With the Sunrise the day starts and all living beings became active and the Sunsets declares an end to  that day.Time and tide waits for none.It has  been going on since ages-While returning to Balangir,I saw this picture of Sun gradually going to set in the west behind the mountains.I stopped and thought for a while and captured that moment in this photograph.

Guarding the mountain and its beautiful landscape by Sudhir Mishra.Photograph taken by me on 17th September 2013


Sunday, September 15, 2013


Monday, 16 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
A senior official of the Badmal Ordnance Factory was killed after he slipped from a train at the Badmal railway station in Balangir district on Sunday.

Ramkar Ram (46), Deputy General Manager of the factory, was alighting from the Puri-Durg Intercity Express after a visit to Delhi when the mishap took place as the train started after a brief halt, the police said.

Ram, a native of Uttar Pradesh, who had boarded the train at Cuttack after his return from Delhi, was getting down with luggage and slipped when the train started and ran over him. His body was sent for postmortem and an investigation was on into the incident


Hum Dono bySudhir Mishra

Friday, September 13, 2013

Absence of rainfall threatens paddy crop in BongomondaBlock in Balangir ( by SudhirMishra tillTilltoday morning(September13,2013 11am)

Paddy crop in Bongomunda block of Balangir  district are under stress condition and unless there is rainfall within next three days moisture stress  of paddy crop would starts-which would eventually led to loss of paddy crop and huge blow to farmers and eventual drought.The assured irrigation facility in the block is very low--( Tilltoday morning(September13,2013 11am) shall post moredetails about the paddy crop situation by tomorrow

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Onion at 60 By SudhirMishra/Bolangir.11thSeptember2013

Onion at 60

Balangir; 60 is a quite substantive and satisfactory number by any yardstick. In common parlance anyone who brought 60 or 60%is considered to have brought a first class a good satisfactory standard.

But when the price of any daily consumable goods touches 60rupees per kilogram  it became unbearable and the impression of satisfactory thing turns out to a nagging painful and bitter one for common people.

Take the case of Onion. Onion was used by millions of people including Odiyas  since longtime.  The  people of Odisha used to consume piyaj (onion) with Pakhal (watery rice)or either in  their daily launch and dinner.

Although Onion which has a lot of medicinal properties and contains vitamins, irons is not liked by many for its pungent smell. And for few decades it was less used by all and only a category of people used extensively. 

However as its anti -heat stroke capabilities were published and propagated in mass media and TVs its acceptability regained further.

Produced in the early February –to April, this perishable goods cost a little more  in rainy season than summer very often hit hard the  customer –themidle class most. However this year the price of onion crossed all limit with price of per KG onions raised from rupees 32to 40 to52 to 60rupees per KG now.

I have to purchase it as I am cooking meat to observe ChhadKhai and we are two persons staying .I cannot afford to purchase more. Already the single piece of onion has cost me rupees 10 says worried customerwho purchased it from a shopkeeper today morning.

Today a child came to purchase onion and four onions weighed250gramsand its cost was 15rupees.Before delivering it, I told the child to inform this to his parents and then purchase, least the parent may complain of cheating informs a shopkeeper.

Apparently, unsatisfied with the quantum of onion for rupees 15, thechild did not return, adds the shopkeeper.

While the salaried class people are hardly affected by rising prices and purchasing it with less difficulty, it is the working and lower middleclass are feeling the punchofrising price of onions.

Since last two months we have not consumed onions. We cannot afford consuming it at such high price. But to cook meet I am purchasing 250gramsonly today informs another customer.

Ironically Bolangir district produces a large quantity of  onions but thanks to inadequate storage space, forcing  onion farmers to go for distress sale and  People of Bolangir have to purchase  Onion at such high prices as it  had to be brought from Outside state namely from Nasik, Maharashtra.

This year there has been a drought in Maharashtra affecting its production, besides the hoarding and other irregularities Prices of Onions has increased high and common man and poor especially the lower middle class are suffering the worst.

With no sign of fresh arrival of onions are near future, it is sure that people are resigned to reel under the impact of high onion price, besides rising price of petrol, and other essential products, making their life a “painful one”
While 60 could be satisfactory for many, but onion at rupees 60 is breaking the backbone of many mostly poor and lower middle working-class— 

NB; while the NUanKhai is observed on Rishi Panhami Day, theday afterGanesh Chaturthi. The Next dayofNuanKhai is observed asCHHADKhai.On this day people consume meat and and enjoy themselves

The glistening clouds -by Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir

Monday, September 9, 2013


Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
With a view to provide nutritious and natural leaves and other items to people from their own backyard, plants  containing several vitamins were distributed among villagers of Dudumdhara and Chhanchan Bahali villages in Khprakhol block in Balangir district jointly by Gandhmardan Action Committee (GAC) and RCDC here on Saturday last.
A total of 1,500 species, which include multi-vitamin plants, bamboo, and Phasi varieties were distributed. Notably, Phasi wood is required for making chariot of Lord Jagannath. “We distributed multivitamin plants, whose leaves contain vitamin A, B, C, D and iron among the villagers to grow them in their own backyard, rather than in forest. Similarly, Phasi plants were distributed for meeting the shortage of wood for making chariots during the Car Festival,” said an RCDC official.
According to sources, Dudumdoroh villagers have been guarding their village forest for last few decades. They have identified more than 128 eco sensitive spots under Ecosystem Alliance Programme and also preserved 41varities of extinct plants in Gandhmardarn region.

Jindagi dhup aur chaoon ki beech gurjarte huee--(life moves between ups and down--smooth/happy and difficult/troublesome also moves in a zigzag way ;Picture by Sudhir mishra on 9th September 2013

Jindagi dhup aur chaoon ki beech gurjarte huee--(life moves between ups and down--smooth/happy and difficult/troublesome also moves in a zigzag way ;Picture by Sudhir Mishra on 9th September 2013

Bright clouds- by Sudhir Mishra-9thseptember2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Traffic Jam in Balangir town pictures by Sudhir Mishra 8thSeptember2013

Suddenly there was a traffic Jam in Main market area of Balangir town vehicles virtually scrawled and even traffic come to standstill.and every one tries to move forward.After few moments the traffic Jam was cleared.Struck in the traffic jam amidst honking of horns from two wheeler from back side and I took these photographs from my mobile today( 8th September around 12.30pm(noon)And See a person trying to move ahead got in front of traffic police

Friday, September 6, 2013

Maoist killed in encounter in Khaprakhol ,Balangir 6th September2013.

Acting on a tip off about Naxal holding training camp somewhere between Nrusinghanath and Harishankar in Gandhmardan hills, a team of CRPF and Bargarh police today launched a combing operationand killeda  maoist near  Kendrabhata under KhaprakholBlock today.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

3rdphase enrollment process for ADHAR card started in Balangir

3rdphase enrollment process for ADHAR card started in Balangir
Balangir;5th September2013.
The third phase enrollment process for ADHAR card started in Balangir municipality area today. Those who were left in the earlier rounds are requested to get themselves photographed and enrolled this time and this process will continue till 8th of this month and it is going on in Project colony School, Town high school and Ramgopal Hindi High school, Thikadarpada UP school and Town boys’ high school, informs Executive officer of Balangir Municipality, Sri Santosh Behera 

Few photographs of rain today(5th September,2013) in Balangir.Mobile pictures by Sudhir Mishra

Two Photographs of rain in Balangir by Sudhir Mishra (5th September2013)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

BALANCED REPORTING NEED OF HOUR: SCRIBES TOLDThursday, 05 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Thursday, 05 September 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The 52 foundation day of Balangir District Journalists’ Association was observed here on Friday.
IG Northern Range (Sambalpur) Sanjay Kumar was the chief guest, while district Collector D Prashant Reddy and SP R Prakash were guests of honour. The speakers on the occasion stressed on the vital role of media in building nation and emphasised on proper and balanced reporting to provide the real facts to the administrators and society which could help in tackling the issues.
Among others, senior journalist Shankar Prasad Mishra, Satyanarayn Behera, Balangir District Journalist Association president Hari Narayn Pujhari (Nari) and secretary Srisa Kant Satpathy spoke on the occasion. The Sambad general manager Arabind Das, Rajamohan Sahu , Sandeep Kaunar, Bansidhar Seth and Sanjay Behera were  honored for their contribution to journalism.

BHUBANESWAR | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Email | Print | | Back Rain brings tears to onion growers’ eyes in Balangir April 27, 2011 12:27:14 AM Sudhir Mishra | Balangir

Dear all
I am posting an old news for your perusal.As a working  journalist I have covered on many issues and on diffren tcrops including on onion.Today to write an article I searched my blog andcould not find thedesired story on onion  .As i searched my mail i gotthis story and I  am posting this old story on onions for  your perusal
Sudhir Mishra/Pioneer/Balangir
BHUBANESWAR | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Email | Print | | Back

Rain brings tears to onion growers’ eyes in Balangir
April 27, 2011 12:27:14 AM

Sudhir Mishra | Balangir

Though the recent rain of the summer brought respite to the denizens
reeling under the blistering heat, yet it ruined the small and marginal
farmers of Balangir district whose onion crop was damaged forcing them
for its distress sale.

The onion crop grown in the Maal land this year suffered huge losses in
the recent rains. The farmers dug it out earlier then due time since
they feared that the crop might rot inside the wet soil if not

Once the crop gets wet in rain it cannot be stored for long days.
Moreover, wet onions cannot be kept in one place as it would rot, nor
can they be stored in polythene bags too. If the purchasing agents do
not turn up within a few days of the onions harvested, it causes
headache to the farmers, said an onion grower Bhajaram Sahu.

The onion is a 100-110 days crop which is grown in Attland, Mal Land
and Bahal land usually. It is widely and extensively cultivated in the
entire Titilagarh sub division including, Muribahal, Bongomunda and
Titilagarh. These areas are migration-prone as a lot of poor farmers
and landless labourers move to outside States in search of daily bread
every year. The onion is usually cultivated by the small and marginal

The onion sells at `5 to `6 per kg in Bongomunda area. However, the
farmers have to go for distress sale for various reasons like poor
economic condition, absence of proper storage space and natural
calamities etc.

As the farmers are poor they usually purchase seed and other things on
loans from local moneylenders and they commit to pay back the loan in
terms of certain amount of their produce fixed by the money lender.

This results in distress sale of the crop. Besides when most farmers do
not have well-furnished houses to stay, it is futile to expect them to
store the crop and wait for a time they get suitable prices. Rather,
the farmers sell the crop directly from the field through the agents.

Even though onion is one of the major cash crops which provides ‘direct
benefit to the small and marginal farmer’, yet its potentiality in
Balangir district has not been tapped, thanks to Government apathy,
absence of storage facility and minimum support price to its growers.
There are few civil society organisations or farmers’ organization
which stand by the onion growers and make lobby for their benefit. As
the onion crop is highly vulnerable to damage by rains and hailstorms
there should be an insurance cover so that poor farmers can be
compensated. Besides, the much-hyped onion dehydration plant should be
set up near Titilagarh, opined a few farmers.