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Monday, September 21, 2015

Detailed Survey on Kantabanji Jeypore Railway line yet to start.By SudhirMishra/Bolangir(India)

22ndSeptember 2015
Dear all
I had covered this story  on 15thJuly2011 in the Pioneerand then it was not a big issue. However four years later  people found this story useful and they presented it in their memorandum to Railway and other central authorities. I am happy that a story that I had covered four years ago now has become useful and thanks to them who circulated my story in different media like Whatsapp.

I enclose the story for perusal of all

Mission to explore potential tourist sites in Balangir kicked offSudhir Mishra | Balangir

Mission to explore potential tourist sites in Balangir kicked off

Sudhir Mishra | Balangir

With a view to bring the unexplored places of tourism into the limelight and improve the living standards of people there by promoting culture and tourism in the district, a mission to explore the hitherto lesser known tourist places of Balangir district was undertaken by the Balangir Sub-divisional level Lok Utsav Committee on Tuesday ahead of the famous Balangir Lok Utsav scheduled to be held from December 5 to 8. 

A team comprising officials, media persons, students and teachers of the History departments of Rajendra College and Women's College and intellectuals led by Sub-Collector Rajendra Patnaik visited Gumagarh and Tentelkhunti sites, which have vast tourism potential and can be transformed into flourishing tourist destinations as felt by experts. 

Located 45 km from the town, these two historic places have got little attention and a thorough excavation and exploration of these sites should be undertaken, explained journalist Sapan Bohidar to the team. 

As the name suggests, Gumagarh is a fort built on an elevated place on the banks of river Rahul and just 100 metres away from the confluence of Rahul and Tel rivers. The fort is said to have flourished along with the fort at Sisupalgarh near Bhubaneswar.

The Sub-Collector described the significance of the two places to the team. After covering Gumagarh, the team headed to Tentelkhunti village where images and idols of Jagannath, Bhalabhadra and Subhadra are worshipped along with Shakti. 

I saw in a dream the vivid presence of Lord Jagannath in this sacred place, said Makhananda, a villager. I reached the exact spot as communicated in the dream and after searching for a while found the lord and since then the spot turned into a place of worship, he informed. 

Besides the makeshift temple, there is a temple dedicated to a goddess which is now in a dilapidated state. It is also said that there was a cluster of temples in this area where Shakti cult was practised along with worship of Jagannath, Bhalabhadra and Subhadra which is a unique religious tradition. Locals have taken away many precious stones from the historic site, said another villager. 

Professor S Pradhan of Utkal University had done some research on Gumagarh few years ago. Interestingly, the remains of the top portion of the temple suggest that it was built in the ninth century, according to a history lecturer. 

It is believed that this region had a unique way of worshipping Jagannath, Bhalabhadra and Subhadra along with the prevalence of Shakti cult. It is further believed that the Jagannath cult originated from here and later spread to other areas of the State including Puri.

A detailed scientific excavation of Gumagarh and a thorough study of Tentelkhunti should be undertaken in order to know the significance and the rich cultural heritage of the two historic sites. This can also bring many unexplored and unknown facts about the region to the limelight, opined S Nanda, a lecturer in history. 
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NREG monitoring team may visit Balangir: Srikant

PNS | Balangir

The performance of NREG in Balangir is not satisfactory and the central monitoring team is likely to visit the district soon to take stock of the situation. This was announced by Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Srikant Jena while speaking to mediapersons on Sunday evening after taking review of lower Suktel irrigation projects and performance of all centrally funded projects. 

The lower Suktel irrigation projects although sanctioned way back in 1997 is yet to be completed. A revised estimate of more than Rs 1,100 crores have been sent to the Central Water Commission (CWC). Under PMGSY, as many as 65 roads are yet to be completed. 

Similarly, the Khurda Road-Balangir railway line though sanctioned in 1993 is yet to be completed. The land acquisition process has been very slow. Even as a bypass road is badly required in the town, the consultancy firm which has been given the task is yet to submit its report, Jena said further.

Even though a large number of farmers have committed suicide, the State Government has not been able to submit its report on the situation, Jena said further. There is no shortage of fertilizers and the Central Government has supplied adequate fertilizers to the State. It is the craze for Gromor fertilizer which is creating such a situation even as other complex fertilizers of the same composition are also available. It is the duty of the State Government to check black marketing, he added further. 

A five days seminar on the programmes run by the Central Government will be held in January and many Central Ministers will be joining it. It will be organised by the publicity wing of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), New Delhi, Jena informed further.

Even as the Government has given slogans of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and around 33 farmers have already committed suicide in the State, no condolence motion was adopted in the Assembly, said Congress leader in the Assembly, Bhupinder Singh. He demanded raising of relief amount for crop loss from Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 per acre. He also demanded the crop loss report of BJD team to be made public. 
November 23, 2009./Nov242009

JB demands CBI probe into mining scam

PNS | Balangir

Former Chief Minister of Odisha and Governor-designate of Assam JB Patnaik on Monday demanded that the Odisha Government order a CBI inquiry into the mining scam, which involves more than one department, including forest and mines. Moreover, as the scam is not confined to one State, it has assumed an inter-State significance, he observed while speaking to mediapersons here. 

The Vigilance inquiry ordered by the State Government would not be effective in nailing the culprits involved in the scam, he said.

On the issue of farmers’ suicide, Patnaik said the State Government admits that there is crop loss and farmers have incurred loans, but it does not admit that the farmers are ending their lives due to the loan burden and crop loss. 

“During our (Congress) regime we had issued instruction holding Collectors responsible for any such starvation death. Why no one is being held responsible for any such incident now,” he demanded to know. He also claimed that during the Congress rule various steps were taken to augment irrigation facilities in Balangir district and many projects, including Lower Suktel, were sanctioned. But the schemes have not been completed, he said

The vindictive attitude shown by the district administration against students by filing successive FIRs against them is unfortunate, he said. 

Asked whether his appointment as Governor of Assam would create a void in the Congress in Odisha, he said no such thing would happen; rather, his new assignment is another opportunity for him to serve the nation.

Patnaik observed that the literature of Balangir would flourish only after the poverty of the region is removed 


Tuesday, 22 September 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Another case of apathy and hazardous work culture for migrant workers in Balangir district has come to the fore.
Giving a petition to the district Collector, a migrant worker from Muribahal area has complained that he and his family members were maltreated at a workplace at Raipur and his daughter was maimed after she got electric shock at the work site. He said that neither the contractor, nor the Government of Chattishgarh gave any assistance to him for the treatment of his eight-year-old daughter, who was injured severely after getting electric shock and later, her hands and legs were amputated.
According to reports, Bijaya Nag of Jamuna Bahal village of Muribahal block had migrated to Raipur last year and worked under contractor Siba Sahu for a few months. Nag urged  Balangir Collector M Muthukumar to provide him financial assistance for treatment of her daughter Payal Nag who lost her limbs in Raipur on April 16.
"I was staying in a temporary house given by my contractor. I worked in a building in Dwarikagate Imlildihi area. On April 16 last, my son Aakash and daughter Payal ( 8) went upstairs of the building to give water in the newly constructed building. While giving water, Payal came in contact with electric wire and was injured seriously.
She was admitted in a hospital but the doctors advised for amputation of both hands and legs which was done," said Nag. For bearing the medical expenses, he said that he had to mortgage all his lands. Even though Chattisgarh Government has given assurance for financial assistance, nothing has materialised.
The electricity department of Chhatisgarh only gave some monetary assistance, said Nag, adding that he needs Rs5 to Rs7 lakh for further treatment of his injured daughter. Besides, he also demanded action against the contactor.
When asked, Balangir ADM Ashok Kumar Naik said, "We have given Rs30,000 from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and Red Cross fund. The case has been referred to the SCB Medical College Hospital. We are referring the case to the Child Welfare Committee, Balangir for further step."

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Singdeo Memorial TT Tournament from Sept 24Saturday, 12 September 2015 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar

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Saturday, 12 September 2015 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar
Singdeo Memorial TT Tournament from Sept 24
Balangir: Balangir District Table Tennis Association is all set to organize the first  R.N Sighdeo Memorial Table Tennis Tournament  to be held  at Bolangir from September 24 to26.This was announced by members of BDTTA to media persons on Friday. Among other Balangir Zilla Parishad president Bijaya Pradhani, president of Bar Association Ashok Mahanty, senior journalist Satya Narayn Behera , Sumit Purohit and Deepak Purohit spoke  on this occasion.

NEWBORN SLIPS FROM NURSE’S HANDS Saturday, 12 September 2015 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

Saturday, 12 September 2015 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
 A newborn baby slipped from the hands of a nurse at the Balangir District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) on Thursday night, making condition of the infant further critical.
Mamata Tandi (24) of Beleikani village had given birth to a boy child at the hospital. While the delivery was carried out, the child slipped from the hands of the nurse.
The infant sustained injuries and was shifted to the SNCU unit. As the baby’s condition deteriorated, he was referred to Burla medical college hospital for further treatment. “I have ordered an inquiry into the incident,” said Balangir CDMO Dr RN Tripathy.   

Friday, September 11, 2015

The first R.N Sighdeo Memorial Table Tennis Tournament is be going to be held at Bolangir from 24th to26th September 2015;By SudhirMishra/Bolangir(India)

11thSepermber 2015
Bolangir ;The first  R.N Sighdeo Memorial Table Tennis Tournament is be going to be held  at Bolangir from 24th to26th September next .This was announced to media men by members of Bolangir District Table Tennis Association  to media persons today.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Thursday, 10 September 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Tension prevailed for hours in and around the Balangir DRDA premises on Wednesday after Deputy Director of Planning MN Munda was allegedly manhandled by a woman Zilla Parishad member during a meeting being held there.
Later, the accused BJD ZP member from Khaprakhol Zone, Baijayanti Saraf, was arrested by the Balangir town police.
According to reports, as the Zilla Parishad met in the morning, Saraf wanted a discussion on why her recommended proposal was not accepted and she was not informed about the same. To this, she was told that the matter would be discussed on a later date. Dissatisfied with the reply, she allegedly abused and manhandled Deputy Director of Planning MN Munda, sources said.
A few days ago, she had reportedly misbehaved and threatened Munda for not approving her project, and a complaint had also been lodged against her.
With Zilla Parishad meeting stopped after this development, the officials under the chairmanship of the district Collector held a meeting to decide the future course of action.
The DRDA office turned into a trouble zone further as a large number of members of the Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangh led by Braja Kishore Singh Bhoi and Niranjan Bisi gheraoed the office protesting the alleged neglect meted out to tribals by successive Governments.
They entered the DRDA office taking advantage of presence of a few police personnel present at the gate. Police had had also no intelligence reports about tribals’ trespassing plan.
The situation worsened further when the tribals got to know that Munda, a tribal officer, has been attacked by the BJD ZP member. They soon shouted slogans and demanded immediate arrest of Saraf.
The tribals armed with traditional weapons danced inside the DRDA office and when they tried to enter the main building they were, however, prevented by the police officials present there.
“Tribals have been neglected by successive Governments. Why tribal villages are yet to be connected with electricity and roads? Why tribal schools are running without having boundaris? Why MPLAD and MLA LAD funds are not being utilised for development of tribals?” asked Niranjan Bisi
Bisi condemned the attack on Munda and demanded that his organisatin demands immediate arrest of the BJD ZP Member.
“We have arrested ZP Member Baijayanti Saraf on the complaint of Deputy Director of Planning MN Munda,” police said.

Monday, September 7, 2015

B’ngir scribe gets Pruseth Memorial Award ;INBRIEF. Tuesday, 08 September 2015 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar ;News in the Pioneer

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar

B’ngir scribe gets Pruseth Memorial Award  
Balangir: Senior journalist Sudhir Mishra from Balangir was honoured with the Narayan Pruseth Memoral Award here on the occasion of the 54th Foundation Day of the Balangir District Journalist Association on Sunday. Mishra works for The Pioneer newspaper. Besides, five other journalists, including Gargi Satpathy from Sambalpur were felicitated. Titilagrah MLA Tukuni Sahu and district SP Deepak Kumar joined the event as chief guest and guest of honour, respectively.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bolangir correspondent of The Pioneer,Sri Sudhir Mishra, was hounoured with Narayan Pruseth Memorial award inBolangir

Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir(India)
6th September2015
Bolangir correspondentofThe Pioneer Sudhir Mishra was honoured with with Narayan Pruseth Memoral Award.,today inBolangir on the 54th Foundation Day of Bolangir District Journalist Association. 
.Besides me five other journalists were hounoured including Gargi Satpathy from Sambalpur.Bolangir SP Deepak Kumar was guest ofhonour.TitiligrahMLA TukuniSahu was chief guest. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

REMARK ON RADHARANI PROTESTED Sunday, 06 September 2015 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

Sunday, 06 September 2015 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

Members of the Kosal Yuba Chhatra Samanwaya Samiti led by Dolamani Pradhan and Rabi Mishra staged a protest meeting against the reported remark of BJD MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain on Brajarajnagar MLA Radharani Panda and burnt the effigy of Swain at the Collectorat here on Friday.
 “Three MLAs of our area, Naba Das, Subal Sahu and Radharani Panda had raised the Kosal issue in the State Assembly on August 26 the day we observed Kosal Bandh. Swain made derogatory remarks against Radharani Panda. We condemn it. We demand separate Kosal State under Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution,” said Pradhan.  

The floating clouds; By SudhirMishra/Bolangir(India)4th Septerber 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015


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Saturday, 05 September 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
With a view to bringing a major reform in the system, the State Government has decided to amend the Odisha police manual rule to facilitate updating the police station diary on a daily basis.
So far, police station diaries are updated on a monthly basis which is raising concern among the public about manipulations in the police stations by the officers concerned.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has issued orders to bring changes in the Odisha police manual for entry of station diary on a daily basis.
The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project is implemented on Mission Mode under the National e-Governance Plan, and the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) is implementing the project on a top priority basis.
Recently, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) suggested that the station diary be written on a daily basis. The Union Home Secretary also made a suggestion to the State Governments in this regard.
As the Odisha has almost completed the CCTNS project, it is important to make arrangements for daily entry of station diary through the Core Application Software provided by the NCRB.
SCRB chief B Radhika had also proposed to the State Home Department in this respect.  This would prevent backdated entry of any FIR or missing report in the police stations, said a senior police officer.
And there would be more accountability of the police officers as there would be less scope for manipulations, said he. These diaries are of immense help in prevention and detection of crimes and keeping track of the movements of criminals.
With the CCTNS Project to be “Go Live” by December 2015, the Odisha Police would be able to use the facility. The objective of the system is to facilitate collection, storage, analysis, transfer and share data on crime and criminals all over the country.

CROP INSURANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED UPTO 15TH SEPTEMBER 2015;By SudhirMishra/Bolangir 4thSeptember 2015

4thSeptember 2015
Bolangir The deadline for Crop Insurance for farmers has been extended upto 15th September, by Central Government.
This year due to inadequate and erratic rainfall in Bolangir district drought like situation has arisen in the district. In many places of the district transplanting and beushining  has not been taken place and a total of 45-50%paddy crop have been affected due to impact of drought/drought  like situation in the district , says District Agriculture Officer(DAO) Bolangir Sri Ramchandra Naik to mediamen on here today.

I have got this information few minutes ago(time around 1pm today ) that the Central Government has extended the crop insurance date line upto15 September. Those farmers who have not  insurance coverage, they should take proper steps to get their crop insured before the deadline says District Agriculture Officer(DAO) Bolangir, Sri Ramchandra Naik to mediamen on here today(on 4thSeptember,2015)
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BANDH PEACEFUL IN BALANGIR Thursday, 03 September 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Thursday, 03 September 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
TThe Bharat Bandh observed by different trade unions protesting the anti-labour policy of the Modi Government on Wednesday passed off peacefully in Balangir district.
Central Government undertaking like banks, post offices, LIC, BSNL and other Government offices were closed. Though school and colleges were closed in the town, shops were opened and bus services were unaffected during the protest.
Members of the Orissa Sales Representatives’ Union, Balangir led by its president Suru Matari staged adharna before the Collector office. Besides, BSNL Employees Association, Utakl Gramya Bank Employees Association, Life Insurance Employees Association and other bodies under the banner of the OdishaShramik Karmachari Eakta Manch Balangir also staged dharna in front of the Collectorate.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Local Self-Government Day observed in B'girWednesday, 02 September 2015 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar

Local Self-Government Day observed in B'gir
Balangir: The Local Self-Government Day was observed in Balangir district on Monday. A meeting was held at the Town Hall, where district Collector M Muthukumar was the chief guest. Balangir SP Dr Deepak Kumar, Sub-Collector Bimal Prasad Mohanty and DRDA Project Director Rajendra Pattnaik were the guests of honour. Balangir Municipality Chairperson Santosini Behera, Executive Officer Jayant Parida and Vice-Chairman Lipishri Sai spoke on the occasion. The speakers stressed on the need for a better and clean Balangir.

The setting Sun and its reflections on flow water ;by SudhirMishra/Bolangir(India)1st September2015