Archive for November, 2009

Dhanu Yatra 2009 news: Bargarh gears up for silver jubilee of Dhanu Yatra

Following news are from The Pioneer:

The Subha Stambha (holy stone) of the famous Dhanu Yatra to be held here from December 21 to 31, will be set up by District Collector Suresh Prasad Padhi on Friday. At a meeting here on Thursday, he said the Government has sanctioned Rs 2.5 lakh for the festival. More than 14 places of the festival would be decorated in organising different cultural activities. He further stressed on making it more attractive than the previous years. Bargarh SP S Tankaspan said watchtowers would be set up for controlling traffic problem during the festival.

Present at the meeting were ADM Bandhu Billore, Sub-Collector Bishnu Prasad Mishra, BDO Prafulla Dafadar, Tehsildar Rajesh Agrawal, Jambobati Dalai, municipal chairman Sureswar Sathpathy, Harekrushna Pujhari, Shyamsundar Adabar, Kishor Mishra, Subash Chandra Mujamdar, Chandra Jal, Sarbeswar Rath, Sushil Mohapatra, Akrura Mallik and media persons.

The silver jubilee of the Dhanu Yatra Mahotsav at Talpali under Gaisilet block in Bargarh district will be celebrated this year. At a preparatory meeting of the Mahotsav Committee held under the chairmanship of its president Prafulla Kumar Sahu, the organisers , including Narada Bariha, decided to make the event more attractive than the previous years. Present at the meeting were vice-president Prasanna Mohanty, secretary Nilakantha Sahu, treasurer Binayak Guru and other committee members


November 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm 5 comments

Hemachandra Acharya: the “Balmiki” of Koshli literature

Following is an old report from The Hindu:

Noted litterateur, translator and scholar Hemachandra Acharya, popularly known as the Balmiki of Koshali literature for his translation of The Ramayana into Koshali, passed away at his residence in Garbhana village of Bargarh district on Wednesday evening.

He was 84 and is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters.

A people’s poet, his translation of The Ramayana – Ram Raha published by the Sambalpur University in 2001 – made him dearer to the masses in Western Orissa region where people speak Koshali (Sambalpuri) language. Even today, people in villages in the region religiously preserve and recite his translated version. He was also engaged in translation of the Upanishad into Koshali. His other major literary works include several plays and the traditional Keertan Geet. With wonderful command over Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya and Koshali, he was a much revered scholar.

Acharya quit his lucrative job of an additional block development officer to devote himself whole-heartedly towards writing and social service. He was a close associate of the famed thinker and social activist late Kisan Patnaik. His son Pritish Acharya has got into his shoes and has been a renowned columnist and writer today.

For his pioneering service to literature, he was honoured by the Sambalpur University and the Western Orissa Cultural Forum besides scores of literary organisations. A large number of writers, senior citizens, prominent personalities of the region and representatives of various literary and cultural organisations paid their last respect to the doyen whose mortal remains were consigned to flames on Thursday.

Thanks to Pritish Acharya, son of late Hemachandra Acharya for the following information. Pritish Acharya is currently serving as a Reader in History, Regional institute of Education , Bhubaneswar.

  • Literary contributions of  Hemachandra Acharya:

Oriya published:
Maharathi Karna ( Play ) 1955 by Cuttack Trading Company, Ctc
Shabari Sandesh 1975, From balugaon , puri.
Giti Gatha 2008, Orissa book emporium , Ctc.
Oriya unpublished:
Abhishap, (Curse) Play,Written in 1945
Biswash , (Faith ) play, 1954
Pratiksha ( Waiting ), play,1977
Parikshita, 1945,play
Pranaya  Prakash, Epic 1945
Koshli published:
Ramraha , two vols 2001 by Sambalpur Univ
Satar Sati Brundabati, 1992, Samalpuri Prakashani, Bargarh, (Dhanpati mahapatra )
Nuni, 1994
kathani Lekhen Lagsi,1995.
Kathani Satsatani 1992.
Sambalpuri Geet, 2004
Koshli unpublished:
 Muin Male Jai, play, 1990,
Krishna Keli, 1973

November 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

Farmers of Kalahandi faces problem during paddy procurement

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The erratic paddy procurement at many places in Kalahandi district has caused resentment among the farmers in the current kharif season. While the administration has framed many rules and regulations it has failed to curb the middlemen’s role.

The middlemen are directly sending the procurement to millers after purchasing paddy from the farmers. The RMC and administration had given contract to six millers to lift paddy from a society Mandal Samabaya Samiti in which the farmers of both Mandal and Mingur gram panchayats (GP) were supposed to sell their procurement.

Farmers of 15 villages belonging to these GPs have alleged that till now the millers have not lifted the procurement from the society and even the millers are not helping the society secretary in the matter.

The middlemen lift paddy from the farmers from their house at Rs 630 per 75 kg paddy and not paying the price of 8 kg of paddy in the name of FAQ. While the Government has fixed a minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the lifting of paddy below MSP has irked the farmers. They have also urged the district administration to quickly intervene in the farmers’ interest. The administration had targeted to procure 3,82,352 MT of paddy from Kalahandi of which, about 2 lakh MT was targeted to be procured during kharif season.

Another report has appeared in The Dharitri: Read the complete report here.

November 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Fourteen hundred years old rare statues of lord Buddha are left without care in Boudh district

Following is a report from

November 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Orissa faces dual problem in health sector: huge shortage of health professionals and inadequate infrastructure

Following is a report from the

Following is another report from the on similar subject:

Can a health centre function without supply of water, electricity and, most importantly, lab technicians? Well, it is in Orissa.

Consider this. As high as 35 per cent of health sub-centres that form the backbone of village health care delivery apparatus function without regular supply of water and around 24 per cent without power connection. The PHCs stand little better at 9 per cent without regular water supply and electricity.

Over 90 per cent of the PHCs function without lab technicians though diagnosis of malaria, dysentery, cholera etc. depends on tests. Of a total of 1,279 PHCs, only 9.4 per cent have round-the-clock delivery service and only 9 per cent have telephones.While a PHC caters to 24,462 people or 15 villages only around 9 per cent of them have between four and six beds.

In the 10th Plan period the Government had set the target of opening up 447 health sub-centres but they have been on the papers only.

None has come up even though the required subcentres are at least 7,283 and the State currently has only 6,688.Thus, around two per cent of the villages are still out of the basic health care loop.

Against the target of opening up 108 CHCs, the actual achievement stood at 74. A glance at the subsequent plan periods further shows how the State administration has failed to open up a single sub-centre since the Eighth Plan period with only the 11th Plan period seeing around 700 new sub- centres. Also, with around 20 per cent shortfall in CHC requirement, Ninth and 11th Plan periods did not have a single addition.

There are no referral units at CHC level and only two exist at the sub-district level against 120 and 78 respectively in Andhra Pradesh. This when a World Health Organisation report has cautioned that lack of referral units contribute largely to high maternal mortality rates in Orissa. The human resource deployment in rural areas stands very poor as over 80 per cent PHCs are manned by a lone doctor.

The CHCs are no better with 496 against the requirement of 924 specialists.Specialists like paediatricians and gynaecologists are not positioned in CHCs when the State tops in MMR and IMR. The huge shortfall of around 2,260 nurse-midwives in PHCs and CHCs coupled with only around 9 per cent PHCs having a labour room cast a shadow on the NRHM’s drive to improve institutional deliveries in rural areas.Against the norm of one radiographer per CHC, there is a huge shortfall of over 220.

November 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Sanctioned seats in different subjects of PG (M.A./ M.Sc./ M.Com.) in colleges of Western Orissa

Following list is obtained from dheorissa web site:

G.M. College, Sambalpur

Govt. College Bhawanipatna

Govt. College, Rourkela

Govt. College, Sundargarh

Rajendra College, Balangir

Panchayat College, Bargarh

Govt. Women’s College Sambalpur

——Work is under progress………..

November 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Thenga Dam site: a beautiful picnic spot of Koshal region

Following information is taken from

Thenga Dam Site : A famous Picnic spot in Sonepur district is Thengo Dam Site of Birmaharajpur subdivision on Harihara Jora Irrigation Project. The Dame site is attracting thousands of local visitors around the year to have a picnic there under the natural and beautiful environment around.

The spectacular water body in foot of the hills and deep forest with cool environment will give you a touch of nature. You can rent a wooden boat with boatman for boating in there. You can also see and feel the charming sound of different species of birds including peacock there in the jungle. Some times in winter you can also find the foreign birds there that are in migration to Chilika Lake. Some times there is also possibility of seeing an elephant, bear or a wolf there in the jungle at the Dam Site. A picnic under the deep shadow of the Jungle will never be erased from your brain if visited.

How to Visit : It is will be 35 Km away from Sonepur the District Head Quarter in North direction via Dharmasala on bank of River Mahanadi, Kotasamalai famous for Patali Srikhetra and Jaloi. One can visit from Sambalapur it will be about 90 KM away in east direction via, Dhanupali Chaka of Sambalapur, Huma famous place for Tilted Temple of Lord Siva, and Goddes Metakani on the way to Ulunda, Dharmasala. In other way one from Deogarh or Angul can visit from NH 42 at Charmal or Motibahal Chaka. You can stay at Sonepur to visit other near by famous spots and temples in the district.

November 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm 5 comments

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