Archive for November, 2010

Farmers of Nuapada district facing problem during paddy procurement

Following report is from the Samaja:


November 11, 2010 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Odisha govt. promises better irrigation facilities for Padampur sub-division of Bargarh district

Following report is from express

BARGARH: Protests marked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s tour of drought-prone Paikmal block today. Over 100 persons were taken into preventive custody by police.

However, an unperturbed Naveen went ahead with his visit that saw tight security arrangements. He declared sops for the drought-prone Padampur sub-division of the district in a bid to smoothen ruffled feathers over possible bauxite mining in Gandhamardan hill range.

Addressing a public meeting at Paikmal High School ground, Naveen admitted that completion of the Ong river project was the only way to combat the recurring drought in the area. He said that while the project involves an expenditure to the tune of ` 1,000 crore, the government had sanctioned ` 10 crore but promised to expedite the project.

Informing that 21 per cent of the Padampur sub-division was irrigated, he said the Ong project once completed would irrigate 26,000 acres of land in 130 villages of five blocks. Disclosing that ` 50 crore have been sanctioned for minor irrigation projects, he said this would irrigate an additional 6,710 acres besides the ` 16-crore watershed project, which would benefit 1,500 farmers.

He also declared sinking 2,000 bore wells in the region which would help 4,000 farmers who have to deposit only 10 per cent of the cost. He also said that construction of as many as 200 check dams was on the anvil to mitigate drinking water problem in the sub-division besides facilitating irrigation. Reiterating the commitment of his government to mitigate sufferings of farmers, he said that his government was aware of problems of farmers and would leave no stone unturned to see that they prosper. However, the Chief Minister parried the issue of bauxite mining in Gandhamardan hill range.

Earlier in the morning, Paikmal police arrested 109 persons while they were taking out a rally to protest the CM’s visit.

November 11, 2010 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Orissa government’s plan for two thermal power plants at Balangir, one at Jharsuguda, and one at Boudh district

Following is a report from

Orissa which has earned the tag of an ‘investors’ paradise’, attracting investments of over Rssix lakh crore in the past five years, continues to attract investors across sectors.

The state has attracted investments worth Rs51963.54 crore in the July-September quarter of 2010-11, reinforcing its image as an investor friendly destination.

The bulk of the investments have been in the steel and energy sectors. Of the 22 proposals that the state has received in the July-September period of this fiscal, seven have been in the energy sector followed by six in the steel and mines sector and three in the cement sector.

Investment proposals in the energy sector have been to the tune of Rs32024.76 crore with a cumulative capacity of 5175 Mw. Hecate Power Company Ltd has proposed to set up a 1080 Mw (4×270) thermal power plant in Bolangir district at a cost of Rs5350 crore.

Samvijaya Power and Allied Industries Ltd has proposed to set up a 1320 Mw (2×660) thermal power plant at Rampela in Jharsuguda district at an investment of Rs6828.38 crore.

Another power firm- Arissan Energy Ltd has also proposed to set up 1320 Mw (2×660) thermal power plant at the same location, entailing an investment of Rs6828.38 crore.

Similarly, Action Ispat and Power Ltd has evinced interest in setting up a 1320 Mw (2×660) thermal power plant at Puruna Pani in Boudh district at a cost of Rs8079.74 crore.

Embassy Nirman Pvt Ltd has proposed to set up a 135 Mw coal based power plant at Ghantikhal in Cuttack district at an investment of Rs618 crore.

Moser Baer Power and Infrastructures Ltd has proposed to put up a 1320 Mw (2×660) power plant in Bolangir district at a cost of Rs7400 crore.

Sonepur Energy and Oil City Pvt Ltd has lined up an investment of Rs5000 crore in setting up a gas processing plant and petrochemical complex at Sonepur in Ganjam district.

In the steel sector, ARSS Steel & Power Ltd has proposed to set up a three million tonne per annum (mtpa) steel plant at Boinda in Angul district, involving an investment of Rs10900 crore.

Similarly, Neepaz B C Dagara Steels Pvt Ltd, has planned to set up a 0.4 mtpa integrated steel plant and a 45 Mw captive power plant (CPP) at Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district at a cost of Rs1152 crore.

International Minerals Trading Company Pvt Ltd has proposed to set up an iron ore fines beneficiation plant at Barbil in Keonjhar district at a cost of Rs150 crore.

In the cement sector, Visa Cement Ltd intends to set up a portland cement plant at Bargarh at a cost of Rs1840 crore. Jaipur Cements Pvt Ltd has proposed to set u a 0.5 mtpa cement grinding plant at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district at a cost of Rs63.50 crore.

Bhushan Infrastructure Ltd has planned an integrated township at Mangalpur in Dhenkanal district at an investment of Rs425 crore. J K Paper Ltd plans to set up a paper board plant at Jaykaypur in Rayagada district at a cost of Rs1475 crore.

November 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Orissa govt. to connect the district headquarters hospitals with premier government medical colleges through telemedicine network

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 7: All district headquarters hospitals will be connected with the three premier government-run medical colleges in the state through telemedicine network.

“The work has already begun and the network will be functional by December,” said chief nodal officer of the Orissa telemedicine network B.N. Mohanty, who is also head of the department of experimental surgery of SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

Telemedicine is an emerging field that combines advances in computer and communication technologies with the practice of clinical medicine.

Through this medium, diagnosis and treatment of diseases can be conducted with the patients and doctors sitting at two ends.

District hospitals of Jajpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar will be connected to the SCB Medical College. District hospitals of Cuttack, Rayagada, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Sundergarh, Baripada and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar have already been connected to SCB.

The SCB Medical College has, in turn, been connected to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.

Nayagarh, Gajapti, Boudha, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur will be connected to MKCG Medical Collage and Hospital at Berhampur.

 Burla-based VSS Medical College will be connected to hospitals in Rourkela, Balangir, Angul, Jharsuguda, Baragarh and Deogarh. 

Talking to reporters here today, Mohanty said a state-level telemedicine resources centre would come up soon at Cuttack.

With the help of the state government, the SCB Medical College is going to organise the three-day 6th International Conference of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) from November 14. Distance education in health science is the theme of the conference.

Representatives from ISRO, Space Application Centre, ministry of health, department of IT, Union government, AIIMS¸ IIT, Kharagpur, C-DAC-Pune, SGPGIMS, Lucknow and Central Law University, Cuttack would attend the conference. 

“Around 2,567 critical patients had already been cured through telemedicine. Patients, suffering mainly from thyroid cancers, arthritis and rheumatism, are opting for telemedicine consultation. With these facilities, we have been able to be in touch with the SGPIMS, Lucknow,” Mohanty said. 

The state government has also asked all additional district medical officers of all district headquarter hospitals to attend the meeting.

“We have invited students of medical and engineering colleges of the state to attend the meeting. They’ll get an opportunity to listen to nationally and internationally reputed telemedicine experts,” said Mohanty.

November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

Khurdha Balangir rail line in limbo: Report from the Samaja

November 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Jugar Jatra of Bargarh district, Orissa

Following is a report from express buzz:

 BARGARH: The ‘Jugar Jatra’, a ritual of Kali puja unique to Bargarh district, was observed at Kuchipali village in Sohela block today. The Jatra was organised at Jhair village yesterday.

In order to usher in communal harmony and appease Goddess Kali, the festival is being organised in each village of the district every year.

Earlier, animals were sacrificed during Kali Puja but to do away with the practice, villagers decided to offer ‘Jugar’ to the Goddess. Jugar is a cone-shaped sweet made of mixture of fried paddy and jaggery.

 “The festival was started in Jhair village 42 years ago. Taking cue from Jhair, other villages followed suit,” said 65-year-old Murali Bhoi of the village.

 The preparation for the festival begins four months before when the right quality of jaggery and fried paddy are selected from which ‘Jugar’ is made.

 The bigger the ‘Jugar’, the more crowd it attracts. It is normally around eight-foot high and is taken around the village amid beating of drums to the altar of Goddess Kali. After the ‘Jugar’ is offered to the Goddess, it is distributed among villagers. The inhabitants believe that offering the ‘Jugar’ and distributing it among people brings peace and prosperity in the village.

 Not just people from within the district but also from neighbouring Chhattisgarh visit Bargarh to witness the ‘Jugar Jatras’.

November 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm 4 comments

Jayanti Mahanand of Balangir an inspirational young talent

Following report is from the express buzz:

BALANGIR: With a pencil between two fingers of her right toe, she flawlessly drew on the theme of ‘sanitation and health education’ much to the surprise of people around her.

The 12-year-old Jayanti Mahanand was born with smaller arms. However, this did not quell her appetite for art. She says that she had always been spellbound by pictures. She has been drawing since the age of three. Her ability to draw with her legs was noticed at the Sishu Utsav, a Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan (SSA)-sponsored programme, held here recently on the Town Girls High School premises. She was one of the participants in the painting contest in the junior category. She completed the painting in less than half-an-hour, well before other competitors.

Not just a good painter but Jayanti has also been a good student throughout. She writes her examinations with her right leg and even for drawing straight lines, Jayanti does not require a scale. “I can write and draw anything with my right foot,” she says. She aspires to be an artist in future.

District Project Coordinator of SSA Abhimanyu Behera said they were encouraging such talents and the SSA would provide all possible support to these children.

“Jayanti has a rare talent and we discovered her during the Sishu Utsav. We are planning to raise some funds for her so that she gets to hone her skills,” said Behera.

November 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm 1 comment

Patali Srikshetra of Subarnapur district

Following is an old report from express buzz:

BALANGIR: For the third year in succession, the car festival could not be held at Patali Srikshetra at Kotsamalei village in Subarnapur district. The reason: The three idols that were sent from Puri in 2007 are yet to be consecrated.

After Patali Srikshetra was discovered near Trikuta hill in Subarnapur, a high level team of officials of Puri temple administration visited the place and chalked out plans to link Puri to the place.

The then chief administrator of Puri temple Suresh Mahapatra during his visit to the place promised to link Patali Srikshetra with Puri temple.

The car festival was supposed to be held here akin to Puri’s. Accordingly, three idols were sent from Puri to Kotsamalei in 2007. But, for reasons best known to the district administration, officials and Patali Srikshetra Action Committee (PSAC), the car festival couldn’t be organised and the idols were kept packed in a room. Earlier, the villagers were celebrating the festival in their own way with limited means.

The exsecretary of PSAC Biranchi Mahapatra alleged that the idols could not installed because of undue interference of the ruling party members. “The ruling party members are playing politics over this. Their leader here is craving for recognition. Unless he becomes the centre of attraction during installation rituals, he won’t let anything happen”, alleged Mahapatra.

Subarnapur Collector Bhawani Shankar Panda said that there was no clear instruction from the government nor was there any intimation from Puri temple administration regarding consecration of idols at Patali Srikshetra.

“I am looking into details as to why the festival couldn’t be organised for three years. I will submit a report regarding this to the temple administration in consultation with members of PSAC,” he said.

Following information is taken from Subarnapur district web site:

Patali Srikhetra is one of the significant historical sites as well as holy shrines associated with Saktism, Buddhism and Vaishnavism. It has already been declared as tourist centre by Department of Culture, Orissa. It is located at the foot of Trikut Hill at Kotsamlai in the Birmaharajpur Subdivision of Subarnapur District. The approximate distance of the site from the district head quarters is 23 KM. The spectacular topography of the region speaks volumes of its proud-past. No wonder, it assigns the seal of affirmation to the literacy, epigraphic, numismatic and traditional accounts relating to the “Secret- abode” of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra in the impenetrable caves of the Trikut for a period of 144 years. As per the narration of Madalapanji, Sovanadeva, the King of Orissa fled from the city with the images of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra during the Raktavahu invasion and reached his western frontier in Sonepur and buried the images at a place called Sonepur-Gopali, and that after a lapse of 144 years, Yayati Keshari of Somavamsi dynasty got the images dugout, made new images, built new temple at Puri and enshrined them there. On this score, it is naturally a matter of immense pride for the people of Subarnapur district that the Temple  Administration, Jagannath Temple, Puri extended official recognisation to the “Patali Shrikhetra “ on February 20, 2007 under the captainship of Sri Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, IAS, the Chief Temple Administrator and R.D.C, Central division. Further, they proposed for the setting up of positive and cordial link between Srikhetra and Patali Srikhetra in letter and spirit. Subsequently Archeological Survey of India team led by   Dr. Dimiri and State Archeology led by Dr B.K. Ratha in the company of State Architect Mr Beura paid a visit and testified the linkage of Patali Srikhetra with Srikhetra and also found archeological properties of  pre-historic importance.

A comprehensive, eco-friendly and integrating plan is being formulated for all round development of the place.

Apart from the facts relating to Vaishnavism, the said site also bears indispensable imprints of Vajrayanism and Sahajajana Buddhism which flourished in this tract under the guidance of the Philosopher–King  Indrabhuti of Sambalaka i.e sambalpur and Lakhmikara of Subarnapur. It was king Indrabhuti, who inaugurated the tradition of worshiping Lord Jagannath as the infallible incarnation of Buddha. This theory includes the historians to believe that the Jagannath Culture originated from Vajrayanism. In addition, there is still a novel version well circulated in and around Kotsomalai that the oldest Shrines of the Goddess Stambheswari and that of Jagannath Trinity located in the heart of the village indicate the Siva-Sakti co-relation. In fact, these shrines need immediate protection for the sake of preserving the unique legacy.

Last but not the least, the monastery of the great Saint and poet Baba Chandramani Das located at Baghapali at the opposite end of the Trikut Hill and nearby Kotsamlai spontaneously steals the glances of the onlookers and communicates a message of intellectual and spiritual fraternity.

Thus the site is squarely enriched with the lofty legacies of ancient Orissan History, Culture and hence deserves to be frontlined in the OTDC network. Govt. of Orissa , Torism Department may construct a Tourist Banglow at the foot hills besides plying of a regular OTDC bus from Patali Srikhetra  to Srikhetra (Puri). 

November 7, 2010 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Jharkhand plans English medium schools in 203 blocks; What about Orissa govt.?

Following is a report by IANS taken from

Ranchi, Nov 2 (IANS) The Jharkhand government will open English medium schools in 203 blocks of the state, Chief Minister Arjun Munda announced here Tuesday.

“In the current financial year, we will open English medium schools in 41 blocks while the rest will be opened in the next financial year,” Munda told reporters.

“The government plans to provide quality education to students of the rural parts of the state,” he added.

At present, all government run schools in the state are Hindi medium.

November 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm 1 comment

Orissa govt. asks Centre to set up a medical college in Koraput district

Following is a report by PTI published in

New Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) Orissa today asked the Centre to consider the recommendation of the Central University in the state”s Koraput district for setting up a medical college in the region. “The HRD Ministry should favourably consider the recommendation of the Executive Committee of Central University, Koraput, for setting up a medical college,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters here after a meeting with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

The Ministry, however, turned down the proposal citing resource constraint, sources said. Patnaik said he also requested Sibal to sanction and release 1/3rd of their share towards capital cost for enabling the state to establish model degree colleges in 18 low gross enrolment ratio districts.

According to the sources, Sibal told Patnaik that for strengthening vocational education, his Ministry was in the process of seeking approval of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC). Sibal said a meeting of the state Education Ministers has been scheduled in December this year to discuss vocational training.

Sibal assured Patnaik that the proposal of the state for setting up new vocational colleges and strengthening of the existing ones would be considered favourably during next academic year. For availing central assistance towards 1/3rd share for capital cost for setting up degree colleges in 18 Low gross enrolment ratio districts, Sibal said Orissa should sign the required MoU at the earliest for getting the required central share.

November 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

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