Archive for April, 2012

Kalikesh demands Pinaka rocket factory in Balangir: Orissa post

Following is a news clip from Orissa post:


April 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Kosal Gardens: An upcoming residential complex in Jharsuguda town

It is interesting to note that huge residential complexes are named after Kosal.  Following information is from

KOSAL GARDENS is a modern complex taking care of the needs of the residents of the fastest growing industrial town in eastern India. All that you would dream in a modern township: excellent location , well laid roads, systematic drainage system, large landscaped green space, vaastu adherent design, a township meeting the needs of family like children’s park, club, gymnasium, community centre, outdoor games arena, a well designed water body inside the township and also soul space- a temple.

April 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Pakhana upare jharana: a unique Kosli song

April 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

The proposed Xavier University’s Balangir campus gets green signal

Following is a report from the Pioneer:

April 29, 2012 at 3:52 am Leave a comment

Sambalpuri song market downturn: industry suffers from creativity and copyright issues

Following report is from the Sambad:

April 29, 2012 at 2:09 am Leave a comment

Xavier’s University to open campuses in Puri, Sambalpur and Balangir

Following is a report from

New Delhi: In a departure from the current trend in business education, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) is opening its own university and taking away some of its courses from what it describes as a restrictive All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) accreditation process. This will allow it to impart “innovative courses”.

To be named Xavier’s University, the institution will start its first campus in Orissa’s Puri district, followed by two more campuses in Sambalpur and Balangir districts.

“The AICTE has a lot of restrictions when it comes to expansion,” XIMB director P.T. Joseph said over the telephone from Bhubaneswar. “Now, we have got a go-ahead from the state government to start our own university.”

AICTE chairman S.S. Mantha could not be reached for his comments despite several attempts.

Joseph said the institute will spend about Rs70 crore in the first phase of the university plan, of which Rs20 crore will come from the state. While the first campus in Pipli, Puri, will be spread across 35 acres, the Sambalpur and Balangir campuses will be built on 25 acres and 15 acres, respectively. The university will be set up as a private one under the state’s rules, which means it will have more autonomy. “There will be more investment as we progress,” Joseph said.

The central government also wants to turn leading engineering and management institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) into multi-disciplinary schools. The state-commissioned Yash Pal Committee on higher education reform had advocated the multi-disciplinary approach.

“IITs and IIMs were created in the first phase of nation building and kept out of the traditional university structure to give them free play to be able to help the nation have a pool of excellent engineering and managerial talents,” said the 2009 Yash Pal panel report. “To a fair extent, these institutions have succeeded… they need to broaden their curriculum and assume the role of full-fledged universities without losing their unique character.”

To start with, XIMB will offer students the rural management course without AICTE accreditation. “XIMB will remain as an institute under the AICTE umbrella. If they create problems, then we have to think otherwise. But we are taking our (two-year) rural management course to the university from next year when the university starts operation,” Joseph said. The institute will also run a master’s programme on public health in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. It will also offer its three-continent master of global management programme under the university.

XIMB’s plan is a smart way of tackling issues related to AICTE, said Pramath Sinha, founding dean of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

“AICTE was created as regulator to protect the interests of students and parents from fly-by-night operators and maintain a certain level of quality. But the body has become too restrictive for quality players. From regulation, it is now doing more of control that’s stopping quality institutes from expanding and innovating with course and curricula,” Sinha said.

Allowing serious players to open universities is creating an ecosystem that’s free of excessive control, he said. Sinha is planning to open a university in Haryana under the state’s laws.

Joseph said Xavier’s University will offer both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in areas such as environmental management, microfinance, healthcare management and disaster management. Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik will lay the foundation of the campus on Saturday, according to an official invitation.

The state will pass a legislation to open the private university soon and till that time XIMB will call them additional campuses, instead of a university, the institute’s spokesperson said.

April 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Chartered air service connectivity for Rourkela, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and Ranchi

Following is a report from the Pioneer:

A tie-up between two firms has put Jamshedpur back on the map of air transportation with the maiden service being run to and from Kolkata.

Bangalore-based DTDS Travel and Tour Planners Private Limited joined hands with Spirit Air with the ventures first flight to Kolkata taking off on Monday at Sonari Airport. The company will also start Jamshedpur-Patna air services.

DTDS launched “per seat” air charter services to industrial cities from Kolkata where passengers can book single seats at fixed rates and fly at particular charter timings. This is the first time in India that a “per seat “, fixed cost, fixed schedule, chartered air service connectivity is offered for industrial cities like Jamshedpur and Rourkela.

“Business travellers from now can expect to travel in style and comfort of modern charter planes from Jamshedpur to Kolkata, attend work and return back the same day,” an official said.

Jamshedpur debuted on the country’s air map in 2007 with Air Deccan linking the city to the Bengal capital, but the service ended soon. Then, MDLR Kingfisher resumed connectivity in 2009, but only for a few months. On August 17, 2010, Deccan Charters hired a turboprop 19-seater aircraft with a fare of Rs 5,000, but services ended in February 2011.

“DTDS charter flight timings connect morning flights reaching Kolkata from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi so travellers to Jamshedpur and Rourkela from anywhere in India or abroad can reach destinations in the shortest time and catch connecting evening flights back home,” the official further noted.

DTDS offices are available in Kolkata, Bangalore, Rourkela and Jamshedpur.

Bharat Vasani, secretary, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the people of the city will be immensely benefited due to the service and this would spur a renewed phase of growth. “It will give boost to industrial development of the State of Jharkhand. I also wish success to the move,” he noted.

Meanwhile, in the wake of rail traffic on Howrah-Mumbai route getting affected owing to CPI (Maoist) violent activities on tracks and the National Highway-33 that connects the city to Kolkata, being under siege of dacoits at Lodhasuli jungles in West Midnapore district of Bengal, travellers, especially businessmen who frequent to Howrah, were left in a lurch and were awaiting the resumption of air service at the earliest.

“The travel woes of executives and business class will be addressed to some extent, for we will at least have one option ready at hand to reach Howrah for business meetings and other engagements,” observed S N Thakur, industrialist and former president, Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA).

Following is the route map from DTDS India home:

April 28, 2012 at 4:42 am Leave a comment

Ultra Mega Power Plant to come up in Kalahandi

Following is a report from BS:

The site for the second Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Odisha, to come up in the western part of the state, is expected to be finalized soon.

A team of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) will visit possible sites in Kalahandi and Bolangir districts during April 24-25 to zero in on a suitable location. The Central team is likely to be accompanied by officials of the state departments of water resources, forest, revenue as well as that of state agencies- Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd (Ipicol) and Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (Idco).

Last month, the CEA team had discussions with top state officials on selection of sites for two more UMPPs proposed in Odisha, each with capacity of 4,000 MW. One of the UMPPs would be a coastal project with Paradip and Dhamara being considered as possible locations. Union minister for power Sushilkumar Shinde said during his recent visit to the state that Odisha would get 2,000 MW from each of these two UMPPs.

Meanwhile, the bidding process has begun for the state’s first UMPP with a capacity of 4,000 MW. The project will be set up at Bhedabahal in western Odisha’s Sundergarh district. This UMPP would inject 1,300 MW to the state grid.

The Bhedabahal UMPP, entailing an investment of Rs 16,000 crore, needed 3,100 acres of land. The Orissa Integrated Power Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation (PFC), has been named the nodal agency for implementation of UMPP in the state.

Water for this UMPP has been allocated from the Ib river and check dams and barrages would be put up on the river for this purpose. It may be noted that Meenakshi, Meenakshi-B and Dipside Meenakshi coal blocks have been alloted for the UMPP with a total reserve of 880 million tonnes. Two other subsidiaries- Sakhigopal Integrated Power Company Ltd and Ghogarpalli Integrated Power Company Ltd have also been formed by PFC for executing the other two UMPPs.

Following is a report from the Sambad:

April 28, 2012 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

Migration has increased by 83 per cent in KBK district

Following is a report from the Hindu:

It has increased by 83 per cent in the last three years, says study

A massive job guarantee programme in form of NREGA, government’s claimed strict monitoring of migration and employment generation within the State due to industrialisation have failed to check migration from poverty stricken KBK region to other States.

A latest study that covered 100 villagers of Kalahandi, Bolangir and Nuapada district finds migration has risen in all three districts.

The disturbing factor, which is common among villagers in all three districts, is that they are ‘forced’ to migrate.

In Kalahandi, the study covered 1,872 population of 401 migrant households. Out of which 51 per cent were men and 49 per cent were women . About 84 per cent of the educated population have been migrating while 16 per cent stayed back in the villages. About 97 per cent villagers interviewed said they were migrating due to reasons those were beyond their control – forced migration.

In Nuapada district the study covered 581 households with a total population of 2,500, out of which 1,244 were male and 1,256 were female. It was found that 88 per cent of people of the total households were migrating for livelihood.

Migration increased by 20 per cent in the villages from 2009-10 to 2011-12, the finding says.

Similarly in Balangir district, the study was carried out among 4,311 villagers in 981 households out of which 90 per cent of the population were migrants and rest 10 per cent stayed back at the villages.

According to the study, migration increased 83 per cent in last three years. From 2009-10 to 2010-11 it witnessed an increase of 37 per cent but last year the migration shot up vertically.

Aide et Action, a non-government organisation, in collaboration with International Labour Organisation and the State government had carried out a micro-level study on vulnerability and migration in 100 villages of Bolangir, Kalahandi and Nuapada to assess the aspects, processes, factors, incidence and impact of migration.


The objective of the assessment was to conduct an in-depth analysis of the distress as well as to capture the process of labour migration and suggest ways and means for reducing distress and devise strategies for smooth, safe and protected migration of the migrant labourers going particularly to Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India.

“The findings are disturbing. Almost all migrant labourers were small and marginal farmers.

Children constitute about 23 to 30 per cent of migrant labourers. NREGA did not achieve its desired goal of providing jobs to rural folks.

We found distress migration in almost all villages,” said Umi Daniel of Migration information of Resources Centre (MiRC) of Aide et Action.

Factors those contributed in migration were no work in villages, failure to repay loan and crop failure.

Very few (2 per cent) said they were migrating for better earning.

“We invariably found that people had no works in monsoon season starting from June to September. If MGNREGS could be redesigned for creating jobs during this lean period, people would not go for taking loans. And majority of migration could be checked,” said Mr. Daniel.

He said the State government had very weak registration mechanism to document how many labourers were migrating to other States.

At many places anti-migration cells were not even working.

  • Almost all migrant labourers were small and marginal farmers
  • The reasons for migration were no work in villages, failure to repay loans and crop failure

April 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm 1 comment

Hunger in Nuapada

Following report is from the Sambad:

April 26, 2012 at 11:52 am 1 comment

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