Archive for May, 2012

Pitamahul thermal power plant faces roadblock

Following report is from the Sambad:

 

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May 24, 2012 at 2:52 am Leave a comment

Binod Pasayat juggles pen and scissors with aplomb

Following is a report by TOI:

SAMBALPUR: He is the recipient of Sarala Samman in 2008. Odisha Sahitya Academy felicitated him in 2010 for his contribution to the field of literature. But 83-year-old renowned litterateur and lyricist Binod Pasayat never fails to open his barber shop every morning.

“This is my bread and butter and literature is my hobby. So I maintain an equilibrium between my two professions,” smiles the octogenarian, who has numerous prestigious awards and citations to his credit. The writer of several plays and songs, considered an important figure in the history of Sambalpuri language, has no other source of income apart from his inherited profession.

Born in the year 1935 in Balangir town, Pasayat had to drop out of school after Class VIII to help his father in their ancestral profession because of their poor financial condition. Though he could not complete his studies, his passion for literature led him to shift his workplace to Sambalpur in 1953. “I came in contact with Murari Prasad Mishra, a renowned cultural figure of Sambalpur, and with his encouragement and support I started my literary career in Sambalpur,” recalls Pasayat. “But it was famous musician Arun Prasanna Seth who gave a new shape to my songs and I created one Sambalpuri song after another,” he reminisces.

However, it was Pasayat’s famous Sambalpuri play ‘Mui Nai Mare’ (I will never die) that brought him fame. In the play, the actor playing Ravan, the demon king of Lanka, refused to die at the hands of Ram because his wife suggested him not to die this time. Everyone, including the director tried a lot to persuade him to die, but he was rigid not to die this time. The play was a hit and Pasayat’s work was appreciated by one and all.

“The government should recognize his contribution by providing him a pension as a mark of respect to the artist,” says retired teacher and educationist Laxmikant Mishra.

May 16, 2012 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

SIL International recognizes Kosli as a macrolanguage

Following are few screen-shots from SIL website: 

May 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Harishankar park a death trap for deer; will this happen in Nandankanan?

Following is a report by TOI:

BALANGIR: Come summer and Harishankar deer park in the district turns into a hell hole for its inhabitants. Nine deer have died this season in the park so far due to dehydration and alleged malnutrition. The forest department, which is in charge of the deer park, a tourist hotspot, has been oblivious to the plight of the hapless animals living in miserable conditions.

Almost every year there are reports of deer deaths in the park, which shoots up during summer. In 2007 seven deer reportedly died due to pneumonia. Seven more had died in 2004-05. Between 2008 and 2009, there were reports of five deer deaths due to malnutrition, while in 2010 and 2011, 11 deer died due to poor hygienic conditions in the park. Investigation by the forest department later revealed that one deer died due to old age while others died young due to lack of health care and proper nutrition. In the last five years altogether 39 deer have died in the park.

The Harisankar deer park, set up in 1971 on 1.50 acre land with just eight deer, now resembles an abandoned cattle house. “It is unfortunate that the park could neither be saved nor revived though the local MLA was twice minister of tourism,” said Jhasketan Naik of Khaprakhol.

According to sources, the government provides only 1.60 kg of fodder for 197 deer in the park per day, which is much less than the requirement. The deer are provided leaves and branches from the Gandhamardan forest to meet their food requirement.

Balangir divisional forest officer (DFO) Abhiram Naik admitted that the park is too small to accommodate about two hundred animals. “We have written to authorities to take half of the deer to other places,” the DFO said.

He said every year the state government provides only Rs 2 lakhs for the park, which is not sufficient. “The park is running only on state government aid as central government has not granted park status to the Harisankar park,” the DFO said.

May 14, 2012 at 1:46 am Leave a comment

Santali language in primary schools of Odisha

A very nice step taken by the Odisha and Indian govt.; I hope there will be couple of Santali Colleges and at-least one Santali University in Odisha. Congratulations to the Santali community. Please make an effort to establish a Santali Sahitya Academy. People who were shouting only “Odia in Odisha” should support this move whole heartedly.

Following is a report from the Samaja:

May 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Khurda-Balangir railway line mishap

Following report is from the Samaja:

May 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Odia and English Language

Following article from the Samaja:

I guess Karabara babu has hit the right target. While I agree with some of the points raised by Dr. Patnaik; like his previous articles this article is also very emotional.

 -It is worth noting that, now he is preaching about dialect and language. Now, Dr. Patnaik says, each language is a dialect and each dialect is a language. If this is the case, why there is a Kosli language phobia?

-He writes mother tongue should be the medium of instruction in the primary school level. In this context, will Kosli language be the medium of instruction in the western Odisha?

-First he says, he is not against English and then he says he is opposed to the learning of English language from the first standard. Here, Dr Patnaik is talking like oxymoron. He is self contradicting.

In my view, the kids should practice English, Hindi and mother tongue from the first standard itself. Some Shishu Mandir kids are doing that. So that, later they will not pronounce Kyat for Cat, Ryat for Rat, Fiyat for Fat etc etc. Learning a language is much easier in the childhood.  Why should kids wait until 6th standard to learn Hindi and English? Just because Dr Patnaik learned English from 6th standard that does not mean all the kids will follow him. This is typical language fundamentalist thinking. In the past decades many things have changed. Therefore, it is not a good idea to impose the age-old thinking on Face book kids.

May 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

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