Archive for May, 2012

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

Memorandum for the Up-gradation of VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla to an AIIMS Level Institution


Dr. Manmohan Singh, honorable Prime Minister of India


Smt. Partibha Patil, honorable President of India

Smt. Sonia Gandhi, honorable UPA chairperson

Smt. Sushma Swaraj, honorable leader of the opposition

Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India

Shri. Naveen Patnaik, honorable Chief Minister of Odisha

Shri Prasanna Acharya, honorable Minister of Health, Odisha

Honorable Members of Parliament from Odisha

Honorable Secretary of Health and Family Welfare

Honorable Director of PMSSY

Honorable Media personnel

Dear honorable Prime Minister Dr. Singh,

To revamp the healthcare system in India, the central government is upgrading the existing state government medical colleges to AIIMS level institutions under PMSSY. This is a positive step.

Established in 1959, the VSS medical college and hospital, Burla offers undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, surgery, pharmacy and nursing.[1] People of western Odisha (viz. Sambalpur, Balangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Nuapada districts and Athamallik subdivision) along with several districts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand states are heavily dependent on VSS medical college and hospital at Burla for tertiary health care. [1] However, the available medical facilities and existing infrastructure in this state government medical college is inadequate to handle the needs of this populous.

The health facility in western Odisha is one of the worst in the nation. Not only there is a serious shortage of health professionals but also the infrastructures in hospitals of this region are insufficient and under equipped. Hundreds of lives are lost every year in Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput (KBK) and western Odisha from common disease like diarrhea and poor health facilities. The dignitaries of both ruling party and opposition parties (including Shri Rahul Gandhi and Shri LK Advani) are well aware of this as they have visited KBK and western Odisha several times in the recent past. Despite their promises there is no improvement in the existing health care facilities in western Odisha.

It is reported that Bihar has succeeded to get two of its medical colleges selected to be upgraded in addition to the new AIIMS in Patna. Furthermore, there are reports that various state goverment medical colleges in the country will be upgraded to AIIMS level. [2] Along this line, earlier we have requested both the Odisha and central government to upgrade the VSS medical college, Burla to an AIIMS level institution.

Keeping this in mind, during a recent visit the health minister of Odisha Shri Prasanna Acharya has requested Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, to upgrade the VSS medical college, Burla to AIIMs level. We strongly support the demand of Shri Acharya and the Odisha govt. Upgradation of VSS medical college and hospital, Burla to an AIIMS level institituion under PMSSY will create better medical facilities for the people of western Odisha, Chatisgarh and Jharkhand. Furthermore, it will boost the higher education in this most backward region of India.

Therefore, we request you to kindly initiate necessary process for the up-gradation of VSS medical college and hospital, Burla to an AIIMS level institution under PMSSY.

Thank you and best regards,

 Members of the Kosal Discussion and Development Forum and people of western Odisha


1. VSS Medical College:

2. Medical colleges to be upgraded:

3. Odisha health minister demands up-gradation of existing medical colleges to AIIMS level:

Click here to download the complete memorandum.

May 12, 2012 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

What is the truth about “Gondmaru”?

Following is an oped from the Sambad:

May 12, 2012 at 4:19 am Leave a comment

Update on upcoming supercritical thermal power plant at Pitamahul, Sonepur district

The Sambad:

Business standard:

KU Projects Pvt Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Ind Barath Power Infra Pvt Ltd (IBPIL) intends to set up a 1320 (2×660) super critical thermal power plant at Pitamahul in Sonepur district at a total investment of Rs 7260 crore. The MoU was signed by K Raghu, chairman of IBPIL.


KU Projects Private Limited (KPPL), a subsidiary of Hyderabad based Ind-Bharath Power Infra Pvt Ltd (IBPIL), will set up 1,320 MW (2X660MW) coal fired supercritical thermal power project at Pitamahul in Sonepur district with an investment of Rs 7,260 crore.

 The company requires 820 acres of land and the water requirement of the plant will be met from the Mahanadi river system, company sources said.

 If everything goes as per the plan, the company is confident of commissioning the first unit in 30 months. The construction work is likely to be taken up in the first quarter of the current year.

The Hindu:

Ujwal Kotagiri (left), Director of KU Projects Private Limited and P. K. Jena, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Energy, Government of Orissa exchange documents in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday after signing MOU to set up 1,320MW coal fired supercritical thermal power project at Pitamahul in Sonepur district. — Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Location of Pitamahul:

May 11, 2012 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

Jharsuguda-Brajrajnagar-Belpahar area: the industrial belt of western Odisha

Jharsuguda-Brajrajnagar-Belpahar belt is emerging as an industrial hub of India: Real estate price in Jharsuguda is comparable to Indian metros. The main concern of this area is pollution. The environmental and pollution control board must work on this issue.

Following is a Google image:

May 11, 2012 at 5:53 am Leave a comment

Jharsuguda live: An exclusive website of Jharsuguda district

Web address:

Following is a screen shot of the webpage:

May 11, 2012 at 4:04 am Leave a comment

Team Jogabyasa departed for Kathmandu

Following report is from the Sambad:

May 10, 2012 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

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