Archive for September, 2013
Member of Parliament from Balangir Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo released the Book of Matthew (The Bible) in Kosali language here. Now, people can read and understand the book in Kosali language, he observed.
Translator of the book Rev Promod Kumar Tandy coordinated the book release function. Bishop of Chhattisgarh Diocese Rt Rev Purnasagar Nag, Rev Dr PremrajNag of the Bible Society of India Bangalore and Director of Good News Centre, New Delhi PS Daniel Kumar also spoke on this occasion. The Bible has already been translated into tribal Kui and Santali languages.
The only hostel of Government Women’s College in Balangir is facing acute infrastructure problems while repeated requests to the authorities concerned for remedial measures have failed to evoke any response.
The hostel that was started in 1978 with 100 seats, now has 280 inmates. With only 35 rooms, eight students share one room while more than 300 students of the college are living in rented houses.
The college has a total of 1,280 students from Balangir, Nuapara and Kalahandi districts. Around 500 girl students apply for hostel seats every year but the authorities have to reject 300 applications as they do not have the required facilities.
The hostel does not even have adequate number of toilets. The inmates have to wait in long queues as the two toilets are defunct and more than five pipelines are choked.
Besides, electric wires have become weak. It is leading to short-circuit resulting in power-cuts frequently. A new hostel for SC and ST students has been under construction for last several years but does not seem to reach completion stage soon.
Hostel superintendent Ratni Hansda said the college has apprised the officials concerned through letters about the condition of the hostel and requested its repair and construction of a new building many times but in vain.
Nirmala Sahu, a boarder of the hostel and a student of Plus Three, said, “I am lucky that I got a seat in the hostel. Many of my classmates and juniors are staying outside in rented houses.” A new building consisting of at least 300 beds is the need of the hour, she added.
Sanjaya Panigrahi, the principal of the college said, “Eight students are staying in one room in a compelling situation. We have no other option. A new hostel is needed for us.”
■ With only 35 rooms, eight students share one room while more than 300 students live outside in rented houses
■ Students have to wait in long queues as the two toilets are defunct and more than five pipelines are choked
■ The boarders face frequent power-cut as electric wires have become weak
■ A new hostel for SC and ST students has been under construction for last many years but does not seem to reach completion stage soon
BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Saturday recommended the Centre that permanent benches of the Orissa high court be set up in western and southern parts of the state, sources said.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to Union law minister Kapil Sibal, justified establishment of HC benches in places other than its principal seat in Cuttack provided all legal parameters were met. “The justifications are in tune with the Justice Jaswant Singh committee recommendations,” another source added. In 1986, the commission gave its report on setting up HC benches and laid down broad principles and criteria for it.
In his letter, Naveen said the state government would provide infrastructure and other support for the proposed benches. It came on a day the HC bar association opposed the proposed benches.
The state government’s letter came amid widespread protests in different regions of the state, pressing for HC benches. Lawyers of western Odisha, under the Central Action Committee banner, have been agitating for over two months seeking establishment of a bench in their Lawyers of southern and other parts of the state are also batting for HC benches in their regions.
The spontaneous bandh on August 26 in Western Odisha districts over the demand of a separate Koshala state seems to suggest that the tide is turning away from the BJD. Several senior leaders from the area maintained that the Koshala state demand does not have many followers in the area, but the successful bandh gave a hint on the public anger against the ruling party for ignoring the demand of the Western districts always, including a permanent bench of the High Court.
BHUBANESWAR: The 12-hour bandh call given by various outfits, demanding a separate Koshal state, paralyzed normal life in western Odisha on Monday, even as lawyers in the region continued with their agitation pressing for high court benches.
While road transport came to a grinding halt in most parts, train services were partly affected. Majority of the educational institutions, government offices and commercial establishments remained closed for the day in 10 districts. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state, police said.
“It was a complete and spontaneous bandh as most social outfits, citizen bodies, caste societies and students in the region extended their support to the bandh,” Kosal State Coordination Committee leader Pramod Mishra told TOI.
Activists were seen picketing in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Deogarh, Sonepur, Boudh and Balangir districts. Markets, banks and other government offices remained closed while several heavy vehicles were stranded on highways passing through the region.
The Sambalpur-Puri Intercity was stalled at Sambalpur Road station for about two hours as activists blocked the railway tracks. Trains passing in the region got delayed by two to four hours, sources said. In Bargarh, activists blocked the road by burning tyres.
The bandh evoked mixed response in Rourkela. While Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) functioned as usual, movement of private vehicles in the city was normal. However, educational institutions and markets largely remained closed.
In Bhawanipatna, buses remained off the road as the Kalahandi Bus Association supported the bandh. However, government schools and banks remained open. Market and business establishments downed shutters in most parts of Kalahandi.
Meanwhile, advocates continued their stir seeking HC benches in their respective areas. In a meeting convened by Sambalpur Bar Association (SBA), all political parties resolved to boycott the urban election if the State Election Commission starts the nomination process again during the indefinite agitation period. “The political parties have resolved not to field candidates during the agitation period even if the election commission re-notify dates for the civic poll,” SBA secretary S S Sahu said.
(With inputs from Sambalpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda)