Monday, August 29, 2011

Sariaan paddy sells at Rs 10 a tiny bundle! August 29, 2011 10:57:25 PM

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Sariaan paddy sells at Rs 10 a tiny bundle!
August 29, 2011 10:57:25 PM

SUDHIR MISHRA | Balangir

With western Odisha’s major festival Nuankhai or Nabanna barely four days away, the Sariaan paddy has started arriving at the market but is selling at a high price.

During the festival, the newly-harvested paddy is first offered to the local deity as a mark of gratitude and then consumed by people. And Sariaan paddy is offered to the deity in the beginning.

A small bundle of hardly 10 Sariaan paddy plants was selling at Rs 10 or Rs 12 in Balangir on the footpath in front of the district Collectorate on Monday.

A woman seller said, “I have brought it (Sariaan paddy) from a farmer of Tangrupadar in Ramchandrapur Panchyat in Deogaon block, 40 km away from here, and I am selling it at 10 rupees per bundle. The paddy has not reached its properly ripened and it will remain intact for next five days,” she clarified the doubt of a person purchasing the paddy.

However, listening to the conversation of the women selling Sariaan paddy at Rs 10 and the customer, an angry villager remarked, “In our village, we give it free. Whoever goes to our field, we give a few Sariaan plants. You urbanites are purchasing it at such high price! However, he simply overlooked to the stark reality that in majority parts of the district and State drought has affected paddy cultivation process, including that of Sariaan paddy.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Declare special package for Balangir farmers: MP August 28, 2011 10:10:34 PM

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Declare special package for Balangir farmers: MP
August 28, 2011 10:10:34 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Member of Parliament from Balangir Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has demanded a special package for farmers of Balangir and Subanrnapur districts who have been hit by scanty rainfall and the consequent drought situation.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Singh Deo stated that inadequate rainfall in Balangir since the beginning of the kharif season this year has badly affected the agriculture operations. While the monsoon rainfall was deficit by 50 per cent in June and it was too low, erratic and irregular in July, he has pointed out in the letter.

The ideal time for planting seedling raised in the nursery bed is 21 days. However, as the paddy plants/seedlings in the nursery bed have become 40 to 45 days old, even if they are planted the yield would be extremely low. Moreover, due to lack of rainfall, there would be shortage of water, Singh Deo has pointed out further.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Youth dies during anti-graft dharna August 25, 2011 11:08:30 PM

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Youth dies during anti-graft dharna
August 25, 2011 11:08:30 PM

PNS | Balangir

Social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption and for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill has cast a strong spell on the people of India. This has provoked rallies, dharnas and fasts all over the country. However, reportedly, one such dharna has claimed life of an activist Arun Dash (35) of Kamira village near Junhapank in Boudh district on Wednesday.

According to reports, Das, who is a member of Patanajali Yoga Samiti, Boudh, affiliated to Baba Ramdev Patanjali Yoga Sansthan, had been instrumental in popularising yoga in rural areas of Boudh district after having undergone training in Haridwar. Das had participated in a rally against corruption in Boudh, where he along with his supporters had also sat on a dharna since Monday last.

However, according to reports, after the second day of the dharna, he fell sick and was rushed to the Boudh hospital. But as his condition worsened, he was shifted to the VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla.

Despite all efforts by the doctors to save his life, he died in the hospital on Wednesday morning. His demise shocked Baba Ramdev, who immediately announced the news to the people in the rally at the Ramlila Maidan in NewDelhi. The incident was broadcasted in a TV channel too. This is the first ever report of death of a person during a dharna in support of Anna Hazare.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Balangir holds 12-hr bandh in Anna's support August 23, 2011 11:40:15 PM

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Balangir holds 12-hr bandh in Anna's support
August 23, 2011 11:40:15 PM

PNS | Balangir
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After the rally by Citizens’ Committee members here on Monday, a 12-hour bandh was held and a rally was organised by the Chambers of Commerce here in support of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement on Tuesday. Responding to the call by the Balangir District Chamber of Commerce, shopkeepers downed their shutters. However, the other services were kept out of the purview of the bandh.

A procession of businessmen and others, led by the chamber’s president Pramod Mishra moved through the town giving slogans in support of Anna Hazare and demanding that the Jan LokpaL Bill be passed in Parliament.

Later, activists of the Netaji Sangrami Parishad led by its president Laxminarayn Pattnaik staged a demonstration before the district Collectorate, singing kirtan. “We have never seen Gandhi, who made our country free. When Anna Hazare gave the call to make India corruption-free, we decided to support him. He is another person like Gandhi. We are paying our respect and regards to him, and we support his crusade and the Jan Lokpal Bill,” Pattnaik said.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Revive public sector drug producing units: OSRU August 18, 2011 12:54:50 AM

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Revive public sector drug producing units: OSRU
August 18, 2011 12:54:50 AM
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PNS | Balangir

Responding to a call given by the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Association of India (FMRAI), members of the Odisha Sales Representative Union (OSRU) Balangir unit on Wednesday staged a dharna before the district Collectorate here protesting takeover of country’s public sector drug units by multinational companies and demanding revival of these units and other issues.

“We are staging the dharna mainly to protest the takeover of Indian companies by multinational company. We demand revival of public sector drug units, including vaccine producing units,” said ORSU Balangir unit president Surula Matari.

“We demand publication of 356 essential drugs’ list and their easy availability. We oppose the banning of well-established products of Indian companies without substantial grounds and protection of jobs of workers,” he said, adding that there must be an end to unethical trade and marketing practices by drug companies and effective steps must be taken against fake drugs dealers.Besides, the medical representatives also submitted a15-point charter of demands relating to their service conditions to the Union and State Governments and drug companies through the district administration.
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Campaign in Anna's support continues in Balangir
August 17, 2011 10:49:45 PM

PNS | BALANGIR

For the second day on Wednesday, people from different sections of society staged protest here against the Union Government's format of Lokpal Bill introduced in the Parliament and demanded introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by Anna Hazare and his group comprising eminent personalities known for their anti-graft fight.

While members of the Balangir District Bar Association boycotted court, members of Bhumkia, a cultural organisation carried out a signature campaign against the Government's Lokpal Bill and in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. And leading dignitaries of the town, members of citizens' committees staged a dharna before the Collector's office supporting Anna Hazare's stand.

In the evening the civil society group is also schedule to take out a candle light procession supporting Anna's movement.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Protesting Sindhol: Parallel I-Day held in Sonepur August 16, 2011 11:42:06 PM

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Protesting Sindhol: Parallel I-Day held in Sonepur
August 16, 2011 11:42:06 PM

PNS | BALANGIR

As a mark of protest against the Government decision to construct three power projects downstream Mahandi, Sindhol-I, Sindhol-II and Sindhol-III, people of western Odiaha vented their anger by observing parallel Independence Day in different parts of the district.

In Sonepur, Lokmata Panigrahi of Kutranga village unfurled the National flag in a parallel Independence Day function organised by the Sindhol Prakalpa Birodhi organisation and narrated the woes of displacement. According to reports, similar parallel functions were also held at Birmaharjpur and Binika.

However in the official function, Minister Badri Narayan Patra unfurled the national flag in Sonepur which was practically boycotted by the people. The activists of Koshal Kranti Dal submitted a memorandum to southern division Revenue Divisional Commissioner LN Nayak in Boudh demanding scrapping of the proposed Sindhol power project, said All Kosal Students Union general secretary Dolamani Pradhan. In Balangir, Collector SN Dey unfurled the National flag and called upon the people to make India number one in the world. Although the Independence Day passed off peacefully, yet it was over shadowed by the incident of killing of BJD block president of Khaprakhol Kishore Panda on the previous evening possibly by Maoists at his village Sanatelenpali.
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Balangir Citizens' Committee protests against Lokpal Bill August 16, 2011 10:49:04 PM

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Balangir Citizens' Committee protests against Lokpal Bill
August 16, 2011 10:49:04 PM
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PNS | BALANGIR

Members of the Balangir Citizens’ Committee led by its president Laxmikanta Mohapatra and secretary Bhavani Shankar Satpathy on Tuesday staged a demonstration before the Collector’s office opposing the Lokpal Bill introduced by the Government in the Parliament.

The Lokpal Bill introduced by the Government was structurally weak and would not benefit the common man, the agitators alleged. The Bill which is currently before the standing committee should be revoked, redrafted and then re-introduced in the Parliament, they demanded.

The agitators said the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by the Anna Hazare team should be accepted and introduced in the Parliament.

The Citizens’ Committee members submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the district administration.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

2 teachers, cook held in tribal student rape case in Balangir August 14, 2011 10:26:01 PM

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2 teachers, cook held in tribal student rape case in Balangir
August 14, 2011 10:26:01 PM

PNS | Balangir

Three persons including two teachers Saroj Kumar Rout, Sandeep Bhoi and a cook Sindhu of Ramchandrapur Kanyashram School at Ramchandrapur in Degaon block in the district were arrested by Tusura police, for allegedly raping a Class -IX tribal student Udiaan (not real name) of that school on July 22.

According to sources, on July 22 the two teachers called her through the female cook, around 10 pm and the teachers’ duo allegedly raped her behind the toilet of the school. When she narrated her plight it was ignored. Shocked over this development and incident she kept on crying and kept herself confined to her room for around seven days resulting in fever.

As she was a native of Gerdda village of Patnagarh block she was brought to Patnagarh hospital and admitted there on August 1 and his father was informed. However, she was discharged from there the next day.

As her father was poor, he took her home .After her mother, a migrant labour returned home, she narrated her plight to her and she in turn lodged an FIR with the police.

Meanwhile, the members of Balangir Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangh led by Niranjan Bisi and Baajkishore Singh Bhoi followed the matter and helped her in filing of FIR in Tusura police station on Sunday. “All the three accused in this case, have been arrested,” informed district Superintendent of Police Abinash Kumar.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Farmers worried as drought hits Sariaan paddy August 13, 2011 10:49:02 PM

Farmers worried as drought hits Sariaan paddy
August 13, 2011 10:49:02 PM

SUDHIR MISHRA | Balangir

Irregular and scanty monsoon rainfall this year has badly affected paddy sowing and subsequent agricultural operations in Balangir district. The drought situation has affected Sariaan variety of paddy, which is offered to the deity first and then consumed during the most popular Nuankhai festival in western Odisha.

The newly sprouted paddy is first offered to the local deities as a mark of gratitude and then consumed by the people during the festival. In the entire western Odisha, people, cutting across caste, class and creed, observe the Nabarnna or Nuankhai for days together. However, with the Sariaan paddy variety having been worst hit due to the drought, the locals are worried as to how to observe the festival as per the tradition. This year the festival falls on September 2.

The Sariaan paddy is a 90-day duration crop, grown mainly in the upland. According to reports, all early varieties of paddy, including the Sarrian, were targeted to be taken up in 6,000 hectares of land. The Sarian variety was taken up in 600 hectares in the district alone. The Sariaan variety cultivated in the early June has grown well. But the paddy cultivated later has been hit by the drought.

The Sariaan variety would require another 20 to 30 days to reach its fruit stage, informed DDA, Agriculture Department, Manoranjan Mallick, who added that the advent of cash crop has spelled doom for the cultivation of this variety paddy.

A few decades ago, Sariaan variety paddy was cultivated by a large number of poor and vulnerable people in their Attland. As it was ready by the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrab, it used to meet the food stress period of the poor people.

However, the change in food habits and easy availability of rice through the PDS has further reduced the area under Sariaan paddy cultivation. But the advent of cash crops like cotton and maize in the district has led to the decline in the area under the Sariaan paddy cultivation in the district as the farmers are more interested for the former crops.

Farmer’s are now more interested to cultivate cotton and maize in their upland or ATT land. This year cotton cultivation has been taken up in large patch of ATT land of the district, said Bhajaram Sahu, a farmer. He attributed it to th declining of land area under Sariaan paddy variety.
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State's first solar energy plant comes up in Balangir August 12, 2011 10:24:35 PM


Dear all
I enclose the news on Solar power plant for your perusal. one sentence
indicatethat the power is being sold at 8.52paise.Actually it is
18.52paise per unit.The typological error is regretted
yours
SudhirMishra

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State's first solar energy plant comes up in Balangir
August 12, 2011 10:24:35 PM
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SUDHIR MISHRA | Balangir

Sunny and sweltering days have proved be a boon for people of the
drought-prone Balangir district as they are now being harnessed to
generate clean and green solar energy as a substitute of electricity
through the use of solar photovoltaic panel.

The district solar energy producing installations have drawn the
distinction by producing the solar energy for the first time and
selling it to GRIDCO since July 14 last.

Set up by Hyderabad-based Raajratna Energy Holdings Private Limited
(REHPL), a company engaged in the development of renewable energy
projects, at Sadeipali, five km from here, the solar power plant which
is third in India and first in Odisha, has been generating 1MW power
from sun rays.

It has been implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar
Mission (JNNSM) of Rooftop Photo Voltaic and Small Solar Power
Generation Programme (RPSSGP) Scheme of the Union Ministry of New and
Renewable Energy (MNRE). The project was executed by AIC Projects GmbH,
Germany and KSK Surya-Hyderabad, informed an official.

The land acquisition for this project started in January and
construction started in February and was completed in July. The plant
is spread over seven acres of land. A total of 10,000 solar panel power
modules have been installed and the solar panel has been imported from
China, informed project coordinator Manas Ranjan Swain.

A total of Rs.16 crore has been invested under the JNNSM, which was
financed by Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi. The plant is
generating 1MW power daily and we are selling it to GRIDCO at Rs.8.52
per unit. As the sun rays fall on the solar panel, it starts generating
power. There is an inverter which after getting 4 kilowatt energy
becomes functional and the inverter converts the DC currents to AC,
explained Ganesh, the plant- in- charge. Even in rainy days, a total of
30 to 40 per cent energy is produced, he said further.

While the generation of power during the cloudy and rainy days is less,
in the sunny days it is high. There is abundant sunray in the district
and it should be harnessed. While the whole world is worried about the
pollution, clean and renewable energy should be harnessed extensively
for the benefits of mankind, he explained further.

A total of eight such units would be set up in Odisha. We are supplying
the power during day time and meeting the requirement of Chandabhati
and Sadeiepali area, informed Swain. Besides, we are also planning to
expand it by setting a five megawatt plant there.

Moreover, NTPC is also going to set up 30MW power plant here too, he
said. REHPL has expressed its gratitude to Rural Electrification
Corporation Limited (REC) for its timely funding of the project.

The major constraint is heavy investment and absence of power purchase
agreement, Swain said. “It is satisfying to note that the first ever
power plant of Odisha to generate electricity from sunrays has become
functional at Sadeipali in Balangir, he maintained.

While the demand for energy is growing rapidly and the whole world is
worried over increasing pollution, time has come to harness non-
conventional source of energy like solar and wind, which are clean and
green. With abundant sunray in the district, it should be harnessed
extensively. Besides meeting the energy requirement of people, this
project gives a boost to other ancillary industries and creates
livelihood opportunities for the people,” said Balangir MP Kalikesh
Narayan Singhdeo.
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SudhirMishra
Journalist
The Pioneer
Balangir(Odisha)
94374-30812


State's first solar energy plant comes up in Balangir August 12, 2011 10:24:35 PM

State's first solar energy plant comes up in Balangir
August 12, 2011 10:24:35 PM
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SUDHIR MISHRA | Balangir

Sunny and sweltering days have proved be a boon for people of the drought-prone Balangir district as they are now being harnessed to generate clean and green solar energy as a substitute of electricity through the use of solar photovoltaic panel.

The district solar energy producing installations have drawn the distinction by producing the solar energy for the first time and selling it to GRIDCO since July 14 last.

Set up by Hyderabad-based Raajratna Energy Holdings Private Limited (REHPL), a company engaged in the development of renewable energy projects, at Sadeipali, five km from here, the solar power plant which is third in India and first in Odisha, has been generating 1MW power from sun rays.

It has been implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) of Rooftop Photo Voltaic and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) Scheme of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The project was executed by AIC Projects GmbH, Germany and KSK Surya-Hyderabad, informed an official.

The land acquisition for this project started in January and construction started in February and was completed in July. The plant is spread over seven acres of land. A total of 10,000 solar panel power modules have been installed and the solar panel has been imported from China, informed project coordinator Manas Ranjan Swain.

A total of Rs.16 crore has been invested under the JNNSM, which was financed by Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi. The plant is generating 1MW power daily and we are selling it to GRIDCO at Rs.8.52 per unit. As the sun rays fall on the solar panel, it starts generating power. There is an inverter which after getting 4 kilowatt energy becomes functional and the inverter converts the DC currents to AC, explained Ganesh, the plant- in- charge. Even in rainy days, a total of 30 to 40 per cent energy is produced, he said further.

While the generation of power during the cloudy and rainy days is less, in the sunny days it is high. There is abundant sunray in the district and it should be harnessed. While the whole world is worried about the pollution, clean and renewable energy should be harnessed extensively for the benefits of mankind, he explained further.

A total of eight such units would be set up in Odisha. We are supplying the power during day time and meeting the requirement of Chandabhati and Sadeiepali area, informed Swain. Besides, we are also planning to expand it by setting a five megawatt plant there.

Moreover, NTPC is also going to set up 30MW power plant here too, he said. REHPL has expressed its gratitude to Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) for its timely funding of the project.

The major constraint is heavy investment and absence of power purchase agreement, Swain said. “It is satisfying to note that the first ever power plant of Odisha to generate electricity from sunrays has become functional at Sadeipali in Balangir, he maintained.

While the demand for energy is growing rapidly and the whole world is worried over increasing pollution, time has come to harness non-conventional source of energy like solar and wind, which are clean and green. With abundant sunray in the district, it should be harnessed extensively. Besides meeting the energy requirement of people, this project gives a boost to other ancillary industries and creates livelihood opportunities for the people,” said Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cong demands Balangir declared as drought-hit August 09, 2011 10:07:04 PM

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Cong demands Balangir declared as drought-hit
August 09, 2011 10:07:04 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Demanding that Balangir district be declared drought-affected and a CBI inquiry be ordered into the mining, dal and other scams and the Naveen Patnaik Government be dismissed, the Congress activists took out a procession and held a demonstration before the district Collectorate here on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, president of the District Congress Committee Bhagaban Bagarti criticised the State Government for its apathetic attitude towards the problems of the district.

He demanded that the entire district be declared as drought-hit.

The Congress activist submitted a 13-point charter of demands to the State's Governor through the district administration.

Besides a CBI inquiry into the various scams and dismissal of the Naveen Patnaik Government, the demands included immediate construction of the Lower Suktel irrigation project, establishment of the proposed medical college at Balangir, streamlining of the public distribution system, an inquiry into the irregularities in the IAP and action against the concerned officers, inclusion of Balangir sub-division in the weather-based crop insurance scheme and construction of bypass roads in Balangir, Patnagarh and Kantabanji towns for smooth traffic movement.
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Balangir forum seeks implementation of food rights schemes August 09, 2011 10:07:58 PM

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Balangir forum seeks implementation of food rights schemes
August 09, 2011 10:07:58 PM
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PNS | Balangir

The Patnagarh block-level Food Security Federation has expressed concern over the drought situation in Balangir district and demanded proper implementation of food rights schemes.

At its meeting held at Patnagarh on Monday, the block-level forum expressed its apprehension of exclusion of poor and vulnerable people in the BPL-2011 survey process.

The BPL-2011 survey methodology is faulty and likely to exclude around 16 per cent of poor and vulnerable people of Odisha, pointed out Tirtha Sahu of the forum.

Even as the Forest Right Act has come to existence since 2006, not a single community claim of community forest has been given in Balangir.

A total of 688 individual claims over forest and 119 community claims have been submitted to district administration till July 2011, but not a single case has been taken up for the joint verification process, rued Regional Manager of RCDC Amar Kumar Gouda.

Even though 43 community claims over forest have been submitted by the Zilla Jangal Manch with the administration, not a single one has been taken up for joint verification, said Tikendra Jaal of the Balangir district forestry forum.

The meeting express concern over this year's drought conditions and demanded proper implementation of the food securities schemes so that poor and vulnerable people get the desired benefits.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Balangir private hospital sealed after raid August 08, 2011 11:13:27 PM

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Balangir private hospital sealed after raid
August 08, 2011 11:13:27 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Acting on a tip-off, under the direction of Balangir SP Awinashks Kumar, a team of officials comprising representatives of CDMO Dr Vikrant Kumar, Executive Magistrate BC Pattnaik, Special Squad led by Inspector Ranjan Pattanik and Town police station Inspector-in-Charge Bimalendu Satpathy, raided the Harihar Hospital, located near the District Headquarters Hospital here on Sunday.

According to sources, during the raid the owner of the hospital could not show valid documents in support of hospital and other required documents. As the owner could not show the required legal papers, the team decided to seal the hospital. All the indoor patients were discharged and those were in critical conditions were admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital.

Official sources said the Harihar Hospital, which had first started as a nursing home, should have displayed the registration certificate of the hospital at its entrance. Moreover, the hospital is supposed to have the required number of qualified nurses. While the raid was going on, the doctor, Narendra Sahu, who was running all affairs of the hospital, left the place unnoticed.

It has been noticed that the hospital does not have adequate number of trained and qualified nurses to run it, said CDMO Dr Kindo, when contacted. “We are waiting for the report of technical team. Once we get the report, the legal process will be initiated,” informed Town PS IIC Satpathy.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

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Skill Development Centre opened in Balangir
August 07, 2011 11:14:49 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo on Sunday formally inaugurated a Multi Skill Development Centre (MSDC) at Larkipali.

The MSDC is expected to go a long way in providing further livelihood opportunities to youth and other sections of people of Balangir district, which is part of the KBK region. It is aimed at providing free training to educated unemployed youth, and after successful completion of the training they would be assured of jobs, said Singh Deo.

A total of 1,723 rural BPL youth have been identified all over the district to undergo the training. Presently, training is being given on two trades - sewing machine operator and hospitality. After completion of the training, they are assured of a placement, informed Zonal Manager, ORMAS, Sambalpur, Kamlendu Pal.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jumbo tramples calf to death in Subarnapur August 06, 2011 9:38:13 PM

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Jumbo tramples calf to death in Subarnapur
August 06, 2011 9:38:13 PM
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PNS | Balangir

A baby male elephant aged one and a half years was found dead in the agriculture field of a farmer of village Dabalang in Subarnapur district, 70 km from here, on Friday.

According to sources, when three elephants were coming towards the village, the calf slipped from an elevated side of the land. The other elephants tried to make the baby stand and walk again.

However, as the calf could not stand and resume walk, the male elephant of the herd in a fit of rage trampled it, said a Forest Department official. “We noticed injury marks in the calf’s head and other parts of its body,” he said.

The sources said 30 elephants were recently found in the Barpahad reserve forest in Subarnapur district. With the calf’s death, the number has come down to 29.

The moot question, however, is how an unusual incident of a baby elephant becoming too weak to walk occurred, knowledgeable circles wondered.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farmers demand Balangir as drought-hit district August 03, 2011 11:01:42 PM

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Farmers demand Balangir as drought-hit district
August 03, 2011 11:01:42 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Several farmers, led by president of Balangir district Krushak Mahasangh Sudhir Parischha, on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate demanding that Balangir district be declared as drought-hit.

The farmers submitted a 12-point charter of demands to the State’s Governor through the district administration. The demands include extension of Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) to all the 14 blocks of the district instead of the present eight blocks, supply of free seed and fertiliser to farmers for cultivation of Mung and Biri (black gram), action against the commercial banks harassing farmers for crop insurance, immediate payment of crop damage compensation and opening of tehsil office in each block.

The farmers also demanded payment of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the family of a farmer who died while cultivating land.
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Farmers demand Balangir as drought-hit district
August 03, 2011 11:01:42 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Several farmers, led by president of Balangir district Krushak Mahasangh Sudhir Parischha, on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate demanding that Balangir district be declared as drought-hit.

The farmers submitted a 12-point charter of demands to the State’s Governor through the district administration. The demands include extension of Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) to all the 14 blocks of the district instead of the present eight blocks, supply of free seed and fertiliser to farmers for cultivation of Mung and Biri (black gram), action against the commercial banks harassing farmers for crop insurance, immediate payment of crop damage compensation and opening of tehsil office in each block.

The farmers also demanded payment of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the family of a farmer who died while cultivating land.

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Farmers demand Balangir as drought-hit district August 03, 2011 11:01:42 PM


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Farmers demand Balangir as drought-hit district
August 03, 2011 11:01:42 PM
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PNS | Balangir

Several farmers, led by president of Balangir district Krushak Mahasangh Sudhir Parischha, on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate demanding that Balangir district be declared as drought-hit.

The farmers submitted a 12-point charter of demands to the State’s Governor through the district administration. The demands include extension of Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) to all the 14 blocks of the district instead of the present eight blocks, supply of free seed and fertiliser to farmers for cultivation of Mung and Biri (black gram), action against the commercial banks harassing farmers for crop insurance, immediate payment of crop damage compensation and opening of tehsil office in each block.

The farmers also demanded payment of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the family of a farmer who died while cultivating land.

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