I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Even as the State Government is mulling extension of ban on entry
of foreign tourists from six tribal districts to all Maoist-affected districts
to ward off any possibility of further abductions following the abduction of
two Italian tourists on March 14, reports of as many as five German nationals
staying in Turla, a Maoist-hit area in Khaprakhol block of Balangir district,
have been received, much to the surprise of many.
According to sources, five Germans, Mike, Amke, Sabine, Trina and
Kristine, have visited the area many times in the last three years and have
been staying at Turla village in Patnagarh subdivision for the past 20 days.
While Mike and Amke are teachers, the other three are students. They go to a