Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nature's beauty;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


The beautiful landscape and mountain;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Mountain and its reflections on water;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Mountain clouds and trees;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir.


B’NGIR VILLAGERS OPPOSE GAS BOTTLING PLANT Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

B’NGIR VILLAGERS OPPOSE GAS BOTTLING PLANT
Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Villagers of Barkani in Balangir district have opposed the proposed setting up of a gas bottling plant in their locality as one of the roads constructed by the bottling plant agency runs through a minor irrigation project, which provides irrigation to 100 acres of land of the village.
“The Banjhimunda Minor Irrigation Project (MIP) provides water for our paddy fields; and the road constructed inside the project would affect our agriculture. Hence, we are opposing it,” said Satya Sundar Bhanj, a local Journalist.
The villagers submitted a petition to district Collector Ashis Thakre on Thursday requesting him to look into the issue and shift the location of the plant. 


FIRE DAMAGES NRHM OFFICE Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FIRE DAMAGES NRHM OFFICE
Saturday, 16 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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In an unexpected development, fire broke out in the NRHM office located in the District Headquarter Hospital premises here on Friday morning damaging an AC, a computer and files totally.
The main hospital is located at a distance within the premises.
According to sources, the fire broke out at around 9.30 am when the office was closed. Fire Service personnel rushed to the site and doused the blaze. Short circuit in AC was believed to be the cause of the fire.

The hospital authorities have not complied with the fire safety guidelines and instructions issued by fire office, said District Fire Officer Abani Kumar Swain to this correspondent over phone when contacted. 
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MP CONCERNED OVER B’NGIR DROUGHT Friday, 15 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

MP CONCERNED OVER B’NGIR DROUGHT
Friday, 15 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Member of Parliament from Balangir Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has expressed concern over the crop situation in the district arising out of the drought conditions this year.
The district had also experienced drought in previous years, but this year the crop situation is likely to surpass even the worst years of  drought of past, said Singh Deo speaking to The Pioneer on Thursday.

“I visited drought-affected areas of Bongomonda, Saintala and Titilagarh blocks a few days ago and reviewed the crop situation with officials there. I stressed the need for repair of defunct tube-wells and making arrangements for farmers to take up Rabi crops wherever possible,” said Singh Deo. “Besides this, I also stressed on the need of early completion of paddy crop loss on the basis of eye estimation to get a preliminary assessment of the crop scenario in the district,” he added.

Monday, September 11, 2017

PADDY CROP SURVIVES ONLY IN 10 OF 405 ACRES IN B’NGIR VILLAGE Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

PADDY CROP SURVIVES ONLY IN 10 OF 405 ACRES IN B’NGIR VILLAGE
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Bangabahl village, located 40 km from here in Agalpur block, has a canal system but still the farmers here are suffering for failing to get irrigation.
The beautiful surrounding and water canals criss-crossing the village notwithstanding, one gets disheartened to see most of the land in the village lying fallow. A vast stretch near a mountain is weeds infested as either people have not taken up cultivation or the paddy plants have failed to survive-- all due to lack of water.“Our village which gets water from Ang water irrigation project is located in the tail end of it. This year we did not get water in the canal in time and our paddy crop was badly affected,” says a villager.
Out of 405 acre, paddy crop has survived in barely 10 acre, rues another.
A lot of water supplied to our paddy fields though canal is lost in seepages. The canal bringing water should be cleaned before July and need to be properly maintained. Besides, water should be released timely. But no such step was taken by the authorities. Our villagers have highlighted this problem but the officials have turned a deaf ear, says Ananda Pradhan, a village youth.
Our village faced drought situation in 2012 and we got very poor amount of compensation, laments a villager.
Bangabahl village although is an irrigated village, yet severe crop loss has occurred this year due absence of water in canal. Only crop in 10 acre out of around 405 acre has survived. All this happened due to apathy and negligence of the irrigation officials. We demand action against the officials responsible and declaration of the panchayat as drought affected, says former LokSabha Youth Congress president Akash Mishra.
“We demand farm loan of farmers be waived and water cess be not collected. The Government should make arrangements for livelihood opportunity for the people or else road blockade would be held in future,” warns Akash Mishra further.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

WASTE WATER FROM TUBE-WELLS STORED, TREATED IN B’NGIR Sunday, 10 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

WASTE WATER FROM TUBE-WELLS STORED, TREATED IN B’NGIR
Sunday, 10 September 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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It is a common sight in rural areas of western Odisha of water flowing on road, creating water logging and providing an ideal ground for breeding of mosquitoes that leads to diseases like malaria and dengue.
Babijore, a small village tucked in the scenic surrounding of Deogaon block, located 27 km from Bolangir, had also the similar problem. Water discharged from tube wells in the village flowed on the road and created unhealthy surrounding, which made the lives of the rural poor a hell as many of them suffered from malaria.
“Two years ago, water discharged from the tube well would flow on the side of my house and the menace of mosquito was high and we suffered a lot. We even used to close our doors after 5pm and remain indoors to avoid mosquito bite,” says Sula Bag, a village woman.
“After the implementation of discharged residual water programme from tube wells by Ramji Krushak Samiti, Babijore, with support from Reliance Foundation, the water is not flowing on the road and it is carried by pipe below the surface. As a result, our area remains dry and the incidence of malaria could be averted,” adds Bag.
Besides the mosquito problem, water was also going waste. However, things have changed after the discharged residual water was collected in a two-chamber tank and utilized to provide life saving irrigation to nutrition garden promoted by the Reliance Foundation. The nutrition garden is a scheme to provide nutritional and economic benefit to the rural poor by providing fresh grown different vegetables in the back yard.
The water from the tube well in rural areas is used for drinking, bathing, and washing of clothes and utensils. The water is collected in a medium tank with two chambers. On one side of the tank, a total of five layers of locally available materials like big boulders, small chips, coal, coarse sand and fine sand are kept. As the water falls on there from the channel drawn from the tube well, it gets filtered. The soap and oily substance is soaked by the layers of coal in the tank and then water is totally filtered and is released to the field, explains senior programme manager Reliance Foundation Balangir Santosh Khandai, adding that the water treatment tank is operated by villagers themselves.
“Earlier, we used to dig knee/waist deep holes near the tube wells and collect the discharged water. However, low amount of water would dry up soon,” says Sursuta Bag, another villager. A total of 50 people of our locality would use the tube well for the different purposes and the quantity of water discharged from a tube well is more than 500 litres, informs Bag.
But with the new water storage and treatment method, we are irrigating our nutrition garden and around 10-14 varieties of vegetables are produced, adds Bag. 



DUPED INVESTORS GHERAO TEHSIL OFFICE IN B’NGIR Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

DUPED INVESTORS GHERAO TEHSIL OFFICE IN B’NGIR
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Around 3,000 duped investors under the banner of Arthik Sangathan Manak Dwara Khatigrast Milita Manch led by Jayant Das, Bhibudutta Joshi, Sudhanshu Behera, MadhusudanBiswal, Sudhansu Behera, Firoz Kumar Sahu, Sudhanshu Sahu and others on Monday gheroed the teshil office at Saintala,40 km from here.
The agitators demanded identification of both small and big depositors, arrest of owners of all fraudulent companies and confiscate their movable and immovable property and refund the hard earned money of depositors immediately.
 While over 300 companies are under investigation by the Odisha police, the Crime Branch’s Economic Offences Wing and the CBI, only a few have been arrested, pointed out Das.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely “assured us” on December 17 to amend the flawed laws to check further any such fraud by companies, but nothing has been done so far, Das lamented. The Central Government must amend the flawed laws that pave way for such massive scam and also ensure the recovery of people’s money from the companies and refund to the duped depositors, Das demanded.
Later, the activists submitted a five- point charter of demands to the Tehsildar, Saintala.

CHIT FUND INVESTORS HOLD RALLY AT BALANGIR
Monday, 10 August 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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As part of its month-long tehsil level satyagraha, the Arthika Sanstha Manankadwara Kshyatigrasta Milita Manch, an investors body which lost money in the chit fund scam, orgnised a protest meeting in Balangir. Duped investors of Balangir, Nuapda, Kalhandi and other nearby districts attended the meeting addressed by Manch convenor Jayanta Das.
The Manch had launched its satyagraha from the tehsil office in Baripada town last week demanding identification of chit fund victims in tehsil level. Das alleged that the State has paid deaf ear to the demand to conduct tehsil-wise door-to-door survey to identify the investors, find out the money deposited by them in the chit fund companies and return the amount. 



Friday, August 25, 2017

NUANKHAI: COSTLY SARIAN PADDY CREATES HOLE IN POCKET Friday, 25 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

NUANKHAI: COSTLY SARIAN PADDY CREATES HOLE IN POCKET
Friday, 25 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Sarian paddy harvest has been very low this year due to inadequate rains and this is going to hit the mass festival of Nuankhai in western Odisha where the paddy variety is used to prepare Bhog to the deities and later consumed by the people as the first crop.
Due to paucity, the paddy which s sold in the market has become costly. A three bundles of Sarian paddy costs Rs 20 in the market these days. In earlier years, it used to be sold at twice less.
This has pinched the lower middle class people whose pockets have gone for big holes. The rise in price of vegetables and onions has also added to their woes.
The price of tomato per kilogram is Rs 60 and onion is Rs 40. It would go up further in forthcoming days, says a shopkeeper in the daily market here.
This year the Sarian paddy has not grown well. Rainfall has stopped. Hence, its availability has declined, told a paddy seller.
It may be note here that Sarian is a 60-day upland variety paddy which is broadcast by June and is ready by the end of August. Being the first crop, it is offered to the deities first.
 “We have our field located below a Muda (traditional water body). Last year, there was sufficient water and the harvest was good. This year, there is barely knee -deep water and it would of no use. Agriculture operations have been held up due to lack of rainfall,” said a farmer who had come to sell Sarian paddy.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Two beautiful flowers;Sudhir Mishra Bolangir.


JUMBO MOVEMENT SPREADS PANIC IN B’NGIR Wednesday, 23 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1

JUMBO MOVEMENT SPREADS PANIC IN B’NGIR
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Two elephants have been spreading panic in Upparjhar, Kalijharan Maadchuan and Baidupali areas, 12 km from here.
“They came near our kendu leaf phadi at Baidipali. Seeing them our members tried to conceal them inside leafs,” a worker of the phadi told to a team of Balangir range forest officials, forestry students of OUAT Bhubaneswar and the Honorary Wildlife Warden while visiting the area.
Another farmer also showed the pugmarks of elephants damaging his paddy field. These two elephants are moving since last week and believed to moving for mating purpose.
“We have informed the Balangir railway authorities about the movement of the two jumbos to take necessary measures to avoid any mishap,” said a forest official here.
It is interesting to note that jumbo movement in Baidipali village area was not noticed in last 10 years. These two elephants are believed to be in the forest of Banda and the Kharsel Reserve Forest near the Gandhrel project.
The visiting team of forest officials told the villagers not to visit the forest either early in the morning or late in evening to avoid any unfortunate incident.

The villagers were also told to submit their claim of crop damage with all proper documents for quick disbursal of compensation. 

108 AMBULANCE SERVICE HIT IN FOUR DISTRICTS Tuesday, 22 August 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

108 AMBULANCE SERVICE HIT IN FOUR DISTRICTS
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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The 108 Ambulance service members who include drivers, attendants and pharmacists on Monday staged a demonstration by parking ambulances before the Collectorate here and submitted their resignation to District Collector protesting against the arrest of their association president Manoj Kumar Sahu on Sunday by police.
According to sources a meeting between 108Ambulance staffs and the service provider organisation’s representatives had been held on August 8 and there was exchange of words between the ambulance staffs and the officials of the service provider organisation.
Later, Dhaneshwar Tirkey of the service provider organisation lodged a complaint with police for alleged misbehaviour, intimidation and casting aspersion on his cast. Acting on the complaint, police arrested Manoj Sahu.
Ambulance staffs have also lodged a complaint with the Balangir town police on Monday.
Ambulance service in Balangir district was disrupted due to the strike by the 108 Ambulance staffs.
The drivers resorted to the stir by parking 17 ambulances in front of the district Collector’s office.
Till last reports came in, the district administration was looking for alternatives to keep ambulance services intact.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Fruit bearing trees were given as an additional reward to sucessful competitors in Bolangir on I-Day ;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Bolangir;Independent Day,(August15,2017) was observed at Bolangir with pomp and gaiety at Manoharpur reserve police parade ground. 
District Collector Ashis Thakre unfurled the national flag and took salute of the parade where in 36 contingents took part. 


Paying rich tributes to freedom fighters and recalling their sacrifice to get freedom, Sri Thakre called upon people to work to strengthen the unity and integrity of our county. 
Although our nation has made strides in different field, a lot needs to be done. He sought cooperation of all to make Bolangir district and  the nation a developed one.
In a remarkable departure from giving trophy and certificates for successful competitors in different competition, a fruit bearing tree was given to each successful competitors of different competition held on the occasion of Independent day so that they will fruit, it's economic benefits and help in restoring ecological balance of this region.
(District Collector Ashis Thakre giving a fruit bearing plant to one of  successful competitors of different competitions held on the occasion of Independence Day at Bolangir( Aug15,2017)

Let us pledge to save forest, mountains water and wildlife for a better future.;Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


‘WODC HAS FAILED IN ITS OBJECTIVE’ Monday, 21 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

‘WODC HAS FAILED IN ITS OBJECTIVE’
Monday, 21 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The Western Odisha Development Council (WODC), formed as far back as on July 2, 1999 as per provisions of the Western Odisha Development Council Act 1998, has failed to bring the desired level of socioeconomic and education development in ten districts of western Odisha even though Rs 1,046.22 crore has been spent by it so far.
This was stated by RTI activist Hemanta Panda at a Press conference here on Saturday. He said Balangir district has been neglected by the WODC from the beginning. Although it was decided on December 21, 2013 to set up a Knowledge Resource Centre at Balangir and Rs 7.12 crore was sanctioned for it besides the annual WODC budgetary assistance yet even after four years no progress has been made in this regard. This reflects the apathy and neglect of the State Government towards Balangir district, alleged Panda.
He lamented that the Government is still dillydallying in the matter of shifting the headquarters of the WODC from Bhubaneswar to any place in western Odisha.  


RN SINGH DEO MEMORIAL TT TOURNEY FROM SEPT 22 Friday, 18 August 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

RN SINGH DEO MEMORIAL TT TOURNEY FROM SEPT 22
Friday, 18 August 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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The 2nd RN Singh Deo Memorial All Odisha ranking table tennis tournament will be held here from September 22 to 24, informed organising committee chairman Arkesh Narayan Singh Deo in a Press meet here on Wednesday. In the three day tournament ten events competition would be held and around two hundred players would participate. 


B’NGIR BCJD MEET OVER STUDENTS’ UNION POLLS Thursday, 17 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

News in English daily The Pioneer
B’NGIR BCJD MEET OVER STUDENTS’ UNION POLLS
Thursday, 17 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The district Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) held a preparatory meeting here on Sunday evening to prepare the strategy to fight the forthcoming college Students’ Union elections in the district.
BCJD State president Rana Pratap Patra called upon the student leaders to come out victorious in the forthcoming elections to the college unions.
Patra and the other leaders stressed the need for the propagation of welfare measures undertaken by the Naveen Patnaik Government and proper utilisation of social media.
“The students’ wing is the most powerful wing of a party. But we have not been able to strengthen it properly. We are also lagging behind in disseminating our Government welfare programmes and achievement through social media.
We need to organise the students’ wing systematically and propagate the message of the party,” said BJD state council member Arkesh Narayan Singh Deo. 



Sunday, August 13, 2017

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY OBSERVED IN BALANGIR
Monday, 14 August 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The World Elephant Day was observed at village Purnapani in Makundpur panchyat in Deogaon block of Balangir district on Saturday evening. Among others, ACF Goutam Naik, NK Jaisingh, Honourary Wildlife Warden Sudhir Kumar Mishra, Balangir Range Officer BC Roul and advocate Maya Pradhani spoke stressin the need to save elephants from being further endangered.
The speakers also explained in details about the factors leading to destruction of habitats of elephants and stressed the need for preservation of forests in the interests of both animals and human beings and the recent simplified rules and procedures to get compensation for crop loss and loss of life due to wild animals’ attacks.
Explaining the significance of observation of the day, Honourary Wildlife Warden Sudhir Mishra called for preservation of forests so that animals could get a proper habitat. He also called upon people pay heed to the warning of the Forest Department not to go extremely near wild animals in a crisis situation to avoid any tragedy.
Villagers present informed that at least two elephants have visited their village in one month and have damaged the early paddy crop.


State council member ofBJD Arkesh singhdeo speaking at themeeting of student wingof BJD in Bolangir



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Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir13thAugust
Bolangir ;The state council member of BijuJantaDal Sri ArkeshNarayan Singhdeo today addressed the students leaders belonging to Biju Chatra JantaDal , the student wing of Biju Janta Dal of different colleges of Bolangir district who had gathered here as part of their preparatory meeting to chalk out strategy to fight forthcoming elections to college unions and came out victorious.
The state president of Biju Chhatra Janta Dal SRI Rana Pratap Patra, was also present, besides the regional student leaders.
During his speech, Sri Arkesh Singh Deo called upon the student leaders to disseminate the pro poor and welfare scheme taken by the present BJD government in the state among the masses effectively.Emphasizing that it is the student wing which provides fuel and power to the other wing of the party in the district and entire state,  needs to strengthen properly.We need to harness the rural youth who has a great potential and energy and could play a decisive role in the election .observed

Sri Arkesh Singh Deo Moreover we should continue continuous exercise to strengthen the youth wing even after the election.There would be no dearth of criticism once we start something.When I took up the issue of sanctioning of new modern bus terminal at Bolangir there was a lot of apprehensions, criticism on our effort.in the first year, we couldn't achieve something.Again we pursued in the second year and finally, we got it sanctioned for Bbolangir.
Whatever BJD government schemes, programmes for people students should be highlighted properly and we need to strengthen our student wing observed Sri Singhdeo  further .

Political observer felt that it was Arkesh Singhdeo who played a key role and look after BJD election in Bolangir Assembly segment and won 3out of four seats in Zilla Parishad election inFEB2017
it would be interesting  to  watch  how the student wing is " strengthened" and perform in the forthcoming election to college in Next month.
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The beautiful landscape;BySudhir Mishra/Bolangir



Searching for food amidst rainfall;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir