Thursday, July 20, 2017

A fire broke out in Arundhati Jewellers in Bolangir.

20th July2017 
Bolangir;
A fire broke out in Arundhati Jewellers in Bolangir.
Big Generator located outside shop  and reception counter cum-office damaged
The shop had no fire safety clearance certificate.
Poor maintenance of generator resulted in the breakout of fire.
Exact amount of loss would be known later
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Even as the monsoon clouds are hovering over the sky of Bolangir today morning indicating the arrival of rainfall, in an unexpected incident, the generator and a portion of office of Arundhati  Jewellers located near  Durga Mandir in Bolangir-Sambalpur road caught fire today morning.
The fire was contained after fighting for 25minutes quickly.The generator located outside the shop and the reception counter cum office of Jewellery shop was damaged.
We got a call that there was a fire incident at Arundhati Jewellers. We rushed to spot. The power supply was stopped and we started the operation.However, as the generator was in Auto mode it started fire.Again it was controlled. Preliminary investigation indicates the fire was started due to poor maintenance of generator located before the shop. The lack of proper maintenance of generator led to short-circuit and resulted in the outbreak of fire. The Jewellery shop had not obtained fire safety clearance Bolangir district fire office, says in charge District Fire officer Abani Kumar Swain.
Not a single shop/mall, business establishment has not obtained fire safety certificate from district fire office says Swain further.
The exact cause of fire and extent of damage could be known only after investigation Swain says further.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

MUSIC VIDEO DEPICTS MIGRANT KIDS’ PLIGHT IN KILNSSaturday, 15 July 2017 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

MUSIC VIDEO DEPICTS MIGRANT KIDS’ PLIGHT IN KILNS 

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MUSIC VIDEO DEPICTS MIGRANT KIDS’ PLIGHT IN KILNS Saturday, 15 July 2017 | PNS | bhubaneswar | in Bhubaneswar

MUSIC VIDEO DEPICTS MIGRANT KIDS’ PLIGHT IN KILNS

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Kids in Kilns,” a music video, produced by "Aide et Action International" depicting lives of kids living in the brick kilns was released by Odisha Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairperson Kasturi Mohapatra on Friday at Bhubaneswar. Regional Head- Migration & Education, Aide et Action- International- South Asia Umi Daniel gave a brief introduction about the video.
The video has been shot in brick kilns on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar where Aide et Action is running Child Care and Learning Centres for migrant children. This song is written, composed and sung by Abhishek Bhatta, a budding talent of Odisha. And it has been directed by Chitta Ranjan Nanda, a noted social documentary film maker. Aide et Action has produced it.
The video is the story of seasonal migrant workers who come to the city to earn their livelihood in brick kilns. Seasonal migrants are excluded since they don’t belong to the city; they live an
invisible life.
A study conducted by Aide et Action-Unicef in the brick kilns located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar reveals that the city has close to 1,500 migrant children. These children live with their families in the brick kilns amid testing conditions. Most of the workers are natives of rural pockets of various parts of Odisha.
Brick kiln workers are an amalgamation of various tribes and ethnic groups. Children range from toddlers to adolescents’ age. Most of the children in brick kilns are school dropouts and don’t access Anganwadi, immunisation and other basic support which otherwise a child enjoys being at home. The study indicates 90.4 per cent children do not access schooling and 98.9 per cent children don’t get the Anganwadi and health services while living at the work sites. Some are here with their families to look after their siblings, some have been brought to work and some are here to assist in family work.
In a brick kiln, both father and mother have to work hard and have little time for parenting and childcare. The kids roam and play games within the work site, unaware of the work site hazards that are lurking at them. Working mothers don’t have space to keep the toddlers. The Government Anganwadi, school, health center are all meant for the local populations. These services don’t get extended to these unwanted guests.

Among others, eminent filmmaker Birendra Das, founder member of Humara Bachpan Campaign Dharitri Mohapatra, Unicef Child Protection Specialist Laxminarayan Nanda and State head, UNDP Abha Mishra attended the event.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NO GST ON DRUGS, MEDICAL SERVICES DEMANDED Thursday, 13 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswa

NO GST ON DRUGS, MEDICAL SERVICES DEMANDED

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Responding to a call given by the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives’ Associations of India (FMARI), members of the Odisha Sales Representatives’ Union (OSRU), Balangir led by Suru Matari on Wednesday held street corner meetings at different places here and marched through the town demanding zero per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all medicines and medical devices.
The agitating sales representatives argued that there is no point in imposing 12 per cent GST on finished medicine formulations and medical services, five per cent on medicines for malaria, HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis and diabetes and 18 per cent on bulk drugs while items like Gandhi Topi, kumkum, bindi, sindoor alata, bangles and betel leaves have been exempted from the GST.
They too lamented saying that while petroleum products, liquor, power, real estate sectors have been kept out of the GST purview, four slabs starting from 5 to 28 per cent fixed for medicines and equipments.
“The GST would increase price of medicines further and hit the common man the most,” said Matari at a meeting.

He demanded that all medicines and medical services be kept out of GST purview in the better interest of the common people.

A bird flying amidst dark clouds in the sky;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Dark clouds over the pond;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A bunch of white clouds in the lap of mountain;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


FLOATING monsoon clouds over the mountain in Bolangir;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir 11thJuly 2017


BALANGIR FARMERS DENIED SUBSIDY FOR YEARS Tuesday, 11 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

BALANGIR FARMERS DENIED SUBSIDY FOR YEARS
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The farmers in Balangir, who have completed dug well, allegedly have not received subsidy for several years.
Several farmers of Nuniapali, Gandpali, Karkachia, Darlipali, Budula, Ingsa and other villages of Agalpur block complained of denial of subsidy amount under the Jalnidhi scheme.
“I had applied for dug well in 2015. After digging the dug well and spot visit by a Junior Engineer (JE) and other officials, I was told to give Rs 7,000 to an employee to clear my subsidy bill. I did not agree to pay the amount; hence my subsidy amount was not paid,” alleged Bhik Patra, a farmer.
“I am out of the station. I shall inquire in to the incident,” said DDA Balangir Sridhar Das when contacted.

It would be pertinent to mention here that a clerk in the District Agriculture Office was caught red-handed by the Vigilance authorities while accepting bribe from a farmer a few months ago.  The farmers later met Balangir Zilla Parishad Chairman Bharati Mahanand and apprised her of the problem, who assured them to take up the matter with the agriculture officials.

UTKAL GRAMEEN BANK STAFF HOLD RALLY AT BALANGIR Tuesday, 11 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

UTKAL GRAMEEN BANK STAFF HOLD RALLY AT BALANGIR
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Banking services in rural areas in Balangir and many western and southern districts were affected as employees and officers of the Utkal Grameen Bank (UGB) participated in a massive rally at the bank’s headquarters here on Monday.
Around 1,700 employees and officers from 400 UGB branches in 17 districts moved in the rally across the town. Among others, Pulin Mishra, Prakash Mahapatra, SN Mishra and Lalit Nayak led the rally.
The agitating employees demanded that the Utkal Grameen Bank Officers’ Association and the Utkal Grameen Bank Employees’  Association be recognised and promotion and recruitment rules be relaxed at par with the sponsor banks.

They too demanded stopping of move for privatisation of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), resolving of pension parity for all RRB staffs, regularisation of daily wage and casual workers, representation of workmen and officers in the board of directors and compensation for RRBs for demonetisation at par with sponsor banks.

B’NGIR AAP TO HOLD DEMO IN BHUBANESWAR Monday, 10 July 2017 | PNS

The Aam Aadmi Party Balangir unit would hold a demonstration at PMG Square I Bhubaneswar on July 17 demanding immediate reopening of the closed sugar mill at Deogaon, waiving of agricultural loan of farmers, and declaration of Minimum Support price (MSP) of paddy at Rs 3,000 per quintal as part of the party’s State-wide Krushak Adhikar stir.

This was announced at a Press conference by party district coordinator Ajay Das on Sunday.
During the election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured to implement the MS Swaminathan Committee report, but the Centre has now increased the paddy MSP by only Rs 80 making it a total Rs 1,530, Das pointed out.

“We demand reopening of the Deogaon sugar mill. A few days ago, a notice to recover its due was pasted there. Another agency has gone to court to get its due. The administration has invited only big people and did not invite us to hold discussion. We demand immediate opening of the mill, on which at least 1,000 sugarcane farmers’ families depend,” Das said further.

CATERPILLAR ATTACK: PADDY LAND AFFECTED IN B’NGIR Monday, 10 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

CATERPILLAR ATTACK: PADDY LAND AFFECTED IN B’NGIR
Monday, 10 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as the farmers of Budula, Nagaon and Dudukamunda villages in Agalpur block in Balangir district are happy with this year’s rainfall yet they are worried for a good harvest as their paddy crops are now affected by deadly swarming caterpillars.
Agricultural officials said the swarming caterpillars grow rapidly in the night in the forest area, and with the rainfall the pests flow down from the hilltops to paddy fields and damage the plants.
The insecticide Chlorpyrifos, which is used to tackle the menace, is in short supply; and unless the menace is tackled on war footing measures, it would spread further, the officials added.

Sources said the caterpillar attack, which was first noticed on July 7, is gradually increasing. According to preliminary reports, around 10 acre of paddy crop has been affected till now. Balangir Deputy Director of Agriculture Sridhar Das said, “We are arranging insecticide soon to tackle the menace.”  

ANTI-LIQUOR BODY GHERAOES B’NGIR DM OFFICE Sunday, 09 July 2017 | PNS |

Members of the Balangir Mada Birodhi Abhijan Committee and local residents led by Gopalji Panigrahi gheraoed the District Collectorate here on Friday demanding shifting of the liquor shops from the railway station road.

Agitators alleged that the procedure of “Objection invited from public before opening of liquor shop”, has not been followed and people have been misled with signatures taken from them on the plea of constructing a road there.
The protestors demanded that the shop should be closed forthwith as it was set up in violation of norms.Later, a representative team of the Abhiyan held a discussion with district Collector Ashis Thakre. They explained their ordeal to Thakre and urged him to close the shop before occurrence of untoward incidents.
However, the Collector informed that the district administration had already issued notice for closure of two liquor shops and shifting of two others. But the one of them has obtained a stay from the Orissa High Court. “I will take further steps only after consulting with the Advocate General” added the Collector.

Panigrahi said they have approached the High Court on this issue and would wait for the next 15 days to get a court order. If the shops are not closed by then, locals would intensify the agitation, he said. Bindo Kumar Kalsai, advocate Bhavani Satpathy and Dr Manjubala Panda were present.

BALANGIR ACTIVISTS HOLD TALK WITH ADMIN Saturday, 08 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

BALANGIR ACTIVISTS HOLD TALK WITH ADMIN
Saturday, 08 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

Members of the Balangir Action Committee led by Gopalji Panigrahi and others held a discussion with a team of officials led by ADM Laxmikant Pyrelal Pradhan and SDPO Narayan Naik, demanding shifting of a liquor shop and liquor Bhati in the Railway Station Road.
“The talk with the district administration failed. We would gherao the district Collector office and close the Excise Superintendent office,” he said.
Earlier, a team of officials constituted by the district Collector had inquired and submitted its reports against the opening of the liquor shop in that place. However, ignoring the team report, the ExciseSuperintendent had allowed the liquor shop there, said Balangir Action Committee president Gopalji Panigrahi.
Meanwhile, according to sources, the liquor shop owner has brought an interim stay from the High Court which is preventing the district administration to take any step.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Planted a Neem tree on the occasion of Vanamahostovat Kendriya Vidyalay Bolangir with school children

Bolangir 7thJuly 2017 Planted a Neem tree on the occasion of Vanamahostov at Kendriya Vidyalay Bolangir with school children today.Earlier the Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya planted a tree.School children also planted trees

UGB EMPLOYEES TO HOLD RALLY ON JULY 10 Friday, 07 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

UGB EMPLOYEES TO HOLD RALLY ON JULY 10
Friday, 07 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The Utkal Grameen Bank (UGB) Employees’ Association and Officers’ Association would hold a mass rally here on July 10 demanding fulfilment of their 17-point charter of demands, informed Employees’ Association general secretary Pulin Mishra here at a Press meet.
The demands include recognition of Utkal Grameen Bank Employees’ Association and Officers’ Association, to form a proper policy for transfer and posting, to extend compensation for demonetisation work as per the sponsor bank and regularisation of part-time and casual workers in the existing vacancies.
He said around 1,800 employees of the bank operating in 17 district of Odisha would participate in the rally.
Mishra alleged that steps taken by the bank management are helping promotion of interest of the sponsor bank rather than the UGB.
The bank management should provide more financial power to the rural area branches so that they can extend loan limits and attract the customers and transact more business, added Mishra.


WOMEN KENDU LEAF PLUCKERS HOLD DEMO Friday, 07 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

WOMEN KENDU LEAF PLUCKERS HOLD DEMO
Friday, 07 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Women kendu leaf pluckers of Ramsingha village under Dhamnasar keduleafphadi in Gadshankar Dungripali Kenduleaf Range staged a dharna in front of the DFO office here on Tuesday demanding immediate payment of wages, bonus and other benefits to them.The agitating women said they have not received dues and benefits while other Kendu leaf pluckers of the village have got dues and umbrella.
Mukhi Pradhan, a plucker, said though officials have taken Xerox copies of their documents for checking bank accounts, they have not turned up to them for a long days.
“We will continue our stir until we haven’t received our dues and other benefits,” threatened the women.

Gadshankar Dunguripali, Range officer (KL) BiranchiMshra said, “I will enquire into the incident and take necessary measures.”

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

LACK OF INFRA AILS BALANGIR UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOL Monday, 03 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

LACK OF INFRA AILS BALANGIR UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOL
Monday, 03 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as the State Government claims to have provided adequate infrastructure for imparting quality education at primary schools, the reality at the Salepali Project Upper Primary School in the Balangir Municipality tells a different story.
The school has only four classrooms against eight classes from Standard I to VIII. A total of 190 students, including 50 from the Kamakshyee Nagar Primary School, are being taught in this school now.
Besides, the Salepali Anganwadi children are also taught and served food here. The school has no boundary wall and electricity connectivity. The shortage of space forces children to take mid-day meals in the open, said a teacher.
“We have appraised the problems to the higher authorities. The school has four classrooms and four teachers against eight classes,’’ added the teacher.
The locals have demanded that the higher authorities upgrade the infrastructure and appoint adequate number of teachers soon to improve the gloomy situation.


LACK OF INFRA AILS BALANGIR UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOL Monday, 03 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1

LACK OF INFRA AILS BALANGIR UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOL
Monday, 03 July 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as the State Government claims to have provided adequate infrastructure for imparting quality education at primary schools, the reality at the Salepali Project Upper Primary School in the Balangir Municipality tells a different story.
The school has only four classrooms against eight classes from Standard I to VIII. A total of 190 students, including 50 from the Kamakshyee Nagar Primary School, are being taught in this school now.
Besides, the Salepali Anganwadi children are also taught and served food here. The school has no boundary wall and electricity connectivity. The shortage of space forces children to take mid-day meals in the open, said a teacher.
“We have appraised the problems to the higher authorities. The school has four classrooms and four teachers against eight classes,’’ added the teacher.
The locals have demanded that the higher authorities upgrade the infrastructure and appoint adequate number of teachers soon to improve the gloomy situation.


UGB STAFF STAGE DHARNA AT BALANGIR Saturday, 01 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir |

UGB STAFF STAGE DHARNA AT BALANGIR
Saturday, 01 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir |

Members of the Utkal Grameen Bank Officers’ and Employees’ Association led by Pulin Mishra and Prakash Mahapatra on Friday staged a dharna before the head office of the Utkal Gramya Bank office here demanding fulfilment of their seven-point charter of demands.

The demands included immediate review of promotion and recruitment rules with relaxation norms for promotion at par with sponsor banks, halt to privatisation of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), pension parity for all RRB staffs including newcomers, regularisation of daily wage and casual workers, representation of workmen and officers in the board of directors and compensation to RRBs for demonetisation at par with sponsor banks.

AAP GHERAOS BALANGIR MUNICIPALITY OFFICE Saturday, 01 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

AAP GHERAOS BALANGIR MUNICIPALITY OFFICE
Saturday, 01 July 2017 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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Members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by its local head Ajay Das on Friday gheraoed the Balangir Municipality office protesting against the apathy of the civic body in construction of toilets to check open defecation.
“Poor women are running from pillar to post to get their assistance money for construction of toilets. Since 2015, only Rs 2,000 has been deposited in the account of each beneficiary and no progress has been made since then”, alleged Das.
Receiving a memorandum in this regard, municipality Executive Officer Sachidananda Satpathy said that out of the total 5,489 toilets sanctioned for 21wards of the municipality, applications were invited and a total of 2,800 applications have been received.
After scrutiny, only 1,800 applications were found valid. So far, 126 latirnes have been completed and payment has been made; and another 26 are in process.

“I will send officers to each ward to sensitise people to collect forms. Two years ago, there were provisions of payment of Rs 2,000,” said Satpathy further.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

https://youtu.be/r4puM1IZ8vM;A view of rainfall at Bolangir on 1st july2017;bySudhir Mishra/Bolangir


https://youtu.be/r4puM1IZ8vM

Floating clouds over mountain;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Floating clouds;BySudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Shortage of classrooms, and space, forced primary school children to take midday meal in open space in Bolangir;by Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir;1st July2017;

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Shortage of classrooms, and space, overcrowding forced primary school children to take midday meal in open space in Bolangir;
Bolangir; Even as the government is making claims of providing better infrastructure at school level to provide a healthy atmosphere and to impart education to primary school student, the situation at Salepali Project Upper Primary school ,located within Bolangir municipality tells a different picture.

The Salepali Uppar primary school imparts education up to class eight. There are only a total of four class rooms and our student’s strength is 140.Besides the 50 primary school students of Kamakshyee Nagar are attached and study here. More over children’s of Salepali Anganwadi are also study here and given food. There is no boundary in our school .Nor there is electricity. The shortage of space has forced children to take mid-day meal in open says a teacher. We have appraised the situation to higher authorities about this problem.Even though the school has eight classes there are only four teachers
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Bolangir MPKalikesSinghdeo flagged upVanamahostav 2017 week formally planting a Neem tree.

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Bolangir ;Vanamahostav 2017 week formally flagged up in Bolangir.
Bolangir MPKalikesSinghdeo flagged up formally planting a Neem tree.

Bolangir; Member of Parliament  Bolangir Sri Kalikesh NarayanSinghdeo formally flagged up the VanaMahostav 2017programme –planting of trees in Bolangir, by planting a Neem tree in Salepali project Upper Primary school today morning. Besides Bolangir MP, school children also planted 23 trees there. Among others MP nominee Sri Lotus Sarangi,Bolangir DFO RashmiRanjanNayak ACF NKJaisingh, Range officer BCRoul, school teachers other forest staffs were present on this occasion.