Wednesday, September 23, 2015


A Central team would soon visit the drought-hit districts in the State.
Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh has directed the concerned officials to send a team led by Ministry’s Additional Commissioner Dr RP Mallick to take stock of the drought situation in Odisha.
The team would be comprised experts from the Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack and Central and State Government officials.
Notably, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had apprised the Union Agriculture Minister about the drought-like situation occurred in 103 blocks in 23 districts, including Dhenkanal, Khordha, Boudh, Bargarg, Subarnapur, Kandhamal and Keonjhar districts due to deficient rainfall. He had urged the Minister to send a special team for the purpose, said a release issued by the BJP State unit.
However, the itinerary of the team is yet to be finalised.


Thirteen-year-old Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai from Odisha won the Community Impact Award at the prestigious Google Science Fair competition in California on Tuesday. The young scientist’s project was on development of low-cost bio-absorbent based on corn cobs.
The DPS Damanjodi student in Koraput has created a project which aims to clean waste water by running it through layers of corn cobs, powdered corn cobs, activated charcoal made from corn cobs and fine sand. This is a cost-effective and simple technique which is useful in immobilising contaminants in domestic and industrial effluents, and in ponds, reservoirs and water tanks.

The award with a cash prize of 10,000 US Dollar has been sponsored by Scientific American. Lalita will be further supported for one year by the organisation to build on her project. She has won the award in 13-15 years age group.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Tension high over homeguard's death in Umerkote.

Nabarangpur:Basant Rath,
Protests rocked  Umerkote following the suspected suicide of a home guard at the treasury adjacent to the sub judge court on Thursday.The deceased home guard Paduram Bhatra of Sanakumari was on night duty at the treasury with other police personnel. This morning his dead body was found in the treasury roof.  He was found hanging, said local people.
In a spontaneous reaction, hundreds of villagers stormed the treasury and the sub judge court. They ransacked and vandalised the premises before  police force was rushed to the spot. Furniture, computers and several other articles in the court and  were damaged in the mob attack.Villagers alleged that the police cane charged them while the police maintained that it had 'chased' the violent mob. The angry villagers gheraoed the treasury and the court demanding a high level probe and adequate compensation
to the bereaved family. The clash between the villagers and the police left several people injured on both sides. The tahasildar, Umerkote Tarani Suna, inspector in charge S K Upadhaya, assistant sub inspector
Bulu Patnaik and other policemen were hurt in the stone pelting that took place. The villagers rubbished the police version that home guard Paduram had committed suicide. How can he commit suicide when he was on night duty with other police staff at the treasury, questioned the villagers. They suspected foul play and demanded an impartial probe.