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News from Kandhamal

Geographically Kandhmal district lies in high altitude zone with inter spreading inaccessible terrain of hilly ranges and narrow valley tracts. Almost 66 percent of the land area of the District is covered with dense forests and towering mountains rich in green meadows at the attitude of 2000 feet to 3000 feet, the terraced valleys thronged with the colorful tribe. Kandhamal is famous for its local turmeric renowned as 'Kandhamal Haldi' which has earned the Geographical indication (GI) tag .It has also a place called Daringbadi which is known as Kashmir of Odisha.

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Odisha: Low-Key Christmas In Kandhamal Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

Kandhamal: Covid-19 induced restrictions failed to dampen the Christmas festive spirit among members of the Christian community, though the celebrations were a low-key affair this year in the district. Though the churches were decked up with lighted altars and Xmas trees decorated with gifts, the attendance at the mid-night masses was lesser as the district […]

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Kandhamal Set For Christmas Carols Amid Covid Restrictions, Security Tightened

Phulbani: Police on Thursday conducted flag march in Baliguda town under Kandhamal district ahead of Christmas celebrations scheduled to begin on midnight of 24 December. Speaking about the preparations by the administration, Sub-Collector of Kandhamal, Subhankar Mohapatra said, “We have had a discussion with all the stakeholders, right from the block level to the district […]

50 Devotees In Big Churches, 20 In Small Ones: Kandhamal Admin Issues Guidelines For Christmas

Kandhamal: The district administration of Kandhamal on Wednesday allowed reopening of churches on December 25 for Christmas celebration with some restrictions. Issuing a set of guidelines, the administration has announced to allow a maximum 50 devotees into big churches and 20 devotees into small churches for offering prayers on the occasion. Light and sound systems […]

Cold Wave Sweeps Odisha, Mild Frost In Phulbani, Daringbadi (See Pictures)

Phulbani: Intense cold wave continued to sweep several parts of Odisha while Phulbani and Daringbadi in Kandhamal district witnessed mild frost as temperature in these two places dipped below 5 degree Celsius on Wednesday morning. A thin layer of ice was seen on ground, above the roofs of cars and houses in interior areas of […]

Kandhamal All Set For Subdued Christmas Celebrations

Phulbani: With Christmas around the corner, the district administration of Kandhamal has urged the Christian community to celebrate the occasion ensuring strict compliance of the Covid-19 guidelines. The administration has asked the church heads and other functionaries to allow maximum 10-15 people at once into the churches to offer prayer by wearing masks, maintaining social […]

Odisha: Over 25 Injured As Bus Overturns On Ghat Road In Kandhamal

Phulbani: More than 25 passengers sustained injuries after a bus they were travelling in overturned while crossing Gadiapada ghat near Phulbani of Kandhamal district late Thursday night. The incident took place at around 12 AM. The private bus ‘Raja’ was enroute to Bhubaneswar from Tikabali of the district when the driver of the vehicle lost […]

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Woman Maoist Neutralised By Security Forces In Kandhamal

Phulbani/Cuttack: One woman cadre Maoist was shot dead in an exchange of fire between Left-Wing Extremists (LWE) and the security forces on Friday informed the Director General (DG) of Odisha Police. As per reports, firearms and four rounds of bullets and other Maoists articles were recovered from the spot. A press release issued by the […]

winter in Odisha
No Respite From Cold In Odisha As 14 Places Record Temperature Below 14 Degree C, Phulbani Shivers At 8.3

Bhubaneswar: Mercury continued to drop at several places of the State with 14 cities recording night temperature below 14 degree Celsius on Saturday. Sonepur was the coldest in the State with 7.6 degree Celsius, informed the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar. Phulbani recorded 8.3 degree Celsius followed by Daringbadi 9 degree, Angul 10 degree, Bhawanipatna […]

Odisha winter
Odisha’s Kandhamal In The Grip Of Shivering Cold, Foggy Conditions

Kandhamal: Over the last few days, cold wave condition seems to be tightening its grip in Odisha’s Kandhamal district. Chilly winds coupled with dense fog conditions has made things bittersweet for people here as they are bracing up for a harsh winter this year. Official MeT reports suggest mercury has plummeted to below 12 degree […]

Odisha: Last Rites Of 'Kalia' Performed At His Native Village; Condolences Pour In

Phulbani: The last rites of Kalia, one of the separated conjoined twins from Odisha who died while undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack last night, were performed at his native Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district, on Thursday. Five-year-old Kalia’s cremation was solemnised as per the tribal rituals […]

Ganja Cultivation Worth Rs 1.5 Cr Destroyed In Kandhamal, Over 4 Cr Razed in 15 Days
Ganja Cultivation Worth Rs 1.5 Cr Destroyed In Kandhamal, Over 4 Cr Razed in 15 Days

Kandhamal: Intensifying its crackdown on the cultivation and supply of illegal cannabis, a joint team of the Kandhamal police and Excise department officials destroyed ganja cultivation on acres of lands in different forest areas here in the district. Acting on a tipoff, the police and excise sleuths conducted crackdown in Kudutuli, Jampadar, Janagual areas under […]

Ganja Cultivation
Odisha: Ganja Cultivation Worth Rs 1.55 Cr Destroyed By Excise Staff In Kandhamal

Phulbani: A joint team of Kandhamal Police and Excise officials on Sunday destroyed illegal ganja cultivation on acres of lands in different forest areas of Dudduki panchayat under Sadar police limits in Kandhamal district. The police and excise sleuths were tipped off about illegal cultivation following which a joint team was set up to conduct […]

Kandhamal: Wife Of Phiringia BDO Found Dead Under Mysterious Circumstances

Phulbani: Mystery shrouds the death of the wife of Rashmiranjan Mahanta, BDO of Phiringia in Kandhamal district, whose body was recovered under strange circumstances Wednesday night. The body has been kept at the Phulbani hospital for an autopsy. It was surprising to see that despite informing the family members about her death and asking them […]

Daringbadi, Kandhamal
Covid-19 Pandemic: Kandhamal Imposes Ban On Visiting Picnic, Tourist Spots

Phulbani: In view of the arriving winter and as a safety measure to check the spread of Covid-19 infection in the region, the Kandhamal district administration on Wednesday announced that all tourist destinations and picnic spots in the district will remain out of bounds for people till November 30, 2020. However, resorts belonging to the […]

Ganja cultivation
Kandhamal: Over Rs 90 Lakh Worth Ganja Cultivation Set On Fire

Kandhamal: The crackdown on the production and supply of illegal cannabis gathered steam as a joint team of Baliguda Police and Excise department destroyed Ganja cultivation worth over Rs 90 lakh burning the crop, spread across several places in the district, on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, personnel from the Baliguda Police and Excise department […]

Attack On Police: Men Desert Village In Fear Of Arrest

Phulbani: Residents of Meramaha village in Kandhamal district are now living in the face of fear following the recent attack on Inspector-in-charge of Bramhanigaon Police Station, Ranjit Muni. Almost all the male residents of the village have fled from their homes and are now spending days in the forest to avoid possible police action, alleged […]

5 Maoists Gunned Down In Gadchiroli Jungle Shootout Including 3 Women
Odisha: Security Forces, Maoists Exchange Fire In Baibali Forest

Phulbani: An exchange of fire occurred between security forces and Maoists during a combing operation in Baibali forest on Monday. As per reports, the gunfight continued for half an hour. Around 20-25 Maoists were reportedly present in the forest but they managed to fled after the firing. Meanwhile, the security forces have seized a gun, […]

Odisha Cop Injured In Attack By Villagers After Raid On Gambling Den

Phulbani: Ranjit Kumar Muni, the inspector-in-charge of Bramhanigaon Police station in Kandhamal district on Sunday sustained multiple injuries after he was attacked by a group of villagers near Meramaha chhak in Baliguda. As per preliminary reports, the incident occurred when Ranjit along with a police team was returning after conducting a raid on a gambling […]

Sarpanch’s Father Hacked To death In Odisha

Phulbani: Panic gripped Tamangi village under Daringibadi block in Kandhamal district today after the father of a village head was allegedly hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants. As per reports, the incident happened when the Sarpanch of Hatimunda Panchayat, Mandakini Mallick was out with her father Pandar Mallick, mother Dakinialu Mallick and her brother. […]

Govt Apathy! Villagers Build Bridge On Own In Odisha
Govt Apathy! Villagers Build Bridge On Own In Odisha

Kandhamal: Decades after independence, there are places in many interior pockets of Odisha where even basic facilities are a dream for people. Forget about roads and bridges, instances of people crossing rivers using tubes and cable are still normal in parts of State. Despite tall claims of the government about welfare policies, residents of K […]

Odisha Cop Detained For 'Raping' Woman

Kandhamal: A Protective Service Officer(PSO) working with Kandhamal Police was detained yesterday for allegedly raping a woman. The matter came to light after a complaint was lodged at Khajuripada Police Station by mother of the survivor. Acting upon the complaint, cops detained the PSO and sent the woman for medical examination. As per reports, the […]

Odisha Youth Who 'Cheated Over 100' Women Is On Prowl Again

Bhubaneswar: Priyaranjan Naik alias Pintu from Daringbadi area of Kandhamal, arrested earlier this year for allegedly cheating several women on the pretext of marriage, has reportedly deceived many other women after being released from  jail. A woman who recently filed a complaint against the accused said: “After maintaining physical relationship and promising to marry me, […]

Lady Teacher Alleges Death Threat From Male Colleagues In Kandhamal

Kandhamal: A lady assistant teacher of Kudutuli High School in K. Nuagaon block in the district has alleged harassment charges and death threat against three of her male colleagues. In her complaint, the lady teacher has alleged that the headmaster of the school Chandra Sekhar Maharana, assistant teacher Sadashiv Behera and PET Susant Baliarsingh had […]

Odisha Villagers Erect Mobile Tower To Beat Network Blues

Phulbani: After facing numerous problems owing to poor mobile network, residents of Dadaki GP in Phulbani block of Kandhamal district erected a mobile tower on their own. Earlier, seamless mobile network and connectivity was a distant dream for the residents of Dadaki Gram Panchayat, which is located some six to seven kms away from Phulbani […]