News from Malkangiri

Malkangiri is one of the tribal dominated district situated in the southern part of Odisha, sharing boundary to Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. The history of Malkangiri seems to be in no way less thrilling and adventurous than any other place of India. The land of dense inaccessible forests, small but beautiful rivers, undulating plateaus and splendorous rich tribal culture, Malkangiri has its history of human civilization enrooted to as long as 2500 years back. It is believed that during the reign of Lord Ramachandra, Malkangiri occupied an important place in the entire ‘Ramayana’. In the bank of the holy river “Tamasa “Saint Valmiki wrote ‘The Ramayana’, the holiest book of the Hindus. This place was known as “Malyavantagiri” in the Ramayana. Also during the period of the Mahabharata, this place became the point of attraction for the Pandavas. They spent their ‘Angyatvasa’ (exile) for a period of one year in the dense forests of Malkangiri. This district is a home to primitive Bonda tribe; those are believed to be part of the first wave of migration out of Africa about 60,000 years ago and were the first forest settlers in India. Anthropologists say that they are members of a group of Austroasiatic tribes, who at some time in the ancient past migrated and settled in an area of about 130 sq km in the wild. Since many years Malkangiri district has become a safe heaven for Naxals.

Dr Champakeshwar Treating A Bonda Woman
Reaching the last mile: This doctor comes as a saviour for Malkangiri’s Bonda ghati

Dr. Champeshwar Panigrahi came to Bonda ghati two years ago after he was appointed the medical officer of Mudulipada health & wellness centre. At that time, the Bonda tribes never went to the health centre and trusted quacks and sorcerers instead. That's where Dr. Champeshwar's campaign began.

Tourists Rescued From Gummajharan Waterfall
Reels craze: Two girls swept away while shooting video at Malkangiri waterfall, rescued

As per reports, two families from Kudumulugumma under Malkangiri’s Khairiput block had gone to Gummajharan waterfall for a picnic. While shooting for reels on their mobile phones, two young girls of the said families slipped and fell into the river.

Malkangiri JE Arrested In DA Case
DA case: Vigilance arrests Malkangiri JE Sanjay Kumar Mohanty

Vigilance officials informed that disproportionate assets to the tune of 236 percent of his known sources of income have been detected. Mohanty was arrested late on Wednesday night and has been remanded to jail custody till February 13, 2024.

Odisha farmers achieve the unthinkable!
Odisha farmers achieve the unthinkable!

These days, if you visit Sulumaha village under the Daringbadi block of Kandhamal district, you will be welcomed by acres of farmland with rows of strawberry plantations. The sight will be a treat for any untrained eyes. 

Leaders, locals miffed over delay in Jeypore-Malkangri rail project
Leaders, locals miffed over delay in Jeypore-Malkangri rail project

Former MP and BJP leader Balabhadra Majhi said, "It will hardly take a year to acquire land for the project. Six years have passed, but the state government could not acquire an inch of land. Which is the priority project - the railway line or the airport in Malkangiri?”

Odisha govt's Arpan Rath collecting rice from people for inauguration of Srimandir Parikrama project
'Why did Odisha govt play with our sentiments,' people ask as Arpan Rath-collected rice left unused

As per reports, quintals of arua rice collected by the Arpan Rath in Malkangiri with Lord Jagannath’s idol in the back of the vehicle, have been lying unused at the local Jagannath temple.

Puri Srimandir Parikrama project: Outrage as rice and betel nuts collected for inauguration remain u
Puri Srimandir Parikrama project: Outrage as rice and betel nuts collected for inauguration remain unused 

In the Kalyansinghpur panchayat of Rayagada district, rice and betel collected through an Arpan Rath have been kept at the panchayat office. Sarpanch Goutam Barli expressed displeasure over it and sought to know why the collected items have not been sent to Puri. 

Indian Cricket Team Manager Satbir Singh accorded rousing welcome in hometown Malkangiri 
Indian Cricket Team Manager Satbir Singh accorded rousing welcome in hometown Malkangiri 

Satbir who hails from Malkangiri district, was appointed by the BCCI as the manager of the Indian Cricket team for the South Africa test series. The two-match South Africa test series ended in a draw. India had won the first match.

Woman Maoist Surrenders In Malkangiri
Woman Maoist carrying Rs 1 lakh bounty surrenders in Malkangiri

For the last eight years, she was actively involved in a number of Maoist activities and violence, including IED blast in Odisha. The woman Maoist was carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head.

 Trial run held at Malkangiri airport successfully; pilot gives positive response 
Trial run held at Malkangiri airport successfully; pilot gives positive response 

A seven-seater VT-100, a small aircraft, with a pilot and two crew members made a landing at the airport as trial run. The small aircraft was accorded water salutes as soon as it landed. 

Malkangiri Account
Malkangiri airport: Runway ready, trial landing of aircraft soon

As per reports, almost all the works have been finished. Whatever work is pending will be completed within a week’s time. The State government has a target to operationalise the airport this month.

Lambodhar Turak
Lawyer cycles from Malkangiri to Puri protesting Polavaram project

As per reports, lawyer Lambodhar Turuk set out from Motu after collecting water from the confluence of Saberi and Sileru river. He crossed many ghats and jungles on his way to Puri which took him around 20 days.

Explosives Seized By BSF
BSF busts Maoist dump, gun manufacturing materials seized in Koraput and Malkangiri

The materials were stored in a plastic drum and buried under the ground near Sileru river. The jawans detected the Maoist dump while conducting a combing operation in Bhejangwada jungle.

Huge cache of Maoist articles recovered by security forces in Odisha
Huge cache of Maoist articles recovered by security forces in Odisha

The jawans of the Special Operations Group (SOG) along with the District Voluntary Forces (DVF) have been carrying out anti-Maoist operations in forests in the Kalimela area.

Poor Odisha girl aspiring to be IAS officer gets Rs 1 lakh assistance from Governor 
Poor Odisha girl aspiring to be IAS officer gets Rs 1 lakh assistance from Governor 

The Governor after visiting Angul the day before came calling to Malkangiri in a helicopter on Wednesday and interacted with patients at Mathili Hospital. He also held a meeting about problems faced by the hospital. 

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