News from Sambalpur

Famous for its Sambalpuri Saree, the Sambalpur District is the western part of state of Odisha. The economy of Sambalpur District is basically dependent on agriculture and secondly no forests. Forests play an important role in the economy in terms of contribution to revenue, Domestic Product as well as dependence of people for livelihood. In the past Sambalpur has been a great centre of diamond trade. Kendu leaf (Diospyros Melanoxylon) is also produced in Sambalpur. Tendu leaf is one of the most important non–wood forest products of Sambalpur and is also called as green gold of Odisha. Only 15 kms north of Sambalpur, Hirakud Dam, the longest earthen dam of the world stands in its lone majesty across the great river Mahanadi. Maa Samalei is the presiding deity of Sambalpur. Sarsatia, a special kind of sweet dish is very famous and unique one.

PM Narendra Modi to visit Odisha on February 3 
PM Narendra Modi to visit Odisha on February 3 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha on February 3, informed Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP ) state unit president, Manmohan Samal on Thursday. 

Social Worker Dr Narayani Panda
Social worker Dr Narayani Panda donates her house to Sambalpur women's college

As per reports, Panda donated her two-storey house spread across 8 decimal of area at Bhutapada in the western Odisha town to the government women’s college in Sambalpur. Her home will be used as a hostel for boarders of the college.

Samaleswari Temple
Holiday declared for all Odisha schools, colleges on Jan 27 for SAMALEI project inauguration

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the Samaleswari Temple Area Management and Local Economy Initiatives (SAMALEI) project on January 27.

Injured Man Carried On Stretcher To Ambulance
Non-motorable roads in Odisha’s Rairakhol force patients to be carried on stretchers

The road communication in the block has gone from bad to worse, to the extent that the ambulances are finding it hard to reach many villages forcing the patients to be carried on stretchers for long distances.

Letter Found In The Donation Box
Devotee's letter seeking marriage with boyfriend found in Maa Samaleswari’s donation box

The letter was recovered during the opening of hundi on Monday night. Written in red ink, the writer, suspected to be a girl, sought the blessing of the Goddess to unify with her boyfriend Kanha.

Deepotsav In Sambalpur
Deepotsav held across Odisha to celebrate Ram temple Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya

The Marwari Society in Cuttack observed deepotsav with religious fervour on Monday evening following the consecration ceremony of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.

One lakh earthen lamps to be lit in Odisha’s Sambalpur on January 22 
One lakh earthen lamps to be lit in Odisha’s Sambalpur on January 22 

On January 22 when the grand consecration ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya will take place, the residents of Sambalpur town will light 1,11,000 earthen lamps on the banks of Ayodhya pond in the Mahanadi River. 

GM University, Sambalpur
Sambalpur GM University exams postponed for ‘Nua O’ programme; 'VK Pandian playing with our future'

The exams for third semester undergraduates and postgraduates, which were scheduled for January 13, were rescheduled to January 24 following a letter from Zilla Parishad.

Infant girl rescued from borewell discharged from hospital 
Infant girl rescued from borewell discharged from hospital 

Infant girl Bijayini, who was miraculously rescued from a borewell at Laripalli under Rengali block, was discharged from VIMSAR, Burla on Thursday. 

One dead, five injured in road mishap in Odisha 
One dead, five injured in road mishap in Odisha 

A person was killed and five others were injured after the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in had a head-on collision with a tractor at Giripali Chhak under Sasan Police limits in Sambalpur district on Tuesday. 

Migratory Birds At Hirakud Reservoir
Annual bird census begins at Hirakud reservoir; 32 teams engaged for mega exercise

Hirakud DFO, Anshuprajna Das informed that several youngsters and budding bird watchers have also been engaged for the annual bird census exercise. The bird census will be carried out in the entire Hirakud reservoir areas under Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, and Bargarh districts from Hirakud to Chhattisgarh border.

Dacoit injured in police encounter in Sambalpur; 12-member gang busted  
Dacoit injured in police encounter in Sambalpur; 12-member gang busted  

In a major achievement, Sambalpur Police arrested 12 members of a dacoit gang following an encounter. In the exchange of fire, one member of the gang sustained bullet injuries. 

Expelled BJD Leader Pramod Rath
Sambalpur BJD District Committee Advisor expelled for ‘anti-party’ activities

Interestingly, Rath himself had called a press conference to declare his resignation and disassociation from the conch party. However, he was expelled even before he could resign.

Minor boy’s death in road mishap: Tension erupts again in Sambalpur; locals block road demanding com
Minor boy’s death in road mishap: Tension erupts again in Sambalpur; locals block road demanding compensation 

The agitating people laid the body on the road and staged a demonstration demanding Rs 50 lakh compensation to the next of kin. Protestors also demanded that the operation of the heavy vehicles should be prohibited inside the city after 6 pm.

Immediately after the accident, hundreds of local people swarmed to the site, clamouring for action
Minor boy killed after being hit by bus in Sambalpur; tension erupts on spot, police resort to lathi-charge 

Immediately after the accident, hundreds of local people swarmed to the site, clamouring for action against the driver. The locals shouted slogans and opposed the movement of buses on the crowded route in the evening. They staged a roadblock demanding action.

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