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Tag: Western Odisha

2 more farmers attempt suicide in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Two more farmers attempted suicide allegedly over crop loss and debt burden in Bolangir district on Friday. According to reports, Gupte Rana of Kutumadula village attempted to end his life by consuming poison after brown plant hopper (BPH) attack damaged his crops in nearly six acres of land. According to sources, Rana had also […]

Activists stage dharna for High Court bench in Western Odisha

Cuttack: Various social organisations and political parties under the banner of ‘Paschim Odisha Nagarika Kriyanushtan Committee’ staged dharna near the Orissa High Court on Friday demanding setting of a bench in the western part of the State. During the agitation, a delegation  led by social worker and convener of the committee Bhagabat Prasad Nanda met […]

Even CM shared my displeasure over violence during ‘hartal’: MP Baijayant

Sambalpur: Clarifying his statements on violence during BJD’s ‘hartal’, MP Baijayant Panda today said the controversy cropped up because he sided with truth and even party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared similar displeasure over the hooliganism. Baijayant had criticised the violence during BJD’s ‘hartal’ called in protest against fuel price rise on Twitter […]

Drought spectre looms over Western Odisha due to scanty rains

Bolangir: Deficient rainfall and absence of irrigation facilities have dampened the hope of farmers for bumper harvest this year in State especially in western pockets. As per a report of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), ten districts of Odisha registered 19 to 39 per cent less rainfall than the normal between June and August. In […]

Agrarian festival Nuakhai celebrated in Odisha, CM extends wishes

Bhubaneswar: Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha was celebrated with pomp and grandeur on Saturday. As per rituals, the newly harvested crop also known as Nabanna was offered to goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur between 9:05 am and 9:15 am today. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended wishes to the people of […]

IMD predicts heavy rainfall across Odisha in next 12 hours

Bhubaneswar: Heavy rainfall is likely to lash different parts of Odisha in next 12 hours due to depression over north-eastern Bay of Bengal informed regional office of India Meteorological Department (IMD) today. The IMD reported that while heavy rainfall is likely to occur over Central and Western Odisha today, it will shift to interior Odisha […]

Women protest water scarcity, allege government apathy in Bolangir

Bolangir: At a time when several parts of Odisha are witnessing flood fury, the residents of Western Odisha are still facing water crisis. Perturbed over acute water scarcity even in rainy season, the residents of Hatisalpada here took to streets today as a mark of protest against administrative apathy. Scores of women staged road blockade […]

Woman fights for life as ambulance gets stuck in flood water

Malkangiri: At a time when incessant rains in several districts of Odisha in the last couple of days has deteriorated the flood situation, a woman reportedly has been fighting for life in an ambulance which remained unmoved in Malkangiri owing to overflowing water. The woman, identified as Rame Padiami of Keriaguda village under Pidia block […]

As flood situation wreaks havoc, political parties begin blame game

Bhubaneswar: The BJP has held Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik responsible for the flood situation in Southern Odisha as the latter is in charge of the Department of Water Resources. State BJP Vice President Sameer Mohanty, in a press meet on Sunday, alleged that absence of any project on prominent five rivers of Odisha – Bansadhara, […]

Heat Wave
Odisha sizzles as mercury soars

Bhubaneswar: Odisha sizzled amid scorching heat as mercury crossed the 40 degree mark in various places with Jharsuguda being the hottest at 45 degrees Celsius. The regional office of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) further predicted that the heat wave condition will prevail for few more days. As per IMD sources western Odisha was the worst […]

Scorching heat
Scorching heat continues unabated in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Scorching heat continued in interior and western Odisha while coastal parts of State also reeled under intense heat wave conditions. Temperature at four places in the State was over 44 degree Celsius yesterday. Angul town recorded the highest temperature of 44.7 degree Celsius, followed by 44.5 degree at Balangir, 44.1 degree at Talcher and […]

Distress migration
OMEGA initiative checks distress migration in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: It wasn’t long ago that villages in western Odisha would wear a deserted look for much of the year due to distress migration of adults to other parts of the country in search of livelihood. Tens of thousands of workers would move to states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi and even […]

W Odisha sizzles; 11 places record over 40 degrees C

Bhubaneswar: Heat wave conditions persisted in many places of Odisha today with Bhawanipatna recording the highest temperature of 42.7 degrees Celsius in the state. The mercury hovered above 40 degrees Celsius in at least 11 places, mostly in western Odisha, while the coastal areas experienced cloudy conditions, according to the Meteorological centre. The state capital, […]

Black flag
81 Years on, Integration of Odisha Is Still a Work In Progress

By Sandeep Sahu Amid the symphony of dipped-in-sentimentalism messages that reverberated on Facebook since early morning on Utkal Dibasa today was one that struck a discordant note. “Aame Nuhun Udia, Aame Samalpuria; Aame Nuhun Utkali, Aamar Jati Koshali” (“We are not U(O)dias, We are Samabalpurias; We are not Utkali, Our creed is Koshali,” said the […]

No consensus on HC bench location in Western Odisha

Bhubaneswar:  The issue of High Court bench in Western Odisha was taken up for discussion in the Assembly today with leader of the Opposition Narsingha Mishra throwing weight behind setting up the bench at Bolangir, while others lobbying for other districts. Mishra also questioned the announcement of Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural […]

BJP utilised money power to influence voters: BJD

BHUBANESWAR:  Alleging that the BJP has utilised money power to influence voters during the panchayat polls, the BJD on Monday said the saffron party leaders of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are distributing money among the voters of Western Odisha. The BJD had filed a complaint at the State Election Commission (SEC) in this regard on February […]

HC bench: Western Odisha lawyers to stage dharna at Jantar Mantar on Nov 28

Jharsuguda: A 10-member delegation of lawyers of Jharsuguda District Bar Association left for New Delhi by train this morning to take part in a one-day token strike at Jantar Mantar organised by the Central Action Committee (CAC) for fulfilment of its demand for setting up of a High Court bench in Western Odisha. The delegation, […]

As monsoon abates, drought manifests in 5 Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: With monsoons receding, the spectre of drought is looming over many parts of Western Odisha. Farming is visibly affected by scanty rainfall in as many as 5 districts. Anticipating a drought-like situation, the State government has started collecting data in Deogarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Jharsuguda and Bolangir. The aforementioned districts have received the less than […]

Western Odisha celebrates Nuakhai with religious fervor

Sambalpur: People across western Odisha are celebrating Nuakhai – the agrarian festival of the region – with religious fervor and devotion today. The celebrations began with the ‘Nabanna’ or new rice out of newly harvested paddy crop was offered to Maa Samaleswari Devi in Sambalpur as per the ‘lagna’ or auspicious moment. Later, people offered […]

Supporters, opponents clash during Koshal bandh

Sambalpur: Opponents and supporters of a separate Koshal State clashed violently here on Friday after the latter detained the Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express during the 12-hour bandh called in the western Odisha. The incident occurred when protesters squatted on the rail tracks and didn’t allow the Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express to leave the station early in the […]

Cabinet okays Odisha start-up policy

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet today approved the new start-up policy of the Odisha government to promote entrepreneurship in the state through provision of incentives for start-up ventures. Briefing media persons after the meeting, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the policy would chart a road map to place Odisha among the top three investment destinations […]

BJP, Cong oppose monsoon session of Odisha Assembly during Nuakhai fest

Bhubaneswar: The Congress and BJP today opposed the government’s decision to start the monsoon session of Odisha Assembly from September 7, a day after Western Odisha’s mass festival Nuakhai. The Opposition parties alleged that it is not a fair decision to begin the session from a date when the people of western Odisha are in […]

Heat wave condition in western Odisha abates

Bhubaneswar: The long spell of heat wave condition across the western region of Odisha began abating today. The heat wave condition in coastal and southern region has already subsided due to rainfall and it was now the turn of the western region, a senior Met official said. The places which recorded the temperatures over 40 […]

Heat wave in western Odisha, sultry elsewhere

Bhubaneswar: Intense heat wave swept western Odisha today and the coastal belt reeled under sultry weather conditions with humidity level crossing 90 per cent mark. At least eight places recorded their respective maximums above 40 degrees mark. Bolangir was the hottest place in the state at 43.2 degrees, the MeT office said. Bhawani Patna sizzled […]

Western Odisha sizzles; Mercury soars to 46 degrees in Sonepur, Sundergarh

While the people of coastal Odisha had a temporary relief from the intense heat wave, mercury rose alarmingly in almost all parts of west and central districts of the state today with Sonepur and Sundergarh recording 46 degree Celsius each, the highest temperature recorded in the state this summer