Outcast Even In Death

Kalahandi: In another shameful and shocking incident, an old woman named Sabitri had no one to shoulder her to the cremation ground after her death only because she belonged to a low caste.
This incident occurred in Tentulipada village of Mahima Panchayat, Kokosara block. On Wednesday morning, two people were seen pulling the dead body of an old woman on a cot to the cremation ground as the villagers did not come forward to help them.
Notably, Sabitri was the second wife of Baidyanath Zued, who had married her while working as migrant labourer in Bhawanipatna after the death of his first wife. But as Sabitri hailed from a lower caste, the villagers had outcasted them.
Raghunath had tried to woo the villagers to include them back to their caste but was unable to pay the fine amount of a goat and some rice as per their custom.
Baidyanath had died six months back. Sabitri was living in a pitiable condition since then. When Sabitri died on Tuesday night, her brother-in-law, Raghunath Zued informed the villagers and asked for their help. But no one came forward to help them. Instead they asked for a fine to be paid so that they can incorporate her to their caste and help in her cremation.
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Sweat Behind A Brighter Diwali

Bhubaneswar: Lighting diyas on Diwali gives a traditional look to the festival. Markets are flooded with all varieties of diyas.
63-year-old Balaram Muduli has been working on his wheel for the past 40 years to give life to clay in form of pots and diyas.
Being in this potter’s profession, he barely manages to eke out a living but is happy to provide services which lights up other’s houses.
“Two persons working for 15 days manage to earn Rs.5000 after deducting the costs. It is just hand to mouth existence for us. The artefacts we make are very much in demand in Bhubaneswar, Khorda, Cuttack, and different parts of the State,” informs Muduli. “The government alos doesn’t lend a helping hand to us. It has turned a blind eye towards us or elso this industry could have boomed,” he lamented. Around 10 families of the potter’s clan live in this village, Basantapur in the outskirts of the capital cily near Dhauli.
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BJD MLA Surrenders In Murder Case

Bhadrak: Dhamnagar MLA, Muktikanta Mandal today surrendered before the Bhadrak Additional District Judge court in connection with a 2002 murder case of Niranjan Jena.
Earlier, he had moved High Court seeking anticipatory bail to evade arrest.
However, he was asked to surrender before the lower court and seek bail which will be considered by maintaining parity with the other accused persons.
His bail plea will be considered after 2 p.m by the court, according to the sources.
Notably, Jena was allegedly beaten to death by 20-25 men, including Muktikanta Mandal and Nepal Barik, on November 3, 2002.
The deceased said to be a close aide of Mandal was abducted by Mandal’s supporters from Antapur under Soro area in Balasore district who took him to Balinagar in Basudevpur and beaten to death.
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Wild Bears Sporting Hide And Seek In Odisha’s Village

Jeypore: A wild bear along with two of her cubs had strayed into Tankua panchayat under Jeypore block in Koraput distict on Wednesday evening around 7 p.m from the nearby forest area.


The villagers along with the forest officials spotted them and scared them away back to the forest.

Notably, the three bears had come to search for food and had visited the village a fortnight earlier, too. But, they returned back to their forest area due to fear.

There has be no reports of any damage done by the bears.

Following gradual shrinking of forests and sans sufficient food stuff to feed on, the wild bears often sneak into the town putting the villagers on their toes.

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Noted Odia Poet Hrushikesh Mallick Bags Sarala Award-2016

Bhubaneswar: Noted Odia poet Dr Hrushikesh Mallick on Wednesday honoured with the 37th edition of prestigious Sarala Award for his outstanding poetry.
The annual award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation conferred on Mallick for his poetry work “Jeje Dekhi Nathiba Bharat“,
Mallick was presented the award by Chandrasekhar Kambar, vice-president of Kendra Sahitya Academy.
Besides, two more prominent personalities of Odisha honoured for their valuable contribution in the field of music and art. Dr Gopal Chandra Panda awarded with Ila Panda Memorial Music Samman while Dr Dinanath Pathi received Ila Panda Memorial Art Samman posthumously.
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Engineering Student Stabbed, Critical

Berhampur: An engineering student of Umacharan Pattnaik Engineering School at Berhampur was stabbed by two goons in broad daylight today.
He is identified as Krutibaas Mishra, a third year student of Electronic and Telecommunication. He was attacked by two miscreants when he was returning after taking an examination.
He was rushed to MKCG Hospital. The doctors are stating his condition to be critical. He is said to have received grave injuries in head and stomach.
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Cyclone Kyant Threat Over , Weakening To Deep Depression

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Kyant which now lies some 380 kms South East of Gopalpur coast in Odisha is gradually becoming weak and would be converted into a deep depression by Thursday afternoon. It would further weaken to a depression by evening.
With this the threat of Cyclone Kyant is virtually over according to Bhubaneswar Met Dept.
However due to the influence of Cyclone Kyant there have been rains in some coastal areas and the wind speed felt was around 45 to 50 kmph. The sea still remains rough and fishermen are advised not to venture into it till the conditions are normal.
The Odisha govt is likely to resume the holidays of govt employees today which was earlier cancelled due to cyclone threat.
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More Naxals Killed In Fresh Encounter

Malkangiri: Atleast two Naxals are killed in a fresh encounter by police in Panasput forest of Malkangiri dist.
The operation was carried out jointly by Andhra and Odisha police early this morning in the inaccessible moist dominated area.
Combing operation is still continuing in the area and according to sources large ammunition have been recovered.
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Ollywood Star Amlan Das Injured In Road Accident

Cuttack: Popular Ollywood film star Amlan Das has been badly injured after he met with an accident late last night at Cuttack.
The accident occurred near Markatnagar police station when a car in which Amlan and two others were travelling hit a tree after loosing balance. Amlan and two others have been admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack.
Their condition is stated to be out of danger.
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Staff Nurses Allege Sexual Harassment By Doctor

Soro (Balasore): Some female staff nurses of a private nurshing home here on Sunday brought sexual harassment charge against a doctor who is also the owner of the said health centre.
According to reports, six staff nurses of the Basanti Durga nurshing home have lodged a complaint against Srikant Mahapatra at Soro police station here alleging sexual harassment. The lady health care professionals also alleged that the owner is not paying their September month salary.
“We have been working here for the past one month and the owner is not clearing our salary and when we ask him about it he abuses and touches us inappropriately,” said one of the complaints.
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