Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rare kidney failure takes 13 lives in Redhakhol

A total 13 persons have been died during last 3 years due to kidney failure in Podabalanda and Kuhi villages under Sambalpur’s Rairakhol sub-division due to lack of proper medical facilities. The Aam Admi party alleged poverty and lack of awareness led the people to suffer from the deadly diseases. The convener of the party MR Patnaik informed that more than 20 people of the two villages have presently suffered from same kidney problem and they will soon die in case timely medical care is not provided them.
According to him the information collected by his two of the party members who visited the two villages gives a clear picture how poverty and lack of medical care led the patients died one after another. “We are quite surprise to note than there is no step from administration even after death of such a huge number of people from the both villages”, Patnaik alleged.
Patnaik also informed that since the Nephrology department of VSS Medical college hospital is running without doctors, going to Burla becomes meaningless for them. He demanded the health department to collect the sample of the drinking water consumed by the people and find out the cause of kidney failure in the two villages. Submitting a list of the patients, the Aam Admi party appealed the CDMO (Sambalpur) Minakhi Mohanty to take immediate step to save the villagers and find out the reason of suffering the people from the deadly disease.
“ We met the CDMO on Monday and brought the matter into her kind notice. She has assured us to take immediate step to provide treatment to the patients by sending a special team of doctors”, Patnaik said.

Hindu Tazia turns 350 years in Sambalpur

While Muslim community observed Muharrum on Friday, it is the Modipara Tazia of Sambalpur that generated attention for every one because it was organized by an orthodox Brahmin family. The Padhiary family of Modipara revealed that the family organizes
it ever since the first Tazia was brought out by one of forefathers in the year 1664. This is 350th year of celebration for the family which becomes the best example of communal harmony between the two communities. Though it is purely a Muslim’s event, the Hindu family of the town feels it is their family tradition.

“I have been doing this after the death of my father as we feel it is a tradition of our family.This is 350th years of event we undertook this year since the first was brought out in the year 1964,” the elder member of the Padhiary family of Modipara , Lalmohan Padhiary said on Friday (15th November 2013).
Sources said the people of Muslim community observe this to mourn and pay homage to Hassan and Hussein, who became martyrs (about 680 AD) in Karbala desert in Arabia. During the festival, the people of Muslim community injure themselves as a mark to the memory of the two brothers. But for Padhiary family it is just a family tradition and nothing else. They bring out the tazia from Modipara chowk by performing puja in a purely Hindu tradition by breaking coconut. Though there are several Tazia processions of Muslim community, the Modipara Tazia is distinguished by its appearance. The tomb of the Modipara Tazia is red while Tazia of others are white and green.

No late night marriage procession in Sambalpur

Bad news for those bachelors who prefer to make their marriage procession memorable with bursting of crackers and high profile street processions during late night. Beware; you may face trouble in case you make delay in reaching the bridal place, if it is in Sambalpur town, than you have to ensure that you reach the destination before 10 pm.
Sambalpur police have decided to stop marriage procession if that commences after 10 o clocks night. To create awareness about the decision, the police convened a meeting of the senior citizens and business men of the town where senior police officials of the district requested the people to disseminate the police decision to restrict such marriage processions. The police also directed the band party owners and sound system owners to remain alert on it.  “We have given direction to the band party owners and sound system owners to seize their instruments in case of violation of the police direction”, SDPO (Sambalpur) PK Mohapatra.

Police source said public nuisance and criminal activities have been increased in the town during night because of the liberal police action. Police now want to implement state’s loudspeaker action strictly to prevent any of such public nuisances. Times and again we have requested the people to complete the marriage procession in time, but our request remain unattended by the people because of the liberal attitude. “We have already alerted the owners of the band party and sound systems as they are the sources of such nuisance. Once they starts refusing to take part after 10 o clock night problems will be solved automatically”, Mohapatra said.

Sources said, the Odisha loudspeakers act empowers police to seize the sound systems in the absent of any such permission issued by the sub-collector of the area. The sub-collector will be fixed the term and condition as per the situation of the programme where the loudspeaker is to be used. However the act does not prescribe any such time limit.   “It is the duty of the local administration to fix the time. In case any violation, a fine of Rs. 50/- will be imposed on the violator and police will seized the sound system”, the senior lawyer Hrudananda Sarangi said.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

No sympathy for mother after the death of her only son

It was totally a heart breaking situation for Gurubari Lamba after she lost her only son Jitendra Lamba that was working as night watchman under PHD department of government of Odisha on a contractual basis. Lamba a youth of 25 years old was one of the victims died in the train accident with another two railway employees on Tuesday (2nd July).  Gurubari does not know how to stay in the house located besides the railway check gate near Guhiratikira on the side of the Mahanadi Bridge, 13 km away from Sambalpur town after losing her only son. She had already lost her husband two years back and she became alone after the death of her son.
“He was only earning source of the family after the death of his father two years back. I was planning for his marriage. But since his service was not yet confirmed he was telling me to wait for some time”, Gurubari Lamba said on Wednesday. Though she hails from Nepal, she resides in Sambalpur since her husband was residing in Sambalpur. Later they shifted to Guhiratikira located near Mahanadi Bridge. 
On the other hand, Jitendra was though working as night watchman under PHD department, his service was purely under contractual condition. He was getting Rs.1700/- per month as a daily wager. Now after his death no one of the department wants take his responsibility. “He was not a regular staff of the department. We have hired him as a daily wage basis. So question of any compensation to his family does not arise”, the executive engineer of the PHD, Sambalpur Hadibandu Behera said.

Injured daughter saved her father's life

daughter in hospital bed
Both father and daughter were severely injured in an accident while they were going in a Bus to Bhubaneswar last month. But despite of own injury a brave and courageous daughter saved the life of her father by providing him timely medical care. She took her father in an ambulance to Cuttack as he was profusely bleeding after splitting his left hand from elbow. The accident took place near Dhenkanal on 24th June and 5 persons were injured in the accident. But the condition of both father and daughter was severe.
 “Though I lost my left hand, I am happy that I got survived because of the courageous act of my daughter”, Debabrat Mishra, the victim said. He informed that after admitted in Om Sai Shubam Nursing home at Cuttack for a week, both father and daughter have shifted to Sambalpur to admit in a local nursing home. While the father lost his hand, the daughter underwent a surgical operation for long 4 hours to reset her dislocated hand.
father lost his left hand
Sources said Debabrat Mishra (49)  of Brajarajnagar of Jharsuguda district was going to Bhubaneswar in a bus along with his daughter Prerana Mishra (19) who studies in 2nd year of Electronics and communication ITER (institute of technical education and research) of Bhubaneswar on Tuesday (24th) night to drop his daughter. “It was around 2.30 or 2.40 am night. Father was already spelt. I was at the window side. Suddenly I heard a busting sound with the bus falling down on the roadside. Since it was dark, I did not find the way to get out. I was in sense. I found my father in semi-conscious situation. I did not know how I got the courage, I pulled him and we managed to get out from the bus from the front glass that was already broken”, Prerana Mishra said while recalling the incident. 
After coming out from the bus, she found her father bleeding profusely as his left hand was detached from the elbow. “I than took my father to the road by climbing the mud heaps of the roadside. I stopped the fire vehicle that was coming from the opposite side. The driver took us to nearby hospital at Meramundali. But since there was no doctor, with the help of the local police we proceeded to Cuttack by a private ambulance”, Prerana said.   .

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sambalpur boy plans computer for sightless

Can a visual impaired person be active on the internet as normal.?. But  to what extent? Can he chat on social networking sites or can he be as quick and efficient like person with proper eyesight?  A Sambalpur youth has come up with answer to all these questions.
Thirty-nine years old Rakesh Babu of Sambalpur town , who is also the grandson of famous politician late Banamali Babu has to walk a long ways to become the assistant professor of information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) and presently is exploring the way to make Internet and computers more accessible for the blind and visually impaired person. Babu also believess his research on usability can also provide benefit to computer users with sight. He is also first sightless of the globe to  get a doctoral degree in Information system.
A Graduated from Gangadhar Meher college of Sambalpur district town of western Odisha, he lost his future hope after losing his eye sight. due to suffering from ‘ Tepidity retinal degeneracy’ which he describes as one of the rare of rarest disease. He remains idle for more than 5 years in Sambalpur before he started his journey to USA. Thanks to the advice of his sister, resides in USA to take a chance. In fact his aim was to get proper treatment, but his  US-stay provides a new vision to the visual impaired youth. He than decided to join in the IT sector to prove his confidence and ability.
“It was a nice experience for me. In our country, if you are a blind no once see your talent. But in USA if you have talent, your physical condition is secondary”, Rakesh said while talking to the author during his visit to Sambalpur. He claimed that he has the ability to do something but also believed that person having blindness from birth has more ability than him.
When he joined his first computer class he convinced that he could never put the technology to good use. The visual impairment made it difficult for him to conceptualize the computing concepts that the teacher was describing. But over time with the use of technology, he learnt ways to unlock the power of computing “I want to educate the world about blind people’s Web experiences. I feel myself privileged for my condition,” Babu said. “Since I become a blind I can go through the same experiences as 314 million other people around the world with visual impairment go but my condition gives me the ability  to communicate  the world about the problem of these people which normally not a topic for discussion” , Babu added. He disclosed that he wants to educate the world about blind people’s Web experiences. He said blind persons have the ability to become best IT professional but since the education is designed for sight people, the sightless one gets tripped up on a task that becomes "routine" for a normal. Taking a test on Blackboard, doing research on the internet or shopping online are just like a routine of chatting with friends on Face book.
To combat that, Babu’s research – dubbed “The Mind of the Blind on the Web” – focuses on understanding the problems blind people encounter in today’s internet-centric society by removing the obstacles to provide equal opportunities to sight-less. He is presently working on “Decoding the Mind of the Blind” as he feels mind is the visual organ of blind person.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

police registered case against collector for abusing lady social worker in Sambalpur

Sambalpur collector Pradeep Kumar Rath is under deep trouble after the town police registered a case against him on the direction of the SDJM, Sambalpur for misbehaving a lady social worker in his official chamber. The lady social worker Pankajini Pradhan had filed a complaint case against the collector levelling misbehavior charges against him. The court has given the direction after hearing her case.
 “We have registered a case against the collector u/s 294 (using filthy language), 500(defamation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) on the direction of the SDJM, Sambalpur.  We have registered the case after receiving the court order”, the Inspector of the Town police station RN Deo said on Saturday. 
PK Rath
As per the allegation, the lady social worker Pankajini Pradhan works for woman empowerment in Jujomora block of the district. She raised her objection when she found a lady identified as Kalpana Seth was attacked in her own village as the lady refused to give ‘chanda’ to the villagers. This incident was taken place in the Jamloi village of the block on 21st October 2012. Pradhan rescued the family of the victim lady and provided her shelter. On her pressure the Jujomira police though registered a case but did not take step to arrest the villagers involved in the case.  The victim lady and her family moved place to place for shelter as the villagers threatened them for dire consequences. 
With the help of the lady social worker, the victim family tried to get justice but when nothing was happened, the victim lady submitted a notice of ‘self immolation’ in front of the office of collector on 12th December. But it was cancelled due the collector who invited the lady to his chamber and assured to take up the case personally to provide justice her and other family members.But at the same time, he allegedly misbehaved Pradhan  accompanying the lady and asked the police to drive her out of his chamber as she had no work in the matter. 
“We had gone to the collector chamber on his request on 12 December morning. She assured to take all necessary steps to provide justice. But he asked to go out as I was no way related to the case. When I objected he suddenly sparked from his chair and started abusing me using filthy language. From his version, it was appeared that I was the culprit of the case. He misbehaved me saying the lady took such a step because of my instigation”, Pankajini alleged said. She informed that she filed a complaint case against the collector on 17th December before the court of SDJM, Sambalpur after the local police refused to accept her complaint against the collector. 
On the other hand, the collector PK Rath has denied the allegation saying it was totally false and fabricated. "There in no truth in the allegation. it is totally false and fabricated", he said.