Monalisa Jena to receive Kendra Sahitya Akademi award


Bhubaneswar:  ‘Astaraga’  a translation from Assamese into Odia had brought in the Odisha Sahitya Akademi award for her in 2007.

This time for ‘Ashirbadara Ranga’ an Odia translation by Monalisa Jena of Arun Sharma’s Assamese book has been nominated for the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award 2016.

“It’s an honour to have been selected for the Central Sahitya Akademi award. I shall continue translating books in future” said Monalisa

Many Odia to English and English to Odia translations are to the credit of Monalisa. Born on 10 December , 1963 to a humble family in Khurda Monalisa completed her MBA from IGNOU after graduating in Economics from Ravenshaw College.

Monalisa works as a lecturer of Economics . She works as the journalist too. She has authored over 15 books. Two of her best selling books are Indra Malatira Shoka and Ye Sabu Dhruba Muhurta.


Bird flu in Angul of Odisha


Angul: Fearing bird flu around 1000 ‘Banraj’ variant of chicken were culled here.The chicken were buried under ground after the culling. This culling drive began in the Hemsurpada area of Angul.

The cullling drive shall be on for two-three days. All the chicken shall be killed within 1 km radius of the bird flu infected farm.

The district administration  has alerted all the chicken farms and has temporarily closed all of them in the area. Restrictions have also been imposed on import of chicken from outside the district. The district administration has also ordered ban on use consumption of chicken, duck and eggs for at least three months.

Further initiative will be taken after bird flu tests in May 2017.

Area with in 10-km-radius of the government poultry farm has been declared as the ‘alert zone’.

Angul DM cum Collector Anil Ku Samal has also ordered a massive cleanliness drive in the area. He also informed this reporter that the loss shall be compensated by the Government.


Girl marries Boy in Jail-Odisha


Jajpur: A young girl and a boy of  Danagadi area of this district were in love .Due to opposition from family, both had eloped.

A complaint was lodged by the girl’s father that the boy had kidnapped her. Acting on the same the police launched a massive search operation and succeeded in nabing the love birds. On learning the matter from the young couple, the police choose to play cupid. The police successfully convinced their family members to get them married.

Their wedding took place at Jajpur Road police station with the consensus of their parents , in presence of a few locals and a few lawyers.

Panchayat Poll violence in Dhenkanal- one dead


Dhenkanal : Yesterday a young boy was shot dead at Tarabha village of Dhenkanal district in Odisha. Dhenkanal SP Basant Kumar Panigrahi said “ The deceased has been identified as Salman Rout S/o Himanshu Rout. Today we have arrested the prime accused and detained two others for their alleged complicity in the case. The prime accused is identified as Byomkesh Biswal. Besides, two suspects have been detained for interrogation for their alleged involvement in this murder”

As reported the deceased Salman Rout last night was putting BJP posters for the ongoing Panchayat Polls in Odisha. The prime accused Byomkesh and Salman had an altercation and Salman was shot at point blank.  Tension is very high in the area . The full district administration headed by the SP and the DM cum Collector Rupa Roshan Sahoo are closely monitoring the situation.

The prime accused Byomkesh is a police constable, a supporter of the BJD and is the nephew of the sitting Chairman of Tarabha Block.  Meanwhile, the body has been sent to SCB Cuttack for post mortem.

Salman was an educated young man. He was admitted to Dhenkanal District Headquarters Hospital in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries late yesterday night.

Noted socio-political leader, the Chairman of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) and a strong voice from Dhenkanal  Shri. Suparno Satpathy via a tweet has strongly condemned this poll violence.

Dr. SC Jamir conferred Doctorate degrees on Dr. Mukut Minz , Dr. Ashok Mohapatra and others


Bhubaneswar: Today at the 48th Convocation of Utkal University Governor  of  Odisha Dr. SC Jamir conferred  Doctorate degrees on eminent surgeon Dr. Mukut Minz, former Direector of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Dr. Ashok Mohapatra, social activist Arundhati Devi, CMD of NLC India Ltd Dr. Sarat Kumar Acharya, DG of  CIPET, Sanjay Kumar Nayak and National Law School of India University Prof R. Venkat Rao.

Dr. Subroto Bagchi, Chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority , Prof Ashok Kumar Das Vice-Chancellor, Director Higher Education Prof  Nihar Ranjan Patnaik  and MK Biswal Registrar of Utkal University  all addressed on the occasion.

On this 48th Convocation, the Governor conferred Doctorate degree to 6 eminent personalities, Ph.D to 281 scholars and gold medals to 88 students.

 “I have received the award after a long time and this is like a lifetime achievement award. I thank and Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Syndicate members of Utkal University for selecting me as they found that I am worthy of this award,” said Dr Minz

Dr. Mukut Minz was recently in national news for the successful kidney transplant surgery of Union Cabinet Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Besides that, on Jan 26, 2017 he was decorated with the prestigious Padma Shri Award by the  President of India.

Under construction rail bridge collapses, 2 critically injured-Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Today two persons were critically injured and several others were trapped under the debris of an under-construction bridge on the Paradip-Haridaspur railway line collapsed at Tikarapanaga near Bhutamundei in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district.

This rail line is being constructed by M/s Haridaspur Paradip Railway Company Ltd.(HPRCL), a Government of India Company. This reporter tried several times to get a comment on the issue from HPRCL MD Prasant Mishra but failed.

The injured have been admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

109th birth anniversary of Bhagabati Charan Panigrahi commemorated


Bhubaneswar: Today here at the Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust  (SNSMT) head quarters the 109th birth anniversary of legendary Bhagabati Charan Panigrahi was commemorated. The august house comprised of SNSMT volunteers and volunteers of few other progressive thinking organizations from with-in Odisha;  the same was addressed by SNSMT Chairman Shri. Suparno Satpathy. In his address he spoke about the supreme sacrifice of Bhagabati Babu and also of his contemporaries from the Indian freedom struggle, such as Subhas Chandra Bose, Chandra Shekhar Azad,  Bhagat Singh among others.

Shri. Bhagabati Charan Panigrahi was the founder of the Communist movement in Odisha. On 23 Oct 1943 Bhagabati  Babu was found dead under mysterious circumstances. At the time of his death he was under detention of the British. It is said that he was tortured and murdered but what was put on records to save the gora babus (British officers) was that he had died of an unknown illness.

In this 109 birth anniversary commemoration meeting it was resolved that history needed to be rewritten with true facts from those testing years of the Indian freedom struggle. It was also resolved that a think tank be constituted to super monitor and drive the research work.

Announcing the occasion Shri. Suparno Satpathy he had put out a tweet on his official twitter handle. To the same Member of Parliament and Secretary General of CPI (M) Shri. Sitaram Yachuri quote tweeted the said tweet,  with a lal salam for legendary late Shri. Bhagabati Charan Panigrahi.