Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

'Ghumura' Kicks off

The New Indian Express (Bhubaneswar), Jan 15, 2016
BHAWANIPATNA:  The four-day 20th Kalahandi Utsav - Ghumura - was inaugurated at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Thursday. The festival aims to showcase the rich folk culture of the district.
  Torch rallies were taken out from Manikeswari temple of Thuamul Rampur, Shiva temples of Sapsilet and Mohangiri, Budharaja temple of Ampani, Dukri temple of Talgud, Manikeswari temple of Bhawanipatna and Urladani, the soil of martyr Rindo Majhi, in colourful procession and culminated at the venue.
Lok Sabha member Arka Keshari Deo inaugurated the festival in the presence of MLA Balabhadra Majhi, Zilla Parishad chairperson Srimati Majhi and Collector Brunda D.
Folk dances like Ghumura, Purulia Chhau, Bagha Nacha and  Gotipua were performed by the artistes from Vijayawada,  Puri and the district.
Similarly, a Palishree Mela was organised to exhibit local crafts and products by the district administration.
The festival will also be celebrated at Dharamgarh from January 15 to 17.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Odisha Single Window clears BPCL's Rs 270 cr common user facility

Business Standard, Jan 13, 2016
The State Level Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) here cleared the proposal by oil marketing major Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) to establish a common user facility (CUF) for storage of petroleum products.
The facility estimated to cost Rs 270 crore, is proposed at Meramundali in Dhenkanal district.
This project is a common arrangement of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL). The CUF would cater to receipt and storage of petroleum products like petrol, diesel, kerosene, fuel oil, light diesel. High performance and will also be blended at the CUF with imported additives. The project will require 90 acres of land, three kilo litres of water per day and 450 Kw of power. It will provide direct and contractual employment to 344 people.
The other project approved in the meeting is the proposal of Starlight Energy Ltd to set up an integrated grain based distillery unit along with a parboiled rice mill and co-generation biomass power plant at Goud Sariguda in Kalahandi district with a total investment of Rs 137 crore. The project requires 195 acres of land and 1 MW power as stand by for start-up of the biomass power plant. The industry will make use of broken rice from the rice mills, maize and other grains produced in the state for distillery unit. The husk from the rice mills will be used as principal raw material for production of biomass power.
The SLSWCA also reviewed the progress of the investment projects that were approved during 2015. Available data shows, during 2015, seven projects were approved by HLCA out of which two projects have started production and three are in different phases of completion. Similarly, during 2015, SLSWCA cleared a total number of 23 projects out of which two have started production and 20 are in different phases of constructio