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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Srilankan Cricketers Bowled over by Sambalpuri sarees

Swashbuckling opener Tillakaratne Dilshan may have been every bowler’s nightmare but today he was bowled over by something which has been every Kosali & Oriya woman’s love.

Same goes for Ajantha Mendis. The Sri Lanka Army officer has bamboozled the batsmen across the world with his mysterious carrom ball but for a change he was the victim today. Sambalpuri saree was the scalper in both the cases.

The cricket frenzy in this part of the country and the pressure of a crunch game notwithstanding, Sri Lanka cricketers today found time for Kosali sarees.

They ventured out of the team hotel and stepped into a famous saree store to do their shopping.

The salesmen and store managers at “Meher” were pleasantly surprised to see Dilshan along with three other cricketers walking into their outlet at about 4.30 p.m. They went about their shopping a cool manner asking the salesmen to show the best. “They loved the Sambalpuri and Bomkai sarees. Besides some of them also picked up chiffon, georgette and cotton sarees,” the store manager Gouranga Patra said.

The first batch of players stayed for about 45 minutes and purchased sarees estimated at Rs 60,000. As soon as Dilshan and co returned to the hotel, the second batch started. This time, it was a group of five including Mendis and Lasith Malinga. They headed for “Meher” where they purchased sarees worth Rs 60,000.

“Besides the cricketers buying sarees, the team manager also wanted to have silver jewellery,” said Kishore Patra.

By the time the Lankan cricketers were busy buying the sarees, news of them shopping spread and a large crowd gathered outside to have a glimpse. Since the cricketers have been confined to their hotel for security reasons, there is no chance locals could get a close view of them.

As soon as they came out of the shop, some of the fans tried to shake hands with and even managed pictures.

Source: Indian Express dated 21 Dec

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

People of Western Orissa demands for separate KOSAL State

With the Centre agreeing to separate statehood for Telangana, a similar movement for Koshal in Orissa is all set to be renewed.

The demand for a separate state of Koshal, to be carved out of western Orissa districts, had gathered momentum in October 2003 after former BJP MP Balgopal Mishra started his movement to generate public opinion in this regard. The districts which Mishra wanted to be included in the Koshal state are Kalahandi, Nuapara, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Boudh, Bolangir, Sonepur and Sundargarh.

The name of the new state has been derived from Koshal, an erstwhile princely state of 11th century that comprised these districts and parts of present-day Chhattisgarh. Mishra said he would soon revive the movement. “The public sentiment in western Orissa has always been for a separate Koshal state. It’s just that the leaders of the region have failed to fulfil it,” he said.

Meanwhile the student union of Sambalpur University on tuesday blocked the national highway in demand of Kosal state ..Similar situation was there in Rajendra college Balangir where students boycotted classes in demand of Kosal state...

Source:Indian Express

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Kosal region reeling under severe cold wave

The whole Kosal region continued to shiver in a cold wave on Saturday .The cold wave forced people to stay indoors for several hours in the morning.

The minimum temperature has dipped below ten degrees in several places in Kosal region but the coastal regions of Orissa remained warmer. 

The towns in the (Kosal) western districts which recorded a temperature below ten degrees include Sambalpur 8.9, Bolangir 9.8, Sundergarh 9.9, and Bhabanipatna 9.5 degrees Celsius, acc to the Bhubaneswar meteorological office . 

'The temperatures were recorded early in the morning,' he said. 

The state capital Bhubaneswar however remained warmer, recording a minimum temperature of 13.9 degrees, the official said. 

The coastal towns which also remained warmer were Puri, Gopalpur, Paradip, Balasore recording a minimum temperature of 17.1, 16.1, 15.2 and 14.6 degrees Celsius respectively, he said.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Western Orissa [KOSAL] Farmer Suicide issue rocks Orissa Assembly

The issue of farmer suicides rocked the State Assembly for the second day on Thursday. Demanding that an obituary reference be made in the Assembly on the deceased farmers, the Opposition created a ruckus throughout the day. However, the Government was not in a mood to make oblige. “The farmers’ community will not forgive us if we fail to make an obituary reference to the deceased farmers,” cried Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh.

As soon as the House assembled, Singh tried to raise the issue. However, without allowing him, Speaker Pradip Amat continued with the business proceedings. Protesting the action, opposition members stormed into the well of the House and demanded the Speaker to take up farmers’ case for discussion. The House was adjourned for about one hour just after three minutes.

As the House resumed again at 11.30 am, the Congress members trooped into the floor of the House and demanded that an obituary reference be made. Congress member Santosh Singh Saulja also demanded that an obituary motion should be tabled for farmers. “If we don’t observe one-minute silence for the deceased farmers, people will not forgive us,” said Saluja.

BJP member Jayanarayan Mishra said incidents of farmer suicides are continuing unabated. “About 95 per cent people depend on agriculture. So a condolence motion should be moved,” Mishra opined. Other members also supported the demand of these two members.

“There is nothing wrong in paying homage to farmers. Traditions have already been violated. Never in the history of Odisha, on an important day when a budget was going to be presented, the House was adjourned for the death of an ex-Governor. Many things have been violated. Why the legislators would not set trend by moving a motion for the farmers who fed the country,” said Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan.

BJP legislature party leader KV Singh Deo said all should come forward to pay their homage to the deceased farmers. “There is nothing wrong in setting a new tradition for the overall welfare of the society,” said Deo.

However, Treasury bench members were not in a mood to subscribe to the theories of the Opposition. BJD member Pradip Maharathi opposed move. “Law should be examined as it was a case of suicide,” he said. “We are prepared to discuss farmer deaths. But it should come in the form of an adjournment motion,” said Steel and Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty.

“As there was no tradition to make an obituary reference for the farmers who had committed suicide, the Chair rejected the Opposition’s demand,” announced Amat. As soon as the announcement, members stormed into the floor of the House. Few of them also tried to enter the podium of the Speaker and the Speaker had to adjourn the House for five times.

Source:The Pioneer

Thursday, November 19, 2009

11 migrant labourers from Sundargarh killed in Goa Cyclone

As many as 11 migrant labourers from Sundergarh district were killed in the cyclone that hit Goa
recently. There is, however, no news about the whereabouts of 20 others who had gone from the district to work in fishing trawlers in that state.

Sundergarh-based NGO Helpline said it was coordinating between an NGO in Goa and villagers to gather news of the migrants. "We have identified 11 victims so far and informed their families," Helpline member U K Bhitiria said. "We are in contact with the NGOs in Goa and the administration there to trace the whereabouts of 20 others from Sundergarh district. They have been missing for several days now and we are afraid that they too may have died during the cyclone," Bhitiria added.

The deceased have been identified as Chitrasen Gahar, Dilip Gahar, Rajib Gahar, Nanda Gahar, Jagidish Kisan, Lokeswar Rana, Jagdish Nayak, P Palsen, Bali Kumar, Rasjesh Tirkey and Netra Bhoi. All of them were in the age group of 25 to 35 years and belonged to extremely poor families.

Grief descended on the victims' villages in Subdega and Balisankara blocks after confirmation of the deaths started pouring in from Tuesday.

The tragedy has once again turned the spotlight on the plight of migrant labourers from Orissa. Low employment opportunities force hundreds of poor people, including women, from the district to search for greener pastures in other parts of the country every year. The administration, however, has no information on the migrants and therefore fails to take prompt action during a tragedy such as the Goa cyclone.

The district administration, however, argued that it was not possible to keep track of the migrant labourers. "Many natives of Sundergarh district work as labourers in several projects in Mumbai and Goa. These migrants move to different places for earning their livelihood without information. We therefore don't have records of their whereabouts," an official said on condition of anonymity.

Source:Times of India (Dt.18 November 2009)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Orissa Govt. Official tourism Video forgets Kosal region


Check the official video of the Orissa tourism department.....This video is produced by the Dept. of Tourism Orissa Govt........


And to our surprise they have not mentioned a single place from Kosal (western Orissa) region....
In the whole video you can see Konark,puri,chilika,lingaraj,Ratnagiri,Dhauli and some tribal dance from southern orissa districts etc...but you will not find a single clip of any tourist place from kosal region.....Don't you call it biased ???


Sambalpuri Saree,sambalpuri dance,ghumura,hirakud  dam,harishankar,nrusinghanath,samaleswari temple,chousath jogini temple at ranipur-jharial and the list is long enough to post here...still not a single clip from any of the above places.....This is what i call sick colonial mentality of Orissa govt.....


They simply forgot that there is a region called Kosal (so called Western orissa) and there is a culture called Kosali or Sambalpuri Culture.....

Honestly...we can't do anything other than watching it and accepting it whole heartedly as we are doing for the last 7 decades ..

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Finally Balangir Medical College will become reality !!

The state government has given a green signal to this RVS Educational Trust to set up the proposed Medical College and Hospital in Balangir district.

Coimbatore-based RVS Group of Institutions, led by Dr KV Kuppusamy, is managing 87 Educational Institutions through out the Country. 

The high-level committee, headed by Development Commissioner Satya Prakash Nanda, has favoured the RVS Group's proposal out of a total of six which came in response to the WODC's offer.

Approving the recommendations of a high-level committee, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) to go ahead with a MoU for the purpose.

Planning and coordination Minister Anananga Udaya Singhdeo also discussed with the WODC officials in this regard and the MoU would be signed some time Next week . 

The WODC had invited expression of interest for the Medical College and Hospital in Balangir district last year in view of Shree Balaji Education and Charitable Trust backing out of the project.

The RVS Group will invest at least Rs 100 crore, while the WODC would provide a Rs 10-crore grant and 25 acres of land in Balangir. The Medical College will have an intake capacity of 100 with a 300-bed Hospital at its initial stage. 

Subsequently it would be enhanced to a 500-bed Hospital and gradually to a 1,000-bedded super specialty Hospital . 

Source :- Orissadiary.com

Friday, November 6, 2009

New KOSALI (Sambalpuri) Movie ULGULAN


ORISSA HAS a huge chunk of population that speaks Koshali, the predominant language of Sambalpur and Western Orissa region. However, the film industry of the State has hardly explored the potential market existing for Sambalpuri films. Hence, the venture of Maa Mangala Movies production house to produce Ullgunan - a feature film in Sambalpuri appears interesting.

Ullgunan means revolution in Sambalpuri and the film attempts to portray a revolution that had taken shape in 18th century Western Orissa by the local people against the ruling Marathas who were misbehaving with the women while coming to the villages to collect taxes, explains Deepak Panda who has scripted the story, screenplay and dialogues. “It’s partly fact and partly fiction. In fact there has been a very popular story in this region that tells how a young man’s courage to fight the mighty Marathas’ evil looks at women inspired the masses to revolt against the rulers,” he adds.

Acclaimed filmmaker Mehmood Hussain, the proud product of the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune who made the critically acclaimed film Dhare Alua, has returned to direction after a long interval. “We are confident that a filmmaker of his calibre would be able to do justice to the period film,” states producers’ duo Sanjay Sahoo and Purnamasi Sahoo. Hussain has roped in cinematographer P.Satya and Biswanath Ray as his film editor.

The cast includes Partha and Dipti – the lead pair besides many amateur actors from the region where the film’s story is based. The film has been shot in several locations in Western Orissa and actors have been chosen from among the locals to give the film an authentic flavour, says the director.

The enchanting Sambalpuri music and dance play a pivotal role in the film. Babloo Mitra has scored the music while popular singers Pankaj Jaal, Sailabhama, Pamy and a few others have lent their voice. Amulya Pal, Amir Pati and Pintoo have been the dance choreographers. The film will be ready for release in the New Year.

Source:- Indian Express (Shyamhari Chakra)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another western orissa farmer kills self,govt sleeping

Yet another debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Birmaharajpur area of Subarnapur district on

Saturday night. Prior to this, at
least six farmers in western Orissa had killed themselves in the current kharif
season. Kartik Mahakud (60) of Karnapali village of Birmaharajpur sub-division allegedly consumed poison and died.

The incident severely affected traffic on Sambalpur-Sonepur Road on Sunday afternoon, as both Congress and BJP workers blocked the road, demanding justice for the farmers. Carrying Mahakud's body, they de-manded adequate compensation for the family of the deceased farmer. They called off the agitation after Subarnapur additional district magistrate Gangadhar Mahandanda assured villagers of appropriate action to help the victim's family.

Sources said Mahakud of Karnapali was a renowned farmer of the locality. He owned five acres of land. But that was not sufficient to maintain his big family. Mahakud has two sons and five daughters. Of them, he had managed to get one of his sons and four of his daughters married. "He was a good and sincere farmer, but was troubled over severe crop damage this year," a villager Rabi Sahu said.

Sources said the deceased had consumed some poisonous substance on Saturday night. He was found in a critical condition by villagers the fol-lowing morning and taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police have registered an unnatural death case and handed over the body to his family on Sunday, after conducting an autopsy.

"We have registered a case and handed the body over to his family, after conducting an autopsy," a senior police officer of the district said. How-ever, police could not identifythe substance he had consumed to commit suicide. "We are not sure whether it was pesticide or something else. We will know after we get the post mortem report," police added.

But, the district administration followed their usual agenda of denying any links of the suicide to debts or crop loss. "Since the harvesting is yet to start in the locality, how can a farmer assume the quantity of his paddy production. I do not thing the cause has any link with crop loss or debts," collector (Sonepur) Bhawani Prasad Panda said. "But, I have send my ADM to review the situation and submit a report in this issue," Panda added.

Incidentally Pandab Bhoi (38) of Rengali block committed suicide on August 12, Gourahari Patra (48) of Lakhanpur block on October 4, and Bidyadhar Bagh (40) of Rengali block on October 7. On October 18, An-gad Barik (65) of Jamenkira block committed suicide by jumping in front a running train.

Similarly, Kusha Majhi of Tarbode (Nuapara) and Maharshee Narang of Hemgir (Sundergarh) had committed for the same reason. Three other farmers from coastal and southern Orissa had committed suicide over the past one week.

Source :- Times of India

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Balangir Police Flag March

Silent Bolangir (Bibeka)

balangir burns

balangir burns

Exclusive Photo of Balangir Violence







Crime Branch to investigate Balangir Violence


The State Government today asked the Crime Branch to inquire into the Balangir violence triggered by the death of an engineering student in an accident on October 24. While the accident was caused by a police van, another student injured in police lathicharge succumbed in the VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla the next day.

Police registered two separate cases in this connection. On the first day, Shakti Prasad Mohanty, a student of the Shushree Institute of Technology, Balangir died on the spot as he was run over by a police van.

The same day another student, Sashi Kumar Panda was admitted to the VSS Medical College and Hospital.

The incidents gave rise to a lot of public resentment and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the arrest of the Balangir Superintendent of Police for inept handling of the situation.

Chhatra Congress called Balangir and western Orissa bandh to protest police excesses. A release issued by the police headquarters here maintained that the inquiry has been handed over to the Crime Branch for a fair and impartial investigation after public hue and cry over the matter.

The State Government has also appointed retired judge of the High Court Justice SK Mohanty to inquire into the violence.

Justice Mohanty will submit his report within three months.

Meanwhile, Congress has demanded that the District Collector and SP be removed by the State Government for an impartial inquiry.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Balangir Student agitation Moves across Western Orissa

BURLA: Out of the several injured person in Police lathicharge on Saturday,one student called Sashikant Panda succumbed to his injuries at the VSS Medical College and Hospital at Burla on Sunday.

Sashikant was hit on his head by Police personnel when police lathi-charged the angry mob of students on Saturday evening.He died at around 11 am in the morning but information was made public by noon 2 PM. It is also alleged that the doctors in VSS medical college misbehaved Sashikant's father and neglected his treatment as well. As soon as the news of Sashikant was made public various student union in Burla came out to street.They forcefully entered the post-Morten room and took Sashi's dead body with them.When reports last came in they have kept his dead body on the main road of Burla and are demanding strict action against police and the doctors who are responsible for the negligence in treatment.Students are very angry and they are burning tyre. Sambalpur Collector and SP have rushed to the spot to negotiate with the agitating students. Meanwhile Sambalpur town is also tense as all the student union in Western Orissa have joined the agitation.

Another student Saroj Biswal who was also severely beaten by Balangir police is said to be in critical condition.He is now shifted to Kalinga hospital and is kept in the ICU.

Another Young businessman from Balangir called Mukesh Keshwani is also said to be critical.Yesterday when the students ranshaked his Shop,Mukesh was trying to close his shop when Police arrived and beat him indiscriminately due to which he suffered multiple fracture and is kept in ICU in VSS medical college Burla.Doctors have recommended an emergency operation on him to save his life.

Balangir Police atrocities doesn't stop there.They took many innocent labourers and have detained them in Jail till now.Many businessman are also said to be taken by the police .

Tommorow on 25th October the Youth Congress of Orissa,Balangir Student congress,Balangir Chambers of Commerce,Balangir Bar Association as well as Western Orissa Student Union,Koshal Student Union and many more Organisation have called Western Orissa Bandh to protest this Police atrocities.

Meanwhile it has been alleged that all these disturbance started when a local SI of Balangir named Karkara misbehaved  Late Shakti Prasad Mohanty's father and asked him to forget about this incident.He also ordered lathi charge in the Hospital premises to disperse the student with out any permission from his higher authority.This act of police escalated the situation.Mr. Karkara has a dubious record of such atrocities.

Today Balangir Dist Peace Committee and Balangir Citizen Committee has demanded strong action aginst these Policeman.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Balangir is burning

BALANGIR: On 24th October Balangir turned into a virtual fire ball. A strong mob of around 7000 students and more than 3000 localites on Saturday set ablaze the Town police station and six vehicles which includes four vehicle of Vedanta Aluminum & two government buses after a student was crushed to death by a police van near the durga mandap chowk in Rugudi Para.

According to eyewitness an engineering student from Sushree Engineering college in Balangir identified as Shakti Prasad Mohanty was crushed to death when a Police van hit his bike from the back. He died on the spot.

As the news of his death spread, students of the various colleges took to the streets engaging in violence in which locals also joined.The also torched the Superintendent of Police office and damaged several police vehicle.

When the last report came Police fired six round of bullet and applied severe lathi charge.In this process several students were severely injured out of which two are in critical condition and have been shifted to Burla medical college.The Police also beat innocent people and labourers who were working on a construction site.Some of the labourers are seriously injured.

It is two be mentioned that this is the third such incident in the last four month in Balangir.Last time also a police Van hit a biker who died on the spot.Later it was found that the driver of the police van was heavily drunk.Eyewitness says this time also the driver was drunk.However Police has hidden the driver in some undisclosed location.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maa Samaleswari

Sambalpuri bhajan of Adhisthatri devi of KOSHAL "Maa Samalei"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sweets of Kosal (Kosali Meetha)

MALPUA

Ingredients:

1 cup maida( all purpose flour)
water or milk to make a thick batter.
1 ripe banana, 2-3 green cardamoms
1 spoon of pan puhuri(saunf)
A pinch of baking soda.
Sugar and water to make sira(sugar syrup)
Ghee or oil for deep frying.

Method:

Mix maida and water( or milk) to make a thick batter. Add baking soda to this and keep it for 4-5 hours. Then add the mashed banana, crushed green cardamoms and pana mahuri to it. In the mean time make sira by boiling 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water. Heat oil or ghee for frying. When hot put one laddle of the batter into oil and fry until brown. Take it out and put it in sugar syrup for 2-3 mins till it absorbs it. Take it out and serve hot or cold.

MUNG BARA (RAS BARA)

Ingredients

1 cup mug dael(mung Dal)
A pinch of baking soda.
4-5 crushed elachi(green cardamoms)
Oil or ghee for deep frying.
1 cup sugar and 1 cup water.

Method

Soak mung dal in water for 4-5 hours. Drain and grind it to a fine paste in grinder. Add crushed cardamoms and baking soda to it and whisk for few mins.
Heat oil or ghee in a kadhai. Then make small balls of mung paste and deep fry till golden brown. Take those out and dip in the sugar syrup for 4-5 mins. Take out and serve hot or cold.

LABANGALATA

Ingredient

Maeda
Oil/Ghee
Sugar
Coconut
Cloves (Labang)
Elachi
Kesar

Method

Take 2 cups of flour and put 1/4 cup hot oil (for the moin) in it. Mix it well and when cooled use water to make a hard dough. Now make small balls of the dough.
Now make one ball into a medium puri shape size with a belan then put some sweetened shredded coconut * in it for the stuffing in the centre.
Take 2 ends of the puri and overlap them over each other and use a little oil to close it properly. Turn it on the other side (it will look like a cylinder)and take the two ends and overlap them over each other.
Use 1 clove to fasten it properly.
Deep fry these on medium heat until they are golden brown. Put them in sugar syrup after draining excess oil and take it out when the next set of fried lata is ready (after a short time).
Relish them when are cold.

* TIP: Sweetened coconut can be found in the baking section aisle of any grocery shop.

For the sugar syrup take 1 1/2 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water .
Dissolve it ,add elaichi and little kesar to it and put in the microwave for 7 min.

KHAJA

Ingredients:

4 1/2 Cups all purpose Flour
1 cup ghee
1 cup of sugar
1 cup water for the sugar syrup
Ghee/oil ( canola oil) for deep frying
Green cardamom for sugar syrup

Method:

Take 4cups of flour and put 1/2 cup ghee in it. Mix it well and use water to make a soft dough.

Take the other half cup ghee and warm it up in the microwave for few seconds and add rest of the 1/2 cup maida in it and make a paste of it. Keep it aside for some time.

Now make two big chappati of the flour dough. Spread the maida and ghee paste on one of them and put the second chapatti on the first one, put little bit more of the paste. Start rolling both chapttis from one end so that one is layered inside the other.

Now you’ve a long roll, cut this roll with knife about one inch each. keep all the pieces aside.

Take one at a time and press it with your finger a little side ways and the flatten it with a rolling pin.

Deep fry this pieces in medium heat until they are golden brown.

Keep the sugar syrup ready by boiling the sugar and water together. add cardamom now .Make sure the sugar syrup is thick in its consistency.

Put the fried pieces one at a time in syrup and take it out immediately.

Enjoy them when they are cold

SIMIYA KHIRI

Ingredients

Simiya(Vermicelli) – 75 Gm
Chini(Sugar) – 65 Gm
Kaju(Cashew Nuts) – 10 Gm
Kishmish(Raisins) – 20 Gm
Elachi(Cardamom) – 4 pieces
Guras(Milk) – 500 ml
Gua Ghee(Cow Ghee) – 1 tea spoon

Method:

Crush the cardamom seeds and keep the powder aside.
Heat the Cow ghee in a frying pan. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins till it turns golden brown. Take them out and keep aside.
Fry the vermicelli in the rest of the Cow ghee, till it is turns golden brown.
Boil milk in a deep fry pan. Add the cardamom powder and vermicelli.
Boil the milk till vermicelli is cooked well.
Add sugar, fried cashew nuts and raisins and mix well.
Boil for some time till all the ingredients are well mixed and well cooked. Serve it with roti or puri or as a sweet dish( dessert)

Sambalpur MP demands separate Kosal State

The demand for a separate Western Orissa state was raised from an unexpected quarter today.

Former minister and Congress MP from Sambalpur Amarnath Pradhan today threatened that if the State Government continued to neglect Western Orissa then we will not hesitate to demand a separate State. Pradhan issued this threat at a news conference convened by the party here on the farmers’ suicide issue. Officially though, the Congress is opposed to the demand for a separate Western Orissa state.

Criticising the State Government for neglecting the people of the area for years together, Pradhan also announced that he will also raise the issue in Parliament. He maintained that days are not far when the people of the area will renew their agitation to press for their demand.

Throwing light on the over-all neglect of the area, the former minister said that schools and colleges do not have teachers, largescale vacancies of doctors and other staff continue in hospitals despite the outbreak of cholera and many villages do not have roads and drinking water facilities.

Observing that this state of affairs has continued for too many years, Pradhan said that people will not remain silent now. Pradhan said that the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) has failed to live upto the expectations.

The council headquarters is still in Bhubaneswar and the State Government has failed to fix it despite giving assurance in the Assembly. Former minister Prakash Debta also supported Pradhan’s demand.

What is significant is the fact that other MLAs from Western Orissa and several other senior Congress functionaries were present at the news conference. But none of them opposed such a demand.

The demand for a separate Kosala state which had peaked a few years back had receded to the background because of lack of unity among the agitators. The demand was raised by former BJP MLA Balgopal Mishra though the State and central units of the party never publicly supported it.

Source:-IndianExpress

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kosali Breakfast (Jalkhia)

GAHAM BARA

Ingredients:-

Aatta ( Wheat Flour ) - 400 gm
Guras ( Milk ) - 600 ml
Guras ra Sar ( Fresh cream ) - 2tbsp
Chinni ( Sugar ) - 200 gm
Pan Muhuri ( Aniseeds ) - 3tsp
Elachi ( Big Cardamom) - 2pcs
Baking Powder - 1 pinch
Noon ( Salt ) - As per taste
Refine Tel ( Refined Oil) - for deep frying

Method:-

Take a deep bowl, add flour, sugar, aniseed, cardamom powder, baking powder and salt to taste and mix it well.
Add fresh cream and milk to the above mixture and blend it gently to form a fluffy batter.
Keep the batter aside for at least 1hour.
Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
Make medium size balls of the batter and fry until they are crisp golden brown.
Serve it hot.

CHUDA BHAJA (UPMA)

Ingredients:

Thick Chuda (poha) - 2 cup
Green Chillies sliced - 2, Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp, Jeera Seeds - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 small diced, Tomato - 1 medium diced
Potato - 1 medium diced Urad jai - 1tsp, Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Peanuts - 1tbsp, Curry leaves - 2-3 Oil - 3tbsp. Salt to taste, Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Wash chuda in cold water, drain water. Add turmeric powder to chuda and keep aside.
Heat oil a pan.
Add curry leaves, green chillies, mustard seeds, jeera seeds, urad jai and peanuts. Stir in for few minutes.
Add onions and potatoes and stir for 5 mins.
Add tomatoes and salt to taste.
Add chuda to the mixture in the pan. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

PURI TARKARI (ALU TARKARI)

Ingredients:

Aata (Wheat Flour) – 500gms
Refined oil -as per requirement
Aalu(Potato)-300grm
WUil / Piaj (Onion)-100grm
Aada(Ginger)- 1inch
Lesun(Garlic) -15 cloves
Patalghanta (Tomato)-75 grm
Haldi Gund (Turmeric powder) -1 tsp
Mircha Gunda (Chilies Powder ) -1 tsp
Tej Patar( Bay Leaf) – 2 pcs
Elachi (Small Cardamom)- 2pcs
Lavang (Clove) -2 pcs
Dalchini (Long Cinnamon)- 1 inch
Noon(salt)- as per taste

Method:

Sift together the flour, salt and oil (2 tps) and add just enough water to form smooth dough.
Make small balls from the above dough, flatten each ball into a round shape.
Heat oil in a frying pan, and fry these flatten balls till it turns golden brown from each side.
Make fine paste from onion, garlic and ginger. Then cut tomatoes into small slices.
Cut the unpeeled potatoes into slices, boil these until these tenderly boiled. Then drain out the water, peel off the potatoes and cut into cubes.
Make a powder of the cinnamon, cardamom, clove and black pepper.
Heat oil in that pan, add the masala paste ( from step - 4 ), and then add turmeric powder, chill powder to it
Stir the above mixture and fry this paste over medium flame until it begins turning light brown
Add the tomatoes ( from step- 4 ), boiled potato and continue to fry till the paste is well cooked.
Then add water (3/4 cup ) to it , add salt to it as per taste and stir it properly. Boil it for 10-20minutes until the gravy thickness to the desired consistency.
Add the garam masala powder (step -6 ) and serve with Puri.

BIRI BARA AND CHANA TARKARI

Ingredients for Bara

2 cups Biri Dali(urad dal)
2 medium sized onion chopped
2 tsp. chopped coriander leaves
6 green chilies, chopped finely
A pinch of baking soda
Oil for deep frying

Ingredients for Mutter Chana Tarkari

Dried Peas 1 cup
2 medium sized Potato(Optional)
1 medium sizd tomato
Salt, turmeric as required
1 spoon of zeera powder, i spoon dhaniya powder
3 Spoon oil, coriander leaves copped

Grind to a paste 1 Medium sized onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 inch ginger
1 green cardamom, 1 small piece cinnamon, 3 cloves

Method
Bara:

Soak the Biri Dal in water for 4-5 hours. Drain it and grind it in a grinder using very little water to get a smooth dough. Mix the chopped coriander leaves,
chopped onion, green chillis, salt and baking soda. Heat oil in a kadhai. Take some oil in palm, take small balls of dough in hand, flatten it little bit and with a small hole in the center.
Fry it in oil till golden brown.

Mutter Chana Tarkari:

Soak the dry yellow peas in water for 6-7 hours. Boil and cube the potatoes into 2 cm cubes. Heat 3 spoon of oil in a frying pan, add 1 some cumin seeds, when they
splutter add some chopped green chillis and then the ground paste. Fry till the oil separates from the frying pan. Add turmeric, chopped tomato, zeera pawder
dhaniya powder. Cook for few more minutes till tomatoes are done. Then add the boiled peas and potatoes and little water. Cover and simmer for 3-4 mins more.
Finally sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kosali Maada aau Peetha

Podh Peetha

Ingredients:

Rice- 500 grams
Biri (Black gram)- 500 grams
Jaggery/ Sugar - 500 grams
Green Cardamom (powder)- 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1 teaspoon
Coconut - 1

Method:

Soak rice and biri for 5 hours and then grind to a fine paste.
Add salt to the dough and let it stand overnight.
Break coconut into 2 halves. Grate one half and cut the other half into small pieces.
Add all the coconuts, jaggery, cardamom powder to the dough.
Mix well.
Pour the dough to a baking dish smeared with little oil.
Heat the oven at 300 degrees farenheit. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 45 mins.
To check for pitha readiness, insert toothpick or fork. If the dough does not stick, its ready.
Allow the pitha to cool before cutting into pieces.

Suji Maada

Ingredients

Suji (rawa ) -150 gm
Nadia kura(Shredded coconut)- half a coconut
Chini(Sugar) -75gm
Elachi( cardamom)- 4 pcs
Gua Ghee(cows ghee)-1 tbs
Salt – as per taste

Method

Take a frying pan. Put the sugar and shredded coconut into the pan, fry it for 10 min, when semi cooked, add crushed cardamom. When cooked take out from flame, keep aside.
Take water (double the amount of rawa) in a deep pan. Add ghee, sugar and salt as per the taste. Boil it.
When it starts boiling put small amount of rawa and stir it. Do the same for the rest of rawa. Stir it properly to avoid forming lumps. Keep it on the flame for 2 min. Remove from flame and keep aside.
Wait till the dough cools down to room temperature, kneed the dough with ghee to make it softer.
Make 8-10 balls from the dough when rolling it in hand. Flatten balls and put some coconut stuffing, roll it to make a ball.
In a separate deep pan take water (2/3). Tie a cloth over the mouth of the pan. Boil it.
When its starts steaming, put the rawa balls and cover it. Steam it for 10 min. Remove from flame. Serve it hot or cold.

Chakel

Ingredients

Atta ( Wheat flour ) - 300 gm
Suji ( Rawa ) - 75 gm
Maida - 75 gm
Kaju ( Cashew Nut) – 20 gm
Chini ( Sugar ) - 200 gm
Pan Muhuri ( Aniseeds) - 2tsp
Nadia cura ( shredded coconut ) - 4tbsp
Tel ( Refind Tel ) - As per requirement
Noon ( Salt ) - As per requirement

Method

To start with, cut cashew into small pieces.
Add Wheat flour, rawa, maida, sugar, aniseeds, shredded coconut, salt as per taste and required water to make a semi liquid batter. Whip well and keep it for 30 mins.
Heat tawa (non stick will be better) on a medium flame.
Spread a little oil (1tps) on the tawa.
Take the batter in a tablespoon and spread it on the tawa like a dosa.
Turn the pitha upside down after 1 min.
When turns golden brown from each side, remove it from tawa and serve it hot.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Non-veg Cuisines of Kosal

Kasha Mangsha:-

Ingredients:

Mutton - 1kg
Onion - 300 grams
Garlic- 100 grams
Ginger - 150 grams
Garam masala- 1cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1green cardamom, pinch of jayetri (mace)
Tej Patar- 2
Chilli Powder- 3 teaspoon
Turmeric - 3 teaspoon Oil

Method:

Masla-Grind onion, ginger, garlic to a fine paste. 
Crush the garam masala.
Marinade mutton with 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon chilli powder and salt for 1 hour.
Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan and when hot, add teja patra and garam masala.
When its a little brown, add the ground masala paste. Cook till the water dries from the masala and it changes color.
Add 2 teaspoon chilli powder and stir well. Then add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder. Keep cooking till the oil separates from the spices.
Add the mutton pieces and cook covered. Stir ocassionally. Cook under medium flame and do not add water. This dish has no gravy and goes well with luchi.

Note: If the mutton takes long to cook, you can pressure cook with 1 cup of water. Once the meat is cooked, cook in open flame to dry the gravy.

Chingdi Jhol:-

Ingredients

Shrimp- 1 kg Potatoes- 3 medium Onions- 3 medim Ginger- 30 grams Garlic- 5 cloves Tomato- 1 small Cinnamon- 1 small stick Cloves- 2 Green cardamon- 2 Teja patra- 1 Turmeric-2 spoon Chilli powder- 1 spoon Cumin powder- 1 teaspoon Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon 

Method

Masala - Grind onion (2), ginger and garlic together into a fine paste. 
Crush cinnamon, cloves and cardamon into small pieces. This is called as “Garam-masla”. 
Peel and clean shrimp. Marinate with 1 teaspoon turmeric and salt.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. When hot, add shrimp and fry lightly. Set aside the shrimp.
Add another tablespoon of oil to the same pan and heat again. Now add Tej patar and crushed garam masla. 

Dice 1 onion and add the diced onions and stir well till onions brown a little.
Add diced tomato and cook till it mixes well.
Now add the ground paste to the pan and cook all of them together.
Add 1 teaspoon turmeric, chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder and cook till the masala cooks well. This should take upto 7 mins.

Cut potates length wise into thin pieces. When the masalas are well cooked, add potatoes and cooked covered under medium flame.

When potatoes are almost done, add shrimp to it and mix them all well.
Add 1 cup of hot water and cook till water boils.
Take off the stove and serve with Rice.


Masala Mach bhaja:-

Indredients

Rohi machh( Rohu Fish)- 750 gm
WUeel/Piaj(Onion) – 450 gm 
Tentel( Tamarind)- 20 gm
Lesun(Garlic) -30 gm
Ada( Ginger)- ½ inch
Kancha Mircha( Green Chili)- 4 pcs(as per taste)
Haldi Gunda Turmeric Powder)- 3tsp
Mircha Gund( Chili Powder)-1 tsp
Tomato- 100 gm
Surso Tel( Mustard Oil)-as required for frying

Method

Wash and clean the fish properly, mix it WITH 2 tsp turmeric powder and salt AND keep aside for 15 mins.
Make a fine paste of onion (75gm), garlic (8 cloves), and ginger (1/2inch).
Soak the tamarind in a little water for 10 mins. Make a paste out of it and cut thin slices of the remaining onion and garlic cloves. Slit the green chilies and cut the tomato into small cubes.
Mix the tamarind paste and the onion, ginger, garlic paste masala to the fish. Keep it for 20 mins.
After 20 min add the onion, garlic, green chili and tomato slices to the above mixture.
Add chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to the mixture, keep it for 15 min.
Take a deep pan, heat oil, when hot put 1 or 2 pcs of fish with the masala. Fry it till each side turns looks brown and the masala is cooked well.
Remove from flame and serve it hot with rice.

Debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Kosal

SAMBALPUR: A farmer committed suicide after he allegedly failed to repay a loan at a village in Jharsuguda district.

Villagers at Sagarpali
in Lakhanpur block said Gourhari Patra (48) died after consuming poison on Sunday because
crop loss had added to his financial burden.

Neighbours took him to the health centre at Laknanpur, where he was declared dead. Police registered a case of unnatural death but were unable to recover the body because villagers blocked NH-200 demanding compensation. The blockade was lifted after revenue officials assured the villagers of proper compensation to the farmer's family.

"We recovered the body in the evening after villagers called off their agitation on an assurance from revenue officials. We handed over the body to his family after post-mortem on Monday," a police officer of Jharsuguda district said.

Sources said, low rainfail coupled with invasion by locusts caused heavy crop damage in different parts of western Orissa. Jharsuguda's Lakhanpur block was one of the worst affected areas and farmers had apprised the government of the situation. "But neither the government nor the district administration paid heed to our request," a villager Narayan Majhi said.

The deceased had taken an agriculture loan of Rs 20,000 from Bhaurkhol cooperative society and another few thousands from villagers. He had assured to repay these loans after harvesting. But he sustained a huge loss due to crop damage. The district administration has directed an official to inquire into the death and submit a report. "Action would be taken once I get the report," collector (Jharsuguda) D Dash said.

Source:- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/bhubaneswar/Debt-ridden-farmer-takes-poison/articleshow/5091555.cms

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Memorandum For Neglecting Kosal Region

Dear All,
Please come forward and sign the petition. Think about our future generation, think of the development of our region, think of our people and then sign the petition


Click the link below and please sign the online petition..This petition is for the negligence of Kosal by the state admin.

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/HE1KSL/petition.html

Regards
Satyajit

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Regional Imbalance of Kosal region


Ten Western Orissa districts lag behind their counterparts of coastal districts in core sectors with meagre percentage till date. The administrative set-up of Western Orissa Development Council is illustrated in a tabular form as well as the position of other core sectors in the enclosed statements.
Looking at the degree of development/ backwardness of 10 Western Orissa districts, it can be said that out of 87 blocks only 5 blocks are developed, 25 are developing, another 25 are backward and 32 blocks are very backward, whereas in coastal districts 70 blocks are developed, 50 blocks are very backward out of total 227 blocks .

Only 5.7% developed blocks 36.78% very backward blocks are there in WODC districts. This is against 30.84% of the developed blocks only 22.03% are in very backward blocks in non –WODC districts.

(Source – Ghadei Committee Report to OLA)

As per the L.T.A.P of K.B.K. the 4 WODC Districts are having irrigation potentials much below the State average.

Accordingly, steps may be taken for improving the backwardness of areas on priority basis.

Taking into consideration the current drought situation in the entire 10 districts of Western Orissa, maximum emphases may be given on irrigation projects with particular thrust upon lift irrigation facilities. The requisite date concerning to the irrigation sector are also furnished in tabular form in this report.

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"Aamar Sanskruti Aamar Gaurav"

Welcome to the land of culture "Koshal" . Koshal is the land of great warriors. The land of Maharaja's.The land of Maa Samalei, World famous sambalpuri saree , great teracotta works, land of tantrik Vidya, world famous Sambalpuri music and dance.

Koshal consists of ten beautiful districts..
Sambalpur,Balangir,Kalahandi,Sundergarh,Bargarh,Jharsuguda,Subarnapur,Boudh,Nuapada
and Deogarh.

The motto of this community is to bring all the young warriors of koshal to a common platform from where they can initiate the process to preserve the great Koshali culture and swear to free our motherland koshal from atrocities..

So friends lets join hand and do something extraordinary to create a separate identity of us across the globe and create a separate koshal state,full of prosperity and impartiality.

We Consider Kosali language as the mother of Oriya language, the origin of kosali language was found by the historians from Subarnapur in Stambheswari inscription of 12th century A.D. The Kosali language is spoken by about 2 crores of people in the entire KBK belt and Western Orissa and part of A.P., M.P., Chhatisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It is a matter of regret that the Government of Orissa has not taken any interest to improve the standard of Kosali (Sambalpuri) language.


KOSAL COMMUNITY STRONGLY DEMANDS THAT THE KOSALI(SAMBALPURI) LANGUAGE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BE ENLISTED IN THE 8TH SCHEDULE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA


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