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Monday, January 24, 2011

Stray Dogs Killed Kosli Migrant Labourers Child

Here is one of the many incidence where the migrant labourers of KOSAL have lost it all again ......

ORISSA GOVT...PLZ GIVE WORK & FOOD TO OUR PEOPLE SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO MIGRATE TO OTHER PLACES AND GET KILLED OR EXPLOITED....

ANUALLY 80,000 PEOPLE FROM BALANGIR & NUAPADA DIST MIGRATE OUTSIDE THE STATE IN SEARCH FOR LIVELIHOOD ....

The lives of the family members of Prashant, who was mauled to death by dogs, are no better than dogs.

Prashant’s parents, Sukhdeep and Kaikeyi, had migrated from Nuapada district in Western Orissa to Bangalore, lured by their contractor Gonti Yadav. Their dreams of securing a decent life in the city were shattered once they landed and became bonded labourers at a brick kiln in Bagalur.

They are among the thousand of families from the Balangir and Nuapada dist of Western Orissa brought to work in the brick kilns in the city and paid a very trivial amount.

"We work from 3 am to 10 pm. If we object to the poor working conditions, we are beaten up badly," said a brick kiln worker. All the labourers in the brick kiln are from tribal regions of Western Orissa and Bihar. They say that the touts keep doing rounds in their States in search of ‘preys’ and bring them to the cities to work as bonded labourers.

"Anyone can enter our houses as there are no doors. The roof (made of hay, leaves and plastic) leaks during rainy season. There is none to listen to our plight," said another labourer.

Meagre payment

The workers are paid Rs 50 for every 1,000 bricks they make. It is difficult for an individual to meet the target of 1,000 bricks. In spite of the families roping in children also to work day and night, they hardly achieve their target. Children in the age group of five and 15 work at the brick kilns.

"Here every rule is flouted. Neither Prevention of Child Labour Act nor the Minimum Wages Act is followed. The employers here have not provided basic amenities to the workers," said a social worker living nearby.

The report prepared by the Yelahanka Tahsildar, to be submitted to the government, confirms that minimum wages are not paid to the workers and children are employed here. Workers are deprived of all basic facilities that an employer must provide, the report said.

Wednesday’s incident hasforced the administration out of its deep slumber.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NHRC asks Orissa govt to reply on food security in KBK region

Courtesy:- PTI

Expressing 'concern' about the 'food security' of poor people in poverty-stricken KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) region, National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday directed the Orissa government to present status of its recommendation on implementation of welfare schemes in the area.


"The state government has been directed to depute an officer to be present before the commission on March 21, 2011 giving status on the implementation of recommendations of the commission," NHRC Chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan said after completion of the two-day camp here.

Stating that the NHRC aimed to wipe out the cause of alleged starvation deaths, malnutrition and other problems faced by people in the KBK region, Balakrishnan said the commission wanted to know about the status of its recommendations on different welfare schemes including public distribution system, health, and special security schemes in the area.

"The commission has also directed the state government to effectively co-ordinate and implement various schemes for the KBK districts," he said.

Worried over no substantial development in the KBK region despite implementation of different welfare measures, the commission held a separate session to discuss issues relating to the area.

Issues of poverty, unemployment, deprivation, hunger, starvation and malnutrition in the KBK region were discussed in the presence of senior state government officials, NHRC member Satyabrata Pal said.

While rejecting the state government's claim that no one died of of starvation in KBK region, the commission observed that though none was directly a victim of hunger, the prevailing situation may lead a person to that fate.

It came to the observation while disposing a case relating to the alleged starvation death if 12 children in Nabarangpur and Balangir districts.

As most of the people died of anemia or malnutrition, this could be due to prolong poverty in the region, the commission observed adding that people might be facing shortage of food.

"The state government has also been directed to send detailed report on the issue of bogus ration cards, particularly in the KBK region," Justice Balakrishnan said adding that action taken by the state government against the corrupt officials would also be informed to the commission.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

“PUSPUNI”- An important agricultural festival of Koshalanchal

Info abt Puspuni Provided by Susil Kumar Panigrahi of Dalaipara, Sambalpur.

PUSPUNI (Pousha Purnima), an annual festival based on agriculture is observed on fullmoon day of the month of Pousha. The festival is celebrated throughout Western Orissa, both by the rural and tribal folk.

In some areas, it is also called Pousha Parva or Pausha Punei. But the most popular name, specially in rural areas as “Chher-chhera”. The term chher-chhera has probably evolved by corruption of the word ‘char-char’ meaning a drum. Drum is an integrated part of the Pausha festival, as drum beating and dancing to the tune of beat is a must.


PUSPUNI is different from other agriculture festivals of this area. It is largely a communal jubilation related to the new harvest and celebrated through feasting and merrymaking. The festival is characterised by two important events for the farming community – the annual contract of land labouers comes to an end and payments by landowners and agreements on fresh contracts are finalised for the ensuing year.

Interesting and enjoyable scenes are enacted in the streets of villages. Jubilant boys and girls raise funds for ‘chher-chhera’ feasts from the families in the village, regaling them with their dance and music. In some villages, mock quarrels between angry old grand mothers and naughty children are organised. These events are entertaining and create a great deal of amusement and laughter among the audience.

Among the tribals too, it is a festival of merry-making. After harvest men and women enjoy the day by community dancing to the rhythm of drummers.


JAIKOSAL BLOG WISHES ALL THE PEOPLE OF KOSAL, A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS PUSPUNI...

JAI KOSAL
"Aamar Sanskruti Aamar Gaurav"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Deaf & Dumb Orissa Govt Silent On Farmer Suicide In Kosal

Courtesy - NDTV

In a small village in Western Orissa's Sambalpur district, in a small house, a family looks to its neighbours for support. 61-year-old Shukla Chand killed himself by drinking pesticide. In this part of Western Orissa, this has become a frighteningly familiar story. Since November, 11 farmers from here have killed themselves.

Farmers have been catapulted from one crisis to another in Western Orissa since 2009. Floods, drought, and then exceptionally heavy rainfall last year before the harvest. The deaths of 100 farmers have officially been registered as suicides. The state government says it wasn't their failed crops that drove them to their death.

For farmers whose crops were wiped out by pre-harvest rains, the Centre has sanctioned Rs. 400 crore for Andhra Pradesh and another Rs. 600 crore for Maharashtra. No compensation for Orissa has been announced so far.

The state government, led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal, has offered to pay farmers Rs. 400 per acre for rain-fed areas and Rs. 800 per acre for irrigated land - only if the farmers can prove he has lost his entire crop. But farmers point out they invest at least Rs. 9,000 per acre for their paddy crop. So the compensation being offered is worthless.

For farmers like Shukla Chand, it seems like there's no one on their side. His suicide note says after his last crop of paddy failed just before the harvest, the loans he owed seemed insurmountable. He had cultivated eight acres of paddy with an initial investment of Rs. 80,000. He then took a bank loan of five lakh to buy a tractor, and another three lakh from private money lenders. When heavy rains destroyed his standing crop in November last year, he could no longer cope.

"The Centre and state are playing a cruel joke on our farmers. The policy to compensate for losses due to calamities has not kicked in. There are thousands of farmers like Shukla Chand who are not dead as yet, but on the verge of death," says Saroj, the leader of a local cooperative of farmers.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Western Orissa awaits so-called promised hospitals since decades - Another Example of Criminal Negligence By Orissa govt towards Western Orissa

Three medical colleges were proposed in 2004 for western Orissa, facilitated by Western Orissa Development Council (WODC), but they are yet to see the light of day. Other subsequent proposals are still in very early stages.

The planning and coordination department sanctioned Rs 10 crore each for medical colleges in Rourkela, Jaring (Kalahandi district) and Balangir and the state government had provided 25-acre land each to these proposed colleges.

Officials said the proposed medical college at Balangir has faced a dead-end. After WODC advertised seeking private partnership for the proposed colleges, there were two responses. But both the parties failed to qualify in the technical expertise criteria.

Before this, three private parties, selected for Balangir college, quit at various stages. First, GSL Trust of Andhra Pradesh was selected for medical colleges at Balangir and Rourkela and a MoU was signed on January 31, 2004. But the MoU was cancelled since the trust did not commence work. The government signed another MoU with Sri Balaji Educational and Charitable Public Trust on October 6, 2006 for Balangir. After its delay in the start of work, the MoU was cancelled and RVS Educational Trust was selected as a private sponsor. The trust expressed its inability on February 17, 2010 to execute the project.

Work for the medical college at Jaring in Kalahandi, being undertaken by Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust, Tamil Nadu, is under way, after a MoU was signed on January 30, 2004. A 500-bed hospital was supposed to function by January 30, 2008, (five years from the date of MoU). But as of now the hospital is ready in part. While a building for the 300-bed hospital, three operation theatres and a seven-bed ICU is ready, the hostel buildings are yet to be ready.

"The outcome of the inspection by the Medical Council of India in May 2008 was not satisfactory. The trust filed a fresh application before the MCI on November 30, 2010, and the team visited the site once again in April-May," a senior health department official said. Construction of the Rourkela college is being undertaken by Vigyan Bharati Charitable Trust after the government signed a MoU on July 4, 2008. Construction work is on. WODC officials are, however, optimistic. "Barring the Balangir college, the other two projects at Rourkela and Jaring are doing reasonably well. They should be commissioned as early as 2012," said WODC chief executive officer Aswini Mishra.

While neglecting the cause of Western Orissa...Orissa govt went ahead and gave full funding for setting up an ESI medical college in Bhubaneswar which was initially proposed at Balangir then was moved to Rourkela due to our ineficient local leaders.

Time has come for people of Western Orissa to stand united and starts a bloody revolution for our basic rights from the currupt Orissa administration who are more than busy blaming center for everything.

Eunuch Politicians and local Leaders are good for nothing...How many more years they will be fooling us like this ???

Note:- Some of the Contents were taken from Times Of India

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kosli Naat Badi - The Week Long Kosli Drama Fest Starts 15 Jan at Balangir

To promote Kosli drama and to give further boost to Kosli language, a State-level drama festival, Kosli Naatbadi, will be held at Sadeipali in Balangir district from January 15 2011. The main purpose of organising the festival is to revive the regional Kosli Theater, which is facing a lot of challenges these days.

SITE Cultural Society will organize this state-level Kosli Naatbadi. It is infact the oldest Kosli drama fest in Orissa.The Kosli festival will stage the play in colloquial languages.

With the winter still on, it is a wonderful season for theatre lovers to flock together and enjoy the dying art of the area as well as skills of artistes from other parts of the state. SITE secretary Srikara Mishra said since it is the harvest season, the farmers and labourers are in the mood to celebrate. It is the best time for any cultural body to offer this kind of entertainment. "Our objective is to showcase the local flavour of land through these plays to enthrall the average audience. Apart from that, we will also felicitate outstanding artistes and plays too," said Mishra. In the seven-day long festival, 22 plays will be staged.

A theatre lover, Sashi Sekhar Panda, said the organization is making a rare effort to revive the theatre culture in the region. "Although there were doyens of drama here in Balangir, there have been no opportunities like this. This effort will definitely help improve the theatre culture in Balangir and contribute greatly to India's theatre potential," said Panda.

Last year following Kosli dramas of 22 different cultural outfits of eight districts were showcased. Khapara (Balangir), Ashra (Baragarh), Dalari (Bhavanipatna), Remu (Baragarh), A Phula (Bheden), Paiaan (Mahada), Sagharsha (Khtkhatia), Bimbadhar ra Katha (Padampur), Akuha Manar Bhasa (Sonepur), Annapurna (Balangir), Kaanali Patar (Boudh), Annath Ashram (Belpahad), Mun ra Aakar (Balangir), NaaT (Balangir), Laaja (Balangir), PalataBahga (Sambalpur), Agathkatha Kehehez (Baragarh), Phalsa Phul (Kalahandi), Haldipali ra KeluRam (Sambalpur), Rath (Padampur), Naatua (Sambalpur) and Udelia Utpath (Baragarh).

Welcoming all the Kosli people to be a part of the Kosli Naat Badi and feel proud to promote the Kosli cultural heritage

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CENSUS 2011 - REGISTER KOSLI AS YOUR MOTHER TONGUE


Maa sikhala SAMALPURI_KOSLI

Master padhala ODIA,

Maa'r gude phul chadhei

Master k dema Nadia...........

hele v bhai mane Master nu Maa j kete Badhiaa.



Dear Friends,

Next month i.e february 2011, The Govt of India will conduct the national Census(LOK GANA OR JANA GANA) and in that process they will ask people to register their mother tongue...

Therefore I request each and every people of Western Orissa to register their mother tongue as "KOSLI" ...It is in our hand only to make our language prosper..

Just imagine other language like Santhali and all who have much less speaker than KOSLI but still have been included in the 8th scheduled of the Indian constitution ...

We have more than 2 crore people speaking KOSLI through out western orissa,part of jharkhand and chattisgarh and we are yet to get recognition..

Finally we request everyone to please inform your family members to register their mother tongue as KOSLI ..so that our language can be introduced in School and our people can learn in their own mother tongue...





PLEASE GO THROUGH THE TWO ATTACHEMENTS AND PLEASE FORWARD THIS IT EACH AND EVERY INTERNET SHAVVY PERSON OF KOSAL (WESTERN ORISSA)...

ISSUED BY
http://www.jaikosal.blogspot.com

Note:-The quote in the starting is contributed by Bhakta Prasad Babu and pampletes shared by Manas Ranjan Pradhan

Saturday, January 8, 2011

World Famous Dhanu jatra Starts 9th Jan 2011

Bargarh Dhanu Jatra 2011

World' Largest Open Air theater

9th January 2011 to 19th Jan 2011






The KOSLI (western Odisha) town of Bargarh is gearing up for the famous annual Dhanu Yatra that will begin on January 9. The 11-day cultural extravaganza is globally known as world’s largest open-air theatre. The tiny town, spread over a few square kilometres, will turn into the epic city of Mathura while the nearby villages, rivers and buildings will take names as described in the Mahabharat. Amapali village will be known as Gopapur while the Jeera River that flows between Bargarh and Amapali will be named as Yamuna. The festival will begin with enactment the marriage of Vasudev and Devaki followed by the birth of Krishna to conclude with the death of King Kansa.





Dhanu Yatra is celebrated as a commemoration of Lord Krishna visit to Mathura. It is a distinctive form of annual festivity, in which the small isolated Bargah town of Kosal region turns into a massive open-air theatre. The basic idea behind this festival is to celebrate the victory of Lord Krishna over his autocrat uncle Kansa, who was a very cruel man. During the Dhanu yatra period, Bargah serves as the classic town Mathura, which is also the place where Lord Krishna took birth.


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2010 had its own kaleidoscopic impacts on Balangir

Written by Sudhir Mishra
Courtesy:- Daily Pioneer

The intense cold wave situation prevalent is all set to sweep out the year 2010 to pave the path for 2011, but as the remarkable past remains indelible in the annals of history, the district in 2010 was marked with the unprecedented presence of the Maoists, cultivation of banned Bt cotton and maize promoted by Monsanto, move to set up thermal plant besides having already hogged the headlines for the embarrassing starvation deaths.

Red Signal: A band of suspected red ultras, numbering around 100, had reportedly enquired about the village and nearby localities to a local youth while scouting their ways through the forest near Masina village in Khaprakhol block on August 25 night.

The Maoists launched their Jan Sampark Abhiyan in Masina and other villages in a bid to induct new recruits.

As per the police sources, the red rebels have been holding meetings since February while their presence was well-felt in August.

“We carried out combing operation on August 26 and 27 and with joining of the Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans, the operation was intensified from August 28,” informed SP Ajaya Sarangi.

Meanwhile, the ultras have divided into several small groups and are still pursuing their Jan Sampark, sources confided.

Hunger Beckons: The death of five members of Jhintu Bariha family of Chhabripali village due to alleged starvation, even after six decades of Independence, yet again attracted the media attention and rocked both the State and Centre.

While the district administration toiled hard downplaying the sham as death due to malaria and malnutrition, scores of visitors, including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Rapporteur had visited the village and the villagers had shown him the wild seeds and roots they consume during the lean period.

Empowering ‘no-industry district’ via Thermal Plant: Just to ward off the ‘no industry district’-stigma, an attempt was made by the local young and energetic MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo and under his initiative, the Sahara group of companies is going set up a 1,320 MW Thermal Power Plant at Lutherbandh in Titiligarh, which evokes sharp opposition from the locals apprehending land and livelihood losses.

However, the company seems to be proceeding in its efforts by launching the welfare measures like ambulance and health camps in its peripheral areas.

Craze for banned Bt Cotton, Monsanto Maize: Unprecedentedly, the craze for the banned Bt cultivation soared up among the farmers across the district here without knowing its long term implications on soil and ecology.

To tackle the pest menace on crops and act quickly, an e-pest surveillance scheme was also launched in the district on a pilot basis.

Saviour rain turns Monster: Erratic rain wreaked havoc on agriculture. While deficient rainfall had augured in a drought-like situation earlier, the unseasonal rain, on the eve of paddy harvest, played spoiled sport hitting further a bolder blow on the backbone of the farmers.

Democratic Uprising: For the first time, the townsfolk protested before the Shailashree royal palace against the apathy of the local MP and MLA in fulfilling the longstanding demand of filling up the vacant teacher posts of Rajendra College and other colleges of the town.

Nonstop Labour Migration: It all seems to be a perennial stream as there is no stop to the usual migration of large number of labour force in quest of greener pastures despite the hullabaloos on violation of Human Rights, protection measures, poverty alleviation schemes and policies and steep decline in the traditional water harvesting structures.

A damn to healthcare: Besides other deadly diseases, HIV/AIDS is spreading fast both in the rural and urban pockets of the district having claimed 46 death toll and gripped 368 persons with no medicine and vacant laboratory technician posts turning the ART centre a mere bill-board.

Silver lining: Amid such dark spots on the bright moon of the district’s firmament, the silver lining had been with the boys here having excelled in the Inter-State Junior Badminton Championship and Kabbadi.

While local BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo went on a visit to the USA and Israel to acquaint himself with the nuances of management and development along with other young Indian MPs, former Law Minister and former local MLA Narsingha Mishra was appointed member of the National Law Commission, former minister and incumbent Patnagarh MLA KV Singh Deo as leader of the BJP legislature party in the Assembly and Kantabanji Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja created history by hurling the pen stand at the Assembly Speaker.

Sniti Mishra excelled in the Zee Saregama competition, students excelled in the HSC examination et al. Notwithstanding that, the optimistic denizens of the district are hopeful that the year 2011 brings in cheers in the faces of all.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Republic Day 2011: Delhi to dance to Sambalpuri tunes


Coutesy:- Indian Express

After winning hearts across the globe, the foot-tapping beats of traditional drums of western Orissa will reverberate at Republic Day Parade at Delhi on January 26. A group of 170 school students will be presenting ‘Parbha’, a folk dance of the region, in front of President Pratibha Patil.

The group will perform for 2.15 minutes on the Rajpath and choreographer Ranjan Sahu is working overtime to showcase the grandeur of the dance form within the specified time.

As per Sahu of the famed ‘Ukia’ group, which has the distinction of performing across the country, the students are being trained in the intricacies of the dance form at Hindi High School ground in Sambalpur.

The team will represent Eastern Zonal Cultural Council and was selected after competitions at various levels, said Ranjan Sahu.

Students have been handpicked from schools of the town. While 31 students are from CSB ZIlla School, 49 have been selected from Hindi High School, 27 from Town High School, 28 are from Lady Lewis Girls’ High School, 15 are from Police High School while nine artistes belong to the ‘Ukia’ group. They will be accompanied by 11 officials, Ranjan added. Prior to this, ‘Ukia’ had led a 180-member team in 2004 Republic Day Parade and had performed ‘Dalkhai’ dance.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Balangir based cultural organisation “Bhumika” to host Mathkhai Mahotsav, from January 23 to 27.

Courtesy:- The Telegraph

Balangir-based cultural organisation Bhumika is all set to host Mathkhai Mahotsav, a multilingual theatre festival from January 23 to 27.

The five-day festival will showcase some of the best plays from across the country. Two Hindi and one Marathi play will be part of the fare.

President of the organising committee of the festival, Chitta Ranjan Dash said apart from staging plays from other states, the organisation would try to revive rural theatre, which was dying fast.

“This time we are focusing on the revival of rural theatre. Apart from the plays that will be staged every evening, rural artistes will also be provided the platform to stage their plays,” Dash said. The theatre festival will open with Koshali play Ukhi, written by Vinod Pasayat and directed by Suresh Chandra Sahu.

Pendish theatre group from New Delhi will stage Hindi play Sarkari Feminism written by Anuradha Marwa and directed by Sanjaya Kumar on January 24. On January 25, Marathi play Ajantha written and directed by Milind Inamdar will be staged by Srujan theatre group of Mumbai. On the fourth day of the festival Oriya play Chaitu will be staged by Pyayas theatre group of Rourkela. Nirman Kalamanch of Patna will stage Hari Shankar written by Srikant Kishore and directed by Sanjaya Upadhyaya.

Rural artistes will mostly perform mythological plays that are dying. They will perform plays such as Karna Badha, Laxmi Purana, Sita Chori and Ushabati Harana. On the opening day of the festival, the Natyajyoti flame will be taken out in a procession from the Mathkhai hill near Balangir. “The festival is named after Mathkhai hill as it symbolises the rich heritage of Balangir,” said Byasadev Nanda, secretary of Bhumika.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Kosli Family Magazine BENI Released


The only Kosli monthly colour family magazine Beni was released at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar by Hon. Minister Prasanna Acharya, Sushanta Singh, MLA Bhatli, Prabhas Singh, President, Paschim Odisha Agrani Sangathan, Arvind Padhi (IAS) and other honorable personalities. Thanks to Saket Sahu, Editor of the Beni for sharing this news and pictures.

The print version of January issue is now available in the market

To subscribe the print version please contact:

AJAY PUROHIT, Marketing Executive, 7377586368
or
SUNDAR MANI DASH, Marketing Executive, 9937858775
or mail us at: info@koslibeni.com

Saturday, January 1, 2011

ORISSA POLICE KILLED INNOCENT KOSLI PEOPLE IN FAKE ENCOUNTER TERMING THEM MAOIST






Discrimination and brutality against the people of KOSAL (Western Orissa) region by the Orissa state administration is not new..But the atrocities crossed all the limits when Orissa Police indiscriminately fired and killed two innocent Kosli people of Paikmal block in Bargarh District...

It is to be noted that one of the deceased is an activist who was opposing mining on the Gandhamardhan Hills which is sacred to the people of Kosal (western Orissa) and is the only source of lively hood for thousand of tribal people..

On Monday, the SOG and CRPF team combing the jungles near Paikmal block of Bargarh reportedly faced firing. “Our forces had definite information that a Maoist camp was running there. When we raided the camp we were fired at. In the crossfire, two Maoists were killed,” said Bargarh SP Soorya Thankappan.

Three days after a combined team of CRPF and Special Operation Group police in western Orissa district of Bargarh shot dead two people alleging them to be Maoists, the Opposition BJP on Thursday termed it a “fake encounter” after one of the deceased was found to be a block president of the party.

The police recovered two bodies as well as some provisions from the camp.

The deceased were identified Wednesday night as Madhav Singh Thakur, the Paikmal block president of BJP, and Ramesh Sahu, a local youth. Thakur’s body was identified by his family members.

Former state BJP chief Suresh Pujari, who toured the area Thursday morning, alleged that police intentionally killed Thakur as he was opposing mining in Gandhamardan mountain. Pujari, who met Thakur’s family members, asked why the deceased BJP member was not arrested earlier if he was a Maoist.

“Thakur had agitated publicly against mining in Gandhamardan a month ago when CM Naveen Patnaik visited the district. Did the police find out suddenly that Thakur was a Maoist. What is surprising is that the police did not recover any firearms or bullets from the Maoist camp,” said Pujari.

The BJP leader who is now planning to approach the National Human Rights Commission over the “fake encounter” said he found it surprising that the police could recover two bodies.

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Below is the report from INDIA TV "India's leading News Channel" :-


Bargarh, Orissa, Dec 31: The Orissa BJP has alleged that two of its activists were shot dead by police in a fake encounter after describing them as Maoists, reports India TV reporter Prasanta Patnaik.


"We have recovered bodies of two Maoists killed during an exchange of fire in Gandhamardan hills near Paikamal on Monday night," Surya Thankapan, Bargarh superintendent of police said.

Describing the slained persons as Maoists, Ms Thankapan said that they had definite information about the close link of the deceased persons with Maoists, who were killed during the cross firing and encounter.

According to Sunakar Sahu, both Madhab and Ramesh who were associated with the BJP had been to Borasambar village in connection with organising a party meeting. While they were trturning by a motor cycle, they were shot dead by the police from a very close range. None of them had any link with the Maoists.

Pradip Purohit , advisor of the Gandhamardan Surakhya Samiti, said that Madhab Singh Thakur is a well known and highly respected social activist who was associated with Gandhamardan Surakhya Samity since long.

Madhab had donated over 50 bottles of blood for which he was loved and respected in the area. As Madhab was a good organiser and was involved in Gandhamardan Surakhya movement, the police has intentionally killed him to foil the movement and paving the way for handing over this valuable mountain rich with bauxite and medicinal plants and herbs.

Because of its rich medicinal plants and herbs, people believe that Hanuman had taken this mountain to Lank during the battle with Ravan, to save the life of Laxman who was badly injured by the poisonous weapons of the demons.

Madhab's father also claimed that his son and his friend were totally inocent and had no link with the Maoists, any body and everybody in the area can vouch about it.

If both of them were Maoists , the police could have seized weapons from them . Instead of exhibiting any arms and ammunitions, the police exhibited rice, dal, onion etc. to the astonishment of the local people.

BJP State unit President Jual Oram, told India TV over phone that a five member committee of the party have gone to the area for an on the spot study of the situation about the cause of cold blooded murder in the name of encounter.

He was surprised to learn that the police have branded both the BJP leaders as Maoists, as nowhere the BJP members ever believe in Maoism.

" This is a terror tactic by the Government and the police to keep people away from Gandhamardan Surakhya movement, so that the Government can easily hand over the rich bauxite mines to Vedanta, who are very much interested for this mines.Family members of both Thakur and Sahu have filed F.I.R. with Paikmal police alleging that both of them were killed in cold blood by the police.


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Welcome to KOSAL

JAI KOSHAL

"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


So start sharing your views on Koshal.....