Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 (LocalWire): Light to moderate rain and thundershowers has been predicted for Nov 25 owing to cyclonic storm Nivar.
Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 (LocalWire): Light to moderate rain and thundershowers has been predicted for Nov 25 owing to cyclonic storm Nivar.
Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 (LocalWire): Light rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at one or two places, Met centre informed.
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The Regional Transport Office here has been directed to begin new LL applications from 20.11.2020 following COVID guidelines.
The decision was taken after the demand for slots came down in the RTO.
Bhubaneswar, Oct 27 (LocalWire): JioFiber, a popular high-speed broadband service provider, has expanded its services to include the towns of Jagatsinghpur, Keonjhar, Rayagada, Koraput and Bhawanipatna towns in Odisha.
This takes the number of cities and towns in Odisha coming under the coverage of JioFiber to 18.
Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Bolangir, Brajaraj Nagar, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Bhawanipatna, Koraput, Rayagada, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajapur Road, Keonjhar, Angul, Puri and Jatni fall under its ambit right now.
The service is expected to get rolled out in Berhampur and Jeypore over the next few weeks.
In Jagatsinghpur, JioFiber is now available at several key locations including Bus stand area, College Chowk, Hata Bazar, Jayabada and nearby areas in the first phase and is fast expanding into other areas of the town.
Expanding its footprints in Keonjhar town, JioFiber services have now become available in key areas including Badahala, Magurgadia, Kamargoda, Tikargumura, Gandhi Chowk, Sirajuddin Chowk, DD College Road and nearby areas.
Similarly, JioFiber service has commenced at several localities in Rayagada including Kapilash Road, Gandhi Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Indira Nagar, Ashok Nagar, UGMIT Chowk, Udaya Plaza, Gayatri Nagar, New Colony, College Road and nearby areas.
In Bhawanipatna, JioFiber service is now available at Ramnagar Pada, Nuapada, Irrigation Colony, Sharma Colony, Choriharipada and nearby areas.
In Koraput, JioFIber service is available at Pujariput, Biswal Colony, Janiguda, Shanti Nagar, part of Goutam Nagar and Malisahi and nearby areas.
JioFiber claims to have recently revamped its tariff plans to empower every Indian home, further reinforcing its customer-obsession under the tagline NAYE INDIA KA NAYA JOSH.
Raygada, Oct 27 (LocalWire): Three members of a family today died as the father committed suicide by jumping before a moving train in Raygada district with two of his kids.
The incident was reported near Singaram railway station in the district.
The police seized the body and sent them for autopsy. Later the bodies were put to flames. The reason for the suicide is still not clear.
Bhubaneswar, June 22 (LocalWire): Mild tremors were felt in the Rayagada district of southern Odisha today afternoon, met officials said.
An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale today occurred in the Kasipur area Rayagada district according to the data provided by the National Centre for Seismology.
The tremors were recorded at 4.40 pm IST today.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 26 (LocalWire): The state government on Wednesday shed some light on the dark districts in Odisha where the drop outs of students mid way in their studies are reported the most.
According to the School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash, Raygada, Malkangiri and Puri in the state seemed to be most vulnerable to drop outs.
The information was made public inside the Odisha Assembly on Wednesday when the minister was asked by some legislators about the fate of government schools in the state, amenities provided to them by the state government and the levels of drop outs in the state.
The minister told the House through a written statement that the highest drop outs in the state under the primary schools are reported from Raygada which has the average annual drop out percentage of 11.67 per cent, the highest in the state.
According to the minister, the southern district of Malkangiri which is also the hotbed of Reds in the state also has the most drop outs when it comes to upper primary schools.
The minister said that the drop outs in the district stood as high as 13.78 percent.
The minister told the House that when it comes to senior secondary schools, the highest drop outs are reported from the Puri district which reported the maximum of 10.5 per cent average annual drop outs.
The state government on the other hand also informed the legislative assembly that it had been taking several initiatives to improve the education indicators and improve the drop outs of the students.
He said, “We are taking several initiatives to improve the drop outs in the state.
We are providing free uniforms, free textbooks, working on separate toilets for boys and girls and even extending the benefits of transport allowance to the students who are coming from far places.”
Rayagada, January 31 : Champa Kadraka of Karadapanga hamlet in Odisha’s Rayagada district is happy that her daughter Ambika has gained weight, at least a little above the yellow zone. Champa Kadraka had no idea about the yellow zone or red zone in the nutrition chart displayed in the Anganwadi or day care center.
In the last Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND) she had attended, she learnt that red zone indicated severe malnutrition and yellow indicated the risk of malnourishment. The Anganwadi worker who had come to the village had marked her daughter as undernourished and suggested feeding her with nutritious khichdi served at the nearby Anganwadi.
Champa Kadraka knew it was not easy for her to cross streams and forests daily to reach the Anganwadi to get her daughter to eat khichdi. Financial status at home was not good to provide nutritious food to Ambika as the couple is dependent on daily wage labor and forest produce. “When we don’t get sufficient food to fill our stomach every day, how can I get nutritious food for my daughter,” she rued.
But padaprusti karjyakram or spot feeding program, has solved her worries. Now mothers like Champa Kadraka join together to cook and feed their children at the community center, with ration provided by the anganwadi center.
Nutrition, first priority
Sikshasandhan, a non-governmental organization working in the field of education in Odisha joined hands with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) and launched padaprusti program in December 2018. Before launching the program, the team conducted a study in Muniguda block to bring children to school and Anganwadi centers for pre-school activities.
“During our study in Karadapanga, Turukupa and a few other inaccessible hamlets, we found that the need for food was more than the need for education at that moment,” Ananta Samanta, project coordinator of Padaprusti program, told VillageSquare.in.
Most of the children ate only jau (rice pulp). There was no side dish except a pinch of salt. “There were five children in the yellow zone and eight pregnant women and lactating mothers who were anaemic in a hamlet,” said Samanta. “Due to a lack of nutritious food, the children were thin and malnourished.”
When the team contacted the nearby Anganwadi center to check about the children’s daily meal, they found out that people had to cross rough terrains and streams every day to reach the Anganwadi, since the hamlets were on hills. For the same reason, the Anganwadi workers could not reach the hamlets to counsel parents to send the children to get food.
In remote areas, people live in hamlets scattered across the hills, sometimes inside forests, making it difficult for parents to send their children to Anganwadi centers. Bada Kandulapada, a tribal hamlet of Thuapadi under Sardhapur panchayat, is one such hamlet where the team found the need to provide food to the tribal children.
Sikshasandhan and APPI discussed the issue with officials in Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Muniguda to help in identifying pada gaon (hamlets) that they could approach, convince and introduce padaprusti karjyakram to feed deprived children.
“We approached the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) in Muniguda block to start a common kitchen in these hamlets where parents could bring provisions from Anganwadi centers and prepare food for their children. Pregnant and lactating mothers could also join them and have their food together,” said Samanta.
Starting a spot feeding program was not easy for the team, as it was not easy to convince the villagers. As most of the villagers were either daily wage laborers or dependent on forest produce, they were not willing to forego a day’s wage to bring rations from the Anganwadi center.
Initially, the team members helped in bringing the rations, as it was difficult for the women to carry the food items by themselves. Later, the male members joined and started bringing provisions once a month from the Anganwadi center. The mothers started cooking at the community kitchen, to feed the children, as well as pregnant women.
“Anganwadi provides only the rations. We provide the other items such as firewood, container and locally available vegetables,” Amulya Kadraka, a father, told VillageSquare.in. “We feel happy when our children eat to their fill and also get to eat egg.” Children in these remote villages were completely deprived of getting egg, oil and pulses.
The intervention in Karadapanga village helped the team understand that there are many young ones like Ambika, in need of nutritious food to overcome malnutrition. Due to lack of road facility, grains, pulses and eggs are not distributed to these children, which is one of the reasons of their poor health conditions.
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2016 data of Rayagada district reveals that there are 50% children between 6 to 59 months suffering from anaemic conditions; while the percentage of anaemic pregnant women was 52.
“As most of the hamlets in Rayagada district are in inaccessible and inside forests, government system that provides nutritious food to children of the marginalized fails to reach them,” Anil Pradhan, secretary of Sikshasandhan told VillageSquare.in. “In one year of padaprusti, many children in the intervention hamlets have started showing signs of improvement.”
Besides nutritious food, clean drinking water is also provided for the children. The children are also taught about hygiene. Padaprusti that was initially started in five tribal hamlets, has now been extended to nearly 100 hamlets of 10 panchayats in Muniguda block. “There are 1,090 such hamlets in Muniguda block that need immediate intervention,” said Samanta.
One of the major aspects of Anganwadi centers is also preparing young children between the age of three and six for school. Apart from providing nutritious food, the Anganwadi worker follows Nua Arunima booklet, to engage the children in pre-school activities with different pedagogy, to prepare them for school.
“The children of these hamlets are not being prepared for school now. There is a plan to start a school readiness program. Then the whole objective of development of a child from the perspective of health and education will be fulfilled,” said Pradhan.
This Article first Published in VillageSquare.in
Rayagada,Nov 04 (LocalWire) At least sixteen cows were killed and ten others injured as Vishakhapstnam-Koraput intercity express mowed them down today evening.
The mishap took place when the while cattle herd was crossing the railway tracks Jamadesipentha-Budheswar level crossing in Rayagada district.
The tragic death of the cows on the day of observance of Gostastami Utsav triggered shockwave in the region.
Meanwhile the railway authorities expressing regret over the incident has placed the level crossing gateman under suspension and initiated an inquiry into it.
Gajapati & Rayagada, Sep 23, 2019
Rita Mandal (34) of Bali Sahi, a hamlet under Dhepaguda panchayat of Gajapati district inhabited by Saora tribes, gave birth to five children, of which three died. Though a series of pregnancies without interval led to ill health, she felt helpless because women of her community had no choice regarding pregnancy.
Similar were the cases of Sumitra, Sebati, Sugami and most other women between 30 and 40 years of age. Pregnancies without space led to ill health of most of these women. “Due to physical weakness, it was painful for me to go to the forest to collect firewood and other forest produce or work in my family farm,” said Arati Raita (32), mother of three children.
Use of any contraceptive method to stop or delay pregnancy is against community norms of particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG) like Saora and Dongria Kondh. After awareness programs, the tribal women of Odisha are now breaking this age-old practice.
Lack of awareness
The women lacked awareness on reproductive health. “They didn’t know that pregnancies without interval was the real culprit for their ill health,” Kumari Dalabehera, Dhepaguda cluster coordinator for integrated district intervention (IDI), told VillageSquare.in.
IDI is implemented in 21 PVTG village panchayats from six blocks of Gajapati and Rayagada districts by Odisha government, in partnership with United Nations Population Fund.
Experts observe that barriers, including limited awareness, socio-cultural norms and misconceptions need to be addressed for behavior change. Realizing the necessity of awareness, meetings were organized for men and women, at panchayat and block levels as part of the program.
Kesharpadi is a remote village on the lower slopes of Niyamgiri Hills with a population of about 100 Dongria Kondhs. Kamche Kutruka (32), a Dongria Kondh of Kesharpadi in Rayagada’s Muniguda block, is a mother of six children.
Her responsibilities include household chores and working in dongor, the patch of land on hill slopes where crops, vegetables and millets are grown, while bringing up the children. “Though I face difficulties due to my ill health, there is no way out,” she said.
“It was not the community norm to use contraceptives to delay or avoid pregnancies. Most women of the community used to deliver six or seven children in a row,” Kamche Kutruka told VillageSquare.in. “Also, we were unaware of the contraceptive methods available.”
Strictly following the community norms, very few Dongria Kondh women take interest in availing the reproductive health services provided under different government schemes, said Jhili Behera, IDI cluster coordinator for Sibapadar panchayat.
“When the anganwadi worker and I visited the village in June 2018, women were not interested in discussing their health issues,” said Behera. However, consistent efforts for about six months started fetching results.
“I tried to make women understand the importance and necessity of pregnancy spacing to keep them healthy as they do a lot of physical labor, working all the time either at home or at the dongor (forest),” Behera told VillageSquare.in.
Behera’s first success came with Chilika Kutruka (24), mother of two, showing interest in Antara, a contraceptive injection to be taken every three months, to delay the next pregnancy. Following Chilika Kutruka, in February 2019, five more mothers of Kesharpadi opted for Antara, rolled out in Rayagada and Gajapati districts.
Oral pills are not ideal as the women may forget to take it under too much of work pressure, observed Behera. Hence, most of the women show interest in Antara. Only one woman uses the intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) Copper T, and another underwent sterilization in 2018, after having eight children.
“Effective communication is important to bring social and behavioral change,” Sagarika Raika, IDI cluster coordinator for Bhubani panchayat in Gajapati district’s Gumma block, told VillageSquare.in. “Pictorial presentation is more effective.”
“Instead of simply speaking about the program and asking the tribal men and women to change their practice, I used pictures and diagrams to explain various issues arising out of uninterrupted pregnancy, and possible remedies,” she said.
The Kilkari audio jingles produced by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and dubbed in Saora and Kui, languages, spoken by Saora and Kondh tribes respectively, were of immense help to attract members of the communities, said Sanju Dalabehera, Sagada cluster coordinator of Rayagada’s Gunupur block.