PM PV Narasimha Rao contested from Berhampur in 1996

PM PV Narasimha Rao contested from Berhampur, Odisha in 1996 

By Swaraj Mishra

Thank you, PM PV Narasimha Rao for choosing a constituency from Odisha for your reelection to Lok Sabha. It is an honour for Odisha that you chose this one, in addition to the one which returned you to become the Prime Minister in the previous term. People were waiting for your decision in bated breath and you chose our Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency.PV Narasimha Rao

All through the electoral history of our country, those constituencies which had the honour of electing a Prime Minister, have been treated as VVIP constituencies. Be it Phulpur, Rae Bareli, Amethi or Lucknow. But when a PM chooses a constituency away from his home  like Medak in Telangana, Chikmagalur in Karnataka, Berhampur in Odisha or Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, it makes news.

Odisha’s Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency had the honour to elect P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1996. After having completed his first term in office as Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, he was seeking reelection to Lok Sabha from two different constituencies in 1996 General Elections. One, Nandyal which returned him in 1991 bye election with a record margin of 5.8 lakh votes, and the other, Berhampur from Odisha.

It is well known that PMs or CMs often play it safe to contest from 2 different constituencies. One their traditional bastion from which they have won earlier and the other in a relatively far off place, to give a boost to the morale of the party workers in that region and to build a wave like situation in that state. Narasimha Rao did just that. In Odisha, Congress had come back to power in 1995 and the Chief Minister J B Patnaik was very keen to consolidate his position by getting the PM to contest from Odisha.

Lucky for him, the voters of Berhampur obliged and voted overwhelmingly in favour of Rao. Traditionally known to be a Congress bastion, it had returned a Congress candidate even during the countrywide anti-congress wave in 1977. In 1991 Congress candidate Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Dev had won this seat by defeating Janata Dal candidate Surya Narayan Patro by a margin of 73,824 votes. In 1996, although there were 11 independent candidates in the fray, it was actually a direct fight between Congress and Janata Dal. The queen of the erstwhile princely state of Khallikot, V. Sugnana Kumari Deo from Janata Dal was pitted against Rao. But it was  P.V. Narasimha Rao who won the election with a comfortable margin of more than 1.68 lakh votes.

Rao contested from two constituencies in 1996, Nandyal, his home constituency which returned him in 1991 bye election and Berhampur. Although he won both the seats, he chose to resign from Nandyal and retain Berhampur. It is another matter that his party couldn’t form the Government at Centre in 1996. But Berhampur retained its honour as a VVIP constituency returning a Prime Minister who completed his full 5 year term in office, for his next term in Lok Sabha, an honour which Puri seem to have missed in 2019.

Source- Odisha Sun Times 

Another olive ridley nesting site near Brahmapur soon

Another mass nesting site being developed near Brahmapur city in Odisha to lure the olive ridley

The Odisha forest department is all set to add Another olive ridley mass nesting site to its wildlife map. It has started preparing the beach at the Bahuda river mouth near Brahmapur city in Ganjam district to lure the endangered turtles to come over for mass nesting next year.

Related Olive Ridley at Rushikulya rookery coast near Brahmapur city in Odisha, India
Olive Ridley at Rushikulya rookery coast near Brahmapur city in Odisha, India

Around 3-km stretch of the beach from Sunapur to Anantpur at Bahuda river rookery around 18 km from Brahmapur city is being developed as a possible olive ridley mass nesting site. The Bahuda rookery is located around 20 km to the south of Rushikulya rookery coast, a major mass nesting site of olive ridleys on the Indian coastline.

Beach at Bahuda near Brahmapur city in Odisha being developed to lure the olive ridley turtles

Brahmapur Divisional Forest Officer Ashis Behera said the Bahuda rookery coast has been cleaned up once already and it will be thoroughly cleaned up again before the start of the mass nesting season in February. “The forest department has decided to fence off around 2-km stretch of the beach near Bahuda river mouth to protect the turtles during the nesting season,” the DFO said.

Another olive ridley site

This year, a few hundred olive ridleys had nested at Bahuda river mouth in February. This encouraged the forest department to develop it as a second mass nesting site for the turtles on the Ganjam coast. At present, mating olive ridleys are being sighted near the Bahuda rookery. It is being hoped that the turtles will find the beach conducive and their mass nesting number at Bahuda will increase in 2019.

Marine fishermen in the area have been requested to refrain from using gill nets during fishing as that can kill the turtles. Fishermen near Rushikulya rookery do not use such nets. With the support of local residents, efforts are being made to reduce polythene pollution caused by tourists and picnickers at Bahuda river mouth to keep the sand clean for mass nesting.

Local fishermen say around two decades ago thousands of olive ridleys used to nest at Bahuda coast, which for some reason diminished with time.


Minchin Sahib, The Father Of Aska Sugar

Minchin Sahib, The Father Of Aska Sugar

By -Anil Dhir 

Prominently placed at the entrance of the Orissa State Museum at Bhubaneswar is a white marble tombstone with a winged angel under a small canopy. Inscribed on the tomb are the words: “Frederick James Vivian Minchin, Son of Colonel F. Minchin of the Madras Army, born in Kamptee, Madras Presidency on February 14th 1829. Educated in England from 1836 to 1847. Joined the Aska Sugar Works on October 1st 1852, and purchased them on October 1st in the year 1872. Died at Gopalpur and buried at the Aska Factory Church April 3rd 1908.” Both the arms of the angel are broken, but it still has its cherubic beauty. Visitors to the museum give a passing glance to these two tombstones, few know the history, romance and adventure that are associated with this statue. Modern historians have done disservice by not writing the detailed history of Minchin; it would have been a wonderful narrative of Colonial rule and the romance and adventure that was associated with it. Father of Aska Sugar

Aska was a small village by the side of River Rushikulya, at a distance of 30 kms from Berhampur. While the western world was experiencing the infant stage of the sugar production and industrial revolution in Europe was catching up, this small place was fortunate to have a sugar industry that made its presence felt across Asia and Europe. The factory was the first great sugar industry in India and Asia.

Although sugarcane has been cultivated in India from time immemorial, the production of refined sugar started from the fourth century CE. The first sugar factory was established by the French at Aska in 1824; however they could not get the desired quality and confined themselves to the production of jaggery. The jaggery mill was taken over by M/s Binny and Company, Madras in 1848 and named the “Asika Sugar Works and Distillery Ltd.”

Binny and Co. was founded in Madras by John Binny in 1797. It was a general clearing and forwarding agency, and the agents for the India Steam Navigation Company. The company had a practical monopoly on the Coromandel region and had offices and warehouses all over the coast. Frederick Minchin had joined Binny and Co as a book keeper in 1848. He soon rose in the ranks and was appointed on the Board of Directors of the company. He was put in charge of the Aska Factory in 1852. The factory ran into huge losses and was on the verge of being closed down. Minchin offered to buy it from Binny and Co, and after negotiating a suitable price, he took charge of the works in 1856.

Minchin went to Europe and studied the developments in sugar manufacture there. He imported German equipment and redesigned the factory. He devoted his entire energy, attention and wealth to the sugar factory and enriched and perfected it day by day. He went to Mauritius to study the use of lime in the refinery process to replace bone charcoal.

The sugar produced in Aska soon got wide acclaim and was in great demand in the Madras Presidency and other South Indian territories. Even today, in many small villages and towns of South India, people use the word Aska for sugar. Minchin set up huge godowns and warehouses and built a massive bungalow on the sea front at Gopalpur. The stocks of sugar, rum, and wine were exported to Burma, Java, Borneo, Sumatra and Thailand. Some shipments were even sent to Britain, the Americas, Australia and Europe. The crowning glory of the Aska sugar factory was the Silver Medal it earned during the International Sugar Exhibition in Paris in 1878.

Minchin’s romantic affair with a local girl is folklore of the area till today. Minchin was enamoured by a dusky village girl Soona Mahuuti, the daughter of a local toddy tapper. They were married on 30 October 1899 at the Church in Aska. Soona, after her marriage,she was called Emily and led the life of a ‘memsahib’. The Minchins made Gopalpur their home. Emily spent her time beautifying and enriching the environment by planting casuarina saplings on the coast.  Minchin even took her on a trip to Europe. He built a grand bungalow for her at Rambha, just by the side of the Chilka Lake. This was later sold to the King of Khallikote and is now the Panthanivas at Rambha. The small church at Minchinpatna near Rambha on the Chilka Lake was made by him. There is another village called Minchinpatna on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

Minchin died after a brief illness at Gopalpur on the 3rd April, 1908. He was 79 years old. His body was laid to rest in the small church inside the factory compound in Aska. Emily Soona Minchin was just 42 years old. She tried running the factory for a few years, but later left for Kolkata where Minchin had a house. She did not live long and passed away on 25th October 1916. Her body too was brought to Aska and was interred by the side of her loving husband. Parmananda Sahu managed to keep the factory going till 1936 but it had to be closed as it became uneconomical and outdated. It was taken over by the government after Independence, and has continued production.

Today, if one visits the old sugar factory by the side of the Rushikulya River, one comes across the abandoned buildings and machinery.They still bear eloquent testimony of the greatness of Minchin and his sugar town. Minchin’s home and office had been bought by Harihar Panda who donated it for a school which is presently called the Harihar High School.

Minchin was regarded as the ‘Father of Aska Sugar’ in history. When one thinks of Aska Sugar Factory, many things come to memory, its history, the pioneering efforts, the hardy local farmers, its workmen, the dedicated officials  and Minchin who supported them at all levels.

-04 September, 2018

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Bommala Kolavu a unique tradition still alive in Berhampur

Bommala Kolavu a unique tradition still alive in Berhampur 

The unique tradition of Bommala Kolavu , or ritualistic display of dolls and figurines collected over the years, during Navratri continues to this day among a few Telugu families living in Berhampur.Bommala Kolavu

The families have been living here for generations. But every year during Navratri, some families keep alive thetradition of Bommala Kolavu , which is part of the cultural tradition of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Court of toys

Literally, Bommala Kolavu in Telugu means court of toys. The tradition also continues in Tamil Nadu as Bomma Kolu and as Bombe Habba in Karnataka.

R. Srinivas, a Telugu resident of the city, said it was heartening to see the tradition survive among a few families in Berhampur as it is fading even in Telugu linguistic States.

The family of M. Venkat Rao living in Braja Nagar here has been celebratingBommala Kolavu for three generations. This year also the family has come up with a decorative display of dolls and figurines from the third day of Navratri. The display will continue till Dussehra on September 30. The highlight of the display is a clay idol of Sri Krishna, which the family claims to be more than a century old.

Next generation

“We are continuing the tradition in our family as we want it to be passed on to the next generation,” said M. Padmavati, wife of Mr. Rao. Their son M. Naveen Kumar has also spent much time preserving this tradition.

Literally, Bommala Kolavu in Telugu means court of toys. The tradition also continues in Tamil Nadu as Bomma Kolu and as Bombe Habba in Karnataka. R. Srinivas, a Telugu resident of the city, said it was heartening to see the tradition survive among a few families in Berhampur as it is fading even in Telugu linguistic States. The family of M. Venkat Rao living in Braja Nagar here has been celebratingBommala Kolavu for three generations. This year also the family has come up with a decorative display of dolls and figurines from the third day of Navratri. The display will continue till Dussehra on September 30. The highlight of the display is a clay idol of Sri Krishna, which the family claims to be more than a century old.


Candles and a world record in Berhampur, Odisha

21 candles and a world record in Berhampur, Odisha

In an attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records, Manoj Kumar Moharana — a post-graduate student of mathematics of Berhampur,  district Ganjam in Odisha — stuffed the ends of 21 lit candles in his mouth.

CandlesAnother record

Apart from the attempt with candles, he also kept 90 grapes inside his mouth in a second bid to reach the record book. Both these demonstrations took place in the presence of Berhampur Sub-Collector, S.S.Swain at his office on Saturday.

Two years’ practice

Mr. Moharana, who hails from Khadarada village under Polasara block of Ganjam district, said he had been practising for the potential record in these two fields for over two years.“Recent Guinness record for most lit candles in the mouth is 18, by Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya of Mumbai on Jan 7, 2017. The current record for most seedless grapes stuffed in the mouth is 88,” said Mr. Moharana.

He said that he hopes to be the new record holder after verification by Guinness officials.

Failed attempt

Earlier in 2015, he had tried to create a record using his field of study, mathematics. He had attempted to write squares of every number from 1 to 1000 from memory in 49 seconds. “But Guinness authorities did not accept my endeavour, so I decided to try another field to get recognised,” he said.

– BERHAMPUR, MAY 22, 2017

Cleanest Cities in the Country- 2017 list released

‘Cleanest Cities in the Country’

Survey of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ — carried out by the Quality Council of India released

Indore and Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh have emerged as the cleanest cities.

Indore and Bhopal, both in Madhya Pradesh, have emerged as the cleanest cities in the country as per a massive cleanliness survey commissioned by the Union Urban Development Ministry. They are followed by Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara in the top 10 list.

The survey — Swachh Survekshan 2017 — was carried out by the Quality Council of India across 434 cities in the country and is based on the feedback of 18 lakh respondents.Cleanest Cities

The results of the survey were announced by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

The top 10 cleanest cities in the country are Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara, respectively.

In Madhya Pradesh, all cities and towns have substantially improved sanitation rankings in 2017 over that of 2016 and 2014. The State’s 23 cities and towns are among the top 100 cleanest cities in the country.

Gujarat is also close, with 21 of its cities and towns in the top 100 list. Surat and Vadodara are in the fourth and tenth position respectively.

However, Gujarat has the maximum of 12 cities among the Top 50, closely followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Andhra Pradesh with 8. Tamil Nadu and Telangana account for four each. Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh account for one each in this group.

“I would prefer to call these results as ‘Citizens’ Verdict’ on sanitation in urban areas, given the scale and eagerness of citizens’ participation and the fact that these 434 cities and towns account for about 60% of the country’s urban population,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I am particularly happy over the fact that over 80% of the respondents reported a definite improvement in cleanliness in our cities and towns over the last year and in sanitation related infrastructure and services like waste collection and processing has improved,” he said.

A major transformation in respect of sanitation was taking place in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “So, let us call them the ‘Movers and Shakers’ of the ongoing cleanliness drive,” he said.

Rajasthan and Punjab have five cities each in the Bottom 50, followed by Maharashtra, with two and one each from Haryana, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Of the 62 surveyed in Uttar Pradesh, 41 figured among the Bottom 100 and this was a matter of concern, Mr. Naidu said.

“Further to our analysis of the survey data, sanitation scenario in Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab and Kerala also appear to be a matter of concern, requiring these States to step up efforts,” he said.

In respect of Bihar, out of the 27 cities surveyed this year, 19 of them were ranked beyond 300 and the best rank for the State being 147 for Biharsharif. Fifteen cities are among the Bottom 100.

In the case of Rajasthan, 18 of the 29 cities are ranked beyond 300, with 13 among the Bottom 100. Best rank that the State could get is 171 for Bundi.

In Punjab, 7 of the 16 cities surveyed figure among the Bottom 100 with the best rank being 121 for SAS Nagar.

-04-May, 2017

Swachh Survekshan- 2017 Rankings



1 Indore Madhya Pradesh
2 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
3 Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Andhra Pradesh
4 Surat Gujarat
5 Mysuru (Mysore) Karnataka
6 Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Tamil Nadu
7 New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Delhi
8 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
9 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
10 Vadodara Gujarat
11 Chandigarh Chandigarh
12 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
13 Pune Maharashtra
14 Amdavad (Ahmedabad) Gujarat
15 Ambikapur Chattisgarh
16 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
17 Khargone Madhya Pradesh
18 Rajkot (M. Corp) Gujarat
19 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
20 Gandhinagar (NA) Gujarat
21 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
22 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Telangana
23 Sagar Madhya Pradesh
24 Murwara (Katni) Madhya Pradesh
25 Navsari Gujarat
26 Vapi Gujarat
27 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
28 Warangal Telangana
29 Greater Mumbai Maharashtra
30 Suryapet Telangana
31 Tadipatri Andhra Pradesh
32 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
33 Bhavnagar Gujarat
34 Kalol Gujarat
35 Jamnagar Gujarat
36 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh
37 Kumbakonam Tamil Nadu
38 Rewa Madhya Pradesh
39 Jetpur Navagadh Gujarat
40 Narasaraopet Andhra Pradesh
41 Chas Jharkhand
42 Erode Tamil Nadu
43 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh
44 Tenali Andhra Pradesh
45 Siddipet Telangana
46 Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh
47 Shimla Himachal Pradesh
48 Ratlam Madhya Pradesh
49 Godhra Gujarat
50 Gangtok Sikkim
51 Singrauli Madhya Pradesh
52 Junagadh Gujarat
53 Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh
54 Bhilai Nagar Chattisgarh
55 Sehore Madhya Pradesh
56 Shirdi (Shirdhi) Maharashtra
57 Madurai Tamil Nadu
58 Dewas Madhya Pradesh
59 Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh
60 Bharuch Gujarat
61 Pithampur Madhya Pradesh
62 Tambaram Tamil Nadu
63 Mangaluru (Mangalore) Karnataka
64 Jamshedpur (NAC) Jharkhand
65 Karnal Haryana
66 Dwarka Gujarat
67 Gandhidham Gujarat
68 Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
69 Nadiad Gujarat
70 Ongole Andhra Pradesh
71 Chittoor Andhra Pradesh
72 Pimpri-Chinchwad Maharashtra
73 Khandwa Madhya Pradesh
74 Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh
75 Satna Madhya Pradesh
76 Chandrapur Maharashtra
77 Korba Chattisgarh
78 Betul Madhya Pradesh
79 Botad Gujarat
80 Nandyal Andhra Pradesh
81 Giridih Jharkhand
82 Hosur Tamil Nadu
83 Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh
84 Velankani (Vellankanni) Tamil Nadu
85 Durg Chattisgarh
86 Eluru Andhra Pradesh
87 Bhimavaram Andhra Pradesh
88 Faridabad Haryana
89 Ambarnath Maharashtra
90 Panaji Goa
91 Hazaribag Jharkhand
92 Chhatarpur (Chhattarpur) Madhya Pradesh
93 Guntakal Andhra Pradesh
94 Bhubaneswar Town Odisha
95 Palanpur Gujarat
96 Morbi Gujarat
97 Tadepalligudem Andhra Pradesh
98 Bhuj Gujarat
99 Mehsana Gujarat
100 Leh Jammu and Kashmir
101 Veraval Gujarat
102 Deoghar Jharkhand
103 Anand Gujarat
104 Raigarh Chattisgarh
105 Aizawl (NT) Mizoram
106 Dindigul Tamil Nadu
107 Chilakaluripet Andhra Pradesh
108 Vellore Tamil Nadu
109 Dhanbad Jharkhand
110 Karaikkudi Tamil Nadu
111 Patan Gujarat
112 Gurugram (Gurgaon) Haryana
113 Pudukkottai Tamil Nadu
114 Nagda Madhya Pradesh
115 Solapur Maharashtra
116 Thane Maharashtra
117 Ranchi Jharkhand
118 Guntur Andhra Pradesh
119 Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh
120 Deesa Gujarat
121 S.A.S. Nagar Punjab
122 Imphal Manipur
123 Amreli Gujarat
124 Dhule Maharashtra
125 Rajapalayam Tamil Nadu
126 Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh
127 Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu
128 Bhind Madhya Pradesh
129 Raipur Chattisgarh
130 Mira-Bhayandar Maharashtra
131 Mango (NAC) Jharkhand
132 Bathinda Punjab
133 Proddatur Andhra Pradesh
134 Guwahati Assam
135 Salem Tamil Nadu
136 Neemuch Madhya Pradesh
137 Nagpur Maharashtra
138 Burhanpur Madhya Pradesh
139 Vasai Virar City Maharashtra
140 Ludhiana Punjab
141 Ichalkaranji Maharashtra
142 Valsad Gujarat
143 Udupi Karnataka
144 Adityapur Jharkhand
145 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
146 Biharsharif Bihar
147 Shivamogga (Shimoga) Karnataka
148 Mandya Karnataka
149 Dharmavaram Andhra Pradesh
150 Surendranagar Dudhrej Gujarat
151 Nashik Maharashtra
152 Tumakuru (Tumkur) Karnataka
153 Gondal Gujarat
154 Kadapa Andhra Pradesh
155 Pallavaram Tamil Nadu
156 Gudivada Andhra Pradesh
157 Satara Maharashtra
158 Kulgaon Badlapur (Badlapur) Maharashtra
159 Kavali Andhra Pradesh
160 Hindupur Andhra Pradesh
161 Nagaon Assam
162 Jalgaon Maharashtra
163 Seoni Madhya Pradesh
164 Rajnandgaon Chattisgarh
165 Nellore Andhra Pradesh
166 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
167 Gadag Betageri Karnataka
168 Raurkela Odisha
169 Avadi Tamil Nadu
170 Panvel Maharashtra
171 Bundi Rajasthan
172 Delhi Cantonment Delhi
173 Vidisha Madhya Pradesh
174 Nagercoil Tamil Nadu
175 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
176 Kurnool Andhra Pradesh
177 Kolhapur Maharashtra
178 Nizamabad Telangana
179 Bilaspur Chattisgarh
180 Sikar Rajasthan
181 Nandurbar Maharashtra
182 Miryalaguda Telangana
183 Ahmednagar Maharashtra
184 Porbandar Gujarat
185 Nagapattinam Tamil Nadu
186 Pali Rajasthan
187 Berhampur(Brahmapur Town) Odisha
188 Pathankot Punjab
189 Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry
190 Balasore(Baleshwar Town) Odisha
191 Ramagundam Telangana
192 Nanded Waghala Maharashtra
193 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
194 Puri Town Odisha
195 Adilabad Telangana
196 East Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
197 Anantnag Jammu and Kashmir
198 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
199 Hubli-Dharwad Karnataka
200 Nalgonda Telangana
201 Karimnagar Telangana
202 South Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
203 Bagalkote(Bagalkot) Karnataka
204 Cuttack Odisha
205 Morena Madhya Pradesh
206 Ozhukarai Puducherry
207 Ulhasnagar Maharashtra
208 Kohima Nagaland
209 Jodhpur Rajasthan
210 Bruhat Bengaluru (BBMP) Karnataka
211 Panchkula Haryana
212 Bhilwara Rajasthan
213 Ananthapuramu (Ananthapur) Andhra Pradesh
214 Srikalahasti Andhra Pradesh
215 Jaipur Rajasthan
216 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
217 Bhadravathi(Bhadravati) Karnataka
218 Roorkee Uttarakhand
219 Osmanabad Maharashtra
220 Ranebennur (Ranibennur) Karnataka
221 Port Blair Andaman and Nicobar Islands
222 Ferozepur Punjab
223 Thoothukudi (Thoothukkudi) Tamil Nadu
224 Adoni Andhra Pradesh
225 Chickamagaluru (Chikmagalur) Karnataka
226 Ajmer Rajasthan
227 Hassan Karnataka
228 Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh
229 Parbhani Maharashtra
230 Yavatmal Maharashtra
231 Amravati Maharashtra
232 Jagdalpur Chattisgarh
233 Jalandhar Punjab
234 Kalyan-Dombivli Maharashtra
235 Greater Chennai (Chennai) Tamil Nadu
236 Khammam Telangana
237 Sangli Miraj Kupwad Maharashtra
238 Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
239 Malegaon Maharashtra
240 Udgir Maharashtra
241 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
242 Damoh Madhya Pradesh
243 Sonepat (Sonipat) Haryana
244 Haridwar Uttarakhand
245 Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh
246 Jaunpur Uttar Pradesh
247 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
248 Belagavi (Belgaum) Karnataka
249 Mahabubnagar Telangana
250 Cuddalore Tamil Nadu
251 Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
252 Ayodhya Uttar Pradesh
253 Thanesar Haryana
254 Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala
255 Gangapur City Rajasthan
256 Kashipur Uttarakhand
257 Kishanganj Bihar
258 Amritsar Punjab
259 Kullu Himachal Pradesh
260 Dabra Madhya Pradesh
261 Baripada Town Odisha
262 Patna Bihar
263 Agra Uttar Pradesh
264 Silvassa (Silvasa) Dadra and Nagar Haveli
265 Jind Haryana
266 Guna Madhya Pradesh
267 Ambur Tamil Nadu
268 Rameswaram (Rameshwaram) Tamil Nadu
269 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
270 Bettiah Bihar
271 Kochi (Cochin) Kerala
272 Hajipur Bihar
273 Orai Uttar Pradesh
274 Sirsa Haryana
275 Bhagalpur Bihar
276 Shillong Meghalaya
277 Dimapur Nagaland
278 Sasaram Bihar
279 North Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
280 Silchar Assam
281 Madanapalle Andhra Pradesh
282 Kaithal Haryana
283 Ballari(Bellary) Karnataka
284 Barnala Punjab
285 Beawar Rajasthan
286 Palakkad Kerala
287 Barshi Maharashtra
288 Davanagere Karnataka
289 Datia Madhya Pradesh
290 Agartala Tripura
291 Hisar Haryana
292 Jhunjhunu Rajasthan
293 Bodh Gaya Bihar
294 Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Karnataka
295 Rohtak Haryana
296 Akola Maharashtra
297 Dibrugarh Assam
298 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
299 Aurangabad Maharashtra
300 Sujangarh Rajasthan
301 Chittorgarh(Chittaurgarh) Rajasthan
302 Beed(Bid) Maharashtra
303 Rewari Haryana
304 Muzaffarpur Bihar
305 Chandausi Uttar Pradesh
306 Guruvayur Kerala
307 Jehanabad Bihar
308 Ambala Sadar (Ambala) Haryana
309 Sultanpur Uttar Pradesh
310 Udaipur Rajasthan
311 Achalpur Maharashtra
312 Vijayapura (Bijapur) Karnataka
313 Wardha Maharashtra
314 Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh
315 Bidar Karnataka
316 Dehradun Uttarakhand
317 Hosapete (Hospet) Karnataka
318 Latur Maharashtra
319 Bikaner Rajasthan
320 Lalitpur Uttar Pradesh
321 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh
322 Sambalpur Town Odisha
323 Hoshiarpur Punjab
324 Thrissur (M.Corp) Kerala
325 Rudrapur Uttarakhand
326 Shamli Uttar Pradesh
327 Buxar Bihar
328 Raichur Karnataka
329 Tonk Rajasthan
330 Nainital Uttarakhand
331 Loni Uttar Pradesh
332 Hanumangarh Rajasthan
333 Akbarpur Uttar Pradesh
334 Dehri Bihar
335 Panipat Haryana
336 Etawah Uttar Pradesh
337 Chitradurga Karnataka
338 Deoria Uttar Pradesh
339 Meerut Uttar Pradesh
340 Diu Daman and Diu
341 Kota Rajasthan
342 Purnia Bihar
343 Gondia Maharashtra
344 Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh
345 Bhiwani Haryana
346 Yamunanagar Haryana
347 Robertson Pet Karnataka
348 Motihari Bihar
349 Bhadrak Odisha
350 Daman Daman and Diu
351 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh
352 Mathura Uttar Pradesh
353 Bahadurgarh Haryana
354 Baran Rajasthan
355 Hinganghat Maharashtra
356 Darbhanga Bihar
357 Aurangabad (Bihar) Bihar
358 Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan
359 Ganganagar Rajasthan
360 Modinagar Uttar Pradesh
361 Ballia Uttar Pradesh
362 Gaya Bihar
363 Malerkotla Punjab
364 Alwar Rajasthan
365 Kollam Kerala
366 Kannur Kerala
367 Hindaun Rajasthan
368 Jalna Maharashtra
369 Moga Punjab
370 Maunath Bhanjan Uttar Pradesh
371 Bharatpur Rajasthan
372 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
373 Kolar Karnataka
374 Pilibhit Uttar Pradesh
375 Firozabad Uttar Pradesh
376 Siwan Bihar
377 Farrukhabad-cum-Fatehgarh Uttar Pradesh
378 Sambhal Uttar Pradesh
379 Mainpuri Uttar Pradesh
380 Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala
381 Gangawati Karnataka
382 Mughalsarai Uttar Pradesh
383 Faizabad Uttar Pradesh
384 Nagaur Rajasthan
385 Banda Uttar Pradesh
386 Basti Uttar Pradesh
387 Dhaulpur Rajasthan
388 Badami Karnataka
389 Mirzapur-cum-Vindhyachal Uttar Pradesh
390 Arrah Bihar
391 Dinapur Nizamat (Danapur) Bihar
392 Bhiwandi-Nizampur(Bhiwandi) Maharashtra
393 Amroha Uttar Pradesh
394 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh
395 Haldwani-cum-Kathgodam Uttarakhand
396 Saharsa Bihar
397 Palwal Haryana
398 Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh
399 Rampur Uttar Pradesh
400 Khanna Punjab
401 Shikohabad Uttar Pradesh
402 Jhalawar Rajasthan
403 Bhiwadi Rajasthan
404 Begusarai Bihar
405 Churu Rajasthan
406 Etah Uttar Pradesh
407 Sitapur Uttar Pradesh
408 Hathras Uttar Pradesh
409 Kasganj Uttar Pradesh
410 Lakhimpur Uttar Pradesh
411 Patiala Punjab
412 Fatehpur Uttar Pradesh
413 Ghazipur Uttar Pradesh
414 Jamalpur Bihar
415 Munger Bihar
416 Kavaratti Lakshadweep
417 Unnao Uttar Pradesh
418 Batala Punjab
419 Kishangarh Rajasthan
420 Badaun(Budaun) Uttar Pradesh
421 Baraut Uttar Pradesh
422 Chapra Bihar
423 Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh
424 Hapur Uttar Pradesh
425 Khurja Uttar Pradesh
426 Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh
427 Abohar Punjab
428 Muktsar Punjab
429 Bahraich Uttar Pradesh
430 Katihar Bihar
431 Hardoi Uttar Pradesh
432 Bagaha Bihar
433 Bhusawal Maharashtra
434 Gonda Uttar Pradesh

Endangered Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in Rushikulya near Berhampur city

Endangered Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in Rushikulya River mouth near Berhampur city, Odisha

The endangered Olive Ridley turtles have laid a record 3.55 lakh eggs in the Ganjam coast of Odisha within a span of one week, an official said Monday, adding the figure could touch four lakh mark this year.

Endangered Olive Ridley, microstat“Over 3,55,000 eggs have been laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles within a week of mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth of Ganjam coast near Berhampur city in South Odisha, is an all-time record. The turtles had laid 3,09,000 eggs last year,” Ashish Kumar Behera, the divisional forest officer in Berhampur division, told IANS.

He said the egg laying may touch four lakh this year as the Sunday night calculation was yet to be completed.

“The egg laying that began on February 13 is likely to end on Monday,” he said.

The number of the turtles had declined last year due to unknown reasons. But the number has increased this year at the Gokharkuda and Podampeta-Rushikulya river mouths.

While 3,09,000 eggs had been recorded last year, it is expected to cross a four-lakh mark this year. The Forest Department has taken high security measures for smooth and safe egg laying of the turtles, the DFO said.

The Odisha Forest Department has arranged high security for smooth and safe egg laying of the endangered turtles, the official said.

“We have already made all arrangements, including establishing observation camps, fencing coast with nets and patrolling in sea for protection of the sea turtles and their eggs during their mass nesting,” said Behera.

The Forest Department has deployed speedboats and trawlers with staff to guard the coast and restricted entry of fishing trawlers into the zone.

After laying eggs, the female turtles go deep into the sea without waiting to see the hatchels, which generally emerge around 45 days of nesting.

-IANS, Berhampur, Feb 20, 2017

Berhampur man in ‘India Book of Records’ for Ganesh idol

Berhampur man in ‘India Book of Records’ for Ganesh idol

Satyanarayan Moharana, a youth from Berhampur, Odisha has received national recognition by getting a mention in the ‘India Book of Records’ for constructing an image of lord Ganesha using smaller Ganesha idols carved out of pieces of soap.

Earlier this year, Satyanarayan had also found a place in the India Book of Records for constructing the smallest scaled models of the three chariots of the famous Rathyatra of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri. He constructed these three small-scaled replicas of three small-scaled replicas of three chariots of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the Rathyatra this year in July.

Satyanarayan, an amateur artist and miniature sculptor, said he had started constructing the image of lord Ganesha on September 5, which was also the day of Ganesh Puja.


Set in soap: Satyanarayan with the image of lord Ganesha that he put together with carved soap pieces.Photo: Lingaraj Panda

5-day work

The work was completed in five days, on September 10. Like his other works, Satyanarayan preferred to use household items for his project. The image of Ganesha was made out of 207 soap pieces. Each of these pieces were carved miniature idols of the deity and were unique in some way.

Earlier this year, Satyanarayan had also found a place in the India Book of Records for constructing the smallest scaled models of the three chariots of the famous Rathyatra of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri. He constructed these three small-scaled replicas of three small-scaled replicas of three chariots of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the Rathyatra this year in July.

Simple items

He had used waste products and regular household items for that project as well. Materials used for the three chariots were scarps of wood, coloured cloth, chalk pieces, soap etc.

Satyanarayan, a graduate, took up miniature sculpting and sand art as a hobby. Most of his family members are amateur sculptors. His elder brother Sanjay constructs clay idols, as did his father Subash Chandra Moharana. Satyanarayan’s younger brother Laxminarayan is trying his hand in miniature sculptures using chalk pieces.

 –BERHAMPUR, November 18, 2016

Union Cabinet gives its approval for Establishment and operationalization of new IISER, Berhampur

Union Cabinet gives its approval for Establishment and operationalization of new IISER at Berhampur

Union Cabinet under Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for Establishment and operationalization of new IISER, Berhampur in Odisha.

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the following:


i. Ex-post facto approval for formation of an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860;

ii. Establishment and operationalisation of IISER, Berhampur in a transit/ temporary campus from the Academic Year 2016-17, which will involve a cost of Rs.I52.79 crore, for the initial three years (2016-19), and ex-post facto approval of starting the academic session of 2016-17 from 1st August, 2016;

iii. Accepting land, free of cost, from the State Government of Odisha;

iv. Creation of the post of Director of the Institute in the Pay Scale of Rs.80,000 (Fixed); and

v. Introduction of a Bill, namely, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Appendix-Ill) in Parliament for inclusion of IISER, Tirupati and IISER, Berhampur in the Second Schedule of National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Act, 2007 (29 of 2007) with such modifications/ changes of the drafting and consequential nature as may be considered by the Legislative Department.

Background of IISER, Berhampur:

The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) have been declared as Institutes of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (NITSER) Act, 2012. These Institutes are envisaged to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate level. Earlier there were five IISERs at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram. After coming to power this Government started an IISER at Tirupati in 2015.

To increase the presence of IISERs in various States/ geographical locations to cater to the need for quality education in science and research, the Union Finance Minister, in his Budget Speech (2015) had announced setting up of an IISER in the State of Odisha.IISER, Berhampur

Accordingly, today the Cabinet approved the setting up of IISER Berhampur at the transit/ temporary campus at academic-cum-workshop building of the Government ITI, Berhampur. The student strength intake for this year in the BS-MS course is 60 which will progressively go up and the cumulative student strength is envisaged as 665 in the 3rd year, including MS Degree, MS-Ph.D, Ph.D and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. The total cost of the project for temporary campus is Rs. 152.79 crores. EdCIL, a PSU of Ministry of HRD, Government of India has been asked to submit a proposal for preparation of detailed Project Report for the permanent campuses. Thereafter the process for setting up of the campus would start.

-Cabinet, 27-October, 2016


Berhampur rejoices as Tejas takes off

Berhampur rejoices as Tejas takes off

Kota Harinarayan, Programme Director and Chief Designer of the Light Combat Aircraft, hails from Berhampur city 

The induction of India’s first home-grown fighter jet ‘Tejas’ into the air force has brought special cheer to the people of Odisha as its leading architect, Programme Director and chief designer hails from Berhampur city.

Kota Harinarayan, who contributed in designing the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is jubilant following the aircraft’s induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF).


“We worked for over two decades to design the Tejas. Hard work finally paid off as the aircraft was inducted into the IAF. I will be really happy when it is fully utilized by the Air Force,” Harinarayan said over the phone from Bengaluru.

“The aircraft is equipped to handle air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles and anti-ship missiles. It can also track the enemy’s craft Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and support army operations across the border,” he said.

“Tejas is superior to fighter aircrafts of China and Pakistan. It is designed with the latest technology,” he added. “Though we started work on the LCA in the 1980s, which is when the government decided to develop an indigenous aircraft for the air force with the establishment of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the actual work started when the government sanctioned funds in 1993,” Harinarayan said, who was then the director of the project.

According to him, around 20 educational institutions like the IITs in Kanpur, Kharagapur and Bombay, 40 Research and Development (R&D) laboratories and over 500 engineers toiled for years to develop the indigenous aircraft. While a few components of the jet were imported, most parts are made in India.

Though he is settled in Bengaluru now, Harinarayan frequently visits his home town. Tejas, India’s first home-grown fighter jet, was finally inducted into the IAF on Friday after a tortuous saga spread over 33 long years with the launch of the first squadron of two Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in Bengaluru.

— PTI, July 4, 2016