Exclusive Interview of Ms Shara Sharma,IPS with Manoj Kanta Dash, Editor, Odishabarta 

Manoj;Tell me about yourself (?).

Shara;Ohh start from here ? Okay I Ms Sarah Sharma, DOB: 23rd July 1983.My Mother Smt.Renuka Sharma,Pappa;Prof (Dr),GS Sharma and am the only Daughter residence of Sambalpur Odisha.

Manoj; Your educational background Please (?).

Sarah; I am a Student of Arts during the year 2000-03 from SB Women’s College, Cuttak.

Manoj;What makes you Unique (?).

Sarah; Me (!!!)... only Study during my entire career.

Manoj Why do you want to be a IPS Officer (?)

Sarah; If I (?)...Wait and See.

Finally I could able to touch  my goal and  challenge with my commitment to my parents and  during the year 2010 I  became an  IPS Officer Odisha cadre.

Manoj; Your postings are ; (?).

Sarah; I went for IPS training and after that I was posted at Bolangir, subsequently SDPO,Aska in Ganjam district. ASP,Angul for six month during 2014, SP,Deogarh nearly 2 years, Principal Police Training Institute for six months,SP,BPSA and from 13th Feb,2019 at Gajapati SP till continuing.

Manoj; Ohh grate (!)  Congratulation.

Sarah; To appear UPSC my parents given me enough moral courage and supported to my serious study which I took as challenge.

Manoj; What interest you about your role (?).

Sarah; My interest inspired mainly as I am the only child and my Daddy and Mummy both having a great hope on me so I decided to prove my talent here. More over during my UPSC preparation the support from my Teacher and  friends are more uncourageous in my Study.

Manoj ; Motive (?)

Sarah; If I success of my dream, even I got some good positing in my state I shall discharge not only my official assignment but also something new and good for the Society.

Manoj; Why you like with the current Job (?).

Sarah; Once I told after my success if I got any posting in Odisha I shall do some other remarkable work for the backward people.

Manoj; What is your greatest strength (?).

Sarah; My greatest strength mainly my work assignment and the people of Odisha with my limit.

Manoj; What is your greatest weakness (?).

Shara; As you know every day there is news items of Minor Girl abuse in our Nation how to fight and STOP. Really That makes me very much Upset if such type of News was Noticed. In addition Rape victim and destitute.

Manoj; Kind of Punishment (?).

Sarah; Only Jail and if necessary Hang to Death..

Manoj ; your Hobby; Classical Hindustani Vocal,playing Guitar and well trained. For this I have my Guru,Dance,Plantation and Yoga awareness.

Manoj; What you hate (?).

Sarah; “I hate those people who lie.

Manoj; Mam,but you didn’t say any about your Food Choice (?).

Sarah;My Food choice is only Home made less oily and healthy food.

Manoj; few days back a Video was viral that you sang a own song about women’s awareness “AMA SHE TEAM” (We are SHE TEAM) and that was so popular I have seen many tweets including Chief Minister of Odisha and D.G Police. Yes I am impressed and posted the same in our Odishabarta.

Sarah; true for release of that particular Song “She Team” It was my voice and you know in studio the producer taken the song recorded in one take .

Manoj; Exasperate, and many thanks. Congrats sharing with us.Appreciate your broad mind. Namaskar

Sarah; Namaskar.


Dear Visiitors; To listern her "SHE TEAM" Song go to Odishabarta home page and click the Video available

Report;Santosh Patro,Odishabarta

Berhampur,,26/07/19:Berhampur  is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas on Friday. It marks the end of Kargil conflict where Indian soldiers successfully recaptured mountain heights that had been seized by Pakistani intruders.

The Kargil War was the last time India and Pakistan came to a full-blown armed conflict. The Kargil War was also the first time India and Pakistan got into an armed conflict after becoming nuclear powers.

Berhampur Sub Collector,Mr Diganta Routray who joined as guest of  the celebration at Jagadalpur and given flowery homage  to  Martyr  Srinivas Patro..People from across the Ganjam,many youth association, and media persons  took active participation.

Briefing to scribes Mr Routray said, If we recall this date that India recaptured all the peaks by July 26, 1999,.The Kargil conflict to an end. More than 500 Indian soldiers died in the Kargil War. The Indo-Pak Kargil conflict, known as Operation Vijay, was fought between India

 The conflict was engineered by Pakistan, infiltrating its troops and occupying vacated dominating heights across the LoC overlooking and threatening National Highway besides violating territorial integrity of the Nation.

 Indian Army soldiers, have shown the utmost fortitude and resilience, fought legendary battles in Dras, Kaksar, Batalik and Turtok sectors at heights above 12,000 feet and evicted Pakistani intruders.

  Indian Air Force also contributed significantly and supported the Army operations.

 Mr Routray also expressed confidence that the Indian Armed Forces would continue to serve the country with unwavering dedication and discipline keeping with their glorious traditions.


Berhampur,(22/07/18):This year all the district administration responded to the problems over heavy downpour of the last three days. R.K Sharma, DGP and Amitabh Thakur, I.G, Law and order monitored the rescue operations adequate ODRAF team deployed at Sambalpur, Malkangiri, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Rayagada. According to SRC source free kitchens started and clear the rain water over stopped the roads. All concern officers of all affected districts and District Collectors were instructed to undertake the repair works instantly. The officials at the health centres and block development offices, local police, fire brigade and para-military forces, etc were instructed to work. Due to heavy rains which disrupted train services in the Rayagada district.


Odisha Official Language Bill passed in Assembly

Report; Bureau, Odishabart

Bhubaneswar:The Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed in Odisha Assembly on Tuesday through a voice vote.

According to the bill, it contains punishment provision for the government officials for not using Odia language in official work, as well as rewards to the officials in order to encourage maximum use of Odia language.

This apart, the Assembly passed a bill making Odia language mandatory on signboards of all shops and commercial establishments across the State.

The Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and its rule provides for all shops and establishments in the State to meet the terms within a month or pay a fine ranging between Rs 1000 and Rs 5000 for a first violation and rising to between Rs 2000 and Rs 25000 for the second violation, sources said.

In August 2016, the state government enacted the rules of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954, formally bringing it into force for official work in Odia language.

Odisha to get early prediction on lightning strike 


Bhubaneswar:The Government of Odisha is likely to set up Total Lightning Based Early Warning System (TLBEWS) which can predict the precise geographic location which is likely to be struck by lightning that too about 45 minutes prior to its occurrence. The aim of the move is to reduce death toll due to  nature’s fury. 

The Earth Networks, a USA based organization, made a presentation on TLBEWS with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat of Odisha.

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are said to be already making use of this to facilitate dissemination of early warning through mass messaging and mobile-based application to the people of such localities enabling them to take suitable precautionary measures to save their lives.

Noted socio-political leader and the Chairman of SNSMT has welcomed this move taken by the Government of Odisha. He said “nearly about 400 lives on an average per year are lost to lighting hits in Odisha. Should this system really work in accordance to what is claimed, it will be of massive help to all of us in Odisha”

Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Finance Department Tuhin Kanta Pandey and Special Relief Commissioner and Managing Director OSDMA Bishnupada Sethi too were present during the presentation given by Earth Networks.

Metrology Official Under Vigilance Scanner


Rourkela: Vigilance sleuths today conducted simultaneous raids on the office and houses of Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology, Rourkela Bidyadhar Biswal on charges of amassing property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Acting on a complaint, a team of 25 officials of the anti-corruption wing including three DSPs conducted the raids at 5 places,including his office at Uditnagar here. However, the officials could not search the residential quarters  at LIC Colony here and sealed it since it was locked.

Five MoUs inked by C.M to boost technical education in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: As many as five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed to give a boost to technical education in the State during the two-day state-level skills competition event on Sunday that began at IDCO Exhibition Ground here.

The agreements were signed in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and senior government officials.

The first MoU was signed between the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics.

Similarly, the second MoU was signed between the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Government of India and BPUT in the field of super computation, artificial intelligence and high-end research.

The third was between Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Government of India and Centurion University of Technology & Management (CUTM) in the similar field of super computation and its use for skill development and research.

The next agreement was between Director of Technical Education and Training (Odisha) and Central Tool Room & Training Centre (CTTC) for establishment of five mini tool rooms in five leading ITIs at Berhampur, Balasore, Cuttack, Talcher and Hirakud for imparting professional training to ITI passouts in handling high-end machines and technology.

The last pact was signed between Odisha Skill Development Authority and Eye-Mitra 2.5 New Version Generation, a division of Essilor India, for sector-specific skill development for self employment in vision care.

Prasanta Patnaik,Sr.Media Associate


Shri.Bijaynanda Patnaik known as Biju Patnaik, a two-time chief minister of Orissa (now Odisha) — whose interest in aviation and remarkably adventurous life as a young pilot make him stand apart from other Indian politicians — was born on 5 March 1916 in a princely family.

His parents Shri.Lakshminarayan Patnaik and Mrs.Ashalata Patnaik were from the Ganjam district. Patnaik studied at the Ravenshaw College but discontinued his higher education as he was more interested in flying planes.

He married Gyan Patnaik in 1939. He first flew a private aircraft, and later joined the Royal Indian Air Force during the World War 2.

in part thanks to a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi, Patnaik was attracted to the nationalist movement from an early age and did his bit for the cause by using Air Force planes to drop leaflets to Indian troops fighting in Burma under the British command. He also flew Congress leaders so that they could take part in secretive nationalist meetings. For his activities he was jailed by the British government in 1942. He remained in jail till 1946.

In its obituary on him, The Economist commented: “When he was 13, Biju had met and come under the spell of Mahatma Gandhi, the proponent of passive resistance to British rule. In the war he sought to satisfy both of his strongly-held beliefs: the need to defeat Japan, and to give India independence.”

Some of his finest moments as a pilot came after the Indian independence during the Kashmir conflict and the Indonesian crisis.

As reported after his death: “After Independence, Jawaharlal Nehru chose the young, lanky pilot for a danger-fraught mission, to carry the first contingent of Indian troops to Srinagar, surrounded by invading Pakistani tribesmen. A few months later Nehru entrusted him with another task — rescuing Indonesian freedom fighters from the [occupying] Dutch forces . . . Landing on an improvised air-strip and using leftover petrol from abandoned Japanese military dumps, he flew out Indonesian leaders, who included Dr Sultan Sjahrir and Sukarno for a secret meeting with Nehru . . .

For his daring contribution, Patnaik received the honorary citizenship of Indonesia and was awarded the Bhoomi Putra, and later that country’s highest national award, the Bintang Jasa Utama.

Patnaik was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 1946. He again won in the polls in 1952 and 1957. In the 1950s Patnaik focussed on industrialisation and started several projects in Odisha, including a textile mill and a refrigerator factory.

He became president of the state Congress in 1961, with the party winning 82 seats in the 140-member House. He became Odisha’s Chief Minister on 23 June 1961. He occupied the chair for over two years, quitting as part of the 1963 Kamaraj Plan that sought to revitalise the party across the country.

Biju Patnaik was initially close to Congress leader Indira Gandhi, but he left the party after differences with her and formed his own Utkal Congress. He later joined hands with the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, who had started a massive campaign against the establishment in the 1970s. Like many opposition leaders, Patnaik too was arrested during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi.

Later he was elected to the Lok Sabha and became Union Minister for Steel and Mines in the Morarji Desai and the Charan Singh cabinets.

He continued to remain close to central politics in the 1980s. In 1990 he returned to state politics and led the Janata Dal to a handsome victory, again becoming Chief Minister of Odisha. But his party lost in the next state polls five years later.

In the 1996 Lok Sabha elections he was again elected to the Parliament. He died on 17 April 1997 after being hospitalised for a respiratory condition.


A flamboyant man, Biju Patnaik made controversial statements at times. For instance, during his second term as chief minister he urged people to beat up corrupt officials, a careless remark that backfired. In the last years of his life, his political clout was on the downswing, but he remained a popular figure in his state. His vision for Odisha in his own words was: “In my dream of the 21st century for the state, I would have young men and women who put the interest of the state before them. They will have pride in themselves, confidence in themselves. They will not be at anybody’s mercy, except their own selves. By their brains, intelligence and capacity, they will recapture the history of Kalinga.”


The Hindustan Times noted after his death: “It may not be an exaggeration to say that Biju Patnaik was the tallest among all the leaders from Orissa, who made their mark in national politics. A major reason why he acquired his status was undoubtedly his romantic, impulsive nature, which made him stand out even at a time when Nehru and J.P. at the height of their power, there was no dearth of colourful politicians in India.”


Prasant Patnaik,Patron,Odishabarta

BHUBANESWAR, March 14, 2015: Laxmi kanta Mohanty editor of Kalinga Putra an Odia periodical and a social activist passed away on Saturday morning. He fell down while watering the flower plants in the premises of Kalinga Foundation founded by him in memory of Biju Patnaik. He is survived by his only daughter as he had lost his wife soon after birth of hsi daughter about 10 years ago.

Laxmikanta popularly known as " Tukuna Bhai " by the media persons, political activists , social activists and literary as well as cultural circles in the capital city was loved and respected by many. He was an active member of Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) and was participating in all gravitational program-mes of MUFP .

His sudden and sad demise has sent shock waves in the media, cultural and social circles in Bhubaneswar. Mourning his death Sambad editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik has said," Sei Amaratmaa prati mora Sraddha Suman...", Prasanna Kumar Mishra, former editor of Sanchar wrote," It is highly untimely and most tragic."Senior media person and Odisha chief of the Hindu, Prfaulla Das wrote, " .His demise is a big loss to us.".Eminent poet Kedar Mishra while mourning Laxmikanta Mohanty's death mentioned ,"I don't know what to tell and how to react. Am totally shocked and speechless. He was sitting with us whole evening yesterday. I am terribly upset. God knows how the little one will take this terrible blow of fate. Will miss him terribly." Hara Prasanna Das poet wrote , "Really a shocking news..Just cant believe..He was personally known to me.. very lovable soul. His wife was my student in Journalism. I was also present during her death. Could not bear the scene." Manoranjan Mishra of Focus Odisha TV, Durga Prasad Mishra of Naxatra TV and hundreds of media persons , social activists have also expressed their grief at the untimely demise of Laxmikanta Mohanty.

He was known as an ardent supporters of Biju Patnaik and his body was cremated at Swargaswar Puri near the Samadhi of Biju Patnaik on Saturday afternoon.


BHUBANESWAR: (14/11/2014):Prasanta Patnaik,senior journalist and media activist has filed a complaint before the press council of India on November 13, 2014, urging the council to take cognizance of the news item published in the times of India, the telegraph and other media about the incident to bribe the media persons in a press conference at Puri organised by the parliamentary standing committee on urban development headed by Sri.Pinaki Mishra,Lok Sabha Member of Puri.

Patnaik complaint about attempt to bribe media persons at press conference organised by Pinaki Mishra, chairman of L.S standing committee.  


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