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The greatest batsman, AB de Villiers took retirement from International Cricket

Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:52 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta 

Rourkela,This shocking announcement came from the greatest batsman ever; rather, we must say a ‘great sport person’ who took retirement from all formats of International cricket with immediate effect, came from his twitter accounts. He said “It is the time for others to take over”. This news has shocked the entire cricket fraternity and his fans present across the globe. He has carried a great personality and is known for his coolness and unique unorthodox cricketing shots. He has already played 123 Tests, 228 One-Day International and 78 T20 for South Africa. He scored 8765 runs in Test at an average of 50.66, 9577 runs in ODI with an average of 53.50 and 1672 runs inT20 at an average of 26.12. Altogether he had scored 47 centuries and 109 fifties which is stupendous and had performed excellent in IPL as well. This IPL was his fourth IPL edition and this year he was representing RCB but unfortunately RCB could not qualify for playoff. He had captained South African team for years together in ODI and in Test but in both formats he decided to quit captaincy, where decision was his personal one means he was a successful captain. He also holds many records including world’s fastest ODI 50, 100 and 150, the fastest Test century and fastest 50 in T20 by a South African. He started his cricketing career in International cricket in the year 2004 against England in Test and had debuted ODI in 2005. He joined South African Team as a Wicket-keeper/Batsman but with due course of time he has mended himself to a good fielder and an all-rounder. He married his girl friend Danielle Swart to whom he had proposed in the year 2012 at Taj Mahal in India. They got married in the year 2013 and is blessed with two sons, Abrham and John. In his earlier life he also represented his country in other sports, which shows his versatility. Undoubtedly he is the greatest cricketer ever, the same impression, Virat kohli, his intimate friend also carries.  Whenever he comes to ground the crowd becomes joyful because of his unique shots and his temperament. His untimely retirement is a great loss to International cricket. But he believes that the decision to leave cricket is appropriate when you are playing good and keeping yourself fit and fine.

IPL game changing lifestyle through unethical Satta(Betting) in Rourkela

Saturday, 12 May 2018 15:24 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta


ROURKELA: Indian Premier League is the dream cricket tournament for most of the Indian and the same is viewed by people across the globe. It is a prestigious and money rich game, which engages many big companies in advertising but the ugly part of this, is Satta or betting that spoils the youth and encouraged crime in different area. City Rourkela is also the victim of this high profile game. Satta are going on openly in many places in Rourkela and Southern Rourkela. In the city the most affected areas are Few sector areas, Koelnagar, Basanti Colony, Timber colony. Mostly unemployed youths are taking part in this satta game to earn easy money the outcome is sometimes they earn huge and many times thy loose huge. Many dalals are managing this activity smartly and as per the sources this all is going on with the knowledge of police in some places. There is no restriction, youths are eating for the call of the price for the match to bet and it keeps on changing with games as per the strength of the team. Mostly popular team is Chhenai Super King and Sunrisers Hyederabad. Calls are very popular with also KKR team. Anyway these activities are continuous process and youths are quite happy with this activity. When the game starts, party begun with soft drinks, hard drinks and with snacks. This entertainment continues with food till the end of the game and the climax comes when the game ends. The winner goes happy and looser goes loosing heart. Sometimes young students are also getting involved in this foul play and they are stealing money and adopting unethical means to source money, which is a bad practice. And at this tender age if this habit becomes a regular affair then the future is bleak. Anyway in the past many intellectuals tried to stop this but consequences were negative and the police didn’t come out to help. This time at least police will look into this matter more seriously to stop the unethical practice will save the precious career of the youths in the city.

Sunita Lakra made us proud after becoming Captain of Indian Women Hockey Team

Friday, 04 May 2018 05:35 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta 

ROURKELA: In India, Odisha is known for producing hockey players and Sunderagrh is the key for this major success. Sunderagarh district has been producing hockey players of international stature and recently, Sunita Lakra had added new feather to this long history of player leading India in hockey after she was pronounced the captain of national team. This happy moment not ended here, another four women hockey players from Odisha have been inducted to Indian team to play Asian Championship Trophy Women’s hockey tournament at Donghae City, Korea on May 13.  Other women players are Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Anupa Barla. Previously Dilip Tirkey had captained Indian Men Hockey team for many years and had brought a lot of glory. This time this representation is done by a woman, who is a good forward player. She has made her debut in Indian hockey team in 2009 and has been the backbone of Indian women’s hockey team. She along with her other players will play their first match against Japan on 15th May. Sundergarh is the breeding ground for hockey players to represent our country and for this a lot of contribution is made by the central and state govt. to upgrade infrastructure. There are three Astroturf grass fields are available in Sundergarh district and all are in Rourkela.

T-20 Cops review security

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:17 Written by

Cops review security arrangements at Barabati for T-20


Bhubaneswar,21/11/17:Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police YB Khurania today visited Barabati Stadium and took stock of the security arrangements ahead of the of T20 match between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be held on December 20.

Senior police officials, including Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh and Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) officials were also present.

The OCA has set a target to start selling of ticket from December 14. Of the total 32,402 tickets, OCA will sell 22,041 tickets till December 17, sources said. The stadium has a seating capacity of around 43,000 spectators.

The State cricket body has made elaborate arrangements from making drinking water arrangements in the galleries to installing CCTV cameras in the entire stadium to ensure hassle free match.

Earlier on October 7, a joint team of Sri Lankan Cricket Board and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) visited the Barabati stadium to inspect the ground and other facilities for the ensuing T20 international.

Meanwhile, the OCA has insured the ensuing match for Rs 20 crore. The insurance policy will cover almost all possible eventualities, including terror attack and also components like cancellation of the match due to fire, natural calamities such as flood and earthquake and even rains, sources said.

The spectators too have been covered under the public liability insurance policy. The OCA has paid a premium of Rs 12 lakh for the insurance policy.

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‘Olly’ Permanent Mascot in Odisha

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:17 Written by

Olly’ Permanent Mascot for all sports events in Odisha


Bhubaneswar,27/10/17:In view of popularity gained during Asian Athletics Championships, Odisha government decided to make ‘Olly’ the permanent mascot for all sports events both national and international championships to be held in the State, informed Sports and Youth Services Secretary Vishal Dev here on Friday.

With the move, ‘Olly’ will be the official mascot of upcoming World Hockey League finals and Hockey World Cup scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 1-10 this year and November 24-December 16, 2018 respectively.

Odisha successfully hosted Asian Athletics Championships 2017 at Kalinga Stadium unveiling ‘Olly’ as mascot for the games. The 22nd edition of the international event was held from July 6-9.

Olly represents endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle that arrives in large numbers at Odisha coast every year for nesting and laying eggs.

B’pur Media Receive Trophy From Cm

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:17 Written by


Report;Pranya Panda,Odishabarta

Berhampur,31/08/17:Today on the occasion of Local Self-Government Day observance Odisha, Chief Minister Honable’ Naveen Patnaik handed over the winner trophy to the team Media11.

 On the occasion of  observance of the  Local Self-Government Day at the Berhampur Stadium here on 18th Aug,17 Friday a friendly Cricket match organised by Berhampur Municipal Corporation between the Corporators and media persons.

The media team won the match by eight wickets. The Corporator 11 won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 87 runs for eight wickets in the allotted 15 over. For the Media 11, Shaktidhar Rajguru in his last over took three wickets, while Buji bagged two wickets Gopal Reddy got one wicket.  

In reply, the Media 11 scored the required runs in 13.2 over losing two wickets. Hemang Raul scored 29 runs and Shaktidhar Rajguru scored an unbeaten 30 runs. For the Corporator 11, BMC Deputy Commissioner Sourendra Kumar Routray took two wickets.

While Routray was the captain for Corporator 11, Prakash Patnaik was the captain for the Media 11.

Administration Goes Sports Saavy

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:17 Written by


Report;Badal Tah,Odishabarta

Rayagada, August 10: Dr.Nitin Bhanudas Jawale, IAS, who is now the Director of Youths and Sports Affairs in Govt of Odisha, initiated the indoor sports stadium in Rayagada during his stint as Collector at Rayagada in 2011. Though the construction was complete, the centrally located and aesthetically made infrastructure was hardly used. The building was inhabited by bats and other creatures with thorny bushes around. 
Recently with the sincere efforts of Smt Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar, Collector, Rayagada, the same indoor stadium was renovated again with an investment of rupees twenty six lakhs. The infrastructure has a new & gorgeous look now which has two wooden badminton courts and has provision for table tennis, carom, chess, etc. There is also provision for playing volley ball outside the stadium building. The renovated structure was inaugurated by Sri Lal Bihari Himirika, local MLA-cum-Chairman, District Planning Board where Sri Jagannath Saraka, MLA-Bissam Cuttack, Dr.Niranjan Buxipatro, Vice-Chairman, Rayagada Municipality, Sri Rahul P R, SP, Rayagada, Sri Madhusudan Mishra, PD-DRDA, Rayagada, Sri Muralidhar Swain, PA-ITDA, Sri Prabir Kumar Nayak, Sub-Collector, Rayagada, Sri basanta Kumar sahu, Sub-Collector, Gunupur, Sri Siba Gopal Rao, BDO(I/C), Rayagada, Sri Saroj Kumar Nayak, CDMO, Sri Gouranga Sahu, Executive Engineer, PWD, Rayagada, Sri Prasanna Kumar Acharya, Excise Superintendent, Rayagada were present.
After the stadium got renovated, there was an inter district level badminton competition where ninty teams participated. The competition was graced by state badminton coach Sri Manoj Kumar Sabat & state level player Sri Yogabhyas Bhoi. Collector Guha has assured the august gathering to promote the talents pf sportspersons of the district at all NAC and block levels. “Though the outdoor stadium of the district is getting constructed near JK Pur, it is in half way due to paucity of funds. The erstwhile collector of Rayagada Dr Jawale is now the Sports Director of Odisha. We have international Soft Ball players like Kumari Prashanti Huika and Sri Duryodhan Budika, who are from tribal community of Rayagada. As Collector Guha is taking up pro-active steps in encouraging sportspersons of the district, her coordination with Dr.Jawale will certainly bring a sea change in the arena of sports in Rayagada and the district will witness several Duti Chands & Jauna Murmus”, said Sri Bijay Mishra, State Level Soft Ball Coach from Rayagada. 

Ends Asian Athletics Championship

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:17 Written by



Percept one curates and creates a fitting closure for the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Bhubaneswar, July 9th, 2017:  As Asia’s biggest track and field event came to a close at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday, it was marked by a memorable dance performance. Contrary to the event is just about a dazzling array of lights and sounds, Percept One conceptualized a closing ceremony that left a packed Kalinga Stadium and viewers around the world with a significant message of friendship. 

The event was flagged off by Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik where he stated, "This Championship is now a landmark event in the India’s Sporting history and in years to come it has imprinted Odisha’s name all over the World of Sports. The event will be etched in memories of all the Indians because on the field heroics of the Athletes throughout the event. In an extraordinary turn of event, India secured a Gold in the Men and Women Category of 400 m run and repeated the same feat in the 1500 m run as well. Manpreet Singh’s supremacy in the Womens Shot put and Sudha Singh’s sheer dominance in Womens Steeplechase will go down as one of the finest efforts in their respective categories.  Ama Odiya Jhia Dutee Chand made the entire nation proud with her valiant effort on the track. These were accompanied by numerous champion performances by the participating nations as well which raised the bar of the competition. Also if Odisha gets an opportunity to hold the Common Wealth Games or the Asian games we will be setting up satellite stadiums in Cuttack, Rourkela, and Sambalpur.

Other dignitaries including the Hon Chief Justice of the Odisha High Court, Mr. Vineet Saran, Shri Chandra Sethi Behera, Hon’ble Minister of Sports and Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, Mr. Adille Sumariwala, President, Athletics Federation of India, Shri Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Shri Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and R. Balakrishnan, IAS, DC-CUM-ACS, Government of Odisha, The Accountant General Of Odisha, Mr R Ambalavalan, The Chief Secretary Of Odisha, Mr Aditya Prasad, Mr Sunil Kumar Mishra, State Chief Information Commissioner, Padmashri Haldhar Nag who is renowned Sambalpuri Poet, Mr Vishal Kumar Dev, IAS, Secretary of the Sports and Youth Services, Government Of Odisha and also Mr Siddhant Mohapatra, Hon. Member Of the Parliament, Government Of Odisha were also seen at the closing ceremony. The Sports Minister of Odisha, Chandra Sarathi Behera announced cash awards of 10 Lakhs, 7.5 Lakhs and 5 lakhs for every single gold, silver and bronze medal winner in the Asian Athletic Championship. The AFI President Mr. Adile Sumariwala stated that he is extremely impressed with the facilities at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and hence will be trying to get the World Junior Athletic Championship to Odisha in 2019

The Symphony of Friendship – The 15 minute Act was based on the Symphony of Friendship, which was depicted through multiple sequences and formation. Much like the jumble march past it also involved the usage of the various country flags to depict, the coming together of the participants. The act began with depicting local dance forms of 8 countries including Lavani & Bhangra of India. The act comprised of dance and light formations. The Zenith Dance group of Mumbai choreographed the entire act that also featured 250 students from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences.

Dances in the Symphony of Friendship – Thailand’s Umbrella Dance, Japan’s Fan Dance, Malaysia’s Zapin dance, China’s Culture dance, Iraq’s Kwaleya dance, Hongkong's Lion dance, Iran’s Bandari dance and India’s Lavani and Punjabi dance.Nupur Mahajan, CEO Percept One, said “The concept behind the closing ceremony was to spread the message of brotherhood. We live in a world where sporting events serve as the best platform to improve the International Relations among countries hence it was imperative to work around an idea that captures a sense of amity and benevolence between the nations. Just as the AAC is a coming together of athletes from different geographies to perform under one roof, so is the show a convergence of different cultures. With Bansi Kaul as creative director and a creatively inclined IAS cadre, it has been a meeting of minds and we have together managed to bring to life what looked special on paper”

The ceremony also featured a short clip that had the best moments of all the four days of the sporting events on the field. This not only refreshed the glorious moments of the AAC but also imprinted those images in the heart and minds of the spectators once again. The show was concluded with a dazzling display of fireworks that lit the entire night sky which was symbolic to the bright future of Athletics in India post the AAC. Closing ceremonies around the world work with the brief that theirs has to be grand, and yet must focus on the success of the event and the celebration of it. P1 took up this challenge head on and with little time to turn it around, pulled off a closing ceremony to remember.

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