BHUBANESWAR: Like every year, faith took precedence over reasoning at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district. Nearly 50,000 animals were sacrificed along the main thoroughfares of the town on Monday to propitiate Hindu goddess Manikeswari during 'Bijaya Yatra' of the annual Chhattar festival.
Bhubaneswar, Oct 22, 2012, DHNS:
The one-man justice A S Naidu Commission probing into the 2008 killing of Hindu religious leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal and the subsequent communal riots in the backward Odisha district has sent notices to as many as 55 individuals to appear before it and record their statements.
They commission said can make their appearance either personally or through their lawyers.
These individuals included senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal, two former Members of Parliament (MPs) - Radhakanta Nayak and Nakul Nayak, two former Director Generals (DGs) of Odisha Police - Gopal Nanda and Manmohan Praharaj, former state home secretary Tarunkanti Mishra, a former state minister and a senior leader of the ruling BJD Padmanav Behera, state BJP vice-president Ashok Sahu as well as two former Collectors and one former Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kandhamal.
Besides, notices have also been sent to a few Odisha based Christian leaders.
The commission has summoned the individuals under section 8-B of the Judicial Commission Act.
Khantapada, Balasore Dt., Orissa: 4-10-2012 – Tuesday, 2-10-2012 was a special day for about 80 believers of Maharajpur Panchayat in Khantapada police limits under Balasore Dt. in Orissa. Most of the people in the village are tribals and 5 families among them had accepted Christ about 7 months ago and 10 among them were to be baptized after proper instructions and necessary preparation for the occasion. Their mentors and prayer worshipper friends from different places like Mayurbhanj, Udala, Berhampur, Bangiriposi had gathered there as invitees to witness the baptismal ceremony and join in the celebrations.
Place: Jajpur (Orissa) | Agency: PTI
In a desperate bid to arrange money to get her husband released from jail, a woman in Odisha's Jajpur district has allegedly sold off her 17-month-old son for Rs5,000, police said here on Monday.