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Friday, December 7, 2018

Famous Berhampur ଧନୁ ମୁଆଁ / धनु मुआँ / Dhanu Muaan or Puffed Rice Cake

Apart from other things Brahmapur is also famous for a unique Sweet i.e. ଧନୁ ମୁଆଁ / धनु मुआँ / Dhanu Muaan or Puffed Rice Cake.
Its a seasonal delicacy and generally available from Dhanu Sankranti to Makar Sankranti, i.e. December to January of English Calendar. 
As per the tradition, the cake is offered to the Ista Devi and Ista Deva of every house in Ganjam District on the occasion of Dhanu Sankranti. Even there is a local custom of giving Muaan or Dhanu Muaan to the married women and her in-laws during this month.

It is a major offering for puja in famous temples like Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha and Brahmapur Ista Devi Budhi Thakurani. 

Inoperative Super Speciality Block Compromising Health Care facility in MKCG Hospital, Berhampur

One year on since inauguration, the two super specialty blocks at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur is yet to see the light of the day.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the specialty blocks last year. Some crucial departments like heart surgery, plastic surgery, geriatric and nephrology operating inside indoor patient department (IPD)of the hospital were scheduled to be shifted to the new blocks as the old building was declared unfit in 2013.

Dean of MKCG Hospital, Professor Radhamadhab Tripathy said that steps have already been taken to make the building functional within ten days. “We had apprised the government about the development and the concerned authorities have already started the process of recruiting super specialty doctors. The building will start functioning within seven to ten days and the shifting of departments will be completed by December end,” Tripathy said.

Deplorable condition of the First Cluster University of Odisha

ରାଜ୍ୟର ପ୍ରଥମ କ୍ଲଷ୍ଟର୍‌ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ଭାବେ ସୁଖ୍ୟାତି ଅର୍ଜିଥିବା ଖଲ୍ଲିକୋଟ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ଏବେ ନାନା ଅବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାର ଗନ୍ତାଘର ହୋଇଯାଇଛି। ନିଜସ୍ବ କ୍ୟାମ୍ପସ ନାହିଁ, ଅଧ୍ୟାପକମାନେ ବସିବା ପାଇଁ କୋଠା ନାହିଁ । ପାଠ ପଢ଼ାଇବା ପାଇଁ ଶ୍ରେଣୀ ଗୃହ ନାହିଁ। ଏଭଳି ସମୟରେ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟରତ ଅଧ୍ୟାପକଙ୍କୁ ଦରମା ନିୟମିତ ମିଳୁନାହିଁ। ତିନି ମାସକୁ ଥରେ ମିଳୁଛି । ଯାହା ଏବେ ଅଧ୍ୟାପକଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଅସନ୍ତୋଷର କାରଣ ହୋଇଛି ।
Hope Government will intervene immediately to short out the problems facing by the First Cluster University of the State.

#KhallikoteClusterUniversity, Berhampur, Odisha, India

Security of Berhampur Circle Jail under question mark ?

Security of Berhampur Circle Jail now under question mark? As Berhampur Circle Jail is a home to some of the most hardcore criminals including Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, the prison is considered very sensitive place. A day after security breach allegations were leveled against Balasore jail , questions have been raised over the security of the Circle Jail in Berhampur for delay in appointment of jail superintendent and staff crunch.

As Berhampur Circle Jail is a home to some of the most hardcore criminals including Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, the prison is considered very sensitive place. Besides, around 24 jails of the nearby southern districts like Gajapati, Kandhamal also come under the jurisdiction of this circle jail.
Berhampur being one of the most crime-affected cities in the southern region of the State, the weakened security arrangements at the jail have now been a major concern for all.
As per reports, the Circle Jail is yet to get a new in-charge after the retirement of the last superintendent two months ago. Even after repeated exposure on staff crunch hitting the jail, around 16 warder posts are lying vacant in the jail while four officers are working in place of ten.
While the outer security of the jail is ensured by armed API constables, the internal security is more of a concern due to absence of sufficient number of staff.
Lawyer Pitabas Panda said, “A senior superintendent should be posted as in-charge of the Circle jail but it is quite shocking to note that the government is not at all concerned to fill the vacant post. Not only that, the number of prisoners is triple the strength of the security personnel here.”
DIG Prisons, Southern Range Raghunath Majhi also accepted that the fulfilment of superintendent post has become extremely important. Earlier on Monday, a video of the husband of Nilgiri Sub-Jail superintendent Mamtabala Patra, working in the computer inside the jail premises had gone viral on social media drawing criticism from various sectors.
- By Suryakant Jena / Dec 4, 2018

Cancer is no longer a dreaded disease: Manisha Koirala

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala on 02 December flagged off the Cancer Awareness Cycle Rally from the premises of Gopalpur Army College in Berhampur.
Manisha, who was the chief guest at the programme organised by the Grameen Sneha Foundation, said, “Cancer is no longer a dreaded disease. 
Head of the National Cancer Institute, AIIMS, New Delhi, Prof G K Rath also attended the event. He said there has already been a vaccine to check different kinds of cancers among women.
Brigadier R Srivastav and major P S Bhatia of Army AD College, director, Acharya Harihar Cancer research Centre Dr L Sarangi were also present at the event.
The rally will culminate at Pune in Maharashtra December 25 after covering a distance of 1,481 km in 24 days touching 14 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Foundation sources said the rally is first of its kind in the state. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Fate of NH-16 expansion near Berhampur city hangs in balance

Uncertainty looms large over six-laning of 56 km stretch of National Highway (NH)-16 (old NH-5) after 41-km Puintola-Girisola section along Andhra-Odisha border was transferred from jurisdiction of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Bhubaneswar division to Visakhapatnam division recently.
Earlier, the stretch, passing through Ganjam district from Girisola to Narayani Chowk, was under NHAI, Bhubaneswar division. Two years back, the district administration had submitted a proposal to NHAI, Bhubaneswar for expansion of the stretch into six lane, construction of service roads and flyovers at seven places. Later, the NHAI authorities conducted a survey and submitted the detailed project report (DPR) to the Central Government for its approval.
But last week, the Central Government transferred the 41-km stretch from Puintola Chowk to Girisola to Visakhapatnam division while the rest 15-km patch from Puintola Chowk to Narayani Chowk remained under NHAI, Bhubaneswar division.

Meanwhile, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange urged the NHAI authorities to start construction work on three flyovers at Humma, Randha and DRDA Chowk. 
On the other hand, leaders of all political parties in the district have reacted sharply to the decision. BJD leader and Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) chairman Subash Moharana described it as unjustified and said it reveals step-motherly attitude of the Central Government towards Odisha. 
Ganjam Congress working president Pitabasa Panda demanded that the stretch should be under the jurisdiction of NHAI, Bhubaneswar division for better monitoring of construction work. CPM Odisha unit secretary Ali Kishor Patnaik also echoed similar views.
Ganjam BJP unit president Kanhu Charan Pati said they have appealed to the Central Government to take up the expansion work immediately and withdraw the decision of transferring the 41-km stretch to Visakhapatnam division.
-29th November 2018 / Express News Service

Janibili water supply project for Berhampur city once again misses deadline

The commissioning of the Rs 488 crore Janibili mega water supply project here has missed the deadline despite persistent efforts by Ganjam district administration. The Public Health and Engineering Organisation (PHEO) had set a deadline to bring water through 58 km long underground pipes from Janibili reservoir in Soroda to Berhampur by October and formally implement the project by November to tackle the crisis of drinking water here. 

After Dakhinpur reservoir in 1905 and Rushikulya joint water supply project at Madhapur in 1980, Berhampur got third water supply project at Janibili in 2013 when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid its foundation stone. Tender was floated in 2016 and the construction work was entrusted to Chennai-based M/s Larsen & Toubro (L&T). Though the company had targeted to complete the work by November 2018, it failed to meet the deadline due to several reasons including delay in road excavation permission from NHAI and land acquisition. 

The under-construction intake well at Janibili in Soroda, Ganjam 
The project includes construction of intake well at Janibili, laying of 58-km pipeline from Janibili to Berhampur and a water treatment plant at Jagadalpur. L&T, which is executing the project, has already laid nearly 54 km. Laying of four km pipeline is yet to be completed due to land dispute. Though a division office was set up with an estimated cost of `80 crore from Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF) to monitor the work in 2013, it failed to ensure timely completion of the project.

Apart from 58-km stretch, the L&T will also lay pipeline of 235 km in the Silk City to supply water to the households. But so far pipelines have been laid on only 170 km stretch. While 70 per cent work on the intake well has been completed, over bridge construction is yet to be started. Similarly, construction of treatment plant is lagging behind.

Recently, the Chief Minister expressed his displeasure over the issue and directed the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department to take up the matter with the L&T for timely construction of the project and supply water to Berhampur by January 2019.

-02nd December 2018 / Express News Service

Odisha Govt shifting Berhampur University ‘Deer Park’ to Parlakhemundi

The deer park in the premises of Berhampur University is all set to be shifted to Parlakhemundi by December this year. “The process of relocation of the total antelope population from the deer park to Parlakhemundi will begin soon,” informed Berhmapur Forest Division DFO Asish Behera.
“There is a lack of animal shifting van, thus we are facing problem to relocate the herbivores,” he added. “We have received information that the State government has purchased two veterinary vans which is expected to be brought to Nandankanan Zoological Park in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar by December first or second week. Once the vehicles reach Nandankanan, we will start relocating the animals from the deer park to Parlakhemundi,” he further added.
It is worthy mentionable that the deer park was set up in 1991 for beautification of the varsity and research by veterinarians. Under the supervision of then administrator Professor C.C. Dash, two deers were brought from the deer park at Raj Bhawan in the state capital and the animals were released in the newly-constructed park on 2.02 acre land in the varsity.
However, in the year 2010, Central Zoo Authority of India directed shifting of all mini zoos in the premises of education institutions. Following which the decision was taken by the University authorities to shift the deer park elsewhere. The varsity also issued a letter to forest department in this matter.
The deer population in the park has now risen to 50. The University’s veterinary department is shouldering the responsibility of the deer park maintenance and is taking good care of the animals.


Belagaon (Brahmapur) born famous NASA scientist weighed mass of Star & discovered 16 new planets

Belagaon (Brahmapur) born famous NASA scientist who weighed mass of Star & discovered 16 new planets is in his village now
He is known as Planet Hunter in the astronomy fraternity since he has discovered 16 new planets in 2006...READ MORE.......
Homecoming for Berhampur University alumni and Belagaon (Brahmapur) born famous NASA scientist who weighed mass of star previous year.
Almost a year after measuring the mass of a star, Ganjam born astronomer Kailash Sahu is back in his home town in Belagaon on the outskirts of Brahmapur city in Ganjam district. The scientist working at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) of NASA is now spending bulk of his time at his village interacting with people and school students.
Sahu achieved the fete by employing Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, something which the German physicist longed to do but found to be impossible during his lifetime.

Recalling his childhood memories, Sahu said that his village did not have electricity and it was tough times then. After completing his higher education from Berhampur University in 1977, he then went to IIT Kharagpur and then to other prominent universities abroad and eventually became NASA scientist in new space discovery.
Sahu is known as Planet Hunter in the astronomy fraternity since he has discovered 16 new planets in 2006. Moreover, he became a much talked about personality after he calculated the mass of dwarf star Stein 2051B, the sixth-nearest white dwarf star to Sun. “Basing on the sun’s mass, we calculated the mass of the star which was two-thirds of the mass of the sun,” said Sahu.
While interacting with the students in his school, Sahu is spending time showing demos about his achievements and encouraging them to dream big and work hard in life. Not only students, friends and other villagers expressed their happiness over Sahu’s return to the village. “We are really proud of Kailash as he has brought laurels for the village, state and the entire country,” said Subhash Chandra Sahu his brother. 
Sir, You have really made us proud. #futureberhampur welcomes you to your mother land... 

Source: Otv

Run 300-bedded MKCG, Berhampur super-Speciality Dept immediately

(Future Berhampur congratulates the members of the 'Manav Adhikar Surakhya Manch' for its consistent efforts for the development of Brahmapur city.)
The Manav Adhikar Surakhya Manch’s Ghanta Yatra (cymbal rally) demanding a permanent solution to different problems of the MKCG Medical College Hospital entered its 69th phase here on 21 Nov. The Manch submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding functioning of the super-specialty department and shelving the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project in the hospital.
The members said that the 300-bedded super-specialty department, which was constructed at a cost of Rs 56 crore, is turning to be a haunted house.



तारा तारिणी मंदिर संक्षिप्त परिचय

तारा तारिणी मंदिर, भारत की पूर्बी तटीय राज्य ओड़ीशा का ब्रह्मपुर सहर से 29 km दूर ऋषिकुल्या नदी के किनारे रहे पुण्यगिरी (रत्नागिरी / तारिणी पर्बत/ कुमारी पहाड़) के ऊपर स्थित माँ की प्रसिद्ध मंदिर हे। 
यह भारत के 52 शक्ति पीठों से अन्यतम है और यहाँ सती के स्थन गिरने कि दाबा कीया जाता है। यहाँ माँ तारा और माँ तारिणी को आदि शक्ति के रूप में पूजा किया जाता है। 
भारत में रहे हुए 52 शक्ति पीठों से 4 को तंत्र पीठ की मन्यता दिया जाता है। माँ तारा तारिणी इनहि 4 तंत्र पीठों में भी एक हैं।

पौराणिक ग्रंथों पहचान चार प्रमुख शक्ति पीठ, जो तंत्र पीठ का मान्यता रखे है वो इसी प्रकार रहे।
ब्रह्मपुर का माँ तारा तारिणी पीठ ( स्थन ), 
पूरी जगन्नाथ मंदिर के परिसर पर रहे बिमला ( पाद ), 
गुवाहाटी का कामाक्ष्या पीठ ( जोनि पीठ) और
कोलकाता का दक्षिण कालि ( मुख खंड ) ।

कालिका पुराण भी इस तथ्य को मान्यता देता है और इसमें वर्णित एक श्लोक में कहा गया है :
!! ‘बिमल़ा पादखंडनच,
स्तनखंडनच तारिणी,
कामाख्या योनिखंडनच,
मुखखंडनच कालिका
अंग प्रत्यंग संगेन विष्णुचक्र क्षेतेन्यच’ !!

ଭୁବନେଶ୍ୱର ରେ କ୍ରୀଡା ର ବିକାଶ ପାଇଁ ସରକାର ପ୍ରବଳ ଆଗ୍ରହ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରୁଥିବା ବେଳେ ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର ପାଇଁ ଏହି ଆଗ୍ରହ ନାହିଁ କାହିଁକି ?

ଗେଟ ବଜାର କାଳୀ ପୂଜା / Gate Bazar Kali Puja


Berhampur is 1st city in Odisha which installed Underground Waste Bins with sensors
Launching a first of its kind initiative to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC)has installed the underground garbage bin facility fitted with sensors.
With this, the city has become the first Municipal Corporation in the State to have a smart underground bin system. The project kicked-off after inauguration by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
BeMC Commissioner Chakraborty Singh Rathore said, “The waste bins have been fitted with sensors that will send alerts to control room as soon as they get filled. We have dashboards that signal green, yellow and red based on the level of garbage in the dustbins. The bins will signal green if the waste level is below 40 per cent; waste up to 70 per cent level will signal yellow and the moment the waste reaches 80 per cent, it will signal red in the dashboard and we will send cranes to empty the bins.”
“This is a complete sensor-based technology. So there will be no problem in the maintenance of the entire system,” assured Rathore.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

PURNAGIRI; The abode of Adi Shakti Maa Tara Tarini

Berhampur University Alumni Satya Tripathi appointed UN Asst Secy-General

Development and environment expert Satya S. Tripathi has been appointed an assistant Secretary-General and will head the UN Environment Programme’s New York office. The appointment made Monday by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was announced by his Spokesperson Stephane Guterres. Tripathi is now the third Indian at the senior levels of the UN hierarchy.
He has served the UN for 20 years in “Europe, Asia and Africa on strategic assignments in sustainable development, human rights, democratic governance and legal affairs,” Dujarric said. Tripathi has been the Senior Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UNEP since 2017.
A development economist and lawyer with over 35 years of experience, one of his key roles at the UN was as the UN Recovery Coordinator for the $7 billion post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in Aceh and Nias in Indonesia.
He also chaired the Committees on Laws and Treaties for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004. Tripathi has commerce and law bachelor’s degrees and a masters in law from Berhampur University in Odisha.
Atul Khare, the Under-Secretary-General who heads the Department of Operational Services, is the senior-most Indian at the UN. Nikhil Seth, the Executive Director of UN Institute for Training and Research, is at the level of an assistant Secretary-General according to last year’s Voluntary Public Disclosure listing of senior staff’s assets.
At the New York office of UNEP, Tripathi’s duties will include supporting development, coordination and implementation of system-wide strategies on environment for the UN and “catalysing transformative change” throughout the UN “to integrate the environmental dimension of peace, security and sustainable development,” according to the description of the post. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Take a pledge to make Silk City free of open defecation: Zareen Khan

The Silk City is way ahead of others barring its cleanliness and open defecation, stated well-known Hindi cinema actor Zareen Khan in Berhampur on 31 August.

Participating in a special programme at the Town Hall on the occasion of the 151st Self Government Day of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC), Zareen also interacted with members of various self help groups (SHGs), women members of Biju Yuva Bahini and other volunteers on creating a plastic-free environment and making the city open defecation-free (ODF).
Women play a pivotal role in transforming the society into a better place to live in but they often face problems due to the practice of open defecation, said the actor and urged everyone to take a pledge to make the city free of open defecation by the deadline set by the government.
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The youths of the city should realise their role in this mission and contribute their bit towards enhancing the attraction of the Silk City, she further said.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Berhampur City Commercial Center ର ଭବିଷ୍ୟତ ନେଇ କଣ କହିବେ ଆପଣମାନେ ?

Eco Retreat Hub ଗୋପାଳପୁର, North City ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର, Rock ଗାର୍ଡେନ ର ସୁନ୍ଦର ଚିତ୍ର କୁ ଗତ ଇଲେକ୍ସନ ସମୟରେ ପେଇଡ ମିଡ଼ିଆ ରେ ବ୍ୟାପକ ପ୍ରଚାର କରାଇ ୨୦୧୪ ଇଲେକ୍ସନ ଜିତିବା ପରେ ବିଜେଡି କବଜା ରେ ଥିବା Brahmapur Development Authority ଏବେ ଆଉ ଦୁଇ ଟି ଚିତ୍ର ଜାରି କରିଛି I ବୋଧେ ଇଲେକ୍ସନ ପୁଣି ପାଖି ଆସିଲାଣି I  ସୁନ୍ଦର ଚିତ୍ର ପାଇଁ ଚିତ୍ରକର କୁ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ କିନ୍ତୁ ଅନ୍ୟ ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟ ଯଥା ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର ରିଂ ରୋଡ, ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର airport,  ପୋଲିସ କମିଶନରେଟ, ଗ୍ରେଟର ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର ଗଠନ, ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର- ରାଇପୁର via କନ୍ଧମାଳ, ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର-ଜୟପୁର ଓ ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର-ପାରଳାଖେମୁଣ୍ଡି କୁ NH ଦ୍ୱାରା ସଂଯୋଗ ଇତ୍ୟାଦି ର ଇତିହାସ ଦେଖିଲେ ଏହି  ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟ  ର ଅବସ୍ଥା ଆଗକୁ କଣ ହେବ ତାହା ଅନୁମାନ କରାଯାଇ ପାରିବ I 
ପ୍ରତ୍ୟକ କ୍ଷେତ୍ର ରେ ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର କୁ ଅବହେଳା କରୁଥିବା ବିଜେଡି ସରକାର କଣ ଏହି ସହରର ବିକାଶକୁ ସହ୍ୟ କରିପାରିବେ I ଏହି ସବୁ ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟ ପାଇଁ ପଇସା ଦେବେ? 

Berhampur City Commercial Center ର ଭବିଷ୍ୟତ ନେଇ କଣ କହିବେ ଆପଣମାନେ ? 

ରାମ ପ୍ରସାଦ ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ
President ,  Odisha Development Forum      

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati (26 April 1892 – 25 May 1974), honorably known as Maharaja Sir Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayana Dev, was the architect of the Independent Odisha State. 
Sir Gajapati was a scion of the great Ganga Dynasty of Paralakhemundi, a Great Freedom Fighter, the first Prime Minister of Odisha and one of the founding fathers of the Indian Constitution, being a Member of the Constituent Assembly of India. 
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Utkal University, the SCB Medical College, the famous Central Rice Research Institute in Bidyadharpur, Cuttack, which is one of the largest of its kind in Asia and MKCG Medical College & Hospital in Berhampur. 
Apart from these institutes he set up many hospitals, schools, colleges, industrial institutions, modern agricultural farms and provided a record number of 1281 irrigation sagars or big water-tanks in his agriculturally dominant native undivided Ganjam District. For this reason, the undivided Ganjam District was given the title 'the rice-bowl of Odisha'. 

India's famous Pani Puri Brand, Now in Berhampur city

Mouth-watering chatpata food like Flavoured pani puri, sandwiches, Zappi, Chaatizza, Bhel, chat, Maggi, noodles, drinks and even fariyali items are now just an order away.
Apart from the khaana here you can find a happy place to hangout with your family and friends.

Place - Giri Road, Infront of Gurudwara, Berhampur
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Can you Identify this famous place near Berhampur city?

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First MEMU train to run on Berhampur-Bhadrak route in Odisha

Good News for Berhampur. First (MEMU) Mainline Electric Multiple Unit train to run on Berhampur - Bhadrak route in Odisha from May this year

finally the Defence Ministry handed over the Army land for the expansion of Brahmapur Stadium

Ending a long row, finally the Defence Ministry handed over the Army land for the expansion of Brahmapur Stadium

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After a long gap I have decided to write about Berhampur and Ganjam and chosen the topic as Banking.
Few days back I have visited a restaurant in Kolkata in the Park Street namely “THE GRAND TRUNK ROUTE“. It was nicely painted with photos of Sher Shah Suri. Suddenly I remembered that Banking in India cannot be started without mentioning him. Sher Shah Suri took over Moughal Empire in 1540 and ruled up to 1545 due to death on accident. During his rule of 5 years he set up new civic and military administration, issued first Rupiya and revamped Postal System and revived the historical city of Pataliputra since 7th Century to Patna. 
He extended “The Grand Trunk Road “Chittagong in the province of Bengal to Kabul passing through Kolkata and Delhi. All these things in a span of 5 years.
The Rupee is the common name in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Maldives, Maturities, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet, Burma. British East Africa and German East Africa.
This is how the Rupee was born in India. Now coming to the history of Banking as is known now a days is it begins from 1839 with the establishment of Presidency Banks. (Mostly the information is from the study of Amiya Kumar Bagchi work). Thus the three Presidential Banks, Bank of Bengal, Bank of Bombay and Bank of Madras came into force between 1840 to 1843. Bank of Bengal has opened an agency in 1838 at Mirzapur and made it to a lone Branch in 1839 and amidst banking crisis closed in 1848.
These Presidency Banks were not interested in trade only facilitate British and big establishments. In 1861 the British Government made sweeping changes in Indian Monetary system. Until 1861, these Presidency Banks have the currency notes of their own. In 1861 the Government decided to print notes by themselves and took away the note issuance business from these Banks. Across British occupied India a uniform currency was issued. This led all these Presidency Banks to open Branches and to start so called retail banking in a limited way.
Despite early start in the year 1861 these Presidency Banks by 1916 just have 63 (Branches. Bank of Bengal – 25, Bank of Bombay – 14 and Bank of Madras – 24}, Serous attempts were made increase the number of Branches since they are in main towns and in 1921 these three presidency banks were merged and amalgamated to Imperial Bank Of India on 27th January 1921 and was given a target to open 100 Branches in a span of five years.. In those days it was a hurricane task. Later on 1st July 1955 by means of an Act it became STATE BANK OF INDIA.
Now coming to Odisha and Berhampur, consequent up on the order to open 100 Branches, Madras Presidency Bank on 16th May 1921 opened the first Bank in the state. THUS BERHAMPUR BECAME THE FIRST TO HAVE A BANK IN ODISHA and the very next day Bhubaneswar Branch was opened by Bengal Presidency.
This is chapter for commercial Banks entrance to Berhampur, but banking is not new to people of Berhampur. By that time cooperative Banks already existent,

This how a Branch of a commercial Bank has made an entry into Berhampur and Odisha. Whereas, the story of entry of Cooperative Banks in Berhampur is entirely different. The eminent people of the town at that time are responsible.
Cooperatives started as small grass root level organizations in the last century in Western Europe, North America and Japan. However it is Rockdale Equitable Society in England is considered to be pioneer of the cooperative movement. In 1844 a group of 28 artisans of cotton mills in the North England formed the society .At that time the cotton growers were having a miserable life and could not provide food and take care of medicines of their family. As usual the Banks used to offer assistance rich and affluent people .They pooled their scare resources and finance still needy. They first operated through retail shops once in two days of a week and later five days a week .Thus they enrolled every customer as a member and within three months they could run the society very well.
The history of cooperatives in India is more than hundred years old. In olden days non-istitutiuional agencies such as money lenders used to finance farmers at exorbitant rate of interest, the situation was such the formers have to sell their land to repay loans. In some parts of the country particularly Poona and Ahmednagar the formers spearheaded agitations against the money lenders. As result of which the Government has passed Deccan Agricultural Relief Act (1879), Land Improvement Loan Act (1883) and The Agricultural Loan Act (1884).
During 1892 Madras Government has appointed Fedrick Nicholson to study village cooperatives in the line of existing ones in Germany and he has submitted his report in 1895 and in 1897.The Famine Commission in 1901 strongly recommended that Agriculturalists should be granted loans to prevent recurrences of similar conditions in future. As a result of these studies and reports in 1904 the Cooperative Societies Act was passed.
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While this is the history of Cooperative Societies of India, our Berhampur was no way inferior simultaneously eminent persons worked out their ways to solve the problems of agriculturalists and urban poor. As a result of which during 1906 The DCCB Bank Ltd (NOW KNOWN AS BCC BANK LTD AND BERHAMPUR COOPERATIVE URBAN BANK LTD WERE FORMED).
The DCCB Bank ltd was initially under Madras Presidency and was serving present Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Srikakulam districts. Revered persons like G.Raghava Rao, G>Ganapati Iyer (Principal Khallikote College}, P.Venkateswarlu (noted Lawyer}, Rao Sahib W,V,B.Ramalingam (Contractor} have nurtured during the initial stages from 1915 to 1934. Later Nabhi Ramakrishna Rao a dedicated cooperator had worked from 1934 to 1936 as Secretary and later as President from 1948 to 1970.
The Berhampur Cooperative Urban Bank ltd was also opened on 13th November 1906 to cater to the needs of urban poor with area of operation as Berhampur. It is familiarly known as Urban Bank. While I am not aware of the eminent people involved initially in opening it. One renowned person named Ambatipudi Simhachalam a lawyer and eminent personality of 1920 and 1930 with Mocharla Sitaramayya and Yerramalli Sririm Murty garu as his juniors was the President of the Bank, he was Madras High Court Lawyer. 
It has developed immensely during the period when W.V.V.B.Ramalingam (Freedom Fighter) was its President. Later he also worked as Adviser to State Government on cooperatives during the period when Biswanath Das was the 1st Prime Minister of Orissa State (in those days the state head was known as Prime Minister). The present crimson red building was constructed during his regime. This was mentioned a while Bank celebrated its 100 years of existence.
This is how the Banking in Berhampur made a beginning, way back 1906.

- About the Author-
(The writer was born in 1946 at Berhampur, studied at KC High School near Khallikote College and later migrated to Gusainuagaon as KC Higher Secondary School., later studied at Khallikote College and obtained degree in 1968 from Berhampur University.
I joined State Bank of India as Clerk-Typist in 1970 at Berhampur and left Berhampur in 1979 on transfer. Again I came to Berhampur and worked as Field Officer and also Branch Manager at SBI, Aska Road Branch of Berhampur during 1988 to 2001. I served in places like Surada, Koraput, Sunabeda. Sundargarh, Barpali and Bubanesweaw. Finally retired in 2006. Since 2011 I am staying out side Odisha.)

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Public protest against non-inclusion of 18 Panchayats in Berhampur city limit

Public protest intensified and people from peripheral areas of the city protested against the state government, against non-inclusion of 18 Panchayats in Berhampur city limit since 2008 gazette notification.
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