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  • Odisha reviews preparedness to tackle flood 1 week ago

    Bhubaneswar: With water level rising in several Odisha rivers following incessant rains and a forecast of more rains due to a depression, the state government reviewed preparedness to deal with possible flood. "There is a possibility of flood in Keonjhar, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts. All arrangements are being made to deal...
  • Saradha Chit Fund Scam: CBI asks Bengal, Odisha government to share documents of scam before July 31 1 week ago

    Kolkata: CBI has asked the state government of West Bengal and Odisha to share all documents related to the Saradha Chit Fund scam with them before July 31. The CBI order comes after the Supreme Court ordered transfer of investigation of the scam from the special investigation team and the...
  • 435 people, 139 Maoists killed in Odisha in 14 years: Naveen Patnaik July 21, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Maoist ultras have killed 435 persons including 210 police personnel during the last 14 years while the security personnel eliminated 139 rebels during the same time, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said. Patnaik told this while replying to a written question of BJP's Dilip Ray in the Assembly. ...
  • Odisha government prepares for tackling possible flood July 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: With heavy rains lashing several parts of Odisha, the state government on Sunday geared up to deal with any possible flood as more rains accompanied by high-speed wind was forecast for next few days. As heavy rainfall is predicted till July 23 in different parts, the state government has braced...
  • Sabyasachi Panda interrogated in police custody July 20, 2014

    Berhampur (Odisha): Top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was on Sunday interrogated, a day after the arrested Red rebel was sent to police remand for ten days. A team of senior police officers along with Special Intelligence Wing (SIW) grilled Panda in presence of his advocate Deepak Patnaik amid tight security, a...
  • Top Odisha Maoist sent to 10-day police remand July 19, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A court in Odisha on Saturday granted the police a 10-day remand of top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda, a day after his arrest, a defence lawyer said. Police had sought Panda's custody for 14 days to interrogate him. Sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) at Berhampur PK Behera, however, granted a 10-day remand,...
  • Will be happy to see Sabyasachi Panda hanged: Slain cops' wives July 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The arrest of Odisha's top maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda has brought cheers to the families of personnel who laid their lives while fighting red rebels in different parts of the state. "I will be happy if Panda is sentenced to death. The soul of my husband should be at...
  • Odisha's most wanted Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda arrested from Ganjam July 18, 2014

    Ganjam: Top Naxal leader and Odisha's most wanted man Sabyasachi Panda has been arrested from the Ganjam district in Odisha. He had been on the run for over a decade. Panda faces over 30 charges of murder, including that of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and his four disciples in Kandhamal...
  • Odisha: Infant boy allegedly sold by parents, rescued July 17, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A 22-day-old infant boy who was allegedly sold by his parents was rescued by the police and at least six persons, including the adoptive couple were detained in Bhubaneswar for their involvement in the incident. "Police have rescued the child who was allegedly sold by his parents for money. We...
  • Odisha: Bonded labourers exploited, brutally amputated by contractor July 15, 2014

    Sambalpur: Two migrant bonded labourers' hands were chopped off in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, because the duo had refused to work. Dialu Nial, 19 and Nilambar Majhi, 35 were brutally amputated last October when their labour contractor, Parame and five of his associates after keeping them captive for a week...
  • Polavaram issue sparks protest in Odisha Assembly July 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The controversial Polavaram dam issue sparked protests inside and outside Odisha assembly on Monday with ruling BJD MLAs disrupting house proceedings and their party colleagues organising a 12-hour 'hartal' in four southern districts. The treasury bench members demanding cancellation of the dam project, the bill on which had been passed...
  • Linking rail fare with fuel price to hit common man: Naveen Patnaik July 8, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Linking the railway fare with fuel price was likely to hit the common man, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Tuesday. "As regards the proposal for linking the railway fare with fuel price, I apprehend that this will affect the common man and expose them to vagaries of...
  • 137th rath yatra begins in Ahmedabad amidst tight security June 29, 2014

    As the chariots of lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra rolled out of its temple premises in Ahmedabad for its 137th annual rath yatra, 20,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure a smooth and incident free festivity. Millions of people have congregated in the cities of Ahmedabad and Puri to...
  • Annual Jagannath rath yatra begins across India amidst tight security June 29, 2014

    Puri: The annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath begun across the country on Sunday amidst tight security. This is the 137th Rath Yatra that has begun in Ahmedabad with millions arriving in Puri for the grand event. More than one million devotees from around the world are expected to participate in...
  • Man sentenced to 10-years imprisonment for attacking tribal girl June 25, 2014

    Kendrapara (Odisha): A 40-year-old man was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a court in Kendrapara district for attacking a tribal girl and chopping off her fingers last year. While convicting Sanatan Bhoi on Tuesday, on the basis of circumstantial evidence and deposition of witnesses, Kendrapara district and sessions judge BK...
  • Odisha: Congress, BJP demand CBI probe after CAG detects irregularity June 24, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Terming it as a "Mega Scam", Opposition Congress and BJP in Odisha on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged undue favour to certain industrial houses which availed loan from banks by mortgaging government lands allotted to them on lease for setting up industries. The opposition parties' demand came...
  • Six 'disillusioned' Maoists surrender in Odisha June 23, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Six armed Maoists, including a woman carrying a reward of Rs.1 lakh for her capture,on Sunday surrendered in Odisha after being left "disillusioned" by Maoist ideology, police said. The rebels, wanted in connection with several violent incidents, surrendered before the police in the district headquarters town of Koraput, about 500...
  • Dharmendra Pradhan slams Odisha Government over Chariot climbing issue June 21, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government should have gracefully accepted the advice of Puri Shankaracharya banning climbing of the chariots by devotees during Lord Jagannath's rath yatra instead of confronting on the matter, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said. "Instead of taking a confrontation course towards Jagadguru Sankaracharaya on issue of devotees...
  • Naveen Patnaik: Poor will be largely affected by the rail fair hike June 20, 2014

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik comments on the rail fare hike. He states that hike in fare will further aggravate inflation and increase price rise. The poor people will be largely affected by this move. ...
  • No raw material shortage for industries in Odisha: Government June 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday claimed there was no shortage of raw materials for industries in the state even as the Opposition Congress and BJP on Friday walked out of the House in protest. "Major mineral-based industries are not facing any raw material shortage in the state," Odisha's Steel and...
  • Endangered red sandalwood seized from smugglers in Berhampur June 20, 2014

    Berhampur: Endangered red sandalwood worth about Rs three lakh has been seized in Odisha's Gajapati district, forest officials said on Friday. Acting on a tip-off, forest personnel swung into action near Parlakahemundi on Wednesday when the sandalwood was being transported from Odisha border to adjoining Andhra Pradesh in a jeep,...
  • 42 pc women face physical violence in Odisha June 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Wednesday admitted that 42 per cent of women, between 15 to 49 years age are subjected to either physical or sexual violence in the state. It also said that more than two-third of the girls, about 67 per cent, in the age group of six months...
  • Visakhapatnam: Kidney racket busted, hospital director arrested June 18, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: A kidney racket has been busted in Visakhapatnam and the Director of a hospital has been arrested in connection with the case. The Odisha Police arrested Seven Hills Hospitals director Dr N Prabhakar Babu after his hospital allegedly carried out a kidney transplant without following rules. However, the police...
  • We believe in cooperation, not confrontation: Naveen Patnaik June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Shunning ruling BJD's decade long allegation of negligence by the Centre, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that his government believes in cooperation and not confrontation. "We do not believe in confrontation. We believe in cooperation. Our approach will be positive and constructive towards the Central Government,"...
  • Fire in Odisha secretariat June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Official files, computers and furniture were destroyed in a fire that broke out on Monday morning at the Panchayati Raj department in Odisha secretariat, police said. The fire was detected by employees and fire brigade personnel soon brought the blaze under control. But by then, several files and office...
  • Marandi re-elected deputy speaker of Odisha assembly June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Sananda Marandi was re-elected the deputy speaker of the Odisha assembly on Monday. The three-time legislator was elected unopposed by a voice vote after his name was proposed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as no other candidate was fielded by any other political party...
  • BJD's Anubhav Mohanty elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha June 12, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal candidate and Odia flim actor Anubhab Mohanty was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. "Mohanty has been elected unopposed as there is no other candidate in the fray," Odisha Legislative Assembly secretary Amiya Kumar Sarangi, who is also the returning officer, said. Though two persons -...
  • One killed, 24 injured as truck overturns in Odisha June 12, 2014

    Malkangiri: One person was killed and 24 others were injured, three of them critically,when the truck in which they were travelling overturned on a ghat road in Odisha's Malkangiri district today. The mishap took place in Chitrakonda area when the driver apparently lost control over the vehicle and it overturned killing...
  • Honda aims to sell 45 lakh motorcycles in FY'15 June 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar : Two-wheeler major Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) plans to sell 45 lakh units in 2014-15, a jump of 21 per cent over the previous fiscal. "Honda achieved highest ever sales of 37.21 lakh units in 2013-14. The target for the current fiscal is to sell around 45 lakh...
  • Odisha: Devotees can't climb Lord Jagannath's chariot on Rath Yatra Day June 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: In a significant decision, Odisha government on Wednesday said that devotees would not be allowed to climb the chariots of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra on Rath Yatra Day. "The devotees will not be allowed to climb the chariots. The Daitapati priests of the 12th century shrine...