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  • Odisha: 51 arrested for setting train coach on fire, ransacking station 6 days ago

    Bhubaneswar: As many as 51 people were arrested on Sunday for torching a coach of Puri-Barbil Express train and ransacking Delang railway station. GRP sources said the arrested belong to Gualipara village and nearby areas under Delang police station limits in Puri district. The arrest was made two days after a mob...
  • India successfully test fires 3,000 km range nuclear-capable Agni-III missile April 16, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: India on Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile, with a range of over 3,000 km, from a base in Odisha, an official said. The surface-to-surface missile was fired from a launch complex at the Inner Wheeler Island off the coast of Dhamra in Bhadrak district, about 200 km...
  • Red Sandalwood found in Gajapati district of Odisha April 9, 2015

    Brahmapur: At least 12 wood-cutters have been arrested for allegedly smuggling red sandalwood and around 200 quintals of logs were seized from them in Mahendra forest range in Gajapati district of Odisha. The arrests were made in the last two years and the seizures were also made during that time, Range...
  • Watch: Odisha's Banajaga yatra April 5, 2015

    Odisha's Naba-kalebara festival is underway in the Puri district of Odisha where priests re-make the idols of Lord Jagannath. Around 50 lakh people are expected to flock to Puri for this festival. ...
  • Odisha state mining director says will renew 18 iron ore mine licences shut since 2014 April 5, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: India's top iron ore producing state Odisha is likely to renew the licences of 18 iron ore mines shut since 2014, a state official said on Saturday, in a boost for local steel producers. A panel of senior government officials in Odisha has recommended the reopening of the mines, which...
  • World Bank finds Bhubaneswar best place to do business in India: Sushma Swaraj March 20, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Hailing Odisha for its rich culture, ancient trade links and growth potential, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said the World Bank has ranked Bhubaneswar as the best place to do business in India. "The city of Bhubaneswar has a unique distinction of having rich history which goes back...
  • Sand artist appeals to UN to investigate MH-370 disappearance March 7, 2015

    Odisha: A day before the completion of one year since the mysterious disappearance of MH-370, noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Saturday sculpted a sand formation of the missing Malaysian airliner. "I have raised my concern three times by creating different sand art. Today for the fourth time I have...
  • Odisha CM Naveen asks BJD MPs to play role of opposition in Parliament March 7, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Two days after accusing BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre of discriminating against Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday asked BJD MPs to play the role of opposition in both the Houses of Parliament and safeguard interest of the state. "We had a detailed discussion on different issues. The...
  • India to sign agreements for hassle-free visits to neighbouring countries February 27, 2015

    Puri: In its effort to promote friendly ties with neighbours, India is set to sign agreements for hassle-free visits to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand. Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Vijay Chhibber said in Puri(Odisha) on Friday that the matter was being placed on fast track...
  • Cuttack court orders auction of chitfund companies' properties to pay investors February 25, 2015

    Cuttack: Giving a ray of hope to many poor investors in chit fund companies in Odisha, a lower court in an ex-parte ad-interim order directed Cuttack ADM to sale through public auction the attached properties of M/s Rose Valley Group of Companies and distribute the sale proceeds among the investors...
  • Government fails to place probe report against Director-General of CRPF in Odisha High Court February 24, 2015

    Cuttack: The State Vigilance Directorate on Tuesday failed to submit the preliminary enquiry report in the Orissa High court basing on which a graft case was registered against senior IPS officer Prakash Mishra who is now the Director-General of CRPF. The High Court had last week asked the vigilance to produce...
  • odisha: Three arrested, looted electronic articles recovered February 14, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Three persons were arrested on Saturday and electronic goods worth Rs 3 crore allegedly looted from a godown in the city outskirts recovered from the police. Several goods including over 500 mobile phones, around 200 tablets, more than 200 laptops, over 2,000 pen drives, many data cards and LED monitors...
  • Delhi victory wave will be felt in Odisha: AAP February 11, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Buoyed by its spectacular success in Delhi Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said the victory wave will also be felt in Odisha where it would try to emerge as a strong alternative force. Strategies would be chalked out for strengthening the party in Odisha soon, senior...
  • Odisha: CM Naveen Patnaik launches housing project January 21, 2015

    Berhampur: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched the 'Biju Pucca Ghara Yojana' (BPGY), a housing project for rural poor, at Sheragada in Ganjam district. Patnaik launched the scheme by unveiling its logo and handed over work orders to five beneficiaries hailing from Aska, Dharakota, Hinjili, Sheragada, and Sanakhemundi blocks....
  • Train services halted for over 24 hours on the Howrah-Mumbai route at Rourkela as local tribals protest January 21, 2015

    Rourkela: Rail services remained completely paralyzed on the Howrah-Mumbai route at Rourkela for over 24 hours as local tribals protested on Wednesday. Several trains on the route have been cancelled because of the protests. Disrupted train services have caused a lot of inconvenience to passengers. The tribals are demanding not to...
  • CBI court grants extension of bail term of former AG Mohanty January 13, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: The Special Central Bureau of Investigation Court on Tuesday granted continuation of bail of former Advocate-General (AG) Ashok Mohanty named by the apex probe agency in its charge sheet regarding the multi-crore chit fund scam. Special CBI judge Padma Lochan Satpathy extended the bail term of Mohanty in connection with...
  • BJD government in Odisha a failure on all fronts: Congress January 5, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Dubbing the BJD government in Odisha as a failure on all fronts in 2014 when a series of scams rocked the state, Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Monday claimed the ongoing CBI probe into the chitfund scandal appeared to have slowed down during last one month. "CBI is now...
  • Odisha: BJP calls BJD regime tainted, threatens 'Maha Sangram' December 30, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Alleging allotment of land by Odisha's General Administration department at low premium was done in an arbitrary way causing Rs 251 crore loss, BJP on Tuesday said 'Maha Sangram' (bigger battle) would be launched to oust the 'tainted' BJD regime during party President Amit Shah's maiden visit. "The BJD...
  • BJD scores big in elections, but joy shortlived due to scams December 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A record fourth consecutive win in assembly polls failed to retain the upbeat mood in ruling BJD as CBI tightened the noose around party leaders in the multi-crore chitfund scam that rocked Odisha in 2014, arming a marginalised Opposition with political ammunition. Despite the landslide victory, BJD leaders seemed to...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: DSP Pramod Panda arrested by CBI December 19, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: In a major embarrassment for Odisha Police, the CBI on Friday evening arrested a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Pramod Panda for allegedly deriving undue financial benefits from Artha Tatwa Group, a major player in the multi-crore chitfund scam in the state. "Panda, presently a DSP of Odisha Police is...
  • Odisha cancels allotments of plots through discretionary quota to state bigwigs December 19, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The Odisha Cabinet on Thursday cancelled all discretionary quota plots and houses which were illegally allotted since 1995 to highly influential people in Odisha. This after CNN IBN had first exposed these illegal allotments in 2011 and followed up the story compelling the Naveen Patnaik government to act. Of...
  • Odisha Cabinet cancels plots, houses allotted under discretionary quota since 1995 December 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: In a major move, the Odisha Cabinet on Thursday cancelled all the plots and houses allotted under discretionary quota since 1995. The vigilance panel will also initiate criminal proceedings against those who produced false affidavit to get discretionary quota meant for martyrs, sportspersons and distinguished personalities. A total of 1791...
  • Odisha: Cycle pumps used for tubectomy in government medical camp, probe ordered December 1, 2014

    Angul: Close on the heels of the Chhattisgarh sterilisation episode, use of cycle pumps to dilate the cervix of women during tubectomy procedures at a camp in Odisha's Angul district has come to the fore. Taking serious note of the matter, the Odisha state government has ordered an administrative probe...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: CBI questions senior IPS officer Rajesh Kumar November 30, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Sunday questioned senior IPS officer Rajesh Kumar in the Odisha chit fund scam. Rajesh Kumar was until recently probing the chit fund scam as the crime branch DIG before the probe was taken over by the CBI under direction from Supreme Court. The probe...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: CBI should probe Patnaik's role, says LoP, state Assembly November 23, 2014

    The opposition parties in Odisha have upped their ante against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and have now demanded his resignation. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Leader of the Opposition in the Odisha Assembly, Narsingh Mishra said that after his close aide Saroj Sahu, the CBI should now probe Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. ...
  • Human skulls recovered in Puri November 23, 2014

    Puri: Twenty human skulls were recovered under a bridge on the Kusabhadra river on Puri-Konark road, police said. Apart from 20 human skulls, three buffalo skulls and some bones were also recovered from the river bed under Liakhai bridge, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Nimapada, Subash Mohanty. While the skulls have...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: Opposition up the ante against CM Patnik, demand his resignation November 23, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The opposition parties in Odisha have upped their ante against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and have now demanded his resignation. The remarks came after Patnaik's close aide Saroj Sahu was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the chit fund scam. The Biju Janata Dal continues...
  • Odisha chit fund scam probe reaches CM office, CBI questions Patnaik aide November 22, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the multi-crore Odisha chit fund scam reached the doorsteps of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's office on Saturday. Patnaik's residence office assistant Saroj has been questioned by the CBI in connection with the case. He was grilled for almost 1.5 hours by the CBI...
  • Saradha scam: CBI questions Odisha CM's former aide; opposition unwilling to relent November 22, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The Central Buraeu of Investigation (CBI) on Friday issued summons to Rajya Sabha member and former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra over Saradha chit fund scam. "If tomorrow CBI thinks that Naveen Patnaik has some facts to reveal, then they might summon him also, this is...
  • Saradha scam: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik faces heat in CBI probe, close aide questioned November 22, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The Central Buraeu of Investigation (CBI) on Friday issued summons to Rajya Sabha member and former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra over Saradha chit fund scam. Former chief political advisor of Naveen Patnaik for more than a decade, Pyarimohan Mohapatra's house was also raided earlier this week....