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  • BJD scores big in elections, but joy shortlived due to scams Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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....
  • CBI summons former BJD leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra over Saradha chit fund scam November 21, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: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. Odisha Assembly adjourned for the second day due to protest by opposition over the chit fund scam. Mohapatra was questioned by CBI in Bhubaneswar. His...
  • Odisha: College student kills classmate over love affair November 19, 2014

    Cuttack: A 20-year-old college student was arrested by Cuttack city police on Wednesday for allegedly killing his classmate and throwing his body into river water over a triangular love affair. Police said that they arrested Amulya Sahoo (20), a student of Stewart Science College and a...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: CBI conducts raids at CM's former aide Pyarimohan Mohapatra's residence November 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation sleuths are conducting raids at 22 premises including the residence of former Naveen Patnaik aide Pyarimohan Mohapatra in connection with the multi-crore chit fund scam. The raids are being held to probe the alleged involvement of 'Seashore Group' in the scam. Mohapatra, a former Biju...
  • Odisha: Mid-day meals continue to be cooked in unhygienic conditions November 14, 2014

    Cuttack: In Odisha, there are 73,000 schools where mid-day meals are provided to students everyday. The government spends around Rs 800 crore per year on these mid-day meals. Per student per meal, the amount spent is a little over Rs 4. But what is more important to know, is under...
  • Chitfund scam: CBI court rejects MLA's bail plea, sends him to jail November 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Separate courts on Thursday rejected bail petitions of suspended BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy, model Preeti Bhatia and two others arrested for their alleged links with the multi-crore chitfund scam in Odisha. Tripathy, who was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's (special) court after completion of his...
  • Cuttack workplaces mostly not aware of women laws November 9, 2014

    Cuttack: A large number of institutions here having more than 10 employees are not aware of the laws protecting women at workforce, according to a recent study by a social organisation. About 30 per cent heads of offices both in organised and unorganised sectors are not aware of the Visakha Guidelines-1997...
  • Odisha IAS officer arrested in recruitment scam November 7, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The anti-corruption vigilance wing arrested an IAS officer on the charge of irregularities in the recruitment of Revenue Inspectors and Amins when he was collector of Balangir district. Debraj Mishra, who was placed under suspension in September last after prime facie evidences were received against him, was arrested from...
  • Odisha government planning to centrally procure chemo medicine November 7, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: With cancer emerging as a public health problem in the state, Odisha government is planning to centrally procure chemotherapy medicines in order to provide free of cost treatment to the poor patients, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu S Nayak. "We are also...
  • Tribal families yet to receive aid after cyclone Hudhud November 7, 2014

    Koraput(Odisha): Almost a month after cyclone Hudhud hit Odisha, seven tribal families of remote Podaguda village claim they are yet to get aid to reconstruct their houses. After gusty wind ripped through their houses on October 12, these tribal families have taken shelter on the verandah of fellow villagers. "While roof of...
  • It's not setback for BJD: Odisha CM on chitfund scam arrest November 5, 2014

    The CBI on Tuesday arrested BJD MP Ramchandra Hansda in connection to Rs 20,000 crore Odisha chit fund scam. The BJD leader and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said, "It's not setback for BJD. They are individual. The law will take its own course" ...
  • Odisha: Political bigwigs in CBI net for alleged involvement in chit fund scam November 5, 2014

    The CBI sleuths made three high profile arrests in ten days for their alleged involvement in the Rs 20,000 crore Odisha chit fund scam. ...
  • BJD breeding corruption in Odisha: BJP November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday accused the ruling BJD in Odisha for "breeding corruption" during its rule in the state for years after CBI arrested its Lok Sabha MP Ramchandra Hansdah and a former MLA were arrested in connection with the chit fund scam case. The party said that BJD's...
  • Regional language literature portray wide spectrum, says Naveen Patnaik November 4, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Noting that literatures in regional languages get little publicity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said that these writings portray a wide spectrum and authentic account of social life and Indian literature is not confined to works in English. "Indian literature is certainly not confined to Indian writings...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: CBI arrests BJD Lok Sabha MP, 2 former MLAs November 4, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday made three high profile arrests in connection with the Rs 20,000 crore Odisha chit fund scam. Biju Janata Dal MP Ram Chandra Hansdah has been taken into custody. Former BJP MLA Hitesh Kumar Bagartti and ex-BJD MLA Subarna Naik have also been arrested...
  • CBI arrests Odisha MLA in chit fund scam October 31, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The CBI on Friday arrested a ruling BJD MLA in Odisha for his alleged complicity with Artha Tatwa Group chief Pradip Sethy, who has duped thousands through a chit fund scam in the state. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the chit fund scam, interrogated Banki constituency MLA Pravat...
  • Odisha a model for others in disaster management, says CM Naveen Patnaik October 29, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Following the handling of two major cyclones, Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud earlier this month, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that Odisha is a model for others in disaster management. "Odisha is a model for others as far as disaster management is concerned," Patnaik said after addressing...
  • US to give 100,000 dollars to Cyclone Hudhud-hit in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The United States on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of $100,000 for those affected by cyclone Hudhud in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. US Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens said the US will provide the assistance to NGO Plan India through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). "The...
  • Infosys to construct toilets in 109 schools of Bhubaneswar October 27, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Infosys Foundation informed the Odisha government that it will construct toilets in 109 state-run schools in the capital city as part of its involvement in the Swachha Vidyalaya programme. Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty informed this to the state government when she met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. This apart,...