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  • EC to issue show cause notices to BJD, BJP in Odisha 15 hours 37 minutes ago

    The Election Commission will issue show cause notices to the ruling BJD and opposition BJP in Odisha for publishing advertisements in newspapers after the end of the campaign for the second and last phase of polls, in violation of the model code. "Show cause notices will be issued to the...
  • No Maoist threat to polling in April 17 in Odisha Yesterday

    There was no Maoist threat in the second and last phase of polling in Odisha for 11 Lok Sabha constituencies and 77 Assembly seats on April 17, while stringent security was in place, state election officials said on Tuesday. "There is no Maoist threat though pockets of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and...
  • Odisha: Maoist killed in gun battle with police 2 days ago

    Bhubaneswar: A Maoist carrying a reward of Rs.1 lakh on his head was killed in a fierce gun battle with police in Odisha's Koraput district, an official said on Monday. Puno Uluka alias Khatru died in exchange of fire at Narayanpatna late on Sunday, Inspector General of Police (South Western...
  • India successfully conducts night trial of Agni-I ballistic missile 3 days ago

    Bhubaneswar: India on Friday successfully conducted the night trial of surface-to-surface Agni-I ballistic missile from a military base in Odisha, an official said. The missile was launched by the Strategic Forces Command as part of user trial from the Wheeler Island off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district, 170...
  • CCTV video shows BJD leader stabbing Cong leader's brother, nephew 3 days ago

    Koraput: In yet another incident of poll related violence, a video reportedly shows BJD leader Dharmendra Adhikari stabbing a Congress candidate's brother and nephew in hotel in Koraput in Odisha. The victims are in serious condition and have been admitted to a hospital. The victims are relatives of Jeypore MLA...
  • Naveen Patnaik hits back at BJP, Congress 4 days ago

    Bhubaneswar: Hitting back at the BJP and the Congress a day after their top leaders attacked his government, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday questioned their achievements. "The Congress government at the centre is a failed government. Its only achievement is corruption. Congress had promised food security several years...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Campaign continues for last phase in Odisha 4 days ago

    Campaigning for the second and last phase of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assembly in Odisha to be held April 17 picked up on Saturday, with several parties making efforts to woo voters. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been addressing around 10 rallies every day. The Biju...
  • Only Congress concerned about upliftment of tribals: Sonia 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday scorned at the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha and accused it of not utilising the funds given by the Union government. The Congress supremo said, "The state government is busy looting the natural resources and then it is giving it to...
  • LS polls: 67 per cent vote in Odisha, surpasses 2009 mark 6 days ago

    Braving intense heat and defying extremist threats, about 67 per cent of the electorate Thursday cast their ballot in simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assembly in Odisha, officials said. Polling was held for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats. State chief electoral officer Mona Sharma said...
  • Lok Sabha polls live: Voting picks up, Naxals loot EVM in Koraput in Odisha 1 week ago

    Voting began in one of the biggest phases of the 2014 Lok Sabha election in 91 Lok Sabha seats across India on Thursday. People are also simultaneously voting in the Assembly election in Odisha. ...
  • Odisha: Security stepped up for polling in Maoist-hit areas 1 week ago

    With over 50 of the 70 Assembly seats going to polls on Thursday in Maoist-hit areas of Odisha, the Election Commission has stepped up security measures with 156 companies of central paramilitary forces and around 27,000 policemen besides three helicopters. Maoists have given a poll boycott call in certain pockets....
  • LS polls: BJD's Pinaki Mishra richest candidate in Odisha April 8, 2014

    The ruling BJD nominee from Puri Parliamentary constituency Pinaki Mishra is the richest among the 98 candidates for the 11 Lok Sabha seats going to polls on April 17 in the state's second phase polls, according to a report released by Odisha Election Watch (OEW). While Pinaki Mishra, a Supreme...
  • Dilip Tirkey barred from using Padma Shri during campaigns April 8, 2014

    Dilip Tirkey, a former member of the Indian hockey team who is contesting from Sundergarh Lok Sabha constituency on a Biju Janata Dal ticket, has been barred from using the Padma Shri award as a title in his campaign, an official said on Tuesday. The district election officer at Sundergarh,...
  • AAP candidate in Odisha alleges of police harassment April 7, 2014

    Cuttack: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Bikash Das, contesting from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat, has filed a complaint alleging harassment by a police inspector during campaigning for the April 17 polls, police said. Das in his petition to the Returning Officer (RO) and Cuttack collector has alleged that an inspector...
  • Odisha government did not utilise Central funds: Sonia Gandhi April 5, 2014

    Nuapara: Congress President Sonia Gandhi held an election rally in Odisha's Naupura where she attacked the BJP and also the Biju Janata Dal government in the state over a slew of issues. While she attacked the BJP saying it had made allegations without any proof, the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD earned...
  • Odisha: Sonia Gandhi to address rally on April 5, Sushma's visit on April 10 April 4, 2014

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address an election rally on Saturday and on April 10 in Odisha, party sources said on Friday. "Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address a public meeting tomorrow at Khariar in Nuapada district," said Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Jaydev Jena. Gandhi is also scheduled to...
  • Odisha: I-T special wing to keep watch on black money circulation April 1, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Income Tax Department has opened an Airport Intelligence Unit here at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, which is functioning in all working days to keep a close watch on movement of undisclosed cash during election time, official sources said. In view of the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly...
  • Rajnath, Modi to address rallies in Odisha March 31, 2014

    BJP national president Rajnath Singh and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address two separate public rallies in Odisha on April 2 and 4 respectively, a party release said on Monday. Both the BJP leaders will address rallies at separate places going to polls during the first phase on...
  • Odisha: Kandhamal tribals threaten to boycott polls March 31, 2014

    A large number of tribal people have threatened to boycott polls for Kandhamal Lok Sabha and Phulbani Assembly seats accusing the government of being callous in providing basic facilities like drinking water, electricity, education and healthcare. Around 5,000 voters, mostly tribals, of Bilabadi, Danga, Shraba, Mallickpada, Shamapaju, Birigada and five...
  • Parties change candidates hours before nomination closes March 26, 2014

    Odisha's three major political parties - BJD, Congress and BJP on Wednesday announced change of their candidates hours before completion of the nomination paper filing process. While the ruling BJD changed its sitting MLA Alekh from Rajnagar, the BJP changed two candidates and the Congress undertook a similar exercise for...
  • Naveen Patnaik kicks off campaign for BJD from Ganjam March 26, 2014

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday kicked off BJD's campaigning for the ensuing twin elections from his home turf Hinjli Assembly constituency in Ganjam district, voicing optimism about a good show by his party. The BJD supremo also campaigned for his party candidates in Berhampur and Gopalpur in the...
  • Odisha's KIIT International School students bag NASA prize March 26, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Zenith's Labyrinth, a project developed by Grade 8 students of KIIT International School, bagged the second prize worldwide in the Space Settlement Design Contest for school students organised by the National Space Society of USA in association with NASA. Six students - Aman Patnaik, Abhishek Mahapatra, Sai Krishanth PM,...
  • Odisha: Naveen Patnaik re-nominates candidates for LS seats March 20, 2014

    The ruling BJD president Naveen Patnaik on re-nominated the five sitting MPs and denied ticket to Laxman Tudu who represented Mayurbhanj in the Lok Sabha. While announcing names of candidates for the second phase of polling on April 17, the ruling BJD supremo announced candidates for the seven Parliamentary Constituencies....
  • Odisha: Naveen Patnaik files nomination for Assembly polls from Hinjili March 19, 2014

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday filed his nomination for the Assembly polls from Hinjili constituency in Ganjam district and expressed confidence about BJD retaining power in the state. Patnaik, who is also president of the ruling BJD, filed four sets of nomination papers at the sub-collector's office at...
  • Odisha: Festival coincides with polls in Ganjam, may affect voting March 18, 2014

    Thousands of people in Ganjam district will skip voting on April 10 as the they will be away from their villages to participate in the seasonal folk dance festival 'Danda Nata'. The D-day coincides with the festive season which is celebrated from April 1 to 14 to appease Lord Shiva...
  • Process of filing nominations begins in Odisha March 15, 2014

    The process of filing nominations for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 Assembly seats began on Saturday with notification issued by the Election Commission. The filing of nomination for the seats would continue till March 22, Chief Electoral Officer Mona Sharma said in Bhubaneshwar. Scrutiny would be held on March 24...
  • BJD releases second list for 3 Lok Sabha,18 Assembly seats March 14, 2014

    The ruling BJD on Friday denied tickets to two sitting MLAs from Malkangiri and Deogarh, while announcing the second list of candidates for three Lok Sabha constituencies and 18 Assembly segments. BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik fielded new faces for three Lok Sabha seats of Sambalpur, Bargargh and Nabarangpur. While former...
  • 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape case: One jailed for 11 years, 2 others for 3, 6 acquitted March 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The district court in Cuttack on Friday convicted three persons and acquitted six in the 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape case. Prime accused Mitu Patnaik has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment and the remaining two convicts have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. The nun was allegedly gangraped on...
  • 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape: Cuttack court to deliver verdict today March 14, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The district court in Cuttack will pronounce its verdict on Friday on the Kandhamal nun gangrape case. The nun was allegedly gangraped on August 25, 2008 at Baliguda in Kandhamal district of Odisha, two days after the communal riots broke out in the district following the killing of VHP...
  • Odisha: Modi to hold rally in Sambalpur today March 14, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narenda Modi will hold a rally in Sambalpur in Odhisha on Friday noon. This wiil be Modi's second visit to the state after his rally in Bhubaneswar in Frbruary. Police Officials say that adequate security measures have been taken ahead of the BJP leader's...