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  • Odia actor Hara Patnaik dead January 13, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha's popular actor-director Hara Patnaik died today at a private hospital here, his family sources said. He was 56. Patnaik is survived by his wife Jharana and two daughters. Patnaik, who has ruled the hearts of legions of cine lovers in Odisha for decades, was suffering from blood cancer since...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 6, Day 1 January 13, 2015

    (For updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Preview: Captain Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have been instrumental in taking Delhi to the top of group B and will once again look to dominate proceedings when the hosts take on a lowly-placed Odisha in their Ranji Trophy match on...
  • Ranji Trophy: Delhi's 'Big Two' eye another dominating show January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Captain Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have been instrumental in taking Delhi to the top of group B and will once again look to dominate proceedings when the hosts take on a lowly-placed Odisha in their Ranji Trophy cricket match, here on Tuesday. Having already pocketed three of their...
  • 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...
  • Odisha: BJP bats for social media December 28, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Describing social media as a powerful tool to change people's mindset, BJP on Sunday said it would be used by the party to highlight achievements of Narendra Modi government at the centre and "misrule" of BJD in Odisha. "The achievements made by the BJP-led government at the Centre and misrule...
  • 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...
  • Ranji Trophy Group B, Round 2: Punjab draw with Vidarbha, claim 3 points December 17, 2014

    Punjab walked away with three points from their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match against Vidarbha after the slender 37-run first innings lead proved handy for the visitors in the game which ended in a draw on Wednesday. At the end of the match, Vidarbha were 143 for three in 58...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: CBI arrests Odia TV channel owner Durga Prasad Mishra December 14, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The CBI on Sunday arrested Durga Prasad Mishra, owner of a chit fund company and an Odia TV channel MBC TV over a chit fund scam. He was absconding for the last nine months. On November 30, the CBI had questioned senior IPS officer Rajesh Kumar in the Odisha chit...
  • Protest against Pakistan before Champions Trophy final, crowd heckles team December 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Pakistan hockey team faced heckles and jeers from the crowd and a protest from the 'Odisha Suraksha Sena' here before the FIH Men's Champions Trophy final on Sunday, after their shameless celebrations on beating India in the semi-finals a day earlier. Members of the 'Odisha Suraksha Sena' protested...
  • Abhilash Mallick to lead Odisha Ranji squad December 2, 2014

    Cuttack: Odisha on Tuesday picked a 15-member Ranji Trophy squad to be led by Abhilash Mallick for their opener against Maharastra in the Group B league from December 7. Coached by former India seamer Debasis Mohanty, the squad has former Test opener SS Das as batting coach. The team will leave...
  • India successfully tests 4,000 km Nuclear capable Agni-IV missile December 2, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: India on Tuesday successfully test fired its 4,000 km nuclear capable Agni-IV missile from a defence base in Odisha, an official said. The Agni-IV, a strategic missile which can carry a one tonne nuclear warhead, was tested fired at 10.19 am from a launch pad from the Wheeler Island, the...
  • India successfully tests nuclear capable Agni-IV missile December 2, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: India on Tuesday successfully test fired its 4,000 km nuclear capable Agni-IV missile from a defence base in Odisha, an official said. The Agni-IV, a strategic missile which can carry a one tonne nuclear warhead, was tested fired at 10.19 am from a launch pad from the Wheeler Island, the...
  • 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...
  • Congress demands Odisha Chief Minister's resignation for chitfund scam November 29, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Demanding resignation of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his inclusion in the purview of CBI probe into chitfund scam, Congress workers on Saturday launched an agitation by holding demonstrations and rallies in the state. Congress workers staged demonstrations in district headquarter towns asking the chief minister to step down...
  • Congress, BJP rush to Raj Bhavan as deadlock continues in Assembly November 29, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Angry over Speaker's refusal to allow discussion in Odisha Assembly on chitfund scam issue that paralysed the House for eight days, opposition Congress and BJP on Saturday sought intervention of Governor SC Jamir to uphold the constitutional spirit. Law-makers of both the parties separately marched...
  • CBI registers fresh cases in ponzi scheme probe November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI registered two fresh cases against as many companies in West Bengal in connection with chit fund scam in which thousands of investors, lured by higher interests, were duped of their deposits. CBI sources said the agency registered cases against Ramel Industries and Annex Infrastructure in connection with...
  • Jindal Steel shelves $10 billion project after coal setback November 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd has shelved a $10 billion coal-to-diesel project, its chairman said, becoming the first big casualty of a Supreme Court decision to scrap coalfields allocated to private firms since 1993. Jindal Steel's 1.5 billion tonne coalfield in Odisha was among 214 cancelled by the Supreme...
  • Vijay Hazare trophy: Amitoze, Mandeep fifties take Punjab into final November 23, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Delightful fifties from Amitoze Singh and Mandeep Singh helped Punjab canter to a seven-wicket win over Odisha and enter the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament final, here today. Punjab will take on Karnataka, who won a six-run cliffhanger against Bengal in the other semi-final, in the title clash on Tuesday at...
  • 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...
  • Naveen Patnaik has no moral right to continue as Odisha CM: Odisha Congress Chief whip November 23, 2014

    Congress Chief whip Tara Bahinipati said that Naveen Patnaik has no moral right to continue as Odisha's CM. "Saroj Sahu is the most trusted man of Naveen Patnaik," said Bahinipati. ...
  • 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....