NAVEEN PATNAIK

  • BJD scores big in elections, but joy shortlived due to scams 1 week ago

    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 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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: TMC cornered as party MPs come under CBI scanner November 22, 2014

    Kolkata: It is a big embarassment for the ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC) as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested its Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose for alleged involvement in the Saradha scam. He is the third TMC leader and second TMC MP to be arrested in the case....
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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" ...
  • BJD to maintain equal distance from Cong, BJP: Naveen Patnaik November 4, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: BJD would continue to maintain equal distance both from Congress and BJP, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said. "BJD would like to maintain its policy of equi-distance from both Congress and BJP," he said at an interactive session held during the third edition of the Odisha Literary Festival...
  • 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 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...
  • 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,...
  • Odisha government to recruit 50,000 youngsters by March next October 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: In the wake of large vacancies in the state administration, Odisha government on Saturday decided to fill up about 50,000 posts by the end of 2014-15 financial year. This was decided at a high level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) UN Behera...
  • Naveen Patnaik asks Centre to expedite international flights from Odisha October 17, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Terming the delay in beginning of the international flight operation from Odisha as "unfortunate," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday asked the Centre to take steps for early utilisation of facilities available at the Biju Patnaik International Airport. "The failure to utlise the new terminal and the delay in the...
  • Odisha: National parties not sincere about problems of masses, says CM Naveen Patnaik October 8, 2014

    Phulbani: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that the people of the state have rejected both BJP and Congress for their hollow words and reposed faith in BJD which is "sincerely working to wipe out poverty and accelerate development". "People of Odisha have rejected both BJP and Congress...
  • Cyclone Hudhud approaches Odisha, CM Patnaik says government prepared October 7, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: With IMD predicting movement of a possible cyclonic storm Hudhud towards Odisha coast, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the state government is fully prepared for the possible eventuality. "The government is prepared for the possible cyclonic storm," Patnaik said on his return from New Delhi. The state govenrment has cancelled leaves...
  • Naveen Patnaik seeks special category status for Odisha October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Citing the relative backwardness of Odisha and the Polavaram project, which in its present form would severly affect tribal population, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday stepped up the demand for special category status for his state. During a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Patnaik also...
  • State vs IPS officer: Former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra booked in vigilance case September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Odisha Director General of Police Prakash Mishra has been booked in a financial impropriety case by the vigilance department of the state. A tough officer, Mishra allegedly flouted rules in granting supply orders to the tune of Rs 58 crore to cement and steel companies during his...
  • Odisha: CM Patnaik asks departments to implement Mukshya Mantri Sadak Yojana September 24, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide pucca roads to all villages in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday asked rural development, panchayati raj and works departments to work in coordination for the timely completion of projects under Mukshya Mantri Sadak Yojana (MMSY). Patnaik had earlier announced MMSY to ensure that...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: Former Odisha Advocate General Ashok Mohanty arrested September 22, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The former Odisha Advocate General Ashok Mohanty has been arrested in connection with the Rs 20,000 chit fund scam. Mohanty was first interrogated by the CBI on September 13. He had stepped down from office after the CBI had summoned him in the case earlier this year. According to sources,...
  • Odisha government directed to pay compensation by court September 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: About 16 years after seven students had met their watery grave when Hirakud dam authorities had released water without prior warning, a local court directed Odisha government to pay compensation of Rs 25 lakh along with interest to each of the families. The Civil Judge (Senior Division), Bhubaneswar, Sangram Keshari...
  • Odisha: BJD under scanner over 20,000 cr chit fund scam, advocate general resigns over allegations September 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD is under the scanner over the 20,000 crore chit fund scam in Odisha. State Advocate General Ashok Mohanty has resigned from his post after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned him in the case. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has accepted Mohanty's resignation about four months...
  • Odisha: Vedanta plans to expand refinery capacity September 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Vedanta Resources Plc on Tuesday said that it plans to raise capacity of its Lanjigarh Alumina refinery to 6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) with an investment of Rs 10,000 crore. Talking to reporters after meeting Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal said that doubling...