Odisha

  • Crime Branch starts grilling Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    Cuttack: The Crime Branch of Odisha Police on Thursday started questioning Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda in connection with the Nayagarh armoury loot and attack on Nayagarh police station in 2008. Crime Branch IG YB Khurania said, "We have been trying to extract some information from Panda about the looted arms from...
  • 12 villages cut-off due to landslide in Odisha 7 hours 51 minutes ago

    Malkangiri (Odisha): Landslide in Odisha, triggered by heavy downpour, has cut-off about a dozen villages on the Bonda hills in Malkangiri from the district headquarters for the last four days, district officials said. Communication to the hills has been snapped since Monday as the only road between Andhrahal and Mudulipada was...
  • Congress rejects Naveen's poverty reduction claim 3 days ago

    Bhubaneswar: Rejecting Odisha Government's claim about reduction of poverty at faster rate, Opposition Congress on Monday asked the reasons behind rampant child sale and large scale migration from the state. "If you (Government) have been able to reduce the poverty by 24.6 per cent, then why hapless couples sold their children...
  • Odisha reviews preparedness to tackle flood July 23, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: With water level rising in several Odisha rivers following incessant rains and a forecast of more rains due to a depression, the state government reviewed preparedness to deal with possible flood. "There is a possibility of flood in Keonjhar, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts. All arrangements are being made to deal...
  • Saradha Chit Fund Scam: CBI asks Bengal, Odisha government to share documents of scam before July 31 July 22, 2014

    Kolkata: CBI has asked the state government of West Bengal and Odisha to share all documents related to the Saradha Chit Fund scam with them before July 31. The CBI order comes after the Supreme Court ordered transfer of investigation of the scam from the special investigation team and the...
  • 435 people, 139 Maoists killed in Odisha in 14 years: Naveen Patnaik July 21, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Maoist ultras have killed 435 persons including 210 police personnel during the last 14 years while the security personnel eliminated 139 rebels during the same time, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said. Patnaik told this while replying to a written question of BJP's Dilip Ray in the Assembly. ...
  • Odisha government prepares for tackling possible flood July 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: With heavy rains lashing several parts of Odisha, the state government on Sunday geared up to deal with any possible flood as more rains accompanied by high-speed wind was forecast for next few days. As heavy rainfall is predicted till July 23 in different parts, the state government has braced...
  • Top Odisha Maoist sent to 10-day police remand July 19, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A court in Odisha on Saturday granted the police a 10-day remand of top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda, a day after his arrest, a defence lawyer said. Police had sought Panda's custody for 14 days to interrogate him. Sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) at Berhampur PK Behera, however, granted a 10-day remand,...
  • Odisha's most wanted Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda arrested from Ganjam July 18, 2014

    Ganjam: Top Naxal leader and Odisha's most wanted man Sabyasachi Panda has been arrested from the Ganjam district in Odisha. He had been on the run for over a decade. Panda faces over 30 charges of murder, including that of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and his four disciples in Kandhamal...
  • Odisha: Infant boy allegedly sold by parents, rescued July 17, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: A 22-day-old infant boy who was allegedly sold by his parents was rescued by the police and at least six persons, including the adoptive couple were detained in Bhubaneswar for their involvement in the incident. "Police have rescued the child who was allegedly sold by his parents for money. We...
  • Odisha: Bonded labourers exploited, brutally amputated by contractor July 15, 2014

    Sambalpur: Two migrant bonded labourers' hands were chopped off in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, because the duo had refused to work. Dialu Nial, 19 and Nilambar Majhi, 35 were brutally amputated last October when their labour contractor, Parame and five of his associates after keeping them captive for a week...
  • SC pulls up Odisha government for the condition of bonded labourers July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over an incident in which arms of two migrant labourers were chopped off by contractors in January 2014. The court has ordered the Odisha government to file an affidavit outlining what efforts the state government is taking to prevent such incidents. Expressing concern...
  • Polavaram issue sparks protest in Odisha Assembly July 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The controversial Polavaram dam issue sparked protests inside and outside Odisha assembly on Monday with ruling BJD MLAs disrupting house proceedings and their party colleagues organising a 12-hour 'hartal' in four southern districts. The treasury bench members demanding cancellation of the dam project, the bill on which had been passed...
  • Large section of people in 5 states still do not use toilets: Government July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A large section of people in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh have neither built toilets at their homes nor use them as they continue to remain unaware about the benefits of using lavatories, the government said on Monday. Minister of State for Drinking Water...
  • Linking rail fare with fuel price to hit common man: Naveen Patnaik July 8, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Linking the railway fare with fuel price was likely to hit the common man, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Tuesday. "As regards the proposal for linking the railway fare with fuel price, I apprehend that this will affect the common man and expose them to vagaries of...
  • June national rain average deficient by 42 per cent: Forecast agency June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The national cumulative average of rainfall in June is deficient by a whopping 42 per cent, making it only the 12th instance in the past 113 years when rain shortfall was over 30 per cent in the month, according to a private forecasting agency. States like Gujarat...
  • Photos: Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wins big at sand sculpting World Cup 2014 in Atlantic City, US for his work 'Save Tree, Save the Future' June 28, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won a prize at the sand sculpting World Cup in the US, the artist said Saturday. Pattnaik said he won the People's Choice prize in the solo category for his sand sculpture 'Save Tree, Save the Future'. The 37-year-old artist was the lone participant...
  • Man sentenced to 10-years imprisonment for attacking tribal girl June 25, 2014

    Kendrapara (Odisha): A 40-year-old man was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a court in Kendrapara district for attacking a tribal girl and chopping off her fingers last year. While convicting Sanatan Bhoi on Tuesday, on the basis of circumstantial evidence and deposition of witnesses, Kendrapara district and sessions judge BK...
  • Odisha: Congress, BJP demand CBI probe after CAG detects irregularity June 24, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Terming it as a "Mega Scam", Opposition Congress and BJP in Odisha on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged undue favour to certain industrial houses which availed loan from banks by mortgaging government lands allotted to them on lease for setting up industries. The opposition parties' demand came...
  • Six 'disillusioned' Maoists surrender in Odisha June 23, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Six armed Maoists, including a woman carrying a reward of Rs.1 lakh for her capture,on Sunday surrendered in Odisha after being left "disillusioned" by Maoist ideology, police said. The rebels, wanted in connection with several violent incidents, surrendered before the police in the district headquarters town of Koraput, about 500...
  • Dharmendra Pradhan slams Odisha Government over Chariot climbing issue June 21, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government should have gracefully accepted the advice of Puri Shankaracharya banning climbing of the chariots by devotees during Lord Jagannath's rath yatra instead of confronting on the matter, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said. "Instead of taking a confrontation course towards Jagadguru Sankaracharaya on issue of devotees...
  • Naveen Patnaik: Poor will be largely affected by the rail fair hike June 20, 2014

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik comments on the rail fare hike. He states that hike in fare will further aggravate inflation and increase price rise. The poor people will be largely affected by this move. ...
  • No raw material shortage for industries in Odisha: Government June 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday claimed there was no shortage of raw materials for industries in the state even as the Opposition Congress and BJP on Friday walked out of the House in protest. "Major mineral-based industries are not facing any raw material shortage in the state," Odisha's Steel and...
  • Monsoon reaches Odisha, Bihar, Bengal, to hit eastern UP by Friday June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: After a five to seven-day delay, the southwest monsoon today hit Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal, cheering farmers and bringing relief from prolonged spells of heat and humidity, and is expected to reach eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand by Friday. Director of the meteorological centre in Bhubaneshwar S C...
  • 42 pc women face physical violence in Odisha June 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Wednesday admitted that 42 per cent of women, between 15 to 49 years age are subjected to either physical or sexual violence in the state. It also said that more than two-third of the girls, about 67 per cent, in the age group of six months...
  • Visakhapatnam: Kidney racket busted, hospital director arrested June 18, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: A kidney racket has been busted in Visakhapatnam and the Director of a hospital has been arrested in connection with the case. The Odisha Police arrested Seven Hills Hospitals director Dr N Prabhakar Babu after his hospital allegedly carried out a kidney transplant without following rules. However, the police...
  • We believe in cooperation, not confrontation: Naveen Patnaik June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Shunning ruling BJD's decade long allegation of negligence by the Centre, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that his government believes in cooperation and not confrontation. "We do not believe in confrontation. We believe in cooperation. Our approach will be positive and constructive towards the Central Government,"...
  • Fire in Odisha secretariat June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Official files, computers and furniture were destroyed in a fire that broke out on Monday morning at the Panchayati Raj department in Odisha secretariat, police said. The fire was detected by employees and fire brigade personnel soon brought the blaze under control. But by then, several files and office...
  • Marandi re-elected deputy speaker of Odisha assembly June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Sananda Marandi was re-elected the deputy speaker of the Odisha assembly on Monday. The three-time legislator was elected unopposed by a voice vote after his name was proposed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as no other candidate was fielded by any other political party...
  • One killed, 24 injured as truck overturns in Odisha June 12, 2014

    Malkangiri: One person was killed and 24 others were injured, three of them critically,when the truck in which they were travelling overturned on a ghat road in Odisha's Malkangiri district today. The mishap took place in Chitrakonda area when the driver apparently lost control over the vehicle and it overturned killing...