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IAF Mirage crashed when air chief was in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Air Chief Marshall B.S. Dhanoa was present here on Friday when an upgraded version of Mirage-2000 jet fighter crashed and its two pilots died despite ejecting out of it. “The Chief of Air Staff chaired the Training Command Commanders’ Conference at the Training Command headquarters at Hebbal in the city,” said a press statement […]

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Female elephant mowed down by train in Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal: A female elephant was killed after being run over by a train near Barada level crossing under Sadar police limits in Dhenkanal district on Friday. As per reports, a herd of 40 elephants was crossing the railway tracks when the the 40-year-old pachyderm, left behind by the group, was mowed down by a train. […]

BJP’s national tribal convention kicks off in Puri

Puri: The BJP Janajati Morcha’s two-day Rashtriya Mahaadhibeshan (BJP ST National Convention) will begin from Puri today. National president of BJP ST Morcha, Ramvichar Netam inaugurated the tribal convention which is also being attended by nearly 5,000 representatives of tribal communities along with tribal leaders, MLAs and MPs from across the country. According to sources, […]

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Farmers reiterate demands of price, pension & prestige ahead of Budget Session

Bhubaneswar: While the State Assembly will meet from February 4 to pass the Interim Budget for 2019-20, the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) has threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the government fails to announce provisions in the budget for the Odisha farmers. Similar to the protests carried out in October-November last year, […]

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Modi compelling officers to send notices to opposition leaders: Mamata

Kolkata: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “compelling” his officers to send notices for “humiliating opposition political leaders”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she had no problem if the authorities choose to arrest her. “I have opposed the (interim) Budget. I have said a few words before you. For this […]

BJD MLA questions CBI notice after 4-year delay

Bhubaneswar: Ruling BJD MLA Arun Sahoo today broke his silence over summons issued to him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with his alleged links in the Seashore chit fund scam in Odisha. While speaking to reporters, Sahoo expressed shock over summons issued by CBI after 4-years since the investigation into the […]

Interim budget 2019: Odisha gets record Rs 7,010 crore for railways

Bhubaneswar: The Modi-led NDA Government today announced a record budget grant of Rs 7010 crores for East Coast Railway and Odisha, reflecting an increase of 13 percent over last year. The total allocation contains all budgetary heads including projects, electrification, passenger amenities, workshops, track, staff amenities etc, informed sources. Under the budget, Rs 2,630 crore […]

CM announces slew of projects during Sambalpur visit

Sambalpur: With general elections barely a couple of months away, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is already on campaigning mode. Continuing his whirlwind tours to different parts of the State, Patnaik today announced new projects worth Rs 88 crore for Sambalpur during his visit to the district. Besides, Patnaik also inaugurated a bridge over Mahanadi […]

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Interim budget 2019 disappointing: Odisha CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: While BJP leaders are going gaga over the interim budget 2019, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today termed it as ‘disappointing’ and rated it 2.5 on a scale of 10. In his reaction on the interim budget, Naveen, however, lauded the tax benefits planned for the middle and lower income groups. While speaking to […]

NIA arrests one for 2006 Kerala twin blasts from Delhi airport

New Delhi: A week after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Mohammad Ashar, the counter-terror probe agency on Friday said it has arrested another absconding accused in the 2006 Kerala twin blasts from the airport here. P.P. Yoosaf, who had since been absconding, was arrested on Friday from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here […]

Over 5 lakh to appear for Odisha Class-X board exams from Feb 22

Bhubaneswar: Over 5 lakh students will appear for the annual Class-X High School Certificate Examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) in Odisha which will begin from February 22 and continue till March 8, 2019. Board president Jahan Ara Begum today informed that a total of 5,72,699 students are set to appear the […]

After question leak fiasco, OTET exam to be conducted online

Cuttack: After state-wide outcry triggered by cancellation of Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (OTET) examination held on January 16 earlier this month following allegations of leakage of question papers, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) today announced that the re-examination for this year and the coming editions of the test will be conducted online. Even as […]

Plea in SC against interim Budget

New Delhi: Within hours of the interim Budget being presented in Parliament Friday, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking that it be quash on the alleged ground that there is no Constitutional provision for an interim Budget. The petition, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, submitted that under the Constitution, there is […]

Odisha extends housing benefits to Mankidia tribes

Jajpur: The life of Mankidia people is confined to their mud-walled houses while electricity has been a distant dream for them at Malharsahi on the outskirts of the Sukinda mines of Jajpur district. However, a ray of hope has surfaced for them as the primitive tribals who have been deprived of basic facilities will now […]

West Bengal Assembly Passes Anti-CAA resolution
Interim Budget a farce, manifesto of BJP: Mamata

Kolkata: Expressing concern over monetary provisions to meet the Interim Budget proposals, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described the document as a “farce” and “manifesto of the BJP”. “The budget proposals will be not implemented… New government will present the budget. This government’s expiry date will be over in one month. What […]

Modi govt's 'second surgical strike'

Bhubaneswar: Post Interim Budget, Sensex ended 212.74 points higher at 36,469.43 while Nifty rose 62.70 points to 10,893.65… And Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan somehow seemed right in calling the Interim Budget 2019-20 the ‘second surgical strike’ by the Narendra Modi government. Paswan said, “The first surgical strike was on the border. Soldiers fought it […]

Modi government only knows 'pakodanomics': Chidambaram

New Delhi: Pointing out that the Interim Budget announced on Friday is “silent” on jobs and education, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram ridiculed the Modi government saying all it understands is “pakodanomics”. “Two words that are missing from the Budget speech are education and jobs. In the 10 point vision document presented by Finance Minister […]

Budget is govt's second surgical strike: Paswan

New Delhi: BJP ally and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan Friday dubbed the budget as the government’s “second surgical strike”, saying the first used bullets against the country’s external enemies while this will use ballots to decimate the ruling NDA’s rivals in the general election. “This is not budget but surgical strike. The first used […]

Mirage fighter aircraft crashes in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: A Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on Friday at the military airport runway in the city’s suburb soon after take off, an official said. “The plane crashed around 10.30 a.m.,” the official said. “Though both the pilots ejected from the aircraft, their condition is not yet known. They have […]

Poll-year Budget 2019-20: Full tax rebate for income up to Rs 5 lakh

Big relief for taxpayers as Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced that individual taxpayers having annual income up to 5 lakhs will get full tax rebate now. As many as three crore taxpayers will be benefited with the decision. The interim Budget 2019-20 was the last budget of the Modi government ahead of the general polls. Finance Minister […]

Op-Ed: The key to any meaningful change is ‘intent’

Arvind Kejriwal hit the nail on the head on Thursday when he said there is no opposition in Odisha. There is a ruling party and two real or potential allies who have monopolized the entire political discourse among themselves for two decades leaving no scope for others to break in. But the big question is: […]

Central leaders thronging poll-bound Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With Odisha facing general and assembly elections simultaneously this year, the central leaders of various political parties are descending on the state to hit the campaign trail. After back-to-back tours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit the state on February 6. “Gandhi will address two public meetings […]

Make aluminium the metal of choice for future: Mines Secretary

Bhubaneswar: Union Mines Secretary Anil Mukim on Thursday urged the stakeholders to work towards increasing the domestic consumption of aluminium in a sustainable manner and make it the metal of choice for the future. Addressing the International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2019) here, he stressed on value addition in the aluminium industry and encouraging the […]

No one who cheats India can hide anywhere in the world and escape: Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hailed the Modi government for the extradition of AgustaWestland chopper deal case co-accused Rajiv Saxena and corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, saying the government has introduced a culture of honesty in governance and no one who cheats India can hide anywhere in the world and escape. In a […]

'Leopard on prowl' gives sleepless nights to Titlagarh residents

Bolangir: People in the periphery of Badmal and nearby areas under Titlagarh of Bolangir district are spending sleepless nights due to a leopard which has been spotted in the area. The residents are in a state of panic after the leopard was spotted moving around the Titlgarh Ordnance Factory a few days back. Earlier, a […]