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BJP supports GST Act: Gadkari

New Delhi: BJP today said the party favoured the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act, but accused the Centre of using it as a political weapon against some state governments. "We are in favor of this Act…The problem is when the central government receives any type of tax from people, for years, they don`t […]

Lok Pal Bill to be passed in next Parl session: BJP

Thiruvananthapuram/Kannur: Dubbing the UPA at the Centre as "the most corrupt government ever seen by independent India", senior BJP leader L K Advani today wanted the Lok Pal Bill to be passed in the next session of Parliament itself. Addressing BJP`s election rallies in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur, Advani said he had conveyed his party`s stand […]

Odia youth stones three to death in Surat

Bhubaneswar/Surat: In a gory incident, an Odia youth allegedly killed three persons by hitting with stones here.   Pratap Sethi of Cuttack district killed his three colleagues whom he had joined recently over a verbal duel. According to the police, Sethi had a fight with the three employees of the hotel where he (Pratap) was […]

Maricha Kunda can benefit everybody: Badu Niyog

Bhubaneswar: Badu Niyog, a section of the servitors on Saturday announced in a press conference that this year on the eve of Ashokastami holy water from Maricha Kunda (holy well)  in the Gupteswar temple at Kedar Gouri, would be available for devotees facing problems in conceiving babies. As per legends, a pot of water from […]

Odia tailor arrested under UAPA in Chhattisgarh

Bhabaneswar/Raipur: The Chhattisgarh police on Saturday arrested an Odia tailor at Indagaon in the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border area for allegedly stitching dresses for the Maoists.   Purna Chandra Meher, a resident of Sinapali village in Nuapada district was today arrested under section 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Chhattisgarh police said that […]

Govt likely to submit report on Posco on Wednesday

Bhubaneswar: The state government is likely to submit its assurance report on April 13 with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on proper implementation of Forest Rights Act-2006 (FRA) for acquiring final clearance for the proposed Posco project. While according conditional clearance, MoEF had set conditions before the state government that no tribals or […]

Armed miscreants loot bank in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: Armed miscreants looted Rs 3.75 lakh from the Maneswar branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) near here on Saturday, police said. Altogether five dacoits armed with lethal weapons entered the bank at around 11.15 hours and threatened the staff and about 15 customers with gun-point. They slapped at least two staff members and asked […]

Two killed in explosion in gas factory

Rourkela: Two employees were killed and five injured, one of them seriously, in an explosion at a gas filling station in Vedvyas area on the outskirt here on Saturday evening. The police said about 20 to 30 gas tanks burst, resulting in a huge explosion in the factory of Asiatic Gas. The exact cause of […]

ED slaps FEMA charges against top telecom firms

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday slapped various charges of FEMA violations to the tune of over Rs 4,300 crore against top telecom firms allegedly involved in the 2G spectrum scam including Swan, Loop and S-Tel.   The Directorate in its complaint filed before the Competent Adjudicating Authority for FEMA violations said it is […]

Be prepared for a bigger battle: Hazare to supporters

New Delhi: After successfully leading the agitation on Lokpal Bill, Gandhian Anna Hazare on Saturday struck a note of caution,expressing apprehension over parliamentarians` readiness to pass a strong anti-corruption legislation and asked his supporters to be prepared for a "bigger battle". Addressing the media, the 73-year-old social activist said "power-hungry" politicians will not easily accept […]

Sena firm on opposition to Jaitapur N-project

Jaitapur: Shiv Sena will extend all possible help to locals to oppose the proposed nuclear power project at Jaitapur, party Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday. "Shiv Sena will be behind you with all its might to see that the project does not come up," Uddhav said, addressing a public rally at Mithgavhane to […]

BJP pledges support to Lokpal Bill

New Delhi: Welcoming the efforts made by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, BJP on Saturday pledged its support to the Lokpal Bill once it is introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. "We will support that (Lokpal) Bill (during the Monsoon session)… BJP wants a corruption-free India and we welcome the efforts put in by him […]

Rahul takes swipe at VS over his age

Kochi: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a swipe at veteran Marxist leader V S Achuthanandan over his age, telling the Kerala voters that if the LDF wins this Assembly polls they will have a 93-year-old chief minister by the next elections. Gandhi, projected as the youth face of the Congress, said the […]

Anna fast not the right way : NCP

Patna: NCP, a component of UPA, on Saturday said the government has committed a "mistake" by accepting anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare`s demands. "Corruption is undoubtedly a burning issue facing the country … but I differ with Anna Hazare as the way adopted by the Gandhian leader has not been the right way. "The way Anna […]

Cong welcomes Hazare ending fast

New Delhi: Welcoming the end to Gandhian Anna Hazare`s five-day fast over the Lokpal Bill issue, Congress on Saturday said it was looking forward to discussions on the draft for an effective anti-corruption bill. Replying to questions on how the party and the government accepted the activist`s demands, which they had earlier termed as against […]

Bihar to set up sewerage plants to protect Ganges

Patna: The Bihar government will set up sewerage plants on the bank of river Ganges for conservation of the river and making it pollution-free in the state, officials said on Saturday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with the authorities of the urban development department and the Bihar State Ganga River Protection Authority […]

EU warns climate talks too slow

Washington: The European Union warned that diplomacy on climate change was moving too slowly after UN-led talks in Bangkok eked out an agreement on an agenda for further negotiations this year. "Our overall sense is things are moving slow, too slow for Europe`s taste. And we cannot achieve what we need to achieve before the […]

Sachin, Dhoni to fly Sukhoi soon, says IAF chief

Satara (Mah): Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar will be flying the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, the frontline fighter of the Indian Air Force. "We are awaiting availability of time from their cricketing commitments. They will be flying the Sukhoi once they can spare time," Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal […]

Unattractiveness in the eyes of beheld

Washington: It`s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a new study has found the reverse is also true – unattractiveness is in the eye of the beheld. Researchers have found that people with bloodshot eyes are considered sadder, unhealthier and less attractive than those whose eye whites are untinted, a […]

Coffee addiction in your genes

London: Coffee buffs, you can now blame your genes for downing another cup of the hot beverage, for a new study has claimed that genetic factors could explain why some people consume large amounts of caffeine. Researchers scanned genetic variations in over 40,000 individuals to search for links with high caffeine intake. And they found […]

Anna Hazare ends fast

New Delhi: After fasting for ninety-eight hours, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, drinking a glass of juice, broke his fast at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. The government on Saturday, giving in to demands from anti-corruption activists, issued a gazette notification on the formation of a joint committee headed by senior minister Pranab Mukherjee to draft an […]

Suggested compromise on Go, No-Go areas

New Delhi: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said he has not abandoned the `Go, No-Go` policy of classifying forest areas but suggested a "compromise" that could allow coal mining on more land to meet the country`s needs. Ramesh said he had made a few suggestions at the meeting of the Group of Ministers, chaired […]

Corruption is a phenomenon that affects civil society

Bangalore: Reacting to the Centre`s decision of agreeing to issue a formal order to set up a committee for drafting a strong Lokpal Bill, Infosys Chief Mentor N R Narayana Murty on Saturday hailed the outcome of the protest launched by social activist Anna Hazare. "Corruption is a phenomenon that affects the entire civil society […]

Fifth Lingaraj festival to start from April 11

Bhubaneswar: The famous Lingaraj Mahotsav held every year in the month of ‘Chaitra,’ is going to start from 11th April in the Lingaraj temple here.  The six-day long rath yatra on Ashokashtami is going to be the main attraction of this fifth Lingaraj festival. Arrangements are being made for seven cultural groups which would come from outside the […]

Youth slashes home nurses wrist

Bhubaneswar: A jilted lover on Saturday attacked a home nurse near Acharya Bihar, here and slashed her wrist. The home nurse identified as Madhusmita Pradhan originally belongs to Kandhamal district. According to sources, Pradhan was working as a home nurse in a private nursing home in Cuttack and on Saturday she came to Bhubaneswar to […]