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IPS meet stresses on police modernization

Cuttack: State crime branch would soon form a special task force to maintain law and order situation during industrialization and rehabilitation process and to combat cyber crime and criminal activities that damage or impede the growth of the state’s economy, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed on Thursday. “Senior police officers interacted about various problems regarding […]

Two killed in accident in Jajpur Road

Jajpur Road: Two persons were killed on Thursday when an iron ore laden truck ran over their motor-cycle on NH 215 near Kanheipur in Jajpur Road, police said. The dead were yet to be identified; the police said adding that the truck was on the way to Paradeep while victims were going to Jajpur Road […]

Identity cards to stop proxy teaching

Kendrapara: Primary school teachers in this coastal district of Kendrapara will be shortly issued identity cards in an effort to stop the large-scale practice of `proxy` teaching. The identity card scheme aims at preventing genuine teachers of government-run primary schools in this district from engaging other persons, or proxies, to do the teaching on their […]

Council of ministers okays 2011-12 budget

Bhubaneswar: The state council of ministers on Thursday approved the draft budget proposal for FY 2011-12 which will be tabled in the state Assembly on February 18. With 28 per cent increment in revenue collection, the state budget for FY 2011-12 has been increased to a whopping Rs 46,000 crore. The budget with special financial […]

BJP forms fact-finding team on pulses scam

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition BJP has constituted a 12-member fact-finding team headed by party’s national secretary Kirit Somaiah who would make an assessment of allegations of supplying inferior quality pulses to beneficiaries of mid-day meal programme. “A fact finding team headed by Kirit Somaiah will study the whole matter, prepare a report and submit it,” BJP […]

Now, Posco eyes Karnataka for second steel plant

Bhubaneswar: Within days after Ministry of Environment and Forests accorded conditional clearance to South Korean steel major’s proposed Posco project in Orissa, the steel giant has been in talks with Karnataka government for setting up a six mtpa steel plant. Posco has chosen Halligudi in Gadag district of Karnataka to build its proposed plant at […]

Congress leader and husband arrested for fraud

Rourkela: Rourkela district women Congress president Swarnalata Behera and her husband Pitabasa Behera were on Thursday arrested in an alleged cheating and forgery case. Police said Swarnalata Behera along with her husband had collected money from several persons through self helf group (SHG) with promise to return the amount with high interest. The persons who […]

Six persons arrested with explosives

Berhampur: Six persons were arrested and huge quantities of explosives seized by the police from different places in Ganjam district for illegally storing and transaction of these materials, police said on Thursday. While around 900 detonators, 50 kg ammonium nitrate, 32 gelatine sticks and 400 meters of fuse wire were seized from the house of […]

MEA advisory to scribes covering unrest in Egypt

New Delhi: Amid reports that some foreign journalists covering the political turmoil in Cairo have been attacked, the External Affairs Ministry on Thursday issued an advisory for those intending to cover the protests, including obtaining the State Information Service accreditation. "It is understood that around 3000 foreign and Egyptian correspondents are currently in Cairo to […]

Cong says no trouble to alliance with DMK

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday gave enough indications that there was no trouble to its alliance with DMK despite the party strongly backing former Telecom minister A Raja and described the move as the ally`s "internal matter". Senior party leaders speaking on condition of anonymity sought to point out that DMK has not spoken anything […]

Sushma Nath is new Finance Secretary

New Delhi: With barely a month to go for Budget 2011-12, the government on Thursday appointed Sushma Nath as the new Finance Secretary and gave her an extension for two months till May 31 this year. Nath, now the Expenditure Secretary, succeeds Ashok Chawla who retired on January 31. She will continue to hold the […]

US deported 190 Pakistanis: Pak min told Parl

Islamabad: The US deported 190 Pakistanis after arresting them on different charges during the past two years, according to information provided to Parliament by the government on Thursday. The US Department of Homeland Security did not intimate the Pakistani Embassy or consulates about the reasons for such arrests or the place where prisoners are detained […]

RBI Governor appears before PAC on 2G issue

New Delhi: RBI Governor D Subbarao, who was Finance Secretary when the 2G spectrum allocations were made, on Thursday appeared before Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and shared "accurate information" on the controversial issue. Subbarao, as Finance Secretary, had raised questions over the entry fee for mobile operators ahead of the 2G spectrum allocations that […]

CJ of Pak SC to attend Law Conference in India

Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan`s Supreme Court Iftikhar Chaudhry will travel to India to attend the Commonwealth Law Conference being held at Hyderabad from February 5. Prime Minster Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the conference. The meet will be addressed by the Chief Justices and judges of Commonwealth […]

Dont make Raja, Kalmadi scapegoats, says Gadkari

New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday said the government should not make A. Raja and Suresh Kalmadi scapegoats in the 2G spectrum issue and Commonwealth Games scams, and asserted that since all decisions were taken by the Union Cabinet and the Prime Minister, a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe alone could bring out the truth. “The […]

RSS demands legislation on Ram Janmabhoomi issue

Chennai: RSS on Thursday demanded a legislation on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue and asked the Centre to hand over the land to the public for construction of a Ram temple instead of dragging the issue for long. "The Allahabad High Court has clearly mentioned that there were Hindu idols at the spot and instead of […]

Mere arrest wont make Raja guilty: DMK

Chennai: The DMK on Thursday stood solidly behind embattled former Telecom Minister A.Raja on the 2G spectrum scam, asserting his “mere arrest” would not make him guilty. Meeting a day after the CBI arrested Mr. Raja and two former senior officials, the DMK’s top policy making body, the General Council, slammed Opposition parties for attempts […]

India adding 300K hectares of forest every year: UN

United Nations: Asia is leading the afforestation activity in the world with a significant contribution from India which is adding 300,000 hectares of forest every year, a senior UN official said. "I would highlight India, which still has important population growth. The forests in India are growing at 300,000 hectare per annum," Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Forestry […]

Replace Bollywood with HiFi, say Salman, Riteish

Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan`s suggestion that Mumbai`s Hindi film industry be called HiFi (for Hindi film industry) and not `Bollywood` has met with support from colleague Riteish Deshmukh. "I totally love the term HI-FI for Hindi film industry, instead of Bollywood," Riteish tweeted, after Salman on Thursday mooted the idea. "Hollywood se Bollywood naam nikla, […]

Suresh Oberoi back on small screen with spiritual show

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi, who is returning to the small screen with a new spiritual show, intends to spread love and warmth far and wide through spirituality. `Happiness Unlimited`, is an English series where the actor will be seen giving tips on how several problems in life can be solved through spirituality. The 28-episode […]

Simple hugs can help make you feel better

London: A simple hug or just holding the hand of your loved ones can reduce their pain during the times of distress, a new study has found. The University of California study found that hugging and touching are associated with many health giving properties that help reduce stress and pain. At least for women, the […]

India to allow payment for Iranian crude

New Delhi: Ending weeks of uncertainty, India on Thursday decided to pay for Iranian crude oil in euro through a German bank based in Hamburg, a finance ministry official said on Thursday. The conduit (route) was decided at a high level meeting chaired by National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon. "State Bank of India (SBI) […]

Was Mona Lisa a man?

London: For centuries, experts have been trying to figure out the reason for her enigmatic smile. Now, it`s claimed that Mona Lisa may have been hiding a remarkable secret – she was actually a man. An Italian art historian has claimed that the model in Leonardo da Vinci`s masterpiece was one of his male muses, […]

Transition of power in Egypt must start now: US

Washington: Toughening its stand against embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the US has said the transition of power in the Arab State "must start now" and asked its new Vice President Omar Suleiman to probe the violent attacks on demonstrators by pro-regime activists. "A transition of power must start now," White House Press Secretary Robert […]

Insurgents can vote if their names are on the list

Guwahati: The members of banned outfits ULFA, NDFB and other insurgent groups can cast their vote in the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam if their names figure in the electoral roll, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Thursday said. "They can vote if their names are in the voters roll. There is no law […]