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20 people admitted to hospitals with diarrhoea

Rourkela: At least twenty persons have been admitted in hospitals here after suffering from diarrhoea at Luhakera village under Sector 15 police limits on the outskirts of the steel city today. Chief medical officer (CMO) of Rourkela Government hospital, Dr R K Joshi, said that the patients with complaints of loose motion, vomitting and fever […]

RBI asks state to examine its debt recovery act

Bhubaneswar: Not satisfied with the rate of recovery under different government schemes in the state, the RBI on Thursday asked the state administration to examine Orissa Public Debt Recovery Act for stepping up the rate of recovery. Reserve Bank of India`s deputy governor H R Khan said this while attending a meeting of State Level […]

CM voices concern over banking indicators in state

Bhubaneswar: Voicing concern over banking indicators in the state marked by huge rural-urban divide, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said the credit deposit ratio (CDR) of some of the strong public sector banks was below 50 per cent. "An analysis of the key banking indicators in the state during the period ending June 30, […]

Oppn demand drought declaration in the state

Bhubaneswar: Exhibiting dry paddy saplings in the Assembly, opposition Congress and BJP members on Thursday demanded declaration of drought in Orissa as kharif cultivation in 25 of the 30 districts had been badly hit. As the issue was raised through an adjournment motion, Congress member S S Saluja pulled out a pack of dry paddy […]

I am extremely disappointed: Soumitra Sen

Kolkata: Justice Soumitra Sen, against whom the Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved an impeachment motion, says he is extremely disappointed. "I am extremely disappointed," was Sen`s reaction to PTI on his return here from Delhi when asked about the matter. The Calcutta High Court judge had himself presented his case against the motion in the […]

Need efforts to create interest in Indian Grand Prix

New Delhi:  Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday gave a thumbs up to the preparations for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on October 30 but said that the organisers need to put in extra effort to generate interest for the race in the cricket-crazy nation. Ecclestone, the Formula One Group CEO, was speaking on […]

Sri Lanka pick rookie spinner for Aussie ODIs

Colombo: Sri Lanka will fly in uncapped leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna from England for the last two one-dayers against Australia, a cricket board release said on Thursday. Prasanna, 26, was surprisingly plucked out from the ongoing Sri Lanka `A` tour of England for the key matches at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Saturday and Monday. […]

Pak security agencies tested to limits by terrorism

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan`s security agencies have been "tested to the limits" by terrorism. Gilani traced factors like funding, weapon supplies and organisational support for mushrooming of the terror in his country, saying that the menace needed to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. He made the remarks while […]

Hazare drives govt into a political corner: US media

Washington: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has driven Indian government into a political corner, the US media has said, but a leading paper feels that the methods being used by the social activist are a recipe for "anarchy". The anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare, his arrest and his negotiation with the government, gorged wide coverage in […]

Hazare to continue fast till his health permits: Bedi

New Delhi: Anna Hazare will continue his fast till his health permits and there is no perceived threat to his life, his associate Kiran Bedi said on Thursday, stressing that his protest is an indefinite hunger strike and "not a fast-unto-death". While indicating that there will be no confrontation with government over the issue of […]

Anna can fast at Ramlila ground till Sept 2. But conditions apply

New Delhi: Permission has been given to Anna Hazare and his associates for his fast at Ramlila Maidan till September two and it is conditional, Home Secretary R K Singh said on Thursday. He said the government was not involved in any discussion with Team Anna and it was the Delhi Police which held the […]

Fodder scam: Court rejects Lalus application

Patna: A special CBI court on Thursday rejected the petitions of Bihar`s former chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, besides nine others, seeking to exonerate them of charges in a case related to the multi-crore rupees fodder scam. Designated CBI judge B K Jain, who had on August 5 reserved his order, turned […]

Outgoing MPs want PM to tackle corruption, price

New Delhi: Six Rajya Sabha members on Thursday bid farewell to the House with an appeal to the government to urgently address the burning issues of corruption, inflation and unemployment. The members, whose term was completed today included Brinda Karat and Md Amin (both CPI-M), Surendra Motilal Patel and Praveen Naik (both BJP), Abani Roy […]

Bill for stricter control over benami transactions

New Delhi: A comprehensive bill to have stricter control over benami transactions, including provisions for confiscation of such property and imprisonment, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill 2011, introduced by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, will replace the existing Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988. According to the Statement of […]

Obesity disrupts heartbeats

Washington: Here`s yet another reason why you should shed the flab — obesity disrupts heartbeat, says a new study. Researchers at University of Adelaide, led by Dr Hany Abed, claim to have for the first time shown that obesity directly causes electrical abnormalities of the heart. According to Dr Abed, there is growing evidence that […]