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11 mining mafias nabbed in Rourkela

Bhubaneswar: In a major breakthrough, local police on Friday arrested 11 mining mafias and seized 42 tonnes of iron ore in Bonai, Rourkela. Police initiated the search operation following repeated complaints of illegal mining and transporting of the mineral. According to reports, Koeda police conducted a raid at Ganua and Kalamang forest and nabbed six […]

Prof R Someswar Rao passes away

Bhubaneswar: Retired Prof R Someswara Rao, one of the three interlocutors who played a pivotal role for the safe release of abducted Malkangiri district collector R. Vineel Krishna, died on Friday in New Delhi.   75-year-old Rao, who was on ventilator for the past seven days, breathed his last at Gangaram Hospital in the national […]

Onset of monsoon spells doom for farmers

Bhubanswar: As a prelude to the monsoon woes, the incessant rain over the past four days has posed a threat to the survival of the crops as rain waters have spread over the fields creating havoc among people. The low pressure area that had formed over the Bay of Bengal has concentrated into a depression […]

SCW for ban on tinted glasses on cars

Bhubaneswar:  Appalled by the recent gang rape of an intermediate girl here a week ago, the State Commission for Women (SCW) is contemplating to propose the state government to put a ban on use of tinted glasses on car windows.   The SCW’s move came after a plus-II girl was allegedly raped on last Friday inside […]

Horse-trading of MLAs is very shameful: Tytler

Bhubaneswar: AICC General Secretary in-charge of Orissa Jagdish Tytler on Friday said "It is shameful that MLAs were bribed by the ruling BJD during the RS polls." On the other hand, terming the chief minister referring the matter to home department as an `eye wash`, state BJP president Juam Oram said only a CBI probe […]

Cong to seek young candidates for next Assly, LS elections

Bhubaneswar: The Congress on Friday announced that 30 per cent of its candidates in next assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Orissa would be youths. "The party will provide 30 per cent of tickets in Orissa to young men and women for the next assembly and Lok Sabha polls," AICC`s Orissa in-charge Jagdish Tytler told […]

33 trawlers, 550 fishermen missing in Bay of Bengal

Kolkata: As many as 550 fishermen in 33 trawlers went missing in the Bay of Bengal on Friday in rough weather due to heavy rains triggered by a depression, prompting a search by a Coastguard ship and a Dornier aircraft. The trawlers had set sail from Kakdwip and adjacent areas in South 24-Parganas district yesterday […]

SC judge urges PM to release Pak murder convict

New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Justice Markandeya Katju has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to help in the release of murder convict and octogenarian Pakistani national Khalil Chishty on "humanitarian grounds" as he is infirm and suffering from various geriatric ailments. He expressed the fear that if Chishty is not released forthwith, he may die […]

Tight monetary policy may impact growth: Pranab

New Delhi: Admitting that the Reserve Bank’s anti-inflation monetary measures may impact growth, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the major challenge right now is to contain price rise. “The monetary policy has been gradually tightened… Monetary measures may end up moderating the growth if they have to be persisted for an extended period […]

Higher food prices are here to stay: Report

New Delhi: Global food prices are expected to be higher in the 2011-20 period compared with the previous decade and this could have a “devastating” impact on the poor in developing countries, a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organisation has said. “Higher food prices and volatility […]

Prez may take call on declaring her assets: CIC

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has suggested that it is for the President of India to take a call on placing her and her family`s property details in public domain. Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi underlined the fact that he had no powers under the RTI act to pass any direction in this regard. "The […]

Gayle might walk away from WI cricket: report

Kingston: Rebel West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is so frustrated and disillusioned with his Cricket Board officials that he might consider walking away from the national team, a media report here has claimed. According to the ‘Trinidad Guardian’, the friction between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Gayle has only increased after a stormy […]

Sachin all for DRS but with Hot Spot and Snickometer

New Delhi: Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar is not against the controversial Decision Review System but wants it to be combined with technologies such as Snickometer and Hot Spot for consistency. “I am not against DRS, but I feel it will be more effective with the support of the Snickometer and Hot Spot technology. This […]

It may be time up for Ponting as well: Warne

Melbourne: Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne feels Ricky Ponting was lucky to survive the axe despite average batting as the selectors chose to drop an ‘easy’ prey in Simon Katich. The Australian selectors invited criticism from former players and fans after dropping a very consistent Katich from the players’ contracted list. “Simon Katich is an easy […]

BJP asks Centre to try for early release of Sarabjit

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday demanded that the Centre make "fresh efforts" for securing the early release of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan. The demand comes in the wake of a sitting Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju writing to the Prime Minister for the release of a Pakistani […]