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Defending low totals will be crucial at World Cup: Kohli

Nagpur: Praising the team for victory over Australia in the second One-Day International (ODI) here on Tuesday, Virat Kohli asserted that the grit and attacking spirit displayed by Indians during their successful defence of ‘a lowish’ total will stand them in good stead during the World Cup later this year. Asked to bat first, Indians […]

BJD has failed to deliver 2014 promises: BJP lambasts Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJD accusing the party of failing miserably in fulfilling its promises made in its 2014 manifesto. BJP spokesperson Samir Mohanty at a presser lambasted the ruling party and recalled how BJD made tall promises like returning deposit amounts of scam-hit […]

Ayodhya temple dispute: SC reserves order on mediation in case

New Delhi: A five-judge Constitution Bench on Wednesday reserved its order on sending the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title dispute case for mediation even as the Hindu parties including the state of Uttar Pradesh opposed the court’s suggestion. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved the order on the matter as […]

US revises visa policy for Pakistanis

Islamabad: The US has changed its visa policy in different categories for Pakistanis, Geo TV reported on Wednesday. An official notification announcing revision of the visa policy rules was issued by the US Consulate in Islamabad on Tuesday. According to Geo TV, while work and missionary visas have been reduced from five years to one year, […]

15 students injured as school van slips into pond in Keonjhar

Keonjhar: As many as 15 school students were injured after the van they were travelling in slipped into a pond near Hatadihi Block of Anandpur area of the district today. As per reports, the school van carrying the students to a private school at Banta area, slipped off the main road near Jambhari village and […]

Apple tops global wearables market, Xiaomi 2nd: IDC

San Francisco: Apple continued to rule the global wearables market with 10.4 million Apple Watches among 16.2 million devices shipped in the Q4 2018, the International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Wednesday. The worldwide market for wearable devices grew 31.4 per cent during the fourth quarter, reaching a new high of 59.3 million units, according to […]

Police bust cattle trafficking racket, rescue more than 100 cows

Angul: Police busted a cattle trafficking racket and seized four trucks carrying more than 100 cattle near Banarpal area of the district  today. After receiving a tip-off on the illegal transportation of cattle from Athmallik to Kolkata, a team of cops reached the spot and conducted raids. As per reports, more than 100 cows were […]

Chinese hackers hit 27 universities in US, Canada: Report

Washington: Chinese hackers have targeted over two dozen universities in the US and Canada in an apparent bid to steal key maritime military research, The Wall Street Journal has reported. In all 27 universities — including the University of Hawaii, the University of Washington, Penn State and Duke University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology — were […]

Facebook to impart digital training to 1 mn in Asia Pacific

Singapore: In a bid to train one million people across eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, Facebook has introduced an online education portal called “We Think Digital”. The portal with interactive tutorials is aimed at helping people think critically and share thoughtfully online. The initiative would cover topics like privacy, safety, security, digital discourse […]

Indian-origin Cisco ex-director arrested in $9.3mn fraud in US

New York: A former director of the technology giant Cisco Systems, Prithviraj R. Bhikha, has been charged in a $9.3 million fraud using shell companies, according to federal prosecutor David L. Anderson. He was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport on March 1. Bhikha has been charged with wire fraud, Anderson announced on Tuesday after […]

Women to get permanent commission in 10 Indian Army branches

New Delhi: Women officers can now get permanent commissions in 10 branches of the Indian Army, the government announced on Tuesday. The Defence Ministry said that it has taken necessary steps to ensure that women, who were earlier inducted for short service commission (SSC), get permanent commission in the armed forces. Permanent commission will be granted […]

‘Swabhiman Anchal’ of Malkangiri turns safe haven for ganja farming

Malkangiri: The Chitrakonda area of the tribal dominated Malkangiri district may have been labelled as the ‘Swabhiman Anchal’ by the State government, but farmers in several areas of the region have now adopted the forbidden practice of cannabis (ganja) farming as their source of livelihood raising questions over the government’s dedication towards the development of […]

Woman's body found hanging, family alleges murder over dowry

Bhubaneswar: The body of a married woman was found hanging from the ceiling of her room at Ashutosh Nagar near Kesura in the capital city on Tuesday. Family members of the woman have alleged that she was being tortured and was later killed by her husband and in-laws over dowry. “After getting a phone call […]

Notorious criminal Bijay Nayak nabbed in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: Continuing its crackdown on anti-socials, Kendrapara police today nabbed dreaded criminal and sharp shooter Bijay Nayak after an exchange of fire near Kajala area of the district. This is the fourth such encounter by police in last two months in the district. Acting on a tip-off about Bijay’s return to his ancestral house at […]

Undertrial prisoner escapes from Malkangiri sub-jail

Malkangiri: An undertrial prisoner escaped from Malkangiri sub-jail on Tuesday. The prisoner, Ajit Sahu, managed to escape when a drain cleaning work was being carried out inside the jail. According to sources, Sahu was lodged in the jail since January 2019 after being arrested by Balimela police on charges of illegally transporting cannabis. The matter […]

Soldier injured in Pakistan firing on LoC

Jammu: An Indian soldier was injured in clashes on Tuesday between the Indian and Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. Defence sources said Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector of Rajouri. “A soldier was injured in Pakistani firing in Kalal area of Nowshera sector. He […]

Overweight people have better chances of survival from stroke: Study

New York: While obesity has known to be a key risk factor in many diseases, a new study suggests having some extra body fat may be linked to an increased chance of surviving a stroke. “It was noticed that carrying extra weight may play a role in survival for people who had suffered from kidney […]

India edge past Australia in 2nd ODI

Nagpur: A brilliant century by skipper Virat Kohli and a disciplined bowling effort saw India defeat Australia by eight runs in the second One-Day International (ODI), here on Tuesday. India now have a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing a target of 251 runs, the visitors were dismissed for 242 runs in 49.3 overs. […]

Girl student's death in residential school triggers protests in Baripada

Baripada: Following the shocking death of a class VIII student at a girls’ residential school in Mayurbhanj district yesterday, the family members and locals staged a protest in front of district Collector’s office today. The protest was withdrawn after the Red Cross announced Rs 50,000 compensation for the family of the deceased, sources said. Earlier […]

Odisha Plus-II exams: Preparations in final stages

Bhubaneswar: Amid concerns owing to several lapses during the ongoing Matric Examination in Odisha, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) is all geared up to ensure that the Plus II examinations in the State beginning March 7 are conducted in a smooth manner. According to data from the CHSE, a total of 3, 69, […]

We didn't lose any Su-30 jet; Pakistan's claims false: Defence Ministry

New Delhi: India did not lose any Su-30 fighter jet during a dogfight with Pakistani jets on February 27, the government said here on Tuesday and added Pakistan was making “false claims” to hide the loss of a F-16 aircraft. “All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat with Pakistani fighter jets landed back safely. Pakistan […]

Dumping yard at centre of Boudh town chocking residents

Boudh: Residents of Boudh town are living under the choking miasma of rotting garbage emanating from a dumping yard right in the middle of the city. Once the boating arena of Boudh king; the Gadakhai pond in the middle of the town has withered into a massive dumping yard not only marring the beauty of […]

Rahul Gandhi to visit Jeypore on March 8, Bargarh on March 13

Bhubaneswar: Congress national president Rahul Gandhi will visit Jeypore in Koraput district on March 8, while his visit to Bargarh on the same day has been rescheduled to March 13, informed Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik. Patnaik said Rahul Gandhi will not be able to land at the Jeypore airstrip in his personal aircraft, so […]

Pakistan Minister sacked after anti-Hindu remarks

Islamabad: Pakistan Punjab’s Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan of the ruling PTI was sacked on Tuesday over his derogatory remarks against the Hindu community which drew intense criticism from members of his party and social media users. While Dawn News quoted Shahbaz Gill, the spokesperson for Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, as saying that […]

CPI (M) says no to alliance with Odisha Congress

Bhubaneswar: Putting days of speculation to end, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) today clarified that it will not enter into a direct alliance with the Congress in Odisha. Briefing mediapersons, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said there would be no alliance with the Odisha Congress for the upcoming general polls. “As per the […]