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E-admission in junior and degree colleges made compulsory

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to lessen the bulky paper work and save time, the department of higher education has made e-admission mandatory for candidates seeking admission into various courses in junior and degree colleges. Now on, the students seeking admission to as many as 1294 junior colleges and 162 undergraduate colleges, for the academic year […]

Industrial houses vent irk, seek prompt govt support

Bhubaneswar: Upset with the slew of hurdles they face in expediting their respective project works and the resultant tardy progress, several corporate houses vented their anger before the state industries, and steel and mines minister Raghunath Mohanty and senior departmental officials here on Tuesday. The first day of the two-day review meeting, convened to study […]

CM launches 2nd phase of OTELEP

Koraput: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched the second phase of Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme (OTELP) here. "The second phase of the programme will cover at least 700 villages of Koraput and Malkangiri districts," the Chief Minister said. Over Rs 260 crore would be spent in next seven years to enhance the […]

State likely to receive normal monsoon rains: MeT

Bhubaneswar: In what could bring respite to the crop loss-affected farmers, India Meteorological department (IMD) on Tuesday forecast a normal monsoon this year. India Meteorological Department today forecast normal monsoon season this year with the country likely to receive 98 per cent rains of the Long Period Average (LPA). The LPA is the average rainfall […]

Fire breaks out at a Bhubaneswar hotel

Bhubaneswar: A fire broke out at a private hotel located on the busy Sachivalaya Marg here on Tuesday, fire brigade sources said. As thick smoke covered the restaurant on the ground floor, customers ran out for safety causing fear among the people. Even as large number of people passing by the busy road thronged the […]

Train engine catches fire

Bolangir: Passengers of Bolangir- Bhubaneswar Inter-city Express had a narrow escape on Tuesday after the engine of the running train caught fire near Cherupalli in Sonepur district. Noticing the fire at about 3.30 pm, the driver stopped the train at a place between Cherupalli an Baidapalli, about 45 km from here under Khaliapali-Barpalli section of […]

Cong demands CMs resignation over MGNREGA Scam

(image) Bhubaneswar: The State Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and three other ministers in connection with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scam. Addressing the media, Chandrashekhar Sahoo alleged that the three ministers- Raghunath Mohanty , Sanjeev Sahu and Prafulla Samal should resign as they can influence […]

Slight intensity earthquake felt in the State

(image) Bhubaneswar: An earthquake of slight intensity was experienced in the State on Tuesday morning. The earthquakes magnitude was recorded at 2.9 on the Richter scale while it hit the state at 3: 14 am today, the met department said. The epicentre of the quake was at about 50 kms in south-south-west direction from Seismological […]

Crop loss claims one more life in state

Bargarh: Unable to bear loan burden and crop loss due to untimely rains,  a farmer has allegedly committed suicide here on Saturday evening. The deceased identified as Bikal Garia of Haladipada village here ended his life as he suffered crop loss due to untimely rains in the state. Besides, the growing pressure to repay laon […]

Carcass of tusker found in Simlipal forest

(image) Bhubaneswar: An elephant was found dead on Sunday night at Pithabata range in Simlipal reserve forest, Mayurbhanj. The incident took place at Pithabata range, when poachers had chased the elephant and killed the elephant by a poisonous arrow. The forest official reached the spot and tackled the poachers but they managed to escape in […]

Tytler visits Odisha, targets state Govt

Bhubaneswar: Dubbing BJD`s rule as an "era of scams", senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Monday asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to answer seven questions to prove transparency and honesty in his government. "As Orissa is rocked by a series of scams, I want to ask Naveen Patnaik seven questions pertaining to various schemes and […]

Raw deals leave the weavers dejected

Bhubaneswar: Jugal Kishore who hails from Krushnapada area in Samblapur is a weaver of Sambalpuri sarees by profession. But poverty has forced the weaver to give up his traditional occupation and resort to other profession to earn his living. Hundreds of weavers like Jugal are now losing their importance as the changing trends have overthrown […]

NRLM launched in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In a first, the state government on Monday launched National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in its bid to alleviate poverty by enabling gainful self-employment and wage employment opportunities. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the poverty alleviation programme here. In the first phase, the programme would be implemented in 38 backward poverty-stricken blocks spread […]

Mining scam: HC reserves decree on CBI probe

Cuttack: The Odisha High Court on Monday reserved its order after completion of hearing on PILs seeking CBI probe into alleged multi-crore mining scam in the state. A division bench of Chief Justice V Gopal Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra heard the case for the last four months during which the state government had […]

Matric evaluation begins from today

Bhubaneswar: The fate of about 4.85 lakh students will be sealed as the process of evaluation of Orissa matriculation examination begins from Monday. Over 22 thousand teachers have been assigned to do invigilation work in as many as 70 centres of 30 districts in the state. According to sources, special mechanism has been in place […]

VHPs focus is to stop religious conversion

Balasore: Viswa Hindu Parisad (VHP) on Sunday said its focus was on preventing religious conversion and asked its members to protest wherever there is an attack on any Hindu. "With its attention focused on checking conversion, VHP has succeeded in preventing about 50 lakh Hindus from switching over to other faiths in last 10 years," […]

Nalcos mobile health units benefited 48,000 in Koraput

Bhubaneswar: Navratna PSU National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), under its CSR initiatives has immensely contributed towards improvement of healthcare facilities in periphery villages of its units by organising mobile camps which benefitted over 48,000 patients. Particularly in Koraput district, where Nalco operates its Mines & Refinery, the company has successfully bridged the gap in providing […]

MDM scam: Vigilance to include more districts

Berhampur: The state vigilance department would include more districts within the ambit of its probe into the alleged scam in purchase of dal for mid-day meal (MDM) scheme and Supplementary Nutritional Programme (SNP). "The Vigilance wing will conduct inquiry in more districts into alleged dal scam," Director General of Police (Vigilance) Anup Kumar Patnaik said. […]

FRA comes to aid anti-POSCO agitators

Jagatsingpur: The Forest Rights Act, framed five years ago, has come to the aid of anti-POSCO agitators in the state in a big way and villagers in Jagatsingpur district where the plant is proposed to be built are well aware of the provisions of the Act. For instance, Jhuli Kandi, an illiterate dalit woman from […]

BJD pays tributes to Biju Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Rich tributes were paid to the legendary Biju Patnaik on his death anniversary on Sunday. A memorial meeting was held at the BJD’s state headquarters where party workers paid tributes to the late leader. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and all the legislators and MPs of the party.   Patnaik told […]

Save Gajraj campaign team reaches Sundargarh

Bhubaneswar: OTV’s Save Gajraj (Elephant) Campaign in their visit to Sundargarh district hit upon a grim scenario of vanishing jungles and stray elephants. In the Sundargarh district, it is the mindless industrial activities, iron mines and rapid urbanization which have contributed to the natural loss of the corridors of elephant population. From time to time, […]

Demonstrators arrested from RKL railway station

(image) Bhubaneswar: 400 demonstrators were arrested from Rourkela railway station for trying to block train movement in the Howrah-Mumbai line due to rail-roko agitation on Sunday. Normal train services were not affected by the rail roko agitation by the Rourkela Steering Development Committee (RDSC) demonstrators, railway sources said. The district administration had imposed prohibitory orders […]

Samal dismisses MGNREGS irregularity charges

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Orissa, the state government put up a brave face and reiterated its stand that there have been no wrongdoings in execution of projects under the flagship rural employment […]

BPL beneficiaries on hunger strike

Kendrapara: Alleging that they have not got their quota of rice at Rs 2-a-kg for last one year, about 62 families in Karanj panchayat under Mahakalapada block, who come under below the poverty line (BPL) category, have launched a fast-onto-death agitation. These families, it is learnt, were included in the BPL list in 1997, and […]

Chha Mana... all set to create stir

Bhubaneswar: The mega series ‘Chha Mana Atha Guntha’ is waiting in the wings to be aired on Tarang – the 24-hour entertainment channel on 18th April. A special function was organised in the city on Saturday to launch Tarang’s new series which is to be telecast under the tagline ‘Aai Maatir Katha’ meaning ‘Story from […]