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Odisha to formulate state handloom policy soon

Bhubaneswar: With about two lakh families of traditional weavers facing acute financial crisis, state government on Friday decided to formulate a state handloom policy for upgrading socio-economic status of weavers. "We have been working on a new policy to provide a conducive environment to enable the handloom sector to realise its full potential. The policy […]

Posco MoU renewal likely to be delayed

Bhubaneswar: After the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) accorded final eco clearance to the South Korean steel major Posco which is dubbed as the highest-ever FDI in the country, the state government is evaluating the “no-export” clause specified by the ministry before it goes ahead with the MoU renewal. Besides, the authorities are also […]

Puri temple admin decides against telecast rights

Puri: The Jagannath temple administration here on Friday decided to do away with proposed tendering process to award telecast rights of the forthcoming Car festival. With this decision, sole telecast rights wouldn’t be limited to any television channel thereby giving fair opportunity to the broadcaster to cover the famous Car festival this year. After dithering […]

Maoists ransack foreign liquor shop in Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar: Maoists on Thursday ransacked a liquor shop at Padia in Malkangiri. Around 40 armed Maoists raided and destroyed the stock of liquor in the shop during the wee hours on Friday. They had also put up a poster in the shop that stated – the attacks are the repercussion of the State govt’s failure […]

Bandh hits life in Daringbadi, commuters stranded

Berhampur: Tribal outfits on Thursday observed a dawn to dusk bandh protesting alleged police excess on agitating villagers who were demanding release of 27 people arrested on charges of having Maoist links. Organizations under the banner of Banavasi Surakhya Parishad, Kandhamal Adivasi Adhikar Manch and Odisha Adivasi Andolan Manch and several other groups joined hands […]

Tusker dies in Hatibindha forest

Angul: An ailing elephant died on Wednesday night at Khamar Forest range area of Hatibindha forest here.  As per reports, the jumbo aged around 12 years had dislocated his right knee cap following a fight with fellow members. The injured tusker whose mobility was restricted since then was under the treatment of the forest officials. […]

Lokpal submits report on Vedanta varsity

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Lokpal Justice P K Patra on Thursday submitted an independent report under section 12 (5) on the land acquisition process of Vedanta University by the Anil Agarwal Foundation.   As per the report, since the state government has not complied with the instructions laid down by the Lokpal in a report earlier, the […]

Border villagers in doldrums

Balasore: Dual citizenship may be gaining popularity among people with Indian origin so as to reconnect with the roots. But, villagers of Sankhamedi village under Bhograi block here bordering West Bengal are deprived of resident status. The villagers avail benefits of government programmes from either side of the border as they possess voter IDs and […]

Maoists blow up Niliguda panchayat office

Bhubaneswar: The Maoists on Thursday blew up Niliguda panchayat office in Malkangiri on Thursday. According to police sources, around 30-40 suspected Red rebels blew up the panchayat office during the wee hours on Thursday. However, there was no immediate report of any casualty. The ceiling of the two-storied building caved in and the structure suffered […]

Woman, her two daughters die in lightning

Rourkela: A woman and her two daughters were killed on Thursday when lightning struck them at Hatikuja village of Sundargarh district, the police said. The incident occurred when Niraash Mahanta (60), a widow and her two daughters – Munni (30) and Shakuntala (22) – were bundling kendu leaf used to make beedi in their verandah. […]

HC orders to go slow on port expansion

Bhubaneswar: Adjudicating a PIL on Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) limits expansion, the Odisha High Court on Thursday directed the Centre and KoPT not to take any hasty decision as talks are underway between Centre, state and West Bengal governments to sort out the issues. The bench comprising of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice […]

Minor rescued from traffickers in state capital

Bhubaneswar: The state seems to be turning out to be a favourite destination for traffickers with woman and girl child being the highest in number as victims.   In one such case, police have apprehended two touts from Bhubaneswar railway station for allegedly trafficking a teen to Jhansi. The accused have been identified as Moolchand […]

CB files status report in Laxmanananda murder case

Cuttack: Crime Branch on Wednesday filed a status report on the progress made in the investigation into the murder of Swami Laxmananada Saraswati who was killed with four of his disciples during a prayer meeting in Kandhamal in 2008.   Replying to the High Court’s directive where the court, on April 20, had sought a […]

CJ recuses from passing verdict on power tariff PIL

Cuttack: The question of maintainability of a PIL in Orissa High Court challenging the proposed power tariff hike by Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) would remain unanswered at least for a few more days as Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda on Wednesday recused himself from delivering any judgement on the subject. A division bench of […]

Govt approves project with investment of Rs 1,36,000 cr

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Wednesday approved nine new projects, including coal-to-liquid (CTL), steel and aluminium units involving investment of Rs 1,36,000 crore. The projects got the final nod at a meeting of the high-level clearance authority chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Industries secretary T Ramachandru said. Apart from two CTL, two steel and […]

State cabinet reshuffle looks imminent

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, few days ago, while replying to reporters to a query on portfolio reshuffle had said “have patience”. But, it seems the delay is only fueling speculations. The politicos, these days, are experiencing palpitations as their fate will be decided with the reshuffle in the ministerial level. While some may be […]

State protests, Jairam seeks MoD intervention

Bhubaneswar: Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday sought intervention of Defence Minister A K Antony after state government registered protest against launching of missiles from Wheeler Island which poses serious threat to mass nesting and breeding of endangered Olive Ridley turtles. State environment and forest department officials had expressed their concern to Jairam Ramesh […]

Exp train hits derailed goods train, 26 injured

Bolangir: At least twenty-six people were injured, four of them seriously, when a coal-laden goods train derailed and was hit by the Koraput-Rourkela Express near Sikir Railway Station in Bolangir district in the wee hours on Wednesday. The accident occurred at 12:35 AM when the goods train derailed and tilted on the other track on […]

Agitators lathi-charged in Daringibadi

Kandhamal: At least 10 people including women were injured on Wednesday as police lathi-charged people demonstrating at the Daringibadi block office here. Tensions rose high as police attempted to disperse the agitating protesters. Over 100 people sat in demonstration earlier in the day; protesting the detention of around 30 villagers by the security forces suspecting […]

Child dies, four hospitalised

Rourkela: A two-and-half-year old boy died and four others of a family were taken ill due to suspected food-poisoning at Chanabahal village, about 60 km from here. One Arik Kiro and four of his family members, including his wife and three children had complained of vomiting and loose motion last night after dinner, police said. […]

Bidders line up to purchase OPL teams

Cuttack: Bidders in large numbers showed interest in purchasing teams for the first edition of the Orissa Premier League (OPL) T20 cricket tournament, scheduled to begin here from May 22. On the first day of selling bid forms at Orissa Cricket Association (OCA), at least 37 forms were sold as enthusiastic bidders lined up to […]

City Bus service in Cuttack from May 15

Cuttack: With the city bus service operator Dream Team Sahara (DTS) declaring May 15 to start service in the silver city, the long wait for the service seems to come to an end.   In an affidavit filed by the DTS in the Orissa High court, it said that the city bus service in the […]

Tunnel found in outskirts of temple city

Bhubaneswar: The discovery of a tunnel-like structure caught the imagination of people after residents of Sishupalgarh here in the outskirts of the city on Tuesday accidentally discovered a tunnel which created much enthusiasm among them. People stumbled upon a 7-feet deep tunnel at Jhamu Padia after they went to bail out a cow which fell […]

CM lays foundation stone of defence housing project

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Jal Vayu Towers, a housing project to provide residential units for about 250 personnel serving in Navy and Air Force. "I am happy that the Air Force and Navy have set up a housing board to provide affordable dwelling units on no loss […]

Govt to restart land acquisition for Posco soon

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Centre gave the final forest clearance to the South Korean steel giant Posco’s project, state government on Tuesday said it would soon resume land acquisition at the proposed plant site near Paradip. “We will soon resume land acquisition at the proposed plant site villages. The land acquisition work will start […]