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News from Odisha

Elephant electrocuted in Orissa

Sambalpur: An elephant was electrocuted after being entangled in a high-tension live electric wire in Orissa`s Sambalpur district, forest officials said today. The charred carcass of the jumbo was spotted by local people today near Kajuriatikira inside Bamragarh forests under Bamra wildlife division, about 70 km from here, they said. Forest personnel have rushed to […]

Orissa faces fresh floods, toll 32

Bhubaneswar: A fresh spell of floods in river Baitarani inundated 12 gram panchayats in Bhadrak and Keonjhar districts of Orissa, as waters receded in the Mahanadi delta, with the death toll on Friday climbing to 32 besides 12 others missing, official sources said. With situation improving in the Mahanadi delta and most villages are again […]

Relief dropping injures 12 people in Orissa

Kendrapara: Each time relief laden copters fly past the skyline of flooded villages in Kendrapara district of Orissa, people battling against hunger heave a sigh of relief but there are others who look skywards in trepedition as the airdrop often misses its target causing damage to houses and injuring people. About twelve people were injured […]

Parties hit streets demanding roll back of petrol price

Bhubaneswar: A number of non-UPA parties including the ruling BJD and the opposition BJP staged demonstration here demanding roll back of petrol price. While BJD activists under the banner of Biju Yuva Janata Dal burnt effigies of the Prime Minister Monmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi condemning the price hike of petrol, BJP demanded […]

Relief dropping injures 12 people in Orissa

Kendrapara: Each time relief laden copters fly past the skyline of flooded villages in Kendrapara district of Orissa, people battling against hunger heave a sigh of relief but there are others who look skywards in trepidation as the airdrop often misses its target causing damage to houses and injuring people. About twelve people were injured […]

Orissa starts post relief operation, flood toll rises to 26

Bhubaneswar: Rains hindered air-dropping of food and relief operations for the second day today and the toll mounted to 26 even as the flood waters receded in most places in the Mahanadi delta region. Among the 26 dead, ten were from Kendrapara district followed by seven in Jajpur, three in Mayurbhanj, two each in Dhenkanal […]

Four workers injured in premises of steel plant

Jajpur: Four contractual workers were injured in the premises of a steel plant at Kalinga Nagar today while cleansing the dust catcher at the unit, official sources said. All the four sustained burn injuries and three of them were admitted to a local hospital, while another worker was shifted to private medical facility at Cuttack, […]

CDA residents stage rasta rook to highlight problems

Cuttack: Residents of Cuttack`s satellite township at Abhinav Bidanasi here staged a `rasta roko` today by burning tyres on main thoroughfare protesting against what they called `indifferent` attitude of Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) towards their problems. First it was members of Sector-6 Abasika Sangha which hit the roads and blocked the main road for three […]

Orissa files contempt case against KoPT

Cuttack: The BJD government today filed a petition in the Orissa High Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) alleging the KoPT had acted in `blatant disregard` and `overreached` an interim order passed by Orissa High Court in May this year. The high court on May 5 this year had restrained […]

PMO seeks Orissa flood report

Bhubaneswar: The Prime Minister`s Office on Wednesday sought a report from the Orissa government on the flood situation in the state, with the deluge claiming at least 20 lives while 12 others were missing. "We have responded to the PMO which wanted a report on the flood situation in the state," chief secretary B K […]

No respite to Odisha floods

Bhubaneswar: Fresh rains lashed Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur,Kendrapara, Puri and Khurda districts, but it would not lead to rise in the water level of rivers, which were now receding, Water Resources Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said. The low pressure induced rainfall affected relief work in coastal areas located in the Mahanadi delta region, official sources said. The met […]

Dusshera in Cuttack to be low-key affair

Cuttack: Dusshera in Cuttack city this year would be a low-key affair with devastating floods ravaging many parts of Orissa. There would no grandeur or lavish spending on welcome arches and evening cultural programmes. Majestic processions accompanied with decorative lights and band parties during the time of immersion of deities would be missing. For the […]

Two siblings killed, father injured in wall collapse

Paradip: Two siblings were killed and their father was critically injured when the mud wall of their house collapsed today after flood waters of river Mahanadi receded from the area in Orissa`s Jagatsinghpur district. The victims had returned to their house, which was submerged by flood waters for over three days, when the mud structure […]

Naveen announces Rs 1.5 lakh for three Orissa players

Bhubaneswar:  Amidst controversy over the “meager” cash reward for the winning Asian Champions Trophy, the Orissa government today announced Rs 1.5 lakh each for three players hailing from the state, official sources said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the Indian Hockey team which won the trophy at China and announced the cash award for the […]

Nalco to import coal to overcome crisis: Bagra

Bhubaneswar: In its bid to tide over the coal crisis, NALCO has placed order to import two lakh tonnes of coal and feed its captive power plant (CPP). The decision in this regard was taken by a Committee of Directors yesterday. Sourcing coal from Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited), NALCO`s 1200 […]

Rains add to woes of flood-hit people

Bhubaneswar: Fresh rains triggered by a low pressure compounded the plight of the marooned people in flood-hit parts of Orissa today besides hampering relief operations. The state government, however, ruled out any deterioration of the flood situation due to the rains. "Though several areas have been lashed by rains, it will not lead to rise […]

Another low pressure may trigger rain

Bhubaneswar: Even as flood-ravaged people are yet to recover from the disaster, another low pressure has been formed with warning of heavy rains in some places in coastal region of the state. Latest satellite imagery and surface observation indicates that a low pressure area has formed over North Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas, meteorological […]

FIR against ministers and MLAs in horse-trading

Bhubaneswar: State government on Tuesday lodged an FIR against "some ministers and MLAs" for their alleged involvement in alleged horse trading during last year`s Rajya Sabha elections in the state, police said. The FIR was lodged against "some ministers and MLAs" without naming anyone under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and Representation of […]

Mother, son electrocuted as live wire snaps

Bargarh: A mother-son duo was electrocuted and a girl child seriously injured after a live service wire fell on them after getting snapped from a pole in Kulunda village in Bargarh district on Tuesday, police said. The deceased were identified as Bijuli Bhoi (25) and her four-year-old son Sovan while the injured was the woman`s […]

Water recedes, rescue efforts increase

Bhubaneswar: With flood waters of Mahanadi River system slowly receding in the delta region, Orissa government today accelerated relief work in the affected areas with focus on health care, sanitation and supply of safe drinking water. As discharge of water from Hirakud Dam was drastically cut to about 1.07 lakh cusec following reduced inflow into […]

Block-grant teachers resume work

Bhubaneswar: Teaching and non-teaching staff belonging to as many as 1983 block-grant schools, who were on a 42-day strike demanding fulfillment of their demands, reopened the schools and resumed work on Monday. The school staff and the students were enthusiastic about the reopening of the schools after such a long gap. The teachers also expressed […]

Flood hits 14lakh people, 1109 villages marooned in state

Bhubaneswar: State government on Monday stepped up air-dropping of food packets as flood situation continued to be grim on Monday with Mahanadi river flowing above the danger mark in delta region, affecting 14 lakh people and snapping road links with about 1,000 villages. Flood in Mahanadi, Subarnarekha, Budhabalang and Baitarani rivers affected 14 lakh people […]

Mahanadi remains above danger mark

Bhubaneswar: The flood situation in Orissa remained grim today with the Mahanadi River continuing to flow above the danger mark in the delta region, affecting 14 lakh people and snapping road links with about 1,000 villages. An estimated 14 lakh people from over 2600 villages have been affected by the floods which have left 16 […]

Floods kill 16,food air-dropped as 877 villages deluged

Bhubaneswar: With 877 villages completely cut off from rest of the state due to high flood in Mahanadi river system, state government on Sunday began air-dropping of food packets in worst hit areas as the death toll rose to 16, official sources said. "As of now three sorties were made to most affected areas of […]

Flood situation critical in state, says SRC

Bhubaneswar: With 13.5 lakh cusec water flowing through Mundali near Cuttack the flood situation in at least 19 districts of state, including the thickly populated Mahanadi delta, is feared to worsen in the next two days even as the death toll increased to eight on Saturday. "The peak flood may be around 13.5 lakh cusec […]