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News from Odisha

Naxal leader Arati Majhi produced in court

Parlakhemundi: The district and sessions court today deferred the bail applications of Maoist leader Arati Majhi and three others to Wednesday who were produced in the court amid tight security. The four Maoist activists were brought from the Berhampur jail. Arati Majhi was an active member of the Bansdhara division of the CPI(Maoist). She was […]

Gananatha refutes to go on conditional bail

Koraput: The advisor of the Narayanapatna-based Chashi Mulia Adivasi Sangha, Gananatha Patra has denied to be released on conditional bail. Gananath who is an accused in an atrocity case that took place at village Kanti under Semiliguda block today said outside the Jeypore court that he was not prepared to be released on conditional bail. […]

PIL to compensate matric examinees

Cuttack: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the High Court by social activist Akshya Kumar Das and Bijay Ballabh Pradhan, the guardian of a candidate, to provide Rs 2000 as compensation to each HSC canditate to meet unnecessary expenses for re-appearing in the examination scheduled to be held from April 17 following […]

Labour room tragedy rocks SCB again

Cuttack: Labour room tragedy has again struck the SCB Medical College and Hospital here as one more woman died after falling from labour room bed at the gynaechology department last night. Earlier two months ago one expectant woman had died in the medical in a similar incident. Health Minister Prasanna Acharya has asked the SCB […]

Govt toughens stand on new Maoist demands

Bhubaneswar: As the deadline set by two Maoist groups in the twin hostage crisis ends today, the government seemed to have toughened its stand vis-a-vis their new demands. The pitch has been queered further by the threat of the state police to boycott anti-Naxal operations if hardcore ultras are freed by the government as per […]

Mili Panda acquitted by Gunupur court

Gunupur: The Gunupur ADJ First Track Court today acquitted Subhashree Dash alias Mili Panda in the Kutinguda encounter case as the police failed to provide evidence in the matter. A case was registered against Mili for her alleged involvement in police-naxal encounter near Kutinguda under Gudari police limits in January 2003. Mili’s advocate appealed before […]

Shankaracharya urges caution in freeing prisoners

Berhampur: Voicing unhappiness over the proposed prisoner swap with Maoists to secure release of two hostages from their captivity, Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati today said all aspects should be considered while making any move in this regard. Though similar swap deals had been made earlier in some places, the government should do this after […]

Hostage row: Uncertainty reigns as deadline draws near

Bhubaneswar: The state government was examining the legal aspects of the fresh demands made by the Maoists to secure the release of Italian national Paolo Bosusco and Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka even as the deadlines set by the two factions of the CPI(Maoist) ends on Tuesday. The Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee(AOBZSC), the abductors […]

Parents to move court in Cuttack child swapping case

Cuttack: The family members of the 10-day old baby girl, born at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, are considering to knock the doors of the court, if appropriate steps were not taken by the medical authority in the alleged child-swapping case. The SCB Medical authorities however have refuted conduct DNA test on the new […]

Police arrest 16 in Bolangir twin murder case

Bolangir: The district police has arrested 16 persons in connection with the killings of two dalits at village Chantumal under Saintala block on last Saturday. The dalit families of Chantumal staged demonstration before the office of the district superintendent of police demanding action against the people involved in the killings of the two dalits.  The […]

Prarthana Award to Guru Chandrabhanu Satpathy

Bhubaneswar: Spiritual guru and renowned messenger of the philosophy and messages of Sri Sai Baba, Guruji Chandrabhanu Satpathy was on Sunday conferred with the first Prarthana Award at an auspicious ceremony held at Utkal Mandap here. The award has been instituted by Odisha`s first spiritual channel, Prarthana TV channel. Lok Sabha member Baijayant Panda and […]

Govt seeks police opinion for release of Ghasi

Bhubaneswar: With the abductors of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka demanding release of hardcore Naxal Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi, an accused in the killing of at least 55 security personnel, the Odisha government has sought opinion of the state police on the matter. "We have sought opinion of the police on whether the fresh demands made […]

Students block road in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Demanding admission in schools, hundreds of SC and ST students and their parents today resorted to a road blockade disrupting vehicular movement in Malkangiri district. The protesters sat on the main road at Kadamguda junction under Khairput block, about 60 km from here. As a result, vehicular movement through the area to Andhra Pradesh, […]

Kalahandi mahua collectors in the lurch

Kalahandi: Though the government earns crores of revenue from country liquor made from mahua flowers, lack of warehouses at panchayat level in Kalahandi has irked the flower collectors. The poor tribals, unable to avail the facilities of the warehouses, are forced to sell flowers at distressed prices. Mahua flowers play a vital role in the […]

Maoist mediator happy with steps to free hostages

Bhubaneswar: While the Odisha government was grappling with the twin abductions involving an MLA and a foreigner, one of the mediators nominated by Maoists today said the state responded `reasonably well` to naxal demands. “Keeping in view the prevailing situation, Odisha government is responding reasonably well and properly to the demands of the abductors,” Dr […]

Miscreants attack teacher in Kalahandi

Kalahandi: An assistant teacher of Ashram School at Ambapani under Koksara police limits was today seriously injured in an attack by two miscreants inside the school campus. The two miscreants barged into the school when classes were on and attacked the assistant teacher Ghanashyam Nayak with sharp weapons after minor arguments. The two miscreants later […]

Bolangir bandh demanding Suktel project

Bolangir:  All government offices and establishments in Bolangir town today remained close due to the bandh called by Lower Suktel Irrigation Project Implementation Committee demanding early execution of Suktel irrigation project. The protestors holding banners and placards sat on dharna in front of the Collectorate demanding compensation as well as proper rehabilitation of the displaced […]

Maoists want to exchange abducted MLA with 30 prisoners

Bhubaneswar: In a new twist to BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka`s hostage crisis in the state, Maoists on Sunday purportedly issued a fresh communication asking his wife to reach a village in Koraput district on April 10 along with 30 prisoners to pave way for the legislator`s release. The letter, released to a section of the […]

Two killed after dispute over land

Bolangir : Two persons of a Dalit family were killed and two others injured in an attack by a group of people at Chanutmal village, 75 km from here, police said on Sunday. The group attacked a house belonging to the family of Kumbhars over some property dispute on Saturday night leading to the death […]

Four killed in accident in Angul

Angul: Four persons, including three occupants of an ambulance, were killed and six injured in a road accident in Angul district, police said on Sunday. The conductor of a bus was crushed to death by a coal-laden truck when it hit the stationary bus from the rear near Amantapur under Jarapada police station in NH-55 […]

Naveen urges Shinde to implement decisions

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday urged Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take steps for implementation of certain decisions earlier taken during a discussion between the two. "I request you to advise the authorities concerned to take the required steps to implement decisions expeditiously," Patnaik told Sindhe in a letter on Saturday. […]

Hostage crisis: Maoists message leads to uncertainty

Bhubaneswar: The release of Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco, abducted over three weeks ago, today ran into rough weather with the Maoists asking state government to first "clarify" how many ultras would be set free and how many of its 13 demands would be met. Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda in a fresh audio message to the […]

Two runover and killed by trains

Rourkela: Two persons, including a woman, were runover and killed in Sundargarh district, police sources said today. Anita Jiswal (21) of Santoshpur village allegedly ended her life by jumping before a running train under Bandamunda GRP limit on Saturday, the sources said. The cause was stated to be a love affair, they said. The body […]

BJD RS member welcomes steps by state govt

Berhampur: Expressing hope that the hostage crisis would end soon, senior BJD leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra has welcomed the state government taking steps to solve the problem. "The government, within its limit, has been taking steps to solve the hostage crisis. I think it will be solved in the next two to three days," the Rajya […]

HC panel suggests DNA test to clear baby-swap claims

Cuttack: A High Court appointed committee has suggested that deliveries in the labour room be videographed and forensic test of footprints of newborns be made immediately after birth to avoid baby swap claims. The suggestion came from an advocates committee appointed by the high court, which visited the S C B Medical College Hospital on […]

One dead, three injured due to lightning

Balasore: One person died and three others injured after being struck by lightning in Balasore district on Saturday. Lightning struck Debendra Das (26) when he was at his house in Gabagaon village under Chandipur police station. His mother sustained serious injury due to the lightning, police said. Two persons were injured at nearby Kaaphala and […]

State to get new medical college, two ITIs

Bhubaneswar: Assuring allotment of 50 per cent of electricity to state from the two proposed ultra mega power projects in the state, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday announced establishment of a medical college in Sundergarh district. "The state government had been asking for establishment of a hospital in Sundergarh district. But the […]

CMAS asks Hikaka to resign from assembly

Koraput: A Maoist-backed outfit on Saturday asked abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka to resign in protest against the alleged inaction of the state government to free him and said it had no information about his whereabouts. Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) said "the legislator should resign from the membership of the assembly to protest against […]

Consensus likely on Paolo release talks

Bhubaneswar: The final phase of the dialogues between the government and the two Maoist-nominated mediators to secure the release of Italian national Paolo Bosusco held captive by the ultras since March 14 today ened at the State Guest House here. The three officials who represented the government were Upendranath Behera, Home Secrtetary, P K Jena, […]

Hikaka abductors give 3 more days, want five more prisoners

Bhubaneswar: The Maoist abductors of Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka have extended the deadline for the release of the tribal legislator of the ruling Biju Janata Dal another three days to April 10 and demanded the release of five more prisoners. The spokesman of the Andhra-Odisha-Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) Jagabandhu today informed OTV over phone […]

Death mystery of engineering student unsolved

Bhubaneswar: Mystery still shrouds the death of the engineering student of city-based Silicon Institute of Technology Kesab Mishra, from Sambalpur, who died on Thursday here. The body of the engineering student was recovered under mysterious circumstances.   However, family members of the deceased student alleged that Kesab was killed and blamed the alleged negligent attitude […]

Nachika demands to release CMAS activists

Narayanpatna: The President of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS)  Nachika Linga whose name appears in the Most Wanted list of the state police today urged the state government to take steps to implement complete prohibition in Koraput district and return the tribals their lands allegedly grabbed by the non-tribals. Addressing a huge gathering of […]

Potato price hike pinches consumers

Bhubaneswar: The skyrocketing price of potato has created tension among the city dwellers. Potato price suddenly moved north ward from Rs 6-7 a kilo to Rs 14-15 a kilo within a week. The state government has swung into action after the issue rocked the assembly on Friday and has asked all district collectors to keep […]

Sabyasachi was incorrect in his statement: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in response to the audio message of the Secretary of the Odisha State Organizing Committee of the CPI (Maoist) today said that Sabyasachi Panda was `incorrect` in saying that the views of the two Maoist-appointed mediators were not taken into consideration by the government to facilitate the freedom of […]

HC rejects plea for CBI probe into liquor tragedy

Cuttack: The High Court today turned down a plea for a CBI inquiry into the liquor tragedy that claimed 40 lives in Cuttack and Khurda districts last February. Dismissing a PIL filed by the Nationalist Lawyers` Forum, the Division Bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda observed that since a […]

No takers for newborn girl in SCB medical

Cuttack: Authorities of SCB medical college and hospital here are in a quandary as family members of a newborn girl have refused to accept the baby alleging that their male child has been exchanged by the hospital staff. But the newborn is deprived of mother`s care for the last six days while the hospital staff […]

Forging signatures of MLAs, urging CM to take action

Bhubaneswar: A fake petition written on the letter pad of the Odisha legislative assembly bearing the forged signatures of not one but five legislators urging  Naveen Patnaik to initiate action against a Keonjhar-based mining company has created flutter in the office of the Chief Minister. The five MLAs named in the fake petition demanded a […]

Sabyasachi not to release Paolo, gives 96 hours ultimatum

Bhubaneswar: Top Naxal leader and Secretary of the State Organizing Committee of the CPI(Maoist) Sabyasachi Panda in response to the decision of the government facilitate the release of four prisoners to secure the release of Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco held in captivity by the Maoists since March 14 today refused to free the hostage […]

HC asks police to register Pipili attack case

Cuttack: The High Court has directed the Pipili police to register a case on the basis of an FIR filed by an advocate whose house was allegedly attacked last month. The advocate Nishikant Mishra in a writ had approached the HC stating that his house under Pipili police station area was attacked with bombs by […]

RSP record breaking show in all major areas

Bhubaneswar: Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) has completed 2011-12 with record breaking performance in all major areas including hot metal and the sixth consecutive year. The steel plant produced 2.31 MT of Hot Metal, 2.17 MT of Crude Steel and 2.08 MT of Saleable Steel, thereby utilising 115 per cent, 120 per cent and 124 per […]

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