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Suna Besha Puri
Rath Yatra: Suna Besha of Lord Jagannath draws lakhs of devotees

Puri: Lakhs of devotees thronged the Puri Badadanda today to witness the holy Trinity in their golden glory during the Suna Besha ritual today. All roads led to Badadanda today as it was that time of the year when the sibling deities of Puri Srimandir adorn their gold ornaments and give darshan to devotees. Thanks […]

Water level swells in major rivers across Odisha

Boudh: Villagers living alongside Mahanadi, Devi, Baitarani and Tel Rivers are in a state of panic as water level in these rivers has risen following torrential rain. As per reports, a bridge was washed away in Chandigada village under Boudh block after sudden inflow of flood water; as such the village has been cut-off from […]

Another close aide of gangster Tito nabbed after police encounter

Kendrapara: Wanted sharp shooter and close aide of arrested gangster Tito, Bhabani Shankar Sahoo alias Babu Sahoo was nabbed after an encounter with the police near Ichhapur-Chhagaria Road here in the wee hours of Monday. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of special squad and officials of Kendrapara Town police station intercepted Sahoo at […]

After 'no flood' assurances, SRC now alerts of low to medium scale flood

Bhubaneswar: After “No flood” assurances, the Special Relief Commissioner today alerted of a low to medium scale flood in the Mahanadi river system. With torrential and incessant rain continuing to lash several parts of the state including upper catchment and lower areas of Mahanadi, a low to medium scale flood could be possible in the […]

Weather Alert: Thunderstorm, Lightning alert for 9 Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre issued thunderstorm and lightning warning for nine districts in Odisha on Sunday. People in Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Angul, Sonepur, Boudh and Malkangiri districts have been asked to remain alert till 1PM today. Moreover, several parts of Odisha will also continue to receive heavy rainfall as the low pressure […]

Engineer, Merchant Navy Officer among 3 killed in Bhubaneswar road mishap

Bhubaneswar: As many as three persons were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with truck from behind near Satsang Vihar area on Saturday night. The deceased have been identified as Kumar Chandan, Debashis Mishra and Parshuram Harichandan. All the three were reportedly residents of Bhubaneswar. While Chandan was reportedly an Engineer, Debasish […]

Was Odia space scientist shunted to deny him top ISRO post?

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) transferred Tapan Misra, the director of Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre (SAC), to the organisation’s headquarters in Bengaluru; speculations are doing rounds in national media about a conspiracy to prevent the scientist from becoming the next ISRO chairman. A directive issued by ISRO chairman K Sivan […]

Thunderstorm alert for 19 districts; Flood situation likely in Odisha, informs SRC

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre Saturday issued heavy rain and thunderstorm alert for 19 districts in Odisha. The thunderstorm alert has been issued for Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Koraput districts till 1.15 pm today. Meanwhile, the water level of several […]

Water levels rise in Odisha Rivers; Met warns of heavy rain

Bhubaneswar: Heavy rain under the impact of active south-west monsoon continued to batter parts of Odisha, affecting life and causing several rivers to be in spate. The water level of several major rivers including Nagabali and Bansadhara in Rayagada district has seen an upward trend. Official sources said Bansadhara River, currently flowing at 82.32 meters, […]

Former minister Dama Rout hints at BJD-Tito link

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader Damodar Rout on Friday targeted his own party over links with gangster Tito and questioned the objective behind inclusion of the gangster’s brother in the party. Speaking to media persons Rout said, “Without politicians’ patronage, gangster Tito couldn’t have been able to extend his empire. Initial investigation reveals, Tito owns over […]

Restore flight services to Bangkok, Bengaluru: CM writes to Civil Aviation Minister

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to restore Air India’s flight services from Biju Patnaik International Airport  to Bangkok and Bengaluru. The flight service provider, on July 17 had suddenly announced suspension of the flights from the Bhubaneswar Airport from July 16 till October 3 without citing any […]

No Confidence Motion: BJD stages walkout before debate begins

  Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the no-confidence motion debate against the Narendra Modi led NDA government moved by the Opposition, the BJD members staged a walk out from the Parliament today saying that the discussion will not be fruitful for Odisha . “BJD during last 14 years has witnessed that UPA government’s role of 10 years […]

I find Patnagarh story very intriguing and interesting: Atul Kulkarni

Bollywood actor Atul Kulkarni, playing the role of Crime Branch IG Arun Bothra in the upcoming Odia film ‘Patnagarh’ shares his thoughts on his first Odia movie and the character. The much awaited film being made in both Odia and Telugu  is set to hit the screens in Dussehra.   Your experience in Odisha?   […]

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Baijayant Panda's resignation accepted: LS speaker Sumitra Mahajan

Bhuabaneswar/ New Delhi: Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda’s resignation has been accepted on July 18, informed Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the second day of the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament at New Delhi on Thursday. Mahajan today tabled Jay Panda’s resignation on the floor of the House and briefed all the […]

Odisha boy with rare skin syndrome to undergo operation next Thursday

Bhubaneswar: In what could give a new lease of life to five-year-old Kanha from Ganjam district suffering from a rare disease of excess hair and flesh growth on his body, doctors diagnosing him today said that a recuperative surgery will be performed on his body. The development comes a day after OTV telecast the plight […]

Eve teasing allegation during Rath Yatra: Puri SP seeks info from TV actor Mahika Sharma

Puri: Police today sought details from Hindi television actress Mahika Sharma in connection with the alleged eve teasing incident in Puri on occasion of Rath Yatra. The Puri SP on Thursday asked the actress a detailed report on the incident that took place on July 14 during her visit to Srimandir and assured action against […]

IIC placed under suspension after ganja peddler escapes

Bhubaneswar: A senior police official of the Laxmipur police station in Koraput district has been placed under suspension for alleged negligence in duty that led to escape of a suspected ganja peddler. As per reports, on the intervening night of July 11 and 12 police officials detained a truck that was reportedly carrying ganja. However […]

Firm on decision, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda requests Speaker to accept resignation

Bhubaneswar: Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda on Tuesday met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and urged her to accept his resignation. Panda bid adieu to 18 years of his association with the House and expressed his inability to represent the BJD anymore since the party had strayed away from its original principles. Sharing this […]

Goddess Mahalaxmi set to break Nandighosa on ‘Hera Panchami’ today

Puri: It is time for some sulking and temper tantrums as Goddess Mahalaxmi left behind at Srimandir by Lord Jagannath, decides to teach Him a lesson. Jealous, she goes on to damage a part of the Nandighosa chariot parked outside Gundicha Temple on Wednesday. The ritual known as ‘Hera Panchami’ is celebrated on the fifth […]

2019 elections: Odisha EC preparations fuel early-poll speculations

Bhubaneswar: With the State Election Commission expediting preparations, speculations of an early-poll are gathering steam. A month after seeking information on expenses during the upcoming elections from the district electoral officers, the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has issued a directive for setting up storehouses for safekeeping of EVMs and VVPAT machines for which Rs […]

Waterlogging threat to Konark Sun Temple: CM seeks Centre's intervention

Bhubaneswar: Initiating measures to save the pride of Odisha’s culture and heritage, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday shot a letter to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma urging an immediate intervention into the water drainage problem at the Sun Temple of Konark. In his letter, Patnaik stated that the flooding problem in Konark Temple poses a […]

Dharmendra draws flak for comparing 'Chhera Panhara' with Swachh Bharat

Bhubaneswar: Demanding apology from Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for comparing the ‘Chhera Panhara’ ritual (sweeping of the three chariot floors of the holy Trinity with a golden broom by Puri King during Rath Yatra) with ‘Swachh Bharat’ programme, Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena today said that such a comparison is an insult of Odia culture […]

Jaga, Kalia to be discharged from AIIMS New Delhi soon

New Delhi: The separated conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia will soon be discharged from AIIMS, New Delhi and the process for it has begun, informed father of the boys Bhuyan Kanhara today. “Both of them will be shifted to Odisha Bhawan in New Delhi. It will take around four days  for the kids to be […]

Winged guests flock to Dhanamandal bringing delight to locals

Jajpur: Residents of Dhanamandal under Barchana block of Jajpur district are waking up to the cheerful chirping of their winged guests reaching here every year signalling the onset of monsoon. As per reports, as many as 5,000 migratory birds have flocked to Dhanamandal this year. The migratory birds usually reach during the second-third week of […]

Thundershowers wreak havoc: Two killed, several villages marooned in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At least 2 persons were killed and 11 others were left injured in lightning strikes as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued in several parts of the State crippling normal life. Two women were killed, while 11 others including 9 women were injured in lightning strikes at two separate places in Ganjam and Nabarangpur districts. […]

Sculptor Raghunath optimistic about construction of second Konark temple

Bhubaneswar: A day after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind, eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra today said that he was optimistic about his dream project of constructing a second Konark temple in Odisha. Mohapatra, after paying obeisance to Lord Shiva at the Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar here sought cooperation from both […]

People of 5 panchayats in Rayagada left in lurch as temporary bridge snaps

Rayagada: It is now testing times for Puspalata Kaushalya, a resident of Kalyansinghpur block after the sole means of communication in her region was washed away in flash floods early this week. The expectant mother is now worried as there seems to be no option for her family to rush her to hospital in case […]

Odissi exponent Sonal Mansingh, sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra nominated to RS

Bhubaneswar: The President of India on Saturday nominated four persons to Rajya Sabha including Odissi exponent Sonal Mansingh and sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra. Sonal Mansingh is among India’s foremost exponents of Indian Classical Dance. She has been performing Odissi and also Bharatnatyam for over six decades. She was earlier awarded Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Sangeet […]

Rath Yatra Live Updates 2018
Puri Rath Yatra 2018: All that happened...

6:30 pm: Chariot pulling comes to an end; Lord Jagannath’s chariot Nandighosa’s journey halted within a short distance of Gundicha temple, chariot pulling to resume tomorrow 5:30-5:40 pm: Chariots of Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra- ‘Taladhwaja’ and Darpadalana respectively – reach Gundicha Temple #RathYatra2018: Chariots of Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra reach Gundicha Temple #Odisha […]

Its confirmed! Formalin traces found in 'Pomfret' fish samples in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The confirmation that fish stocks in Odisha are laced with deadly cancer-causing ‘Formalin’ has rung alarm bells among fish eaters here who form a majority of the state’s population. Confirming the development, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Secretary Vishal Gagan on Friday stated that, “Traces of cancer-causing Formalin was found in Pomfret fish samples […]

RS members can now communicate in five more languages including Santali

Bhubaneswar: In a significant development, the secretariat of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the parliament will now provide simultaneous interpretation for five more languages including Santali, which is spoken in some parts of Odisha. The facility will begin from the forthcoming monsoon session of the parliament scheduled to begin from July 18. “Members […]

Cloudy, wet week ahead as Met predicts rain triggered by low pressure

Bhubaneswar: Brace up for a cloudy, wet week ahead as the met department predicts rain in several parts of the State following the formation of a low pressure area (LOPAR) over the northwest Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast. The low pressure expected on Saturday will cause moderate rainfall at many places with heavy […]

Odisha minister’s son quizzed by CBI in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar: Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro’s son Biplab is under CBI scanner in connection with the chit fund scam. According to sources, the central investigating agency questioned Biplab in Bhubaneswar today. The CBI had summoned Biplab after getting vital leads on payments made towards purchase of computers from the bank accounts of Artha Tatwa (AT) […]

Heritage Cabinet to preserve Odia language, history & culture

Bhubaneswar: The state government is all set to establish a “Heritage Cabinet” to preserve history and culture of the state besides making efforts to enrich Odia language. A notification in this regard was issued by the Parliamentary Affairs department on Wednesday. As per reports, the Cabinet will co-ordinate with organisations working for preservation, promotion and […]

‘Banaka Lagi’ ritual of deities at Puri Srimandir today

Puri: The ‘Banaka lagi’ ritual of the Holy trinity will be conducted at the Puri Srimandir today by Datta Mohaptra servitors as the deities get glammed up for their ‘Nabajouban’ look tomorrow. This will be the first appearance of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra before the devotees after recuperating from their 15 days fever. Earlier, […]

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CB seizes over 50 bank accounts of arrested gangster Tito

Cuttack/Kendrapara: The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch has started seizing the bank accounts of arrested gangster Tito alias Syed Usman Ali. The STF sleuths have so far freezed more than 50 bank accounts in the name of Tito, his wife and 18 associates, sources said. The task force has also directed seven tehsildars […]

Odisha plastic ban: Will it fizzle out like Gutka ban?

Bhubaneswar: Five years ago the Odisha government had ordered a ban on ‘Gutka’ (Pan Masala and Tobacco) but sales continue to thrive. Now, the ban on plastics announced by the State government yesterday has raised questions on its effective implementation. The very first thing that people seem worried about the ban is bringing a change […]

Three more cyber police stations to come up in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police has decided to open three more cyber police stations in Jeypore, Balasore and Bhubaneswar to deal with increasing cyber crime cases in the State. Currently, the State has four cyber stations in Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur. “We are also planning to augment the infrastructure at the existing stations while increasing […]

Farmers hit streets demanding probe into seed supply irregularities

Balasore: Demanding a high-level inquiry into alleged irregularities in seed supply, farmers in Balasore along with members of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan on Tuesday staged demonstration in front of the District Collectorate. The protestors alleged that seeds provided to them were of low quality. “They do not sprout and are not fit for agricultural activities. […]

Odisha athletes shine in Khelo India National games for persons with disabilities

A contingent of 12 athletes with intellectual disability from various parts of Odisha who participated in the Khelo India National Games held at Gandhi Nagar, Gujrat have brought home 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals in athletics and badminton events.