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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, […]

gangster Tito
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.

Odisha home to most number of non-performing NGOs in country

Bhubaneswar: Of the 924 NGOs identified by the Union Women and Child Development Ministry as ‘bad’ non-governmental organisations (NGOs) recently, Odisha has been placed at the top with as many as 289 such NGOs. While the report of the ministry has no mention of the criteria on which they were listed, it is believed that […]

Century's first 'Nagarjuna Vesha' of Lord Jagannath in 2020

Puri: The century’s first ‘Nagarjuna Vesha’ (when the deities are dressed like warriors) of Lord Jagannath will be held on November 27, 2020 in Puri Srimandir. As the event is rare, it assumes importance among devotees and a large turnout is expected, for the event  will be held after a gap of 25 years. As […]

Complete Lokayukta appointment process in two months: SC to Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar:The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Odisha government to complete the process for appointment of Lokayukta in the State within next two months. A detailed report on the progress made in appointment of Lokayukta was presented by the State government in the apex court today. The move to appoint the anti-corruption watchdog comes almost […]

jhika bibaha
4 tribals hurt in group clash over traditional ‘Jhika Bibaha’ in Rayagada

Rayagada: Four persons were injured after a group clash broke out between locals of four tribal villages in the district over ‘jhika bibaha,’ a traditional wedding practice that involves forcibly capturing a bride for marriage. The injured men-all of them hailing from the Parsali panchayat under Kalyansinghpur block in Niyamgiri have been admitted to the […]

Rath Yatra 2018: Chariots to have donation boxes

Bhubaneswar/Puri: In view of the Supreme Court’s recent directions barring direct collection of donations from devotees in Puri Srimandir, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today informed that donation boxes (Hundis) will be installed on the chariots during Rath Yatra. In a meeting of the Daitapati Nijog and the chief administrator of SJTA, Pradipta Mohapatra […]

newborn-girl-rescued in Odisha
Yet another daughter becomes unwanted!

Balasore: A newborn girl, believed to be around 14 -15 days old, was found abandoned on roadside near Phuladi area of the district Sunday night. As per reports, a few local residents passing by the road last night, heard the screams of the baby girl and rushed to rescue her. Soon after the girl was […]

Rules laid down for Gandhiji’s memorial cannot be used for Srimandir: Shankaracharya

Puri: Even as the Supreme Court’s suggestion on allowing entry of non-Hindus into Puri Srimandir continues to create flutter across the state, , Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati today took an indirect dig at the issue stating that the Jagannath temple is not a secular place and the rules laid down for Gandhiji’s memorial cannot be […]

Bauli Math-Puri
Dedhasura Bhai-bahu Kuan: A unique well in Puri symbolising fusion of faiths

Puri: It is very rare to find a well in Odisha where people climb down the stairs to fetch water from it. The ‘Dedhasura Bhai-bahu Kuan,’ a well at ‘Bauli Math’ in Puri is one such rarity and some. The well’s origins can be traced back to Guru Nanak Dev’s Puri visit. When the founder […]

Berhampur Bombing
Miscreants target car with crude bombs in Berhampur; 4 injured

Berhampur: Police on Sunday intensified probe after four persons were reportedly injured after miscreants targeted their car with crude bombs near Lanjipalli chhak in Berhampur. The incident occurred when Sushant Bisoi along with four others was on their way to a police station. According to reports, three motorcycle borne miscreants intercepted the car and hurled […]

Aimed at life extension, BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to be test fired from Odisha

Vadodara/Bhubaneswar: A test-firing of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, aimed at increasing its life, has been planned this month, a senior defence ministry official said on Saturday. The test-firing to “validate service life extension” of the missile will take place from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha in the third week of July, Sudhir Kumar […]

OTV Exclusive: Puri King opens up on Puri Srimandir management reforms

Puri: Amid the flutter in Odisha over suggestions of the Supreme Court to abolish the heredity system of service by sevayats in the Puri Srimandir and entry of non-Hindus into the 12th century shrine, Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on Saturday expressed several concerns related to the proposals. In an exclusive one-on-one interview with OTV, […]

Crime Branch asks banks to freeze gangster Tito's accounts

Kendrapara: Tightening the noose around gangster Sayed Usman Ali alias Tito, the Crime Branch of Odisha Police wrote to banks today to freeze the accounts belonging to the gangster and his family members. The sleuths continued their raids at several places associated with Tito for second day today. According to sources, the CB officials have […]

odisha rainfall weather forecast
Weather Alert: Heavy rainfall in Odisha from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar Saturday forecast heavy rainfall over some parts of northern Odisha for today. However, a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal is likely to cause heavy rains in many places across the State by tomorrow. Under its impact, rains and thundershowers are likely to occur at the coastal […]

Odisha Chief Secy expresses regret on letter seeking clarification on Governor’s chopper rides

Bhubaneswar: A day after Deputy Secretary of the General Administration department, Indira Behera shot a letter to the special secretary to Governor Ganeshi Lal seeking clarification on aircraft and chopper expenses, Chief Secretary AP Padhi  today met the Governor and expressed regrets over the matter. In a media release issued by the State government, Public […]

Girl Adopted
Left to die 6 years back, new life beckons for Aparajita

Bhadrak: Aparajita, a six-year-old girl, who was abandoned and left to die by her parents in 2012, was adopted by a US-based couple today. Though Aparajita is too small to understand that she has been adopted, she is all set to start a new life with new possibilities and hope. For Aparajita, life has been […]

Tiger brought from MP set free in Satkosia forest

Bhubaneswar: As it slowly starts to acclimatise to its new home with its vital parameters in good shape, the Royal Bengal tiger which was brought from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh last month was released into the wild in Satkosia Tiger Reserve today. Forest and Environment Department Additional Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, PCCF Wildlife […]

union bank loot
Miscreants loot Rs 3.3 lakh with Rs 10 note in Union Bank!

Puri: In a bizarre crime, unidentified miscreants robbed a man of Rs 3.3 lakh by cleverly distracting him inside the Union Bank in front of Puri Town Police station on Friday. The incident occurred soon after one Prahalad Champatiray of Kanasa village withdrew money from the Bank. As per the complaint filed by the victim […]

Rath Yatra: Last Coordination Committee meeting concludes

Puri: The fourth and final Rath Yatra Coordination Committee meeting concluded. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired the meeting and took stock of preparedness for the annual festival. Patnaik also reviewed the ongoing road works, drinking water facilities, drainage and law and order for Rath Yatra. “I have just reviewed the Rath Yatra arrangements. With the […]

Notorious criminal Chagala gunned down in Police encounter

Notorious criminal Chagala was killed in an encounter by the Nayagarh police late Thursday night. The encounter took place at Nabaghanpur village under Sadar police limits in the district during which two of Chagala's associate managed to escape.

Jay Panda
Resignation from LS: Speaker asks Jay Panda to give it a thought

Bhubaneswar: With all eyes on his next political move, former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda on Thursday had a customary meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan following his resignation. In a tweet, the former Parliamentarian informed that the meeting was cordial and the Lok Sabha Speaker was very considerate and enquired into the circumstances leading […]

KIIT land grabbing: Chandradhwaja Sahoo threatens self immolation with family

Bhubaneswar: Chandradhwaja Sahoo, the man who had brought land grabbing allegations against KIIT, on Thursday threatened to self immolate along with his family if the administration fails to resolve his grievances within seven days. At a presser, Sahoo alleged that despite completion of demarcation, KIIT founder Achyuta Samanta using his political clout has forcibly constructed […]

OUAT students off to gain 10-week agri experience in villages

In a first, students of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) can be seen working on agri fields alongside farmers.The students are on a ten-week long village stay programme to help them get familiar with the socio-economic conditions of the farmers, diagnose their field problems and suggest remedial measures.

Airport Advisory Committee demands Haj flights for Muslim pilgrims from Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday urged the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for Haj flights from Bhubaneswar for convenience of the Muslim pilgrims in Odisha. Chairing a meeting at the office of the Airport Director of Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here on Wednesday, MP Prasanna Kumar Patsani stressed on the need […]

winged birds in Bhitarkanika
Winged guests arrive at Bhitarkanika park for nesting

Kendrapara: With the onset of the monsoon season, residential water birds have begun thronging Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, a forest official said. The winged species visit the park in thousands during this time of the year for nesting and breeding. “The water birds have started arriving at the wetland in small groups. […]

Uber driver attacked, looted by two miscreants in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Two unidentified miscreants attacked an Uber driver at Tapoban Chhak in Khandagiri area here and escaped with his car on the wee hours of Thursday. The driver identified as Ganesh Mahakud received critical injuries while trying to put up a fight and foil the robbery bid. He has been admitted to a private hospital […]