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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 […]

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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 […]

Waterlogging in Bhubaneswar
Waterlogging woes: 3-member team formed to find solution

Bhubaneswar: The Khurda district administration on Tuesday constituted a three-member team to find solution to waterlogging woes being reported from different parts of the capital city. A decision in connection with this was taken at a meeting chaired by Khurda Collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra. “We have formed a three member committee comprising executive engineer from […]

Odisha govt invokes ESMA ahead of truckers’ stir

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday invoked the Essential Services (Maintenance) Act (ESMA) to deal with the strike called by transporters loaders and tippers under the banner of All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) on July 20. As per reports, the prohibitory order would remain in force for next six months. Transport associations cannot resort to […]

Nuapada women craft livelihood through paddy grains

Women in the Khudapeja village of Nuapada district are using tiny golden grains of paddy to craft a better future for themselves. At least 30 women from this little known hamlet are weaving magic using un-skinned rice grains to create impressive products and earn themselves a decent income.

Agri Vikash 2018: Mega congregation of farmers and agro entrepreneurs begins today

  Bhubaneswar: Agro-entrepreneurs, investors, central organizations, corporate bodies and at least 1000 farmers from across the country will be gathering under one roof at the two day Agri Vikas 2018 event that is all set to begin today to showcase the potential of the agriculture and allied sector. The mega event, supported by the National […]

No disrespect to First Lady, no communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhawan: SJTA

Puri: In a major development, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today clarified that it has not received any communiqué from the Rashtrapati Bhawan regarding misbehaviour to the First Lady in Puri Srimandir. Reportedly, three servitors were accused of not maintaining distance and dashing against First lady and wife of President Ram Nath Kovind, Savita […]

Weather Alert: Heavy rain forecast for next 12 hours in 9 districts

Bhubaneswar: Rains triggered by low pressure will lash the state for next 12 hours, predicted the  Regional Meteorological Department. The alert has been issued for Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Sundergarh, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Gajapati districts Fishermen have also been warned from going into the sea because of the strong winds. Rains also lashed Puri […]

Royal Bengal tigress from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve arrives at Satkosia

Bhubaneswar: A Royal Bengal tigress from the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh arrived at Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Angul today where she will meet her partner–a Royal Bengal tiger that was brought to the reserve last week in the country’s first ever relocation initiative by the forest department. The two-year-old tigress is expected […]

What's preventing Odisha govt from inaugurating Gurupriya Bridge?

Bhubaneswar/Malkangiri: Barely a week ago when Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted a picture of Gurupriya Bridge, it brought cheers to people of the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district as they thought that the much awaited bridge would be inaugurated soon. However, uncertainty still looms large over the inauguration of the bridge that will act […]

Weather Alert: Heavy rain to lash Odisha in 48 hours

Bhubaneswar: As per the latest forecast by Regional Meteorological Center, heavy rain is likely to occur in several parts of northern Odisha in the next 48 hours. As the south-west monsoon has become active under the influence of a cyclonic storm, rainfall activity has increased in several parts of the State since last night. Meanwhile, […]

OTV Impact: Illegal sawmills sealed in Bhadrak

Bhadrak: Two sawmills operating illegally under Chandbali sub-division of Bhadrak was raided by the Forest Department on Wednesday. The crackdown came after OTV in a report had highlighted menace of illegal sawmill units in the district. Two wood-cutting machines, generators and gas-cutters were seized during the raids today. The operation was executed jointly by Assistant […]

OPCC Chief targets CM Naveen over utilisation of DMF fund

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD slammed the Centre for maintaining double standards in its much-hyped ‘aspirational districts’ programme, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik trained his guns on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over utilisation of the the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund for development of districts identified under the programme in the State. […]

IMFA-protest called off
Protests erupt again at IMFA plant in Rayagada

Rayagada: Situation at the Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA) plant at Therubali in Rayagada heated up yet again after local tribals today staged protest alleging non-fulfillment of promises by plant authorities. The protestors reached the plant at 8 am and locked the main gate as a mark of protest against authorities for not […]

Smriti Irani arrives in Bhubaneswar, to address presser at BJP headquarters

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani arrived in Bhubaneswar today morning. According to sources, she first visited Weavers’ Service Centre at Saheed Nagar here and later attended an intellectual meet at Hotel The New Marrion at 11 am. As per the schedule, she will also address a press conference around 1 pm at the […]

Rains welcome students as schools re-open in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Dark clouds hung from the skies and showered drizzles on Tuesday morning as students headed for their schools after an extended summer vacation that went on for two months. Donning raincoats and carrying umbrellas, little ones could be spotted all across as school buses and vans screeched through the city roads after a long […]

Elections 2019: Amit Shah plans big for Odisha; BJD brushes off impact

Bhubaneswar: BJP national president Amit Shah had in March said that the party’s golden period would begin after forming government in Odisha and his visit to Odisha on July 1 is certainly a step in the direction. If reports are to be believed, Shah is scheduled to have a slew of meetings with party leaders […]

Online application process for special OJEE begins

Bhubaneswar: The online application process for the special Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) to fill up vacant seats in various private engineering colleges across the State began today. The process will continue till July 13. As per the notification issued by the State Government earlier, the last date for online application fee payment is July […]

Hundreds of villagers stage overnight dharna in front of Khandapada PS

Khandapada: Over 500 villagers have been sitting on dharna since last night in front of the Khandapada Police Station in Nayagarh district protesting arrest of ten persons including ruling-BJD’s block vice president. According to sources, residents, including women of Bodasa village walked for seven kms up to the Khandapada Police Station to lodge their protest […]

Illegal mining: Govt initiates process to confiscate property of penalty defaulters

Bhubaneswar: The The State government as per the Supreme Court’s directive has begun the process for attachment of property of mine owners, who have not paid penalty for illegal mining activities. Mining lessees at Sundergarh and Keonjhar have been served notices by their respective district administrations to appear before the Collector’s court and present their […]

Naveen will face anti-incumbency in 2019, rivals can't be written off: Jay Panda

New Delhi: Noting that “anti-incumbency and corruption” will be major factors against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly polls next year, former BJD MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has said the political landscape in the state has changed and the BJP or the Congress can no longer be written off. Panda, who quit the […]

Frequent power cuts cripple life across Odisha

Bhubaneswar: From Balasore to Bolangir and Koraput to Kendrapara, unscheduled power cuts have made people’s lives miserable across the State. However, authorities of Gridco, the State-run power trading firm, have ruled out the power outages allegations. Though the recent shower triggered by formation of a cyclonic circulation has brought the temperature down to some level, […]

Cots, slings still only option to shift patients to hospital in Koraput

Koraput: Despite tall claims of Odisha government about its efforts to provide basic healthcare facilities to tribals living in remote locations, patients continue to be shifted to hospitals in cots and slings in Koraput district. For the residents of Turli village under Narayanpatna block, such traditional methods are the only source to shift critical patients […]

Tiger relocated to Satkosia sanctuary hunts its first prey

Angul/Boudh: Allaying apprehensions, the Royal Bengal Tiger, which was relocated from Kanha Reserve Forest in Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia sanctuary two days back, showed normal behaviour by making its first kill today. Authorities of the Satkosia sanctuary were relieved after watching normal behaviour of the tiger which fed on a wild boar. Authorities, who are […]

Chilika boat tragedy: Survivors say there were no life jackets

Bhubaneswar/Chilika: Amid incoherent statements from Principal Secretary of the Commerce and Transport department, G. Srinivas and Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu on the Chilika boat tragedy, personal accounts narrated by survivors of the mishap belied the claims of the State government that the ill-fated boat had life jackets and lifebuoys. As per survivors, lack of safety […]

Decision on official tag to 'Bande Utkala Janani' soon: Minister

Bhubaneswar: A day after voices demanding state song status to ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ grew louder in Odisha, Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Saturday assured that the government will take an appropriate decision in this regard soon. Speaking to media persons, Panda said that all have high respect for the song irrespective of where it […]

Salman Khan in splits over Odisha boys’ Race 3 Trailer Spoof [WATCH]

Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: The Race 3 trailer spoof video crafted by a group of Odia youngsters has been praised by one and all, clocking over millions of views already. But when Bollywood’s Bhaijaan Salman Khan, the lead player in Race 3, had a look at it, he could not stop laughing and appreciated the novel effort. On […]