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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 […]

Demonetisation ‘biggest scam in Independent India’: Congress

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that the demonetisation carried out by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government was the ‘biggest scam in Independent India’ to convert black money into white, the Congress Friday stated that the maximum deposits in cooperative banks in just five days post demonetisation were made in BJP-ruled states. Congress further alleged that old notes worth […]

Tiger relocation: Vital parameters of new guest at Satkosia in good shape

Bhubaneswar: After successful completion of the world’s first inter-State and longest tiger relocation from Kanha Tiger Reserve to Odisha’s Satkosia which took almost 24 hours, officials are now closely monitoring the activities of the big cat. The senior officials are on their toes as the tiger had not fed on a live prey after it […]

Tent house suppliers and temple priests to check minor girl marriages

In a unique initiative, the Sonepur district administration has sought the support of tent house suppliers and temple priests to stop the menace of early marriages that have continued in the area.

Air Odisha Bhubaneswar-Raipur flight takes wings

Bhubaneswar: The much awaited maiden air service between Bhubaneswar and Raipur of Chhatisgarh kicked off from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in the city here today. The 18-seater plane with two pilots and a cabin crew member will depart Bhubaneswar airport at 6:10 AM and arrive at Raipur around 7:40 AM. The return flight from […]

Tiger Calves
Nandankanan Zoo welcomes five new animals

Bhubaneswar: Five new members have joined the Nandankanan Zoo family, providing more reasons for a trip to the animal park this weekend. The new residents include a pair of Assamese Macaques, a pair of wild dogs and a female Himalayan Black Bear. The animals coming from the Aizwal Zoo in Mizoram reached Nandankanan around 9.30 […]

Odisha Chief Secretary holding closed-door pre-election meetings: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday alleged that the ruling-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is holding pre-election meetings behind closed doors with various officials at the behest of a specific IAS officer. Addressing a presser, BJP spokesperson Pitambar Acharya raised questions over the closed-door meetings of government officials including chief secretary Aditya Padhi in […]

Hockey for national game: We don’t need official proclamation, says Rathore

Bhubaneswar: In what could possibly trigger a war of words between Odisha and the Centre, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Thursday said we don’t need official declaration to make hockey the national game. Rathore’s statements came a day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on June 20 shot a letter to Prime Minister […]

Thunderstorm alert for 16 districts issued in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha continues to reel under intense hot and humid conditions, people can expect a break from such conditions as the Regional Meteorological Department has issued thunderstorm alert for 16 districts in Odisha on Thursday. As per the latest bulletin, the alert has been issued for Khurda (Bhubaneswar), Puri, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Gajapati, […]

Patnagarh fear haunts: Smoky parcel triggers panic in post office

Keonjhar: The scare surrounding parcels triggered by the recent Patnagarh wedding gift blast incident led to a curious situation at the Ghasipura Post Office in Keonjhar today where a package suddenly started emitting smoke. As per reports, the parcel that arrived from Jajpur Road  reached the Ghasipura post office yesterday and was supposed to be […]

Havildar imparts free physical fitness training to Jeypore youths

As the world soaks itself in the magic of International Yoga Day, a young Havildaar in Jeypore town of Koraput district is busy adding his bit of sparkle to the lives of young men in the area.