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Sujata Mohapatra selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi award

Bhubaneswar: Noted Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra has been selected for the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi award 2017 for her outstanding contribution to Odissi dance. This was announced after the General Council meeting of the Akademi on June 8 at Imphal in Manipur. Apart from Sujata, Chhau Guru Janmejay Saibabu will also be receiving the coveted […]

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Headless body of woman found in toilet of train in Puri

Puri: In a bizarre incident, the headless body of a woman passenger was recovered from a toilet of Gunupur-Puri passenger train at Puri station this morning. Till final reports came in, the head was spotted near Gandhi Peeth level crossing in Delang area. As per sources, the train was about to depart from Puri station […]

Sona Mohapatra Niranjan Patnaik
Niranjan Patnaik comes out in support of Sona Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: At a time when protests are mounting against Bollywood-based Odia singer Sona Mohapatra for mispronunciation of certain words in her latest rendition of the popular Odia bhajan ‘Ahe Nila Saila,’ Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Niranjan Patnaik came out in support of the singer questioning why none protests when the head of the state […]

Odisha reels under heat wave; monsoon rain likely by June 24

Bhubaneswar: While Odisha continues to reel under intense heat wave conditions, people can expect some relief from the scorching heat as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar has predicted rain from next week. The monsoon circulation is likely to improve by around June 24 with expected movement of active phase of Madden Julian Oscillation to […]

Respond, don't trash my letters: Dharmendra to CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today shot off a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging non-cooperation of the State in matters relating to food processing and investment. Pradhan also sought a personal meeting with the CM at his office to discuss various investment opportunities for the State. Expressing his anguish on the CMO […]

Sital Sasthi: Devotees soak in festive joy to witness ‘Jugal darshan’

Sambalpur: Lakhs of devotees flocked the streets of Sambalpur town to witness the ‘jugal darshan’ of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as the newly married celestial couple returned to their respective temples in a huge carnival. The colourful procession that marks the homecoming of the celestial couple started Monday midnight and continued till Tuesday morning. […]

NITI Aayog urges Odisha not to transfer district officials frequently

Bhubaneswar: After Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave the fourth meeting of the NITI Aayog Governing Council a miss drawing flak from various quarters, a new controversy has surfaced over frequent transfers of collectors and officials of the districts included in the ‘aspirational districts’ programme. As per reports, NITI Aayog has asked the State government not […]

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Odia singer Sona Mohapatra’s ‘Ahe Nila Saila’ draws criticism

Bhubaneswar: Singer Sona Mohapatra who has been one of the popular Odia singers of the present generation in the country, of late, has been in news, albeit for wrong reasons. This time the singer has drawn criticism for pronouncing a couple of words wrong from the epical Odia bhajan ‘Ahe Nila Saila’ by renowned Odia […]

Man made to do sit-ups by ex-Sarpanch for spreading rumours about him

Nabarangpur: A man was made to do sit-ups in public as punishment by the former Sarpanch of Hatibeda Panchayat under Papadahandi block of Nabarangpur district for allegedly spreading a rumour in the latter’s name. The incident came to the fore after video of the act went viral on social media. According to sources, former Sarpanch […]

Woman trampled to death by elephant in Choudwar

Cuttack: A woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Mahisalanda village in Choudwar of Cuttack district last evening. Sources said the woman identified as Kalpana Swain had gone outside to attend nature’s call when the elephant attacked her. She died on the way to the SCB Medical College and Hospital here. “A […]

Kunduli Gang Rape case: Third phase of hearing begins

Kunduli: Four persons today deposed before Koraput District & Sessions Judge – cum – Commissioner Bidyut Kumar Mishra in the 3rd phase hearing of Kunduli gang rape and suicide case. Dr. Akankhya Tripathy, District Child Protection official, Rajashree Das, Live Foundation NGO worker Sujata Nayak, District Homeguard DSP Kishore Chandra Das testified before Mishra. Family […]

Odisha Sizzles As Temperature Shoots Up To 40 Degree Celsius Or Above In 15 Towns
Odisha reels under intense heat wave as monsoon remains stagnant

Bhubaneswar: Intense heat wave condition in the past 48 hours has thrown life out of gear across Odisha with mercury breaching the 40 degree Celsius mark in eight places on Saturday. As per the lastest forecast by Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre, temperature in several parts of the state is mostly likely to be around 40 […]

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Alert! Odisha Govt extends summer holidays in schools due to heat wave

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the intense heat wave conditions, the Odisha government today extended school holidays by three days, informed School & Mass Education Department Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra. The state government has decided to close down the schools till June 21 due to heat wave in the state, said Mohapatra. Earlier a notification issued by […]

Ratna Bhandar Key controversy a political game plan: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: The disappearance of original Ratna Bhandar key and sudden emergence of a duplicate key has certainly raised many eyebrows with senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today raising questions as to how a duplicate key can be made if the original one is missing. “They are saying that the Ratna Bhandar has been opened many […]

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VIP treatment to PCC chief in Lingaraj temple draws flak

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik has drawn criticism for getting a VIP treatment during his visit to Lingaraj temple here on Friday. According to allegations, Patnaik was escorted into the temple’s garbhagruha or the sanctum sanctorum by a group of servitors though the sahana mela darshan was suspended for devotees during […]

Three persons killed by sons in separate incidents in Odisha

Angul/Deogarh: In a set of two separate bizarre incidents, three persons including a couple were killed by their sons in separate incidents in the State last night. In Angul, a man and wife were beaten to death by his son Dukhishyam Baghar in Barapadar village under Kishorenagar police limits in Angul district. Police have detained […]

Jeypore landslide: Body of another trapped labourer recovered

 Koraput:  Body of another JCB operator, trapped inside the stone quarry near Bariput of Koraput district since May 31, was recovered by a rescue team last evening. Sources said body of the labourer identified as Sanjay Das was recovered at around 7 pm yesterday after a day-long operation of stone blasting. He was a resident […]

Odisha still at rock bottom of social parameters, deserves better: Jay Panda

Bhubaneswar: Former BJD MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda on Thursday expressed concerns over development of Odisha as the State still lags in several social parameters as compared to other states in the country. In an interview to NDTV, Panda said that 18 years ago Odisha was at the bottom of all the states on most of […]

Srimandir reforms: Odisha government constitutes experts committee

Puri: After getting a rap over harassment of devotees and other irregularities in management of Puri Srimandir from Supreme Court, Odisha government on Thursday constituted a three-member experts committee to recommend measures for streamlining functioning of the 12th century Jagannath temple here. Additional chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Soumendra Priyadarshi, IG Police and Mohimohan Tripathy, […]

Shortage of doctors paralyses healthcare services in Angul

Angul: More than 40 government hospitals in Angul district are facing an acute shortage of doctors throwing healthcare services out of gear. With more than 50 doctor posts lying vacant in the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), patients visiting the hospitals are going through a harrowing time. Adding to the woes is the absenteeism of available […]

Lightning & thunderstorm alert 45 minutes in advance!

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based Earth Networks for installation of advance early weather warning and forecast system in the State. The weather system by the US-based firm can predict occurrence of lightning about 45 minutes in advance besides forecasting accurate alert for hail winds, hail storms and dangerous […]

BJP leaders lock horns over Missing Ratna Bhandar key

Bhubaneswar: At a time when there is a public outcry across over the missing Ratna Bhandar key of Puri Srimandir in Odisha, the BJP seems to be facing the heat over the issue due to war of words between two senior leaders. Two senior leaders of the saffron party have now locked horns with each […]

Grassroots leaders to get tickets for 2019 elections: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik after convening a review meeting with the office bearers of 10 districts at the Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar made it clear that only members working at the grassroots level and connected with the people will get party tickets for the upcoming 2019 elections. This was the first […]

Odisha to provide free cashless treatment up to Rs 5 lakh for 3.5 crore people

Bhubaneswar: Around 70 lakh families covering 3.5 crore people in Odisha will be provided cashless healthcare assistance up to Rs 5 lakh per family annually at all government hospitals in State under ‘Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana’ announced by Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik today. “Each and everyone visiting any Government health institution from District to sub-centre […]

Winnability is the only preference for party tickets: OPCC chief

Bhubaneswar: Clearing the air over the growing confusion among Congress leaders on the ‘One man one post’ policy, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik today said that it only means one shall not hold party post and the post of an elected representative simultaneously. “The ‘one man one post’ issue has been misinterpreted […]