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Tag: 2017

Slum dwellers in Berhampur, Konark to get land rights

Berhampur/Konark: Slum dwellers of three Notified Area Councils (NACs) in Berhampur along with Konark NAC will get houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and land rights (Record of Rights or Patta) under the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017. In the first phase, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will grant land rights to […]

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7th Pay Commission: Gratuity ceiling to leap from Rs 10 Lakh to Rs 20 lakh

New Delhi: After implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the ceiling of gratuity amount for central government employees has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Meanwhile, the government on Monday introduced  a bill in the Lok Sabha that will allow it to notify the period of maternity leave and gratuity […]

Paternity leave across all sectors, proposes private member's bill

New Delhi: Championing the cause of fathers in the early days after a child’s birth, a private member’s bill proposes that all workers, including those in the unorganised and private sector, get paternity leave extendable up to three months. The Paternity Benefit Bill, 2017, which may be considered in the next session of Parliament, pushes […]

Servitors challenge SJTA, Gajapati’s decision on ‘touching deities’

Bhubaneswar: Soon after Badagrahi of Devi Subhadra, Ramchandra Dasmohapatra brought allegations that devotees allegedly touched the deities during the Kirtan Chakada of  Lord Balabhadra today, another group of servitors claimed there is nothing wrong in it. As soon as the allegations surfaced, a group of servitors led by Daitapatis—Jagannath Swain Mohapatra and Ramkrushna DasMohapatra claimed […]

Rath Yatra 2017: CM to review preparations today

Bhubaneswar/Puri: With the annual Rath Yatra festival barely a week away, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will review the preparedness and take stock of the arrangements at the last Coordination Meeting to be held at Puri today. Puri Collector Aravind Agarwal informed that the progress work of various departments will be reviewed by the Chief Minister […]

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Shambhavi Puraskar for Hari Sankar Rout

Bhubaneswar: The prestigious Shambhavi Puraskar 2017 will be conferred on engineer Hari Sankar Rout for his contribution to social change. Rout was selected for his work in inaccessible pockets of Kandhamal district of Odisha on Natural Resource Management and livelihood promotion of marginalised communities, said a statement from Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation, that instituted the […]

Odisha is lagging in restriction of infant, maternal mortality: Dr Naresh Trehan

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is lagging in the restriction of infant and maternal mortality rate, said world renowned heart surgeon and chairman of Medanta Hospital Dr Naresh Trehan. Speaking at the seventh edition of Odisha Television Limited (OTV)’s annual convention-Foresight 2017, Trehan said, “If you consider infant and maternal mortality, Odisha is lagging behind the rest of […]

Who Cares for the Budget?

The preparations at the government level begin months before. But the obsession in the media sets in just about a fortnight ahead of D Day (‘B Day’ would be more appropriate though). Edit pages of newspapers – and not just of the ‘Pink’ variety – are full of articles by ‘experts’ pontificating on what the […]

Reflections on 2016, the year gone by

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: The Year 2016 ended after ups and downs, twists and turns and happenings which made Odisha as one of the trending topics in national as well as global media. Be it Dana Majhi of Kalahandi carrying wife’s body on his shoulders from the Bhawanipatna hospital due to denial of a […]

Demonetisation fails to dampen New Year spirit in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: It seems demonetisation has failed to dampen the New Year spirit as hotels in Bhubaneswar have lined up numerous events to welcome 2017 with great fanfare. There are celebrity nights, musical concerts and parties for the party hoppers. Many Bollywood singers and popular DJs will perform in the capital city during the New Year […]

New Year’s Resolution for 2017: Investment must be top of mind

By Surya Narayan Pradhan Bhubaneswar: After the Christmas, people usually make a New Year’s Resolution with glee and delight to fulfil aspirations and better their life in the year ahead. Be it quitting smoking from January 1, eating less quantity of junk food or start an exercise programme, people take a pledge for a meaningful […]