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Fisheries Culture College To Come Up In Odisha's Nuapada?

Nuapada: BJP MP from Kalahandi, Basant Kumar Panda wrote to Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Giriraj Singh seeking the establishment of a Fisheries Culture College in Nuapada under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada (PMMS) scheme in order to boost fish farming and aquaculture activities. If granted permission and everything goes as planned, this […]

Niranjan Should Continue as Odisha Congress President: Tara Bahinipati

Bhubaneswar: After being appointed as the interim president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Sonia Gandhi has summoned senior party leaders from Odisha and other parts of the country for a meeting on August 22. Though there is no clarity on the agenda of the meeting, it is believed that Sonia will try to […]

Pradhan makes aerial survey of Odisha flood hit areas

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of areas ravaged by heavy rain and flash flood in west Odisha and promised all possible assistance from the Centre. Pradhan, accompanied by BJP MPs Sangita Singh Deo and Basant Panda, made aerial survey of some of the severely affected districts – Bolangir, Kalahandi, […]

Accused arrested 8 years after murdering woman in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: A daughter’s fight to get justice for her mother is finally yielding results. Almost eight years after the brutal murder of one Jayashree Mishra in Sambalpur, police have arrested the accused after restarting the probe. The development came after Jayashree’s daughter, Bijayani Mishra, who has been pursuing the case, insisted that her mother was […]

Despite CM in poll fray, BJD has an uphill battle in Kalahandi in 2019

Bhubaneswar: For BJD, Kalahandi electoral battle is not all in black and white. Grey areas are galore for the party. BJD is seemingly not in a comfortable position in 2019 elections, notwithstanding the fact that CM Naveen Patnaik is in the poll fray from western Odisha. Significantly, no party ever has succeeded to win Kalahandi […]

Odisha government should accept farmer suicides: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of BJP targeted the ruling BJD today over a series of issues affecting farmers including drought, suicides due to crop failure and irregularities in paddy procurement in the State. BJP State president Basant Panda in a presser at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar produced a list of farmers who committed suicide […]

2019 elections: Odisha BJP wants PM Modi to contest from Puri

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha BJP unit has suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s candidature from Puri constituency during the ensuing general polls in 2019, state party president Basant Panda said today. “We want Modi to contest from Puri. However, the party’s Parliamentary Board will take a final call,” added Panda. “Our Mission-120 in Odisha is on right […]

Odisha Congress launches ‘Jan Jagran Yatra’ to reconnect with people

Bhubaneswar: With an objective to reach out to people and revive party’s organisation ahead of 2019 elections, Congress today launched a ‘Jan Jagran Yatra’ in Odisha. Congress team led by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President, Niranjan Patnaik launched the yatra in a bus that will cover several parts of Odisha. “Our only aim is […]

Youths threaten BJP State Chief with toy guns

Bhubaneswar: Two youths claiming themselves to be BJP activists today forcibly entered the party State president Basant Panda’s chamber and threatened him at ‘gun point’ at the party headquarters here. Later the duo were overpowered by other party activists and handed over to police. Panda told mediapersons that the two youths had come to his […]

Bijepur bypoll: Bargarh BJP Prez requests to relieve him from the post

Bhubaneswar: President of BJP’s Bargarh district unit Narayan Sahu today requested BJP State President Basant Panda to relieve him from his post in protest of the party roping in ex-BJD MLA Ashok Panigrahi for Bijepur bypoll. However, talking to OTV, Sahu said he will not leave the party but will stay in Bijepur and openly […]

Bijepur bypoll: Ex-BJD MLA’s joining stokes discontent in BJP

Bhubaneswar: The announcement of ex-BJD MLA Ashok Panigarhi joining BJP on October 2 has not gone down well with several leaders and activists of the saffron party. BJP’s Bargarh district president Narayan Sahu has vehemently opposed the ongoing attempts by the higher echelons of the party to rope in Panigrahi for the Bijepur seat. Sahu […]

Sexual Harassment Row In IIT: Student approaches CM, BJP President

Bhubaneswar: The PhD student who had lodged a sexual harassment complaint against a senior professor of IIT Bhubaneswar knocked the doors of Naveen Nivas today seeking justice. She submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding action against the professor. Prior to it, the woman had visited the State BJP office and submitted […]

Maharathy ridicules Shah's Odisha visits

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the BJP national president Amit Shah’s Odisha visit slated for next month, senior BJD leader and Panchayati Raj Minister Pradeep Maharathy today ridiculed his frequent Odisha tours terming them that they would have no impact on the regional party. “We are not bothered about the visits of Shah. We have Lord Jagannath’s […]

Dubious poll funding: CM Naveen terms allegations malicious, hints at legal action

Bhubaneswar: Terming the allegations of discrepancies in poll funds as malicious and fabricated, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said BJD will take legal action in the matter. After returning from his 5-day New Delhi tour to attend the 200th anniversary of Paika Rebellion on Sunday, Naveen admitted to conspiracies being hatched to malign the […]

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Odisha BJP revokes suspension order of Jaynarayan Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP today revoked the suspension order on 11 party leaders, including senior leader and former legislative party leader Jaynarayan Mishra. In a meeting organised here at the party headquarters, the state BJP president Basant Panda announced that the party has revoked Mishra’s suspension after he admitted his mistake and, in written, said that […]

17 differently-abled to get pension from district administration

Nuapada: A total of 17 differently-abled persons of Kalimati village in the district have been identified for a monthly pension of Rs 500 by the district administration. A team of doctors along with some officials visited the village on Wednesday for the process. “The officials have identified 17 differently-abled people who will get pension. In […]

BJD, Congress leaders join BJP

Bhubaneswar: Several BJD and Congress leaders ditched their parties for the BJP today joining the saffron party in presence of Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha BJP president Basant Panda and other senior party leaders here at the state headquarters. Well known Sukinda BJD leader Pradeep Bal Samant alias Tutu Bal, who had unsuccessfully contested […]

Dama clarifies, says landlords, not farmers, spend crop loan for amusement

Bhubaneswar: A day after claiming that farmers are utilising the crop loans to marry off their daughters and consume liquor, Excise and Cooperation minister Damodar Rout today hushed up the matter by taking a complete different stance on his previous remarks. Clarifying his earlier version on misutilisation of farm loan, the veteran BJD leader said […]

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Odisha politicians celebrate Holi across State

Bhubaneswar: Festival of colours Holi was also celebrated with enthusiasm by politicians in the State with grand functions organised by activists in their respective party offices. Most excitement was seen in the BJP party office. Delighted upon the results of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the party celebrated Holi in a very pompous way. Senior leaders […]

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Farmer suicide: BJP to hit streets today demanding Agri minister's resignation

Bhubaneswar: The BJP Krushak Morcha is going to organise a State-wide agitation today demanding resignation of Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy for “misleading” the Assembly with his statement on the suicide of a farmer in Bargarh district. State BJP president Basant Kumar Panda had informed that the party will demonstrate at all the District headquarters in […]

Basant Panda slams Naveen
Basant Panda slams Naveen for shattering dreams of Biju Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: After Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik slammed the Central Government, during Biju Centenary celebration at BJD State office today, for closing down various welfare schemes in Odisha, State BJP president Basanta Kumar Panda alleged that the ruling BJD is politicising the birth anniversary of the great statesman and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik. “It is […]

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BJP core committee reviews panchayat poll results

Bhubaneswar: Core Committee of Odisha BJP has started post-mortem of the three-tier panchayat poll results. It is reviewing the factors that helped in victory of some party candidates and the flaws which led to defeat of others. Even the party has decided to fight legal battle for the candidates who have lost the polls in […]

People have rejected BJP leaders in state panchayat polls: BJD

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD today claimed that the Odisha state BJP president and two of its union ministers have been rejected by the people of their respective districts in the three-tier panchayat elections. “BJP state president Basant Panda, union ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan, have been rejected by the people of Nuapada, Sundergarh and […]

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Budget session of Odisha Assembly likely to be stormy

Bhubaneswar: The budget session of Odisha Assembly beginning tomorrow is most likely to be stormy. Though the Opposition Congress and BJP have formulated strategies to corner the government on a host of major issues, their common agenda will be the gross irregularities by the ruling BJD in the Panchayat polls which concluded today. “There has […]

Panchayat polls: BJP makes inroads into BJD bastion

Bhubaneswar: The outcome of the first phase Panchayat polls in Odisha the unofficial results of which was declared yesterday, has become more disconcerting for the ruling BJD as the BJP, its erstwhile ally, has made inroads into its bastion. As per the unofficial results, out of the four Zilla Parishad seats in Narasinghpur block in […]