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Cabinet approves 100% FDI in retail, construction

New Delhi: In major changes liberalising foreign direct investment in key sectors, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved 100 per cent foreign investment in single brand retail trading (SBRT) and construction development and decided to open up Air India for FDI up to 49 per cent. Besides, the government also decided that foreign institution investors and […]

Propagation of Odia on top of Cabinet approvals

Puri: Policies related to propagation of Odia language dominated the Cabinet meeting today that passed several proposals including formation of Odia language Commission, waiver of fees for pursuing Odia at degree and post graduation levels besides  formation of a heritage cabinet. The meeting which was held under the chairmanship of CM Naveen Patnaik in Puri, […]

Triple Talaq bill cleared by Cabinet

New Delhi: A bill on Triple Talaq was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, ahead of it being taken up in the Winter Session of Parliament. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, is popularly known as a bill on ‘Triple Talaq’, a form of oral divorce among the Muslims. According […]

Odisha Cabinet clears Rs 635-cr-irrigation project

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet today approved a proposal to launch a new irrigation project named after former Chief Minister and freedom fighter Nabakrushna Choudhury at a cost of Rs 635 crore. The new irrigation project – Nabakrushna Choudhury Secha Unnayana Yojana –aims to provide irrigation to 55,000 hectares of non-irrigated land. Besides the existing canal […]

Cabinet okays India-Russia anti-terror agreement

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for signing an agreement with Russia on combating all forms of terrorism and organised crime. According to an official statement, the new agreement is proposed to be signed during the visit of an Indian delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Russia from November 27 […]

Cabinet approves revised salaries for SC, HC judges

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved revision in the salaries, gratuity, allowances and pensions of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts as well as those who have retired. As per an official statement the increase in emoluments will be effective from January 1, 2016 and benefit 31 judges of the Supreme […]

Amid spate of farmer deaths; Odisha announces assistance

Bhubaneswar: Amid spate of farmer suicides in Odisha allegedly over crop failure, the State government today decided to provide input subsidy to the farmers affected by the pest menace. The State Agriculture Cabinet chaired by CM Naveen Patnaik today decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 13,500 per hectare of irrigated land and Rs 6,800 […]

Odisha Cabinet approves Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet today approved a proposal to construct the Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System which was announced recently by CM Naveen Patnaik for Bijepur in Bargarh district. Two other proposals including tender for construction of sewerage system for Bhubaneswar sewerage district-II were also approved by the State Cabinet. The Lift Canal System will […]

Cabinet approves change in status of international marine body

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to change its status from an NGO to Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO). An official release said the move will foster “safe, economic and efficient movement of vessels”. It said the move will bring IALA […]

Cabinet approves 25,000-crore internal security scheme

New Delhi: A Rs 25,000-crore mega internal security scheme was approved by the government today to strengthen the country’s law and order mechanism, mordernise police forces and effectively fight against terrorism, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said. The key Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for implementation of the umbrella […]

Cabinet gives nod to hive off BSNL's tower assets into separate company

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for hiving off mobile tower assets of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) into a separate company, fully owned by BSNL. “This approval authorizes BSNL to monetize its telecom tower infrastructure with the formation of a separate subsidiary company,” an official statement said here. “An independent, dedicated […]

Odisha announces incentives for doctor posts in 4 new medical colleges

Bhubaneswar: Odisha cabinet today approved a proposal to give cash incentives to doctors who take up postings at the 4 new medical colleges. With four new colleges coming up in Koraput, Baripada, Balasore and Bolangir, the cabinet has decided to provide the incentives based on KBK (Korapur-Bolangir-Kalahandi) region postings and non-KBK region postings. For professors, […]

Odisha approves GST Bill; 6 goods exempted

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today approved the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bill after the cabinet gave its nod for implementation in state across all goods except six. Among the 6 goods which have been kept out of the ambit of the State GST, 5 are petroleum products and the sixth one is alcohol. The […]

GST: First Cabinet meeting after ministry reshuffle today

Bhubaneswar: After the recent ministry reshuffle, the State Cabinet will meet for the first time today to discuss the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and Odisha Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill. Besides, some proposals of Agriculture and Technical Education departments are likely to be tabled in the Cabinet. The meeting will be chaired […]

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Cabinet reshuffle only in the interest of BJD: BJP

Bhubaneswar: A day after the oath taking ceremony and allocation of portfolios to new ministers in Odisha, the State BJP today came down heavily on chief minister Naveen Patnaik accusing him of making Cabinet reshuffle only in the interest of his party. “The Cabinet reshuffle is not for the welfare of the State, but for […]

Revolt in Sundergarh BJD over non-representation in Cabinet

Bhubaneswar: Hours after the new ministers were allotted various portfolios, BJD activists from Sundergarh revolted against the party and threatened mass resignation due to non-representation of their district in the fresh Cabinet reshuffle. “Non-representation will weaken the party base as well as welfare activities in the district. We are extremely disappointed as no MLA from […]

What led the young & mighty to quit ministry

Bhubaneswar: Even as the outgoing ministers rejected the reasoning of any pressure from party chief to resign and averred that they have done so on their own to strengthen party organisation, dismal performance in panchayat elections and some other controversies, that often put party in trouble, are stated to be the reasons behind their ouster […]

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Naveen orders ban on red beacons with immediate effect

Bhubaneswar: Hours after Union Cabinet decided to ban use of red beacons atop the vehicles of dignitaries and government officials, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday issued a directive seeking removal of red beacon lights from vehicles of VIPs in State with immediate effect. The Cabinet decision comes into effect from May 1. However, barring […]

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MP Bishnu Das appointed as Deputy Chairman of Odisha Planning Board

Bhubaneswar: BJD Rajya Sabha MP Bishnu Charan Das was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board today, which was lying vacant after the resignation of MP N Bhaskar Rao. He was also appointed as Convener of BJD Dalit cell earlier in the day. After getting the appointments Das said that he is […]

Odisha extends VAT relaxation on pulses till March 31

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday extended the value added tax (VAT) concession on pulses and dals for another three months till March 31. “The cabinet has decided to extend the time limit for reduced VAT on pulses for a further period of three months,” said […]

Odisha approves Rs 1,796.27-cr projs under irrigation scheme

Bhubaneswar: To create an additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares by 2018-19, Odisha government today approved proposals to award works worth Rs 1,796.27 crore for 54 more projects in four clusters under mega lift irrigation scheme. The proposals were approved at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also […]

Special Assembly session to ratify GST bill on Sept 1

Bhubaneswar: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill passed by both the Houses of Parliament recently will be approved at a special session of the Odisha Assembly to be convened on September 1. This was decided at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here on Tuesday. “A special […]

Odisha Govt implements Official Language Rules

Bhubaneswar: Almost 61 years after passing of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 in the Assembly, the state government today implemented the legislation with the cabinet approving the rules for the purpose. “The Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 for successful implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 got the state cabinet nod today. With […]

Govt allows OMC to export iron ore

The State Cabinet on Monday allowed state-run Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to export iron ore, a decision expected to help the company meet its revised ore production target for the current year

Cabinet relaxes norms for ration cards for govt housing scheme beneficiaries

The Odisha government has decided to relax the norms for issue of ration cards under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) Order for the beneficiaries covered under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)