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Tag: Chief Minister

Forest Fire
Odisha: ODRAF Teams To Control Forest Fires Across State

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday ordered the deployment of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams across the State to control forest fires. Earlier during the day, the Odisha government had formed a task force under the chairmanship of former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests  (PCCF) Sandip Tripathy to channelise the on-going […]

Justice for Pari
Seeking Justice For Pari, 7-Yr-Old Pedals To CM Naveen’s Residence; Submits Memorandum

Bhubaneswar: Amid the massive public outrage over the alleged lackadaisical investigation into the abduction and subsequent murder of 5-year-old girl ‘Pari’ in Nayagarh district, a seven-year-old girl from the Capital City has jumped on the bandwagon as well. Seeking justice for the family of the deceased, little girl Ashwini and her friend rode bicycles from […]

DP for Dhauli
Aparajita Alleges Misappropriation Of GOI Funds, Urges CM To Prepare DP For Dhauli

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi on Monday shot a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urging the latter to prepare a comprehensive Development Plan (DP) for the International Peace Pagoda ‘Dhauli Stupa’, one of the top tourist attractions in the state, located on the outskirts of the Capital City. She also alleged misappropriation of […]

Sura Routray Slams Chief Minister Over His Puri Visit

Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader Sura Routray came down hard on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Sunday over the timing of his Puri visit alleging that it was meant for gaining political mileage ahead of the ensuing by-elections in Tirtol and Balasore Sadar. “The Chief Minister was confined to his room for the last seven […]

Narendra Modi Meeting
PM to interact with CMs on Monday with focus on economy

New Delhi: With the focus on boosting economic activities amid a graded exit from the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of various states via video conference on Monday afternoon. This will be his fifth interaction with the chief ministers after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country. […]

Odisha Demanding Census, But Denying Reservation To OBC, SEBC: Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has questioned the Odisha government’s move to pass a resolution seeking enumeration of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) and Castes alongside the upcoming general census in 2021 while denying State-wide reservation for the said categories. In a letter to State Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, Pradhan termed the move to […]

Govt Chalks Out Roadmap Under 'Odisha Mo Parivar' Initiative

Bhubaneswar: The first organisational meeting of ‘Odisha Mo Parivar’, a social service initiative aimed at encouraging environmental protection, blood donation and the welfare of people in distress was chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. Under the ‘Odisha Mo Parivar’ programme, party leaders will dedicate themselves to protect the environment and undertake extensive planting of […]

Raghubar Das resigns as Jharkhand CM

Ranchi: Incumbent Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, facing imminent defeat in Jamshedpur East, has resigned from his post. He handed over his resignation to Governor Draupadi Murmu at Raj Bhavan on Monday evening. Das, a non-tribal leader of a tribal-dominated state, is staring at a shocking defeat at the hands of his former cabinet colleague […]

RBI Governor Calls On Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik discussed several issues on Thursday, including financial inclusion programmes. “A lot of issues, including financial inclusion programmes, banking presence, digital payments, streamlining agriculture loans and direct transfer benefits were discussed,” Das told mediapersons here. Das met the Chief Minister ahead […]

Naveen Should Resign If Not Ready To Discuss Crime Against Women: Congress

Bhubaneswar: Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra today slammed the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging that the latter is least concerned about rising cases of harassment against women. Citing the rape and suicide of a minor girl in Jagatsinghpur, Mishra alleged that CM Naveen doesn’t want such discussions to be held in the Assembly. “If Chief […]

Maharashtra Will Have Shiv Sena Chief Minister: Sanjay Raut

Mumbai: Maharashtra will have a chief minister from the Shiv Sena, senior party leader Sanjay Raut said on Friday amid standoff with ally BJP over sharing the top post. Talking to reporters here, he said there have been no talks yet between the BJP and the Sena on government formation. The Maharashtra chief minister will […]

Odisha To Launch ‘Mo Sarkar’ Tomorrow To Collect Feedback From Citizens

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will launch ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme in police stations and hospitals tomorrow. Ahead of the launch, Police Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi and Director General of Police BK Sharma have already reviewed the functioning of the call centres and collected feedback from various complainants coming to […]

Crackdown on corruption in Odisha: 37 govt officials dismissed in a month   

Bhubaneswar: In a major crackdown on corruption, Odisha government today dismissed 16 government officials and in a span of one month such punitive action has been taken against as many as 37 officials. The information regarding the dismissal of 16 officials was intimated by the Chief Minister’s Office. Five headmasters, four engineers and two Revenue […]

"Hold collar of SP, collector to become big leader”: Chhattisgarh Minister

Raipur: A Chhattisgarh minister courted controversy after a video of him, in which he is heard purportedly saying he had advised a boy to “hold the collar of SP and collector to become a big politician”, surfaced on Monday. Commercial Tax (Excise) and Industry Minister Kawasi Lakhma had reportedly made the remark during Teachers Day […]

CM Naveen Demands Tele, Banking & Rail Connectivity For LWE-Hit Districts

New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to provide telecommunication, banking services to Naxal-hit districts and also stressed on the establishment of rail connectivity specifically to Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of the State. Patnaik gave his proposals at a review meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi […]

Odisha Govt Announces Rs 500 cr Package For Development In Puri

Bhubaneswar: The State government today announced to spend Rs 500 crore on various infrastructure development projects in the heritage town Puri. A decision regarding this was taken at a high-level review meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik at the Lok Seva Bhawan here. The infrastructural developments include construction of new roads, bridges […]

Opposition Questions State govt’s ‘Zero Tolerance Towards Graft’

Bhubaneswar: Following Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s decision to dismiss 15 government employees for alleged involvement in graft cases, both BJP and Congress today questioned the State government’s inaction against 11 IAS and 227 OAS officers with corruption charges. The Opposition said the State government’s ‘zero tolerance towards corruption’ policy is only an eyewash as it […]

Odisha to introduce ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme from October 2

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to make his government more accountable and responsive, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a new programme ‘Mo Sarkar’. Addressing the 73rd State-level Independence Day celebration at Exhibition Ground here, the chief minister stated that the new initiative will be implemented at all police stations and District Headquarters Hospitals in first […]

Letter Campaign Launched In Odisha For Power Tariff Cut

Bhubaneswar: Seeking a reduction in electricity tariffs in the State, the Samajika Nyaya Abhijan today kicked off a campaign to write letters to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. As part of the campaign, the Samajika Nyaya Abhijan has urged people to send postcard letters to the chief minister demanding reduction in power tariffs. Addressing a presser […]

BJD mahanadi, Polavaram
Op-Ed: Odisha Must Assert Its Rights Over Mahanadi

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: A section of the media has reported that Chhattisgarh is planning more projects on Mahanadi, the river considered to be the lifeline of people in Odisha. One of the mightiest rivers of the country it caters to the water needs of people in around 15 districts of the state. It is […]

Odisha CMO spent whopping Rs 2 crore on social media

Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha seems to be grappling with rising debt burden, the State government seems to be less bothered as it is spending lavishly on social media. According to a startling revelation by Information and Technology Minister Tusharkanti Behera, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has so far spent a whopping Rs 2 […]

Op-Ed: Is Naveen Government Finding KALIA Hard To Handle?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ruling Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) campaign for the recent Lok Sabha and state assembly elections revolved around the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme of its government. Hailed by economists and planning experts it was supposed to be the panacea for the all problems being faced by the […]

Op-Ed: Will Naveen’s Tips For Good Governance Work?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In his fifth coming as the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen  Patnaik has donned the role of teacher for his ministers and MLAs. He has been imparting tips to make them better people’s representatives and administrators. In his first meeting with the newly elected Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislators he advised […]

CM Naveen reviews natural disaster preparedness

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the State machinery to remain alert and prepared to tackle any natural disaster which may arise with the onset of monsoon in the State. With an aim to assess the preparedness in tackling flood and other natural disasters, CM Naveen today chaired a State-level Natural Calamity Committee Meeting […]

102 Odisha Civil Service Exam qualifiers get appointment letters

Bhubaneswar: The State government today handed over appointment letters to a total of 102 candidates who successfully qualified Odisha Civil Service Examination, 2017. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributed appointment letters to all the qualified candidates during a function organised by the General Administration department in Bhubaneswar. The newly recruited civil servants comprise 42 women, 13 […]

Niti Aayog meet: Naveen demands to make natural calamity criteria for special status

New Delhi: While attending the 5th Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog in Delhi today, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed that natural calamity status be included as a criteria for granting “Special Category” status to Odisha. “As an interim measure, States hit by major natural calamities may be declared as ‘Special Focus States’ and […]

West Bengal Assembly Passes Anti-CAA resolution
Mamata's invitation for talks declined by striking doctors

Kolkata: Striking junior doctors on Friday rejected a proposal from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for talks at the state secretariat Nabanna, and stuck to their stand that she would have to come down to the NRS Medical College and Hospital to listen to their grievances and apologise for having cast aspersions on them. The […]

Mamta Banerjee
Hum se jo takrayega, woh chur chur ho jayega: Mamata

Kolkata: Assuring the Muslim community that they have nothing to fear, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said with its help she would fight “every battle” to save the country. Banerjee acknowledged that the community has helped her uphold secularism, national unity, the ethos of the country and the state as also “every social […]

Taskmasters Modi, Naveen set stern deadlines for Ministers

Bhubaneswar: After the allocation of portfolios, the newly inducted ministers, both at the centre and here in Odisha, have been given stern deadlines by their taskmasters Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Naveen Patnaik, respectively. Odisha CM Naveen recently directed all his ministers to submit monthly status report on the implementation of manifesto promises every […]

Queen Harish
Rajasthani folk dancer 'Queen Harish' killed in road accident

Jaipur: Rajasthan’s renowned folk dancer Harish Kumar aka “Queen Harish”, famous for performing dressed up as a woman, died in a road accident in the state’s Jodhpur district early on Sunday, police said. Three others were also killed in the the accident around 5.30 a.m. when their SUV slammed into a parked coal-laden truck in […]

CM retains Home department, Niranjan Pujari gets Finance

Bhubaneswar: Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, all the administrative departments were allocated among the Council of Ministers by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. While the Chief Minister has retained the Home, General Administration & Public Grievance departments, Niranjan Pujari has been given charge of the Finance and Excise departments. Prafulla Kumar Mallik has been allocated […]

Naveen stakes claim; Ganeshi Lal invites to form govt

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal has invited Naveen Patnaik to form the next government in the state after the BJD president staked claim on Sunday. Earlier, at a meeting held at the party headquarters here, the newly elected MLAs of BJD elected Patnaik as the leader of the BJD legislature party. The party has won […]

Op-Ed: Which Way Will Naveen Go After May 23?

The wooing of Naveen Patnaik has begun in right earnest. With the results of the general elections set to come on May 23, every contender for power at the Centre is understandably keen to have the Odisha Chief Minister on its side to bolster its numbers in the bid for power. As expected, the BJP […]

After Modi, Shah’s praise for Naveen fuels post poll alliance speculation

Bhubaneswar: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah praising Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while comparing governance with West Bengal, has added more fuel to speculations that BJP and BJD are cosying up to each other ahead of May 23 verdict. During a press conference today, Amit Shah while slamming West Bengal […]

CM Naveen promises pucca houses for cyclone Fani affected families

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced allotment of pucca houses to the families whose houses have been completely or substantially damaged due to cyclone Fani. The assesment process of the damaged houses will begin on May 15 while the work order will be distributed among eligible beneficiaries from June 1, informed CM Naveen. […]

Modi visits Odisha only for votes: CM Naveen

Balasore: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the exit of Naveen Patnaik is certain, the BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister today hit back at the PM saying that Modi never stood with people of the State in difficult times. “PM Modi did not come to Odisha when the State suffered huge […]

Op-Ed: Patnaik’s Politics of Expediency

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s reported statement to a national TV channel that his party would support the political combination at the Centre that can best safeguard Odisha’s interests is an indication that he wants to keep his options open. This election, unlike the past one, is going to be difficult for […]

Nakul Nath owns properties worth over Rs 600 cr

Chhindwara: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son and the Congress candidate from the Chhindwara parliamentary constituency, Nakul Nath, has moveable and immoveable properties in his name worth over Rs 600 crore. While his wife Priya keeps worth Rs 2 crore moveable and immoveable properties in her. According to the affidavit filed before the electoral […]

Op-Ed: Popular anger may cost BJD dear this time

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik seems to be fighting the toughest battle of his entire political career in these elections which would be the true test of his popularity with anti-incumbency factor visible across the state. In the past the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) used to boast about Odisha bucking the anti-incumbency trend and […]

Modi is like a 'dreaded terrorist', says Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati: In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he is like a “dreaded terrorist” who has no humanity left in him. Addressing election rallies in Prakasam district, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President said Modi has become a dictator. “He is murdering democracy […]