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Tag: Mla

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Odisha MLA's relatives charged with abduction

  Bolangir: Three relatives of Kantabaji MLA Ayub Khan have been accused of abducting two contractors and demanding ransom from them in Bolangir. As per a written complaint filed with the Bolangir Superintendent of Police, contractor brothers from Lathor village—Nilesh Agarwal and Akash Agarwal, had come to Bolangir’s MI office at around 11 am today […]

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Kumaraswamy accuses BJP of offering Rs 100 crore each to his MLAs

Bengaluru: JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy today accused the BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party) of offering Rs 100 crore each to his party MLAs to join them. Speaking to reporters here after his election as leader of the JD(S) Legislature Party, he alleged that BJP was making attempts to lure his party MLAs with monetary offers. Addressing […]

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Koraput MLA embraces Buddhism

  Koraput: Congress MLA from Koraput Krushna Chandra Sagaria and his family members formally embraced Buddhism today at a special function at Burja village under Laxmipur block of the district. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of devotees from Koraput and Buddhist monks from Chhattisgarh, Raipur and Nagpur. Apart from Sagaria’s family, 100 more families […]

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Opposition slams Odisha government over Lokayukta, Lokpal

Bhubaneswar:  Leader of Opposition Narasingha  Mishra today lashed out at the Odisha government in the Assembly over constitution of Lokayukta and Lokpal. Mishra alleged that the state government lied to the Supreme Court about a notification on Lokayukta published on January 16, 2015. “If a notification has been issued on January 16, 2015 to implement […]

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Polsara MLA charged with filing false poll affidavit

Berhampur: BJD MLA Srikant Sahu from Polsara constituency landed in trouble after a petition was filed in the Orissa High Court alleging that he had furnished false information in his affidavit during 2014 elections. Petitioner Rohit Pradhan, a general voter of Polsara alleged that the legislator had provided false information related to his educational qualification […]

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Former MLA Rama Ranjan Baliarsingh quits BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former legislator of Satyabadi Rama Ranjan Baliarsingh today resigned from primary membership of BJD and alleged that party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has become a puppet in the hands of a Tamil IAS officer. Baliarsingh, who was an independent MLA from Satyabadi from 2004 to 2009, said, “Earlier the CM was working […]

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Five-time MLA Jairam Thakur to be new Himachal CM

Shimla: Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur, who rose through the ranks and is known for his humble, clean and low-profile nature, will be the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the BJP announced on Sunday. A decision on his name was taken unanimously at the Bharatiya Janata Party Legislative Party meeting here, where central observers — […]

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Will contest 2019 elections from Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan, who has been the poster boy of the saffron party in the State, today revealed that he will contest the ensuing 2019 general elections from Odisha. Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the Odisha Literary Festival in Bhubaneswar, Pradhan said, “Definitely I will contest from […]

HC quashes BJD leader's plea challenging election of Cong MLA

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today quashed a petition filed by senior BJD leader Kishore Mohanty challenging the election of Congress’ Naba Das from Jharsuguda Assembly constituency. Mohanty, a former Assembly Speaker, had lost to Das by a margin of 1,563 votes in the April 2014 elections. Alleging that the election process, including counting of […]

Prabhat Biswal shifted to SCB, moves court for bail

Bhubaneswar: BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal, who is currently behind bars in connection with Seashore chit fund scam, was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack today. He has also applied for bail in Khurda District and Sessions Court here today. He was shifted to Cuttack following the advice of a four-member team of […]

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Orissa HC grants anticipatory bail to MLA's wife

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted anticipatory bail to Biramitrapur MLA George Tirkey’s wife Namita Tirkey, whose name appeared in an FIR filed by a 28-year-old woman alleging that she was raped by the MLA’s son. The women’s police station in Rourkela earlier this month had booked the MLA’s son Rakesh Tirkey (31) on […]

Odisha hikes salaries of MLAs, Ministers  

Bhubaneswar: With legislators cutting across the political parties demanding higher pay and additional funds under LAD, the Odisha Cabinet today increased salaries and pensions of MLAs, ministers, chief minister, leader of opposition, speaker, deputy speaker, government chief whip and deputy government chief whip. The sub-panel of the amenities committee today decided to increase the monthly […]

Votes of two Congress MLAs who cross voted were not counted by Patel camp

Gandhinagar: The two Congress MLAs who showed their ballots in the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat to BJP leaders belonged to the Shankersinh Vaghela camp, and their votes were not being counted by the Congress camp for Ahmed Patel. The votes of the two rebel Congress MLAs — Raghavji Patel and Bholabhai Gohil – have […]

Cong MLA fumes after being denied entry to Secretariat

Bhubaneswar: Congress legislator from Kotpad Chandrasekhar Majhi today got into a controversy after a tiff with security personnel at the entry gate of State Secretariat. According to sources, the MLA forcibly tried to enter the State Secretariat through Gate No. 1 on a bike flouting the security norms laid down for entry into the premises. […]

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Ex-Congress MLA Dushmant Naik decides to quit party

Bhawanipatna: Alleging humiliation and negligence, former Congress MLA from Bhawanipatna, Dushmant Naik today said he would quit the party. In an interview to OTV, Naik said his decision to quit the party is due to his dissatisfaction over party affairs and deception by some leaders of the party. “I had a key role in building […]

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BJD MLA’s govt quarters ransacked by woman

Bhubaneswar:  If trouble followed BJD MLA Brajakishore Pradhan to his house in Talcher recently when a woman claiming to be his wife landed at the legislator’s house demanding to stay with him, it dogged him to Bhubaneswar when the woman entered his government quarters today and ransacked it. According to sources, the woman reportedly ransacked […]

Can BJD conch blow loud enough to suppress NaMo chants?

Bhubaneswar: As the Modi wave is all set to descend on Odisha with the streets of the capital city dressed up in saffron, the BJD seems to have maintained an uneasy calm. Though the party plans to celebrate the death anniversary of Biju Patnaik on April 17, it seems to have started making efforts to […]

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BJP holds Bhadrak legislator responsible for the unrest

Bhubaneswar: Holding BJD legislator from Bhadrak Jugal Kishore Patnaik and his son responsible for the ongoing unrest in the town and adjacent areas, BJP’s Odisha unit today questioned how a rally coordinated by Jugal Kishore’s son was allowed in the town at a time when the peace committee meeting was on. Spokesperson of BJP Golak […]

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Dama Rout, a necessary ‘noise’ for an otherwise silent BJD

Unwittingly or intentionally, Minister Damodar Rout often gets stuck up in the foot-in-mouth syndrome. If not always, the septuagenarian-veteran in the field, is frequently in news for speaking his mind, even if that makes him vulnerable to flaks. On Wednesday, reacting to Agriculture Minister’s statement on CM Naveen Patnaik  considering waiving off farm loan, Rout […]

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Oram’s remark nothing more than wishful thinking: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Rubbishing BJP leader and Union Minister Jual Oram’s statement on some BJD MPs and legislators showing interest to join BJP, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the remark can be tagged as ‘wishful thinking.’ Patnaik was replying to a query by newsmen after meeting the panchayat raj representatives of Puri district. ”I can only […]

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Ruling-BJD MPs, MLAs in talks to join BJP: Jual Oram

Bhubaneswar: In what could be an explosive overture ahead of BJP’s upcoming national executive meet in Odisha, senior party leader and Union Minister Jual Oram created a flutter by stating that leaders, including MPs and MLAs from the ruling-BJD are in talks to join the saffron party. Not only BJD, members including former MLAs, MPs, […]

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MLAs demand pension, health insurance for Odisha scribes

Bhubaneswar: Cutting across party lines, Odisha MLAs today demanded immediate implementation of pension and health insurance schemes for journalists working in the state. The issue was raised during Zero Hour in the Assembly by BJD member Samir Ranjan Dash who sought steps for launching pension and health insurance schemes for journalists of Odisha as implemented in […]

TDP lawmakers apologise for misbehaving with official
TDP lawmakers apologise for misbehaving with official

Vijayawada: TDP MP Kesineni Nani and MLA Bonda Uma on Sunday apologised to Andhra Pradesh State Transport Commissioner N. Bala Subramanyam for allegedly misbehaving with him. This followed a threat by Transport Department employees to go on pen-down strike from Monday and the subsequent intervention by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP […]

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Ex-cricketer in charge of coaching budding women footballers!

Bhubaneswar: It sounds strange, but it’s true nevertheless. A cricketer is honing the skill of budding footballers in a region in Odisha which is inarguably the nursery of women’s football. The cluster of backward villages in Aul-Rajkanika belt of Odisha’s Kendrapara district, which has churned out best of talents to don country’s jersey, is no […]

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‘Party With A Difference’ Claim Lies in Tatters!

By Sandeep Sahu ‘The party with a difference’ has proved that when it comes to grabbing power, it is no different than any other party. The way it ‘manufactured’ a majority in Manipur and Goa after the election results were announced proved, if any proof was required at all, that it has no qualms about […]

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