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Tag: Odisha Assembly

Cong Ridicules Odisha CM For His Absence During Major Issue

Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress on Thursday took potshots at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for remaining absent in the Assembly during a discussion relating to his home portfolio, referring to his direction to the BJD MLAs to ensure full attendance in the House. Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra made the comment while resenting reply to a […]

New MV Act: Odisha Collects Traffic Penalty Worth Over Rs 1 Crore In Two Months

Bhubaneswar: A whopping Rs 1,05,34,760 was collected as penalty from people for violating various traffic norms between September 1 and November 1 since the implementation of amended Motor Vehicle Act, State commerce and transport minister Padmanabha Behera informed the Odisha Assembly on Thursday. Replying to a question raised by BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi, Behera […]

Odisha FM Presents Supplementary Budget In Assembly Amid Din

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented the supplementary budget of Rs 8,126.32 crore for the current fiscal amid slogan and shouting by opposition BJP and Congress members in the assembly on Wednesday, the first of the winter session. The supplementary provision was made in addition to the Rs 1.39 lakh crore budget for the […]

Lady PEO Death: Foul Play In Land Records Of Guest House Where Body Was Recovered?

Bhubaneswar: Even as mystery still shrouds the death of Haridaspur Panchayat Executive Officer (PEO) Smitarani Biswal, opposition parties today tried to corner the Odisha government by raking the up the issue and demanding discussion in Odisha Assembly. With allegations of foul play in Smitarani’s death, the focus is back on the guesthouse or the ‘Rangashala’ […]

I Am Very Happy: Odisha CM Tells Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday told opposition Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati that he was very happy when the latter asked him whether he was happy. As soon as Patnaik arrived in the House for the winter session of the Assembly, Bahinipati known for his sarcastic remarks against the state government, asked the […]

Odisha CM Directs Max Attendance Of Party Legislators In Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Sprinkling a few drops of 5T in the House, Odisha CM and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has directed party legislators to be punctual in attending proceedings of the Odisha Assembly and take active part in the discussions. As per the directive, by 11:30 AM everyday during Assembly sessions, party chief whip would inform Naveen […]

Women Harassment Issue Rocks Odisha Assembly On Day 1

Bhubaneswar: Barely a few minutes after the commencement of the Winter Session of Odisha Assembly, Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro adjourned the House till 3 pm following uproar by the Opposition. Both the Congress and BJP raised questions related to the safety and security of women in the State with the leaders of the former party […]

Odisha Assembly to be paperless soon: Speaker

Bhubaneswar: With the winter session of the Odisha Assembly all set to begin from tomorrow, Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro today informed that the process to make the House paperless has already begun and MLAs can now send requisition for questions and answers through a mobile app. “It is just the beginning; we are planning for […]

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Odisha Assembly's Winter Session To Begin On November 13

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of the Odisha Assembly will commence from November 13 and continue till December 19, a notification issued by the Assembly Secretariat said. Of the total 30 working days, 21 days have been earmarked for official business. Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari will present the first supplementary statement of expenditure for the year […]

Multi-Storey Building To Replace Odisha MLA Quarters Soon: Speaker

Bhubaneswar: From gym to Kalyan Mandap and other modern-day amenities, Odisha MLAs will get all facilities under one roof as a multi-storey quarters will come up in Bhubaneswar soon, informed Assembly Speaker SN Patro. Patro further informed that some portion of the MLA colony will be demolished for the multi-storey building in Bhubaneswar. Some portion […]

Odisha Assembly Headed For A High-Tech Makeover

Bhubaneswar: Heading for a major makeover, the Odisha Assembly will soon appear in an all new high-tech avatar when it follows in the footsteps of Himachal Pradesh State Legislature to go “paperless” in a few months time. The project will be implemented under the Centre’s ambitious e-Vidhan project to make legislatures ‘One Nation One Application’. […]

CM Naveen Gives Simplicity Mantras To Odisha Legislators

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged elected legislators of the State to lead a simple life and maintain decency while dealing with common masses. Inaugurating a two-day orientation programme for the members of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly at the new conference hall of the Assembly, Patnaik said, “The most significant point for a […]

Why Odisha Government Is Delaying Civic Body Polls?

Bhubaneswar: Despite a thumping victory in the recently concluded 2019 general elections, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) seems to be in no hurry to conduct the civic body polls in the State. Though the Supreme Court had earlier rapped the State government on issue, the reservation of seats and ward delimitation process is yet […]

After Rasagola, GI tag demand for Cuttack silver filigree craft grows stronger

Cuttack: After the recent victory following years of bitter legal battle with West Bengal over the origin of the Rasagola, demand for GI Tag certification for Cuttack filigree crafts has now intensified in Odisha. Barabati-Cuttack MLA Mohammad Moquim has presented his demands before the State Legislative Assembly for availing GI Tag for the ancestral silver […]

Odisha Assembly forms panel to meet PM over Polavaram

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its opposition to Polavaram project in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha Assembly has set up a committee to take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Assembly Speaker S N Patro announced formation of the 16-member committee, before adjourning the winter session of the House sine die on Saturday. “Representatives of the […]

Odisha Assembly closed sine die days before schedule

Bhubaneswar: Five days ahead of the schedule, Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Saturday declared the House sine die. The first session of the 16th Assembly commenced on June 25 and it was scheduled to continue till August 8. Odisha State Open University (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed on the last day. The Bill […]

BJD, BJP demand pension for political prisoners

Bhubaneswar: Ruling BJD and opposition BJP have favoured pension to persons detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and the Defence of India (DIR) rules during Emergency. The issue was raised by BJD member and former minister Amar Prasad Satpathy during the zero hour on Saturday. He said 12 states have already made […]

BJP stages walkout protesting supplementary demand passage 'without' discussion in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: BJP stages walkout over supplementary demand passage in Assembly through guillotine Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly on Friday witnessed noisy scenes with BJP MLAs protesting the passage of the first special supplementary budget, ‘without’ discussion on it in the House. The members later staged a walkout alleging the unconstitutional approach of the State government. The issue […]

Congress seeks report on farmer deaths in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Demanding tabling of probe report on farmer deaths in Odisha, senior Congress legislator Narasingha Mishra today targeted the ruling-BJD in the State Assembly. “When the probe report has been submitted by the district administration, why the State government is dilly-dallying in tabling of them in the House,” Mishra said. He further alleged that the […]

Strongly oppose ISKCON proposal of untimely Rath Yatra: BJD leader

Bhubaneswar: BJD leader S R Patnaik on Thursday strongly opposed a proposal by the ISKCON Ludhiana unit to organise the annual Rath Yatra on a different date, and urged the Odisha chief minister to take up the matter with his Punjab counterpart. The issue was raised by Patnaik in the assembly, who cited reports that […]

Odisha Assembly passes Appropriation Bill, 2019

Bhubaneswar: The Assembly Wednesday passed The Odisha Appropriation Bill, 2019 allowing the state government to withdraw Rs 1,46,061 crore out of the Consolidated Fund to be used during the 2019-20 financial year. The bill moved by Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari, was passed by a voice vote. Earlier on Tuesday, the House had approved demands for […]

Centre Has Cut 50% Kerosene Quota to Odisha in Last 8 years: Minister

Bhubaneswar: State Food Supplies Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain once again targeted the Centre stating that the kerosene quota allotted to Odisha has been slashed by around 50 per cent in the last eight years. Raising the issue in the State Assembly today, Swain informed the House that families covered under the National Food Security Act […]

BJP, BJD, Cong engage in blame game on support to passage of Triple Talaq Bill

Bhubaneswar: Even though the BJP (in Parliament) urged that the ‘Triple Talaq Bill’ should not be seen through a political prism or vote bank politics because it aims at ensuring gender dignity, justice and equality, the Congress on Wednesday slammed the ruling-BJD for extending support to the NDA constituents. Raising the issue in Odisha Assembly […]

Gandhi Vs Godse - Tiff Between Narasingha Mishra & Bishnu Sethi Continues

Bhubaneswar: The House yet again witnessed uproar by Congress members as the face-off between senior Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra and BJP deputy leader Bishnu Sethi over Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse continued for the second consecutive day today at the Odisha Assembly. On Monday, Mishra had stated in the Assembly that Mahatma’s killer Nathuram Godse […]

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Deer most hunted animal in Odisha: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Deer is the most hunted wild animal in Odisha as a total of 106 deer of different species have been killed in the last three years, the state government said on Tuesday. Giving a written reply in the state Assembly, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh informed that as many as 106 deer […]

Act before it's too late! Odisha Assembly raises concerns over environment

Bhubaneswar: Act before it’s too late… Concerns like this were raised in the State Assembly on Tuesday when members of the ruling-BJD expressed their fear of Odisha turning into a hot cauldron if immediate and adequate steps are not taken to preserve the environment. Concerns were also raised that any callous attitude towards the issue […]

Members unhappy over delay in celebration of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary

Bhubaneswar: Members cutting across party lines on Monday expressed displeasure in the Odisha Assembly over delay in beginning of the celebrations marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a big way. The issue was raised by Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra during Zero Hour which was supported by the MLAs of his […]

Questioners Absent, Women Ministers Miss Chance To Take Part

Bhubaneswar: Two first time women ministers of Odisha Saturday missed their maiden opportunity to participate in the question answer session due to absence of questioners in the Assembly. There are only two women among 21 ministers in Odisha. They are Women and Child Development Minister Tukuni Sahu (cabinet rank) and Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Minister […]

Opposition grills Naveen-govt over job crisis in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition parties- BJP & Congress today grilled the State government over the latter’s failure to address the rising unemployment issue in Odisha. Leader of Opposition & senior BJP MLA Pradipta Naik presented a report in the assembly claiming that in 2007-08, Odisha had 1.14 crore migrant labourers, out of which around 10 lakh […]

BJP MLA moves privilege motion against Odisha Excise Minister

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari presented misleading statement in Odisha Assembly, Sambalpur BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra today moved a privileged motion against the minister in the House. On July 22, while replying to a query made by Opposition chief whip and Keonjhar BJP MLA Mohan Majhi in the House, Pujari said that no […]

Government has rescued 72 emigrant workers from foreign soil: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has rescued as many as 72 emigrant workers from foreign soil during 2018-19 financial year, Labour and Employees’ State Insurance Minister Sushant Singh said on Tuesday. He said this while replying to a question in the Assembly on Tuesday. “Though the workers going abroad are governed by Emigration Act, 1983 and do […]

Assembly stalled over rising rapes, missing children; Congress to hit streets tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: For the second consecutive day on Tuesday, Odisha Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes with opposition parties-BJP and Congress trying to corner the State government over the rising incidents of missing children and minor rape cases. Following the pandemonium, the Speaker SN Patro had to adjourn the House for as many as seven times today. Later, […]

Minor Girl Rapes, Missing Children Cases Rock Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: The pre-lunch session of the Odisha Assembly today witnessed unruly scenes after Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik expressed grave concerns over the issue of sexual assaults against minor girls in the State. Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro adjourned the House till 12.30 PM and then till 3PM after the Opposition created ruckus demanding a reply […]

Op-Ed: Hope Flickers For Congress As MLAs Put Up A Super Show

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Though there are only nine of them in the state assembly this time Congress MLAs have impressed everyone with their performance in the House. The ongoing budget session of the legislature has seen them raising public issues of significance and pursuing them aggressively. They have been playing the role of opposition […]

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602 children went missing in 90 days: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: A total of 602 children have reportedly gone missing in just three months since January this year. The shocking and disturbing trend came to light after Women and Child Development Minister, Tukuni Sahu briefed the Odisha Assembly on Saturday. While replying to a question by Congress MLA Suresh Routray in Odisha Assembly, Sahu informed […]

No Audit Report Of Universities In Odisha In 20 Years? Issue Rocks Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Demanding submission of audit reports of the universities in the Assembly, Congress members today created ruckus in the House alleging corruption in Higher Education. Congress legislature party leader, Narasingha Mishra stated as the audit report of the universities has not been presented in the House for past 20 years, such omission reeks of foul […]

Congress corners Odisha govt in Assembly over farmer suicide, drought situation

Bhubaneswar: Congress today cornered the Odisha government over lack of adequate measures to protect farmers who are now staring at possible drought following deficit rainfall in the State. Congress MLAs Narasingha Mishra and Santosh Singh Saluja alleged that five districts in Odisha have received 40 percent deficit rainfall since June first week and as a […]

Kendrapara SP attacks Odisha journalist
Attack On Scribe: 'Kendrapara SP Can't Escape With A SORRY'

Bhubaneswar/Kendrapara: Media is considered as the fourth pillar of democracy. However, it seems Odisha government is finding it knotty to acknowledge this fact which, in turn, has made journalists the biggest victims. The recent alleged attack on a journalist by a Superintendent of Police (SP) in poll-bound Patkura is a glaring example of this. On […]

Odisha minister, ruling-BJD MLA cross swords in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: In what could be arguably termed as an embarrassment for the ruling-BJD, party MLA Pradeep Maharathy and Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari faced off in the Odisha Assembly today. During the Question Hour, Pipili MLA Maharathy wanted to know about the number of functional cold storages and the steps taken by the state government to […]

Busy for Patkura polls? Several BJD MLAs skip Odisha Assembly discussion

Bhubaneswar: With barely a few days left for campaigning for upcoming Patkura assembly election, several BJD MLAs and ministers are now camping in the area to boost party’s chances. As a result, majority of the ruling-party members failed to attend Odisha Assembly proceedings and were marked absent by Speaker today. As several BJD members were […]