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Sugar Production Not Commercially Viable In Odisha: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Production of sugar was not commercially viable in Odisha and it has to depend on other states to meet its annual requirement, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said on Wednesday. Odisha requires 2.21 lakh metric tonnes of sugar annually and only two of the eight sugar mills are operational in […]

Odisha Man Gets 10-Yr Imprisonment For Raping Divyang Girl

Paralakhemundi: Gajapati District & Session Judge Court on Monday convicted and awarded 10-year jail term to one Anant Paik for raping a divyang girl multiple times in Serang area of Gajapati district. The court has also directed the accused to pay a fine of Rs 5000, failing which he will have to serve another six-month […]

Ganja Cultivation Worth Around Rs 15 Crore Destroyed In Odisha

Phulbani: A joint team of Phulbani Sadar police and excise department officials destroyed ganja cultivation worth around Rs 15 crore on Monday. Acting on a tip-off about ganja cultivation, the cops along with excise officials conducted raids at two forests near Pakadei and Dadaganda villages under Bilabadi panchayat and destroyed hemp plantation on around 150 […]

Token-less Farmers Of South Odisha Up In Arms Against Govt

Koraput: While the State government somehow managed to convince the farmers of Western Odisha to withdraw their protest against the newly-introduced centralised token system for procurement of paddy, the farmers of South Odisha mainly in Koraput district have now launched protests allegedly due to non-receipt of tokens restricting sale of paddy. Even though paddy procurement […]

Odisha Assembly Passes Supplementary Budget

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly on Monday passed the first supplementary budget of Rs 8,126.32 crore for the 2019-20 financial year after a debate. The supplementary budget was passed in the voice vote allowing the state government to spend Rs 8,126.32 crore from the consolidated fund. With the passage of the supplementary statement of expenditure in […]

Former MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra's Daughter Joins BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra’s daughter Sikta Pati has joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), party sources said. Welcoming her on Saturday, BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said she would work to strengthen the party, they said. Pati was the secretary-general of Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM), a party formed by Mohapatra following […]

Woman, Daughter Killed After Being Hit By Train In Odisha

Jajpur: A woman and her daughter died after being run over by Howrah-Puri Passenger train near Jajpur Road railway station in the district on Saturday. The deceased have been identified as Kathi Rana (60) and her daughter Gurubari Rana (34) of Chandama village under Korei police limits. On being informed by locals, a team of […]

Govt Keeping A Close Watch On Onion Price: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday said it was keeping a close watch on markets as the price of onions has reached Rs 80 per kg. Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Ranendra Pratap Swain told reporters here that the government has opened 284 fair price shops in different parts of the state for supply of […]

Odisha Villagers Oppose Crackdown On Ganja Cultivation

Berhampur: Locals of remote Khajuripadar village under Badagada Police limits of Ganjam district today opposed the destruction of ganja cultivation near their village by the police and Excise department officials. Sources said, following a directive from the Ganjam District Collector, a joint team comprising Ganjam DSP, Aska SDPO, Excise officials of Sorada, Forest officials, officials […]

Norms On School Bag Weight Not Followed In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Central government last year issued directives to reduce the weight of school bags, many children in several schools across Odisha are still forced to carry heavier bags. Recently, a report submitted by the District Project Coordinator (DPC) of Khurda claimed that almost all the private schools in the district have been […]

Reshuffle In Odisha Fire Services Department

Bhubaneswar: A day after appointing Sunil Ray as the Director General of Fire Service and Home Guards, Odisha government on Thursday withdrew the additional charge given to Maheswar Swain as Chief Fire Officer of the Fire Prevention Wing of the Directorate of Fire Services, Cuttack. A notification issued by the home department also said that […]

Odisha Hopes Its New Film Policy Will Boost Tourism Sector

Panaji: A senior Odisha government official on Thursday said the state’s new Film Policy providing incentives for movie shootings will boost tourist footfalls. The policy has been designed to increase tourist arrivals in Odisha and revive the key industry, said Nitin Jawale, Managing Director, Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC). In March this year, the Odisha […]

15.65 Lakh Cases Pending In Different Courts In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As many as 15.65 lakh cases were pending for disposal in different courts in Odisha including 1,50,938 cases in the High Court, state Law Minister Pratap Jena informed the Assembly on Tuesday. Jena said this while replying to written questions in the Assembly. The minister said that while 14,14,745 cases were pending in the […]

Muslim Woman Threatens Self-Immolation Over Husband's Third Marriage

Jajpur: Police today registered a case against one Imran Khan of Panikoili area in the district following a complaint by a woman who claims to be his legally wedded second wife. Seeking action against her husband, victim Sabina alleged that Imran has married another woman without divorcing her officially. Reportedly, Sabina met Jajpur SP Charan […]

50 Students Fall Ill After Consuming Mid-Day Meal In Odisha

Jajpur: As many as 50 students of two government schools in Odisha’s Jajpur were taken ill after consuming mid-day meal on Saturday, officials said. The first incident occurred at Sibantpur Upper Primary School under Haridaspur panchayat of Dharmasala block, they said. The meal was served at about 10 am in the school and about 40 […]

Man Tries To Attack VSSUT VC In His Office, Handed Over To Cops

Sambalpur: A contractor allegedly tried to attack the vice-chancellor of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) after barging into his office chamber at Burla on Saturday. According to Vice-chancellor Atal Chaudhuri, the man suddenly barged into his office room and started ransacking furniture before throwing a chair at him. He was saved as the […]

Medical Student Dies After Being Hit By Cricket Ball In Odisha

Berhampur: A medical student died on Friday after being struck near one of his ears by a cricket ball during a practice session at a college playground in Odisha’s Ganjam district, police said. The incident took place at MKCG Medical College playground when he was practising cricket with his friends in the morning, they said. […]

Berhampur Police Launches 'Utsarga' To Donate Blood To Patients

Berhampur: With an aim to boost police-public relationship, Berhampur Police on Thursday launched ‘Utsarga,’ a people-oriented programme under which cops will donate blood to the needy patients. Police reportedly launched the ‘Utsarga’ initiative at MKCG Medical College and Hospital to donate blood to patients during emergency. On this occasion, four helpline numbers (7735000018, 9439771611, 9438170354 […]

Triplets Born In Railway Station In Odisha, Die

Bhubaneswar: A 29-year-old woman travelling in a train gave birth to three premature babies in Odisha’s Bhadrak railway station on Friday. But unfortunately, all three babies died. The woman, residing in Assam, has been identified as Munzila Khatuna, railway official said. She developed labour pain on-board the Bangalore-Guwahati train near Bhadrak and got down at […]

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 […]

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Two Odisha Youths Drown While Celebrating Kartik Purnima

Rayagada: On a day when people were busy celebrating Kartik Purnima, two youths died in two separate incidents of drowning while performing the Boita Bandana rituals in Rayagada district on Tuesday. One Suman Behera, a student of Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Institute of Technology (UGMIT), Rayagada, was swept away by water after he accidentally slipped and […]

Female Journalist 'Manhandled' By Miscreants In Cuttack

Cuttack: A female journalist was allegedly misbehaved and manhandled by a group of miscreants in Niali area of Cuttack district on Monday. The journalist, working in one of the leading daily newspapers, alleged that five to six people barged into the office of the block chairman and attacked one Narayan Sahoo for some unknown reason. […]

Odisha Teacher Turns Guardian Of Environment

Boudh: Nilambar Khamari might be a school teacher but his dedicated efforts in conservation of environment have made him an inspiration for many. Apart from teaching in Kundipadar UP School, Khamari spends time for the safety and protection of trees and birds especially the grey herons and bats. With his immense love for nature and […]

Chakada Menace: Odisha Farmer Sets Paddy Crops On Fire

Sonepur: A farmer set his standing paddy crops on fire following damage due to infestation of Chakada (brown plant-hopper) at Adra village under Tarabha block in Sonepur district on Sunday. One Sahadev Karmi had reportedly sown paddy on his five acres of farmland after borrowing money from some people and a loan from bank. Outbreak of […]

Two Including Prime Accused Arrested In Bolangir Co-Op Bank Fraud Case

Bolangir: Days after an OTV report on a fraud worth lakhs of rupees at Bolangir Central Co-operative Bank, the district police on Sunday arrested two persons including the prime accused involved in the racket. Based on the FIR registered on 4th October 2019, police arrested one Nilamani Tripathy, the contractual employee of the bank suspected […]