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Odisha To Appoint Ward Officers For Doorstep Redressal Of Public Grievances

Bhubaneswar: As a part of ensuring better public service delivery through its touted 5Ts (technology, transparency, teamwork, time and transformation) framework, Odisha government has decided to appoint ward officers in municipal corporation and municipality areas of the State. The Urban Development Department has written to all commissioners and executive officers for appointment of ward officers […]

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BJP launches website to seek suggestion from people on manifesto

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the general elections this year, the Odisha BJP manifesto committee on Sunday launched a dedicated website to seek suggestions from the public on the party’s manifesto for the upcoming polls. The website was launched during the second manifesto committee meeting at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar today. Committee’s chairperson and senior leader […]

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Rift in Sambalpur BJD unit as party workers allege against Pratap Deb

Sambalpur: Rift in the BJD unit of Sambalpur has come to fore after a faction of party workers on Friday levelled allegations against the party’s district observer and Rajya Sabha member Pratap Deb for not inviting the local MLA and district president to a party meeting. Reportedly, a meeting was organised by Deb at Gosala […]

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Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Dharmendra targets Odisha CM again

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan once again targeted Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his silence over the missing Ratna Bhadar key of Puri Srimandir. Talking to newsmen, Pradhan stated that CM knows everything and his silence is a matter of concern as already Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal has expressed concern over the sensitive issue. […]

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Fuel Price Hike: Odisha Congress to observe 6-hr 'Chaka jam' today

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) will observe a six-hour ‘Chaka jam’ agitation in the twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on Monday to protest the rising fuel prices As per reports, party leaders and activists will gather at various places between 6 AM to 12 noon and request people to halt their vehicles […]

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Ruling BJD boycotts OTV’s panel discussions, debates

Bhubaneswar: In what is being seen as a gag on media, the ruling BJD has decided to boycott the panel discussions and political debates on Odisha’s largest television news channel OTV. BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Pratap Deb in a press meet in Bhubaneswar today announced his party’s decision. Alleging OTV of being biased, […]

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Shoe attack on CM: BJD should be concerned about CM's security, says BJP

Bhubaneswar: The BJD should be concerned about the security of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rather than pointing fingers at others, said BJP Vice President Sameer Mohanty on Wednesday after the ruling party’s spokesperson Pratap Deb alleged the saffron party’s involvement in the shoe attack on Chief Minister. Talking to mediapersons yesterday, Deb showed pictures of […]

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OTV refutes BJD's paid news allegation

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD on Monday knocked on the doors of Chief Electoral Officer accusing OTV of telecasting ‘paid news’ to favour BJP candidate in the ensuing Bijepur by-poll. However OTV has termed such allegations as false and baseless. As per OTV’s clarification: OTV’s credibility as the number one regional channel in Odisha for the […]

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CM, bureaucrats condemn attack on Pandian’s residence

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strongly condemned the attack on the official residence of his private secretary V. Karthikeyan Pandian by BJP activists in Bhubaneswar today. “It’s an absolutely shocking incident particularly as some members of a national party have agreed that they took part in it. It’s truly shocking,” Patnaik said while responding to […]

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Throwback 2017: A year of political stirrings

Even though 2017 did not bring any great upheaval in the political landscape of Odisha, it had enough stirrings. Patterns assumed new paradigms, faces got facelifts, oblique became overt, status quo brought predicaments, leaderships lost loyalty and infighting prodded implosions. We look back at some of the stories which created ripples…   Poll battles ahead […]

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BJD plans big for foundation day

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) mega preparations for its 20th foundation day are on in full swing with the party leaders leaving no stone unturned to make the event more than a successful one. The BJD will celebrate its 20th foundation day on December 26 at Talabania in Puri district. The ruling party is, […]

Farmer deaths: Dharmendra slams Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan slammed the Odisha government today over farmer deaths and issues plaguing the farming community. The State government is corrupt and inefficient, alleged Pradhan. The government is a murderer, it is announcing packages after killing the farmers, he added. Targeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik indirectly, Pradhan said, […]

Brewing dissidence, a looming threat for BJD

Bhubaneswar: Even as BJD president and Chief Minister has reposed faith on returning to power without forging any kind of alliance in 2019 elections, the road ahead doesn’t seem rosy enough keeping in view the growing dissidence and infighting within the party. Be it Khallikote, Aska, Daspalla or Brajrajnagar, there have been reports of infighting […]

Oram, Deb in squabble over ‘Nabakalebara’ remark

Bhubaneswar: The controversy surrounding ‘Political Nabakalebara’ got murkier today with Union Minister Jual Oram and BJD Rajya Sabha member Pratap Deb indulging in a war of words on possible upheaval in State politics. While Oram claimed political equation in the State will change soon, Deb took a jibe on the Union Minister and said first […]

How are Anganwadi workers in BJP-ruled State paid?, asks BJD

Bhubaneswar: Hitting out at the BJP-led Central government, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today asked the saffron party to refrain from misleading Anganwadi workers and confirm the amount of salary it is paying to the workers in BJP ruled States. “We have increased Rs 500 in 2008, Rs 500 again in 2013 and Rs 2000 […]

Bhupinder State Housing Board chief, Ramachandra Panda Planning Board member

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday appointed former Rajya Sabha member Bhupinder Singh as chairman of State Housing Board while former deputy Speaker Ramachandra Panda was appointed as State Planning Board member. Singh will get all facilities at par with a Cabinet Minister while Panda has been given the position of a Minister of […]

BJD hits back at BJP, condemns Amit Shah's statement on Biju Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: BJD leaders today launched an attack on BJP’s national president Amit Shah over his remarks accusing the ruling party being driven by dynasty politics. Addressing a press meet at the party headquarters here on Thursday, BJD said, after the death of Biju Patnaik, Naveen Patnaik entered politics because people wanted him to serve the […]

CM’s Poll Expense Row: Jual Oram dares Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Jual Oram today said the BJD is trying to divert the alleged dubious poll funding issue by bringing in false accusations against him. Accusing Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government of trying to mislead people, Oram said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik must resign first as the preliminary investigation proves that he had filed false […]

BJP team meets IT commissioner seeking probe into BJD's poll funds 

Bhubaneswar: A five-member team of Odisha BJP today moved the Income Tax Commissioner seeking a thorough inquiry into the alleged discrepancies in the data of ruling BJD’s election expenditure. “Crores of rupees from in and outside the State have come to BJD account from unknown sources. The money mostly came from chit fund companies. We […]

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BJP blames Pratap Deb for egg attack on Jual Oram

Bhubaneswar: Alleging involvement of BJD Rajya Sabha member Pratap Deb in the egg attack on Union Minister Jual Oram at Rajkanika in Kendrapara, BJP today questioned why the State government has not nabbed those involved in the incident even after more than 24 hours. Talking to mediapersons at the Aul bungalow, BJP State Mahila Morcha […]

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BJD hits back at BJP, Congress; accuses Saffron party of ‘diverting topic’

Bhubaneswar: In a strong reply to the accusations of Odisha BJP that the Naveen Patnaik government has failed to complete several irrigation projects, BJD today blamed the Centre for not providing enough funds to develop the irrigation facility in the State. Talking to media persons, senior BJD leader Pratap Deb said instead of blaming BJD, […]

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BJD demands white paper on demonetisation

Bhubaneswar: BJD, which had supported demonisitisation, today sought a white paper on its impact and asked the Centre to inform the people as to how much black money was seized. “It was told that demonetisation would help bring back black money and end naxal and terrorist activities. The people across the country would like to […]

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Mahtab eulogises Modi-led BJP govt on BJD's 17th anniversary

Bhubaneswar: On a day when the BJD led government is celebrating its third year in the fourth consecutive term rule in the state, MP Bhartruhari Mahtab preferred eulogising  the Narendra Modi-government in Centre through a newspaper column. The parliamentarian, of late, has been in the eye of many storms for his writings in the editorial […]

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Rajya Sabha by-poll: Pratap Deb elected uncontested

Bhubaneswar: BJD spokesperson and party’s Rajya Sabha nominee Pratap Deb was elected uncontested to the lone vacant seat from Odisha in Rajya Sabha today. An official announcement in this regard was made by the returning officer for the by-election. The statement quoted “Pratap Deb, sponsored by Biju Janata Dal has been duly elected to fill […]

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Mahanadi, farmers' issues my prime focus: RS nominee Pratap Deb

Bhubaneswar: Farmers’ problems, allocation of central funds and Mahanadi water dispute are the issues on top of his priority list to be raised in Parliament, said BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb soon after filing nomination today for the by-poll to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha. Talking to OTV Deb said, “My prime focus will […]