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Tag: Sashi Bhusan Behera

Odisha Cabinet Rejig Likely In New Year

Bhubaneswar: Speculations are doing rounds that a possible Cabinet reshuffle for the first time in the fifth term of Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha is likely to take place in the next couple of days. If things go well, the State would witness Naveen’s Cabinet in a new look in the New Year. Sources closed […]

BJD Always With Farmers: Sashi Bhushan

Bhubaneswar: Amidst nation-wide agitation by various farmers’ unions for total rollback of the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Centre, and buzz in the political circles on the stand of Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) over the issue, the ruling party in the State has clarified its stand, saying that it has always been […]

BJD mollifies Shipra Mallick to withdraw nomination?

Bhubaneswar/Kendrapara: Post the exodus of senior leaders, ruling BJD seems to be in fire-fighting mode. The party leaves no stone unturned to  avoid vote split in the elections. This is what is being discernible after former Kendrapara MLA and BJD leader Shipra Mallick decided to withdraw her nomination today. Mallick had filed nomination as independent […]

Pradhan targets BJD govt over ‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’

Bhubaneswar/Boudh: Criticising the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that the State government is trying to fool the students and their families belonging to OBC (Other Backward Class ) and farmer class by announcing the ‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’. He alleged that, that the Odisha government has no intention […]

State Budget: Ruling-BJD likely to make last attempt to woo middle class

Bhubaneswar: All eyes are on the State Budget which will be presented by Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera on February 7. Talks are doing rounds on what populist measures the State could take in the budget to woo voters as general polls are only a few months away. Sources said as the State government has […]

Ministerial committee meets to discuss demands of Odisha farmers

Bhubaneswar: The high-level inter-ministerial committee constituted by the Odisha government held a meeting today to look into the demands of farmers pertaining to price, prestige and pension. Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera informed that the committee will hold a detailed discussion with several other farmer groups and outfits in the second meeting which has been […]

Govt revises timings for liquor sale in Bhubaneswar during HWC 2018

Bhubaneswar: Following massive protests by various anti-liquor organisations over the State government’s decision on relaxation of timings for liquor sale in ‘ON’ shops and bars in the capital city, Excise Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera today stated the decision was an unintended error. Behera clarified that the timings for liquor sale have been changed and only […]

Odisha grappling with stamp paper shortage

Bhubaneswar: Registration and other governmental works are getting adversely affected in Odisha amid a shortage of both judicial and non-judicial stamp papers. “I have brought Rs 10 stamp paper for Rs 15 for my house rent agreement as vendors have resorted to black marketing due to shortage of stamp papers. We have no other options […]

Odisha Finance Minister faces protests in Surat

Surat/Bhubaneswar: Duped depositors of chit fund companies today protested Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera in Surat during his visit to Gujarat. Demanding immediate refund of money, the protestors held placards and banners and shouted slogans against Behera, who was in Surat to attend a meeting at the Chambers of Commerce at Nanpura. Under the […]

Ruckus in Assembly over unemployment, farmers' issues

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly was on Tuesday adjourned twice due to ruckus by the opposition Congress and the BJP over unemployment and failure of state government to provide drought relief to the affected farmers. While Congress wanted a discussion on the growing unemployment in the state, the BJP said the state government had failed to give […]

Odisha records growth in beer, liquor sale

Bhubaneswar: The sale of beer in Odisha has increased by 21.13 percent this year, informed Excise Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera while replying to a question of Congress MLA Naba Kishore Das in the Odisha Assembly on Monday. Not only beer, the sale of foreign liquor has increased by 2.86 percent and sale of country-made liquor […]

Odisha Budget 2018-19: Here's All You Need To Know

5:19-5:21 pm: Outlay of Rs 176 crore proposed for Special Development Councils in 9 tribal dominated districts; Rs 120 crore under Biju KBK Yojana 5:17-5:19 pm: For 2018-19 Odisha Finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera proposes Rs 2,090 crore for disaster management including Rs 865 crore under SDRF, Rs 1000 crore under NDRF 05:12- 5:17 pm: […]

Odisha budget size likely to increase this fiscal

Bhubaneswar: The State government is expected to present a bigger budget for 2018-19 with emphasis on agriculture, social security and infrastructure development. Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera today hinted at an increase in budget size after a meeting with financial experts and former Finance Ministers at State Secretariat. “A few people may criticise that the […]

Odisha received 2.3 pc more tax this year due to GST: Finance Minister

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government’s tax collection amount has increased by 2.3% to Rs 3,735.14 crore this year after implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), informed Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera in the State Assembly. In the pre-GST regime, the State had collected Rs 3,691.28 crore during last year, the minister added. He, however, […]

Congress to move privilege motion against Odisha Finance minister

Bhubaneswar: Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi today said that the party will move a privilege motion against Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera for divulging the details of the supplementary budget ahead of the winter session of Odisha Assembly. “If the Finance Minister is disclosing the facts to be presented in the Assembly in public then it […]

Make in Odisha: Roadshows in Japan, Thailand from Oct 30

Bhubaneswar: The State government is planning to organise roadshows in Tokyo and Osaka cities of Japan and Bangkok in Thailand from October 30 to attract investment, informed Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera on Wednesday. This road show will showcase the concept of Make in Odisha. As part of the roadshow, an eight-member team led by […]

No VAT reduction on petrol, diesel: Odisha Finance Minister

Bhubaneswar: Rejecting Centre’s plea, Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera today said that Odisha Government will not reduce VAT on petrol and diesel. After cutting the excise duty by Rs 2 per litre on petrol & diesel, the Centre had urged all the States to cut sales tax or VAT by 5 per cent to […]

Newly inducted ministers ready to take challenges

Bhubaneswar: It will be a litmus test for leaders who were inducted in first major reshuffle that was effected by Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik here on Sunday. The major surprise in the entire ministry-expansion-cum-reshuffle was the allocation of two important portfolios—Excise and Finance to Sashi Bhusan Behera, who became a minister for […]

Poll irregularities allegations
BJP alleges discrepancy in panchayat poll results

Bhubaneswar: Amid fresh allegations and counter allegations of forgery in counting and discrepancy in the declaration of the three-tier panchayat poll results, the BJP today has alleged that the ruling BJD has snatched away 34 Zilla Parishad zones from the former. Demanding suspension of an Election Officer, alleging him of felicitating the victory of a […]

Union Minister Dharmendra thanks Odisha for supporting BJP in rural polls

Bhubaneswar: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked the people of Odisha today as BJP again emerged as a tight competitor for the ruling BJD in the third phase panchayat polls. Pradhan mentioned that the people of Odisha have dismissed inefficient, paralysed, anti-poor and corrupt governance. Besides, various welfare schemes which were introduced by […]

Dharmendra Pradhan on 2nd phase poll
Accept the change what people want: Dharmendra to BJD

Bhubaneswar: Coming down heavily on the ruling BJD after the second phase panchayat elections, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan today alleged the ruling regional party is using the bureaucracy for its own interest and creating a panicky environment to terrorise people. The union minister suggested the Naveen Patnaik-led party to accept the change what citizens want. […]

1st phase GP polls result reflects resentment of people: Dharmendra

Bhubaneswar: After the end of the first phase panchayat polls in Odisha Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his reaction to OTV said, “The trends of the first phase result reflects the resentment of the people of Odisha.” Pradhan said that it a victory of the people of Odisha, a fruit of […]

Mahanadi row: BJD delegation to visit Chhattisgarh

In a sudden development, the ruling BJD today decided to send a high level delegation to Chhattisgarh to collect detailed information about the number of barrages and dams built on the upper catchments of Mahanadi and other projects which are in the pipeline

Cong team in Kandhamal
Kandhamal firing was cold blooded murder: Deo

Phulbani: Senior Congress leader and head of the five-member AICC delegation V Kishore Chandra Deo today claimed that the death of five innocent villagers in Kandhamal district on the night on July 8 was not the result of any encounter between the security personnel and the Maoists, but cold blooded murder. “Going by circumstantial evidence […]