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Tag: State Government

Orissa High Court Orders FIRs Against 3 Officials Of Mahila PS
Odisha School Fee Matter: How Much Fees Can Be Waived, HC asks Govt

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Monday sought clarifications from the State government over the issue of waiver of fees in schools in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. While hearing a petition, the Court asked the Odisha government to clarify on how much the fees of students in schools can be waived in the […]

Unique Protest: Servitors Beat Gongs, Ring Bells Urging Odisha Govt To Reopen Temples

Bhubaneswar: In a unique protest, servitors and many devotees across the State beat gongs, rang bells and blew conchs on Wednesday urging the Odisha government to reopen the temple with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The protest, which was called by Odisha Mandira Sebayat Sangha (OMSS), witnessed participation of servitors and devotees at major religious places […]

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Amid Protests State Government To Introduce Universites Bill

Bhubaneswar: The contentious Odisha Universities (amendment) Bill, 2020 will be introduced in the assembly for discussion on Wednesday by higher education minister Arun Sahoo amid protests from opposition Congress and BJP. The opposition members have alleged that the legislation will take away the autonomy of state-run varsities and lead to excessive government interference. Senior Congress […]

Migrant Influx Spikes COVID-19 Crisis In Odisha, Ganjam Tagged 'Red Zone'

Bhubaneswar: With the rise in the influx of migrant workforce from other States to Odisha amid the nationwide lockdown, the scourge of COVID-19 seems to be getting steeper in some districts like Ganjam which has been declared a Red Zone. While the State on Thursday reported its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 positive cases as […]

Onion Price Rise: NSUI Activists Protest Outside Odisha Minister's House

Bhubaneswar: Activists of NSUI, the students’ wing of the Congress, on Tuesday staged a protest outside the residence of Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister R P Swain here over price rise of onions. The National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists held the state government responsible for failing to regulate the price of […]

Cyclone Fani-hit Odisha villagers still await government's help

Puri: It has been more than six months since the devastating cyclone Fani wreaked havoc in several districts of Odisha, but unfortunately, many cyclone-hit victims are yet to receive assistance from the State government. For Sanjay Maharana of Nirmala village in Puri, the struggle to get a house has almost become a herculean task. Despite […]

Elephant Deaths In Odisha: Experts’ Help Sought To Contain Herpes Virus Outbreak

Bhubaneswar: The deaths of four elephants within a month inside Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar have now emerged as a major concern for animal lovers as well as the State government. As there is no proven method of treating Elephant Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus, assistance from experts from Assam and Kerela is being sought to contain […]

Relaxation Of New Traffic Rules Misutilized By Habitual offenders: Odisha Human Rights Panel

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has raised questions on State government’s decision to relax enforcement of new traffic rules for three months. In a letter, OHRC has claimed that the ‘liberty granted by the government is being misutilized as a license by habitual law breakers creating a free for all situation on the […]

Ineligible KALIA Beneficiaries: How Will Odisha Recover Rs 150 Crore?

Bhubaneswar: If it can be termed so, it could be a very costly oversight, as 3 lakh ineligible beneficiaries have been identified in the KALIA scheme and Odisha government has already disbursed a whopping Rs 150 crore to them under the scheme. In Bhadrak’s Basudevpur block, out of 28,714 farmers who received cash assistance under […]

Reality Check! Do Odisha Govt Officials Reach Office On Time?

Bhubaneswar: Despite rescheduling of the working hours, Odisha government employees of various departments seem to be blatantly flouting the new timings. A reality check by OTV at the Heads of Departments building revealed that most of the employees are reaching late to their respective offices. In 20 departments, including the Department of Medical Education & […]

Odisha extends deadline for verification of KALIA beneficiaries

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha government has undertaken a drive to weed out ineligible beneficiaries from the KALIA scheme, today it increased the deadline for verification and scrutiny of beneficiaries listed under the scheme. Earlier, the last date for verification was August 9 which has now been extended to August 27, informed Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo. Out […]

Misbehaviour With BJP MLA: Govt Drops Kalinga Hospital From OST Fund List

Bhubaneswar: Taking strong cognizance of the alleged misbehaviour by the authorities of BR Life Kalinga Hospital towards Keonjhar BJP MLA and Opposition Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi, the State Government today dropped the Bhubaneswar-based super speciality hospital from the list of Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) empanelled member hospitals. State Health Minister Naba Das today […]

Cyclone Fani aftermath: Many parts of Puri, Khurda still in dark

Puri: Even after 11 days have passed since cyclone Fani made landfall in coastal areas of Odisha, several affected parts of Puri and Khurda districts are yet to receive electricity.  While the state government claimed to have restored about 93 per cent piped water supply in Puri, people are anxiously waiting for the restoration of […]

Discrepancy in number of KALIA beneficiaries discredits ruling-BJD claims

Bhubaneswar: Controversy over discrepancy in number of beneficiaries under the KALIA scheme is posing a threat for the State government. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had claimed that 40 lakh farmers were benefitted under the KALIA scheme but a letter from the Agriculture Department has revealed that out of 30,77,908 small and marginal farmers selected for […]

Elderly woman goes missing on tour under Odisha govt's pilgrimage scheme

Berhampur: When 72-year-old Laxmi Behera, a resident of Dura village of Berhampur, had departed for pilgrimage on February 15, little did her family members know that she will go missing during the trip. The elderly woman was among the 1,060 pilgrims who embarked on a journey from Berhampur to south India as part of Odisha […]

CM Naveen set to follow Modi’s campaign trail in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The ruling-BJD in Odisha is leaving no stone unturned to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaigning by conducting government programmes and public meetings in places chosen by the BJP. As Modi had visited Bolangir on January 15 and Sundergarh on September 22, 2018, the BJD supremo is all set to visit both the places […]

Quality of primary education in Odisha declining: Survey

Bhubaneswar: Raising major concerns for the State government, a yearly survey report on the standard of primary education across all the States has revealed decline in quality of education. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) (Rural) 2018 revealed that only around 58% children studying in class V have knowledge of Class II texts. The […]

Karnataka to roll out new plan for IT, biotech sectors

Bengaluru: The tech-savvy Karnataka government would soon draw a new plan to consolidate the state’s leadership in the IT, biotech and science sectors, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara said on Wednesday. “A future path for the state’s IT, biotech and related sectors would be drawn soon for which an interaction with the industry and government […]

Odisha govt to present interim budget in Assembly on February 7

Bhubaneswar: The interim budget for the year 2019-20 will be presented in the Odisha Assembly on February 7, regarding which an official notification was issued by the Parliamentary Affairs department today. As per the notification, the Odisha Legislative Assembly will meet from February 4 till February 12, 2019. The session will begin on February 4 […]

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7th Pay Commission: Big New Year Bonanza For Central And State Govt Employees

New Delhi: At a time when the central government employees are still awaiting further increase in the minimum pay, a big news is making rounds that is likely to benefit over 1 crore employees and pensioners of the Central and State Government. As per a report of Zeebiz Online, these 1 crore employees may soon […]

Opposition fires salvo at State govt over NITI Aayog's SDG report on Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A day after the NITI Aayog released Baseline Report of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, the Opposition political parties on Saturday criticised the State government over Odisha’s poor performance in comparison to most other states of the country. Odisha secured the 25th rank in SDG Indian Index among all the states with a […]

Paika Rebellion Memorial: BJP targets Odisha govt over non-allocation of land

Khurda: BJP has targeted the Odisha government over non-allocation of land for the proposed Paika Rebellion Memorial at Barunei on the foothills in Khurda district. Despite a grant of Rs 100 crore from the Centre and Rs 90 crore from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), the State government is yet to allocate land for the […]

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Biometric attendance for teachers to be made compulsory in Odisha colleges, universities

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure punctuality among teaching staff, the State government is planning to install biometric machines across colleges and universities to keep a record of in and out time. According to sources, the Department of Higher Education may install the biometric machines as allegations of absenteeism in teaching staff at educational institutions […]

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Bhubaneswar city bus employees protest route change

Bhubaneswar: City bus drivers and conductors staged a demonstration at Master Canteen bus stand today against State government’s decision to allow city buses to ply on 6 routes instead of existing 14 routes. The decision was taken keeping in view the recently launched ‘Mo Bus’ services. In the first phase of Mo Bus initiative, as […]

BJD MP Soumya Patnaik says Chief Secretary unaware of govt schemes, later clarifies

Khurda: BJD Rajya Sabha member Soumya Ranjan Patnaik today courted a controversy by saying that Odisha Chief Secretary is unaware of many schemes of the State government. His comments came while addressing a meeting during Abani Baral’s statue uneveiling ceremony in Khurda. “Nobody would be able to tell how many types of schemes are there […]

Transparency missing from Odisha govt's 3Ts framework?

Bhubaneswar: In May last year, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suggested a 3Ts (teamwork, transparency and technology) framework to improve governance in the State, but transparency seems to be increasingly under threat from the actions of various departments. The case in point being – Odisha Secretariat Workflow Automation System (OSWAS). The mechanism was introduced with […]

Governor asks Odisha govt to expedite relief work

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal Monday asked the state government to expedite relief work and provide assistance to the people hit by the twin calamities of cyclone Titli and resultant floods. The governor mentioned that the severe floods resulting from heavy rainfall during post cyclonic storm Titli, have wrecked the state causing casualties and […]

Pradhan urges Odisha CM to reduce VAT on petrol, diesel

Jharsuguda: Amidst outrage across the country over rising fuel prices, Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan today urged Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik to reduce VAT on petrol & diesel like other state governments. “The central government had already deducted excise duty on petrol and diesel a few months ago. Many states have started reducing the […]

Educationists urge State govt to change school syllabus at regular intervals

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concerns over the unchanged syllabus for students under the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) since 2009, educationists have said that it may reduce the quality of education. Educationists opine that due to the unchanged syllabus, students are unaware of the new developments in various fields. Similarly, the move has also forced the examiners […]

Onam festivities washed away by Kerala floods

Thiruvananthapuram : With the state government cancelling the Onam celebrations, it is unlikely that Kerala households within the country or overseas will witness any festivities this year ignoring the huge loss of life and property in the devastating floods. The Kerala government has already diverted the Rs 30 crore earmarked for state-sponsored celebrations to extend […]

Nation pays homage to Karunanidhi amid legal battle

Chennai: Tens of thousands of emotionally charged people from all over Tamil Nadu on Wednesday paid homage to DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi even as his party battled legally with the state government for a burial place at the Marina Beach here. Led by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, DMK members, leaders and people […]

Reality bites: People of Aredas village still in dark age!

Basic amenities such as electricity, drinking water facility and road connection continues to be a distant dream for at least 100 tribal families

Land mutation process goes online in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In accordance to CM’s 3Ts – Teamwork, Technology, Transparency- framework, the Revenue department today launched the online facility for mutation of land in 38 tehsils. Revenue minister Maheswar Mohanty inaugurated the service today in presence of senior officials of the department. “Online mutation facility was started in 38 tehsils today. Moreover, a system which […]

CM reviews welfare schemes: Secretaries submit report for 3 districts

Bhubaneswar: As per the recent decision of the State government to supervise high priority schemes, three secretaries have submitted a review report on the progress of various ongoing developmental works in Malkangiri, Nuapada and Bhadrak districts. At a meeting held at the Secretariat here on Friday, assigned secretaries Vishal Gagan, Deoranjan Kumar Singh and Chitra […]

Guardians rue ‘politicisation’ of Children's Day

Bhubaneswar: Even as the State government has left no stone unturned to make the State level Children’s Day celebration a success, parents in several areas of the State rued government’s move to set two political topics for debate among students which they termed ‘politicisation’ of Children’s Day. The School and Mass Education department’s topics for […]

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Odisha begins work on 2nd phase of Climate Change Action Plan

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has initiated the process for the preparation of the second phase of the Climate Change Action Plan of the State with a budget aim of Rs 31,667 crore for the next five years, informed official sources today. The process was discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A P […]

States advised to amend law to accommodate AYUSH system

New Delhi: Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik on Wednesday urged all state governments to consider amending their state medical practioners act to enable AYUSH system to deal with medical emergencies. According to Naik, several states including Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have already made such amendments in their respective medical Practitioner […]

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BJP demands CBI probe into Congress-BJD ‘horse trading’

Bhubaneswar: A day after Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi alleged horse trading in which Rs one crore deal was struck to lure one of the party’s candidates to vote for BJD in the Sundergarh Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman post, BJP levelled similar charges against the Congress and BJD, and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. […]

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Cong MLA alleges horse trading after member defects in Sundergarh ZP chairman poll

Bhubaneswar: In a serious allegation, Congress’ Talsara MLA, Prafulla Majhi alleged horse trading deal worth Rs 1 crore to lure one of party’s candidates to support BJD in the Sunderagrh Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman poll. Interestingly, such allegation has been brought after a Congress ZP member voted for a BJD candidate who subsequently went on […]

BJP moves HC after BJD amends ZP election rules

Bhubaneswar: With election for Zilla Parishad chairmen in State scheduled to be held on March 12, the BJP on Friday moved the Orissa High Court after the State government stirred the hornet’s nest by making a change in the Odisha Zilla Parishad Act – 1994. According to sources, Section 51 of the Act has been […]