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Odisha rejects centre's proposal for expert panel on Mahanadi issue

Bhubaneswar, Sep 24 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday rejected the central government's proposal to set up an expert committee to look into the Mahanadi water sharing dispute. We reject the proposal as it does not stop the construction by the Chhattisgarh government and the helpless Union government, he said while participating in a debate on the Mahanadi water shar...

11 hours ago
Odisha cracker factory explosion claims 6 lives

Bhubaneswar, Sep 24 (IANS) The death toll in the cracker factory explosion in Odisha's Nayagarh district increased to six on Saturday, with four persons succumbing to burn injuries. Two persons were killed in the cracker factory explosion in Tantisahi of Itamati area in Nayagarh on Friday evening. While four of the injured persons succumbed to injuries on Saturday, five are battl...

1 day ago
Odisha assembly debates on Mahanadi water dispute

Bhubaneswar, Sep 23 (IANS) After two days of disturbance, the Odisha assembly on Friday discussed the Mahanadi water sharing issue and came down heavily on Chhattisgarh for its unilateral construction activities over the river. Besides, the opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata party criticised the state government for its double standard over the issue. Participating in a mo...

3 days ago
Odisha Assembly session begins on stormy note

Bhubaneswar, Sep 21 (IANS) The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly began on a stormy note on Wednesday with ruling BJD legislators raising slogans against the central government over the Mahanadi river water dispute. As soon as the House assembled, some Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lawmakers shouted slogans against the Centre's apathy and Chhattisgarh, even during the playing of the national...

4 days ago
Monsoon session of Odisha Assembly to begin on a stormy note

Bhubaneswar, Sep 20 (IANS) The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly is set to begin on a stormy note on Wednesday with the opposition parties -- the Congress and the BJP -- preparing to step up attack on the ruling BJD on the floor of the house. On the other hand, the ruling party said it is ready to discuss any issue brought by the opposition parties. The opposition parties ha...

4 days ago
Six electrocuted, over 20 injured as bus touches live wire in Odisha

Dhenkanal (Odisha), Sep 20 (IANS) At least six persons were electrocuted and over 20 injured when a bus came in contact with a live wire in Odisha's Dhenkanal district on Tuesday. The accident occurred at Sisu Mandir Square in Bhuban in Kamakhyanagar sub-division. The injured were admitted to Bhuban Hospital, of which two were later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at ...

4 days ago
Odisha seeks early decision on compensation for CST loss

Bhubaneswar, Sep 20 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday reiterated the demand for an immediate decision by the Centre on compensation for loss of states' share in the Central Sales Tax (CST) for 2013-14 to 2016-17. As you are aware, the states are facing financial constraint due to a slowdown in the economy, and the loss of revenue on account of reduction in rate of CS...

6 days ago
Odisha to explore all options on Mahanadi water issue

Bhubaneswar, Sep 18 (IANS) The Odisha cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday empowered the state government to explore all possible options to protect the interests of the state on Mahanadi project dispute with Chhattisgarh, an official said. The state cabinet unequivocally endorsed the stand taken by the state government and resolved to explore all possible options fo...

7 days ago
Odisha may move SC on Mahanadi water dispute

Bhubaneswar, Sep 17 (IANS) The Odisha government is mulling to approach the Supreme Court for setting up of a tribunal under the law on inter-state water disputes to resolve the Mahanadi dispute with Chhattisgarh, an official statement said on Saturday. We will explore all options. We will leave no stone unturned to protect the interests of Odisha. That would certainly include the legal ...

8 days ago
Odisha CM appreciates Mamata Banerjee's support to Haj pilgrims

Bhubaneswar, Sep 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday appreciated the support provided by his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to Haj pilgrims from Odisha at the embarkation point in Kolkata. I will like to place on record my deep gratitude for all the outstanding arrangements for our Haj pilgrims which have been personally supervised by you. I specially apprec...

8 days ago
Will fight for rights of people on Mahanadi: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, Sep 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said he would do everything he can to protect the interests of the state and its people on the Mahanadi water issue. I assure each one of you that I will put my best efforts forward and leave no stone unturned in the fight for the rights of the people of our state, said Patnaik before leaving for New Delhi for a tr...

9 days ago
Odisha CM holds discussion on Mahanadi water issue

Bhubaneswar, Sep 15 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday discussed the Mahanadi water issue with several organisations including political parties. The Chief Minister met the representatives of at least 16 organisations, including two Left parties. The state government had invited suggestions from voluntary organisations and political parties on Mahanadi water ...

10 days ago
Odisha village ends open-defecation, but age-old problems remain

Bhubaneswar, Sep 14 (IANS) It is the perfect feel-good story. Some young men in a remote Orissa hamlet, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission, launch a campaign that results in their village becoming an open defecation-free zone. What's more, in the process, the number of lavatories in the village jumps from 46 to 260. Scratch the surface however, and what emer...

12 days ago
Odisha prepared for discussion on Mahanadi water issue: CM

Bhubaneswar, Sep 12 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that his government is well prepared for the tripartite meeting to be held on September 17 in Delhi on the Mahanadi river water dispute. We are fully prepared for the discussion with the central government on 17th in this month, the Chief Minister, who also heads the Water Resources Department, told reporters ...

13 days ago
BJD fact-finding team submits report on Mahanadi water issue

Bhubaneswar, Sep 11 (IANS) The Biju Janata Dal's (BJD) fact-finding team which visited Chhattisgarh to make an on-the-spot assessment of the projects constructed on the upstream of Mahanadi river, on Sunday submitted a report to BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya, who led the team to Chhattisgarh last month, submitted a 25-page report to ...

14 days ago
No court directive debarring Polavaram project funding: Venkiah Naidu

Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 (IANS) At a time the Odisha government rejected Andhra Pradesh's request to conduct a public hearing on the Polavaram project, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the Supreme Court has not debarred the central government from sanctioning funds for the project. The court did not say the Centre not to allocate the money. However, we would ...

14 days ago
No court directive debarring Polavaram project funding: Venkiah Naidu

Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 (IANS) At a time the Odisha government rejected Andhra Pradesh's request to conduct a public hearing on the Polavaram project, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the Supreme Court has not debarred the central government from sanctioning funds for the project. The court did not say the Centre not to allocate the money. However, we would ...

14 days ago
No court directive debarring Polavaram project funding: Venkiah Naidu

Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 (IANS) At a time the Odisha government rejected Andhra Pradesh's request to conduct a public hearing on the Polavaram project, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the Supreme Court has not debarred the central government from sanctioning funds for the project. The court did not say the Centre not to allocate the money. However, we would ...

14 days ago
No court directive debarring Polavaram project funding: Venkiah Naidu

Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 (IANS) At a time the Odisha government rejected Andhra Pradesh's request to conduct a public hearing on the Polavaram project, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the Supreme Court has not debarred the central government from sanctioning funds for the project. The court did not say the Centre not to allocate the money. However, we would ...

14 days ago
No court directive debarring Polavaram project funding: Venkiah Naidu

Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 (IANS) At a time the Odisha government rejected Andhra Pradesh's request to conduct a public hearing on the Polavaram project, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the Supreme Court has not debarred the central government from sanctioning funds for the project. The court did not say the Centre not to allocate the money. However, we would ...

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