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Flood threat looms large in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 29 (IANS) Incessant rains have triggered a flood threat in four districts of Odisha, forcing the government to take preventive measures on war footing, officials said on Wednesday. As the Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Bhudabalanga rivers flowed above the danger mark, some low-lying areas face possible floods in Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balesore and Mayurbhanj districts,...

17 hours ago
Odisha urges Centre for adequate fertilizers

Bhubaneswar, July 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged the Centre to allocate adequate quantity of fertilizers to meet the demand of farmers in the state. Patnaik, in a letter to union Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar, requested enhanced allocation of urea from 1.14 lakh tonnes to 1.75 lakh tonnes for August, saying that 1.14 lakh tonnes would be grossly inade...

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Kalam was 'visionary' leader: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, July 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday paid tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the state secretariat here, describing him as a visionary leader. The state government has declared Tuesday a holiday for schools, colleges and educational institutions as a mark of respect to the 'missile man' who died on Monday evening at Shillong.

3 days ago
Rajya Sabha member Kalpataru Das dead

Bhubaneswar, July 25 (IANS) Rajya Sabha member and Biju Janata Dal vice president Kalpataru Das died on Saturday at AIIMS in Delhi, his family said. He was 67. Das was ill for quite some time, and after his health deteriorated, he was rushed to the Dr. B.R.A Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday, and put on life support system, ...

4 days ago
Odisha identifies two lakh acres for land bank

Bhubaneswar, July 24 (IANS) Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), the nodal agency for land acquisition in Odisha, has identified over 2 lakh acres for creation of land bank, an official said on Friday. To create land bank for industrial development, IDCO has identified compact patches and land suitable for setting up industries without any hassle, it was revea...

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Odisha government to open seven non-captive mines

Bhubaneswar, July 22 (IANS) Odisha Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick on Wednesday said an inter-departmental committee has recommended the opening of seven non-captive mines in the state. Mallick said the leaseholders would be asked to sign supplementary lease deeds after approval from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to open these mines. These mines are RB Das mines, Tarin...

7 days ago
Petition filed against Odisha CM, vigilance director

Bhubaneswar, July 21 (IANS) A petition was filed in a local court against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and vigilance director K.B. Singh, alleging criminal conspiracy by them against former state police chief Prakash Mishra. Kharavela Swain, president of Utkal Bharat party, filed the petition with the Khurda district court, which posted the matter for hearing on August 20.

9 days ago
Will oppose land bill in parliament, raise Posco issue: BJD

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (IANS) The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha on Sunday said it would oppose the land acquisition bill proposed by the Centre during the monsoon session of parliament beginning from Tuesday. The party said it would also raise the issue of South Korean steel major Posco, which has been asked to compete in the mine licence auction to get an iron ore mine to feed it...

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Stage all set for first Nabakalebar Rath Yatra in Puri

Bhubaneswar, July 17 (IANS) Thousands of devotees have thronged the holy town of Puri in Odisha to witness the new millennium's first Nabakalebar Rath Yatra which will commence on Saturday. The Odisha administration is pulling out all the stops to ensure a smooth conduct of the grand festival as it expects a congregation of 50 lakh devotees during the nine-day-long Rath Yatra and Suna Be...

12 days ago
Rail line brings Odisha CM, advisor-turned-foe face to face

Bhubaneswar, July 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his advisor-turned-foe Pyari Mohan Mohapatra on Thursday shared the dais -- three years after the hiatus. The two leaders met in Khurdha district during the Khurdha-Begunia rail line inauguration by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. However, neither did they make an eye co...

13 days ago
Mamata, Naveen, Jayalalithaa skip Modi's NITI Aayog meet

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Apart from nine chief ministers from Congress-ruled states, Tamil Nadu's J. Jayalalithaa, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee and Odisha's Naveen Patnaik abstained themselves from a NITI Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday. The stalled land acquisition bill was on the agenda of the chief ministers' meeting with Niti Aayog. D...

13 days ago
Modi seeks end to deadlock on land bill, Congress skips meet

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the deadlock over land acquisition was seriously impacting rural development, as Congress chief ministers boycotted the Niti Aayog meeting called by him to discuss the contentious land bill. Addressing a meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog here, Modi said political considerations should not come in the wa...

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Odisha minister denied entry to Niti Ayog meeting

Bhubaneswar, July 15 (IANS) As Odisha Finance Minister Pradeep Amat was on Wednesday denied entry to a NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi, it triggered political brouhaha in the state. The meeting was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and was attended by chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states along with some non-BJP chief ministers of Delhi, Bihar an...

13 days ago
States keen on having own land laws, says Jaitley

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday that many states were keen on having their own land laws if there was a delay in building consensus over the land bill being considered in parliament. Briefing media persons after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the second meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, Jaitley said there were no two views...

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Boycotting Niti Aayog meeting against federalism: Jaitley

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that certain non-BJP chief ministers skipping the Niti Aayog meeting in New Delhi was against the spirit of federalism. Those who chose to boycott (Niti Aayog meeting) must introspect whether not attending the meeting is in tune with the spirit of federalism, Jaitley said at a press conference here after the Aayog ...

13 days ago
Mamata, Naveen, Jayalalithaa skip Modi's NITI Aayog meet

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Apart from nine chief ministers from Congress-ruled states, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, Tamilnadu's J.Jayalalithaa were among the non-NDA chief ministers who skipped the NITI Aayog meet here on Wednesday. The meet, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had the land acquisition bill on its agenda. Our chief ministers have n...

20 days ago
Odisha asks Khadi board to generate 60,000 jobs

Bhubaneswar, July 8 (IANS) The Odisha government has asked the Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board (OKVIB) to prepare a road map to generate 60,000 jobs in the next four years, said an official on Wednesday. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) department has asked the board to chalk out a proposal for implementation of a employment generation programme for providing emplo...

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Congress, BJP flay Odisha government over Nabakalebar infra work

Bhubaneswar, July 3 (IANS) The opposition Congress and BJP on Friday lashed out at the Odisha government over the tardy progress of work related to the upcoming Nabakalebar festival and demanded details of the money allocated for infrastructure projects. The ruling Biju Janata Dal asked the opposition parties not to play politics over the religious festival. Pradesh Congress Comm...

27 days ago
Odisha to hold driving licence camps for students

Bhubaneswar, July 1 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to conduct special camps at colleges to hold tests for issuing learners' driving licences to students, a minister said here on Wednesday. Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said the special camps would encourage youngsters to understand the importance of rules and regulations while driving a vehicle on the road.

28 days ago
Odisha to give ex-gratia to kin of victims of seven more calamities

Bhubaneswar, June 30 (IANS) The Odisha government on Tuesday added seven more state-specific calamities to those for which the families of the deceased will get Rs.4 lakh ex-gratia compensation, said officials. These calamities are lightning, whirlwind, tornado, heavy rain, drowning, boat accident and snakebite. The kin of sunstroke victims will get Rs.50,000, said an official of...

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