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13 hours ago
Odisha villagers meet Oram, seek tribal status

Bhubaneswar, July 25 (IANS) A Jhodia community delegation from Odisha Friday submitted a memorandum to union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram in New Delhi, seeking tribal status. Community president Makaranda Muduli said the minister assured the delegation that the Jhodia community will be included in the Scheduled Tribes list in six months' time. The people of Jhodia community ...

6 days ago
AIIMS Bhubaneswar to have super-speciality centres: Harsh Vardhan

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (IANS) An integrated facility for patients combining allopathic and alternative medication and a 100-bed super-speciality mental health centre would be some of the key features of the new AIIMS at Bhubaneswar, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Saturday. The hospital would also have centres for nephrology, cancer, cardiology and occupational and environmental health, an...

7 days ago
Odisha's top Maoist Sabyasachi Panda arrested

Bhubaneswar, July 18 (IANS) Odisha's most wanted Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was arrested Friday in the state's Ganjam district. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the police and reiterated his appeal to the rebels to shun violence. Sabyasachi Panda was involved in a number of cases like the Nayagarh and R. Udayagiri armoury loots, killing Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, abduction...

10 days ago
Odisha government humiliated police officer: BJP

Bhubaneswar, July 15 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government of humiliating an honest and efficient officer in the state. Odisha's BJP spokesperson Sameer Mohanty said the state government humiliated senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Prakash Mishra by sending him to an insignificant position. Mohanty said Mi...

12 days ago
Flip-flop over Odisha police officer's posting causes row

Bhubaneswar, July 13 (IANS) The Odisha government's decision to go back on its recommendation for a top police officer's posting and then shifting him to a post considered far less important has triggered a row. Prakash Mishra, 58, a 1977-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service officer, was short listed last year for appointment as the special director at the Central Bureau of Investigatio...

15 days ago
Budget lacks focus in crucial areas: Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, July 10 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday expressed disappointment over the union budget and said it lacked focus in crucial areas. Under the prevailing circumstances, with high inflation coupled with drought-like scenario, greater focus should have been on agriculture and the social sector. However, the union budget lacks focus in all these crucial areas, Pa...

16 days ago
BJD holds protests against rail budget

Bhubaneswar, July 9 (IANS) The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Wednesday organised demonstrations across Odisha against the central government for neglecting the state the rail budget. Party activists staged demonstrations near various railway stations across the state, a senior party leader told IANS here. Similarly, the party legislators raised the issue during the zero hour in the on...

17 days ago
Patnaik opposes linking of rail fares with fuel price

Bhubaneswar, July 8 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday opposed the linking of the railway fare with fuel price saying that it will affect the common man. As regard the proposal for linking railway fare with fuel price, I apprehend that this will affect the common man and expose them to vagaries of fluctuations in fuel price, he said in his reaction to the railway budget pr...

25 days ago
Odisha CM lauds Sudarsan for winning US awards

Bhubaneswar, June 30 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday congratulated sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik for winning prizes at the World Cup of Sand Sculpting 2014 held in Atlantic City in the US. In the field of sand art, Sudarsan is a renowned name, the chief minister said in a statement here. He has won many prizes internationally for his magical art and creativity. Wit...

25 days ago
Centre to develop 332 km waterways in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 30 (IANS) The central government will invest Rs.2,000 crore for the development of 332 km of inland waterways in Odisha by 2017, officials said Monday. The project - to be completed in two phases - would provide water transport facilities to the state's prominent industrial hubs. The first phase of the project comprises a stretch of 201 km while the second phase com...

25 days ago
Centre to develop 332km waterways in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 30 (IANS) The central government will develop 332km of inland waterways in Odisha at an investment of Rs.2,000 by 2017, officials said Monday. The project - to be completed in two phases - would provide water transport facilities to the state's prominent industrial hubs. The first phase of the project comprises of a stretch of 201 km while the second phase comprises...

26 days ago
Puri Ratha Yatra witnesses massive turnout

Puri, June 29 (IANS) More than seven lakh people Sunday thronged the streets in Odisha's temple town of Puri to witness the world famous Ratha Yatra, officials said. Although some rituals were performed behind schedule, the ratha yatra passed off without any trouble, temple spokesman Laxmidhar Pujapanda told IANS. The 'Mangala Aarti' was performed at 8.20 a.m. after a three-hour dela...

1 month ago
Odisha raises retirement age of government employees

Bhubaneswar, June 25 (IANS) The Odisha government Wednesday decided to raise the retirement age of government employees by two years to 60. The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the decision will benefit about half a million state government employees. He said t...

1 month ago
Protests in Odisha over rail fare hike

Bhubaneswar, June 21 (IANS) Various political parties Saturday organised separate protests in Odisha against the central government's decision to hike rail fares. While hundreds of activists of the Communist Party of India staged a demonstration at the railway station in state capital Bhubaneswar, the state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party carried out a protest march elsewhere in the city.

1 month ago
BJD names candidates for Rajya Sabha by-polls

Bhubaneswar, June 21 (IANS) Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Saturday named its candidates for the Rajya Sabha by-elections for two seats from the state. BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that former minister A.U. Singhdeo and Bhupinder Singh will be the party candidates for the July 3 elections. The by-polls were necessitated following the election of pa...

1 month ago
Rail fares, freight rates hiked; opposition slams 'anti-poor' move

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The NDA government Friday raised the railway passenger fares by 14.2 percent in all classes and freight rates by 6.5 percent effective from June 25, a decision strongly slammed by opposition parties who termed the move anti-poor and one that would lead to inflation. The new passenger fares and freight rates aimed at mobilising resources for the cash-strapped Indian...

1 month ago
Naveen Patnaik terms rail fare hike as anti-poor

Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday described the increase in rail fares as anti-middle class and anti-poor. Passenger fare hike across the board is going to affect passengers at large and more particularly poor people travelling in sleeper class, he said in a statement here. Hike in freight charges will further aggravate inflation and lead to pric...

1 month ago
Marandi re-elected deputy speaker of Odisha assembly

Bhubaneswar, June 16 (IANS) Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Sananda Marandi was Monday re-elected the deputy speaker of the Odisha assembly, an official said. The three-time legislator was elected unopposed by a voice vote after his name was proposed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as no other candidate was fielded by any other political party against him. The BJD won 117 seats ...

1 month ago
Odisha seeks more funds for railway infrastructure

Bhubaneswar, June 9 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking more funds from the Centre for strengthening the railway infrastructure in the state. Referring to a letter he earlier wrote to the prime minister, Patnaik said the rail route length and its density in Odisha is well below the national average while the sustainability is lowe...

1 month ago
Will provide all possible help to Odisha, Venkaiah tells Patnaik

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday assured Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of all possible help in implementing centrally-sponsored schemes in the state. In a meeting with Patnaik here, Naidu also promised to expedite the release of pending funds, said a ministry official. The implementation of the urban development projects in Odisha e...

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