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Odisha panel finds no statutory clearances for 11 mines

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) An Odisha government inter-departmental committee which met to extend the lease validity of 11 iron ore and manganese mines on Saturday found that the mines have no statutory clearances. The committee headed by Development Commissioner U.N. Behera found that none of these mines had statutory clearances to operate under the amended Mines and Minerals (Developm...

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Odisha to give free medicine for all diseases: CM

Bhubaneswar, April 23 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said his government would distribute free medicines for all diseases, including cancer, at state-run health facilities soon. The state government would distribute quality essential medicines through its procurement agency Odisha State Medical Corporation. Taking a review meeting with district collector...

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Former Odisha chief minister J.B.Patnaik dead

Bhubaneswar, April 21 (IANS) Three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, a family member said here. He was 89. Patnaik passed away at a private hospital at 3 a.m. He had arrived at Tirupati on Monday to attend the convocation of Tirupati Rashtriya Sanskrit University as the chief guest. He was th...

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Former Odisha chief minister J.B. Patnaik dead

Bhubaneswar, April 21 (IANS) Three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, said family sources. Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital at 3 a.m. Patnaik had arrived at Tirupati on Monday to attend the convocation of Tirupati Rashtriya Sanskruta University as the chief guest. Patna...

8 days ago
Odisha CM bats for net neutrality

Bhubaneswar, April 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday batted for net neutrality across India. I have been closely following the net neutrality debate since the past week, Patnaik said in a letter to Telecome Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Rahul Khullar. Many citizens have even written letters to you (Khullar) reiterating their stand about t...

9 days ago
BJD, Congress oppose disinvestment in NALCO

Bhubaneswar, April 15 (IANS) The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Congress on Wednesday opposed the Central government's move for disinvestment in the profit-making venture National Aluminium Company (NALCO) in Odisha. After returning from his week-long trip to New Delhi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his government would oppose any move to disinvest from the...

11 days ago
Odisha seeks coastal highway connecting West Bengal

Bhubaneswar, April 13 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the central government to construct a coastal highway connecting its Ganjam district to Digha in West Bengal for efficient rescue and relief operation during cyclones. After a discussion with union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, he said: We discussed construction of a coastal highway in...

18 days ago
SC rejects petition to summon Odisha CM in coal scam case

Bhubaneswar, April 6 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a special leave petition seeking to summon Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Talabira II coal block allocation case, the petitioner's lawyer said here. The bench of Justice V. Gopal Gowda and Justice C. Nagappan also imposed a fine of Rs.1 lakh on the petitioner. The apex court said that the petitioner h...

19 days ago
Congress wants BJD to oppose land acquisition bill

Bhubaneswar, April 6 (IANS) While alleging a secret deal between the Biju Janata Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress party on Monday urged the BJD to not support the proposed land acquisition (amendment) bill in the Rajya Sabha. I appeal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal) to not support the land bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha, Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told mediaperso...

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Villagers to be relocated from Odisha sanctuary

Bhubaneswar, April 5 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to relocate the villagers living in the core areas of Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary in Kendrapada district, an official said here on Sunday. Villagers of Satabhaya, Kanhupur and Charigharia would be rehabilitated to Bagapatia, that will come under the buffer zone of the sanctuary. A committee of the State Board of Wi...

21 days ago
Student leader jailed for throwing egss at Odisha CM's convoy

Bhubaneswar, April 3 (IANS) A state Congress student leader was jailed on Friday for allegedly being involved in an incident of throwing eggs at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's convoy on February 19. Satyajit Patnaik, president of the Odisha unit of the NSUI -- Congress's student wing the National Students' Union of India -- was sent to judicial custody after his bail plea was rejected. ...

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Modi announces super speciality hospital for Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced the upgrade of the existing Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela to a super-speciality hospital-cum-medical college. Addressing a public meeting at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), he also promised a second bridge over the Brahmani river for the benefit of the people of Rourkela. This was the first visit of...

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Odisha awaits nod for international flights

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Even 17 months after getting the tag of an international airport, commercial operations are yet to begin at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here. Despite several requests from the Odisha government, the union civil aviation ministry is yet to give its final nod to low cost international carriers to commence flights to and from the lone full-fledged airp...

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Modi inaugurates revamped Rourkela Steel Plant unit

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the expanded and modernized unit of SAIL's Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP). Modi also visited the plate mill of RSP and held discussions on various development works carried out by the plant authorities. He will later address a public rally to be attended by Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir, Chief Minister Na...

24 days ago
Odisha CM launches subsidised food scheme

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a scheme here to provide subsidised food to the urban pooor in five cities, an official said. Patnaik announced that 'Aahar' will provide rice and dalma during lunch time to the poor at Rs.5 in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur, the official said. He will also formally lau...

29 days ago
Odisha to encourage people on renewable energy: CM

Bhubaneswar, March 26 (IANS) The Odisha government plans to bring in a policy which would encourage people to harness and utilise renewable energy on their rooftops and in backyards, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday. Sensitising legislators at a programme on renewable energy development, the chief minister said the government was taking an ambitious programme of energising ...

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India committed to maritime security: Sushama Swaraj

Bhubaneswar, March 20 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj on Friday said India was committed to maritime security, freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful commerce and peaceful settlement of disputes in the Indian Ocean region. We have been working with like-minded countries to preserve the integrity, inviolability and security of maritime domain which is a global commons. We...

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Odisha Congress backs Manmohan Singh, seeks CBI probe into CM's role

Bhubaneswar, March 17 (IANS) The Odisha unit of the Congress on Tuesday expressed solidarity with former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who was summoned in the coal scam case, and demanded that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik be probed by the CBI in connection with the scam. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan said the party on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolu...

1 month ago
Crime in Odisha on the rise: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, March 17 (IANS) Crime in Odisha is on the rise as 93,657 cases were registered in 2014 as compared to the 90,184 in 2013, according to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The rise was in major crimes such as rape, dowry torture, riots, loot and theft, but the number of murder cases declined compared to last year, Patnaik told the assembly late Monday in a written reply. A...

1 month ago
Uproar in Odisha assembly over question paper leak

Bhubaneswar, March 16 (IANS) The Odisha assembly on Monday witnessed a ruckus over the leak of a question paper that led to the cancellation of the written test for recruitment of police constables. While the opposition Congress demanded an inquiry into the question paper leak for the examination that got cancelled on Sunday, the BJP sought resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, w...

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