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BJD expels senior leader for anti-party activities

Bhubaneswar, Sep 20 (IANS) Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Saturday expelled senior leader and former state finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai for anti-party activities. Prafulla Chandra Ghadai has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities with immediate effect, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters. The expulsion came hours after local newspaper S...

12 hours ago
BJD expels senior leader for anti-party activities

Bhubaneswar, Sep 20 (IANS) Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Saturday expelled its senior leader and former state finance minister Prafulla Ghadai from the party for anti-party activities. Prafulla Ghadai has been expelled from the party, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters. The expulsion came hours after local newspaper Sambad published excerpt of an yet-to-be publi...

3 days ago
Odisha CM writes to Centre over urea shortfall

Bhubaneswar, Sep 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday wrote a letter to the central government to draw its attention towards the shortage of urea in the state. In a letter to union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, Patnaik said Odisha has received only 3,09,278 tonnes of urea so far for this Kharif season against the allocation of 4,50,000 tonnes.

8 days ago
Odisha to get Rs.1 lakh crore investment: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar, Sep 12 (IANS) Odisha will receive investment of about Rs.1 lakh crore during in the coming five years in petrochemicals, oil and gas sector, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said here Friday. The Indian Oil Corporation Limited has already invested Rs.34,000 crore to set up a 15 million tonnes capacity oil refinery at the port town of Paradip...

11 days ago
Vedanta to double Odisha refinery capacity by 2015-end

Bhubaneswar, Sep 9 (IANS) Vedanta Resources has planned to double the capacity of its one-million-tonne per annum alumina refinery in Odisha by the end of next year, its chairman Anil Agarwal said here Tuesday. It can ramp up its capacity to full six million tonnes in another two years only if it gets adequate supply of bauxite, the main raw material required to produce alumina, Agarwal ...

11 days ago
Odisha CM announces Rs.5 crore aid for Kashmir

Bhubaneswar, Sep 9 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday announced an assistance of Rs.5 crore for relief and restoration work in flood-affected regions of Jammu and Kashmir. The aid will be given from the chief minister's relief fund, a statement said. A team of 40 personnel from Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) is ready with all required equipment and b...

15 days ago
BJD MP Hemendra Chandra Singh is dead

Bhubaneswar, Sep 5 (IANS) Hemendra Chandra Singh, a first time MP of Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), died of sepsis and multiple organ failure at a private hospital here early Friday, family sources said. He was 47. A scion of the Nayagarh royal family, Singh represented the Kandhamal constituency in the Lok Sabha. He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. He w...

23 days ago
Odisha CM launches Rourkela-Jagdalpur road project

Bhubaneswar, Aug 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday launched the 656-km long expressway project that will provide better connectivity between Rourkela in the state and Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. The project is named after his late father Biju Patnaik and would be implemented at a total cost of Rs.3,200 crore in two phases, an official of the Chief Minister Office, to...

24 days ago
Centre considering Posco mining project favourably: Minister

Bhubaneswar, Aug 27 (IANS) Union Mines and Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday said the central government is considering the mining project of South Korean steel major Posco in Odisha with positivity. We are considering the case with positivity, the minister told reporters here. The state government early this year had recommended to the central government that the Kha...

25 days ago
BJP demands CBI probe into Odisha land scam

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 (IANS) The BJP Tuesday staged a demonstration here demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged multi-crore land scam in Odisha. Accusing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of encouraging such illegal acts and not taking action against those involved, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also demanded an inquiry into the land allotments made here an...

1 month ago
Patnaik calls for economic diversification

Bhubaneswar, Aug 15 (IANS) Economic diversification is necessary for disaster prone Odisha which often faces floods and cyclones, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here Friday. The natural calamities like rain, flood and cyclone have been affecting Odisha all the time, Patnaik said after hoisting the tricolour at the Independence Day celebrations at Mahatma Gandhi Marg here. Suc...

1 month ago
TRS seeks non-NDA support to oppose powers to governor

Hyderabad, Aug 10 (IANS) TRS is mobilising support of non-NDA parties to oppose the central government's decision to entrust special powers to the Telangana governor for maintaining law and order in Hyderabad. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana Sunday began efforts to rope in parties like AIADMK, Trinamool Congress, Biju Janta Dal and Janata Dal-United. Telangana Ch...

1 month ago
Odisha CM releases sand art coffee-table book

Bhubaneswar, Aug 8 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday released a coffee-table book on sand art published by internationally acclaimed sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik. The book 'Imaginations in Sand' is considered to be the first coffee-table book on sand art in India. The book which has 11 broad categories is priced at Rs.2,000. It contains photographs of the sand...

1 month ago
Odisha floods kill 35, affect 1.8 mn

Bhubaneswar, Aug 7 (IANS) The floods triggered by heavy rains in the past week have affected nearly 1.8 million people in Odisha with the death toll rising to 35, an official said Thursday. Eight more deaths were reported from 24 of the state's 30 districts, taking the number of those killed in rain-and flood-related incidents since July to 35, a revenue and disaster management departmen...

1 month ago
Odisha inks pact for second airport in the state

Bhubaneswar, July 30 (IANS) The Odisha government Wednesday signed a pact with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for developing the state's second airport in the district headquarters town of Jharsuguda, an official said. The memorandum of understanding was signed between AAI chairman Alok Sinha and special secretary, general administration department, Nitin Chandra in the presence of...

1 month 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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...

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