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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 ...

7 days ago
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...

10 days ago
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...

11 days 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...

11 days 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...

14 days ago
Opposition moves privilege motion against Odisha minister

Bhubaneswar, March 13 (IANS) The opposition Congress on Friday filed a breach of privilege notice against Odisha Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh for making false statements in the assembly. The Congress members alleged that the minister has made false statements in the house about police firing on anti-liquor protesters at Namtara village in Kendrapara district and th...

15 days ago
Dhamra Port pays Rs.74.48 cr to Odisha government

Bhubaneswar, March 12 (IANS) Dhamra port, a subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd., paid Rs.73.48 crore as revenue share of the port to the Odisha government on Thursday. Dhamra Port Company Ltd. (DPCL) director Santosh Kumar Mohapatra handed over a bank document of Rs.73.48 crore to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, said a release of DPCL. The money c...

16 days ago
Congress defends Manmohan Singh, says allocation above board

New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday strongly defended former prime minister Manmohan Singh following his being summoned in a coal block-allocation case and expressed confidence that the process of allocating 15 percent share to Hindalco will be found to be above board. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, however, said Manmohan Singh was paying for the sins of t...

16 days ago
Coal block allocation: Probe sought over Patnaik's role

Bhubaneswar, March 11 (IANS) After a special court summoned former prime minister Manmohan Singh in a coal block allocation case, the Congress and BJP on Wednesday expected that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's role would also be probed. Patnaik had recommended to the central government allocation of Talabira-II coal block to Hindalco in 2005. The CBI has the right to su...

18 days ago
Goyal assures adequate coal for Odisha industries

Bhubaneswar, March 9 (IANS) Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal assured Odisha on Monday that the central government will make every effort to ensure adequate availability of coal for the state's power sector and other industries. During a meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Odisha Bhavan in New Delhi, Goyal said the union government will ensure that the state receives maximum...

18 days ago
Revenue from coal blocks has crossed Rs.200,000-crore mark: Minister

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) The e-auctions of coal blocks thus far, along with other levies, will yield state governments more than Rs.200,000 and also result in lower power tariff for consumers, Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday. Delighted that the transparent e-auction of 32 coal blocks out of 204 cancelled coal blocks has already yielded poten...

22 days ago
Odisha to convert all thatched houses to concrete by 2019

Bhubaneswar, March 5 (IANS) Odisha was working on a mission to implement the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojona and all thatched houses will be converted to concrete ones by the end of 2019, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday. At an event held on Thursday, Patnaik urged the elected members of the three-tier panchayati raj institutions and officials to work for the development of villages...

22 days ago
Odisha CM hits out at centre's 'neglect'

Bhubaneswar, March 5 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday accused the central government of neglecting his state and reducing its funds. Addressing Biju Janata Dal (BJD) workers on the birth anniversary of his father and former chief minister Biju Patnaik, the party president said the centre was drastically cutting the share of Odisha in the 14th Finance Commission all...

25 days ago
Odisha to provide meal for Rs.5 to urban poor

Bhubaneswar, March 2 (IANS) In order to provide an affordable meal in five urban areas of the state, the Odisha government is all set to introduce Aahar scheme from this April, an official said here on Monday. Under the scheme, the government would provide a meal for five rupees to the urban poor in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela. The menu of the meal ...

25 days ago
Odisha government recommends setting up IIM in Sambalpur

Bhubaneswar, March 2 (IANS) Ahead of elections to the Sambalpur municipal corporation in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the Centre to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur under relaxed guidelines. In a letter to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Patnaik said: If central government is willing to rela...

26 days ago
Odisha to get more funds in Finance Commission: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar, March 1 (IANS) Refuting allegations that Odisha would lose revenue following the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Sunday that it would get about Rs.8,000 crore more funds per annum compared to the 13th commission allocations. Though the share of Odisha in tax devolution has decreased, the quantum of fund allo...

27 days ago
Budget disappointed Odisha: CM

Bhubaneswar, Feb 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday slammed the union budget, saying it disappointed and neglected his state. As regards Odisha, I am deeply disappointed both with the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission and the union budget, he said. Patnaik said that while the budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley indicates a focus on ...

28 days ago
Odisha CM wants more coal mines for non-regulated sectors

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cut the number of coal blocks reserved for the power sector and allot more mines for auction for the non-regulated sectors. In a letter to Modi, Patnaik said several companies had invested in the non-regulated sector comprising steel, aluminium and cement industries and their ca...

29 days ago
Rail budget: Parties react on expected lines in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 26 (IANS) Political parties in Odisha reacted on expected lines Thursday after the presentation of the railway budget for 2015-16 in parliament. While the Congress and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) expressed their disappointment despite an increase in budget allocation to the state against last year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described it people-oriented railwa...

1 month ago
Christians seek ban on Togadia's Kandhamal visit

Bhubaneswar, Feb 25 (IANS) A Christian group Wednesday demanded a ban on the proposed visit of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Pravin Togadia to Odisha's Kandhamal district later this month saying it might disturb the peace in the area. Indian Christian Voice President Abraham Mathai said he has written to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urging him to intervene. Togadia is...

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