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1 day ago
Sound & Light shows at three Odisha heritage sites

Bhubaneswar, Oct 21 (IANS) The Odisha government Tuesday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the the India Tourism Development Corporation for Sound and Light shows at three heritage sites in the state. The shows will be introduced at Khandagiri-Udaygiri caves, Dhauli and the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark. The central government has sanctioned Rs.5 crore each for the three...

3 days ago
Thank you, says Odisha CM after poll win

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) After Biju Janata Dal candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh won the Kandhamal Lok Sabha byelection Sunday, party president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday thanked the people for the win. I would like to thank the people of the Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency for having bestowed the blessings so generously on the BJD, he told reporters here.

3 days ago
BJD wins Odisha Lok Sabha byelection

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Sunday won the Kandhamal Lok Sabha byelection in Odisha by a margin of nearly three lakh votes, officials said. Rajeswari secured 477,529 votes while her nearest rival, Rudra Madhav Ray of the Bharatiya Janata Party, received 178,661 votes, state's joint chief electoral officer Jyoti Prakash Das tol...

3 days ago
BJD set to win Odisha Lok Sabha by-poll

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) BJD candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh is all set win the Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-poll Sunday as she is ahead of her nearest rival by over two lakh votes. The widow of Hemendra Narayan Singh, the Lok Sabha member who died recently necessitating the bypoll, she has secured over 422,286 votes while her rival, Rudramadhav Ray of the BJP has managed to secure 162,...

4 days ago
Odisha to recruit 50,000 new employees

Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) The Odisha government Saturday decided to recruit 50,000 new employees for its various departments in the current financial year, an official statement said. It was decided at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here. At present, a total of 60,937 posts are lying vacant in various state government depar...

5 days ago
Odisha CM pushes for international flights

Bhubaneswar, Oct 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday urged Union Civil Aviation Minister A. Gajapathi Raju to take an early decision to begin international flights from the Biju Patnaik International Airport here. Considering the industrial, commercial and tourist importance of Odisha, a decision on this issue may be taken urgently, said the chief minister in a letter t...

6 days ago
Odisha seeks Rs.500 crore for relief work

Bhubaneswar, Oct 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction interim assistance of Rs.500 crore for relief and restoration work following the damage caused in the state by cyclone Hudhud. The cyclonic storm that hit the state Oct 12 has caused massive damage to public property and other infrastructure in southern and coastal Odis...

7 days ago
Odisha's Rs.5 crore cyclone aid for Andhra

Bhubaneswar, Oct 15 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday announced an assistance of Rs.5 crore for cyclone-ravaged Andhra Pradesh. Cyclonic storm Hudhud wreaked havoc in the southern state after it hit Visakhapatnam Oct 12. Expressing his deep sympathy for loss of lives and property, Patnaik said people of Odisha are with those of Andhra during this critical mome...

9 days ago
Odisha help for cyclone-hit Andhra

Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 (IANS) The Odisha government has extended a helping hand to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh which bore the brunt of cyclone Hudhud, an official said here Monday. Andhra Pradesh had come to the help of Odisha during the 1999 super cyclone. Reciprocating the gesture by Andhra Pradesh 15 years ago, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik assured his Andhra Pradesh count...

9 days ago
48,000 houses damaged in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 (IANS) Around 48,000 houses, 24 transformers and 600 electric poles have been damaged while hundreds of trees have been uprooted due to cyclone Hudhud that hit Odisha, a state government report said Monday. The report was discussed at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. I had a meeting about the damage being done to infrastructure in the ...

10 days ago
Cyclone hits east coast, four killed in Andhra, Odisha

Visakhapatnam/Bhubaneswar, Oct 12 (IANS) Cyclonic storm Hudhud hit the Andhra Pradesh coast Sunday, triggering heavy rains and strong gales, which wrecked havoc in the state's coastal region killing three people while one more death was reported from neighbouring Odisha. The heavy downpour accompanied by powerful winds with speeds reaching up to 185 kmph uprooted trees, felled electricit...

10 days ago
Three die in Odisha as heavy downpour continues

Bhubaneswar, Oct 12 (IANS) Three people were killed in Odisha as heavy downpour, triggered by cyclonic storm 'Hudhud', continued to lash the state Sunday, officials said. The heavy rainfall also inundated many areas in the state. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast heavy to very heavy rain in eight districts in the state's southern region and said rain would likely continu...

14 days ago
Odisha to crack whip on potato hoarders

Bhubaneswar, Oct 8 (IANS) With potato and onion prices in retail markets ruling high after people indulged in panic buying as cyclonic storm 'Hudud' brewed over the Bay of Bengal, the Odisha government Wednesday directed all district collectors to crack the whip on potato hoarders. Following the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who reviewed the cyclone situation here, the food...

14 days ago
Cyclone heads to Andhra, Odisha coast

Bhubaneswar, Oct 8 (IANS) An approaching cyclone will cross Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Odisha coast by Sunday noon and preparations have been made to meet the situation, authorities said Wednesday. The deep depression over Andaman Sea and neighbourhood ... intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Hudud' and lay centred at 8.30 a.m. today (Wednesday) over Andaman Sea and adjoining Bay of Beng...

14 days ago
Odisha well-prepared to face cyclone: Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, Oct 8 (IANS) Even as the met department predicted that a cyclone will hit areas between Kalingapatnam and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh Oct 12, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said the state was fully prepared to meet any eventuality arising out of the cyclonic storm. A cyclonic storm will cross Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Odisha coast by Sunday noon, auth...

14 days ago
Odisha prepares for cyclone

Bhubaneswar, Oct 8 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Wednesday the state is fully prepared to meet any eventuality arising out of a possible cyclonic storm. I reviewed the cyclone situation with all the concerned departments. All the preparations have been made to meet the situation. The departments have been asked to prepare contingency plan to deal with it, he said after...

15 days ago
Odisha braces for likely cyclonic storm

Bhubaneswar, Oct 7 (IANS) Over half of Odisha has been put on high alert for a possible cyclonic storm, the authorities said Tuesday. Panic gripped people in coastal Odisha after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicated that low pressure formed over Tenasserim Coast and adjoining Andaman Sea has concentrated into a depression which is located 1,380 km south-east of Gopalpur.

15 days ago
Triangular contest on cards in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 7 (IANS) The Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha will witness a triangular contest involving the ruling BJD, the Congress and the BJP in the Oct 15 byelection. The election was necessitated by the death of Biju Janata Dal's Hemendra Chandra Singh. While the ruling party has fielded his wife Pratyusha Rajeswari, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Cong...

16 days ago
Patnaik raises Odisha development issues with Modi

Bhubaneswar, Oct 6 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and discussed with him issues concerning the socio-economic development of the state. Patnaik informed Modi that Nabakalebar festival of Lord Jagannath is scheduled to be held in Puri in July 2015 and requires preparations on a war-footing, including creation of adequate in...

16 days ago
Eid celebrated in Odisha with religious fervour

Bhubaneswar, Oct 6 (IANS) Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated across Odisha with religious fervour Monday. A large number of Hindu families joined the Muslims at several places as a mark of peace and brotherhood. Muslims offered special prayers at mosques, eidgahs and open grounds in places like Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore and Sambalpur. Hindu families visited the houses of their M...

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