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Odisha CM condemns Maoist attack on security personnel

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has condemned Wednesday's Maoist attack that left three BSF personnel and one civilian dead in the state's Malkangiri district. My government strongly condemns the action of the CPI Maoists. Left wing extremism in some parts of the state continues to be a challenge. We stand resolute to eradicate this menace, he said in a st...

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Odisha for long-term relationship with Britain

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 (IANS) Maintaining that the British government has over the years partnered with Odisha in several key achievements across sectors, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday batted for a long-term relationship with Britain. I think Britain can also be a key partner in areas like sustainable urbanisation, climate change, education, tourism and culture. I look f...

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Odisha wants PM-level meeting to resolve Posco issue

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 (IANS) Odisha has decided to hold a meeting at the prime ministerial level to facilitate the setting up of the $12 billion Posco steel project after a tripartite meeting to resolve the issue remained inconclusive. The tripartite meeting on Posco issue that was held at New Delhi on Tuesday remained inconclusive. Another high-level meeting to be chaired by Prime Ministe...

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Law and order in Odisha under control: CM

Bhubaneswar, Aug 25 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the law and order situation in his state was peaceful barring a few stray incidents. There has been progressive improvement in the overall left wing extremism (LWE) in the state in terms of decline in the intensity of Maoist activity and violence, the chief minister told the assembly, while replying to an adj...

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No one to be spared in Sarathi baba case: Odisha government

Bhubaneswar, Aug 24 (IANS) As the Odisha assembly debated the Sarathi baba issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh on Monday said no one involved in the case would be spared. Replying on behalf of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to an adjournment motion moved by the opposition over the Sarathi baba issue, Arukh told the assembly that the government shielded no one and a...

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167 IAS, IPS, IFS posts lying vacant in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 24 (IANS) As many as 167 Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) posts are lying vacant in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Monday. The chief minister said of the total 555 sanctioned posts, 167 posts are lying vacant in the state. There are 182 IAS officers against the sanctioned strength of 2...

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Congress protests unruly behaviour of BJD leaders

Bhubaneswar, Aug 21 (IANS) Pandemonium continued in the Odisha assembly on Friday as the opposition Congress staged a sit-in to protest the allegedly undemocratic behaviour of some ruling BJD party members in the house. The Congress sought an apology from the leader of the house and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after their banners were torn off by ruling party members while the Congress...

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Odisha seeks Centre's help in dealing with Posco

Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 (IANS) Odisha Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick on Thursday said the state government will request the Centre to facilitate a discussion with Korean steel-maker Posco to set up their $12 billion steel mega-plant in Jagatsinghpur district. The chief secretary has been asked to apprise the government about the present status of the Posco project in the state. Th...

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Odisha assembly pays rich tributes to Kalam

Bhubaneswar, Aug 18 (IANS) The Odisha assembly on Tuesday paid rich tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and former chief minister Janaki Ballabh Patnaik among others on the first day of the monsoon session. The house adjourned till Wednesday after paying tributes to the departed souls. As soon as the house assembled, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik moved the condolence ...

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Congres, BJP demand Odisha CM's resignation

Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (IANS) A day before Odisha assembly's monsoon session begins, the opposition Congress and the BJP on Monday demanded resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on issues of Sarathi Baba and false implication of former DGP Prakash Mishra. While Congress took out a massive rally and submitted a memorandum to Governor S.C. Jamir, demanding Patnaik's resignation for det...

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Odisha assembly session to be a stormy affair

Bhubaneswar, Aug 16 (IANS) The monsoon session of Odisha assembly beginning on August 18 is likely to be a stormy affair as the opposition Congress and BJP are all set to corner the Naveen Patnaik government over Brahma Paribartan mess and deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The opposition parties have decided to raise the issue of mismanagement during the Nabakalebara fe...

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Odisha celebrates Independence Day

Bhubaneswar, Aug 15 (IANS) The 69th Independence Day was celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm across Odisha on Saturday amid tight security. Hoisting the national flag at Mahatma Gandhi Marg here, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Odisha is on development path and evelopment has opened the gate to fulfil the aspirations of the people. Informing that the state government has dec...

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Odisha inks MoU for sustainable livelihood of tribals

Bhubaneswar, Aug 14 (IANS) The Odisha government on Friday signed an agreement with the Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF) to initiate a project aimed at creating employment and sustainable livelihood opportunities for the unemployed and other marginalised sections of tribal communities. The state's handloom, textiles and handicrafts department and the Asian Heritage Foundation, a Delhi-bas...

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Odisha unveils roadmap to boost fish production

Bhubaneswar, Aug 14 (IANS) Odisha has rolled out a new fishery policy to increase fish production which would create employment opportunities for over two lakh people, an official said on Friday. 'The Odisha Fishery Policy 2015' endorsed by the state cabinet led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik aims to enhance the annual fish production in the state by 2020 to 7.15 lakh tonnes from the p...

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Rs.1,500 crore granted for 24x7 power supply in Odisha's twin cities

Bhubaneswar, Aug 13 (IANS) The Odisha cabinet on Thursday approved a Rs.1,500 crore State Capital Region Improvement of Power System that aims to provide a fool-proof and efficient power system in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to spend the money over a five years timeframe from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

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Odisha launches Youth Innovation Fund

Bhubaneswar, Aug 11 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched Youth Innovation Fund, an initiative to encourage youth entrepreneurship and innovation in the state. The Rs.2 crore fund has been created to motivate youth to come out with new ideas and promote innovative products and services for the cause of socio-economic development of the state. More than a...

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Clashes in Odisha for godman's arrest

Bhubaneswar, Aug 7 (IANS) A group of people, who were demanding arrest of self-styled godman Srimad Sarathi Baba over his alleged sexual escapades, on Friday clashed with security forces in Odisha's Kendrapara, prompting police to use canes and lob teargas shells to disperse them. The Crime Branch was inquiring into the alleged sexual escapades of the self-styled godman who had spent thr...

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Odisha to facilitate coaching for civil service aspirants

Bhubaneswar, Aug 6 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced a package to provide assistance to the state's candidates who clear the civil services main examination to avail coaching from the country's best institutions. I would like to announce that the state government will soon come out with a package to encourage civil service aspirants from Odisha. Th...

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Crime branch probe launched against Odisha godman

Bhubaneswar, Aug 6 (IANS) The Odisha crime branch on Thursday launched a probe against controversial self-proclaimed godman Sarathi Baba after a statewide outcry over his alleged affair with a woman. We will conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the allegations made against Sarathi Baba. A team will move to Kendrapada to initiate investigation on Friday, said crime branch Additional Direc...

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Rath Yatra drew 58 lakh devotees

Bhubaneswar, Aug 5 (IANS) The Odisha government said on Wednesday that 58 lakh devotees thronged the Hindu holy town of Puri during the Rath Yatra at the Jagannath temple. Taking a review meeting after the completion of Nabakalebar festival, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed satisfaction over the management of the event. Meanwhile, the government has identified 131 acres o...

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