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BJD declares party candidates for Rajya Sabha polls

Bhubaneswar, May 27 (IANS) Odisha's ruling BJD will field party leaders Prasanna Acharya, Bishnu Charan Das and N Bhaskar Rao in the June 11 Rajya Sabha elections, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Friday. Three senior leaders of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have been chosen for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha election. They are Prasanna Acharya, Bishnu Charan Das and N Bhaskar Rao, Patnai...

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Pradhan asks Odisha to speed work for Lord Jagannath coin

Bhubaneswar, May 26 (IANS) Following delay in release of a commemorative coin on Lord Jagannath's Nabakalebara festival, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday asked the Odisha government to speed up furnishing designs and photos of the deity to the central government for the purpose. Pradhan sought the intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to direct the Shree Jagannat...

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Biju Janata Dal is 'B team' of BJP: Congress

Bhubaneswar, May 26 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday targeted the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, saying it is the B team of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Taking a swipe at the BJD and BJP, All-India Congress Committee spokesperson and Congress MP Sushmita Dev said the two parties have struck a deal to bail out each other. She alleged that the CBI inquiry into the chi...

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Rajya Sabha polls in Odisha on June 11

Bhubaneswar, May 24 (IANS) The Odisha legislative assembly secretariat on Tuesday announced elections will be held on June 11 to three Rajya Sabha seats from the state falling vacant from July 1. Election is to be held for 3 members to the Council of States by the elected members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly in pursuance of Election Commission's Notification No 318/CS/2/2016(1), da...

5 days ago
Modi-Naveen meet, Odisha gets funds to fight drought

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The government on Saturday released Rs.600 crore more to Odisha after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik discussed the drought and water scarcity in parts of the state. A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said Rs.600.52 crore had been released to the state under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) after adjustmen...

5 days ago
Odisha to implement language law by August 15: CM

Bhubaneswar, May 21 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said his government will implement the Odisha Official Languages Act, 1954, by August 15. The Odisha Official Languages Rules are in an advanced stage of formulation for better adoption of the Odia language in transaction of official business in the state. The Act of 1954 is being suitably amended for the purpose...

7 days ago
Odisha joint working group calls for setting up locomotive workshop

Bhubaneswar, May 20 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to consider a joint working group recommendation and set up an Electric Locomotive Periodic Overhaul (POH) workshop in Kalahandi district. Patnaik said the government would provide 250 acres of land required to set up the workshop for greater interest of the state.

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Cyclone Roanu puts Odisha on alert

Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) The Odisha government on Thursday directed the administration to stay alert to meet any eventuality with cyclonic storm 'Roanu' likely to cross the coastal areas in the next two days. Taking a review meeting, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed that no government employee will be allowed to take leave on May 20-21 and asked various departments to stay alert....

9 days ago
Modi assures Odisha CM on temple repair

Bhubaneswar, May 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on necessary instructions for the repair of Jagamohan prayer hall structure at the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri. In a telephonic conversation with Modi, the chief minister said the structural safety of Jagamohan, facing the sanctum sanctorum, is an important issue for all and ...

9 days ago
Odisha opposition blames government for legislative disruptions

Bhubaneswar, May 17 (IANS) A day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik blamed the opposition for stalling the assembly proceedings, the Congress and BJP on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for choking the voice of opposition. The state government has committed murder of democracy in broad daylight, they said. Notably, the budget session...

9 days ago
Free higher education for orphan students in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday approved a 'green passage scheme' to provide higher education to orphan students free of charge. Under the scheme, the state government would bear the cost of the admission fee, tuition fees and laboratory fees incurred by orphan students pursuing education from 'plus 2' (class 11 and 12) to doctoral degree level,...

10 days ago
Budget session of Odisha assembly adjourned sine die

Bhubaneswar, May 16 (IANS) The budget session of Odisha Assembly was adjourned sine die on Monday, four days ahead of schedule, with both the ruling BJD and the opposition blaming each other for stalling house proceedings. The house, which was scheduled to be in session till May 20, had sittings for 27 days in two phases. The session began on March 15 where Finance Minister Prad...

13 days ago
Odisha's SC/ST MLAs plead with CM on reservation

Bhubaneswar, May 13 (IANS) The Odisha assembly on Friday witnessed an unusual scene when opposition MLAs belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes fell at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's feet and begged for the implementation of a reservation law. The MLAs have been staging a sit-in strike for the past three days in support of the Odisha Reservation of Vacancies (ORV) Act that ensures...

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Widow of gardener who caught Godse gets Rs.5 lakh

Bhubaneswar, May 11 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday handed over a cheque for Rs.5 lakh to the widow of Raghu Nayak, who had caught Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse in 1948. Patnaik felicitated Mandodari Nayak at the secretariat here. She was accompanied by the Kendrapada District Collector and her family members. Raghu, a native of Jaguliapada in...

18 days ago
Odisha CM launches DBT scheme for farmers

Bhubaneswar, May 9 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched a 'Direct Benefit Transfer' scheme for the state's farmers. The farmers can now get themselves registered online to purchase seeds and get the subsidy amount in their bank account directly under the scheme. Patnaik also ploughed a field at Laxminarayanpur village in Puri district on Akshaya Tritiya...

18 days ago
Government can't afford to deny fundamental rights: Apex court CJ

Cuttack, May 8 (IANS) Supreme Court Chief Justice T.S. Thakur on Sunday once again raised the issue of shortage of judges and said the government cannot afford to deny the people their fundamental rights, which included access to justice. He said the shortage of judges was one of the formidable challenges the Indian judiciary was facing at present. Access to justice is a funda...

20 days ago
Congress demands President's rule in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 7 (IANS) Citing the dictatorial attitude of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the Odisha assembly, Congress legislators on Saturday appealed to Governor S.C. Jamir to recommend invoking of President's rule in the state. If a ruling party with brute majority is determined not to allow the opposition to have their say, where stands democracy? said the memorandum submitte...

22 days ago
Odisha CM joins Facebook

Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Wednesday that he had joined the social media platform Facebook. Patnaik had joined Twitter in September last year. The chief minister's Facebook page will facilitate feedback from people and promote better delivery of services and governance, said a statement from his office. Citizens are encou...

22 days ago
Pandemonium in Odisha Assembly over chit fund money

Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) The Odisha Assembly on Wednesday witnessed chaotic scenes, with the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and opposition parties trading barbs over the chit fund scam that has rocked the state. Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators created a ruckus in the House, seeking clarifications from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the transfer of money to BJ...

23 days ago
Compensatory Afforestation Fund bill to create special funds

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Lok Sabha has passed the much talked about Compensatory Afforestation Fund bill, 2015 that seeks to establish setting up of a National Compensatory Afforestation Fund and also a State Compensatory Afforestation Fund. Thanking the members for their cooperation in passing the bill, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday evening said it will be a historica...

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