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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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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Odisha announces packages for construction workers

Bhubaneswar, Feb 21 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday announced various packages, including brick and cement houses and pension, for the state's construction workers. The government has decided to launch 'Nirman Shramik Pucca Ghar Yojana' to provide shelter to the construction workers. Construction workers having registration for a minimum period of 5 years wi...

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Odisha: ACP, ASI suspended over CM's security breach

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) have been suspended over an incident of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's security breach, said twin city Police Commissioner R.P. Sharma Friday. ACP S.K. Sarifuddin and ASI of Kharvela Nagar police station P.K. Sahu have been suspended for dereliction of duty. Both were engaged fo...

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Seven Congress workers held for blocking Patnaik's cavalcade

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) At least seven workers of the opposition Congress party were arrested in Bhubaneswar for blocking Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's cavalcade here, police said Friday. We have arrested seven people. They all are Congress workers. We are likely to arrest a few more in the incident soon, Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyabrata Bhoi told IANS. Patnai...

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Eggs thrown at Naveen Patnaik's carcade

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Eggs were hurled and black flags waved by a group of protestors at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's cavalcade here Thursday. The incident occurred near Keshari Talkies in Bhubaneswar while the chief minister was on his way to attend the annual function of Utkal University students' union. Breaching the security cordon, the activists pelted eggs at...

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Odisha seeks more allocation of fertilisers

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday urged the Centre to increase allocation of fertilisers to the state to safeguard the interest of farming community. Taking into account the cropping pattern and soil fertility level, it is estimated that the ideal fertiliser consumption for the state would be about 126 kg per hectare (Ha). But due to inadequate alloc...

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Naveen hails, opposition flays Odisha budget

Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday described the annual budget presented for 2015-16 as progressive and pro-people while the opposition Congress and BJP said the budget deflects from development agenda. The budget presented today (Monday) is progressive, inclusive and pro-people. Significant focus has been given for empowerment of vulnerable section...

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'Modi lost because he did not corporatize fast enough?'

Politicians and pundits across the country have been served notice by the Delhi electorate: please take a bow and make way. Mingled with the voter's ecstasy is a primeval cry: we are tired of old politics. Meanwhile Kejriwal's cup runneth over. Dene waley mujhe dena hain to itna de de Phir mujhe shikwa e kotahiye daaman ho jaaey (Creator, shower on me your blessin...

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Waive charges for central forces: Orissa CM

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday urged the central government to waive off Rs.1,450.29 crore charged for the deployment of central forces in the Maoist-affected areas of the state. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Patnaik said it is the responsibility of both the Centre and the states to fight left-wing extremism in various parts ...

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AAP's win reflects in Odisha assembly

Bhubaneswar, Feb 10 (IANS) The thumping victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi assembly election was reflected in the Odisha assembly Tuesday as the ruling BJD targeted the Congress and the BJP, stating that the people were searching for alternative politics other than the two national parties. The matter was raised during zero hour by BJD member Ranendra Pratap Swain in the assembl...

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Meritorious sportspersons to get jobs in Odisha Police

Bhubaneswar, Feb 10 (IANS) Odisha Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sudam Marandi Tuesday said meritorious sportspersons will be appointed directly in group 'B' and 'C' category of Odisha Police, depending on their achievements in national and international games. In its effort to encourage sportspersons to excel in national and international level, the state government has decided that ...

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States need more flexibility to design programmes: Odisha CM

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday said the central government must provide greater flexibility to the states for designing and implementing programmes suited to their specific needs. Participating in the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog here, Patnaik expressed concern over arbitrary cuts under existing central schemes that have led to...

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