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Congress, BJP flay Odisha government over Nabakalebar infra work

Bhubaneswar, July 3 (IANS) The opposition Congress and BJP on Friday lashed out at the Odisha government over the tardy progress of work related to the upcoming Nabakalebar festival and demanded details of the money allocated for infrastructure projects. The ruling Biju Janata Dal asked the opposition parties not to play politics over the religious festival. Pradesh Congress Comm...

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Odisha to hold driving licence camps for students

Bhubaneswar, July 1 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to conduct special camps at colleges to hold tests for issuing learners' driving licences to students, a minister said here on Wednesday. Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said the special camps would encourage youngsters to understand the importance of rules and regulations while driving a vehicle on the road.

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Odisha to give ex-gratia to kin of victims of seven more calamities

Bhubaneswar, June 30 (IANS) The Odisha government on Tuesday added seven more state-specific calamities to those for which the families of the deceased will get Rs.4 lakh ex-gratia compensation, said officials. These calamities are lightning, whirlwind, tornado, heavy rain, drowning, boat accident and snakebite. The kin of sunstroke victims will get Rs.50,000, said an official of...

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BJP launches campaign over Nabakalebar fiasco

Bhubaneswar, June 30 (IANS) Protesting the gross deviation in the 'Brahma Parivartan' ritual of the deities in Shree Jagannath temple, the Odisha BJP on Tuesday kicked off a weeklong 'Shree Jagannath Sanskruti Suraksha Yatra' from Puri. The yatra was flagged off from the Grand Road of Puri in the presence of party's senior leaders will move across the state to protest gross mismanagement...

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Ranchi-Vijayawada highway to be completed by March 2017

Bhubaneswar, June 27 (IANS) The 1,205 km Ranchi-Vijayawada national highway passing through Maoist-affected areas of Odisha would be completed by March 2017, the authorities said on Saturday after a review meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The state government expects that the development of the road would usher in economic development in the tribal areas besides containing Mao...

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FIR filed against Odisha CM, vigilance director

Bhubaneswar, June 27 (IANS) A First Information Report (F.I.R) was filed against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Vigilance Director K.B. Singh on Saturday for falsely implicating former DGP Prakash Mishra in a financial irregularities case. The complaint was filed by former MP and Utkal Bharat president M.A. Kharabela Swain. Swain filed the F.I.R with the city police her...

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Odisha to restructure plan panel

Bhubaneswar, June 23 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to revamp the state Planning Board and develop it as a 'Professional Think Tank'. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took the decision to restructure the plan panel after holding the annual review meeting of the Planning and Coordination Department here on Tuesday. To attune the developmental schemes with the local needs ...

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Odisha proposes new advertisement policy

Bhubaneswar, June 23 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to formulate a new advertisement policy for the electronic and print media, said an official on Tuesday. Holding a review meeting of the Information and Public Relations (I&PR) department here, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the inter-departmental committee, formed under the chairmanship of the Development Comm...

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Naveen deputes four ministers for 'Rath Yatra'

Bhubaneswar, June 22 (IANS) A week after the 'Brahma Paribartan' fiasco at Shree Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday asked four ministers to camp in Puri and ensure smooth celebration of the 'Rath Yatra' (car festival) on July 18. The chief minister asked Housing and Urban Development Minister Puspendra Singhdeo, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ata...

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Odisha to generate more jobs, draw investments in industry

Bhubaneswar, June 22 (IANS) The Odisha government on Monday set a target to create additional employment for three lakh people and attract new investments to the tune of Rs.1.73 lakh crore by 2019-20 financial year in the industrial sector in the state. The government has also targeted to increase the manufacturing growth by 60 percent with an increase of 15 percent on a yearly basis.

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Odisha to set up special units to check crimes against women

Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) In a bid to check crimes against women in Odisha, the state government on Saturday approved a move to set up seven Investigating Units for Crime Against Women (IUCAWs). Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the appointment of 105 police officers to deal with women related crimes, his office said in a release. The units will be based in Bhubaneswar, B...

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PM wishes Jharkhand governor on her birthday

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended birthday greetings to Droupadi Murmu, the first woman governor of Jharkhand. I convey warm birthday greetings to the governor of Jharkhand, Droupadi Murmu ji, Modi tweeted. Murmu was on May 18 sworn in as the governor of Jharkhand. A two-time BJP MLA from Odisha, she was a minister in the Naveen Patnaik c...

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Opposition blames Odisha government for temple ritual fiasco

Bhubaneswar, June 19 (IANS) The alleged mismanagement of 'Brahma Paribartan' ceremony at Lord Jagannath's temple continued to rock state politics on Friday as the Congress and BJP blamed the Odisha government for the fiasco. The ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD) accused both the opposition parties of politicising the whole issue. While the Congress demanded Chief Minister Naveen Patnai...

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Blame game in Odisha over delay in 'Brahma Parivartan'

Bhubaneswar, June 17 (IANS) Mudslinging has erupted in Odisha among political parties, administration and temple servitors after inordinate delay in performing the secret Brahma Parivartan rituals in Puri's historic Jagannath temple. Brahma Parivartan means infusion of soul substance from old idols into the new idols of Lord Jagannath and siblings. In a major departure from tradi...

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Raja fest begins in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 14 (IANS) The three-day Raja festival marking the start of rainy season began across the coastal state with fervour and gaiety on Sunday, with a slight drop in the temperature adding to the public enthusiasm over the celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion. Greetings to the...

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BJP meets to chalk out Odisha roadmap

Bhubaneswar, June 13 (IANS) A day after clearing the decks for the induction of former chief minister Giridhar Gamang into the party's fold, the BJP's Odisha unit on Saturday met to chalk out the future roadmap for the party. Eyeing the 2019 election, the state wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held its core committee and programme implementation committee meetings to prepare a bl...

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Odisha seeks CRPF battalion, chopper to counter Maoists

Bhubaneswar, June 12 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the Centre to deploy one more CRPF battalion on the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border to counter the movement of Maoists into the state. In a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, Patnaik said that there is an urgent need to augment the forces in Nuapada and Malkangiri districts to sustain an...

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Global carriers get VAT exemption on ATF in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 11 (IANS) In a bid to attract international flight operators in Odisha, the state cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to exempt international air carriers from paying value added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF). This incentive by the state government is a bid to strengthen the aviation network in the state and to attract international as well as domestic ai...

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BJD-BJP slowing down chit fund scam probe: CPI

Bhubaneswar, June 10 (IANS) CPI leader D. Raja on Wednesday took a dig at the BJP-led central government and BJD-led Odisha government, alleging they had a tacit understanding to slow down the CBI probe into chit fund scam in the state. He said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should clarify if there was any secret understanding between the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Jan...

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Odisha preparing policy to boost fisheries sector: CM

Bhubaneswar, June 10 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said the government is working to finalise a comprehensive policy to accelerate growth in the fisheries sector. The state government has targetted to enhance the marine food production to Rs.10,000 crore in the next five years. Odisha has produced 4.67 lakh tonnes of fish last year, which is an increas...

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