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Subroto Bagchi to lead Odisha's skill development authority

Bhubaneswar, April 29 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced the setting up of a skill development authority, which is to be chaired by Subroto Bagchi, one of the founders of information technology firm Mindtree Ltd, The Odisha Skill Development Authority will guide and implement all skill development programmes in the state to ensure quality training standards a...

2 days ago
Fire breaks out in Odisha chief minister's chamber

Bhubaneswar, April 27 (IANS) A minor fire broke out due to electrical short-circuiting in the chamber of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the state assembly building on Wednesday. No loss of life or damage to documents was reported. Director General of Police K.B. Singh, who rushed to the chief minister's chamber, said an electrical short circuiting from the digital clock on a set...

5 days ago
Fill up vacant HC judges' posts: Odisha to Centre

Bhubaneswar, April 24 (IANS) Expressing concern over the pendency of cases in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday urged the central government to fill up the vacant eight posts of judges in the Orissa High Court as soon as possible. Attending a joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts in New Delhi, Patnaik said that despite non-receipt of central ...

9 days ago
Odisha CM inaugurates 100 drinking water projects

Bhubaneswar, April 20 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday inaugurated 100 urban drinking water supply projects worth Rs.63 crore to benefit 27 lakh people living in 41 urban local bodies in the state. About 65 lakh of the 4.20 crore people in Odisha live in urban areas. The chief minister said his government is committed to provide equitable, affordable, sus...

10 days ago
Odisha earmarks Rs.300 crore for drinking water infrastructure

Bhubaneswar, April 19 (IANS) Earmarking Rs.300 crore for developing infrastructure for supplying potable water in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed officials to provide free drinking water to the urban poor. The chief minister directed officials to make efforts to ensure water supply, both in rural and urban areas. The decision to provide free drinking wat...

10 days ago
Odisha extends school holidays due to heat wave

Bhubaneswar, April 19 (IANS) The Odisha government on Tuesday extended school holidays till April 26 due to the prevailing heat wave conditions in the state. Earlier, the state government had announced closure of schools till April 20 in view of the intense heat sweeping the state. The state government has decided to close down the schools till April 26 due to heat wave in the st...

11 days ago
Odisha seeks new rake points for fertiliser supply

Bhubaneswar, April 18 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the central government to open three new railway rake points and develop infrastructure in the existing rake points for smooth and timely supply of fertilisers to the farmers in the state. He said lack of the required number of railway rake points is a major stumbling block in timely supply of the required quanti...

11 days ago
Compensation announced for Odisha bus accident victims

Bhubaneswar, April 18 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced compensation of Rs.2 lakh each for the families of those who died in a bus accident in Deogarh district and free medical treatment for the injured. A statement from Patnaik's office also said the number of deaths in the accident, which occurred on Sunday evening, was 27. Earlier, state fire brig...

12 days ago
30 killed after bus fells into gorge in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 18 (IANS) At least 30 people were killed and eight injured when a bus carrying over 40 artistes of an opera team fell down a 300-feet gorge in Odisha's Deogarh district on Sunday evening, officials said. Fire services DG Binay Behera said 27 bodies had been recovered from the spot during the rescue operations while three people died while being rushed to the district h...

12 days ago
Odisha seeks farm machinery training institute

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested the union government to establish a Central Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute in the state. The state will provide all kinds of assistance required for the project including land, water etc., Patnaik told union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in a letter which was released to the media on ...

13 days ago
Odisha seeks national level pulse research institute

Bhubaneswar, April 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday requested union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to establish a national level pulse research institute for development of suitable varieties in the state to enhance the income of the farmers. Keeping the potential in the state for augmenting pulse production for the country, I would like to request you ...

13 days ago
Joint working committee to decide about rail wagon unit in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 16 (IANS) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said a joint working committee will be formed to take up the issue of a rail wagon repair unit proposed to be set up at Narla in Odisha's Kalahandi district. Two wagon factories have been proposed to be set up in Odisha -- one at Sitalapalli and second at Kalahandi. The projects were announced in earlier budget. But ...

15 days ago
100 'Aahar' cheap meal centres opened in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 14 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched 100 'Aahar' centres that will provide cheap meals to the poor, covering all districts of the state. Under the 'Aahar' scheme, the state government provides a meal of rice and 'dalma' at only Rs.5 per head at the centres located in different district headquarters and industrial towns. 'Dalma' i...

16 days ago
Odisha celebrates New Year

Bhubaneswar, April 13 (IANS) People across Odisha on Wednesday thronged various temples and special puja was conducted at the famed Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri on the occasion of Maha Vishuba Sankranti, which heralds the Odia New Year. Vishuba Sankranti or Pana Sankranti is the beginning of the Odia New Year and marks the day when the new Odiya almanac comes into effect. The bel...

17 days ago
Odisha CM meets Modi, seeks coal blocks to state PSUs

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday raised several issues related to coal blocks, including their allocation to state PSUs, during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Meeting the prime minister in New Delhi, Patnaik called for allocation of an alternative coal block to Odisha Thermal Power Corporation (OTPC) in lieu o...

20 days ago
Odisha seeks inclusion of more projects under NPP

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged the Centre to include more projects in the Draft National Perspective Plan (NPP) for comprehensive development of the coastline and the maritime sector under the Sagarmala initiative. Participating in the second National Sagarmala Apex Committee meeting in New Delhi, the chief minister said while...

21 days ago
Posco blues not to deter South Korean investment in India: Envoy

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) While the proposed $12 billion project of South Korean steel major Posco in Odisha is yet to see the light of the day after a decade, South Korean Ambassador to India Cho Hyun on Friday said the country wants to invest in other sectors in India. Last month, I met a number of our businessmen during a summit in South Korea. I encouraged them to invest in India, ...

21 days ago
Nila Madhav's documentary on Nabakalebara released

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) A documentary film on Nabakalebar festival 'God's Own People' was launched at a city theatre here on Friday. A special screening of the documentary was done at a multiplex in Bhubaneswar in presence of Governor S.C. Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and several ministers. The 78-minute documentary has been directed by Nila Madhab Panda, a Padma Shr...

21 days ago
Naveen wants NIPER in Odisha to boost pharma sector

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the central government to set up a National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in the state. Currently there are seven NIPERs across the country and six new institutes are being proposed. In order to provide further boost to the availability of highly skilled human resource re...

22 days ago
Kosli dialect research centre named after Haldhar Nag

Bhubaneswar, April 7 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced the setting up of a Kosli dialect and literature research centre in Bargarh district which will be named after Padma Shri recipient Haldhar Nag. Felicitating Nag at Naveen Nivas here, the chief minister said the research centre would be set up in Ghens village in Bargarh district, the birthplace of the...

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