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Now complain against corrupt Odisha officials on Facebook

Bhubaneswar, May 27 (IANS) Aiming to curb corruption among government officials, the Odisha government on Wednesday launched a Facebook page to receive complaints directly from people against bribe-seeking officials. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched the Facebook page and a helpline number of the vigilance department. The adoption of technology can mitigate vari...

1 day ago
Odisha to blame for Posco delay, says petroleum minister

Bhubaneswar, May 26 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and the ruling Biju Janata Dal were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday, as he blamed the Odisha government for the delay in setting up the Posco project and recommending mines in favour of the South Korean steel major. The state government recommended mines in favour of Posco to the Centre three days before the Mine...

4 days ago
Resolve bottlenecks faced by large industries: Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, May 23 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday directed officials to resolve the challenges faced by large industries in the state. The chief minister took a review meeting to discuss about 11 large industries which are facing various hurdles including land acquisition, raw material supply, water and electricity linkages to their plants. Projects lik...

6 days ago
BJD lists achievements as Naveen completes year in office

Bhubaneswar, May 21 (IANS) The Biju Janata Dal government in Odisha on Thursday completed one year of its fourth consecutive term in office, triggering another round of claims and counter-claims on its achievements. While the opposition Congress alleged that the state government has failed on all fronts and the Bharatiya Janata Party too criticised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the ruli...

6 days ago
Odisha Congress attacks BJP, BJD over good governance

Bhubaneswar, May 20 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led central government and Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government for failing to provide good governance in last one year. The Congress attack came ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) completing one year at the Centre and in the state respectively. Senior Congres...

8 days ago
Odisha to spend Rs.50 crore to reduce mother-child mortality

Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to spend Rs.50 crore annually to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in inaccessible areas of the state. The 8th meeting here of the State Health Mission, presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, decided to implement the special programme in 15 backward districts aiming to reduce MMR and ...

8 days ago
Odisha government suffering from multi-organ failure: BJP

Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) Launching a scathing attack on the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Odisha unit of the BJP on Tuesday said the state government was suffering from 'multi-organ failure' for last one year. Reacting over completion of one year of Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government in its fourth term, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Bijay Mohapatra said the chief min...

12 days ago
Odisha launches mobile app for safety of women

Bhubaneswar, May 15 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched a mobile application, Mo Sathi, for the security and safety of women in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. I am happy to dedicate this application to women of the twin cities and urge all the women to make use of this technology to enhance their own security, he said after launching the app here. ...

14 days ago
Odisha hospitals face action over health insurance schemes

Bhubaneswar, May 13 (IANS) The Odisha government on Wednesday decided to take action against some health institutions in the state for their failure to provide proper facilities to poor patients under the health insurance schemes. The state government has introduced a health insurance scheme and smart card system for farmers under Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana while the central government h...

16 days ago
Odisha BJP to launch agitation against BJD

Bhubaneswar, May 10 (IANS) The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday decided to take on the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government by highlighting its shortcomings through the agitation path. BJP constituted several committees to strengthen the party at the grassroots level and take on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) goverment in the state. The party adopted several political re...

18 days ago
Odisha CM urges centre to approve NIMHANS like institute

Bhubaneswar, May 8 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the central government to approve a health institute for Cuttack on the lines of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. At a meeting with union Health Minister Jagat Prasad Nadda in New Delhi, Patnaik said the institute would cater to the needs of the eastern region....

19 days ago
Parliament passes Bangladesh land accord bill, Modi greets Hasina

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) The Indian parliament on Thursday passed a key constitutional amendment bill to give effect to the swapping of border land enclaves between India and Bangladesh under a 1974 agreement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina to convey his greetings on the occasion. The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bil...

20 days ago
BJD has secret deal with BJP, Congress alleges

Bhubaneswar, May 7 (IANS) The Congress unit in Odisha on Thursday accused the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of striking a deal with the BJP to shield its leaders from any CBI probe over various scams. Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Odisha assembly Narasingh Mishra said even though the central government has de-linked eight vital schemes and squeezed central share in 33 scheme...

22 days ago
L&T seeks mining lease from Odisha government

Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) Global engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Monday urged the Odisha government to grant mining lease (ML) for two bauxite deposits in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts. The appeal was made in the light of the amended Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 2015. Since L&T already has a prospecting license (...

22 days ago
Odisha opposes withdrawal of Waltair Division from ECoR

Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) The Odisha government on Monday opposed the Centre's plan to shift the jurisdiction of Visakhapatnam Waltair Division of East Coast Railway (ECoR) to a new railway zone to be created in the state of Seemandhra. The union government has assured a separate railway zone to the new state as part of a bifurcation deal and it is expected that the Visakhapatnam Waltair...

26 days ago
Odisha govt hikes minimum wages for daily labourers

Bhubaneswar, May 1 (IANS) Odisha on Friday hiked to Rs.200 the minimum wages for daily labourers engaged in various industries and other construction activities in the state. Announcing the hike on May Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said unskilled labourers would get Rs.200 per day while the wages of semi-skilled labourers have been increased to Rs.220. The minimum wa...

26 days ago
Odisha launches free medicine scheme

Bhubaneswar, May 1 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched 'Niramaya', a scheme under which 570 different medicines will be provided free in government hospitals. Patnaik launched the scheme at Capital Hospital here. Initially, the scheme will cover three government-run medical colleges and hospitals, 30 district headquarters hospitals besides Capital ...

27 days ago
Odisha announces Rs.5 crore assistance for Nepal

Bhubaneswar, April 30 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced Rs.5 crore assistance to Nepal for the victims affected by the earthquake. The chief minister has announced Rs.5 crore assistance to Nepal government for the relief and rehabilitation of earthquake victims in Nepal, said a release from the chief minister's office. The release said the govern...

1 month ago
Odisha panel finds no statutory clearances for 11 mines

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) An Odisha government inter-departmental committee which met to extend the lease validity of 11 iron ore and manganese mines on Saturday found that the mines have no statutory clearances. The committee headed by Development Commissioner U.N. Behera found that none of these mines had statutory clearances to operate under the amended Mines and Minerals (Developm...

1 month ago
Odisha to give free medicine for all diseases: CM

Bhubaneswar, April 23 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said his government would distribute free medicines for all diseases, including cancer, at state-run health facilities soon. The state government would distribute quality essential medicines through its procurement agency Odisha State Medical Corporation. Taking a review meeting with district collector...

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