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In 5 years, private schools gain 17 mn students, govt schools lose 13 mn

Between 2010-11 and 2015-16, student enrolment in government schools across 20 states fell by 13 million, while private schools acquired 17.5 million new students, according to a new study that offers insights into India's public-school education crisis. Average enrolment in government schools -- where teachers are paid, on average, salaries that are four times those in China -- declined...

1 day ago
Odisha set to revive 10 port projects

Bhubaneswar, April 15 (IANS) After a prolonged legal battle and a court verdict in its favour, the Odisha government is set to renew the concession agreements (CAs) as well as expedite the land acquisition process for 10 minor ports along its coast. As the Orissa High Court has disposed of the case pertaining to the non-major port projects, we have initiated the process of renewal of the...

2 days ago
Kalicharan Gupta's splendid works on display in Delhi

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Artist Kalicharan Gupta's splendid style and rich play with colours are interwoven with emotions and experiences. His intriguing, colourful figures and black and white impressions are on for view here in the capital. The show titled, Selected works by Kalicharan Gupta is on at Art Konsult, Hauz Khas Village, till April 18. The selected works announce a ...

4 days ago
Rose Valley scam: HC rejects bail plea of Trinamool MP

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) The Orissa High Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal and Seashore Group director Pravat Das in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam. Pal, who is in judicial custody after being arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his involvement in the scam, had moved the court seeking bail on health gro...

4 days ago
Abhay Deol tears into fairness cream ads, mocks politician

Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Actor-producer Abhay Deol has slammed fairness cream advertisements, featuring celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, in reference to a comment made by a politician on TV. Though he didn't name the politician, he may have been taking a swipe at BJP MP Tarun Vijay, who told Al Jazeera last week: If we were racist, why would we have all ...

15 days ago
Odisha celebrates Utkala Dibasa

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Odia communities across the country and abroad on Saturday celebrated Utkala Dibasa to mark the formation of the then Orissa, now Odisha, state on a linguistic basis in 1936. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished people of Odisha on the occasion of Utkala Dibasa. Hailing the state for its rich culture and glorious history, Modi tweeted: The people of Odi...

17 days ago
Amendment to Odisha Zilla Parishad Election Rules quashed

Bhubaneswar, March 30 (IANS) The Orissa High Court on Thursday quashed the state government's amendment to Rule 51 of Odisha Zilla Parishad Election Rules of 1994. Hearing a petition filed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Zilla Parishad member, the court termed that any change to existing rules during the panchayat poll process is unconstitutional. The court scrapped the amendme...

20 days ago
BJP trying to split our party: BJD MP

Bhubaneswar, March 27 (IANS) Ahead of the BJP's National Executive meeting in Odisha, Biju Janata Dal MP Tathagata Satpathy on Monday claimed the BJP is trying to split the party ruling the state. Satpathy said rumours were rife that one BJD MP is helping the Bharatiya Janata Party to create a rift in the ruling party, triggering a response from another BJD MP. BJP hard at work t...

1 month ago
Weavers-led show commences AIFW A/W 2017

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Led by weavers, the Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn Winter 2017, started the day with the work of students of The Handloom School. To amplify the long-term relationships between the weaving community spread across 11 weaving centres in India and the Indian Fashion industry, The Handloom School supported by Good Earth in association with Fashion Design C...

1 month ago
Urvashi Kaur, Akaaro to be part of Spring Summer Wishlist

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Wishlist, the pop-up shop that brings together the best treasures from across the country, is back with its fifth season titled The Spring Summer Wishlist. Names like Urvashi Kaur and Akaaro are set to be part of the event. The Wishlist is a carefully selected, thoughtfully curated pop-up shop that showcases some of the trendiest creations from across the cou...

2 months ago
Court frames charges against Domco, others in coal scam

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) A court here on Monday framed charges against a Ranchi-based company Domco Private Limited and five individuals accused in a coal block allocation case. Special Judge Bharat Parashar framed charges against Domco (earlier known Domco Smokeless Fuels Pvt. Ltd.) and its directors -- Binay Prakash, Vasant Diwakar Manjrekar and Parmananda Mondal -- and chartered accou...

2 months ago
TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay moves Orissa HC for bail

Bhubaneswar, Feb 9 (IANS) Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay, who has been arrested for his alleged links with the Rose Valley Group chit fund scam, on Thursday moved the Orissa High Court seeking bail. The TMC MP has moved the high court after the Khordha District and Sessions Judge Court rejected his bail plea on February 4, said informed sources. At present, Bandy...

2 months ago
Students demand Odisha MLA's son's arrest in hit-and-run case

Bhubaneswar, Feb 6 (IANS) Students of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) on Monday demanded action against BJD legislator Debashish Samantray's son for allegedly causing the death of a girl student in a car accident. The students, who blocked the road here, claimed that the legislator's son was driving the Tata Safari SUV Saturday night when the accident ocurred. <...

2 months ago
Ranchi firm, others to be formally charged in coal scam

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) A local court has ordered to frame charges against a Ranchi-based company Domco Private Ltd and five other individuals accused in a coal block allocation case. The court, however, discharged one of the accused in the case. Special Judge Bharat Parashar said the charges will be formally framed against Domco (earlier known as Domco Somkeless Fuels Pvt Ltd) ...

2 months ago
Abu Dhabi to help India fill its strategic oil reserves

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) India's quest for energy security got a major push on Wednesday after a pact that will see crude oil for strategic storage flow in from a state-run company of Abu Dhabi for meeting unexpected future exigencies. The agreement was entered into between two state-run companies -- the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. <...

2 months ago
Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur boxers shine at youth nationals

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pugilists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Manipur won their respective bouts to reach the second round of the Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championship here on Tuesday. In the men's light flyweight (49kg) division, Tamil Nadu's B. Ramakrishnan defeated Haryana's Nishat Dev 4-1, Punjab's Shubham edged out Manipur's Poonam Singh 3-2, while Barun Singh of Ser...

2 months ago
Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur boxers shine at youth nationals

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pugilists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Manipur won their respective bouts to reach the second round of the Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championship here on Tuesday. In the men's light flyweight (49kg) division, Tamil Nadu's B. Ramakrishnan defeated Haryana's Nishat Dev 4-1, Punjab's Shubham edged out Manipur's Poonam Singh 3-2, while Barun Singh of Ser...

2 months ago
Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur boxers shine at youth nationals

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pugilists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Manipur won their respective bouts to reach the second round of the Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championship here on Tuesday. In the men's light flyweight (49kg) division, Tamil Nadu's B. Ramakrishnan defeated Haryana's Nishat Dev 4-1, Punjab's Shubham edged out Manipur's Poonam Singh 3-2, while Barun Singh of Ser...

2 months ago
Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur boxers shine at youth nationals

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pugilists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Manipur won their respective bouts to reach the second round of the Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championship here on Tuesday. In the men's light flyweight (49kg) division, Tamil Nadu's B. Ramakrishnan defeated Haryana's Nishat Dev 4-1, Punjab's Shubham edged out Manipur's Poonam Singh 3-2, while Barun Singh of Ser...

2 months ago
Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur boxers shine at youth nationals

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pugilists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Manipur won their respective bouts to reach the second round of the Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championship here on Tuesday. In the men's light flyweight (49kg) division, Tamil Nadu's B. Ramakrishnan defeated Haryana's Nishat Dev 4-1, Punjab's Shubham edged out Manipur's Poonam Singh 3-2, while Barun Singh of Ser...

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