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Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) The government on Tuesday cleared the appointment of Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Misra, who will be the 45th Chief Justice of India, will succeed incumbent J.S. Khehar, who retires on August 27. The outgoing CJI had recommended the name of Misra, the next senior-most judge in the apex court, as his successor. Jus...

2 days ago
Odisha to open 30 new courts

Bhubaneswar, Aug 5 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to open 30 new courts for speedy disposal of pending cases, Law Minister Pratap Jena said on Saturday. He said 30 civil judge (junior division) courts and Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) courts would be established in the state following the direction of the Orissa High Court. The state government will create 330...

10 days ago
BJP seeks ED probe into BJD's poll funding

Bhubaneswar, July 28 (IANS) The BJP's Odisha unit on Friday sought an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into alleged dubious transactions in the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) account. A state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation met ED Joint Director Madhab C. Mishra here and sought the probe into what they claimed were hawala transactions by the BJD and its President Naveen Patnaik.<...

15 days ago
Dubious funding allegations against BJD malicious: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, July 23 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said the allegations about his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) receiving funds from dubious sources during the 2014 general and assembly elections were malicious, fabricated and false. All the allegations are malicious, fabricated and false. If needed, we will take legal action, Patnaik told reporters here on his return aft...

22 days ago
IAF keeps four Mi-17s ready for rescue operations in Odisha

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Indian Air Force has kept four Mi-17 helicopters ready for rescue and relief operations in Odisha where heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, a defence statement said on Sunday. Four helicopters are on standby awaiting weather clearance, said the Defence Ministry in the statement. The Odisha government sough...

27 days ago
Plumbing lethal palace intrigues in Princely India

Title: A Necessary Evil; Author: Abir Mukherjee; Publisher: Harvill Secker/Penguin Random House; Pages: 380; Price: Rs 599 If a crime fiction series is set in the Raj era, one installment will invariably be in a Princely state, where there is usually an uneasy pact between tradition and modernity, succession battles and other palace intrigues (especially within/from the zenana), some dod...

1 month ago
Odisha to have first disaster early warning system

Bhubaneswar, June 19 (IANS) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said Odisha will be the first state in the country to make Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) operational. People will be issued disaster warnings through Siren Alert Towers in six coastal districts and other provisions will also be made, which will help us in saving the lives and properties in the face of cyclone...

2 months ago
Maoist couple with Rs 9 lakh bounty on head surrender in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 8 (IANS) A Maoist couple carrying a total bounty of Rs 9 lakh on their heads surrendered before police in Odisha's Malkangiri. Rama Kawasi and his wife Weli Madkami alias Malati surrendered before Malkangiri's Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. Several cases including murder, attempt to murder, exchange of fire and creating disturbances at the time o...

2 months ago
Orissa HC orders re-evaluation of Class 12 CBSE results

Bhubaneswar, June 7 (IANS) The Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed CBSE to re-evaluate answer sheets of those students who had filed a petition alleging discrepancies in their Class 12 results. Hearing a petition filed by 18 students, the high court asked them to apply for re-evaluation at the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) regional centre here on Thursday by 2 p.m. <...

2 months ago
Trinamool MP Bandyopadhyay shifted to SSKM hospital

Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Ailing Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay, an accused in the Rose Valley chit fund scam, was on Wednesday shifted to the state-run SSKM Hospital from the private Apollo Hospital, with his lawmaker wife claiming the step was taken to reduce the cost of treatment. Bandopadhyay, who got conditional bail on health grounds from the Orissa High Court in scam on Friday, was...

2 months ago
Petroleum Minister's brother gets bail in gas black marketing case

Bhubaneswar, May 23 (IANS) The Orissa High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to Soumendra Pradhan, elder brother of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, in a vigilance case related to alleged black marketing and adulteration of cooking gas. Soumendra's counsel Dharanidhar Nayak said the court has asked the accused to cooperate with the vigilance departmen...

2 months ago
Fish-farming to head inland in bid to boost exports

Mangalore, May 23 (IANS) Aquaculture, generally associated with coastal areas, will soon head inland in a move that is expected to significantly boost India's fish exports, according to an official. The focus on what is called inland aquaculture, especially in landlocked areas, is part of a concerted effort to diversify the country's fish production and to get more people involved in fis...

2 months ago
Chit fund accused Trinamool MP discharged from hospital, flown to Kolkata

Bhubaneswar/Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) Two days after getting conditional bail from the Orissa High Court in the Rose Valley chit fund scam, Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay was on Sunday discharged from a private hospital in Bhubaneswar and flown to Kolkata. Soon after his arrival in the eastern metropolis, he was admitted to a private hospital for treatment. Bandyopadhyay ...

2 months ago
Chit fund accused TMC MP discharged from Odisha hospital

Bhubaneswar, May 21 (IANS) Two days after being granted conditional bail by the Orissa High Court in the Rose Valley chit fund scam, Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay was on Sunday discharged from a private hospital here. The MP will undergo further treatment in Kolkata, hospital sources said. Bandyopadhyay was granted conditional bail on health grounds on May 19 after he...

2 months ago
Want Sudip to take care of his health: Mamata

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) As Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay was granted bail on Friday by the Orissa High Court, party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hoped he would recover his health on his return to the city. He was very ill... I had seen him. He was facing difficult circumstances. He had lost around 25-30 kg weight. I don't know how he is at the moment. ...

2 months ago
Trinamool MP granted bail by Orissa High Court

Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay was granted conditional bail on Friday by the Orissa High Court after he spent four and a half months in custody in connection to the Rose Vally chit fund scam. The bench of Justice J.P. Das granted bail to Bandopadhyay on health grounds but on condition that he surrenders his passport and deposits a bond of Rs 25 lakh....

2 months ago
Trinamool MP granted bail by Orissa High Court

Bhubaneswar, May 19 (IANS) Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay was granted bail on Friday by the Orissa High Court after he spent four and a half months in custody in connection with the Rose Vally chit fund scam. The High Court in Cuttack granted bail to the ailing leader on health grounds, but asked him to furnish a bond or Rs 25 lakh. Bandopadhyay was also ordered to depo...

3 months ago
Firm on taxing agricultural income, Debroy says onus on states

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Undeterred by the raging row stoked by his comments, NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy is sticking to his guns that agricultural income should be taxed and says that the onus for this must be on the state governments. I had said that agricultural income should be taxed above a threshold. I also said it's a state subject and it's up to the states to do it. That was ...

3 months ago
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...

3 months 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...

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