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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...

6 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...

11 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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. <...

1 month 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...

2 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...

3 months 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 ...

3 months 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...

3 months 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 ...

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