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Odisha deserves equal share to northeastern, Himalayan states: Patnaik

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said his state deserves the same sharing pattern as northeastern and Himalayan states. Attending the third meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Patnaik said Odisha has a high percentage of population below poverty line and it deserves the same sharing pattern ...

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Visually-challenged business achiever Srikanth Bolla eyes higher Forbes ranking

Hyderabad, April 23 (IANS) Forbes has named him in the list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 but visually challenged Srikanth Bolla is in no mood to celebrate. His goal is to get into the Forbes list of richest persons -- and he won't settle for anything less. Such is the determination of the 25-year-old, who was born blind and overcame all adversities to become the first...

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Odisha BJP executive meet focuses on strengthening base

Bhubaneswar, April 22 (IANS) The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday began its two-day state executive meeting with a view to strengthening its organisational base in the state ahead of the 2019 elections. The state leaders have assembled in Baripada in north Odisha after the grand success of the party's national executive meeting, attended by the party's top lead...

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Odisha to raise special status demand at NITI Aayog meet

Bhubaneswar, April 22 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said he will raise the state's longstanding demand for a Special Category status at a NITI Aayog meeting scheduled in Delhi on Sunday. I will demand the Special Category status for Odisha. Besides, I will seek appointments with certain central ministers to discuss issues related to Odisha, the Chief Minister sa...

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Three northeastern districts awarded in Centre's flagship schemes

Agartala/Guwahati, April 22 (IANS) Three districts in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram got awards for the execution of the central government's flagship schemes in agriculture and the power sector, officials said on Saturday. According to an official from the Tripura government's agriculture department, Gomati district in southern Tripura got the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) award ...

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'Half Girlfriend' to release in over 2,500 Indian screens

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor-starrer romantic drama Half Girlfriend will release in more than 2,500 screens across India on May 19. NH Studioz, an initiative of Narendra Hirawat and Co., has bagged the distribution rights of the movie, directed by Mohit Suri. The film is adapted from celebrated author Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name. The...

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India, South Korea sign MoU on shipbuilding

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) India and South Korea on Friday signed an MoU for defence industry cooperation in shipbuilding, an official statement said. The MoU, signed by India's Defence Production Secretary Ashok Kumar Gupta and South Korean Defence Acquisition and Programme Administration Minister Chang Myoung-Jin, focuses on developing and strengthening defence industry co-operation be...

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Odisha inks MoU to improve lives of small farmers

Bhubaneswar, April 21 (IANS) The Odisha government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the lives of small farmers and promote inclusive agricultural transformation in the state. The MoU was signed by Hari Ballav Mishra, Director of Agriculture and Food Production, and Nick Austin, Director of Agricultural Developmen...

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World Bank approves Rs 2,400 cr loan for NW-1

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The World Bank has approved a $375 million (over Rs 2,400 crore) loan for developing the National Waterway-1 (NW-1), the government said on Friday. A statement issued by the Ministry of Shipping said the loan would provide a major boost to India's inland waterways project. The (NW-1) project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of...

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'Half Girlfriend' to release across 1600 Indian screens

Mumbai, April 21 (IANS) Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor-starrer Half Girlfriend will release across 1600 screens in India on May 19. NH Studioz, an initiative of Narendra Hirawat and Co., has bagged the distribution rights of the movie, directed by Mohit Suri. Movies based on adaptations from books by authors like Chetan Bhagat, appeal to the younger generation as we have seen i...

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Two killed taking selfies in Bihar

Patna, April 21 (IANS) Two youths were killed on Friday while taking selfies when a train was going over a bridge in Bihar's Katihar district, police said. A third youth saved himself by jumping into the river. Police said Samir Choudhary, Roshan Kumar and Bittu Paswan decided to take selfies on the Kosi Lal bridge when they saw a train approaching. The train hit Samir and Roshan...

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Navy chief presents Naval gallantry, service awards

Visakhapatnam, April 20 (IANS) Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday conferred Gallantry and Service Awards to Navy personnel on behalf of the President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremonial parade here. The Naval Investiture Ceremony, an annual event for the Indian Navy, was held at Command Parade Ground, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam. Among the awardees was Lt Commander ...

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Nepal President visits Lingaraj Temple in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 20 (IANS) Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, who is on a two-day visit to Odisha, offered prayers at Lingaraj Temple here on Thursday. Soon after her arrival, she was greeted by the temple priests at the 11th century Shiva shrine. She was escorted to the shrine where she spent over half an hour amid tight security. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had vi...

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Babri Masjid case accused are innocent for public: Giriraj Singh

Patna, April 20 (IANS) Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Thursday said all the accused in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case are not guilty in the eyes of the public. Babri masjid mein jo bhi aaropi hai, wo janata ki nazar mein bekasur hai (People who are accused in the Babri Masjid case are innocent in the eyes of the public), Singh told media here. The Supreme Court on Wednesd...

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Regional parties enough to tackle BJP: Mamata

Bhubaneswar, April 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said regional parties were enough to check the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Banerjee, however, said it was too early to form a federal front to counter the BJP nationally. It is our continuous process to unite the regional parties. We want all regional parties to unite to strengthen the federal s...

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PIL in Patna HC seeks CBI probe into assets of Lalu's sons

Patna, April 20 (IANS) A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Patna High Court on Thursday seeking a CBI inquiry into the properties and assets of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad`s sons, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav. Petitioner M.P. Sangar, a lawyer, alleged that both Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav did not declare their assets at the tim...

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With Babri verdict, Advani is out of President race: Lalu

Patna, April 19 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said senior BJP leader L.K. Advani's last dream to become President of India is not possible any more after the Supreme Court order that he should face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Advani is now out of race for the President's post. He was projected as a strong candidate for the top constitutional post, but it is not...

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Regional parties must unite: Mamata

Bhubaneswar, April 19 (IANS) Amid talks of a grand alliance to counter the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged regional parties to unite. All regional parties should come together and move ahead with greater strength maintaining good relations with each other. Our effort will be to unite them, Banerjee told reporters in Puri. The Chief Minister is o...

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Babri charges revived to keep Advani from being President: Lalu

Patna, April 19 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said the revival of conspiracy charges in the Babri demolition case was a well-planned political conspiracy to keep L.K. Advani away from being nominated as the next President. CBI is an arm of the government, it says what the government wants it to say. It is a well-planned political conspiracy, Yadav said....

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Hindu Yuva Vahini's activist shot, injured in Bihar

Patna, April 19 (IANS) A Hindu Yuva Vahini activist was shot and seriously injured in Bihar's Siwan district, the police said on Wednesday. Vishal Singh, 22, an active member of Hindu Yuva Vahini, was shot by unidentifiied assailants on late Tuesday night near Station Tola under the jurisdiction of Jiradei police station in Siwan. Singh was first admitted at a local hospital and ...

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