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Maoist fear keeps Odisha villagers from home

Bhubaneswar, Aug 21 : At least 18 tribal families have been staying away from their homes in Odisha's Nuapada district for the last one and half years due to the fear of attack by Maoists, police said Thursday.

'Ban use of painkiller Diclofenac on animals'

Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 : Indian authorities have tightened norms on the sale of pain killer drug 'Diclofenac' following a directive by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), to prevent its misuse on animals, a petitioner said Wednesday.

Probe begins into Odisha student's suicide

Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 : A probe has been initiated into the suicide of a tribal woman student a week ago in Odisha's Gajapati district after she did not get her stipend released from the authorities for more than a year, an official said Wednesday.

Central government to seek report on Odisha student's suicide

Bhubaneswar, Aug 19 : The central government will seek a detailed report from Odisha on allegations that a tribal woman student committed suicide after failing to get her stipend released from the state authorities for more than a year, a union minister said Tuesday.

Odisha ordered to pay Rs.3 lakh for girl's death in school

Bhubaneswar, Aug 18 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Odisha government to pay a compensation of Rs.3 lakh to the family of a minor girl who died in a school mishap last year, a petitioner said Monday.

Odisha official transferred over girl's suicide

Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 : A senior government official in Odisha was transferred in the state after his name figured in a tribal woman's suicide note, an official said Sunday.

Odisha chit fund scam: CBI raids AT Group at fifty locations

Bhubaneshwar, Aug 16 : 25 teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided about 50 locations in Odisha in connection with the chit fund operations of the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group.

PM announces compensation for Odisha flood victims

Bhubaneswar, Aug 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the deaths in the recent floods in Odisha and sanctioned compensation for those who died in the calamity, an official statement said Saturday.

Paramilitary trooper shoots self in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 15 : A paramilitary trooper engaged in anti-Maoist operations Friday committed suicide by shooting himself in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said.

Naveen Patnaik calls for economic diversification

Bhubaneswar, Aug 15 : Economic diversification is necessary for disaster prone Odisha which often faces floods and cyclones, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here Friday.

122 villages still remain marooned in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 14 : As many as 122 villages are still marooned in Odisha even as the flood situation improved significantly with no river flowing above the danger mark, an official said Thursday.

Maoist bomb explodes, none hurt

Bhubaneswar, Aug 14 : A bomb planted by Maoists went off in Odisha's Malkangiri district Thursday but no one was injured, police said.

Odisha man held for harassing woman

Bhubaneswar, Aug 13 : The Odisha Police crime branch Wednesday arrested a man for opening a fake Facebook account in the name of a woman and for harassing and pressurising her to marry him.

Flood fury subsides in Odisha

Puri (Odisha), Aug 13 : After causing immense loss of life and property in Odisha, the floods have started to subside in the state.

Odisha floods kill 46, hit 3.5 million

Bhubaneswar, Aug 12 : The floods triggered by continuous rains have disrupted the lives of over 3.5 million people in 23 of Odisha's 30 districts with the number of deaths rising to 46, the authorities said Tuesday.

Odisha floods: 294 villages still marooned

Bhubaneswar, Aug 12 : More than 3.3 million people in 294 villages in Odisha remain marooned even after flood water began to recede and all the rivers were flowing below the danger level, officials said Tuesday.

Flood death toll in Odisha rises to 45, 4.8 lakh persons still marooned

Bhubaneswar, Aug.11 : Floods brought on by the rising waters of the Mahanadi River in Odisha have so far claimed 45 lives and left a further 4.8 lakh persons marooned in 460 villages of the state.

Illegal gun making unit busted in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 11 : An illegal gun making unit has been unearthed in Odisha's Angul district and five people arrested, a police official said Monday.

Flood affected Odisha villagers seek relief

Keonjhar (Odisha), Aug. 10 : Though the Baitarani River is flowing below its danger mark and water has started receding in many rivers, hundreds of villages in Keonjhar district are still marooned and cut off from the main stream.

Odisha floods toll rises to 45

Bhubaneswar, Aug 10 : The flood situation continued to remain grim in parts of Odisha with the toll reaching 45 Sunday, an official said.

Tata Steel shuts ferro alloys plant in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 8 : Indian steel giant Tata Steel Friday said it has shut down its 50,000 tonnes per annum ferro alloys plant in Odisha due to unavailability of raw material.

Odisha flood situation improves but toll rises

Bhubaneswar, Aug 8 : The death toll in the Odisha floods rose to 37 Friday even as situation improved in most parts of the state, an official said.

Odisha CM releases sand art coffee-table book

Bhubaneswar, Aug 8 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday released a coffee-table book on sand art published by internationally acclaimed sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik.

Odisha floods kill 35, affect 1.8 mn

Bhubaneswar, Aug 7 : The floods triggered by heavy rains in the past week have affected nearly 1.8 million people in Odisha with the death toll rising to 35, an official said Thursday.

Toll in Odisha floods rises to 34

Bhubaneswar, Aug 7 : With the situation continuing to remain grim in flood-hit Odisha, the toll in the inundation so far has risen to 34, an official said Thursday.

Odisha floods kill 27, hit nearly a million

Bhubaneswar, Aug 6 : Floods triggered by heavy rain in the past week have hit nearly a million people in Odisha, with the number of deaths rising to 27, an official said Wednesday.

Maoist couple surrenders in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 5 : A Maoist leader carrying a reward of Rs.4 lakh surrendered Tuesday along with his wife in Odisha's Malkangiri district, police said.

Odisha flood toll rises to 23

Bhubaneswar, Aug 5 : The death toll in the Odisha flash floods caused by rain rose to 23 Tuesday, an official said.

Heavy rain kills three in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 4 : Heavy rainfall over the past three days has claimed three lives and disrupted life in Odisha, an official said Monday.

Heavy rain kills one in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 4 : Heavy rainfall for the past three days has disrupted life in Odisha, killing one person in Boudh district, an official said Monday.

Heavy rain displaces thousands in Odisha town

Bhubaneswar, Aug 3 : Heavy rain in an Odisha town has forced thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps after rain water flooded streets and homes Sunday, an official said.

10 held in Odisha for torturing old woman

Bhubaneswar, Aug 3 : At least 10 people were arrested for torturing an old woman last week for alleged witchcraft in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, police said Sunday.

Elderly couple murdered on suspicion of witchcraft

Bhubaneswar, Aug 2 : A 22-year-old man was arrested in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district for hacking an elderly couple to death on suspicion of witchcraft, police said Saturday.

Bhitarkanika park opens for visitors

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 : The Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha which was closed for three months to facilitate crocodile breeding and nesting reopened for visitors Friday, an official said.

Woman kills sons, self after quarrel with husband

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 : A woman in Odisha killed her two minor sons before hanging herself to death after a quarrel with her husband over some trivial matter, police said Friday.

Saradha scam: CBI raids in West Bengal, Odisha

New Delhi, July 31 : The CBI Thursday conducted 30 raids in various places in West Bengal and Odisha in connection with its probe in the Rs.10,000 crore Saradha chit fund scam.

Gokul Pati is Odisha's new chief secretary

Bhubaneswar, July 30 : Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Gokul Chandra Pati was Wednesday appointed Odisha's new chief secretary, an official said.

Vedanta's refinery expansion gets villagers' support

Bhubaneswar, July 30 : Vedanta's plan to expand six-fold the capacity of its one-million-tonne per annum alumina refinery in Odisha got a boost Wednesday when a majority of the local villagers supported it, an official said.

Odisha inks pact for second airport in the state

Bhubaneswar, July 30 : The Odisha government Wednesday signed a pact with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for developing the state's second airport in the district headquarters town of Jharsuguda, an official said.

Expired medicines given to Odisha patients, says CAG

Bhubaneswar, July 29 : A total 31 types of time-expired medicines were administered to patients in Odisha during 2007-13, said a CAG report that showed how the state jeopardised health of its citizens.

Old woman beaten, paraded naked for practising sorcery

Bhubaneswar, July 28 : A 60-year-old tribal woman was beaten up and paraded naked in a village in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district for allegedly practicing sorcery, police said Monday.

Maoists Martyrs' Week in Odisha hits bus service

Bhubaneswar, July 28 : Buses and trucks stayed off the roads in parts of Odisha as Maoists Monday observed the beginning of Martyrs' Week in memory of rebel leaders killed by security forces, police said.

Puri sand artist appeals for peace in Gaza through sand art

Puri (Odisha), July 27 : World famous sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sand sculpture at Puri beach in Odisha, urging Israel and Gaza to end the conflict and appealing for peace.

Maoists kill tribal man in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 27 : Maoist guerrillas have killed a tribal man in Odisha by slitting his throat after accusing him of being a police informer, an official said Sunday.

Odisha government unduly favouring steel company: Congress

Bhubaneswar, July 26 : The opposition Congress Saturday accused the Odisha government of showing undue favour to steel producer Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL).

Maoists disrupt Aadhaar enrollment in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 26 : Armed Maoists Friday abducted four enrollers from a Aadhaar camp in Malkangiri district, releasing them with a warning to stop the process, a senior official said Saturday.

No school fee, girl sets self afire

Bhubaneswar, July 26 : A 15-year-old girl in Odisha set herself on fire after her parents said they couldn't pay her school fee, a family member said. An official Saturday termed it as an accident.

Odisha villagers meet Oram, seek tribal status

Bhubaneswar, July 25 : A Jhodia community delegation from Odisha Friday submitted a memorandum to union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram in New Delhi, seeking tribal status.

Rehabilitation of bonded labourers: NHRC notice to Odisha

New Delhi, July 25 : The NHRC Friday issued notice to the Odisha government on the action taken to monitor rehabilitation of the state's labourers released from three other states.

Maoists gun down two Odisha tribals

Bhubaneswar, July 25 : Maoists shot dead two tribals in Odisha's Malkangiri district Friday, police said.

BJP seeks probe into Odisha Maoist leader's arrest

Bhubaneswar, July 24 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday demanded a central probe into the circumstances that led to last week's arrest of Odisha Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who carried a reward of Rs.5 lakh on his head.

'Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda's arrest a drama'

Bhubaneswar, July 24 : The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist has said the July 18 arrest of top rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda in Odisha was "a state-sponsored drama".

Over 100 villages in Odisha flooded due to incessant rainfall

Bhadrak (Odisha), July 23 : Over 100 villages in districts like Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Kalahandi have been flooded due to incessant rainfall, leading to a breach of embankment along the River Baitarani near Patpur in Odisha.

Flood situation improves in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 23 : The flood situation in Odisha improved Wednesday but dozens of families continue to stay at various relief camps, officials said.

Coal India unit fears output loss in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 23 : Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL) in Odisha could suffer a production loss of about 10 million tonnes in this fiscal year if villagers living in its key mining area do not vacate their land by October, a company official said Wednesday.

Thousands evacuated as Odisha river breaches embankment

Bhubaneswar, July 22 : About 10,000 people were evacuated and moved to safer places Tuesday after the Baitarani river breached its embankment following heavy rain in Odisha's Jajpur district.

Thousands evacuated as Odisha river breaches embankment

Bhubaneswar, July 22 : About 10,000 people were evacuated and moved to safer places Tuesday after the Baitarani river breached its embankment following heavy rain in Odisha's Jajpur district.

Film on Sudarsan Pattnaik goes to Sundance fest

Bhubaneswar, July 21 : Documentary maker Raj Sampad's short film "Dreaming With Sand" chronicling the inspiring story of sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has officially entered the Sundance Film Festival, its maker said Monday.

Odisha rivers flowing close to danger levels

Bhubaneswar, July 21 : Most of the Odisha rivers were flowing close to the danger level Monday due to heavy rainfall across the state, an official said.

Heavy rain triggers Odisha flood alert

Bhubaneswar, July 20 : Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Odisha Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a flood alert in all districts.

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