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Nuakhai celebrated in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 30 : People in Odisha Saturday celebrated the agricultural festival Nuakhai with enthusiasm, offering the first harvest of the season to god.

Heavy rain forecast in Odisha, trains affected

Bhubaneswar, Aug 29 : Widespread and heavy to very heavy rain is likely in Odisha over the next two days, the weatherman said here Friday, prompting the railways to terminate some trains midway.

Shell splinters kill man in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 29 : A 30-year-old man was killed after splinters of a shell fired from a defence base in Odisha's Balasore district hit him, police said Friday.

Odisha CM launches Rourkela-Jagdalpur road project

Bhubaneswar, Aug 28 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday launched the 656-km long expressway project that will provide better connectivity between Rourkela in the state and Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh.

Children forced to carry corpses, panel orders probe

Bhubaneswar, Aug 28 : A rights panel has ordered Odisha to conduct a probe into allegations that two homeless children carried corpses from railway tracks and dissected them for doctors, an official said Thursday.

Centre considering Posco mining project favourably: Minister

Bhubaneswar, Aug 27 : Union Mines and Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday said the central government is considering the mining project of South Korean steel major Posco in Odisha with positivity.

NHRC notice to Odisha government on expired medicines

Bhubaneswar, Aug 27 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action-taken report from Odisha government on the reports that low-quality and time-expired medicines were administered to patients in the state, a petitioner said Wednesday.

BJP demands CBI probe into Odisha land scam

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 : The BJP Tuesday staged a demonstration here demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged multi-crore land scam in Odisha.

Strike for Kosala state hits life in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 : Normal life was disrupted in many parts of western Odisha Tuesday due to a 12-hour shutdown called by Kosala Rajya Samanwaya Samiti demanding a separate Kosala state, police said.

Children forced to carry corpses in Odisha, rescued

Bhubaneswar, Aug 25 : Two homeless children, who were forced to pick up corpses from railway tracks in Odisha, were rescued, an official said Monday.

Adani Group plans to invest $2 bn in Odisha power plant

Bhubaneswar, Aug 25 : Gautam Adani plans to invest $2 billion to build a 2,500 megawatt power plant in Odisha.

Adani group plans power plant in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 25 : The Gujarat-based Adani Group expects to ink a pact with the Odisha government in next three-four months to set up a 2,500 megawatt coal based power plant in the state, a senior company official said Monday.

Teenaged girl gang-raped, killed in Odisha, three held

Bhubaneswar, Aug 23 : Police Saturday detained three people for questioning in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said.

Teenaged girl gang-raped, killed in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 23 : A 17-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said Saturday.

Teenaged girl gang-raped, killed in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 23 : A teenaged girl has been gang-raped and murdered in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said Saturday.

Odisha dengue cases rise to 249

Bhubaneswar, Aug 22 : The number of dengue cases in Odisha this year has risen to 249 with 60 new cases being reported in the past two days, an official said Friday.

Man kills wife in Odisha over delay in serving tea

Bhubaneshwar, Aug 22 : A 56-year-old-man killed his wife in Odisha's Dhenkanal district as she delayed serving him tea, police said Friday.

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.

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