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Discretionary quota allocation of plots, houses in Odisha scrapped

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18 : The Odisha cabinet Thursday decided to cancel allotment of all houses and plots made under the discretionary quota (DQ) since Jan 1, 1995.


Odisha BJP says suitable venue denied for Amit Shah rally

Bhubaneswar, Dec 17 : The Odisha government did not provide a suitable venue for a public meeting by BJP president Amit Shah, state party chief Kanak Vardan Singhdeo alleged Wednesday.


Opposition wants Odisha CM to be quizzed in coal block scam

Bhubaneswar, Dec 17 : Opposition parties Wednesday demanded that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should be quizzed for recommending that Hindalco, a company of the Aditya Birla Group, be alloted a coal block.


Four Maoist camps destroyed in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 17 : Four Maoist camps were destroyed in Odisha's Kalahandi district, while about 40 Maoists including a central committee member escaped after exchanging fire with the police, said a police official.


Mobile phone alerts to boost vaccination coverage in Odisha

By Sahana Ghosh, Bhubaneswar, Dec 17 : Banking on the familiarity of scratch cards and mobile phones, health officials in Odisha are mulling a pilot project where parents of a newborn can subscribe to regular vaccination updates via SMS and voice alerts to keep them on track with India's routine immunisation programme.


ED summons Odisha miners over black money

Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned executives of some iron ore mining companies in Odisha for questioning on the black money issue, following directions of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case.


Prasad Harichandan appointed Odisha PCC president

Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 : Ending months-long speculation, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Monday appointed former state minister Prasad Harichandan as Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president.


Odisha CM writes to aviation minister on international airport

Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday urged the central government to include Bhubaneswar in the draft aviation policy as an international airport.


Jaundice kills 13 in Odisha town

Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 : Jaundice has killed 13 people in Odisha's Sambalpur town and its adjoining area since May and infected nearly 1,100 others, an official said Monday.


Coal India won't take part in auction of two Odisha blocks

Kolkata, Dec 13 : The future of Coal India's two blocks in Odisha remains uncertain as the company will not be participating in the upcoming coal block auction in January, company sources said Saturday.


Odisha chit fund scam: CBI files chargesheet

New Delhi, Dec 11 : The CBI Thursday filed a chargesheet in its ongoing investigation in the Odisha chit fund scam, and named 16 people, including BJD legislator Pravat Tripathy and seven companies along with the Artha Tatwa group.


Odisha to exploit Portugal's seafood market

Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 : Aiming to enhance its export of seafood products, the Odisha government has initiated steps to exploit new market linkages in Portugal.


Odisha to spend Rs.5,000 crore on IT sector

Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday said the state government will spend around Rs.5,000 crore in the next five years for the developing the information technology (IT) sector.


Flourish India director arrested in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Dec 10 : The Crime Branch Wednesday arrested a director of Flourish India Limited here for his role in the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha.


Odisha traders stop buying wheat, pulses outside state

Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 : Odisha is staring at an artificial scarcity of pulses and wheat products as the All Odisha Traders' Association (AOTA) Tuesday stopped buying pulses, wheat and wheat products from other states for an indefinite period.


No motive to oppose Posco project: BJD MLA

Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 : Dambaru Sisa, an MLA of Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal, Monday said he is not opposing the Posco project, which aims to mine iron ore from Khandadhar hills in Sundargarh district.


New plan panel must ensure equitable resource sharing: Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 7 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday said the proposed body to replace the Planning Commission should ensure fair and equitable resource allocation and respect the principles of federal polity.


BJD MLA wants tribals rights upheld on Khandadhar mines

Bhubaneswar, Dec 7 : A ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator has urged the Odisha government to recognise the forest rights of Pauri Bhuyan tribals, a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG), residing on the hills in Sundargarh district.


Odisha assembly adjourned sine die

Bhubaneswar, Dec 5 : After 14-day-long disruption, the winter session of the Odisha assembly was Friday adjourned sine die ahead of schedule, with the speaker accepting a motion moved by the government chief whip in this regard.


Odisha assembly decides to reduce days of sitting in a year

Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 : The Odisha assembly Thursday passed a motion to reduce the mandatory provision of 60 days' sitting of the assembly in a year, despite protests by the opposition.


Spurious liquor kills 60 in Odisha in 14 years

Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 : Consumption of spurious liquor has led to the death of at least 60 people in Odisha in the past 14 years, prompting the government to consider shifting of around 200 liquor shops along the national highways in the state.


60 spurious liquor deaths in 14 years in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 : Sixty people have died in the past 14 years after consuming spurious liquor in Odisha, the assembly was informed.


Odisha government admits inking MoUs with chit fund company

Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 : The Odisha government Wednesday admitted it signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Seashore Group of companies, a chit fund player in Odisha, for various development projects.


ED attaches Rs.158 crore property of Odisha chit-fund company

Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday attached immovable and movable properties worth of Rs.158 crore of Seashore Group of Companies - a major chit-fund player in Odisha.


Madura proposes to set up manufacturing unit in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 : Madura Fashion and Lifestyle (MFL), a division of Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd., has proposed to set up a greenfield apparel manufacturing unit with an investment of Rs.75 crore in Odisha.


Odisha probes violation of sterlisation guidelines

Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 : A probe was launched Wednesday into the alleged violation of government guidelines at a sterlisation camp in Odisha where sterlisations were conducted on 62 women and six men, an official said.


Rights panel seeks report on sterilisation with bicycle pump

Bhubaneswar, Dec 2 : The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Tuesday took suo motu cognizance of the use of a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomen during sterilisation surgeries in a community health centre (CHC) in Angul district.


CCEA approves four-laning of NH section in Odisha

New Delhi, Dec 2 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Tuesday approved development of the four-laning of the Singhara-Binjabahal section of National Highway 6 in Odisha, an official statement said here.


CBI files first charge sheet in Odisha's chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Dec 2 : The CBI Tuesday filed in court the first charge sheet on the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha.


High alert sounded along Odisha border

Bhubaneswar, Dec 2 : A day after Maoists massacred 14 CRPF troopers in Chhattisgarh, police Tuesday sounded a high alert along the Odisha border that touches Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.


India tests n-capable Agni-IV missile

Bhubaneswar, Dec 2 : India Tuesday successfully conducted the first user trial of its long-range, nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile from a defence base in Odisha, an official said.


Retired Odisha bureaucrat gets jail term for corruption

Bhubaneswar, Dec 1 : A special vigilance court in Odisha Monday convicted a retired IAS officer in a 24-year-old corruption case and sentenced him to 20 months rigorous imprisonment.


Odisha speaker not using his powers to resolve impasse: Minister

Bhubaneswar, Dec 1 : A senior Odisha minister Monday blamed the speaker for not using his constitutional powers to resolve the deadlock in the assembly where proceedings have been disrupted for 10 days now by opposition Congress and BJP over not allowing any discussion on the chit fund scam.


Odisha chit fund scam: CBI quizzes two IPS officers in a day

Bhubaneswar, Nov 30 : The CBI Sunday interrogated two IPS officers in Odisha for their alleged links with a man arrested by the investigating agency in connection with the multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam in the state.


CBI quizzes top Odisha Police officer in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 30 : The CBI Sunday interrogated a senior police officer of Odisha for his alleged link with a man who was arrested by the investigating agency in connection with the multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam.


Bicycle pump use in sterilisation camp triggers outrage

Bhubaneswar, Nov 30 : A doctor used a bicycle pump to inflate the abdomen of 56 women while conducting laparoscopic tubectomy on them here, triggering public outrage in the area, officials said Sunday.


Past cultural links foundation of future artistic excellence: President

Bhubaneswar, Nov 29 : Classical arts are not only links with the past, but the foundation for current cultural thought and future artistic excellence, President Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday.


Governor's intervention sought on chit fund issue in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 29 : The opposition Congress and the BJP Saturday sought the intervention of Odisha governor S.C. Jamir to allow discussion on the chit fund issue in the assembly.


New mineral deposits discovered in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 29 : Odisha has discovered new mineral deposits of around 431 million tonne (MT) in 10 districts of the state, Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick informed the state assembly in a written reply.


Odisha government still hopeful about Posco project

Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 : Though the USD 12 billion steel project of Posco is yet to see the light of the day even after nine years, the Odisha government is still optimistic about the project, which is proposed to be set up in Jagatsinghpur district.


No discussion on chit fund issue in assembly: Odisha speaker

Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 : The Odisha assembly speaker Friday rejected the demand of opposition to discuss the chit fund issue, leading to a disruption in the house and its adjournment till Saturday.


Essar Steel commissions integrated pellet complex in Odisha

New Delhi, Nov 27 : Steel producer Essar Steel Thursday commissioned a six million tonnes per annum (mtpa) integrated pellet complex in Odisha.


Odisha CM seeks more allocation for state in rail budget

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure allocation of a sizable amount of revenue generated from Odisha in the next rail budget for expanding rail infrastructure in the state.


Committed to developing industrial park: Odisha tells Centre

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 : Odisha has told the central government it is committed to developing an industrial park in the state's Angul district in a time-bound manner.


Logjam continues in Odisha assembly

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 : A logjam continued Thursday in the Odisha assembly for the seventh consecutive day as both the opposition and ruling BJD members disrupted the proceedings of the house, leading to its adjournment till 3 p.m.


Cabinet committee sets timeline for Odisha projects

Bhubaneswar, Nov 26 : The Project Monitoring Group of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure Wednesday fixed a timeline for completion of pending work of large industrial projects in Odisha.


Odisha urges centre to release rural job fund early

Bhubaneswar, Nov 26 : The Odisha government Wednesday urged the centre to immediately release Rs.1195.40 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) projects.


Congress to corner BJD on chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 : Intensifying its attack against the state government over the chit fund scam, the Odisha Congress Tuesday decided to hold protest rallies and dharnas at district headquarters demanding CBI inquiry against chief minister and his resignation.


Bhubaneswar to host 2015 HIL opener

New Delhi, Nov 25 : Odisha capital Bhubaneswar will host the 2015 Hockey India League (HIL) opener at its new Kalinga Stadium, Hockey India (HI) announced Tuesday.


More funds needed for road connectivity: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider hiking the funds allocated for road connectivity in Odisha during fiscal 2014-15.


Odisha assembly adjourned till Tuesday amid noisy scenes

Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 : Noisy scenes prevailed in the Odisha assembly for the fourth day as both the ruling BJD members and opposition parties stalled the proceedings throughout the day Monday. The speaker adjourned the house till Tuesday.


Odisha youngsters launch Blanket Challenge for homeless

Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 : Youngsters in Odisha posted an idea on social networking site Facebook about 15 days ago. Now, many of them are joining the cause to keep the homeless locals in Bhubaneswar warm during the winter.


BJD stalls Odisha assembly proceedings

Bhubaneswar, Nov 24 : Members of the ruling BJD Monday stalled the Odisha assembly as they noisily protested against a controversial irrigation project that they say will sink some villages in the state.


20 human skulls recovered in Odisha's Puri

Bhubaneswar, Nov 23 : As many as 20 human skulls were recovered from under a bridge in Odisha's Puri district Sunday, said a police official.


CBI probe politically motivated, says BJD

Bhubaneswar, Nov 23 : The BJD Sunday said the CBI's probe into the multi-thousand-crore-rupee chit fund scam was politically motivated. The accusations came a day after a close aide of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was interrogated.


Odisha's view sought for coalfield master plan

Bhubaneswar, Nov 23 : Following the cancellation of coal blocks allocation by the Supreme Court, the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDI) has sought Odisha's view over preparation of a comprehensive master plan (CMP) for two major coalfields - Talcher and Ib Valley.


Odisha minister apologises for abusive remark

Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 : Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy Saturday apologised in the legislative assembly for a derogatory remark made to BJP's woman legislator Radharani Panda.


CBI quizzes Odisha CM's aide in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 : The CBI Saturday interrogated a leader of Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore chit fund scam.


SC grants extension to Odisha to renew mining leases

Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 : The Supreme Court has granted a three-month extension to the Odisha government to clear the lease renewal applications of 18 mines which were asked to halt operations following a court order, an official said Saturday.


Industrialisation, urbanisation killing elephants in Odisha

By Chinmaya Dehury, Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 : The status of "National Heritage Animal" to elephants has done little to save them, and at least 427 jumbos have perished in the last seven years in Odisha. Though the state claims it has taken steps to protect the animal, experts say industrialisation and urbanisation are the main reasons for elephant deaths.


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