Bhubaneswar, July 29 : Incessant rains have triggered a flood threat in four districts of Odisha, forcing the government to take preventive measures on war footing, officials said on Wednesday.
Puri, July 29 : Prepared by 600-700 cooks and partaken by up to 50,000 pilgrims daily generating a business of Rs 8-12 lakhs, the mouth-watering "Mahaprasad" (food first offered to the deity) of the Jagannath Temple has retained its appeal among tens of millions of devotees for ages.
Bhubaneswar, July 28 : Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Tuesday created a sand sculpture at Puri beach to pay tribute to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died following cardiac arrest in Meghalaya on Monday while delivering a lecture.
Bhubaneswar, July 28 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged the Centre to allocate adequate quantity of fertilizers to meet the demand of farmers in the state.
Bhubaneswar, July 28 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday paid tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the state secretariat here, describing him as a "visionary leader".
Bhubaneswar, July 27 : Security personnel on Monday recovered the bodies of two Maoists from a forest in Odisha after an overnight gun battle with the rebels, police said.
Bhubaneswar, July 26 : Braving intermittent heavy rain, lakhs of devotees from across the country on Sunday thronged Odisha's holy town of Puri to witness Bahuda Yatra, or the return car festival of the deities of Sri Jagannath temple.
Bhubaneswar, July 25 : Rajya Sabha member and Biju Janata Dal vice president Kalpataru Das died on Saturday at AIIMS in Delhi, his family said. He was 67.
New Delhi, July 24 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Odisha's Keonjhar over the killing of six people on allegations of practicing witchcraft.
Bhubaneswar, July 24 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to Odisha's Keonjhar district magistrate and superintendent of police to submit a report on the killing of six members of a family for allegedly practicing sorcery.
Bhubaneswar, July 24 : Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), the nodal agency for land acquisition in Odisha, has identified over 2 lakh acres for creation of land bank, an official said on Friday.
Bhubaneswar, July 23 : The Odisha government has decided to recommend five places to the central government to develop them as smart cities, an official said on Thursday.
Bhubaneswar, July 23 : The Odisha government has identified 16 mineral blocks for which auction process would start by the end of October, union mines secretary Balvinder Kumar said on Thursday.
Bhubaneswar, July 22 : Odisha has asked its district collectors to complete the construction of new toilets and operationalise all old toilets under school sanitation programme by July 31, said an official on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 22 : Odisha Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick on Wednesday said an inter-departmental committee has recommended the opening of seven non-captive mines in the state.
Bhubaneswar, July 21 : A petition was filed in a local court against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and vigilance director K.B. Singh, alleging criminal conspiracy by them against former state police chief Prakash Mishra.
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, July 21 : Twelve Congress legislators from Odisha met party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday demanding the removal of the party chief whip in the state assembly.
Bhubaneswar, July 20 : The railway ministry and the Odisha government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to speed up the completion of the inordinately delayed Khurda-Bolangir railway project on an equal cost-sharing basis.
Bhubaneswar, July 20 : Days after South Korean steel giant Posco put the USD 12 billion mega steel project on hold in Odisha, the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which is spearheading the movement against land acquisition, on Monday said villagers have started re-occupying lands acquired for the project.
Bhubaneswar, July 19 : The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha on Sunday said it would oppose the land acquisition bill proposed by the Centre during the monsoon session of parliament beginning from Tuesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 18 : Two women were killed and 10 other people were injured in a stampede during the Rath Yatra in Odisha's temple city of Puri on Saturday, police said.
Bhubaneswar, July 17 : With Posco making it clear that it would put the proposed USD 12 billion steel mega-project in Odisha on hold, the state government on Friday said the state would not suffer industrially following the decision of the South Korean company.
Bhubaneswar, July 17 : Thousands of devotees have thronged the holy town of Puri in Odisha to witness the new millennium's first Nabakalebar Rath Yatra which will commence on Saturday.
Bhubaneswar, July 16 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his advisor-turned-foe Pyari Mohan Mohapatra on Thursday shared the dais -- three years after the hiatus.
New Delhi, July 16 : The union cabinet on Thursday approved the revised cost estimates for phase-I of the national cyclone risk mitigation project for Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
Bhubaneswar, July 15 : The BJP in Odisha on Wednesday moved the Odisha State Human Rights Commission (OHRC) against the arrest of 114 people, including 63 women, who were demanding the shifting of a bridge site from their village in Keonjhar district.
Bhubaneswar, July 15 : Nine people have been arrested for hacking to death six members of a family for suspected sorcery in Odisha's tribal dominated Keonjhar district, said police on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 15 : As Odisha Finance Minister Pradeep Amat was on Wednesday denied entry to a NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi, it triggered political brouhaha in the state.
Bhubaneswar, July 15 : Odisha state-run dairy co-operative Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Limited (Omfed) on Wednesday said it is planning to collaborate with Amul to scale up its operations.
Bhubaneswar, July 14 : Odisha Finance Minister Pradeep Amat on Tuesday said that the state's total revenue collection has increased by 33 percent in the first quarter of this fiscal against the corresponding period last year.
Bhubaneswar, July 14 : The Odisha government has decided to include all devotees, temple servitors and government employees during Nabakalebara Rath Yatra under accidental insurance cover of Rs.5 lakh each, an official said on Tuesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 14 : The Odisha government has prepared a road map to attract fresh domestic and foreign investment of Rs 1.73 lakh crore (USD 27 billion) by 2019-20. The plan includes holding road shows in Asian and European nations to attract FDI.
Bhubaneswar, July 13 : At least six members of a family, suspected of practicing witchcraft, were hacked to death by villagers in tribal dominated Keonjhar district of Odisha, police said on Monday.
Bhubaneswar, July 12 : Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Sunday criticised ruling BJD's opposition to international air travel facility from Bhubaneswar and BJP taking credit for having launched international flight operations from there.
Bhubaneswar, July 11 : Doctors not reporting for duty at government-run hospitals and those who did not respond to the notices sent to them would face departmental proceedings, Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said on Saturday.
Bhubaneswar, July 10 : Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday accorded national highway (NH) status to around 2,000 km of state highways in Odisha, while announcing Rs.35,000 crore investment in other related projects.
New Delhi, July 9 : Following a lawsuit that accused singer Sona Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty of distorting the original Sambalpuri cult song "Rangabati" in their re-rendition of it for Coke Studio, Mohapatra said her intention was not to hurt anyone but to bring her home state Odisha into the spotlight.
Bhubaneswar, July 9 : Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the government will construct a coastal highway connecting Gopalpur in Odisha with Digha in West Bengal as a national highway.
Bhubaneswar, July 9 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted simultaneous raids at 10 places in Odisha in connection with illegal mining in the state.
Bhubaneswar, July 9 : Union Communications and Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday launched the BSNL Wi-Fi service in Puri town.
Bhubaneswar, July 8 : The Odisha government has asked the Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board (OKVIB) to prepare a road map to generate 60,000 jobs in the next four years, said an official on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 7 : The Odisha government would implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, in the state by September 30 as fixed by the Centre, said Food and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma on Tuesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 7 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday conducted simultaneous searches at 12 places in Odisha in connection with a chit-fund scam.
Bhubaneswar, July 6 : Ferrochrome producers on Monday urged the Odisha government to extend chrome ore mining leases where the mineral is used for other than captive purposes as per the amended Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act.
Bhubaneswar, July 3 : The CBI, probing the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, has filed in a special court here a preliminary charge sheet against three employees of the chit fund firm, Zodiac Foundation, an official said on Friday.
Bhubaneswar, July 3 : The opposition Congress and BJP on Friday lashed out at the Odisha government over the "tardy" progress of work related to the upcoming Nabakalebar festival and demanded details of the money allocated for infrastructure projects.
Bhubaneswar, July 2 : The Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Limited (OMFED) on Thursday said it aims to double its milk procurement to one million litres per day by 2020.
Bhubaneswar, July 2 : After a marginal fall in diesel price, the Odisha government on Thursday reduced the bus fare by 1-2 paise under the automatic fare revision mechanism.
Bhubaneswar, July 1 : The Odisha government has decided to conduct special camps at colleges to hold tests for issuing learners' driving licences to students, a minister said here on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar, July 1 : In a move to increase livelihood options in tribal-dominated areas against the backdrop of the changing climatic conditions, Odisha has decided to go in for massive pulp wood plantation covering 60,000 hectares over the next five years.
Bhubaneswar, June 30 : The Odisha government on Tuesday added seven more state-specific calamities to those for which the families of the deceased will get Rs.4 lakh ex-gratia compensation, said officials.
Bhubaneswar, June 30 : Protesting the gross deviation in the 'Brahma Parivartan' ritual of the deities in Shree Jagannath temple, the Odisha BJP on Tuesday kicked off a weeklong 'Shree Jagannath Sanskruti Suraksha Yatra' from Puri.
Bhubaneswar, June 29 : Despite the death of 231 elephants in the past three years in Odisha, their population in the state has increased to 1,954 this year from the 1,930 recorded in the 2012 census.
Bhubaneswar, June 28 : The Odisha government has urged the Centre to declare three industrial estates having food processing units as designated food parks to receive credit support from NABARD, said an official on Sunday.
Bhubaneswar, June 27 : National flag carrier Air India will operate its international flight from Biju Patnaik Airport here by July, it was announced on Saturday.
Bhubaneswar, June 27 : A First Information Report (F.I.R) was filed against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Vigilance Director K.B. Singh on Saturday for falsely implicating former DGP Prakash Mishra in a financial irregularities case.
Bhubaneswar, June 26 : Normal life was thrown out of gear in Odisha as the Congress on Friday called a shutdown protesting against the mismanagement of "Brahma Parivartan" rituals at the Jagannath temple in Puri.
Bhubaneswar, June 24 : The Odisha High Court on Wednesday served notice to the state government officials and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) over the alleged mismanagement during the Brahma Parivartan rituals in Jagannath temple.
Haldia (West Bengal), June 24 : The union shipping ministry was planning to roll out standards for higher levels of bio-fuel usage, Minister Nitin Gadkari said here on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar, June 24 : The Odisha Congress has called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Friday demanding action against the guilty and judicial probe into the Brahma Paribartan fiasco.