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Odisha chit fund scam: CBI interrogates another BJD legislator

Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 : In what could spell more embarrassment for Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which is already rocked by the probe into the chit fund scam, another BJD legislator, Pravat Biswal, was Friday questioned by the CBI for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore rupee scandal.


Odisha assembly adjourned till Saturday

Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 : The Odisha assembly was unable to transact any business for the second day Friday as both the opposition and the ruling party members created a ruckus, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house till Saturday.


Logjam continues in Odisha assembly

Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 : A logjam continued in the Odisha assembly for the second day Friday as both the opposition and ruling party members created ruckus, forcing the speaker to adjourn the session till 3 p.m.


CBI quizzes Odisha MP in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 : Pyarimohan Mohapatra, a Rajya Sabha member from Odisha, Friday appeared before the CBI here in connection with a chit fund scam.


Odisha chit-fund scam: Congress demands Patnaik's resignation

Bhubaneshwar, Nov. 20 : The Congress party on Thursday demanded the resignation of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in connection with the multi-crore chit fund scam in the state.


Rs.4,502.34 crore supplementary budget presented for Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 20 : Amid an uproar by the opposition parties over a chit fund scam, Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat Thursday presented supplementary budget of Rs.4,502.34 crore for 2014-15 in the Odisha assembly.


Odisha minister made derogatory remark: BJP MLA

Bhubaneswar, Nov 20 : A BJP MLA Thursday alleged that Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy has made a derogatory remark against her in the state assembly and sought his apology.


Central team assessing Odisha cyclone damage concludes visit

Bhubaneswar, Nov 19 : An eight-member central team, which assessed the damage caused by cyclonic storm Hudhud in the southern districts of Odisha, concluded its two-day visit Wednesday, an official said here.


Odisha assembly session set to be stormy

Bhubaneswar, Nov 19 : The winter session of the Odisha assembly starting Thursday is all set to be a stormy affair with the opposition parties - the Congress and the BJP - planning to put the treasury benches on the mat by raising the multi-crore chit fund and mining scams, while the ruling party has decided to blunt the opposition attack with its brutal majority.


NTPC to invest in Odisha's solar energy sector

Bhubaneswar, Nov 19 : The state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has decided to invest in Odisha's solar energy sector, an official said Wednesday.


Odisha chit fund scam: One arrested, 18 places raided

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 : The CBI Tuesday arrested land broker Subhankar Nayak after finding incriminating documents in his possession during its day-long raid at 18 places in Odisha, New Delhi and Mumbai, in connection with the chit fund scam involving the Seashore Group.


Odisha to urge Centre for enhancement of mining output

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 : Concerned over the falling mining revenue affecting the economy of the state, the Odisha government has decided to urge the Centre to allow it to raise the mineral output of some mines to meet the revenue target.


CBI raids 18 places over Odisha chit fund scam

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Nov 18: The CBI Tuesday raided 18 places in Odisha, New Delhi and Mumbai, including the houses of Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra, in connection with the chit fund scam involving the Seashore Group.


CBI interrogates Odisha cricket officials over chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 : Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) honorary secretary Asirbad Behera was Tuesday interrogated by the CBI for his alleged links with chit fund firm Artha Tatwa group in Odisha.


CBI raids 18 places over Odisha chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 : The CBI Tuesday conducted raids at 18 places in Odisha, New Delhi and Mumbai, including the houses of Rajya Sabha MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra, in connection with the chit fund scam involving Seashore Group.


CBI raids 22 places in Odisha over chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 : The CBI Tuesday conducted raids at 22 places in Odisha in connection with the Seashore Group's chit fund scam afffeccting thousands of depositors in the state.


Odisha MP appears before ED in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Nov 17 : Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) president and Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the mega chit fund scam in the state.


Pradhan lays foundation stone of polypropylene project

Bhubaneswar, Nov 16 : Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday laid the foundation stone of a polypropylene unit in the petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment region (PCPIR) proposed at Odisha's Paradip.


Clarify intention on steel park: Odisha to BSL

Bhubaneswar, Nov 16 : The Odisha government has asked Bhushan Steel Ltd. (BSL) to clarify its intention within 15 days on the setting up of a steel park around its steel project in Meramundali in Odisha's Dhenkanal district.


'Cyclone Phailin ravaged ecosystem of Odisha's Chilika lake'

By Chinmaya Dehury, Bhubaneswar, Nov 16 : Over fishing, unauthorised shrimp farming, pollution, sedimentation and tourism are not only threatening the ecosystem of Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Asia and the second largest lake in the world, but the very severe Phailin cyclonic storm has also had a devastating impact, with a decrease in salinity and increase in ammonia and silicate, scientists said.


Land acquisition still a problem for industries in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 15 : Land acquisition continues to be a major problem for setting up an industry in Odisha as there is no clarity at the ground level, leading to delays in projects and cost overruns even though the Odisha government has a clear policy, feel captains of major industries who are setting up their projects in the state.


Odisha CM hopes Posco project will be back on track

Bhubaneswar, Nov 15 : Even as South Korean company Posco's $12 billion steel project, proposed to be set up at Jagatsinghpur, is yet to see the light of the day after nine years, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday hoped that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance would put the much delayed project on track.


Odisha chit fund scam: Orison group's director held

New Delhi, Nov 14 : The CBI Friday arrested Sagar Kumar Ray, one of the directors of Orison Group of companies, in Odisha for his alleged complicity with Artha Tatwa Group chief Pradip Sethy, who has duped thousands of people through a chit fund scam in the state.


Maoists involved in hemp cultivation in Odisha: DGP

Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 : Odisha Police chief Sanjeev Marik Friday said Maoists are actively involved in hemp and cannabis cultivation in the state's rebel infested districts.


Maoists destroy guest house in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 : A group of armed Maoists razed a company guest house in Odisha's Koraput district, police said Friday.


BJD MP condemns reports of scribes offered cash during his press meet in Puri

Puri (Odisha), Nov. 13 : Taking serious note of reports that journalists were allegedly bribed during his press conference in Puri, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Pinaki Mishra on Thursday termed the incident as extremely unfortunate, and said that strongest action should be taken against those involved.


Odisha sees drop in mining revenue

Bhubaneswar, Nov 13 : Odisha has witnessed a fall in mining revenue.


Journalists given money at BJD MP's press meet

Bhubaneswar, Nov 12 : Media persons Wednesday filed a police complaint and strongly protested when they found Rs.200 each in the press kits distributed at a press conference by BJD's Puri MP Pinaki Mishra, who immediately feigned ignorance.


Odisha scheme for migrant construction workers from state

Bhubaneswar, Nov 12 : The government Wednesday decided to register construction workers from Odisha employed outside the state and provide them with all the benefits available to construction workers within the state.


Odisha seeks Rs.777 crore cyclone assistance

Bhubaneswar, Nov 12 : The Odisha government Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the central government seeking financial assistance of Rs.777.12 crore for restoration and rehabilitation work in 15 districts affected by cyclone 'Hudhud'.


Odisha woman kills husband who tortured her

Bhubaneswar, Nov 11 : Fed up with constant torture by her husband, a woman in Odisha killed him by strangulating him, police said Tuesday.


Naveen is chief conspirator in chit fund scam: Odisha BJP

Bhubaneswar, Nov 11 : Maintaining that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders have close links with the chit fund companies, the Odisha BJP Tuesday painted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as the chief conspirator in the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam being investigated by the CBI in the state.


Odisha issues notices to 18 miners over lease renewal

Bhubaneswar, Nov 11 : The Odisha government has sent notices to 18 mines owners, including Tata Steel and Aditya Birla Group's Essel Mining, asking them to reply as to why their lease renewal applications should not be rejected.


19 held for fishing near Odisha's turtle nesting site

Bhubaneswar, Nov 11 : At least 19 people were arrested for fishing near a turtle nesting site at Gahirmatha in Odisha's Kendrapada district, an official said Tuesday.


Odisha chit fund scam: Seashore chief on 14-day CBI remand

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 : A special CBI court in Odisha Monday allowed the CBI to take Prashant Dash, chairman and managing director (CMD) of Seashore Group, on a 14-day remand to probe the multi-thousand-crore-rupee chit fund scam in the state.


CIL to explore 1,000 mn tonnes coal by 2019

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 : Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup Monday said the state-owned Coal India Ltd. (CIL) would mine 1,000 million tonnes of coal by 2019 -- doubling its present production of 500 million tonnes.


CIL to mine 1,000 million tonnes coal by 2019

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 : Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup Monday said the state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) would mine 1,000 million tonnes of coal by 2019 -- doubling its present production of 500 million tonnes.


Swamy not upset at being overlooked for Modi ministry

Bhubaneswar, Nov 9 : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said he is not upset at not being inducted in Narendra Modi's council of ministers, which was expanded Sunday.


No decision yet on joining Janata parivar, says Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, Nov 9 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday said his BJD is yet to decide on the move by leaders of erstwhile Janata Dal to reunite the Janata parivar to take on Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.


India test-fires medium-range and nuclear-capable Agni-II missile

Wheeler Island (Odisha), Nov 9 : India today successfully test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of over 2000 kilomters from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.


Odisha to open coaching centres for competitive exams

Bhubaneswar, Nov 9 : The Odisha government has decided to open three coaching institutes in the state to provide quality coaching to youths preparing for all-India competitive examinations.


India test fires n-capable Agni-II missile

Bhubaneswar, Nov 9 : India Sunday test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-II strategic ballistic missile from a military base in Odisha, a defence official said.


Anti-Posco activists oppose socio-economic survey

Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 : The Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which is spearheading the anti-Posco movement at the proposed site of Posco's mega steel project in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district, Saturday opposed the socio-economic survey in the affected villages.


BJP aims to enrol 40 lakh members in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 : The Odisha BJP Saturday launched its membership drive with a target of enrolling 40 lakh members in the state in the next six years.


Mining rights still elusive for Posco (News Analysis)

By Chinmaya Dehury, Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 : Posco has been given the green signal by the state government to mine at Jagatsinghpur in Odisha, yet setting up a $12 billion steel project there remains a distant dream as it continues to face stiff resistance from the locals.


Dengue cases rise to 5,535 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 : The number of dengue cases in Odisha this year increased to 5,535 with authorities Saturday confirming 31 new cases, although the toll from the virus has remained at nine.


Odisha to join JEE Main 2015

Bhubaneswar, Nov 7 : The policy planning board on professional education in Odisha Friday recommended that the Odisha government join the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2015 for admission to premier technical institutes in the country.


Former district collector arrested in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 7 : A former district collector was arrested Friday in Odisha on charges of gross irregularities and corruption in the recruitment of revenue inspectors in Balangir district.


Odisha artist makes Konark temple sand sculpture in London

Bhubaneswar, Nov 7 : Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik promoted Odisha tourism abroad by creating a sand sculpture of a miniature of Konark sun temple at the World Travel Market in London, the artist said Friday.


Nitish-Lalu alliance won't last long: Paswan

Bhubaneswar, Nov 6 : Exuding confidence that the NDA will win the elections in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Thursday said the grand alliance between Lalu Prasad's RJD, Nitish Kumar's JD-U and the Congress in Bihar would not last long.


Odisha chit-fund scam: Patnaik rules out any setback for BJD

New Delhi, Nov. 5 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that the arrest of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders would not be a setback for his party and added that the law will take its own course.


Big fish have drained common man's money: BJP on Odisha chit-fund arrest

New Delhi, Nov. 5 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the arrest of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP and its MLA's in connection with the Odisha chit-fund scam proves that there were many big fishes who had drained the common man with its hard earned money amounting to lakhs and crores of rupees.


Odisha approves Rs.9,213 crore investment proposals

Bhubanewar, Nov 5 : The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) of the Odisha government Wednesday in-principle gave approval to four industry proposals with an investment of Rs.9,213 crore.


SC to decide on court monitoring of Odisha scam probe

New Delhi, Nov 5 : The Supreme Court Wednesday said it will examine a plea for court monitoring of the CBI probe into a chit fund scam, in which 44 Odisha-based companies were allegedly involved, after the court was told the investigation was "proceeding extremely slowly".


Odisha assembly's winter session from Nov 20

Bhubaneswar, Nov 5 : The winter session of the Odisha legislative assembly will begin Nov 20, an official said Wednesday. The session will continue till Dec 20.


Odisha CM seeks assistance for Phailin, Hudhud cyclones

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Nov 5 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to release the balance amount of Rs.399.88 crore for cyclone Phailin and an interim assistance of Rs.500 crore for cyclone Hudhud that hit Odisha recently.


Chit fund scam: CBI gets 6-day remand of BJD MP, ex-MLAs

Bhubaneswar, Nov 5 : A court here Wednesday granted the CBI six-day remand of the suspended BJD MP Ramchandra Hansdah and two former legislators, arrested Tuesday for their alleged involvement in a chit fund scam in Odisha.


Chit fund scam: Opposition hits out at ruling BJD

Bhubaneswar, Nov 4 : After a BJD MP and former MLA were arrested by the CBI in chit fund scam in Odisha, the state Congress and BJP Tuesday hit out at the ruling party stating that the party has patronised the chit fund companies to loot the people of the state.


Chit fund scam: BJD suspends party MP, ex-MLA

Bhubaneswar, Nov 4 : Ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday suspended party MP from Mayurbhanj Ramchandra Hansdah and former legislator Subarna Naik, who were arrested by the CBI for their alleged involvement in Nabadiganta Capital Financial Services chit fund firm.


Odisha chit fund scam: BJD MP, two ex-MLAs held

Bhubaneswar, Nov 4 : The CBI Tuesday arrested Mayurbhanj's BJD MP Ramchandra Hansdah and two ex-MLAs for their alleged link with the Nabadiganta Capital Financial Services, a chit fund company in Odisha.


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