Woman gangraped by four including dismissed cop in Odisha

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Odisha may witness 42,000 more deaths annually by 2100 due to heat: Study

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In separate incidents, two women in Odisha give birth in hospital verandah

Odisha’s pathetic healthcare system could not be stripped bare to the bones anymore as two women in separate incidents, gave birth in the hospital premises on being denied immediate admittance. On October 11, Pana Murmu of Salia Sahi, the biggest slum in Odisha complained of labor pains and went to the Capital hospital in Bhubaneswar. After init...

Father sells daughters for ₹2 lakh in Odisha

Chennai: At a time when child trafficking from Odisha into other states is rampant, a father from Nayagarh district made money by allegedly selling his daughters. The incident came to the light when the two girls learnt about the deal, and escaped from their home and run into the forests of Chandradeipur, on September 22. The man has sold his daughter...

From Nov 1, Bhubaneswar airport to be shut for 7 hours for eight months

Chennai: The Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar will be shut partially for eight months from November for re-carpeting of the main runway. The maintenance work, which is carried out every 10 years, will force rescheduling of flights and about 10% cancellation, said Suresh Chandra Hota, the airport director. The move is still in the prop...

Task force to check child marriages in Odisha’s Koraput dist

Koraput: A task force has been constituted in Odisha's Koraput district to check the practice of child marriage, common among the tribal communities in the region, a senior official said. Against a state average of 21.3 per cent and a national average of 26.8 per cent, the annual rate of child marriage in the district is 34.7 per cent. Child marriage...

Odisha truck driver fined ₹86,500, highest under new MV act

A truck driver in Odisha has been fined a whopping ₹86,500 for violation of traffic rules, the highest so far under the new Motor Vehicles Amendment act 2019.

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LS Speaker writes to EU, calls their anti-CAA resolutions inappropriate

New Delhi: It is inappropriate for one legislature to pass judgement on another, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said in a letter to European Parliament President David Maria Sassoli on Monday, ahead of the legislature’s debate on the resolutions moved by its lawmakers against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Govt prepares for possible evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

New Delhi: With the situation worsening in novel coronavirus-hit China, the central government is planning to evacuate Indians from the affected regions, including Wuhan in the Hubei province. An aircraft is also being kept on stand-by for the evacuation and officials say this will become possible only after Chinese authorities approve it.

ED arrests DHFL promoter Kapil Wadhawan in money laundering case 

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday arrested the chairman and managing director of Dewan Housing Finance Ltd, Kapil Wadhawan, in connection with its money laundering probe against dead gangster Iqbal Mirchi and others.

Jagan’s AP council dissolution move more of a political point-making

Hyderabad: A roadblock for some and a rehabilitation centre for others, the Legislative Council has been an instrument of political abuse in the combined Andhra Pradesh for years.

Govt’s sweetener for Air India sale needs a reality check

Unable to find buyers when the government was willing to sell only 76% stake, it is now willing to sell the entire 100% stake hoping that it will find a suitor but that may still not be possible as the latest announcement comes with some stiff conditions.

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Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar: Her dream to touch the sky has catapulted a tribal woman from Odisha's Malkangiri district to become the first female pilot from the region. Twenty-three-year-old Anupriya Lakra's dream of becoming a pilot has become a reality, seven years after she quit engineering studies midway and joined an aviation academy here in 2012. The woman from t...

Odisha ranked 6th in diabetic deaths; behind TN, Kerala

At a time when Odisha's healthcare system is in shambles, with pregnant women being carried in slings due to lack of proper access, a study has put the state on the sixth position in the list of diabetic deaths.

Odisha government appoints BJD members in ‘futile’ advisory posts

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently appointed Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members as advisors to several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and government programmes, taking the total number of advisors in the state to 36.

Woman accuses husband of giving triple talaq case in Odisha

A Muslim woman from Soro area in Odisha’s Balasore district has lodged a complaint, accusing her husband of divorcing her by pronouncing "talaq" thrice on Monday, the day of Eid-al-Adha. The incident took place when Rosaya Khatun of Soro Pathan Mahalla area had gone to her husband Karim Khan to seek “Eidi”, which is gifts or goodwill money given...

Rains batter Odisha amid depression; flood situation grim in Maharashtra

Heavy rains battered several parts of Odisha on Wednesday (August 7), triggering flood-like situation and disrupting train services in some areas as the depression over Bay of Bengal intensified. The IMD has predicted more heavy rainfall in Kerala and Odisha in the coming days. Mumbai and outskirts of Maharashtra will witness intense rainfall in...

Muslim women dominate red light areas, says BJP leader in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: A BJP leader stoked a controversy in the Odisha Assembly on Thursday (August 1) when he said "Muslim women dominated the red-light areas of Mumbai and Kolkata" while speaking in support of the "triple talaq" bill. BC Sethi, the deputy leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the House, quoted "survey reports" from magazines and newspapers d...

Centre went back on disaster funding ratio: Odisha finance minister

Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari has lashed out at the Union government for not implementing the 14th Finance Commission's recommendations regarding the sanction of funds under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). The Minister speaking in the state assembly on Monday (July 29) said that 90:10 sharing pattern between the Centre and the sta...

Odisha serial murders: Cops arrest suspect, rule out ‘psycho killer’ angl...

Three murders within 24 hours, a single weapon and a suspected psycho killer on the loose. The killings that gripped Cuttack with fear for the past week had all the ingredients of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Kodanda Rout, a 55-year-old daily wage labourer was found dead near Talanda Canal in Ranihat on July 23. The incident came to light late tha...

Sweet victory for Odisha, state’s version of rasagola gets GI tag

In a sweet victory for Odisha, the GI Registry of India on Monday (July 29) conferred the GI tag to Odisha for its version of Rasagola, the syrupy sweetmeat made of cottage cheese. The Registrar of Geographical Indications, Chennai, has issued a certificate registering the sweetmeat as 'Odisha Rasagola' under the Geographical Indications of Good...

Odisha: Suspected serial killer murders three homeless men in Cuttack

Chennai: Fear and panic has gripped the millennium city of Cuttack as 3 brutal murders have taken place in 24 hours. Bodies have been recovered from Ranihat bridge, SCB medical college and OMP market on July 24. Making things worse, the murders have a pattern leading to suspicions of a serial psycho killer on the loose. All the three victims were homeles...

Bahuda Yatra starts in Puri, holy triads of Jagannath temple bid adieu to aunt

Rituals for the ‘Bahuda Yatra’, the homeward journey of the trinity - Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra - of the Jagannath temple of Puri on their chariots, began at the Gundicha temple on Friday morning, marking the 10th day of the annual sojourn of the deities. A large congregation of devotees have assembled near the Gundicha T...

Tour the state, pay surprise visits to offices, get feedback: Naveen tells ministers

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to make BJD's fifth term "people centric", Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday (July 11) asked his ministerial colleagues to undertake extensive tours of the state and get feedback from the grass-root level. Patnaik made the five-point suggestions at a meeting of the council of ministers at the state secretariat here....

Rath Yatra begins in Puri; despite Fani millions throng to witness annual sojourn

Puri, Odisha: The Grand Road of Puri on Thursday (July 4) witnessed a sea of people, who congregated to participate in the famous Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra of the Srimandir. The Pahandi (where the idols of the three deities are carried to the chariots) ritual of the holy trinity started in the morning and the dei...

Urbanisation, changing cropping patterns contributing to temperature rise: Study

New Delhi: Warming induced by changes in land use and land cover is contributing to rise in temperature in Eastern India, according to a new study. Over three decades (1981-2010), the mean temperature in Odisha has recorded an increase of about 0.3 degree Celsius. The highest temperature rise of 0.9 degrees Celsius has been recorded during the years 2001 t...

Woman, newborn killed in autorickshaw-truck collision in Odisha

Kendrapara: A woman and her newborn were killed and three others, including her husband, seriously injured when an auto-rickshaw carrying them collided with a truck in Odisha's Kendrapara district on Saturday. The woman, 25, was returning home from a hospital, where she gave birth to a girl on Friday, when the accident occurred around 8.30 am at Khamara C...

Election process begins for three RS seats in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday issued a notification for conduct of the by-elections to the three Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha. With issuance of the notification, the nomination filing process has started and it will continue till June 25, said B P Mishra, the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha polls. Mishra said the nominat...

Naveen takes oath as Odisha CM; Modi in congratulatory tweet assures central support

Bhubaneshwar: Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday took oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for a fifth consecutive term. Patnaik was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal in a grand ceremony at the Idco Exhibition Ground here. The BJD, which won 112 seats in the 147-member Assembly in the recently concluded ...

Naveen to take oath today; Odisha govt to have 21 ministers, 10 new faces

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Tuesday (May 28) appointed 11 Cabinet ministers and nine Ministers of State on the recommendations of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a communication from the Raj Bhavan said. The ministers and the Chief Minister will be administered the oath of the office on Wednesday (May 29) at 10.30 am in a function at the Exhib...

Pattachitra artists in Odisha look at bleak future post cyclone Fani

The famous Pattachitra paintings of Odisha’s Raghurajpur village may have embellished the walls of several houses and edifices across the world. But closer home they have become a faded reality for many ‘chitrakars’ (painters), who having lost a chunk of their work — some even worth lakhs — to cyclone Fani, now look at a bleak future. One of the...

Cyclone Fani: Puri fisherfolk caught in troubled waters

At 12 o clock on a muggy Tuesday afternoon, a lone country boat inches closer to the shore at the Penthakata beach of Puri. It is usually the time of the day when the ‘nolias’ (fishermen), who leave for the high sea in the wee hours, return home with the catch of the day. Boats are anchored and fish is unloaded to be sold to traders, waiting at the...