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Sharp drop in HSC pass ratio this year

Cuttack: An estimated 70.78 per cent of the total 5,61,079 students passed the annual high school certificate examination, the results of which were announced by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha here Tuesday. The pass ratio this year is over five per cent lower than last year’s pass percentage...

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BMC plays Good Samaritan

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not limited to city development and beautification of the state capital; here is how it makes a difference socially, helping the poor and the marginal. Yes! As the Smart City proposal of the largest civic body of Odisha is cantered around the child-friendly philosophy, it has proved its mettle by extending an immediate help of Rs 5,000 under Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to a...

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CMC accords priority to desilting drains

Cuttack: Revenue Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar Samal Tuesday emphasized the immediate need to desilt drains in the city prior to the onset of monsoon. Presiding over a meeting of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), Samal advised the officials to keep equipment and manpower in place to deal with waterlogging in the city. The meeting also deliberated upon restoration work in the aftermath of cyclone Fani that battered many recreational parks and...

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State-level mango fest to kick off June 1

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) and Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) under the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department are going to jointly organise an exhibition-cum-sale event titled, ‘State-Level Mango Festival-2019’ in early June. Its main objective is to make mangoes available to consumers directly from farmers or producers. A variety of locally produced fresh, hand-plucked mangoes which are free from chemical applications will be made available at the fest. Different stalls...

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‘Most challenging’ World Cup for Kohli

Mumbai: High quality rivals competing in a round robin format has made the upcoming World Cup the ‘most challenging’ for India skipper Virat Kohli. He said maintaining intensity from the first ball will be key to his side’s fortunes in the showpiece event, starting May 30. Kohli, who has competed in three World Cups before, said they do not have much breathing space because they have four tough games upfront and...

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NK women sold into sex slavery in China

London: Thousands of North Korean women and girls were being trafficked and sold into sexual slavery in China, where many are sold as wives to Chinese men while others forced into prostitution or to livestream acts against their will, a new report has claimed. The report, by the London-based Korea Future Initiative (KFI), includes shocking first-hand reports...

Hilarious! Woman coats her Toyota car with cow dung to keep it cool

With temperatures touching 45 degrees Celsius in Ahmedabad, a resident of the city has come up with an innovative way to stay cool while driving. A Facebook post that has raised quite a few eyebrows online shows a car completely covered with cow dung. Surprised? Curious? Grossed out? According to Facebook user Rupesh Gauranga Das, who shared...

India’s PSLV rocket lifts-off with radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket carrying radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B lifted off from the first launch pad of the rocket port here Wednesday. About 15 minutes into the flight the rocket would eject the 615 kg RISAT-2B into about 555-km orbit. According to the ISRO, the RISAT-2B with a life...

Juhi Chawla’s son wants to foray into acting

London: Actress Juhi Chawla says her son Arjun is good at mimicking accents and that he is hilarious, so sometimes she feels that he can probably try his hand at acting. Juhi is currently living out of a suitcase, swinging between Mumbai, Kolkata and the UK where her teenaged children are put up in a boarding school....

Follow these tips to avoid fashion mistakes

New Delhi: Fashion faux pas are common and can be avoided easily. Don't wear clothes of the wrong size and pay attention to details, say experts. Tanvi Malik, Co-founder Indya and FabAlley and designer Kunal Rawal have listed common fashion faux pas made by men and women that can surely be avoided: * Wearing the wrong size:...

Have no plans to shift gears into politics: Vivek Oberoi

New Delhi: Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi has been a vocal supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he has no plans to shift gears into politics. Asked if he would like to try stepping into politics, Vivek told IANS here: "No. In 2004, I was offered my first ticket as a Member of Parliament. It has been...

Soy-rich food decreases risks of bone fractures in breast cancer survivors

New York: Eating soy-rich food can decrease the risk of bone fractures in pre-menopausal breast cancer survivors, suggests a new study. The higher soy intake was linked to 77 per cent reduced risk of osteoporotic fractures in younger women, the study showed. In the study, published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum journal, researchers at Yale University investigated the...

Indian cricketers and the famous brands they endorse

Cricket in India, clearly has been head and shoulders above other sports. Players enjoy a huge fan base and earn hefty amounts. Taking their fan craze into notice, many brands have taken them for endorsement deals. Here’s a list of cricketers and the brands they endorse: #1 Virat Kohli – MRF https://www.instagram.com/p/BxbRG39hDxH/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet https://www.instagram.com/p/BxUpSTdnaGp/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet The Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli signed...

Salman Khan reacts on Vivek Oberoi’s tweet on Aishwarya Rai

Mumbai: Actor Vivek Oberoi landed in controversy after he shared a controversial meme targeting Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan. After this tweet, not only netizens, but also the rank and file from the movie industry along with celebrities from across the country criticized Vivek. Later though, Vivek apologised and deleted that tweet. According to reports, the National Commission for...

US must ensure access to safe abortions: UN rights office

Geneva: The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities on Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky underground abortions that can endanger a woman’s life. Missouri’s Republican governor, Mike Parson, signed a bill into law on Friday that prohibits women from seeking an abortion after the eighth...

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