Parties vying to woo farmers

Bhubaneswar: Adding fuel to the fire over the raging farm loan waiver issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday announced that it would give interest free crop loans to farmers, if voted to power. Speaking to reporters here, the party’s state unit president Basant Panda said, “We will definitely form...

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Sensex opens in green, all eyes on Fed

Mumbai: Amid mixed Asian cues and falling crude oil prices, the domestic indices opened in the green Wednesday. The Sensex of the BSE opened at 36,441.46 from its previous close at 36,347.08 Tuesday as investors were cautious of the ongoing Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that was expected to raise interest rates that has kept the sentiments tepid, analysts said. All sectors, except power and Teck, traded in green. At...

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Tension as tourists eat Mahaprasad wearing shoes

Puri: Resentment brewed among devotees in Puri Srimandir after few tourists were found eating ‘Mahaprasad’ wearing their shoes here in this district Wednesday. A video of few tourists eating the ‘Mahaprasad’ with their shoes is going viral on social media. This triggered outrage as devotees and social media users demanded a probe and necessary action against the tourists for insulting and disrespecting Lord Jagannath and the Odia culture. According to sources,...

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B.Tech student on way to coaching gangraped by four in Agra

Agra: A B.Tech student on her way to a coaching centre here was forcibly carried away by two unidentified men to the banks of river Yamuna and gang raped, police said Wednesday. The first year student was on her scooty Tuesday evening when the two men on a bike intercepted and grabbed her. They took her to a secluded spot on the poiya ghat and attacked her. According to the victim,...

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Ruling BJD’s stakes on farmers getting higher

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Bhubaneswar: With the political atmosphere over farmer issues getting charged up in the state with every passing day, questions are being raised on the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD’s) seriousness about the whole issue. The ruling party claims the state government has been giving top priority on farmers what with a separate budget being prepared for the state’s farm sector and a separate Agri Cabinet having been formed to take policy...

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San Francisco: Using flight status data combined with Machine Learning (ML), Google Assistant will soon tell you over phone if your flight would be delayed even before the airline announces it. According to Google, Assistant will notify users on phones when its algorithms predict that their flights would be late. "Earlier this year, we started sharing flight...

92 more Ekalavya Schools in Odisha: Jual Oram

Sundargarh: The name of legendary tribal archer Ekalavya will soon become synonymous with residential schools in each block of the state where tribal people constitute a majority of the population. Union minister Jual Oram Wednesday said the government is planning to start 92 more Ekalavya Model Residential school (EMRS) across the state. The Ekalavya Residential School Scheme...

Sensex opens in green, all eyes on Fed

Mumbai: Amid mixed Asian cues and falling crude oil prices, the domestic indices opened in the green Wednesday. The Sensex of the BSE opened at 36,441.46 from its previous close at 36,347.08 Tuesday as investors were cautious of the ongoing Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that was expected to raise interest rates that has kept the...

Mahie Gill wants to romance Salman Khan

Mumbai: Bold, courageous and confident Mahie Gill, the Saheb Biwi aur Gangster actress wants to romance the Dabanng Khan Salman Khan. Actress Mahie Gill, who left a mark with her debut as an unconventional heroine in Anurag Kashyap's Dev D, believes that her decision of taking up supporting roles in commercial potboilers like Dabangg was a wrong move. Post Dev D, Mahie featured...

Tension as tourists eat Mahaprasad wearing shoes

Puri: Resentment brewed among devotees in Puri Srimandir after few tourists were found eating ‘Mahaprasad’ wearing their shoes here in this district Wednesday. A video of few tourists eating the ‘Mahaprasad’ with their shoes is going viral on social media. This triggered outrage as devotees and social media users demanded a probe and necessary action against the...

Now, carry your vehicle documents in your mobile phone

New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Tuesday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) to make sure that vehicle owners are not required to carry documents like certificate of registration, insurance, fitness and permit, driving licence or certificate for pollution in physical form. So, from now on, motorists may not be required to carry these...

New TRAI plans may soon increase cable, DTH prices

Mumbai: TV consumers may have to shell out more money for their monthly cable or DTH (direct to home) bill starting January 1st, after the new tariff order for the broadcast sector comes into effect as per the directions of TRAI. As per the new tariff regime set by the regulator, consumers now have the option to...

Depression, anxiety affects health as much as smoking: Study

New York: Being anxious or depressed can increase risks for heart disease and stroke, the same as smoking and obesity, according to a new study, that underscores the importance of treating mental health conditions. The findings showed that people with high levels of anxiety and depression are at 65 per cent higher risk for a heart condition, 64...

Know why women tend to outlive men

New York: Scientists have long wondered why women outlive men globally. Now, they have found that the secret may lie in the second X chromosome, present in females. The study, conducted on mice, showed that females live longer than males, and that XX largely governs this trait in ageing mice. The researchers from the University of California...

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