CM orders probe into tree-felling

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday ordered an immediate halt to felling of trees from the community forest of Balarampur in Odapada block of Dhenkanal district and ordered the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (North) to look into the matter. The Chief Minister instructed the RDC to probe the incident in the wake...

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Chhattisgarh’s dam-displaced yet to get justice

    Raigarh: Gopal Agarwal, a trader from Old Lakha village in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh, was among more than a hundred villagers, who were displaced from their native land for the Kelo dam project a decade ago. The survey of the low-lying village and disbursement of compensation commenced in 2009 for construction of the dam project before shifting the oustees to New Lakha village on an elevated land. However, more...

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CBI probe into ‘Daru-fixing’, Ghata Parivartan fiasco sought

Bhubaneswar: The members of the civil society group, Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan, Sunday demanded a CBI probe into Daru ‘fixing’ as the state government had failed to investigate it properly. The group in a presser at the Nehru Yuva Kendra in Unit-6 area questioned the role of an ex-law minister and a noted educationist of the state in the ‘fixing’ of Daru. The group also asked the government to make the...

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Dist admin, SJTA set stage for Panchaka ritual at Srimandir

Puri: The district administration and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) have made elaborate arrangements for smooth darshan of deities during Panchaka, a five-day ritual that marks the culmination of the holy month of Kartik. The SJTA is expecting the congregation of a huge number of devotees at Srimandir during Panchaka that begins November 19. As per Srimandir tradition, Lord Jagannath would be adorned with the Laxminarayan Besa November 19, Bankachuda...

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Heritage trail crosses 100th milestone

Bhubaneswar: Sunday, December 18, was memorable for 80 odd guests who gathered on the lawn of Mukteswar-Siddheswar Temple complex. The day was historic too because it was the 100th edition of Ekamra Walks, the first guided heritage trail of the city. The ambience matched the celebratory mood. When the guests -- old and new walkers -- stepped on the morning sun-kissed lawn of the temple complex, they had all smiles and their body...

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Balichandrapur: Police arrested a minor boy and his friend on charge of making a video of his sister-in-law’s bathing scene and making it viral in social media under this police limits in Jajpur district Sunday. A mobile phone used by the accused minor and his friend Samir Barik (19) to shoot the video was seized by the...

Tree felling over beer unit Locals plant saplings as protest continues

Tree felling for beer unit: Locals plant saplings as protest continues

Odapada: Even as the Chief Minister ordered an immediate halt to the tree felling at a community forest of Balarampur under Odapada block of Dhenkanal district, the agitation by local people against the establishment of a beer brewery continued Sunday with the villagers showing no signs of relenting. The Chief Minister has ordered the Revenue Divisional Commissioner...

Admin raids illegal sand mines

Jaleswar: Amid allegations of illegal sand mining in Subarnarekha River, the district administration conducted a raid near Mohammednagar patina under Jaleswar block in Balasore and seized two excavators, five sand-laden dumpers and other machinery with police help Sunday.   The raiding party constituted sub-collector Nilu Mohapatra, tehsildar Abhimanyu Panda, additional tehsildar Khirod Kumar Panda, SDPO Ramachandra Gouda,...

Lack of healthcare ails Gania

Lack of healthcare ails Gania

Gania: Gania community health center (CHC), the sole healthcare address for 10 panchayats under the block in Nayagarh district seems to be in shambles, thanks to the apathy of the authorities concerned. Hundreds of patients, everyday have to return without treatment due to shortage of staffs. At present, four out of five sanctioned doctors’ posts are lying...

Man held for killing grandparents, aunt in Kendrapara

Man held for killing grandparents, aunt in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: Police swung into action and arrested Bikram Das who killed his grandfather, grandmother and aunt in a drunken state after a family feud at Madhusudanpur under Marsaghai police limits in Kendrapara district Sunday morning. His mother who also sustained serious injuries in the attack is currently under treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack....

Teaser of hockey WC theme song released

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The 46-second teaser of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup theme song composed by AR Rahman was released Sunday by Hockey India. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared it on social media. The song written by lyricist Gulzar is titled ‘Jai Hind India’. The music video, directed by Rahman, features superstar Shah Rukh Khan, prominent hockey players...

Gift of fear

Schoolchildren of Pochani, a village about 80 km from Jameshdpur in Jharkhand, are reportedly carrying bows and arrows to school. They fear they would be harmed by strangers they spot in the jungles and are carrying these in self defence, according to the reports. It is suspected that these strangers the children fear are Maoists. The situation...

Artists play their part in promotion of Hockey WC

BHUBANESWAR: A mega event is always backed by various promotional activities of the organisers. The Capital city is gearing up to host the upcoming men’s Hockey World Cup in a grand way. The event has received a shot in the arm through the efforts of various artists from the city. A group exhibition was organised by Jaleswar...

BHUBANESWAR ART TRAIL: Old Town gets artistic makeover

BHUBANESWAR: Bhubaneswar Art Trail, the biggest contemporary art initiative in the city, has been inaugurated here Sunday. “We all know Ekamrakshetra as a temple city but from today a new chapter has been added to it and the city has a new identity,” announced CM Naveen Patnaik in his inaugural speech at Bhubaneswar art trail in Guajhar,...

Chhattisgarh’s dam-displaced yet to get justice

    Raigarh: Gopal Agarwal, a trader from Old Lakha village in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh, was among more than a hundred villagers, who were displaced from their native land for the Kelo dam project a decade ago. The survey of the low-lying village and disbursement of compensation commenced in 2009 for construction of the dam project...

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