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Sura Baba booked again for raping devotee

Bhubaneswar: Controversial self-proclaimed godman Sura Baba alias Surendranath Mishra has once again been booked over sexual harassment charges. Police detained the Baba and took him for interrogation. Based on a complainant, Balipatna police swung into action and launched a probe.   According...

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Security cover for six separatists withdrawn

Srinagar: The security cover of six separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was withdrawn Sunday, a decision that comes in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Besides the Mirwaiz, the security cover of Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, Fazal Haq...

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State to formulate action plan to combat drug abuse

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Bhubaneswar: The state government is working to formulate a social action plan with a view to combat the menace of drug abuse. Keeping this in view, the government has convened a special public meeting with important stakeholders discuss the matter. A meeting of important decision-makers, policy-makers, media, community-level workers and others has been scheduled Monday to chalk out the strategy to end drug abuse among a section of the population through...

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Pulwama attack mastermind Masood Azhar gave nod for attack from hospital in Pakistan

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Srinagar: Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar reportedly gave instructions to his outfit members for the suicide bombing on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama from a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan where he is undergoing treatment for a terminal illness for the last four months, reports said.   Eight days before his men prepared for the terror attack, Azhar released an audio message where he can be heard asking his men to avenge the...

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Indian Army will teach the enemy a lesson: Rajnath Singh

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Bhadrak: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh castigated Pakistan, accusing it of engineering the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed. He claimed Sunday while addressing a rally here that the neighbouring country backed the attack after finding out that the terrorists have become frustrated in the wake of the successful operations by the Indian forces in the past five years. “Pakistan, which has been...

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Megastar Rajinikanth not to contest elections

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Chennai: Actor Rajinikanth who had entered politics in December 2017 forming his own Rajini Makkal Mandram party announced Sunday that he will not contest the upcoming general elections. He also said that his party will not support anyone. “I am not supporting anyone, so no party should use my name, photo or outfit’s logo,” the mega star said in a statement. My party will not offer any support in the upcoming...

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Photography fest gives plenty to feast your eyes on

Bhubaneswar: The sixth edition of Drishtiraaga, an annual photo festival, was organised by Mushroom Photography Club at Lalit Kala Akademi (regional centre) here Saturday. Noted cinematographer and Director Raju Mishra inaugurated the festival. Around 110 frames by 39 members of the photography club were showcased. The photographs were poetry in celluloid, ranging from themes like nature, wildlife...

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MOURNING LOSS WITH BLACK RIBBON PICTURE

BHUBANESWAR: The nation is reeling from the brazen Pulwama attack in which more than 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives. The wounds are fresh and so is every citizen vowing for a war against terrorism. The patriotic fervour is at the top and city people are reacting strongly to it, demanding immediate action against Pakistan. In social...

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Celebrating language, literature, diversity

Bhubaneswar: A two-day ‘National Conference on Language, Literature and Diversity’ was organised at Birla Global University (BGU) on its campus here Saturday. Renowned professors, experts, teachers and research scholars of different colleges and universities from across the country had gathered to deliberate and discuss on various issues and challenges to language and literature in a diversified world....

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Friends call boy from home; kill him, dump body under bridge

Bargarh: In a bone-chilling incident, a 15-year-old boy was taken from his home and brutally killed by miscreants who subsequently dumped the body under a bridge and fled, Sunday. The heinous incident has spread outrage in VSS Nagar Bisi Colony under ward-9 here in this district. The deceased boy has been identified as Inesh Tandi, son of...

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Kalam ki Zubaan ventures for new writers

Bhubaneswar: Centre for Cultural & Educational Development (CCED) conducted a fund raising poetry event 'Kalam ki Zubaan' at Koshish Action Learning Centre in here, Sunday. Organisers opined that the event provided a unique platform for budding writers. Talent search events have become quite common but you would find few where writers are given a chance to exhibit...

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Girona stun Real at Bernabeu

Madrid: Real Madrid’s resurgent La Liga run skidded to a halt as they fell to a shock 1-2 defeat at home by struggling Girona Sunday in which captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in added time, leaving them nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Real looked on course for a sixth consecutive league win when Casemiro leapt...

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79th Patha Utsav: Emotional homage paid to slain martyrs

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Sentiments of shock, hurt and rage are running high in the country after the dastardly attack on the CRPF, killing 44 jawans in Pulwama. The weekly street festival, Patha Utsav, reflected these emotions and the spirit of Nationalism as people paid their homage to the martyrs. The state lost two bravehearts — Manoj Behera and Prasanna Kumar...

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State to formulate action plan to combat drug abuse

Bhubaneswar: The state government is working to formulate a social action plan with a view to combat the menace of drug abuse. Keeping this in view, the government has convened a special public meeting with important stakeholders discuss the matter. A meeting of important decision-makers, policy-makers, media, community-level workers and others has been scheduled Monday to chalk...

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Left for pre-poll alliance with Cong in state

Bhubaneswar: The Left parties in the state have decided to enter into pre-election alliances with other national and regional parties to put up a united fight against the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Communist Party of India (CPI) senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, D Raja,...

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Bear found dead

Sajanagad: A bear was found dead at Chalanapal under Nilagiri block in Balasore district Sunday. The animal was suspected to have been beaten to death by villagers as its snout was replete with blood. Some locals claimed that the bear came down from Swarnachuda hill in search of food, but accidentally fell into a ditch Saturday. As...

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