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Alerts sent to Lanka post NIA probe into ISIS case

New Delhi: Intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack in Sri Lanka, targeting the Indian High Commission, were shared by Indian agencies with their counterparts in the island nation earlier this month after the National Investigation Agency completed its probe into an ISIS-inspired module planning to kill prominent leaders in...

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Phase III records 71.61% voting

Bhubaneswar: Odisha recorded 71.61 per cent voter turnout during the third phase of polling held in six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies, a senior election official said Wednesday updating the polling percentage. While the highest polling of 78.16 per cent was recorded in Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency, Bhubaneswar recorded the lowest voter turnout of 59.60 per cent during the election held Tuesday. Closely following Keonjhar was Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat...

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CM invites Modi for ‘swearing-in’

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the election campaign in Balasore

Balasore: A day after Narendra Modi launched a personal attack on BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik and called for his ouster, Chief Minister Patnaik exuded confidence Wednesday of winning once more as he invited the Prime Minister to attend the swearing-in ceremony after declaration of the Assembly results in Odisha. Addressing a rally in this district, Naveen said in a cleverly-worded address, “BJD has already secured majority in the Odisha Assembly Elections...

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Lanka govt admits ‘major’ intel lapses, President vows overhaul

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena prays during a special party convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government Wednesday admitted that "major" intelligence lapses led to the massive Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 350 people and indicated that heads will roll for failing to act on tip-offs. Top officials have acknowledged that Sri Lanka received intelligence about possible terror strikes ahead of the attacks, but both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have said that they did not receive the information....

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Poll tussles see private players boom in aviation industry

Bhubneswar: As the battle for the election 2019 intensifies, private players in the aviation industry seem to make merry from the aggressive canvassing by providing choppers and mini aircrafts to different political parties in the state. Owing to busy schedules and ease of mobility, top politicians of different parties have come to identify the importance of aviation in the elections and have rung in private players in carefully designed setup vis-...

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RBI exits NHB, Nabard; govt owns 100 per cent

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank has exited the National Housing Bank (NHB) and the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (Nabard), by selling its entire stakes to government for Rs 1,450 crore and Rs 20 crore, respectively, making them fully government-owned. The central bank has sold its stake in NHB on March 19, while it sold the...

Bids for 1,109 crore shares in Voda Idea rights issue

New Delhi: Vodafone Idea’s rights issue entailing 2,000 crore shares received bids for 1,109 crore shares, according to data available on the NSE Wednesday. The country’s largest telecom operator through the rights issue, which ran between April 10 and April 24, offered 2,000 crore new shares at Rs 12.50 apiece. As per the data, the rights issue...

Sheetal crowned Miss India Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: Sheetal Sahu Odisha was crowned Femina Miss India Odisha 2018 in a glitzy ceremony in Kolkata. Winners of the East Zone who were announced April 23 participated in the event. Finalists of 13 states, namely Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim, Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and West Bengal, vied for the coveted crown and...

Giridhari Barik (background) with Somanath Sahoo

Master tailor of kurta pajamas for leaders

Debi Mohanty His mobile refuses to stop beeping. And every time, it rings, Giridhari Barik, 63, has the identical — as if an automated — response, to the person at the other end: “Sir, I am coming in a minute.” Immediately, he rushes on his scooter with a packet carrying freshly stitched kurta pajamas to hand over...

An Ode to Bhubaneswar

One of India’s leading contemporary artists Manav Gupta has beautified the Rasulgarh flyover under NHAI project ‘An Ode to Bhubaneswar’ BHUBANESWAR: Manav Gupta, one of India’s top ten contemporary artists, has bedecked the Rasulgarh flyover area with glimpses of Odia culture and tradition under the public art museum project titled ‘An Ode to Bhubaneswar’. Gupta, who...

Leaked MMS of celebrities that created controversy

There are many crazy fans who have gone to an extent to get involved in the private, personal lives of their celebrities. While I do agree that they are always the centre of attraction and everyone looks upon them and some might even stalk them but that doesn't mean that stars are always the victim. These fans...

Forum to screen timeless classic

BHUBANESWAR: Formed in 2011, Film Journalist Forum has screened 15 old Odia films till date to urge contemporary Odia producers to rise from their slumber. In their latest effort, the group will screen ‘Rakta Golapa’ (1977) at Jayadev Bhawan April 29. Actors of the movie Suresh Mishra, Banja Mohanty, singer Pranab Pattnaik, producers Ramesh Panigrahi and Shasanka...

Fashion expo boosts popularity of handloom apparel

BHUBANESWAR: In line with the trending of men’s handloom products, a special fashion show titled ‘Handloom Era collection by Vooz’ was organised at KIIT auditorium here Wednesday. The charm of handloom products in general and apparel in particular is a thing to cherish. Odia handloom products have carved a niche in the country since the medieval age....

Outrage over 40-yr-old man’s suspicious death

Nimapara: Traffic came to a grinding halt for over two hours at Chari Chakk Square here Wednesday morning with hundreds of villagers of Bansipur Debipatna under Niali police limits here staging a road blockade demanding justice for a fellow villager who was found dead under suspicious condition near Nayahat Bazaar here Tuesday. Alleging that a 40-year-old Padnav...

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