Winter session likely to be stormy

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of the Assembly beginning Friday is likely to be stormy with two Opposition parties keen on raking up farmers’ issue while the ruling BJD is all set to raise Odisha’s longstanding demand for special category status. The winter session will have 23 working days and conclude...

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State unveils biotechnology policy, expert calls it best in the country

Bhubaneswar: On the concluding day of the Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 Thursday, Science & Technology Minister Badri Narayan Patra released the Biotechnology Policy 2018. Krishna Ella, Founder of Bharat Biotech, said the state’s biotech policy is the best in the country. He complimented the speed and urgency with which the state government works. He expressed his intention to invest Rs 500 crore and said that Biotech Pharma Park on 64...

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Khashoggi killing: Saudis seek death penalty for 5

Riyadh: Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that they have requested the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A total of 11 people were charged, the Saudi Public Prosecutor's office said, adding that the five people facing capital punishment were directly involved in "ordering and executing the crime", according to a report in CNN. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of...

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Cold ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet discovered orbiting nearby star

London: An international team of researchers have discovered a cold super-Earth exoplanet orbiting around the red dwarf Barnard -- the second closest star system to Earth. The new planet candidate, called Barnard's star b (or GJ 699 b), is a super-Earth with a minimum of 3.2 Earth masses. It orbits its red star every 233 days near the snow-line, a distance where water freezes. Lacking atmosphere, its temperature is likely to...

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California wildfires toll climbs to 58, over 130 missing

San Francisco: The death toll from the three raging wildfires in California has increased to 58, while authorities have continued their search for more human remains and also track down 130 people who remain unaccounted for. The majority of the missing were reported from the town of Paradise, where the Northern California's Camp Fire, deemed as the worst wildfire in the US state's history, started on the morning November 8, CNN...

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Translocation halted after Mahavir death

Bhubaneswar: Mahavir, a male Royal Bengal Tiger, translocated from Kanha tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh, was found dead in the core area of Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary, dealing a blow to the country’s first inter-state, wild-to-wild translocation of big cats. Shortly after the incident, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) advised the Odisha government to temporarily halt the...

Winter session likely to be stormy

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of the Assembly beginning Friday is likely to be stormy with two Opposition parties keen on raking up farmers’ issue while the ruling BJD is all set to raise Odisha’s longstanding demand for special category status. The winter session will have 23 working days and conclude December 15. As the general and Assembly...

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Onus on SHGs for Paree Phase-II

Bhubaneswar: The state government would be launching the second phase of Paree Pain Kathatie, a statewide awareness campaign against child sexual abuse, and would focus on carrying forward the campaign through SHG members at village level. However, the details of the programme have not been finalised yet, an official said here Thursday. Chairing a high-level meeting in...

AR Rahman to perform live in Odisha’s Cuttack

Bhubaneswar: Oscar winner music composer AR Rahman will perform live here November 28, a day after the inaugural ceremony of Men’s Hockey World Cup celebrations in Bhubaneswar. Although the exact venue for the performance is yet to be finalised, sources said Barabati or Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here could host the mega event.

CMC rolls up sleeves for clean, polythene-free Bali Yatra

Cuttack: The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) is pulling out all the stops to maintain cleanliness at the fairground besides prioritising public health for ensuring a fun-filled Bali Yatra for the revellers this year. To begin with, the civic body would ensure two-time sweeping at the fairground on a daily basis. “Apart from depending upon the trashcans provided...

Poetry slam receives rousing reception

BHUBANESWAR: An evening of marvelous poetry recitation was observed at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in a first ever poetry slam Izhar-E-Kavi here Wednesday. The poetry slam was organised by KIIT School of Law. Students of the university made the first ever slam competition a memorable one with a string of scintillating performances. The open mic...

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India prioritise WC last 8 qualification

Bhubaneswar: Indian hockey captain Manpreet Singh said they are focused on topping their pool and make it into the quarterfinals of the men’s World Cup starting here, November 28. With less than two weeks to go for the prestigious World Cup which will witness 16 top teams battle for supremacy at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, India are...

India’s flagbearer MC Mary Kom addresses during the opening ceremony women’s boxing WC at IG Stadium in New Delhi, Wednesday

Tough road awaits Sarita, Manisha

New Delhi: A tough road awaits veteran L Sarita Devi and rookie Manisha Moun as they open India’s campaign at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships here, Friday. The 36-year-old Sarita, who got a first round bye in 60kg category, faces Diana Sandra Brugger of Swizerland in the second round. Brugger had defeated Huswatun Hasanah of Indonesia...

Week-long children’s fest kicks off in Capital

BHUBANESWAR: Children must dream of success during early stage of their life and to fulfil the dream they should devote their efforts in this direction. All parents, guardians and teachers should come forward to encourage their children in achieving their goal, stated eminent dignitaries while addressing the congregation of the inaugural ceremony of 29th Sisu Mela (Children...

HIGH-END TEA VARIETIES GAIN POPULARITY

BHUBANESWAR: Few things are as refreshing as a cup of tea in an early winter morning. Rich or poor, young or old, everyone craves this ancient appetiser since time immemorial. The best thing about this refreshment is its affordability. Rarely would it cost more than ten bucks even in metros. However, due to the fondness of lounge...

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