12 die as bus falls into river

Cuttack: In a heart-wrenching mishap, at least 12 persons died and 40 others including a child were injured when a sleeper coach fell off the Mahanadi bridge here Tuesday evening. Director General Police (DGP) RP Sharma confirmed 12 people have died. The passenger bus (OD-35-A-0211), en route to Bhubaneswar from...

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Chhattisgarh blames Mahanadi row on lack of river data

    Bhubaneswar/Raipur: The Chattisgarh government believes that lack of data on the flow of Mahanadi waters into the river basin system is primarily responsible for the dispute with Odisha and that both the states should work together to conduct more scientific evidence-based studies on the subject. In an exclusive interview to Orissa POST, Chhattisgarh Water Resources Secretary Sonmoni Borah said, “We recently signed an MoU with NERIWALAM to study the...

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Physical Education Teacher held for raping student

PET teacher held for raping student

Kendrapara: The Tantiapala police and their Rajnagar counterparts Tuesday arrested the accused Physical Education (PE) Teacher of the Tarapada-based Kunja Behari Uchha Bidyabhavan school from the Rajnagar BEO office for allegedly raping a Class 10 girl of the school on October 26, IIC Manoranjan Choudhury of Mahakalapada Police Station who is also the in-charge of Tantiapala Marine Police Station said. Choudhury said the arrested Physical Education Teacher, Bidyapati Jena, is ill...

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CP goes all out to ensure safe Baliyatra

Cuttack: Revellers can hope to enjoy the Baliyatra this year with peace of mind as the Commissionerate Police has come up with a foolproof plan to ensure safety and security of the hoppers at the fairground. As many as 32 platoons of police would be deployed at the fairground. And aid posts would be put in place at either gates of the fairground to assist the visitors. “Taking the visitors’ safety...

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Vijayan slams Sangh, Congress over Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday slammed the Sangh Parivar-led forces and the Congress in Kerala for turning Sabarimala into a battle field. "Sabarimala is being used for political gains by the Sangh, and the Congress has also fallen for it," Vijayan told the media here as he read out a written statement, during a hour-long interaction. "These people are trying to use faith for political gains. Ideology should be...

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Utkal University’s platinum jubilee celebrations conclude

Bhubaneswar: The two-day platinum jubilee celebrations of Utkal University concluded here Tuesday. Eminent litterateurs graced the literary festival, Sugandha Abhiyaktira, on the occasion and shared their views on diverse topics. The final day began with a session titled ‘Translations: An Interface between Sanskrit and Odia’. Retired Sanskrit professors of the university, Gopal Krishna Dash and Raghunath Panda...

NZP to reopen vulture breeding centre soon

Barang: Authorities of Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) here have spent `5 lakh to reopen a vulture breeding centre on the 60th foundation day of the zoo December 29. In 2011, the zoo authorities started constructing the vulture breeding centre on a three-acre plot of land at Botanical Garden, adjacent to the NZP. They had spent around `70...

ICC junks Pakistan’s damages claim against India

Dubai/Karachi: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) dispute panel Tuesday dismissed Pakistan's compensation claim against India for allegedly failing to honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral series, ending the long-standing feud by accepting the BCCI's arguments on the matter. "...the PCB's claim is dismissed. Costs are reserved," the ICC stated in the one-line order that concluded...

Stooping and bending

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seems to have surrendered national interests for personal gains of a few individuals currently holding office in that organization. The decision to bow before the demand to part with a huge amount of reserve funds generally held by RBI with government implies that the central Bank has surrendered its independence. The...

Assembly okays 33% women quota in House

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in the State Assembly and parliament. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik introduced the resolution on the floor of the house which was supported by his party members and those from the Congress and the BJP. Opposition chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati and BJP...

Fight over Re 1 leaves two hurt

Bhubaneswar: A tiffin stall owner and a customer were injured in a fight that broke out between the two over a rupee at Aiginia Square here Tuesday morning. While the customer sustained severe injuries, the vendor suffered minor bruises. Both have lodged complaints with the Khandagiri police station in this regard. Sources said the customer, Bharat Kumar...

Techie commits suicide; robbed of ornaments

Bhubaneswar: They came in as good Samaritans -- to lend a helping hand to remove the body of a person who had died after throwing himself in front a train at Bomikhal Tuesday afternoon. But by the time they left, the body was relieved of a bracelet and a ring. The deceased, Tanmaya Kumar Das, 31, of...

Chhattisgarh blames Mahanadi row on lack of river data

    Bhubaneswar/Raipur: The Chattisgarh government believes that lack of data on the flow of Mahanadi waters into the river basin system is primarily responsible for the dispute with Odisha and that both the states should work together to conduct more scientific evidence-based studies on the subject. In an exclusive interview to Orissa POST, Chhattisgarh Water Resources...

SAIL reneges on plant promise made to locals

Keonjhar: The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has reneged on its promise of setting up a beneficiation plant in Keonjhar though it is extracting minerals from the area, a report said adding SAIL is using them elsewhere. Some quarters pointed out that the CPSU has not been doing development in the district despite using its minerals....

Man gets lifer for murder over land row

Man gets lifer for murder over land row

Jeypore: A local court Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to a man after convicting him of killing his uncle over land dispute. District and sessions judge Bidyut Mishra awarded the life imprisonment to convict Khagapati Harijan, 42. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on Harijan. He would undergo rigorous imprisonment of another year, if he...

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