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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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Taming the ‘Not Now’ habit

Shivaji Mohinta Procrastination is defined by the Merriam–Webster Collegiate Dictionary as “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done now”. It is a challenge we have all faced at some point or the other. It is a state of acting against your better judgement, mainly owing to the lack of self-control. This happens...

Road ahead for RBI

SN Misra In the RBI’s 83-year history, two governors have resigned before their terms ended — Sir Osborne Smith (1937) and Sir Benegal Rama Rau (1957). While Smith could not stomach the government’s wont to dominate the central bank, Rau resigned over differences with the then finance minister TT Krishnamachari. As the Reserve Bank board braces for...

Weakest link

The second edition of the ‘Make in Odisha’ (MiO) conclave has come to an end. Investment intents for a jaw-dropping Rs 4.2 lakh crore were promised by way of 183 proposals. If given effect to, the investments will generate five lakh plus jobs. The four-day event saw participation of 21 states, while 20 plus foreign countries partnered...

Odisha suffer defeat at home

Bhubaneswar: Odisha slumped to their first loss of the Ranji Trophy season as Uttar Pradesh registered a 10-wicket victory on the fourth and final day of their Elite Group C encounter here at the KIIT Stadium, Thursday. UP skipper Akshdeep Nath was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant first innings century. Chasing a target of...

India head coach Ravi Shastri (L) and captain Virat Kohli address media persons in Mumbai Thursday before their departure for the Australia tour 

Kohli backs ‘honest’ coach

Mumba: Indian captain Virat Kohli Thursday staunchly supported Ravi Shastri, saying the growing perception of head coach being a ‘yes man’ to the skipper is the most bizarre thing he has ever heard. “That is the most bizarre thing I have heard. In Indian cricket, I don’t think there is anyone else who has said no to...

Naveen distributes land deeds among slum dwellers

Puri: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday launched the Jaga Mission to provide land deeds to the urban landless in eight districts at a special programme here. Addressing the meeting, Patnaik said that he envisioned the idea of Jaga Mission after seeing the plight of landless slum dwellers of Puri Nolia basti. “These slum dwellers have no land...

Govt announces drought package for farmers

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday announced package for farmers affected due to drought in 66 blocks and 16 urban local bodies (ULBs) of four districts. Naveen chaired a high-level review meeting in this regard and asked various departments to ensure that the package reaches all the affected farmers. Agriculture input subsidy will be provided to the...

Development a far cry for Raighar

Raighar: Education, health, communications and other basic facilities in hamlets in Khuduku gram panchayat under Raighar block in Nabarangpur are in a pathetic state. Odama Dhamaki, a hamlet, which is 25 km from Raighar, has no road connectivity. Similar is the case with Pujari Para, Lalbhatali, Madan Shree, Gointa Beda and Taria Dangari villages which do not...

Jumbo electrocution: Forest dept files plaint against JE

Baripada: A day after a tusker was electrocuted after coming in contact with an 11kv wire in Sunaposi forest under Baripada forest division, the forest department Thursday squarely blamed the energy department for the incident. The department filed a complaint against a junior engineer (JE) of the power distribution company concerned. Officials of both the departments had...

EC removes Mizo chief electoral officer

New Delhi: Bowing to the demand of civil society groups, the Election Commission Thursday removed SB Shashank as chief electoral officer of poll-bound Mizoram and appointed IAS officer Ashish Kundra in his place. The order came after some civil society groups in Mizoram demanded Shashank’s ouster over a row on allowing Bru voters lodged in Tripura relief...

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