Free smartphones for women SHGs

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to make women digitally empowered, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said the state will provide free smartphones to all women self-help groups under Mission Shakti. Addressing a seminar on women entrepreneurship at Make in Odisha Conclave here, Naveen said, “Women in Odisha have come a long...

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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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Mélange of tribal crafts, culture begins Friday

New Delhi: ‘Aadi Mahotsav’, a national tribal festival to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine and commerce will go for a colourful start from November 16. The festival, based on the theme ‘A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce’, is being organised by the Ministry of Tribal...

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...

Sambalpur achieves 100% toilet coverage

Bhubaneswar: Sambalpur has become the fourth district in the state to achieve 100 per cent household toilet coverage under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and moved closer to be declared as the fourth open defecation free (ODF) district from the state. As per the updates of the SBM (Rural) portal, maintained by the Ministry of Drinking Water and...

Dr Arika Bansal

Baldness now hitting youths in early 20s: Arika Bansal

Dr Arika Bansal, an MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, is a well-known hair transplant surgeon. She has published around 12 papers in national and international journals. Bansal is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. She spoke to Orissa POST on how to keep hair healthy...

House panel report on Iyer Mitra Friday

Bhubaneswar: A House Committee of the state Assembly will submit its reports on the alleged breach of privilege by Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra to Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat Friday. Iyer Mitra was arrested by Odisha police October 23 on the basis of FIRs lodged against his alleged ‘derogatory, mischievous and objectionable comments’ on art and culture...

SCB casualty ward reels under poor infra

Cuttack: Doctors at the casualty ward of Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) here have sought adequate infrastructure and security arrangements from authorities of the premium healthcare institute. In a meeting held here recently, chaired by SCBMCH superintendent Prasanna Kumar Debata, the doctors put forth the demands. Among others, casualty nodal officer Atanu Mohanty, administrative...

Humans are better at remembering names than faces: Study

Do you think you are good at remembering faces, but terrible with names? According to a new research, this intuition is misleading as we are more likely to remember how a person looks like. Researchers from UK's University of York, suggest that when we castigate ourselves for forgetting someone's name we are placing unfair demands on our...

Pankaj Advani Thursday notched up his third straight IBSF billiards crown 

Advani annexes world title

Yangon: Ace cueist Pankaj Advani Thursday notched up his third straight IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format, taking his overall tally of world titles to a staggering number of 20. The 33-year-old from Bangalore overcame Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar in a high-quality final. After bossing the ‘150-up’ format, Advani will now compete in the longer...

Lin Tzu-chi

Lin sentenced to 8 yrs doping ban

Zurich: Former weightlifting world record holder Lin Tzu-chi of Taiwan has been banned for eight years for a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the tribunal said in a statement Thursday. Lin, who broke two world records in the women’s 63kg category at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, was initially banned...

Kidambi Srikanth plays a shot against compatriot HS Prannoy in Kowloon, Thursday

Srikanth, Sameer sail into quarters

Kowloon: Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open World Tour Super 500 tournament here Thursday. Fourth seeded Srikanth, who had claimed a silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games, had to dig deep in his reservoir to outwit fellow Indian HS Prannoy 18-21, 30-29, 21-18 in a thrilling...

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