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Modi elected BJP, NDA parliamentary party leader

New Delhi: Narendra Modi was elected the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parliamentary party at a function in Central Hall of Parliament Saturday. "I am happy to announce that the BJP parliamentary party has unanimously elected Narendra Modi as its leader," BJP...

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Rahul offers to resign as Congress chief, CWC rejects

New Delhi: Quite on expected lines, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held here to brainstorm the party's dismal performance in 2019 polls rejected party president Rahul Gandhi’s offer to step down from the helm of affairs. Gandhi offered to resign from the presidentship of the party owning moral responsibility for its electoral debacle in the recently concluded general elections. Apart from the electoral debacle, the party has a tough task...

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Despite language barrier, Naveen remains the most preferred choice in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik may be the most inaccessible Chief Minister in the history of Odisha but he continues to be the darling of the masses as he prepares to rule the state for a fifth consecutive term having won a thumping majority. Already the longest-serving Chief Minister of Odisha, Patnaik weathered many a storm in his political career and remained undisputed leader despite not being fluent in the mother tongue of...

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Split voting favoured BJP in 2019 polls

Bhubaneswar: Even though the Lok Sabha and Odisha Assembly elections were held simultaneously, people have voted in favour of one party in the Parliamentary poll and for another in the state election in many places - a key factor behind BJP attaining a respectable tally of eight Lok Sabha seats in the general elections. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies. The Biju Janata Dal won 12 Lok...

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Love over passion: Kalpana, a lawyer-turned-mountaineer

Kalpana Das (right) along with Kanchhi Maya Tamang at Everest base camp. Courtesy: Dreamers destination treks

American writer Robert Bennett once said, “Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying”. A Lawyer-turned-mountaineer Kalpana Dash followed the line, failing twice, climbing Mount Everest in 2004 and 2006 before she finally scaled the highest peak in the world in 2008. “It is due to God’s mercy and the best wishes of my family that I was able to scale Everest and returned safely. I’m happy and I’m keen...

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There are many unsung heroes in the Fani-battered regions of the state, working in the scorching heat to get things back on track – from power and water to food, Vishal K Dev, the commissioner-cum-secretary, Odisha Tourism and Department of Sports and Youth Services, recently said. Many of them belong to government agencies while others represent the...

NHRC seeks report from SCB on woman’s death

Cuttack: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from SCB Medical College and Hospital superintendent with regard to the death of a pregnant woman at the Gynaecology and Obstetrics department of the health institute September 6, 2015. The rights body has asked the SCB superintendent to submit his report within four weeks. It has...

Kids grasp magic tricks at summer classes

BHUBANESWAR: A summer magic class was organised by India’s Got Talent sensation Bishnu Prasad at a hotel here Saturday. The classed were organised keeping in view the long summer holidays and growing interest among children for magic. Children in the age group of 6-16 years can participate in these classes till May 31. It is conducted in two...

72% MP candidates lost deposits in state

Bhubaneswar: As many as 125 out of 174 candidates have lost their security deposits in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in the state. It means 71. 84 per cent (nearly 72 per cent) MP candidates have failed to secure one-sixth vote share in their respective seats. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, a...

Plucky Afghanistan stun Pakistan

Bristol: Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi (74 n o, 102b, 7x4) hit an unbeaten half century as the World Cup underdogs stunned former champions Pakistan to win by three wickets with two balls to spare in a thrilling warm-up match here Friday. Chasing a modest 263 runs for victory, Afghanistan’s opening batsmen Mohammad Shahzad (23 retired hurt) and Hazratullah...

Batsmen get a shake-up as India lose against NZ

London: Indian batting line-up’s soft underbelly lay exposed in slightly favourable bowling conditions as New Zealand gave a rude wake-up call, winning the first warm-up game ahead of the World Cup by six wickets here Saturday. Under overcast conditions, Trent Boult’s (4/33) incisive swing bowling was a test of technique for the Indian top-order batsmen and the...

‘Donning the hat of a legislator was never planned’

Bhubaneswar: The newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Keonjhar in Odisha has now created a record at the national level for venturing into national politics and becoming a parliamentarian at a very young age. Chandrani Murmu, who is now 26 years old, has become the youngest newly elected MP of the country for the 17th Lok...

Handloom fair charms visitors

BHUBANSWAR: Visitors came out in droves to shop for Sabitri Brata, Raja and Eid at ‘The Handloom Fab’ organised at Exhibition Ground here Saturday. The fair showcased fabrics and lifestyle products at a moderate price for consumers. The fair is scheduled to continue till June 07. Interacting with Orissa Post, Saqib Wani, organiser of the fair, said,...

Despite tragedy, hooch bootlegging thrives in Bhadrak

Bhadrak: The administration and the excise department have not been able to stop bootlegging in rural areas of Bhadrak district even after illegal hooch had claimed 10 lives 25 days ago, a report said. The report said that thousands of litres of liquor worth lakhs of rupees are being sold in various parts of the district while...

BMC eyes drain clean-up before rains

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started desilting and cleaning the 10 major natural storm water drains and internal drains in its 67 wards. The BMC, which is planning to complete desilting before the onset of monsoon, will engage 25 contractors and three sanitation agencies. As per preliminary reports of the India Meteorological Department, monsoon might...

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