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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 programme. Addressing a seminar on women entrepreneurship at Make in Odisha Conclave here, Naveen said, “Women in Odisha have come a...

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Ghata Paribartan fiasco: SJTA action refreshes tiff over Daru selection

Puri: The initiation of action against 11 Srimandir servitors with regard to the Ghata Paribartan fiasco of 2015 has triggered allegations and counter-allegations between a Maharana (carpenter) servitor and Daita Niyog. Senior Maharana servitor Krushna Chandra Maharana Wednesday claimed that the Daru (holy logs) selected for the construction of idols during the Nabakalebara festival were not up to the mark. “We had raised the issue with then Shree Jagannath temple chief...

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1200 to show-case wrestling talent at JN Indoor Stadium

Bhubaneswar: Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma Wednesday inaugurated the logo and mascot for the third edition of All India Judo Cluster tournament to be held at JN Indoor Stadium here from November 15. Addressing the curtain raiser for the event being organised by Odisha Police, Sharma said, “This event involves the prestige of Odisha Police. So, we will make sure that there must not be any slackness and disorganisation...

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Confrontation looms as women plan to enter Ayyappa temple

As SC refuses to stay its verdict allowing entry of 10-50 age group women to the temple, a conflict cannot be ruled out November 17 Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi: Social activist Trupti Desai Wednesday said she would visit the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala along with six other women in the previously banned 10-50 age group November 17 but it was opposed by a right wing activist, sparking fears of a fresh confrontation. Desai,...

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Odisha gets investment proposals worth Rs 3,900cr in IT, electronics sector

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has secured investment proposals worth over Rs 3,900 crore in the electronics manufacturing, telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) sector during the ongoing investors' summit, a state Minister said here Wednesday. "Total investment proposals were of the order of Rs 3,900 crore from six companies," state Electronics and Information Technology Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera told reporters here at the second edition of the 'Make in Odisha Conclave'. Reliance...

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Bleeding on lungs forced Oz pacer Hastings to retire

Melbourne: Australian fast bowler John Hastings has retired from all forms of cricket fearing a mystery ailment could lead him to bleed to death on the field. The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up...

Sameer Verma scripted a convincing win over Suppanyu Avihingsanon

Sindhu, Sameer sail through

Kowloon: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma notched up contrasting wins Wednesday to progress to the second round of the Hong Kong Open World Tour Super 500 tournament, here. Sindhu, seeded third, continued her consistent run as she recovered from a mid-game slump to surpass Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 in the opening round...

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Confident eves eye semis berth

Guyana: Eyeing a semifinals berth, overwhelming favourites India will have to guard against complacency when they play Ireland in their third Group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 here Thursday. India are on a roll having convincingly won their first two matches, including against arch rivals Pakistan two days ago. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur declared open...

Roger Federer plays a return to Dominic Thiem during their ATP World Tour Finals men's singles match at the O2 arena in London, Tuesday

FedEx keeps hopes alive

London: Six-time champion Roger Federer put a troubled start to his 16th ATP Finals behind him as he outclassed Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday to stay on course for the knockout stage. The 37-year-old Swiss played poorly in defeat against Kei Nishikori Sunday and then skipped practice Monday. Comments made by French player Julien Benneteau to a...

A rebellion for ecological democracy

Debendra Kumar Biswal Thursday, November 15, is the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda (1875-1900), known as Dharti Abba or Bhagwan among adivasis of eastern India. Besides being a freedom fighter, his ideas of customary rights to territories, control of dispossession and utilisation of land and natural resources of tribal communities seems to be useful and in many...

Jumbo deaths: Meneka seeks CM’s intervention

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over frequent elephant deaths in the state, animal rights activist and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi sought personal intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to prevent such incidents. In a letter to Patnaik, Maneka said the electrocution deaths of seven elephants in Dhenkanal district in a single incident October 26, has caused furore across the...

3 excise cops hurt during raids on bootleggers

Rupsa: Three constables of the excise department were injured when they were attacked by miscreants in Rupsa area of Balasore, Wednesday. The excise officials were returning after the arrest of two liquor traders when they faced attack. Tension griped the area for hours following the incident. The officials injured were Sashikant Sahu, Mangal Singh and Minati Parida....

Two tuskers electrocuted

Bhubaneswar: Two tuskers were electrocuted after coming in contact with high tension wires in separate incidents in Mayurbhanj and Angul districts, Wednesday. A report from Baripada said, a 12-year-old tusker was electrocuted after coming in contact with an 11kV wire at Sunaposi forest under Baripada forest division in Mayurbhanj district. It is alleged the mishap occurred due...

City pharmacy fined for using polythene

Bhubaneswar: Continuing its drive against illegal use of polythene and plastic for packaging, the special squad of the North Zone of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with the special squad of Bhubaneswar Development Authority Wednesday seized 5 kg of polythene and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on a pharmacy at Damana Square here. Zonal Deputy Commissioner...

Ghata Paribartan fiasco: SJTA action refreshes tiff over Daru selection

Puri: The initiation of action against 11 Srimandir servitors with regard to the Ghata Paribartan fiasco of 2015 has triggered allegations and counter-allegations between a Maharana (carpenter) servitor and Daita Niyog. Senior Maharana servitor Krushna Chandra Maharana Wednesday claimed that the Daru (holy logs) selected for the construction of idols during the Nabakalebara festival were not up...

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