Five elephants swept away in Mahanadi

  Athagarh: A herd of at least five elephants has been swept away in Mahanadi river following the Titli-induced heavy rain in the wee hours of Monday. According to reports, a herd of 25-30 elephants that had sneaked into Athgarh forest Sunday night was crossing the river near Munduli to...

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No truck with ruling regional parties in 2019 polls: Yechury

Bhubaneswar: The CPI-M will not have any alliance or cooperation with the ruling regional parties in any state in 2019 general election, party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury said here Monday. Yechury said the party cannot have an alliance with the ruling regional parties whose policies and decisions were opposed by the party. The CPI-M leader also clarified that there would be no alliance with the Congress in the coming elections. He...

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Akbar files defamation case against woman journalist

New Delhi: Union Minister M.J. Akbar Monday filed a criminal defamation complaint against a journalist, Priya Ramani, who had accused him of sexual harassment. Akbar has been accused of sexual harassment by several women journalists who had worked with him. He has denied the charges as "false, wild and baseless". Akbar's complaint was filed in the Patiala House court complex. Akbar has sought Ramani's prosecution under Section 500 (defamation) of the...

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Air India crew member falls off aircraft in Mumbai

Mumbai: A senior woman crew member fell off an Air India plane at the Mumbai airport as it was preparing for a flight to New Delhi, official sources said Monday. Harsha Lobo, 53, an airhostess, has suffered serious injuries, multiple fractures including a compound fracture in the right leg, both heels, soft tissue injury in chest, abdomen and lower spine and a cervical sprain. The incident occurred at the Chhatrapati Shivaji...

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Diesel price hiked again; wipes out Rs 2.5/ltr cut

New Delhi: Diesel price rose for the 10th consecutive day Monday to wipe out all of the Rs 2.50 per litre cut in rates announced earlier this month through excise duty cut and oil company subsidy. The government had, with effect October 5, cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 per litre and asked state-owned oil firms to subsidise the fuel by another Re 1 a litre. However,...

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No truck with ruling regional parties in 2019 polls: Yechury

Bhubaneswar: The CPI-M will not have any alliance or cooperation with the ruling regional parties in any state in 2019 general election, party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury said here Monday. Yechury said the party cannot have an alliance with the ruling regional parties whose policies and decisions were opposed by the party. The CPI-M leader also clarified...

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Heritage core area in Old Town to be dolled up

Bhubaneswar: The heritage core area at Old Town here around the Shiva shrine Lingaraj and other temples has come under a special sanitation plan by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) through which sweeping has started three times in a day. The health office of the civic body has plans for more provisioning of the dustbins and increased manpower,...

Epidemic outbreak feared in Odisha’s Ganjam district

Berhampur: Fear of an epidemic outbreak is looming large in Ganjam district following Cyclone Titli and the subsequent flood even as a senior health official said no such outbreak has been reported from any of the affected areas of the district. Though the flood water has started receding, heaps of debris are lying in several areas, including...

Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky not abuse of power: Hillary

Washington: Hillary Clinton has said her husband Bill’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power and he was right to not resign from the US presidency in the wake of the scandal. The two-decade old episode has come under renewed scrutiny in the #MeToo era, with critics questioning whether the...

Ensure adequate coal supplies to power plants: Goyal

Bhubaneswar: Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal Monday ensured full supply of coal to power plants across the country. Goyal made the remarks after inspecting the coal mining and dispatch operations at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Odisha's Jharsuguda district. He inspected Samleshwari Open Cast Project in Ib Valley Coalfields. Taking a note of the mine's low performance...

Rahul should apologize, sack Sidhu for his anti-south remarks: BJP

New Delhi: Accusing the Congress of turning itself into an organisation with an anti-India mindset, the BJP Monday sought an apology from its President Rahul Gandhi and sacking of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for his analogy between visiting Pakistan and south India. BJP Spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told the media that the Congress has been following...

We’ve to listen, believe, let justice prevail: Sushmita Sen

Mumbai: Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen is proud of the women who have spoken up about their unsavoury experiences, as a result of the MeToo movement. She says now is the time to listen, believe and let justice prevail. Sushmita interacted with the media at the Bombay Times Fashion Week here Sunday. She said she doesn't find...

Mumbai: Actress Rakul Preet Singh at the launch of Carnival cinema Lounge in Mumbai on Feb 16, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Hope #MeToo movement in India doesn’t get dissolved: Rakul Preet

New Delhi: Actress Rakul Preet is happy with the #MeToo movement gaining momentum in India, but feels it is important to differentiate between sexual harassment and sexual misconduct and deal accordingly. "A conversation of somebody forcing or somebody raping or somebody saying that 'you will get the project only if you sleep with me' and someone misbehaving...

Namaste England’, ‘Badhai Ho’ to release October 18

Mumbai: In what could be considered a Dussehra 'dhamaka', the two big Hindi releases this week, Vipul Shah's "Namaste England" and Amit Sharma's "Badhai Ho" have been given a last-minute early release. Instead of the two films opening October 19 as per schedule, the two producers have taken a joint decision to release their respective films a...

Tyre blow-up takes drivers life

Bhubaneswar: A person lost his life in a road mishap near Aiginia Durga Mandap area under Khandagiri police limits Monday morning. The deceased, Nirmal Kumar Sahoo (40) hailed from Niala village in Kendrapara district. The incident occurred while he was inbound from Khurda in his Ford car. He lost control on the vehicle which skidded off the...

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