12 die, 40 hurt as bus falls into Mahanadi

Cuttack: In a heart-wrenching incident, at least ten persons including a child died and 40 others were injured when a passenger bus fell off the Mahanadi bridge here Tuesday evening. Director General Police (DGP) RP Sharma said ten people have died. The passenger bus (OD35A-0211), en route to Bhubaneswar from...

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OP in Chhattisgarh: Chh’garh blames Mahanadi dispute on lack of data

Bhubaneswar/Raipur: The Chattisgarh government believes that lack of data on the flow of Mahanadi waters into the river basin system is primarily responsible for the dispute with Odisha and that both the states should work together to conduct more scientific evidence-based studies on the subject. In an exclusive interview to Orissa POST, Chhattisgarh Water Resources Secretary Sonmoni Borah said, “We recently signed an MoU with NERIWALAM to study the reasons affecting...

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Physical Education Teacher held for raping student

PET teacher held for raping student

Kendrapara: The Tantiapala police and their Rajnagar counterparts Tuesday arrested the accused Physical Education (PE) Teacher of the Tarapada-based Kunja Behari Uchha Bidyabhavan school from the Rajnagar BEO office for allegedly raping a Class 10 girl of the school on October 26, IIC Manoranjan Choudhury of Mahakalapada Police Station who is also the in-charge of Tantiapala Marine Police Station said. Choudhury said the arrested Physical Education Teacher, Bidyapati Jena, is ill...

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CP goes all out to ensure safe Baliyatra

Cuttack: Revellers can hope to enjoy the Baliyatra this year with peace of mind as the Commissionerate Police has come up with a foolproof plan to ensure safety and security of the hoppers at the fairground. As many as 32 platoons of police would be deployed at the fairground. And aid posts would be put in place at either gates of the fairground to assist the visitors. “Taking the visitors’ safety...

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Vijayan slams Sangh, Congress over Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday slammed the Sangh Parivar-led forces and the Congress in Kerala for turning Sabarimala into a battle field. "Sabarimala is being used for political gains by the Sangh, and the Congress has also fallen for it," Vijayan told the media here as he read out a written statement, during a hour-long interaction. "These people are trying to use faith for political gains. Ideology should be...

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Assembly okays 33% women quota in House

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in the State Assembly and parliament. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik introduced the resolution on the floor of the house which was supported by his party members and those from the Congress and the BJP. Opposition chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati and BJP...

Fight over Re 1 leaves two hurt

Bhubaneswar: A tiffin stall owner and a customer were injured in a fight that broke out between the two over a rupee at Aiginia Square here Tuesday morning. While the customer sustained severe injuries, the vendor suffered minor bruises. Both have lodged complaints with the Khandagiri police station in this regard. Sources said the customer, Bharat Kumar...

Techie commits suicide; ornaments robbed

Bhubaneswar: They came in as good Samaritans -- to lend a helping hand to remove the body of a person who had died after throwing himself in front a train at Bomikhal Tuesday afternoon. But by the time they left, the body was relieved of a bracelet and a ring. The deceased, Tanmaya Kumar Das, 31, of...

OP in Chhattisgarh: Chh’garh blames Mahanadi dispute on lack of data

Bhubaneswar/Raipur: The Chattisgarh government believes that lack of data on the flow of Mahanadi waters into the river basin system is primarily responsible for the dispute with Odisha and that both the states should work together to conduct more scientific evidence-based studies on the subject. In an exclusive interview to Orissa POST, Chhattisgarh Water Resources Secretary Sonmoni...

SAIL reneges on plant promise made to locals

Keonjhar: The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has reneged on its promise of setting up a beneficiation plant in Keonjhar though it is extracting minerals from the area, a report said adding SAIL is using them elsewhere. Some quarters pointed out that the CPSU has not been doing development in the district despite using its minerals....

Man gets lifer for murder over land row

Man gets lifer for murder over land row

Jeypore: A local court Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to a man after convicting him of killing his uncle over land dispute. District and sessions judge Bidyut Mishra awarded the life imprisonment to convict Khagapati Harijan, 42. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on Harijan. He would undergo rigorous imprisonment of another year, if he...

Privilege move against TV channel

Privilege move against TV channel

Bhubaneswar: Opposition chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati Tuesday moved a privilege motion against a vernacular TV channel for telecasting some content, which violated breach of privilege of the House. “Having gone through the TV programme it is assumed that the people of Odisha have been misled and a wrong message has been sent to the public about the...

Party alleges secret pact between Congress and BJD in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs tried to disrupt the proceedings in the state Assembly Tuesday by attacking the Congress and the ruling BJD government. Soon after the session began, the BJP members started sloganeering which led to immediate adjournment of the House for an hour. Soon after the adjournment, the miffed party leaders rallied till the...

272 farmers committed suicide in 5 years: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy Tuesday told state Assembly that 227 farmers had committed suicide in the last five years in state due to various reasons but not because of loan burden or crop loss. Replying to a query of Sanatan Mahakud, Maharathy, he said his department has received allegations of suicide of 227 farmers between 2013-14...

Odisha has 2nd lowest farm income among states

Bhubaneswar: Odisha, as per the latest Central survey report, is said to be second lowest in the country when it comes to the income of farmers from agriculture alone. In a written statement submitted before the House Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy cited the last National Sample Survey (NSS) report of state-wise data of farmers’ incomes from different...

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