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3 killed as Samaleswari Express hits tower car

Bhubaneswar: Three railway personnel were killed when the engine of the Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express caught fire after hitting a maintenance tower car in Rayagada district Tuesday, officials said. All three deceased were engaged in the maintenance tower car when the accident took place between Singapur Road and Keutaguda, East Coast...

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Odisha reserves 10% seats for EWS students in 3 medical colleges

Bhubaneswar: The state government Tuesday decided to implement 10 per cent Economically Weaker Sections quota in three medical colleges in the state from this academic session after the Centre approved an increase of 100 MBBS seats. Earlier, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry in a communication to the state government informed it to increase 25 MBBS seats each in Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada and Saheed...

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Pay My Bill campaign to remind govt of poll promises

Bhubaneswar: With the end of elections and BJD forming a new government, people are now demanding party leaders to fulfil their promises made in the manifesto. The BJD government has promised the people several things, particularly in terms of healthcare and education facilities. Keeping this in mind, several education and health rights groups launched a week-long Pay My Bill campaign in Bhubaneswar Tuesday. Its objective is to remind the state and Central governments...

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Modi criticises Congress for only praising Gandhi-Nehru family

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha members, Tuesday

New Delhi: Taking a potshot at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that the party never recognised efforts of anyone but only the members from the Gandhi-Nehru family. Replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister slammed the Congress and said it never spoke about the good work of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narasimha Rao. “There are some...

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4 members of IS-affiliated terror outfit JMB, arrested in Kolkata

Kolkata: Kolkata Police said Tuesday it has arrested four members of an Islamic State-affiliated terror outfit from two places in the city. Acting on a tip-off, officers of the Special Task Force (STF) arrested the four operatives of the ‘Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh’ (JMB), an IS affiliate, police said. Among the four arrested three are from Bangladesh, while the other one hails from Nayagram village in Birbhum district of West Bengal. The four...

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64 people died, over 1.4L ha crop hit in state due to Fani

New Delhi: As many as 64 people had died and over 1.4 lakh hectare crop area was affected due to cyclone Fani, the home ministry said Tuesday. Cyclone Fani affected three states -- Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Odisha, 64 lives were lost, 5.56 lakh houses and huts were damaged, 6,281 cattle were lost, 1,48,663...

Govt failed on ‘pucca house for all’ vow

Bhubaneswar: The BJD government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday admitted that it had failed to fulfil its promise to convert all kutcha houses in the state into pucca houses by 2019. “Conversion of the left out kutcha houses into pucca houses will continue to be a priority of my government. Handing over land rights under...

When technology blends with traditional farming

Sooty blotch is one of the recent problems in mangoes which causes their blackening resulting financial losses to the mango growers Bhubaneswar: There is good news for mango growers of the state who are facing the seemingly unsolvable problem of quality mango production due to the changing climatic condition. ‘Sooty blotch’ is one of the recent problems...

5 youths rape minor girl after beating up her boyfriend

Joda: In yet another heinous incident, a minor girl was gangraped in this industrial town in Keonjhar district Monday evening. According to police, the victim and her boy friend were gossiping at Laxmipadia here when six to seven youths reached the spot and overpowered them. The boy, however, managed to free himself and went to call his...

3 held for tonsuring young couple

Karanjia: A day after a couple was assaulted and tonsured for daring to fall in love despite belonging to two separate communities, police have arrested three persons in this connection Tuesday. This appalling incident took place in Mandua village under Karanjia police limits of Mayurbhanj district. According to sources, the incident occurred June 22. A case has...

Day after arrest, BJD MLA Saroj Meher hospitalised

Patnagarh: A day after his arrest, Patnagarh BJD MLA Saroj Meher was hospitalized today after falling ill in a jail here. Sources said the MLA has been admitted to Patnagarh hospital this evening after he complained chest pain in Patnagarh sub-jail. On Monday morning, the legislator was detained by the police in Nuapada and brought to Bolangir...

The research opens the possibility of safely transporting male gametes to space and creating a human sperm bank outside Earth.

Frozen sperm can survive in outer space

London: The human sperm retains its complete viability within the different gravitational conditions found in outer space, a study has found. The research opens the possibility of safely transporting male gametes to space and creating a human sperm bank outside Earth. Scientists from Polytechnic University of Barcelona in Spain said that there is lack of difference in...

Pandava Bakhara: A less explored heritage site

Though ASI has identified this ancient heritage site due to its critical geographical location inside the Chandaka forest, the place still remains less explored from most of the nature and heritage lovers due to no commutable path The rock shelter was the abode of the Pandavas during their exile and hence the shelter is called Pandava Bakhara...

Dogs save woman from bear attack

Sajanagad: Two dogs played saviours for an elderly woman when she was being attacked by a wild bear at Chandipur under Nilagiri police limits in Balasore district Tuesday. The woman Jiki Singh had been near a pond to wash utensils. All of a sudden, a bear, which had sneaked into the area, attacked her. As she screamed...

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