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OHRC notice to Ravenshaw VC

Cuttack: The Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has served notice on the Vice-Chancellor of Ravenshaw University on a petition pertaining to the sine die closure of the institute May 8. Aarati Meher, an undergraduate student of the university, had petitioned the OHRC seeking its intervention in the issue. The petitioner

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State govt reviews PM security ahead of visit

Bhubaneswar: The state government Tuesday reviewed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s protocol and security ahead of his visit May 26. Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi chaired the high-level meeting that was attended by Home Secretary Asti Tripathy, DGP RP Sharma, Director Intelligence, Twin City Police Commissioner, Khurda Collector and other officials.

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Repair cry for Ratnabhandar

Repair cry for Ratnabhandar

Puri: Ratnabhandar, the treasury of Srimandir, is in a state of dilapidation and there is an urgent need to repair it, claimed temple technical core committee working chairperson Gopal Chandra Mitra. Mitra, a former chief engineer of Works department, claimed that several cracks have been spotted on the outer wall of the temple treasury. Moreover, several stones of the structure have come loose in recent years. “Several structures of the 12th...

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Nor’wester lays siege to Capital city

Nor’wester lays siege to Capital city

Bhubaneswar: A Nor’wester accompanied by thunderstorm and gusty surface wind Wednesday morning severely affected life in the city and several other parts of the state. Acharya Vihar, Jayadev Vihar and Nayapalli localities bore the brunt with knee-deep water on the roads hitting pedestrians and motorists. Sulochana Das, a resident of Nayapalli, said that her house was filled with rain water. “The sudden heavy rain was a great problem for me and...

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SJTA mulls CCTVs at temple Jagamohan

SJTA mulls CCTVs at temple Jagamohan

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) is mulling installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at Srimandir Jagamohan in the wake of assault on a devotee couple by two servitors on the shrine premises recently. It is learnt that police often face problems in investigating incidents of assault and misbehavior inside Srimandir due to lack of evidence. Sources said the SJTA will take a final call on installing CCTV cameras...

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New Contract Farming Act: Patro raises sharecropping issues

New Contract Farming Act: Patro raises sharecropping issues

New Delhi: State Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro Tuesday raised issues arising during signing of agreements between industrialists and beneficiaries (farmers) in cases of sharecropping. The minister was speaking in a consultative meet on the draft of a new contract farming Act. The meet was chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and junior ministers besides agricultural marketing ministers from states to approve the draft Model...

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SCB Burn unit to have more facilities

SCB Burn unit to have more facilities

Cuttack: If all goes well, the Burn unit at the Plastic Surgery department of Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) here will soon have ultramodern facilities. Sources said world-class facilities like modular operation theatre (OT), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and ramp will be introduced at the unit with an allocation of Rs 1.77 crore by the Central government. The foundation stone for the new facilities was laid here Monday...

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In a first, black panther sighted in state forest

In a first, black panther sighted in state forest

Bhubaneswar: In what recalls the character of ‘Bagheera’ of Rudyard Kipling's famed Jungle Book, a melanistic leopard popular as ‘black panther’ was spotted in Sundargrh forest that was captured for the first time in camera. “It is the first ever footage of a black panther in the forests of Odisha,” said PCCF (wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy. According to wildlife officials, leopard coat varies in colour and the melanistic type is a color...

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