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Parties vying to woo farmers

Bhubaneswar: Adding fuel to the fire over the raging farm loan waiver issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday announced that it would give interest free crop loans to farmers, if voted to power. Speaking to reporters here, the party’s state unit president Basant Panda said, “We will definitely form...

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BJD braces for protest in New Delhi

New Delhi: The BJD Tuesday held a preparatory meeting for the Biju Krushak Janata Dal’s (BKJD) protest here January 8 demanding hike in paddy MSP to Rs 2,930 per quintal. The meeting was attended by state Health Minister Pratap Jena, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro and the BJD MPs. Speaking to Orissa POST after the meeting, BKJD president and the Rajya Sabha MP Prasanna Acharya said, “We...

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No threat to Konark Sun Temple: ASI DG

Cuttack: There is no threat to the world famous Sun Temple at Konark and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken appropriate steps to preserve the 13th century shrine, claimed Director General of the national conservator Usha Sharma in an affidavit filed in the Orissa High Court here Tuesday. Sharma submitted the affidavit in connection with a PIL seeking proper conservation for the Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site. In...

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State to compensate Phethai-hit farmers

Bhubaneswar: The state government Tuesday said compensation would be provided to the farmers, whose crop has been damaged due to heavy rain triggered by cyclone Phethai. Speaking to reporters here, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “After getting information from the IMD, we have advised the farmers for timely harvest. However, some standing paddy crop couldn’t be harvested.” “We will examine the damage reports and compensate the farmers as per...

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Odisha sees drop in PDS irregularities

New Delhi: Odisha has witnessed a significant drop in complaints related to irregularities in public distribution system (PDS) in last three years, states the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. According to the data shared by the ministry in the Lok Sabha, Odisha had received 43 complaints of irregularities in PDS in 2016. The complaints related to irregularities witnessed a sharp decline in 2017 and reduced to 22. Similarly,...

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BJD braces for protest in New Delhi

New Delhi: The BJD Tuesday held a preparatory meeting for the Biju Krushak Janata Dal’s (BKJD) protest here January 8 demanding hike in paddy MSP to Rs 2,930 per quintal. The meeting was attended by state Health Minister Pratap Jena, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro and the BJD MPs. Speaking to Orissa POST...

Uncapped Varun, Unadkat rake in big money

Jaipur: Unheralded architect-turned-cricketer Varun Chakravarthy Tuesday fetched a sensational bid of `8.4 crore, more than 40 times his base price in an IPL-XII players’ auction that had an unmissable Caribbean flavour to it. However, India veteran Yuvraj Singh was snapped up by Mumbai Indians (MI) at his base price of `1 crore, that too in the second...

99% items to be in sub-18% GST slab

Mumbai: Indicating that further simplification of the Goods and Services Tax is on the anvil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government wants to ensure that 99 per cent items attract sub-18 per cent GST slab. Before implementation of the GST, registered enterprises only numbered 65 lakh, which has now risen by 55 lakh, Modi said, addressing...

No online sale of Mahaprasad: SJTA

Puri: Taking a serious note of online sale of Mahaprasad in the state, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Tuesday issued a press note claiming that it has not permitted any individual or organisation to sell the temple delicacies through online. “Cooking and selling of Mahaprasad are the responsibility of Srimandir administration. We have urged the police...

Parties vying to woo farmers

Bhubaneswar: Adding fuel to the fire over the raging farm loan waiver issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday announced that it would give interest free crop loans to farmers, if voted to power. Speaking to reporters here, the party’s state unit president Basant Panda said, “We will definitely form a government in the state and waive...

6% houses in Odisha yet to be electrified: Centre

Bhubaneswar: Data released by the Ministry of Power claims that after the launch of the Saubhagya scheme by the Centre in 2017, it has been able to electrify 94 per cent of the unelectrified households in the state and is now nearing completion of electrifying 100 per cent household. The scheme christened Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har...

Biker brotherhood

“Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning… the scents that wash over me are just heavenly,” British actor Hugh Laurie once said. On a weekend morning, you may spot them outfitted in distinctive biking gear and riding impressive motorbikes. You see them on...

HC stay on notice to rename Tarabalo hot spring

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has ordered an interim stay on a notification of state Tourism department to rename Tarabalo hot spring in Bhapur block of Nayagarh district. A division bench of Chief Justice KS Jhaveri and KR Mahapatra ordered that the Tourism department cannot take any decision on the issue till further order. The bench posted...

No threat to Konark Sun Temple: ASI DG

Cuttack: There is no threat to the world famous Sun Temple at Konark and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken appropriate steps to preserve the 13th century shrine, claimed Director General of the national conservator Usha Sharma in an affidavit filed in the Orissa High Court here Tuesday. Sharma submitted the affidavit in connection with...

CMC braces up ‘3R formula’ to tackle waste

Cuttack: Taking a step towards a clean and green Silver City, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) would adopt ‘3R formula — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ to deal with the ever-growing mounds of garbage. According to sources, a waste recycling plant would be set up near Satichoura dump yard. “An ultramodern shredding machine will be installed at the...

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