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Karkare died as he tortured me: Pragya

Pragya, however, Friday night apologised for her remarks that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died because of her “curse” Bhopal: Malegaon blast accused and BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has claimed police officer Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she...

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Verdict still awaited in ghastly murder of Ushasree

File photo of Somnath Parida with Ushasree

Bhubaneswar: A verdict is still awaited in the case of the ghastly murder of Ushasree Parida by her doctor husband at her residence in N-1 IRC Village under Nayapalli police station June 3, 2013. Her accused husband, Somnath Parida, a 73-year-old retired Army doctor, was alleged to have chopped her body into 300 pieces and stuffed them in 22 steel boxes, typically used by army men. The trial in the case...

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Pradhan infusing poll violence culture: BJD

Both BJD and BJP moved the Chief Electoral Officer levelling charges against each other Bhubaneswar: Even as the campaigning for third phase polls reached feverish pitch Friday, the BJD and the BJP continued to file complaints against each other before the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha. The BJD Friday submitted four complaints to the CEO against BJP and a local TV channel while the saffron party alleged political motive behind the...

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SJTA to probe non-performance of Pahuda ritual

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) would launch a probe into a reported non-performance of ‘Pahuda’ ritual of the presiding deities of Srimandir on the occasion of Dola Purnima (Holi festival). A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Srimandir sub-committee on rituals (Niti) Thursday. It has been alleged that lack of coordination among temple servitors and SJTA officials led to non-performance of ‘Pahuda’ ritual on...

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Mayawati, Mulayam share stage, end decades-long rivalry

From (L) Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Singh Yadav at an election rally, Friday

Mainpuri (UP): Ending decades-long rivalry, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati shared dais Friday at an election rally here with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president describing the Samajwadi Party (SP) patron as a ‘real leader’ of the backwards, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom she dubbed as ‘farzi’. The BSP leader, who had snapped all ties with the SP after the infamous state guest house incident in 1995, arrived...

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Jet gags staff to protect stake sale

New Delhi: The grounded Jet Airways has issued a gag order to its employees advising them to refrain from speaking with external stakeholders. An internal mail accessed suggests that talking with external stakeholders especially the media might impact the bidding process for airline’s stake sale. “We are currently at a critical stage of our bid process that...

OMJAY to make EVs in state soon

Bhubaneswar: OMJAY EV Limited is to begin producing Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the state from July 2019. The state government has accorded it the necessary clearances for manufacture of EVs, Jay Prakash Didwania, the chairman of Bharat’s Group that owns OMJAY EV, has said. “The plant is being set up at Badachana, Jajpur District with world class...

Mirae eyes Rs 400-crore AUM in state

Bhubaneswar: Mirae Asset, a leading mutual fund investment company in India, expects to build its Assets Under Management (AUM) in the state to Rs 400 crore by December 2019. “We managed assets for Rs 250 crore in calendar year 2018 and expect to build our AUM to Rs 400 crore by end of calendar year 2019. It...

Against convenient lies

Dhanada Kanta Mishra Greta Thunberg, 16, was recently nominated by some members of parliament from Sweden for the Nobel peace prize for her astonishing leadership to a global movement demanding urgent action to stop climate change. Greta was born in Stockholm in 2003. Her mother is an opera singer, and father, an actor and author. On August...

Country faces deepening crisis

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra In an interview given to a national daily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that 2014 was about hope for change, while 2019 is about confidence that change has happened and the expectation that more good work will happen. In reality, India is experiencing deepening economic crisis now and a sense of pessimism is pervasive....

FB exposed millions of Insta passwords

San Francisco, April 19: A day after admitting it "unintentionally" uploaded emails of nearly 1.5 million of new users, Facebook has now revealed that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format. Last month, Facebook said that it fixed a security issue wherein millions of its users' passwords were stored in plain text...

Pompeo says he’s still in charge on N.Korea, works with Japan

Washington, April 19: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he remained in charge of negotiating with North Korea despite the regime's demands to exclude him, as he voiced guarded hope with Japan on securing a deal. Pompeo led four-way talks in Washington of the US and Japanese foreign affairs and defense chiefs, the latest in...

File photo of Somnath Parida with Ushasree

Verdict still awaited in ghastly murder of Ushasree

Bhubaneswar: A verdict is still awaited in the case of the ghastly murder of Ushasree Parida by her doctor husband at her residence in N-1 IRC Village under Nayapalli police station June 3, 2013. Her accused husband, Somnath Parida, a 73-year-old retired Army doctor, was alleged to have chopped her body into 300 pieces and stuffed them...

IIT-Bhubaneswar gets Rs 6.18cr SPARC projects boost

Bhubaneswar: The IIT-Bhubaneswar got the approval to as many as 11 research proposals out of the 25 submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) worth Rs 6.18 crore under a new initiative by the ministry. The initiative ‘Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration’ (SPARC), promoted by the HRD Ministry, is aimed at improving academic...

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