Naveen unveils ‘Basudha’ logo, stresses on grievance redressal

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday unveiled the logo of Buxi Jagabandhu Assured Drinking Water to all Habitations (Basudha) scheme at Secretariat here. Naveen also launched Basudha helpline-1916, a dedicated grievance management initiative for water supply to the rural areas of the state. The helpline will receive complaints from gram panchayats on breakdown and shutdown of tube wells and piped water supply from 6 am to 6 pm, which will be...

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Cyclone ‘Gaja’ toll in TN rises to 33

Chennai: The death toll due to cyclone Gaja, which hit Tamil Nadu's coastal districts Friday, has increased to 33, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said Saturday. Speaking to reporters at Salem, about 350 kilometres from here, Palaniswami said that 20 men, 11 women, and 2 children died due to the cyclone that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. Friday. The cyclone left...

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1971 war veteran Brig Chandpuri passes away

Chandigarh: Decorated war veteran and hero of the ‘Battle of Longewala’, Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, died in a hospital in Mohali near here Saturday, family sources said. He was 77 and is survived by his wife and three sons. Chandpuri, who was a Major during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, had held his post through the night in the famous battle of Longewala in Rajasthan with just 120 men against a full-fledged...

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Veteran actor, adman Alyque Padamsee dead

Mumbai: Veteran actor, theatre personality and advertising guru Alyque Padamsee died here Saturday morning, family sources said. He was 90. He is survived by three former wives and four children besides other relatives. Among other achievements, Padamsee is best remembered for his role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough's multi-Oscar award winner classic, "Gandhi" (1982). A renowned personality in English theatre productions, he produced notable plays like "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar"...

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NTCA not to relocate Royal Bengal Tiger

Bhubaneswar: The inter-state tiger translocation project in Odisha is likely to continue despite the death of a translocated tiger at Satkosia Tiger Reserve, a senior Forest department official said Saturday. “The project will continue after discussions with the state department, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and National Tiger Conservation Authority,” said the officer quoting the expert team...

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Kalinga Stadium can be one of the top 5 in world: Batra

Bhubaneswar: International Hockey (FIH) Federation president Narinder Batra has stated that the Kalinga Stadium in the city, which is going the upcoming men’s hockey World Cup starting from November 28 can be one of the top five stadiums in the world. “I thank everyone (local authorities) for their support and am fully confident that this edition of...

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Bowlers, Mandhana script eves’ victory over Aussies

Providence (Guyana): Anuja Patil (3/15), Deepti Sharma (2/24), Radha Yadav (2/13) and Poonam Yadav (2/28) dished out a splendid bowling performance to help India beat Australia by 49 runs in their final women’s World T20 group encounter here Saturday. Chasing a victory target of 168 runs in 20 overs, the Australian women were bowled out for 119...

Sonia (in blue) lands punch on his Moroccan opponent Toujani Doaa (in red) during their bout at women’s World Championships in New Delhi, Saturday 

Sonia punches to WC pre-quarters

New Delhi: Young Indian boxer Sonia stuck to her style as she defeated Doaa Toujani of Morocco while Pinki outclassed Anush Grigoryan to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the AIBA Women’s World Championships here Saturday. Sonia next faces 2014 World Championships gold medallist Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria Monday. The 21-year-old Sonia, daughter of a farmer from Nimri village...

Tulsi-rangoli trick to tackle Ganjam open defecation

Bhubaneswar: Roadsides in Ganjam district have started wearing a different look with colourful rangolis and potted tulsi (basil) plants adorning them, and the reason is more than just ornamental. Together, they are helping to keep a check on open defecation on the roadside that the district is notorious for. In this innovative and regionalised battle against the...

Police arrest ‘dreaded five’ under pressure

Bhubaneswar: Police Saturday arrested five hooligans including dreaded criminals Akash and Balia in the wake of media reports about their extortion and violent activities in Dumduma and adjoining areas of the Capital city. Police allegedly tried to remain oblivious of the criminal activities and dilly-dallied over their arrest even as they indulged in violent incidents in the...

House excuses Abhijit Iyer

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly Saturday accepted the recommendations of a House Committee constituted for considering an apology from journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra, who had made derogatory remarks against the legislators in the state. A House committee under the chairmanship of Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra was formed to probe the alleged breach of privilege by Iyer Mitra....

Cross-cultural exchange of ideas in Capital

BHUBANESWAR: Artist Network Promoting Indian Culture (ANPIC) held an ‘exchange of ideas in art’ programme at Delhi Public Scool, Kalinga here Saturday. Several artists from 14 countries like Australia, England, Spain and China as well as 8 Indian states showcased their talent and created beautiful works of art while also witnessing different aspects of Indian art especially...

Interactive lit fest stirs creative minds

BHUBANESWAR: The sixth edition of National Children Literature Festival (NCLF) organised by KIIT International School was inaugurated in the presence of Jairam Ramesh, a scholar and politician Padma Shree Ruskin Bond, a renowned Indian writer, and Nandita Das, an eminent Bollywood actress here Saturday. The theme of this event is Literature and Society. Addressing the children, principal...

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