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Naveen Patnaik’s exit after polls certain: Modi

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held two rallies in different parts of Odisha. Addressing a gathering at Kendrapara, he asserted that the exit of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is ‘certain’ while shortly afterwards in Balasore he slammed the Congress for failing to demonstrate India’s defence capability in space, claiming...

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Non-natives guess poll outcome

Bhubaneswar, April 22: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which started April 11, and will cover 543 constituencies in seven phases, has completed two phases and is ready for the third phase April 23. In the third phase, polling will be held in 115 constituencies across 14 states. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu...

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Books are indeed a man’s best friend

Bhubaneswar : Books are considered a man’s best friends as they help to widen mental horizons. Many people enjoy the company of books. People take to books to enjoy themselves, get proper advice and understand important things about life. World Book Day is celebrated by UNESCO and other organisations every year April 23. It is an occasion to promote books and the art of reading. The day was selected by UNESCO...

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Transsexual can be called ‘bride’: Madras HC

Madurai: In an important ruling, the Madras High Court bench here Tuesday has held that as per the Hindu Marriage Act, a transsexual is also a ‘bride’ and the term would not necessarily refer only to a woman. Justice GR Swaminathan gave the ruling on a petition filed by a man and a transwoman who approached the court after officials refused to register their marriage held in Tuticorin last October. Allowing...

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Naveen’s social media presence can be a game-changer

With over one million likes on his personal Facebook page and Twitter handle, BJD supremo and CM Naveen Patnaik is one of the most followed political figures in the country Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is taking the social media by storm through several videos as part of the poll campaign every day. His videos of fitness and interaction with youth, roadshows in all the constituencies are proof that he is...

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Voter turnout in City abysmally low

Bhubaneswar: Voter apathy in the state is in focus again as the third phase of polls witnessed around 61 per cent turnout. The Capital city has recorded a poor voter turnout of 40.26 per cent today. It seems nearly six of every ten voters preferred to stay indoors in the Capital city. The voter turnout in three...

Shane Watson plays a shot during his knock against SRH, Tuesday

Watson fashions Super Kings’ win

Chennai: Shane Watson (96, 53b, 9x4, 6x6) scored a wonderful half century to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in their IPL encounter here, Tuesday. Chasing a decent target of 176 runs, CSK began their innings slowly. The situation turned worse for the home team when they lost Faf du Plessis...

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BJP spends most over Facebook advertisements in state

Bhubaneswar: Political parties in Odisha have been ramping up their spending on advertising on Facebook. But of the lot, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and affiliates are leading ad spends on Facebook. According to data available on Facebook Ad Library, BJP spent Rs 6.57 lakh on all its pages from February 1 to April 20, 2019 with 560...

Volunteers and selfie points are highlights of polling booths

Bhubaneswar: Selfie points at model booths during the third phase of election, Tuesday, attracted the attention of the people. Many voters, including first time voters, were seen clicking their photographs after casting their votes. Many voters even shared the photos on social media and encouraged others to vote in the election. In some booths people were seen...

‘Saddest day’ as Sri Lanka mourns blast victims

Negombo (Sri Lanka), April 23: Devastated relatives collapsed into the arms of bystanders at memorial services Tuesday, as Sri Lanka began burying victims of deadly weekend suicide blasts that claimed over 320 lives. "We haven't felt this sad since the war," said 36-year-old Rashmi Fernando, referring to the civil conflict that ravaged the country until a decade...

Non-natives guess poll outcome

Bhubaneswar, April 22: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which started April 11, and will cover 543 constituencies in seven phases, has completed two phases and is ready for the third phase April 23. In the third phase, polling will be held in 115 constituencies across 14 states. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala,...

Books are indeed a man’s best friend

Bhubaneswar : Books are considered a man’s best friends as they help to widen mental horizons. Many people enjoy the company of books. People take to books to enjoy themselves, get proper advice and understand important things about life. World Book Day is celebrated by UNESCO and other organisations every year April 23. It is an occasion...

SC awards Rs 50 lakh to Godhra rape survivor Bilkis

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Gujarat government to give Rs 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano as compensation and also provide employment and an accommodation if she is willing to accept them. Earlier in March, Bano had refused to accept Rs 5 lakh compensation offered by the Gujarat government. The Supreme Court said, “While the...

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