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More MPs hint at quitting BJD

Bhubaneswar: More Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs Tuesday hinted at quitting the party in the wake of the denial of tickets to them. The BJD issued its first list of candidates for nine Lok Sabha and 54 MLA seats, Monday. As soon as the list was made public, murmurs of...

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Naveen’s choice: All hunky-dory for Subal Sahu’s family

Sambalpur: The family members of late Subal Sahu former Congress MLA from Bijepur and his wife Rita Sahu, sitting BJD MLA from the constituency, have thanked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for deciding to contest from Bijepur Assembly seat. Ainthu Sahu, elder brother of Subal Sahu, had appreciated the decision of the BJD supremo and said, “Naveen Patnaik has made the best choice to contest from Bijepur constituency. My entire family welcomes...

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BJD dubs intelligence report fake, BJP seeks CBI probe

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Tuesday termed the intelligence  report produced by the BJP leaders at a news conference here Monday suggesting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to chose a safe seat from Western Odisha to contest the election as ‘fake and fabricated’. The state unit of BJP Monday produced an intelligence report reportedly from the state Intelligence Bureau wherein the Chief Minister was advised to contest any one of...

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CBI, ED doing all it can to extradite Nirav Modi: Sources

New Delhi: All expeditious efforts are being made to get jeweller Nirav Modi extradited from the UK, CBI sources said Tuesday. They said the central probe agency is monitoring the developments taking place in London and all legal assistance is being extended to take the extradition request forward in that country. The legal procedure of extradition of an accused takes its own time and Indian investigators, both from the CBI and...

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Demonetisation slowed down economy claims new book

New Delhi: Demonetisation was a terrible idea and the government’s own economic surveys have indicated that this move contributed to a slowdown in the economy, claims a new book. ‘The Great Disappointment: How Narendra Modi Squandered a Unique Opportunity to Transform the Indian Economy’ attempts to answer the overarching question of whether or not the Modi government transformed India’s economy and what the next government’s agenda should look like. Written by...

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Jet’s lessors offer 50 grounded aircraft to SpiceJet

New Delhi/Mumbai: Financially beleaguered Jet Airways faces another crisis as lessors are offering 50 of its Boeing aircraft to SpiceJet. According to industry insiders, at least 50 aircraft are on offer under dry lease terms from Jet’s lessors. These lessors have been able to get their aircraft grounded as dues were not paid to them, a source...

Proves the point

It is partly an encouraging development that beleaguered businessman Anil Dhirubhai Ambani was forced to finally settle the Rs 550 crore (and interest) dues his company Reliance Communications owed Swedish telecom major Ericsson Monday. The other part is that he was incapable of coughing up such a small amount. Anil, who faced three months in prison upon...

Govt SOS to banks to save Jet, avoid bankruptcy

New Delhi: The government has asked state-run banks to rescue privately held Jet Airways without pushing it into bankruptcy, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to avert thousands of job losses weeks before a general election, two people within the administration told Reuters. The finance ministry has in the past year sought regular updates from the banks,...

More MPs hint at quitting BJD

Bhubaneswar: More Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs Tuesday hinted at quitting the party in the wake of the denial of tickets to them. The BJD issued its first list of candidates for nine Lok Sabha and 54 MLA seats, Monday. As soon as the list was made public, murmurs of protests were heard from within the party....

Beijing: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, speaks as Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi listens, during a joint press conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. AP/PTI(AP3_19_2019_000125B)

Will support Pakistan’s territorial integrity: China

Beijing, March 19: China Tuesday told the international community not to target Pakistan following the Pulwama suicide bombing in Kashmir and said it will stand by Islamabad during testing times and firmly support its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two long-standing allies at a meeting of Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi discussed the Pulwama...

Naveen picks Pramila as a tribute to women in Mission Shakti

Bhubaneswar: A 68-year-old self-help group (SHG) member in Odisha has been allotted the BJD ticket for the Aska Lok Sabha seat, from where party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had begun his political career around 20 years ago. Pramila Bisoi, who has formal education till Class III, was chosen as the candidate for the seat by...

History-sheeter hurt in police encounter

Cuttack: A 27-year-old history-sheeter received gunshots in an encounter near the Law College here late Monday, a senior Malgodown police official told reporters Tuesday. Manoj Kumar Swain alias Manua, a resident of Birakishorepur under Ersama police limits of Jagatsinghpur, received gunshots on his left leg and is undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) here,...

FIH to cancel Hockey Series events  

Lausanne (Switzerland): The International Hockey Federation (FIH) will do away with its Hockey Series events after this year to enable its member associations to focus more on continental qualifiers and championships, the game’s governing body said Tuesday. Insisting that the inaugural edition of the ongoing FIH Pro League has been a success, the world body said it...

India eye summit clash berth

Biratnagar (Nepal): Unbeaten so far in the tournament, four-time defending champions India will start as overwhelming favourites against Bangladesh in the semifinals of the SAFF Women’s Football Championships here, Wednesday. Since the tournament’s inception in 2010, India have never been on the losing side, clinching all the four editions of the event. In the last edition of...

‘Kaze’ promotes road safety

BHUBANESWAR: ‘KAZE’, a road safety event, was organised by a bike firm to educate people about superbikes and allay their safety concerns with focus on both technical aspect of riding.   Many riders joined the event including an Italian lady. She participated with her Royal Enfield. She had come to visit ISKCON. The most intuitive part of...

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