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Guv invites Naveen to form govt

Bhubaneswar: Governor Ganeshi Lal Sunday invited Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik, who led the party to an emphatic victory in both Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Odisha, to form the next government in the state. Set to be sworn in as the chief minister for a record...

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Father-son duo ruined Congress in Odisha, says Kanhu Lenka

Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress party leader in the state, Kanhu Charan Lenka, Sunday fired salvos against the state party leadership and also blamed them for the election debacles which lead to the humiliating defeat of the party in the state. In a statement to the media Sunday, Lenka blamed Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik and his son Navajyoti Patnaik for ruining the party prospects in the state in the...

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KALIA aid hours after Naveen’s swearing-in

Bhubaneswar: Around 25 lakh farmers of Odisha will get the first instalment of financial benefit under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme after Naveen Patnaik’s swearing-in for the fifth consecutive term. On the same day of the swearing-in ceremony, scheduled to be held at the IDCO Exhibition Ground here on May 29, Naveen will distribute the amount to beneficiaries at a special programme at the State Secretariat....

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Rahul slams 3 top Congress leaders for placing sons’ interests before party

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New Delhi: Amid rumblings within the party after a disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is said to have accused three senior leaders of placing their respective sons above the party. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has alleged the entire top-brass left him (Rahul) alone to fight it out against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party sources said. Narrating inside details of the crucial Congress Working Committee...

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Imran calls Modi, expresses desire to work together

Islamabad: Breaking the ice in bilateral ties, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke Sunday to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of the people in the region, the Foreign Office said here. Khan’s telephone call to Modi came days after the cricketer-turned-politician congratulated on Twitter the Indian Prime Minister on his massive electoral victory in the general elections. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad...

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Kerber shown the door, Roger wins on return

Paris: German fifth seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber saw her hopes of a career Grand Slam ended by Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova at Roland Garros Sunday as Roger Federer made his Paris return after a four-year absence with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win over Italian Lorenzo Sonego. Fifth-seeded Wimbledon champion Kerber slumped to a 4-6,...

Sherpas on way to retrieve Kalpana’s body

Bhubaneswar: A team of sherpas have already reached the Camp II of the Mount Everest to retrieve the dead body of Odisha mountaineer Kalpana Dash who breathed her last May 23 near the balcony are while descending, an official close to the state government stated Sunday. “The Government of Odisha has been in continuous touch with the...

Lewis tributes Lauda with Monaco GP title

Monaco: Lewis Hamilton endured a frantic afternoon here to secure the 77th win of his career, and his third here, finishing ahead of his rival Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton, wearing a special Niki Lauda tribute helmet, enjoyed a near race-long battle with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, as he struggled...

Ticket outlets, box office open for FIH Men’s Series Finals

Bhubaneswar: The organisers of the FIH Men’s Series Finals Sunday launched the physical sale of tickets at the box office here at the Kalinga Stadium as well as at several outlets across the capital city. The hockey meet is set to start June 6. It was also also announced that the fans, who have bought online vouchers...

Three dead in new attack on Burkina Faso church

Ouagadougou, May 26: Three people were killed Sunday at a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso in the latest in a series of attacks on Christian targets in the region, a security source said. "Heavily armed individuals attacked the church... as the faithful were celebrating Sunday mass" in the town of Toulfe, the source said, adding that...

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Mamata’s offer to resign a lie, drama: Mukul Roy

Kolkata: Terming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s wish to resign from her post as “a blatant lie and drama to capture newspaper headlines”, BJP leader Mukul Roy on Sunday said the Trinamool Congress supremo will never step down unless people vote her out of power. Two days after her party suffered serious setbacks in the Lok...

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Poll effect: 15K govt schools get electricity connections in rural MP

New Delhi: The just-concluded general elections came as a boon for primary schools in Madhya Pradesh’s rural areas. As per the state Chief Election Commissioner's (CEO) report, 15,000 government primary schools, which were made polling stations in far-flung areas, got permanent electricity connections during the Lok Sabha polls. Not just electricity, repair works were also undertaken and...

Govt denies reports of Jaitley’s deteriorating health

New Delhi: The government Sunday said reports on the deteriorating health of outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are false and baseless, and media should stay clear of rumour mongering. Amid speculations on the state of Jaitley’s health, government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar took to Twitter to clear the air. “Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister...

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The festival of democracy, General Elections 2019, has concluded with the fireworks display of results. Traders of promises — the multiple parties and contestants across the length and breadth of India — have left the fairground with their respective profits and losses. Each is now taking stock of how their wares sold at the election. Superficially, it...

Violence-free environment key for regional peace: Modi to Imran

New Delhi/Islamabad: In their first telephonic conversation after the Balakot airstrikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan Sunday that creating trust and and environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering peace and prosperity in the region. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it was Khan who called up Modi...

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