CM orders probe into tree-felling

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday ordered an immediate halt to felling of trees from the community forest of Balarampur in Odapada block of Dhenkanal district and ordered the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (North) to look into the matter. The Chief Minister instructed the RDC to probe the incident in the wake...

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Chhattisgarh’s dam-displaced yet to get justice

    Raigarh: Gopal Agarwal, a trader from Old Lakha village in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh, was among more than a hundred villagers, who were displaced from their native land for the Kelo dam project a decade ago. The survey of the low-lying village and disbursement of compensation commenced in 2009 for construction of the dam project before shifting the oustees to New Lakha village on an elevated land. However, more...

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CBI probe into ‘Daru-fixing’, Ghata Parivartan fiasco sought

Bhubaneswar: The members of the civil society group, Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan, Sunday demanded a CBI probe into Daru ‘fixing’ as the state government had failed to investigate it properly. The group in a presser at the Nehru Yuva Kendra in Unit-6 area questioned the role of an ex-law minister and a noted educationist of the state in the ‘fixing’ of Daru. The group also asked the government to make the...

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Dist admin, SJTA set stage for Panchaka ritual at Srimandir

Puri: The district administration and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) have made elaborate arrangements for smooth darshan of deities during Panchaka, a five-day ritual that marks the culmination of the holy month of Kartik. The SJTA is expecting the congregation of a huge number of devotees at Srimandir during Panchaka that begins November 19. As per Srimandir tradition, Lord Jagannath would be adorned with the Laxminarayan Besa November 19, Bankachuda...

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Heritage trail crosses 100th milestone

Bhubaneswar: Sunday, December 18, was memorable for 80 odd guests who gathered on the lawn of Mukteswar-Siddheswar Temple complex. The day was historic too because it was the 100th edition of Ekamra Walks, the first guided heritage trail of the city. The ambience matched the celebratory mood. When the guests -- old and new walkers -- stepped on the morning sun-kissed lawn of the temple complex, they had all smiles and their body...

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Teaser of hockey WC theme song released

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The 46-second teaser of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup theme song composed by AR Rahman was released Sunday by Hockey India. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared it on social media. The song written by lyricist Gulzar is titled ‘Jai Hind India’. The music video, directed by Rahman, features superstar Shah Rukh Khan, prominent hockey players...

Gift of fear

Schoolchildren of Pochani, a village about 80 km from Jameshdpur in Jharkhand, are reportedly carrying bows and arrows to school. They fear they would be harmed by strangers they spot in the jungles and are carrying these in self defence, according to the reports. It is suspected that these strangers the children fear are Maoists. The situation...

Artists play their part in promotion of Hockey WC

BHUBANESWAR: A mega event is always backed by various promotional activities of the organisers. The Capital city is gearing up to host the upcoming men’s Hockey World Cup in a grand way. The event has received a shot in the arm through the efforts of various artists from the city. A group exhibition was organised by Jaleswar...

BHUBANESWAR ART TRAIL: Old Town gets artistic makeover

BHUBANESWAR: Bhubaneswar Art Trail, the biggest contemporary art initiative in the city, has been inaugurated here Sunday. “We all know Ekamrakshetra as a temple city but from today a new chapter has been added to it and the city has a new identity,” announced CM Naveen Patnaik in his inaugural speech at Bhubaneswar art trail in Guajhar,...

Chhattisgarh’s dam-displaced yet to get justice

    Raigarh: Gopal Agarwal, a trader from Old Lakha village in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh, was among more than a hundred villagers, who were displaced from their native land for the Kelo dam project a decade ago. The survey of the low-lying village and disbursement of compensation commenced in 2009 for construction of the dam project...

EMPOWERING WEAVERS THROUGH RAAS WORKS

BHUBANESWAR: “Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes,” said Diana Vreeland, a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. The importance of fashion in the 21st...

CBI probe into ‘Daru-fixing’, Ghata Parivartan fiasco sought

Bhubaneswar: The members of the civil society group, Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan, Sunday demanded a CBI probe into Daru ‘fixing’ as the state government had failed to investigate it properly. The group in a presser at the Nehru Yuva Kendra in Unit-6 area questioned the role of an ex-law minister and a noted educationist of the state...

Five dreaded robbers held in City

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police Sunday arrested five dreaded robbers who were involved in several looting cases in the Jatni Police station area here. The field agents of various financial institutions were their main targets. The accused have been identified as Sk Ajim Uddin,34,of Balia Chowk in Madina Sahi area, Rehmat Sharif alias Kadir and Abdul Wasim Khan...

BMC cracks down on illegal plastic sales, encroachments

Bhubaneswar: Squads of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sunday cracked down against the illegal sale of plastics in the city and levied penalties on the outlets flouting the plastic ban regulations of the state. A total of 71kg polythene were seized and fines worth Rs 15,200 were levied. The squads moved to prominent business establishments, market places...

Man attempts to kill wife over family feud

Sambalpur: A woman was left battling for life after her husband allegedly slit her throat over a family feud at Badatikra under Dhama police limits in Sambalpur district, police said Sunday. Sagar Podha (24) slit the throat of Swapna Mahananda (19) with a sharp-edged weapon. Swapna was rushed to Burla-based VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research...

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