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Horrified septuagenarian Haseeb Ahmed recounts horrific tales of violence   

New Delhi: The communal clashes in northeast Delhi were nothing like what septuagenarian Haseeb Ahmed, who has witnessed the 1984 and 1992 violence, had seen in his life. Ahmed, who worked as a furniture worker and has now been retired for almost 10 years, is settled at Maujpur area, one of the main pockets where rioters ran amok after clashes between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CA) and those who...

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Once rated a political novice, Naveen at the helm for 8th time

Bhubaneswar: Once a reluctant inheritor to his legendary father Biju Patnaik's legacy, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has proved himself as the unchallenged leader of the ruling BJD to be elected its President for eighth consecutive time. An author, a connoisseur of art, a canny politician whose calm expression covers the sternness he is capable of while dealing with political opponents and rebel party men, Naveen Patnaik, once considered a novice in...

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MLAs demand review of govt-AES pact on OPGC

Bhubaneswar: Assembly members, cutting across party lines, Wednesday sought a review of a 20-year-old agreement between the state government and the AES Corporation, alleging discrimination by the US-based company towards section of employees of the OPGC. The issue was raised during Zero Hour by ruling BJD member S R Patnaik who alleged that many workers of Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) are “being treated differently” by the present management run by...

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CM Naveen Patnaik elected BJD president for 8th term

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been re-elected as the President of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the eighth consecutive term Wednesday. Returning officer Pratap Dev announced Patnaik's name as the party president. "BJD doesn't fight election to win or lose, it fights to win the love of the people and to serve them," said Patnaik after becoming the president of the ruling party. The state council meeting of the BJD...

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PhonePe gets Rs 427.25 crore capital infusion from parent Flipkart

New Delhi:  Flipkart-owned digital payments company PhonePe has received about Rs 427.25 crore from its parent firm in another round of funding, according to regulatory filings. PhonePe Pvt Ltd, Singapore (formerly Flipkart Payments Pvt Ltd) was allotted 10,07,670 shares and the total amount paid was Rs 427,25,20,800, according to documents sourced by Paper.vc. The resolution was passed...

Facebook bans ads promising coronavirus cure

San Francisco: Facebook Wednesday announced to ban ads related to coronavirus that promise to cure, prevent or spread panic among the users around COVID-19. The death toll in China's novel coronavirus epidemic climbed to 2,715 with 52 new fatalities while the confirmed cases rose to 78,064. "We recently implemented a policy to prohibit ads that refer to...

Admin gets proactive to curb anti-child practices in Ganjam district

Chhatrapur: The district administration has been making serious efforts to curb child trafficking and set free child labourers. Child protection committees (CPCs) have been formed at every ward, panchayat, block and district to work in this regard. According to sources, several programmes like ‘Nirbhaya Kadhee’, ‘Mo Gelha Jhia’, ‘Biju Kanya Ratna’, ‘Beti Bachao’ and ‘Beti Padhao’ are...

DoT to decide on AGR dues relief soon, hints FM

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Wednesday said that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is taking a call on relief to telcos in respect of the payment towards AGR dues. "Meetings have taken place. DoT is taking a call. We will have to wait for Department to take the call," she said at an event where she met...

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI)

Govt hints at tweaking IT Act to meet fresh challenges

New Delhi: The Centre is planning to update the around 20-year-old Information Technology (IT) Act to widen its ambit to the changes in technology in recent years. Speaking to the media here Wednesday, Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said along the technology ecosystem, the challenges had also changed and increased in these years. An...

Kin bring man’s body killed by ultras on bike

Malkangiri: The family members of a man who was killed in a Praja Court by a group of Maoists suspecting him of being a police informer in Malkangiri district February 23, brought his body on a bike after two days from Panasput area. In a letter found in the pocket of the deceased, ultras warned locals against...

 

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