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38 farmer suicides in three years

Bhubaneswar: At least 38 farmers have committed suicide in different parts of the state between 2016-17 and 2018-19, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo told the Odisha Assembly Wednesday. However, he dismissed allegations of crop loss and debt burden as the reasons...

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ICJ directs Pak to stay Jadhav’s execution

The Hague: In a huge victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on espionage and terrorism charges”. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy...

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Pandemonium over House conduct, farmers’ issues

Narasingha Mishra

Bhubaneswar: The Assembly Wednesday witnessed four adjournments as both the opposition BJP and Congress MLAs shouted slogans in the well of the House over different issues. While BJP members raised the farmers issue during the Zero Hour, the Congress MLAs rushed to the well of the House alleging that the Speaker was not following rules while conducting business in the Assembly. There was a virtual din in the House when members...

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51L farmers benefited under KALIA: Govt

Bhubaneswar: The state government Wednesday said as many as 51 lakh farmers have so far been provided with financial assistance under the state's flagship KALIA scheme. Under the scheme, each farmer family gets Rs 5,000 financial assistance per crop. A farm household is entitled to get Rs 10,000 per year for two cropping seasons (Kharif and Rabi). Agriculture and Farmer Empowerment Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo said in reply to written questions...

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CM, ministers skip House business

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and a dozen ministers were conspicuously absent in the state Assembly Wednesday in order to take part in the Biju Janata Dal’s electioneering in Patkura Assembly constituency. Ministers Arun Sahoo, Ranendra Pratap Swain and Samir Dash who were supposed to answer members’ queries during Zero Hour in the day were missing. Sahoo, Swain and Dash are among the star campaigners who have been drafted for campaigning...

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Two-third cold storages lying defunct in state

Bhubaneswar: In spite of tall promises by the Odisha government to encourage vegetable farming in the state by building adequate infrastructure for storing and marketing the produce, the reality is vastly different as experienced from sky-rocketing prices at times and distress sales of crops at others. The root cause of the wild swing in prices, however, boils down to Odisha’s dependence on other states since most of the vegetables produced here...

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AI suffered loss of Rs 430 crore due to Pak air space closure

New Delhi: Air India suffered a loss of Rs 430 crore in the four-month period when air space was restricted by Pakistan after the Balakot air strikes, Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, the minister said that the government was committed to privatisation of the...

Cabinet nod for National Medical Commission Bill

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet Wednesday approved the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India Act, 1956, and usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector. The Bill will be introduced in the current session of parliament. It was first introduced in Parliament in December 2017, but lapsed with the dissolution...

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Bangla lawmaker criticised for hauling up students kissing in park

Dhaka: Bangladeshi lawmaker Ekramul Karim Chowdhury has been slammed online for calling the police on teenage lovers kissing in a park and posting their photos on social media in the socially conservative country. Ekramul Karim Chowdhury posted photos of the 18 teenagers to on, where they quickly garnered thousands of comments. But most users criticised him for...

Couple among 3 killed in lightning

Keonjhar: Three persons including two women of a family died after lightning struck them on farmlands in separate places under Harichandanpur block of Keonjhar district Wednesday. A woman who was injured in the incident was admitted to the hospital. The deceased were identified as a couple –Chaitanya Mohanta, 45, and his wife Meena Mohanta, 45 – of...

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ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav a massive victory: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday described the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict to continue the stay on the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav as a “massive victory” for India. “The ICJ has given orders to Pakistan to give consular access to Jadhav and it is a massive victory,” Rajnath Singh told the media...

Narasingha Mishra

Pandemonium over House conduct, farmers’ issues

Bhubaneswar: The Assembly Wednesday witnessed four adjournments as both the opposition BJP and Congress MLAs shouted slogans in the well of the House over different issues. While BJP members raised the farmers issue during the Zero Hour, the Congress MLAs rushed to the well of the House alleging that the Speaker was not following rules while conducting...

51L farmers benefited under KALIA: Govt

Bhubaneswar: The state government Wednesday said as many as 51 lakh farmers have so far been provided with financial assistance under the state's flagship KALIA scheme. Under the scheme, each farmer family gets Rs 5,000 financial assistance per crop. A farm household is entitled to get Rs 10,000 per year for two cropping seasons (Kharif and Rabi)....

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