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Beggar-free Puri a distant dream for admin

Puri: The state government has launched several mega projects to develop Puri as a heritage city but the district administration and the civic authorities have, so far, failed to make the Holy City a beggar-free place. Many social activists and intellectuals have urged the district administration and the municipal authorities to take immediate steps to relocate beggars from near Srimandir and the sea beach. They claimed that many devotees and tourists...

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Badmul ecotourism a game changer for locals

Bhubaneswar: The ecotourism project at Satkosia Sand Resort in Badmul started in 2016 on the sandbar of river Mahanadi with an investment of Rs 2 lakh is providing gainful employment to scores of locals. According to sources, the project started with engagement of only six villagers, but by 2019 it became a big source of direct employment for 34 villagers. The project now stands with 19 accommodations with annual revenue generation...

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Rahul Gandhi likely to return as Congress president in April

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi is set to return as party President in April, said party sources here in New Delhi on Thursday. It is expected to be after the Budget Session and might coincide with Baisakhi, the harvest festival. The Congress is mulling on calling a plenary session in April just to formalise Gandhi's re-appointment. In 2017, Rahul Gandhi was elected President unopposed following demand from different quarters of the party,...

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9.11L youths still unemployed in Odisha: BJP

Bhubaneswar: Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Odisha Assembly and BJP leader Pradipta Naik Thursday alleged that around 9.11 lakh educated youths in the state are jobless despite the fact that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has been ruling the state for 20 years now. During discussion on the Budget for 2020-21 fiscal in the House, the BJP leader said that the state government has been able to give employment to...

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Burglars loot Shiv temple in Ganjam ahead of ‘Maha Shivratri’

Burglars loot Shiv temple in Ganjam ahead of ‘Maha Shivratri’

Purusottampur: At a time when all the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva were busy preparing for ‘Maha Shivratri’, Swapneswar Mahadev temple on the outskirts of Purusottampur locality in Ganjam district had a different picture as miscreants looted the temple and decamped with the money kept there. As devotees started coming to the temple early in the morning...

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Women trainee clerks forced to stand naked for physical test in Surat

Surat: Female trainee clerks of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) were allegedly made to stand naked together in a room for a medical test at a civic body-run hospital here, prompting authorities to order a probe. Surat Municipal Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani ordered Friday a probe into allegations that around 10 of the clerks were made to go...

True friendship: A flightless pigeon and puppy who can’t walk

New Delhi: A heartwarming photo of a pigeon that can't fly is best buds with a puppy that can't walk has gone viral on social media and has left netizens in awe. The adorable photo was shared on Facebook by Mia Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the caption, "I see a new friendship blooming...Herman and Lundy." The...

Elli AvRam channels Angelina Jolie’s look from Tomb Raider

Mumbai: Actress Elli AvrRam’s look from "Malang" has garnered wide praise, and pictures from her look test reminds one of Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft from Hollywood film "Tomb Raider". Elli can be seen in different poses, as she looks at the camera with intensity. She is wearing a black vest, pants and shoes - giving major "Tomb...

6-year-old girl raped and murdered in Tripura, accused arrested

Agartala: In a barbaric incident, a 6-year-old girl was murdered after being raped by a 30-year-old man in southern Tripura, police said Friday. The accused, Kachakla Tripura, was arrested by the police late Thursday evening. Police said that when the victim was playing with Kachakla Tripura's daughter in the latter's courtyard at Ghorakappa village in Gomati district...

Narrow escape for four of a family in Mayurbhanj

Narrow escape for four of a family in Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj: Four members of a family had a close shave after the van they were traveling in skidded into a pond in Udala locality of Mayurbhanj district Friday morning. According to locals, the incident took place while a local man identified as Sanjit Kumar Sahu was on his way to visit Maninageswar temple in Udala for Maha...

Shaan releases his new song 'Main tujhko yaad karta hoon'

Shaan releases his new song ‘Main tujhko yaad karta hoon’

Mumbai: Singer Shaan has come up with his new single Main Tujhko Yaad Karta Hoon. Shot in Goa, the song is a bitter-sweet romantic ballad. "The song is an ode to love that stays with one forever, times and circumstances can change but love remains constant," Shaan said. Apart from Shaan, the track's video also features actress...


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