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State’s per capita loan burden tripled in 19 years

Bhubaneswar: Odisha's per capita loan burden has gone up more than three times during the BJD government (2000-2019). According to official data, state’s per capita loan burden in 1999-2000 was Rs 5,000, which has now reached Rs 18,189. The total debt burden of the state has crossed Rs 84,000 crore. The state has raised Rs 4,000 crore from open market so far in the current financial year to repay existing loans...

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Non-Muslim Bangladeshis happy with CAA

Kendrapara: A possible sigh of relief for several non-Muslim Bangladeshi immigrants, who were served Quit India notices by the state government. This had followed the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in parliament. They are now optimistic that they would get the Citizenship of India. Though earlier, the state home department had served Quit India notices on 1551 Bangladeshi immigrants in 2005, due to faulty drives several Indians, registered refugees were...

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Put behind the bars those provoking minority community: BJP leader Kavinder Gupta

BJP leader Kavinder Gupta

Jammu: Accusing the Congress of being focussed on issues raised by “anti-India forces,” senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta Saturday demanded that those provoking the minority community should be “identified and put behind bars.” He also claimed that the opposition parties were misleading the country on the situation prevailing in Kashmir. “Such forces which are working to provoke the citizens of India from minority community should be...

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Modi you sell tea not India: Protesters sell pakodas to mock PM at Bharat Bachao Rally

New Delhi: The Congress rally at the Ramlila Maidan, here, had different shades of India as several party workers dressed as degree holders were seen selling pakodas (fried snacks) and tea in an apparent dig at the central government over its failure to provide jobs. Many wore wind-cheaters with the slogan 'Modi hai to mandi hai' inscribed on them. Several Congress workers also wore onion garlands around their necks to register...

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Cuttack elderly couple murder: Police yet to arrest accused

Cuttack: More than 48 hours have passed since the double murder of an elderly couple in Beleswar New Colony under Madhupatna police limits in Cuttack but the Commissionerate Police still remains clueless about the accused involved in the case. The police have sealed the house and imposed round the clock patrolling around the neighbourhood. The elderly couple,...

Man arrested for raping 18-year-old, then setting her on fire

Banda: A man was arrested for allegedly raping and setting ablaze an 18-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur city, police said Sunday. According to doctors, the woman sustained over 90 per cent burn injuries and her condition continues to remain critical. Based on an FIR registered following a complaint lodged by the woman's family members, the accused...

Plantation drive held in Deogarh

Deogarh: In a bid to create awareness among denizens, Deogarh district administration Sunday carried out the fifth phase of cleanliness-cum-plantation drive here. This initiative started with at least one member from each house in the district taking part in the plantation drive. This program was carried out across 33 areas of district under 70 panchayats. The campaign...

Modi blames Opposition for anti-CAA unrest across the nation

New Delhi: Alleging that the Congress can't think beyond the family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday squarely put the blame of all the large scale violent protests against the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act on the Congress-led opposition. "Congress and its allies are igniting fire over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Congress's actions prove that all decisions taken...

Indian shuttler Lakshya wins Bangladesh International Challenge

Dhaka: Fast-rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen notched up his fifth title of the season, claiming the men's singles crown at the Bangladesh International Challenger with a straight game win over Malaysia's Leong Jun Hao in the final here Sunday. The 18-year-old Indian has capped a superb year with a 22-20, 21-18 win over Hao in the summit...

Anti-CAA protests: Death toll rises to 4 as police kills 2 more in Guwahati

Guwahati: Two more persons succumbed to gunshot wounds in Assam's Guwahati, taking the toll in police firing during violent protests against the citizenship law to four, officials said Sunday. Gauhati Medical College and Hospital Superintendent Ramen Talukdar told PTI that one person died Saturday night and another person lost his life Sunday morning. "Ishwar Nayak died last...

Doctor relies on mobile phone flash to check patients at Nayagarh DHH

Nayagarh:  A doctor checked on at least seven patients admitted to Nayagarh district headquarters hospital (DHH) and prescribed them medicines under a mobile phone flashlight recently. The incident took place Friday evening, but the incident came to the fore after a picture of the doctor went viral the next day. The doctor on duty Friday evening was...

Woman dies in elephant attack, locals stage road blockade 

Dhenkanal: Tension erupted at Damola village in Dhenkanal district after a woman from the village died owing to elephant attack Saturday night. Accusing the local administration of doing nothing to protect human lives, locals staged a road blockade Sunday. The deceased woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant near their village which comes under Mahabir...

Rape conviction rate in India low at 32 per cent

New Delhi: Seven years after the brutal Nirbhaya gang rape that shook the entire nation, the conviction rate in rape cases in the country is as low as 32.2 per cent despite laws dealing with sexual assault being made stringent in the aftermath of the incident. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data available for...

Villagers oppose illegal sand mining in Keonjhar 

Ghasipura: Local villagers here approached Anandpur sub-collector Saturday against illegal sand mining in Baitarani river at Brahmanidevi temple ghat. The activity has not only led to losses to the state exchequer but also endangered the lives of locals, they argued. Villagers alleged that the sand mafias are engaged in sand mining from the river bed even as...

 

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