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No NRC in Odisha: Muslim delegation

Bhubaneswar: A Muslim delegation Friday said that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has assured them that the state government will not implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The Muslim delegation from Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur districts on Friday met the Chief Minister after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, now a law, in Parliament. They said Patnaik has assured them that his government would not support the NRC...

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Netflix Christmas Special ‘The First Temptation of Christ’ shows Jesus as gay, Mary as weed-smoker

New Delhi: A new Netflix Christmas Special titled "The First Temptation Of Christ", which shows Jesus Christ in a gay relationship and Mary as a weed-smoker, has angered millions all over the world, who have signed a petition demanding its withdrawal. In India, too, a section of the Christian community has said the show should be axed immediately from Netflix domains all over the globe, and demanded unconditional apology from the...

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Anguish over tree felling at Talabira mines

Bhubaneswar: The decision of the state government to destroy the green cover spread over more than 1,000 hectares of land at Talabira in Sambalpur district for a new open cast mining has raised eyebrows of the environmentalists. Local administration has started cutting down big trees to make the place fit for mining purpose. The Union and the state governments have already accorded all requisite approvals for the open cast coal mining...

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Anti-defection law anti-democracy: Tathagata

PRS president MR Madhavan, Congress MP Manish Tewari, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary, former MP Tathagata Satpathy, former Union minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and AIMIM president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi at the discussion

New Delhi: Coming down heavily on the anti-defection law which restricts a lawmaker from expressing his/her opinion on an issue, former Lok Sabha MP Tathagata Satpathy, Thursday, termed the law ‘anti-democracy’ and accentuated that ‘the law has hollowed out the democracy from within’. Participating in a discussion on ‘Anti-Defection Law and the Whip System’ organised by the PRS Legislative here, the former MP said that it forces a member to react...

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J&K babus in a spot

In the Modi era, babus seem to be increasingly reluctant to serve in Dilli. In fact, the government has admitted that the number of IAS officers appointed on central deputation is the lowest in five years. To reverse the trend, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said that it will stop empanelment and promotion of...

Teacher by profession, musician by passion

Simulia: Social life can be improved and enriched with art. It gives people relief and allows them to reduce stress. Music is a kind of powerful therapy that brings moments of joy and makes others cheerful. This is what Manoj Mohanty believes. Manoj, a resident of Ada Uasa under Simulia block in Balasore, is a teacher by...

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Crimes against women on rise in Kandhamal

Phulbani: Cases of rape and other crimes against woman and girl children are reportedly on the rise in Kandhamal district. This was revealed at a workshop on crime scenario and policing in the district at the local Press Club here Friday. Guests, speakers and the workshop organisers deliberated on criminal cases and alleged that the police are...

Elderly couple found dead with throats slit

Cuttack: An elderly couple was found dead with their throats slit at Beleswar village here, police said, Friday. Their throats were slit with a sharp weapon and the bodies were found Thursday night, the police said, adding, the incident happened under the jurisdiction of Madhupatna police station. The couple was staying in their house and prima facie...

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MP govt under pressure from MLAs to defy CAB, NRC

Bhopal: The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh is under pressure from its legislators to follow the example set by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to reject the Centre's latest legislation on National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Act. One of the two Muslim MLAs of Congress, Arif Masood has asked the state government to follow...

Reserve police constable under Vigilance scanner

Vigilance starts probe into MGNREGS scam

Jashipur: In the wake of allegations about large-scale irregularities in implementation of MGNREGA during 2019-20 fiscal in Jashipur block of Mayurbhanj district, the vigilance department has started an investigation into the scam, a report said. Following an instruction from Balasore Vigilance SP, a tram of officials stated probing irregularities at Dhalabani, Barehipani and Astakuanr panchayats under this...

Whistleblowers seek protection

Bhubaneswar: An organisation of RTI activists in the state Friday demanded that the government provide them with adequate protection as have been the targets of various anti-social elements and unscrupulous persons, especially after the murder of an RTI activist in Kandhmal Tuesday early morning. The victim, Abhimanyu Panda, was shot dead by unknown assailants in front of...

China, US agree on trade deal text

Beijing:  China and the United States have agreed on the text of a phase one economic and trade agreement based on the principle of equality and mutual respect. The text includes nine chapters: the preface, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, food and agricultural products, financial services, exchange rate and transparency, trade expansion, bilateral assessment and dispute settlement,...

Odisha mulling revision of toll fees for local roads

Bhubaneswar: After a span of 13 years, the state government is mulling to revise the toll fees charged on various roads under the Works and Rural Development departments. State-run Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation (OBCC) has requested the state government to revise the existing toll fee structure as per present road length and infrastructure. There are 29...

European Union agrees to become carbon neutral by 2050

Madrid: European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to make the 28-member bloc carbon neutral by 2050. However, coal-reliant Poland has been given time until June to fully endorse the commitment to implement the agreed EU objective. Climate experts told IANS for the first time the EU leaders, who met in Brussels Thursday, came out with...

 

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