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Admin ‘silent’ on Swargadwar squatters

Puri: The state government has initiated process for renovation of Swargadwar here but the district administration is yet to remove encroachments from the area. Many social activists and intellectuals have alleged that the district administration is trying the shield the encroachers at Swargadwar (the cremation ground which is also believed to be the gateway to haven). The social activists have claimed that Swargadwar cremation ground had spread over 16 acre land...

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Activist, leaders tear into AIIMS-Bhubaneswar’s Hindi diktat

Bhubaneswar: Following a report in Orissa POST highlighting a diktat by AIIMS-Bhubaneswar to its staffers for compulsory use of Hindi, political leaders and language outfit Utkal Sammilani Friday objected to the decision. Ironically, the directive was issued by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on the eve of International Mother Language Day. The president of Utkal Sammilani, Dillip Dashsharma, said he has already written a letter to AIIMS-Bhubaneswar authorities...

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Anti-CAA protest: Another Bengaluru girl shows ‘Free Kashmir’ placard, detained

Bengaluru: Another Bengaluru woman was detained for allegedly holding a placard saying 'Free Kashmir' at a demonstration in the city to protest against the arrest of college student Amulya who had purportedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans at an anti-CAA rally a day ago, a top police official said on Friday. "Arudra is being questioned at the Silver Jubilee Park police station after she was whisked away from the spot and detained for...

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20 injured as boulder falls on devotees in Sundargarh during Maha Shivratri

20 injured as boulder falls on devotees in Sundargarh

Rourkela: In a tragic incident 20 devotees including a minor were injured when a huge boulder fell on them at the Jatia Baba temple of Puturikhamana panchayat under Kuanmunda block in Sundargarh district Friday. The devotees had gathered there on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. Sources said, a large number of people had thronged the shrine Friday morning at around 11.30am to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. However tragedy struck when...

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Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed in J&K encounter

Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have been killed in a joint operation by Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) & Army at Sangam Bijbehara in south Kashmir Saturday. According to the police, arms and ammunition have been recovered from them. The two killed were local militants. They have been identified as Naveed Bhat alias...

New Zealand 116/2 at tea on Day 2 of first Test

Wellington: New Zealand were 116 for two in their first innings at tea in reply to India's total of 165 on the second day of the opening Test at Basin Reserve here Saturday. Kane Williamson (46) and Ross Taylor (22) were at the crease during the break. India pacer Ishant Sharma (2/17) took two wickets on his...

MGNREGS fails to achieve target

Khaira: The Centre-sponsored labor-intensive Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme has allegedly flopped in Khaira block of Balasore even though the administration has been conducting routine reviews of its execution. Social audits are conducted to gauge feedback of job card holders and the status of the projects being carried out. According to reports, the administration held...

‘Shiv Ling’ inside cave draws tourists far 'n' near

‘Shiv Ling’ inside cave draws tourists far ‘n’ near

Titlagarh: Dhabaleswar temple on the Kumuda hill, near Titlgarh town in Bolangir district, is a well-known Shiva shrine of western Odisha. The hill is of great tourism interest where Lord Dhabaleswar is worshipped in a large and natural spacious cave measuring an area of 80 feet by 40 feet. There are three other caves. The temple is...

Industrialisation a myth in Kalhandi

Industrialisation a myth in Kalhandi

Bhawanipatna: Even as Kalahandi is known for its agriculture, mineral and minor forest produces, poor infrastructure and lack of tailor-made policies by the state government have been major roadblocks for its development. The state government claims it has rolled out numerous welfare policies for backward districts including in Kalahandi. However, the administration has failed to enhance the...

Rs 186-cr Narla loco factory grounded

Rs 186-cr Narla loco factory grounded

Bhawanipatana: People in the district are unsure of the fate of the much-awaited Narla electrical locomotive factory, a Rs 186-crore project. There is no headway for the project till date. Due to the initiatives of former Union minister Bhakta Charan Das, the UPA government had announced a rail wagon factory here. However, locals noted that they are...


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