Odisha extends new traffic rule deadline again by three months

Bhubaneswar: In a major relief for people, the Odisha Government on Wednesday relaxed the deadline to impose the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 by three more months. However, no relaxation will be made against rash and drunken driving, over speeding, driving against flow of traffic, using mobile while driving, triple riding on two-wheeler, overloading and […]

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604 minor rape cases reported in Odisha in six months

Bhubaneswar: Despite stringent laws and awareness campaigns, as many as 604 minor rape cases have been reported in Odisha in the first six months of this year, giving an indication of continuing atrocities against women in the State. In 2018, 1,430 cases of sexual assault against minor girls have been registered in the State. “Between […]

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Over 22 lakh vehicles to go off Odisha roads if Centre implements 15-yr-old policy

Bhubaneswar: Over 22 lakh old vehicles of different categories will be taken of the roads in Odisha if the policy to scarp 15-years-old vehicles is implemented by the Centre, State Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera informed the Assembly on Thursday. “There are a total of 22,09,573 vehicles older than 15 years in the State. […]

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Govt tables Kunduli minor girl assault, suicide report in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Saturday tabled the judicial commission report along with action taken report related to the alleged incident of kidnapping, sexual assault and suicide of a minor girl of village Musaguda in Koraput district. Minister of State (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra tabled the report along with the ATR. The development came a […]

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Odisha to set up four new planetariums at a cost of Rs 30 crore

Bhubaneswar: Science and Technology Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Saturday informed the Assembly that the State Government will set up four new planetariums soon. The State Government has decided to establish four new planetariums in Gopalpur, Rayagada, Kenojhar and Baripada with an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore, said Minister Panda while replying to a […]

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BJP MLA’s remarks against Muslim women irk BJD, Congress leaders in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: BJP Legislature Party Deputy Leader Bishnu Charan Sethi’s remarks in the Assembly against Muslim women created noisy scenes in the House on Thursday. The Assembly witnessed noisy scenes as opposition Congress and ruling BJD members protested against a statement made by Sethi on Muslim women vis-a-vis Triple Talaq Bill passed in the Parliament recently. […]

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441 Govt schools without girls’ toilets in Odisha: Minister

Bhubaneswar: At least 441 Government schools in the State are without girls’ toilets as per 2017-2018 data, the Odisha Assembly was informed on Wednesday. As per the provision of the RTE Act, 2009 which inter alia states that every school building should have separate toilets for boys and girls in the country. Planning and Convergence, […]

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Odisha Secretariat renamed as Lok Seva Bhawan

Bhubaneswar: The State Secretariat or Sachivalaya will henceforth be called Lok Seva Bhawan, announced Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the State Assembly on Monday. “In a democracy people are masters and we all exist to serve them. I would like to use this opportunity to announce that ‘Sachivalaya’ or Secretariat will be called as Lok […]

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Congress threatens State-wide agitation tomorrow over ‘rising’ child rapes

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress on Tuesday called for a State-wide protest over atrocities against women and rising minor girl rape cases in the State on Wednesday. “The Congress will hold a State-wide agitation on Wednesday over rising incidents of atrocities against women and minor girl rape cases. Protests will be held at all district headquarters from […]

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Odisha records 26.3% less rainfall till July 19

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has experienced a 26.3-per cent less rainfall during the period from June 1 to July 19 this year compared to the annual average rainfall, informed Revenue Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi in the State Assembly on Saturday. “Monsoon hits Odisha usually in the second week of June every year. However, it arrived on […]

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