Bijepur bypoll to be held on October 21, counting on October 24

Bhubaneswar: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday announced the schedule for the Bijepur Assembly byelections, the seat vacated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after retaining his traditional Hinjili Assembly constituency. Polling will occur on October 21, with counting on October 24. The notification will be issued on September 23 and the last date for […]

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Odisha relaxes new traffic rules for 3 months

Bhubaneswar: Taking strong note of public resentment over steep penalties being enforced under amended Motor Vehicle Act, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday asked the enforcement agencies not to aggressively go on an overdrive against traffic rule violators for next three months. The Chief Minister appealed to the people to get the papers of their […]

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13 Ganesh puja ‘Chanda’ seekers arrested in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A total of 13 persons have been arrested for forcibly collecting donation (chanda) for Ganesh puja celebrations in the State. According to a communiqué of State Police Headquarters, police have so far registered five cases in Bhubaneswar, Dhenkanal, Sundergarh, Rayagada and arrested 13 persons for collecting donations. While Khandagiri police in Bhubaneswar has registered […]

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11 achievers honoured with Dadhichi awards

Bhubaneswar: At least 11 achievers were felicitated by Dadhichi Educational Trust at a programme held at hotel. The awardees were from varied fields like medicine, sports, arts, culture, industry and agriculture. The names of awardees include KIIT and KISS founder Dr Achutya Samanta (Dadhichi Sikhya Jyoti Samman), social activist Padmashree Daitari Nayak (Dadhichi Seva Jyoti […]

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Govt promotes three ADGs to DG rank in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Saturday promoted three senior IPS officers to Director General of Police (DGP) rank. According to a notification issued by the General Administration and Public Grievances Department, 1987-batch Odisha cadre IPS Surendra Panwar along with Satyajit Mohanty and Manoj Kumar Chhabra of 1988 batch were promoted to the DGP rank in […]

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Odisha CM urges Centre to release Rs 227-cr pending SRE dues, copter to combat LWE problem

Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that Odisha has been working in close coordination with the Central Government and the neighbouring States to deal with the left wing extremism (LWE) problem firmly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the Centre to release pending Rs 227 crore under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme. Participating in the review meeting on […]

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Vedanta opens Community Centre at Dahikhal, holds medical health camp

Lanjigarh: As part of its infrastructure development project “Pragati”, Vedanta Aluminium, Lanjigarh Unit has opened a community centre at Dahikhal in Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district. Over 1,500 people belonging to 11 villages under Sibapadar gram panchayat and youth clubs will benefit from this multi-purpose platform, a common junction point for the people to conduct meetings […]

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Seven years on, OHRC gets new Chairperson

Bhubaneswar: Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on Thursday approved the appointment of former judge of Orissa High Court, Justice BP Das, as the Chairperson of the Odisha State Human Rights Commission. The commission had remained headless for seven years. Justice RK Patra, who retired in November 2012, was its last Chairperson. The Governor also gave his […]

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7,258 students selected for KALIA Scholarship

Bhubaneswar: A total of 7,258 candidates out of 19,247 applicants have been selected for scholarships – KALIA Chhatra Brutti – announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in February this year. Students of at least 187 colleges had applied for the scholarship. The scheme aims to help children of KALIA beneficiaries pursue higher education professional and […]

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