Debabrata Mohanty


Odisha’s ex-king’s staff, siblings commit suicide: Fourth sibling dies, CM Naveen Patnaik orders probe
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Santosh Patra, alias Tulu, was found in critical condition with three of his deceased siblings in the family home at Paralakhemundi town of Odisha’s Gajapati district on Sunday afternoon.

Odisha: Accused of not letting ex-king meet anyone, siblings end life
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Ananga Manjari Patra, manager of ex-king of Paralakimedi and former MP Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo, her sister Bijoylaxmi and brother Sanjay Patra, the king’s personal assistant, consumed poison, police said.

Odisha to launch awareness drive in 3 districts with low child sex ratio
Sat, Aug 20, 2016

The programme, named Biju Kanya Ratna scheme with the tagline of “Amari jhia, amari shakti” (Our girls, our strength) is likely to be launched by next month.

Mahanadi water dispute gives Naveen Patnaik a new lease of life
Wed, Aug 17, 2016

With Odisha showing little interest in Mahanadi till now, it was easier for Chhattisgarh to own the upstream - the crucial segment - of the river.

Odisha: Minister makes PSO open sandal straps, says ‘I’m the VIP’
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The PSO bent down to loosen, and subsequently tighten, the straps in the presence of thousands of people, as also TV cameras.

Odisha: With low-cost ambulance, farm lessons and helpline, an NGO wins hearts
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

In the country’s poorest district of Nabarangpur, a group of local youths have been touching lives in various ways, sometimes ferrying patients in an ambulance to hospitals in places as far as 500 km away.

Scientists in Bhubaneswar step in with push for crops rich in micronutrients
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

CTCRI director Dr Archana Mukherjee, who heads the six-member team, said the intervention by ICAR institutes was prompted by The Indian Express’s “District Zero” series on poverty and change in the district.

What has changed, what has not: Odisha government takes stock, plans to continue till goals are reached
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Odisha government moves to plug the development gap, agriculture scientists want to adopt villages and a group of residents join hands t o help the needy in Nabarangpur, India’s poorest district.

When Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik moves, police on alert for eggs and tomatoes
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

All the shops on either side of the 5-km stretch were closed, with 30 platoons of policemen and 60 officers deployed to ensure compliance.

Kandhamal deaths: Tribals killed in crossfire, Odisha govt tells NCSC
Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Odisha government has, however, said that an SIT probe into the incident is under way and action would be taken against security personnel if they are found guilty.

Who owns the forests: In Odisha’s Nabarangpur district, a row over a 9-acre patch of forest ended in two deaths
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Things came to a head when Das and his men allegedly uprooted several saplings of acacia and eucalyptus, which the tribals had planted a day earlier to turn the nine-acre government land into a reserve forest.

Odisha: Aartha Tatwa chit fund scam accused Pradeep Sethy attempts suicide in jail
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Sethy has been on judicial remand in the Bhubaneswar jail since May 2013 after his arrest by Odisha CID police.

Kandhamal killings: Book policemen under SC/ST Act, says panel in probe report
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

On the evening of July 8, five people, including a two-year-old, were shot dead in Gumudumaha village in Kandhamal when they were returning home in an autorickshaw.

Odisha: 36 dead, 37 injured in lightning strikes
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

This is the highest number of deaths due to lightning strikes in one day in the state.

One by one, they died: The forlorn story of tribal children’s death in Odisha
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

In a chromite-rich Odisha district, 17 malnourished tribal children living on just boiled rice and salt have succumbed to disease in the past two months. Odisha has now taken note of a village too far up a hill

Top woman Maoist commander surrenders in Odisha
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Radha’s surrender comes a week after the surrender of Maoist couple, Sukhdev and Rukini.

Former Odisha top cop accused in SC/ST computer training scam arrested
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

Vigilance officials said Nayak was arrested by a team of theirs on Friday and was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Those wearing T-shirts, denims not welcome in my office, says Koraput collector
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

In a notice pasted at his office on Wednesday, district collector V Jayakumar in a 3-point note made it clear that under no circumstances people and officials wearing T-shirt, jeans are allowed in his office.

NHRC questions 2013 Odisha encounter death
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Dipak Sahu alias Dipu Tiger, a member of the “Pahadi Cheeta” gang, was allegedly killed on February 8, 2013 in a joint encounter by police and CRPF in the Bamdera jungle on the Odisha-Jharkhand border.

Nabarangpur: After 2 deaths, an uneasy calm
Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Fearing arrest over death, male members of the tribal Bhatra community have deserted the village.

Odisha: 3 cases of baby branding in Nabarangpur
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Govt Had launched an awaresness campaign against the practice two months ago

Odisha: 2 killed in clash over forest land
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Four platoons of police deployed in the area, no arrest has been made yet

Odisha begins ‘feeding drive’ in remote village
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

17 children of a village in Orissa have died of malnutrition-related diseases in the past six months.

‘School to hospital, most of my life has been spent walking’
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

For Gumudumaha, all roads lead through stretch where 5 were killed by Odisha anti-Maoist force.

Rourkela tense over WhatsApp message
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Police officials have said that CRPF and local police have been deployed in the area while at the meantime a peace committee meeting of members of all communities has been convened

In backward Koraput, a government hospital meets Centre’s new quality marker
Fri, Jul 15, 2016

The 188-bed District Headquarters Hospital, spread over 18 acres, sees around 500 patients everyday, most of them tribals and from BPL families, for whom treatment, tests and medicines are free.

‘Odisha jawans who fired at Kandhamal villagers should undergo psychiatric test’
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Oraon, who met the family members of the tribal victims of the firing at Baliguda block headquarters of Kandhamal, said surviving victims and their family members told him that it was one-sided firing.

Odisha anti-Maoist operation: Elderly couple calling son, villagers looking for goats
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Before the killing of 5 tribals in ‘crossfire’, the other cases that brought Odisha police under criticism.

Odisha anti-Maoist ops: ‘When I returned, my wife was lying dead in the drain’
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Asked why the SOG team could not determine through their night-vision devices that the villagers were unarmed, Mishra said the heavy rains that night had hampered the policemen.

Two-year-old among six villagers killed in Odisha anti-Maoist ops
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

“During the crossfire, the villagers, who were travelling in an autorickshaw, came in the line of fire," said Kandhamal SP Pinak Mishra.

Tripura suspends IPS officer on the run
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

Last month, the state vigilance department officials had lodged a case against Nayak and five others over alleged misappropriation of Rs 88 lakh meant for computer literacy of SC/ST students.

Marathon boy Budhia Singh missing from SAI hostel in Odisha
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

Budhia, who now studies in Class IX in the city’s DAV English Medium School, was supposed to return to the SAI hostel at the end of the summer vacation last month.

Odisha chit fund scam: HC bar association protests against arrest of former ED lawyer
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Lawyers of the Odisha High Court Tuesday kept away from work to protest against the manner in which former ED lawyer Debasish Panda was arrested by the CBI on Monday over his alleged complicity in the Artha Tatwa chit fund scam. Lawyers of Odisha High Court Bar Association said they would continue with their ‘cease […]

Chhattisgarh cops ‘held’ as Maoist raises alarm
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

While the men tried to convince their Odisha counterparts that they were police personnel too, what raised suspicion was that they were in plainclothes.

Minor’s father seeks to withdraw case against Odia actor
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

The court rejected the affidavit, as only the High Court has the jurisdiction to rule over whether such cases can be withdrawn.

Chit fund case: CBI arrests Odisha Youth Congress chief Rajat Choudhury
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Odisha Congress chief Prasad Harichandan said Choudhury had been suspended from the party following the arrest.