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Vedanta to close down Lanjigarh refinery due to falling metal prices
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

The Niyamgiri hilltop, which Vedanta wanted to mine, contained an estimated 72 million tonnes of bauxite.

Maoist ambush: 3 BSF jawans killed, six others injured in landmine blast in Odisha
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

A landmine reportedly planted by Maoists exploded and resulted in the death of 3 BSF jawans in Odisha

20 per cent of land in Odisha cities to be reserved for EWS housing
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

The Odisha Assembly on Tuesday passed a Bill which aims to reserve 20 per cent of vacant land for economically weaker sections under its affordable housing scheme.

22 infants die in Odisha govt hospital, state human rights body asks for report
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Taking suo moto cognizance of the matter, the Odisha Human Rights Commission issued notices to the officials of Cutack's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics.

Getting there a long trek for a phone call: This number is not reachable
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

Would a couple be alive had they not gone up a hill to make a phone call, asks an Odisha village, which has no mobile network or landline

Four anti-Maoist force personnel held for youth’s murder in Odisha
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

Apart from murder, the four jawans have also been charged with destruction of evidence as they tried to bury the body.

Odisha: Two tribal men killed over witchcraft allegations
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Last month, in another case of witchcraft, a tribal youth in Rayagada district was burnt alive by fellow villagers.

SC quashes Odisha govt appeal against CRPF DG Mishra in vigilance case
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

The vigilance case lodged in September last year, weeks ahead of the selection of CBI chief, had burnt all chances of Mishra getting to the top post.

Associate accuses godman Sarathi Baba of plotting to kill her
Sun, Aug 16, 2015

Last week, the MBBS graduate had filed an FIR in Cuttack’s Mangalabag police station accusing four persons, including an estranged aide of Sarathi, of threatening her.

‘Fake encounter’: Rights panel tells Odisha to probe killing of Dalit couple
Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Responding to the petition of the son of the deceased couple, the State Human Rights Commission asked the government to submit the probe reports in four weeks.

‘Police excesses’: Opposition files FIRs, demands SP’s arrest in Odisha godman row
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

For the ruling BJD, which is facing embarrassment over reports that some of its leaders helped the ‘godman’, the IPS officer’s action has added to the misery.

Odisha: Godman held, sent to judicial remand
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul (48) was picked up from his Kendrapara ashram after officials of the state crime branch interrogated him for over 14 hours.

‘Godman’ in Odisha caught in ‘unholy’ row
Sat, Aug 08, 2015

Local TV channels say he spent 3 days in hotel with woman, ate non-veg, drank whiskey; protesters seek his arrest

New Measure: Odisha to scrap driving licences of 3-time offenders
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

To strengthen enforcement of traffic rules on the ground, the transport department has decided to get volunteers to assist transport officials.

BJD MP Kalpataru Das dies at 65
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik and union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan have condoled his demise.

‘Witch’ and why: Ore-rich Keonjhar in Odisha continues to believe in superstition
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Six killed for ‘witchcraft’ in the Odisha village of Lahanda Mundasahi, in this ore-rich Keonjhar, people continues to believe in the superstition.

9 held for hacking family to death in Odisha
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The case is the third witchcraft-related murder case in Keonjhar in the last one year.

Odisha ‘witchcraft’ killings: Villagers said my mother was a witch… nobody listened to us
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

A day after the murders, there was a deathly silence in the village located next to some of the biggest iron ore mines of the state.

Odisha: Six of a family, including 3-yr-old, hacked to death over witchcraft allegations
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Tribal Gura Munda and five of his family members were found lying in a pool of blood in their home in Mundasahi village, atop the Lahanda Hill under Joda police station limits of Keonjhar district.

Odia Folk Song Row: Rangabati won hearts always, but never caused an outrage till now
Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Soon after its release in 1979, the song became a rage in Odisha, undivided Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Simply put: In the name of the Lord, what’s been going on in Puri?
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

The Nabakalebara, divine re-embodiment of Lord Jagannath, happens once every 12-19 years.

Witch hunt: Man burnt to death in Odisha
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Police said villagers of Dhepaguda in Sanakhemundi block of Ganjam allegedly thrashed Prakash Mallick and burnt him to death.

Naveen Patnaik pulls up DGP Sanjeev Marik for touching servitor’s feet
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

The Chief Minister’s reprimand came two months after Marik was seen touching the feet of a few senior servitors.

Odisha ex-MP files case against CM Naveen Patnaik alleging ‘criminal conspiracy’
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Former BJP MP Kharavela Swain lodged an FIR against Naveen Patnaik and the director of the Vigilance Department alleging criminal conspiracy against the CRPF DG Prakash Mishra.

Odisha top audit officer transferred to Kerala
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

Last year, he had exposed the scam in allotment of land and houses in Bhubaneswar.

Congress workers indulge in violence, vandalism during Odisha bandh
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

In several squares of Bhubaneswar, Congress workers burnt tyres to stop traffic.

Maoist killed in Odisha, Andhra joint operation
Sun, Jun 21, 2015

Jethwa said the operation was launched after receiving a tip-off that some Maoists had set up camps near the villages close to the cut-off area of Malkangiri and border of Vishakhapatnam Rural district.

Odisha High Court quashes vigilance case against CRPF DG Prakash Mishra
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

The Odisha High Court on Friday quashed the state vigilance case against CRPF DG Prakash Mishra over allegations that he favoured some suppliers during his tenure as the CMD in 2009.

International Yoga Day: In Bihar, it’s mostly a private or Central affair
Fri, Jun 19, 2015

The biggest yoga camp for the state will be organised at Patna’s Moinul Haq Stadium by Patanjali Yogpeeth with Nehru Yuva Kendra.

Deities at Jagannath temple in Puri replaced after 19 years in elaborate ceremony
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

The Nabakalebara (re-embodiment) of the fours deities, replacing the old idols with new ones - is an elaborate process in which they relinquish their old bodies and assume a new one.

Tongue twisters: A day in the life of Food Safety Officer Birendra Kumar Mahanta and his team
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

The vendor, Rabindra Sahu, quickly offers Mahanta a dahi vada and says he has “run out” of the tablets (meant to purify water).

Former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang joins BJP
Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Gamang, a Gandhi family loyaist, had recently resigned from Congress, accusing the party of humiliating him since 1999.

From dept to dept, Naveen Patnaik plays performance reviewer
Fri, Jun 12, 2015

In his fourth term as chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has turned more proactive than ever, setting targets and following them up. Since May 22, when his government completed the first year of its fourth term, Naveen has been carrying out a review of each of the 30 government departments on achievements and probable solutions. The […]

Loan fraud: Deccan Chronicle Vice Chairman PK Iyer arrested
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

PK Iyer is accused of involvement in a bank loan fraud case to the tune of Rs 357 crore

Odisha heat wave: Youngest victim 10
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

Sasmal was out on a routine combing operation in Lakhapadar area when he felt dizzy. He died before he could be taken to hospital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

IAF jet trainer crashes in Odisha, pilots safe
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

An Indian Air Force fighter plane crashed at Bisoyi block in Mayurbhanj district in Orissa on Wednesday.