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Intolerance protest: Poet Jayanta Mahapatra wishes to return Padma Shri
Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Mahapatra said he was around 88 years of age and a thoughtful debate within himself gave him a justification that what he was doing was right by his own moral standards.

Odisha: Three killed in Kalahandi ‘encounter’ innocent, had no Maoist link, say villagers
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Despite police claims of Maoist movement in the area, Jaya’s mother Gandari Majhi claimed she had never seen any Maoists near her village.

Odisha: Police kill 3 villagers, SP claims Maoist link
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

While villagers alleged that the deceased were all innocent and had no links with Maoists, Kalahandi SP Brijesh Rai said the police team were combing the Karlapat forest after receiving specific intelligence inputs about Maoist movement.

IPS officer faces probe for ‘pocketing’ money meant for informers
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

The officer is accused of misappropriating Rs 3,55,000 meant as reward money for six police personnel and two civilian informers.

5 more farmer suicides, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik asks leaders to visit villages
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

So far, about 70 farmers in the state have allegedly committed suicide because of crop failure.

Sir said I was a Dalit so I couldn’t be part of Puja: Odisha schoolgirl
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

According to her, as punishment, she and 20 other Dalit students were insulted, faced casteist slurs, were barred from offering prayers, and kept locked in the school for five hours.

Worried Naveen asks party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders to visit farmers’ homes
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Naveen wrote a three page letter to the MPs, MLAs and District Presidents of BJD asking them to tour the villages and meet the farmers to educate them about the welfare programmes of the government.

Religious places of Muslims, Christians in Odisha should be under state regulating authority: RSS
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

RSS' Mohanty said, of late there is an attempt to spread hatred against some Hindu religious leaders in Odisha on the pretext that they are taking people for a ride.

No more district zeros: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
Mon, Nov 02, 2015

Odisha CM Patnaik told officials during a video-conference on October 14: “None of our districts should be a zero district at the national level. This has to be followed up very seriously.”

Odisha govt to fund higher studies for orphans
Sat, Oct 31, 2015

The higher education department said in a resolution that orphans would be exempted from paying fees from from Plus 2 to postgraduation level.

Odisha govt refuses to link farmer suicides to crop failure
Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Special relief commissioner G V V Sarma said inquiry reports on the suicide of 41 farmers had been received and the government was examining the actual cause of deaths.

Odisha: Farmer suicides on the rise, cops to keep watch on moneylenders
Thu, Oct 29, 2015

With the toll rising, Odisha home secretary Asit Tripathy has asked superintendents of police to monitor moneylenders under the OML Act.

Farmer suicides: Why have Odisha’s farms turned into killing fields for those who till them?
Thu, Oct 29, 2015

In a little over 2 months, nearly 50 farmers have committed suicide in the state. What lies behind their despair?

Odisha Crop Failure: 3 more farmers commit suicide
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The chief minister this month announced a Rs 1,000-crore package for drought relief, apart from cash incentives to small and marginal farmers who have sustained 33 per cent crop loss.

3 more farmer suicides in Odisha
Tue, Oct 27, 2015

The three suicides came just a day after the CM’s assurance. Most of the deaths have been reported from Bargarh district.

Odisha: Farmer suicides continue despite relief package
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy said he had asked for detailed reports from the collectors of both districts.

Lack of staff, equipment crippling Odisha’s marine police stations: CAG report
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Shortage of manpower, lack of interceptor boats, no infrastructure and poor training of marine police personnel could be compromising coastal security in the state, the report has said.

Chit fund scam: Odisha issues guidelines to refund lost deposits
Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Chit fund firms in the state collected around Rs 4,600 crore by defrauding about a million people.

Draft CAG report on coastal security finds Odisha’s marine police stations foundering
Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Manpower shortage proved to be major hindrance in functioning of the 18 marine police stations on Odisha's 480 km-long coastline​.

Woman accuses Odisha IIS officer of sexual harassment
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

A senior Indian Information Service officer working in All India Radio Cuttack faces arrest after a married woman accused him of sending lewd SMS and MMS.

Vyapam observer death: Batchmate says ex-IFS officer didn’t seem stressed at reunion
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

Case of unnatural death registered; RTI activist, Digvijaya call for CBI probe

11 students hurt in gas balloon burst at Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s birthday celebration
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

The students belonging to Biju Chhatra Janata Dal were carrying balloons and flower bouquets to wish Naveen on his 70th birthday.

Odisha govt charges IPS officer with misconduct
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

However, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, which probed the allegations against Gajbhiye, has given the 2002-batch Dalit officer a clean chit.

Natural disasters in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack could cost Odisha one third of its Budget: World Bank study
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

The report was submitted to the government late last month and due for discussion by state housing and urban development department and World Bank officials this week.

Odisha police arrest Bengal couple who bumped off a family of four in sleep
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

CID chief and additional DG BK Sharma said main accused in the case - Himadri Sekhar Das alias Rahim Khan, 33, and his wife Ayesha Begum, 29 were arrested from Rongpur village in Hailakandi district of Assam a day ago.

Odisha: Woman magistrate dies after delivering baby, family alleges medical negligence
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

While the nursing home officials attributed the magistrate's death due to heart attack, her husband alleged that the death occurred due to medical negligence.

Chit fund scam: Odisha, ED battle over whose law is bigger
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

As lakhs of duped investors in Odisha wait endlessly hoping to get some of their money back from scores of ponzi firms, the state government and Centre seems to have got into a fight over whose investigation should hold sway.

SAI coach booked for sexually harassing minor athlete at Cuttack hostel
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Controversy erupted in SAI hostel of Cuttack's Barabati stadium with a minor girl athlete on Wednesday accusing her athletics coach of beating her and sexually harassing her.

‘Kicked by nurse’, pregnant woman, baby die in hospital
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

A pregnant woman and her unborn child in the womb died after being allegedly kicked and slapped by a nurse in a government-run hospital of tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district.

Naveen Patnaik kicks off BJD padyatra, slams Centre for ‘ignoring’ Odisha
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

Patnaik, who had not uttered anything against the Narendra Modi government for the past one year, slammed the Centre on Friday for “neglecting” the state.

In sticky battle, Odisha sets the rasgulla rolling, 3 panels to help stake claim
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Odisha’s claim is that rasgulla was first served at the 12th-century Lord Jagannath Temple. This makes it at least three centuries old in Odisha, while Bengal only traces it back 150 years.

Darbha ambush: Maoist behind attack on Congress convoy killed in encounter
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Also played a role in 2014 ambush that killed 11 CRPF men

Indian ‘freed’ by captors in Libya
Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Samal and Ramamurthy Kosanam, a resident of Andhra Pradesh, were abducted from Ibn-e-Sina in Sirte where they were working. The sources said efforts are on to secure Kosanam's release.

Dengue death: Money he sent home in Odisha reached the day he was cremated
Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Just two months ago, Avinash had visited his father’s village, spending a few days with his uncles and aunts, who were amazed by his “smartness”.

Top official to push work in Nabarangpur, CM Naveen Patnaik to monitor
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

The decision comes barely a month after The Indian Express launched a year-long assignment titled District Zero on August 15 to track poverty and transformation in Nabarangpur, India’s poorest district.

Notes from the blackboard: In Maoist heartland, a school that braves the odds
Sun, Sep 06, 2015

Here in Kudumulgumma, a cluster of 151 villages in the Maoist-liberated zone of Odisha’s Malkangiri district, a night without electricity can be unnerving.