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'Chef' director Raja Krishna Menon reveals that through the extensive training the actor Saif Ali Khan has received during the making of 'Chef', he is now able to cook and chop as much as 200 onions and garlics everyday. He says he is quite content to see Saif's transformation from someone who has never cooked to that of a professional chef.

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The bold and the witty Mahesh Bhatt celebrates his 69th birthday today. While the filmmaker has given us Bollywood films that we will celebrate till eternity, he has also introduced some great actors to the Hindi film industry.

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One of the most loved actors in Bollywood, Sanjay Dutt will be making his comeback with Bhoomi after a hiatus. In an exclusive interview with indiaexpress.com, Sanju Baba talks about his life in jail, rough patches in his life and the ghosts of his past that don't haunt him anymore.

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Paytm Mall has announced the ‘Mera Cashback Sale’ from September 20 to September 23. Apple iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6 all have cashback offer on them.

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has slashed the call termination charges from mobile to mobile to 6 paise per minute, from the current 14 paise.

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Those who rely on concrete evidence to form their beliefs are less likely to have misperceptions about high-profile scientific and political issues, said Kelly Garrett, the lead researcher from The Ohio State University in the US.

Bhubaneswar News

Naveen Patnaik announces grant-in-aid system, teachers suspend stir
Naveen Patnaik announces grant-in-aid system, teachers suspend stir

“We will abolish the block grant system and replace it with grant-in-aid system. This will benefit teachers to uplift the education quality in the state,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced after a meeting with the agitating teachers.

Odisha receives Rs 466 crore of investment proposals
Odisha receives Rs 466 crore of investment proposals

The state government has already allotted required land to 20 interested firms, official sources said adding that the state run Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation is developing the seafood park at an expense of Rs 134 crore.

Odisha swine flu toll rises to six
Odisha swine flu toll rises to six

As many as 24 samples were sent for investigation on Thursday, out of which 13 tested positive taking the total number of H1N1 virus affected persons in Odisha to 84.

Bhubaneswar: BMC removes Amit Shah posters, BJP flags from no-hoarding zones
Bhubaneswar: BMC removes Amit Shah posters, BJP flags from no-hoarding zones

BMC also removed BJP flags, hoardings, banners and Amit Shah cut-outs from the Kalinga Stadium area, the venue of Asian Athletics Championship meet. The civic body removed about four trucks of flags, banners and cut-outs of the BJP president, a BMC official said.

Odisha: Auto-rickshaw accident kills 8 in Jagatsinghpur
Odisha: Auto-rickshaw accident kills 8 in Jagatsinghpur

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik later announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the deceased and free treatment for the injured.

SP cautions Odisha govt against possible spread of Zika virus
SP cautions Odisha govt against possible spread of Zika virus

Many people from the Odisha travel to Surat and Ahmadabad in search of jobs, more particularly the people of Ganjam district.

Odisha students lock up campus to protest job scam, one arrested
Odisha students lock up campus to protest job scam, one arrested

Over 400 BTech graduates, who had thought they secured jobs in 10 MNCs during campus placements in April-May, came to know that the offers were fake.

Odisha sizzles in the summer heat
Odisha sizzles in the summer heat

Sunstroke has claimed ten lives in the state this summer.

Naveen Patnaik bats on Visa on Arrival facility for Bhubaneswar
Naveen Patnaik bats on Visa on Arrival facility for Bhubaneswar

In separate letters to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapathi Raju, Patnaik has requested to provide Visa on Arrival facility and a stop in Bhubaneswar of Air India’s Colombo-Varanasi flight.

Odisha High Court grants bail to Mahimananda Mishra in Paradip murder case
Odisha High Court grants bail to Mahimananda Mishra in Paradip murder case

Businessman Mahimananda Mishra was booked earlier this year in the 2013 bomb blast case in which an advocate was injured.

To stop rising BJP, Naveen Patnaik drops 10 ministers, 11 new faces to join today
To stop rising BJP, Naveen Patnaik drops 10 ministers, 11 new faces to join today

The 11 new ministers, many of whom had served as ministers in his previous Cabinet, are expected to take the oath of office on Sunday morning.

No infighting in BJD, party not weak: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
No infighting in BJD, party not weak: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

I don’t think its going weak at all? We are the largest party in the state: Patnaik

Heatwave intensifies in Odisha, mercury breaches 43 degree centigrade
Heatwave intensifies in Odisha, mercury breaches 43 degree centigrade

Two sunstroke deaths have so far been reported in the state, one each from Bargarh and Angul district, according to the office of the Special Relief Commissioner.

‘Modi’s idea of India can fulfil Odisha’s dreams’
‘Modi’s idea of India can fulfil Odisha’s dreams’

BJP said that if plumbers of Odisha stop working in Delhi, then water supply in Prime Minister and President’s homes would stop.

Three Maoists surrender in Odisha
Three Maoists surrender in Odisha

The three have been involved in multiple murders and attacks, including the 2009 attack on Nalco’s Damanjodi unit.

Odisha court acquits British charity worker
Odisha court acquits British charity worker

The judge also said that Ashtari is entitled to get compensation under Victim Compensation Scheme read with 357-A of the CrPC.

BJP to hold national executive meet in Odisha
BJP to hold national executive meet in Odisha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Dharmendra Pradhan will attend the meeting among others.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik set to overhaul party to check BJP surge
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik set to overhaul party to check BJP surge

Odisha: Party sources said Naveen Patnaik was peeved that a few BJD MPs had grown close to the BJP.

Odisha Congress leaders welcome resignation of AICC general secretary
Odisha Congress leaders welcome resignation of AICC general secretary

Former Congress MP Ananta Sethi also welcomed Hariprasad’s resignation.

Odisha: BJD wins president post in 18 zilla parishads
Odisha: BJD wins president post in 18 zilla parishads

BJP, which won 297 Zilla Parishad zones and held majority in eight districts, suffered a revolt in Sambalpur where a rebel candidate won the president’s post.

BJD, Congress should apologise to people of Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan
BJD, Congress should apologise to people of Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan

Pradhan on Saturday asked the BJD and Congress to apologise to the people of Odisha for failing to usher in development rather than criticising the Prime Minister’s remark on the state.

People have rejected BJP leaders in state panchayat polls: BJD
People have rejected BJP leaders in state panchayat polls: BJD

During a press conference, Dasburma, accompanied by party’s general secretary Arun Sahoo, accused BJP of adopting ‘Goebbels propaganda theory’

Odisha Panchayat polls: BJP closes in on BJD in phase 3
Odisha Panchayat polls: BJP closes in on BJD in phase 3

The BJP is expected to win five or six Zilla Parishads while the BJD is likely to get 23 to 24.

IAS officer arrested for graft in Odisha
IAS officer arrested for graft in Odisha

Vigilance Director R P Sharma said that they had evidence to prove that Mishra had taken bribe. “We strongly suspect that he received the cash as bribe.

Odisha panchayat elections: 73 per cent voter turnout in second phase of polls
Odisha panchayat elections: 73 per cent voter turnout in second phase of polls

While Dhenkanal district reported the highest of 84 per cent voter turnout, the Maoist-hit Malkangiri district registered the lowest 64 per cent of polling.

Odisha Panchayat polls: Advantage BJP in first phase
Odisha Panchayat polls: Advantage BJP in first phase

The three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha began Monday amid cases of poll violence reported in different parts of the state.

Woman cries harassment against BJD MLA from Talcher
Woman cries harassment against BJD MLA from Talcher

“It is a conspiracy against me,” Pradhan claimed while the woman alleged that the MLA has torturing her physically and mentally, threatening her not to disclose the matter.

Proposal for sexual abuse trials in Odisha: Minor victims to be put in separate court rooms
Proposal for sexual abuse trials in Odisha: Minor victims to be put in separate court rooms

Though the POCSO Act was passed in 2012, it was not until October last year when the Odisha government designated separate courts for trial of the cases as mandated by the Act.

Raghubar Das accuses Naveen Patnaik of lacking required knowledge in Odia language
Raghubar Das accuses Naveen Patnaik of lacking required knowledge in Odia language

“How can Odisha progress when its chief minister does not have knowledge in local language and the state’s culture,” Das

Mahanadi water dispute: Union Min slams Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for rejecting committee
Mahanadi water dispute: Union Min slams Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for rejecting committee

Naveen had earlier written to PM Modi, saying that he was concerned by the Centre’s failure in stopping Chhattisgarh from working on projects that were started unilaterally in the Mahanadi basin.

Woman murdered in Odisha, body found on expressway
Woman murdered in Odisha, body found on expressway

Police said the 35-year-old woman’s body was found in the morning near Hazari traffic junction on the Paradip-Daitary Expressway

Gas leak in Rourkela Steel Plant, 1 killed
Gas leak in Rourkela Steel Plant, 1 killed

Officials said six contract workers, who were engaged by a private firm for maintenance of a blast furnace, came in contact with hot gas that leaked from the furnace.

Odisha: 40 tourists from WB injured as bus overturns
Odisha: 40 tourists from WB injured as bus overturns

A special team of eight doctors was formed to ensure proper treatment of the injured tourists, while over 40 nurses were also engaged, they said.

Odisha: 40 tourists from West Bengal  injured as bus overturns near Bhubaneswar
Odisha: 40 tourists from West Bengal injured as bus overturns near Bhubaneswar

As many as 36 injured persons, including four children and around 15 women, were taken to the Capital Hospital after the accident.

Hirakhand Express derailment: Odisha Police rules out Maoist hand
Hirakhand Express derailment: Odisha Police rules out Maoist hand

“There is no evidence regarding the involvement of Maoists. We will inquire into the matter and Railway Safety Commissioner will also probe the matter,” Director General of Police K.B. Singh told the media.

Odisha: Phulbani records 6 degrees, forested districts hit hard
Odisha: Phulbani records 6 degrees, forested districts hit hard

Shallow fog prevailed over isolated pockets of north interior Odisha, it said, adding minimum temperature in the area were appreciably below normal.