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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Naveen Patnaik

Naveen Patnaik led the BJD to yet another victory in 2019 Odisha Assembly elections, thus becoming the Chief Minister of the state for a fifth consecutive time. He is the son of Biju Patnaik, the former chief minister of Odisha. He formed the Biju Janata Dal, to which he belongs, in 1998 when the party broke off from the Janata dal. His popularity among the masses in Odisha rests upon the pro-poor political stance he has. Before joining politics he completed his college education from University of Delhi and is also a writer with four books to his name. Having spent a large part of his life outside Odisha, he is not fluent in the vernacular language of the state and has come under a lot of critism from his political opponent because of this.


Time to get out of poll mode, allow states to function: Odisha CM

February 21, 2021 5:10 am

Naveen Patnaik also called for serious deliberations to proceed on the demand for women's reservation in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies.

Country should get out of election mode, allow state govts to function: Odisha CM in Niti Aayog meeting

February 20, 2021 9:32 pm

Patnaik emphasised on women's reservation in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, urging for serious deliberations to take it ahead.

Six elephants die in 14 days in Odisha sanctuary; CM asks authorities to take steps

February 16, 2021 8:42 am

Expressing concern over the series of pachyderm deaths, the CM directed the departments of Forest and Environment and Animal Resources to consult experts to stop further death of jumbos.

Centre should withdraw NMA bylaws for Ekamra Kshetra temples: Naveen Patnaik

February 13, 2021 7:14 am

On Monday, Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel had announced withdrawal of the draft heritage bylaws for development around Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, after delegations of the BJP and the ruling BJD separately met him in Delhi, seeking its withdrawal.

Odisha to move Supreme Court over Andhra bid to conduct polls in disputed region

February 10, 2021 3:10 am

On Tuesday, the state government, through an official intimation, engaged an advocate on record (AOR) to file a writ petition in the Supreme Court challenging the announcement.

Day after Andhra poll notice: Naveen Patnaik inaugurates projects in disputed Kotia panchayat area

February 06, 2021 5:29 am

The move came a day after the Andhra Pradesh government announced panchayat elections in three villages of Kotia.

Naveen Patnaik launches projects worth over Rs 2,000 crore in Kalahandi

January 15, 2021 6:14 am

Patnaik laid the foundation of 52 projects worth Rs 1,020 crore and inaugurated 57 projects worth Rs 1064 crore in his first public event since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Patnaik receives letter claiming threat to life, probe ordered

January 08, 2021 11:38 am

The letter, written in English, said contract killers armed with sophisticated firearms could attack the chief minister anytime. The letter also said that the mastermind of the conspiracy lives in Nagpur.

After a govt to decide on reopening schools, not education departments: Odisha CM

December 11, 2020 12:35 pm

School and Mass Education Minister SR Dash earlier told reporters that schools across the state are likely to reopen in January

Odisha: Expelled from BJD, MLA held in job scam

December 04, 2020 6:56 am

“Evidence has come to light that Panigrahy collected money on behalf of Akash, falsely promising jobs in Tata to people,” a Crime Branch official said.


Aftermath of Cyclone Fani: Odisha struggles to restore basic amenities

May 07, 2019 9:45 am

CM Naveen Patnaik tweeted on Sunday that all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been “extremely severely affected”, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA).

Today in pics: Narendra Modi resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister

May 22, 2014 9:37 am

Narendra Modi fought back tears again as he wished Gujarat to "surge ahead".