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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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.


Odisha’s telephone feedback system reaches out to citizens, allays concerns

January 20, 2020 7:13 am

The Mo Sarkar or My Government initiative allows the Chief Minister’s Office to follow up with citizens.

Odisha announces steps to check distress migration from four districts

January 16, 2020 2:00 am

The move comes after a government-recognised survey revealed that close to 40,000 people had migrated to neighbouring states from just 30 gram panchayats of Bolangir and Nuapada districts in “one migration season”, a source in the state Labour Department said.

Odisha: In remote Malkangiri, cellphones and roads are bridging distances

January 06, 2020 5:36 am

The prospect of roads is also reducing the prices of essential items. Farmers in this previously cut-off region mostly grow ragi and millets. Fresh fruit and vegetables were brought over the water, and were costly.

Man of his word

January 01, 2020 4:11 am

Sonny Mehta, head of publishing house Alfred A Knopf, dies in New York City at 77.

Union minister slams Odisha liquor sale timing

January 01, 2020 1:14 am

In a notification, the Excise Department stated that in “public interest” the government would “relax the selling hour for IMFL ‘ON’ shops and bars operating in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri “up to 1 am of 01.01.2020”.

'One of world's best editors': Alfred A Knopf's Sonny Mehta passes away

December 31, 2019 2:04 pm

The prolific editor was honoured with varied awards including, Lifetime Achievement Awards for publishing in India, the UK and the United States, and was named 2015 Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf, passes away

December 31, 2019 2:13 pm

On Tuesday morning, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik tweeted, "I am deeply grieved by the passing away of my brother in law Sonny Mehta. He was one of the world's best editors and an extremely civilized person. May his soul rest in peace."

Former BJP MLA Dilip Ray praises Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, sparks speculation on joining BJD

December 31, 2019 9:29 am

Ray is a business tycoon and hotelier, who has also served in the Centre as Union Minister for coal, steel, parliamentary affairs, animal husbandry and food processing.

Another CM opposes NRC: Naveen Patnaik latest, after his party voted for CAB

December 19, 2019 9:47 am

The chief ministers of five Opposition-ruled states — West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Punjab’s Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel and Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan — have already opposed both the CAB and NRC.

Odisha to bank on PM-Kisan to fund 60 per cent annual aid to farmers

December 09, 2019 4:41 am

The cut in its support component, to be put into effect by the next financial year, could save the state government hundreds of crores in a year.


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".