Winning elections just matter of concern for Naveen !

Kumar Chandrakant BHUBANESWAR: “He was the one man who could juggle five balls of which at least two were always in the air. That trick, added the Emperor, was beyond his own More »

Odisha govt announces Rs 100cr additional package

BHUBANESWAR: Faced with public ire for neglecting agriculture resulting in the current potato crisis, the Naveen Patnaik government Saturday announced a Rs 100 crore additional package for farmers engaged in horticulture activities, More »

Potato crisis: People take on Dama

BHUBANESWAR: Health minister Damodar Rout did not win too many friends with his badly mistimed and grossly insensitive comment on the current potato crisis in the state. “Will anyone die if he More »

Rahul likely to visit calamities hit Odisha on Oct 29

BHUBANESWAR: AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, busy addressing rallies in five poll bound states, is likely to visit cyclone and flood hit areas in Odisha on October 29. He is likely to make More »

Modi mania in Odisha BJP, serving Dhokla in meetings

BHUBANESWAR: In a clear sign of the fast increasing importance of Narendra Modi in the national discourse, popular Gujarati recipe ‘dhokla’ has replaced the good old ‘bara’ and ‘dalma’ as the standard More »

 

Apply Niyamgiri principles in other districts

BHUBANESWAR: CPI (ML) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhatacharya today said the Niyamgiri principles set by Supreme Court, which gave the agitating tribals an ammunition to reject mining activities on Niyamgiri hills, should be applied to all other districts in the state, where the government is in the process of acquiring land for various projects.

“The landmark judgment of Supreme court with regard to mining activities in Niyamgiri hills should be applied across the state, where the government is suppressing various agitational programmes by the people and illegally booking ordinary people after branding them Maoists,” said Bhatacharya at a press conference here.

Winning elections just matter of concern for Naveen !

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Kumar Chandrakant

BHUBANESWAR: “He was the one man who could juggle five balls of which at least two were always in the air. That trick, added the Emperor, was beyond his own powers,” a writer had said on Otto von Bismarck, who became the first Chancellor after successfully uniting Germany.

That quote holds partially true for BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who successfully registered a great victory for the party in the polls of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) almost demolishing the fort of opposition parties in western Odisha.

Odisha govt announces Rs 100cr additional package

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BHUBANESWAR: Faced with public ire for neglecting agriculture resulting in the current potato crisis, the Naveen Patnaik government Saturday announced a Rs 100 crore additional package for farmers engaged in horticulture activities, who have suffered heavy losses due to cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods.

Unveiling the package, Agriculture minister Debi Prasad Mishra told newsmen “The additional package will boost productivity of groundnut, sugarcane, coconut, banana and vegetables”.

Potato crisis: People take on Dama

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BHUBANESWAR: Health minister Damodar Rout did not win too many friends with his badly mistimed and grossly insensitive comment on the current potato crisis in the state. “Will anyone die if he does not eat potato?” he asked on Friday. He even invoked Lord Jagannath to justify his position, pointing to the fact that potato is not part of the menu at the Lord’s abode in Puri.

The voluble Health minister ended up with egg on his face when the chief minister dubbed the crisis as ‘serious’ the very next day and said the government was concerned about it.

Centre announces Rs 1k cyclone package

BHUBANESWAR/ NEW DELHI: Odisha will receive an amount of Rs 1000 crore as interim Central assistance for post cyclone and post flood relief and restoration work. This was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

The interim assistance announced today is on the basis of the preliminary report by the Central inter-ministerial team which visited Odisha revently to assess the losses caused by the twin disasters.

BYJM burns effigies of Naveen in Tikiri case

BHUBANESWAR: Protesting against the death of the Tikiri lady teacher Itishree Pradhan, Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha (BYJM) today burnt the effigies of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi holding them responsible for her death at a demonstration in front of Ram Mandir here on Sunday.

Papu Pom Pom joins BJD

BHUBANESWAR: As expected, popular Odia actor and standup comedian Tatwa Prakash Satpathy alias Papu Pom Pom today joined the ruling  Biju Janata Dal.

The versatile actor announced his decision to join BJD after a meeting with chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas this morning.

Rahul likely to visit calamities hit Odisha on Oct 29

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BHUBANESWAR: AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, busy addressing rallies in five poll bound states, is likely to visit cyclone and flood hit areas in Odisha on October 29. He is likely to make an aerial survey in the affected areas to assess the present situation of the people in the state.

“AICC general secretary in charge of the state BK Hariprasad has informed me over phone that Rahulji has expressed his willingness to visit the state battered by the twin calamities,” revealed PCC president Jaydev Jena here today. He, however, clarified that no official confirmation has been received from Rahul Gandhi’s office about the proposed visit yet.

Modi mania in Odisha BJP, serving Dhokla in meetings

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BHUBANESWAR: In a clear sign of the fast increasing importance of Narendra Modi in the national discourse, popular Gujarati recipe ‘dhokla’ has replaced the good old ‘bara’ and ‘dalma’ as the standard fare served at party meetings – and even press conferences – of the state BJP.

The change in menu has come about after the Gujarat chief minister was anointed the party’s prime ministerial candidate, BJP insiders admit.

President’s intervention bears result

BHABANIPATNA: Officials of the state government have been on their toes after the office of the President of India directed the state chief secretary to submit a detailed report about the recent death of Nabi Durga, a 70-year-old farmer of Kalahandi district.

Since the directive from the office of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, which came in response to a prayer by the convener of the Western Odisha Farmers’ Union, officials – both from the district administration and the state government – have made a beeline for the farmer’s village in Dangarpada.