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Odisha remains paralysed on Day Two of strike

Bhubaneswar, Feb 21 (IANS) Road traffic remained disrupted across Odisha Thursday, the second day of the two-day countrywide strike called by major trade unions against central government economic policies, police said.

 
Nationwide strike hits life in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) A two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions hit normal life across Odisha on the first day of the stir Wednesday, disrupting road and rail traffic, officials said.

 
Bills to decriminalise politics sent to parliament

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) A Biju Janata Dal MP Tuesday submitted three private member's bills in parliament seeking decriminalisation of politics.

 
Rahul Gandhi asks Odisha Congress to revive fortunes

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met party leaders in Odisha Tuesday and asked them to suggest ways to revive the Congress's fortunes as it has been out of power in the state since 2000.

 
Assocham appeals to trade unions to call off strike

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Industry body Assocham Tuesday urged central trade unions to withdraw the Feb 20-21 two-day-strike as the economy would lose Rs.15,000-20,000 crore due to the disruption.

 
Rahul meets Odisha Congress leaders

Bhubaneswar, Feb 18 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met grassroot party leaders in the state Monday.

 
Rahul Gandhi begins two-day Odisha visit

Bhubaneswar, Feb 18 (IANS) Thousands of party workers and leaders greeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and gave him a rousing welcome in Odisha, where he arrived Monday on a two-day tour, police said.

 
NALCO hikes aluminium prices by Rs.5,000 per tonne

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) State-owned National Aluminium Co. Ltd. (NALCO) has increased prices of all its products by Rs.5,000 per tonne, a senior company official said Sunday.

 
Lakhs take holy dip in Konark

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) More than five lakh devotees Sunday took a holy dip in Odisha's temple town Konark and offered prayers to the sun god on the occasion of Magha Saptami.

 
Maoists flourish only in non-Congress states: Ramesh

Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Maoist activities have flourished in the states where the Congress is not in power, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Saturday.

 
Protest in Odisha over fuel price hike

Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Non-Congress political parties, including the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal and the opposition BJP, Saturday organised separate protests in Odisha against the latest diesel and petrol price hike, police said.

 
ARSS group chairman rescued, seven held

Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Police Saturday rescued the chairman of the ARSS Group Subash Agarwal and his cousin from Andhra Pradesh, hours after they were kidnapped from Odisha, an official said.

 
Vedanta hopes to get bauxite in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 15 (IANS) Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) Friday said it was hopeful of getting bauxite for its refinery in Odisha's Kalahandi district.

 
NHRC seeks report on illegal construction at Puri beach

Bhubaneswar, Feb 15 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from Odisha on the allegation that construction activities have been undertaken illegally along the beach of the state's Puri town, a complainant said Friday.

 
Opposition boycotts Odisha governor's address

Bhubaneswar, Feb 14 (IANS) The BJP and the Congress Thursday boycotted Odisha Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare's address on the first day of the state assembly's budget session.

 
Odisha woman sarpanch held for torture over witchcraft

Bhubaneswar, Feb 14 (IANS) A woman sarpanch (village head) was arrested for the torture of four people, three of them women, over witchcraft in Odisha's Sundergarh district, taking the total arrests in the case to four, police said Thursday.

 
Women paraded naked in Odisha, three held

Bhubaneswar, Feb 12 (IANS) At least three people were arrested in Odisha's Sundergarh district Tuesday for parading three women and an elderly man naked in a village for allegedly practising witchcraft, police said.

 
Rahul to visit Odisha Feb 18

Bhubaneswar, Feb 12 (IANS) Rahul Gandhi will pay a two-day visit to Odisha Feb 18-19, his first to the state after being elevated as the Congress party's vice-president, a party leader said here Tuesday.

 
Odisha announces aid for women's groups

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (IANS) In an attempt to win the hearts of women in the state, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday announced financial assistance for one lakh women's self help groups in the state.

 
Patnaik revokes suspension of two BJD MLAs

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (IANS) Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday reinstated party legislators Prabhat Ranjan Biswal and Bibhuti Bhusan Balabantaray, who were suspended for their involvement in anti-party activities.

 
Maoist mediator charged with sedition

Bhubaneswar, Feb 10 (IANS) Human rights activist Dandapani Mohanty, who was arrested Friday in Odisha for his alleged links with the Maoists, has been charged with sedition, a police officer said Sunday.

 
Windies women facing uphill task

Cuttack, Feb 10 (IANS/CMC) West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira says her team can ill-afford to make mistakes and face an uphill task to get through the supers six phase of the ICC Women's World Cup.

 
Rights group slams arrest of Maoist mediator

Bhubaneswar, Feb 9 (IANS) People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Saturday condemned the arrest of Dandapani Mohanty, who negotiated with the Maoists and helped the Odisha government to resolve two abduction crises in the past.

 
Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty held

Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (IANS) Social activist Dandapani Mohanty, who negotiated with Maoists and helped the Odisha government to resolve two abduction crises in the past, was Friday arrested for his alleged link with the Left-wing rebels, police said.

 
Posco hopeful of getting land, Odisha suspends takeover

Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (IANS) Posco India Friday said it was hopeful of getting the land soon for its proposed steel plant in Odisha even as the state government said the land takeover has been suspended temporarily due to protests at the site.

 
Odisha temporarily suspends Posco land takeover

Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (IANS) The Odisha government Friday decided to temporarily suspend land acquisition for Posco's $12 billion steel project in its Jagatsinghpur district due to protests at the site, an official said.

 
Vedanta inks sponsorship deal with Krishna Poonia

Bhubaneswar, Feb 7 (IANS) Vedanta Group Thursday inked a two-year sponsorship agreement with discus thrower Krishna Poonia, the first Indian female athlete to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, a company official said.

 
India beat Pakistan, end ICC Women's World Cup campaign on a high

Cuttack, Feb 7 (IANS) India finished their ICC Women's World Cup on a high as captain Mithali Raj led the hosts to a six-wicket win over arch rivals Pakistan at the Barabati Stadium here Thursday.

 
Odisha MPs back bill on tobacco control

Bhubaneswar, Feb 6 (IANS) A private member's bill introduced in the last winter session of parliament to seek strict tobacco control measures in India has received support from Odisha's MPs and health experts, a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP said Wednesday.

 
Odisha to take over land for Posco despite protests

Bhubaneswar, Feb 6 (IANS) Authorities Wednesday said they would continue to take over land for Posco's $12 billion proposed steel plant in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district despite protests by villagers.

 
Anti-Posco leader launches fast in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 5 (IANS) An anti-displacement leader Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district to protest the take-over of land by the authoroties for Posco's $12 billion steel plant.

 
Kapp sends Pakistan crashing out of Women's World Cup

Cuttack, Feb 5 (IANS) South Africa's Marizanne Kapp sent Pakistan crashing out of the ICC Women's World Cup after the 23-year-old from Port Elizabeth struck her maiden ODI century at Barabati Stadium here Tuesday to secure a Super Sixes berth for her team.

 
ICC lauds BCCI for Women's World Cup organisation

Cuttack, Feb 5 (IANS) International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson Tuesday praised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) for their hosting of the ongoing Women's World Cup.

 
Outrage over officer beating Posco protestor

Bhubaneswar, Feb 5 (IANS) Footage of a man protesting the Posco steel plant being beaten by a government land officer in Odisha has triggered outrage with activists and politicians Tuesday demanding strong action against the culprit.

 
Odisha land takeover for Posco plant passes peacefully

Bhubaneswar, Feb 4 (IANS) Land acquisition for Posco's $12 billion steel plant in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district passed off peacefully Monday under heavy police deployment, an official said.

 
Luus replaces Devnarain in South African women's squad

Cuttack, Feb 4 (IANS) Sune Luus replaced Dinesha Devnarain in the South African squad for the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup here Monday.

 
Land takeover for Posco's Odisha plant peaceful

Bhubaneswar, Feb 4 (IANS) Land acquisition for Posco's $12 billion steel plant in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district passed off peacefully Monday under heavy police deployment, an official said.

 
Odisha resumes land takeover for Posco

Bhubaneswar, Feb 3 (IANS) Odisha Sunday resumed land acquisition for steelmaker Posco's $12 billion project in Jagatsinghpur district, more than over a year after the process was halted due to villagers' opposition, official said.

 
Odisha launches Rs.1 per kg rice scheme

Bhubaneswar, Feb 2 (IANS) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday launched a Rs.1 per kg rice scheme for poor people in Odisha from the Maoist dominated district of Malkangiri, an official said.

 
Pakistani women's cricket team staying in stadium fearing attacks

Bhubaneswar, Feb 1 (IANS) Fearing an attack, the Pakistani women's cricket team has been lodged at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack city, officials said Friday.

 
NCP files contempt plea against Odisha speaker

Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (IANS) The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has filed a contempt petition in the high court against Odisha speaker for not complying with its directions on four legislators who defected to the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) last year.

 
NALCO's Q3 net profit jumps to Rs.119 crore

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 (IANS) State-run National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has registered a net profit of Rs.119 crore for the third quarter of 2012-13 fiscal, up 133 per cent against Rs.51 crore achieved during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal, the company said Wednesday.

 
Heavy security for Pakistani women's cricket team

Bhubaneswar, Jan 29 (IANS) Heavy security has been deployed at Barabati stadium in Cuttack after protests against holding World Cup matches with Pakistan's women's cricket team in the city.

 
GMR synchronises Odisha power unit

Bhubaneswar, Jan 29 (IANS) Global infrastructure major GMR group Tuesday said the first unit of its 1,050 mega watt (MW) power plant in Odisha has been synchronised with the central grid.

 
Explosives recovered from Maoist den in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jan 28 (IANS) Security personnel Monday unearthed a Maoist dump in Odisha's Rayagada district and recovered three land mines totally weighing 50 kg, along with several other items, police said.

 
Patnaik announces Rs.1 kilo rice

Bhubaneswar, Jan 26 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday chose the Republic Day to announce his government's decision to provide a kilo of rice for Rs.1 to the poor from next month.

 
Odisha city shutdown to protest Pakistan's matches

Bhubaneswar, Jan 24 (IANS) Normal life was hit in Odisha's Cuttack as schools, colleges and shops were closed after a shutdown called by right-wing Bajrang Dal to oppose staging of a match of Pakistan's women cricket team in the city.

 
Bombs seized from Maoist dump in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jan 23 (IANS) Police and security forces Wednesday unearthed a Maoist dump in Odisha and recovered arms and explosives, an official said.

 
Pipili gang-rape: Tribunal quashes officer's dismissal

Bhubaneswar, Jan 23 (IANS) The state administrative tribunal in Odisha has quashed the dismissal order served by the state government on a police officer in connection with the gang-rape in Pipili area of Puri district, a lawyer said Wednesday.

 
Bajrang Dal slams Pakistan's cricket matches in Cuttack

Bhubaneswar, Jan 22 (IANS) The Bajrang Dal has called for a shutdown in Cuttack Thursday to protest the staging of World Cup matches of the Pakistan women's cricket team in the city.

 

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