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‘Many yet to avail RTI law benefits in State’

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | PNS | ROURKELA | in Bhubaneswar

A three-day-long regional workshop on implantation of the RTI Act organised by Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan (OSAA) here on Thursday was inaugurated by former Odisha High Court Judge Justice Choudhury Pratap Keshari Mishra as chief guest. While senior journalist Rabi Das attended as speaker, lawyer Khirod Rout attended as guest…

PIL on NH completion before Nabakalebar

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | PNS | CUTTACK | in Bhubaneswar

Completion of 59 km of the four-lane National Highway between Bhubaneswar and Puri is unlikely before the mega ritual of Nabakalebar of Lord Jagannath in July next. Sensing that both the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the State Government are not serious about this `500-crore project, a PIL…

HC grants more time to poll petition respondents

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | PNS | CUTTACK | in Bhubaneswar

The fates of election-related petitions pending in the Odisha High Court are unlikely to be decided soon as the MLAs, including Ministers, whose elections are challenged, are not only responding to the notices of the High Court during stipulated time but seeking more time to do so. While as many as…

Three held in R’kela snatching cases

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | PNS | Rourkela | in Bhubaneswar

The Raghunathpali police on Thursday arrested two bike-borne miscreants and a jeweller allegedly involved in a dozen of snatching cases committed at various places under the Raghunathpali, Uditnagar, Chhend, Tangarpali, Jhirpani and Sector-7 police stations. The arrested were identified as mastermind Rajesh Sahu alias Handi(25) of Malgodam area, co-accused Manu Sahu(18)…


Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | PNS | in Bhubaneswar

Narayanan leads in Kesabananda memorial Chess Bhubaneswar: IM Narayanan Srinath of Tamil Nadu caused upset in the seventh round and forced the GM Neelotpal Das of PSPB to share points. Narayanan gathered six points by the end of seventh rounds in the 3rd Keshabananda Das Memorial All India FIDE Rating Chess…

CBI now to zero in on State police

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

Due to cops’ shoddy probe into AT Group affairs The CBI will probe the role of the State police in the mega chit fund scam, according to sources. The Central agency, in the course of its investigation into the mega chit fund scam in the State, has found clear evidence of…

CBI vets MLA associate’s bank accounts

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | PNS | CUTTACK | in Bhubaneswar

For the third time, the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) sleuths on Wednesday forayed into Banki during past five days in connection with investigations into chit fund scam and involvement of political leaders in it. After searching the Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy’s house on Saturday and his close associate and contractor Subash…

2 absconding chit fund firm dirs held in B’swar

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | UBACHAK MOHANTY | BALESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

Three still at large In yet another development in the chit fund scam, the Sahadevkhunta police on Wednesday arrested two directors of a ponzi firm on the charges of swindling people of crores of rupees. Identified as Pravash Jena (42) of Nischintapur, Singla and Ramesh Patra (32) of Balisahi of Nilgiri, the…

Peru institute to boost State’s potato output

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The International Potato Centre (IPC) at Lima in Peru has agreed to provide required expertise to the State Government to boost potato production in State which has been facing tuber shortage most often. According to official sources, the IPC would provide technical support under the project “Sustainable Intensification of Potato in…

Another IAS reshuffle; 4th in eight days

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The State Government on Wednesday effected yet another reshuffle at the IAS level, the fourth in a span of eight days beginning August 13. The latest rejig is, however, relatively a minor one compared to the previous ones. According to a notification issued by the General Administration Department, 1995-batch IAS officer…


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