Maoist operative arrested in Odisha

A Maoist operative allegedly involved in several violent incidents was arrested during combing operations by security forces in a forest in Odisha's Malkangiri district, the police said on Saturday.

Odisha to promulgate an ordinance to curb land grabbing

 In a bid to curb land grabbing, Odisha government today decided to promulgate the Odisha Land Grabbing Prohibition Ordinance, 2014.

Seven-month ban on fishing in Gahirmatha sanctuary

Odisha government has clamped a seven-month ban on fishing activity along the 20 km stretch of Dhamra-Hukitola river mouth in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary from on Saturday in view of the commencement of mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles.

Chit fund scam: CBI arrests BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy

The CBI on Friday arrested a ruling BJD MLA in Odisha for his alleged complicity with Artha Tatwa Group chief Pradip Sethy, who has duped thousands through a chit fund scam in the state.

Chitfund scam: Congress, BJP welcome Pravat's arrest as BJD drops him

Opposition Congress and BJP on Friday welcomed the arrest of senior MLA Pravat Tripathy while the ruling BJD sought to steer clear by suspending the former government chief whip.

Odisha govt issues show cause notice to 21 industries

 Odisha government has issued show-cause notices to 21 major industries, including central public sector companies Nalco and HAL, who defaulted in paying water cess since 2005-06, officials said.

Odisha govt announces reduction in bus fare

 Odisha government on Wednesday announced reduction in fares by one paise per km for ordinary and express buses following the recent cut in diesel prices.

Five persons sentenced to 10 yrs RI in Odisha gang-rape case

Five persons have been sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by a local court after being convicted in a gang-rape case involving a tribal woman in Mayurbhanj district last year.

Irregularities found in construction of a road in Koraput

A vigilance probe has found irregularities in the construction of a road under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Koraput district.

Higher education minister visits colleges to identify problems in Odisha

Making a surprise visit to three government colleges in the town, Odisha's higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahi took stock of infrastructure facilities in the institutions.

NGO chief remanded in judicial custody on charge of duping

A special designated court here on Tuesday remanded Khirod Malick, chief of an NGO Biswa, in judicial custody for 14 days, a day after he was arrested at Sambalpur for allegedly duping investors in money circulation business.

Chitfund scam: ED allowed to take Seashore Group CMD on 14 days' remand

A local court here on Tuesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to take Seashore Group CMD Prasant Dash to its remand for 14 days to trace the money trail in the multi-crore chitfund scam in Odisha.

US to give 100,000 dollars to Hudhud-hit in AP, Odisha

The United States on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of USD 100,000 for those affected by cyclone Hudhud in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

46 percent conviction in corruption cases: Naveen Patnaik

Claiming that its Special Court Act has been yielding positive results, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said conviction rate in the corruption cases has reached a record 46 per cent this year.

Chit fund scam: CBI arrests 3 functionaries of Nabadiganta

The CBI on Monday took three senior functionaries of the chit fund company, Nabadiganta Capital Services, who were arrested yesterday, on remand for six days as per permission of a special court here.

Odisha convicts 503 public servants for graft

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said a total of 503 public servants have been convicted and 137 dismissed from service in the state for corruption during the past five years.

Tree plantation in Koraput to compensate for loss in Hudhud

To compensate for the loss of trees in Cyclone Hudhud, Jeypore forest division in Koraput district has decided to take up plantation in over 200 hectares of forest land.

Odisha: Woman 'on fast for over 50 days' to attain moksha

An 83-year-old Jain woman is on a 'fast unto death' for over 50 days in Cuttack to attain moksha, family sources said.

By-election loss sparks conflicts in BJP, Congress in Odisha

 The defeat in the Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-election has triggered intra-party conflicts in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in Odisha.

CBI quizzes BJD MLA on best cooperator award to AT Group chief

Four days after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Orissa High Court, the CBI today interrogated senior BJD MLA and former Chief Whip Pravat Tripathy in connection with a non-banking financial institution winning the best co-operator award.

Odisha CM should step down for mining scam: Mishra

Demanding CBI probe into mining scam in Odisha, Leader of opposition in state assembly Narasingha Mishra on Friday asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to step down from office to ensure fair inquiry.

BSF makes huge haul of arms, explosives, IED in Odisha

 In a major success against Maoists, BSF personnel have seized huge quantities of explosives, IED and other materials hidden by the ultras in a forest in Mathili area of Odisha's Malkangiri district, officials said today.

Seven colleges damaged in Cyclone Hudhud

Seven colleges in three southern Odisha districts have been damaged in cyclone Hudhud.

Odisha signs MoU with National Seeds Corporation

 In its bid to make the state self-sufficient in potato production, Odisha government today signed an MoU with National Seeds Corporation (NSC) for procuring adequate quantity of quality potato seeds.

Tribals of Koraput face drinking water shortage for cyclone

Tribals in remote areas of Koraput district are facing acute shortage of safe drinking water as several water supply stations are lying idle without power after cyclone Hudhud hit the district.

BJP forms committee to probe role of admin in Kandhamal bypoll

Alleging misuse of government machinery and money by ruling BJD in Odisha to win Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-poll, BJP has constituted a 6-member committee to inquire into the role of state administration, Asha and Anganawadi workers in it.

Odisha govt delays on renewal of mining leases: CEC tells SC

The Central Empowered Committee has told the Supreme Court that there has been "substantial" delay on part of Odisha Government in taking a decision for renewal of mining leases and some are pending for the last 40 years.

BJP urges thorough probe into Kandhamal by-poll by EC

Alleging vote rigging, misuse of official machinery and pumping of money by ruling BJD in Odisha to win Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-election, BJP today urged the Election Commission to conduct a thorough probe and make a case study of the by-poll.

High Court rejects bail plea of BJD MLA in chit fund scam

The Odisha High Court Monday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former government chief whip and Biju Janata Dal MLA Pravat Tripathy for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore chit fund scam being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the state.

Orissa HC rejects BJD MLA's anticipatory bail plea

The Orissa High Court Monday rejected the anticipatory bail application of ruling BJD MLA and former government chief whip Pravat Tripathy, who had been interrogated by CBI for his alleged involvement in a multi- crore chitfund scam.