Crime Branch to probe Jagannath secret ritual pics on social media

The Odisha government on Monday posted a senior IPS officer on special duty to probe the alleged mismanagement in Nabakalebar festival, while the temple administration urged the Crime Branch to take forward the investigation concerning leak of secret ritual pictures on social media.

Pawan Hans to start Bhubaneswar-Paradip chopper service

 With the Pawan Hans Limited agreeing to begin commercial chopper service between the state capital and Paradip, the Odisha government on Saturday asked the authorities of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and IOCL to consider some of the requirements of the helicopter company.

Security tightened ahead of Odisha bandh

Security was tightened in Bhubaneswar and about 40 Youth Congress workers were taken into custody by the police on Thursday ahead of the 12-hour Odisha bandh called by Congress on Friday.

Odisha targets to turn total open defecation free by 2017

Odisha government has set the target to become a total Open Defecation Free (ODF) and asked all District Collectors today to work to achieve the goal between December, 2016 and December, 2017.

Rain alert in four Odisha districts, 423 houses damaged

With IMD predicting heavy precipitation in interior and northern Odisha, the state government on Monday issued alerts in four districts as pounding rain left 423 houses damaged in Malkangiri district and affected road connection at many places.

Ensure hassle-free Rath Jatra: CM to Odisha ministers

With Odisha government being slammed over reports of deviation in the century old 'Brahma Paribartan' ritual of Lord Jagannath, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked four ministers to rush to Puri and ensure the smooth celebration of the 'Rath Jatra festival on July 18.

Odisha celebrates International Yoga Day

Over 3,000 people braved sporadic rain to participate in a yoga session here to mark the International Yoga Day on Sunday.

Senior Congress leader Giridhar Gamang, son formally join BJP in Bhubaneswar

Former Odisha Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang and his son Sishir Gamang on Thursday formally joined the BJP at the state party headquarters here in the presence of central ministers and Odisha leaders.

Former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang joins BJP

Former Odisha Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang along with his son Sishir on Thursday formally joined the BJP at the party's state headquarters here.

'Lady Don' arrested in Odisha

Saila Ranasingh, dubbed as the 'lady don', who was on the run after attacking police at Haldipadia slum in the state capital was on Thursday arrested by the Commissionerate Police.

Woman kills drunk husband in Odisha

 A woman has been arrested here for killing her husband with a pestle after he came home drunk and quarrelled with her, police said on Tuesday.

Odisha Police to summon Mumbai woman in Iyer arrest case

With contradictory stories appearing over the arrest of Deccan Chronicle vice-chairman PK Iyer from a star hotel here, the Odisha police on Friday said it would soon summon the woman in whose name the room was booked.

Heatwave returns in Odisha, Bhubaneswar records 44 deg Celsius

 A severe heat wave condition warning was issued in Odisha on Wednesday by the IMD, as the mercury shot up at several places across the state.

Odisha for not allowing helicopters during Nabakalebara

 Odisha government has urged the Centre to take steps not to allow choppers or aircrafts to fly over Grand Road at Puri during Lord Jagannath's famous Nabakalebara festival due to safety reasons, official sources said on Wednesday.

BJD-BJP slowing down chit fund scam probe: CPI

CPI leader D. Raja on Wednesday took a dig at the BJP-led central government and BJD-led Odisha government, alleging they had a tacit understanding to slow down the CBI probe into chit fund scam in the state.

Odisha suggests flexibility to modify central schemes guidelines

The Odisha government on Sunday proposed that the sub-group of NITI Ayog be given sufficient flexibility to states to modify the guidelines of central skill development schemes to suit local needs.

Media is ‘oxygen’ for decentralised planning, say experts

Devolution of powers to the block and Panchayat level is not possible without media playing a constructive role, said experts at a media workshop on decentralised planning this week, in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The workshop aims to familiarise media people with local planning processes and good practices with focus on the larger picture of decentralisation and convergence.

Sunstroke toll mounts to 28 in Odisha

Though temperatures fell at most places across Odisha, the mercury level refused come down in the state settling at 40.2 degrees Celsius, while the sun stroke death toll mounted to 28.

Sunstroke toll mounts to 25 in Odisha, temperature drops

The sunstroke death toll in Odisha on Monday mounted to 25 even as the mercury level fell in all places with the highest temperature of the day being recorded at 40.2 degree Celsius in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Heatwave toll rises to 21 in Odisha, mercury still high

Death toll due to sun-stroke in Odisha mounted to 21 on Saturday as the searing heatwave remained unabated despite slight respite in the coastal areas with Titlagarh in western region turning the hottest place at 45.4 degrees Celsius.