NCSC pulls up Odisha minister, gets defamation threat

National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) directed Odisha government not to defend in court a state minister who made casteist remarks, while he threatened to file defamation against NCSC chief.

Odisha: Patnaik reshuffles ministry, drops five

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dropped five ministers and inducted nine in his council ministers.

`Apolitical` platform floated within BJD

Disgruntled BJD stalwart, Damodar Rout, who was dropped from the Naveen Patnaik cabinet floated a `non-political` platform within the party.

Orissa agriculture minister Damodar Rout resigns

Amid speculations about a possible ministry reshuffle in Orissa, agriculture minister Damodar Rout on Monday resigned after being asked by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to do so.

Orissa agriculture minister gets bail

Orissa`s Agriculture minister Damodar Rout, accused of hurting sentiments of Dalits by uttering the word "Harijan", has been granted bail by a lower court at Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district.

Naveen intervenes in spat between MP and minister

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik today intervened in a spat between between Agriculture
minister Damodar Rout and party MP both of whom are said to
be close to him.

Dalits demand minister`s dismissal, arrest in Orissa

The Orissa Dalit Mahasabha on Thursday demanded immediate dismissal and arrest of senior minister Damodar Rout, accused of passing derogatory remarks against an MLA.