Monthly Archives: April 2012

6 years on, doppler radars still not in place

More than five years after Centre sanctioned four Doppler radar stations for the State, not a single one has come up. The Ministry of Science and Technology sanctioned the four stations, including one at Paradip, in 2006. The other three are to be set up at Balasore, Gopalpur and Sambalpur.  A review on the progress

A pilgrimage turns tragic, 10 dead

Religious trip turned fatal for 21 members of three families after a coal-laden truck rammed the MUV in which they were travelling at Gurupali Chhak under Rengali police limits on State Highway 10, on Monday night. The accident left 10 persons dead while two among the injured, Mohammad Idu (35) and Sheikh Razak (18),? have

Odisha intensified its efforts to install four Doppler Weather Reading Stations

Odisha Govt has intensified its efforts to install four Doppler Weather Reading Stations in Odisha. Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik has taken a review of the progress done in the matter in a high level meeting held in secretariat conference hall today. Discussions in the meeting reveal that four such radar stations will be installed

Is Sabayasachi Panda’s influence over his cadres weakening?

Factionalism in the Maoists groups and a fading leadership has had the police rethinking their combat strategy Bosusco Paolo may have returned home, but he continues to make headlines in Odisha. Paolo, who the Odisha Zonal Maoists group had abducted and released few days later, has told intelligence officers that Maoist leader Sabayasachi Panda’s influence

Odisha: Akshay Tritiya offer for gold coin purchase

The Chief Postmaster General of the Odisha Postal Circle has announced a special festive offer on the purchase of gold coins from the designated post offices across Odisha on the occasion of the coming Akshay Tritiya. The customers would be entitled to a discount of 6 per cent on the purchase of gold coins of

10 killed, 8 injured in road mishap

At least 10 people, including two women, were killed and eight others injured when a jeep collided with a truck in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, police said on Tuesday. The jeep carrying 18 persons was returning to Belpahar and Kanika areas from Hirakud late on Monday night when the mishap struck at Gurupali on Sambalpur-Rourkela State

Hindalco’s Rs 7,500-cr alumina refinery to start production by Dec

The Utkal Alumina project, a 1.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) alumina refinery plant being set up by AV Birla owned Hindalco Industries at Kashipur in south Odisha’s Rayagada district, is set to go into production by December this year. “Around 85 per cent of the construction work for the Rs 7,500-crore project has already

ECoR engineers to move Mukul over demands

The Zonal Executive Committee (ZEC) of East Coast Railway Engineers’ Association (ECoREA) has expressed its displeasure over the delay in fulfilment of demands by the Railway Board. The Committee has unanimously decided to meet Railways Minister Mukul Roy in this regard. The ZEC meeting was held at Vizianagaram on Sunday where office-bearers of zonal headquarters,

Cops identify BPO staff’s assailants

Bhubaneswar police have identified the men behind the attack on BPO employee Namita Padhi at Mancheswar on Friday, though they are yet to establish the cause of the firing. “We have got vital clues from the nine detainees and would crack the case within a day or two. The culprits have been identified,” Bhubaneswar DCP

Tribals protest harassment by forces

Resentment is brewing among hapless tribals in this part of the State against security personnel. Facing arrest after being branded as Maoists, these tribals are now raising voice against the alleged excesses. This became evident earlier this week when hundreds of tribals in the periphery of Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary gheraoed the Collectorate demanding relocation. The