Complete 75% of IAP projects by March-end

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the implementation of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) should be made more participatory by consulting people’s representatives in districts. Chidambaram reviewed the implementation of IAP in the State through video-conferencing with district collectors. Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik and secretaries of? departments, including Home, Panchayati Raj, Women

Special cell to monitor malpractices in Plus II

The state government has formed a special monitoring cell for the first time ever to regulate the movement of flying squads to check malpractices during the month-long Plus II examination, beginning from Friday. Over 2.79 lakh students are scheduled to appear for the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) examination across 1,065 centres in the

Hirakud Dam probes water contamination

Hirakud Dam authorities have started investigation into the alleged destruction of paddy saplings in western Odisha because of contamination of the dam water used for irrigation. Dam officials have contacted regional pollution control board and  deputy director of agriculture of Sambalpur and Bargarh districts in this regard. The investigation was prompted by a direction of

30 students booked, 1 expelled for malpractice

Thirty students were booked and one was expelled for malpractice on the first day of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) Plus II exams on Friday.  Bhubaneswar is the central zone and was monitored by 17 squads. Similarly, there was strict monitoring in other three zones – Baripada, Berhampur and Sambalpur. The council will

Maoist couple surrender

A hardcore Maoist couple, Amar Mirdha (30) and Arati Kumar surrendered before Deogarh SP Chittaranjan Das on Friday. The couple had brought along with them their two sons, aged five and two. While Amar is a native of Topopada under Jujumura police limits in Sambalpur district, Arati belongs to Jadagula village in Riamal block of

Advocate among four highwaymen nabbed

Four inter-district highway robbers were arrested from the Boinda check gate by Angul Police on Thursday. Of the four, two had committed a highway robbery in the district by intercepting the vehicle of a doctor’s family, at gunpoint. Sources said Ajay Kumar Maharana of Cuttack city and Akhaya Kumar Bindhani of Baranga had looted `

Odisha government to take measures to make rivers pollution-free

The Odisha government on Tuesday decided to take various measures for maintaining the health of rivers in the state. Presiding over a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat here, chief secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik reviewed the present scenario and advised the departments to make integrated efforts for preparation of a definite action plan for major

Extortion racket busted, 6 arrested

In a major breakthrough, Sambalpur Police on Tuesday arrested six members of an inter-state gang involved in extortion under a self-styled Odisha Liberation Tiger (OLT) in Rengali area of the district. The police also seized four crude bombs, a mauser, one single-shot pistol, 10 live bullets, two sharp weapons and seven mobile phones from their

Sambalpur lad features as Infosys youth icon

Sambalpur lad Ansuman Panda, currently working as a testing engineer at Infosys, Bangalore, features in the company’s campaign, ‘Future is built by the restless’. The IT major selected Ansuman to strike a chord with the future Gen-Y recruits. The advertisement has been well received in social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut. “I am happy

Slum children turn delinquents

Mitu (11) gets up really early in the morning without parents’ coaxing. It’s not the school bell that has him up, instead it is the lure of filthy lucre through petty thefts. For the children of Rani Bandh slum in Baraipali area under Ainthapali police limits, it has become a way of life. They are