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AICTE approved at least 82 technical institutes in Odisha

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved at least 82 technical institutes in the State while denying approval to eight engineering colleges and allowing two Bhubaneswar-based technical institutes to close down their shutters. A communiqué in this connection was received by the Employment, Training and Technical Education (ET&TE) Department on Saturday. The

Girl burned alive for stealing fruits

A 10-year-old girl was allegedly burnt alive in Deogarh’s Balinali village on Thursday. Police have detained two women in this connection and are investigating the matter. The victim was identified as Rinki Behera. Sources said Rinki along with her three friends had stolen some pomegranate from a nearby farm on Wednesday. Their family members had

10 killed in Balangir mishap

As many as 10 persons, including two children and two women, were killed and seven of a wedding party were injured in an accident near Khaprakhol in Patnagarh sub-division of Balangir district on Thursday morning. The accident took place when the victims were returning to their village after attending the party at Khujenpali near Bolangir

5 burnt to death inside state bus near Balangir

Fourteen people were killed in four separate mishaps in different parts of the state on Thursday. While five persons were charred to death when a bus caught fire at Puintala near Balangir town, around 330 km from Bhubaneswar, nine others were killed in separate mishaps in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Keonjhar districts. Sources said an Odisha

Water projects lying defunct

Of 110 revenue villages under Bijepur block here, 80 are water-stressed. Out of 800 tubewells in the block, 200 are lying defunct. Water projects under Swajaldhara rural water supply scheme in villages of Gudimunda T Gondpali and Jokhipali are lying defunct. After working for some time, those were rendered defunct due to breakdown of transformer.

More officials land in police net for money laundering

Deputy general manager of Andhra Pradesh-based para-banking company Wellfare Buildings and Estates Private Limited RS Madhav Rao was arrested by Dhanupali police on Tuesday. Rao was in charge of operations in the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. Police have also seized documents related to investments from his possession. The company

The Assam Government to acquire Bezbaroa’s Odisha house

The Assam Government is going to acquire the Sambalpur (Odisha) residence of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the doyen of Assamese literature, for converting it into a memorial. Presiding over a meeting held in this connection at Raj Bhawan yesterday, Governor JB Patnaik underscored the need to convert the Sambalpur residence of Bezbaroa into a memorial, and directed

Lighter of pyres

Personal tragedies forced her to go against age-old customs and take up the cudgels at a local crematorium. Meet Shanti Behera from Odisha’s Sambalpur There is nothing extraordinary about the way she looks. Yet Shanti Behera, 52, a resident of Sambalpur, is unique. For the last decade she has been running the local crematorium. According

Maoists torch cellphone towers

Maoists blew up two mobile towers of a private telecom operator in the Gandhamardhan mountain range on Monday night. The tower were in Bargarh’s Purena village and Balangir’s Rengali village. Police could reach the spot only on Tuesday due to security concerns. SDPO (Padmapur) Parul Gupta said “Last night incident is a desperate attempt by

Lower Suktel Dam: Villagers, Maoists take contrast stand

Hundreds of villagers supporting the Lower Suktel irrigation project on Tuesday blocked Balangir-Patnagarh road at Dhulusar Chhack for more than one hour. Sudam Dharua of Telenpali village, who led the agitators, said local tribals are supporting construction of the lower Suktel irrigation dam, but some ‘outsiders with vested interest’ have been creating disturbances. They presented