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Vigilance cells to detect fake caste papers

The state government has decided to set up two dedicated vigilance cells in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to detect cases of upper caste people procuring SC and ST certificates. At present, such cases are being monitored by the human rights protection cells (HRPC) in the twin cities. Though district vigilance cells exist in Khurda and Cuttack

HC notice to Railways on Sambalpur train mishap

 The Orissa High Court yesterday issued notices to the state government and the Railways to file counters within two weeks on a PIL seeking Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the families of 14 persons killed in a train accident near Sambalpur last month. A Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice S

OPTCL to take up five 400 KV substations at Rs 1103 cr

Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) has firmed up plans to implement five 400 KV grid substations in the state at a cost of Rs 1103 crore on the public private partnership (PPP) mode. The grid substations will be set up at Lapanga near Sambalpur, Nisha near Angul and Khuntuni under Cuttack district for evacuation

Encounter in Bargarh

Security forces and Maoists exchanged fire near Gandpali village in Bargarh district on Chhattisgarh-Odisha border on Saturday. There was no report of any casualty. “The exchange took plase in Gandhamardhan forest range. We don’t have any information about casualty or injury among the rebels. Securitymen are safe,” DIG of police (NR) Sanjay Kumar said. The

Game’s up for 3 fake Maoists

Police on Saturday arrested three persons for allegedly trying to extort money from a trader by posing as Maoists in Rayagada district. The accused were identified as Rajendra Rout, Sanjit Naik and Arun Bagho. According to police, the trio had pasted a fake Maoist poster at the home of a trader identified as Ram Murty

Train collision averted near Bargarh

A head-on collision between two trains was averted near Bargarh railway station on Saturday. The incident happened around 4.30 pm when the driver of the Bhubaneswar Intercity Express, which had just left Bargarh, realized that a train was coming on the same track where he present. He alerted the Bargarh railway station authorities, who asked

Four criminals arrested in Sambalpur

 After change of guard, criminals are facing bad weather in Sambalpur town. Few criminal, who kept the Badabazar and Durgapli area overwhelmed for sometime, were arrested by the Khetrarajpur police on Tuesday night.  Sub-inspector Bandana Patra and a team of police officers swooped on them in their houses and arrested them. The police also seized

Regional Level Consultation in Koraput

A two days Regional level Consultation on “the Implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006” was organized by Bhumiadhikar Sangathan, Koraput  affiliated to the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha on 24th  and 25th August 2012 at the Tribal Museum Koraput. The consultation was inaugurated by  Mrs. Malati Nayak, the Sarpanch of the Ramgiri G.P

PIL seeks damage for train mishap victims

 Raising the issue of lack of railway safety in the backdrop of the death of 14 persons at an unmanned level-crossing at Khairapalli near Sambalpur last week, social activist and advocate Prabir Kumar Das on Tuesday filed a PIL in the Odisha High Court seeking at least Rs 10-lakh compensation to the family of each

Centre identifies 789 habitations for ultra small branches

The department of financial services under Union finance ministry has identified 789 habitations in 14 Naxal affected districts of Odisha covered under Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for establishment of ultra small branches (USBs). The 14 districts are Deogarh, Gajapati, Ganjam, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sundergarh. The establishment of