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CLP meet to discuss dissidence

An emergency meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) will be convened in the first week of June to discuss the growing dissidence in the State unit. Former Union minister and Odisha in-charge Jagdish Tytler and president of the OPCC Niranjan Patnaik will be present at the meeting. Sources said the meeting had been convened

State Government focusing on floriculture, coconut and banana crops

Having witnessed a quantum rise in the production of horticulture crops in the last 10 years, the State Government has now decided to lay emphasis on floriculture, coconut and banana crops. Three new schemes – floriculture development, coconut development, banana development – besides inter-cropping have been introduced under the State plan for the current financial

Howrah-Chennai route trains through Jharsuguda-Sambalpur temporarily

Train operations on the Howrah-Chennai route through Odisha are set to be disrupted from May 25 to 27 as the South Eastern Railways has decided to take up repair works on the Up line between Jaleswar and Amarda Road Station on the Kharagpur-Bhadrak section. Several trains will be cancelled, short terminated or diverted from 5

Sambalpuri album industry in the doldrums

The unchecked piracy of albums along with low standard of lyrics has shattered the album industry of Sambalpuri songs that was the source of livelihood of over 4,000 families in Sambalpur and other cities of western Odisha during the past decade. The industry that once produced over 100 albums every year has been all but

Heatwave to prevail for another 48 hours

The mercury showed signs of a decline across the State but there was no relief from the sweltering conditions which claimed three more lives in Odisha on Monday. Two persons died in Balasore while the third sunstroke death was reported by the Ganjam district administration. The official death toll, with this, has climbed up to

Local cops unhelpful: CRPF

Even as allegations of lack of coordination between Central Forces and the State Police has pitted the State Government against the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the allegation is not unfounded. Lack of coordination between local administration, police and CRPF stationed in Sambalpur to combat the growing Maoist menace has, in the past, forced the

Bargarh Museum awaits a saviour

Some precious artefacts, once the pride of Bargarh Museum, have either been stolen or are missing and little effort has been made by the district administration to renovate the museum and restore its glory. Set up in 1994 at the initiative of the then district collector Anu Garg and some Good Samaritans, the museum now

No power cuts during daytime, says Naveen

With no sign of respite from the ongoing heat wave in Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the energy department not to go for power cuts from 10 am till 5 pm. Naveen’s direction came during a review meeting on facilities available at hospitals to attend sunstroke patients, drinking water crisis, facilities available for

Three children and a woman were electrocuted in Bargarh

Three children and a woman were electrocuted when they accidentally came in contact with a high voltage wire lying near their house at a village in Bargarh district early on Monday. Six more people were injured in the incident at Kumelsingha in Attabira police station area. Police said the deceased belonged to the same family.

One more dies of sunstroke

With no respite from the heat, one more sunstroke death was reported from Boudh district on Sunday, taking the official toll to five. The unofficial death toll though stands at 47. So far, Angul, Balangir, Sambalpur, Jajpur and now Boudh have confirmed deaths. While the Met office said that the heatwave conditions will continue for