Rebels back in action in Sambalpur

After remaining in hibernation for little over three months following the arrest of Girish Bhokta, a key Maoist operative in Sambalpur district, the rebels have reportedly resurfaced. Reports received indicate that the Maoists had been noticed in Larasara village under Dhama police limits late on Monday night. About 10 uniformed and armed cadres were speaking

Sambalpur politics hots up as municipal chairperson Reena Trivedi looses no-trust motion

Reena Trivedi, the chairperson of Sambalpur municipality has lost the no-confidence motion today. As per the direction of the High Court, the vote counting was held today. 19 of the 23 councillors have voted for the no-confidence motion. One vote has been rejected and three councillors voted against the no-confidence motion. Chairperson Reena Trivedi has

Former minister’s brother suspected in Bhubaneswar firing case

The role of Khirod Chandra Mallick, an NGO activist and brother of former minister Pramila Mallick, in connection with a firing incident in the city is under the scanner with police suspecting his involvement in the case. Mallick, founder of an NGO, came under police glare after his driver Biswanath Pradhan, who was earlier arrested

Odisha reels under heat waves, Titilagarh sizzles at 45 degrees

Odisha continued to reel under a severe heat wave Wednesday with one of its towns recording a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, the day’s highest in the state, an official said. Titilagarh town in Balangir district, has recorded 45 degrees Celsius, a senior official of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said. Titilagarh had recorded 44.5

4 nabbed with marijuana from mayor’s house

Gadge Nagar police nabbed four persons with two bags of marijuana from the mayor’s official bungalow located on Amravati University road in the wee hours of Wednesday. The names of the accused are Vishveshwar Parwan, Suraj Parwan and Swaraj Mohanty, residents of Sambalpur in Orissa and Shaikh Hasan Shaikh Kasam of Vyankayyapura here. The accused

Approval has been given to set up three new Sainik Schools

At present, there are 24 Sainik Schools in the country. In-principle approval has been given to set up three new Sainik Schools in Sambalpur (Orissa), Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) and Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) respectively. Sainik Schools admit boys in Classes VI and IX. Their age should be 10-11 years for Class VI and 13-14 years for

Thapa: Santosh semis in sight

Despite having made it to their third quarterfinal in as many years in the 2012 Santosh Trophy, Delhi didn’t get any time to celebrate. Almost as soon as the squad had beaten Jharkhand 3-1 in their final league encounter, a night match in Sambalpur, Orissa, they had to rush back to their hotel to pack.

Oust-Niranjan move gathers momentum

Odisha’s main Opposition party, the Congress, is now embroiled in increasing infighting to the further glee among the ruling BJD’s rank and file. A dominant section of the State Congress is out to oust PCC president Niranjan Patnaik, who, despite being in the saddle for several months, is yet to gain control over the party.

Naxal violence declined in 2011, says Odisha top cop

Rejecting the Centre’s charge that Odisha failed to contain Left Wing Extremism, the state’s director general of police on Tuesday claimed that Naxal violence had declined in 2011 compared to the year before. “Naxal situation in most parts of the state had been controlled while it was a cause of concern for the state government

State counters Centre claim on Red violence

The Odisha government on Monday countered the Centre’s claim that it had failed to deal with the alarming rise in Maoist activities in the state. In reply to a letter from Union home secretary R K Singh, Odisha DGP Manmohan Praharaj said the state government was doing its best to quell the Maoist challenge and