Odisha to host Santosh Trophy

The All India Football Federation has released the fixture of the 66th Santosh Trophy Football Championship, which will take place at four venues (Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Bargarh) in Odisha from May 11 to 27. According to host Football Association of Odisha secretary Sanjay Behera, altogether 34 States and government institutions will fight for the

No Clue on MLA Hikaka

The released tourist Claudio Colangelo italin said the Maoists possibly took them hostage without knowing who they were. “They perhaps took us by chance,” he said. Sandeep Sahu, one of the journalists to whom the Maoists handed over Colangelo, said he had spoken to Paolo and he was fine. “We trekked 16 hours to reach

Maoists free one Italian hostage, no trace of MLA

The Maoists on Sunday released one of the two Italians they had abducted from the Kandhamal -Ganjam border in Orissa on March 14 Claudio Colangelo walked to safety with a group of journalists who had gone into the forest at the invitation of the insurgents. “I feel good. It’s finished. I am very happy. I

Schemes fail, child labourers up

Efforts by the Labour Department notwithstanding, the number of child labourers in the district has gone up. A fresh survey conducted by the State Labour Institute (SLI), Bhubaneswar, has identified at least 8,598 new child labourers in the district. This is in addition to 17,365 identified in a survey in 2005-06. The survey found maximum

Odisha government to upgrade infrastructre at Budharaja, Ghanteswari attract tourists

The Budharaja hill and the Ghanteswari temple will get facelift as the Odisha government has sanctioned funds for the purpose. The developmental works will be executed by the forest department. The tourism department has sanctioned the funds but the forest department will execute the work, said divisional forest officer Santosh Banchhor. We will execute the

Orissa High Court grants anticipatory bail to BJP MLA

The Orissa High Court today granted anticipatory bail to senior BJP leader Jayanarayan Mishra in two criminal cases registered against him by Sambalpur police in connection with a police station gherao of December 2010. The bench of Justice S C Parija granted the bail to the MLA ordering that in the event of his surrender,

Orissa diverts 12,000 hectares forest land for mining industries

Close to 12000 hectares of forest land have been diverted in the state in the past 10 years for mining activities and also to make way for industries in sectors like steel, aluminium, power and petroleum refining. While mining activities have taken the lion’s share of the forest land (10,182 hectares), 1749.02 hectares have been

Maoists declare ceasefire, float list with 13 demands

Three negotiators to involve in dialogue with the state, scrapping of Operation Green Hunt among top demands Following the abduction of two Italian nationals in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on 14 March, the state leadership of the banned Maoist party has declared ceasefire and issued a set of demands (see box). Late last night, the party

Demands set by Maoists for Italian nationals’ release

Odisha government on Monday intensified efforts for the release of two Italian nationals from the captivity of Maoists. Maoists set 13 demands for the release of the foreigners. Targeting foreigners for the first time, Maoists abducted the two Italian nationals, Basusco Paolo (55) and Claudio Colangilo (60), from the forested areas of Kandhamal district on Saturday

Tight leash on matric exams

As a last-ditch effort to stop malpractices during the matriculation examination, the  Board of Secondary Education has, for the first time, decided to initiate disciplinary actions against centre superintendents and invigilators if students of their centres are found cheating. The examination starts on Monday. As many as 5,11,443 students will appear in the matriculation exam