Odisha

Padma Shri D Prakash Rao no more, PM Modi mourns death

Renowned social worker Padma Shri D Prakash Rao on Wednesday passed away at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Cuttack. The sexagenarian was battling with COVID-19 and related ailments for the past 20 days. The hospital’s emergency officer Dr Bhubanananda Maharana told reporters that Rao breathed his last at around 4.15 pm on...

Former Union minister Dilip Ray sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment in coal scam case

A special CBI court in Delhi on Monday sentenced former Union minister Dilip Ray to three years in prison after he was found guilty in a coal scam case. Apart from Dilip Ray, the special CBI court also pronounced a three-year jail term to three others convicted in the case. The court also imposed a...

CBI seeks life imprisonment for former Union minister Dilip Ray

The CBI has sought life imprisonment for former Union minister Dilip Ray who has been convicted in coal scam case. The CBI told the Delhi court that white-collar crimes are on the rise and maximum punishment needs to be awarded to Dilip Ray to send a message to the society. Dilip Ray was convicted by...

1,655 kg of cannabis seized, 12 arrested in Bihar & Jharkhand

Twelve people were arrested in Bihar and Jharkhand last week and over 1,655 kg of cannabis was seized from them by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), officials in the central anti-narcotics agency said on Sunday. The contraband was seized from trucks with national permit and other vehicles, and in one instance, cannabis was concealed inside...

Cuttack returns to lockdown till July 8 to control COVID-19 infections

Odisha has become the latest in the country to return to lockdown for some of its cities after the government on Saturday declared complete shutdown in Cuttack till July 8 amid rising COVID-19 cases. Under the shutdown, all non-essential shops will be closed and non-essential travel prohibited. Grocery, vegetable and milk shops are allowed to...
SC allows Rathyatra in Puri after Odisha govt’s assurance

SC allows Rathyatra in Puri after Odisha govt’s assurance

The Supreme Court on Monday said it would allow Puri’s Rathyatra, scheduled to start from June 23, saying it cannot “micro-manage” the rituals and left it to the wisdom of state, the Centre and temple management to deal with that issue. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde was informed by the Odisha government...
SC agrees to hear pleas to allow Puri Rathyatra without public participation

SC agrees to hear pleas to allow Puri Rathyatra without public participation

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear pleas seeking modification of its June 18 order staying this year’s Lord Jagannath Rathyatra in Puri due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centre told the apex court that the historic Lord Jagannath’s Rathyatra in Puri can be allowed to be held this year without public participation in...

Woman drags bedridden mother on cot to bank to get pension

A woman in Odisha’s Naupara has alleged that she had to pull her over 100-year-old mother to the bank on a cot to get the latter’s pension money after the manager demanded physical verification of the account holder. Media reports, however, quoted the district collector as saying that the woman brought her mother to the...

2 dead as aircraft crashes in Odisha’s Dhenkanal

A woman trainee pilot and her instructor were killed after a two-seater aircraft crashed in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on Monday. As per initial reports, the accident took place at the Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) at Birasala. The trainer aircraft crashed soon after it took off on Monday morning. “Captain Sanjib Kumar Jha from Bihar...

After arranging buses, Sonu Sood now airlifts 167 Odias stuck in Kerala

When the news of women labourers stuck in Kerala reached actor Sonu Sood, who has been hailed for providing buses for migrant workers stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown, he immediately swung into action. Stuck in Kerala’s Ernakulam, 167 women, engaged in stitching and embroidery work at a local factory were seeking to return to...

PM to visit Bengal & Odisha, to carry out aerial survey of damage post cyclone Amphan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal and Odisha and also carry out an aerial survey of the damage due to cyclone Amphan in the two states. Earlier West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the PM to visit the state and inspect the damage. She had pegged the losses due to the...

At least 3 dead as cyclone Amphan leaves a trail of destruction in Bengal

An extremely severe cyclone, Amphan, packing winds of up to 190 kmph, battered through West Bengal Wednesday, causing heavy rain and leaving a trail of destruction that left at least two people dead, officials said. After making landfall at 2.30 p.m. between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Island in Bangladesh, cyclone Amphan cut a...