Pre-poll violence: Student injured in group-clash in city’s Rajdhani College

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BHUBANESWAR: Violence ahead of students’ union polls rocked Rajdhani College on Monday. Two student groups clashed with each other inside the campus over election issue. A student Prashant Dalei was attacked by his rival group on the college campus. They were not happy with the rising popularity of Dalei among the students ahead of the election. They thrashed him in front of other students at around 11.30am, said a college staff. Dalei’s friend Rajat Kumar Parida, president of the Rajdhani College Students’ Union, said the rivals attacked his friend while…

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Damodar Rout’s allegations are ridiculous: Naveen Patnaik

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BHUBANESWAR: Day after expelling Damodar Rout from BJD, party president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday dismissed corruption charges levelled against his government by the former minister. Briefing reporters at his residence here after returning from New Delhi, Naveen said, “Dama babu has always been making irresponsible statements. His allegations are fruitless and ridiculous.” Earlier, defending his decision of expulsion at the national capital, Naveen said the action is being taken against him for the anti-party activities that he has been indulging in. To queries about the speculation that…

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Odisha: Complaint lodged against TV channel for showing live cobra on screen

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BHUBANESWAR: Snake Helpline on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) and Wildlife Crime Control Board (WCCB) against use of a live cobra in a television serial, which was telecasted in a local Odia channel. Wildlife activists said this is violation of Wildlife Protection Act (1972) and there are instances of action being taken against actors for posting photographs with snakes in social media. “The act of the actor, producers and channel authorities cannot be ignored because they violated section 9 (hunting) and section 51…

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Gold worth Rs 21 lakh seized from passenger at Bhubaneswar airport

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BHUBANESWAR: Officers of Air Intelligence unit of Customs at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) on Thursday foiled yet another attempt of smuggling of gold through Bhubaneswar airport. The officials seized 690.5 grams of gold worth Rs 21, 89,043 from a passenger, who arrived at the city airport from Kuala Lumpur. The passenger, hailing from Chennai, arrived at the airport from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia flight AK-31 in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. Acting on a tipoff, customs officials intercepted the passenger and searched his personal baggage.…

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Centre trying hard to get CM Naveen’s nod for Talcher project’s launch

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BHUBANESWAR: The Centre is trying hard to get chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s nod for National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC)’s Rs 9785 crore power plant project at Talcher so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays its foundation stone when he visits the place on September 22 to kickstart the revival of the Talcher Fertiliser Plant. The NTPC plans to expand the Talcher Thermal Power Station (TTPS) and add two new plants (stage III) with a combined capacity of 1320 megawatt (the state’s current average need is around 3500 mw). The Rs…

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Protests erupt in Odisha after MP tigress Sundari kills woman

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ANGUL: A day after the MP tigress ‘Sundari’ mauled a woman to death, tension prevailed in villages in Satkosia Tiger reserve (STR) area for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Local residents staged a massive protest, forcing the administration to agree to the locals’ demand to shift the tigress to another reserve. However, state forest minister Bijayshree Routray told TOI that the department is yet to take a concrete decision regarding Sundari. “The postmortem report is yet to come. I have called senior forest officers for a discussion on the…

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