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12 Candidates In Fray For Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Assembly Seat

Bhubaneswar: The second phase of elections in the state concluded Monday and the third phase of voting will be held after 3 days, on May 25. Therefore, extensive preparations have been made by the administration in the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency. The Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Assembly segment, which was formed in 2009, has been occupied by BJD [] The post 12 Candidates In Fray For Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Assembly Seat appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 11:51 pm

Yogi Adityanath, Arun Govil to Visit Odisha for BJPs Poll Campaign Trail

Bhubaneswar: As the third phase of polling in Odisha approaches, the BJPs star campaigners are entering the fray with a series of rallies in the state. Odisha BJPs vice-president Golak Mohapatraon Tuesdayinformed that Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Ramayan serial fame Arun Goviltohit the campaign trail. Arun Govil,who is well-known for playing the role [] The post Yogi Adityanath, Arun Govil to Visit Odisha for BJPs Poll Campaign Trail appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 9:25 pm

Patras faux pas on Lord Jagannath triggers criticism

Bhubaneswar, May 21 (UNI) A faux pas by BJP national spokesperson and Puri Lok Sabha candidate Dr Sambit Patra describing Lord Jagannath as ardent devotee of Narendra Modi, has triggered criticism from various quarters including political circles. On Monday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modis road show in Puri, Patra made the grave error in an... The post Patras faux pas on Lord Jagannath triggers criticism first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 21 May 2024 8:11 pm

BJD Issues Show-Cause Notice To Four MLAs

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal has issued a show-cause notice to four MLAs who resigned from the party to reply as to why they would not be disqualified on the grounds of defection. The notices were sent to Samir Dash, Simarani Nayak, Ramesh Sai, and Parshuram Dhada. The notices issued by the Odisha Legislative Assembly [] The post BJD Issues Show-Cause Notice To Four MLAs appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 5:21 pm

Opposition Leaders Are Having Sleepless Nights: BJDs Kartik Pandian Campaigns in Keonjhar

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader Kartik Pandian on Tuesday hit the campaign trail in Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency to further strengthen partys position in the simultaneous elections. The BJD star campaigner addressed massive public meetings in Champua and Karanjia Assembly constituencies under the Keonjhar Lok Sabha segment, seeking support for his party candidates. Coming down [] The post Opposition Leaders Are Having Sleepless Nights: BJDs Kartik Pandian Campaigns in Keonjhar appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 4:48 pm

Odisha registers 69.34% voter turnout in 5 LS, 35 Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: A voter turnout of 69.34 per cent was recorded in five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in Odisha where polling was held Monday, officials said. The second round of simultaneous elections were held in Aska, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Sundargarh and Bargarh Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly segments under these parliamentary seats. Bargarh Lok []

orissapost 21 May 2024 2:10 pm

BJP has already crossed 400 Lok Sabha seats mark: Amit Shah

Sambalpur: Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday sought to take a psychological edge over the rivals by claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already crossed 300 Lok Sabha seat marks in the five phases of elections held in the country so far. He said in the next two phases of polls, the BJP will easily touch the 400 seats mark as set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Do you know how many seats the BJP has got in the five phases of polls? Let me tell you that we have already touched the 300-seat mark. And, we are pretty confident that we will cross the 400 mark in the next two phases of elections, Shah said while addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally at Remed Square, which falls under the Sambalpur parliamentary constituency. He called upon the Odisha people to vote in large numbers to help the BJP reach the 400 Lok Sabha seats target. The home minister lambasted the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha as a non-serious and non-performing administration that is totally insensitive to peoples issues and grievances. Naveen Patnaik government is a completely non-serious establishment. It has imposed bureaucracy on the people of Odisha. This needs to be voted out of power for the betterment of the people, he said. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan is contesting from the Sambalpur seat. Apart from Dharmendra, BJP state unit president Manmohan Samal, partys national vice president Baijayant Jay Panda, Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha member Aparajita Sarangi, and Balasore Lok Sabha member Pratap Sarangi were present in the meeting. Attacking the ruling BJD over the Rs 10,000-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, Shah announced that after coming to power in the state, the new government would put all the accused in jail and try to refund the money of the affected depositors. Taking an indirect swipe at V Karthikeyan Pandian, a Tamil Nadu-born bureaucrat-turned-politician who has virtually taken control of the BJD organization and calling the shots in Odisha administration, Shah said, People of Odisha will never accept the rule of a Tamilian. They will have an Odia man at the helm of affairs after the elections.. Accusing CM Naveen Patnaik of multiple failures, he said, He speaks of development, but poverty is high here in the state. Distress migration is always reported from Ganjam, the CMs home district. He speaks of industrial development, but Odisha ranks 29 in the Ease of Doing Business index. The Union minister mentioned that the disappearance of Lord Jagannaths Ratna Bhandar (gems treasury) was a matter of serious concern. He declared that the BJPf, after coming to power in the state, will not only open it but also get all the jewels and gems enumerated by the Reserve Bank of India. The home minister alleged that the Naveen Patnaik governments failure had led to the shutting down of eight thousand schools in the state. He also condemned the state government for depriving as many as 26 lakh people of drinking water.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 1:29 pm

EOW Arrests Long Absconding Proprietor Of QUICK CLICK AD MEDIA For Cheating Rs 2 Cr

Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing, Bhubaneswar arrested a long-absconding proprietor of an LLP company from the Indiranagar police station area in Lucknow, UP for cheating Rs 2 crore. The accused has been identified as Bimalananda Bhuyan of Orkel village in Malkangiri district. The arrested accused was produced before the court of ACJM-II, Lucknow, and brought [] The post EOW Arrests Long Absconding Proprietor Of QUICK CLICK AD MEDIA For Cheating Rs 2 Cr appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 12:30 pm

Jagannath Comment: Sambit Patra announces 3-day fasting for atonement

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Partys (BJP) national spokesperson and Puri Lok Sabha candidate Dr Sambit Patra seems to have landed in the soup for making a faux pas on Prime Minister Narendra Modis relationship with Lord Jagannath. On Monday, while speaking to reporters after PM Modis roadshow at Puri, an overenthusiastic Patra said, Lord Jagannath is a great devotee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, though he was supposed to say the other way round. The opposition BJD and Congress immediately lapped up the gaffe to corner Patra and the BJP. Ruling BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik condemned Patras remark. He said: Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannatha is the Lord of the Universe. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is an insult to the Lord. This has hurt the sentiments and demeaned the faith of crores of Jagannatha bhaktas and Odias across the world. The Lord is the greatest symbol of Odia Asmita. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being is totally condemnable. I strongly denounce the statement made by the BJP Puri Lok Sabha candidate and I appeal to the BJP to keep the Lord above any political discourse. By this, you have deeply hurt Odia Asmita and this will be remembered and condemned by the people of Odisha for a very long time. Congress president Mallikarjuna Kharge and All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge for Odisha Dr. Ajay Kumar also criticized Patra. The comment made by BJPs Puri candidate is an insult to Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannatha revered by crores of people. We condemn it in the strongest possible words. It reinforces our charge that a BJP, drunk with power, will not even spare our Gods, let alone Indias people. On June 4th, this arrogance shall be destroyed by the Will of the People. Dr Ajay Kumr wrote: Will the media ask any question to Sambit Patra? Where are those journalists with the 7 pm agenda? Where have those Hindutva organizations gone, he asked in a post on X. Patra, on Tuesday, issued a clarification through a video message, saying it was a slip of the tongue. I gave a number of bytes on Monday to multiple media channels after the massive success of Shri Narendra Modi's roadshow in Puri. Everywhere, I mentioned that Modi ji is an ardent Bhakt (devotee) of Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu by mistake during one of the bytes I pronounced just the opposite ..I know you too know and understand this ...Sir, let's not make an issue out of a non-existent issue ...we all have slip of the tongue sometimes, said Patra in a post on X, responding to CM Naveen Patnaiks attack. He also announced that he would observe a three-day fasting for Prayaschit (atonement) and Paschatap (repentance).

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 12:22 pm

I will observe fast for three days: BJP leader Sambit Patra apologises for his remark on Lord Jagannath

Bhubaneswar: Amid continuous attack by political parties over his Lord Jagannath gaffe, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra Tuesday apologised for the slip of the tongue and announced to observe a three-day fast to offer penance. I will observe fast for three days to repent for the unintentional remark []

orissapost 21 May 2024 12:21 pm

Woman, who lost her husband in poll violence, sets example by casting her vote

Bhubaneswar: An Odisha woman, whose husband was hacked to death on May 15 in a poll violence case, has set an example of the highest order as she cast her vote on Monday, as the family grieved the irreparable loss. Sabitri Pahan, wife of Dilip Pahan, exercised her franchise at the Srikrushnasaranpur polling booth under the Khallikote assembly segment in the Ganjam district. Dilip, a supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hacked to death allegedly by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supporters on May 15. As many as 10 accused have been arrested in the case so far. The accused allegedly killed Dillip as he quit the BJD and joined the BJP a few days ago. Concealing all the sorrows in her heart, Sabitri and other family members of Dillip came to Polling Booth 71 and exercised their franchise during the second phase of elections on Monday. Pahan's wife said that she has no faith in the Naveen Patnaik government. I came to the booth to seek justice for my husband. Police protection is so good that nobody wants to visit our house. People are threatened with the fate of my husband. My husband needs justice at any cost, she bemoaned. She added that for the first time, she cast her vote in the 2024 elections. I have no faith in this state government. This government will be overthrown. Police are not trustworthy. As for the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe ordered by the state government, one of the family members said, We have no faith in this probe. The main accused has not been arrested as yet. We demand a probe by a Central agency. I appeal to the Central government for a CBI probe into the murder. All those involved in the murder should be hanged. Another member of the family asserted that about 40 people were involved in the murder.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 12:14 pm

BJPs Sambit Patra to fast for 3 days over his remarks on Lord Jagannath

Bhubaneswar: Embroiled in a controversy over his slip of the tongue on Lord Jagannath, BJP leader and partys Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra apologised and announced to undertake a penance by observing fast for three days from Tuesday after being criticized from different quarters. Patra while giving bytes to television channels on Monday, had Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 21 May 2024 12:09 pm

Low Pressure To Form Over Bay Of Bengal, Will It Turn Into Cyclone?

Bhubaneswar: A low-pressure area is likely to form over the Southwest Bay of Bengal around May 22, predicted the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The system may move north-eastwards initially and intensify into a depression over the central Bay of Bengal by approximately May 24. Alerts for heavy to very heavy rainfall have been issued for [] The post Low Pressure To Form Over Bay Of Bengal, Will It Turn Into Cyclone? appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 11:27 am

Parties infuse star power in campaign to woo voters

Bhubaneswar: As celluloid has become an essential ingredient of Indian politics, especially elections, several political parties are roping in stars from the tinsel world to bask in their reflected glory and add a dash of glamour to the campaign for the ongoing simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha. Apart from big leaders like []

orissapost 21 May 2024 11:21 am

Odisha sees 69% voting in second phase

BHUBANESWAR : Around 69 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of polling in Odisha on Monday amid incidents of violence reported from some areas. Polling was held in Bargarh, Sundargarh, Balangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly seats under them. Till midnight, Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest 76.20 per cent polling followed by 70.37 per cent in Kandhamal. While Balangir Lok Sabha seat witnessed 71.46 per cent polling, 67.74 per cent of voters came out to exercise their franchise in Sundargarh. The lowest polling of 60.78 per cent was witnessed in Aska constituency. In 2019, 72.09 per cent polling was recorded in the second phase. Bargarh had recorded 78.37 per cent followed by 74.91 per cent in Balangir, 73.1 per cent in Kandhamal and 71.89 per cent in Sundargarh. Aska had recorded the lowest polling of 65.79 per cent. Among Assembly seats, Sonepur witnessed heavy polling and recorded 81.23 per cent till last reports came in. Polling crossed 75 per cent in several Assembly constituencies like Bhatli 79.23, Jharsuguda 78.50 and Birmaharajpur 78.37. Chief electoral officer (CEO) Nikunja Bihari Dhal told mediapersons that polling percentage is likely to increase further as people were seen waiting in long queues in several constituencies well after the polling time was over. Tension prevailed at Sarsara village of Bargarh district after an autorickshaw driver Biswanath Mirdha was hacked to death near a polling booth. Mirdha was allegedly killed when he was waiting outside the booth after carrying some voters to the polling station. The CEO, however, said the incident was not poll-related. He said both the accused Manoj Mahananda and the victim were under the influence of alcohol and the incident was result of personal enmity. The CEO said police have formed special teams to nab the accused who fled after committing the crime. CAPF personnel have been rushed to the village, he said adding IG (Northern Range) Himanshu Lal and SP Prahlad Sahai Meena are camping at the village. Odisha sees 69 per cent voter turnout in second phase polls Tension also prevailed at a polling station in Bhanjanagar after BJD workers allegedly attempted booth capturing. The incident reportedly took place at a booth in Beruanbadi village under Turun area when polling was in progress. The CEO said the presiding officer of booth number 28 of Kantamal Assembly segment was taken into custody after some outsiders entered it. Dhal said the polling process could have been stopped by pressing the stop button in the EVMs. We were reviewing the situation through web-casting. The presiding officer was taken into custody as he did not take any such action, he added. Dhal said some EVMs had to be changed in places as they were found to be dysfunctional. He said 48 BUs and CUs each and 117 VVPATs had to be replaced during mock polls and also after polling started. 60% turnout in 5th phase The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Monday registered a 59.93% voter turnout at 11 pm, slowing closing in on the 61.82% tally for the same seats in 2019. With 49 seats, the fifth phase had the fewest seats | P5

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:35 am

Heavy rainfall for two days in parts of Odisha

BHUBANESWAR : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of Odisha on Friday and Saturday. As per the national weather forecaster, heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and three more districts on Friday. Similarly, heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Jajpur and two other districts on Saturday. The national weather forecaster said the rainfall activity will take place under the influence of the system likely to form over Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. A low pressure area is likely to form over south-west Bay of Bengal around Wednesday. It is likely to initially move northeastwards and concentrate into a depression over central parts of Bay of Bengal by Friday morning, said the regional Met office. It has advised the fishermen to not venture into north Bay of Bengal from Friday onwards.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:32 am

City ESI hospital to have critical care unit soon

BHUBANESWAR : ESI Hospital in the city will soon have a critical care unit. The state government has nominated two experts to the technical committee for advice, guidance and hand-holding support for setting up of the unit. As per an order by issued by the Health and Family Welfare department, Prof Debasish Swain of Anaesthesiology department of DD Medical College and Hospital at Keonjhar and associate professor, SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack Dr Chandra Sekhar Behera will guide the team for setting up the unit. The process has already begun for appointment of critical care teams, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals. Once set up, the unit will provide critical care and life support for acutely ill patients at the hospitals own facility. ESI Hospital has tied up with several private hospitals in the state for super-speciality treatment of its beneficiaries in Odisha region. It has roped in 12 hospitals for cardiology, 11 hospitals for cardiothoracic vascular surgery, 10 hospitals for neurology, 12 for neurosurgery and six for paediatric surgery. Similarly, 12 hospitals have been collaborated for nephrology, 11 hospitals for urology, nine for gastroenterology, 12 for GI surgery, four for endocrinology, two for endocrine surgery, seven for burn and plastic surgery and reconstruction surgery, seven for oncology, 10 for oncosurgery and two dialysis. A health official said the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is taking steps to strengthen provisions of in-house medical services in ESI hospitals in the state. ESIC is committed to provide its beneficiaries comprehensive medical care. During last couple of years, efforts are being made to set up and run ICU and critical care units in all ESI hospitals, he said.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:31 am

Elephant census from May 22, mock drill today

BHUBANESWAR: The much-awaited elephant census in the state, to be conducted after a gap of seven years, will commence from Wednesday. Sources in the wildlife wing of Forest department said prior to the three-day exercise, to be conducted between May 22 and 24, a mock head count exercise, involving trained staff, will be conducted on Tuesday. After the mock exercise, the census units with kits will take positions and continue the counting exercise for the next three days till May 24. The All Odisha Elephant Estimation 2024 will be taken up across 43 divisions using direct count method and the process for the same has been set in motion. Department officials said a total of 1,136 machans along with barracks, watch towers and other such establishments will be used by the census teams. The collected data will be analysed at range, division and circle levels and finally at the headquarters for arriving at the final figure. The machans have been set up at locations close to water bodies and wet areas. Besides, the full moon will be on May 23 which will be another advantage in taking up the exercise during the scheduled period,said one of the regional chief conservators of forest (RCCF). As per the last jumbo census conducted in the state way back in 2017, Odisha had recorded a total head count of 1,976, a marginal rise from the previous census figure of 1,954 in 2015. No head count exercise has been taken thereafter due to the 2019 summer cyclone, outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and other reasons. On the other hand, the state has lost over 400 elephants in five years between between 2019-20 and 2023-24 owing to various reasons including poaching, electrocution and accidents.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:29 am

Ostracised, SC families of Puri fear voting

BHUBANESWAR : The scheduled caste (SC) community members of Puri district, victims of caste-based bondage, are not too enthusiastic about the polls on May 25. Ostracised for not complying with the diktats of upper caste members, while many fear going back to their villages to vote, others are unwilling to exercise their franchise. Hailing from Nuagaon, Manapur and Berhampur-Mahisa villages under Brahamagiri and Krushnaprasad blocks of the district, close to 200 voters are uncertain about voting this time. Many of them had boycotted the previous general elections in 2019 and panchayat elections in 2022. Those unwilling to vote this time are the SCs of Berhampura-Mahisa village, an island within Chilika. At least 42 SC families were forced to escape the village in 2021 after facing harassment, assault and ostracism from upper caste members for refusing to carry the palanquins in wedding processions of upper-caste families and clean the leftovers from their feasts without any remuneration. With no administrative help coming forward, they left the village and took shelter on a barren patch of land at Nathapur village, 20 km away, in March that year. While they caught fish from Chilika to eke out a living in the village, they also worked as daily wage labourers after moving out of Berhampura-Mahisa. However, unable to fend for themselves, 14 families returned to the village a few months back. The rest continue to stay in Nathapur and toil as labourers. It has been four years since we had to move out of our own houses for our safety. Neither the government nor the local administration have done anything for us till now despite being aware of the fact that we are victims of caste-based violence. We were denied our right to livelihood. Why would we vote, said Sangram Puhan, member of one of the ostracised families that continue to reside in Nathapur. The 42 families have 168 voters and their polling booth is in Berhampura-Mahisa village. The families could not vote in the 2022 panchayat election and this time are planning to boycott the general elections. On Monday, local sarpanch Santosh Jena approached the remaining 28 families in Nathapur to persuade them to return to the village and participate in the voting process. However, none of us are willing to go back. Who will give us the assurance that us or the families that have gone back to the village will not be asked to perform menial jobs at houses of upper caste members, said Puhan. Similarly, four families of Nuagaon were ostracised from their village in 2018. The families are of Ashok Sethi, Charan Sethi, Bhabagrahi Sethi and Sindhu Sethi, all dhoba by caste. Their belongings were looted and houses demolished using JCBs by upper caste members. At least 20 members of the families are in the voting age group but could not vote in 2019 and 2022 due to the fear of being attacked on their entry into the village, which is 25 km away from Brahmagiri where they are currently residing. At Manapur, families of the barber community were subjected to atrocities and driven out of the village a decade back. In all these cases, the SCs had refused to carry on with the customary bondage after they were awarded release certificates by the government under the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976, in 2010, said Baghambar Pattanaik, who is leading a campaign against caste-based bondage in the state under the banner of Odisha Goti Mukti Andolan. Pattanaik on Monday approached Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) seeking police protection for the families to enable them to return to their villages to vote. Puri collector Siddharth Shankar Swain could not be contacted for his comments on the matter.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:28 am

BJP tried to derail heritage work: CM Naveen Patnaik

BHUBANESWAR : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday held his second roadshow in the capital city seeking feedback from people and making promises. Canvassing for BJD candidates in a specially-designed bus, the chief minister raised the issue of the ambitious temple heritage development plans at both Ekamra and Puri. While asking voters of Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Assembly constituency if they are happy with the work around Lingaraj temple under Ekamra Kshetra Heritage Development project so far, Naveen said BJP leaders had tried to derail the projects at Ekamra Kshetra and Puri. The roadshow saw a large gathering of BJD and Naveen supporters on both sides of the road from Palaspalli to Ekamra Kshetra. Addressing public at Sundarpada Haata, the chief minister also assured them they will not receive electricity bills from the month of July after his party forms the next government. In his trademark style, Naveen asked the voters if they were happy with BJDs commitment to provide free power to 90 per cent of families in Odisha. Everyone will also receive Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana cards, he said while urging the large gathering to press the partys conch symbol on the EVM. The roadshow started from Punama gate flyover and moved through BDA colony square, Pokhariput, Siripur Chhack, Ganga Nagar square and Rajendra Vihar. In 2019, BJDs Ashok Panda had won the Bhubaneswar-Ekamra Assembly segment with a margin of 21.8 per cent votes against his BJP rival Babu Singh. This time, BJD has renominated Panda from the seat and BJP too has continued with Babu Singh. Congress has fielded Prasanta Kumar Champati, a new face. In Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency, BJDs Manmath Routray has locked horns with BJPs Aparajita Sarangi and Congress Yashir Nawaz.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:27 am

A trip on NH-55 will give PM idea of double engine: VK Pandian

BHUBANESWAR : BJD leader VK Pandian on Monday asserted that Naveen Patnaik will take oath on June 9 as the Chief Minister of the state for the sixth consecutive time and even extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the event. Hours after the PMs scathing attack on Naveen and the BJD government over its governance and corruption, the bureaucrat-turned-politician said according to the PM, farmers of Odisha should be getting an MSP of `3100 per quintal of paddy. The honourable PM could have taken the decision to raise the MSP within a minute but he has not. The fact is CM Naveen Patnaik has been demanding that MSP on paddy be raised which the Centre has not paid heed to, he said. Pandian who went on a marathon campaign for BJD candidates at Salipur, Mahanga, Rajnagar, Mahakalpada, Aul and Patkura in Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency reiterated that the Naveen will take oath on June 9. After taking oath, he said, Naveens first official order will be waiver of electricity bill. His second order will be extension of BSKY to all people including government servants and the third will be pension of `6,000 to members of Mission Shakti. Quoting from Modis speech, Pandian said the PM has charged that development in Odisha has slowed down during the BJD regime and requested the PM to take a trip on the National Highway-55 from Cuttack to Sambalpur. You will know the efficiency with which your government works if you take a road trip on NH-55, he said and added work on the NH has remained incomplete since the last ten years. The BJD leader asked if it was the speed of a double engine government. Pandian said pointing fingers at transparency of the chief minister is ridiculous. It is under Naveens watch that coal royalty has increased from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 50,000 crore which is an example of transparency. The Prime Minister himself had praised the chief minister in the Parliament and stated that a state develops when its chief minister works honestly. But the PM is now speaking in a different tone only because of the elections, he added. Coming down on the Centre, Pandian said people of the state will be happy if the PM decides to confer special state status on Odisha. All welfare and development works like BSKY, Mission Shakti, Mamata, LAccMI bus service and Madhu Babu pension have been implemented by the CM who the BJD leader said thinks people of Odisha as his family.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:25 am

Man hacked to death in Bargarh village, officials say incident not related to polls

BHUBANESWAR/BARGARH : An auto-rickshaw driver was stabbed to death, barely metres away from the two polling booths in Bargarh districts Sarsara village when voting was underway for fifth phase elections on Monday. The murder took place about 300 metre to 400 metre away from polling booths 128 and 129 in Sarsara village within Sadar police limits in Bargarh district. The deceased was identified as Biswa Mirdhank. Chief electoral officer Nikunja Bihari Dhal, however, said the incident was not poll-related. It was personal enmity which led to the incident. Additional central armed police forces were rushed to the spot. Police said Mirdhank was attacked with a sharp weapon by the accused Ashok Mahanand. Unconfirmed sources said Mirdhank was engaged in picking up and dropping elderly citizens and differently-abled persons at the polling booths. CEO Dhal said special teams have been constituted to nab the accused who would be arrested soon. IG (northern range) Himanshu Kumar Lal and Bargarh SP Prahalad Sahai Meena rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. He added that polling was normal at the two booths. Previous enmity between Mirdhank and Mahanand triggered the crime and police are further investigating the matter, said Bargarh district election officer and collector Aditya Goyal. He said that voting was continuing peacefully in both the polling booths. Initial investigations revealed the duo had a heated exchange a few minutes before the crime took place, police sources said. Accused Mahanand and Mridhank have no political links. Mahanand had previous enmity with Mridhank and he attacked him over sudden provocation, said Lal. Police said Mahanand was possibly under the influence of alcohol when he committed the crime.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:24 am

Heavy Rain Predicted In Northern Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that a low pressure area is likely to form over the south-west Bay of Bengal on May 22. Due to the low pressure, the regional weather department has issued warning for very heavy rainfall at isolated over North Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal on May 24 and [] The post Heavy Rain Predicted In Northern Odisha appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 9:53 am

BJD is BJPs B team, says Jairam Ramesh

BHUBANESWAR : General secretary of All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) Jairam Ramesh on Monday hit out at the BJD describing it as the B team of BJP in Odisha. He said the regional party has failed to put pressure on Centre to reduce the high GST on kendu leaves. Stating the BJD and BJP have a tacit understanding, Jairam, in a post on X said their seat-sharing negotiations earlier this year had confirmed the notion. Besides, BJD bailed out BJP on numerous occasions in the Parliament during the last 10 years. Centre too has spared BJD of the bullying and intimidation it usually reserves for Opposition-ruled states. Can the prime minister come clean on his partys association with the BJD, he asked. The senior Congress leader, whose visit coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha, came down on the Centre for not reducing GST on kendu leaves which is collected by tribals and other forest dwelling communities even as tax breaks are being extended to affluent people. The BJPs anti-adivasi mentality explains why GST on diamond is 1.5 per cent while it is 18 per cent on kendu leaves, he said. Stating kendu leaf collection and sale is the financial backbone of lakhs of Odishas poor, the Congress leader said it is collected by tribals and other forest dwelling communities. Of course, BJPs B team, the BJD, has been unable to apply any pressure to get this rate changed, he added. Jairam also hit out at both the Centre and the state government for ensuring complete poisoning and death of Mahanadi and Kathjodi by not cleaning up the rivers as promised in 2019. Ground reports indicate massive encroachment of the river bed, sand mining, garbage and dumping of debris have caused the slow death of the two rivers, he said. The Congress leader said the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) had also tested water samples of the rivers and found it is not fit for any kind of use. But the BJP controlled Centre and the B team in state government have ensured the complete poisoning and death of the two rivers, he added.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 9:51 am

Was attacked in front of police, alleges BJP leader Pradeep Panigrahy

BHUBANESWAR : Senior BJP leader and the partys Berhampur Lok Sabha candidate Pradeep Panigrahy on Monday alleged he was attacked by Independent candidate of Berhampur Assembly segment Siva Shankar Dash in the presence of police personnel during the first phase of polls in Odisha on May 13. Panigrahy was admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur and later shifted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the capital city. After being discharged from AIIMS on the day, Panigrahy told mediapersons, It is a matter of concern that despite being an MP candidate and a sitting MLA, he was attacked in the presence of police personnel. This is not the first time I was targeted in the presence of police. This is the third such incident, he said. Panigrahy recalled he was earlier attacked in the presence of police on August 15, 2022, while he was on his way to attend a flag hoisting event in Rangeilunda block, and on August 23 last year when he was going to participate in an event of VK Pandian, then private secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in Ganjam district. In the recent incident, I was attacked in front of five to seven police personnel including Gosani Nuagaon police station IIC. Though no police personnel came forward after I fell down following the attack, they gave a safe passage to the attacker to flee, alleged Panigrahy. He also trained his guns on the BJD government over the recent murder of a BJP worker in Khallikote. The law and order situation here is in a shambles, alleged Panigrahy. Meanwhile, police said investigation into the case is on.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 9:50 am

BJPs Sambit Patra says remark Lord Jagannath is PM Modis bhakt was slip of tongue, will observe fast as penance

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Partys Puri candidate Sambit Patras remark that Odishas most revered deity Lord Jagannath is a devotee (bhakt) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered a huge political row, with top leaders such as Naveen Patnaik, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal hitting out the BJP. Later, Sambit Patra, however, described it [] The post BJPs Sambit Patra says remark Lord Jagannath is PM Modis bhakt was slip of tongue, will observe fast as penance appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 9:46 am

Odisha weather: Heatwave set to return

Bhubaneswar: The heatwave which had hit Odisha from mid-April is set to return again Tuesday onwards for three days, the regional office of the IMD informed Monday here. However, it also added that there will be relief from May 25 as there will be rainfall in many districts. The rainfall will be accompanied by gusty []

orissapost 21 May 2024 9:40 am

IMD: 8 dists may get heavy rain from Fri

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:54 am

PM: Will unravel Ratna Bhandar keys mystery

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:49 am

Treasury will be opened during Rath Yatra: Deo

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:37 am

Villagers boycott polls over drinking water

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:29 am

Vig court orders confiscation of assets of former officer

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:25 am

SOG commando injured in gun battle

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:23 am

Poor lighting poses hurdle for commuters on NH-16

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:20 am

Dead BJP workers family votes

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:14 am

Odisha team bags 51 medals at India Skills

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:05 am

Villagers detain poll officials for 4 hours

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:05 am

IIM announces incubator programme

The Times of India 21 May 2024 4:47 am

Jagannath a 'Modi bhakt', says BJP's Puri pick, sparks outrage

BJP's candidate from Puri Lok Sabha constituency Sambit Patra apologizes for calling Jagannath a 'bhakt of Modi' during a campaign trip. Opposition demands apology, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik criticizes the statement, and Delhi CM joins the outcry. Patra clarifies the remark as unintentional and emphasizes unity as devotees of Jagannath.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 1:52 am

BJP Expels Aira Kharabela Swain from Party

Bhubaneswar: After Bijoy Mohapatra, the BJP on Monday expelled another senior leader and former MP Aira Kharabela Swain from the party. BJP state President Manmohan Samal has expelled him from the party on charges of anti-party activities and violation of party discipline for going against the partys decision. Along with AiraKharabela, Bijay Kumar Sethi of [] The post BJP Expels Aira Kharabela Swain from Party appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 1:12 am

Odisha registers over 69% voter turnout for 5 Lok Sabha seats, 35 Assembly segments

Bhubaneswar: Barring some sporadic incidents, polling was peaceful for five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly segments in Odisha Monday with 69.19 per cent voter turnout recorded as of 11.55pm, as per Election Commissions Voter Turnout App. The murder of a man near a booth in Sarsara in Bargarh district created tension among polling parties []

orissapost 20 May 2024 11:59 pm

Odisha BJP resorted to violence apprehending defeat in second phase poll, alleges BJD

Bhubaneswar: While the second phase of polling in Odisha for five MP seats and 35 assembly seats concluded today, there were reports of violence by Bharatiya Janata Party workers. , while addressing the press at BJD headquarters Sankha Bhawan on Monday said: BJP has resorted to violence in the second phase of poll, apprehending defeat. [] The post Odisha BJP resorted to violence apprehending defeat in second phase poll, alleges BJD appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 20 May 2024 11:38 pm

Odisha bags maximum medals at IndiaSkills for 2nd consecutive time

Bhubaneswar: Participants from Odisha shined at IndiaSkills 2024, by bagging the highest number of medals in the national championship for the second consecutive year, an official said Monday. IndiaSkills is the countrys biggest skill competition. Odisha secured the first place in the medal tally nationwide, summing up the medals count to 51. The team from []

orissapost 20 May 2024 11:22 pm

Naveen holds massive roadshow in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a roadshow in Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Assembly constituency here Monday evening. In a specially designed bus, Patnaik canvassed for BJD MLA and MP candidates in the roadshow on Lingaraj temple road in Old Town area in the state capital. Many BJD supporters, including women, congregated on both sides of the []

orissapost 20 May 2024 11:05 pm

BJD, BJP Lock Horns over Hiking MSP for Paddy in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: PM Narendra Modi on Monday, attended the Vijay Sankalp rally at Angul Nalco Stadium, where he raised concerns about the safety of the Jagannath temple and promised to make the inspection report of the key for Ratna Bhandar public if the BJP comes to power. The PM also assured Odia CM from BJP for [] The post BJD, BJP Lock Horns over Hiking MSP for Paddy in Odisha appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 20 May 2024 10:51 pm

Naveen Patnaik's Electrifying Roadshow in Bhubaneswar: A Promise of Progress

Naveen Patnaik's Electrifying Roadshow in Bhubaneswar: A Promise of Progress Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a roadshow in Ekamra-Bhubaneswar assembly constituency here on Monday evening. In a specially designed bus, Patnaik canvassed for BJD MLA and MP candidates in the roadshow on Lingaraj temple road in Old Town area in the state capital. Many BJD supporters, including women, congregated on both sides of the road to greet him. During his brief speech from the top of the bus, the chief minister reminded people of the BJD's promise to provide free electricity to domestic consumers from July and extending benefits of health assurance scheme Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) to all. Patnaik also informed the people about the developmental works undertaken at Jagannath and Lingaraj temples. BJD has fielded Manmath Routray for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat and sitting MLA Ashok Panda for the Ekamra-Bhubaneswar assembly segment.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 10:48 pm

BJP candidates Lord Jagannath devotee of PM remark sparks stir

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday appealed to the BJP to keep Lord Jagannath above the political discourse, after the saffron partys Puri candidate Sasmit Patras remark that the states most revered deity is a devotee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked a stir. Patra, however, later clarified that it was a slip Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 10:16 pm

Sambit Patras Lord Jagannath devotee of PM remark sparks stir

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday appealed to the BJP to keep Lord Jagannath above the political discourse, after the saffron partys Puri candidate Sambit Patras remark that the states most revered deity is a devotee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked a stir. Patra, however, later clarified that it was a slip of []

orissapost 20 May 2024 9:46 pm

Odisha: Incidents of Violence Mar Second Phase Polls, Auto Driver Murdered

Bhubaneswar: Incidents of violence marred the second phase polls in Odisha, even as the state recorded 60.54 per cent voter turnout by 5 pm. The voter turnout figure is most likely to cross the 70 per cent mark after the final computation following receipt of details about polling statistics from all the booths. Reports from Bargarh said an auto-rickshaw driver was killed by two persons at Sarsara village while he was carrying some voters in his vehicle to the polling booth. The deceased was identified as Biswanath Mirdha. Family members of the deceased alleged that it was a political murder executed by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Inspector General of Police, Himanshu Lal said the murder took place because of personal enmity between the deceased and the accused. Local BJD assembly candidate Debesh Acharya said the reason behind the murder will be ascertained after the police investigation. The broad daylight killing sparked tension in the area for quite some time. The family members of the deceased and others created ruckus and demanded an immediate halt of voting in the village. The police, however, handled the situation quite well by whisking away the family members and other agitated people from the crime spot. Reports said tension prevailed at Turum village in Ganjam district as a clash erupted between BJD and BJP after alleged booth rigging attempts by BJD workers. The incident occurred at booth no 47 of Beruanbadi village under Turum police limits. The voting was initially peaceful since morning. However, some BJD workers allegedly entered the booth for rigging. A clash erupted inside the booth when the BJP agents opposed the BJD workers. Irate over this, the BJD workers allegedly attacked the BJP workers. The entire act has been captured on a mobile camera.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 9:24 pm

Odia Asmita Deeply Hurt: CM Naveen Condemns Sambit Patras Remark on Lord Jagannath

Bhubaneswar: BJP Puri MP Candidate Sambit Patras statement: Lord Jagannath is a bhakt of PM Narendra Modi, landed him in a controversy, drawing condemnation from Odisha Chief Minister & BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik. Condemning Patras remark, Cm Naveen said: Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannatha is the Lord of Universe. Calling Mahaprabhu a bhakt of another human being [] The post Odia Asmita Deeply Hurt: CM Naveen Condemns Sambit Patras Remark on Lord Jagannath appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 20 May 2024 9:01 pm

People of Odisha deserve better alternative: Modi

Bhubaneswar: From minorities to his assessment of the BJPs chances in the ongoing elections and from Kashmir to unemployment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to PTI on a wide range of subjects. Here are some key quotes from the interview: MINORITIES BJP has never been against minorities. Not just today but never. We want to []

orissapost 20 May 2024 7:27 pm

Vedanta Aluminium CEO John Slaven Appointed Vice-Chairman Of International Aluminium Institute

Bhubaneswar: Vedanta Aluminium, Indias largest producer of aluminium, today announced the appointment of its CEO Mr. John Slaven as Vice-Chairman of the International Aluminium Institute(IAI). In this capacity, Mr Slaven will spearhead global initiatives aimed at fostering the sustainable transformation of the aluminium industry and promote the critical role of aluminium in enabling the energy [] The post Vedanta Aluminium CEO John Slaven Appointed Vice-Chairman Of International Aluminium Institute appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 20 May 2024 6:51 pm

Odisha records over 60% voter turnout till 5pm

Bhubaneswar: Odisha recorded 60.55 per cent voter turnout till 5pm in the polling for five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly segments Monday, officials said. Voting started at 7am in Aska, Kandhamal, Bargarh, Bolangir and Sundargarh parliamentary constituencies along with 35 Assembly segments within the jurisdiction of these Lok Sabha seats. Lok Sabha and Assembly []

orissapost 20 May 2024 6:45 pm

PM Modi offers prayers at Jagannath temple, holds mega roadshow in pilgrim city Puri

Puri(Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning offered prayers at Lord Jagannath temple in Puri and later held a road in the pilgrim city. The roadshow, attended by nearly a lakh people, presented an enthralling spectacle as multiple cultural troupes participated in it, adding colour and flavour to the event. The PM, who arrived in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar on Sunday evening, flew to Puri early in the morning and performed puja of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhdra. As he came out of the temple with folded hands after darshan of the deities, thousands of devotees gathered outside the temple literally jostled to have a glimpse of him. Modi did not disappoint them. Flanked by the security personnel and the Sevayasts (priests) closely following him, he walked to the devotees and greeted them. The roadshow marked Modi, accompanied by BJP state president Manmohan Samal and partys Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra, waving at the swelling crowd. The two-km roadshow between Singhadwar (Lions Gate) of Lord Jagannath Temple to Medical Square literally turned into a sea of crowds. Tourists, both domestic and foreign staying in the galaxy of hotels on the Grand Road, were seen trying to sneak a look of the PM from the rooftops of their hotels. The BJP has fielded its national spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri seat. The PM is scheduled to address two public meetings one at Cuttack and the other at Angul under Dhenkanal parliamentary constituency later today. The BJP has fielded Bhartruhari Mahtab, a former BJD MP, as its Lok Sabha candidate. Rudra Narayan Pani, a firebrand BJP leader, is contesting from Dhenkanal seat. In his earlier public meetings at Berhampur, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Bolangir and Kandhamal , the PM had launched a no-holds-barred attack on the Naveen Patnaik government on many issues, including alleged failure of governance, corruption, nepotism and lawlessness. Besides, the PM has put the Naveen Patnaik government in the dock over the mysterious missing of keys of Lord Jagannaths Ratna Bhandar. He has dared CM Naveen Patnaik to explain under which circumstances the keys went missing and if all the gems and ornaments in Ratna Bhandar are safe.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 6:25 pm

Low Pressure Area Over Bay Of Bengal Around May 22

Bhubaneswar: A low pressure area is likely to form over Southwest Bay of Bengal around May 22, 2024 said latest reports of the Indian MeT Department. It is likely to move initially Northeastwards and then concentrate into a depression over central parts of Bay of Bengal by morning of May 24, 2024. Rainfall at [] The post Low Pressure Area Over Bay Of Bengal Around May 22 appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 20 May 2024 5:58 pm

Man hacked to death near Odisha polling booths, officials say murder not related to election

BHUBANESWAR/BARGARH: An auto-rickshaw driver was stabbed to death, barely metres away from two polling booths in Bargarh district's Sarsara village in Odisha, when voting was underway in the fifth phase of the elections on Monday. The murder took place 300-400 metres from polling booths 128 and 129. The deceased was identified as Biswa Mirdhank. Chief electoral officer Nikunja Bihari Dhal, however, said the murder was not poll-related, adding that personal enmity led to it. Additional central armed police forces were rushed to the spot. Mafia controlling all sectors in Odisha, BJP will break it: PM Modi Police said Mirdhank was attacked with a sharp weapon by the accused Ashok Mahanand. Unconfirmed sources said Mirdhank was engaged in picking up and dropping elderly citizens and differently-abled persons at the polling booths. CEO Dhal said special teams have been constituted to nab the accused who would be arrested soon. IG (northern range) Himansu Kumar Lal and Bargarh SP Prahalad Sahai Meena rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. He added that polling was normal at the two booths. Previous enmity between Mirdhank and Mahanand triggered the crime and police are further investigating the matter, said Bargarh district election officer and collector Aditya Goyal. He said that voting is continuing peacefully in both the polling booths and urged voters to exercise their franchise without any fear.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 5:10 pm

Odisha records over 48% voter turnout till 3pm

Bhubaneswar: Odisha recorded 48.95 per cent voter turnout till 3pm in the polling for five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly segments Monday, officials said. Voting started at 7am in Aska, Kandhamal, Bargarh, Bolangir and Sundargarh parliamentary constituencies along with 35 Assembly segments within the jurisdiction of these Lok Sabha seats. Lok Sabha and Assembly []

orissapost 20 May 2024 4:36 pm

Restoring Jammu and Kashmir Statehood is Our Solemn Promise: PM Modi

BHUBANESWAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government has made a solemn promise for restoration of Jammu and Kashmirs statehood and will stand by it, adding the Centre was working very hard to create the right conditions. Noting that the record voter turnout in Srinagar is one of the most gratifying things he has [] The post Restoring Jammu and Kashmir Statehood is Our Solemn Promise: PM Modi appeared first on Kashmir Life .

KashmirLife 20 May 2024 4:23 pm

Restoration of J&K statehood is solemn promise, will stand by it: PM Modi

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government has made a solemn promise for restoration of Jammu and Kashmirs statehood and will stand by it, adding the Centre was working very hard to create the right conditions. Noting that the record voter turnout in Srinagar is one of the most gratifying things he has Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 4:13 pm

Restoration Of J&K Statehood Is Solemn Promise We Have Made, Will Stand By It: PM Modi

BHUBANESWAR, May 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his Government has made a solemn promise for restoration of Jammu and Kashmirs Statehood and will stand by it, adding the Centre was working very hard to create the right conditions. Noting that the record voter turnout in Srinagar is one of the most gratifying things he has seen in his tenure, Modi said people of Jammu and Kashmir have seen the NDA governments commitment to democracy enhancement in the region, [] The post Restoration Of J&K Statehood Is Solemn Promise We Have Made, Will Stand By It: PM Modi appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 20 May 2024 3:50 pm

PM Modi says his govts track record on job front best

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his governments track record in creating job opportunities for youth is best compared to previous governments, as support to emerging sectors like space, semiconductor manufacturing and EVs as well as aid to startups, substantial spend on infrastructure and PLI schemes helped create more employment. Addressing criticism of not creating []

orissapost 20 May 2024 3:37 pm

India to participate in G7, Ukraine peace summits: PM Modi

Bhubaneswar: India will participate in all important summits that promote the agenda of global peace, security and development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said while referring to invitations to him to attend the G7 meeting and the Ukraine peace summit next month. In an interview with PTI, the prime minister said India will resonate the []

orissapost 20 May 2024 3:20 pm

Odisha Elections 2024 Phase 2 Voting: 35.31% voting turnout recorded till 1 pm

Bhubaneswar: A voter turnout of 35.31 per cent was recorded till 1 pm in five Lok Sabha and 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha on Monday, officials said. As per the announcement by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the polling process began on time and it will continue throughout the day until the evening. Today, [] The post Odisha Elections 2024 Phase 2 Voting: 35.31% voting turnout recorded till 1 pm appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 20 May 2024 3:07 pm

India to participate in G-7, Ukraine peace summits: PM Modi

Bhubaneswar: India will participate in all important summits that promote the agenda of global peace, security and development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said while referring to invitations to him to attend the G-7 meeting and the Ukraine peace summit next month. In an interview to PTI, the prime minister said India will resonate the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 2:48 pm

INTERVIEW |Our govt's job track record best compared to previous govts, says PM Modi

BHUBANESWAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government's track record in creating job opportunities for youth is best compared to previous governments, as support to emerging sectors like space, semiconductor manufacturing and EVs as well as aid to startups, substantial spend on infrastructure and PLI schemes helped create more employment. Addressing criticism of not creating enough jobs in the economy, Modi in an interview with PTI said his government has worked with a comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach to bring the best opportunities that the world has to offer at India's doorstep. Our track record in creating more and more opportunities for our youth as compared to previous governments has been the best, he said. Listing out the initiatives that created more employment, he said a large number of recruitments have been done in the government sector. Lakhs of letters were given for recruitment in the central government offices in the last year alone. To complement this, the government created a conducive environment for growth of the private sector, which also creates jobs. Interview | BJP to score big in South, NDA will cross 400, says PM Modi Within 10 years, we improved our Ease of Business rankings from 134th rank (in the world) in 2014 to 63rd in 2024, he said, indicating that the easier it is for the private sector to do business in India, the more it helps them grow and create jobs. Also, the government brought the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for various sectors to make India a manufacturing hub. In 2014, 78 per cent of mobile phones sold in India were imported. Today, more than 99 per cent of mobile phones sold in India are 'Made in India' and we have now become leading exporters of mobile phones in the world, he said. We have emerged as the third largest startup hub in the world. We are home to 107 unicorns and 1.26 lakh recognized startups generating over 10 lakh jobs. In 2014, we only had 350 startups. The best part about this is that the new wave of startups is emerging from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities with 47 per cent of startups coming from there. As a result, employment opportunities have grown manifold. On top of this, the economy is being expanded and the country is venturing into new and emerging sectors such as space, semiconductor manufacturing and EVs, he said, adding defence production, tech startups, and cybersecurity have all seen exponential growth, creating millions of direct and indirect jobs. Lastly, we are investing heavily on building next generation infrastructure. In this year's budget, we increased the capital expenditure to Rs 11.11 lakh crore. The speed and scale with which we are building roads, airports, railways, ports has been unprecedented. Don't you think this rapid infrastructure development does not have any bearing on employment generation?, he said. The prime minister went on to cite data to support his claims. INTERVIEW | Congress let national interest suffer in dealing with Pakistan: PM Modi According to PFLS (Periodic Labour Force Survey) data, the unemployment rate has halved - from 6.1 to 3.2 per cent. If you compare the EPFO Payroll data just between 2017-18 and 2022-23, the enrolment has increased by nearly 9 times! These are no small numbers, he said. A recent report states that a total of 51.4 crore person-years of employment were generated between 2014 and 2024 because of governance-led interventions coupled with credit-led initiatives of the government. When the youth votes, they do take into consideration the momentum and opportunities India has built in the last 10 years. This is the reason why BJP has emerged as the natural choice for India's Yuva Shakti, he added. Despite growing at the fastest pace among major peers, Indian economy hasn't generated enough jobs for its large and expanding young population, some economist and opposition leaders claim citing PLFS data showing the unemployment rate which stood at 3.4 per cent in 2013-14 only declining marginally to 3.2 per cent in 2022-23. According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, an economic think tank, the unemployment rate was 7.6 per cent in March.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 2:40 pm

Odisha records over 35% voter turnout till 1pm

Bhubaneswar: Odisha recorded 35.31 per cent voter turnout till 1pm in the polling for five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly segments Monday, officials said. Voting started at 7am in Aska, Kandhamal, Bargarh, Bolangir and Sundargarh parliamentary constituencies along with 35 assembly segments within the jurisdiction of these Lok Sabha seats. Lok Sabha and Assembly []

orissapost 20 May 2024 2:33 pm

INTERVIEW | Congress let national interest suffer in dealing with Pakistan: PM Modi

BHUBANESWAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hit out at the Congress for orchestrating endorsements from Pakistani leaders for electoral gains and said the opposition party often let national interest suffer when it came to dealing with Pakistan. In an exclusive interview to PTI here, the prime minister also slammed the Congress for statements by its leaders questioning the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot in response to the 2019 terror attack in Pulwama. Well, politicians from Pakistan are entering the electoral discourse of India by endorsing the Congress party's 'shehzada', Modi said in response to a question on Pakistani leaders commenting on elections in India. Former Pakistani minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain had shared a video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on social media and praised him. Perhaps the Congress party thinks orchestrating such endorsements will serve it well. That is how disconnected they are from ground realities. Further, it is also clear why such people in Pakistan think Congress is good for them. The Congress has often let our national interest suffer vis-a-vis Pakistan, the prime minister said. Modi also listed statements by a Congress leader claiming that Pakistani terrorists were not responsible for killing Indian troopers and another asking India to show respect to nuclear-armed Pakistan. Interview | BJP to score big in South, NDA will cross 400, says PM Modi A Congress leader says that Pakistani terrorists were not responsible for killing of our brave policemen. Their chief minister asks for proof of surgical strikes even after five years. Their senior leader says that India should be careful as Pakistan has nuclear bombs. Can anyone accept what Congress leaders are saying in the campaign, the prime minister said. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, in an old interview, had said India should show respect to Pakistan as it has nuclear weapons which could be used against India. Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy has raised doubts over the Balakot surgical strikes by Indian Air Force after the Pulwama attack in February 2019, saying nobody knows if something like this has taken place.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 2:23 pm

IN PICS | A gleaming PM Modi in an Odisha night

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the BJP state office in Bhubaneswar, on May 20, 2024. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reasserted that there was a strong undercurrent for the BJP in Odisha and people have made up their mind for a change of government in Odisha. I have long experience in organisational matters, election management and contesting elections. I am always on the ground and with the people. I cant be remote-controlled, Modi said. I could see the undercurrent in favour of BJP even during my official visits to the state before the elections were declared. I could see that there was a new wind for change in Odisha,Modi said. Modi arrived on his third visit to Odisha to campaign for the BJP in the ongoing simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly on Sunday evening. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said people should not believe in the false propaganda of Opposition political parties. You must remain alert and not get swayed by the false propaganda of these parties. You should go by the achievements and development programmes of the BJD government for the last 24 years, Naveen Patnaik said. Odisha chief minister said as promised by him, people would not have to pay electricity bills if the BJD is elected to power again.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 2:09 pm

Congress let national interest suffer in dealing with Pakistan: PM Modi

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hit out at the Congress for orchestrating endorsements from Pakistani leaders for electoral gains and said the opposition party often let national interest suffer when it came to dealing with Pakistan. In an exclusive interview to PTI here, the prime minister also slammed the Congress for statements by its Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 2:03 pm

We fulfil our manifesto promises: PM Modi on UCC, One Nation, One Election

Bhubaneswar: Indicating implementation of the One Nation, One Election and Uniform Civil Code plans if he returns to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government fulfils promises made in the BJPs election manifesto. In an interview to PTI, the prime minister said he has added 25 more days to the 100-day plan for Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 1:25 pm

Chabahar pact important milestone; to provide connectivity to Afghanistan, Central Asia: PM

Bhubaneswar, May 20 Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed India signing a contract to operate the strategic Iranian port of Chabahar as an important milestone and said New Delhi will work to provide connectivity to landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia region to promote trade and commerce. In an interview to PTI, he said India will work to promote regional connectivity, trade and commerce through not just the Chabahar port but also through the International North South Transport Corridor as also the [] The post Chabahar pact important milestone; to provide connectivity to Afghanistan, Central Asia: PM appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 20 May 2024 1:08 pm

Security personnel injured in exchange of fire with Naxals in Odisha's Nuapada

BHUBANESWAR: A Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel sustained injuries during an exchange of fire with Naxals in Odisha's Nuapada district in the wee hours of Monday. On receiving information about the presence of the red ultras, police launched an operation in the Nuapada district bordering Chattisgarh. Sources said at about 3 am, the security personnel noticed a group of red ultras in Sunabeda forest near Shivanarayanpur within Komna police limits. Subsequently, an exchange of fire (EOF) broke out between Odisha Police's SOG personnel and the members of the banned CPI (Maoist). One SOG personnel sustained bullet injuries and he was shifted to Raipur in Chhattisgarh for treatment. His health condition is stated to be stable, said ADG (Operations), Dev Datta Singh. Another team present in nearby hilly terrain also launched an area domination exercise on Monday morning. The team spotted 10 to 12 Naxals at about 8 am and the area was over 2 km away from the place where an exchange of fire had taken place a few hours before. There was again an exchange of fire between the security forces and the Maoists. Taking advantage of dense forests, the Naxals managed to escape. It is suspected that a few ultras could have sustained bullet injuries when there was an exchange of fire for the second time, said Singh. During searches, 10 improvised explosive devices, one loaded pistol and other incriminating articles were recovered from the spot. Combing operation is continuing in the area, said police sources. Odisha Police have tighetened the security in the districts affected by left-wing extremism (LWE) to ensure the elections pass off smoothly. Odisha: Two Naxals gunned down in Boudh, security beefed up ADG (Operations) Dev Datta Singh is camping in Boudh to oversee the anti-Naxal operations in the LWE affected districts of Odisha. To esnure the insurgents are not able to disrupt the polling process or intimidate the voters, the police have carried out 1,842 anti-Naxal operations since January this year.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 1:02 pm

Odisha CMs office captured by handful of corrupt officers: PM Modi

PM Modi questions the disappearance of Ratna Bhandar keys under the BJD government, hinting at VK Pandian's influence. He assures transparency and announces plans to appoint an Odisha Chief Minister under BJP rule.

The Times of India 20 May 2024 12:38 pm

BJP to score big in South, NDA will cross 400, says PM Modi in unwavering confidence for Lok Sabha results

Bhubaneswar, May 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the south, as he remained unwaveringly confident that his NDA alliance will cross 400 seats in Lok Sabha when election results come out on June 4.Our strategy for the entire nation is the same. Phir [] The post BJP to score big in South, NDA will cross 400, says PM Modi in unwavering confidence for Lok Sabha results appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 20 May 2024 12:01 pm

Naveen warns people of Oppositions false propaganda

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said people should not believe in the false propaganda of Opposition political parties. Lies and false propaganda are the weapons of Opposition political parties, but BJD believes in development, the chief minister said while addressing election meetings at Ghasipura and Anandpur in Keonjhar district. You must remain alert and not get swayed by the false propaganda of these parties. You should go by the achievements and development programmes of the BJD government for the last 24 years, he said. The chief minister said as promised by him, people would not have to pay electricity bills if the BJD is elected to power again. He also sought peoples response on various schemes including BSKY, Mission Shakti, LAccMI bus, Mamata, 5T schools, student scholarships, KALIA, Madhubabu pension, ration card and others. The chief minister also addressed an election meeting at Bhadrak where he urged people to vote for Jodi Sankha, one vote for MLA and the other for the MP candidate of BJD. Addressing the gathering, BJD leader VK Pandian said the announcement of free power to people has shocked Opposition parties. Stating the chief minister has been focusing on development of tribals, Pandian said he has not only formed the Special Development Council for protection of tribal art, culture and places of worship, but also withdrawn 50,000 petty cases against them. He also targeted the chief ministers Assam and Chhattisgarh for promising to make Odisha number one. They will make Odisha number one, but what will they do for their states, he asked.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:44 am

Odisha votes in crucial second phase today

BHUBANESWAR: The stage is set for the second phase polls in Odisha on Monday. This round is considered to be the most crucial as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is in the fray from two seats - his traditional stronghold Aska in Ganjam district and Kantabanji in Balangir. The polls are crucial also for the fact that heavyweights like BJP MP candidate from Sundargarh Jual Oram, Sangeeta Singh Deo from Balangir, and BJD candidates from Sundargarh and Kandhamal respectively, Dilip Tirkey and Achyuta Samanta will test their luck. Five Lok Sabha seats Bargarh, Sundargarh, Balangir, Kandhamal and Aska and 35 Assembly constituencies in them are going to polls in this phase. This phase, particularly, is all the more interesting as candidates from both the BJD and BJP are making vigorous efforts for a better performance as compared to the 2019 polls. The BJP, which has been claiming that it will form the next government in the state, has lined up its top leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh besides chief ministers of three states to campaign in this phase. Similarly in BJD, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and star campaigner VK Pandian are spearheading the campaign for the party in this phase. Sources in the BJD said the partys focus will be on Sundargarh and Balangir from where the party is eyeing more Assembly seats. BJP sources, meanwhile, claimed the party will garner more Assembly seats from this phase owing to non-performance of the BJD government and large-scale corruption of which people are already fed up. Besides, the growing popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the state will give surprise results for the party, they asserted. In the second phase polls in 2019, BJD had won 26 seats out of 35, BJP and Congress four seats each and CPM one. Out of the four Lok Sabha seats, BJP had won Bargarh, Sundargarh and Balangir while Kandhamal and Aska had gone to BJD. The BJD had swept the polls in Bargarh and Kandhamal by winning all the 14 Assembly segments while it had won two in Sundargarh, four in Balangir and six in Aska. BJP had won three in Sundargarh and one in Balangir. Congress had two seats in Balangir and one each in Sundargarh and Aska.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:43 am

Security beefed up for smooth conduct of polls

BHUBANESWAR: As voting for the politically sensitive parliamentary and Assembly constituencies in the state gets underway on Monday, Odisha Police are ready with massive security arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the process. Speaking to mediapersons on Sunday, DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi said 33 platoons of police force have been deployed to maintain law and order. Around 102 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and 66 platoons of Odisha Armed Police have also been mobilised for the purpose. Meanwhile, police are keeping a close vigil on anti-social elements after pre-poll violence was reported in three to four places including Ganjams Khallikote where a BJP worker was killed on Wednesday night. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) is probing the murder of a person in Khallikote. Two more persons were nabbed on the day in connection with the case. The total number of arrests made so far is 11. The situation is under control now, said Sarangi. The DGP has also directed the SPs to take stringent action against anyone found to be involved in poll violence. He has also cautioned the police officers that action will be initiated against them if they do not act tough against the miscreants. ADG (Headquarters) RK Sharma is camping in Chhatrapur to oversee the law and order situation in Ganjam district. So far, the police have registered about 48 cases for violation of model code of conduct (MCC) and other election-related violence. Odisha Police have also stepped up their anti-Naxal operations as four districts affected by left-wing extremism (LWE) - Kandhamal, Boudh, Balangir and Bargarh - are going to polls in the second phase. Out of 9,162 polling stations, 556 are affected by LWE. ADG (Operations) Dev Datta Singh is in Boudh district to supervise the anti-Naxal operations. Around 117 operational parties of CAPF and 38 units of Special Operations Group/District Voluntary Force are carrying out area domination exercises in Kandhamal, Boudh, Balangir and Bargarh districts to ensure the polling passes off smoothly. Around 47 additional SP rank officers, 88 DSPs, 236 inspectors, 2,000 sub-inspectors/assistant sub-inspectors, 11,800 havildars and constables, 5,800 home guards and gram rakhis, 655 mobile parties, 257 flying squads and 251 static surveillance teams have been deployed to maintain law and order situation during the second phase polls. For Peaceful Polling 102 companies of CAPF and 66 platoons of Odisha Armed Police mobilised ADG (Headquarters) RK Sharma camping in Chhatrapur to oversee law and order in Ganjam Anti-Naxal operations beefed up in LWE-affected districts 117 operational parties of CAPF, 38 units of SOG undertaking area domination exercise EVM strong rooms being guarded 24/7 by CAPF and SAP

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:39 am

Rahul Gandhi, Kharge to visit Odisha again

BHUBANESWAR: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and senior leader Rahul Gandhi are scheduled to visit the state again to campaign for party candidates for the fourth (last) phase elections scheduled on June 1. The two senior leaders are slated to seek peoples support for Congress candidates in separate places for three days from May 26, AICC in-charge for Odisha Ajoy Kumar said on Sunday. He said Rahul and Kharge will visit Bhadrak and Balasore and address separate public meetings to garner support for party candidates contesting for the last phase of polling. Rahul will address two public meetings in Balasore and is also expected to campaign in Bhadrak. Similarly, Kharge will address election meetings in Bhadrak. Rahul had launched the Congress campaign in Odisha on April 28 by holding a public meeting at Salipur in Cuttack district. He had also addressed a rally in Balangir on May 15. Kharge had addressed a public meeting at Phulbani on May 16.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:36 am

NOTA trend likely to impact several seats in the state

BHUBANESWAR: Amid close contest between BJP and BJD during the ongoing simultaneous elections in the state, voting in favour of None of the Above (NOTA) as has been the trend earlier could impact the prospects of candidates in several constituencies. Introduced in 2013, following a Supreme Court directive, the NOTA option gives voters the right to reject candidates if they do not like to vote for them without compromising with secrecy of their decision. Analysis of data from the last two Assembly and General Elections indicate that NOTA gained traction across constituencies in the state. At least 1.31 per cent votes in general elections and one per cent (2,45,425 votes) in Assembly elections were polled in favour of NOTA in 2019. The vote share of NOTA was the third highest in Odisha after Maharashtra (7.4 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (4 lakh) among seven states in the 2019 Assembly elections. It polled the highest 7,026 votes in Laxmipur constituency in Koraput district and the lowest 441 in Basta segment in Balasore district. Voting for NOTA not only outperformed numerous small political parties and Independent candidates, its impact was notably felt in several parliamentary and Assembly constituencies where such votes outnumbered the margin of victory. In 2019 General Elections, Nabarangpur recorded the highest 44,582 votes in favour of NOTA where the winning margin was 41,634. The margin was also less as compared to NOTA in Koraput and Sambalpur while it had a huge impact in Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Puri and Balasore. NOTA polled 36,561 votes in Koraput and 13,456 in Sambalpur where the winning margin was 3,613 and 9,162 respectively. NOTA played a decisive role in deciding the final outcome in at least 30 Assembly constituencies and more NOTA votes were polled than the victory margin in 11 constituencies. It attained the fourth position among the contesting candidates in many seats, trailing behind candidates from BJD, BJP and Congress. NOTA was chosen by 7,026 voters in Laxmipur where the winning margin of BJDs Prabhu Jani was only 229. Similarly, in Kantabanji from where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is contesting this time, Congress candidate Santosh Singh Saluja had won with a margin of only 128 votes while NOTA polled 2,453 votes. Other constituencies where NOTA outperformed the winning margin are Keonjhar, Rajgangpur, Udala, Parjanga, Mohana, Rayagada, Kotpad and Chitrakonda. One thing is common in these constituencies as all these are reserved for scheduled tribes (ST). The undivided Koraput district accounted for the highest percentage of votes for NOTA in the last Assembly polls with votes polled in this category either exceeding or reaching close to the winning margin in five constituencies. NOTA had secured 87,363 votes (0.92 per cent) in the red alert constituencies (which have three or more candidates with criminal cases pending against them) in the state Assembly elections in 2019. It was among the highest in the country. Of the 147 Assembly constituencies, 59 were red alert seats.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:33 am

Nimapara MLA Samir Dash quits BJD, joins BJP

BHUBANESWAR: BJD MLA and former minister Samir Ranjan Dash joined BJP on Sunday. Dash resigned from the primary membership of BJD and joined BJP along with supporters in the presence of state president Manmohan Samal, Odisha election in-charge Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and other senior leaders of the party. Welcoming Dash, Samal said a large number of leaders and workers from different political parties started joining BJP much before the dates for elections were announced to make Narendra Modi the prime minister for the third consecutive time and bring BJP to power in the state. He said people have made up their minds to free Odisha from the 24 years of misrule of BJD government. It is not the BJP but the people of the state who are fighting the elections to root out corruption. The BJP will fulfil the aspirations of the people in five years, he said. Dash said, There was no point in continuing in BJD after losing the confidence of the leadership. So I decided to quit the regional party and joined the BJP as I was impressed by the development work done by Prime Minister Modi in the last 10 years. Describing his return to BJP as homecoming, the three-time BJD MLA said, I will accept whatever responsibility the party assigns me. I will try my best to ensure the victory of party nominee for Nimapara, Pravati Parida. Earlier in the day Dash sent his resignation letter to BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conveying his decision to quit the party.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:30 am

Awareness on retinoblastoma crucial for better outcomes: LV Prasad Eye Institute

BHUBANESWAR: Early detection and treatment are crucial to ensure better outcomes for children with retinoblastoma (eye cancer), said health experts at Whitathon walk organised by LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) here on Sunday. Over the past decade, LVPEI has treated more than 2,500 children affected by this eye cancer, about 60 per cent of them at no cost to the patients. Annually, the institute treats 150 to 200 new cases of retinoblastoma, with about 40 per cent of them at an advanced stage, and about 10 per cent at a very advanced stage. The numbers underscore the lack of awareness of the disease as well as the need to promote it within the community. Delayed diagnosis can lead to a fatal outcome, the experts said. Retinoblastoma is a rare eye cancer that primarily affects children under three years of age. The treatment usually involves multiple expensive procedures and surgeries with close monitoring over several months to years. The event commemorates World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week, observed between the second and third Sundays of May every year. This year over 180 participants joined the cause, demonstrating a strong community support for the event.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:28 am