Actor Sarat Pujari dies of heart attack

Actor Sarat Pujari dies of heart attackBhubaneswar, May 12 - Odia film actor Sarat Pujari died at his rented house here early Monday, his family said. He was 80.

"He suffered a massive cardiac arrest at about 12.30 a. m.," his son Soumen Pujari, who is also an actor, told IANS.

Sarat is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons. His last rites would be performed at the temple town of Puri, about 55 km from Bhubaneswar, later in the day.

He entered the Odia film industry in 1958 while serving as a teacher in a private college in western Odisha. He acted in about 50 films.

Congress does not care for poor, tribals, says Modi

Narendra-ModiBhubaneswar, March 14 : Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Friday the Congress party does not care for the poor and tribals and always betrays the people.

"The Congress party is in a habit of making false promises. At the time of each election... the Congress comes up with a lie," Modi said while addressing a massive rally at the district town of Sambalpur in western Odisha, about 320 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

India successfully tests Agni-IV missile off Odisha coast

India successfully tests Agni-IV missile off Odisha coastBhubaneswar (Odisha), Jan 20 : India successfully tested its long range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile on Monday.

Media reports said the missile was tested from a mobile launcher off Wheeler Island near Dhamra in Odisha's Bhadrak District, which is about 200-kilomters from state capital Bhubaneswar.

The 20-meter tall missile, which weighed around 17 tons and has two stages of solid propulsion, can strike targets at a distance of about 4000 kilometers. (ANI)

Jindal steel plant in Odisha faces closure

Jindal-steel-plantBhubaneswar, Jan 10 : The Jindal steel plant in Odisha might face closure for violating pollution norms, the state authorities said Friday.

A team from the State Pollution Control Board inspected the one-million-tonne per annum steel plant of Jindal Stainless Ltd. (JSL) in Jajpur district's Kalinganagar industrial complex, about 120 km from here, November last year.

The team found the plant was discharging huge quantity of pollutants outside the factory premises.

India successfully tests Dhanush ballistic missile

Dhanush-ballistic-missileBhubaneswar, Nov 23 : India Saturday successfully tested its nuclear-capable ballistic missile Dhanush from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal, an official said.

The missile was fired from a naval ship as part of the training exercise of the Indian Navy, M. V. K. V. Prasad, the director of the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Odisha's Balasore district, told IANS.

"The test was successful," he said, but declined to specify the exact location in the Bay of Bengal where it took place.

Odisha speeds up verification of Bhushan plant workers

Bhushan-Steel-LtdBhubaneswar, Nov 23 : Authorities here Saturday speeded up the verification of workers who were allegedly present at the steel plant of Bhushan Steel Ltd. in Odisha's Dhenkanal district during a blast furnace explosion over a week ago.

At least 35 labour contractors and placement agencies supplied labourers to the plant. The workers belong to Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, a senior district administrative official told IANS.

According to the labour contractors and placement agencies as many as 974 workers were engaged at the site on that day, he said.

President to visit Odisha

Pranab-MukherjeeBhubaneswar, Sep 3 :" President Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a two-day visit to Odisha starting Friday, official sources here said Tuesday.

After his arrival Sep 6 in state capital Bhubaneswar, Mukherjee would proceed to the temple town of Puri, 56 km from here, and spend the night at the Raj Bhavan there, a state home department official told IANS.

On Sep 7, he would visit the Jagannath temple and return to Bhubaneswar to attend the second convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bhubaneswar.

Tata Steel has an eye on Stemcor’s iron ore mine in Orissa: report

Tata Steel has an eye on Stemcor’s iron ore mine in Orissa: reportIndian steel producer Tata Steel has reportedly plans to acquire British steel giant Stemcor's iron ore mine in Orissa - a state situated on the east coast of the country.

Stemcor has defaulted on more than $1 billion of loans as global slowdown in the steel industry has hit its business hard. The British firm is thus trying to sell some of its assets to get rid of some burden of its loans.

The reported sale of its iron ore mine in Orissa is expected to fetch it nearly $800 million.

Nine new-borns in Odisha hospital die in 24 hours

newborn-die-in-odishaBhubaneswar, July 20 : Odisha Saturday ordered a probe after nine new-born babies died within 24 hours in a leading government-run hospital, an official said.

The new-born babies, all between one and seven days old, were admitted for treatment in the sick neonatal intensive care unit (SNICU) of Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital (VSS) at Burla in Sambalpur district, about 325 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

"The babies had different complications. They died between 9 a. m. Friday and 9 a. m. Saturday," medical college superintendent Laxmikanta Das told IANS.

Modi says Odisha, Gujarat are similar

Narendra-ModiPuri, July 16 : Visiting Odisha to pray at the Jagannath temple, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP strongman Narendra Modi Tuesday sought to draw similarities between the two states and also spoke in Oriya, winning applause.

The chief minister thanked the people of Odisha for their contribution to the progress of Gujarat.

GMR synchronises Odisha power plant unit with grid

GMR-GroupBhubaneswar, July 11 : Infrastructure builder GMR Group Thursday said the second 350 MW unit of its coal-based power plant in Odisha has been synchronised with the grid.

The first unit of 350 MW of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL) at Kamalanga in Dhenkanal district, about 100 km from here, was declared commercially operational on April 30.

With this, the combined generation capacity of the GMR Group has reached 1,836 MW, the company said in a statement.

Odisha completes land takeover for Posco plant

Posco-plantBhubaneswar, July 4 : Korean steel major Posco's plan to build a $12 billion steel project in Odisha got a boost with the state authorities Thursday declaring that land acquisition for it was complete and 2,700 acres of land had been acquired for the 12 million tonnes per annum greenfield steel project touted as India's single-largest foreign direct investment.

The administration has demolished all the betel vines over 2,700 acres in Jagatsinghpur district, where the project will come up, District Collector Satya Kumar Mullick told IANS.

Modi to visit Odisha July 16

Narendra-ModiBhubaneswar, July 3 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha July 16, his first to the state after being elevated as the campaign committee chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party, a party leader said here Wednesday.

During his one-day visit, he is scheduled to go to the Jagannath temple at Puri, about 56 km from here, state party president Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo told reporters.(IANS)

Naveen Patnaik announces Rs.5 crore aid for Uttarakhand

Naveen-PatnaikBhubaneswar, June 20 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday announced assistance of Rs. 5 crore for disaster-hit Uttarakhand, where floods and landslides have washed away thousands of homes and killed over 150 people.

The aid would be provided from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, an official of the Chief Minister's office told IANS.

Although local media reports said about 100 people from the state have been stranded in Uttarakhand, officials here are yet to confirm the figure.

NGT orders status quo in Posco project, halts felling of trees

NGT orders status quo in Posco project, halts felling of treesThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said in a new order on Tuesday that status quo must be maintained at the proposed Posco steel plant site in Jagatsinghpur district. The order will halt any further felling of trees by the state government for clearing the site for the proposed plant.

Bhushan Steel to double Odisha plant capacity

Bhushan-Steel-LimitedBhubaneswar, May 25 : Indian steelmaker Bhushan Steel Limited (BSL) Saturday said it was all set to double the annual capacity of its steel plant in Odisha to six million tonne by the end of this year.

The plant at Meramandali in Dhenkanal district, about 150 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, was commissioned in 2006. It has an annual output of three million tonnes.

In the first phase, the company invested Rs. 5,828.15 crore in the plant.

NHRC summons Odisha chief secretary

nhrc-indiaBhubaneswar, May 18 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Odisha chief secretary for failing to submit a report on the problems faced by patients and Ayush doctors in the state, a petitioner said Saturday.

"Such doctors are being forced to prescribe allopathic medicines although they are not trained for that," India Media Centre managing trustee and human rights activist Akhanda, who filed the complaint, told IANS.

Ayurvedic and Unani medical practitioners are called Ayush doctors.

GMR's Odisha power plant starts operation

GMR-GroupBhubaneswar, April 30 : Global infrastructure major GMR Group Tuesday said it has started commercial operation in the first unit of its 1,400 mega watt (MW) power plant in Odisha.

The power project in Dhenkanal district, about 100 km from here, is the group's second coal-based power plant to be declared commercially operational.

The group is setting up 4x350 MW coal-based power plant in the region in two phases of 3x350 MW and 1x350 MW, respectively.

"The first 350 megawatt unit of GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL) was declared commercially operational today (Tuesday)," the company said in a statement.

BHEL bags Rs.4,051 crore Odisha project

BHELBhubaneswar, April 27 : State run-Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Saturday bagged a Rs. 4,051 crore power project contract from Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (OPGC), an official said here.

The contract awarded to the power plant equipment manufacturer, include erection of the third and the fourth unit of (2x660 megawatt) coal fired power plant of the OPGC in Odisha.

The contract awarded is worth Rs. 4,051 crore which comprises of supply of the main plant (boiler, turbine and generator) at an all inclusive firm price of Rs. 3,748.94 crore and erection of the said main plant at Rs. 302.06 crore.

Society must ensure dignity of women: President

Pranab-MukherjeeBhubaneswar, April 25 : Describing as "unacceptable" the recent incidents of child rapes and brutal assaults on women in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday called for introspection at the "repeated failure to ensure safety" and said solutions must be found.

Addressing the 45th convocation ceremony of the state-run Utkal University at Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, the president said the recent increase in cases of brutal assault on women and children has shaken the collective conscience of the nation.

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