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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.

Night trial of nuke capable Agni-I missile successful

Night trial of nuke capable Agni-I missile successfulBhubaneswar, April 12 - India Friday successfully conducted the night trial of surface-to-surface Agni-I ballistic missile from a military base in Odisha, an official said.

The missile was launched by the Strategic Forces Command as part of user trial from the Wheeler Island off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district, 170 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

"The test was successful. This was a routine user trial and conducted at night" test range director M V K V Prasad told IANS.

Voting under way in Odisha for LS, assembly poll

Voting under way in Odisha for LS, assembly pollsBhubaneswar, April 10 - Polling began on a peaceful note for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha, an official said.

People stood in queues outside polling centres before polling started at 7 am.

"Everywhere balloting has started. We talked to all the district collectors and police officials and from nowhere have we got any complaints so far. It has started on a peaceful note," state's Chief Electoral Officer Mona Sharma told IANS.

Over 13 million electors will cast their ballots in the first phase of polling.

Sonia, Modi, Sushma to campaign in Odisha

Sonia, Modi, Sushma to campaign in OdishaBhubaneswar, April 8 : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as well as BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj will campaign in Odisha for the second phase of the Lok Sabha election, to be held April 17, party sources said Tuesday.

Gandhi who visited Odisha for a few hours Saturday and addressed a rally in Khariar town of Nuapada district, about 550 km from here, will again be in the state Thursday to campaign in the coastal belt.

Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the outgoing Lok Sabha, will hit the campaign trail in Rairangpur, Anandpur and Mahakalpada the same day.

Sonia Gandhi addresses rally in Odisha

Sonia-GandhiBhubaneswar, April 5 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday spoke of land reforms and women's safety at a rally in Odisha's Khariar Nuapada district and attacked the BJP, saying it had made allegations without any proof.

"The Congress has always fought for the 'aam aadmi', specially the Dalits, the poor, the adivasis and the backward classes," she said.

Gandhi said the funds provided by the central government have not been adequately utilised by the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha.

She pledged to fight for the issues of the poor.

Modi hits out at Congress, BJD

Narendra-ModiBhubaneswar, April 4 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday appealed to the people to throw out both the Congress-led central government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government, calling them 'nikammi sarkars' (useless governments).

Odisha has fallen into ruin and both the state and the central governments are responsible for it, Modi said while addressing an election rally at the district headquarters town of Bolangir, about 330 km from here.

"Whenever there is a discussion on poverty in the country, the example of Odisha is given," he said.

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.

Nalco commissions wind power project in Rajasthan

Nalco commissions wind power project in RajasthanBhubaneswar, Feb 1 : Central government-owned National Aluminium Company Ltd. (Nalco) Saturday said it has commissioned its second 47.6 MW wind power plant at Ludarva of Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan.

This Rs. 283-crore wind power project was executed through M/s Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Ltd., involving erection of 56 wind turbines, each of 850 KW, the company said in a statement.

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.

'Very Severe' Cyclone Phailin to hit Odisha, Andhra Pradesh today

CycloneBhubaneshwar, Oct. 12  : Cyclonic storm Phailin, which is touching wind speeds of 210 to 220 kilometer an hour, is expected to hit the coast of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at around 6 pm on Saturday.

High wind and heavy rain lashed the coastal belt of Odisha today disrupting normal life.

Phailin, which has been put in the category of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS), is expected to touch 230 kilometer per hour, when it hits the two states.

Nalco declines alumina supply to Vedanta

Nalco declines alumina supply to VedantaBhubaneswar, Sep 29 - Aluminium major Nalco has declined to supply a trial amount of alumina to Vedanta Aluminium, triggering a controversy here.

It agreed to supply 53 tonnes of alumina to Vedanta smelter, in the district headquarters town of Jharsuguda, about six months ago. It had also received an amount of about Rs. 1.5 million from Vedanta.

The move was seen as Nalco's renewed relationship with its private sector rival. But it came as surprise, when Chairman and Managing Director Ansuman Das said his company would not sell alumina within India.

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.

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.

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.

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