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Rly lines for coal transport from Talcher in limbo

Thu May 12, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
A 170 km long 3rd and 4th line project between Salegaon and Talcher of Khurda Division of the Railways had been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore in 2015-16.

Police resort to ‘bullet for bullet policy’

Thu May 12, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Even though the Commissionerate police is not known to be trigger-happy, concerned over the rising street crimes in State capital Bhubaneswar, it has now decided to follow a ‘bullet for bullet’ policy.

BBSR turns blast furnace as temp soars

Mon May 2, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Even though it is only April, the maximum (day) temperature is soaring above 40 degree Celsius in the State capital Bhubaneswar. This has become routine from 1998 onwards. But surprisingly the town planners are yet to have implemented any new ways to keep the urban temperatures down


Mon May 2, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The size of the annual budget of Odisha was less than Rs.9,000 crore in 2000-2001. Today the size of the budget for 2022-23 has increased by more than 20 times to Rs.2 lakh crore.

SC norms on school buses blatantly flouted

Mon April 25, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The State Transport Authority(STA which suddenly woke up from a deep slumber and conducted a week-long special drive by to check the vehicles transporting school children has found that the Supreme Court guidelines on the issue are being blatantly violated in the State.

Premium liquor brands found adulterated

Mon April 25, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Of late, it has come to light that premium brand of foreign and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) sold in the State are being adulterated despite the bottles having two seals and stamped by the Excise Department.

Zero FIR ensures prompt, easy access to justice

Mon April 18, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
There are many instances of people going to a police station with a complaint only to be told it was the ‘wrong’ police station and they should make their way to the ‘right’ one.

Police vigilance, raids can curb spread of snob-drug

Fri April 15, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Couple of days ago the Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Crime Branch had arrested two natives of Rajasthan and for the first time seized more than 200 grams of cocaine from their possession in Bhubaneswar.

Irrigation, Works, Energy Depts top corruption chart

Tue April 12, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The Odisha Vigilance Directorate on April 8 arrested Kartikeswar Roul, Assistant Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department, Bhanjangar in Ganjam district after record seizure of more than Rs 3.41 cash from his possession.

‘Vigilance case is no barrier for promotion’

Tue March 29, 2022, CUTTACK
The Orissa High Court in an important judgement has said if a Vigilance case is subjudice for a long time, it would be would not be a hurdle in the promotion of Government officials.

Chief Secy orders ignored by Energy Dept

Tue March 22, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The Chief Secretary on the basis of The Pioneer story, ‘Energy Dept directions violated’ on November 28 2020 had sought a report from the Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) authorities regarding the illegal appointment of Human Resources Vice-President Rajendra Senapati.

Flouting of SOP blamed

Tue March 15, 2022, CUTTACK
Errors in bridge design, inadequate supervision and poor engineering and use of inferior quality of materials have led to a number of bridge collapses in the State. This has not only threatened public safety but precious lives have been lost.

Works EIC-cum Secy post should be manned by engineer

Thu March 10, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The Odisha Government in a hope to improve or streamline the functioning of Works Department, had appointed an IAS Officer as the Secretary of the Odisha Works Department.But unfortunately, the Government’s decision did not yield the desired positive results.

Dazzling IAS Officer leaves Odisha Govt depressed

Fri March 4, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
An elite group of IAS Officers, who are projecting themselves as ‘crème de la crème’ of Odisha, and their ‘inherent superiority’ would take the State in up the Golden Path, have failed miserably to deliver and it’s time for the State Government to consider the importance attached to them.

Corrupt babus cock a snook at Vigilance

Thu February 24, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Even though the Odisha Vigilance Directorate has already registered 31 cases in 2022 till now under the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, and arrested more than 20 Government officials, the corrupt Babus have managed to wriggle out of the mess and get lucrative postings

Odisha going UP, Bihar way

Sat February 19, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Even as the polling for second phase of the Panchayat elections is being held on Friday, the large-scale violence during the first phase of the pools of Wednesday in some of the districts has sent shockwaves in the State.

OCPL on verge of closure

Mon February 14, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Gross irregularities, nepotism, rampant corruption, concentration of powers in the hands of a few corrupt officers, and the spiralling project costs has led to apprehensions of the closure of the Odisha Coal and Power Limited (OCPL).

Govt stops construction on Lingaraj land

Tue February 1, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The State Government has stopped the hasty constructions by a mining contractor on a patch of land (Plot No. 54/ 286), near the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, which is owned by the Lingaraj Temple Trust.

Lingaraj land sold violating 5T, Mo Sarkar norms

Sat January 29, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Recently Revenue Secretary Satyabrata Sahu in a review meeting had directed the department officials to ensure that 5T and Mo Sarkar initiatives of the State Government are implemented in true letter and spirit.

Is Nayagarh the next drug hub after Baleswar!

Wed January 26, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch, which has launched a massive drive against the illegal narcotics trade has seized more than 47 kg of brown sugar since 2020. Besides, 122 drug peddlers have been rounded up the STF in connection with several cases.

Energy Dept officials’ appointment stirs hornet’s nest

Mon January 24, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The lack of transparency and flouting of parameters in appointment of senior officials in the Energy Department has left many eligible officers upset.

Rs 6.45-cr Lingaraj Temple land sold illegally

Sun January 9, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
The Pioneer had published a report “Rs 100-cr Lingaraj land grabbed near city airport” on July 20. Acting on it, the former Revenue Secretary Bishnupada Sethi has recommended a Crime Branch probe into alleged wrong recording of Lingaraj property in the name of a private individual.

Land grabbing with fake documents rise in city

Tue January 4, 2022, BHUBANESWAR
Even though the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch has put a number of dubious builders behind bars in State capital Bhubaneswar, still the city is a breeding ground for many land sharks, whose illicit activities have turned into a menace.

Inefficiency of officers posted for years blamed

Wed December 29, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
State capital Bhubaneswar is fast turning into crime capital of the State with criminal activities spiralling in the last 11 months. According to the crime statistics released by the Commissionerate police, 32 murder, 108 rape and 1,880 theft cases have been registered in Bhubaneswar in the last 11

Dedicated Homicide Wing need of hour

Fri December 24, 2021, BHUBANESHWAR
With increasing number of murder cases remaining unsolved or ending up as cold cases in State capital Bhubaneswar, the need for an exclusive wing for the Commissionerate Police to crack homicide cases has become need of the hour.

Will the JSW Steel project go the Posco way?

Wed December 22, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
It seems the Odisha Government has not learnt any lessons from the steel major Posco’s exit from Odisha. It is again repeating the same mistakes in the case of JSW Utkal Steel Limited, which has proposed to set up a 13.2 million tonnes per annum capacity steel plant at Dhinkia panchayat

STF seizes 8 guns, ammos; 1 held

Sun December 19, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
In a major arms haul, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha police arrested a gunrunner and seized as many as eight country-made guns at Kerjang village in Chendipada of Angul district on Sunday.

Cybercriminals clean off Rs 6 cr in 11 months

Sun December 19, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Cybercrimes have been on the rise in different parts of the country during the Covid-19 pandemic with people increasingly taking to online transactions.

AICA calls for closure of all industries on Dec 20

Wed December 15, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
All India Council of Association of MSMEs (AICA), formed by around 170 MSME associations, has decided for one-day closure of all industries and one-hour demonstrations in front of the district Collectorates on December 20 across the country.

Top official-CSM long nexus surfaces

Wed December 15, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Earlier, it was reported that a firm CSM Technologies Private Limited, which is owned by a relative of an IAS Officer, has managed to bag all the contracts through Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) and IDCOL from Government agencies

5 deer skins seized by STF ; 2 held

Sat December 11, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch on Thursday arrested two persons on the charge of smuggling deer skins in Puri district.The accused were identified as Krushna Chandra Swain and Sunil Kumar Palei, both natives of Puri district.

WR Dept officials nullify CM approved technology initiative

Thu December 9, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Despite the State Government strongly advocating the 5T initiative, it appears that some Government officials have the guts to even overrule the approval of the StateCabinet and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Favouritism to CSM raises many questions

Fri December 3, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even though Odisha has immense potential to excel in the field of information technology and information technology-enabled services, (IT and ITeS) and the State Government is doing its best to create conducive environment for it, the rampant favouritism shown to a particular company has dissuaded

Wrong side driving turns into pandemic

Wed December 1, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
With the Commissionerate police accepting that wrong side driving is a menace that can’t be solved, driving on the wrong side of the road has turned into a pandemic in Smart City Bhubaneswar.

Footpaths encroached; pedestrians in peril

Mon November 29, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Thanks to the laxity of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), pedestrian infrastructure continues to be in a very bad condition in the capital city Bhubaneswar.

Many corrupt OPHWC officials elude Vig radar

Sun November 28, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The Vigilance Directorate recently arrested Pratap Samal, Deputy Manager of the Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC), on charges of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 14.87 crore.

Works Dept bends rules, shields corrupt officials

Thu November 25, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Roads are the arteries through which the economy throbs. By linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, the sick to hospitals and speedy evacuation during natural calamities, roads are vital to any development agenda of a State.

Protests near Naveen Niwas cause chaos

Fri November 19, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Of late, demonstrations on a daily basis near the strategically-located Chief Minister residence Naveen Niwas is causing grave inconvenience to locals as well as the general public. The new road in front of the Naveen Niwas which connects areas like Old Town, Sundarpada, Bhimatangi, Pokhariput

Despite OCAC harping, inadequacies surface

Fri November 12, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even as the Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) is harping on the use of blockchain in the Paddy Procurement Automation System (PPAS) at the paddy procurement centres in the State and even won an award for it conferred on it by a ‘questionable’ organisation, its many shortcomings have come to

Goonda Act can be misused

Tue November 9, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The deterioration in law and order in the State, particularly in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, where organised crimes such as extortion, land grabbing, money-laundering, contract killings, sex rackets, child trafficking and illegal narcotics trade have spiralled, has forced the Odisha

WATCO in a limbo

Sat October 30, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO) which was formed with the primary objective to provide water supply and sewerage services in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Jatni and Khordha on behalf of the respective municipal bodies, has sadly failed to achieve the goals for formation.

Be careful not to get cheated by jewellers

Tue October 26, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
With the Dhanteras (November 2) round the corner people are bracing up to flock to the jewellery shops to buy gold as it is considered an auspicious day to purchase the yellow metal.But one has to be careful while making purchases as the raids by the Consumer Welfare Department in the last few years

Chilika Lake in rapid state of decay

Thu October 21, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Chilika lake, which was designated as the 1st ‘Ramsar site’ of India for its rich bio-diversity and ecological significance and sustains the livelihood 0.15 million fisher folks, who live around the lagoon, is in a rapid state of decay and is process of a slow death due to high rate of silting, poll

Adulteration mafia flourishing in State

Mon October 18, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his message for the World Food Day on October 16 urged for availability of sufficient nutritious and safe foods for everyone for a healthy and productive Odisha.Patnaik in a tweet said, “It has been a constant effort to make #Odisha a food secure State

White-bellied Sea Eagles ‘Disappear’

Mon October 18, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even as the World Migratory Birds Day was observed on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stressed on the State Government’s resolve to protect the State’s coastal wetlands and diverse bird habitats.Patnaik in a tweet said, “Migratory birds play a significant role in connecting ecosystems as well

STF closes ranks against wildlife mafia

Sun October 10, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even as the Wildlife Week was observed recently from October 2 to 8, the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products seems to have reached alarming proportions in Odisha.

OCPL in doldrums due to corrupt officials

Sat October 9, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even though it was formed with a 76-per cent Government share to supply coal to the Odisha Power Generation Company (OPGC) five years back, delay in projects, the undue favour shown to the executing agencies and contractors by some unscrupulous officers of Odisha Coal and Power Limited (OCPL) has le

‘Debar Tata Projects from OPTCL tender process’

Tue October 5, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The Bijuli Karmachari Sangha of Odisha State Electricity Board (OSEB) demanded to debar Tata Projects Limited from participating in the tender process of state-run Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL).

3rd railway line project between Khordha-Barang expedited

Tue October 5, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The plan for a third railway line between Khordha and Barang is finally going to see the light of the day with the Bhubaneswar unit of Railway Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL) efforts to construct a road over bridge (ROB) between Rasulgarh and Vani Vihar Square has been expedited.

Pipili poll: 68.40% voter turnout till 5 pm

Thu September 30, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Voting in the Pipili Assembly by-election in Puri district was held peacefully with 68.40 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm on Thursday, Chief Electoral Officer SK Lohani said.

NHAI’s step-motherly attitude to State questioned

Tue September 28, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even as the Ministry of Road Transportation and Highways (MORTHIndia) is planning to construct electric highways in the country, the precarious condition of vast stretches of the National Highways in Odisha has raised many questions on the step-motherly attitude of the National Highway Authority of

Sexual abuse: Kids speak out at State-level meet

Sat September 25, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
A State-level children’s consultation was organised through virtual platform at 12 different locations of Odisha to combat child sexual abuse.

Waste treatment plant on Rushikulya mouth resented

Sat September 25, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The setting up of a waste treatment by the Ganjam NAC at Puranabandha Lankapahada, near the Rushikulya river mouth in Ganjam coast, violating the Coastal Zone Regulations, has triggered massive resentment among the locals.

‘Sextortion’ gangs on prowl in social media

Thu September 16, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Beware while replying to unknown video calls as sextortion gangs are on the prowl to trap unsuspecting victims. The Crime Branch of Odisha police in a retweet of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)s Cyber Dost handle has warned people to be careful about video calls from unknown numbers.

BBSR fast turning crime capital

Wed September 8, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Even as Minister of State of Home Dibya Shankar Mishra on Monday said in the State Assembly that the crime graph is in the ascendency in the State with 1.34 lakh criminal cases recorded in 2020.

Weak leadership turns OCAC into white elephant

Wed September 8, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Odisha, one of the firsts to get the top four IT companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro and Tech Mahindra, to set up centres on its turf, the State Government’s mission to make the State a favoured destination for IT and IT enabled services has been derailed.

Shops forcibly occupied in city market

Sat September 4, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Earlier, there were many reports of rampant encroachment of Government properties by land grabbers in the capital city Bhubaneswar. Shockingly, now it has come to light that even shops are forcefully occupied in the city using muscle-power.

Bad road conditions spiral mishaps in State

Sat September 4, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
The direction of the State Transport Authority (STA) to the Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) to crack down on errant drivers flouting the MVA Act rules and seize their Driving Licences has been welcomed by transport sector experts and motorists in general.

Nothing ‘smart’ about Smart City anymore

Fri August 27, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
-As basic infra found tottering -Delay in project works bring misery to citizens

20 kg opium seized from truck; 3 held

Sat August 14, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
20 kg opium seized from truck; 3 held

Woman attacked; necklace snatched

Fri August 13, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
Woman attacked; necklace snatched

PWD divisional officials land in soup

Thu August 12, 2021, BHUBANESWAR
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