Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) A Biju Janata Dal MP Tuesday submitted three private member's bills in parliament seeking decriminalisation of politics. Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, a Lok Sabha member from Odisha's Kendrapada constituency, submitted the bills. "It removes the exemption given to sitting members of parliament and members of state legislatures who have been convicted of criminal offences," Panda's office said in a statement.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met party leaders in Odisha Tuesday and asked them to suggest ways to revive the Congress's fortunes as it has been out of power in the state since 2000. A day after holding discussions with grassroot leaders at Sambalpur town in western Odisha, the 42-year-old leader met local party functionaries from the coastal belt at Cuttack city. "He held discussions with a large number of local leaders," a Congress leader told IANS.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Industry body Assocham Tuesday urged central trade unions to withdraw the Feb 20-21 two-day-strike as the economy would lose Rs.15,000-20,000 crore due to the disruption. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said it estimated the national loss figures based on the daily erosion of about 30-40 per cent to the country's gross domestic production (GDP) for two days. "The strike would take its toll on at least 30-40 per cent, or Rs.15,000 crore to Rs.20,000 crore," Assocham said in a statement here.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met grassroot party leaders in the state Monday. Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Odisha, met dozens of block and district level office-bearers of the party at the district headquarters town of Sambalpur, 320 km from here. He questioned leaders on why the party has been out of power in the state since
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18 (IANS) Thousands of party workers and leaders greeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and gave him a rousing welcome in Odisha, where he arrived Monday on a two-day tour, police said. The leaders and workers of the party greeted him at Jamadarpali air strip near Sambalpur town, a senior district police official told IANS. Party men raised slogans: "Desh ka neta kaisa ho
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) State-owned National Aluminium Co. Ltd. (NALCO) has increased prices of all its products by Rs.5,000 per tonne, a senior company official said Sunday.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) More than five lakh devotees Sunday took a holy dip in Odisha's temple town Konark and offered prayers to the sun god on the occasion of Magha Saptami. The bathing began as early as 3 a.m.
Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Maoist activities have flourished in the states where the Congress is not in power, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Saturday. "Maoists are strong only in areas where the Congress party is weak
Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Non-Congress political parties, including the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal and the opposition BJP, Saturday organised separate protests in Odisha against the latest diesel and petrol price hike, police said. Carrying placards and banners, the BJD legislators staged a demonstration near Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the assembly premises here, while hundreds of party workers carried out a march elsewhere in the city in the evening shouting slogans against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government
Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) Police Saturday rescued the chairman of the ARSS Group Subash Agarwal and his cousin from Andhra Pradesh, hours after they were kidnapped from Odisha, an official said. Police have also arrested seven persons on suspicion of being involved in the kidnapping.
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