Sporadic nesting activity of Olive Ridley Turtles in Odisha

Kendrapara - Ahead of the mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles, wildlife officials have detected sporadic nesting by them at Gahirmatha nesting ground in Odisha, the world's largest known rookery of these marine animals.

During January-February each year, Olive Ridley turtles turn up in millions for laying eggs along the Gahirmatha beach in the district.

"Small group of turtles have crawled their way to the nesting beach at Nasi-2 Island and have begun laying eggs. Sporadic nesting of turtles is a positive sign and is a prelude to en-masse emergence of turtles for laying eggs," said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Kedar Kumar Swain.

Why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus? RSS

Mohan BhagwatCuttack : If inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus, came a poser from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday.

"The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture," Bhagwat said while speaking at the 'Golden Jubilee' function of an Odia weekly here.

The RSS chief further went on to say that Hindutva is a way of life and Hindus could be of any religion worshipping any God or not worshipping at all.

PM Modi to witness ISRO PSLV C23 launch on Monday

PM Modi to witness ISRO PSLV C23 launch on MondaySriharikota (Odisha)/New Delhi, June 29 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to witness the launch lift off of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) PSLV C23 on Monday morning.

According to reports, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will carry a French Earth observation satellite along with four other satellites from Singapore, Canada and Germany on June 30 from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. The countdown for the launch began on Saturday, and is progressing normally.

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.

'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.

Delink sports from politics: Odisha Congress leader

Delink sports from politics: Odisha Congress leaderBhubaneswar, June 7 : Senior Odisha Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik Friday urged the central government to take immediate measures to delink sports from politics.

In a letter to Union Minister of State for Sports minister Jitendra Singh, the former president of the state unit of the Congress said the government must not allow any sports body to become so powerful as to flout basic legal principles.

Odisha plan size to rise 24.63% to Rs. 21,500 crore

Odisha plan size to rise 24.63% to Rs. 21,500 croreThe Plan size for this year for the state of Odisha is set to rise 24.63 per cent to Rs. 21,500 crore compared to Rs. 17,250 crore recorded in the previous year. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of Planning Commission met to discuss the plan size for the state.

Ahluwalia said, "The performance is satisfactory and efforts at improving human development indicators are appreciable. Progress has been reached during the 11th Plan in all sectors including agriculture. Focus on human development needs to be continued."

POSCO welcomes SC order on Odisha project

POSCO welcomes SC order on Odisha projectWorld's fourth-largest steel producer, POSCO of South Korea has said that it welcomes the latest order by the Supreme Court of India, in which it said that the government will decide on giving preferential access to iron ore to the company.

Odisha govt. terms semi-nude protest as ‘unfortunate’

Odisha govt. terms semi-nude protest as ‘unfortunate’The Odisha government on Friday termed some women's semi-nude protest during anti-Posco agitation as `unfortunate,' and alleged that certain vested interest groups had pressed innocent women to strip.

Health & Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout, who also holds small & medium enterprises portfolio, said in the Assembly that some rival political parties as well as NGOs were backing up the protests without knowing the ground realities.

Posco moves a step closer to planned Odisha plant

Posco moves a step closer to planned Odisha plantSouth Korea's Posco on Friday moved a step forward in the direction of setting up its ambitious $12 billion steel plant in Odisha after the administration took over the required land from farmers.

As farmers of Gobindpur village in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district continued their protests against the planned steel plant, Posco India expressed hopes that it would be able to get the required land soon.

India successfully tests Prithvi-II ballistic missile

India successfully tests Prithvi-II ballistic missileIndian defense officials have successfully test-fired the indigenously developed Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile that has a strike range of 350km.

The missile, which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads, was launched from Chandipur in the eastern state of Orissa. The Prithvi-II missile was launched from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range this morning.

Nalco hopeful to get TWP for its Panchpatmali mine by November-end

Nalco hopeful to get TWP for its Panchpatmali mine by November-endNational Aluminum Company Ltd. (Nalco) is now eager to obtain a temporary work permit (TWP) to extract the bauxite ore from its Panchpatmali mine in Odisha as its lease deed for the same expired on Saturday.

Nalco is optimistic that it would get the TWP by the end of November. The miner said it had sufficient stock to run its Damanjodi, Koraput-based alumina refinery till November-end.

Tata Steel slapped with Rs 6,000-cr fine for illegal mining: sources

Tata Steel slapped with Rs 6,000-cr fine for illegal mining: sourcesTata Steel has reportedly been slapped with a fine of around Rs 6,000 crore for its alleged involvement in illegal mining at its captive mines.

Citing unnamed sources, emerging reports state that Deputy Director of Mines (DDM) of Joda mining circle has fined Tata Steel and some other iron ore producers on charges of "illegal and excess mining."

But, the reported amount of fine imposed on the steel maker couldn't be verified so far.

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable naval version of Prithvi missile

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable naval version of Prithvi missileHoning its missile competence, India on Friday successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush - a naval version of Prithvi missile that has a strike range of 350 kilometers.

The surface-to-surface Dahnush missile was test-fired from a naval ship off Odisha coast. Blasted off at 11.25 am, the missile traveled along the pre-coordinated trajectory, and splashed down in close proximity to the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal.

BJD President Patnaik rules out support to UPA

BJD President Patnaik rules out support to UPANaveen Patnaik, chief minister of Odisha and president of Biju Janata Dal (BJD), has declared that his party would not support the UPA government at the Centre in any circumstances.

The Congress-led UPA government is in search of new allies after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee withdraw support to the centre government over diesel price hike and foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.

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