Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (File Photo)

Naveen Patnaik’s journey: Reluctant politician to five-time CM

Bhubaneswar:  Once reluctant to join politics and inherit his father’s mantle, 72-year-old Naveen Patnaik is on his way to form the fifth consecutive government in Odisha — in the process becoming one of the longest-serving chief ministers in the country. His command is still poor over Odia, the mother tongue of the state, but Naveen […]

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (File Photo/IANS)

Rs 100 cr package for Fani-hit Odisha vendors, farmers

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced Rs 100 crore special package for street vendors, coconut growers and poultry farmers affected by Cyclone ‘Fani’. The special package will be met from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and state’s own resources. About 30,000 street vendors whose livelihood has been severely affected in 11 […]

Puri: Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)

Cyclone Fani death toll is 64

Bhubaneswar:  The death toll in the cyclone Fani has now been put at 64. Puri district, which was the worst hit after the cyclone made landfall on May 3, accounted for 39 deaths, said Information and Public Relations Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh. Nine deaths occurred in Khurdha district, six in Cuttack, four in Mayurbhanj and […]

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (File Photo)

Odisha seeks 5 lakh pucca houses for cyclone-hit people

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction 5 lakh pucca houses for the cyclone-affected people in the state. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Patnaik requested him to consider sanctioning 5 lakh Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (G) special houses initially for the state. He also sought […]

Puri: Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)

14 lakh trees in Odisha damaged by cyclone Fani

Bhubaneswar:  A total of 14 lakh trees and eight lakh saplings were damaged as cyclone Fani devastated coastal Odisha, an official said on Saturday. The Forest and Environment Department is the worst-affected in the cyclone as it sustained a Rs 537 crore loss, Secretary, Information and Public Relations, Sanjay Kumar Singh said. “As per the […]