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"Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik have specifically requested the Union Government to have the Women's Reservation Bill passed in this Budget session," said Lok Sabha MP Pinaki Misra.(PTI)

BJD attends all-party meeting, demands to pass Women's Reservation Bill

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 03:27 PM IST
BJD gave 7 out of 21 MP tickets to women in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he said claiming to be the only political party to have done so.
Naveen Patnaik said new industrial projects were launched in diverse sectors ranging from healthcare, renewable energy, steel and aluminium to food processing.(ANI)
Naveen Patnaik said new industrial projects were launched in diverse sectors ranging from healthcare, renewable energy, steel and aluminium to food processing.(ANI)

Ahead of civic and panchayat polls, BJD to hold sports tournaments to woo youths

By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:44 PM IST
  • The party would host football and cricket tournaments at tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district under Mayurbhanj Premier League.
On Saturday evening, Kulamani Baral, 75, in-charge of Salepur mandal of BJP and former chairman of Mahanga Panchayat Samiti was hacked to death along with his 80-year-old associate near Jankoti village.(HT PHOTO.)
On Saturday evening, Kulamani Baral, 75, in-charge of Salepur mandal of BJP and former chairman of Mahanga Panchayat Samiti was hacked to death along with his 80-year-old associate near Jankoti village.(HT PHOTO.)

Odisha law minister, 12 others booked for murder of BJP leader and his associate

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 01:22 AM IST
Soon after the murder, police in Cuttack registered a case against 13 people, including state law minister Pratap Jena for their alleged involvement in the double murder of BJP leader Baral and his associate and relative Dibyasingh on Saturday evening.
Image for representation.(ANI)
Image for representation.(ANI)

Hours after murder of Odisha BJP leader, party alleges BJD resorting to retributive politics

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:04 PM IST
Angry over the twin murders, the BJP said that the ruling BJD had started eliminating rivals in a cold-blooded manner like Mamata Banerjee was doing in Bengal.
Priyadarshini had moved Odisha SCW alleging domestic violence triggered by her ongoing marital discord with her husband.
Priyadarshini had moved Odisha SCW alleging domestic violence triggered by her ongoing marital discord with her husband.

BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty answers to women’s commission over domestic violence charge

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:25 PM IST
In August,Varsha Priyadarshini had filed a case of domestic violence against Mohanty and his family.
Addressing the first executive body meeting of the Biju Yuva Janata Dal, the youth wing of the party through the virtual route, Naveen Patnaik said only a regional party can fight for the interest of the state.(PTI PHOTO.)
Addressing the first executive body meeting of the Biju Yuva Janata Dal, the youth wing of the party through the virtual route, Naveen Patnaik said only a regional party can fight for the interest of the state.(PTI PHOTO.)

BJP, Cong leaders voiceless, only BJD can fight for Odisha’s interests: Naveen Patnaik

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:00 PM IST
The Odisha CM said the primary objective of national parties is to win elections and have power to form the government at the Centre. Continuing his tirade against BJP, Patnaik said his government has been urging the Centre for ‘Special State’ status for Odisha as the state faces natural disasters every year.
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

2 employees of leading Odia TV channel held in rape case, Oppn alleges attack on press freedom

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 04:58 PM IST
CID officials said two security guards and two employees of OTV were those arrested, adding that the minor girl’s mother lodged a complaint against them in August
Pradeep Panigrahy delivered and was rewarded with a party ticket in 2009 from the seaside Gopalpur constituency from where he has won on a trot three times.(HT Photo)
Pradeep Panigrahy delivered and was rewarded with a party ticket in 2009 from the seaside Gopalpur constituency from where he has won on a trot three times.(HT Photo)

The steady rise, and sharp fall of BJD lawmaker Pradeep Panigrahy

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 10:46 AM IST
That Patnaik immensely trusted the 56-year-old Panigrahy became clear back in 2004 when the chief minister named him to oversee his assembly constituency Hinjili in Ganjam district for nearly a decade.
Pradeep Panigrahy was expelled from the BJD on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)
Pradeep Panigrahy was expelled from the BJD on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

Expelled BJD MLA Pradeep Panigrahy allegedly stayed in hotels that cost Rs 2.7 lakh a day

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:04 AM IST
Pradeep Panigrahy is under the scanner of both vigilance department as well as the Odisha Police’s CID over his suspected financial transactions with the tainted IFS officer Abhay Pathak and his involvement in a job scam.
The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 will underpin India’s first legal framework to protect privacy after it was held as a fundamental right by the Supreme Court in 2017.(PTI)
The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 will underpin India’s first legal framework to protect privacy after it was held as a fundamental right by the Supreme Court in 2017.(PTI)

MPs want more checks on govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 03:22 AM IST
A total of 228 amendments, mostly by Opposition members, have been submitted to the joint panel reviewing the bill. These include renaming the bill as Protection of Privacy of Personal Data Bill, a timeline for enacting the law, and keeping anonymised personal data out of the purview of the bill.
Bharatiya Janata Party Jay Panda(HT file photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party Jay Panda(HT file photo)

BJD targeting family, says wife of BJP’s Jay Panda

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 02:51 AM IST
According to the FIR, filed by the Economic Offence Wing of the Odisha police, Panda allegedly cheated 22 people, belonging to the Dalit community, to acquire their land in the state’s Khurda district.
The pilgrim town of Puri in Odisha is best known for the Jagannath Temple.(PTI)
The pilgrim town of Puri in Odisha is best known for the Jagannath Temple.(PTI)

Odisha BJP member claims Sambit Patra made Puri famous, stirs hornets’ nest

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar, | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The ruling BJD and the opposition Congress said the BJP spokesperson’s remark was outrageous. In her defence, the BJP said she was quoted out of context.
People stand in a queue as they arrive to cast their vote for state by-polls elections, in Tirtol , Odisha.(ANI)
People stand in a queue as they arrive to cast their vote for state by-polls elections, in Tirtol , Odisha.(ANI)

Odisha by-polls: Ruling BJD candidates leading on both seats

Asian News International | By Asian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 12:43 PM IST
As per the ECI, BJD candidate Swarup Kumar Das is leading from the Balasore seat by 2,671 votes, while Bijaya Shankar Das is ahead by 6,400 votes from the Tirtol seat.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik began his virtual campaigning and expressed his inability to attend the rally in person due to Covid-19 restrictions on Wednesday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik began his virtual campaigning and expressed his inability to attend the rally in person due to Covid-19 restrictions on Wednesday.(PTI PHOTO.)

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik holds virtual poll rally, opposition asks why he is not present in person

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:35 AM IST
Patnaik addressed around 10,000 people of 8 gram panchayats in Tirtol constituency through video conferencing from Naveen Nivas.
The move to have a special law for Lingaraj temple came after chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s tour to Puri on Saturday to take stock of the Rs 3,200 crore package for infrastructure development of the temple town. (Photo @Naveen_Odisha)
The move to have a special law for Lingaraj temple came after chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s tour to Puri on Saturday to take stock of the Rs 3,200 crore package for infrastructure development of the temple town. (Photo @Naveen_Odisha)

Odisha to bring special law for managing 11th century Lingaraj temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 09:28 PM IST
A law department official said the draft Act would be discussed on Tuesday before being brought in as a Bill in the winter session of the Assembly next month.
File photo: Odisha chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik.(PTI)
File photo: Odisha chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik.(PTI)

‘Half-hearted’: Despite BJD’s opposition to twin farm bills, Odisha farmer leaders aren’t impressed

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 08:48 AM IST
The BJD on Sunday had opposed the bills, alleging that it had little provision for small and marginal farmers as well as sharecroppers.
Newly elected Members of Rajya Sabha maintain social distance during the oath ceremony at the Parliament House in New Delhi on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Newly elected Members of Rajya Sabha maintain social distance during the oath ceremony at the Parliament House in New Delhi on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

Monsoon session: Congress, TDP, BJD MPs give zero hour notices in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 09:41 AM IST
While Congress has given notice on ‘refusal of bank to give loans,’ TDP’s notice is over ‘atrocities against Dalits.’ BJD, meanwhile, has demanded renaming of Paradip Port after former Odisha CM Biju Patnaik.
Mohanty and Priyadarshini, both leading actors of Odia film industry got married in 2014.
Mohanty and Priyadarshini, both leading actors of Odia film industry got married in 2014.

BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty accused of torturing his wife, files divorce petition alleging cruelty

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:16 PM IST
In her petition filed before the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate of Cuttack, under section 12 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, Priyadarshini alleged that her MP husband used to hit her after getting drunk.
When the firemen entered the house it was engulfed in flames and BJD’s Alekh Choudhury and the other two were unconscious. They were rushed to a hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. (HT Photo)
When the firemen entered the house it was engulfed in flames and BJD’s Alekh Choudhury and the other two were unconscious. They were rushed to a hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. (HT Photo)

BJD leader, 2 others killed in fire accident at home in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 01:02 PM IST
BJD’s Alekh Choudhury, working as president of Berhampur Central Co-operative Bank, was sleeping in his home in Gosaninuagaon area of Berhampur town of Ganjam district with his brother-in-law and caretaker when an electrical short circuit in the air conditioner sparked fire.
The BJP’s announcement came a day after Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik announced that none of his 9 party MLAs would take part in the RS polls bringing down the effective number of valid votes to 138 from 147.(HT PHOTO.)
The BJP’s announcement came a day after Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik announced that none of his 9 party MLAs would take part in the RS polls bringing down the effective number of valid votes to 138 from 147.(HT PHOTO.)

BJP will not contest Rajya Sabha polls in Odisha due to lack of MLAs

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2020 12:52 AM IST
Elections to 3 Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha will fall vacant next month. One seat is already vacant since last year. Elections to the 4 seats would be held on March 26.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has announced party candidates for all four RS seats.(HT Photo)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has announced party candidates for all four RS seats.(HT Photo)

BJD may corner all Odisha RS seats after Congress says it won’t vote

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 10:27 PM IST
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced four party candidates on Saturday including a trade union leader, a Muslim leader and an OBC woman for all the RS seats from the State going to polls this month.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced names of 4 party candidates for the Odisha Rajya Sabha polls.(ANI PHOTO.)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced names of 4 party candidates for the Odisha Rajya Sabha polls.(ANI PHOTO.)

Naveen Patnaik declares 4 names for Odisha RS polls, will need BJP’s help to win all

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 10:10 PM IST
One seat fell vacant in May last year and 3 seats would be falling vacant on April 2 with the completion of tenure of Ranjib Biswal of the Congress party, Narendra Swain and Sarojini Hembram of the BJD.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik named the number two in the party on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik named the number two in the party on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Naveen Patnaik makes young MLA Pranab Prakash Das number two in BJD

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 11:30 PM IST
Patnaik made the announcement at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar on the occasion of the 104th birth anniversary of former chief minister Biju Patnaik.
Employees at AIIMS Bhubaneswar were asked to write at least 30 per cent of their notes and drafts in Hindi, write at least 55 per cent of all correspondence in Hindi and fill up all bi-lingual forms used in offices in Hindi. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
Employees at AIIMS Bhubaneswar were asked to write at least 30 per cent of their notes and drafts in Hindi, write at least 55 per cent of all correspondence in Hindi and fill up all bi-lingual forms used in offices in Hindi. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)

BJD to protest against AIIMS Bhubaneswar directive of using Hindi

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 09:51 PM IST
AIIMS Bhubaneswar on Thursday had brought out a notice asking all its employees to sign in Hindi as well as write names and subjects in all files in Hindi language.
Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra said the BJD leader had come to his office to seek the release of her son.(FILEPHOTO.)
Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra said the BJD leader had come to his office to seek the release of her son.(FILEPHOTO.)

BJD leader immolates herself in protest against arrest of her son in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2020 10:34 PM IST
Meenakshi Mishra, an active member of BJD in Berhampur, immolated herself soon after she had gone to Berhampur SP’s office demanding the release of her son Raja Mishra who was arrested over thrashing a boy with a cricket bat.
Nveen Patnaik’s BJD government will not have a question on birth place of the parents of the residents but will have an additional question on other backward classes (OBCs) in Odisha.(HT Photo)
Nveen Patnaik’s BJD government will not have a question on birth place of the parents of the residents but will have an additional question on other backward classes (OBCs) in Odisha.(HT Photo)

Odisha deletes question on birthplace of parents in NPR exercise

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2020 06:46 PM IST
The NPR update will begin in Odisha on April 16 involving house-listing exercise for 45 days in which over 1 lakh enumerators would go to each of the houses with a questionnaire for updating the 2010 NPR. More than 1 lakh enumerators, most of them teachers, would fill up the questionnaire.
Some BJD leaders believe it is only a matter of time before Patnaik names Pandian his successor.(PTI Photo)
Some BJD leaders believe it is only a matter of time before Patnaik names Pandian his successor.(PTI Photo)

Naveen Patnaik triggers succession talks on BJD’s 23rd anniversary

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 12:46 PM IST
Patnaik’s statement to partymen celebrating BJD’s 23rd Foundation Day has led to speculation on who would be Naveen’s successor.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the BJD will not support the National Register of Citizens.(PTI file photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the BJD will not support the National Register of Citizens.(PTI file photo)

BJD won’t support NRC, says Naveen Patnaik; provokes a comeback from BJP

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Naveen Patnaik, who is headed to national capital Delhi on a four-day visit, asserted that the Biju Janata Dal had already made it clear that it would not support the Centre on its citizens’ register, or NRC plan.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives to attend the ongoing winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on December 9, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives to attend the ongoing winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on December 9, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today, BJP confident of numbers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 07:35 AM IST
The BJP is certain that it will get support from parties such as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-- all of which are outside the fold of the National Democratic Allliance (NDA).
Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Behind BJP confidence on CAB passage, support from friends, rivals and 2 exes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2019 01:04 PM IST
BJP, which has 83 members in the 245 member house, is counting on support from 11 AIADMK, 7 BJD, 3 Shiv Sena, 2 YSRCP, 2 TDP, and at least three independent MPs in the Rajya Sabha.
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