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On March 24, 2017, Rajendra Mishra was arrested by the vigilance over allegations of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a contractor to facilitate an official work. He was then suspended from service.(GETTY IMAGES.)

Odisha Human Rights body asks vigilance cop to pay Rs 5 lakh for framing official in graft case

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 12:09 AM IST
The junior engineer moved the Odisha Human Rights Commission alleging he was framed in a false case by Himanshu Mishra, the former DSP of vigilance.
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The six victims include three from Keonjhar, a farmer from Jagatsinghpur, and others from Kendrapada and Cuttack districts.(HT PHOTO.)
The six victims include three from Keonjhar, a farmer from Jagatsinghpur, and others from Kendrapada and Cuttack districts.(HT PHOTO.)

Nine, including minor boy killed after being hit by lightning in Odisha

By HT Correspondent | Posted by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 11:18 PM IST
In Dhenkanal, two women were killed by lightning while they were sitting on the balcony.
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Dhenkanal MLA Sudhir Kumar Samal said kin of each of the deceased will be provided Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia(Twitter/ Representative Image)
Dhenkanal MLA Sudhir Kumar Samal said kin of each of the deceased will be provided Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia(Twitter/ Representative Image)

Four minors drown to death while taking bath in pond in Odisha

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 12:39 AM IST
The children had died by the time they were pulled out. They were declared dead at the Dhenkanal district headquarters hospital.
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Between 9 and 16 April 2019, Odisha recorded 4429 fire spots while the same for the previous year was 682.(Forest department, Odisha.)
Between 9 and 16 April 2019, Odisha recorded 4429 fire spots while the same for the previous year was 682.(Forest department, Odisha.)

Odisha tops forest fire incidents in the country for a week

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 09:45 AM IST
Though fire incidents in Odisha are quite less this year compared to the same period last year, the numbers are slowly rising.
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A female elephant in the herd was mauled by the speeding vehicle and got stuck between the wheels. It took a crane to extricate the dead elephant from under the truck.(HT PHOTO.)
A female elephant in the herd was mauled by the speeding vehicle and got stuck between the wheels. It took a crane to extricate the dead elephant from under the truck.(HT PHOTO.)

Female elephant killed, another hurt as speeding truck hits them in Odisha’s Dhenkanal

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 07:53 PM IST
The accident occurred when three elephants were crossing the National Highway 55 at Jeevankhol Ashram under the Sadar forest range of Dhenkanal early this morning.
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The minor girls in the shelter home had alleged that Rehman hugged, kissed and made them hold his sexual organs and whenever they raised any objection or protest, he threatened them to throw out from the house.(Representative Image)
The minor girls in the shelter home had alleged that Rehman hugged, kissed and made them hold his sexual organs and whenever they raised any objection or protest, he threatened them to throw out from the house.(Representative Image)

US senator writes to India about ‘persecution’ of Odisha pastor in child sexual harassment case

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2019 12:03 AM IST
Faiz Rehman, who ran the child shelter home in Dhenkanal district, was arrested in December last year over allegations by the inmates that he physically and sexually tortured them.
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Teacher Binodini Samal risks her life everyday in the monsoons and wades through Sapua river in Dhenkanal district of Odisha to reach the primary school.(HT Photo)
Teacher Binodini Samal risks her life everyday in the monsoons and wades through Sapua river in Dhenkanal district of Odisha to reach the primary school.(HT Photo)

Come hell or high water, nothing can stop this Odisha teacher from reaching school

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 11:16 PM IST
49-year-old Samal has been teaching since 2008 as a Ganasikshyak-- one of the thousands of contractual teachers appointed by Odisha school and mass education department in early 2000-- and her teaching routine involves wading through the swollen Sapua river in monsoons, every day.
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The vegetable vendors were busy selling and haggling when the wall came crashing down.(Representative Image/HT Photo)
The vegetable vendors were busy selling and haggling when the wall came crashing down.(Representative Image/HT Photo)

4 killed, 5 injured, as 50-yr-old wall collapses in Odisha’s Dhenkanal

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 12:53 PM IST
“The wall was damp after bouts of rains over last few days and the base of the wall had become shaky. The laterite bricks came down crashing on the traders and others who were near it.”
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There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.(ARABINDA MAHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)
There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.(ARABINDA MAHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)

Odisha registers 61% voter turnout in third phase, polling official dies

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 08:23 AM IST
The state is hosting simultaneous elections to the 147-member Assembly, in addition to 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.
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Image for representation(PTI file photo)
Image for representation(PTI file photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Cash seized from BJP candidate’s car in Odisha

By Press Trust of India | Dhenkanal (Odisha)
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 08:29 PM IST
The cash was seized after Ashok Nayak, who is contesting from Hindol assembly seat, could not provide satisfactory answers about the source of the money, Dhenkanal SP Anupama James said.
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Patna, India - January 18, 2019: An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during the review meeting of poll preparedness of the state for the upcoming general elections, in Patna, Bihar, India, on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Patna, India - January 18, 2019: An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during the review meeting of poll preparedness of the state for the upcoming general elections, in Patna, Bihar, India, on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Will BJD retain its hold over Odisha’s Dhenkanal?

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 02:51 PM IST
The Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seat will go to polls in the third phase of election on April 23. The votes will be counted on May 23.
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The examination committee of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Tuesday could not take a “final” decision about the fate of 108 students, whose mathematics answer sheets went missing during the just-concluded matriculation examination in Odisha.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The examination committee of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Tuesday could not take a “final” decision about the fate of 108 students, whose mathematics answer sheets went missing during the just-concluded matriculation examination in Odisha.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

BSE Odisha : Exam panel fails to decide fate of matric examinees

By HT Correspondent | PTI, Cuttack
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2019 03:32 PM IST
The examination committee of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Tuesday could not take a “final” decision about the fate of 108 students, whose mathematics answer sheets went missing during the just-concluded matriculation examination in Odisha.
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a question paper of MIL (Odia) was reportedly leaked on social media on Friday minutes after students began writing the annual high school certificate examination.(PTI)
a question paper of MIL (Odia) was reportedly leaked on social media on Friday minutes after students began writing the annual high school certificate examination.(PTI)

Odisha exam paper goes viral on social media minutes after test starts

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneshwar
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 10:32 PM IST
A question paper of MIL (Odia) was reportedly leaked on social media on Friday minutes after students began writing the annual high school certificate examination
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Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in sanctuary along Thailand Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, December 9, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files(REUTERS)
Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in sanctuary along Thailand Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, December 9, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files(REUTERS)

NGT slaps fine over electrocution of elephants in Odisha

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2018 12:17 AM IST
Two months after seven elephants were electrocuted by a sagging power line in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, the NGT slapped an additional penalty of Rs 40 million on the state’s Central Electrical Supply Undertaking (CESU).
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The owner of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)-run shelter home was arrested on Sunday following allegations of sexual abuse by the institute’s minor inmates.(PTI/Representative Image)
The owner of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)-run shelter home was arrested on Sunday following allegations of sexual abuse by the institute’s minor inmates.(PTI/Representative Image)

Odisha shelter home sealed, owner arrested over sexual abuse allegations by minor inmates

By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2018 11:58 PM IST
The shelter home, which was being operated by NGO Good News India in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, was sealed on Saturday, a day after a few of its female inmates accused the institute’s founder Fayaz Rehman and caretaker Simanchal Nayak of sexual harassment. Nayak and shelter home’s assistant director Udit Lima were arrested on Saturday.
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A shelter home in-charge has been arrested in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district for sexually exploiting girl inmates, police said on Saturday. (Representational Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A shelter home in-charge has been arrested in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district for sexually exploiting girl inmates, police said on Saturday. (Representational Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Odisha shelter home caretaker arrested for sexually exploiting girl inmates

By Indo Asian News Service | Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2018 02:50 PM IST
Simanchal Nayak, the caretaker of the non-government organisation-run Good News India Dream Centre in Beltikiri, was arrested following a raid on Friday by a joint team of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the District Child Protection Unit.
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Naveen Patnaik directed the administration to immediately stop felling of hundreds of luxuriant sal trees in Jhinkargadi forest near Balarampur village in Odapada block.(AP/File Photo)
Naveen Patnaik directed the administration to immediately stop felling of hundreds of luxuriant sal trees in Jhinkargadi forest near Balarampur village in Odapada block.(AP/File Photo)

Day after clash, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik orders halt to tree felling for beer factory

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2018 03:12 PM IST
A day after hundreds of villagers clashed with police, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered immediate halt to cutting of trees in a forest in Dhenkanal district for a beer factory.
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The carcasses of elephants which died of electrocution after coming in contact with a sagging live wire near Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal district of Odisha on Saturday.(PTI)
The carcasses of elephants which died of electrocution after coming in contact with a sagging live wire near Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal district of Odisha on Saturday.(PTI)

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik orders CID-CB probe into death of seven elephants

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2018 11:15 PM IST
The elephants were killed due to electrocution near Kamalanga village under Meramundali range of Dhenkanal district late on Friday night.
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At least seven elephants died of electrocution after coming in contact with a sagging power line in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district Friday night.(HT Photo)
At least seven elephants died of electrocution after coming in contact with a sagging power line in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district Friday night.(HT Photo)

7 elephants, in search for food, electrocuted by power lines in Odisha village

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Dhenkanal
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2018 10:13 PM IST
Wildlife conservationists said from April this year, at least 54 elephants have died in Odisha either due to poaching, deliberate electrocution or by sagging lines or poisoning.
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Dhenkanal forest and wildlife officials said most of the deaths have happened in the morning hours, and advised villagers not to venture out early in the morning.(AP Photo/ Representative purpose)
Dhenkanal forest and wildlife officials said most of the deaths have happened in the morning hours, and advised villagers not to venture out early in the morning.(AP Photo/ Representative purpose)

Elephant tramples 70-year-old woman to death in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 08:15 PM IST
She is the sixth person to die in human-elephant conflict in Dhenkanal this month
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Dayanand and Amrita after their surrender before Angul SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.(HT Photo)
Dayanand and Amrita after their surrender before Angul SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.(HT Photo)

Maoist couple with Rs 5 lakh bounty surrenders in Odisha after senior cadre oppose relationship

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 10:53 AM IST
Dayanand aka Chhotu Ganjhu, a section commander of the Maoists’ so-called Sundergarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur division, and Amrita aka Jali Dehury laid down their arms before Angul superintendent of police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
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