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The image shows the leopard roaming around.(ANI)

Leopard spotted roaming in Odisha’s Kalahandi district

By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | Kalahandi, Odisha
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:29 PM IST
A local, Alok Panigrahi, said the leopard was seen roaming around on the National Highway.
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Western Odisha districts like Kalahandi and Bolangir are replete with examples of child sale. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
Western Odisha districts like Kalahandi and Bolangir are replete with examples of child sale. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Odisha police rescue one-month-old baby. She was sold for Rs 15,000

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:12 AM IST
Stories of child sale are not uncommon in Odisha, once infamous for its poverty in 80s and 90s as scores of poverty-ridden families sold off their sons and daughters to well-off families unable to feed them.
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Despite the SC allowing the sacrifice ritual, the organisers of the festival decided against the animal sacrifice to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The organisers too decided not to go ahead with the animal sacrifice due to Covid-19 restrictions(HT PHOTO.)
Despite the SC allowing the sacrifice ritual, the organisers of the festival decided against the animal sacrifice to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The organisers too decided not to go ahead with the animal sacrifice due to Covid-19 restrictions(HT PHOTO.)

In Odisha temple, animal sacrifice discontinued due to Covid-19 pandemic

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:53 AM IST
The famous Chhatar Jatra of Manikeswari Temple in western Odisha district of Kalahandi was conducted on Saturday amid Covid-19 restrictions and tight security without participation of devotees.
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The accused have been booked under multiple sections of the IPC and Wildlife Protection Act. Efforts are on to ascertain the possible involvement of other people in the racket, said officials. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)
The accused have been booked under multiple sections of the IPC and Wildlife Protection Act. Efforts are on to ascertain the possible involvement of other people in the racket, said officials. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)

In Odisha, three leopard skins seized, 4 held over illegal wildlife trade

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 11:34 PM IST
Earlier this month, forest officials in Mayurbhanj district had seized a leopard skin and arrested one person over his alleged involvement in illegal wildlife trade.
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The exchange of fire lasted for around 30 minutes, during which four Maoists were neutralised and a SOG Jawan suffered injuries. said police. (Photo @odisha_police)
The exchange of fire lasted for around 30 minutes, during which four Maoists were neutralised and a SOG Jawan suffered injuries. said police. (Photo @odisha_police)

5 suspected Maoists killed in encounter with Odisha police; combing ops on

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 08:19 PM IST
Following heavy firing from the Maoists near Sirki village in Belghar area of Kandhamal district at around 11 am today, the teams resorted to retaliatory firing, said an official statement issued by the Odisha police.
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Duleswar Tandi, who wiped tables and washed plates at an eatery in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, for a living, came back to his mudhouse in Borda village in March just a day before the national lockdown was announced.
Duleswar Tandi, who wiped tables and washed plates at an eatery in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, for a living, came back to his mudhouse in Borda village in March just a day before the national lockdown was announced.

Odisha’s migrant worker raps his way to fame

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 07:01 PM IST
With the songs going viral, Duleswar Tandi, a 27-year-old science graduate and a migrant worker himself, is being compared to the character played by Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh in the 2019 Hindi film Gully Boy.
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The rap songs on migrants that Tandi composed during lockdown have slowly become popular. (HT Photo)
The rap songs on migrants that Tandi composed during lockdown have slowly become popular. (HT Photo)

How rapper from Odisha’s Kalahandi is ‘telling the truth’ about migrants

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 09:40 PM IST
With his songs going viral, Duleswar Tandi, a science graduate from Kalahandi district and a migrant worker, is being compared to the character played by Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh in the 2019 Hindi film Gully Boy.
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Kalahandi SP Battula Gangadhar said some locals smelt something foul near a mobile phone tower in Mukhiguda and found Meher’s body lying there.(HT PHOTO.)
Kalahandi SP Battula Gangadhar said some locals smelt something foul near a mobile phone tower in Mukhiguda and found Meher’s body lying there.(HT PHOTO.)

Missing Odisha PSU general manager’s body found after 5 days

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2019 11:58 PM IST
Narayan Prasad Meher, who worked as general manager of Upper Indravati Hydro Electric Project under state PSU Odisha Hydro Power Corporation had left his home for office at Mukhiguda in Kalahandi district on December 17. But he did not return home.
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The arrests came within two days of similar arrest of 40 more agents and middlemen from Bolangir and Nuapada districts in Odisha.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The arrests came within two days of similar arrest of 40 more agents and middlemen from Bolangir and Nuapada districts in Odisha.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Odisha police arrest 50 middlemen involved in trafficking labourers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 05:51 AM IST
Director General of Police BK Sharma said while 20 people were arrested in Nabarangpur, 15 people each were arrested in Rayagada and Kalahandi. The police have lodged 17 FIRs in this connection.
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A three-year-old girl Nandini was strangulated by her stepmother in Kalahandi district in Odisha.(HT Photo)
A three-year-old girl Nandini was strangulated by her stepmother in Kalahandi district in Odisha.(HT Photo)

Odisha woman arrested for strangulating stepdaughter to death

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 04:19 PM IST
The victim’s maternal uncle Sobhaben Shah lodged a complaint at Narla police station. Police sent the body for post-mortem and interrogated the father and the stepmother.
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The flood warning came as Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday sounded a red alert for the districts of Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur, Nuapada and Jharsuguda predicting extremely heavy rains.(HT image)
The flood warning came as Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday sounded a red alert for the districts of Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur, Nuapada and Jharsuguda predicting extremely heavy rains.(HT image)

Odisha braces for flood as Hirakud dam readies to discharge floodwater

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 12:02 PM IST
Officials in Bargarh have asked all educational institutions in the district to remain closed on Wednesday in view of heavy rainfall and flood threat.
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The dry rations are packed by local women self-help groups in transparent polythene or aluminium packets and are supposed to last a month.(HT Photo)
The dry rations are packed by local women self-help groups in transparent polythene or aluminium packets and are supposed to last a month.(HT Photo)

Two of Odisha’s Aspirational Districts lag behind in Nutrition: Niti Ayog Survey

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2019 09:33 AM IST
The Aspirational District programme of Modi government aims at transforming 115 backward districts from 28 states through convergence of central and state schemes while measuring their progress and ranking states.
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Police said a few posters claiming the Rayagada Area Committee of Maoists were behind the murder were found near the killing spot.(PTI FILE/ Representative Image)
Police said a few posters claiming the Rayagada Area Committee of Maoists were behind the murder were found near the killing spot.(PTI FILE/ Representative Image)

Odisha farmer killed by Maoists in second murder in less than 24 hours

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2019 12:23 PM IST
The superintendent of police of Kalahandi, a Maoist-hit area, B Gangadhar said Bhima Dora, a resident of Babupadar village under Biswanathpur police station area, was called by two people from his home at around 10.30pm on Sunday.
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In 2017, Sahoo had come under attack from Maoists when he attempted to build the road between Borpadar and Jugasaipatna villages that was being opposed by the Maoists. Though he managed to flee, the rebels had burnt down his road construction machinery as well as his bike.(AFP PHOTO.)
In 2017, Sahoo had come under attack from Maoists when he attempted to build the road between Borpadar and Jugasaipatna villages that was being opposed by the Maoists. Though he managed to flee, the rebels had burnt down his road construction machinery as well as his bike.(AFP PHOTO.)

Contractor shot dead by Maoists for building a road in Odisha’s Kalahandi

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar:
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 11:38 PM IST
The police said a few Maoist posters claiming their role in the murder were found in the weekly market.
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Sambaru Bhoi was found lying in an unconscious state at a farmland near his village this morning after he consumed poison.(Getty Images.)
Sambaru Bhoi was found lying in an unconscious state at a farmland near his village this morning after he consumed poison.(Getty Images.)

22-yr-old bets on India’s win in World Cup semis, consumes poison after loss

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 06:10 PM IST
Sambaru Bhoi, 22 of Singhabhadi village in Kalahandi district had a bet with his friends about India winning the semi-final match against New Zealand. Till the end, Bhoi remained hopeful of India’s win and had promised to pay his friends if India lost.
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No one was injured and no property damaged in the twin blasts, said Kalahandi Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar(HT Photos)
No one was injured and no property damaged in the twin blasts, said Kalahandi Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar(HT Photos)

2 explosions near CRPF’s proposed camp in Odisha: Cops

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2019 06:31 PM IST
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Four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies are voting in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election on Thursday in Odisha, where Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has held the fort for nearly two decades now.(HT Photo)
Four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies are voting in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election on Thursday in Odisha, where Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has held the fort for nearly two decades now.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election 2019: In first phase, BJD will look to retain seats in 3 constituencies

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 02:17 PM IST
In the first phase, 26 candidates are in the fray for the four Lok Sabha seats and 191 are contesting for the 28 assembly seats. A total of 60,03,707 voters are eligible to cast their votes that will determine the fate of candidates of the ruling BJP and opposition BJP and Congress.
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Odisha gears up for first phase of Lok Sabha, assembly polls(Hindustan Times)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Odisha gears up for first phase of Lok Sabha, assembly polls(Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Odisha gears up for first phase of Lok Sabha, assembly polls

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 05:56 AM IST
Around 47,800 polling officials have been deployed to conduct the first phase of the elections in the state. Women staff have been deployed at 30 booths in the state.
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Police seized the car and investigating about source, ownership and purpose of the money being carried in the car, they said(ANI)
Police seized the car and investigating about source, ownership and purpose of the money being carried in the car, they said(ANI)

Lok Sabha election 2019: EC team seize Rs 2 lakh cash from BJD candidate’s vehicle

By Press Trust of India | Bhawanipatna, Odisha
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 07:52 PM IST
The unaccounted cash was seized from the vehicle of Pradip Kumar Dishari, the BJD candidate contesting from Lanjigarh assembly segment by the flying squad of the ECI.
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Reading out a pre-written speech at Naveen Niwas on Thursday evening, Patnaik said a nation that does not give effective representation to women in its highest decision-making forum is running on a single engine.(PTI)
Reading out a pre-written speech at Naveen Niwas on Thursday evening, Patnaik said a nation that does not give effective representation to women in its highest decision-making forum is running on a single engine.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: To BJP’s ‘double engine’ govt push, Naveen Patnaik answers with call for women’s empowerment

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2019 10:19 AM IST
The Prime Minister had stressed on having a double engine government with the BJP’s rule at the Centre and the state for Odisha’s speedy development at an election rally on Tuesday in Bhawanipatna town of Kalahandi district.
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Kalahandi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses crowd during 'Vijay Sankalp Samavesh' public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi, Tuesday, April 02, 2019.(PTI)
Kalahandi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses crowd during 'Vijay Sankalp Samavesh' public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi, Tuesday, April 02, 2019.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress talks about poor only during polls, PM Modi taunts minimum income scheme

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 04:38 PM IST
The Prime Minister was speaking at the Vijay Sankalp Samavesh of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters of Odisha’s Kalahandi.
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A view of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), at DM office, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The members of the federation of association of apartment owners will request contesting candidates to give affidavits which will include time line of the works which the candidate promises in their area.(Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
A view of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), at DM office, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The members of the federation of association of apartment owners will request contesting candidates to give affidavits which will include time line of the works which the candidate promises in their area.(Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Odisha’s Kalahandi seat will witness a triangular contest

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 09:50 AM IST
Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat will go to polls in the first phase on April 11 and votes will be counted on May 23.
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A Dalit villager living near Vedanta’s refinery in Lanjigarh was killed and a guard of Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) charred to death when protesting locals clashed with police.(HT PHOTO)
A Dalit villager living near Vedanta’s refinery in Lanjigarh was killed and a guard of Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) charred to death when protesting locals clashed with police.(HT PHOTO)

Situation under control at Odisha’s Vedanta plant; company announces Rs 25 lakh to family of two dead

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2019 01:54 PM IST
A Dalit villager living near Vedanta’s refinery in Lanjigarh was killed and a guard of Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) charred to death when protesting locals clashed with police.
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The villager who died in the OISF lathicharge has been identified as 45-year old Dani Patra, a contractual worker with Vedanta, while the OISF guard killed was Havildar Major Sujit Kumar Minz.(AFP)
The villager who died in the OISF lathicharge has been identified as 45-year old Dani Patra, a contractual worker with Vedanta, while the OISF guard killed was Havildar Major Sujit Kumar Minz.(AFP)

Two killed in protests at Vedanta’s Odisha refinery

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2019 11:31 PM IST
According to the police, agitators from three local villages were staging a sit-in outside the Vedanta refinery’s main gate to demand the reinstatement of a villager who was fired two days ago.
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A damaged mobile tower seen struck down on road due to Cyclone Titli, at Barua village of Srikakulam.(PTI)
A damaged mobile tower seen struck down on road due to Cyclone Titli, at Barua village of Srikakulam.(PTI)

In cyclone-ravaged Odisha, man walks 8 km with body of dead daughter

By Press Trust of India | Gajapati
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 10:32 PM IST
The incident, footage of which was shown by local channels, was reminiscent of a 2016 episode, when a man had walked 10 km carrying his dead wife on his shoulder after being denied a hearse.
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The MeT centre also warned of gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting up to 80 kmph along and off south Odisha coast for a few hours.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The MeT centre also warned of gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting up to 80 kmph along and off south Odisha coast for a few hours.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Cyclonic storm DAYE hits Odisha, triggers heavy rains

By Press Trust of India | Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 06:49 AM IST
The MeT centre also warned of gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting up to 80 kmph along and off south Odisha coast for a few hours.
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A woman holds a candle and placard during a protest against sexual violence. A Class 6 students was allegedly abducted and raped in Odisha, police said.(AP File Photo)
A woman holds a candle and placard during a protest against sexual violence. A Class 6 students was allegedly abducted and raped in Odisha, police said.(AP File Photo)

Class 6 girl abducted, raped in Odisha’s Kalahandi

By HT Correspondent | IANS, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2018 03:03 PM IST
The accused, Munna Naik, abandoned the girl on the roadside on Thursday evening.
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BJP president Amit Shah, who launched a two-day tour of Odisha on Wednesday, said at a public meeting in Kalahandi district that nobody has the audacity to change the provisions for reservation in the Constitution written by Babasaheb Ambedkar.(PTI File)
BJP president Amit Shah, who launched a two-day tour of Odisha on Wednesday, said at a public meeting in Kalahandi district that nobody has the audacity to change the provisions for reservation in the Constitution written by Babasaheb Ambedkar.(PTI File)

Amit Shah slams oppn parties for backing Bharat Bandh, says BJP all for reservations

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 08:12 PM IST
The BJP president alleged that anti-social elements were spreading rumours on the social media that the saffron party wants to end the quota system.
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