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Woman, son burn to death as miscreants torch abandoned anganwadi in Odisha

The deceased mother and the son were purportedly eye-witness to a burglary committed next door by the suspects, said the police
The differently-abled woman and her son Banamali lived in an abandoned anganwadi centre in Keonjhar district of Odisha.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The differently-abled woman and her son Banamali lived in an abandoned anganwadi centre in Keonjhar district of Odisha.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 10, 2020 02:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

2 elephant carcasses found in Odisha’s Koenjhar district, forest officers suspect poaching

Officials said the carcasses of a female elephant and a male were found in the Gurubeda reserve forest under Joda forest section of Keonjhar district over the weekend.
Last month also, two more elephants were found dead in Keonjhar. The carcass of one was found at a farmland and the decomposed carcass of another was found a few days ago.(SOURCED.)
Last month also, two more elephants were found dead in Keonjhar. The carcass of one was found at a farmland and the decomposed carcass of another was found a few days ago.(SOURCED.)
Updated on Jun 14, 2020 11:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Odisha bans congregation during Raja festival in view of Covid-19 pandemic

The Keonjhar district administration in an order said any kind of gathering for celebrations like Raja Doli, Mela, Mahostav, feast and traditional games related to Raja festival is strictly prohibited between June 11 and 16 in the mineral-rich district.
The festival, a tribute to menstruation of girls, is celebrated between June 14 and 16 when girls wear new clothes and swing away in mango orchards.(HT Photo)
The festival, a tribute to menstruation of girls, is celebrated between June 14 and 16 when girls wear new clothes and swing away in mango orchards.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2020 12:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Odisha cop thrashes youth in police station, video goes viral

After the video of the torture went viral, Keonjhar SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra ordered a probe into the incident.
Sandhyarani Jena, the inspector at Patana police station in Keonjhar district.(Twitter/@DGPOdisha)
Sandhyarani Jena, the inspector at Patana police station in Keonjhar district.(Twitter/@DGPOdisha)
Updated on May 19, 2020 08:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

This odd two-headed snake looks straight out of a mythological story, puzzles netizens. Watch

Susanta Nanda described the type of the snake and informed that the reptile was unharmed and safely released to the wild.
The two-headed snake found in Odisha.(Twitter/@susantananda3)
The two-headed snake found in Odisha.(Twitter/@susantananda3)
Updated on May 08, 2020 11:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik asks people to help in caring for migrants post lockdown

Odisha’s Covid-19 tally doubled from 61 to 125 in just 10 days. The state government has sealed the West Bengal border stopping road communication on 57 routes as 50 of the 125 positive cases had a Bengal connection.
With 6 lakh plus migrants registering themselves on the state Covid-19 portal for returning to Odisha after the lockdown ends on May 3, the chief minister in a video message this afternoon said there is no need to panic as Odisha can evade the danger by remaining careful.(ANI PHOTO.)
With 6 lakh plus migrants registering themselves on the state Covid-19 portal for returning to Odisha after the lockdown ends on May 3, the chief minister in a video message this afternoon said there is no need to panic as Odisha can evade the danger by remaining careful.(ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 07:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Odisha journalist taking sick son to hospital assaulted by cop for flouting lockdown

Subrat Kumar Swain, correspondent with Odia daily Sambad, was heading towards the Keonjhar district headquarters hospital in his car with his 4-year-old son when sub-inspector Ashutosh Mohanty stopped him and allegedly hit him with his baton.
Keonjhar SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra said he has asked the additional SP to inquire into the matter. Till the probe into the matter is over, the sub-inspector will not be deployed on road patrolling duty. (Image used for representation).(ANI PHOTO.)
Keonjhar SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra said he has asked the additional SP to inquire into the matter. Till the probe into the matter is over, the sub-inspector will not be deployed on road patrolling duty. (Image used for representation).(ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 12:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent

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

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.
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.)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 07:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Five killed as rains batter Odisha, schools in 11 districts shut

Special relief commissioner PK Jena said the deaths were reported from Kandhamal, Puri, Balasore, Kenndrapara and Keonjhar districts.
In tribal-dominated Gajapati and Rayagada districts, incessant rains led to mudslides in hill top areas in Gajapati and Rayagada districts burying several houses.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT FILE Photo)
In tribal-dominated Gajapati and Rayagada districts, incessant rains led to mudslides in hill top areas in Gajapati and Rayagada districts burying several houses.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT FILE Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2019 01:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent

Fatal highway crossing for elephants in Odisha, 3 killed after bus, trucks ram into herd

Wildlife activists alleged that the part of the national highway where the pachyderms were killed was also an elephant corridor and designated elephant trackers for specific locations should have been assigned.
The elephants were crossing the highway when they were hit by a bus and two trucks.(HT PHOTO)
The elephants were crossing the highway when they were hit by a bus and two trucks.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 22, 2019 10:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Video of Odisha hostel warden thrashing students over poor marks goes viral

Biswaranjan Rana, the hostel warden of Gandhi Science College, reportedly thrashed two students with a long stick on August 11, officials said.
A video clip of a hostel warden beating two students of a privately-run college in Bhubaneswar over poor marks has gone viral on social media.(HT Photo)
A video clip of a hostel warden beating two students of a privately-run college in Bhubaneswar over poor marks has gone viral on social media.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2020 08:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent

Odisha to confiscate properties of 6 mine owners for failing to pay penalty

Mining lease holders were supposed to pay up the penalty within a reasonable time, but some had failed to stick to the schedule after a Supreme Court order in 2017
Trucks are loaded with iron ore at an iron ore mine in Kheonjar, Odisha.(BLOOMBEGR NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Trucks are loaded with iron ore at an iron ore mine in Kheonjar, Odisha.(BLOOMBEGR NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 12:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Odisha man builds bridge across river with his pension money

However, the retired livestock inspector says he did not receive much help from the people of his village, when he needed it. “No one came to work, despite my request. They probably thought I would run away with all the fame,” he said.
For much of his life, the lack of a bridge across the river near his village rankled Gangadhar Rout, a retired livestock inspector.(HT Photo)
For much of his life, the lack of a bridge across the river near his village rankled Gangadhar Rout, a retired livestock inspector.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 07:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Lok Sabha election results 2019: BJD’s Chandrani Murmu, 25, becomes youngest Member of Parliament

Chandrani, a greenhorn in politics, reportedly says she would like to come up to the expectations pinned on her by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region.
In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha.(Amarendra Dhal/Facebook)
In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha.(Amarendra Dhal/Facebook)
Updated on May 26, 2019 12:50 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service

Lok Sabha election: Allotted whistle as poll symbol, Odisha candidate blows it hard for votes

Sudarshan Lohar, who was allotted a whistle as an election symbol last week, is trying to make the most of the opportunity by blowing it as he moves door-to-door while canvassing for votes.
Sudarshan Lohar blows a whistle as he moves door-to-door while canvassing for votes.(HT Photo)
Sudarshan Lohar blows a whistle as he moves door-to-door while canvassing for votes.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 01:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: BJD has ruled Odisha’s Keonjhar for two terms

Keonjhar will witness polling in the third phase on April 23 and votes will be counted on May 23.
New Delhi, India - Feb. 7, 2015: People waiting in a long queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly Elections, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Feb. 7, 2015: People waiting in a long queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly Elections, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 15, 2019 02:55 PM IST
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Odisha politician, about to join BJD, hacked to death over old rivalry: Police

Ramachandra Behera, who contested the assembly poll in 2014 from Keonjhar’s Ghasipura assembly constituency as an Independent, had stepped out of his house in Dhakotha area when he was attacked with sharp weapons.
Police said the murder of the 61-year-old politician seems to have been over an old rivalry with another family in the area.(Getty Images/Representative image)
Police said the murder of the 61-year-old politician seems to have been over an old rivalry with another family in the area.(Getty Images/Representative image)
Updated on Mar 26, 2019 12:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Lok Sabha election 2019: Odisha Congress’s first list for 6 parliamentary, 36 assembly seats out

The Congress on Tuesday announced its first list of candidates for six Lok Sabha and 36 assembly constituencies in Odisha but could not finalise the names for eight assembly seats going to polls in the first phase.
The Congress on Tuesday announced its first list of candidates for six Lok Sabha and 36 assembly constituencies in Odisha but could not finalise the names for eight assembly seats going to polls in the first phase.(ANI)
The Congress on Tuesday announced its first list of candidates for six Lok Sabha and 36 assembly constituencies in Odisha but could not finalise the names for eight assembly seats going to polls in the first phase.(ANI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2019 06:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Odisha tribal woman begs outside hospital to hire hearse for husband’s body

Minati Munda, a labourer, sat on the premises of sub-divisional hospital in Pattamundai town since Tuesday afternoon after her request for a hearse was turned down by hospital authorities.
When Minati Munda (pictured) wanted to take her husband’s body back to Keonjhar, hospital authorities allegedly demanded Rs 300 as charges for hiring the hearse, which is usually free under the state government’s Mahaprayan scheme.(HT Photo)
When Minati Munda (pictured) wanted to take her husband’s body back to Keonjhar, hospital authorities allegedly demanded Rs 300 as charges for hiring the hearse, which is usually free under the state government’s Mahaprayan scheme.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2018 08:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

Odisha woman chops off genital of man she was having an affair with

A married woman allegedly chopped off the genital of a man with whom she had an extra-marital affair at a village in Odisha’s Keonjhar district, the police said.
A married woman allegedly chopped off the genital of a man with whom she had an extra-marital affair at a village in Odisha’s Keonjhar district.(HT File Photo)
A married woman allegedly chopped off the genital of a man with whom she had an extra-marital affair at a village in Odisha’s Keonjhar district.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2018 10:49 PM IST
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4 Odisha districts on alert as Baitarani river crosses danger mark due to heavy rains

The Special Relief Commissioner said Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, fire service and National Disaster Response Force have been kept in readiness to meet any eventuality.
The district collectors have been asked to ensure that evacuated people are properly sheltered and cooked food, safe drinking water and health facility are made available to them.(HT File Photo)
The district collectors have been asked to ensure that evacuated people are properly sheltered and cooked food, safe drinking water and health facility are made available to them.(HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 08, 2018 03:00 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar | By Indo Asian News Service

Odisha man diagnosed as HIV positive hangs himself after hospitals deny treatment: Police

According to police, the Odisha man had suffered fractures in his leg and hand in a motorcycle accident in January this year. and he doctors got to know about his HIV status during a routine blood test at a hospital in Puducherry.
An HIV positive 28-year-old man from Odisha hanged himself to death on Tuesday after he was allegedly denied treatment by government hospitals in the state, police said.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
An HIV positive 28-year-old man from Odisha hanged himself to death on Tuesday after he was allegedly denied treatment by government hospitals in the state, police said.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 25, 2018 11:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty

13-year-old girl gangraped in Odisha, six held

This is the 15th case of the rape of a minor reported in the state in about a month.
A woman stands with a placard during a protest against rapes, in New Delhi on May 5.(AP FILE)
A woman stands with a placard during a protest against rapes, in New Delhi on May 5.(AP FILE)
Updated on May 05, 2018 11:40 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

Villagers kill wild bear after it mauls 3 to death in Odisha

A forest department staff residing in a village in Keonjhar district had gone to his garden on Monday morning, when a wild bear all of a sudden attacked him.
Keonjhar divisional forest officer Santosh Joshi said the deceased would get ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh each.(AFP File Photo)
Keonjhar divisional forest officer Santosh Joshi said the deceased would get ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh each.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 12:06 AM IST
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