Baijayant Panda to test waters from Kendrapara, this time on a BJP ticket

Baijayant Panda
Baijayant Panda

New Delhi, Mar 22: For Baijayant Panda the Lok Sabha seat that he would contest from remains constant. Panda had left the BJD in Odisha to join the BJP.

He would contest the election from the Kendrapara seat, which he had won on a BJD ticket in 2014. Panda had vacated the seat before resigning from the BJD. His name was announced in the BJP’s first list of 184 candidates on Thursday.

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With new found love in TRS, BJD, BJP may have a softer approach in Odisha, Telangana

New Delhi, Aug 14: The win for the NDA in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman elections was a major victory for the combine and a blow for the opposition. The jubilant scenes in the BJP camp following Harivansh’s victory were quite expected.

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Naxal movement spotted in Odisha: State on high alert

naxal33Security has been stepped up following intelligence inputs suggesting the movement of naxals in the tri-junction area of Angul, Nayagarh and Cuttack rural district.

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Is Draupadi Murmu Modi’s surprise pick as the next President of India?

Narendra Modi always likes to surprise all and he may just pick Draupadi Murmu as the candidate for the next President of India. Murmu aged 59 is a tribal from Odisha and with the BJP aiming to capture the state, this pick makes sense for the party.
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Home Ministry identifies 2 rights groups linked with naxalites

naxals-365_1322992412Two civil rights groups working for tribal people in Odisha and Jharkhand are acting as fronts for naxal groups, a report by the Union Home Ministry has said. The two groups were using displacement of local communities as their main plank, the report further stated.

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Why is BJP smiling despite a BJD win in Odisha?

bjp-2In Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal may have won, but it is the BJP which is smiling the most. The results for the Odisha Zilla Parishad elections held in five phases saw the BJD bagging 473 out of the 846 seats.

The BJP however was the biggest gainer with 297 seats.

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Was an al Qaeda cell helped by naxals in Jharkhand?

terrorist1New Delhi, Mar 14: Was a cell of the al-Qaeda in the sub-continent (AQIS) operating in the jungles of Jharkhand with the help of naxals? The Delhi police recently bust a module and carried out nation wide arrests stating that a cell of the AQIS was trying to set up shop in India.
There were arrests made in Bengaluru and Odisha and the police had claimed that these clerics had not only brainwashed youth, but were also facilitating terror camps.

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How a robbery financed the assassination bid on Narendra Modi

terorNew Delhi, Feb 22: There has been a relatively quiet investigation that is being carried out in Odisha after the arrest of suspected SIMI members last week. In the year 2013 five members of the SIMI had broken out of the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh and remained at large until recently.
While two were killed in an encounter last year, three others were recently arrested at Rourkela in Odisha. This module was being blamed for a series of incidents that took place in the country, but with the probe going deeper, it has been found that they were involved more in robberies rather than acts of terror. Their names have been associated with robberies in Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.

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4 suspected SIMI members arrested in Odisha

Odisha, Feb 17: Four persons have been arrested in Odisha on the suspicion that they were part of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.
The police have recovered four revolvers from them. The joint operation was carried out by the Odisha and Telangana police.

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Odisha gets a wake up call as state is no longer immune to terror

Why was Odisha chosen as one of the states by alleged members of the al-Qaeda to recruit youth?
The state has a Muslim population of around 2.1 per cent and is really not watched much by the Intelligence Bureau officials for Islamic terrorism.
However, the arrest of Maulvi Abdul Rehman Kataki from Cuttack last week has sure been a wake up call for the security agencies in Odisha.

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