Odisha govt plans more eco-retreat camps, to start motorcycling fest to revive tourism

Odisha govt plans more eco-retreat camps and start motorcycling fest to revive tourism (Photo: IE) In a bid to revive tourism, the Odisha government has decided to establish more eco-retreat camps in the state. It has also decided to start a motorcycling festival in the Kandhamal district this winter to attract more tourists, a senior … Read more

Biju Patnaik’s iconic Dakota aircraft to come to Odisha soon: Minister

The Odisha government Friday said it has started the process to bring back the iconic Dakota aircraft of former chief minister Biju Patnaik, lying at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (NSCB) International Airport in Kolkata, to Bhubaneswar. Biju Patnaik, who was an ace pilot, had flown the Dakota to Java with his wife Gyan Patnaik, … Read more

GoM on Sikkim’s demand to levy Covid cess to meet on June 17

A Group of Ministers set up to look into Sikkim’s demand of levying Covid cess on power and pharmaceutical sectors will meet on June 17. According to an intimation notice issued by the finance ministry, the GoM created to examine the Sikkim government’s proposal to levy the cess will meet on Thursday. Sikkim state government … Read more

Now Work from Hotel! IRCTC offers Nature travel plans for Puri, Konark & Gopalpur; see rates & other details

Those interested can choose destinations among Konark, Puri and Gopalpur. IRCTC Work from Hotel with Nature Travel Packages: As remote working becomes the new norm amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and with the independence of location becoming an increasingly viable option, many people are looking to work from hotels or other places other than their … Read more

Nabard sanctions Rs 254 crore for drinking water projects in Odisha

Nabard has sanctioned Rs 254 crore to Odisha under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up of two mega piped drinking water supply projects, official sources said. The two mega projects will come up in Jajpur district (covering Badachana and Dharmasala blocks) and Puri district (covering Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad block). These projects are expected … Read more

CBDT chairman PC Mody retires, CBDT member Jagannath Mohapatra to discharge duties of chairman for 3 months

Central Board of Direct Taxes member Jagannath Mohapatra will officiate as the chairman of the Board for three months or till the time a new chairman is appointed, the finance ministry said in a notification Monday. Present chairman Prakash Chandra Mody, a 1982-batch Indian revenue services officer, will retire today. Mody was appointed chairman in … Read more

Take steps for normalcy in Yaas-affected areas: PM to officials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed officials on Thursday to take necessary steps to restore normalcy in the cyclone Yaas-affected areas, especially in Odisha and West Bengal, at the earliest. In a meeting held to take stock of the impact of the cyclone here, he reviewed the assessment of damages and the work done by the … Read more

GoM to examine levy of GST at manufacturing stage for pan masala, brick kilns sectors

A state ministerial panel will look into the possibility of levying GST in evasion prone sectors like pan-masala, gutkha, and brick kilns on the basis of their manufacturing capacity. The seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM) under Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari will also examine charging GST on a reverse charge basis on mentha oil and … Read more

Cyclone Yaas: Rahul Gandhi asks Congress workers to provide all help in ensuring safety of people

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appealed to party workers to provide all assistance in ensuring the safety of the people who would be impacted by Cyclone Yaas. Cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to make a landfall near Balasore in north Odisha at a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, … Read more

Andhra Pradesh CM slams Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren for his dig at PM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday lashed out at his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren for his jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jagan took exception to a tweet by Soren in which the latter took a dig at the Prime Minister saying he only spoke “Mann ki Baat” and that … Read more