State

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik rejects populist budget, slams Modi Govt for poor assistance to Odisha

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday expressed disappointment over the interim budget of the Centre for 2019-20 by giving only 2.5 points out of ten as he said it has ignored several key areas like rural connectivity, rural housing and drinking water besides not revising old age and other pensions. The Chief Minister, however, welcomed […]

Politics

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presents an election budget, 2019 poll in mind!

Union minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget in parliament on Friday, the last Budget of the government before the general elections due by May. In his speech, Mr Goyal announced major relief for farmers and individual taxpayers. He proposed to double the threshold tax exemption limit to Rs. 5 lakh and increased the standard deduction to Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 40,000. The […]

Opinion

BJD still strong in Rural & Urban Odisha, BJP faces upheal task in organisation structure.

Ashutosh Mishra* Bhubaneswar: It is becoming increasingly clear that Odisha figures prominently in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) scheme of things for 2019. It has emerged as the key state in the party’s Look East policy. The BJP top brass is hopeful of making major gains here, both in Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Nothing […]

National

Pharma Leaders, Healthcare Entrepreneurs, Noted Doctors honored at historic 11th Annual Pharma Leaders Power Brand Summit & Healthcare Awards 2018

Nation’s top Pharma Leaders, Healthcare Entrepreneurs, Noted Doctors honored at historic 11th Annual Pharma Leaders Power Brand Summit & Healthcare Awards 2018 in a glittering award ceremony where more than 400 leaders in healthcare were present. Known for championing the cause for healthcare innovations & raising serious discussions to pave way for a better healthcare […]

Opinion

Naveen Patnaik has been the state’s most successful politician in terms of being continuously in power for the past 18 years. Not just Odisha, he is today India’s second longest serving chief minister.

As Naveen Patnaik’s biographer, I must say I am hugely disappointed with him. When I had set out to study the man and write my recently-released book, Naveen Patnaik, my primary motivation was that the Odisha chief minister was a unique politician who deserved a dedicated tome. Suave, sophisticated and soft-spoken, Naveen came across as […]