India: 7 IEDs planted by Maoists defused in Odisha: BSF

Bhubaneswar, Oct 20 (PTI) Seven IEDs, suspected to have been planted by cadres of the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit, were defused by security forces in Odisha's Malkangiri district, a BSF statement said on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel launched a combing operation in Swabhimaan Anchal along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border on Monday evening, it said.

The troops detected the improvised explosive devices planted on a road, the statement said.

India: 'Shaurya' missile successfully test fired

Balasore (Odisha), Oct 3 (PTI) India on Saturday successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable hypersonic missile 'Shaurya' with a strike range of around 1,000 km from a test range in Odisha, defence sources said.

'Shaurya', which is the land variant of Indias K-15 missile, has a strike range of 700 km to 1000 km and is capable of carrying payloads of 200 kg tO 1000 kg, the sources said.

India: Odisha dy collector arrested for torturing wife: Police

Jharsuguda, Sep 29 (PTI) The deputy collector of Odisha's Boudh district was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly torturing and assaulting his wife, a senior police officer said.

Sarat Bag, an Odisha Administrative Service (OAS), was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by his wife on September 26, said Suchismita Mohanty, the inspector in-charge of BTM police station in Jharsuguda.

Bags wife has accused him of torturing and physically assaulting her. Based on her complaint, police registered a case and launched a hunt for Bag, she said.

India test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

New Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) India on Wednesday successfully test fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos having a range of around 400 km, officials said.

The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.

The test firing of the missile was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) off the coast of Balasore in Odisha, the officials said.

India: 351 servitors and 53 employees of Jagannath Temple test corona positive

Puri, Sep 29 (PTI) At least 351 servitors and 53 employees of Shree Jagannath Temple here have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said.

A total of 404 persons engaged in the 12th century shrine have tested positive for the virus since August, said Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) administrator Ajay Jena said on Tuesday.

India: Man booked for making fake COVID-19 vaccine

Sambalpur (Odisha), Sep 26 (PTI) A 32-year-old man has been booked in Odishas Bargarh district for allegedly manufacturing fake COVID-19 vaccines, police said on Saturday.

A case was filed against Prahallad Bisi, a class 7 dropout, after the officials of the Drug Control Administration and police raided his house in Rushuda village in the Bheden Police station area on Friday, they said.

Twelve bottles of the fake injections, labels and syringes were seized in the raid, they added.

India: Indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile testfired

Balasore (Odisha), Sep 23 (PTI) India on Wednesday conducted a successful night testfire of its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a base in Odisha, defence sources said.

The state-of-the-art missile was testfired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here in darkness and the trial was successful in meeting all the parameters, they said.

India: Minor girl raped by mother's colleagues during lockdown

Bhubaneswar, Sep 6 (PTI) A 13-year-old was raped at her residence here by her mother's colleagues and a policeman among others during the March-April lockdown and the police have launched a manhunt for the accused, police said.

At least seven persons were involved in this heinous act and the mother's colleagues are absconding, Bhubaneswar deputy commissioner of police U S Dash said on Sunday.

India: Odisha BJP MLA arrested, released on bail

Baripada (Odisha), Sep 4 (PTI) A BJP legislator of Odisha, Prakash Soren was arrested on Friday for allegedly abusing and physically assaulting an assistant executive engineer at the Circuit House here and was later released on bail, police said.

Soren, MLA from Baripada, was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at the Town police station here by the assistant executive engineer in Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Mayurbhanj Superintendent of Police Smit P Parmar said.

India: ECoR completes installation of bio-toilets in all trains

Bhubaneswar, Jul 29 (PTI) In an effort to provide clean and eco-friendly travel, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has successfully completed 100 per cent installation of bio- toilets in trains.

Bio-toilets convert human waste into water and bio- gases with the help of bacteria and the mechanism of bio- toilets is very helpful in sustainable management of solid waste, the ECoR said in a statement on Wednesday.

The inventory of coaches of ECoR is 3,247 and all the coaches are now fitted with eco-friendly bio-toilets.

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