India: Odisha man sentenced to 20 years in jail in rape case

Cuttack, Dec 17 (PTI) A 25-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Thursday by a special court in Odisha's Cuttack that convicted him of raping a girl.

The special POCSO court also fined Rama Munda alias Rama Laguri Rs 10,000, besides directing a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the survivor's family.

Judge Bandana Kar found Laguri guilty under IPC Section 376 (2) (i) that deals with rape, and Section 6 of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

India: Cong MLA sends legal notice to Sambit Patra

Cuttack, Dec 7 (PTI) A Congress MLA of Odisha on Monday served a legal notice to BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra and threatened criminal defamation against him if he does not immediately apologise publicly for allegedly tarnishing the legislator's image.

The Barabati-Cuttack Congress MLA Md Moquim sent the legal notice through Supreme Court advocate Shashwat Singh.

India: Two sentenced to life for human sacrifice in Odisha

Kendrapara (Odisha), Nov 12 (PTI) A court in Odisha's Kendrapara district on Thursday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for killing an eight-year-old boy as part of an occult ritual five years ago.

District and sessions judge Basudeb Panda awarded life term to Abhinash Choudhury, an ex-serviceman, and his accomplice Bairagi Das.

India: Odisha governor, wife test positive for COVID-19

Bhubaneswar, Nov 2 (PTI) Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, Raj Bhavan sources said Monday.

Apart from the two, five more members of his family have been diagnosed with the infection, they said.

Taking to Twitter the Raj Bhavan authority said, "Hon'ble Governor and first lady have tested corona positive and have advised all who have come in close contact recently to get themselves tested."

"The governor, his wife and five others have been admitted to a private hospital here," the sources said.

India: Odisha farmers take out rally against new farm laws

Sambalpur (Odisha), Oct 30 (PTI) Farmers from across Odisha held a rally in Bargarh district on Friday to protest against the new farm laws describing these as a threat to the farming community and age-old institutions.

Shouting slogans against the farm laws, a large number of farmers took part in the rally at Padampur town under the banner of Paschim Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti (POKSSS) and Rajbodasambar Krushak Sangathan and congregated at a mega protest meeting.

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.

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