State

Odisha Rajya Sabha by-polls: BJD, BJP candidates file nomination

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal  candidates for Rajya Sabha by-polls - Amar Patnaik and Sasmit Patra  filed their nominations at the State Assembly here today.The two candidates for the by-polls to three Rajya Sabha seats of Odisha filed their nomination papers before the concerned Returning Officer in the presence of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha.

Meanwhile, former bureaucrat Ashwini Baishnab, who has been nominated by BJP for the Rajya Sabha by-polls, also filed his nominations in the presence of BJP MLAs and BJD ministers as the conch party have extended support to his candidature.The three Rajya Sabha seats, which was held by BJD's Achyutananda Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, were left vacant as they won from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat, Aul and Khandapada Assembly segments in 2019 polls respectively.

While Amar Patnaik has filed nomination for the vacant seat of Achyuta Samanta, Sasmit Patra has been nominated for Pratap Keshari Deb's Rajya Sabha seat.Samanta and Patnaik's term in the Upper House was to end in April 2024. However, Deb's term in the Rajya Sabha was till July 2022 because of which Sasmit Patra will have only three years in Rajya Sabha.Polling will be held on July 5 between 9 am and 4 pm. Counting of votes will take place at 5 pm on the very day.

Over 60 fire tenders used to rescue man from 70-feet-high dome at Utkal University

Bhubaneswar: Over 60 fire tenders successfully rescued a man with the help of sky lift machine, who was stranded at the 70-feet-high dome of Parija Li...

Professor held for sexually harassing girl student in Mayurbhanj

Baripada: Odisha police on Friday arrested a professor for allegedly sexually harassing a girl student in the state's Mayurbhanj district. The ac...

Odisha govt signs MoUs to improve urban service delivery system

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to transform urban service delivery system, the Housing and urban Development Department of Odisha government on Thursday signed...

Odisha farmers block NH over token system for paddy procurement

Sambalpur: Escalating their agitation against the token system for paddy procurement, farmers of Odisha's Sambalpur district on Thursday blocked the N...