BJD backs Mines and Minerals Bill in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, March 20: Despite political differences with the BJP, the members of BJD supported the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Amendment Bill, 2015, for passing the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

While the Congress, the Left opposed the bill in the House demanding to send it back to the select committee, the JDU staged a walkout. However, the members of BJD, TMC, SP, NCP and BSP voted in favour of the bill.

The BJD MP Bhatruhari Mahatab said that the party welcomed the bill and gave its consent for the interest of Odisha.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier demanded to keep provision in the bill for funds for the minerals-rich states like Odisha. The Centre considered his proposal and presented the bill by making an amendment to provide funds to the states for which Odisha could generate more revenue apart from the 15% royalty.

Dead crows spark scare in Jagatsinghpur again

Jagatsinghpur: Panic again gripped residents of Jagatsinghpur district after crows were found dead in Alipingal area today.A team of Animal Husbandry ...

Crime Branch SIT starts probe into parcel bomb explosion case

Bhubaneswar: A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a Crime Branch probe into the Patnagarh parcel bomb explosion in which a techie and his...

Cong, BJP continue protest tomato distress sale, House adjourned till 3 pm

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Legislative Assembly was adjourned again till 3 pm on the 4th day of the ongoing Budget Session on Friday as Opposition Congre...

Odisha Asha workers to get Rs 2,000 assured remuneration

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday announced an assured monthly remuneration of Rs 2,000 for Asha workers in the state.More than 47,000 As...