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Everything you need to know about Biju Bigha: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about Biju Bigha: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Going slow on hurried divorce

May 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Speedy divorce got delayed Wednesday with a proposed amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, getting stalled in the Rajya Sabha.

Odisha CM Patnaik rules out Hikaka's resignation under Maoists pressure

April 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 30 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday cleared reports over Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka's resignation, saying there was no reason for a person elected democratically to step down from his post.

Coconut plucking could be monkey business in Kerala

April 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 29 (IANS) Can a monkey do a man's job? Yes, when it comes to climbing tall coconut trees and plucking its fruits - a skill that has been hit by labour shortage, say the Kerala authorities.

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Odisha CM Patnaik expresses delight over Hikaka's release

April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): Expressing his delight over Jhina Hikaka's release from Maoists captivity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he was relieved that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA would now meet his family, who were quite distressed and anxiously waiting for him.

'I was treated quite well', says Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 26 (ANI): Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was released by the Maoists at a village in Koraput, on Thursday said that he was made to stay in adverse conditions in the forest, but the ultras did not ill treat him.

BJD MP Jay Panda welcomes release of Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Expressing happiness and relief over the release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka after 32 days of Maoists captivity, Lok Sabha MP from Odisha Jay Panda on Thursday said he was glad that Hikaka was safe and unharmed.

Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): After being in Maoist captivity for 32 days, Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on Thursday morning.

Maoists to release Hikaka Thursday, says lawyer

April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) Maoists have decided to release Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka Thursday after he promised to resign from the assembly if the rebels' demands were not fulfilled, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Maoists to release Hikaka Thursday: lawyer

April 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) Maoists who have held Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka hostage for over a month will release him Thursday, a lawyer who fights cases for the rebels said Wednesday.

Government losing its way in Maoist minefield

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Two Italians kidnapped in Odisha, then a legislator and now a collector in Chhattisgarh. The high profile abductions have again focused attention on the government strategy to counter Maoists and even officials are asking whether there is any clarity of thought in the twin approach of development and military action.

Odisha looks for mediator as hostage crisis continues

April 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 23 (IANS) Odisha Monday said it was looking for a mediator to start a dialogue with Maoists holding Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka, who will complete a month in captivity Tuesday.

Maoists say Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka will be tried on April 25

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 20 (ANI): The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Friday saying the MLA will be tried in a people's court on April 25.

Maoists say Hikaka will be tried April 25

April 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 20 (IANS) Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, who was kidnapped over three weeks ago, will be tried in a people's court on April 25, said a message from the Maoists Friday.

No relief to abducted MLA; likely to remains till April 25

April 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The abducted Biju Janta Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka is still in the confinement of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist), that had kidnapped MLA from Koraput district on March 24 and are likely to present Jhina in praja court (People's Court) for deciding his fate of release, sources said........

Now Maoists say Hikaka will be tried April 25

April 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 20 (IANS) Maoists in Odisha have set April 25 as the date to try Jhina Hikaka in a kangaroo court amid rumours that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator - held hostage by the rebels for three weeks - would be released Friday.

Odisha Govt. bows to Maoists demands, facilitates bail of CMAS members

April 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 19 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced that his government is facilitating bail for the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) members and for the Maoists, whose release have been asked for by the ultras, who have abducted the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Abducted MLA Hikaka produced in Maoists' people court

April 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 19 (ANI): Abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was produced by the Maoists in their people's court on Thursday, a day after the deadline to release him had ended.

Court issues notices on release of Maoists for Hikaka

April 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Supreme court Thursday asked the central and Odisha governments to respond to a petition that sought to block release of 29 Maoists on bail in exchange for the ruling Biju Janta Dal's (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, whom the rebels have taken hostage.

SC issues notice to Odisha Govt, Centre on freeing Naxals

April 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 19 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the Odisha Government and the Centre on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to restrain the state from releasing 27 Naxals in exchange for abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Odisha MLA Abduction crisis: Deadline ends today

April 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The release of abducted Biju Janta Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka is still looking gloomy as the deadlock situation still continued till the end day of deadline given by Maoists for releasing him............

Odisha offers to withdraw cases as hostage crisis worsens

April 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With the hostage crisis worsening and a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, Odisha Tuesday offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Odisha MLA abduction: Naxals issue new audio tape

April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Bhubaneshwar, April 17 (ANI): The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Tuesday reminding the Odisha Government of the deadline of Wednesday 5 p.m. for the fulfillment of its demands.

Little movement on release of Odisha legislator

April 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, the fate of abducted Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka continued to remain uncertain Tuesday as both the government and the guerrillas refused to budge from their stand.

Jayalalithaa, Modi and Patnaik meet

April 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday met her Odisha and Gujarat counterparts, Naveen Patnaik and Narendra Modi, leading to speculation about their joining hands on the issue of federalism and firming up opposition to the central government's policies, particularly the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Will do everything to get Hikaka released: Patnaik

April 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said his government will do everything for the release of Biju Janata Dal party legislator Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by Maoists three weeks ago.

Jhina Hikaka hostage crisis: Mediator for Maoists wants charges withdrawn against captives

April 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Koraput, Apr 16 (ANI): Convenor of Jana Adhikar Manch (JAM) and Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty on Monday held the Odisha Government responsible for delay in the process of release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Maoists extend deadline for release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka

April 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 15 (ANI): The Maoists, who have abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, have extended the deadline for his release till Wednesday.

Maoists likely to extend deadline of abducted MLA

April 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Maoists who have abducted Biju Janta Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka from Korapur district from Andhra Odisha border zone is now likely to extend the set deadline from April 15 to April 18, due to viewing the deadlock situation at this moments.........

Maoists set Wednesday deadline for Hikaka's release

April 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 15 (IANS) Maoists in Odisha have set a Wednesday deadline for the government to meet their demands in exchange for the release of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka whom they have held captive for over 20 days.

Odisha speeds up process to secure legislator's release

April 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 13 (IANS) Odisha Friday said it is speeding up the process to secure the release of Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka who has been held hostage by Maoists for the past 20 days.

Maoists release Italian hostage, MLA still held (Roundup)

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him in captivity for nearly a month, while the fate of another hostage, Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, continued to remain uncertain.

Maoists release Italian hostage, MLA still missing

April 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him in captivity for nearly a month, officials said as the fate of another hostage, Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, continued to remain uncertain.

Maoists release second Italian

April 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him hostage for nearly a month, official sources said.

Maoists freed Italian citizen Bosusco after Panda's wife release, sources say

April 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Maoists on Wednesday night have reportedly freed the second abducted Italian citizen Bosusco Paolo, who was kidnapped on March 14 along with another Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo from Kandhmal district of Orissa when they were on their trekking mission......

Fulfil promises before Italian's release: Maoists

April 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) The Maoists holding an Italian hostage since March 14 Wednesday reiterated that he will be released only after the Odisha government fulfils its promises on their demands.

'I will enter politics but not join any party', says Milli Panda

April 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 11 (ANI): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda's wife Subhashree Das alias Milli Panda, who was acquitted in a case relating to an encounter between police and the Maoists, on Wednesday said she will enter politics but not join any party.

Maoists to release hostage in 'democratic' way, says Sabyasachi Panda

April 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 11 (ANI): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Wednesday said they would release Italian national Paolo Bosusco, who was abducted nearly a month ago, in a 'democratic' way.

For Italian's release, fulfil promise: Maoists

April 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) Maoists holding an Italian hostage since March 14 Wednesday reiterated that he will be released only after the Odisha government fulfils its promise.

Maoist leader's wife freed, Odisha hostage crisis continues

April 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) An Italian and an Odisha legislator continued to be in the custody of Maoists Tuesday even as a top rebel's wife - whose release from jail had been demanded as one of the conditions to set free the hostages - was acquitted by a court.

Odisha hostage crisis: Maoist deadline ends Tuesday

April 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) As the Tuesday evening deadline set by Maoists for fulfilment of their demands neared, uncertainty continued over the fate of the Italian and the Odisha legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month.

Hostage crisis: Odisha yet to decide on fresh demands

April 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Odisha has yet to decide on the latest Maoist demands for the release of an Italian and a legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month, even as the deadline given by the abductors ends Tuesday.

Hostage crisis: Odisha yet to decide on fresh demands

April 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Odisha has yet to decide on the latest Maoist demands for the release of an Italian and a legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month, even as the deadline given by the abductors ends Tuesday.

Odisha crisis: Uncertainty over hostages' release

April 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) Odisha's efforts to secure the release of an Italian tour operator and a state legislator kidnapped by the Maoists last month plunged into uncertainty Sunday with the rebels failing to budge from their demands.

Odisha crisis: Uncertainty over hostages' release

April 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 8 (IANS) Odisha's efforts to secure the release of an Italian tour operator and a state legislator kidnapped by Maoists last month plunged into uncertainty Sunday with the ultras failing to budge from their demands.

Maoist leader Panda's rivals ask Orissa Govt. to release five more Maoists (Second Update-Orissa-Ma

April 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.7 (ANI): Within hours of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announcing the names of six Maoists to be released by his government, the rebels who have abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Saturday demanding the release of five more Naxals from jail.

Orissa CM Patnaik names six Maoists to be freed in exchange for Italian hostage (Update-Orissa-Maoi

April 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.7 (ANI): The Orissa Government on Saturday announced the names of the jailed Maoists to be freed in exchange for the kidnapped Italian hostage.

Maoists holding Hikaka jack up their demand

April 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 7 (IANS) Extending their deadline to Tuesday, Maoists holding Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka Saturday demanded unconditional release of five more people from Odisha jails in order to secure his release.

Orissa CM strongly refutes Maoist leader's claims

April 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.7 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday strongly refuted the claims of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda made by him in an audio tape, arguing that the Maoists had asked for the release of six Naxals, out of which the government was facilitating the release of five.

Odisha govt. bends more; set to release 5 Maoists

April 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Bending more before the Maoists, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha and Party President of Biju Janta Dal Saturday became ready to release five of seven Maoist leaders demanded by Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda.....

Maoists refuse to release kidnapped Italian, issue fresh 96-hour deadline to Odisha Government

April 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.6 (ANI): Maoists have refused to release Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo and have issued a fresh 96-hour deadline to the Odisha Government to release seven jailed Naxals.

Agnivesh lauds Patnaik's decision to release 27 Naxals

April 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Friday said the decision to release 27 Maoists for securing the safe release of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA and an Italian is a welcome step.

Odisha hostage crisis: Maoists refuse to release Italian

April 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 6 (IANS) Maoists Friday refused to release the Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo they have kept hostage in Odisha since March 14 even though the government offered a swap.

Odisha hostages: Maoists yet to respond to swap offer

April 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 6 (IANS) Two mediators Friday sought clarification from the Odisha government on its swap offer to secure the release of an Italian and a state legislator from Maoist captivity and also said the rebels had not responded to it yet.

Odisha govt. announces the list of 27 prisoners to be released

April 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

In a major development in Odisha hostage crisis case, the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik on Thursday night announced the names of 27 people whose release will facilitate the freeing of an Italian tourist and a Biju Janta Dal legislator being held captive by Maoists........

Congress Party underlines 'need to fight against Naxals in totality'

April 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

New Delhi, Apr 5 (ANI): A day after the Odisha Government bowed down before the Maoists demands for safe release of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka and an Italian from the captivity of the ultras, Congress Party today said the Centre provided full assistance to various state government on such perplexed issues.

Odisha govt. bows down just before the deadline; set to release 27 prisoners

April 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Just before the deadline on Thursday evening, Odisha government has become ready to fulfill the demands of Maoists in exchange of securely release of an Italian hostage and a Biju Janta Dal legislator from their captivity..........

Odisha Govt. gives in to Maoists demands for safe release of MLA, Italian

April 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 4 (ANI): Odisha Government has bowed down to Maoists demands for securing the safe release of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka and an Italian from the captivity of the ultras.

Hostage crisis: Odisha agrees to release 27 prisoners

April 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 4 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said that the government has agreed to release 27 prisoners, including eight Maoists, to secure the release of an Italian tourist and a legislator.

Patnaik postpones Chennai trip

April 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 4 (IANS) With an Italian and a ruling party legislator abducted by Maoists still not traced, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday postponed a trip to Chennai.

Maoist rejects govt. offer for negotiation

April 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Maoist who have abducted the Biju Janta Dal lawmaker Jhina Hikaka has refused the govt. plea that the deadline fixed

'I am losing my faith in administration', says wife of abducted MLA

April 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 3 (ANI): Kaushalya Majhi, the wife of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, on Tuesday said that she was losing her faith in the administration by every passing day, as there was no information about her husband even after more than ten days of his kidnapping.

MLA abduction: Maoists set April 5 deadline for Orissa Government

April 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.3 (ANI): Maoists in Orissa have reportedly released an audio tape in which they have set an April 5 deadline for the state government to meet their demands if the latter wants the safe release of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Maoists still examining appeals for Italian hostage's release, claims Mohanty

April 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 3 (ANI): Following several appeals by Orissa authorities for the release of Italian national Bosusco Paolo, the Maoists are reportedly considering these requests, claimed an interlocutor Dandapani Mohanty.

'Can't be blackmailed on Odisha crisis'

April 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Patna, April 2 (IANS) Condemning the kidnapping of an Italian and a legislator by Maoists in Odisha, Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said Monday that the government is not going to be blackmailed by the ultras.

Odisha Maoists yet to respond to mediators' appeal

April 2, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 2 (IANS) Maoists are yet to respond to the appeal made by their mediators two days ago to release an Italian held hostage by them in Odisha since March 14, an official said Monday.

Talks with Maoist continues, govt. needs time

April 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

For the release of two hostages from the Maoist, Odisha govt. is still busy in negotiations but no breakthrough has yet been achieved.

Talks with Maoists for release of kidnapped will continue: Orissa Home Secretary

April 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr.1 (ANI): Orissa's Home Secretary U N Behera has said the state government will need time to secure the release of two persons still held captive by the Maoists.

Hope of Italian's release brighten after mediators' appeal

March 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 31 (IANS) The chances of an early release of the second kidnapped Italian, held by Maoists in Odisha since March 14, brightened with the rebel-appointed mediators Saturday expressing satisfaction with the government's stand and appealing for the hostage's release.

Odisha to decide on rescuing hostages: Chidambaram

March 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Backing the Odisha government's approach on talks with the Maoists for the safe release of an abducted Italian and a legislator, Home Minister P. Chidambaram Saturday said any decision on using force to rescue them will have to be taken by the state.

Hostage crisis: Orissa on right track in talking to Maoists, says Chidambaram

March 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Orissa government is on the right track in talking to the Maoists to secure the safe release of an abducted Italian tourist and Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Patnaik approaches Maoist-backed tribal group to resolve Orissa MLA hostage crisis

March 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 31 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has invited the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) tribal group to act as a mediator in the abduction case of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Hostage crisis: Odisha seeks more time to examine Maoist demands

March 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 30 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday said his government needed more time to examine the demands of the Maoists for the release of an Italian and a ruling party legislator.

Hostage crisis: Maoist-backed mediators serve ultimatum

March 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 29 (IANS) Maoist-backed mediators Thursday threatened to withdraw from negotiations for the release of an Italian if the Odisha government did not concede three demands of the Maoists by Friday evening.

Negotiations to secure Italian's release may get delayed: Patnaik

March 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said negotiations with the two Maoist-backed mediators to secure the release of an Italian still in captivity could get delayed as the rebels have raised new demands.

SP, JD-U want army chief sacked, BJP says no

March 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Opinions were divided Wednesday on the future of army chief V.K. Singh with the SP and the JD-U saying he should be sacked after his letter to the prime minister on shortage of ammunition in the forces came out in open but the BJP saying it did not support the demand.

Ready to negotiate for release of abducted Orissa MLA: Naveen Patnaik

March 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Mar 28 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said government mediators appointed to negotiate the release of the abducted Italian tourist are also keen to negotiate for the release of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Efforts intensified to secure release of Odisha hostages

March 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 26 (IANS) Intensifying efforts to secure the release of the second Italian and a legislator held captive by Maoists, officials representing the Odisha government held talks with two rebel-named mediators for several hours here Monday.

Chhattisgarh legislators advised to be alert while on tour

March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) Police in Chhattisgarh have urged the state's legislators to be on high alert while trekking through Maoist jungle strongholds in the wake of the abduction of a BJD MLA in neighbouring Odisha, a top police officer said Monday.

Orissa hostage crisis: Govt., Maoists to resume talks

March 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar.26 (ANI): The Orissa Government and the rebel Maoists are likely to hold another round of talks to end the hostage crisis in the state.

Maoists reiterate demands to free second Italian

March 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 26 (IANS) The Italian still held captive by Maoists in Odisha is in good health, but the government should fulfil their demands - including banning tourist visits to tribal areas - to secure his release, the rebels said Monday, a day after freeing another Italian.

BJD hails Maoists' move to release one Italian hostage

March 25, 2012 at 8:44 PM

New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): Senior leader and lawmaker from Biju Janata Dal (BJD), B. Mahtab welcomed the Maoists' move to release one of the abducted Italians in Orissa on Sunday.

Released Italian hostage Colangelo speaks to media, says had a negative experience

March 25, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Ganjam (Orissa), Mar 25 (ANI): Released Italian hostage Claudio Colangelo on Sunday spoke to mediapersons after the Maoists released him earlier in the day.

Maoists release one abducted Italian

March 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 25 (IANS) Maoists Sunday released one of the two Italian hostages they had abducted March 14. The rebels said they will release the other Italian only after the government fulfills some of their demands.

Maoist mediators express happiness over release of one Italian tourist

March 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Mar 25 (ANI): Mediators nominated by Maoists for negotiation with the Orissa Government on Sunday expressed happiness over the release of one of the Italian tourists earlier in the day.

Maoists release one abducted Italian

March 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 25 (IANS) Maoists Sunday released one of the two Italian hostages they had abducted March 14, an official said.

Wife of abducted BJD MLA appeals to Maoists to release her husband

March 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Laxmipur (Orissa), Mar 25 (ANI): The wife of abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, has appealed to the Maoists to release her husband unharmed.

Odisha hostage crisis: CM holds meeting with top officials

March 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 25 (IANS) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday held a meeting of top state police and administrative officials here as uncertainty continued over the fate of the two Italians and a legislator taken hostage by Maoists in Odisha.

Orissa CM Patnaik presides over emergency meeting on Maoist hostage crisis

March 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar.25 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday was presiding over an emergency meeting on the ongoing hostage crises in the state.

Congress voices concern over abduction of BJD MLA by Maoists

March 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

New Delhi, Mar 24 (ANI): Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Saturday voiced concern over the abduction of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator by Maoists in Orissa and urged them to release him.

Negotiations put on hold after abduction of BJD MLA in Odisha by Maoists

March 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Mar 24 (ANI): Negotiations between Maoist and government mediators were put on suspension on Saturday after the abduction Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jinha Hikaka on early Saturday morning.

Orissa kidnapping crisis: Interlocutors rule out further talks with Maoists

March 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar.24 (ANI): The resolution of the kidnapping crisis in Orissa reached a dead end on Saturday with two Maoist negotiators-B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty, deciding to suspend all talks between the state government.

Odisha hostage crisis: Talks suspended over legislator's abduction

March 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 24 (IANS) Talks to secure release of two Italians kidnapped by Maoists in Odisha were suspended Saturday after the kidnapping of a legislator of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the killing of a police officer by the rebels in the state.

Odisha capable of handling legislator's kidnapping: Congress

March 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Congress Saturday said the Odisha government was capable of handling the situation arising out of the kidnapping of a ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator, though the central government has provided help whenever needed.

Orissa MLA kidnapping: Chief Minister Patnaik sends ministers to negotiate with Maoists for release

March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar.24 (ANI): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decided to send two ministers of his government to the state's Korapur District to negotiate with the Maoists and seek the release of abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Orissa abduction: Uproar in assembly

March 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bhubaneswar, March 24 (IANS) Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members Saturday created an uproar in Odisha assembly over the abduction of a tribal member by Maoists early Saturday.

Maoists abduct Odisha MLA

March 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Bhubaneswar, March 24 (IANS) Maoists abducted a legislator of Odisha's ruling party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) early Saturday, police said.

Indian captive killed by Al-Qaeda linked terror group in Philippines

March 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Sydney, Mar 15 (ANI): A terrorist group in Philippines has reportedly executed an Indian man who had been held captive for over nine months.

Indian captive killed by Al-Qaeda linked terror group in Philippines

March 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Sydney, Mar 15 (ANI): A terrorist group in Philippines has reportedly executed an Indian man who had been held captive for over nine months.

Bhubaneswar airport to be upgraded to international airport: Ajit Singh

March 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

New Delhi, Mar 9 (ANI): The Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday said the proposal of Odisha Government for the upgradation of Biju Patnayak Domestic Airport Bhubaneswar to International Airport will be processed by his ministry for seeking the Cabinet approval.

New amphibians family found in northeast India

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Indian scientists have uncovered a completely new family of limbless amphibians, commonly known as caecilians, in the forests in northeastern part of the country.

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