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

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

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.

Hostage crisis: Odisha to release 27 prisoners

April 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

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

Maoists set Thursday deadline for abducted legislator

April 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 3 (IANS) Maoists holding BJD legislator Jhina Hikaka for 10 days in Odisha Tuesday set the government a Thursday deadline to meet their demands. Appealing for his immediate release, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also urged the rebels to extend their deadline.

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Maoists set Thursday deadline for abducted legislator

April 3, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 3 (IANS) Maoists holding BJD legislator Jhina Hikaka for 10 days in Odisha Tuesday set a Thursday deadline to the government to meet their demands. Meanwhile, Hikaka has accused the government of not taking steps for his release.

Foreign tourist ban extended across Maoists-affected districts in Orissa

April 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Rayagada, Apr 3 (ANI): Local authorities in Orissa have extended a ban on foreign tourists from visiting Maoist-affected areas across the state following the abduction of two Italian nationals.

Maoists set Thursday deadline for abducted Odisha legislator

April 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 3 (IANS) Maoists holding ruling Biju Janata Dal lawmaker Jhina Hikaka for the past 10 days in Odisha Tuesday gave an April 5 deadline to the state government to fulfill their demands.

'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.

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: 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.

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.

Orissa assembly adjourns over MLA abduction row

March 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar.26 (ANI): Proceedings in the Orissa state assembly were adjourned on Monday following an uproar over the abduction of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Italian diplomat hails release of kidnapped tourist

March 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Mar.26 (ANI): Italian Consul General Joel Melchiori has hailed the release of an Italian tourist, Claudio Colangelo, who was kidnapped along with a friend by Maoist rebels in eastern Orissa state two weeks ago.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Odisha talks halted as Maoists seize legislator

March 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Talks to secure the release of two Italians abducted 10 days ago by Maoists in Odisha were suspended Saturday after the rebels daringly kidnapped a ruling party legislator and killed a police officers. The two Maoist-named mediators also announced they were withdrawing from the talks.

Odisha talks halted as Maoists seize legislator

March 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Talks to secure the release of two Italians abducted 10 days ago by Maoists in Odisha were suspended Saturday after the rebels daringly kidnapped a ruling party legislator and killed a police officer.

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.

Hostage crisis: Odisha holds talks as MLA abducted

March 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 24 (IANS) Maoists in Odisha kidnapped a ruling party legislator early Saturday even as talks continued with the rebels for the release of two Italians abducted 10 days ago, an official said.

Maoists abduct Odisha MLA

March 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

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

Italian hostages crisis: Rebel leader's presence issue resolved, say officials

March 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 23 (IANS) Discussions to secure the safe release of two Italians kidnapped by Maoists over a week ago in Odisha's Kandhamal district were progressing and the issue of a top rebel leader's presence had been resolved, officials said Friday. Talks will continue Saturday.

Italian hostage crisis: Interlocutors want presence of jailed Maoist leader

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Bhubaneswar, March 23 (IANS) Talks to secure the safe release of two Italians taken hostage by Maoists since over a week in Odisha's Kandhamal district resumed here Friday amid a demand by the interlocutors that a top jailed Maoist leader be included in the negotiations, official said.

Odisha Govt. begins talks with mediators

March 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

For the safe release of the Italian hostages, Odisha govt. has started talks with the mediators nominated by the Maoist.

Odisha hostage crisis enters ninth day, talks in progress for release

March 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 23 (ANI): Talks have begun for the safe release of two Italian nationals abducted by the ultras in Odisha and the State Government is making all efforts to get the hostages released.

Italian hostage crisis: Odisha Govt. begins talks with mediators

March 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 22 (ANI): The Odisha Government on Thursday evening began talks with two of the Maoist nominated mediators, Dandapani Mohanty and BD Sharma, for the safe release of two Italian nationals abducted by the ultras.

Italian hostage crisis: Chidambaram says Centre ready to help Orissa

March 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday rejected Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's charges that the Centre was not helping his state to resolve the Italian hostage crisis.

Italian hostage crisis: Chidambaram says Centre ready to help Orissa

March 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday rejected Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's charges that the Centre was not helping his state to resolve the Italian hostage crisis.

Sahay terms abduction of Italian tourists to be sensitive issue

March 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20 (ANI): Terming the abduction of two Italian tourists by Maoists in Orissa to be a sensitive issue, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said the state government should intervene and take effective measures to deal with the situation.

Sahay terms abduction of Italian tourists to be sensitive issue

March 20, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 20 (ANI): Terming the abduction of two Italian tourists by Maoists in Orissa to be a sensitive issue, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said the state government should intervene and take effective measures to deal with the situation.

Key gene for deadly childhood cancer identified

May 6, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Washington, May 6 (ANI): Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have identified a key gene in the malignant rhabdoid tumor that strikes children under three years.

Orissa flood death toll rises to 26

July 16, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Bhubaneshwar, July 16 (ANI): Water levels in most rivers in Orissa are flowing above the danger mark following heavy rains across the State.

Naveen Patnaik wins from Hinjili in Orissa

May 16, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Bhubaneswar, May 16 (IANS) Biju Janata Dal (BJD) head and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has won from the Hinjili assembly constituency of Ganjam district, an official said Saturday.

PETA expresses concern over killing of black bucks

November 11, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Bhubaneswar, Nov 11 (IANS) The India chapter of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA India) Tuesday expressed concern over the death of a pregnant female black buck last week in Orissa and asked the state government to take necessary steps to protect the endangered animals.

Patnaik invites Nano to Orissa

October 6, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Bhubaneswar, Oct 4 (IANS) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has invited Tata group chairman Ratan Tata to shift his Nano project to the state, an official said Saturday.

Two elephants get a fresh lease of life in Orissa

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Satuli Village (Orissa), July 9 (ANI): Residents in Orissa's Satuli village turned good samaritans and rescued two elephants from a possible death by drowning.

Four Orissa districts risks high prevalence of HIV/AIDS

March 12, 2008 at 1:01 AM

While presenting the HIV Sentinel Surveillance data in Rajya Sabha, the Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss named four

Rahul to begin 'Discovery of India' Journey from Orissa

March 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The path to become 'All India Congress Committee general-secretary for Youth' and to further travel on it has not been so easy for young leader

20 Maoists gunned down during massive operation in Orissa

February 18, 2008 at 1:01 AM

In an intense anti-Maoists operation being underway in five major districts of Orissa have brought positive results so far in the state, as the government

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