T20 World Cup for Blind: India Thrash New Zealand By 9 Wickets

India’s winning streak continued in the T20 World Cup for Blind as the home team thrashed New-Zealand by 9 wickets here at the KIIT stadium on Tuesday. Chasing a 138-run target, Indian batsmen delivered devastating performances and seized the game in just 9 overs. After the early wicket of Md Jafar Iqbal, Indian skipper Ajay Reddy took charge and scored unbeaten 75 runs with only 28 balls. Local star Sukhram Majhi also entertained the crowd with his unbeaten 56 runs innings in just 25 balls. Majhi was felicitated with man of the match award.

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Hollywood Diva Ashley Judd Interacts With KISS Tribal Inmates

**Bhubaneswar: ** On the first day of her four-day visit, Hollywood actor Ashley Judd, the UNFPA goodwill ambassador, visited Kalinga Institute Of Social Sciences (KISS) at the capital city today. She is here to implement the UNFPA programmes aimed at developing and empowering the adolescents in the tribal residential schools across Odisha through life skills education programme.

Ashley was seen tapping her feet to a melodious Sambalpuri folk number with a group of tribal girls. She also practiced yoga with the tribals and planted a tree saplling towards a green future.

Special sessions will also be organised with tribal adolescent girls and boys for Ashley to interact and understand their challenges and aspirations.

Established with just 125 tribal students in 1993, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has now become one of the largest free residential institute for indigenous (tribal) children housing around 26,300 students absolutely free. KISS provides holistic education from Kindergarten to Post Graduation (KG to PG), vocational training, food, accommodation, health care and all other basic necessities of life.

Students are enrolled from 62 indigenous communities (tribes) of Odisha, of which 13 are classified as primitive. There are some students from adjoining States such as Madhya Pradesh, North Eastern States, and Jharkhand.
While her stay in Odisha, Ashley Judd will be exposed to the rich culture and lifestyle of tribal communities, including their varied art and handicrafts.

During her tour, she will receive the Humanitarian Award at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) for her passionate advocacy and commitment towards working against sexual exploitation of girls and women. The award is given annually to personalities with exceptionally high contribution to the society in social and economic fields.

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AT Chit Fund Scam: SFIO Team Begins Probe In Jharpada Jail

In a bid to find out the violations of Company Law Act and also in pursuance of the Special CBI Court’s direction, a five-member team of Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has begun its probe into the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in Odisha.

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Court Rejects Mahima Mishra’s Bail Plea In Bomb Hurling Case

The Cuttack District and Sessions Judge Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra, Managing Director of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL), in connection with a bomb hurling incident at Press Chhak here in 2013.

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On January 16, Mishra had moved the court seeking bail in the case after his bail plea was rejected by the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Court here.

Odisha’s Jharsuguda Airport Modernisation: AAI Chief To Review Progress

In a bid to review the progress of modernisation of Jharsuguda airport in western Odisha, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Guru Prasad Mohapatra is scheduled to tour Odisha on Friday.

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Notably, Jharsuguda airport is slated to be commissioned in May next year. Sources said, Mohapatra after his arrival here will fly to Jharsuguda by a special chopper.

Cuttack Cops Bust Dacoit Gang, 6 Nabbed

The Commissionerate Police have nabbed 6 dacoits of a gang as they were in a bid to make a loot. This gang used to loot the people of different organistions coming to deposit their money to banks.

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“We seized 16 cell phones, 1 mm pistol and 2 tablets from the possession of miscreants. Five of them managed to flee. They were active in Pipili, Nimapada, Puri, Balianta and Niali,” informed Sanjeev Arora, DCP, Cuttack.

Odisha Guv Inaugurates National Handloom Expo-2017

Odisha Governor Dr S.C. Jamir inaugurated the National Handloom Expo-2017 at IDCO Exhibition Ground in the capital city here on Monday.

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Organised by the Odisha State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperative Society Ltd (Boyanika), the exhibition is being sponsored by the Development Commissioner for Handloom, Government of India.

18-Yr-Old Puri Girl Sustains 95% Burn Injuries, Referred To SCB

A 18-year-old girl, Shivani Patra, suffered serious burns of around 95 percent when a gas leak mishap occurred in her house at Ghodahota village under Chandanpur PS.

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The neighbours noticed a huge fire at her place and rescued her. She must have been cooking when this fire broke out. Though the exact cause of the fire is unknown, the neighbours believe it to be a gas leak explosion.