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Medics boycott class

Bhubaneswar: Veterinarians in the state began their indefinite ceasework on Wednesday, protesting against the state government's apparent apathy towards them. Students of Odisha Veterinary College also decided to boycott classes in support of the cause. Trainee doctors, consisting of the final-year veterinary students and those undergoing housemanship, also abstained from duty. They are demanding salary and work benefits on par with that of general medicine practitioners and also pay hike.

Six arrested

Bhubaneswar: Six criminals, who allegedly had looted nearly Rs 4 lakh from a businessman on March 24, were arrested on Wednesday. Police said all the criminals were nabbed following raids on different parts of the city. The accused have been identified as Jaganath Swain alias Jaga, Arjun Das, Chanbindra Bhoi, Babuli Biswal, Kailash Biswal and Sadashiv Ramaunj Das.

CRPF move

Bhubaneswar: The CRPF 19 battalion posted in Rourkela on Wednesday distributed cycles among tribal girls in different Maoists-affected areas. Sundargarh collector Roopa Roshan Sahoo and commandant of 19 BN, CRPF, Dwijendra Singh Bandari distributed 60 sets of Hocket sticks, solar lights, LED colour TV with dish TV sets and books for village library and students of rural schools.

Shut down

Bhubaneswar: Members of the All Odisha Merchant Association on Wednesday threatened to shut all textile outlets in the state on March 30 and stage a rally to protest against the governments decision to impose 5 per cent levy on textile and sugar.