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Airport terminal visit

Bhubaneswar: Customs and Central Excise officials on Wednesday inspected the existing terminal building of the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, which is likely to get an international tag next March. nce the new domestic terminal, which is under construction, is ready for flight operations by January end, the old terminal building will be used as the international terminal. Airport officials had written to the immigration wing in mid-December on opening of an immigration counter at the airport. The visit is a part of that exercise.

Suicide bid

Berhampur: An undertrial prisoner on Wednesday attempted suicide inside the Paralakhemundi Sub Jail in Gajapati district. B. Suryanarayana, 35, a resident of Totapalli Street in Palasa in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested on murder charges and was lodged in the sub jail here since June 2, 2011. e tried to cut his neck with a blade. He was rushed to the district headquarters hospital at Paralakhemundi.

Hi-Tech case

Bhubaneswar: The Crime Branch on Wednesday filed its second case against realtor and chairman of Hi-Tech group, Tirupati Panigrahi and his two aides. Officials said they have been flooded with complaints in connection with Panigrahiís Bhagya Nagar housing project in Pipili. n Tuesday, the Crime Branch had formed an exclusive team to probe into the complaints against the Hi-Tech group.

Last rites

Bhubaneswar: The last rites of freedom fighter Annapurna Moharana were organised on Wednesday at Khan Nagar crematorium in Cuttack. Mohanty, a prominent leader of the Bhudaan movement, breathed her last on December 31. She was 96.

Sodomy

Bhadrak: Three persons were arrested from Chandbali of Bhadrak allegedly for sodomising a six-year-old. he trio have been sent for medical examination. Villagers of Panchapada gram panchayat picketed on the Chandbali-Bhadrak connector for about three hours on Wednesday. They dispersed following police intervention. One platoon of police was deployed in the area.

Gutka raid

Bhubaneswar: Following the ban on manufacture, sale and distribution of gutka and chewing tobacco in the state, Puri administration conducted raids at various shops there on Wednesday. Gutka packets were seized and fines collected from some places. warning has been issued to shopkeepers against selling gutka and other chewing tobacco.

New hostel

Bhubaneswar: SC/ST development minister Lal Bihari Himirika inaugurated a new 200-bed hostel at the Ramadevi Womenís Autonomous College here on Wednesday.