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UP Schools Shut Till April 4 As Covid Cases Surge

Lucknow: With the rise in the number of Covid cases in the state, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has extended the closure of all schools up to Class 8 to April 4. Earlier, the Yogi Adityanath government had ordered the closure of schools for students up to Class 8 till March 31. The […]

India Records 53,480 New COVID-19 Cases, 354 Deaths

New Delhi: As many as 53,480 fresh infections pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to 1,21,49,335, while 354 new fatalities, the highest single-day spike so far this year, took the death toll to 1,62,468, according to Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday. The country had recorded 355 deaths on December 17. The active caseload increased to […]

Transcending Gender: A Life With Dignity And Livelihood

Bhubaneswar: Transgenders were a respected community in ancient India. There was acceptability of them in the society. People used to pay them respect and even take blessings from them in those times. But during the colonial era the British enacted the criminal tribes act of 1871. The act criminalised the transgender community in India. According […]

Biju Pucca Ghar
Biju Pucca Ghar Logo In PMAY-G Not Permissible: Centre Tells Odisha Govt

Bhubaneswar: Amid the allegations leveled by the State BJP of the Odisha government hijacking Central schemes, the Centre has now asked the State government to refrain from co-branding PMAY-G houses with the logo of the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY), which would result in the misinterpretation of the scheme by the beneficiaries. In a letter […]

Hackers Allegedly Leak Data Of 9.9 Crore Mobikwik Users In India, Company Rejects Claim

Hackers have leaked the data such as mobile phone number, bank account details, email, and credit card numbers of 9.9 crore Indians allegedly of Mobikwik users, which the digital payments company has strongly denied. The disclosure about the data leak was made by cybersecurity analyst Rajashekhar Rajaharia who has also written to the Reserve Bank […]

Student At Odisha’s VSSUT Alleges Ragging By Seniors; Probe Begins

Sambalpur: A student at the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) has alleged that he had been ragged by his seniors in the varsity campus. The university disciplinary committee and anti-ragging cell has initiated a probe following a complaint lodged by the victim who is a second year student. The disciplinary panel has started […]

Odisha: Raging Forest Fire Engulfs Similipal Wildlife Sanctuary Again

Mayurbhanj: Following a brief two-week respite, wildfire erupted once again in the Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj district on Wednesday, engulfing vast areas and affecting the endangered flora and fauna in the park. According to reports, the menacing forest fire has spread to over 47 different areas under the south zone of Similipal Forest range […]

Amid Covid Resurgence, TTD Reduces Darshan Tokens

Tirupati: In view of the resurgence of coronavirus cases across the country, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), custodian of the Tirupati Lord Venkateswara Temple, has reduced the issuance of darshan tokens to 15,000 per day from the present 22,000. “TTD has decided to reduce the sarva darshan tokens tokens to 15,000 per day from the […]

Opposition Stalls Odisha Assembly Demanding Rollback Of Power Tariff Hike

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties in Odisha-BJP and Congress on Wednesday stalled the Odisha Assembly demanding immediate rollback of power tariff hike that has ‘pinched the pocket of common men’ during the time of Covid-19 pandemic. During Question hour, Congress MLAs created heavy ruckus over the issue in the House forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House […]

SC-Appointed Committee On Three Farm Laws Submits Report

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee of agricultural economists has submitted its report to the top court on the three contentious farm laws in a sealed cover. The committee comprises four members: Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President, Bharatiya Kisan Union and All India Kisan Coordination Committee; Dr. Parmod Kumar Joshi, Agricultural Economist, Director for […]

Former PM HD Deve Gowda, Wife Test Covid Positive

Bengaluru: Janata Dal-Secular supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his wife Chennamma tested Covid positive and have been admitted in a private hospital for treatment, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar said on Wednesday. “Gowda and his wife have been admitted to Manipal hospital in the city for treatment after they tested Covid […]

Major Illegal Firearm Smuggling Racket Busted In Cuttack, Two  Kingpins Among 7 Held
Odisha: Major Illegal Firearm Smuggling Racket Busted In Cuttack, Two Kingpins Among 7 Held

Cuttack: A major illegal firearm smuggling racket which operated out of the Millennium City was busted by the Commissionerate Police at Gurukhetra field near Kaliaboda mutt of Cuttack city on Tuesday. Seven persons, including the two kingpins of the racket who are notorious criminals, have been rounded up. Twin City Police Commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi on […]

Odisha Assembly
Odisha Govt Has Spent Rs 6690 Cr On KALIA Scheme In 3 Yrs: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Answering an unstarred question by BJP MLA Nauri Nayak, Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Sahu on Wednesday informed Odisha Assembly that the State government has spent Rs 6690 Cr in three years on Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme. As per Sahu’s statement, Rs 2175.66 crore was spent on the […]

Odisha: School Dropout Rate Highest In Nabarangpur, Zero In Khordha & Sambalpur
Odisha: School Dropout Rate Highest In Nabarangpur, Zero In Khordha & Sambalpur

Bhubaneswar: The school dropout rate stood at 1.53 and 4.75 per cent respectively in primary and upper primary level in Odisha for the year 2019-20, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash informed the State Assembly on Wednesday. Nabarangpur topped the districts in the State in terms of highest dropout rate in the upper primary […]

High School Students In Odisha Can Now Get Certificates Online
It's Official! 15% Quota For Odisha Govt School Students In Medical & Engineering Courses

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday issued a formal notification regarding 15 percent reservation in medical and engineering colleges for government school students. “The State Government do hereby direct that 15% of seats in Medical and Engineering Colleges of the State shall be reserved for the students who have passed the 10th Board Examination under […]