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Rattled By Naxal Violence, Odisha Villagers Fight Back
Rattled By Naxal Violence, Odisha Villagers Fight Back

With unending violence rattling their everyday peace, villagers decide to fight back. These villagers belong to the Swabhiman Anchal under Malkangiri district. Living in the Maoist hotbed, these villagers have remained terror-stricken for long. Finally, these villagers, mainly from the Panasput and Jodamba villages have decided to take matters in their own hands. Armed with traditional weapons like bows & arrows, axes, daggers and sticks, hundreds of tribals have geared up to safeguard their villages from the threat of Maoists.

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Bharat Bandh Disrupts Normal Life In Odisha
Bharat Bandh Disrupts Normal Life In Odisha

Roads blocked, traffic movement affected and normal life disrupted during the nation-wide Bandh today. Protesting against the new farm laws enacted by the Central Government, Farmer Unions supported by several political parties are staging a nation-wide Bandh from 11 AM to 3 PM today.  

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Bharat Bandh: Voices Of Protesters From Odisha
Bharat Bandh: Voices Of Protesters From Odisha

The farmers all over the country are observing Bharat Bandh protesting the new farm laws. With the nation-wide protests affecting normal life, let us hear the voices of protestors from Odisha. The impact of the protests was also seen in Bhubaneswar, with protestors blocking key entry points of the city. The protestors are confident that the Bharat Bandh would highlight their issues and force the government to listen.

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After Amazon, Pinterest In Trouble For Online Sale Of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad
After Amazon, Pinterest In Trouble For Online Sale Of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad

After Amazon, Pinterest has landed in trouble over a post regarding online sale of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad. The Puri Temple servitors have filed a complaint against Pinterest after a post related to the sale of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad surfaced on its platform. Pinterest, a popular social media site, is now under scanner after the complaint. Earlier, a similar complaint was filed against Amazon for selling Lord Jagannath’s Nirmalya or dry prasad online.

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PPE Kit Scam: Vigilance Probe Ordered By Odisha Lokayukta
PPE Kit Scam: Vigilance Probe Ordered By Odisha Lokayukta

The Lokayukta has directed Vigilance Probe into the alleged irregularities in procurement of COVID19 PPE kits and masks. The Lokayukta has also asked the Vigilance Director, to submit report within two months of receiving the notice for the probe. The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for February 15, 2021. A hearing in connection with the alleged scam took place in the Lokayukta office.

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Odisha Police Station With A View To Behold
Odisha Police Station With A View To Behold

A garden so beautiful it leaves everyone spellbound. With attractive colours splashed everywhere in the form of flowers, this garden is one of a kind. People who see the garden often don’t want to take their eyes off it. In addition to trees, this garden also has walls filled with paintings representing the folk art & culture of Western Odisha. It has everything from Dalkhai to Rasarkeli. The paintings also give messages on social themes like traffic rules and girl child protection. All this may seem like a well-maintained garden, but in reality, it is a police station.

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Ex-Israeli Space Security Chief Says Aliens Exist
Ex-Israeli Space Security Chief Says Aliens Exist

Are aliens living among us? Are we subject of their experiments on earth? Do the humans know about this? In a shocking claim, a former head of Israel's military space program has said that aliens are living among us. The former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry space directorate, Haim Eshed, told Israel's Yediot Aharonot newspaper that "The Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have asked not to publish that they are here, humanity is not ready yet."  

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Maid Shankari Bai Of Rairakhol Royal Family No More
Maid Shankari Bai Of Rairakhol Royal Family No More

The centenarian maid of Rairahol royal family is no more. Shankari Bai, passed away after a life of neglect and loneliness in her twilight years. Shankari Bai, who was over 100 years old, was once living in the royal palace.

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Bhubaneswar Ekamra Kshetra To Be Beggar-free Zone Soon
Bhubaneswar Ekamra Kshetra To Be Beggar-free Zone Soon

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA)have already initiated the process to make the EkamraKshetraaround Lingaraj Temple beggar-free. As a part of the beautification and developmental program of the temple, beggars in the region will be rehabilitated. Apart from this, another Social Inclusion scheme of the state government, ‘Sahaya’, will provide means of livelihood to these beggars.

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Odisha Women Lead Crusade Against Deforestation
Odisha Women Lead Crusade Against Deforestation

Without trees, we will all cease to exist. However, the never-ending greed of humans has often come at the expense of nature. But a group of women in Punasia village under Bangiriposi of Mayurbhanj district have been on a mission to protect Mother Nature. For nearly two decades, the women of a self-help group (SHG) have been waging a war against deforestation. For them, preserving their local forest is their sole aim. Many years ago, the entire stretch of the Punasia forest was ravaged by the timber mafia. The continuous abuse had left the land barren rendering animals homeless. The tract of around 80 hectares was reduced to a bald patch of land with the trees, animals and birds were gone.

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Classes In Odisha Schools Likely From January 2021
Classes In Odisha Schools Likely From January 2021

Classes for standard X and XII students in Odisha are likely to resume in January 2021! School and Mass Education Minister, Sameer Ranjan Dash said that there is an increased likelihood of reopening of schools across Odisha in January 2021. The minister also hinted at a major change in the schedule as classes may be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays to complete the syllabus. Dash also said that priority will be given to standard X and XII classes due to the board examinations.

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Colleges In Odisha Likely To Reopen At The Start Of New Year
Colleges In Odisha Likely To Reopen At The Start Of New Year

Secretary of the Odisha Higher Education Department, Saswat Mishra said that the State government will take the final decision regarding reopening of colleges. But they are hopeful that colleges may reopen soon. Under Graduate and Post Graduate semesters will be postponed.

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This Odisha Man Has Conducted Post Mortems Of Over 20,000 Bodies | OTV News
This Odisha Man Has Conducted Post Mortems Of Over 20,000 Bodies | OTV News

This is Ramchandra Baidanga, an employee of Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, which is one of the biggest government hospitals in the State. Even though this 62-year-old is engaged as an ordinary class four government employee, his work is not so ordinary.  

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Why Odisha Is At Rock Bottom In Food Safety Index
Why Odisha Is At Rock Bottom In Food Safety Index

Think you are buying pure and safe food items! Well, think again! Do you know that out of 100 food samples tested in last three years in Odisha, as many as 21 were adulterated or incorrectly branded. This means that in Odisha, one in every five food items is adulterated. If this isn’t enough, according to the Food Safety Index of 2019-20, Odisha is found languishing in the bottom-10. The State was ranked 13th among 20 states, while Gujarat topped the chart in the country.

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Villagers Undertake Irrigation Project To Transform Fields & Homes | OTV News
Villagers Undertake Irrigation Project To Transform Fields & Homes | OTV News

In a land where it was difficult to even grow a blade of grass, one can now see the rich greenery of an irrigated field. Barhampura Village under Rairakhol of Sambalpur district was grappling with water shortage once, but is now abundantly irrigated. So how did it happen?

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