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Hukumchand Patidar
Meet The Class 10 Dropout Who Will Design Organic Farming Curriculum

The man with a mission is Hukumchand Patidar, a farmer from Manpura village in Rajasthan's Jhalawar district. He has been assigned the task of designing the curriculum on organic farming for India's agricultural universities.

77YO Man Enrolls For Class 12 Exam After Passing 10th In 56th Attempt
77YO Man Enrolls For Class 12 Exam After Passing 10th In 56th Attempt

In 2005, he retired from the Treasury Department as a Class IV employee. Till 2010, he appeared for class X exam organized by the Board of Secondary Education for 48 times.

Kendrapara Fishermen
Traditional Fishermen In Odisha’s Kendrapara On Brink Of Losing Livelihood

More than 2,000 fishermen of Aul Block in the district depend on Kharasrota and Brahmani rivers, considered the lifelines of the district, for sustenance.

Odia Youth Dibakar Performs Yoga In Uttarakhand Temple At Sub-Zero Temperature; Wins Hearts
Odia Youth Dibakar Performs Yoga In Uttarakhand Temple At Sub-Zero Temperature; Wins Hearts

Earlier, Dibakar had hogged the limelight after he performed Surya Namaskar at Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim. It is one of the highest lakes in the world as well as India and is situated at an elevation of 5,430 m (17,800 ft).

Cuttack Boy Sells Tea On Cycle To Support His Family
Cuttack Boy Sells Tea On Cycle To Support His Family

Dipu’s father, Suresh Choudhary was running a tea stall at Keuta Sahi in Choudhury Bazar of the city for the past 50 years. But after the imposition of lockdown last year, Suresh had to close his tea shop which pushed the family to a severe financial crisis.

Disability No Hurdle For Odisha’s Rama Sir In Scripting 6 Decades Of Success For Students
Disability No Hurdle For Odisha’s Rama Sir In Scripting 6 Decades Of Success For Students

Bhol could study only till Class 7 due to financial constraints, but his passion and fondness to teach the tiny tots made him a successful teacher. He started teaching students at the Chatasali when he was just about 14 years old.

King Cobra With Fractured Ribs Undergoes Life-Saving Surgery At OUAT In Bhubaneswar
King Cobra With Fractured Ribs Undergoes Life-Saving Surgery At OUAT In Bhubaneswar

The OUAT experts said that the King Cobra will recover within three weeks following which it will be released into the wild.

Neem Tree Oozing ‘Milk’ In Khordha
Locals Offer Puja To 'Miracle' Neem Tree Oozing ‘Milk’ In Khordha

Adding to the mystery, a woman of the village has been claiming to have been possessed by Goddess and told that the oozing out of milk from the tree was nothing but a miracle of Goddess.

Once People’s Representatives, These Two Women Leaders From Odisha Struggle To Make Ends Meet Now
Once People’s Representatives, These Two Women Leaders From Odisha Struggle To Make Ends Meet Now

Similarly, Sukanti Singh, the former corporator of Ward No-48 under CMC managed to bring government funds for the construction of roads, schools and other welfare projects in her locality.

Auto Driver Returns Box Of Tourist In Puri
Humanity Restored! Auto Driver Returns Bag Of Tourist In Puri, Receives Praise For Honesty

The Indian Journalist’s Federation felicitated Bhuyan for his exemplary deeds. The Bhopal couple too thanked Bhuyan for his honesty. 

J&K Man Returns Home After Spending 29 Years In Pakistan Jail
J&K Man Returns Home After Spending 29 Years In Pakistan Jail

A resident of Makwal village at Billawar in Kathua, Singh was accorded a warm welcome by the villagers who burnt firecrackers and raised slogans in praise of the country and him.

80YO Veteran Covers 230 Km On Old 'Moped' To Pay Homage To His Comrades Of 1971 War
80YO Veteran Covers 230 Km On Old 'Moped' To Pay Homage To His Comrades Of 1971 War

On the occasion of 'Swarnim Vijay Diwas', Singh travelled 230 km from his residence to the gun area of the 1971 war and the 216 Field Regiment memorial at Pahariwala on his old 'moped' all by himself, the PRO said.

Matilda Kullu
Matilda Kullu, ASHA Worker From Odisha Among Forbes Most Powerful Women In India

Matilda’s life teaches how small steps can bring magnificent changes in the world. Her every day starts with the day break and all the household chores like preparing lunch for a family of four (husband and two children) and feeding the cattle. She then visits door-to-door for health screening on her bicycle.

Khushi Yojana
No 'Khushi' For Bhadrak Girls As Menstrual Hygiene Scheme Falls Flat

The State Government had identified the Government Girls High School at Basudevpur as the nodal centre to store the sanitary pads from where it was scheduled to be distributed across 165 schools and seven high schools of the block. However, the sanitary pads have been lying undistributed at the nodal centre over the last one year.

River Erosion
River Erosion Triggers Concern Among Villagers In Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj Districts

The nearby Deo River which flows alongside the village has engulfed large tracts of agricultural land. The situation gets aggravated during the monsoon.

Ace Odissi Guru From Sambalpur Suffers In Neglect
Ace Odissi Guru From Sambalpur Suffers In Neglect

Sandhya pursued a master’s degree in Odissi from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in 1971 and then there was no looking back for her. She took up her passion as a profession and performed on stages.

Malati Devi From Cuttack
Odisha Nonagenarian Still Going Strong By Making Handicrafts From Waste In Cuttack

Anyone who knows Malati Devi can never cross Bidanasi in Cuttack without dropping for some moments at her house. At this ripe age, she is not only going strong, but has been a living example of self reliance.

Namratha Nandish alias ‘Alpine Girl’
'Alpine Girl' From Bengaluru Treks To 50 High-Altitude Lakes In Kashmir

"When I interacted with her and she told me her dream, I normally asked whether she had any medical condition. The moment she told me about some kind of arthritis problem in her knee, my eyes virtually popped out in surprise but all my apprehensions faded on seeing her determination," he told PTI.

93-Year- Old Harapriya Sells Paan To Make Ends Meet
93-Year-Old Odisha Granny Sells Paan To Make Ends Meet: ‘Don’t Want To Be A Burden On Anyone’

Moved by her appalling condition, the Congress’ MLA candidate in the last Assembly elections from the constituency, Nabajyoti Patnaik, had extended her a helping hand.

Bhubaneswar Gets Rail Museum
Bhubaneswar Gets Rail Museum

In the indoor section, various documents, old manuals, railway maps, equipment and photographs from the early days of the railways have been put on display.

Schemes For Whom? Glittering Stories Of 2 Odisha Lads Hit Poverty Wall
Schemes For Whom? Glittering Stories Of 2 Odisha Lads Hit Poverty Wall

Dutta has cracked Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced by securing 98.42 percent this year, but don't had the financial resources to take admission. 

Two Child Prodigies From Odisha Enter India Book of Records For Their Amazing Skills
Two Child Prodigies From Odisha Enter India Book of Records For Their Amazing Skills

Priyanshi has set the record for identifying English alphabets, 32 animals, 10 vehicles, 14 fruits, 10 vegetables, 10 colours, 20 food items and 31 Odia alphabets, reciting multiplication table of 2, words associated with the English alphabet, days of the week, months in a year, one shloka and 10 rhymes at a tender age of 2 years and nine months only.

Covid Blues: No Excitement For ‘Jari Medha’ Artisans Of Cuttack This Durga Puja
Covid Blues: No Excitement For ‘Jari Medha’ Artisans Of Cuttack This Durga Puja

Around 15-20 artisans of Alamchand Bazar said that the profit they earn by making jari medha for Dusshera and other pujas like Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja and Kartik Puja during four months of the festive season is enough to feed their families the entire year.

Smallest Refrigerator
B.Tech Student From Odisha’s Bhadrak Finds Place In India Book Of Records For Creating Smallest Refrigerator

Kamal came up with the astounding creativity to facilitate the storage and transportation of Covid-19 vaccines, medical equipment, injections and medicines easily and with less expenditure.

Swati Sharma
Commandant Swati Sharma Selected For British Govt's Chevening Scholarship

Being a meritorious Officer, Commandant Swati Sharma has also been awarded Director General appreciation certificate by the Chief Minister in 2019 and recently awarded with DG's Disc from the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.

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