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Odisha Man’s Decision To Auction ‘Rare Coins’ For COVID-19 Battle Lauded

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has emerged as the biggest threat to mankind, a leading numismatist from Odisha has decided to auction his rare collection of coins to generate funds for the fight against COVID-19. A resident of Bhubaneswar, Debi Prasad Mangaraj has been collecting coins with the help of his father […]

49 deaths, 1990 new COVID-19 cases reported in India in 24 hours

New Delhi: Indian has reported a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases with 1990 new positive cases and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Department. The number of active COVID-19 cases now stood at 26,496 including 19868 active cases, 5804 cured/discharged/ migrated and 824 deaths, the […]

Odisha COVID-19 Positives Spike At 7/Day, Jajpur-Bhadrak-Balasore Account For 60% Of Total Active Cases

Bhubaneswar: Has the ongoing lockdown helped in minimising the spread of coronavirus? While we can strike a positive note on the COVID-19 situation in 27 districts of Odisha, the rest three- Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore- which are currently under shutdown reportedly seem to have failed in cutting the transmission of the lethal virus. As on […]

38 Labourers Reach Odisha From Chennai Via Sea Route, Detained & Quarantined

Berhampur: Defying the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, as many as 38 labourers including some fishermen reached Odisha from Chennai on Saturday after a five-day journey along the sea route, all in an attempt to be back to their respective villages. However, as soon as they arrived in Sonepur under Chikiti block of Ganjam district, they […]

Odisha's COVID worry lingers, 23 suspects identified in 48 hours!

Bhubaneswar: The COVID count in Odisha is yet to settle down. The State health department has identified as many 23 COVID-19 suspects during the last 48 hours. The tally of COVID-19 suspects in the State have risen to 44 now. Sources say most of the identified suspects have a contact history with the earlier detected […]

Rains in Odisha till May 5, Heat wave will attain peak by mid-May!

Bhubaneswar: Summer rains, not the cyclone triggered rain, will lash Odisha till May 5. The probable cyclone taking a hit at Odisha on May 4-5 ebbs further. But post May 5, heat wave will return to the State with a bang. After prediction by Government of India’s top monsoon research unit, the Indian Institute of […]

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Humanity gives birth to more Covid19 warriors during lockdown

Bhubaneswar: Think of any problem, be it medicine or ration or even hearing aid cells, it is now getting delivered right at the door step of people during the toughest times of COVID-19 lockdown. Thanks to the volunteers spread across the length and breadth of the country who move mountains to help amidst strict lockdown […]

51% Odisha COVID positives show symptoms after 14-days!

Bhubaneswar: With the mounting up of COVID-19 count in the State, major worrying trends pop up on the epidemiology chart of novel coronavirus in Odisha. These pop-ups have grave implications on Odisha government’s current anti-COVID strategy. The key emerging COVID trend observed in the State is, of late, many of the new positives detected in […]

Cyclone threat to Odisha in COVID times? Low pressure on May 1, Landfall on May 3

Bhubaneswar: Imagining cyclone threat to Odisha during the COVID crisis is simply spine chilling. Like the deadly cyclone Fani in May last year, is Bay of Bengal brewing up another to throw at Odisha in May this year? For the COVID hit State, the real worry is, Bay of Bengal will be giving birth to […]

Self reliance most important lesson from COVID-19: PM Modi to sarpanchs
Self reliance most important lesson from COVID-19: PM Modi to sarpanchs

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hailed rural India, gram panchayats for playing an active role in the fight against COVID-19 and in supplying food grains to the poor and migrant workers. He launched e-GramSwaraj portal and Swamitva Scheme on the occasion of the Panchayati Raj Day. He also interacted with village-heads from […]

Bomb Attack On Residence Of OTV Correspondent In Konark

Konark: Some miscreants hurled bombs at the house of a correspondent of Odisha Television (OTV) Network, Sanjay Pati in Balisahi area of Konark late Thursday night. The bombs pelted damaged a portion of the outer wall of his house even though no casualty was reported in the incident. A complaint was lodged in this regard […]

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After Odisha IPS Officer's Intervention, Camel Milk Reaches To Autistic Kid In Berhampur

Bhubaneswar: Compassion and humanity will help tide over unprecedented obstacles and an IPS officer from Odisha has not only proved this once, but twice. After helping an autistic kid hundreds of kilometres away in Mumbai get supply of camel milk during COVID19 lockdown, a critical food source for children suffering from autism; IPS officer Arun […]

COVID-19: Odisha To Stamp Every Person Under Quarantine

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today issued fresh guidelines for registration and quarantine arrangements for the people, who are stranded in other States and intend to return after the lockdown ends on May 3. In a letter to principal secretaries of Panchayati Raj and Housing & Urban Development departments, Additional Secretary and Special Relief Commissioner, Pradeep Jena […]

Republic TV Editor Arnab Goswami Attacked By Miscreants 'Over Palghar Lynching'

Mumbai: Just days after unfolding the saga of Palghar lynching, Editor-in-Chief of Republic Media Network, Arnab Goswami was reportedly attacked by some miscreants stated to be ‘youth Congress goons’ in Mumbai while he was driving back home from his studio with his wife late Wednesday night. Soon after the incident, Arnab issued a video message […]

COVID in Odisha: Jajpur 'Super Spreaders' give two hoots to quarantine norms!

Bhubaneswar: The COVID tale in Odisha turns murkier. The State government had raised an alarm over the potential risk of ‘super spreaders’ in the State since the detection of patient number 5 and the Surya Nagar case in the capital city. But the travel stories of many positive patients from Jajpur, which were released today […]

COVID-19 cases in Odisha set to grow till May 3!

Bhubaneswar: The COVID clock keeps ticking in Odisha. In a span of 15-days, the count of novel coronavirus positives in the State has doubled. The corona curve that appeared to have gone flat in the State since April 6, suddenly took an upturn since April 19 (see the graph below). What rakes up every mind […]

Earth Day: PM Modi & other leaders express gratitude to Mother Earth
Earth Day 2020: PM Modi, CM Naveen Express Gratitude To Mother Earth Amid COVID-19

New Delhi: Let us pledge to work towards a cleaner, healthier and a more prosperous planet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday on the occasion of International Earth Day at a time when the entire world is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking to Twitter, PM wrote, “On International Day of Mother Earth, we […]

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Odisha’s Manabasa Gurubara, Chhau & Ravana Chhaya included in Intangible Cultural Heritage list

Bhubaneswar: Manabasa Gurubara, a traditional ritual of Odisha and two age-old famous performing arts from the State – Chhau dance and Ravana Chhaya were among the 106 items listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India. The list was launched by Union Minister for Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi on Saturday. Informing about […]

Second COVID Spurt: Rural Odisha turns hotspot, 10 more suspects identified!

Bhubaneswar: The novel coronavirus is acquiring rural hues in Odisha, of late. It is the rural areas that have boosted up the COVID-19 numbers during the second spurt of COVID cases in the State. As many as nine gram panchayats are now under COVID containment zones. The coming weekend may see more gram panchayats under […]

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Rs 50 lakh Compensation & Martyrdom To Doctors, Healthcare Staff Who Lose Life In COVID-19 Battle: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: In a major announcement, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that a compensation of Rs 50 lakh would be provided to families of all doctors, health professionals and members of the other support services who lose their lives in the COVID-19 battle. The Chief Minister also assured that the State will treat them […]

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3 Doctors & 19 Nurses Quarantined In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As many as 3 doctors, 19 nurses and paramedical staff have been mandatorily put in quarantine as they came in direct contact with the recent COVID-19 positive cases in Jajpur, informed Jajpur Collector Ranjan Kumar Das today. “The recent confirmed cases had come in direct contact with some doctors & paramedical staff at the […]

Implement Ayushman Bharat Scheme At The Earliest: Union Minister Pratap Sarangi To Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Pratap Sarangi on Monday urged Odisha government to implement Centre’s Ayushman Bharat health scheme at the earliest and announce financial assistance for priests and servitors in the State. In a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Sarangi said he has been interacting with migrant labourers from Odisha stranded in different parts […]

COVID Comfort for Odisha: Doubling rate gets longer in State!

Bhubaneswar: Displaying another largest single-day spurt in Odisha after April 5, the State on Monday has detected as many as 13 COVID positive cases in a span of 24 hours. Despite the second such single day spike in April, there seems to be some signs of comfort in State’s rising COVID numbers. The revelation is […]

Coronavirus cases climb to 8,356 in India; 34 deaths in 24 hours
COVID-19 In Odisha: Positive Cases Rise To 74, 13 In A Single Day

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has reported as many as 13 COVID-19 cases in a single day on Monday. The total number of Coronavirus positive cases in the State now stands at 74. The case details show, among the six new cases reported, five are from Jajpur district and one belongs to Sundergarh. Details of #COVID19 positive cases […]

Odisha's Bhadrak slips back to COVID zone, signals local transmission?

Bhubaneswar: Unlike nine other states, Odisha seemingly has lost a chance to script a COVID-19 success story.  Within 36 hours after joining the coveted list of 25 districts nationally, Odisha’s Bhadrak with 5 new cases re-emerged on the COVID map, only to join the list of slip-back districts. However, Bhadrak is not the lone district […]

Odisha Police Inspector Suspended For Violating COVID-19 Norms By Entering Puri Srimandir

Puri: An Inspector-In-Charge of Odisha has been placed under suspension for misconduct after he was found guilty of violating COVID-19 guidelines by entering Lord Jagannath temple in Puri. State Director General of Police, Abhay has suspended the IIC of Jajpur Barchana police station, Deepak Kumar Jena for misconduct with immediate effect. Jena has been booked […]

COVID19: CM Naveen Announces Mandatory Registration, Cash Incentive For People Willing To Return to Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said that people from Odisha — stranded in other states but who want to return — will have to mandatorily register their names at the panchayat level. “Those who want to return to Odisha must register before they return. Relatives and friends can register with the gram panchayats […]

COVID-19 Odisha: India’s 3.6% COVID Hospitals In State, 11 Suspects In ICU!

Bhubaneswar: With only 31 confirmed COVID-19 cases in its 27 COVID hospitals till Saturday and 24 recovery cases, can Odisha be considered to be in a safe position or still staring at more cases in coming days? Two districts Bhadrak and Puri were declared non-hotspot centres in Odisha by the Centre for not reporting any […]

Seven women report domestic violence in Odisha
7 Women Report Domestic Violence During Phone-Up Programme Of Odisha Police

Bhubaneswar: Seven women have complained of abuse when the Odisha Police made calls to them, as part of the ‘Phone-Up’ programme – which is aimed at curbing domestic violence in the State, a top officer said. A total of 304 calls were made on Saturday to women, who had in the past reported domestic abuse, […]

Nizamuddin Returnee Along With Associates Attacks Govt Officials; Hold Them Captive In Odisha

Jajpur: A Nizamuddin returnee along with two of his associates led a group of villagers in attacking two state government officials and held them captive in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Saturday, a senior official said. The three were later detained and sent for quarantine. The incident took place at Gopinathpur village under Kuakhia police station […]

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Odisha CM Announces Rs 100-Crore Package For Urban Poor Families

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced a Rs 100-crore package to provide livelihood support to around 4.5 lakh urban poor families affected by the lockdown imposed across the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Urban Wage Employment Initiative will help sustain the livelihood of the poor families residing in 114 urban […]

COVID-19 Sample tests: Odisha's hotspot Bhubaneswar ahead of Mumbai, Delhi!

Bhubaneswar: Even as the state government today started active community surveillance in the State’s only COVID-19 hotspot – Bhubaneswar, State’s capital city, the State Health Department today released data that showed Bhubaneswar having tested more Covid-19 samples than other hotspots like Mumbai, Thane, Delhi and Pune. As per the released numbers, Bhubaneswar with 189.8 samples […]

COVID-19 Lockdown Blow: Unemployment rate in Odisha zooms to 4-yr high in March!

Bhubaneswar: The impact of novel coronavirus seems big on Odisha. Even as the month of March had seen only around 10-days of COVID-19 lockdown, the impact looks colossal as the unemployment rate in the State zoomed to a 4-year high. Odisha has the highest unemployment rate of 12.6 per cent in March 2016. As per […]

Odisha Fights Coronavirus: 13 Teams Formed For COVID-19 Sample Collection In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: With Bhubaneswar turning into a Covid-19 hotspot, efforts have now been stepped up for testing of samples from affected pockets. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today constituted 13 special teams for the collections of samples for COVID-19 tests in different places in the capital city. As per reports, the teams comprising doctors, teachers, police personnel […]

COVID-19: No Positive Cases In Past 72 Hours In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported zero COVID19 positive cases for third consecutive day on Friday. As per the data shared by the Health and Family Welfare Department on its website, a total of 1,024 samples were tested on April 17 (till midnight) which turned out to be negative for coronavirus. The Health Department informed that as many […]

Odisha Comes Up With Draft Legislation To Provide Land On Lease To Sharecroppers

Bhubaneswar: After failing to extend benefits to several landless farmers and sharecroppers in the State, Odisha government has now come up with draft legislation for providing them land on lease. The draft of Odisha Agriculture Land Leasing Act, now under consideration and discussion, is a framework that will enable the State government to ‘facilitate poor […]

Odisha COVID-19 lockdown: State Police record 132 violations per day!

Bhubaneswar: When it comes to implementing the lockdown in State, the enforcement by Odisha police has been of the kind of an iron fist with a velvet glove. Despite the firmness shown by Odisha police, the rate of violation of lockdown in Odisha has gone up in the first fortnight of the month of April […]

Odisha's Bhubaneswar Strategy: Govt Seeks Cooperation For 5000 COVID-19 Tests In 7 Days

Bhubaneswar: As Khurda district has emerged as a potential hotspot for COVID-19, the planning too seems to have gotten bigger as Odisha government has now decided to ramp up the sample testing in the capital city Bhubaneswar where maximum cases have been reported. Addressing a presser today, State Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said with 46 […]

"We shall cure, we shall endure"- RBI Governor Announces Ameliorative Measures In Wake Of COVID-19

New Delhi: While Coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the world shutting down economies, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday announced a slew of measures to help the country fight the economic blues resulting from the impact of the lockdown. The RBI also cut reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 3.75%, while keeping […]

Odisha To Start Pool Testing for Coronavirus

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to scale up testing, Odisha will soon start ‘pool testing’ of the samples of suspected Coronavirus cases. The Centre has okayed the proposal for pool testing and soon the infrastructure at Burla medical will be upgraded with necessary equipment, informed State Health and Family Welfare Minister, Naba Das after a meeting […]