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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 […]

Naveen Patnaik
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 […]

Odisha Ramps Up Dedicated COVID19 Hospital Capacity

Bhubaneswar: Despite a steep rise in confirmed cases of Coronavirus across the country, Odisha did not report a single positive case in the last 48 hours. Despite this, Odisha continues to ramp up its hospital capacity and today urged people not to take things lightly and follow the lockdown guidelines seriously. Responding to media queries […]

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Column: A ‘Virus’ Deadlier Than COVID-19 !!

By Sandeep Sahu At a time when India – and indeed the whole world – is fighting an all-conquering enemy variously called Corona, nCorona and COVID-19, one would have thought the ‘nation’ would sink its differences and unite like it invariably does in times of War – and, of course, cricket. And this war is […]

Odisha Govt Asks Collectors To Be Proactive In Assisting Farmers With Rabi Crops Amid COVID-19

Bhubaneswar:  The Odisha government has directed the district authorities to be proactive in assisting farmers for the ongoing Rabi season and start making preparations for Kharif crops after relaxations were announced for the agriculture sector amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The state government has already appointed 30 senior officers to monitor agriculture and related activities in […]

Odisha Govt Issues SOPs For COVID-19 Containment Zones

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the interest of public health and to break the chain of COVID-19, the Odisha government has issued a set of instructions to be scrupulously adhered in matters related to areas declared as containment zones across the State. Chief Secretary of Odisha, Asit Tripathy in a letter to the DGP and all […]

Odisha sets 'zero transmission' target against COVID-19

Bhubaneswar: Setting a “Zero Transmission” target against COVID-19, Odisha government on Wednesday claimed that the state has already reported lowest rate so far as detection of positive cases are concerned in the country. National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit said this while briefing the media here. “The challenge before us is to achieve zero transmission […]

Odisha Fights Corona: 'No Decision Yet' On Puri Rath Yatra

Puri: As uncertainty continues to prevail over the annual Rath Yatra in Puri in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Odisha Law minister, Pratap Jena today said a decision in this regard will be taken soon. Rath Yatra, the annual sojourn of the Holy Trinity- Lord Balabhadra, Mahaprabhu Jagannath and Devi Subhadra- is scheduled to […]

IMD Predicts Normal Monsoon In 2020 June-Sept Season, SWM Likely To Delay In Odisha
IMD Predicts Normal Monsoon In 2020 June-Sept Season, SWM Likely To Delay In Odisha

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the country will witness a normal South-West monsoon this season between June to September. Quantitatively, the monsoon rainfall during the monsoon season 2020 is expected to be around 96 per cent to 104 per cent of its long-period average. The Earth Sciences department, however, said […]

MHA issues guidelines for COVID-19 Lockdown
MHA Issues COVID-19 Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines With Selective Exemptions From April 20

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the second phase country-wide lockdown in India in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak till May 3, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued revised guidelines on the measures to be taken by ministries, government departments, state and Union Territory governments for the containment and prevention […]

Odisha DGP
Domestic violence victims need not visit police stations during lockdown: Odisha DGP

Bhubaneswar: Hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked law enforcers to take stern action against people involved in domestic violence, Odisha Police on Tuesday said complainants need not go to police stations for lodging FIRs during the lockdown period. The police will reach the complainant upon receiving a call and also lodge an FIR, if […]

Odisha Fights Corona: State Planning Doorstep Delivery Of School Textbooks

Bhubaneswar: Amid the ongoing fight against the novel-coronavirus, Odisha government on Tuesday informed that students from class I to VIII will soon get doorstep delivery of their textbooks. Informing about the same, the State School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Das today said that the textbooks of class I to VIII have already reached […]