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Odisha weather- lightning and thunderstorm alert
Lightning Claims 13 Lives In Odisha, Nor'wester Leaves Scores Of People Homeless

Bhubaneswar: At least 13 people have also been reported dead due to lightning and thunderstorm in different parts of the State on Thursday. Lightning claimed lives of two persons each in Sundergarh, Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district and Dhenkanal. Similar deaths were reported from Balikuda in Jagatsinghpur, Keonjhar, Kantabanji in Bolangir, Krushnaprasad in Puri and Maidalpur […]

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Covid19 Impact: 4 From Odisha Including A Honeymoon Couple Stranded In Foreign Nations

Kuala Lumpur/Lima/Bhubaneswar: A couple from Nabarangpur, who has been stranded at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia since March 17 has urged Odisha government’s help in returning home from the foreign country. As per reports, Shankar Haldar who recently married Pallavi Mishra from Nabarangpur were on a honeymoon trip to Malaysia. Even […]

dont abandon pets due to coronavirus fear, says Odisha government
Do not abandon pets out of Coronavirus fear, nor inflict cruelty on animals: Odisha Govt

Bhubaneswar: Despite a lot of awareness and clarification by World Health Organisation (WHO), instances of people abandoning their pets out of fear of getting infected with Coronavirus has now emerged as a major concern not only for animal lovers but also for the Odisha government. In a letter to all chief district veterinary officers, Fisheries […]

Yes Bank Returns Puri Jagannath Temple funds
Yes Bank Returns Rs 397 Crore Shree Jagannath Funds, Next Refund On March 30

Bhubaneswar: Hours after Yes Bank resumed its operations, the private sector lender remitted Rs 397 crore to designated SBI account of Jagannath Temple Corpus Fund at Puri Main Branch. Earlier, restrictions on withdrawal of funds from Yes Bank had kicked off a political storm in Odisha. Informing about the development in a letter to Krishan […]

CISCE Postpones Class 10, 12 Board Exams   
Coronavirus Outbreak: CISCE Postpones ICSE, ISC 2020 Examinations Till March 31

Bhubaneswar: After CBSE, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Thursday decided to postpone all the ICSE and ISC 2020 examinations scheduled to be conducted between March 19 and 31 in view of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The ICSE examination was scheduled to end on March 30 and ISC exam on March […]

Coronavirus Outbreak: Technical Committee Recommends Suspension Of Inter-State Bus Service In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha has reported only one confirmed case of coronavirus infection so far, the technical committee on Wednesday recommended suspension of Inter-State bus services as a precautionary measure. Chairman of the technical committee constituted to combat coronavirus, Subrat Acharya said, “There will be no problem and if we can contain it for a […]

COVID19 Advisory For Odisha Banks, Bhubaneswar Markets To Shut By 6PM Everyday

Bhubaneswar: The State Finance Department on Tuesday issued an advisory for all the banks operating in Odisha asking them to implement various guidelines to prevent the spread of the infectious coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Through the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) Convenor, the regulator directed the Controlling Heads of the Banks operating in the State to […]

Zero or few returnees from China, Iran & Italy saved Odisha from Covid19 tentacles

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 cases are on the ascent in country. Many states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and UP keep on ticking the count. But even after 65 hours, Odisha’s Covid-19 count still at one. As per latest reports, the 12 samples sent for test yesterday reported negative. A new set of 6 samples have […]

Coronavirus Pandemic Needs Collective Action: Odisha Governor

Bhubaneswar: Coronavirus outbreak has emerged as a challenge for the whole world and its successful mitigation lies in our own hands and we should tackle it without panicking, exhorted Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal today. Citing that the Odisha government has taken some proactive steps, the Governor said that it is a collective responsibility of all […]

All Four BJD Candidates Elected To Rajya Sabha Unopposed

Bhubaneswar: All the four BJD candidates were on Wednesday elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed as opposition BJP and Congress did not field any nominee for the polls scheduled to be held on March 26. Odisha Assembly Secretary-cum Returning Officer for the Rajya Sabha polls, Dasarathi Satpathy announced election of the four BJD candidates- Subhas […]

Odisha Matric Exam Evaluation Process Begins Amid Coronavirus Scare

Bhubaneswar: The evaluation of answer scripts of annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examinations commenced today at 61 centres across the State amid the scare of Coronavirus outbreak which has so far claimed more than 7000 lives across the globe. As many as 16,000 evaluators have been engaged for checking of the answer scripts of 5.61 […]

Army jawan in Leh tests positive for coronavirus, cases climbs to 147 in country
First COVID-19 Case In Indian Army As Jawan Tests Positive, Cases Climb To 147 In Country

New Delhi: A 34-year-old soldier has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Leh, Army sources said on Wednesday. This is the first COVID-19 case in the armed forces. The soldier, a resident of Chuhot village in Leh, came in contact with his father who had already contracted the infection. His father had returned from a […]

Odisha’s Konark Gets Iconic Tourist Site Tag As Centre Expands List

Bhubaneswar: The government of India has included Konark Sun Temple in the Iconic Tourist Sites list, informed Union Tourism Minister, Prahlad Singh Patel on Tuesday. While replying to a supplementary question by BJD MP Sasmit Patra in Rajya Sabha, Singh informed that as the Iconic Tourist Sites list in the country has been expanded from […]

IMD issues rainfall warning
Weather Alert: Rain And Thunderstorm Likely In Odisha In Next 5 Days, IMD Issues Yellow Warning

Bhubaneswar: Rain and thunderstorm will occur at several parts of Odisha in the next five days, India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Tuesday. As per the latest weather bulletin, light to moderate rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at one or two places in the districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and […]

Covid19 here to stay? British Medical Journal quoted PHE report that says nCoV will stay till Spring 2021!

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the reports of nCoV infection growing in the India, and when persons returning from abroad have been the source of infection in the country, a report in the British Medical Journal quoting a document submitted to UK government by the Public Health England that Covid-19 outbreak is expected to last around 1-year, means […]

Coronavirus: Odisha Govt Issues Guidelines For HSC Matric Exam Paper Evaluators

Bhubaneswar: The School and Mass Education department has directed all the concerned officials to take measures to prevent spread of coronavirus during evaluation of HSC exam answer sheets in the State. The School & Mass Education Department held a meeting with all District Education Officers (DEO) Block Education Officer (BEO) and Chief Examiners via video-conferencing […]

Odisha Fights Coronavirus: CM Extends Date For Registration Of All Passengers From Abroad Till Apr 15

Bhubaneswar: To strengthen its efforts in preventing the spread of novel-Coronavirus in the State, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday appealed people coming to the State from abroad to register themselves through toll-free number (104) or online portal www.covid19.odisha.gov.in and informed that the regulation will remain in force till April 15 instead of March […]

COVID19 sneaks into Odisha, State Govt brings out carrot & stick policy!

Bhubaneswar: Foreseeing a big threat from foreign soil, Odisha government on Monday has rolled out a ‘specific measure’ for people returning to the State from abroad to undergo a mandatory registration here. Announcing the first-ever such measure in the country, State Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, “People returning to State from abroad or have returned […]

COVID19 threat looms over Odisha: one tested Positive, 53 more quarantined

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha becomes the 15th State in the country to report nCOV19 positive on Sunday, the big revelation on Monday is a high of 53 persons in the State have come in contact with the COVID-19 positive. In today’s briefing on COVID-19, State govt’s chief spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi, informed that the […]

Fighting Coronavirus: Odisha Govt Postpones Exams For Class I to IX Students

Bhubaneswar: In view of the pandemic situation arising out of the COVID-19 (Corona Virus), Odisha government on Monday ordered closure of all government, aided, public and private schools. As a precautionary measure, examination of students of all classes from standard I to Class IX and XI have also been postponed till further orders in the […]

Coronavirus in Odisha
Coronavirus positive patient in Bhubaneswar: Govt clamps prohibitory orders, shuts malls, public places

Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported the first coronavirus case on Sunday. The 33-year-old student affected by COVID-19 returned from Italy and was admitted to Capital Hospital here after symptoms started showing. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar. Chief Spokesperson of the Odisha Government on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi, confirmed that the 33-yr-old patient […]

Top Tourist Sites In Odisha Close Doors To Visitors
Coronavirus: Top Tourist Sites In Odisha Close Doors For Visitors, Preventive Measures In Srimandir, Lingaraj

Bhubaneswar: Top tourist and religious sites in Odisha including Sun Temple in Konark and Shanti Stupa (peace pagoda) at Dhauli on Sunday shut their doors for visitors as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of novel-Coronavirus that has already claimed more than 5900 deaths globally. Similarly, a slew of restrictions have been imposed in […]

COVID19 infects Maharashtra in a big way, Odisha faces a huge threat!

Bhubaneswar: With Maharashtra recording a sharp 63 per cent rise in COVID-19 positive cases in a span of 24 hours, the rapid rise in the novel coronavirus count in this western State of the country holds a big threat to Odisha. The country’s largest commercial state is now emerging as the epicentre of COVID-19 cases. […]

Naveen declares COVID19 a Disaster, allocates Rs 200cr; but no thermal screening of devotees at Jagannath Temple!

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha government has declared the COVID-19 a State disaster, it seems the fight against the novel Coronavirus in State’s largest religious congregation place – Shri Jagannath Temple, one of the 4-Dhams in India- looks very listless. When the State has already invoked the Indian Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and Section 10 of […]

Fighting COVID19: Zomato launches 'Contactless' Food Delivery

Bhubaneswar: With the lethal novel Coronavirus winging faster spread in the country, and when WHO has asked to maintain a distance of 2-feet to avoid COVID-19 transmission, Country’s leading online catering service provider, Zomato, has announced some significant safety and hygiene measures to curb the spread of the pandemic disease. The founder of Zomato, Deepinder […]

27 Child Workers Rescued In Odisha While Being Trafficked To Andhra Pradesh

Bhadrak: Bhadrak Rural Police on Saturday rescued at least 27 children, including 17 minor girls from a house at Jitanaga village. It is suspected that all the rescued children were to be engaged as workers in a company in Andhra Pradesh. Acting on a tip-off, the police team conducted a raid and rescued the children […]

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Rourkela NIT Research Scholar Claims To Have Developed Coronavirus Screening App

Rourkela: As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world and countries like India are bracing up to fight the pandemic, screening of the infection is the most vital part of combating the infectious disease that has so far claimed more than 5000 lives globally. A research scholar in Rourkela has now claimed to have […]

COVID19 impact: Inflation rate will plunge to 2% by Dec 2020, says SBI Research

Bhubaneswar: When the novel Coronavirus, displaying no ‘Karuna’ is on infection spree globally, including India, here comes the COVID-19’s big  – somewhat positive- impact on the harassed common man on streets. The rate of inflation in the country is predicted to drop to mere 2 per cent by December 2020. From vegetables to eggs, fish […]

Survived Only On Fruits And Noodles: Odisha Techie Evacuated From Coronavirus-Hit Cruise Ship In Japan Recounts Horror

Berhampur: Stranded for nearly one and half months in a Coronavirus-hit cruise ship off Japan coast, Odia techie Shivasis Nayak finally returned to his hometown Berhampur post 14 days of quarantine period in Delhi. Speaking to OTV, Nayak said the survival conditions were tough on-board the cruise ship as the number of coronavirus positive cases […]

BMC To Snap Power And Water Supply Of Holding Tax Defaulters

Bhubaneswar: Taking cognizance of non-payment of pending holding taxes, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to go tough on such habitual defaulters. The civic body has decided to disconnect water and electricity supply of the defaulters who are yet to respond to notices shot to them to clear the pending holding taxes. In a letter […]

Odisha Woman saved From Train Mishap by RPF Constable Begins New Life

Bhubaneswar: They were strangers before they met by chance during a freak mishap at Bhubaneswar Railway Station. An RPF constable, who had saved the life of a soon-to-be-married woman from the jaws of death at Bhubaneswar railway station, became the special guest at her wedding. RPF constable Subrat Kumar Moharana recently attended the wedding of […]

Odisha Govt Implements COVID-19 Regulations With Immediate Effect

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet on Friday approved the Odisha Covid-19 Regulations 2020, a set of health advisory measures for immediate implementation at all level in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic across the globe. As per the directive, the State government has made it clear that ‘Empowered Officers’ – Director of Public Health, Director of Health […]

schoolsschools to shut down in Odisha
Odisha Govt To Shut Down Over 6300 Schools In State

Bhubaneswar: As many as 6,340 schools in Odisha with a strength of less than 20 students will soon be closed, a notification issued by the State School and Mass Education department over implementation guidelines for the policy of rationalisation and consolidation of schools has revealed. The notice stated that around 11,517 schools of the State […]

AAI to provide Rs 1 Crore to AIIMS
AAI To Provide Rs 1 Crore For Infra Upgradation Of Bhubaneswar AIIMS

Bhubaneswar: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will provide medical equipment worth Rs 1 crore to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar in order to strengthen the treatment facilities at the State’s premier hospital. Director of Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), Baruda Venkateswara Rao informed about the development saying that the AAI […]

Coronavirus In India: Country Reports First Death, Total Positive Cases 72

New Delhi: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging Indians not to panic, but stay vigilant to keep the coronavirus at bay, Thursday saw India withdrawing into a shell and fortifying its walls against the virus. It also witnessed first coronavirus death in Karnataka. A 76-year-old man, who had returned to Karnataka from Saudi Arabia about […]

RBI Allays Fears About Deposits In Pvt Banks Amid Row Over Srimandir Funds In Yes Bank

Bhubaneswar: At a time when opposition parties have turned the heat on the Odisha government for parking Sri Jagannath Temple funds in Yes Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday categorically stated that all depositors’ money is entirely safe in private banks. The clarification comes in the wake of media reports that some […]

GST Fraud Involving Rs 294 Crore Fake Invoices Busted In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The enforcement wing of the Commissionerate of GST and Commercial Tax on Thursday busted a major fraud in which fake invoices to the tune of Rs 294 were generated by 11 dealers in Bhubaneswar to evade GST. Two persons- Pramod Sahu and Vikash Sarogi have been arrested on the charges of generating fake invoices […]

Two Families Ostracised For Moving Court In Odisha

Bhadrak: Two families of Orali village under Tihidi block of Bhadrak district have been reportedly ostracised from the village and barred from utilising community facilities for last one month for taking legal route to settle a land-related dispute. The village heads have allegedly barred the two families of Bikram Behera and Rabindra Behera from speaking […]

Sensex plunges over 1,700 points, Nifty below 10,000

Mumbai: The BSE Sensex plummeted over 1,700 points on Thursday tracking similar cues in the global markets after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus as a global pandemic. All Asian indices also were trading in the red. WHO declared the disease a pandemic on Wednesday following which the Dow Jones Industrial Average also slumped […]

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New traffic fines: Over 23k e-challans issued in Odisha in 10 days

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Transport Offices(RTO) and the Police department have together issued 23,019 e-challans against violators of traffic rules across Odisha between March 1 and March 10. The RTOs across the State have issued 10,794 e-challans, of which 1340 e-challans have been issued for over speeding, 187 for using mobile phone while driving, 148 for […]