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Odisha's Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak In COVID Red Zone, Khurda Slips To Orange Zone

Bhubaneswar: With the Centre extending the nationwide lockdown for two more weeks, relaxations will be granted to districts based on their risk profile. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare today came up with a fresh list of COVID-19 hot pockets, distinctly categorising them as Red, Orange and Green Zones for a focused management of […]

Bhubaneswar Airport Readies SOP To Resume Operations After COVID-19 Lockdown

Bhubaneswar: Even as uncertainty prevails whether the nation-wide lockdown will end on May 3 or get extended, Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar is preparing itself for resumption of operations after getting necessary approvals from the Centre. Bhubaneswar Airport Director V V Rao today informed that the resumption of flight services (domestic and international) is […]

Odisha govt urged to increase COVID-19 quarantine capacity ahead of migrant influx

Bhubaneswar: Apprehensions are being raised over Odisha government’s preparedness to tackle the influx of nearly 7 to 8 lakh people who are now stranded in different parts of the country due to the lockdown. Senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra on Thursday questioned the adequacy of quarantine facilities for nearly 10 lakh people who may return […]

Bhubaneswar Traders Confused, Reluctant To Open Shops Despite Considerable Relaxation

Bhubaneswar: Sensing a near-normalcy in the COVID-19 hub, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) after reviewing the situation on April 28 came up with a few relaxations in the lockdown norms that were earlier in place. Even though considerable relaxations have been made, the traders in the capital city seem to be hesitant to pull up […]

Students Should Stay Prepared For Exams Post Lockdown: Odisha Govt After UGC Guideline

Bhubaneswar: A day after the University Grants Commission (UGC) chalked out new guideline allowing Universities to chart out their own plan of action for conducting exams which were put on hold due to COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent nationwide lockdown, Odisha government today informed that the State might conduct exams any moment post lockdown after duly […]

COVID-19 Lockdown: First Lot Of Odia Migrants From Surat Reach Odisha After 60-Hour Journey

Ganjam: As many as 217 Odia migrants who were stuck in Gujarat’s Surat amid the nationwide lockdown following COVID-19 outbreak have finally arrived in Ganjam today after a journey of over 60 hours. As per reports, the first lot of stranded migrants from Surat boarded in four buses on Monday and reached Seragad and Dharakot […]

Corona virus
Odisha has lowest rate of COVID-19 positivity in India: State Govt

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Wednesday claimed that the state has the lowest rate of COVID-19 positivity in the country as it has registered only 0.4 per cent per 100 corona tests. National Health Mission, Odisha director Shalini Pandit during a media briefing here said, “We have only 0.4 per cent COVID-19 positivity against India’s average […]

Puri Rath Yatra Held Even During 1918 Flu Pandemic: Srimandir Servitors’ Body

Puri: As clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the annual Rath Yatra in Puri this year in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Daitapati Nijog (servitors’ body) of Srimandir today suggested that the Odisha government can organise the festival in a restricted manner. In a letter to CM Naveen Patnaik, the servitor […]

Lightning, Thunderstorm warning for Odisha on April 30, May 1!

Bhubaneswar: Lightning and norwesters have become a regular phenomenon in Odisha this April. As the month of April is giving way to May, the trend is lightning and thunderstorm phenomenons are being observed in more and more places every day in the State. On April 27, warnings were issued for 10 places. The number went […]

COVID count mounts up in Odisha, indicators under stress!

Bhubaneswar: The corona crisis in Odisha is getting bigger day by day. The rising count and footprint of COVID-19 in the State have put a stress on some basic corona indicators. The major trend observed today is doubling time in Odisha has shrunk to 11 days from 13 days in mid-April. Now, corona footprint is […]

Odisha plus 2 exam after COVID-19 lockdown
CHSE Exams After Covid-19 Lockdown Is Lifted, Awaiting Govt Decision: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: State School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash seemed optimistic today when he said that the department is ready to conduct the remaining of the Plus-II exams post the COVID-19 lockdown period. Dash, however, mentioned that the department is awaiting confirmation from the government in this regard. Reportedly, the Plus-II exams commenced on March […]

COVID-19 Spreads To 3 More Odisha Districts
COVID-19 Spreads To 3 More Odisha Districts, Tally Rises To 122

Bhubaneswar: The novel-Coronavirus has now spread its tentacles to three more districts of Odisha making it a total of 14 districts of the State which have recorded one or more COVID-19 cases. As per the data shared by Health and Family Welfare department, the three new cases have been detected today belong to Jharsuguda, Keonjhar […]

Suktel-river-bridge collapse
Suktel River Bridge In Bolangir Collapses, Two Labourers Killed

Bolangir: Two labourers engaged in the repair of a bridge over Suktel River in Patnagarh block of Bolangir district were killed after the structure collapsed today morning. Officials of district administration and local police have launched a rescue and search operation on the spot apprehending that some others might also be trapped inside the debris. […]

Odisha Plans Installation Of 3 Cobas-6800 To Scale Up COVID-19 Tests To 15000 Per Day

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government said it plans to procure three more Cobas-6800 machines for carrying out faster and effective testing of samples to detect COVID-19, an official said. The state presently has only one Cobas-6800 machine installed at the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar which conducts 800 tests every day. The lone Cobas machine […]

It couldn’t have been more cruel for April: Woman beats pregnant dog to death, complaint lodged

Bhubaneswar: Women are considered a harbinger of life as they are the humans who give birth. But the same women can become the agents of cruelty and killing, particularly in distressing times of Covid-19, is beyond comprehension. And more so, when the cruelty is inflicted on an animal that doesn’t have the power to resist, […]

Thunderstorm warning for 20 Odisha places till 7 PM!

Bhubaneswar: The months of April and May are considered as lightning months in Odisha. Reflecting the trend, when yesterday (Monday) only 10 places witnessed moderate thunderstorm activities, on Tuesday the warning of light thunderstorm has been hoisted for a high of 20 places in the State. How oft such thunderstorms are hitting Odisha is evident […]

Cyclone landfall between May 5 & 7, 45-55km/hr wind in coastal Odisha!

Bhubaneswar: Even as IMD has confirmed the evolution of first pre-monsoon cyclone in Bay of Bengal (BoB) this year, the country’s premier weather forecaster is yet to open its card on the date of landfall. The latest bulletin by IMD says, ” Low Pressure area is very likely to form over south Andaman Sea and […]

Odisha Reports 7 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 From Sundergarh, 3 From Bhadrak

Bhubaneswar: Seven people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Odisha on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the State to 118. Of the seven COVID-19 cases, four were reported from the western district of Sundergarh and three in the coastal district of Bhadrak. While the four cases in Sundergarh include two males […]

After IIC, Contractor’s Entry Into Puri Srimandir Despite Ban Sparks Fresh Row

Puri: Barely a week after an inspector-in-charge had stirred a controversy by entering Lord Jagannath temple amid the ongoing restrictions imposed in view of novel-Coronavirus, a contractor and his associate also reportedly entered the 12-century shrine despite strict restrictions. According to sources, the contractor along with another person visited the shrine yesterday for construction of […]

PM Modi CM Naveen discussion on COVID-19
Stranded Persons, COVID Testing Facilities CM Naveen's Priority

Bhubaneswar: As the lockdown 2.0 is due to end in a week’s time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a video conferencing with Chief Ministers to discuss the prevailing COVID-19 situation. According to sources, during the interaction, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik laid focus on taking care of stranded workers by respective States. The CM has […]

Odisha COVID count may cross 140-mark by May 3, 80 suspects in hospitals!

Bhubaneswar: The late surge of COVID-19 looks quite bothering for Odisha, when only 7 days are left for the lockdown 2.0 to make an exit on May 3. What is worrying is, as on today, nearly 80 COVID suspects have been admitted to Odisha’s 28 COVID hospitals along with a total of 72 confirmed COVID […]

Justice-Mohammad-Rafiq takes oath as Chief Justice Of Orissa High Court
Justice Mohammad Rafiq Takes Oath As Chief Justice of Orissa High Court

Bhubaneswar: Justice Mohammad Rafiq took oath as the 31st Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on Monday. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal at the Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Director General of Police Abhay, and prominent leaders of ruling and Opposition parties of […]

Eminent Dramatist-Playwright Bijay Mishra No More; Condolences Pour In

Bhubaneswar: Noted lyricist and screenwriter of Odisha, Bijay Mishra passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 83. A pioneer of modern theatre movement and playwright in Odia Film industry, Mishra was recipient of many accolades in the state as well as national level. He won the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award for his […]

Odisha going Dry? Rainy days only 70, dry at 280!

Bhubaneswar: Future tense for Odisha? Looks very likely. The trend of annual rainfall over a period of 30-years (1989-2018) in Odisha reveals big. Annual dry days in Odisha hovered at around 250-280 days; annual rainy days at only around 43-70 days. The IMD in its recent study on rainfall variability in Odisha documents a declining […]

April much cooler in Odisha's COVID hotspot districts!

Bhubaneswar: A significant weather observation has been observed in the month of April this year, especially when Odisha is battling with the growing  COVID-19 count. The COVID-19 crossed the century mark in Odisha on April 25. Moreover, when higher temperature is scientifically proven as a barrier to speedier transmission of virus, the big emerging fact […]