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Flashback 2020: Countless Days Of Fear & Fury As Odisha Battles Covid-19 Pandemic

By Devbrat Patnaik Infamous among many as the ‘Chinese’ virus – the lethal Covid-19 made its way into Odisha from Italy via New Delhi in March this year. Nine months into the outbreak of the pandemic in the State, and all eyes are now on the new UK variant genome knocking at the doors of […]

Sonepur winter
Cold Wave Sweeps Across Odisha, Colder Days And Nights Ahead; See Pics

Bhubaneswar: Odisha continued to reel under intense cold wave as temperature remained below 10 degree Celsius in many parts of the State and is expected to fall further in the coming two days. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar on Thursday predicted that minimum temperature across Odisha might fall by 2 to 3 degree Celsius […]

Cinema Redux: No Hike In Ticket Price, Safety Of Moviegoers Topmost Priority
Odisha: Unlock 8 Guidelines Announced, Cinema Halls, Theatres Allowed To Open

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Wednesday issued its Unlock-8 guidelines for the month of January. As per the order, cinema halls and theatres will be opened with 50 per cent capacity. “Cinema halls, theatres shall be allowed to open with up to 50% of capacity and operate as per SOP issued by the Government of India/ […]

Central Nod For Rs 3K Crore Paradip Port Infra Development Projects

Paradip: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the project for deepening and optimisation of inner harbour facilities including development of Western Dock at Paradip Port to handle cape size vessels. The Western Dock will be developed on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) […]

Leaving Covid-19 Shadow Behind Odia Writers Foresee New Literary Horizons In 2021

If 2020 was the year when the literary world was hit by a global pandemic, a host of eminent writers and litterateurs in Odisha feel 2021 will be the year to bounce back and touch new heights. No matter how 2020 treated the literary fraternity in the State, now is a great time to reset […]

Odia Music Maestro Shantanu Mohapatra No More
Odia Music Maestro Shantanu Mohapatra No More

Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia music director Shantanu Mohapatra passed away at a private hospital here on Wednesday. He was 85. Mohapatra lost his long battle with acute pneumonia and kidney ailment at 12.30 am, informed Kousik Mohapatra, son of the legendary music director. A multi-talented artist of Odisha, Mohapatra was associated with Odia music industry for […]

Odisha's Untraceable UK Returnees: BMC Forms Six Search Teams

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday formed six especial search teams to trace and contact the 62 UK returnees who are still ‘untraceable’ following their arrival in the city. The ‘untraceable’ UK returnees are believed to have been spread across 18 districts in the State, of which a majority are in Bhubaneswar, said […]

6 UK Returnees' Samples Carry Mutant Covid-19 Variant

New Delhi: The samples of six UK returnees in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune have been found to be positive with the new variant genome, the central government said on Tuesday, adding that they have been kept in a single-room-isolation in designated healthcare facilities. The British government had recently announced that the newly identified strain of […]

Winter Alert: Cold Wave Conditions To Further Intensify In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: There seems to be no respite from chilly winter in Odisha as of now, as the Regional Meteorological Centre here has forecast intensification of cold wave conditions from tomorrow. The minimum temperature is likely to dip by 1-2 degrees over the coastal belt of Odisha during the next two days, while mercury levels are […]

Mutant Covid-19 Strain: 62 UK Returnees Go ‘Untraceable’ In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As many as 62 travellers, who returned to Odisha from the United Kingdom recently, have reportedly gone untraceable. The disappearance of the UK returnees has sent alarm bells ringing among health officials and the authorities engaged in the battle against Covid-19 especially in the background of fears that some of them might be carrying […]

Odisha Congress Leader Narasingha Mishra Admitted To Hospital

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Narasingha Mishra has been rushed to a private hospital after he fell unconscious during a demonstration here on Monday. As per preliminary reports, Mishra complained of chest pain soon after delivering a speech in front of the CBI office in the capital city. Following the incident, other Congress […]

Odisha Winter
WINTER SCENES IN PICS: Nights, Early Mornings Get Chillier In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Winter has set in, and parts of Odisha continue to remain under a blanket of fog in early hours of the day and late evenings, throwing normal life out of gear. Night temperature in interior areas of the State have dipped below normal. As per the forecast of IMD’s regional meteorological centre in Bhubaneswar, […]

Hockey Star Namita Toppo Receives 28th Ekalabya Puraskar

Bhubaneswar: International Odia Hockey player Namita Toppo was on Sunday honoured with the 28th prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for the year 2020 for her outstanding performance in the national and international level. She received a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh along with a citation at a low key ceremony held here in strict adherence to […]

Lingaraj Temple Reopens: Know Details Before Visiting The 11th Century Shrine

Bhubaneswar: After almost nine months, Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar reopened today. Initially, the family members of the servitors have been allowed to have darshan of the deity till December 31, while the devotees will be allowed from January 6, 2021. A day before the entry of devotees into the 11th century shrine, Fire Services personnel […]

BJD B-Day: Naveen Plays Women’s ‘Reservation’ To Counter Opposition’s Women’s ‘Safety’

Bhubaneswar: True to his penchant for delivering one-liners to the party rank and file on every foundation day since 2015, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik’s 2020 one-liner is ‘Fight for Women Reservation (or say empowerment)’. With the urban polls round the corner, he exhorted the BJD cadres to make this fight of BJD […]

Odisha Govt Clears Investment Projects Worth Rs 6443.32 Crore
Suresh Mahapatra Odisha’s New Chief Secretary: A Coy But Marathoner Bureaucrat

Bhubaneswar: The elevation of senior IAS officer Suresh Chandra Mahapatra to the hot seat of Chief Secretary (CS) of Odisha has no such drama unlike last year (August 2019), when State government appointed Asit Tripathy as the new CS bypassing the then senior most IAS officer Gagan Dhal, whose retirement was due on January 2020. […]

Odisha: 4-Year-Old UK Returnee Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A four-year-old child, who had recently returned to Bhubaneswar from the United Kingdom (UK) has tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said on Friday. As per reports, the girl along with her parents had returned to Odisha from UK on December 20. Though the COVID-19 reports of the girl’s parents stated negative, she has […]

Scaled-Down Christmas In Bhubaneswar: How Capital’s Biggest Churches Are Celebrating 2020 Fest

Bhubaneswar: A lethal pandemic this year has, for sure, dampened the true Christmas joy among the worshippers to some extent, but the festive fervour remains the same on the solemn occasion. The uncertain times everyone has gone through in the past few months has forced majority to adapt to new normal keeping in view the […]

Odisha: Preliminary Figures Show Around 45 Passengers Landed From UK Since Nov 25

Bhubaneswar: With Odisha becoming the eleventh State in the country where a UK returnee had tested Covid-19 positive till Wednesday, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Airport Authority officials here to furnish the number of returnees from UK who had landed in the State during the last 30 days (before December 23). Informed […]

Covid-19 India Update
Odisha: Is The UK Returnee Carrying New Mutant COVID-19 Strain?

Bhubaneswar: The swab samples a 34-year-old man, who tested positive for COVID-19 following his return from the United Kingdom (UK) on December 18, has been sent to a laboratory in Pune for genome sequencing. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner, Prem Chandra Chaudhary on Thursday said that genome sequencing becomes imperative to ascertain if the […]

IN PICS: Cold Wave Intensifies, Yellow Warning Issued For Several Odisha Districts

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha slowly moves towards the peak winter, cold wave conditions have intensified too with the mercury plummeting to below 10 degrees Celsius in the interior regions of the State. Light frost is expected at some areas of Phulbani district in next few days where night temperature has seen a significant drop over the […]

Mutant Coronavirus Scare: UK Returnee Tests Positive In Odisha
Mutant Coronavirus Scare: UK Returnee Tests Positive In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A 34-year-old man, who recently returned from the United Kingdom, has been tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. According to the information shared by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), the man who reached Bhubaneswar from UK on December 18 tested positive for the virus at a private laboratory. The civic body added that the […]

New Covid-19 Strain: UK Returnee Identified In Bhubaneswar, Asked To Remain In Quarantine

Bhubaneswar: Amid growing concern over the detection of a more contagious strain of Coronavirus in the United Kingdom, a man, who has recently flown in from the European country, has been identified in Bhubaneswar. He has been asked to stay in home quarantine, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhury informed. The UK returnee […]

Puri Srimandir Reopens, Check Guidelines and arrangements for devotees
Odisha: SJTA Issues Mandatory SOPs As Puri Jagannath Temple Reopens Its Doors For Devotees

Puri: As Srimandir – the abode of the Mahaprabhu Jagannath – reopens after a nine-month shutdown, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in Puri on Wednesday issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be followed by servitors and devotees coming to catch a glimpse of the Supreme Lord and His siblings. Special arrangements and guidelines […]

Puri Srimandir Reopens, Check Guidelines and arrangements for devotees
Puri Srimandir Reopens Amid Strict Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Puri: The Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri reopened from today after more than nine months. The Srimandir was closed since March 20 owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown. Only the servitors and their families will be allowed darshan today and the next two days. The residents of Puri town will get […]

Killer Had Raped The Minor Girl After Strangulating Her: Arun Bothra

Bhubaneswar: A day after arresting the accused in the sensational murder of a five-year-old girl at Jadupur village in Nayagarh in July this year, SIT chief Arun Bothra on Tuesday said that the killer had raped the girl after strangulating her to death. Addressing a press conference at the Commissionerate Police headquarters to reveal the […]

Border Dispute: Devoid Of Basic Amenities, Odisha Villagers Inclining Towards AP!

Paralakhemundi: Amid the ongoing border dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha government, the curious case of Manikpatana under Rayagad block of Gajapati district has now caught the attention of the administration as reports suggest that despite being under the revenue map of Odisha, the village is de facto governed by the neighbouring AP government. What’s […]

SIT Chief Arun Bothra
SIT Has Sufficient Evidence Against 'Pari' Murder Accused: Arun Bothra

Nayagarh: A day after arresting one person in the sensational kidnapping and murder of five-year-old Nayagarh girl ‘Pari’, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Odisha Crime Branch on Monday has clarified that it has sufficient evidence against the arrestee, who is the prime accused in the ghastly crime. “The SIT has acquired sufficient evidence against […]

Winter Grips Odisha; Season's First Snowfall At Daringbadi, Phulbani Shivers At 4 Degree Celsius
In Pics: Winter Grips Odisha; Season's First Snowfall At Daringbadi, Phulbani Shivers At 4 Degree Celsius

Bhubaneswar: There seems to be no let up to the cold wave condition as mercury continues to dip at several places in the State. According to the regional MeT office in Bhubaneswar, 10 cities in Odisha recorded temperature below 10 degree Celsius on Sunday. While Phulbani emerged the coldest with the minimum temperature going down […]

train derail
Odisha: Elephant Mowed Down By Puri-Surat Express, Train Engine Derails

Sambalpur: In a tragic incident, a tusker was killed after it was run over by Puri-Surat Express train near Bhabanipali between Hatibari and Maneswar Railway stations under Sambalpur division late last night. As many as six wheels of the train engine derailed following the accident. However, passengers on-board and the railway crew members including the […]

Pari Murder Case: SIT Arrests 1, To Produce In Court Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Odisha Crime Branch has made a major breakthrough by arresting one person for his alleged involvement in the sensational abduction and subsequent murder of five-year-old Nayagarh girl ‘Pari’. Through a press release, the SIT confirmed that the arrestee is a resident of Jadupur in Nayagarh district, which is […]

Justice For Pari: BJP Launches 5-Day Padyatra Demanding CBI Probe, Ouster Of Minister Arun Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: Demanding the arrest of the culprits behind the abduction and brutal murder of Nayagarh girl ‘Pari at the earliest and ouster of State Minister Arun Sahoo for his alleged involvement in shielding the main accused of the case, the Odisha unit of BJP today launched a five-day-long ‘padyatra’ from Bhubaneswar on Sunday. The protest […]

BJP protest for Pari
Justice For Pari: Odisha BJP's 5-Day Long Padayatra From Bhubaneswar Today

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its protest demanding justice for the five-year-old Nayagarh girl Pari, who was abducted and later murdered, Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Patry (BJP) will launch its five-day long ‘padyatra’ from the capital city today. As per schedule, the padyatra will begin from Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar. The party leaders and activists will reach […]

Pari Murder Case: Recommend Probe By A Central Agency, NCPCR To Odisha Govt

Bhubaneswar: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has found several discrepancies in the primary investigation conducted by Odisha Police in the alleged kidnapping and subsequent rape and murder of Pari, the five-year-old girl from Nayagarh district whose skeletal remains were found almost 10 days after she went missing from her village in the […]

Nayagarh Minor Girl Murder: Arrested Accused Is A Minor, POCSO Rejects NARCO Test Appeal
'Pari' Murder Case: SIT Picks Up Saroj Sethi, Two Of His Family Members

Bhubaneswar: In a major development into the investigation of the abduction and murder case of a five-year-old Nayagarh girl, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Saturday picked up one Saroj Sethi from Jadupur village in the district. Sources said the investigation team also took Sethi’s mother and sister reportedly for a health checkup at the […]

Covid-19: Lords See Income Dip; Jagannath Temple Loss At Rs 10 Cr, Lingaraj’s Rs 8 Cr
Covid-19: Lords See Income Dip; Jagannath Temple Loss At Rs 10 Cr, Lingaraj’s Rs 8 Cr

Bhubaneswar: Even as the doors of the Lord of the Universe (Jagannath) are going to get unlocked for general devotees after over 270-days of lockdown on the coming Wednesday, the pandemic of novel Coronavirus, termed by many in Puri as the Kalapahar of this century, has rendered this one among the top-10 prosperous temples in […]

Puri Srimandir Out Of Bounds For Most Devotees: Covid Test Cost Goes High, Footfall Goes Down
Puri Jagannath Temple To Reopen On December 23, General Public Darshan From Jan 3

Puri: After almost a nine-month hiatus, the confirmation by Puri district administration on reopening of Jagannath Temple has created an atmosphere of excitement and joy among the devotees across the State. The abode of the Supreme Lord, Puri Srimandir will reopen on December 23, Collector Balwant Singh informed on Friday. The announcement comes days after […]

Odisha Brown Sugar Bangladesh Link
Suspected Police-Mafia Nexus Behind Brown Sugar Trade In Odisha!

Balasore: While on many occasions an alleged nexus between police and drug mafia has put the former in a fix in Odisha, the recent arrest of a Bangladeshi resident staying at Balasore jail barrack under the custody of police, who was found in possession of the contraband item has once again hinted at police-mafia deep links. […]

In COVID Management, Odisha Slips Behind North East, Bihar And UP: SBI
In COVID Management, Odisha Slips Behind North East, Bihar And UP: SBI

Bhubaneswar: Notwithstanding Odisha government going gung-ho over the Ganjam Covid-19 management model to showcase how skilfully the State had controlled the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the State, the bitter home-truth is that Odisha has been ranked lower than the North-eastern states, including Assam, Bihar and UP in the management of Covid-19 pandemic across states in […]

Nayagarh Minor Girl Murder: Arrested Accused Is A Minor, POCSO Rejects NARCO Test Appeal
Pari Murder Case: 'Arun Bothra Offered Me Rs 5 Lakh To Take Blame'

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Odisha Crime Branch submitted an affidavit to the Orissa High Court mentioning that Pari was raped before being killed, serious allegations have been levelled against senior IPS officer and SIT chief Arun Bothra investigating the abduction and murder of the 5-year-old girl. Sources quoting the […]