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Covid-19 Horror Returns, Odisha Govt Reimposes Old Restrictions   
Covid-19 Horror Returns, Odisha Govt Clamps Old Restrictions   

Bhubaneswar: Worried over resurgence in Covid-19 cases in several states, the Odisha government on Friday reinforced its earlier order passed on June 8, 2020 specifying strict guidelines for containment of Covid-19 spread in the State. “Reports have been received from some parts of the State about resurgence of the pandemic. It is thus imperative that […]

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Ghost Of Covid-19 Resurgence Haunts Odisha: Daily Caseload Crosses 100 Mark

Bhubaneswar: The fears of a Covid-19 resurgence started haunting Odisha on Friday when the daily positive tally in the State crossed the 100 mark after a hiatus of over a month. As many as 110 fresh cases have been detected in the State in the last 24 hours. With the inclusion of the new cases, […]

BJP's Naveen Niwas Walk Puts BJD on Toes, Brings Procurement Fiasco To Centerstage

Bhubaneswar: “Political life loves volatility” goes the saying. The power corridors in Odisha – from State Assembly to Naveen Niwas – witnessed the spectre of volatility on Thursday when the main opposition BJP launched a walkathon between the two edifices of Odisha politics. In order to upstage the marathon run by the ruling BJD – […]

History! Odisha CM Steps Out Of House, Agrees For Discussion With Opposition After High Drama

Bhubaneswar: Odisha witnessed a never-seen-before spectacle in its recent political history on Thursday when bowing to mounting Opposition pressure Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stepped out of the confines of his residence, Naveen Niwas and agreed for a discussion over the contentious anomalies in procurement of paddy in the State. As opposition BJP MLAs laid a […]

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Asian Weightlifting Gold Medalist From Odisha Is Now A Daily Wager!

Nabarangpur: Odisha Government’s tall claims of turning the State into the Sports capital of the country by pumping in crores of rupees in establishing State-of-the-art infrastructure seems to be a laughing stock if one looks at the ground reality of how administrative negligence has forced many a talented sportsperson from the State into oblivion. One […]

COVID19: Odisha Will Take 9-long Years For Herd Immunity At Current Vaccination Rate

Bhubaneswar: With the novel coronavirus refusing to lie down, instead of getting even more contagious with the new strains, the anxiety that grips every mind is when will m turn to take the vaccine to come? As per the latest data, to date, a total of 10.42 lakh people in Odisha have taken the first […]

Odisha Govt Mulls 10% Quota For Students Of State-Run Schools, BJP Reminds OBC Quota!
Odisha Govt To Conduct Remedial Classes For Standard 1 To 8 In New Session

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha School and Mass Education department on Tuesday issued a formal circular informing that all students from standard 1 to 8 will be promoted to the next class without any exam for the academic session 2020-21.  The government in the notification has however announced a major relief for the students from the new […]

EC Whistles Odisha's Pipili Bye-poll Battle: It's Advantage BJD Vs Resurgent BJP

Bhubaneswar: With the Election Commission of India announcing the poll dates for the bye-elections to the Pipili assembly constituency, Odisha is all set to witness another spectacular political battle soon. As per the ECI notification, the bye-election to the assembly constituency in Odisha will be held on April 17, and the counting will be taken […]

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Doctor-Population Ratio 2020: Odisha Needs 43.6k Docs, Has Only 26K

Bhubaneswar: Notwithstanding the pandemic push for the registration of new doctors in Odisha, the State is witnessing an acute shortage of allopathic doctors. An estimate puts the requirement of doctors in the State at 43,609 as against the current number of 26,924 if Odisha has to meet the national average of doctor to population ratio. […]

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Odisha Issues Fresh Guidelines Amid Threat of New Covid Strain

Bhubaneswar: Amid fresh spike in the cases of Covid-19 in various States like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, the Odisha Government has alerted people with fresh guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus with its new strain which is said to be more dangerous and highly contagious than the older one. In an […]

Revealed: Why Odisha Govt Buried Biju Yuva Vahini In Infancy?

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Odisha government inaugurated the birth of Biju Yuva Vahini in a grand way just 3-years ago, the home-truth to the fore now is the pet child of the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government has become the victim of U-5 child mortality in the State recently. The Youth and Sports Services Minister Tusharkanti […]

Deadlock In Odisha Assembly: Speaker Calls For All-Party Meeting Once Again
Odisha Assembly Proceedings Stalled As Ruckus Continues

Bhubaneswar: All transactions in the Odisha Assembly have been stalled on Monday for third consecutive day due to protest and counter protests by the members of Opposition and treasury benches in the well of the House. Soon after the House reassembled for the day, Opposition Congress and BJP stormed into the well and created heavy […]

Explained: What Compels CM Naveen Patnaik To Go For COVID19 Address To State?

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Covid-19 count in Odisha has been remaining below the 100-mark for the last 33-days, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s address to the people of State urging them to strictly adhere to the pandemic appropriate behaviour assumes significance. “For your cooperation, the corona situation in the State is well under control. The pandemic […]

Buildings Of Holding Tax Defaulters To Be Sealed: BMC

Bhubaneswar: Amid protests to revoke the hike in holding tax, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation on Sunday informed that buildings of the tax defaulters will be sealed. In a letter to the all zonal deputy commissioners (ZDCs), the BMC directed to initiate certificate cases, under the OPDR Act 162, against all the defaulters. “Steps may also […]

Odisha Unemployment Fact Check: No jobs For Over 45 Lakh Youth, 4th Highest in Country

Bhubaneswar: It’s official now. Odisha figured prominently in the country with high job losses during the lockdown period. The State is ranked among the top-5 states in the country in the table. This comes up as a top-up shocker for the State when Odisha had been ranked among the top-5 states in the country with […]

No Exams For Class 1-8 Students, New Academic Session May Not Start From April: Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today said that schools will not reopen in the State and all students from class 1 to class 8 will be promoted without any exam. The State government is reportedly mulling to take the decision to promote class 1-8 students in view of the recent […]

Suicide Bid By BJP MLA In Odisha Assembly: BJD Demands Apology 

Bhubaneswar: The legislators of the ruling-BJD on Saturday demanded unconditional apology from BJP MLA Subash Panigrahi who attempted to kill self by consuming hand sanitiser under the premises of Odisha Assembly yesterday. The BJD MLAs and Ministers today trooped into the Well of the House and raised slogans stating that they will not let the […]

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Odisha BJP MLA Attempts Suicide In Assembly Over Govt's 'Apathy' Towards Farmers

Bhubaneswar: In a shocking incident, a BJP legislator in the Odisha Assembly attempted to end his life alleging the State government’s failure in resolving various issues related to the agrarian distress in the State like mismanagement at mandis, irregularities in paddy procurement, including the token system, on Friday. BJP MLA from Deogarh, Subash Chandra Panigrahi […]

Odisha Assembly: Opposition Vents ‘Paddy Procurement’ Ire On Govt, House Adjourned Till 4 PM

Bhubaneswar: The second phase of the Budget session of Odisha Assembly began on a stormy note on Friday with Opposition BJP and Congress creating ruckus in the House over paddy procurement. The Opposition accused the Odisha government of betrayal for not implementing the decision taken in the all-party meeting to address the problems of the […]

Odisha: MBBS Student Alleges Ragging By Seniors At VIMSAR, Probe Begins
Odisha: MBBS Student Alleges Ragging By Seniors At VIMSAR, Probe Begins

Sambalpur: The anti-ragging cell of Veer Surendra Sai Institute Of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla on Friday launched a probe after a student of the institute alleged ragging by seniors. According to initial reports, a second year MBBS student reported the ragging incident during visit of the anti-ragging squad of the medical college to […]

Odisha Budget session's second phase from today, Oppn set to corner state govt
Odisha Budget Session's Second Phase From Today, Oppn Set To Corner State Govt

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are set to corner the Biju Janata Dal government over several issues during the second phase of the Budget session beginning on Friday. The second phase is scheduled to continue till April 9 with all Covid-19 precautionary measures in place. The opposition parties have chalked […]

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Maha Shivaratri 2021 In Pictures: Odisha Dips In Devotion With Covid Caution

Bhubaneswar: The auspicious festival of Maha Shivaratri is being celebrated across Shiva shrines in Odisha amid strict Covid-19 restrictions. According to reports, devotees are thronging famous Shiva temples like Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar, Lokanath temple in Puri under strict Covid protocols while pandemic restrictions have been enforced at many other shrines in the State. […]

Countdown For Next Odisha DGP Begins: 4 Top Cops In Race
Countdown For Next Odisha DGP Begins: 4 Top Cops In Race

Bhubaneswar: With the high-level IPS reshuffle having been undertaken by the Odisha government recently, a hunt for the next DGP of Odisha has already begun. “Since the incumbent DGP Abhay is due for retirement in June this year, his succession plan is already underway at the highest level. The Chief Secretary will be meeting soon […]

Scuffle Between Jagannath Temple Police
Odisha: SJTA Plans To Augment Corpus Fund Of Puri Srimandir To Rs 1000 Cr

Puri: Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has set a target for enhancing corpus fund of Puri Srimandir to Rs 1000 crore by 2023. Since earning from bank interest is not sufficient, other measures like putting up Srimandir donation boxes (hundis) at airports, railway stations and other important places will be undertaken, said SJTA Chief Administrator […]

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Similipal Fire: Bhanja Sena Observes 9-Hour Mayurbhanj Bandh Protesting Administrative Failure

Baripada: Alleging lackadaisical approach by the Odisha government and forest department, the Bhanja Sena, a local outfit on Wednesday is observing nine-hour Mayurbhanj shutdown in protest against the government’s failure in gaining control over the forest flames in Similipal biosphere reserve for over a fortnight. The impact of the bandh has been felt across the […]

Odisha Gives Two Hoots To SC Guidelines, Shunts Out Senior Cop Sudhanshu Sarangi Early

Bhubaneswar: In a hasty, but not unexpected, move, the Odisha government on Monday reverted seasoned cop and former police commissioner of Twin City Sudhanshu Sarangi, to his old post as CMD Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHW) which he had held nearly a decade ago. By tossing the top cop of Twin City to […]

Minor Tribal Girl Gang-Raped In Jajpur; OISF Cook Among 4 Held

Jajpur: Even as the world celebrated women’s day with much pomp and grandeur on Monday, a minor tribal girl was allegedly gang-raped by four men the previous night. The victim, a college student from Duburi area in Jajpur district, was on her way to collect scholarship money from a private company at Kaliapani area in […]

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Wildfire Across Odisha In Lens

Bhubaneswar: Even though the Odisha government has constituted a high level task force to contain raging forest fire across the State, the blaze continues to devour large tract of forests in several areas in almost all districts of Odisha. Forest and fire services personnel along with locals are finding it tough to douse the raging […]

FDI To Odisha Up 27% In Pandemic Year!

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has seemingly netted good in the pandemic year. The State has received a higher order of FDI dose despite a string of lockdowns and shutdowns. As per the Union Ministry of Finance, Odisha had received FDI inflow worth $16.58 million during the period of April- November 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic was ruling […]

Naveen Forms Mission Shakti Dept: A Reality Check On SHGs In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With the growth of women-led Self Help Groups (WSHGs) having stagnated in Odisha, it seems Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in order to fix the plaguing ills in the SHG movement has recently come up with a new panacea – an exclusive department called Mission Shakti. The numbers tell a shocking tale of the SHG […]

International Women's Day: From Kitchen To Enterprise, These Women In Odisha Are Scripting Transformation
International Women's Day: From Kitchen To Enterprise, These Women In Odisha Are Scripting Transformation

Kendrapara/Ganjam: Traditionally, the life of women in rural India revolves around working in the fields or confined to household chores. Moreover, social responsibilities, unfavourable economic conditions and subjugation to a patriarchal order are the many challenges they face on a daily basis. However, a group of Muslim women from Kendrapara district and Gitanjali Tripathy of […]

International Women's Day: 61% Mothers in Odisha Anaemic, 63% Inpatients Are Women!

Bhubaneswar: Even as the world will be observing the International Women’s Day on March 8 with the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” are the women who constitute nearly half of the population of Odisha are hale enough to lead the society? The statistics, however, graph a shocker for […]

Covid-19 Test Lapses At VSSUT: Pvt Firm Junks Odisha Govt's 'Faulty Kits' Claim
Covid-19 Test Lapses At VSSUT: Pvt Firm Junks Odisha Govt's 'Faulty Kits' Claim

Sambalpur: In a fresh twist to the Covid-19 test lapses at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) in Sambalpur, a private firm on Sunday claimed that the test kits supplied by it for detection of SARS-CoV2 were not defective. The Delhi-based kit manufacturing company, Oscar Medicare Pvt Ltd, performed live demo of the kits […]

Weather Warning: Heat Wave To Sweep Half Of Odisha In March Last Week!

Bhubaneswar: Half of Odisha will be going to feel the heat towards the end of the current month (March). As there will be no significant weather pattern over the north-west India, hot and dry winds will blow to Odisha from March 19 onwards, only to make the State hotter than the rest of India. As […]

Bhubaneswar: Youth Chased, Hacked To Death At CRP Square In Broad Daylight

Bhubaneswar: In a shocking incident, a pick-up van driver was chased by a group of miscreants who hacked him to death with sharp weapons in broad day-light at the busy CRP square on Saturday. The ghastly street crime has nevertheless reaffirmed the notoriety Odisha’s capital city has earned as a crime capital of late, raising […]

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Odisha: Stop Bulldozing Heritage On Pretext Of Development, Urges MP Aparajita

Bhubaneswar: BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi on Saturday urged the State Government not to bulldoze and demolish heritage structures in the periphery of monuments during beautification drives across the State. “Many heritage structures have been demolished during the recently carried out heritage corridor development work. Conservation of heritage and development should go together within rules,” said […]

Odisha: Is The Arcelor Mittal MoU Signing Perfectly Timed?

Bhubaneswar: Former Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau had once very seriously said ‘The essential ingredient of politics is timing.’ Quirky it may sound but the germane Canadian strategy was today apparently seen getting germinated in the political soils of Odisha when BJD biggies during the celebration of Biju Jayanti showcased, in a big way, […]

Lead Fundraising Drive For Puri Srimandir Development, Dharmendra Urges Gajapati

Bhubaneswar: In the lines of mass fund collection drive (Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan) for Ram Temple In Ayodhya, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Puri King to launch and lead a similar kind of drive for the development of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri. In a letter to Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb, Pradhan urged that […]

Anubhav-Varsha Marital Discord: Actress Files Fresh Complaint Against In-Laws
Anubhav-Varsha Divorce Case: SC Orders Transfer Of Petition From Delhi To Cuttack

New Delhi/Cuttack: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the transfer of a petition filed by actor-turned BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty at the Patiala House Court In New Delhi seeking a divorce from his actress wife Varsha Priyadarshini to the family court in Cuttack. Anubhav had filed the divorce petition at the Patiala House Court on […]

Anjana Mishra Gangrape Case: CBI Recreates Crime Scene With Biban Biswal In Barang
Anjana Mishra Gang Rape Case: CBI Recreates Crime Scene With Biban Biswal In Barang

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday morning took Biban alias Bibekananda Biswal, the prime accused in the sensational 1999 Anjana Mishra gangrape case, to the crime spot to recreate the incident. A team of CBI and local police officials took Biban to the crime spot in Barang area under Chandaka Police Station […]