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Swami Vivekananda
Make Your Life -  The Swami Vivekananda Way!

Bhubaneswar: With the babalogs’ – from Ram Rahim, Asaram to our own backyard’s Sarathi baba – soap opera giving nightmarish moments to all and sundry, and when some masquerading as rationalists attack the foundation philosophy of religious spiritualism, in order to steer clear, men on streets need to listen to what Swami Vivekananda had said. […]

2 Home Guards Test COVID-19 Positive In Odisha, Sonepur Reports 4 More Positives

Berhampur: Two homes guards of Polasara Police station in Ganjam district tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Both home guards were reportedly on duty at Jagannathpur Railway station and also at a temporary medical centre set up for quarantine of returning migrants to Odisha. Two home guards as our frontline worriers of Polasara PS who […]

Union Health Minister Harsh-Vardhan
Union Health Min Harsh Vardhan Takes Charge As WHO Executive Board Chairman

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is at the forefront of India’s battle against COVID-19 pandemic, took charge as the chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board on Friday, officials said. Vardhan, who succeeded Dr Hiroki Nakatani from Japan, offered his condolences at the loss of lives due to the coronavirus pandemic across […]

Limits On Airfares Set In Seven Bands As Per Flight Durations: Civil Aviation Minister

New Delhi: Domestic flights resuming next week will be placed in seven categories on the basis of the journey’s duration, and limits will be set on fares, which would be in place till August 24, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. The minister said each band would have its specific lower and […]

Cyclone Amphan: LS Speaker, Top Party Leaders Offer Help To Odisha, WB

New Delhi: With less than 24 hours to go before cyclone Amphan makes landfall somewhere between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands Bangladesh (as per IMD forecast), Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla spoke to more than a dozen MPs from Odisha and West Bengal, and urged them to ensure all possible help to people […]

Centre upset after Kerala eases lockdown restriction
MHA's Fresh Order On Lockdown 4.0: States Cannot Dilute Restrictions

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has come up with a fresh order for the states and Union Territories (UTs) instructing them “not to dilute” its guidelines issued for the lockdown 4.0 that began from Monday for two more weeks till May 31. The guidelines were about the opening up of the […]

Odisha Govt Will Be Responsible If Any Migrant Dies Travelling Home On Foot: LoP Pradipta Naik

Bhubaneswar: As thousands of migrants and other daily wage labourers continue to set out on foot to return to their homes in Odisha from different States and many others exiting Odisha for their homeward journey amid the nationwide lockdown, Leader of the Opposition, Pradipta Naik today stated that the State government will be responsible for […]

E-Commerce Companies Likely To Resume Full Services From Monday

New Delhi: E-commerce companies are likely to resume full services across most parts of the country from Monday under the fourth phase of the lockdown that allows greater relaxations, although industry watchers say they are waiting for states’ decision on the matter. According to the latest Union Home Ministry’s order, “all other activities will be […]

Odisha Urges Centre To Temporarily Suspend 'Shramik Special' Trains Due To Cyclone Amphan

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government urged the Centre to temporarily suspend the running of ‘Shramik Special’ trains to the state’s coastal districts in view of the impending cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ that is likely to intensify from Sunday. The request was made by Chief Secretary AK Tripathy on Saturday during a video conference with Cabinet Secretary Rajiv […]

FM Sitharaman Announces Major Reforms In Coal Mining, 50 Blocks To Be Offered Soon

New Delhi: Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced major reforms in the mining of minerals through a seamless composite exploration-cum-production regime. FM Nirmala Sitharaman said to introduce competition, transparency and the private sector participation in the coal sector, the government would go for the revenue sharing mechanism instead of […]

US President Donald Trump
COVID-19 Crisis: US President Donald Trump Announces To Donate Ventilators to India

Washington: United States President Donald Trump has announced that the US will donate ventilators to India, moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”. India”s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 85,000 on Friday, surpassing China”s count of 82,933 confirmed cases. “I am […]

Odisha To Organise Camps To Help MSME Units Avail Benefit Of Centre's Package

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday decided to organise camps in industrial estates to spread awareness among MSME units about the economic package announced by the Centre for the sector. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A K Tripathy where it was observed that the Micro, Small and Medium […]

Hunger Crisis A Double Whammy For Migrants During COVID-19 Lockdown

Bhubaneswar: The episode of hunger crisis driving migrant exodus in India has all but exposed a gloomy picture of how COVID-19 is leaving an ineradicable dent in the economic condition of the poorest and the most vulnerable sections of society. Odisha, which has witnessed the worst migration scenario, has been in limelight for the record […]

Tribal Affairs Ministry Partners Facebook India To Skill 5K Youth

New Delhi: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook India on Friday launched a new initiative to digitally skill 5,000 tribal youth in the country. Called GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) programme, the initiative aims to enable scheduled tribe youth (called mentees in the programme) in remote areas use digital platforms for sharing their aspirations, […]

Zomato Lays Off 13% Workforce, Up To 50% Salary Cut For Rest

New Delhi: Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal on Friday announced to lay off nearly 13 per cent of its workforce — over 600 employees — via Zoom calls, along with salary cuts for the rest of the employees for at least the next six months starting June, with higher cuts […]

World Bank announces USD 1 billion social protection package for India

New Delhi: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $1 billion accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program to support India’s efforts at providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This takes the total commitment from the Bank towards emergency COVID-19 response in India […]

Badrinath Shrine Opens Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, No ‘Darshan’ For Devotees Permitted

Dehradun: The sacred portals of Badrinath were opened early on Friday with only a select group of priests and Devasthanam Board officials attending the low-key ceremony. The gates of the Himalayan temple were opened at 4.30 am by its chief priest Rawal Ishwari Prasad Nambudiri in the presence of a limited number of shrine board […]

Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump confirms pulling out US pension fund from China investments

Washington: US President Donald Trump has confirmed that his administration has asked for the withdrawal of billions of dollars in American pension fund investments in China and that other similar actions are under consideration. The US and China relations have deteriorated after the coronavirus outbreak. The US has expressed disappointment over Beijing’s handling of the […]

Coronavirus global updates
Over 25% Of UK Population Likely To Have Had COVID-19 Already, Finds Study

London: Over 25 per cent of people in Britain are likely to have had COVID-19 already, according to a study released on Thursday by the University of Manchester. Researchers from the University of Manchester, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Res Consortium used the published local authority data to assess the cumulative impact of infection […]

ELISA Kits Produced By Zydus Cadila Has 98% Sensitivity: ICMR

New Delhi: Four days after successfully developing the first indigenous anti-SARS-CoV-2A (COVID-19) human IgG ELISA test kit for antibody detection of the deadly virus, the ICMR on Thursday said that the first batch of the ELISA kits produced by Zydus Cadila has similar sensitivity and specificity of 98.7 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively. […]

Prithviraj Chavan
Cong Leader Prithviraj Chavan's Gold Appropriation Suggestion Draws Flak

Mumbai: Former BJP Lok Sabha MP Kirit Somaiya on Thursday lashed out at former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan for suggesting the Centre for ‘gold appropriation’ of golds lying with all religious trusts in India. He questioned whether Congress president Sonia Gandhi had asked Chavan to put forth this demand. Thereafter, he asked the Congress party […]

New COBAS 6800 Machine To Ramp Up COVID Tests To 1.2K In 24 Hrs: Health Minister

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday inaugurated COBAS 6800 testing machine at the National Centre for Disease Control. This is the first such machine procured by the government for testing for COVID-19 cases. In his address on the occasion, the Minister said: “NCDC has been now equipped with the COBAS 6800, a […]

CBSE Class 9, 11 Failed Students Get One Last Chance To Clear Exams

New Delhi: Students who have failed in class 9 and 11 will be given another opportunity to appear for school-based tests in view of the COVDI-19 crisis, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced. “The schools can conduct either online or offline exams for the failed class 9, 11 students. This one-time opportunity […]

Army examining proposal to induct civilians for 'Three Years Short Service'

New Delhi: In a transformational move, the Indian Army is considering a proposal to allow civilians including young working professionals to join the force for a three-year tenure as officers and in other ranks in diverse areas like logistics and front-line formations. Top military sources said the Army is also considering to induct personnel from […]

Indian Railways
Railways Cancel Bookings For Regular Trains Till June 30, Special Trains To Ply

New Delhi: Indian Railways on Thursday said that it has cancelled all bookings for train tickets made till June 30 and given full refunds, adding that Special and Shramik trains will ply as usual. Regular train services, including Mail, Express, Passenger, and Suburban have been cancelled, said a notification issued by Director, Passenger Marketing, Railway […]