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PPE Kit Scam: Vigilance Probe Ordered By Odisha Lokayukta
PPE Kit Scam: Vigilance Probe Ordered By Odisha Lokayukta

The Lokayukta has directed Vigilance Probe into the alleged irregularities in procurement of COVID19 PPE kits and masks. The Lokayukta has also asked the Vigilance Director, to submit report within two months of receiving the notice for the probe. The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for February 15, 2021. A hearing in connection with the alleged scam took place in the Lokayukta office.

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After Amazon, Pinterest In Trouble For Online Sale Of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad
After Amazon, Pinterest In Trouble For Online Sale Of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad

After Amazon, Pinterest has landed in trouble over a post regarding online sale of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad. The Puri Temple servitors have filed a complaint against Pinterest after a post related to the sale of Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad surfaced on its platform. Pinterest, a popular social media site, is now under scanner after the complaint. Earlier, a similar complaint was filed against Amazon for selling Lord Jagannath’s Nirmalya or dry prasad online.

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Bharat Bandh: Voices Of Protesters From Odisha
Bharat Bandh: Voices Of Protesters From Odisha

The farmers all over the country are observing Bharat Bandh protesting the new farm laws. With the nation-wide protests affecting normal life, let us hear the voices of protestors from Odisha. The impact of the protests was also seen in Bhubaneswar, with protestors blocking key entry points of the city. The protestors are confident that the Bharat Bandh would highlight their issues and force the government to listen.

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Bharat Bandh Disrupts Normal Life In Odisha
Bharat Bandh Disrupts Normal Life In Odisha

Roads blocked, traffic movement affected and normal life disrupted during the nation-wide Bandh today. Protesting against the new farm laws enacted by the Central Government, Farmer Unions supported by several political parties are staging a nation-wide Bandh from 11 AM to 3 PM today.  

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Rattled By Naxal Violence, Odisha Villagers Fight Back
Rattled By Naxal Violence, Odisha Villagers Fight Back

With unending violence rattling their everyday peace, villagers decide to fight back. These villagers belong to the Swabhiman Anchal under Malkangiri district. Living in the Maoist hotbed, these villagers have remained terror-stricken for long. Finally, these villagers, mainly from the Panasput and Jodamba villages have decided to take matters in their own hands. Armed with traditional weapons like bows & arrows, axes, daggers and sticks, hundreds of tribals have geared up to safeguard their villages from the threat of Maoists.

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75 Years Old & Sill Carving A Living From Stones
75 Years Old & Sill Carving A Living From Stones

Meet Sahid Imam, a 72 year-old stone sculptor, from the Saluapali village of Ganjam District. Despite being unable to walk properly due to old age, Imam manages to gather all his strength to carve a living from these stones. Unable to see clearly, Imam never misses a stroke while carving these stones to create daily household items. At an age where, most people retire and rest, Imam continues to work hard for living.

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Nature Lover: Odisha Man Transforms His Betel Shop
Nature Lover: Odisha Man Transforms His Betel Shop

This betel shop in Hatapada area under Mayurbhanj district is quite different from the rest. This betel shop is run by Nabaghana Behera. It is also popularly known as “Babu Bhai Betel shop” and looks quaint with a little garden of its own. This betel shop is a reflection of Babu Bhai’s deep love for nature.

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Odisha Makes Helmet Mandatory For Pillion Riders | OTV News
Odisha Makes Helmet Mandatory For Pillion Riders | OTV News

Odisha has now made helmet mandatory for two-wheeler pillion riders. Odisha State Transport Department (STA) informed about the decision through a tweet. The Odisha State Transport Department said that the driving license will be suspended if both the rider and the pillion rider are found without helmets.

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Odisha Divyang Girls’ Fight For Survival On Bhubaneswar Streets | OTV News
Odisha Divyang Girls’ Fight For Survival On Bhubaneswar Streets | OTV News

There is an unassuming tea stall which crops up every day at 5 AM near Madhusudhan Park in Bhubaneswar. At first glance, this tea stall run by two girls seems quite ordinary. But a closer look reveals that the tea stall is more than just a makeshift business. It is an attempt by two divyang girls to become financially independent.

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Odisha Girl Takes Her Passion For Paintings To Instagram | OTV News
Odisha Girl Takes Her Passion For Paintings To Instagram | OTV News

Armed with a paint brush and paper, this girl from Malkangiri has proved that it is possible to weave magic on a canvas. Meet, Reba Biswas, a tribal girl from MPV-51 Village in Malkangiri district. Daughter of Ganesh Chandra Biswas, Reba has captivated many with her rich strokes on canvas and intricate art.

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Odisha MLA Pradeep Panigrahi’s First Day In Jail
Odisha MLA Pradeep Panigrahi’s First Day In Jail

The man, who had enjoyed a lot of privileges until a few days ago, spent his first night in jail like an ordinary prisoner. After getting arrested by the Crime Branch, expelled BJD MLA Pradeep Panigrahi spent his first night at Jharpada jail yesterday.

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Justice For Pari Protests Mount Against Minister Arun Sahoo
Justice For Pari Protests Mount Against Minister Arun Sahoo

Trouble continues to mount for Minister Arun Sahoo in the minor girl Pari murder case. BJP’s Mahila Morcha protested outside the residence of Minister Arun Sahoo in Bhubaneswar today. The BJP workers attempted to gherao the minister’s residence demanding CBI investigation into the Pari murder case. Soon a clash broke out after the police intervened and tried to stop the BJP activists. Police then took the protestors into custody to prevent any law and order situation.  

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Keeping Still-Picture Cineplex Alive In Odisha | OTV News
Keeping Still-Picture Cineplex Alive In Odisha | OTV News

In the day and age of motion pictures, one doesn’t get to witness still-picture movies quite often. But the 66-year-old Bhaskar Moharana of Lathigram village near Berhampur is saving this lost art. Even though he is a retired art teacher, he is still pursuing his passion for still-picture movies. Even though cinema & film making have advanced, Bhaskar continues to weave still-pictures into fascinating movies. Since 1973, he has been involved in producing his own still-picture Jatra.

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COVID19 RT-PCR Tests Become Cheaper In Odisha | OTV News
COVID19 RT-PCR Tests Become Cheaper In Odisha | OTV News

  The Coronavirus wave is currently on a downward trend in the State of Odisha. With this, the State government has announced a reduction in the price of RT-PCR test. The RTPCR test will now cost Rs 400. Private labs can now charge no more than Rs 400 per test and the reduced price is inclusive of GST within the State of Odisha. Experts believe that it is essential to cap the prices to speed up the surveillance, contact tracing and treatment.

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Odisha Youth Trains Villagers To Fight Naxals
Odisha Youth Trains Villagers To Fight Naxals

This is Aurabinda Khala of Gorasetu village under the Swabhiman Anchal at Malkangiri. He had dropped out of school at the tender age of 2 due to the constant fear of Naxals and financial difficulties. Without a father, Aurabinda’s mother has been the sole bread earner of the family. The family lives in a shed which is their only home.

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Top Woman Naxal Commander Leader Surrenders In Koraput
Top Woman Naxal Commander Leader Surrenders In Koraput

In a dramatic turn of events, a top woman Maoist area commander laid down her arms before the Koraput police today, even as the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) the Maiost rebel group operating in Koraput and Malkangiri districts began celebrating the PLGA week.

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Koraput Farmers Allege Irregularities In Paddy Procurement
Koraput Farmers Allege Irregularities In Paddy Procurement

Irregularities in the farmers’ registration process have cropped up at several Mandis in Kusumi and Kotpad blocks of Koraput district. The officials of the Supply Department have allegedly resorted to malpractices in this matter. As per reports, farmers from different Blocks and Panchayats are being allowed to sell paddy at these blocks.

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Konark Witnesses Twin Tourist Events
Konark Witnesses Twin Tourist Events

The 31st Konark Festival and the 8th International Sand Art Festival at Chandrabhaga beach are set to begin today and continue till Dec 5. Following the High Court orders, the Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev, Tourism Director Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav and the Puri District Collector, Balwant Singh reviewed all arrangements made for the twin events.

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Case Filed Against Amazon For Selling Nirmalya Of Lord Jagannath
Case Filed Against Amazon For Selling Nirmalya Of Lord Jagannath

Outrage erupted against e-commerce giant Amazon after Sri Jagannath’s dry Mahaprasad also called Nirmalya was found hosted on the E-Commerce platform for sale. Servitors of the Srimandir expressed their disappointment over the commercialization of the revered Prasad by the online shopping platform. A case was registered by Srimandir servitor Shambhunath Khuntia at the Singhadwara Police Station against the sale of Nirmalya online.  

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#JusticeForPari | Cry For Pari Reaches New Delhi
#JusticeForPari | Cry For Pari Reaches New Delhi

The cry for Justice for Pari reaches New Delhi. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) registered a suo motu case today in connection with the Pari murder case on the basis of OTV news reports. The NCPCR issued notice to the Chief Secretary of Odisha seeking a status report within 10 days Earlier today, senior BJP leader Sambit Patra met the NCPCR Chairperson, Priyank Kanoongo and submitted a memorandum. He also requested the NCPCR to visit Nayagarh and investigate the matter.

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Kartik Purnima In The Times Of COVID19
Kartik Purnima In The Times Of COVID19

Today marks the end of the holy Kartik month and the day is celebrated as “Kartika Purnima” all around the State. Every year on Kartika Purnima, people take bath & sail miniature boats with lamps and crackers in rivers & water bodies. This celebration is called Boita Bandana, which commemorates the rich maritime history of Odisha.  

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BJD-Pradeep Panigrahi Rift | What Went Wrong
BJD-Pradeep Panigrahi Rift | What Went Wrong

Once considered Naveen Patnaik’s ‘blue-eyed boy’, MLA Pradeep Panigrahi was expelled from BJD to the surprise of many. Just hours after his expulsion, Panigrahi was seen in a press conference spewing venom against the BJD. So, what went wrong?  

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Migrant Workers From Odisha Staring At Uncertain Future
Migrant Workers From Odisha Staring At Uncertain Future

Coronavirus pandemic has destroyed livelihoods. It has snatched jobs and migrant workers have been the worst affected. With employment opportunities virtually non-existent, they don’t have the financial resources to sustain their families

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Farming Without Soil | Odisha Youth Shows Way In Hydroponic Farming
Farming Without Soil | Odisha Youth Shows Way In Hydroponic Farming

No matter what youare farming, you thought the most important ingredient is ‘soil’.Well, you are mistaken and AshishMohanty of Jagatsinghpurdistrict will show you how.

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