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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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Another Suicide Attempt Near Odisha Assembly Alleging Police Apathy
Another Suicide Attempt Near Odisha Assembly Alleging Police Apathy

Just days after the self-immolation attempt by parents of murdered minor girl Pari; comes another suicide attempt near Odisha Assembly. Sulochana Das and her son Subrat of Kujanga of Jagatsinghpur district attempted to immolate themselves behind the Odisha Assembly today. The mother-son duo attempted self-immolation near IG Park on the IDCOL road behind the Assembly. However, both of them were stopped by the police and were later taken into custody.

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Wild Elephants Wreak Havoc In Odisha Village
Wild Elephants Wreak Havoc In Odisha Village

It has been 8 days since elephants strayed into Dabala village under Binika of Subarnapur district. The elephants have been crossing the Mahanadi River and entering the nearby villages in the area, breaking houses and destroying crops. The elephants have reportedly destroyed vegetables and paddy crop in over 100 acres.

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Incubators, Drones, LEDs | Odisha Boy Makes Low-Cost Electronics
Incubators, Drones, LEDs | Odisha Boy Makes Low-Cost Electronics

As a child, Jyotiranjan Pandit of Madhavur in Balasore district could not purchase LED bulbs for his studies. Now as a 17-year-old, he distributes LED bulbs developed by himself to others. After learning the techniques of making LED bulbs from YouTube, he started making them at home.

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Farmers Attempt Suicide In Front Of Odisha Assembly
Farmers Attempt Suicide In Front Of Odisha Assembly

More drama outside Odisha Assembly! Three farmers from Athagarh attempted suicide before the Odisha Assembly today. Police intervened and captured the farmers, who refused to leave spot begging for death.

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#JusticeForPari: Protests Erupt In Odisha, Naveen Orders SIT Probe
#JusticeForPari: Protests Erupt In Odisha, Naveen Orders SIT Probe

Massive protests erupted today in Odisha over the Nayagarh Minor Girl Pari murder case. Political parties turned the heat on Minister Arun Sahoo demanding his resignation. With massive outrage both inside and outside the Odisha Assembly, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the matter.

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Khordha-Bolangir Railway Project | Conceived in 1945, Incomplete In 2020
Khordha-Bolangir Railway Project | Conceived in 1945, Incomplete In 2020

A project that was conceived before Independence in the year 1945, is yet to see completion. The Railway project, which had promised to connect Khurda and Bolangir districts, continues to move at a snail’s pace. It was in the year 1994 that the project was approved and the Centre had set a budget of 400 crore rupees after conducting four surveys for the project. The railway line is still to be completed and the budget has increased 10 folds to 4000 crore rupees.

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Pari Murder Case

Amid a massive public outrage over the abduction and subsequent murder of five-year-old girl ‘Pari’ in Nayagarh, the Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has now demanded handing over the case to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) for a fair investigation.

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Jawan From Odisha In Pakistan Jail For 55 Years ?
Jawan From Odisha In Pakistan Jail For 55 Years ?

The return of 50-year-old Birju Kullu to his native land in Odisha’s Sundargarh after serving two decades in a Pakistan jail has brought a ray of hope for the family of another Odia soldier from the State, who, they allege, has been languishing in a prison of the neighbouring country for the last 55 years.

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COVID-19 Guidelines For December 2020
COVID-19 Guidelines For December 2020

With certain states experiencing another wave of COVID19, the Union Home Ministry has issued a fresh set of guidelines for the month of December that will remain in force till the end of the year. No movement will be allowed in or out of the containment zones with the exception of medical emergencies and essential services. All States and Union Territories are ordered to properly demarcate the containment zones. Outside of the containment zones, all activities will continue as usual. Cinema halls and theatres will continue to operate with up to 50 percent capacity while International air travel will be as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Swimming pools to remain open for sportspersons, while exhibition halls can only be used for business-to-business purposes. There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-State movement.

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Another AIIMS In Odisha Soon?
Another AIIMS In Odisha Soon?

Odisha may get another AIIMS soon! The Odisha government has requested the Centre for establishment of a second AIIMS in the State in Sundargarh district. Chief Secretary of Odisha Asit Tripathy wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposing the idea. Citing the example of Bihar, where a second AIIMS was recently approved, Odisha government has proposed the idea in view of the health care requirements of the state. Odisha government has proposed that the second AIIMS may be considered for Western Odisha in the district of Sundargarh.

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Koraput Police Pays Tribute To Its Sniffer Dog Gracy
Koraput Police Pays Tribute To Its Sniffer Dog Gracy

The Koraput Police department lost a valuable member of their team today. This is no ordinary funeral but a farewell gathering for Gracy, the 9-year-old female sniffer dog, who died today morning. Gracy was given farewell by the Koraput Police for her service to the department. Gracy had received her training from Tekanpur in Madhya Pradhesh. After her training, she served in Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and then in Koraput. Gracy was instrumental in assisting police to solve many cases. Gracy also bagged a lot of awards in competitions during the Annual Police Meets and in 2016 she won a medal for securing the first place.

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Cyclone Nivar To Hit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Tonight
Cyclone Nivar To Hit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Tonight

The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal has further intensified into severe cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ and is heading towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Nivar is likely to further intensify into very severe cyclonic storm and is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts around midnight today and early morning of November 26.

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Pari Murder Case | Minister Arun Sahoo’s Phone Conversation With Sarpanch Goes VIral
Pari Murder Case | Minister Arun Sahoo’s Phone Conversation With Sarpanch Goes VIral

Amid massive outrage, over the murder case of Nayagarh minor girl Pari, a viral audio clip has added to the controversy. The viral audio clip is purpoted to be a recorded telephonic conversation between Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo and Saumya Ranjan Pradhan the Sarpanch of victim Pari’s, Lakshmiprasad Panchayat. In fact, Sarpanch Saumya Ranjan Pradhan, has confirmed that one of the voices in the recorded telephonic conversation belongs to him. However, he has declined to go on record and confirm this on camera. The other voice is of Minister Arun Sahoo. Saumya Ranjan confirmed further that he had spoken to minister Arun Sahoo, yesterday evening.

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How Sundari Has Become The Tigress That No State Wants
How Sundari Has Become The Tigress That No State Wants

Why is Tigress Sundari still in an Enclosure? Why did the Tiger Translocation Project in Satkosia fail? Why no decision has been taken regarding the future of Tigress Sundari after all this while? Highlighting the plight of Tigress Sundari, an organisation called Red Lynx Confederation has filed a writ Petition in the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Hearing the matter, the MADHYA PRADESH High Court has requested the state’s Forest Department to conduct a probe and submit a report. The High Court has also sought information about the current situation of Tigress Sundari. On behalf of the Odisha Forest Department, Angul Divisional Forest Officer will appear before the MADHYA PRADESH High Court as per the instructions. Meanwhile, Odisha’s Forest Department has alleged that despite writing numerous letters, the State of Madhya Pradesh has not initiated any steps to take back Tigress Sundari.

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Odisha Couple Attempts Suicide Demanding Justice For ‘Murdered’ Daughter
Odisha Couple Attempts Suicide Demanding Justice For ‘Murdered’ Daughter

A couple attempted suicide by pouring diesel to self-immolate themselves demanding justice for their 5-year-old daughter, who was allegedly murdered. Ashok Sahu and Saudamini of Jadupur village in Nayagarh district attempted self-immolation in front of the Odisha Assembly today citing that their daughter’s murderers are being shielded by Minister Arun Sahoo. But soon the Police intervened and stopped the couple, who were later taken into custody. Saudamini said that they have been forced to attempt self-immolation as they are yet to get justice for their daughter, Pari. The couple said that the accused who murdered their daughter is yet to be arrested.

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Roadside Library In Odisha Aims To Rekindle The Joy Of Reading
Roadside Library In Odisha Aims To Rekindle The Joy Of Reading

Today’s generation is slowly leaning towards a digital life. With smartphones easily available at everyone’s disposal, the importance of books is slowly diminishing. With this thought in mind, “Bada-Didi”, a voluntary organization comprising of 30 tribal women as its members has started a roadside library. This library situated along the National Highway 326 in Malkangiri is the first of its kind in the area. The library has been set up with financial contribution from all the members of the group. The members of Bada-Didi said that the initiative was conceptualized keeping in mind the need to encourage new generation to read more books.

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Save Us And Our Stage Odisha Jatra Artistes
Save Us And Our Stage Odisha Jatra Artistes

With people losing their jobs during the pandemic, each sector is fighting its own battle. The local theatre, popularly known as the Jatra is one of the worst affected industries. This theatre form has been around for a very long time and is an integral part of the Odia heritage. Despite being an indispensable part of the State’s culture, the Jatra artistes are struggling to make ends meet. These Jatra artistes who have made us laugh, cry and sway in emotion are currently facing a crisis. With COVID 19 restrictions preventing stage shows, they are without work and have been forced to set up food stalls in Bhubaneswar to take care of their families. They said that they are waiting for the government to provide them assistance and financial support.

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