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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.