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Cyclone Jawad: Rain lashes Odisha, West Bengal; more in store for next 2 days

The cyclonic storm is likely to further weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area during next 12 hours, as a result of which several districts of south Bengal may receive heavy rain till Tuesday morning.

6 Dec 2021 2:15 am
ESIC sub regional office to be opened in Odisha's Jharsuguda

Finally, the Centre has fulfilled the longstanding demand of people from western part of the state to open a sub-regional office (SRO) of employees state insurance corporation (ESIC) at Jharsuguda.

5 Dec 2021 4:23 pm
Centre expresses concern over rising Covid cases in 6 Odisha dists

Amid the threat posed by Omicron, the Union health ministry on Saturday flagged rising Covid infections in six districts of Odisha as well as the prevalent high caseload in Khurda even as daily testing is on the decline.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
Cyclone Jawad fizzles out, Odisha breathes a sigh of relief

In the end Jawad proved true to its name, generous, sparing Odisha and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh major damage as it dissipated into the Bay of Bengal on Saturday evening, weakening into a deep depression. However, under the cyclone's influence, many coastal districts received moderate rainfall and may get heavy showers on Sunday, the IMD said.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
Shelters deserted as Cyclone Jawad weakens

With Cyclone Jawad weakening into a deep depression, shelter homes wore a deserted look as people were reluctant to move in there in the capital. In Cuttack as well, only a handful of people have shifted to shelters.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
113 posts lying vacant in Bhubaneswar-AIIMS

Altogether 113 out of 305 sanctioned posts of faculty members are lying vacant in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar. Also, 169 senior resident and 83 junior resident posts are lying vacant in the premier hospital, Union minister of state for health and family welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar told the Lok Sabha.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
Scientist Trilochan Pradhan dies at 93

Noted scientist and educationist Trilochan Pradhan passed away here on Saturday due to age-related ailments. He was 93.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
38 lakh in Odisha due for Cov vax 2nd dose

As per the data till November 30, around 38 lakh people in Odisha are yet to take their second dose of anti-Covid vaccine, Union minister of state in the ministry of health and family welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar said in Lok Sabha on Saturday.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
Odisha fails to track Centre's list of 389 foreign returnees

The state health authorities have failed to track a single foreign returnee out of the 389 names the Centre had provided while their mandatory seven-day quarantine has ended or will end on Sunday.

5 Dec 2021 10:50 am
Odisha's tryst with 10 cyclones in 2 decades

Odisha has encountered 10 cyclones, including the approaching Jawad, in a span of 22 years and the frequency of such natural disasters is on only on the rise, official records of State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) showed.

4 Dec 2021 10:09 pm
Cyclone Jawad: Schools shut in 19 districts of Odisha for today

In view of the impending cyclonic storm 'JAWAD', the Odisha government has ordered to keep the schools closed in 19 districts of the state.

4 Dec 2021 4:22 pm
BJD seeks houses for tribals under PMAY-G

The BJD on Friday demanded opening of the Awas Plus portal for inclusion of six lakh identified eligible households from the state under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin).

4 Dec 2021 3:25 pm
Odisha govt plans development of colleges

After starting work on transformation of schools, the state government has rolled out an institutional mechanism called district college development facilitation centres for development of higher secondary and higher education sectors.

4 Dec 2021 3:14 pm
Cyclone Jawad: Tourists advised not to visit Puri over weekend

As Cyclone Jawad inches closer to Puri coast and is expected to make landfall around Sunday noon, the state government has suspended tourism activities to ensure safety of tourists. Tourists have been advised not to visit Puri on Saturday and Sunday.

4 Dec 2021 3:13 pm
Odisha: Fani still fresh in mind, Puri dreads approaching Cyclone Jawad

As dark clouds enveloped the sky and the Bay of Bengal swelled on Friday ahead of Cyclone Jawads likely landfall in Puri district on Sunday noon, the residents of the coastal district could not help but remember the horror from two years back, when Fani had left behind a trail of destruction.

4 Dec 2021 3:09 pm
Odisha: BJP legislators purify assembly premises with cow dung water

High drama ensued in the state assembly on Friday as BJP legislators, armed with Gangajal and cow dung water, went about purifying the assembly premises, which they claimed had been desecrated following the entry of minister of state (home) Dibya Shankar Mishra, whose ouster the party has been demanding for his alleged role in the murder of Kalahandi school teacher Mamita Meher.

4 Dec 2021 2:56 pm
Cyclone Jawad moves closer to Odisha's Puri, sparks rain, flood worries

Cyclone Jawad may make landfall near Puri around Sunday noon, the IMD predicted on Friday, prompting the Odisha government to start mobilizing men and machinery on a war-footing.

4 Dec 2021 2:47 pm
Odisha: Kendu leaf workers protest GST on minor forest produce

Kendu leaf workers on Friday staged a rally at Lower PMG here protesting goods and services tax (GST) on Kendu leaves. They have been demanding withdrawal of this tax on Kendu leaves for the benefit of the people engaged in the sector.

4 Dec 2021 2:36 am
Bhubaneswar hospital conducts surgery of Iraqi national suffering from rare skull base disease

Hospital sources said the family of 77-year-old Hassoon Owaid Oglah al-Shadawi, who had been diagnosed with Central Skull Base Osteomyelitis in Iraq, was trying to get treatment in India. His country does not have such a treatment facility, said the sources.

4 Dec 2021 12:59 am
Odisha: Differently-abled artist duo creates magic on sand

As visitors admired the exquisite sculptures at the 12th International Sand Art Festival in Chandrabhaga near Konark, little did they know that the creator duo in stall number 10 is deaf and dumb.

4 Dec 2021 12:02 am
Yesvantpur-Howrah Duronto Express derailed, passengers safe

Passengers travelling in the Yesvantpur-Howrah Duronto Express (12246) had a close shave on Friday after two front wheels of the parcel van of this train got derailed at Haridaspur station in Jajpur district.

3 Dec 2021 10:41 pm
Odisha CM breaks silence on Mamita Meher murder case; says fully committed to ensure justice

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday defended his beleaguered junior home minister Dibya Shankar Mishra in the state assembly over the murder of Kalahandi schoolteacher Mamita Meher and assured justice to the victim.

3 Dec 2021 9:54 pm
Government prepares for evacuation as cyclone is likely to reach Odisha coast on December 4

With the IMD forecast of a cyclonic storm reaching Odishs coast on December 4, the state government on Wednesday asked collectors of 13 districts to prepare for evacuation of the people and has chalked out a disaster management strategy by requisitioning NDRF, ODRAF and fire department personnel for rescue and relief operation.

2 Dec 2021 2:50 am
Puri-Konark railway line project cost assessed as Rs 725.78 crore

Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that a survey for construction of a new line between Puri and Konark (33km) has been completed and the cost of the project has been assessed as Rs 725.78 crore.

2 Dec 2021 2:28 am
Naveen Patnaik urges people to remain alert to check Omicron spread

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik here on Wednesday asked officials to ensure everyone takes the possible spread of new strain of Covid virus Omicron seriously and adhere to protocol to check its possible spread.

2 Dec 2021 12:18 am
BMC seeks data from airport on returnees

Two foreigners - one from Togo and the other from Sri Lanka - who have arrived in the city to take part in the international sand art festival have been kept in a quarantine facility, here on Tuesday, and their swab samples sent for RT-PCR test amid the threat of Omicron which has been detected in some countries.

1 Dec 2021 6:00 pm
Opposition gears up to corner govt in House over Mamita issue

The murder of Kalahandi school teacher Mamita Meher is likely to dominate the winter session of the assembly starting from Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 5:57 pm
Odisha: Class X term exam deferred to January 5

The Board of Secondary Education, Odisha, on Tuesday rescheduled the summative examination date for Class X students to January 5 from December 27.

1 Dec 2021 5:56 pm
CB books 4 Odisha cops for custody death

The state Crime Branch has registered a murder case against four police officers for their alleged involvement in the custodial death of a person in Koraput district in 2017.

1 Dec 2021 5:53 pm
Cyclone alert in coastal Odisha as low pressure brews over Bay

Odisha is bracing for another cyclone, the second this year on the Bay of Bengal, which could trigger heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the state's coastal areas with wind speed above 100km per hour.

1 Dec 2021 5:50 pm
Odisha police officers charged with murder over 2017 custodial death

The Odisha Crime Branch has registered a murder case against four police officers for their alleged involvement in the custodial death of a person in Koraput district in 2017.

1 Dec 2021 2:50 am
Odisha: Retired judge ABS Naidu to monitor Mamita Meher murder probe

The state government on November 26 had requested the HC to nominate a sitting/retired judge of the HC or a district and sessions court to monitor the probe. The HC nominated Naidu on Tuesday, it is reliably learnt.

1 Dec 2021 2:50 am
Odisha STF raids brown sugar smugglers home in West Bengal

The state special task force (STF) has conducted its first anti-drug trafficking operation in West Bengal and got vital clues about some narcotics drug smugglers, who have been supplying brown sugar to Odisha.

1 Dec 2021 1:58 am
Border Security Force contains Maoist resurgence in Odisha

The BSF, on the eve of its raising day, said their increased presence in the two districts has dealt a blow to Maoist leadership, prevented extremist recruitments and forced many Naxals to surrender in the last few years.

30 Nov 2021 6:50 pm
Experts say Omicron can cause more reinfection, caution Covidiots

Experts observing the emerging findings on the new variant Omicron on Monday said out of 32 spike proteins (32 mutants), 26 are unique, which is why it is a matter of concern that its infectivity may be exceedingly high but its virulence is yet to be gauged.

30 Nov 2021 5:54 pm
Odisha government completes phase one of 5T school transformation program, 3,300 more to be transformed by March 2022

With the inauguration of 239 transformed schools on Monday, the Odisha government has completed the first phase of its 5T school transformation program. The state government aspires to transform as many as 3,300 more schools to reach its target of transforming 4,375 schools by Biju Patnaik's birth anniversary in March 2022.

30 Nov 2021 5:52 pm
Odisha: Talcher-Bimlagarh rail line work speeds up

Work on the 150km Talcher-Bimlagarh railway line project has gathered pace after the engineering team of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) forced a breakthrough in the 840-metre tunnel in Baruan hill between Sunakhani and Samal stations.

29 Nov 2021 4:16 pm
Odisha: Youth held for raping 17-year-old in Ganjam

Aska police in Ganjam district on Sunday arrested a plus-II (second year) student on charges of raping a 17-year -old girl after abducting her on Thursday.

29 Nov 2021 4:16 pm
Odisha: Help at hand to check prisoners' mental health

The state government has assigned 15 psychiatrists and 13 clinical psychologists to check for mental illness among inmates and treat them in jails across the state.

29 Nov 2021 3:41 pm
BJD joins others to demand law guaranteeing MSP

The BJD on Sunday joined other parties in demanding a law guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP) for farmers. During an all-party meeting in New Delhi, BJD's Rajya Sabha leader Prasanna Acharya said a law guaranteeing MSP would ensure that the farmers would get the right price fixed by the Centre for their produce.

29 Nov 2021 3:41 pm
Enforcement teams to ensure Bhubaneswar's safety

The capital city authorities activated enforcement squads to check mask violators in view of detection of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in three countries.

29 Nov 2021 3:28 pm
Omicron alert: Odisha readies to pre-empt Covid third wave

The Odisha government on Sunday stepped up its preparations to counter the impact of a possible third wave of Covid-19. The government's caution comes amid apprehension of experts that the new variant, Omicron, detected in some countries, may herald the third wave.

29 Nov 2021 3:27 pm
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik push to coffee farming in Koraput

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced to bring another 5,000 hectares under coffee cultivation in Koraput district between 2022 and 2025.

28 Nov 2021 3:57 pm
Odisha: Rayagada villagers join hands for bridge over river

Residents of Podmora in Rayagada district have built a temporary bridge over the Jhanjhabati river after their repeated pleas to the authorities for building one fell on deaf ears.

28 Nov 2021 3:50 pm
Dharmendra urges govt to repeal Odisha Universities Act

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday urged the state government to repeal the Odisha Universities (amendment) Act, 2020 to ensure academic autonomy of state public universities.

28 Nov 2021 3:49 pm
Odisha: Winged guests keep Bhitarkanika National Park date

A myriad variety of winged guests have started arriving at the mangrove wetlands and water bodies of Bhitarkanika National Park in the district on their annual winter sojourn.

28 Nov 2021 3:34 pm
Covid fear hits Bhubaneswar schools' attendance

Attendance in city schools has started to drop following the detection of Covid-19 cases in several educational institutions across the state last week.

28 Nov 2021 3:31 pm
Asha worker from Odisha on Forbes India's W-Power list

Matilda Kullu, an accredited social health activist (Asha) from Odisha's Sundargarh district, has found place among achievers like former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya and actress Sanya Malhotra in the Forbes India W-Power 2021 list.

28 Nov 2021 3:23 pm