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Odisha, Bengal, Jharkhand reel under severe heatwave, rain on cards

Odisha Bengal Jharkhand reel under severe heatwave rain on cards

India Today 22 Apr 2024 9:58 am

Boats in Kendrapara lack safety measures

Kendrapara: Despite the recent boat mishap in which eight persons lost their lives in the Jharsuguda district, people continue to use this mode of transport from 63 ferry ghats in this district. Most of these boats do not have an adequate number of life jackets and other safety measures for the passengers. At times the []

orissapost 22 Apr 2024 9:39 am

Wildfire forces animals to stray into human habitats

Koraput/Damanjodi: The rampant spread of wildfire in the forests of Koraput district has posed a serious threat to the survival of wild animals and forced them to stray into human habitats, a report said. Lack of awareness is stated to be the reason behind the spread of wildfires. The wildfire is also destroying the green []

orissapost 22 Apr 2024 9:36 am

14 IAS trainees meet Anu Garg

Bhubaneswar: Six IAS trainees of 2022 batch and eight trainees from the 2023 batch Odisha cadre, undergoing training at Gopabandhu Academy of Administration, met the Development Commissionercum-ACS Anu Garg at Lok Seva Bhawan here Saturday. The trainees visit was aimed at getting themselves acquainted with various schemes and programmes under the Planning and Convergence department. []

orissapost 22 Apr 2024 9:28 am

'Given my performance, I'm hopeful of retaining my seat'

Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka, confident in retaining the Koraput Lok Sabha seat, highlights significant achievements like mobile tower projects and tribal community recognition. Ulaka emphasizes support for Congress and upcoming campaign priorities.

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 9:23 am

Some leaders conspiring to stop Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana: VK Pandian

BHUBANESWAR: 5T chairman and BJD leader VK Pandian on Sunday stated some leaders are conspiring to discontinue Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) if they come to power in the state. In a video released here, the 5T chairman said the leaders have hatched a plan to stop BSKY the day they assume power. They want to stop the historic scheme launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for people of the state. Pandian also targeted Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and asked, has he sanctioned scholarship for students from Odisha. Stating the chief minister always believes in work and not word, Pandian said 98 per cent of students get scholarships sanctioned by the state government in Odisha. He said no other state in the country offers scholarship to so many students. Other states give scholarship to only 15 to 20 per cent students, he added. Stating Odisha government has initiated transformation of every sector, Pandian said renovation of several temples including the Srimandir Parikrama has already been completed. Besides, high schools in gram panchayats have also been transformed. Earlier, high schools in gram panchayats did not have black boards. But now students have access to modern equipment, laboratory and other facilities, he added.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 9:20 am

Odisha: Mangrove pitta bird count goes up in Bhitarkanika national park

KENDRAPARA: The population of mangrove pitta bird has increased in Bhitarkanika National Park with the annual census putting the head count at 218. Last year, forest officials had sighted 179 mangrove pitta birds during the first-ever census of the bird species in Bhitarkanika. Assistant chief conservator of forest (ACF) of the park Manas Das said the census was carried out on Saturday by around 80 personnel who were divided into 36 teams under the supervision of the range officers of Dangamala, Rajnagar, Mahakalapada, Gahirmatha and Kujang. The census report indicates that in core areas of Dangamal and Rajnagar ranges, the population of mangrove pitta is good. The present report reflects the results only from the direct count method. We monitored all the water bodies and mangrove forest areas of Bhitarkanika and carried out a proper survey. The main objective of the exercise was to ascertain the exact population of this bird species and to record the growth pattern of these birds, the ACF added. The mangrove pitta is a colourful bird which has black head with brown crown, white throat, greenish upper parts, buff underparts and reddish vent area. These birds are found in mangrove forests where they feeds on crustaceans, mollusks and insects. The scientific name of this bird is Pitta megarhyncha. The birds are found throughout the year in Bhitarkanika. The breeding season of this species ranges from April to August in Bhitarkanika. It is believed that the birds are generally vocal during breeding season. The bird is famous for its throaty and two-parted whistles, informed Subhadarshani Pradhan, a mangrove pitta researcher.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 9:17 am

Odisha: Rumours rife as parties yet to name candidates from few Assembly seats

BHUBANESWAR: Even as filing of nominations for the first phase election in the state has already started, major political parties BJD, BJP and Congress are yet to announce candidates for several important Assembly seats. Though Jajpur is considered a BJD stronghold, the party is yet to announce candidates for Bari and Korei Assembly seats of the district. As organisational secretary of the party Pranab Prakash Dash is pitted against BJP heavyweight and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat, there is intense speculation over the delay in announcement of candidates from the two seats. The delay in announcement of BJD nominee from Korei assumes significance as it is speculated Pranab may enter the fray from the seat himself or the party may field a candidate who could sacrifice the constituency if the need arises. But the partys strategy can only be analysed after announcement of candidate for Korei seat. Speculation is rife that Pranabs elder brother, Bhaba Prakash Das will be fielded by BJD, so that he can resign from the seat if needed. The resignation of Bhaba Prakash will be required if Das does not succeed in Sambalpur and requires an escape route. Sources pointed out Pranab may contest the elections from two seats. While polling for Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat is scheduled on May 25, voting in Korei will be held on June 1, in the last phase. There will be enough time for Pranab to campaign after elections are over at Sambalpur. Party leaders maintained Pranab would prefer Korei as it is like his family stronghold. While Pranabs father, Ashok Das was elected from Korei five times, he is a three-time MLA from Jajpur. But everything depends on which way the Sambalpur Lok Sabha result will go. BJD is also yet to announce candidates for Raghunathpalli, Hindol, Khandapada, Begunia, Khurda, Bangiriposi, Bhograi, Nilagiri, Balikuda-Erasama and Kakatpur Assembly segments. Senior leader Chiranjib Biswal, who had quit Congress to join BJD is a strong contender for ticket from Balikuda-Erasama seat. BJP also has not named its nominees for Telkoi, Ghasipura, Champua, Hindol, Barabati-Cuttack, Begunia, Khurda, Basta, Nilagiri, Bhandaripokhari, Basudevpur, Bari, Salepur and Kendrapara seats. Similarly, Congress is yet to announce candidates for two Lok Sabha constituencies, Cuttack and Mayurbhanj and nine Assembly seats.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 9:15 am

Shah rally in Sonepur this week; 1st since alliance talks failed

Amit Shah to address Sonepur rally in Western Odisha on April 25. Naveen Patnaik to contest from Kantabanji. Failed BJD and BJP coalition bid. Shah's Odisha visit closely watched.

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 9:14 am

Healthy diet, lifestyle changes key to prevent liver disease: Experts

BHUBANESWAR: With non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) emerging as a major concern in the country, health experts on Sunday stressed early diagnosis and treatment to prevent cirrhosis in the liver. Speaking at an event organised by Utkal Hospital to mark World Liver Day, director of medical education and training Dr Sachidananda Mohanty said almost all liver cirrhosis deaths can be avoided through earlier diagnosis and lifestyle change. Liver disease is now a lifestyle disease and obesity is a major cause of liver damage, often leading to fatty liver disease. Maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle is crucial to good liver health, he advised. The DMET congratulated Utkal Hospital for conducting the first cadaveric liver transplant. The 41-year-old recipient, who received the liver from a 50-year-old brain dead woman, is now recuperating. Joint director of State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) Dr Bibhuti Bhusan Nayak said unhealthy diet can contribute to fatty liver disease. People should focus on traditional foods with a mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. Healthy lifestyle is the key to get rid of liver disease, he said. Resident editor of The New Indian Express Siba Mohanty said making healthier lifestyle choices and following a healthy diet can not only nip liver disease in the bud, but also enhance the quality of life. Senior consultant hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal surgery Dr Satyaprakash Ray Choudhury said fatty liver disease is one of the most common conditions, and it occurs when the liver accumulates excess fat. We should be vigilant, get regular liver check-ups, follow a healthy diet and do regular exercise, he advised. Senior gastrointestinal surgeon Dr Salil Kumar Parida said the Liver Day reminds people to pause and reflect on liver health. A walk and run was organised on this occasion. Top three participants were awarded. Managing director Pragyan Ranjan Gharai was also present.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 9:14 am

Rs 10 cr siphoned off from Baripada District Mineral Foundation account, EOW launches probe

BARIPADA: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch on Sunday launched a probe into the alleged swindling of nearly `10 crore from the bank account of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund in Mayurbhanj. A team of EOW from Bhubaneswar arrived at Baripada and went to Bhanjpur police station to investigate the matter. An officer of Bhanjpur police station said two days back, the branch manager of Bank of India, Baripada lodged a complaint alleging that the DMF money of the Zilla Parishad (ZP), Mayurbhanj was withdrawn and transferred online to different accounts between April 10 to 18 in phases. Within the period of eight days, nearly Rs10 crore was transferred to other accounts. The matter came to light after the account section staff of the Zilla Parishad updated the account. They immediately informed the higher authorities about the fraud. Mayurbhanj ZP president Bharati Hansdah said around Rs 2 crore was withdrawn from the Bank of Indias Baripada branch recently for development work. When more money was required for a project, the staff went to the bank and came to know that the remaining fund of nearly `10 crore had already been withdrawn from the account. Subsequently, an FIR was filed in Bhanjpur police station. The case was later handed over to the EOW, Hansdah added.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 9:10 am

Surveillance stepped up along Odisha-Andhra border for polls

Berhampur: Security surveillance in Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border areas has been intensified by the police ahead of the twin elections for the Lok Sabha and the Assembly in the state, a senior officer said, Sunday. Joint checkings by the police of the two states have been carried out in border areas in Ganjam and Gajapati districts []

orissapost 22 Apr 2024 9:09 am

BJP plans Christian outreach as John Barla meets church leaders at Odisha's Rourkela

ROURKELA: In a bid to push Christian voters towards the BJP, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs John Barla held closed-door meeting with leaders of different churches at Rourkela on Sunday evening. Barlas meeting assumes significance as the sizable Christian voters in the tribal-dominated district of Sundargarh traditionally side with the Congress and BJD. On a two-day visit to Sundargarh Lok Sabha (LS) constituency, Barla reached Rourkela and paid a courtesy visit to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese here. He held meeting with leaders of different churches at the Mayfair World Cup Village, but the details of the discussion were not revealed. On Monday, the union minister is scheduled to pay a visit to the Bishop of GEL church at Rajgangpur and also hold closed-door meetings with church leaders in Rajgangpur and Sundargarh Assembly constituencies. BJP insiders said the meeting was inspired by the saffron partys agenda of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash, Sabka Biswas, Sabka Prayas which essentially aims at drawing the minority community members close to it. Among other things, the church leaders were apprised of the welfare programmes and development initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. With such meetings, misgivings about the BJP government and false propaganda of opposition parties to paint the party as anti-minority could be defeated. Bishop of the Catholic Diocese Father Kishore Kujur said the minister paid him a courtesy visit and during the brief discussion, he appreciated the activities of the Church. There was no political discussion. Sources said the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district has a sizable Christian population which owes allegiance to churches of Roman Catholic, Baptist, Protestant and others. Majority of them are Catholic Christians. The Christian community as a whole plays a decisive role in the election outcome in the district. Previously, the Congress was pocketing most of Christian votes. But later, the BJD made deep inroads into the Christian vote bank. In fact, the third-ranked Congress always pins hopes on the votes of Christian community and Bhuiya tribe. If BJDs Sundargarh LS candidate Dilip Tirkey manages to get the bulk of Christian votes, his victory chances would be brightened. Similarly, any number of Christian votes going to the incumbent Sundargarh MP and BJP candidate Jual Oram would be a bonus for the saffron party. As per the 2011 census, the district has around 18 per cent Christian population. With around 15.67 lakh registered voters, Sundargarh is believed to have 2.85 lakh to 3.15 lakh Christian voters. Rajgangpur, Birmitrapur, Talsara and Sundargarh Assembly seats have strong concentrations of Christian voters. The size of Christian vote bank in Rourkela, RN Pali and Bonai is relatively smaller.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 9:05 am

Two arrested for separate murders

Sambalpur: Police here arrested two persons in connection with separate murder cases in Sambalpur district, informed Sambalpur Sadar SDPO Tophan Bag, Sunday. The SDPO said that locals had discovered the body of a youth, later identified as Raja Bishi, 21, lying near Sasan canal at Balabasapur village Saturday morning and informed police. Acting on the []

orissapost 22 Apr 2024 8:59 am

Odisha: Jathiarpara villager's warn of poll boycott

UMERKOTE: The residents of Jathiarpara village in Raighar block, Nabarangpur district, have threatened to boycott the upcoming elections if immediate action is not taken to address the electricity and drinking water supply problems they face day in and day out. Approximately 120 families in the village have been deprived of clean drinking water for weeks. Despite government schemes in place to address water access, villagers allege that these initiatives have failed to reach their community effectively. With only two tube wells serving the entire village, supplemented by water provision under the Basudha Yojana, even the recent problem of low voltage in the area has crippled water supply efforts. Due to the electrical issues, water motors are unable to operate. In desperation, villagers have resorted to consuming contaminated water from nearby ponds. Expressing frustration, villagers have issued a stern ultimatum. They have threatened to boycott the upcoming elections if immediate action is not taken to address the electricity and drinking water supply problems.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:53 am

Odisha: Section 82 invoked ahead of elections

JAGATSINGHPUR: In preparation for the upcoming elections, local police have invoked Section 82 of the CrPC against absconding offenders. They have ordered these individuals to report to the police within seven days, or else the court will proceed with property attachment under Section 83. Sources said hundreds of criminals across different police stations in the district remain on the run. Despite warrants being issued, local police have not been able to apprehend these people. Their continued evasion poses a significant threat to the security of the upcoming election, said police adding, efforts have been intensified to enforce these warrants and bring absconders to justice, but many are still at large. Over 100 criminals in 12 police stations within Jagatsinghpur district are still unaccounted for. This presents a considerable challenge for the authorities in ensuring a safe and incident-free election. In response, police are conducting awareness campaigns via public address systems to inform local residents about the promulgation of Section 82 against the absconders. Those failing to report within the specified time frame will face property attachment, as mandated by Section 83. IIC of the Jagatsinghpur police station, Gokularanjan Dash, said, approximately 15 criminals on the run have already been declared absconder under Jagatsinghpur police limit area. The police are actively raising awareness among the public about the legal implications of Section 82 and encouraging community members to support their efforts to bring offenders to justice, he added.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:44 am

SOA University collaborates with Batoi systems for IT boost

BHUBANESWAR: SOA University has inked a pact with Batoi Systems (Batoi), a Bhubaneswar-based corporation, to foster collaboration for exploration and enhancement of capabilities in the field of information technology (IT). Batoi is a software engineering automation company whose Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform provides development and deployment of telemetry tools. As per the agreement, Batoi will provide SOA access to its academy platform and help set up a technology lab for artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing education and research. The company will conduct practical training sessions and live projects for SOA students to bridge the skill gap and make the students industry ready, organise IT-based seminars, conferences and workshops on topics of mutual interest. We will also consider SOA students for internship and employment apart from offering collaboration in the area of quantum computing education and research, said director and CEO of Batoi Systems Ashwini Kumar Rath. On the other hand, SOA will create a one-point contact to coordinate research and curricular programmes, offer cooperation towards implementation of the Batoi entrepreneurial and institutional partnership (EIP) initiative, assist in setting up the technology lab besides collaborating for joint ventures in different disciplines. Vice-chancellor of SOA Prof Pradipta Kumar Nanda and Batoi CEO signed the memorandum of understanding. Director of SOAs Centre for Quantum Science and Technology Prof Prasanta Kumar Panigrahi and SOAs chief administrative officer Pramod Kumar Panda were present.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:39 am

Odisha: Amid searing heat, schools to close from Apr 25

BHUBANESWAR: With no respite from the sweeping heatwave in sight, the state government on Sunday announced summer vacation for all schools from April 25. Usually announced in the first week of May, the vacation for schools has been advanced for the second year in a row owing to the sudden rise in temperature in most parts of the state since the beginning of this month. The government, however, said morning classes will continue for another three days from April 22 to 24. The morning classes will be conducted in all government, private and aided schools between 6.30 am and 10.30 am. Earlier, the schools had been asked to follow the same time schedule for morning classes from April 18 to 20. Heatwave to torment Odisha till April 20, respite from Sunday Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heatwave warning for isolated places in 14 districts on Monday. The maximum temperature in the capital city is expected to hover around 41 degree Celsius in the next 24 hours, it said. There is some consoling news though, as no heatwave warning has been issued for the state for Tuesday and Wednesday. The maximum temperature is expected to fall by 2 degree Celsius to 3 degree Celsius on the two days, the IMD said, while warning the searing conditions will return from Thursday onwards. Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre director Manorama Mohanty told The New Indian Express even though the maximum temperature is expected to fall, it will not bring much of a cooling effect as many places in the state are recording maximum temperatures in the range of 40 degree Celsius to 45 degree Celsius. While hot and humid weather is expected to prevail in parts of the state between Monday and Wednesday, a fresh heatwave spell may grip Odisha from Thursday onwards. A fresh heatwave spell is likely to start in the state from Thursday and occur at a few places in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts. The day temperature will again shoot up by 2 degree Celsius to 3 degree C from Thursday, Mohanty said. The Met office has forecast rainfall and thunderstorm with lightning in parts of Odisha for the next two days. On Sunday, Baripada was the hottest in the state for the second consecutive day at 44.6 degree Celsius followed by Nuapada at 44 degree Celsius. Similarly, around seven places recorded 43 degree Celsius or more on the day. Twin city Bhubaneswar and Cuttack recorded 41.6 degree Celsius each.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:22 am

Amit Shah to launch BJP campaign in Sonepur on April 25

BHUBANESWAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a public rally at Sonepur, one of the seven Assembly segments under the Balangir parliamentary constituency, on April 25. State BJP vice president Golak Mohapatra on Saturday said the BJP stalwart will launch the campaign from the western Odisha town which will impact the seven Assembly segments under Balangir Lok Sabha seat. After the Sonepur rally, Shah will arrive at the state capital for a night halt. He will meet state leaders and workers of BJP and discuss electoral strategy. Asserting BJP is going to form a double engine government in the state, Mohapatra said Maa, Mati, Matrubhasa and Odia Asmita will be the main poll plank of the party. He said the poll campaign of the party will gather momentum after the visit of Shah. The union minister had last visited the state in August, 2023 sparking speculations of an electoral understanding with BJD after he met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat followed by a secret meeting with Patnaiks private secretary VK Pandian. Shahs Sonepur meeting will have an impact on the electorates of Balangir parliamentary constituency. The party has renominated four-time MP Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo from the Lok Sabha seat which covers Birmaharajpur, Loisingha, Balangir, Patnagarh, Titilagarh and Kantabanji Assembly segments. Balangir is one the four Lok Sabha seats going to polls on May 13.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:15 am

Odisha: Nayagarh police issue warning on rumours about child abduction

BHUBANESWAR: Nayagarh Police has warned against spreading rumours on child abductions. This comes after the police came across two to three incidents where innocent persons were suspected to have abducted minor children in the district in the last 15 days. Sources said two to three mentally unstable persons, were targeted by unruly locals in different areas of the district on the suspicion that they were attempting to abduct minor children. The locals manhandled the trio before handing them over to police. In a bid to avoid incidents of innocent persons being attacked on suspicion of abducting minor children, an advisory has been issued in police station and district level. Efforts are being made to make people aware and not believe such rumours, said Nayagarh SP, Rahul Jain. Police said there has been neither any attempt to abduct children nor anyone was successful in kidnapping them recently. They cautioned citizens not to believe in hoax messages or forward them to others. Police also requested parents to educate their children against going anywhere with strangers. Sources said similar rumours were earlier doing rounds in Puri and the district police had asked citizens not to believe them. Such rumours had then spread to Nayagarh district and the police were already on alert to avoid any untoward incidents.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:11 am

'Heatwave spell in east India to continue for 5 days': IMD

NEW DELHI: A searing heatwave gripped major parts of India with maximum temperatures ranging from 43 degrees Celsius to 46C in many regions, especially East India. The India Meteorological Department on Sunday forecast severe heatwave spell over East India during the next five days. In North India, Bulandshahar sizzled at 44C and Jharkhands Bhargora at 46 C, according to IMD bulletin. Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and a few pockets of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Vidharbha have been experiencing heatwaves for the past one week. It will continue like this for another week. A severe heatwave condition will prevail over Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand and few pockets of Odisha, IMD said. A heatwave is declared when temperature increases to 40C in plains, 37C in coastal areas and 30C in hilly regions with a departure from normal of at least 4.5C. A severe heatwave is declared with departures from normal of at least 6.5C. Gangetic West Bengal is on the boil where departure of temperatures from normal had been ranging from 4.5C to 7.6C in different districts. In Odisha, departure of temperatures from normal had been ranging from 1.4C to 6.1C. (See table). A newsreader in the Kolkata branch of Doordarshan fainted during on air reporting. The Odisha government on Sunday announced summer vacation for school students from April 25. Bangladesh also closed schools and colleges due to heatwave. Soaring temperature has also been impacting the general election process as the first phase recorded low turnout. Experts say rising temperature is one of the reasons for lower turnout. The Election Commission has already issued an advisory urging voters to take precautions. Central and southern India have also been seething under soaring temperatures. The maximum temperatures observed in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal on Saturday were above normal. The departure of temperatures from normal had been ranging from 3.1C to 7.6C. On Sunday, Baripada and Naupada in Odisha recorded 44.6C and 44C maximum temperature, Bankura and Panagarh in West Bengal reported 44.5c and 44C, Bahargora and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand boiled at 46C and 44.2C. Barackpore in West Bengal reported 43.7 C on Sunday, which was 7.6C departure from normal. Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh reported 43 C on Saturday, which was 7.6 C departure from normal. This is an established pattern that the eastern region experiences heatwaves first, said a scientist. Hot weather will gradually move towards Northwest India and parts of east Uttar Pradesh will experience heatwave conditions. Delhi-NCR, Haryana and Rajasthan will experience maximum temperatures in the range of 38- 42C by newxt week, IMD said. Perhaps the typical heatwave is still far away due to regular western disturbances, said Mahesh Palavat of Skymet Weather, a private weather solution agency.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:08 am

Odisha: Missing womans body found in Badamandaruni village pond

BALASORE: The body of a missing 55-year-old woman was found floating under mysterious circumstances in a pond at Badamandaruni village within Kamarda police limits on Sunday morning. The deceased was identified as Jania Mirdha. Jania used to stay with her parents in the village, but had been missing since Friday. Worried family members started searching but failed to trace her. Later, they informed police about the incident. Following which police began search operation and shared her photographs with different police stations across the district. On Sunday morning, when villagers went to the pond to collect water for domestic purpose, they found a body floating in the pond and immediately informed the police. Kamarda police reached the spot, recovered the body with help of locals and identified the missing woman. A case of unnatural death was registered, body seized and sent for autopsy to find out the exact reason behind the death,said IIC Premoda Nayak. Preliminary investigation suggests the mishap might have occurred when Jania went to the pond to take bath and accidently slipped into the deep water. The reason behind the death would be ascertained once the postmortem report arrives, Nayak added. Locals alleged that someone might have murdered her and threw the body in the pond. They demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:07 am

Odisha: Forest department to deploy ODRAF units in sensitive divisions to fight wildfire

BHUBANESWAR: As the intense heatwave has triggered a rapid spike in forest fire incidents across the state, the government has decided to deploy ODRAF units in all sensitive forest and wildlife divisions to assist the frontline staff in dealing with the crisis. While a 26-member ODRAF team has already been deployed in Dukura range of Similipal Tiger Reserve following detection of multiple wildfire points, principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) and HoFF Debidutta Biswal told The New Indian Express that requisition has been made to special relief commissioner for deployment of the ODRAF units in seven divisions that have recorded a surge in fire incidents in the last few days. Apart from Similipal, the ODRAF units will be deployed in Baliguda, Kalahandi North and South, Rayagada, Phulbani, Bonai and Paralakhemundi which have been identified as sensitive divisions. All these divisions have recorded more than 50 fire points in the last two days. The ODRAF teams are likely to be deployed in the sensitive divisions within a day or two, Biswal said. The state government had deployed ODRAF units in at least 11 divisions during peak forest fire season last year. The PCCF said the ODRAF units will support the forest protection squads, forest guards and other frontline staff in dealing with the wildfire crisis. They will be stationed at those places till the situation improves. PCCF (Wildlife) Susanta Nanda said the forest staff are in readiness in Similipal and other forest and wildlife divisions to combat any eventuality. The ODRAF team in Similipal is also ready to assist the forest staff, if need be, he said. While STR had reported a total 117 fire points till Saturday, sources said, the number jumped to 149 on Sunday. STR field director Prakash Chand Gogineni, however, said the figure is lower than previous years and all fire points have been effectively attended by the forest protection squads and other field staff. Officials said around 1,000 frontline workers including fire protection squad members and forest guards are patrolling the tiger reserve to check incidents of wildfire. Two persons have also been apprehended in Nawana range a few days back for their involvement in causing wildfire. Apart from Similipal, officials said, staff in other protected areas including Satkosia Tiger Reserve are also on alert in view of the prevailing heatwave conditions. Spike in wildfire incidence across Odisha raises alarm The state so far has recorded a total 14,104 forest fires in the current season of which 9,493 fire points have been detected in April alone. The Forest department has mobilised 370 fire protection squads and 330 fire fighting vehicles along with 4,800 blower machines to deal with the situation. With temperature recording a marginal dip on Sunday, the number of forest fire incidents in the state also came down to 781 against 1,387 detected on Saturday. The number of large forest fires also dropped below 100 from 127 on the previous day. A tough batle A 26-member ODRAF team has already been deployed in Dukura range of Similipal Tiger Reserve The ODRAF units will support forest protection squads, forest guards and other frontline staff ODRAF team in Similipal is also ready to assist the forest staff, if need be

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:55 am

Odisha police warns tough action against election violence

BHUBANESWAR: As electioneering garners pace across the state, Odisha Police has warned of stern action against anyone found involved in poll violence. DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi, ADG Law and Order Sanjay Kumar and ADG (Operations) S Dev Datta Singh visited the politically-sensitive Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday and reviewed security preparedness at Ganjam, Berhampur, Kandhamal, Boudh and Gajapati. Sources said discussions were held on ways to ensure the elections pass off smoothly in the areas as Ganjam and Berhampur are politically highly sensitive while Kandhamal and Boudh are affected by left-wing extremism. Odisha Police has warned to initiate stern action against incidents of poll violence. Clear instructions have been issued on initiating stringent action against people found engaging in poll violence, irrespective to which political party they are affiliated to, said Kumar. The senior police officers also discussed the strategy to ensure there is no Naxal-related violence or ganja used as freebies in Kandhamal and Boudh districts during elections. Odisha Police has requested Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to send additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to maintain law and order during elections. Around 75 companies of CAPF have already been deployed in the state. Sources said Odisha Police has requested MHA to deploy a total of 175 companies of CAPF during elections here. At least 50 more companies are expected to arrive in Odisha on May 1. Among them, 10 companies of Tripura Special Armed Force will arrive here after the elections in the north-eastern state conclude on April 26, said Kumar. Some companies from Chhattisgarh Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed there will also arrive in Odisha once the elections are over in the neighbouring state on May 7.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:51 am

Odisha: Dispersing tiger near Similipal tiger reserve to improve genetic diversity

BHUBANESWAR: AMID growing concern over Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR)s closed population, possible entry of a male tiger into the protected area has brought great excitement to forest officials. The male tiger which has come to the state after traversing over 1,000 km from the Central India landscape has been sighted in the close vicinity of STR. If it makes the reserve its home, the prospects of improving the genetic diversity in the protected area will get a huge boost. PCCF (Wildlife) Susanta Nanda on Sunday said the male tiger travelled across three states from Central India and has been camera-trapped close to the tiger reserve. This is an exiting prospect of adding to the gene pool of the Similipal tiger landscape. It is also a sign of big cats regaining their lost homeland in the state, he said. A senior forest official from the STR confirmed that it is the same Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) that had been first camera-trapped in Bonai forest division of Sundargarh district in March. The details of the tiger match with the National Tiger Database of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). It is confirmed that the big cat has travelled from the Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve (SDTR) in Madhya Pradesh (MP). After Bonai, the big cat has now been sighted in a forest of Keonjhar, close to Similipal, he added. It would hardly take a day for the big cat to enter Similipal core and if that happens it would bring huge prospect for the tiger reserve in improving the gene pool of its tiger population, the officer said. He also confirmed availability of safe passage for the RBT to move into the tiger reserve. In-breeding and a closed population, with almost no migratory flow either in or out have emerged as a looming threat for the tiger population of Similipal. The spike in the number of pseudo-melanistic tigers, that now constitutes close to half of Similipals total tiger population, has also been referred by the experts as an indication of lack of genetic diversity within the population. Keeping this in view, the Forest department had written to NTCA in February this year seeking its permission to introduce female tigers from other landscapes. Experts, on the other hand, said facilitating such long dispersals by securing safe passage for wildlife movement, is the best way of improving gene pool diversity and reviving big cat population in landscapes where it is difficult to take up tiger translocation projects.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:44 am

Odisha: Samir Dashs supporters rally in favour of his candidacy

NIMAPARA: Thousands of supporters of sitting MLA and former BJD minister Samir Ranjan Dash took out a massive rally on Saturday, demanding reconsideration of his candidacy for Nimapara seat. They threatened of agitation if Dash was denied ticket. Tension was palpable as members of self-help groups also converged at Barabati grounds, urging party leadership to heed their plea for Dashs candidacy. Reportedly Dash had appealed to BJD leadership, including the party supremo and state leaders, urging them to reconsider his candidature. Due to denial of ticket to Dash, threats of mass resignations from party workers have emerged in Nimapara. Dash was denied a ticket by the BJD due to allegations of involvement in the murder of former Zilla Parishad member Dharmendra Sahoo, and other accusations of indiscipline, particularly regarding harassment of women. Those who joined the rally included block chairman Sankar Bhoi, NAC vice-chairman Santosh Dash, and Gop block chairman Jhunulata Mallik. They too threatened of mass resignations.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:41 am

Odisha: SC families in Jagatsinghpur unite, propose to field Independent candidate

JAGATSINGPUR: With approximately 1.6 million voters in the Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha Assembly constituency, Scheduled Caste (SC) families have rallied together, nominating an Independent candidate to confront their lingering grievances in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. The move comes in response to the alleged failure of successive governments to address their concerns and the exploitation of SC category designations by general caste individuals. The constituency, comprising seven Assembly segments, predominantly consists of SC voters, constituting nearly 80% of the electorate. Despite their significant presence, SC-elected MPs have consistently overlooked their pressing issues related to health, housing, education, and transportation over the years, they alleged. Many SC families, including daily wage earners, continue to suffer due to the absence of land documents required for permanent housing initiatives like the PMAY. Despite repeated appeals to the state government for land documents, essential for accessing housing benefits, their pleas have been ignored. These marginalised families urgently require land pattas under schemes like the Vasundhara Yojana for their sustenance. Without land documents, they are not only deprived of housing benefits but also face hurdles in obtaining essential certificates and accessing financial aid or medical relief. Local SC communities lament the lack of representation from their own ranks, with political parties nominating candidates who are disconnected from their plight. The nomination of Rajshree Mallick by the BJD party, despite her SC caste, has drawn criticism for her alleged indifference towards issues affecting the SCs. Rumble in BJP over faces for key seats in Jagatsinghpur In response, the BJP has nominated Bibhu Prasad Tarai, a former MP, for the Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha (SC) seat. However, controversy surrounds Tarais candidacy due to his affiliation with the fishermen community, challenging his classification as an SC candidate. Tarai however, asserted the legitimacy of his SC status and promised to address the communitys concerns if elected. BJD MP candidate Rajshree Mallick could not be contacted. Sankar Das, convenor of All Odisha Bhoi Samaj Bikash Parishad, emphasised the urgent need for addressing the communitys demands. Frustrated by the lack of progress, the Parishad plans to nominate an Independent candidate from this Lok Sabha seat to champion their cause.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:38 am

Weekly Horoscope April 22-28: Know predictions for upcoming week

New Delhi: Here is a guide to the week ahead for you. This is your forecast for April 22-28. Aries The week ahead calls you to concentrate on your health and well-being, Aries. You may tend to ponder over your daily chores and habits. Reviewing your lifestyle and making any required changes is a good []

orissapost 22 Apr 2024 7:30 am

From Insta reel to YT shorts, candidates in Bhubaneswar bank on digital blitz

BHUBANESWAR: As mercury level soars, so does the intensity of the digital campaign of contenders in the capital city. Parties take social media road for election campaign in Odisha Catching up with the trend, candidates of BJD, BJP and Congress in Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituency are now regularly sharing Insta reels, YouTube shots and Facebook posts to reach out to voters. Be it BJPs Lok Sabha candidate Aparajita Sarangi or her rival from BJD Manmath Routray or Congress MP candidate Yasir Nawaz, all are making reels of their campaigning on Insta, sharing YouTube shots and posting videos on Facebook to grab attention of the voters ahead of the general elections. Riding high on her digital fame, Sarangi has created a dedicated team to handle her social media pages. With over 63,000 followers on Instagram and 3.24 lakh followers on Facebook, Sarangis reels and short videos on different social media platforms are garnering lakhs of views on a daily basis. Besides, she is equally active on micro-blogging site X, where she has 3.37 lakh followers, sharing her views or updating poll-related activities. Sources in Sarangis camp said at least one reel and short video is being shared on social media platforms every morning, while dozens of fan club members also actively share posts and videos of her in all the digital platforms. Similarly, ruling BJD candidate Manmath Routray, whose followers on FB page have increased to over 5,600 and counting is also regularly sharing his campaign photos and videos on different social media platforms. The Manmath Routray Fan Club, with over 16,000 followers on Insta and 11,000 followers on Facebook, shares reels and short videos on social media platforms to reach out to electors. Congress candidate Yasir Nawaz with over 5,000 followers on Insta and over 10,000 followers on FB, is also very active on social platforms and leaving no stone unturned to engage with the voters in real time. All contents are being strategically curated to grab attention of the voters, said campaign strategist and social media manager of an MP candidate. Content such as walking in rain, addressing a huge crowd, greeting electors and reaching out to elderly citizens that has the potential to reach out to a large user base are shared, he said. On the other hand, candidates for the Assembly seats are also not behind when it comes to using these digital campaign techniques. From BJPs Jagannath Pradhan, Babu Singh and Priyadarshi Mishra to BJDs Ananta Narayan Jena, Susanta Rout and others everyone has started curating content strategically to grab attention of the voters. With tailored strategies we pick trending songs and music to craft content that look visually appealing and engaging, said digital campaigning strategist of a candidate from Bhubaneswar Central seat. He said almost all candidates in the constituency now have their own social media campaign team. With a large number of people, especially youths, remaining active on social media platforms, digital campaigning has now become an integral part of modern-day campaigning, said BJPs Bhubaneswar North Assembly candidate Priyadarshi Mishra. Mishra said along with physical campaigning he also monitors the content of the posts as well as their timing to ensure they have maximum reach.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:28 am

Odisha: Goutam Samantray is BJPs candidate from Jeypore seat again

BHUBANESWAR: The central election committee of the BJP on Sunday announced the candidature of Goutam Samantray for the Jeypore Assembly constituency, which will go to polls in Odishas first phase on May 13. Samantray was the party nominee in the 2019 election and came third by securing 33,805 votes. He will now face sitting MLA and Congress nominee Tara Prasad Bahinipati and Indira Nanda of the BJD. With speculations that the BJD might not consider the candidature of three-time MLA and former minister Rabi Narayan Nanda from the seat, chances were high that he would switch camp to BJP. The saffron party was waiting for the BJD to announce its candidate for the seat. After the regional party nominated Indira, the wife of Rabi Nanda, the BJP had no option but to bank on Samantray, a local businessman. Though a Congress stronghold, the BJD had won the seat thrice since 2000, twice when it was in alliance with the BJP till 2009. However, Nanda lost the 2014 and 2019 elections to Bahinipati after which he lost the confidence of the party. The BJD did not want to take a risk after learning that the BJP was in touch with Nanda, who had also given enough indication of switching over to the saffron party in case his request for renomination was turned down. Interestingly, Bahinipati being a Congressman had tried his luck from the seat on a BJP ticket in 2009 when he was denied ticket by the party. He lost that election to Nanda by a slender margin. With the nomination of Samantray, BJP has named candidates for 132 seats. The party is yet to announce candidates for 15 more Assembly seats.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:22 am

Odisha: Doctor in poll fray, treats patients during campaigning

KENDRAPARA: Twenty-eight-year-old Dr Debasmita Sharma has entered the poll fray as Congress party candidate from Aul Assembly segment after quitting her job as a government doctor. During her campaigning she is treating patients too. Aul Assembly seat is witnessing a triangular contest among sitting BJD law-maker and minister Pratap Keshari Deb, BJP candidate Krushna Chandra Panda and Congress Dr Debasmita. She may have been a greenhorn to politics but Debasmita comes from a family of political leaders which served Aul Assembly segment multiple times. I sacrificed my job as a government doctor to serve the villagers. My grand-father Dr Dibakar Nath Sharma was also a physician and served the people of Aul when he was elected to the State Assembly in 1967 as a Congress candidate, she recounts . Her father Debendra Sharma also represented Aul as a Congress candidate in 2014. Few years back, one of the kidneys of my father was damaged which is why I decided to contest, said Debasmita. For the 28-year-old doctor, treating the poor and the diseased is priority, even when she is canvassing in the Assembly segment, reaching out to far-flung areas of Kendrapara district. Most of the voters are aware that I am a physician as I was serving at the primary health center (PHC) at Rajkanika within Aul Assembly constituency for which I treat people during my campaigning, said Dr Debasmita while treating a patient at Olaver village. For her, it was a mission to help the poor and needy which is why she decided to contest from Aul. Majority of the political leaders represent the corrupt political system. I will try to clean the system in a small way in my constituency, the 28-year-old added. Dr Debasmita says she is pained by the plight of poor elderly villagers who do not get any medical help. Due to non-availability of doctors in the PHCs, a large number of gullible people fork out their hard earned money for wrong, sometimes fatal treatment as quacks administer drugs and injections, she added. The non-availability of proper medical care in rural pockets has resulted in the mushrooming of quacks, she points out. Health is not an important poll issue for many candidates. But I have only one mission in my life and it is to provide good health care in my constituency, said Dr Debasmita. She treats many patients and gives medical prescriptions during her campaign for which she is quite popular among the voters, said Rajani Behera of Siali village.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:05 am

Odisha: Dhenkanal set for fierce BJD, BJP fight, Congress way behind

BHUBANESWAR: The Dhenkanal Lok Sabha constituency is set for a fierce contest between a veteran BJP leader and a political greenhorn. Will seven be the lucky number for BJPs Dhenkanal LS candidate Rudra Pany this time? While the saffron party has fielded two-time Rajya Sabha member Rudra Narayan Pany from the seat, BJD has nominated a new face Abinash Samal , a doctor by profession and from an influential political family of the district as its candidate. Congress has fielded Sashmita Behera, a senior leader and former president of Odisha Pradesh Mahila Congress. Dhenkanal is considered to be a BJD bastion as the party had won all seven Assembly segments under the Lok Sabha seat in 2019. The decision to field a new face from the constituency by dropping sitting MP Mahesh Sahoo has come as surprise move by the party. Sources in BJD pointed out that the reduced margin of victory of the candidate in 2019 may have led the party leadership to bring in a new face in the constituency considering the BJPs aggressive pitch to wrest the seat. BJPs Pany is a veteran and has fought three electoral battles from the constituency but he has never succeeded. It was a close fight between BJD and BJP in 2019 with the regional party winning the seat by over 35,000 votes. Political observers maintain Samal will find it tough to retain the seat for BJD. Speculations were rife that Sahoo will be fielded by BJD from an Assembly seat in the district to placate him but it has not happened yet. Sources maintain Abinash will have to depend heavily on the political clout of his uncle Sudhir Kumar Samal, who is BJDs candidate from Dhenkanal Assembly seat. Besides, the organisational superiority of BJD is also likely to help Abinash in his maiden electoral venture. Still the BJD candidate has a tough fight at hand as Panys vote share between 20014 and 2019 had increased by more than 1.5 lakh. As there is a general upsurge in BJPs position across the country because of the Modi wave, the BJD has been extra careful about Dhenkanal. The seat always had a BJP support base, though the cumulative effect never translated into victory for the partys candidates. Congress was a late entrant to the fight. Sashmita, the partys candidate is a former president of Odisha Pradesh Mahila Congress and secretary of All India Congress Committee. She has some pockets of influence in one or two segments. Though Dhenkanal earlier was considered a safe seat for Congress as it had earlier been represented by leaders like KP Singh Deo, the partys base has dwindled over the years. Political observers believe the Lok Sabha seat will witness a direct fight between Pany and Samal. On pen and paper, the BJD seems to be comparatively stronger, but nothing can be said for sure.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:00 am

Odisha: Power outages due to issues at Discoms end: GRIDCO

BHUBANESWAR: With the state reeling under unprecedented heatwave condition and Saturday logging highest temperature of 45.2 degree Celsius at few places, the peak power demand has crossed 6,800 MW for the first time this summer. The real time data of the State Load Despatch Centre (SLDC) said the instantaneous peak demand of the state was 6,806 MW at 3.29 pm on April 20. While the average demand of the state was 5,970.82 MW, the highest peak demand was 5,696 MW on April 14, 2023. The average demand of the state which was around 4,500 MW in 2023 had gone beyond 5,500 MW in the second week of April, 2023 due to heatwave condition in the state. The average demand in April this year is about 5,800 MW while the peak demand has crossed 6,500 MW. The load growth has increased by more than 1,000 MW, official sources said. Attributing the consumer complaints about frequent disruption of power supply in different parts of the state to problems at the end of the power distribution companies (Discoms), sources in GRIDCO, the bulk supplier of power to the state, told the The New Indian Express that it has nothing to do with availability of power. The day ahead power draw schedules of the four distribution companies have been taken care of by GRIDCO. Even the peak demand of the Discoms are met from hydropower despite the restriction on the use of water by the Water Resources department, sources said. The Discoms projected a demand of 5,737 MW while their consumption was 5,789 MW. The little variation is because of the spurt in demand at some point of time in view of the sweltering heat. GRIDCO is getting more than 1,400 MW of thermal power from the states own source. The IB thermal power stations having a generating capacity of 1,740 MW is generating nearly 1,500 MW while the 600 MW unit of Vedanta dedicated to Odisha is supplying nearly 500 MW daily. The average generation from hydro sources is about 550 MW and GRIDCO is mostly drawing hydropower during the peak hours, said the sources. We have made power banking arrangements with Madhya Pradesh and a few northeastern states. The arrangement with Madhya Pradesh is for 350 MW. The need has not arisen yet to invoke the banking arrangement, said a senior officer dealing with power trading. As the availability of power from cheaper sources is sufficient to meet the demand, GRIDCO is drawing less than the power available in the central pool to reduce the cost.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 6:46 am

BJD accuses BJP nominee of using children in rallies

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:08 am

City-based researcher wins RSA fellowship

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:06 am

5 ostracised families seek return to village for voting

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:01 am

Preparations complete, STR ready to fight fire

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:01 am

BDA searches for pet care centre manager

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:55 am

Cops return stolen phones, bring relief to their owners

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:49 am

Three killed as auto collides with truck

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:48 am

Man arrested for killing partner in Sambalpur

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:42 am

Naveen, Pandian top-2 among 40 star campaigners for BJD

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:42 am

Its Jagannath vs Jagannath in Rayagadas Bissam Cuttack

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:35 am

Goutam Samantray BJPs Jeypore nominee

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:33 am

Tirkey quits Cong over insult, may join another party

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:31 am

Experts urge people to avoid posting photos with snakes

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:30 am

Odia girls Gotipua wows Colombo crowd

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:23 am

Naveen To Blow Poll Bugle From Gunupur, Amit Shah from Sonepur on April 25

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are going to start campaigning for their partys candidates in Odisha next Thursday, 25th of April. The BJD Supremo will blow the poll bugle from Gunupur in Rayagada district while BJP stalwart Amit Shah from Sonepur. This will be the first public gathering of [] The post Naveen To Blow Poll Bugle From Gunupur, Amit Shah from Sonepur on April 25 appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 22 Apr 2024 12:45 am

BJD Appoints Four Lok Sabha Constituency Coordinators

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of General Elections 2024, Odishas ruling party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday appointed four Lok Sabha Constituency Coordinators. Releasing the names, BJD President Naveen Patnaik has announced four leaders as four Lok Sabha Constituency Coordinators. Manas Das Pattanaik has been given the charge of Balasore, Chiranjeev Biswal of Jagatsinghpur, Ramesh Chandra Majhi [] The post BJD Appoints Four Lok Sabha Constituency Coordinators appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 11:48 pm

PBKS vs GT, IPL 2024: Tewatia, Kishore shine as Gujarat Titans outclass Punjab Kings by 3 wickets

An outstanding show from the spinners, led by R Sai Kishore (4/33), and a crucial finishing act from Rahul Tewatia (36* off 18), helped Gujarat Titans pull of a nervy yet crucial win over Punjab Kings in Match 37 of the TATA IPL 2024 at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur. The [] The post PBKS vs GT, IPL 2024: Tewatia, Kishore shine as Gujarat Titans outclass Punjab Kings by 3 wickets appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 11:41 pm

Sai Kishore stars in Gujarat Titans comfortable win over plummeting Punjab Kings

Mullanpur: R Sai Kishore starred on a dominant day for the spinners as Gujarat Titans tamed Punjab Kings by three wickets for their fourth win in the 2024 IPL here Sunday. The spin trio of Sai Kishore (4/33), Rashid Khan (1/15) and Noor Ahmed (2/20) exposed an ill-equipped Punjab Kings with their guile to dismiss []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 11:21 pm

Maldivian President Muizzu secures supermajority in parliamentary polls: Media reports

Male: Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu has secured a supermajority in Parliament by winning over 60 seats in Sundays crucial parliamentary election, seen as a litmus test for the pro-Beijing politician whose policies are being closely watched by both India and China amidst regional power dynamics. According to information released by the Elections Commission (EC), 207,693 []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 11:17 pm

BJP names Goutam Samantray for Jeypore Assembly segment in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday announced its candidate for the Jeypore Assembly seat in Odisha. The party fielded Goutam Samantray from the Jeypore assembly seat in Koraput district, which goes to polls May 13. Samantray, a businessman by profession, had also contested in the 2019 assembly elections from Jeypore. He is now pitted []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 11:03 pm

Doordarshan TV anchor faints live on air while reading heatwave updates in Bengal

A Doordarshan anchor, Lopamudra Sinha, fainted while delivering heatwave updates live on air in Kolkata. Sinha attributed her fainting spell to intense heat and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Despite feeling unwell and parched before the broadcast, she rarely keeps a water bottle with her during broadcasts. Sinha's collapse highlighted the ongoing severe heatwave affecting parts of Odisha, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, with temperatures soaring above normal levels. She advised viewers to take precautions amid the scorching heat.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 10:52 pm

Congress fumes as Modi says it will distribute peoples property among Muslims; BJP shares Manmohan Singhs video to buttress claim

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that the Congress would distribute the countrys wealth, if voted to power, to those who have more children. During a rally in Rajasthans Banswara, PM Modi said that the Congress, if voted to power, could distribute the nations wealth among intruders and those who have more children. []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 10:51 pm

India Allows Portuguese Citizens of Goa to Apply for OCI Cards

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has instructed passport authorities to issue a revocation order for individuals from Goa and Daman & Diu who had their Indian passports revoked after acquiring Portuguese citizenship. This move could provide relief to many who were previously ineligible to apply for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) due [] The post India Allows Portuguese Citizens of Goa to Apply for OCI Cards appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 10:40 pm

BJP names candidate for Jeypore assembly segment in Odisha

BJP names candidate for Jeypore assembly segment in Odisha The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced its candidate for the Jeypore assembly seat in Odisha. The party fielded Goutam Samantray from the Jeypore assembly seat in Koraput district, which goes to polls on May 13. Samantray, a businessman by profession, had also contested in the 2019 assembly elections from Jeypore. He is now pitted against the sitting MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati of the Congress and BJDs Indira Nanda, wife of former minister Rabi Nanda. With this, the BJP has so far announced the names of 132 candidates of the 147 assembly seats in Odisha. The Congress has announced candidates for 138 assembly seats, while BJD named 135 nominees.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 10:27 pm

Odisha reels under intense heatwave; mercury soars to 44.6 degrees Celsius in Baripada

Bhubaneswar: Odisha continued to reel under intense heatwave conditions with the maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius recorded at Baripada town in Mayurbhanj Sunday. According to a bulletin of IMDs Bhubaneswar centre, nine places in the state recorded a maximum temperature of 43 deg C or above during the day. With 44 degrees C, Nuapada []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 10:27 pm

Goutam Samantaray is BJPs Jeypore Assembly Seat in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday evening announced Goutam Samantaray as its candidate for Jeypore assembly seat in Odishas Koraput district. Now, he stands pitted against Congress candidate Tara Prasad Bahinipati and ruling Biju Janata Dal(BJD Indira Nanda. As per reports, Goutam had contested the election in the seat in 2019. Though he got third position, the vote share of the BJP had gone up as compared to 2014. He had polled over 33,000 votes in 2019. After the BJD snapped ties with the BJP in 2009, it is seen that the vote share of the saffron party has been steadily rising in the seat. In view of this, the seat is expected to see a triangular contest this time. Despite Goutam's debacle, the BJP has again banked on his candidature as it believes the rising popularity of Narendra Modi will help him win the seat. Goutam is a potential candidate. He had given a good fight in the 2019 polls. We are pretty confident that he would win victorious this time with thumping majority, said BJP state general secretary Biranchi Tripathy. Major political parties, including BJD, BJP and Congress, are yet to announce candidates for several assembly seats in the state. As per reports, the ruling BJD is yet to announce its candidates for the 12 seats out of the total 147 assembly constituencies. Similarly, the BJP has not opened its cards for 15 assembly seats and the Congress has not named candidates for nine assembly seats in the state. The ruling BJD is yet to name its candidates for the Raghunathpalli, Hindol, Khandapada, Begunia, Khordha, Bangiriposhi, Bhograi, Nilagiri, Bari, Korei, Balikuda-Ersama and Kakatpur assembly seats. The BJP's undeclared assembly seats include Jeypore, Telkoi, Ghasipura, Champua, Hindol, Barabati-Cuttack, Begunia, Khordha, Basta, Nilagiri, Bhandaripokhari, Basudevpur, Bari, Salepur and Kendrapara. The Congress is yet to name its candidates for the Chhatrapur, Palahara, Barabati-Cuttack, Jaleswar, Balasore Sadar, Nilagiri, Barchana, Jagatsinghpur and Kakatpur Assembly seats. Of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, the BJP and BJD have announced candidates for all the seats. However, the Congress is yet to announce its candidates for two Lok Sabha seats, Cuttack and Mayurbhanj.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Apr 2024 10:20 pm

Clashes erupt between 2 groups in INDIA blocs Ranchi rally; MLA candidates brother among 5 injured

Ranchi: A Congress candidate from Chatra constituency, KN Tripathis brother, was among five injured in a clash between two groups during the Ulgulan Nyay Maharally organised by the INDIA Alliance here Sunday. The injured were immediately taken to the hospital after the incident. At the same time, the administration calmed the matter. The workers of []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 10:14 pm

Heatwave impact: Odisha govt announces early summer vacation from April 25

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha continues to reel under intense heatwave, the state government on Sunday announced early summer vacation for school students. As per a notification, all the government schools, private and aided ones will close for annual summer break from April 25, 2024. This apart, the state government also announced morning classes in schools for a period of three days from Monday, April 22. As per the official notification, the morning classes for students will be conducted from 6:30 am to 10:30 am till April 24, 2024. On Sunday, Baripada in Mayurbhanj district became the hottest city in Odisha as it recorded 44.6 degrees Celsius temperature. It was followed by Nuapada which recorded 44 degrees. People in twin cities Cuttack and Bhubaneswar experienced sizzling heat as the mercury soared to 41.4 degrees in the two cities. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), temperatures in 30 cities of Odisha crossed 40 degrees.Talcher reeled under severe heatwave as mercury mounted to 43.8 degrees while it was 43.6 degrees in Jharsuguda. Keonjhar recorded temperature at 43.6 degrees, followed by Angul at 43.3 degrees and Bolangir at 43.2 degrees.Amidst the grueling summer, reports of forest fire regularly poured in from different parts of the state. Till Saturday, as many as 115 fire points were reported from Similipal National Park and Tiger Reserve in Odishas Mayurbhanj district. All these fire points were extinguished by the employees of the Forest department, claimed Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF-Wildlife) Susanta Nanda.The PCCF (Wildlife) further claimed that the fire points at Similipal were detected and extinguished in time and they could not cause any damage to the flora and fauna. Till Saturday, Similipal sanctuary had received fire alerts for 115 points this year and all were extinguished by our green soldiers in time before it could cause any damage in scorching heat, said the PCCF (Wildlife) in a Twitter (X) post today. Earlier, there were media reports that at least 134 fire points were reported from Similipal in between March 20 and April 20 this year.The forest fire has caused extensive damage to Similipal and caused troubles for its wildlife, claimed the media reports.The reports further claimed that many wild animals are straying into human settlements due to the forest fire at Similipal.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Apr 2024 10:04 pm

Intense heat sweeps large swathes of India, maximum temperatures settle four to six degrees higher

Intense heat gripped India on Sunday, with temperatures soaring well above normal in many regions. The India Meteorological Department reported temperatures reaching 42-45 degrees Celsius in parts of Odisha, Rayalaseema, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. This is the second heatwave spell this month, affecting areas like Odisha, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat. The extreme heat has raised concerns about power grid strain and water shortages in some parts of the country.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 9:57 pm

Security Forces Recover Arms, Ammunition in J&Ks Rajouri

J&K:The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunition in the Thannamandi area of Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday. During the search operation; 1 packet of 1 kg IED, 7 packets of half kg IED, 2 wireless sets, 3 magazines of AK47, 1 ammunition pouch, 102 rounds of [] The post Security Forces Recover Arms, Ammunition in J&Ks Rajouri appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 9:37 pm

Odisha: BJD accuses BJP leader of using children at election rally

Odisha: BJD accuses BJP leader of using children at election rally The BJD on Sunday moved the Election Commission, seeking action against BJP MLA candidate Jaynarayan Mishra, for alleged misuse of children at a poll rally of the saffron party in Odishas Sambalpur. A delegation of the BJD submitted a petition to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, claiming that children were brought in at the rally as people did not turn up in sufficient numbers. The children were made to sit in sweltering heat from 11 am to 1 pm, the BJD alleged. Terming it as gross violation of the model code of conduct (MCC), the party urged the EC to intervene and take stern action against Mishra. The ruling BJD had made a similar complaint to the EC on Friday, as it sought action against BJP MP candidate from Bhubaneswar, Aparajita Sarangi.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 9:31 pm

Net Direct Tax collections for FY 2023-24 exceed Union Budget Estimates by 7.40%

The provisional figures of Direct Tax collections for the Financial Year (FY) 2023-24 show thatNet collections are at Rs. 19.58 lakh crore,compared to Rs. 16.64 lakh crorein the preceding Financial Year i.e. FY 2022-23, representing anincrease of 17.70%. The Budget Estimates (BE) for Direct Tax revenue in the Union Budget for FY 2023- 24 were [] The post Net Direct Tax collections for FY 2023-24 exceed Union Budget Estimates by 7.40% appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 9:30 pm

Net Direct Tax collections for FY 2023-24 exceed Union Budget Estimates by by 7.40%

The provisional figures of Direct Tax collections for the Financial Year (FY) 2023-24 show thatNet collections are at Rs. 19.58 lakh crore,compared to Rs. 16.64 lakh crorein the preceding Financial Year i.e. FY 2022-23, representing anincrease of 17.70%. The Budget Estimates (BE) for Direct Tax revenue in the Union Budget for FY 2023- 24 were [] The post Net Direct Tax collections for FY 2023-24 exceed Union Budget Estimates by by 7.40% appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 9:30 pm

Harmony of Spirit and Nature: A Tale of Veena Music and Woodpeckers Love

The Saraswati Veena, an instrument steeped in South Indian musical tradition, embodies profound spiritual symbolism, believed to awaken divine inspiration, foster peace, and represent the interconnectedness of existence. Its melodic vibrations are said to facilitate meditation, enhance concentration, and evoke a sense of cosmic awareness. In a serendipitous turn of events, I stumbled upon a [] The post Harmony of Spirit and Nature: A Tale of Veena Music and Woodpeckers Love appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 9:27 pm

KKR vs RCB, IPL 2024: Kolkata beat Bangalore by 1 run in last-over thriller

A solid batting effort, led by captain Shreyas Iyer (50 off 36), coupled with a collective bowling and fielding effort, helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in a last-over thriller in Match 36 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Mitchell Starc held his nerve in the last over and defended 21 runs as [] The post KKR vs RCB, IPL 2024: Kolkata beat Bangalore by 1 run in last-over thriller appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 9:12 pm

Amit Shah to launch BJP poll campaign in Odisha on April 25

Bhubaneswar: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union home minister Amit Shah will visit Odisha on April 25 to canvas for his partys Lok Sabha and assembly candidates. He will address a public rally in Sonepur in Western Odisha, informed Odisha state BJP vice president Golak Mohapatra on Saturday. The home ministers proposed visit assumes much significance as it comes following the collapse of a tie-up talk between Odishas ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the BJP. The saffron partys cadres and workers expect that Shah would make a categorical statement on their partys Odisha mission and roll out strategies on how to defeat the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD that has been ruling the state since 2000. Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state twice in the recent past and addressed two separate rallies at Sambalpur and Chandikhole in Jajpur district, he made no mention about the BJPs Odisha mission. In 2019, the BJP which had won 8 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats, had set a target to bag at least 120 of the 147 assembly seats. However, the party could win only 23 assembly seats. After addressing the rally, Shah will hold a key meeting with BJP leaders and workers at the party office in Bhubaneswar and discuss the electoral strategies. Besides, the BJP stalwart will review the poll preparedness and activities of the party in the state. The Union home minister will blow the poll bugle from Sonepur. The BJP has started its fight for Odisha Asmita (pride), Maa (women), Mati (soil) and Matrubhoomi (motherland) and on the issues of distress migration of Odia youths to other states in search of work. Mohapatra alleged that Odia people had been neglected and deceived in the rule by non-Odias while the wealth of Odisha was being carried away to other states. Odia youths are migrating to other states in search of jobs. In such a situation, the visit of Amit Shah assumes much importance. Shah will address the people of Odisha from Sonepur in the afternoon, the BJP VP added. Training his gun at the BJD, Mohapatra alleged that programmes and schemes of the Central government do not reach the eligible people and the BJD is hijacking the Central schemes for its credit. He asserted that a massive rally will be held in Sonepur where more than one lakh people will congregate. Since the BJD has become weak, the BJP will come to power after the upcoming election. This meeting will set a milestone for the BJP's electoral goal. His stay for one and a half days will be inspiring for all BJP leaders and workers in Odisha, he observed. There was, however, no reaction from the BJD side.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Apr 2024 9:06 pm

Low voter turnout in Visakha West worrisome for candidates

Visakhapatnam: The candidates are making every possible efforts to increase the voter turnout percentage in Visakha West constituency the area which is dominated by the people coming from north India and other places. This constituency also has the highest number of migrant workers. As the Lok Sabha election is underway in seven phases across the country, the leaders of the different political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters residing in Visakha West constituency. Despite efforts by the candidates during every election, like making personal visits, door-to-door campaigning or creating awareness among voters, no significant improvement or desired result was seen. Several of them stay in Navy quarters, which is close to the polling stations. The electors from the north India, comprising Eastern Navy employees, Coast Guard employees, and those staying in Nausenabagh, Yarada Dolphin Hill, Jai Andhra Colony, Kakarlowa, Krantinagar, Sriharipuram MIG Quarters and its adjoining localities such as Pittalavanipalem near Annapurnanagar had shown lack of interest to exercise their franchise, said sources. Sources further said that the voters disenchantment could be attributed to the fact that their temporary stay, lack of awareness about local political scenario and others. The candidates belonging to different political parties also accepted that they face problem in wooing voters to cast their vote. People of the remaining localities in Visakha West constituency migrated to this place from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Odisha and many of them have permanent residences. Around 60 per cent people staying in these localities area attached to HPCL, Coromandel, BPCL, APCL, and underground gas and oil storage projects. Besides, it has a high percentage of migrant workers also. The areas from Dockyard Quarters to Zinc Gate come under the Visakha West constituency. The voters dont show affiliation to any particular political party. They turn up to booths on polling day and decide whom to vote. Adari Aanad from YSRC, and Ganababu from TD are strong contenders in the fray from this constituency.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Apr 2024 8:48 pm

BJP Feilds Gautam Samantaray From Jeypore Assembly Seat In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday announced Goutam Samantaray as its candidate for the Jeypore constituency in Koraput district in the upcoming Assembly polls in Odisha. Samantray was BJPs Jeypore MLA candidate in the 2019 elections. This time, his opponent from the Congress party will be Tara Prasad Bahinipati, while the Biju Janata Dal [] The post BJP Feilds Gautam Samantaray From Jeypore Assembly Seat In Odisha appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 8:46 pm

Jharsuguda Boat Tragedy: Boat Driver, Owner Arrested

Jharsuguda: Odisha police on Sunday arrested the boat owner and the driver in the boat capsize incident. The mishap took 8 lives in the Hirakuda water reservoir in Jharsuguda district. Registering a suo moto case numbered 117/24 under the Rengali police station, police arrested the duo and forwarded them before the court. Theward member and [] The post Jharsuguda Boat Tragedy: Boat Driver, Owner Arrested appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 8:45 pm

Truck-Auto Collision Leaves Three Dead, 8 Critically Injured In Odishas Raighar

Raighar: Three persons including two women were killed and eight others injured in a truck-auto collision near Jodenga under Raighar police station limits in Nabarangpur district on Sunday. According to sources, the vehicles dashed into each other head-on this afternoon at Jodenga on State Highway 40 connecting Chhattisgarh. Reportedly, all the passengers are from Chhattisgarh. [] The post Truck-Auto Collision Leaves Three Dead, 8 Critically Injured In Odishas Raighar appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 8:43 pm

Constitution will be scrapped, democracy will end if Modi-Shah sarkar returns to power: Kharge

Satna (MP): Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge Sunday claimed that democracy will end in the country if the Modi-Shah sarkar returns to power and accused the ruling party of telling lies. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah while addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradeshs Satna district, Kharge said they will []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 7:45 pm

Delhi's temperature is predicted to be around 38C, likely to rain tomorrow: check heatwave alert states

IMD forecasts rain in Delhi, 44C heatwave in East India with alerts in West Bengal & Odisha. Bihar, Jharkhand, Bankura, Midnapore record high temperatures. Schools in Odisha to close early due to heatwave.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 7:29 pm

Apple may employ five lakh people in India in three years

New Delhi: iPhone maker Apple through its vendors is expected to employ over 5 lakh people in India over the next three years, according to government sources. At present Apples vendors and suppliers employ 1.5 lakh people in India. Tata Electronics, which runs two plants for Apple, is the biggest job generator. Apple is accelerating []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 7:16 pm

Manipur, Odisha easy winners in Swami Vivekananda U20 Mens NFC AIFF

Manipur, Odisha easy winners in Swami Vivekananda U20 Men's NFCAIFF

Manipur 21 Apr 2024 7:10 pm

Students with four-year bachelors degrees, 75% marks can directly pursue PhD: UGC

New Delhi: Students with four-year undergraduate degrees can now directly appear for NET and pursue PhD, according to University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Jagadesh Kumar. To pursue a PhD with or without a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), the candidates will require a minimum of 75 per cent marks or equivalent grades in their four-year undergraduate []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 7:00 pm

Commissionerate Police Organises Mela to Return Stolen Items to Owners

Bhubaneswar: A mobile handover mela (fair) has been held at the Commissionerate Police Office under the Bhubaneswar Urban Police District on Sunday. During the event 141 mobile phones, Rs 1,15,000 cash with other items were returned to their rightful owners. The distribution process was held in the presence of Twin City police commissioner IPS Sanjeev [] The post Commissionerate Police Organises Mela to Return Stolen Items to Owners appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 6:55 pm

Mercury soars to 40 C or above at 30 places in Odisha, Baripada sizzles at 44.6 C

Bhubaneswar: Severe heatwave conditions prevailed across Odisha on Sunday as the maximum day temperature soared to 40 C or above at 30 places in the state. According to the IMD regional centre in Bhubaneswar, Baripada was the hottest place in the state with the maximum temperature rising to 44.6 C and 13 other cities recording [] The post Mercury soars to 40 C or above at 30 places in Odisha, Baripada sizzles at 44.6 C appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 6:50 pm

Sunday date: Devil comet 12P/Pons-Brooks arrives closest to Earth after 71 years

Mumbai: The periodical comet, named 12P/Pons-Brooks will finally reach closest to greet Earth Sunday, as it hurtles towards the sun on its return journey after 71 years, thrilling the Indian and global scientific community. The celestial visitor, also nicknamed Devil Comet has been affording its glimpses to humanity since early March, appearing as a bright, []

orissapost 21 Apr 2024 6:42 pm

Mob Lynched Woman for BJP Vote in Tamil Nadu: DMK's Rising Intolerance?

Chennai: A disturbing incident unfolded in Pakkirimaniyam village, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, on April 19th. A mob of Dravidra Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) workers reportedly attacked a woman named Gomathi for allegedly voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). According to reports, DMK supporters confronted Gomathi at her residence after discovering her allegiance to the BJP. The situation quickly escalated into a heated argument, culminating in a brutal assault on Gomathi. Witnesses claim to have heard the assailants asking, Why didnt you vote for our party? Tragically, Gomathi succumbed to her injuries on the spot. Upon receiving information about the incident, the police promptly arrived at the scene. Gomathi's body was transferred to Vrudhachalam Government Hospital for autopsy. Authorities are currently searching for seven suspects identified as Arul, Pandian, Arivumani, Ravi, Raja, Kalaimani, and Dharmaraj. In connection with Gomathi's murder, the police have already arrested three women. The unfortunate incident occurred on the day Tamil Nadu went to polls in all 39 Lok Sabha constituencies. As the ruling DMK government faces stiff competition from the Annamalai-led BJP, this tragic event raises serious questions about the rising intolerance in the state. The violent assault on Gomathi over her political choice raises concerns about the DMK's commitment to democratic values. The party's inability to tolerate differing political opinions is a worrying sign of increasing political intolerance in the state.Many are demanding accountability from the DMK government and urging authorities to ensure that those responsible for Gomathi's death are swiftly brought to justice. Tragic Riverboat Capsizing Claims Lives of Around 50 in Bangui Knife Attack on Hindu Businessman in Kanpur by Former Employee Odisha Government Declares Summer Vacations Due to Heatwave

News Track 21 Apr 2024 6:11 pm

School timings and summer vacation schedules changed in these states due to heatwave

Several parts of India are currently facing a severe heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius in many regions. In response, several state governments have taken measures to protect students from the scorching temperatures. In Jharkhand, school hours have been adjusted, with younger students attending from 7 am to 11:30 am and older students until noon. Similarly, in Odisha, schools will operate from 6:30 am to 10:30 am from April 22nd to 24th, with summer break starting on April 25th.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:58 pm

Odisha heatwave alert: IMD forecasts 45c temperatures, schools closed

Odisha faces a severe heatwave, prompting the closure of schools as temperatures surge to 45C. The IMD warns of intense heat, urging precautionary measures. The situation highlights the region's vulnerability to extreme weather events and the need for timely action to safeguard public health.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 5:54 pm

Ten CRPF Personnel Injured as Bus Overturns in Chhattishgarhs Bastar

Chhattisgarh: At least 10 CRPF personnel were injured as the bus they were travelling in overturned in Chhattisgarhs Bastar district on Sunday. The incident took place near Raikot village on Geedam-Jagdalpur road under Geedam police station. The Bastar police informed, that as many as 10 personnel sustained injuries and 5 were admitted to the hospital [] The post Ten CRPF Personnel Injured as Bus Overturns in Chhattishgarhs Bastar appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 Apr 2024 5:28 pm

Odisha Government Declares Summer Vacations Due to Heatwave

Bhuvneshwar: The Odisha government announced summer vacations for all schools in the state starting from April 25 due to the prevailing heatwave conditions. Additionally, schools will operate from 6:30 am to 10:30 am for three days from April 22 to 24. The decision follows a severe heatwave that hit several parts of Odisha on Saturday, with temperatures exceeding 43 degrees Celsius in ten places, according to the India Meteorological Department. Boudh in western Odisha and Baripada in the northern region recorded the highest temperatures at 45.2 degrees Celsius. The weather department has issued an 'orange' warning for severe heatwave conditions in isolated pockets of Odisha on April 21 and 22. Heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are expected in one or two places in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Angul, Boudh, Cuttack, and Keonjhar on Sunday. Earlier, Odisha reported the season's first sunstroke death. Laxmikanta Sahu (62), a resident of Maheshpur in Balasore district, died due to sunstroke on April 15, according to officials from the Special Relief Commissioner's office. This was reported as the first sunstroke death of the summer season. Two Arrested for Social Media Posts Justifying Neha's Murder in Karnataka Arvind Kejriwal's Health Assessed, No Serious Concerns Found: AIIMS Doctors Maldivians Cast Votes in Parliamentary Elections Amid Growing Influence Struggle

News Track 21 Apr 2024 5:11 pm