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Aishwarya Mohanty


Odisha scrambles to cope as Chhattisgarh surge hits rural districts
Wed, May 05, 2021

Odisha has 76 Covid hospitals, including 14 districts with one each, nine with two, and one (Gajapati) with 3. However, records show that of the 2,340 Covid beds available in the state, only 340, or barely 13 per cent, are available in the rural districts.

14-day lockdown in Odisha from May 5: Here’s what is allowed, what isn’t
Sun, May 02, 2021

Odisha Lockdown rules and guidelines: As per the fresh orders issued by the Office of Special Relief Commissioner, while restricted movement will be allowed on the weekdays, complete lockdown will be observed on the weekends.

State flags Remdesivir shortage: Dip in Covid infections, tests in Odisha
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

On Tuesday, the state reported 10 deaths and 6,073 new cases -- down from 6,599 on Monday and 6,647 cases on Sunday. In the districts neighbouring Chhattisgarh, the positivity rate remained higher than the state’s average.

Washed ashore 5 years ago, ‘Mahanadi girl’ gives reason for Odisha village to celebrate
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

The entire village is coming together to solemnise the wedding of their daughter, Soni Yadav, also fondly called the ‘Mahanadi girl’. Five years ago, on a September morning in 2016, Sanyasi Kalo, now 52, found Soni covered in mud, lying on the banks of the Mahanadi.

Odisha CM pitches for vaccines in open market, more doses for state
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Emphasising on India’s vaccine manufacturing potential, Patnaik suggested that the Centre and states should support units to ramp up vaccine production. He also suggested rationalisation in vaccine distribution with a specific focus on metropolitan cities.

Where fighting forest fires takes a day of travel — by road, boat, trek
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

The forest department had also started awareness programmes at villages and roped in locals to help in the exercise.

Odisha gangster Sheikh Hyder’s escape: Police question aide who supplied him with biryani
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

On March 24, Hyder, serving a life sentence in two separate cases, was admitted to a private cabin at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack for treatment of kidney-related ailments.

Explained: Who is SK Hyder, the gangster who escaped from Odisha hospital?
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

SK Hyder was involved in gang wars in Kendrapara district of the state and is known to plan and execute crimes from inside jail. Questions are being raised around the circumstances under which Hyder fled.

Explained: Why ‘Odisha Itihaas’ is important; why PM Modi has released its Hindi version
Sun, Apr 11, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released the Hindi translation of the book, ‘Odisha Itihaas’, written by former chief minister Harekrushna Mahatab. Why is this important?

Hand pump buried in sand, temple without deity: Seven villages start vanishing from Odisha map
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

Today, Satabhaya is an island of sorts. For all facilities, including ration, those left behind have to cross a 5 km stretch that includes a narrow unpaved road and a small creek inhabited by crocodiles.

3 Odisha BJP MLAs suspended for throwing slippers, paper at Speaker podium
Sun, Apr 04, 2021

Calling the suspension, in effect until the session ends on April 6, “undemocratic”, BJP members staged a dharna outside the Assembly.

BJP for removing logos from Odisha PMAY-G houses
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

The BJP has demanded immediate removal of logos of the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojna (BPGY) from the houses of beneficiaries granted houses under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).

Explained: Why India’s first inter-state tiger relocation project failed
Tue, Mar 30, 2021

Five-year-old tigress Sundari spent 28 months in captivity in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Odisha before she was tranquillised on Tuesday and relocated to Madhya Pradesh.

Odisha govt begins reviewing paddy procurement after irregularity claims
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

The move comes after allegations of irregularities in the procurement procedure raised by the opposition.

BJD MLA accused of swindling funds from govt scheme; he alleges conspiracy
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

In the complaint, it has been alleged that Rs 9 crore in subsidy funds were siphoned off between 2017 and 2020 by Nigamananda Associates, a firm owned by Parida.

With increase in forest fires, Odisha govt forms state-level task force
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

The nine-member task force, chaired by former principal chief conservator of forests Dr Sandeep Tripathi, is entrusted with reviewing the incidents of forest fire, its causes and suggesting improvements in SOPs for better fire management and containing the situation.

Early summer, lack of rain spark fires at reserve, Odisha on edge
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

The Simlipal National Park and Tiger Reserve in northern Odisha last saw a major fire in 2015.

Amidst OBC survey announcement, demand for reservation gains momentum
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said despite writing to the CM of Odisha twice seeking reservations for OBCs in government jobs and educational institutions and for SEBCs in educational institutions in Odisha, his request has remained unanswered till date.

Explained: Why the Simlipal forest fire is a matter of concern
Thu, Mar 11, 2021

A forest fire which started in Simlipal in February and has been raging for nearly a week now, was finally brought under control. How fire prone is the forest? What caused the fire, and how intense was it?

Odisha teen chained to cot, parents say has mental health issues
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The parents have said she has mental health issues. They have also said she earlier studied at a residential school and had returned home after the lockdown.

First Odisha survey of backward classes set to begin on May 1
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

Odisha’s decision is significant at a time when there is demand for a caste-based census, and considering that a commission headed by former Delhi Chief Justice G Rohini is working on the sub-categorisation of the OBCs, without such data.

Odisha unanimous resolution on Jagannath Heritage Corridor project
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Under the resolution, the first proposal is to take a vow to complete the plan for Srimandir Parikrama at the earliest.

Odisha rape: Meeting in jail, bank transfers led police to accused
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

For nearly 22 years, there had been no leads in the case — the gangrape of an IFS officer’s estranged wife in Cuttack’s Baranga — after the CBI took over the investigation in 1999 following orders from the Orissa High Court.

Explained: The gangrape that shook Odisha, cost the Congress CM his chair 22 years ago
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Odisha Police on Monday arrested the prime accused in a sensational gangrape case involving the estranged wife of an IFS officer 22 years after the crime. What is the case? Why did it create a political uproar?

Odisha focus on agri, health, MSMEs
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari Monday presented the state Budget for 2021-22, with a thrust on agriculture, healthcare, industries, livelihood and heritage and tourism development.