Nonagenarian Gandhian Nayak & his spirited campaigns for a liquor ban

In 1942, days after the Quit India Movement was flagged off under Gandhiji’s leadership, like other students of Bana Bihari High school in t...

At 195 mm, Bhubaneswar sees highest rain in 63 years; Odisha on alert

Heavy rains, triggered by a deep depression, lashed Odisha on Monday, prompting the authorities to issue a flood alert.

Giving shape to his grandfather’s dream to build another Konark Sun Temple

Mohapatra's grandson, the 24 year old Smitesh Mohapatra, has mustered up courage and seems committed to fulfill the wishes of his grandfather, the Padma Bibhushan recipient and Rajya Sabha Member to build the prestigious Adityanarayan (another name for the sun) temple. The work had come to a standstill when COVID had struck a mortal blow.

COVID spike among Odisha’s children despite fall in total cases

Children in Odisha continue to contract the coronavirus, despite the total number of new cases dropping to 681 on Saturday from 849 on Friday

Free water with a dose of deshbhakti: States unveil initiatives on I-Day

Odisha, Goa, Punjab and Delhi announce new programmes for their residents as country marks 75 years of freedom

Puri’s Jagannath Temple to reopen in 3 phases starting today

Shrine was shut on April 24 amid the second wave of the pandemic, and remained closed during the Rath Yatra for a second straight year

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Surging sea destroys centuries-old temple in Odisha

The marauding sea that had been eroding the coastline in Kendrapara for decades, devouring one village after another, recently razed the centuries-old Panchuvarahi temple to ground, dashing hopes of locals, who would often offer prayers there seeking respite from the scourge of Mother Nature. According to officials, the state government had relo...

Bhubaneswar first Indian city to attain 100% vaccination against COVID

Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar has earned the unique distinction of being the first Indian city to have vaccinated its entire population against COVID-19. The administration has also ensured the vaccination of 1 lakh migrant labourers, reports quoted Anshuman Rath, South-East Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation as saying...

Puri first among 114 towns in Odisha to get 24X7 water supply

Temple town Puri recently became the first in India to provide 24X7 water supply to its 2.5 lakh residents and over two crore tourists who visit the town every year. For records, the Union government’s Jal Jeevan Mission promises drinking water to every household in India by 2024. This small town in Odisha achieved what no other city could in so...

Puri first Indian town to get round-the-clock piped drinking water

In a country where only one in every five households has access to piped water connection (National Sample Survey Office data), Odisha’s holy city Puri has become the first Indian city to get round-the-clock piped drinking water, media reports said. The religious hub, famous for Lord Jagannath and golden Sea Beach, attracts two crore tourists ev...

Rath Yatra: Chariots roll in Puri as Jagannath, siblings head for aunt’s home

The annual festival of Rath Yatra commenced in Odisha’s Puri on Monday (July 12), with servitors pulling the chariots of the three deities of Srimandir – Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath – towards their aunt Devi Gundicha’s temple, amid the reverberating chants of Hari Bol and sounds ghanta, jhanja and mrudanga.

Vaccine procurement ‘cannot be a battle among states’: Patnaik

Patnaik said the pandemic had presented the country with its greatest challenge since the independence struggle

A Super Cyclone acts as Odisha’s cue to acing disaster management

“I am sure you can give shape and direction to a new autonomous institution which is being set up,” suggested then Odisha chief secretary DP Bagchi to his colleague in the state bureaucracy one morning in 2001. “I will try sir,” replied senior IAS officer Aurobindo Behera. Soon, Behera as the first full-time managing director was building the Od...

Mamata submits cyclone report to Modi at airbase, skips larger meeting

Mamata and Modi’s brief 15-minute meeting at the airbase was their first since the April-May assembly election in West Bengal, which Mamata’s Trinamool won. They last met face-to-face on January 23, at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose. On that evening, a furious Mamata walked off-stage after BJP supporters interrupted her speech with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Cyclone Yaas: Full moon could lead to devastating storm surge

He said if the cyclone makes landfall during high tide, it could lead to coastal flooding and breach of embankments, causing massive devastation

At this COVID vaccination centre in Odisha, ‘public is not allowed’

At 8.16am on Monday, I dialled 1075, the COVID helpline number on the Co-Win portal, which promises to resolve all vaccination-related queries. The portal had assigned the 8-10 am slot for my 62-year-old mother’s first jab at the Reserve Police Hospital in Cuttack, Odisha. Seeing no signs of any hospital staff or the initiation of the registration process, I had called to know if we would have to wait longer.

Odisha, Haryana choose sharp lockdowns to check COVID spread

The restrictions will not be applicable to any poll-related work, such as movement of personnel engaged in facilitating by-election to the Pipili assembly constituency. Polling in Pipili will be held on May 16

A student couple returns to guru with ₹340Cr aid to set up cancer facility

Over four-and-a-half decades ago, he had surprised his teacher Shyamsunder Agrawalla at Bhubaneswar’s BJB College by his brilliance. Last week, Agrawalla was overjoyed when his ex-student, software major Mindtree’s co-founder and chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority, Subroto Bagchi, along with his wife Susmita (also a student of Agrawalla...

Why Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik is the most popular CM in India

In terms of popularity, the 74-year-old Odisha CM has no rival. Two recent surveys (ABP news-C Voter Desh ka Mood survey) and (India Today Group-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation (MOTN) January 2021), have shown that Naveen is the most popular CM, followed by his Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal.

Dharmendra Pradhan cautions Odisha gov over AP holding rural polls in state territory...

A day after neighbouring Andhra Pradesh conducted rural polls in some villages under Odisha territory, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday (February 14) expressed concern over the matter and cautioned the state government that the situation may aggravate if required pre-emptive measures were not taken to resolve the inter-state dispute

‘Assassins out to kill you,’ says letter to Odisha CM; police on alert

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik got an anonymous letter, claiming that unknown gunmen are on the loose looking for the chief minister with an intention to kill him. The state police is on a high alert although the state Director General of Police (DGP) refused to confirm the news.

Why Odisha’s resolve to shut primary schools has got parents worried

Odisha government’s decision to close down thousands of primary and upper primary schools across the state has come under severe criticism from all quarters: parents, teachers, educationists, activists as well as opposition leaders. It’s widely believed that the decision is going to have a huge negative impact on the students. Following uproar i...

All citizens in the country to get free COVID-19 vaccine: Union minister

Union Minister Pratap Sarangi on Sunday (October 25) said that all people of the country will be given free COVID-19 vaccine, amidst the demand by opposition parties in the country for it and not only in poll-bound Bihar's announced by the BJP. The BJP announcement of free COVID vaccine for Bihar, where assembly polls begin this week, had kicked...

351 servitors of Puri’s Jagannath Temple infected with COVID since Aug

At least 403 people - 351 servitors and 53 employees - of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri have tested positive for COVID-19 since August, an official said. Ajay Jena, administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), said that the daily rituals of the holy triads, however, continue as usual despite the absence of such a h...

COVID cases surge in Odisha amid confusion over shortage of ICU beds

The coastal state that had received accolades for its Covid management in the initial months now figures among the top eight states in India in total caseload, ahead of Telangana and Bihar. The recent surge in cases in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, Odisha’s two biggest urban centres, has become a cause of concern for the state government

Naveen Patnaik writes to Centre, seeking classical status for Odissi music

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre to accord classical status to Odissi music as it has at least 2,000-years old tradition and is based on Shastra having its own Raga. Patnaik in a letter to Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel on Friday said, "It (Odissi music) has a distinctive rendition style based...