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

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

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

Bhubaneswar: 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...

Heavy rains expected: IMD issues orange alert in Kerala, Odisha, Andhra

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday sounded orange-level rain alerts in parts of Kerala, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh

Odisha diary: Politics around a starry marital conflict

BJD MP and Odia cinestar Anubhav Mohanty, 38, is facing another battle. This time, against his successful actress wife, Varsha Priyadarshini, who hasfiled a case of domestic violence against Anubhav in a Cuttack court. The court has sought the report of the protection officer. It posted the case for hearing again on October 12.

Dalits face social boycott in Odisha as girl caught plucking flowers

Dhenkanal (Odisha): Around 40 Dalit families were subjected to social boycott for over a fortnight after a 15-year-old girl plucked flowers from the garden of an upper-caste man in Odisha's Dhenkanal district, officials said on Sunday.


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Baby blues: Why Indians need to be more sensitive to new moms

Postpartum depression (PPD) is referred to as a a major depressive disorder having its onset in the first four weeks of after a baby's birth.

After years of thought, Centre to rationalise 120 autonomous bodies

Following years of rethink on reducing the financial burden on Central ministries, the government contemplates rationalizing over 120 autonomous bodies under 23 Central government ministries and departments.

Brisbane win holds ‘cricketing’ lessons for India’s politics

India’s almost-unbelievable win against Australia,  in the cricket test at Brisbane, if transposed to the arena of politics, breaks several myths.  The foremost is the TINA factor. With the crème de la crème of the Indian team missing in action due to injuries, there was an air of foreboding on what the remaining accessory players would be able to do.




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Odisha’s Ganjam & Gajapati districts hit by earthquake of 3.8 magnitude

An earthquake of 3.8 magnitude hit Odisha's Gajapati and Ganjam districts on Saturday (August 8) morning at 7:10 am, an official at the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said.

Dule Rocker: Migrant-turned rapper is Odisha’s Gully Boy amid COVID

Once upon a time, more than once, Kalahandi district, located in the western pocket of coastal Odisha had grabbed national and international headlines, for all the wrong reasons - droughts, starvation, migration etc. However, today, Kalahandi has again drawn the attention of many people including celebrities, thanks to the rap songs of a 27-year-ol...

Veteran Odia actor Bijay Mohanty dies at 70; cremation with state honours

Veteran Odia actor Bijay Mohanty died at a private hospital here on Monday (July 20) night following a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 70. Mohanty was admitted to hospital in the evening after his condition deteriorated, they said. He was suffering from a heart ailment and underwent treatment at Hyderabad, from where he was bro...

Alarming surge in COVID-19 cases a cause of worry for Odisha govt

Till May end, the Odisha government received accolades from all quarters for its proactive measures and effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for introducing many new initiatives to meet the pandemic-induced challenges.

Rath Yatra: How political will, faith and justice fructified a ‘Lord’s will’

Puri’s Badadanda (Grand Road), the three-kilometre stretch joining the Jagannath Temple and the Mausi Maa (maternal aunt of Lord Jagannath) Temple has taken the centre-stage as the three bedecked chariots of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and younger sister Devi Subhadra have begun their annual sojourn. With permission to hold...

Rath Yatra rituals begin in Puri, servitors in masks cradle deities to chariots

Clangs of cymbals and gongs reverberated in the air as the three deities of Puri Srimandir were ushered to their bedecked chariots as part of the ceremonial Pahandi ritual of Rath Yatra on Tuesday (June 23), a day after the Supreme Court allowed its conduct with restrictions. Temple servitors wearing masks were seen cradling the deities from the...

‘Curfew-like’ shutdown imposed in Puri for Rath Yatra

Bhubaneswar: Soon after the Supreme Court allowed the historic Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, the Odisha government on Monday (June 22) imposed a "curfew-like" shutdown in the district and appealed to people to stay indoors when the chariots roll out on the road on June 23.

Entire nation delighted over SC decision on Rath Yatra: Amit Shah

Puri: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday (June 22) said the entire country is delighted over the Supreme Court's decision on Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri and stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the initiative for consultations which ensured that the "great traditions of our land are observed".

SC green lights Rath Yatra; chariots to roll on Puri’s Grand Road tomorrow

The Supreme Court on Monday (June 22) green signalled the conduct of the famous Rath Yatra of Puri, albeit with restrictions. Leaving the “final call” pertaining to the conduct of the festival on the Odisha government, the apex court asked it to assess the situation and take steps to restrict festivities and public participation if needed. A ...

BJP leader Sambit Patra moves SC for allowing Rath Yatra in Puri

New Delhi: BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has moved the Supreme Court to seek a review of its order that barred Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra in Odisha due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The nine-day Rath Yatra festival in the seaside pilgrim town is scheduled on June 23.

SC stays Puri’s historic Rath Yatra due to COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday stayed this year's historic Puri Rath Yatra starting from June 23 and related activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices Dineesh Maheshwari and A S Bopanna said that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens, this year's Rath Yatra at Puri in Odisha can not be...

Animal lovers oppose use of elephants for pulling chariots at Puri’s Rath Yatra...

Bhubaneswar: Animal lovers have urged the Odisha government not to use elephants for pulling chariots at the Rath Yatra festival in Puri, which is scheduled to be held on June 23 in the absence of devotees due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Orissa High Court had on June 9 said that the deployment of heavy machinery or elephants for pulling the chariots will r...

Murderer enters police station with victim’s severed head in Odisha

Baripada (Odisha): Carrying the severed head of a woman he allegedly killed on suspicion of practising witchcraft, a 30-year-old man walked around 13 km to reach the local police station in Odsiha's Mayurbhanj district and surrendered on Monday, police said.

49 NDRF personnel test positive for COVID after Amphan rescue work

Bhubaneshwar: At least 49 NDRF personnel and 12 ODRAF personnel, who had gone to West Bengal to help with the restoration work after cyclone Amphan, have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to the state.

Graft charges in COVID purchase tarnish Naveen govt’s efficient image

For over two months, the Odisha government has received accolades from all quarters for efficient management of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the growing attack from the Opposition over alleged ‘irregularities’ in the purchase of medical equipment and protective gear to combat the spread of the virus, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) governm...

Under Modi’s leadership, all intruders will be punished: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday lauded the Modi government's track record on national security while speaking at a 'virtual rally' for the people of Odisha. He also recalled the air and surgical strikes in Pakistan ordered by the prime minister in his first term. 

No Unlock 1 in Odisha: Temples, malls, hotels to stay closed till June 30

Bhubaneswar: All religious places, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will continue to remain closed in Odisha till June 30 in view of the COVID-19 scenario, the state government has said in a notification. Most states are set to reopen such public spots from Monday after a gap of over two months, as the country prepares for a calibrated exit from the co...

Pilot, trainee killed in aircraft crash in Odisha

Odisha: A two-seater aircraft crashed in Odisha's Dhenkanal district on Monday, killing a trainee pilot and her instructor, officials said. The trainer aircraft crashed on the tarmac at the Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) at Birasala in the district, Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Dhenkanal, B K Nayak, said. The two were taken to a ...

Odisha orders ‘weekend shutdown’ in 11 highly affected districts in June

The Odisha government has imposed a complete 'weekend shutdown' in 11 of the worst affected districts in the state during the month of June. Out of the total 30 districts Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Khorda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Bolangir will be shut down for four weekends in June with relaxation only for public...

COVID-19: Odisha reports 143 new cases; tally rises to 2,388

Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported 143 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (June 3), taking the total number of people infected in the state to 2,388. Of the fresh cases, 132 were detected among those who had been placed in quarantine, while the other 11 were found during contact tracing, a health department official said. Currently, there are 1,054 active cases...