Bahuda Yatra starts in Puri, holy triads of Jagannath temple bid adieu to aunt

Rituals for the ‘Bahuda Yatra’, the homeward journey of the trinity - Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra - of the Jagannath t...

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Woman, newborn killed in autorickshaw-truck collision in Odisha

Kendrapara: A woman and her newborn were killed and three others, including her husband, seriously injured when an auto-rickshaw carrying them collided with a truck in Odisha's Kendrapara district on Saturday. The woman, 25, was returning home from a hospital, where she gave birth to a girl on Friday, when the accident occurred around 8.30 am at Khamara C...

Election process begins for three RS seats in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday issued a notification for conduct of the by-elections to the three Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha. With issuance of the notification, the nomination filing process has started and it will continue till June 25, said B P Mishra, the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha polls. Mishra said the nominat...

Naveen takes oath as Odisha CM; Modi in congratulatory tweet assures central support

Bhubaneshwar: Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday took oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for a fifth consecutive term. Patnaik was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal in a grand ceremony at the Idco Exhibition Ground here. The BJD, which won 112 seats in the 147-member Assembly in the recently concluded ...

Naveen to take oath today; Odisha govt to have 21 ministers, 10 new faces

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Tuesday (May 28) appointed 11 Cabinet ministers and nine Ministers of State on the recommendations of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a communication from the Raj Bhavan said. The ministers and the Chief Minister will be administered the oath of the office on Wednesday (May 29) at 10.30 am in a function at the Exhib...

Pattachitra artists in Odisha look at bleak future post cyclone Fani

The famous Pattachitra paintings of Odisha’s Raghurajpur village may have embellished the walls of several houses and edifices across the world. But closer home they have become a faded reality for many ‘chitrakars’ (painters), who having lost a chunk of their work — some even worth lakhs — to cyclone Fani, now look at a bleak future. One of the...

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Cyclone Fani: Puri fisherfolk caught in troubled waters

At 12 o clock on a muggy Tuesday afternoon, a lone country boat inches closer to the shore at the Penthakata beach of Puri. It is usually the time of the day when the ‘nolias’ (fishermen), who leave for the high sea in the wee hours, return home with the catch of the day. Boats are anchored and fish is unloaded to be sold to traders, waiting at the...

Odisha seeks 5 lakh PMAY houses for cyclone-hit people

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday (May 13) urged the Centre to sanction at least five lakh houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) as the extremely severe cyclone Fani which hit the state on May 3 has damaged lakhs of kutcha houses in its coastal region. According to preliminary estimation, five lakh houses have been completely or subst...

How failure to accurately track ‘Fani’ cost more lives in Odisha

Even a week after the tragedy, Sheshadeba Nayak still can’t get over it. "It was about 7.30 in the morning. We – my wife, two daughters, and I – were having an early meal before rushing off to the cyclone shelter near the village when the asbestos on the roof started flying. One of them hit my Payal, my nine-year old deaf and dumb girl. For three d...

Help remains a far cry in Fani-ravaged Odisha

On May 3, when Cyclone Fani stormed into Odisha at a wind speed of 175-185 kmph, a group of 150 huddled together in two damp, dingy and dark rooms of a primary school in Raychakradharpur village in Satyabadi block of Puri district - for them a cyclone shelter. As the winds violently knocked on the windows and the doors, water kept gushing inside th...

Post Fani, Odisha should be considered for special category status: Naveen

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded special category status from the Centre for his disaster-prone state, saying it faces natural calamities almost every year. In his first interview since Cyclone Fani that ravaged the coastal districts killing 41 people, he said special category status was the need of the hour due to the massive l...

Civil society urges Odisha CM to take a closer look at issues post Fani

Civil Society Responds to Fani, a society comprising people from civil society organisations and concerned citizens, has drawn the Odisha government’s attention towards pressing issues ailing people in districts that have been affected by ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Fani that left the state battered in its wake. In a letter to Chief Minist...

Five Maoists killed in encounter by security forces in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At least five Maoists, including three women, were gunned down in an encounter with security personnel in Koraput district of Odisha on Wednesday (May 8), a senior police officer said. The encounter took place in a forest under Padua police station limits in the morning when personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary ...

Fani: Death toll rises to 37, Odisha seeks Centre’s help to restore power, tele...

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday (May 8) sought the Centre's help in restoration of power and telecom services in Puri and Khurda districts - the worst hit by cyclone Fani - due to a shortage of skilled manpower, an official said. The state has to install as many as 1.56 lakh electric poles. According to an official, the toll in the cyclone, whi...

Odisha CM demands special status for state, asks for funds to build resilient infra

Through a tweet on April 6, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reinforced his demand for special category status to Odisha, in view of its vulnerability to frequent calamities of extreme nature, even as the death toll due to cyclone Fani rose to 35. The CM said the state needs Rs 10,000 crore to build energy infrastructure which is resilient t...

Centre releases additional ₹1,000 cr to cyclone-hit Odisha

New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Monday (May 6) announced release of an additional ₹1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A Home Ministry statement said the amount would be in addition to the ₹341 crore that had been provided to the Odishas State Disaster Response Force in advance. As announced by Prime Minis...

Odisha’s distress and response largely ignored by media, ridiculed on social media

They wear Odisha’s Ikat sarees to TV shows, make a beeline at the Odisha Chief Minister’s residence to quiz him about his fitness regimen, badger other Odias on the state’s incompetence to do justice to the ‘Dana Majhis’ of Odisha, and never spare a moment to sensationalise the purported ‘war over Rasagola’. But when it comes to a disaster, Odis...

Fani causes extensive damage to telcom, power infrastructure in Odisha

Cyclone Fani has caused extensive damage to telecommunications and power infrastructure in Puri, Bhubaneswar and some other areas of Odisha, while rail and air connectivity to the state is getting restored on Saturday (May 4), the Centre said. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, review...

Fani kills 14, injures 63 in Bangladesh; leaves 12 dead in Odisha

Dhaka/Bhubaneswar: After wreaking havoc in Odisha on May 3, claiming 14 lives and injuring 63, the severe cyclonic storm Fani barrelled into Bangladesh through West Bengal on Saturday (May 4). The cyclone, however, had minimum impact in West Bengal. According to IANS, it entered Bengal at 12.30 am through Odisha’s Balasore on Saturday and crossed Kharagpur with a ...

Cyclone Fani expected to trigger heavy rains; claims 3 lives

Guwahati: As cyclone Fani is expected to trigger heavy rains in the northeast after hitting West Bengal, the Assam government on Friday (May 3) directed all district deputy commissioners and agencies concerned to be on alert and take necessary measures to deal with the situation. The Central Water Commission, in a bulletin, has forecast high rainfall in w...

Odisha braces for Fani; IMD predicts wind speed of 170-180 kmph

In 1999, when a super cyclone struck Odisha with a wind velocity of 260 kmph, it wiped out more than 10,000 of its population in a matter of hours, leaving a scary trail of death, loss, and destruction in its aftermath. Coastal villages were marooned in seawater, stormy winds brought houses to the ground, and roads turned into watery graves fill...

Tribal dominated Koraput LS seat to witness triangular fight

Koraput: A Congress bastion for decades till 2009 when it slipped into Biju Janata Dal (BJD) control, the tribal dominated Koraput Lok Sabha constituency in south Odisha is set to witness a keen triangular contest in the coming polls. An intense battle appears to be on the cards with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding tribal heavyweight Jayaram Pangi, wh...

Unwell to attend poll duty? Prove it: Odisha govt to officers

Kendrapara: With a large number of government employees seeking exemption from election duty on medical ground, the Kendrapara district administration in Odisha has ordered health check-up of those employees, an official said on March 29. “We have ordered health check-up of people who are deputed on poll duty but have sought exemption from it on medical gro...