Seven-member central team visits Amphan-hit districts

Bhubaneswar:  A seven-member central team Thursday began its field visit to assess the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Amphan in the coastal districts of Odisha. The team, divided into two groups, will be visiting Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts. One group is scheduled to visit Bhadrak district and the other one will be going to Jagatsinghpur Friday, an official said. The central team, led by additional secretary in the...

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65 COVID-19 patients recover in Odisha, active cases at 988

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha health department Thursday said that 65 persons who earlier tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and are being discharged. Out of the 65 persons, 14 are from Ganjam, 10 each from Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara, eight from Bhadrak, seven from Keonjhar, six from Bolangir, three from Khurda, two each from Balasore and Jajpur and one each from Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda and Kandhamal. With this, total recoveries in the state now...

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COVID-19: 90 new cases in Odisha take state’s tally to 2,478

Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported 90 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, taking the total tally in the state to 2,478. Out of the 90 cases, 79 were reported from quarantine centres while 11 are local contacts. Khorda reported 25 new cases, Nayagarh 7, Angul 1, Balasore 1, Bhadrak 9, Kalahandi 1, Ganjam 22, Sambalpur 1, Sundargarh 5, Puri 2, Cuttack 5, Bargarh 1 and Dhenkanal 10. With the addition of these 90 cases, the...

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S&ME dept delays teachers’ promotion: OSSTA

Cuttack: The Odisha Secondary School Teachers’ Association (OSSTA) Wednesday claimed that as many as 2,500 posts of high school headmasters are lying vacant in the state. The teachers’ body claimed that the state government had directed the School and Mass Education (S&ME) department to fill the vacant posts of headmasters through promotion. However, the S&ME department is dilly-dallying the process, OSSTA alleged. OSSTA office-bearers claimed that the headmaster posts in at...

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Seven quintal cannabis seized in Khurda

Khurda: The Narcotics Control Bureau team Thursday seized an onion truck carrying seven quintal of cannabis on NH-57 in Khurda district. The market price of the contraband is said to be Rs 40 lakh. Narcotics Control Bureau - Bhubaneswar superintendent Surajeet Sen said that the contraband was being transported from Andhra Pradesh to different parts of Odisha....

Ravichandran Ashwin. Pic courtesy: Circle of Cricket

Offie Ravichandran Ashwin feeling itchy, wants to go out and play

Mumbai: Confined to his home for more than two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Thursday said he was now “feeling itchy” and just wants to go out and play. Like other Indian cricketers, Ashwin has not been able to go out and practice since March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown...

Mask rule violators fined in Ganjam

Chhatrapur: Ganjam police has collected fines to the tune of Rs 41,600 from mask rule violators in the district. The fine was collected under different police station limits within past 24 hours, a source in the police said. Ganjam SP Brijesh Kumar Rai has directed the IICs of all police stations in Ganjam police district to strictly...

Sal seeds no longer fetch fair price for Keonjhar tribals

Keonjhar: Even though tribals of Keonjhar district largely depend upon minor forest produces such as sal seeds, mahula and tola to eke out a living, distress sale of sal seeds has added to their woes. Sal seeds are usually collected during the months of May and June. The sal flowers abundantly blossom on trees in dense forest...

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‘Belur Math’ to allow in devotees from June 15

Kolkata: ‘Belur Math’, the global headquarters of Ramakrishna Mutt and Ramakrishna Mission, has decided to throw open its gates to the devotees from June 15. The ‘Belur Math’ will do so after putting in place all safety measures required to contain the spread of COVID-19. The gates of the sprawling premises of the mutt set up by...


Killing of pregnant Kerala elephant: SIT zeroes in on 3 suspects  

Kochi: Significant headway has been made in the investigation into the recent gory death of a pregnant wild elephant. The tragedy happened due to a suspected man-animal conflict in a forest area in Palakkad district of Kerala. Forest department officials said Thursday that they have zeroed in on three suspects who may have harmed the pregnant elephant....


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