Sand Art by Sudarsan Pattnaik

Photo: Banega Swachh India

Sudarsan Pattnaik Welcomes COVID Vaccination Drive With Sand Art

Famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik welcomed the world's largest vaccination drive' with his latest artwork at Odisha's Puri Beach on January 16. Captioning his artwork 'Together we can win', he tweeted a picture of his sand art of a syringe and a bottle labelled as COVID-19 vaccine with a welcome at the background. Shared and appreciated by the netizens, his COVID-19 vaccine welcoming post became viral on social media.

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 - 08:26 PM / by Richa Nigam

Tags: sandart, Sudarshan Pattnaik, Covid-19, Puri Beach, Odisha

Courtesy: Times Now

Water Wheel

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Odisha Farmer Makes Irrigation Wheel Using Waste Materials

In an unique initiative, an Odisha-based farmer sustains his farming using a waterwheel made out of rejected plastic bottles, bamboo, and iron rods. Interestingly, created using 40 wooden blades, the 10 ft.-high waterwheel works without a power supply. The 35-year-old farmer, Mahur Tipiria, is a class-2 pass-out and owns three acres of land in Sukruli block of Odisha. Reportedly, Mahur will be facilitated on Republic Day (January 26).

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 - 01:12 PM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Odisha, Bamboo, Waterwheel, Creative

Naveen patnaik

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Odisha Govt Orders Probe Over Letter Claiming Death Threats To CM

Odisha government has ordered an enquiry after CM Naveen Patnaik received an anonymous letter stating a threat to his life. Reportedly, received on January 5, the letter warned CM Patnaik of a planned conspiracy that involves killers equipped with AK-47, semi-automated pistol and other latest weapons. It also mentioned that the planner is from Nagpur. Following this, the CM's security has been tightened since the letter has surfaced. 

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 - 12:16 PM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Odisha, naveen patnaik, Odisha CM, Conspiracy

Courtesy: Times Now

Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP)

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4 Dead After Inhaling Toxic Gas At Rourkela Steel Plant

In a horrific accident, four SAIL employees have lost their life after inhaling a toxic gas emitted from a unit at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in Odisha. The accident occurred when 10 workers were on duty at the RSP Coal Chemical Section. While the victims were admitted to Ispat General Hospital, the survived are undergoing treatment at RSP dispensary. Reportedly, the deceased had inhaled carbon monoxide gas.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 - 03:56 PM / by Sakshi Amrutkar

Tags: Carbon Monoxide, Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha

Courtesy: Business Today

Representational photo

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7-Year-Old Odisha Boy Clears Programming Exams Conducted By Microsoft 

In a rare achievement, 7-year-old Venkat Raman Patnaik from Odisha's Balangir district cleared five Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) examinations. Raman, a third grade student cleared the exams for programming in Java, Javascript, Python, HTML and CSS, after a year enrolled for WhiteHat Jr's Silicon Valley programme. He also outran 26 finalists of the program with his self-developed app 'Let's Reward Kids'. Moreover, the boy has also been… read-more

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 - 12:38 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Odisha, Balangir, Microsoft, WhiteHat Jr, Silicon Valley

Courtesy: The Pioneer

Sree Jagannath Temple, Odisha

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Puri Sree Jagannath Temple Reopens For Public Outside Odisha

Puri Shree Jagannath Temple reopened for devotees from other parts of the country on January 3. Reportedly, the visitors will have to produce a COVID-19 negative certificate to enter the premises. An exclusive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is also functional to guarantee smooth darshan for devotees. At most, 17,000 devotees will be permitted a day for darshan. Earlier, the temple was closed for nine months due to the… read-more

Sun, 03 Jan 2021 - 05:35 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: covid 19, Odisha, Puri Jagannath Temple

Courtesy: Asianet Newsable

Odisha CM

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Odisha CM Directs Govt Officials, BJD Leaders To Disclose Assets

In a move to curb corruption, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on December 21 made it mandatory for all government officials to disclose property details in the public domain. The CM also mandated all elected BJD representatives in the state, from Sarpanch to the CM, to declare their property details. He said Odisha will be the first state to implement such measure, wherein all the property details will be shared with "powerful" Lokayukta (ombudsman… read-more

Tue, 22 Dec 2020 - 11:31 AM / by Bhavyata Kagrana

Tags: Odisha, naveen patnaik, corruption, Odisha government, Biju Janata Dal

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Elephant

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Puri-Surat Express Derails After Hitting Elephant In Odisha; Jumbo Dies

In a tragic incident, an adult elephant was ran over by Puri-Surat Superfast Express on December 21 in Odisha's Sambalpur district. After the impact, engine of the train got derailed as well. However, no casualties were reported. While the Railway sent an emergency team to the accident site, forest officials guided the elephant herd, which surrounded engine and dead jumbo for hours, towards forest.

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 - 10:46 AM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Indian Railways, Odisha, Sambalpur, Engine, Derail

Two Maoists killed in Odisha

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Odisha Forces Kill 2 Maoists In Encounter; Seizes Rifles

In Odisha's Malkangiri district, police have killed two Maoists including a female in the wee hours of December 13. The police have revealed that Maoists opened fire on the Special Operations Group and District Voluntary Forces which were on routine exercise in Gajalmamudi village. The police had killed them in retaliation and have recovered one INSAS rifle, one SLR rifle, bullets, Maoists literature and kit bags from the encounter site.

Sun, 13 Dec 2020 - 01:31 PM / by Bhavyata Kagrana

Tags: Maoists, Odisha, Encounter, security personnel

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

PM Narendra Modi

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Artist Draws PM Modi's Image On Tree To Raise Deforestation Issue

An Odia artist, Samarendra Behera, has carved PM Narendra Modi's image on a tree in Odisha’s Similipal National Park to draw the latter's attention towards illegal deforestation. Behera said that he opted for this way since he cannot personally meet the PM. Popularly known as ‘Artist of Environment’, Behera also lauded PM Modi’s efforts towards development and health sector. Behera has carved various other paintings on trees in and out of the… read-more

Sat, 12 Dec 2020 - 03:57 PM / by Richa Nigam

Tags: portrait, PM Narendra Modi, Odisha, Trees, environment, Samarendra Behera

Courtesy: NDTV