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    COVID-19 lockdown: This is how people celebrated Utkala Dibasa in Odisha

    Bhubaneswar: True that the festive spirit of all Odias on the 84th Foundation Day of Odisha, celebrated as Utkala Dibasa, today was dampened due to coronavirus outbreak leading to the subsequent 21-day lockdown, but it failed to pour cold water on the very spirit. For the first time, there are no decorations, rallies, cultural events or any other kind of celebration...

    • 53 min ago
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    Jajpur CDMO transferred for non-cooperation in tackling COVID-19

    Jajpur: Couple of days after a few district administration officials were suspended and some others were issued show cause for their alleged dereliction of duties, Jajpur Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Dr Arun Kumar Patra was transferred last night. Dr Sudhanshu Sekhar Bal was given charge of the CDMO following the transfer of Patra. Asked about the reason behind the...

    • 53 min ago
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    Nizamuddin event: 2 more attendees from Odisha identified

    Bhubaneswar: As the Nizamuddin event has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Odisha Government swung into action and today identified two more persons in the state who had attended the mass prayer at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi. With this, total five out of the 15 people from Odisha, who had attended the congregation held from March 13 to March 15, have been...

    • 3 hrs ago
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    Utkala Dibasa: Lesser known facts about Odisha

    The land that celebrates diversities in true sense. The land that boasts a rich cultural heritage and calendars more festivals than months in a year. That's the glorious Odisha! With constant transformation from an ancient province of Mauriyan empire to the modern Odisha, the land has never lost its essence of socio-cultural magnificence. Earlier a province of Bihar, Odisha separated into an...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    No function by Odisha govt on Utkala Dibasa; Guv, CM wish people

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided not to organise any function on the occasion of Utkala Dibasa today due to coronavirus outbreak and nationwide lockdown. The aim of the move is to avoid congregation and prevent any possible coronavirus transmission. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished the people of the state on Utkala Dibasa, which is...

    • 9 hrs ago
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    One more tests positive for COVID-19 in Odisha

    Bhubaneswar: Samples of another person from Odisha tested positive today for deadly COVID-19. According to the Health and Family Welfare Department, samples of a 29-year-old youth from Bhadrak district with travel history to Dubai were found to be positive for COVID-19. With this the total number of COVID-19 positive cases increased to four in the State. Health Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal spoke...

    • 19 hrs ago
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    COVID-19: Odisha defers salary of CM, ministers and bureaucrats

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday issued an order deferring a portion of the salary of the chief minister, ministers and All India Service officers as part of austerity measures to tackle COVID-19, an official statement said. In view of the economic impact caused due to lockdown and expenditures incurred to control COVID-19, the government ordered deferment of wages...

    • 20 hrs ago
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    COVID-19: Three from Odisha who attended Nizamuddin prayer meeting quarantined

    Bhubaneswar: Amid COVID-19 outbreak, the Odisha government today said it has information about three persons from the State who attended a religious prayer meeting in Hazarat Nizamuddin and they have been kept in government quarantine facilities. This was informed by the government's Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 Subroto Bagchi here. He further said family...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    Odisha gets third COVID-19 testing centre

    Jharsuguda: Following the Odisha government's requests for more COVID-19 testing centres in the State, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today gave its nod to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack to test blood samples of suspected cases of COVID-19. This was informed by Health Minister Naba Das today here. With the new testing centre at SCB, the number of COVID-19 testing...

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    Lockdown: Validity of vehicle documents extended in Odisha

    Bhubaneswar: In view of the countrywide lockdown for coronavirus outbreak, validity of vehicle-related documents have been extended in Odisha. As per the decision of the Central Government, validity of fitness, permit, DL, registration etc. have been extended till June 30. The Odisha State Transport Authority has further extended the validity of LL and Pollution Under Control (PUC)...

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