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School and Mass Education Minister S R Dash stated that classes, with not more than 20-25 students, will also be held on Saturdays and Sundays.(HT file)

Schools reopen in Odisha for students of classes 10, 12

By PTI | Posted by Nilesh Mathur | Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:05 PM IST
After a gap of about nine months, schools across Odisha on Friday reopened their classrooms to students who would shortly be appearing for their board examination.
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Panic sparked after around 120 poultry birds were found dead at Govindpur village of Badaberana Gram Panchayat under Begunia block of Khurdha District.(ANI)
Panic sparked after around 120 poultry birds were found dead at Govindpur village of Badaberana Gram Panchayat under Begunia block of Khurdha District.(ANI)

No bird flu cases in Odisha, people can consume poultry products: Govt

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:09 AM IST
The Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Department in a statement said that people can consume chicken meat, eggs and other poultry products produced in the state after properly cooking them.
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On Thursday, around 300 samples including a few birds from a poultry farm of Khurda tested negative for bird flu.(HT PHOTO.)
On Thursday, around 300 samples including a few birds from a poultry farm of Khurda tested negative for bird flu.(HT PHOTO.)

Odisha asks people to remain vigilant as 11000 samples test negative for bird flu

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:33 PM IST
The veterinary department said so far around 11,000 samples of migratory birds in several waterbodies including Chilika Lake have been tested, but all the samples have been detected negative for the disease.
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The National Green Tribunal said that no further activity shall be taken up in 436 acres in forest land in Bhubaneswar without first complying with the requirement of law.(HT PHOTO)
The National Green Tribunal said that no further activity shall be taken up in 436 acres in forest land in Bhubaneswar without first complying with the requirement of law.(HT PHOTO)

NGT stops activity in 436 acres in Bhubaneswar for lack of forest clearance

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:41 PM IST
The NGT order came in response to a petition filed by Bhubaneswar-based activist Subash Mohapatra in 2019 challenging the inaction of the Odisha government in checking the illegal and unauthorized use of 568 acres of revenue forest land in the city for non-forestry purpose.
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The image shows the leopard roaming around.(ANI)
The image shows the leopard roaming around.(ANI)

Leopard spotted roaming in Odisha’s Kalahandi district

By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | Kalahandi, Odisha
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:29 PM IST
A local, Alok Panigrahi, said the leopard was seen roaming around on the National Highway.
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Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)

Preparations underway at school in Odisha ahead of reopening on Jan 8

By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:37 AM IST
At the Buxi Jagabandhu English Medium School, arrangements are being made to ensure social distancing and other protocol.
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

Over 3.5 tonnes of cannabis recovered in Odisha, Chhattisgarh

By Ritesh Mishra/Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Raipur/Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:26 AM IST
Officials said ganja is mostly transported through National Highway-30 in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar
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Lokayukta Ajit Singh has ordered an inquiry into allegations of irregular financial benefits against IAS officer Bishnupada Sethi.(Courtesy- lokayukta.odisha.gov.in)
Lokayukta Ajit Singh has ordered an inquiry into allegations of irregular financial benefits against IAS officer Bishnupada Sethi.(Courtesy- lokayukta.odisha.gov.in)

Odisha Lokayukta orders probe against senior IAS officer in medical bill reimbursements case

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:40 AM IST
IAS officer is accused of drawing lakhs of rupees from Orissa State Co-operative Bank in shape of incentives, honorarium, reimbursements of medical bill or orderly allowances and book grant, while serving as its management-in-charge.
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Covering an approx area of 1,100 sq km, the lagoon is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in India. It welcomes numerous species of endangered birds every winter season.(HT PHOTO.)
Covering an approx area of 1,100 sq km, the lagoon is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in India. It welcomes numerous species of endangered birds every winter season.(HT PHOTO.)

Odisha’s Chilika Lake logs its highest ever count with 11.42 lakh migratory birds

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:28 PM IST
The annual bird count of Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon undertaken on Tuesday revealed a record presence of 11.42 lakh migratory birds from 190 species.
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Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)

Odisha to conduct health check ups in schools and colleges for COVID-19

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:54 PM IST
The Health and Family Welfare department would undertake health check-ups in educational institutions after opening of schools on January 8 and colleges/universities on January 11, the official said.
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This image was shared on January 3.(Twitter/@dc_sanjay_jas)
This image was shared on January 3.(Twitter/@dc_sanjay_jas)

Can you guess what place is shown in these picturesque shots?

By Sanya Budhiraja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:42 AM IST
“Fabulous, there is so much in India to see,” read one comment under the Twitter post. Doubling as a hint to the question.
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Representational image. ( Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Representational image. ( Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Colleges, varsities in Odisha to reopen for final year students on Jan 11

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:00 AM IST
The penultimate semester exams for the students of UG/PG courses will be held from March 16 to March 31 and the final semester examinations will take place between June 16 and June 30, a notification issued by the Higher Education department said.
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On Saturday evening, Kulamani Baral, 75, in-charge of Salepur mandal of BJP and former chairman of Mahanga Panchayat Samiti was hacked to death along with his 80-year-old associate near Jankoti village.(HT PHOTO.)
On Saturday evening, Kulamani Baral, 75, in-charge of Salepur mandal of BJP and former chairman of Mahanga Panchayat Samiti was hacked to death along with his 80-year-old associate near Jankoti village.(HT PHOTO.)

Odisha law minister, 12 others booked for murder of BJP leader and his associate

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 01:22 AM IST
Soon after the murder, police in Cuttack registered a case against 13 people, including state law minister Pratap Jena for their alleged involvement in the double murder of BJP leader Baral and his associate and relative Dibyasingh on Saturday evening.
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The temple remained closed on January 1 and 2 and reopened for all devotees from across the country from Sunday.(Arabinda Mohapatra)
The temple remained closed on January 1 and 2 and reopened for all devotees from across the country from Sunday.(Arabinda Mohapatra)

Jagannath temple reopens for all devotees

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:26 PM IST
About 17,000 devotees visited the temple on Sunday after producing Covid-19 negative reports done within 96 hours and adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines.
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Image for representation.(ANI)
Image for representation.(ANI)

Hours after murder of Odisha BJP leader, party alleges BJD resorting to retributive politics

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:04 PM IST
Angry over the twin murders, the BJP said that the ruling BJD had started eliminating rivals in a cold-blooded manner like Mamata Banerjee was doing in Bengal.
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The image shows the rescued pangolin.(ANI)
The image shows the rescued pangolin.(ANI)

Pangolin rescued few days back released in forest area in Odisha

By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | Cuttack, Odisha
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:58 PM IST
The health condition of the pangolin was monitored for a few days and now it is fit to be introduced in the ecosystem.
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Representational image.(Imagesbazaar)
Representational image.(Imagesbazaar)

Beating hunger, COVID, destitute medical aspirants of Odisha on way to become doctors

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:05 PM IST
Braving all odds, a select group of medical aspirants of Odisha coming from humble background have got entry in medical colleges after clearing tough NEET examination in 2020.
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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(HT file)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(HT file)

Naveen Patnaik expresses gratitude to Centre for developing Odisha as leading research hub of nation

By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 09:40 AM IST
Patnaik made this statement while talking at the foundation laying stone ceremony for the permanent campus of Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)-Sambalpur in Odisha.
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The two men were immediately taken to the Mahanga Hospital where Baral was declared dead by doctors at the facility. His associate has been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and is in a critical condition.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The two men were immediately taken to the Mahanga Hospital where Baral was declared dead by doctors at the facility. His associate has been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and is in a critical condition.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Odisha BJP leader killed, associate critical; police suspect past enmity

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:26 AM IST
Kulamani Baral, BJP’s Salepur in-charge and former chairman of the Mahanga Panchayat Samity under Cuttack district was returning home with his associate Dibyasingh Baral on a bike when six men caught up with him at Jankoti on Shukanai embankment road.
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PM Modi on Saturday said the youth of India needs to be prepared for the massive opportunities that lie ahead in India.(Photo: Twitter/ BJP4India)
PM Modi on Saturday said the youth of India needs to be prepared for the massive opportunities that lie ahead in India.(Photo: Twitter/ BJP4India)

‘Today’s startups can become tomorrow’s MNCs’: PM Modi lays foundation of new IIM-Sambalpur campus

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:17 PM IST
In his virtual address, PM Modi also asked the students to focus on ‘Brand India’ in addition to ensuring that their vision incorporates the less privileged sections of society.
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PM Modi laid the foundation stone of permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur in Odisha(Screengrab)
PM Modi laid the foundation stone of permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur in Odisha(Screengrab)

‘Come up with ways to turn local into global’: PM Modi lays foundation stone of IIM Sambalpur

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:33 PM IST
Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and state chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Union ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi were also present on the occasion.
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GRIHA is a rating tool that helps people assess the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.(ANI)
GRIHA is a rating tool that helps people assess the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.(ANI)

PM Modi to lay foundation of IIM- Sambalpur on Jan 2

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 05:47 PM IST
Director of IIM Sambalpur, Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal said the work on the campus will be completed on April 2022 and will be a fully equipped state-of-art structure with energy efficient green features as per the GRIHA’ standards.
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Several research studies have indicated that girls drop out of schools due to inadequate sanitary facilities being provided especially during their menstruation periods. Facilities need to be provided — and their awkwardness needs to be addressed too.(HTPhoto)
Several research studies have indicated that girls drop out of schools due to inadequate sanitary facilities being provided especially during their menstruation periods. Facilities need to be provided — and their awkwardness needs to be addressed too.(HTPhoto)

Women must be centre-stage in water and sanitation

By Naina Lal Kidwai
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:42 AM IST
In 2018 the rallying call of the Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) campaign of “Satyagraha se Swachhagrah” - rode on the back of the big change in sanitation habits in India .
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There is moderate fog with Delhi’s Palam recording visibility under 200 metres Wednesday morning.(Reuters Photo)
There is moderate fog with Delhi’s Palam recording visibility under 200 metres Wednesday morning.(Reuters Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Delhi records minimum temperature of 4.1 degrees and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 09:00 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Authorities say several returnees from UK had mentioned their international numbers among their details, making it difficult to trace them.(PTI Photo)
Authorities say several returnees from UK had mentioned their international numbers among their details, making it difficult to trace them.(PTI Photo)

27 UK returnees to Odisha untraceable, vague addresses hinder search

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:47 AM IST
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said zone-wise teams have been formed to trace the returnees.
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File photo: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra)
File photo: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra)

Odisha to repeal over 200 obsolete laws in Budget session next year

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:23 PM IST
The state cabinet gave its approval to repeal 206 old and obsolete Acts that were passed between 1976 and 2016.
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Pramod, 31, is ranked world number one in para-badminton for men’s singles and doubles, while Sukant is presently at the fifth position in the world para-badminton space; styled by Drishti Vij(Shivamm Paathak)
Pramod, 31, is ranked world number one in para-badminton for men’s singles and doubles, while Sukant is presently at the fifth position in the world para-badminton space; styled by Drishti Vij(Shivamm Paathak)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Para-athletes Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam show us how to look at the glass half full

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:42 AM IST
As we sign off 2020, two para-badminton players tell us how they put aside their leg defects and took off as world toppers
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Wildlife officials said the mother bear and its cub were crossing the Podabalanda-Badmal road under Rairakhol forest division early on Saturday when an unknown vehicle hit them killing both the animals. (Image used for representation).(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Wildlife officials said the mother bear and its cub were crossing the Podabalanda-Badmal road under Rairakhol forest division early on Saturday when an unknown vehicle hit them killing both the animals. (Image used for representation).(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Bear and cub killed in road accident in Odisha’s Sambalpur district

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 01:26 AM IST
The accidental death of the bears came five days after an elephant was run over by the Puri-Surat Express train near Bhabanipali between Hatibari and Maneswar Railway stations under Sambalpur division.
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Jay Kishore Pradhan, a 64-year-old retired bank official from Atabira in Bargarh district of Odisha.(HT Photo)
Jay Kishore Pradhan, a 64-year-old retired bank official from Atabira in Bargarh district of Odisha.(HT Photo)

‘Second innings’: 64-year-old retired bank official in Odisha enrols in MBBS

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 09:15 PM IST
Pradhan, who retired as a deputy manager at the State Bank of India, said he wrote the NEET exam to achieve his unfinished dream of becoming a doctor.
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The sample of the 34-year-old man who had tested positive for Covid-19 has been sent to NIV Pune for genome sequencing.(HT PHOTO.)
The sample of the 34-year-old man who had tested positive for Covid-19 has been sent to NIV Pune for genome sequencing.(HT PHOTO.)

In last 2 weeks, 43 people have returned to Odisha from UK

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:22 AM IST
Additional chief secretary of Health and Family Welfare department PK Mohapatra said of the 43 UK returnees, 21 went to Bhubaneswar, one to Khurda, five to Cuttack, three each to Koraput and Berhampur and two each to Nayagarh and Nabarangpur, one each to Jajpur, Rajgangpur, Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur and Sakhigopal towns.
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