The Chief Secretary has requested Union Cabinet Secretary to consider suspending 'Shramik Special' trains from May 18 for three days in the coastal areas.c Odisha government has urged Central Government to suspend Shramik Special trains passing through its coastal area due to cyclone.
Paradip port in Odisha has handled 25.73 million tonnes of cargo during the first quarter of the current fiscal, the highest among major ports in the country, informed the chairman of Paradip Port Trust, Rinkesh Roy."As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stifle the global supply chain, PPT has come out with flying colours," Roy said.
Hero Cycles CMD Pankaj Munjal said that there has been increase in sales in parts of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha after return of migrant workers during coronavirus-induced lockdown. "Major thing I am observing, people are opting for cycles for fitness, which is a good thing for the country," he added.
Sale of liquor began in Odisha amid unlock 2.0 on July 01. Liquor shops reopened after gap of over 3 months in Bhubaneswar amid coronavirus pandemic. Liquor will be sold through both online and offline mediums to customers. Wearing face masks is compulsory while buying alcohol as per government guidelines. There are over 1800 active cases of COVID-19 in Odisha.
The sale of mangoes dipped due to coronavirus epidemic in Bhubaneswar and business of mango traders have affected a lot due to it. One of the mango traders said, "Our business has dropped upto 75 percent and even farmers are facing a lot of problems. Price is same as last year but sales have dropped. People have no money to buy mangoes." Over 1800 active cases of coronavirus have been reported in Odisha till now.
A newly-recruited Odisha Finance Service (OFS) officer committed suicide by hanging himself in Khandagiri area of Bhubaneswar. According to the police, he hanged himself due to a family dispute. "We've registered a case based on a complaint that said an Odisha Finance Service officer committed suicide by hanging himself due to a family dispute in Khandagiri area of Bhubaneswar. He was supposed to join the duty in a few days," Deputy Commissioner of Police Anup Kumar Sahoo told ANI.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on June 23 watched live telecast of Jagannath Rath Yatra from his Bhubaneswar office. He also released special Ratha Jatra issue of Utkal Prasanga, a magazine of the state government.
While speaking to ANI, Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar, S Pattnaik on solar eclipse stated that the solar eclipse on June 21 will be an annular eclipse. "It'll be visible to entire India as partial eclipse and as an annular eclipse to 3 states- Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Haryana. It'll start around 10:20am and end around 2:20pm," he added.
Under state government's scheme, Rs. 2000 was distributed per head to all people who completed the full isolation period in Odisha's Jajpur on June 29. The money has been transferred directly to the bank accounts of around 144 people. Jajpur Collector Ranjan Kumar Das on the reason behind the incentive said, "To encourage people to register and undergo compulsory quarantine, the incentive was declared by government. No loss is made to them as they will not be able to do any manual work in the quarantine period."
A rare species of chameleon has been rescued from Gobindpur village in Jajpur district of Odisha. The chameleon was spotted near an embankment of the river, which is adjacent to the village. Later with the help of forest department, the animal was released in a forest.
Migrant workers, who have returned to their native villages amid lockdown in Odisha's Jajpur, are getting employment under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. One of the labourers said, "I was working as a carpenter in Bihar and due to lockdown I had come back. I have been working here for last 6 days." MGNREGA scheme aims at providing livelihood security in rural areas. Recently, allocation for MGNREGA was increased by Rs 40000 crore to boost employment under economic package.
Strong winds up to 82 km/ph speed hit Odisha's Paradip on May 20. Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall today near coastal areas of West Bengal. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur districts are expected to be hit most.
While speaking to ANI in Odisha on May 19, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar's Deputy Director, Umashankar Das on cyclonic storm 'Amphan' said Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur districts to be most affected. "We are expecting it will cross land by becoming a very severe cyclonic storm," he added.
Normalcy returned in Odisha's Balasore on May 21 after cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc the area. People came out of their houses to buy daily essentials. Fruits vendors were seen selling their products on a street. According to a fruit vendor, administration had asked them not to venture out due the super cyclone Amphan. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in coastal regions of Odisha and West Bengal on May 20.
The Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mrutyunjay Mohapatra Odisha on cyclone Apmphan said that Odisha will not have damaging impact for more than 2-3 hours. "Bhadrak and Balasore (in Odisha) will continue to have damaging impact for 2-3 more hours. After this Odisha will not have any damaging impact," informed IMD DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.
The Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SN Pradhan informed that the total of 41 teams have been deployed in Odisha and West Bengal to combat Cyclone Amphan, and nearly 5 lakh people have been evacuated so far from both the states. "The total numberof 41 teams are deployed in Odisha and West Bengak," said DG SN Pradhan while talking to ANI. Menwhile, "Odisha has evacuated nearly 1.5 lakh people from Balasore and Bhadrak, In West Bengal over 3.3 lakh people has been evacuated," Pradhan further said.
As cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall today, strong winds and high tides at Chandipur beach in Odisha's Balasore. Cyclone Amphan will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon to evening hours of 20th May, said Indian Meteorological Department.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed ahead of Cyclone Amphan, which is likely to make landfall in between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) on May 20. The teams are gearing up for rescue and relief operation. 10 teams are deployed in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj. Seven teams are at 3rd NDRF BN Mundali in Cuttack. Odisha government has urged Central Government to suspend Shramik Special trains passing through its coastal area due to cyclone.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was 'shocked' by Rajput's demise. Union Minister Smriti Irani mourned actor's death on micro-blogging site. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his deepest condolences to Rajput family. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took to twitter to express his grief. Rajput gained prominence for his acting in movies like 'Chhichhore', 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet meeting in the national capital on June 03. The meeting took place at Prime Minister's Office, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari attended the meeting. Union Ministers RS Prasad, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also attended the meeting in Delhi.
Union Cabinet on June 01 approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debts for stressed Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). "This will benefit 2 lakh stressed MSMEs," said Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
The Central Government banned 59 mobile apps including TikTok, UC Browser and other Chinese apps on June 29. Tik Tok has been removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play Store. TikTok star Sweety Singh, who had over 1 million followers on the app, welcomed the government's decision to ban Chinese apps. Tik Too users were seen deleting the app from there phonesa day after the app was banned by the Centre. As per Government of India, these apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the state and public order. Delhiites also welcomed the decision to remove Chinese apps.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on outcome of SDMA's meeting said that Central Government has rolled back its order mandating COVID-19 patients to visit COVID care centres for health assessment. "Now Delhi Government's medical teams will visit people at their home to assess whether they can stay in home isolation and need to be sent to hospital," added Sisodia.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on June 22 thanked the Supreme Court for granting permission to conduct Rath Yatra. CM Patnaik said, "I thank the Supreme Court for granting permission to conduct Rath Yatra". CM Patnaik also thanked the Central Government for their cooperation. "Odisha Government and Sree Jagannath Temple Administration is fully prepared to hold Rath Yatra", added the CM. The CM also accepted that holding Rath Yatra during the times of COVID-19 is extremely challenging. He informed that three ministers will be in Puri for smooth Rath Yatra.