In the view of the rise of COVID-19 positive cases, the Government of Odisha prepares to 30,000 Coronavirus test on a daily basis. For this purpose, seven more district-level laboratories will be set up this week. RT-PCR test capacity is likely to be more than 10,000 per day, and the remaining 20,000 tests will be conducted using the rapid antigen test kits.

Collection of Equal Fees in Colleges for the Regular Subjects: Odisha Government

The Government of Odisha asks the principals of the State’s Government colleges and aided degree colleges to collect equal fees for all the regular subjects. Few colleges have a dual fee structure where some seats are filled by the normal admission fees and others through the mode of self-financing.  In this direction, Saswat Mishra, the higher education secretary, asks all the college principals to follow a single fee structure for all the regular subject seats.

Fire Safety Audit for the COVID-19 Hospitals in Odisha

Following the fire accident at Ahmedabad’s COVID Hospital, the Government of Odisha decides to conduct a fire safety audit in the COVID facilities of the state. According to the statement of Satyajit Mohanty, Fire Services DG, the audit has been conducted in 133 COVID care centers and 41 COVID hospitals of the state. The security personnels of the COVID centers are also provided with training to effectively deal the fire accidents.

Three Fake Maoists Arrested

On Sunday, three fake youths have been arrested by the police for impersonating as Maoists and extorting money from a farmer. Tulasiram Nayak, a farmer in Pujhariguda village that comes under the Jayapatna police, got a phone call asking him to pay an amount of Rs 10 lakh. Tulsiram Nayak lodged a complaint at Jayapatna police station and got the three arrested.

Coronavirus Death Toll rises to 321 in Odisha

Odisha reports the death of more 13 people due to COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, and the death toll rises to 321. Among the 13 deaths recorded, two each were from Khurda and Koraput, one each from Bargarh, Nayagarh, and Balasore, and six from Ganjam. All the deceased persons were within the age of 37 years to 81 years.

Heavy Rain Disrupts Road Communication in Malkangiri and Balimela

The heavy rains in the towns of Malkangiri and Balimela on Saturday night disrupt the road communication. The incessant rain flooded the low lying bridge in the nearby area of Tarlakota in MV-37, a busy route connecting both the towns. Hundreds of people and vehicles have been stranded on either side of the bridge as there is no sign of decreases in the water level.

45-day Durga Puja to be Held in Srimandir, Puri

This year, Durga Puja would be held for 45-days in the Srimandir, Puri. According to Sidheswar Mahapatra, the Purohit of Lord Jagannath and Mukti Mandap’s Biswambar Dash, Dura Puja is planned to begin on September 9 and end on October 24. The plan for the observance of Durga Puja was chalked out during a meeting of the pundits.