Daily Round-Up: Heavy Rains in Odisha Claim Five Lives


The heavy downpour due to the low pressure at the Bay of Bengal, several low lying areas have been submerged. On Friday, two more deaths have been reported. Even though the water level is has reached the danger mark in some rivers, the State Government has ruled out the threat of any flood. However, the death toll in the state due to rain-related incidents has increased to five.

Smart Farming gets launched by Atal Incubation Centre

The Atal Incubation Centre launched Smart Farming, an agri-tech startup company, an initiative of two agricultural scientists, Dr Sushant Kumar Dash and Dr Binod Bihari Sahoo. Dr Tapan Kumar Chand, a mentor of Start-ups, launched 11 products, including Pachak, Samrudhi, Safala, and Manthan. According to the statement of Dr Chand, Smart Framing is likely to bring third green revolution and improve production, reduce waste, sustain the environment by minimizing chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

State Government ask Collectors to modify COVID-19 Strategy

In the last week, several districts in Odisha have witnessed a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. In an attempt to handle the situation, the Government of Odisha asked the Collectors to rework on the COVID-19 strategies and update about the approaches along with the change in the situation. The cause and nature of the spike in Coronavirus in the rural, urban, and neighboring areas needs to be studied separately, and collectors should take the necessary steps to control the spread in a rural area in a week.

Eight Odisha Villages wait for kendu leaf sale permit

Owing to the inability to sell the kendu leaf without the transit permit, resentment increases among the pluckers.   After recognizing the forest rights of the villagers in 2010 and 2012, the Government had permitted the villagers of Kandulguda, Kelia, Mundiguda, Atigaon, Dakibundel, Dhanrpur, Baghdungri, and Bhoiguda to operate in some forest areas. However, due to a lack of transit permits, they are not able to sell this year.

COVID-19 recoveries in Odisha crosses 50K mark

Recoveries in Odisha crossed the 50k mark after more 1,927 patients of the state recovered on Friday. Six districts of Odisha individually reported more than 100 recoveries. Maximum recoveries were from Khurda with 246 patients, followed by Ganjam with 190 patients, 146 in Rayagada, 151 in Nayagarh, 101 in Kandhamal, and 108 in Sundergarh. The active cases of COVID-19 are 21,771in the state.

76th Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi Celebrated

The Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle and Odisha Rajiv Gandhi Student Forum together celebrated the 76th Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna in the INTUC State unit office premises. The ceremony was presided by the Forum president Satyabrata Nayak. The Forum president urged the youths and students to maintain the integrity and unity of the nation.

Traffic Violation: Suspension of Driving Licence for 3 Months

On Thursday, the State Transport Authority (STA) asked the enforcement officers to take strict actions in case of traffic offenses. The driving license of the violators will be suspended for three months according to the directions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. The traffic offenses include over speeding, use of mobile phones when driving, overloading passengers, drunken driving, and goods vehicle carrying passengers.