A petition has been filed in the Orissa High Court seeking a green signal to observe Durga Puja this year. Balu Bazaar Puja Committee of Cuttack has filed the petition to allow the Puja to preserve the tradition. In the petition, the committee mentions that the festival will be celebrated following all the required rules of COVID-19.
IMD Issues Heavy Rain Alert for 18 Districts
The low pressure formed over the North Bay of Bengal has now turned into a well-marked low pressure. Due to this, the IMD- Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red warning for 18 districts of Odisha. All the districts will face extremely heavy rainfall until Friday. However, several parts are now suffering from floods.
Flood in Balasore as Water Level is above Danger Mark
Due to the continuous rainfall, the water level of the Jalaka river is now above the danger mark. While the danger mark is 5.5 meters, the current water level is 6.43 meters. Most of the low-lying areas in Srirampur, Baharda, and Sanakhudi in Basta block are suffering from floods. Hundreds of acres of vegetable fields are submerged.
RT-PCR Test Cost Goes Down by Rs 1000
To promote COVID-19 testing among people, the State Government has slashed the cost of RT-PCR test to by Rs. 1000. Now, people can get it done by paying Rs.1200; previously, it was Rs. 2200. As per the State Health and Family Welfare Department, the test can be done only at selected ICMR approved private hospitals.
There will be No Durga Puja in Pandals in the Millennium City
Following the rising cases of COVID-19 cases, the district administration in Cuttack has decided not to conduct Durga Puja in pandals this year. As per the report, Bhabani Shankar Chayani, Collector of Cuttack, has told that there will be no religious congregation this time. He advised people to observe Durga Puja in their houses.
ZEE Donates PP Kits to BMC to Fight COVID-19
Under its national CSR-Corporate Social Responsibility Drive Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd. Has donated 2000 Personal Protective Equipment kits to the BMC- Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation. ZEE’s representatives have handed over the PPE kits to Prem Chandra Chaudhary, BM Commissioner. As per the report, by the end of October, the company will also offer 20 ambulances to BMC.
SJTA Advised to Inspect Inner Sanctum Ornaments
The state government has ordered SJTA- Shree Jagannath Temple Administration to carry out inspection work of the ornaments of an inner sanctum or Bhitara Ratana Bhandari in Puri Jagannath Temple. On the other hand, the govt also has ordered the temple administration to fill up the vacancies in the temple’s Mukti Mandap.