City Bus to Resume from January 1 in Sambalpur

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In Sambalpur, the city bus service will resume on all the routes from January 1, which was stopped due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 20. The city buses will run on all 12 routes. As per the sources, more than 7,000 commuters were traveling in the city buses daily before the service was stopped.

Thirty-one COVID-19 Positive Cases Found in Bhubaneswar

On Friday, Bhubaneswar registered 31 new COVID-19 positive cases. The latest issues included 25 local contacts and six quarantine cases. Simultaneously, one more person succumbed to the virus taking the total toll to 236. 

Sand Mafia Attacks Tehsildar in Balasore

The Nilgiri Tehsildar and staffers faced the anger of some members of a sand mafia when they reached a spot in Balasore district where the sand was illegally lifted on Thursday. As per the sources, a dispute between a leasee and the mafia member led to a volatile situation in the two groups’ faceoff. 

Odisha Farmer Thanks PM Modi for Welfare Schemes

On Friday, a farmer, Naveen Thakur, from the backward Nuapada district, got the opportunity to interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his gratitude for the farmer’s welfare schemes launched by his government. The paddy farmer from the village under Budhipali narrated how the PM-KISAN and Kisan Credit Card schemes have benefited him. 

SC Mohapatra Appointed as New Chief Secretary of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC)

On Friday, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra was appointed as the new Chief Secretary with the State Government appointing Development Commissioner to the post. Mr Mohapatra will succeed Asit Kumar Tripathy, who is set to retire on December 31. The 1986 batch IAS officer will also hold the position of Chief Development Commissioner. 

Engineer Arrested by Vigilance in Disproportionate Assets Case

On Friday, a deputy executive engineer of the Gunupur sub-division was arrested for amassing disproportionate assets. During the search, it was found that the engineer Udhab Padhi had acquired immovable and movable assets comprising buildings, plots, vehicles, gold ornaments, and household items worth over Rs 1.94 crore. 

4-year-old UK Returnee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Amid the growing concern over the new SARS-CoV2 strain, detection of one more Covid-19 positive case among the UK returnees and migration of some of the suspects to other states  has put the Health administration under high pressure. The returnee, a four-year-old girl from Bhubaneswar, who had come along with her parents to the city on December 20, was tested positive.