As the destructive pandemic is still tormenting in Europe and England and is forcing lockdown again, Odisha CM, Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday has appealed to people to be very conscious and careful for the next two months. As per the sources, the state is all prepared with vaccination against the situation.
Reopening of Schools in Odisha: BMC Opens Helpline for Students, School Authorities
The state is ready to reopen schools for class 10 and class 12 from January 8. The commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has informed that a helpline number has been opened that will be used for seamless communication with students and school authorities.
Odisha Allows Reopening of Bars
On Wednesday, the state government has issued a notification to reopen bars, bear clubs, and parlours and resume the usual services rendered within the strict COVID-19 guidelines. As per the sources, the government allowed the consumption of alcohol in bars, restaurants and parlours. However, these establishments will have to strictly follow the opening hour as prescribed in the licence.
Religious Places Reopen in Cuttack
On Thursday, religious places including the Cuttack Chandi temple and Maa Charchika temple at Banki in the district were reopened under strict COVID-19 guidelines after a gap of nine months. As per the sources, the government has issued advisory and some fixed statutory guidelines for the devotees to enter into the religious places.
Gangadhar Meher University to Reopen on January 11
With the government announcing to reopen institutions of higher education across the state for final year students, the Gangadhar University is all set to reopen on January 11. As per the sources, the university will resume for UG and PG final year courses that have around 1000 students who will attend the classes. Similarly, around 200 students will be allowed for accommodation in seven hostels.
No Bird Flu Cases in Odisha
On Wednesday, the Chief Secretary of Odisha confirmed that no bird flu cases were detected in Odisha. As per his statement, 11000 samples have been taken from different areas for examination, and no such cases are found till now. As per the sources, the Chief Secretary has also extended his statement by saying that the administration is prepared to control any outbreak.
Two DGM Suspended after Gas Leak in Rourkela Steel Plant
The Rourkela Steel Plant management has suspended two DGM position officers in connection with the gas leak mishap in the plant that resulted in the death of four employees. The toxic gas leakage incident happened in the CCD portion of the plant. As per the sources, the agency that had hired those employees have been directed to pay an ex-gratia of 2.5 lakh to the family members of each of the deceased.