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Odisha’s second Covid-19 testing Lab at Sambalpur

The Odisha Government is planning to set up Odisha’s second Covid-19 testing Lab at Sambalpur to ease the burden on the state only other facility at Bhubaneswar.

The state government is working out the modalities of setting up a Biosafety Levels 2(BSl2) laboratory at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (ViMSAR), a senior official said on Thursday.

Jayashree Dora, the superintendent of VIMSAR, said the institute has sent a feasibility report to the government in this regard and decision will be taken shortly.

The laboratory is likely to come up in the microbiology department of the hospital, she said.

Odisha in LockDown to prevent spreading of Covid-19(CoronaVirus)

LockDown from tomorrow

7 am of March 22th

to

9 pm of March 29th 2020

 

 

Odisha in near-total lock down: 8 towns and 5 districts shut till March 29 to stop spread of CoronaVirus

 

Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack, Angul and Kendrapada, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town, and Rourkela will be in a lockdown till March 29 in the wake of the novel CoronaVirus.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thirteen places will be in lockdown from 7 am of March 22 to 9 pm of March 29
  • Airports, railway stations, bus stands and essential services have been exempted
  • Odisha in India has become first state to go for lockdown

 

Odisha government ordered for a lockdown of eight towns and five districts including Cuttack and state’s capital Bhubaneswar in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, outbreak.

These districts are Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack, Angul and Kendrapada, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town, and Rourkela.

These 13 places will be in a lockdown from 7 am of March 22 to 9 pm of March 29.

A press release from Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, ‘To knockdown Covid-19, Naveen Patnaik locks down 40 per cent of Odisha including state capital for a week.’

Airports, railway stations, bus stands and essential services have been exempted.

Odisha in India has become the first state to go for a lockdown to contain spread of the novel coronavirus.

Two positive cases of the novel corona virus were reported in Odisha and both have foreign travel history.

 

Courtesy: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/odisha-lockdown-districts-march-29-contain-spread-coronavirus-1658204-2020-03-21

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

On Thursday,  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Center should immediately fulfill the just demands of the state for a daily Rajdhani to Delhi via Sambalpur and a new pair of trains to Allahabad and Mumbai.

In his reaction on the Budget for the railway sector, CM said that his government is expecting that the just demands of the state like daily Rajdhani services via Sambalpur, a train to Allahabad from Balangir and a new daily express train to Mumbai in the name of Paika leader Baxi Jagabandhu will be announced immediately.

“Odisha contributes a major chunk of the Indian Railways’s earning and it is natural that it should get its due share,“ the CM said, adding, “While the outlay for Odisha in the railway sector is yet to be known, we hope this year the allotment will be made as per our demand.”

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

 

The CM said that spending by Railways in Odisha is worrisome. “The actual expenditure by Railways in Odisha is low and it is expected to be below 60 per cent of the Budget outlay for the entire year, similar to the trends in the recent past, which is worrisome.”

Further the CM lamented, “Announcements were made on re-development of 600 railway stations. Two years ago the announcement was made for 400 stations, but nothing has happened in this sector, especially for Odisha.”

He said though the state government has offered to make the Bhubaneswar railway station a world class station funded by the state and on state government land, Railways has not come forward to sign the MoU in this connection.

HC issues notice to govt on jaundice outbreak

The Odisha High Court Monday issued notice to the state government asking it to furnish details showing as to what steps have been taken in due course to check the jaundice menace in Sambalpur district.

Taking up a PIL in this regard, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Amitava Roy issued the notice asking the government to file its reply in form of a counter affidavit within ten days.

At least 17 persons have died due to jaundice in recent days while several others are now undergoing treatment in Sambalpur town and its adjoining places when the water-borne disease assumed epidemic proportion triggering a hue and cry in the state.

A Sambalpur-based social activist Shyamakanta Bisi last month had approached the High Court through his advocate Gangadhar Samal seeking adequate compensation to the victim’s kin and a direction to the government to take measures to check the menace.

Seeking a detailed action taken report within ten days, the High Court has fixed January 21 for next hearing of the matter, said Samal.

New Rajya Sabha member A V Swamy stresses on consensus

During the time when Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand are tainted by horse-trading, Bhudan leader A V  Swamy has a word of advice to all aspirants.

“I worked hard to secure the approval of all political parties. I sent my bio-data to all politicians and urged them to support me. I am very happy that they all supported me,” said Swamy, who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha from  Odisha.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Swamy spoke about his work for the tribals. “I have watched them very closely. They joined the freedom struggle because they wanted to be free from the bondage. But even after independence, they continue to struggle because government did not pay much attention towards their development,” said Swamy. “So they took up arms. But this is no way to solve the problem. I will never support violence in the land of  Gandhi. So I appeal the Maoist to come to the mainstream,” said the 83-year-old Bhudan leader.