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Odisha govt introduces Smart Queue Management System in 15 RTOs

Smart queue management system has been introduced at 15 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) by the Odisha government. The system will now ensure better customer engagement and less waiting time catalysing higher customer satisfaction.

The facility has been implemented with an initial investment of Rs 2.18 crore in 15 RTOs. Work is underway in another 13 RTOs.

It is hassle-free and robust for end-to-end automation to manage queues of customers using different services. The system simplifies and speeds up the process of issuing licenses, registering vehicles and paying taxes,” said Additional Transport Commissioner (Tech) Dhananjaya Senapati.

According to the system, a token is generated at the office once applicants enter to avail services. There is no need to queue as there would be a display system at all counters to announce token numbers. The applicants can know the approximate waiting time to use the service through predictions of the system. Citizens will receive a notification for their service.

The system was originally introduced in Bhubaneswar. After its success, it was implemented in Cuttack (Track), Balasore, Bhadrak, Angul, Ganjam, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Balangir, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Sonepur. The system will soon be lanched in several other RTOs across the state.

Odisha FC signs Spanish winger Cabrera

Indian Super League (ISL) side Odisha FC has concurred on a season-long deal with Aridai Cabrera which will see the Spanish winger wear the purple shirt of the Bhubaneswar-based club within the eighth edition.

Though this will be Cabrera’s, to begin with abroad assignment, the 32-year-old winger includes a tremendous experience of playing proficient football for different Spanish sides after beginning his youth career with Universidad LP Cabrera moreover made his maiden. Senior appearance for Universidad LP B in 2006 and played for their senior team in the next year.

He too represented other Spanish clubs like RCD Mallorca, Girona FC. Betis B. Hospitalet, Sabadell FC, Huracan, Valencia B. Social Leonesa and Las Palmas After marking on the dotted line for the Kalinga Warriors the elated Spaniard said, I am very happy to sign for Odisha FC and I am truly excited to play in India. I need to meet my partners before long and start preparing for the upcoming season we are going to unquestionably make beyond any doubt that Odisha FC does well in the next ISL.

Talking almost the Juggernauts’ fourth foreign marking ahead of the 2021-22 season, head coach Francisco ‘Kiko’ Ramirez said, “Aridai is an electric player who can alter the game with an enchantment that’s required in football. He may be a footballer with an awfully refined technical quality and ability to surpass the rivals with his feints. He could be a dribbler and with his speed, we can say that he is a different footballer. In case he is motivated and people are with him, he can have an enormous impact in the ISL.”

Odisha Government To Start Motorcycling Fest To Revive Tourism

The Odisha government has decided to establish more eco-retreat camps in the state to revive Odisha tourism and decided to start a motorcycling festival in the Kandhamal district this winter to attract more tourists.

According to the reports, AK Tripathy, principal advisor to the chief minister and chairman of the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC), said that Kandhamal with its waterfalls, forests, and streams will soon be turned into a major tourist spot in Odisha. An eco-retreat camp that was started at Daringbadi last year received an encouraging response from the tourists and more such eco-retreat camps would be arranged this year, too, at attractive locations.

He further added that many excellent roads pass through forests and other beautiful locations that can offer an exciting motorcycling experience to nature lovers. He has also asked the district administration to locate a proper destination for establishing a museum to safeguard the art and culture of Kandhamal.

The primary task began with collector D Brunda identifying roads leading to the dazzling waterfalls at Kuturi, Putudi, and Katramal to develop those. Tripathy also directed Vinit Agrawal, Superintendent of Police, to promote the district as a motorcycling circuit and to link it with Chandaka near Bhubaneswar and asked Agarwal to develop the circuit in coordination with bikers’ clubs in the state and other parts of the country, and start a motorcycling festival in winter.

IITTM Bhubaneswar – seminar on “Career Trends in Travel and Tourism”

IITTM Bhubaneswar – seminar on “Career Trends in Travel and Tourism”

Bhubaneswar:14/7/21:Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management, an autonomous body under Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India organized a press meet in its campus today, i.e. 14th July 2021 on “Career Trends in Travel and Tourism”. The Nodal Officer, Dr.Md.S.Hussain spoke about converting the challenges of pandemic to academic strength by pursuing relevant courses. He elaborated on the commitment of IITTM to train quality human resources for tourism and allied services through its educational, consultancy and training programmes.

Dr.B.Swajan, Assistant Professor spoke about the faculty, staff and students of the institute collectively contributing to the building of an organizational culture marked by team spirit, confidence, mutual respect and concern for others.

IITTM is now offering admission into its two flagship programmes in tourism education: MBA (Tourism & Travel Management) and BBA (Tourism & Travel) programs in different specializations at its Bhubaneswar centre. The MBA Programme incorporates both subject specific and generic business modules and are designed to reflect industry practices and academic development. Both courses touch upon tourism as a business activity, the organization, dimensions, social significance and impact of tourism on society. Dr. Adyasha Das, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the program gave details of the Campus Placement activities. The institute has maintained consistently high placement records with its alumni placed across various positions in the tourism, logistics, and cargo and mice industry. Over the years students have been placed in reputed tourism and service based establishments like IRCTC, Cox and Kings, SOTC, Orbitz, Make my Trip, Sindhu Cargo, Balmer & Lawrie and Byjus. This was followed by an avid Q/A session and ended with the vote of thanks.

Odisha Government Issues NIT For Online Auction Of 11 Mineral Blocks

The Odisha government issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) for online auction of as many as 11 mineral blocks in the state. Around seven iron ore blocks are grabbed for the mineral blocks up.

According to the reports, Nadidih (BICO), Purheibahal, Chandiposhi, Jumka Pathiriposhi Pahar, Dholtapahar, Netrabandha Pahar (West) and Gandhalpada, two composite blocks of iron ore and manganese–Nadidih (FEEGRADE) and Teherai, one composite block of iron ore and dolomite—Kasia and one bauxite block—Karlapat are grabbed for the mineral blocks up.

Kasia, Nadidih (BICO), Nadidih (FEEGRADE) and Teherai are the expired blocks, whose lease periods were expired on March 31, 2020, the remaining seven mines are virgin blocks.

The report further added that a bauxite block is going to be auctioned for the first time since the beginning of the mining auction process.  While the last auction of any mineral block was done in January and February 2020, no blocks were auction since then in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and awaiting the Centre’s new auction rules.

The report then added that the last dates for purchase of tender document and submission of the bid are August 19 and August 24 respectively. Official sources said the state government has planned to complete the auction process by September end.

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Odisha Government To Set Up Water Academy At Bhubaneswar

The Odisha Government decided to build up Odisha Water Academy which will help to heighten the quality of service in the water and the wastewater sector. The academy will also guarantee more dependable health and environmental outcome.

According to the official report, the Odisha Water Academy will be set up as a Centre of Excellence which will operate as the pioneering training and capacity building institution in the field of water and wastewater service provision.

Pratap Jena, Minister of Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) informed that the safe drinking water and wastewater service provision to each urban household in Odisha is the main precedence of the government. The academy will be advantageous to the personnel working under the Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO), Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO), Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB), and other related organizations promoting the sector and services for their capability development.

Pratap Jena further added that the training and capacity building to be initiated by the academy will be for both managers and workers and it will empower them to remain up-to-date with state-of-the-art, innovative, hi-tech technologies and advanced management skills to run the water and wastewater business in the State more efficiently than before.

The academy will be enrolled as a society following the Societies Registration Act, 1860, and would operate beneath the administrative control of WATCO. It would be conducted under its Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations with a governing body supervised by the H&UD secretary-cum-chairman WATCO.

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Odisha Govt Requests Centre To Release Rs 300 Cr For COVID Management

To tackle the latest increase of the Covid cases in Odisha, the state government has reactivated the State machinery in the district bordering some states with a high incidence of the virus.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this fresh term to withhold the rising number of Coronavirus cases. During the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Patnaik thanked the Union Government for allowing the States, under SDRF guidelines, to spend up to 50% of the annual allocation for Covid-related activities during 2020-21 and the same guidelines may be continued for the year 2021-22.

During 2020-21, Odisha had requested Rs 400 crore under Emergency Covid Response Plan (ECRP) but received Rs 146 crore. And now with the sudden rise of the Covid cases, the CM requested that at least Rs 300 crore be released to Odisha for 2021-22 for Covid Management.

While talking about the vaccination process CM Patnaik stated that Odisha is doing well in the vaccination program with among the lowest wastage in the country and an efficient system of administering the vaccine to eligible persons. Currently, Odisha has been able to vaccinate around 2.5 Lakh persons per day and can increase furthermore. CM requested that at least 10 days’ stock of the vaccine is ensured for Odisha.

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Odisha government have also promulgated certain stipulation which is to be followed to prevent the transmission of the infection. All Public Transport from Odisha to Chhattisgarh and vice versa shall be suspended from 10.04.2021 till 30.04.2021. Transport Commissioner, Odisha shall issue appropriate orders in this regard. The Transport Department with help of State Police and under the active guidance of District Collectors will set up Border Check Points (BCPs) at strategic locations/ border entry points to manage the entry of incoming persons/ vehicles.

Even all Industries/ Educational Institutions/ Commercial Establishments shall ensure the implementation of all COVID appropriate behaviour/ protocols and set up their own isolation facilities i.e. Covid Care Centres (CCCs)/ Covid Care Homes (CCHs) for Covid Positive persons found in their Establishments. The Expenditure incurred for this purpose shall be borne by them.

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If any violation is observed in complying with Covid-19 appropriate behavior and protocols, they will be liable to be proceeded against following the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and Regulations issued thereunder besides legal action under section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable. Any person found violating this order shall be punished under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws, the SRC’s order added.

As per the Information & Public Relations Department report,1282 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Odisha in the last 24 hours. Among the new cases detected till midnight of Thursday, 755 are quarantine cases and 527 local contact cases. With this, the total number of positive cases in Odisha now stands at 346808.

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Rs 6,690.86 Cr Spent On KALIA Yojana In Three Years By Odisha Government: Minister

Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Minister Arun Sahu informed the Odisha Assembly that the Odisha Government has spent around Rs 6690 crore in three years on Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Yojana during 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.

As per the official report, the information revealed by Minister Arun Sahoo was a written reply to a question by BJP member Nauri Nayak during the Odisha Assembly. Minister Sahu stated that in the last three years by February 2021, a total amount of approximately 104.60 lakh small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural families have been assisted KALIA.

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The report further stated that while sharing the breakup, in 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscals, 51.05 lakh small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural families were provided with assistance. For this purpose, a sum of Rs 2175.66 crore was spent towards financial assistance to farmers and administrative expenses in 2018-19 and Rs 3243.01 crore was spent in 2019-20 as informed by Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Minister Arun Sahu.

Even in the fiscal year of 2020-21 around the amount of 53.55 Lakh small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural families have been provided with assistance at an expense of Rs 1272.19 crore by February.

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Odisha Medical And Engineering Colleges To Reserve 15% Seats For Government School Students

The Odisha Medical and Engineering colleges will have a reservation of 15% seats for the government school and college students as announced by the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik.

As per earlier reports, the Odisha Government had proposed the reservation supported by the opposition in the state and the 15 per cent reservation quota is applicable for all the state-run medical and engineering colleges.

The report further informs that according to the Skill Development and Technical Education Department the Government High School students are in a disadvantage position as compared to the private schools while appearing for examinations like NEET and JEE.

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Under the chairmanship of Justice AK Mishra who is a retired judge of Orissa High Court, the Odisha Government had constituted a high power committee on 8th January to make necessary recommendations regarding the reservation of seats for government high school students in engineering and medical courses in Odisha.

As per the recommendations of the Committee, the Odisha Government has directed 15% of seats in medical and engineering colleges of the state shall be reserved for students who have passed the 10th Board Examination under the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, and also have passed 12th Board Examination under Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), from any Odisha government higher secondary school/government junior college and such reservations shall be horizontal covering all vertical reservations as well as the unreserved group.

The Government High School also includes the aided high schools, higher secondary schools, junior colleges of the state as defined in the Odisha Education Act, 1969 while medical courses concerning a medical college include MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BSMS and BUMS and the engineering courses concerning an engineering college includes B.Tech, B.E. and B.Arch.

Even the eligible students shall also be entitled to compete for the unreserved seats and in case, an adequate number of such eligible students is not available for seats so set apart, such unfilled seats shall be filled up by the other students of respective category.

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Sportstar Honours Odisha With Decade’s Best State For Promotion Of Sports

The leading sports magazine ‘Sportstar’ was felicitated Odisha with the Decade’s Best State for Promotion of Sports for the period from 2011 to 2020.

According to the official report, Former Indian field Hockey Player M M Somaya felicitated the award to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The special function was organized at the convention hall of Loka Seva Bhawan and many eminent sports personalities were present which included sportspersons like Sunil Gavaskar, Baichung Bhutia, Viswanathan Anand, and Aparna Popat.

After receiving the award Odisha’s Chief Minister stated that he dedicated the award to all the 4.5 crore people of Odisha especially the youths who will shine in every field and move towards a new and empowered Odisha.

“The youth have to be guided to productively utilize their energies and make them well-rounded personalities. With this vision, we have been pro-actively supporting sports across the State,” said the CM. He also stated that Sports have a major role in building a healthy and disciplined society.

CM Patnaik further stated that whether it’s disaster management or Covid fightbacks, the Odisha government has faced every challenge very boldly and came out with flying colours. He also thanked the jury headed by Sunil Gavaskar for recognizing Odisha’s efforts in promoting sports.

The Cm also talked about the success of Asian Athletics 2017 which was a huge hit within just 90 days. Due to which Odisha has now become famous for its flawless conduct of national and international sports events, even at a short notice.

The report further informed that CM Patnaik announced that Odisha is already building the largest Hockey Stadium in Rourkela for the Hockey World Cup 2023. Even Odisha is also building India’s first indoor athletics track and the state will be probably the only state for the indoor sports halls and fields across the urban local bodies which will be launched in the coming days and will be completed by 2022.