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Cyclone Titli triggers flood-like situation in Odisha

Heavy rains triggered by the severe cyclonic storm Titli have caused flood-like situations in several districts of Odisha on Friday.
 
Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
Heavy rains triggered by the severe cyclonic storm Titli have caused flood-like situations in several districts of Odisha on Friday.
 
The situation remains vulnerable, especially in Ganjam, Rayagada and Gajapati districts where the remote areas have been cut off due to the incessant rains after Titli hit the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast on Thursday morning.
 
During a review meeting via video conferencing, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday directed the three district collectors to closely monitor the situation and shift the people living in vulnerable areas to safer places.
 
He directed them to focus on early restoration of power supply and emergency services.
 
The Chief Minister has also asked the collectors to submit crop and house damage assessment reports within seven days.
 
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said two Indian Navy choppers from Vishakapatnam will be pressed into action in Ganjam district to expedite the relief and rescue operations.
 
"The two choppers are on their way to Ganjam. They will carry out relief and rescue operations in Aska and Puroshotam areas," said Padhi.
 
He said 14 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 12 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in various districts.
 
Road and electricity restoration works were also in full swing in the affected districts.
 
Reacting to casualty reports, the Chief Secretary said: "We have seen media reports of the deaths of two or three persons in these districts. We are verifying it."
 
The water is flowing above danger level in Vansadhara, Rusikulya and Jalaka rivers. 
 
A total of 16 blocks have received about 200-300 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while 60 blocks received 100-200 mm rainfall in the state. 
 
Some blocks received more than 300 mm of rainfall.
 
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Odisha: BJD takes huge lead in Assembly, Lok Sabha

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The ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha has taken a massive lead in Assembly constituencies while it is dominating in Lok Sabha seats from the state.
 
Out of 146 Assembly seats, the BJD was leading in 115 while the BJP was ahead in 21 and the Congress in 8. Others were leading in two seats, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar.
 
Out of 21 Lok Sabha seats, BJD was leading in 16 Lok Sabha seats while Bharatiya Janata Party took the lead in five, including Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Bhubaneswar, Kumar said.
 
BJP candidate and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram was leading by 23,380 votes against Congress candidate George Tirkey from Sundargarh seat.
 
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Five of family killed in road accident in Odisha

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At least five members of a family were killed and two others seriously injured when a car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck in Odisha's Kalahandi district on Wednesday, police said.
 
The mishap occurred near Jaring on National Highway 26.
 
The family was returning to Khuseiguda village from the railway station in Kesinga. While on the way from Visakhapatnam , the car had a head-on collision with a truck near Jaring. The victims had gone to Visakhapatnam for a health check-up.
 
All five members of the family died on the spot, the police said.
 
While the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital in Bhawanipatna, one of them has been shifted to Visakhapatnam as her condition deteriorated, the police officials added.
 
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Cyclone Fani toll across Odisha rises up to 64

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The toll due to cyclone Fani, which left a trail of destruction and devastation through coastal Odisha as it hit the state on May 3, has increased to 64, a official report said on Sunday.
 
A Cyclone Situation Report released from the office of Special Relief Commissioner said that while 39 deaths have been reported from worst-affected Puri district, nine deaths occurred in Khurdha and six in Cuttack.
 
Four persons were killed in Mayurbhanj district and three deaths each were reported from Jajpur and Kendrapara, it added.
 
A total of 1.64 crore people have been affected in 14 districts by the cyclone.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that permanent houses will be sanctioned for all families whose houses were completely or substantially damaged due to the cyclonic storm.
 
The house damage assessment will begin from May 15 and will be completed within a week, he added.
 
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Centre steps up efforts to restore power, telecom in cyclone-hit Odisha

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha today reviewed the rescue and relief measures in the cyclone Fani-affected areas of Odisha with senior officials of the State Government and Central Ministries and agencies concerned.
 
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has released further assistance of Rs 1,000 crores to Odisha, as announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. Earlier, Rs 341 crores had been provided to the State as an advance to its State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).
 
Stressing on early restoration of power infrastructure, the state government reported that, following the deployment of additional manpower and materials from Central PSUs and neighbouring states, the power supply has been restored partially in Bhubaneswar, while a lot of ground still needed to be covered in Puri.
 
Power supply to maintain essential services such as water, health and banking and so on is being provided through diesel generator sets. It was reported that landline connectivity has been restored in Puri though mobile services still remain skeletal.
 
Department of Telecommunications is coordinating with the State Government to implement a priority plan for restoration of mobile and internet services in the affected areas. Mobile service providers have allowed free SMS and inter-circle roaming in these areas. Cellular towers on wheels are also being deployed in Puri.
 
Banking services have started and efforts are being made to operationalize all ATMs, an  official press release said.
 
The Centre has also decided to extend the Registration dates of the JEE Advanced examinations by five more days up to May 14th in the State. Those students who are unable to get internet connectivity, can approach IIT Bhubaneshwar for registration.
 
Reviewing the relief measures, the Cabinet Secretary stressed that Power and Telecommunications in Puri and Bhubaneswar needed to be restored on a priority basis and directed the concerned State and Central officials to work in close coordination. He directed that adequate number of gen-sets and mobile cellular towers be arranged and provided for the restoration efforts.
 
The Chief Secretary and other senior officers of Odisha participated in the NCMC Meeting through video conference. Senior officers from Ministries of Home Affairs, Power, Telecommunications, Steel, Financial Services, Road and Transport, Health, Higher Education and NDMA also attended the meeting.
 
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Cyclone death toll increases to 37 in Odisha

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The death toll due to cyclone Fani has increased to 37 in Odisha, said an official on Tuesday.
 
While 21 died in Puri district, where the devastating cyclone made landfall on May 3, five people were killed in Cuttack and four in Mayurbhanj. Besides, four died in Jajpur and three in Kendrapara, said the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office.
 
Meanwhile, relief and restoration work is going on in full swing in the affected areas. However, the government is yet to restore electricity and telecommunication in Bhubaneswar and Puri even after four days of the cyclone hitting the coast.
 
A total of 1.48 crore people in 16,647 villages and 51 urban local bodies are affected by the cyclonic storm in 14 districts.
 
The SRC office said that a total of 40 teams of cutters of the Odisha Forest Development Corp (OFDC) were now engaged in clearing fallen trees in the state capital.
 
A group of 25 expert cutters from Andhra Pradesh are being brought to be sent to Puri.
 
Besides, teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire service have been engaged in the renovation and restoration work.
 
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Cyclone Fani: 29 deaths reported in Odisha so far

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The Odisha government on Sunday confirmed that 29 deaths have been reported so far after cyclone 'Fani' hit the coastal state on Friday.
 
Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi said that 21 people have died in Puri while eight deaths were reported from other affected districts.
 
"We are still collecting information and the actual figure can be confirmed only after all the assessment has been done," he added.
 
Cyclone 'Fani' has severely devastated Puri and parts of Khurdha district. While thousands of trees were uprooted and several houses destroyed, the cyclone also damaged the electricity and communication facilities in the affected areas.
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who held a review meeting here, said that 70 per cent of water connection in Puri and 40 per cent in Bhubaneswar has already been restored.
 
The state government has accelerated massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
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Train services to resume in Bhubaneswar

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Trains originating from Bhubaneswar will resume from tomorrow a day after cyclone Fani hit Odisha causing massive destruction. The services were kept on hold as the rail lines were damaged by the cyclone.
 
Railway officials said services will run normally from Bhubaneswar from Sunday, though services would be available only for those trains which originate from Bhubaneswar.
 
However two originating trains from Bhubaneswar will remain cancelled. 
 
"Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express and Visakhapatnam Intercity Express will not resume from tomorrow due to non-availability of pairing trains," the official added.
 
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Cyclone Fani pounds Odisha coast, 2 killed; alert in Bengal

Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
 
The cyclone Fani was set to cross several districts in Odisha before advancing to the neighbouring West Bengal. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was campaigning in Rajasthan's Hindaun, near Jaipur, said the Centre stood with the people hit by the cyclone. "I want to assure the families affected by the cyclone that we are with them at this point of hour. We have collected fresh updates from the officials and had released a fund of Rs 1,000 crore for relief work on Thursday."
 
In Odisha, about 10,000 villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) were likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm. The state has activated an emergency helpline number -- +91674253417 -- for Cyclone Fani.
 
The two deaths in Odisha were reportedly caused by falling trees, authorities said. 
 
The airports in Odisha and West Bengal have been shut down, resulting in the cancellation of many flights. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed his Ministry officials to continuously monitor the situation.
 
The Indian Railway has cancelled 223 trains in the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section along the coastal lines of Odisha on the Kolkata-Chennai route till May 4, officials said.
 
The Assam government too has sounded an alert following a warning of the cyclone hitting the state and other parts of the northeastern region in the early hours of Saturday. The cyclone is also expected to affect the regular pattern of weather conditions in some parts of Nepal, weather officials said.
 
In Odisha, widespread damages to property have been reported as thousands of trees and electricity poles were uprooted under the impact of the cyclonic storm which made its landfall in Puri.
 
The trail of destruction could be seen in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. There was no electricity in Bhubaneswar since morning. 
 
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Bhubaneswar reported extensive damage hours after the cyclone made its landfall. The institute also cancelled a post graduate examination scheduled to be held on May 5.
 
As per reports, the tourists who were stuck in Puri were fleeced by the bus operators for a ride to a safer place after rail and air connectivity was snapped in the region.
 
The Army, Navy and Air Force were keeping a strict vigil on the developments in the coastal region. J. P. Sharma, a top official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said, "The actual work will start once the storm passes over, leaving behind the destruction in its path."
 
The cyclone started crossing into the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The process of the landfall continued till 1 p.m, completely throwing normal life out of gear. 
 
About a million people were evacuated to safer places in Odisha due to the cyclonic storm. The met department said that heavy rainfall will continue across the state.
 
Three Indian Navy warships -- Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt -- have been put on stand-by with relief materials and medical teams.
 
Other naval vessels were also kept on stand-by at Visakhapatnam from where teams of naval divers have been moved to Odisha.
 
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and the Gangetic West Bengal after cyclone Fani made its landfall. The cyclone with a wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph was expected to hit the state on Friday midnight or early Saturday.
 
The cyclone was located over 400 km southwest of Kolkata and over 350 km southwest of Digha, the sea resort in East Midnapore district.
 
"The outer ring cloud band has already reached the coastal areas of West Bengal and Kolkata, prompting rainfall. The rain intensity will be gradually increasing. As the cyclone comes closer to Bengal, it will have a speed of 80-100 kmph," weatherman J.K. Mukhopadhyay said.
 
Six teams of NDRF have been deployed in Jhargram, West Medinipur, East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts.
 
The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have decided to shift people living in low lying areas to safer places. A toll-free helpline number, 1070, has been shared for assistance.
 
The cyclone also triggered heavy rains in parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, while gusty winds uprooted trees and electricity poles there, officials said.
 
Under its impact, gusty winds with speed reaching up to 140 kmph lashed the coastal area of Srikakulam district, where about 20,000 people have been shifted to 126 relief camps. Nine NDRF teams were deployed in the district. 
 
The heavy rains could also cause Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers to overflow, leading to floods in the region, officials warned.
 
Heavy downpour also lashed Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, two other districts in the north coastal Andhra, since Thursday.
 
Many trains and flights to and from the state have been cancelled.
 
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Extremely severe cyclone Fani hits Odisha coast

The extremely severe cyclone, Fani, over the Bay of Bengal crossed the Odisha coast near Puri on Friday morning with windspeed of 175-185 kmph, gusting to 195 kmph, the India Meteorological Department said.
A scene at Puri in Odisha near the landfall of cyclone Fani in the morning of May 3, 2019.
A scene at Puri in Odisha near the landfall of cyclone Fani in the morning of May 3, 2019.
The extremely severe cyclone, Fani, over the Bay of Bengal crossed the Odisha coast near Puri this morning with windspeed of 175-185 kmph, gusting to 195 kmph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
"Landfall started at 0800 hours IST. Part of the eye lies over land at 0830 hours IST. The entire process of eye entering into land will be completed in the next two hours," IMD said on Twitter.
 
It said the maximum sustained wind speed at Puri was 142 kmph, gusting to 174 kmph, at 0730 hours today.
 
At least one million people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours from the vulnerable districts in Odisha ahead of Fani's landfall in the state, officials said.
 
The cities of Puri, Paradip, Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur experienced light to moderate rain since Thursday night and early Friday morning.
 
Strong winds measuring up to 174 kmph lashed Chilika, leading to the uprooting of trees.
 
The highest number of people -- 3 lakh -- were evacuated from Ganjam district while 1.3 lakh others from Puri district, said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office.
 
About 10,000 villages and 52 towns are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
The state government has advised people not to step out of their houses. 
 
As a precautionary measure, all shops, business establishments, private and government offices will remain closed in 11 coastal districts.
 
Flight operations were suspended in Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport from Friday midnight.
 
Meanwhile, the cyclone has triggered heavy downpour coupled with squall in coastal Odisha.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD this morning said Fani had moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 20 kmph in the previous six hours at lay centred at 0830 hours near latitude 19.6°N and longitude 85.7°E, about 25 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), about 90 km eastnortheast of Gopalpur (Odisha), about 300 km east-northeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and 330 km southwest of Digha (West Bengal).
 
"It is very likely to move north-northeastwards close to Puri during next 02 hours with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph," it said.
 
The bulletin said moderate rainfall would occur at most places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of interior Odisha today, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places.
 
Light to moderate rainfall will occur at most places over north Odisha tomorrow, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Balasore, Mayurbhanj districts.
 
In north Andhra Pradesh, there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places over Srikakulam district today, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
In coastal West Bengal and adjoining districts, there could be ;ight to moderate rainfall at most places today with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places. 
 
 
Cyclone ‘Fani’ hits India’s eastern coast
There could also be heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4. There could also be light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim tomorrow.
 
The bulletin said light to moderate rainfall was likely at most places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on May 4 and 5, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls. There could be isolated extremely heavy falls over Assam and Meghalaya tomorrow, it said.
 
According to it, gale winds with speed reaching 140-150 kmph, gusting to 165 kmph, were prevailing along and off Puri and Jagatsighpur districts of Odisha coast. It is very likely to increase gradually and become 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, during the next six hours and 150-160 kmph, gusting to 180 kmph, along and off the remaining districts of coastal Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts) during the next six hours and decrease thereafter.
 
"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along & off West Bengal coast during next 12 hours. It is very likely become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from  3rd May afternoon and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 4th May early morning for subsequent 12 hours and decrease   thereafter," it said.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition would be phenomenal over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, during the next six hours, and was likely to become high to very high subsequently for the next 24 hours. Very rough to high seas are likely to prevail over northwest Bay of Bengal along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts till tomorrow.
 
Sea conditions are very likely to be very rough to high along and off the south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next six hours.
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of 1.5 metre height above astronomical tide was very likely to inundate low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into deep sea areas and those out in deep sea in the above aeas were advised to return to the coasts.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone could cause extensive damage to kutcha houses and old pucca and badly managed pucca structures in Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha.
 
It said there could be extensive uprooting of communication and  power poles. There could also be disruption of rail and road links and extensive damage to standing crops, plantations and orchards. Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.
 
The IMD suggested total suspension of fishing operations, extensive evacuation of people from coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain indoors.
 
The cyclone could also cause damage, on a lesser scale, in Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Balasore districts of Odisha and east and west Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Kolkata districts of West Bengal and Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh, the bulletin added.
 
The bulletin said interior districts of West Bengal were very likely to experience gale wind speed of 90-100 kmph, gusting to 115 kmph by early morning of May 4. It is very likely to decrease gradually becoming 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph by the evening of May 4.
 
Interior districts adjoining to south coastal Odisha are very likely to experience cyclone wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 150 kmph for 6 hours after landfall and 90-100 kmph gusting to 100 kmph over districts adjoining north coastal Odisha from tomorrow evening till early next morning and decrease thereafter.
 
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Cyclone Fani to make landfall in Odisha on Friday morning

At least one million people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours from the vulnerable districts in Odisha ahead of cyclone Fani's landfall in the state on Friday, officials said.
 
The cyclone was expected to make landfall between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the south of Puri.
 
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Fani, which has turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm, laid centred about 110 km away from Puri at 4.30 a.m.
 
It is very likely to cross between Gopalpur and Chandabali close to Puri with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph in the Friday forenoon, the IMD said.
 
The cities of Puri, Paradip, Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur experienced light to moderate rain since Thursday night and early Friday morning.
 
Strong winds measuring up to 174 kmph lashed Chilika, leading to the uprooting of trees.
 
The highest number of people -- 3 lakh -- were evacuated from Ganjam district while 1.3 lakh others from Puri district, said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office.
 
About 10,000 villages and 52 towns are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
The state government has advised people not to step out of their houses. 
 
As a precautionary measure, all shops, business establishments, private and government offices will remain closed in 11 coastal districts.
 
Flight operations were suspended in Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport from Friday midnight.
 
Meanwhile, Cyclone Fani has triggered heavy downpour coupled with squall in coastal Odisha.
 
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Cyclone Fani: 74 trains cancelled in first phase

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In view of the cyclonic storm Fani, at least 47 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in Odisha, said an official on Wednesday.
 
In all, 74 trains have been cancelled in the first phase keeping in mind the safety and security of passengers, the ECoR official said.
 
The rail passengers have been advised to plan their journey accordingly.
 
The train services between Odisha's Bhadrak and Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram have been suspended and inward trains towards Bhubaneswar and Puri will be restricted from the evening of May 2.
 
East Coast Express and Coromondal Express will not run from Howrah on May 2. Besides, trains for Puri from Howrah on May 2 night stand cancelled.
 
Trains from Bengaluru, Chennai and Secundrabad to Howrah in the evening of May 2 have been cancelled, the official said.
 
Similarly, all train services between Puri and Bhubaneswar and incoming trains touching Puri and Bhubaneswar on May 3 have also been cancelled, the official said.
 
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Cyclone Fani: Odisha closes schools, colleges

A scene in  Odisha as cyclone Fani in the  Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A scene in Odisha as cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
The Odisha government on Wednesday ordered the closure of all educational institutions in the state from May 2 in view of the cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is likely to hit the coast on May 3 afternoon.
 
"All educational establishments should declare holidays from May 2 till further orders. All the examinations should be rescheduled," said the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
 
The SRC also advised tourists to leave Puri by May 2 evening and cancel non-essential travel to the districts likely to be affected on May 3-4.
 
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' was likely to cross between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri, while 11 districts of Odisha were to be affected.
 
Bhubaneswar Met Centre Director H.R. Biswas said that the storm was very likely to cross Odisha coast in Puri on May 3 afternoon and the wind speed was likely to be 175-185kmph gusting up to 205kmph.
 
The major threat of the cyclone was heavy rain, flooding, damaging wind gusts and storm surge, he added.
 
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NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi being welcomed by party workers during a public rally in Odisha's Balasore, on April 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi being welcomed by party workers during a public rally in Odisha's Balasore, on April 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday called NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty as he took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for growing unemployment in the country.
 
"Under the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), Rs 72,000 will be given annually to five crore families in the country. Poor states like Bihar and Odisha will get the benefits under the scheme. This is a surgical strike on poverty," said Gandhi while addressing an election rally in Balasore Lok Sabha constituency.
 
This is the first election rally of Rahul Gandhi in Odisha after the declaration of poll dates.
 
He also said NYAY scheme will help generating employment, which was affected by demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
 
Gandhi allayed fears that the middle class would have to bear the burden for the scheme.
 
He said the scheme will be entirely funded with the "money looted by the industrialists like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, who fled the country".
 
Rahul attacked Modi for not talking about employment generation, farmers' issues and corruption.
 
"Modi carries teleprompter wherever he goes to deliver his speeches. He keeps getting orders not to talk about employment. He does not mention the Rs 15 lakh he promised to remit into accounts of every poor Indian," said Gandhi.
 
He said while Modi promised 2 crore jobs, but in reality, 27,000 jobs are lost every 24 hours under his government.
 
"There are 22 lakh government posts lying vacant. Once Congress comes to power, we will fill the vacancies and create 10 lakh jobs in panchayats," he added.
 
Speaking on the farmers' plight, he said the Congress government would ensure that no farmer is sent to jail for defaulting on loans.
 
He said Rs 2,600 would be provided on paddy per quintal in Odisha, once the party forms the government in the state.
 
Elections are being held in four phases in Odisha. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats.
 
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95-year-old dies outside polling booth in Odisha

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A 95-year-old man died on Thursday while waiting in a queue to vote in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha.
 
The man was waiting for his turn at Kansamari booth in the Aska Lok Sabha seat when he suddenly collapsed, officials said. 
 
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Two coaches of Bhubaneswar-New Delhi get decoupled near Cuttack, passengers safe

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Two coaches of the 22823 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express got uncoupled on the Kathajodi bridge while the train was approaching Cuttack station this morning.
 
None of the passengers was injured in the incident and all the coaches were on the track, East Coast Railway officials said.
 
The incident occurred at about 0950 hours on the bridge on the river Kathajodi, a tributary of the Mahanadi, that links Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
 
The officials said coaches B3 and B4 got separated while the train was on  the bridge, about 4 km from Cuttack.
 
Senior railway officials and staff rushed to the scene and joined the coaches together again and the entire train was then moved to Cuttack, where engineers will subject all the coaches to a thorough examination before allowing it to resume its journey to Delhi.
 
"Only after full satisfaction regarding the train condition will the train be allowed to move ahead," the officials said, adding that this would take some time.
 
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Khurda Road, has also appointed a committee of senior officers to inquire into the incident and establish the causes.
 
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Super Cup to get underway from March 29

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday announced that the final round of the Super Cup will kick off at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from March 29. 
 
The tournament will begin with Chennaiyin FC taking on Mumbai City FC in the opening game.
 
While a cloud of uncertainty still looms large with one of the unified I-League clubs, Mohun Bagan, not registering its players within the stipulated time given by AIFF, the federation is ready to go ahead with the tournament.
 
Super Cup is the end of season tournament in which top teams of I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) lock horns. The competition is played on a knock-out basis. Penalty shoot-outs will be enforced to decide the winner in case both teams stay tied, even after 30 minutes of extra time.
 
This is the second edition of the Super Cup. The first edition was won by JSW Bangaluru FC.
 
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BJP releases second list of candidates for Odisha polls

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its second list of candidates for five Lok Sabha and 22 Assembly seats in Odisha.
 
The party has fielded its national spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri Lok Sabha constituency, putting an end to the speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would contest from the pilgrim town.
 
Odisha BJP president Basant Kumar Panda has been declared the party's candidate for Kalahandi, Suresh Pujari for Bargarh, Nitesh Ganga Deb for Sambalpur and Jayaram Pangi for Koraput parliamentary constituency.
 
Among the 22 assembly seats declared by the party, Shisir Gamang, son of former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, has been fielded from Gunpur assembly constituency.
 
Earlier, the party had declared candidates for 10 Lok Sabha and 99 Assembly seats.
 
Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats.
 
The state will vote in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously in four phases beginning from April 11.
 
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BJP declares first list of 10 LS candidates for Odisha

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday declared the first list of 10 candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Odisha.
 
The state accounts for 21 Lok Sabha seats. 
 
While Union Minister Jual Oram will contest from Sundargarh, Baijayant Panda who quit the Biju Janata Dal after being suspended will fight from the Kendrapara constituency.
 
Balabhadra Majhi who resigned from the BJD after denial of ticket will contest from Nabarangpur.
 
Rudra Narayan Pani will contest from Dhenkanal while Pratap Sarangi will fight from Balasore. Ananta Naik is the BJP candidate from Keonjhar and Sangeeta Singh Deo from Bolangir.
 
Aparajita Sarangi who quit the IAS to join politics will fight from Bhubaneswar. Bhrugu Buxipatra will contest from Berhampur and Anita Priyadarshini from Aska.
 
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Congress' first list for Odisha LS, Assembly polls out

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The Congress has released the first list of its party candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha.
 
The party on Monday night released the list of candidates for six of 21 Lok Sabha, and 36 of 147 Assembly seats in the state.
 
Senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das will contest from Kalahandi Lok Sabha constituency while Pradeep Majhi will fight from Nabarangpur. Pradeep Kumar Devta will be the Congress candidate from Bargarh, and George Tirkey from Sundargarh.
 
The party has fielded Manoj Kumar Acharya from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat while V. Chandrasekhar Naidu will contest from Berhampur parliamentary constituency.
 
Among the candidates announced for 36 Assembly seats, Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra will contest from Bolangir while Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati will contest from Jeypore.
 
Congress has fielded Ram Krishna Panda from Hinjili constituency in Ganjam district, which has been represented four times by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
 
This time, Patnaik will be contesting from two Assembly constituencies -- Hinjili and Bijepur. He will contest from Bijepur in western Odisha to give a check to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress which are gaining ground in the region.
 
Polling for 147 Assembly seats in Odisha will be held in four phases starting from April 11 to April 29.
 
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Odisha has become centre of unemployment: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Odisha has become the centre of unemployment while attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for failing to provide jobs to youth in the state.
 
"Odisha has become the centre of unemployment as most of its youths are migrating to other states in search of jobs," Gandhi said while addressing party workers in Bargarh district.
 
He said that there were 1.5 lakh government posts, 30,000 school teacher posts and 5,000 medical staff posts vacant in the state.
 
Gandhi assured that the Congress will fill up the vacancies once the party comes to power in the state.
 
The Congress President also raised the chit fund and mining scam issues to target the state's Biju Janata Dal government.
 
"Rs 5,000 crore was looted from the people by the chit fund companies and Naveen Patnaik handed over Rs 50,000 crore to his friends through the mining scam. I want to assure you that whoever looted public money, we will take action and provide justice."
 
Citing examples of loan waiver and raising minimum support prices (MSP) on paddy in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said his party not only made promises but also kept them.
 
"The Chief Minister had promised to set up cold storages and provide irrigation facilities but farmers here continue to commit suicide. Similarly, the Prime Minister also raised farmers' issues in all his speeches but unconcerned about waiving off farm loans," he said.
 
Terming the Goods and Service Tax (GST) as "Gabbar Singh Tax", Gandhi said it will be a simple tax after Congress forms the government at the Centre.
 
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Length of national highways in Odisha has more than doubled in last four years: Gadkari

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Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today said the length of National Highways (NH) in Odisha had more than doubled in the last four years from 4,632 km in 2014 to 9,426 km in 2018. 
 
Addressing a public meeting in Jagatsinghpur, Odisha, Gadkari said the Centre is spending nearly Rs 1 lakh crore on building national highways in the state. 
 
Underscoring the need for a strong transport ecosystem, he said the Government was working to strengthen all modes of transport -- national highways, waterways and seaways -- so that Odisha is able to realize its full potential as a mineral-rich state.
 
Gadkari was in Odisha today to launch work on three NH projects of total length 132 km, worth Rs 2,345 crore. These include four-laning of the Talcher-Kamakhyanagar section of NH 200/23, Kamakhyanagar-Duburi section of NH 200 and Duburi-Chandikhole section of NH 200.
 
The Minister, who also holds the Shipping portfolio, later inaugurated port projects worth Rs 431 crore and laid the foundation stones for six projects worth Rs 3,206 crore at Paradip Port. 
 
He was accompanied by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, who hails from Odisha.
 
Gadkari said NH projects worth more than Rs 6,000 crore had been completed in Odisha. Some of these include four-laning of Sambalpur- Bargad, Panikoili-Remuili and Bhubaneswar-Puri NH, six-laning of Bhubaneswar-Chandikhol NH, construction of four-lane NH upto Jharsuguda town, construction/ strengthening  of bridges on NH 57, NH 59 and some other highways. 
 
Several other projects worth more than Rs 4,500 crore are scheduled for completion this year. About 1,645 km of NH worth Rs 30,000 crore are envisaged under Bharatmala, including 93 km of Ring Roads around major towns,  and detailed project reports (DPRs) for these are being prepared. 
 
Talking about projects like the Coastal Highway, the second bridge over River Brahmani in Rourkela and some other projects which are stuck due to issues like land acquisition, forest and environment clearance, and so on, he called upon the state government to extend cooperation in getting the necessary clearances.
 
Gadkari announced that a 262-km waterway, combining Mahanadi and Brahmani, will be developed from Karimnagar to Dhamra and Paradip at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. The waterway will carry 200 lakh tonnes of cargo and be a game changer for the state. It will give a boost to coal, iron and steel and other industries in Odisha and create huge employment opportunities for the local population, he said.
 
Talking about port-led industrialization in the state, the Minister said that 34 projects worth Rs 20,000 crore have been identified for Odisha under Sagarmala. The capacity and efficiency of Paradip Port is rising continuously, and this will bring a lot of prosperity to the state, he added.
 
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Finance Commission lauds women empowerment in Odisha’s local government bodies

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Odisha was a shining example of women's empowerment with 10 of 16 representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) being women - actual representation going even beyond the legislated 50%, the 15th Finance Commission said today.
 
The Commission’s visit to Odisha began with a meeting with the PRI and ULB representatives. The Commission was unanimous that all the three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions must get a part of the financial devolution. 
 
It was felt that enhancing revenue capabilities was essential to their viability. The Commission was concerned that levying of property tax was still not allowed -- it deserved priority along with other measures to make the PRIs and ULBs self-sufficient.
 
The Commission headed by N K Singh held a meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Also present were the Ministers of Finance, Parliamentary Affairs & Rural Development, Health & Family Welfare of Odisha along with senior officials of the State. 
 
The Commission expressed appreciation for the steps taken by the State Government for Odisha’s progress. On the health sector, the Chairman said while Odisha was doing well in IMR and MMR, the ratio of the number of doctors to population was well below the acceptable level. 
 
He said there was a need for more medical colleges and institutes to improve the quality of health care, especially in rural Odisha.
 
In the sphere of education, the Commission felt that Odisha required to put more emphasis on the sphere of R&D and also in HRD. Multi-pronged development is required in the primary, secondary and higher secondary education sector.
 
The Commission, while complimenting Odisha for the reduction in poverty across the State, felt that it still had some distance to cover to level with the national standards.
 
It assured the State Government of support in the issue of clean energy cess to be spent on coal mine areas. The Commission also promised to give its full consideration on the State’s proposals on disaster management and other matters.
 
The Commission has appreciated the State Government for its project ‘Kalia’, for the handling of the natural disasters and for Women Empowerment. It expressed the hope that identification of intended beneficiaries would meet the benchmark of transparency and credibility.
 
Earlier, the Chairman and members of the 15th Finance Commission had what was described to be “a most productive and enriching interaction” with representatives of the various political parties in the state.
 
There was an exchange of ideas and opinions, some familiar and some innovative. Both sides expressed unanimity in bringing cess and surcharge within the divisible pool. Most importantly, the Commission felt that if there is constructive impediment, Finance Commission must take this into account in its vertical devolution. 
 
The idea of a heritage university and disaster management institute was discussed. The Commission felt that given the proneness of the state to disaster, such management institutions are constitutional impairment and deserve careful consideration. Political parties shared the concern on progressive erosion of the 7th Schedule of the Constitution.
 
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Centre committed to Odisha's development: Modi

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government is fully committed to Odisha's development as he dedicated a slew of projects worth thousands of crores to the public here.
 
"Starting from infrastructure to development of the Odisha people -- all steps are being taken. I assure you that this work will continue," said the Prime Minister.
 
Modi inaugurated the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar built at a cost of Rs 1,260 crore and said "I got the opportunity to dedicate IIT Bhubaneswar to the youth, for which Rs 1,260 crores have been spent. 
 
"This grand campus will not only be a centre of dreams for the youth of Odisha but will also provide employment opportunities." 
 
"The central government is fully committed to the overall development of Odisha," he told a gathering here as he also laid foundation stones and unveiled various projects worth Rs 14,000 crore. 
 
He appealed to the people to move ahead together and make efforts for the state's development.
 
He also inaugurated an archaeological museum at Lalitgiri, which provides evidence of the 2000-year-old early Buddhist settlements in the region and a 100-bed upgraded ward of the ESI Hospital in Bhubaneswar.
 
The Prime Minister said the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojna is moving fast towards providing gas through a pipeline in eastern India as he laid the foundation of the Paradip-Hyderabad Pipeline Project (PHPL) by the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and the Bokaro-Angul section pipeline project (Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga) by Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).
 
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a six-lane stretch Chandikhol-Bhadrak of National Highway-16, a four-lane stretch of National Highway-16 between Cuttack and Angul, 6 laning of the Tangi-Puintola section of NH-16 and Kandagiri flyover on NH-16.
 
The Prime Minister released a commemorative coin, stamp and Buxi Jagabandhu chair (research laboratory) at Utkal University to celebrate 200 years of the Paika Rebellion against British rule.
 
"Besides honouring the heroes of Paika, the government is working to show the rich spiritual heritage of Odisha to the world," said the Prime Minister.
 
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present on the occasion.
 
Patnaik reiterated the demand to declare the Paika Rebellion against the British Raj in 1817 as the first freedom movement of the country and to run a new train for Odisha in honour of Buxi Jagabandhu.
 
With the Union Government proposing to set up a memorial on the Paika Rebellion, he assured to provide land free of cost and all necessary support.
 
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KCR, Naveen for unification of regional parties to counter BJP, Cong

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday said there was a need for unifying regional parties in the country, as he met BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
 
Both the leaders met at Naveen Niwas, residence of Naveen Patnaik, to build a consensus on brining regional parties together.
 
"There is a dire need for the unification of regional parties in the country. We strongly believe that there has to be an alternative to BJP and Congress," said Rao.
 
He said they have just begun the dialogue.
 
"It is certain that the country needs a change, qualitative change for which dialogue has begun. We are making our efforts. However, nothing has come out concrete now," said the TRS president.
 
"We have just begun the dialogue. We need to talk with more leaders. We just started the dialogue and we will meet again to discuss how to take things forward. There is a need to talk to some more people," said Rao.
 
On allegations that he is the B-team of BJP, the TRS president said that it is the big joke of the country.
 
"Narendra Modi in Hyderabad said I am the B-team of Congress while Sonia and Rahul (Gandhi) alleged me as the B-team of BJP," said the Telangana Chief Minister.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "We discussed several things including friendship among the like-minded parties."
 
Telangana Chief Minister said he supports the move of Odisha Chief Minister on 33% reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies.
 
He also praised Naveen Patnaik for his recent KALIA scheme for farmers and other social welfare schemes.
 
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