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Odisha Chief Minister has announced schools and colleges will remain shut till Puja vacation

Bhubaneswar:26/8/20: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the schools and colleges will remain shut till Puja vacation in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reviewing the corona situation through video conferencing on Wednesday, Patnaik said this has been done keeping in view the anxiety of parents and guardians following the COVID situation in the state.

Dwelling upon the revival of the village economy, Odisha CM said he has directed the administration to focus on loan assistance, MSME, agriculture, pisciculture, animal husbandry, and SHG.

Patnaik said the government has been trying its best to provide assistance to the migrant workers, small-time businessmen, and other traders.

The SHG members who are engaged in mask making will be given priority to boost their business and those masks could be bought from the MLA’s regional fund. The Chief Minister expressed his satisfaction that the positivity rate of COVID has come down and the rate of testing has gone up.

He directed the officials to provide assistance to farmers and small-time traders and urged the people to keep calm during the pandemic.

The Chief Minister said a special strategy has been adopted to fight COVID at hotspots and urged the people to maintain social distancing and strictly adhere to norms. He stressed the availability of ICU facilities at all COVID hospitals across the state.

Patnaik said the financial assistance to COVID Warriors will be given to their family members by Friday. Additional Chief Secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said the recovery rate has risen to 71.3 percent. The death rate has come down to 0.5, he added.

Mohapatra said 54 percent of active coronavirus patients are staying in quarantine homes. The fire brigade, police, and NDRF personnel are frontline workers who have donated their plasma. He said while Cuttack, Balasore, and Kendrapara districts are in the front as far as plasma donation is concerned, Maikangiri, Boudh, and Rayagada districts have fared well in the field of quarantine.

He said sero survey has reached the second phase in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela will have its first-round soon. Koraput will have another Plasma bank tomorrow.

The review meeting also discussed various measures being taken to tackle the flood-like situation in the state. The SRC Pradip Kumar Jena said nine districts have registered 100 mm of rain on average in the past two days. Rivers Baitarani, Budhabalang, and Salandi are in spate and the state is going to witness more rain in two days.

He said 10 ODRAF teams have been pressed into service for rescue and relief work, Jena said and added that patrolling has been intensified in embankments where there are possibilities of breaches.

The virtual meet was attended by Chief Secretary, DGP, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Secretary Home, and 5T Secretary V K Pandian.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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