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Latest Odisha current affairs 2024

AIIMS Bhubaneswar Launches Advanced Artificial Urinary Sphincter(AUS) Implantation Service

April 17, 2024

AIIMS Bhubaneswar Launches Advanced Artificial Urinary Sphincter(AUS) Implantation Service
  • First of its kind implantation in Odisha
  • Targeted towards patients with severe urinary incontinence post-prostate surgery, spinal cord injuries, etc.
  • Represents a significant leap in urological care in Odisha, previously only available in metro cities.

Adani Ports Acquires Gopalpur Port in Odisha for ₹3,350 Crore

March 26, 2024

  • India’s largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has expanded its presence on India’s coastline after buying 95% of Odisha’s Gopalpur Port Ltd (GPL) at an enterprise value of Rs 3,080 crore.
  • Majority stake acquisition from Shapoorji Pallonji (56%) and Orissa Stevedores Ltd. (39%).
  • Gopalpur Port’s capacity is 20 Million Metric Tonnes per Annum.
  • Gopalpur port, a deepwater port on the Bay of Bengal near Brahmapur city in Ganjam district of Odisha, allows large ships to come and go easily.

CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates India’s First Indoor Athletics Centre at Kalinga Stadium

March 9, 2024

CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates India's First Indoor Athletics Centre at Kalinga Stadium
  • Inauguration of India’s First Indoor Athletics Centre, Indoor Aquatic Centre, and Foundation Laid for Indoor Diving Centre at Kalinga Stadium.
  • Key Features: Athletics Centre with Continental and Regional Championship Capabilities, Aquatic Centre with Olympic-Size Swimming Pool.
  • Collaboration with Odisha Inspire Institute of Sport and Contribution by JSW Group and NALCO.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Vision for Sporting Excellence and Year-Round Training Opportunities.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) Nabin Card

March 7, 2024

  • BSKY Nabin Card scheme targets rural residents, excluding regular government employees and income taxpayers.
  • Benefits are set to start on May 1, 2024.
  • Implemented under the state government’s “5T initiative“.
  • BSKY covers 1 crore+ families (80% of Odisha’s population).
  • BSKY Nabin Card adds coverage for 1.3 lahks more families.
  • Treatment is available at 816 hospitals.

“Nabin Odisha Magic Card” Launch under the direction of CM Naveen Patnaik

March 6, 2024

Nabin Odisha Magic Card
  • The Nabin Odisha Magic Card, launched under the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, aims to empower the youth of Odisha.
  • It is a points-based smart card designed to engage and empower UG and PG students statewide.
  • The card focuses on academic development, personality enhancement, skill development, and employment opportunities.
  • Eligible students from government-aided and private institutions can register for the card through the official portal
  • Distribution of the Nabin Odisha Magic Card will commence from August 15, 2024 onwards.

Know More About: Nabin Odisha Magic Card.

PM inaugurates multiple development projects worth Rs 19,600 crores in Chandikhole, Odisha

March 5, 2024

  • Inaugurates Indian Oil Corporation Limited Mono Ethylene Glycol project and 0.6 MMTPA LPG Import facility at Paradip Refinery.
  • Unveils 344 km long product pipeline from Paradip to Haldia.
  • Inaugurates 5 MLD capacity seawater desalination plant at Odisha Sands Complex of IREL(I) Ltd.
  • Dedicates and lays foundation stone for multiple rail and road projects.
  • Focuses on modern connectivity in Odisha to boost state’s economy using local resources.

Cuttack’s ‘Chandi Tarakasi’ Receives Geographical Indication (GI) tag

March 3, 2024

Cuttack’s ‘Chandi Tarakasi’ Receives Geographical Indication Tag
  • Cuttack’s renowned ‘Chandi Tarakasi‘ or Silver Filigree has been officially granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • The application for the GI tag was initiated by the Odisha State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Limited (UTKALIKA) on July 1, 2021.
  • ‘Tarakasi’, deriving from Odia, signifies the combination of ‘Tara’ (wire) and ‘Kasi’ (design).
  • The art form includes crafting elaborate filigree ‘medhas’ (tableaus) during Durga Puja, and miniature models of iconic Odisha landmarks are also created in ‘Tarakasi’.

Odisha CM Unveils “FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023” a Coffee Table Book

March 2, 2024

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the coffee table book ‘FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023‘, celebrating the event’s fusion of sports and culture.
  • Published by Sportstar, the book showcases the essence of the 15th FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, held across Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
  • The book, with 252 pages of captivating visuals, commemorates the tournament’s success and aims to inspire a resurgence in hockey’s popularity among the younger generation.

Odisha government to set up a State Water Informatics Centre (SWIC)

March 1, 2024

SWIC will serve as a dedicated institution for managing State-level water resources data, operating under the guidance of the National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC).

Its primary objectives include coordinating, collecting, and disseminating comprehensive hydro-meteorological data for the State, enhancing water resource management.

Kalyani Steel Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Odisha.

February 23, 2024

Kalyani Steel Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the Government of Odisha
  • The MoU includes setting up a manufacturing facility at Gajmara in Dhenkanal district.
  • The manufacturing unit will focus on production of titanium metal, aerospace and automotive components and advanced special steel.
  • The investment for this project amounts to Rs 11,750 crore.

Odisha Government Introduces Inclusive Urban Sanitation Policy 2024

February 19, 2024

  • Integration of modern concepts like circular economy, disaster resilience, and community partnerships.
  • Emphasis on enhancing sanitation infrastructure and services across cities and towns, with a focus on marginalized populations.
  • Alignment with SDG 6.2 and the UN Human Right to Sanitation, emphasizing climate-resilient infrastructure and inclusive approaches.

CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute in Bhubaneswar

February 19, 2024

  • BSCCRI is equipped with 750 beds and treats 300 patients with radiotherapy and 150 with chemotherapy every day.
  • Mind-Tree co-founder Subroto Bagchi and his wife donated Rs 210 crore for the project.
  • It aims to offer world-class oncology treatment to the region’s people and benefit one-third of Odisha’s cancer patients.
  • The hospital is equipped with modern technology, treatment facilities, and proper infrastructure, with an investment of Rs 410 crore.
  • It is empanelled under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY).

Odisha govt to give interest-free loans to youth under ‘SWAYAM Scheme’

February 14, 2024

  • The Odisha government has introduced the SWAYAM Scheme to offer interest-free loans to youth aged 18-35.
  • Under ‘Swayam’, eligible rural and urban youth can receive up to Rs 1 lakh to start or expand businesses.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik aims to boost entrepreneurship and self-employment with this initiative.
  • The scheme, funded with Rs 672 crore from the state budget, will run for two years.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates 100 Cube startup initiative of IIT-Bhubaneswar

February 12, 2024

  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated IIT-Bhubaneswar’s ‘100 Cubes‘ startup initiative.
  • The initiative aims to create 100 startups with a valuation of Rs 100 crore by 2036.
  • IIT-Bhubaneswar’s Research and Entrepreneurship Park will provide resources, mentorship, seed capital and access to investors for startups.

Gupteswar forest designated as fourth biodiversity heritage site in Odisha

February 13, 2024

  • Gupteswar forest, situated near the Gupteswar Shiva temple within the Dhondrakhol reserve forest of Odisha’s Koraput district, has been designated as the state’s fourth Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS).
  • Spanning 350 hectares, the site is renowned for its sacred groves, revered by locals, and its diverse flora and fauna.
  • A comprehensive survey reveals 608 faunal species, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, butterflies, moths, odonates, spiders, scorpions, and lower invertebrates.

Odisha government hikes MBPY pension amount by Rs 500

February 12, 2024

  • The Odisha government increased the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) pension amount by Rs 500.
  • MBPY beneficiaries, who availed benefits of Rs 500, Rs 700, and Rs 900 every month, will now get Rs 1,000, Rs 1200, and Rs 1400 every month.
  • The state government will spend an additional Rs 3683 crore annually.
  • MBPY was launched by the Department of Women and Child Development on 1 January 2008

JSW Group signed an MoU with Odisha govt to set up first mega-scale integrated EV

February 11, 2024

Odisha govt on Saturday signed an MoU with JSW Group for establishment of integrated electric vehicles (EV) and EV battery manufacturing project in Cuttack and Paradip. The project with an investment of Rs 40,000 crore will create 10,000 jobs.

Odisha presented Interim Budget of Rs 2.55 Lakh Crore for Fiscal Year 2024-25

February 8, 2024

Odisha Unveils Interim Budget of Rs 2.55 Lakh Crore for Fiscal Year 2024-25

Overall Budget:

  • Total budget outlay: Rs 2.55 lakh crore, an 11% increase from 2023-24.
  • No new schemes or initiatives announced due to it being a Vote-on-Account budget.
  • Focus on financial stability and allocating funds to existing departments.

Key Allocations:

  • Highest allocation: School and mass education department – Rs 33,865 crore (9.71% share).
  • Other significant allocations:
    • Panchayati raj department – Rs 22,543 crore (8.84%).
    • Health and family welfare – Rs 19,729 crore (7.74%).
    • Water resources – Rs 13,267 crore (5.20%).
    • Planning and convergence – Rs 12,043 crore (4.72%).

Economic Performance:

  • Odisha’s economy is expected to grow at 8.5% in 2023-24, exceeding the national average of 7.3%.
  • Food production doubled in the last 22 years.
  • KALIA scheme has benefited over 62 lakh farmers’ families.
  • Millets Mission improving the lives of around 5 lakh farmers.

Healthcare Focus:

  • Priority on achieving “health for all”.
  • Target to develop 1,858 health centers in the next 5 years with Rs 3,389 crore investment.

Additional Notes:

  • This is an interim budget, a full budget with new initiatives is expected later.
  • The budget focuses on maintaining financial stability while supporting key sectors like education, healthcare, and agriculture.

Baramunda Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Bhubaneswar will be named after Dr. BR Ambedkar

February 6, 2024

Baramunda Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Bhubaneswar will be named after Dr BR Ambedkar
  • Baramunda Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Bhubaneswar to be renamed after Dr. BR Ambedkar.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the renaming.
  • Terminal to be known as “Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bus Terminal.”
  • Tribute to Dr. Ambedkar’s dedication to Dalit upliftment.
  • Special 900 square feet gallery inside the terminal to depict Dr. Ambedkar’s journey and legacy.

Odisha Government and JNU Collaborate to Launch Biju Patnaik Center for Odia Studies

February 5, 2024

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Government of Odisha have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of Biju Patnaik Special Center for Odia Studies. The center’s primary goals include launching a master’s program.

PM Modi to Lay Foundation for 2,400MW Power Plant in Sambalpur, Odisha by NLCIL

February 3, 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to lay the foundation stone for NLC India Limited’s (NLCIL) 2,400 Mega Watt Supercritical Thermal power plant in Sambalpur, Odisha, on February 3, 2024.

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