[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #258 : TCA Anant Board, Odisha Home State, Geography Optional

Date of Interview: 21-09-2021 Board: TCA  Anant Optional: Geography Home State: Odisha To view all IAS Interview Transcripts 2020, visit this page Chairman Tell your journey from Infosys to Institution where u work now Role in Infosys Swot analysis of your district (ganjam) 4.Told about threat from adjoining naxal districts and my district is crime capital… Continue reading [UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #258 : TCA Anant Board, Odisha Home State, Geography Optional

Chaitra Jatra Festival

News:The annual Chaitra Jatra festival scheduled to be held in Odisha’s Tara Tarini hill shrine was cancelled as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 infection. Facts: About the Festival: Chaitra Jatra is celebrated at Tara Tarini hill shrine in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Tara Tarini hill shrine is located at Kumari hill on banks of… Continue reading Chaitra Jatra Festival

Conservation plan for Konark temple soon, says Culture Minister

News:Union Culture Minister has said that a plan to restore the Konark Sun temple in Odisha would be drawn up soon. Facts: About Konark Sun Temple: Konark Sun Temple is located in East Odisha near the sacred city of Puri, Odisha. It was built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I (AD 1238-1264) of… Continue reading Conservation plan for Konark temple soon, says Culture Minister

Over 1 million migratory birds to flock to Chilika this year too

News:The Chilika Development Authority(CDA) has said that it expects over 1 million migratory birds to flock to Chilika lake in 2020. Facts: About Chilika lake: Chilika lake is the Asia’s largest brackish water lake.It is located at the Daya River flowing into the Bay of Bengal. The lake is also the second largest coastal lagoon… Continue reading Over 1 million migratory birds to flock to Chilika this year too

Odisha launches ‘Jalsathi’ programme to supply safe drinking water

News:Odisha Chief Minister has launched the ‘Jalsathi’ programme with the aim to ensure supply of safe drinking water to all households in the state. Facts About Jalsathi programme: The JalSathi programme aims to ensure the supply of clean drinking water to consumers through piped water connections. The Odisha government has roped in women volunteers to… Continue reading Odisha launches ‘Jalsathi’ programme to supply safe drinking water

Odisha awarded ‘World Habitat Award’ for Jaga Mission

News:Odisha has won the ‘World Habitat Award’, global recognition for its ambitious initiative called Jaga Mission. Facts: About Jaga Mission: Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission “JAGA” is a society under Housing & Urban Development Department, Government of Odisha.It is headed by the Chief Secretary,Odisha. The mission aims at transforming the slums into livable habitat with all… Continue reading Odisha awarded ‘World Habitat Award’ for Jaga Mission

Fall Armyworm controlled in Odisha

News:Odisha have succeeded in thwarting an attack by the Fall Armyworm (FAW) on maize crop due to proper precaution and timely management by the state agriculture department and awareness among farmers. Facts: About Fall Armyworm: The Fall Armyworm(FAW) or Spodoptera frugiperda is an invasive agricultural pest.It was first reported in West Africa in 2016. FAW… Continue reading Fall Armyworm controlled in Odisha

‘Red Atlas Map’ unveiled for flood mitigation in Chennai

News:Vice President has unveiled the Red Atlas Action Plan Map and Coastal Flood Warning System App(CFLOWS-Chennai). Facts: About Red Atlas Action Plan Map: The Atlas has been prepared by the Ministry of Earth Sciences to aid Tamil Nadu government in effective flood mitigation in Chennai. It was prepared with the help of India Meteorological Department… Continue reading ‘Red Atlas Map’ unveiled for flood mitigation in Chennai

Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture

News:Government of India, Government of Odisha and the World Bank has signed a $165 million loan agreement for the Odisha’s Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture. Facts: About the project: The aim of the project is to strengthen the resilience of the small holder farmers against adverse climate. The project will be implemented in… Continue reading Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture

Mo Sarkar initiative

News:Odisha government has launched a new governance initiative named ‘Mo Sarkar’. Facts: About the initiative: The ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative which means ‘My Government’ is an important transformative initiative of the Odisha government under 5-T programme. The 5-T mantra is based on the philosophy that transparency, teamwork, technology and time leads to transformation. The objective of… Continue reading Mo Sarkar initiative

‘Tikki Mausi’ mascot

News:Government of Odisha in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF) has unveiled a mascot named ‘Tikki Mausi’. Facts: About the mascot: The mascot- ‘Tikki Mausi’ aims to change the behaviour of common people and make them aware about child and women’s nutrition and development in every household. The mascot has been named as… Continue reading ‘Tikki Mausi’ mascot

Explained: How coal gasification can help India reduce its energy import

News:Odisha’s Talcher fertiliser plant has been awarded a contract for starting a coal gasification unit for the production of urea and Ammonia. Facts: What is coal gasification? Coal gasification is the process of converting coal into synthesis gas (also called syngas) which is a mixture of hydrogen (H2), carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2). … Continue reading Explained: How coal gasification can help India reduce its energy import

Nuakhai: The greatest harvesting festival of Odisha

News:The Nuakhai festival is being celebrated in the state of Odisha.Nuakhai is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Odisha in India. Nuakhai festival: Nuakhai festival traces its origin to the Vedic period where the sages or Rishis used to talk about Panch yajna. The word nua means new and khai means food… Continue reading Nuakhai: The greatest harvesting festival of Odisha

Odisha govt. nod to set up maritime board

Odisha government has approved the formation of the Odisha Maritime Board in the state. The board will deal with the administration, control and management of non-major ports and non-nationalised inland waterways. The Board will be constituted with 12 members with Chief Secretary as the chairperson along with representatives of stakeholders departments as well as representatives… Continue reading Odisha govt. nod to set up maritime board

Odisha rasgulla gets GI tag

Geographical Indication Registry of India has accorded Geographical Indication(GI) tag to Odisha’s rasgulla.Odisha Rasgulla is associated with famous Puri Jagannath Temple. This GI tag to Odisha comes amid a years long debate between West Bengal and Odisha over where the Rasgulla had originated.In November 2017,West Bengal was granted the GI tag for Rasgulla. The GI… Continue reading Odisha rasgulla gets GI tag

The Chariot Festival: Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019

The Jagannath Rath Yatra festival will begin from Puri in Odisha. The festival is popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, The festival is dedicated to Lord Jagannath,his sister Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra. The three deities make an annual Journey to their aunt’s temple (Gundicha Temple) from Lord Jagannath temple. All the three… Continue reading The Chariot Festival: Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019

Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

Odisha Chief Minister has released a unique flood hazard atlas which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently. The flood hazard atlas system takes into account the flood inundation data captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018. The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research… Continue reading Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

Bhubaneswar becomes 0.5 degree C hotter due to urbanisation

The researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Bhubaneswar has documented how urbanisation of cities in the last decade can sharply increase the local temperature. The study has found out that the local surface temperature in large cities in Odisha such as Cuttack and Bhubaneswar has increased by as much as 40-50% during the period… Continue reading Bhubaneswar becomes 0.5 degree C hotter due to urbanisation

Post Cyclone Fani, CM Naveen Patnaik demands special category status for Odisha

Odisha chief minister has demanded special category status from Central Government for his disaster-prone state.He said that Odisha faces natural calamities almost every year. There is no provision of special category status in the Constitution,the Central government extends financial assistance to states that are at a comparative disadvantage against others.The concept of SCS emerged in… Continue reading Post Cyclone Fani, CM Naveen Patnaik demands special category status for Odisha

Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

Cyclone Fani which has hit part of the coastal district of Puri has inflicted heavy damage on the creation of ‘Pattachitra’ artists. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words Patta, meaning canvas and Chitra meaning picture.Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities. Pattachitra or Patachitra is a traditional cloth-based scroll painting… Continue reading Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

CFTRI to send food to cyclone-hit Odisha

The Central Food Technological Research Institute(CFTRI) has decided to prepare nearly 1 lakh meals for distribution in the cyclone ravaged areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.In the past,CFTRI has sent food and relief material to Kerala during the floods. CFTRI was established in 1959.It is a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and… Continue reading CFTRI to send food to cyclone-hit Odisha

Over one lakh Olive Ridley turtles enter sea in Odisha

The phenomenon of hatching of baby turtles from the eggshells has begun at the beach of Kalam Island off Odisha coast in Kendrapara district.Kalam Island is a part of Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. In the Indian Ocean, the majority of Olive Ridleys nest in two or three large groups near Gahirmatha in Orissa.The coast of Odisha… Continue reading Over one lakh Olive Ridley turtles enter sea in Odisha

On Foundation Day, Odisha receives GI tag for ‘Kandhamal Haldi’

Kandhamal Haldi,a variety of indigenous turmeric grown only in southern Odisha has received Geographical indication (GI) tag from Geographical Indication Registry of India. Kandhamal Haldi is a member of the Curcuma botanical group, which is a part of the ginger family whose botanical name is Curcuma Longa. It is known for its medicinal values. The… Continue reading On Foundation Day, Odisha receives GI tag for ‘Kandhamal Haldi’

Two big festivals add zing to Berhampur polls

The Lok Sabha elections in Odisha’s Berhampur has coincided with two big festivals which are (a)the 32-day-long biennial Thakurani Jatra and (b)21-day-long Danda Nata festival. The Thakurani jatra festival is a biennial festival.During the festival, Goddess Budhi Thakurani is taken from the main temple at Thakurani Temple Street to her temporary abode at Desi Behera… Continue reading Two big festivals add zing to Berhampur polls

Odisha plans lightning alerting system

The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority has planned to establish an intelligent and automated lightning alert system. The decision comes in the backdrop of a large number deaths due to lightning in the state. OSDMA has collaborated with The Earth Networks, a USA-based organization to develop the outdoor alerting siren system. The alert system would… Continue reading Odisha plans lightning alerting system