Odisha Current Affairs 2024 (Daily Updated)

CM Naveen Patnaik Inaugurated The 4th National Chilka Bird Festival

January 27, 2024
  • The three-day program from January 27 to January 29 is being attended by 52 selected bird lovers from across India.
  • Bird tour is scheduled for Mangalajodi-Nalabana for the last two days.
  • Mangalajodi, located in the northeastern part of Chilka, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, is known as the “Bird Paradise of Asia“.

CM Naveen Patnaik Inaugurated SAMALEI Project At Samaleswari Temple, Sambalpur

January 27, 2024
  • SAMALEI project redevelopment plan worth Rs 200 crore announced on February 17, 2021.
  • Project includes heritage gates, parking, vending zones, toilets, and housing for temple servitors.
  • 30-meter-wide road connecting the temple zone to the Mahanadi river front constructed for daily rituals.
  • Project covers 39 acres with a 1km heritage corridor, improved temple access, and amenities.
  • Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation (OBCC) oversees SAMALEI scheme implementation.
  • The government had also planned to develop 108 acres of area around the temple.

Central Government Approves The Establishment Of Two Coal Gasification Plants In West Bengal And Odisha.

January 25, 2024
  • Target to Achieve 100 metric tons of coal gasification by 2028-29, aligning with India’s goals of self-reliance and energy independence.
  • Coal India Limited (CIL) will set up the plants in collaboration with GAIL and BHEL, with total investments of ₹13,052 crores and ₹11,782 crores, respectively.
  • Coal India Limited (CIL) has signed MOUs with BHEL for setting up of Coal-to-Ammonium Nitrate Project at Lakhanpur Area of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Jharsuguda district of Odisha a joint venture of CIL & BHEL, at an estimated project cost of Rs.11,782.05 Crore.

Odisha To Establish A Melanistic Tiger Safari – A First Of Its Kind In The World

January 24, 2024
  • Odisha Government on January 24 announced to establish a melanistic tiger safari — a first of its kind in the world.
  • The Similipal Tiger Reserve is the only home for melanistic tigers in the wild in the world, says Odisha State Forest and Environment Department.
  • The safari will be established near Baripada, the district headquarters town of Mayurbhanj.
  • According to Susanta Nanda, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), the site is about 15 km from the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) matching the same landscape.

What are melanistic tigers?

Melanistic Tiger Odisha Current Affairs

Melanistic tigers, or Black tigers, are a rare color variant of Bengal tigers with a black coat caused by increased melanin. They are not a separate species but exhibit a unique genetic variation. The black coloration is uncommon, making them a rare and intriguing phenomenon within tiger diversity.

CM Naveen Patnaik Inaugurates Odia University In Satyabadi, Puri District(Odisha Current Affairs)

January 24, 2024

Patnaik described Satyabadi as the shrine of Odia literary renaissance and said, “Satyabadi was the karmabhoomi (workplace) of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das”.

AIIMS Bhubaneswar Conducted A Successful Drone Trial To Deliver Essential Healthcare Services, Particularly During Emergencies.

January 23, 2024
  • The drone, which completed the 120km journey from the institute to CHC (Community Health Centre) Tangi in 70 minutes, carried essential blood supplies weighing around 2kg.
  • The use of drones aims to enhance healthcare services in rural and semi-urban areas.
  • Drones can transport various health products, including vaccines and diagnostic samples.
  • The drone trial by AIIMS Bhubaneswar is part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakshya Yojana (PMSSY) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Odisha’s Shree Setu Becomes State’s First Trumpet Bridge To Connect Shreemandira Parikrama.

January 19, 2024
  • Shri Setu along with Srimandir Parikrama Project was inaugurated in Puri.
  • The 1.5-kilometer Shree Setu bridge connects Bhubaneswar and Brahmagiri to a multi-level parking spot at Jagannath Ballav.
  • Pilgrims can now reach Sri Jagannath temple without entering the city, reducing travel time by up to an hour.
  • Shree Setu is a 60-meter-wide bow-shaped bridge with four lanes, costing Rs 161 crore.
  • One bridge is over the Mangalahat-Birharekrishnapur bypass, and the other is over the Mangalahat-Devighat road, facilitating entry and exit from the town.
  • The redeveloped Jagannath Ballav parking space can accommodate 1600 vehicles, providing easy access to Srimandir.
  • A beautiful gate welcomes devotees to Puri, and a viewing tower offers a bird’s eye view of the holy city.
  • Trumpet bridges are used where one highway terminates at another, resembling trumpets in their design.

What is a Trumpet Bridge?

A trumpet bridge, also known as an interchange, is a road design with a circular bridge shaped like a trumpet that is used at the end of one route for a smooth traffic transition to another.

CM Naveen Patnaik Inaugurated The Rs 800 Crore Srimandir Parikrama Project In Puri On January 17, 2024

January 18, 2024

Project unveils a 75-metre heritage corridor around Puri’s Jagannath Temple featuring:

  • Green buffer zone for a serene environment
  • Reception area for 6,000 devotees to facilitate smooth entry
  • Jagannath Ballav Pilgrimage Centre offers additional services
  • Multi-level car parking to address congestion concerns
  • Dedicated parikrama path for a comfortable circumambulation experience
  • Public utility areas ensure convenience for visitors

Originally introduced in December 2019, the project faced delays due to:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic disrupting construction timelines
  • Draft by-laws issued by the National Monuments Authority in January 2021, imposing restrictions within the temple’s vicinity. These by-laws were later withdrawn at the request of the Chief Minister.

Overall, the successful inauguration marks a significant milestone in enhancing the pilgrim experience around the revered Jagannath Temple.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Unveils Logo Of 1st World Odia Language Conference.

January 12, 2024
  • On 11th January 2024 the logo of the inaugural ” Biswa Odia Bhasha Sammilani ” (World Odia Language Conference) with the tagline ” Bhasha Hin Bhabisyata ” (Language is the Future).
  • The three-day conference starting on February 3 aims to discuss the future of the Odia language, as well as its promotion and propagation.
  • Odia became the 6th Indian language, after Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit, and Tamil, to receive the classical tag from the Centre in February 2014.

Malkangiri Airport Inaugurated By Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

January 10, 2024
  • Malkangiri Airport, built on 233 acres at a cost of ₹70 crore.
  • The runway is 1602 meters long and 30 meters wide.
  • A successful trial run of a nine-seater VT-100 double-engine flight occurred on January 7.
  • Malkangiri Airport situated at Katelguda under Goudaguda panchayat on the outskirts of Malkangiri town.
  • This is the first airport to be developed and operated by Odisha Govt.
  • Improved connectivity for the Malkangiri district with air services.

Odisha Government And NDDB Sign MoU For Anthrax And ENT Vaccine Facility In Ganjam District.

January 9, 2024
  • The ₹52 crore facility will be situated at the Odisha Biological Products Institute (OBPI) in Berhampur.
  • Once operational, it aims to produce 2 crore doses of ENTV vaccine and 50 lakh doses of ASV vaccine annually.
  • This production capacity will make Odisha self-sufficient in anthrax and enterotoxaemia vaccines.
  • The facility will have the capability to supply vaccines to other states as well.

Seven Products From Odisha Awarded Geographical Indication (GI) Tags By Chennai-Based Geographical Indication Registry

January 5, 2024

7 Products from Odisha Awarded Geographical Indication (GI) Tags.

Product NameDescriptionDistrict
Kapdaganda ShawlWoven by Dongria Kondh tribe, reflecting their heritageRayagada & Kalahandi
Lanjia Saura PaintingMurals on mud walls, crimson-maroon with white figuresRayagada
Koraput Kala Jeera RiceBlack rice, “Prince of Rice”, preserved for 1,000 yearsKoraput
Similipal Kai ChutneyTraditional ant chutneyMayurbhanj
Nayagarh Kanteimundi BrinjalThorny brinjal, pest-resistantNayagarh
Odisha Khajuri GudaNatural date palm jaggeryGajapati
Dhenkanal MagjiSweet made from buffalo milk cheese with unique characteristicsDhenkanal
Categories of GI-tagged products include food items (Kai Chutney, Magji), agricultural products (Date Palm Jaggery, Kanteimundi Brinjal, Kala Jeera Rice), and textiles/handicrafts (Kapadaganda, Idital).

Applications for Kanteimundi Brinjal, Kai Chutney, and Magji were filed by OUAT in 2020; Palm Jaggery and Kala jeera Rice by Odisha Rajya Talgur Samabaya Sangha Ltd and Jaivik Sri Farmers Producer Company Ltd in 2020 and 2022.

The total number of Odisha products with GI tags now reaches 25, with Rasabali of Kendrapara being recognized on 3 October 2023.

“Dear Purusha” Becomes First Odia Movie To Feature At Times Square Billboard In New York City.

January 3, 2024

Odia film “Dear Purusha” directed by Jiit Chakraborty and produced by Jhilik Motion Pictures makes history as the first Odia film to grace the Times Square billboard in New York City, showcasing the global recognition of regional Indian cinema’s artistic excellence.

Bhubaneswar Metro Rail Project

January 2, 2024
  • On January 1, 2024, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik lays the foundation stone of ₹6,225 crore Bhubaneswar Metro Rail project.
  • The first phase spans a 26 km route, connecting 20 stations from Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar to Trishulia, Cuttack.
  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will oversee the project, with completion expected in four years.
  • The 20 stations are Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), Capital Hospital, Sishu Bhawan, Bapuji Nagar, Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Ram Mandir Square, Vani Vihar, Acharya Vihar Square, Jaydev Vihar Square, Xavier Square, Rail Sadan, District Centre, Damana Square, Patia Square, KIIT Square, Nandan Vihar, Raghunathpur, Nanadankanan Zoological Park, Phulapokhari and Trisulia Square.

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