Live updates of the 2019 Odisha Vidhan Sabha election result.
Already the longest-serving chief minister of Odisha, having assumed office in the year 2000, Patnaik has weathered many a controversy--from chit fund scams to mining scandals-- but remained the foremost leader of the regional outfit he heads.
The party’s impressive show in West Bengal and Odisha is a wake-up call for the respective chief ministers. Its next pit stop is the state Assembly.
Under Naveen’s leadership, the BJD stormed to power in the 2000 Odisha Assembly polls. He assumed the chief minister’s position — something he continues to hold uninterrupted till date
Patnaik's statement indicated that its straight fight between the BJD and the BJP in Odisha, a state where Congress had its government for several times in the past and where it is principal opposition to the Naveen Patnaik headed party for previous 19 years. Amid indication of Congress poor showing, knives are out for the OPCC leadership.
Apart from food packets, the residents also sent solar lanterns and family kits consisting of daily use items to the affected families.
In his first interview since Cyclone Fani that ravaged the coastal districts killing 41 people, he said special category status is the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall growth of the state.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the package and included support for those dependant on animal husbandry, fisheries, handloom and handicraft.
Odisha has requested the Centre to send 5,000 skilled manpower from neighbouring West Bengal, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
This is not the first time the Bollywood star has contributed towards a welfare cause.
A Home Ministry statement said the amount would be in addition to the Rs 341 crore that had been provided to the Odisha's State Disaster Response Force in advance.
A prompt and effective action taken by Odisha authorities saw the evacuation of 12 lakh people within a day.
Live updates of Cyclone Fani and its aftermath.
Patnaik said all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been "extremely severely affected" in the storm, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act.
Official sources said ONGC had as a precaution halted operations, evacuated some 500 employees and towed rigs to safer waters ahead of the cyclone.
"As #CycloneFani approaches, I urge Congress workers in Odisha, Andhra & West Bengal to warn people in their surrounding areas of the approaching danger and to help those in need," Gandhi tweeted.
Cyclone Fani, which has intensified into an extremely severe cyclone is expected to hit the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali in the forenoon of May 3.
A total of 11.5 lakh people in Odisha will have to be moved to safer areas. Of them about 3.3 lakh people have already been shifted.
Here is a list of guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority for keeping safe during Cyclone Fani
These alerts are universal in nature and are also issued during floods, depending on the amount of water rising above land/in a river as a result of torrential rainfall
Twenty-eight fully equipped teams have been deployed in and around Puri in Odisha as the cyclonic storm is expected to make landfall on May 3 afternoon, the NDRF Director General (DG) said.
Fani continued to strengthen and move north through the Northern Indian Ocean on April 30 and May 1 when Aqua and Terra satellite provided imagery of the strengthening storm, it said.
The IMD has issued a 'yellow warning' which indicates severely bad weather, warning people who are at risk to take preventive action.
Gusty wind with speed 40-50 km per hour is expected at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.
The state is bracing for a severe cyclonic storm that is expected to cross its coast near Satapada in Puri district on May 3 afternoon with wind speed of 175-185 kmph.