The Odisha government has directed the Tourism and the Forest department to prepare a 'Home-Stay policy' near identified wildlife sanctuaries and eco-destinations, officials said.

After the southern states, Odisha will introduce 'water bells' in schools to ensure that children drink adequate quantity of water, a senior official said on Sunday.

 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated sprinter Dutee Chand for being named in the TIME 100 Next list of most influential persons in the world and extended her best wishes.

 Opposition Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati on Wednesday asked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik whether he is happy as the BJD president used to ask people in all elections meetings whether they are happy.

 The Odisha government has announced an annual award in the name of Suraj Sethi, a man from Ganjam district, whose organs had been transplanted on six persons after his death.

The district administration has for the first time this year erected four marquees where a variety of cultural programmes by over 100 troupes from across the country will be showcased.

Heavy rain and high-velocity winds triggered by cyclone 'Bulbul' claimed at least two lives and wreaked havoc in most parts of coastal Odisha, officials said on Sunday.

Heavy rain accompanied by high-velocity winds, trigerred by very severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul', lashed several parts of coastal Odisha on Saturday, uprooting trees and snapping road links.