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Odisha CM launches online portal for Nabakalebara festival

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Jindal, has put the festival of Nabakalebara on digital world by launching a website (www.nabakalebara.gov.inon Thursday. The rituals of Nabakalebara will be showcased through the website, mobile application in Android, iOS and Windows platform, and also through extensive social media campaign via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

The move was initiated by the Information Technology department. The Times of India reported state IT minister, Pranab Prakash Das, as saying, “The objective of the digital campaign is to make Nabakalebara a ‘world event’. We are targeting to reach out to over 2 crore people through the website.”

The interactive home page of the website displays four head- titles: Nabakalebara, Plan Visit, In News, Utilities and Shree Khetra.

The ‘Nabakalebara’ option has information about the Nabakalebara festival with a detailed account of the history of its celebration, the rituals performed, the roles of sevayats or sevakas (servitors), role of Gajapati (the king of Puri) and the story of Daru Brahma (world substance symbolized in wood).

‘Plan Visit’ improves tourist engagement and gives directions to reach the temple with a detailed map, and also provides a list of accommodation as well as the places to visit in the State.

‘Utilities’ provides relevant information about the hospitals, clinic, travel agents as well as parking facilities.

The website also displays the latest news related to the Nabakalebara festival under ‘In News.’ The section also features a picture gallery and videos on Nabakalebara.

‘Shree Khetra’ has detailed history of Puri, information about the ‘Jagannath Temple’ and the ‘Chaturdha Murti,’ and tourism and culture of the State.

Naveen Patnaik, while launching the website, stated that the website aims at increasing not only awareness but also enables devotees, visitors and tourists to find relevant information about the Nabakalebara event.

(Information courtesy- www.nabakalebara.gov.in)

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Odisha schools to soon implement School Safety Policy, impart lessons on disaster preparedness

Under the School Safety Policy 2016, lessons on disaster preparedness will be included in school textbooks

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Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik. Wikimedia

Bhubaneshwar, October 29, 2017 : The Odisha government on Sunday said it will implement School Safety Policy designed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to include lessons on disaster preparedness in school textbooks.

“School Safety Policy of 2016 as designed by the NDMA will be implemented by School and Mass Education department soon,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day for Disaster Reduction here.

The day is observed on October 29 every year to recall the devastation in the aftermath of the Super Cyclone of 1999 and strengthen the state’s resolve to prepare for any disaster that may take place in future.

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Patnaik said the government had also planned to integrate youth power for disaster management.

He said Odisha, which faces the fury of cyclones often, had become a role model to the world in disaster preparedness and risk management.

“My government has ensured adequate planning, preparedness and continuous capacity building to minimise human casualty during any disaster. I really appreciate that we have chosen ‘Early warning to save lives’ as this year’s theme,” said the Chief Minister.

Odisha State Disaster Management Authority Managing Director Pradipta Mohapatra said under the School Safety Policy 2016, lessons on disaster preparedness will be included in school textbooks.

In order to generate public awareness and to expedite preparedness for protecting human beings and animals, provision for last mile connectivity, with the facility of early warning towers, has been taken up at 122 locations along the coast to disseminate cyclone and tsunami warnings.

A total of 243 shelter connectivity covering 390 km, 12 saline embankments covering 58 km and five godowns are also under construction, Patnaik added. (IANS)

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