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  1. IPS officer Sunil Kumar Bansal today took charge as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Odisha. Bansal assumed charge as the chief of the Odisha Police at the State Police Headquarters, Cuttack by receiving the guard of honour.
  2. Odisha government approved the proposal to provide grant-in-aid to teaching and non-teaching staff of such educational institutions on the basis of 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
  3. Amidst bewilderment over for reopening of primary schools across Odisha from January 3 next year, State School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash cleared.
  4. BJD MLA and former Speaker Kishore Mohanty died today evening. Mohanty, who was Brajrajnagar sitting MLA, passed away while undergoing treatment at a  private hospital in Jharsuguda. He was 64.
  5. Twelve pilgrims have died and over a dozen others injured in a stampede at Jammu and Kashmir's Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. The stampede was triggered by a massive rush of devotees, officials said today. 
  6. President has given his assent to Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which were passed during recently concluded Winter Session of Parliament amid unprecedented uproar.
  7. VS Pathania took charge as the Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Friday, an official statement said.
  8. Despite many curbs induced by the pandemic in year 2021, the ancient hill-shrine of Lord Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala, near Tirupati, saw over 10 million devotees from across the country and abroad visiting the abode of the Lord, an official said.
  9. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Vinay Kumar Tripathi, General Manager, North Eastern Railway to the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Railway Board, New Delhi.
  10. Anju Sehwag, sister of former cricketer Virender Sehwag, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday in Delhi.
  11. The Union home ministry on Friday extended the validity of the FCRA registration of NGOs by three months till March 31
  12. The University Grants Commission has “advised” all universities and colleges to have their students perform the Surya Namaskar as part of the 75-year celebrations of India’s independence. The stated goal is to achieve the performance of “75 crore” Surya Namaskars.
  13. Former Director-General of Odisha Police(DGP), Abhay has been appointed as Chairman of State Task Force on Friday.
  14. The Odisha government on Friday announced the Dearness Allowance (DA) of its employees and Dearness Relief (TI) of its pensioners by 3 percent.The government hiked the DA of the employees from 28 percent to 31 percent.
  15. As per the Reserve Bank of India directive issued in June, the banking customers would be required to pay `21 per transaction with effect from January 1, 2022 for transactions beyond the free permissible limit. Presently, banks are allowed to charge `20 for such transactions through ATMs.
  16. The Centre Friday released `830.85 crore to Odisha to expedite the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the state. According to the Union Jal Shakti Ministry, Odisha plans to become ‘Har Ghar Jal’ state in 2024.
  17. The Union government’s fiscal deficit was down 35.3% year on-year at `6.96 lakh crore in April-November 2021, accounting for 46.2% of the Budget estimate for the current financial year.  
  18. The Cabinet, which approved nine proposals Friday, has decided to extend the Jaga Mission for slum dwellers in five municipal corporations—Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur. Under the Jaga Mission, the state government will provide land to slum dwellers residing in the five municipal corporations.
  19. Omicron has started replacing Delta variant in the country in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases and 80 per cent of international travellers, who tested positive, have this new variant, official sources said Friday.
  20. India colts win the under-19 Asia Cup title defeating Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in Dubai.

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