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Farmer Suicide
Odisha’s ‘Annadatas’ are dying; is the State doing anything about it?

Even after 75 years of independence, farmers are going through such misery and hardship that they are forced to take the extreme step of suicide. Isn't it a matter of great concern for our country and the states?

  • Thursday, 30 November 2023
Cyclone Yaas
Cyclone Yaas Aftermath - Lives And Livelihood Uprooted

Though the very severe cyclone Yaas, which left a trail of devastation in Balasore and other districts of Odisha on May 26 spared lives, it blown up everything shattering many lives in the State.

Delhi Cop Turned Good Samaritan Carries 82-Year-Old Woman To Vaccination Centre
Delhi Cop Turned Good Samaritan Carries 82-Year-Old Woman To Vaccination Centre

The elderly woman named Sheila D’souza, 82, a spinster and retired teacher expressed her desire to a Delhi constable Kuldeep Singh, to help her get vaccinated. Since she is too old and not able to walk properly, Kuldeep Singh took her to the vaccination centre in his arms and got her vaccinated.

Op-Ed: The Decline of Congress

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Congress in Odisha seems to have gone from bad to worse. The party, which ruled the state for the longest period, has lost its main opposition party tag to the BJP with its assembly tally getting reduced to nine from 16 in 2014. The victory of its candidate in the Koraput […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Op-Ed: Split Voting Puzzles Pundits

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: An important aspect of this election in Odisha has been split voting, a phenomenon which has bewildered analysts. That the voters made distinctly different choices for the Lok Sabha and the assembly in many areas is evident from the victory of BJP candidates in eight Lok Sabha constituencies while the party […]

Op-Ed: We Need More Like Pramila Mausi, Not less

By Sandeep Sahu When Naveen Patnaik announced Pramila Bisoyi’s name as the BJD candidate from the Aska Lok Sabha constituency, I remember having wondered, like many others, “Pramila Who?” But after a few quick enquiries with those who knew her, I was convinced that this was an inspired – and inspiring – choice by the […]

Odisha Lockdown
Can Lockdown Be Kept At Bay In Odisha?

No one wants it. Not the Centre, not the state and certainly not the public. But the way the Covid graph has skyrocketed over the last four weeks, the state…

Naveen Western Odisha
Op-Ed: Naveen Seeks Course Correction in Western Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ruling Biju Janata Dal’s lacklustre Lok Sabha performance in western Odisha seems to have rattled chief minister, Naveen Patnaik. The clever politician that he is he has taken immediate corrective measures, one of these being the inclusion of as many as six leaders from the region in his new ministry. Among […]

Op-Ed: Patnaik's Bijepur Package, A Political Move

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has announced a slew of sops for Bijepur sparking off speculation that he may give up the seat in favour of Hinjili, his pocket-borough that he won alongwith this western Odisha constituency. Irrespective of whether he keeps or gives up the seat he wants to send out […]

  • Friday, 30 April 2021
Op-Ed: Congress Leaders Fight As The Party Sinks Deeper Into Crisis

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The Congress just refuses to learn from its mistakes in Odisha. Party leaders, who apparently cannot survive without the prop of Gandhi family, have shown a similar tendency even at the national level. But Odisha is perhaps the worst example of country’s oldest party turning a blind eye to the need […]

Pratap Sarangi
Op-Ed: Media’s Obsession With Pratap Sarangi

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Balasore MP and freshly minted minister of state in Modi cabinet, Pratap Sarangi is all over the media. While social media has been going gaga over his austere lifestyle with pictures of him coming out of a thatched house going viral sections of the mainstream media have sought to put him […]

Op-Ed: How Hindi Can Bridge the North-South Divide

Bhubaneswar: India’s north-south divide has been clear and glaring in terms of language, culture and even politics. The state’s south of the Vindhyas have a typical aversion to Hindi, the language that is spoken by a majority of people in this country. Irrespective of whether of you accept it as the national language of the […]

Op-Ed: The State Must Win This War

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The menace of illegal ganja (cannabis) cultivation and smuggling is back in focus with the seizure of 170 quintals of the contraband in Koraput district two days ago. Police also arrested seven persons from Uttar Pradesh who were trying to smuggle the consignment out of Odisha. The consignment had been procured […]

Op-Ed: Patnaik Puts His Best Foot Forward

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In his fifth innings as the chief minister of the state, Naveen Patnaik seems to have put his best foot forward asking his ministers to submit monthly performance reports with regard to the implementation of Biju Janata Dal’s election promises. The opposition may deride it as a political stunt but it […]

Op-Ed: The New NDA Government and Naveen

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: So what will be the equation like between Modi-led NDA government at the Centre and the Biju Janata Dal government in Odisha? Friendly or adversarial? Or will it oscillate between the two? These questions have become relevant following government formation in Delhi and Bhubaneswar in the wake of a protracted election […]