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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.

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…

Odisha-Covid-Second-Wave
Battling Second Wave: A Few Quick Learnings For Odisha

In the collective memory of the nation, few times would come close to the shared despair, fear and gloom that is prevalent all across now. Certain parts of the country…

Padma-Shri-Manoj-Das-Odisha
Adieu, Storyteller Extraordinaire! Tribute To Jewel Manoj Das

Though I had read a few stories written by Manoj Das as part of the curriculum in high school, my lifelong affair with the legendary storyteller started in right earnest…

Drip-Irrigation-Odisha
Odisha Must Make Its Farm Ecosystem Vibrant Instead Of Romanticising Poverty

In 1992, that’s about 30 years ago, as Agriculture Secretary of Odisha Government, I had visited Nasik, Dhule and Jalgaon region of Maharashtra and looked at the agricultural development. This…

Helmet-Checking-Odisha
Focusing Only On Helmetless Driving Won’t Check Road Fatalities

My good friend Chitta Ranjan recently landed in hospital and had a steel rod inserted into his left leg. Doctors treating him say he may never be able to drive…

IPL-2021-Criticism
IPL: In The 'Heat' Of The Moment

More than two weeks into the tournament, suddenly a section has started taking offence. Media houses have decided to boycott IPL coverage citing its timing, people are calling it names.…

Past-Present-Future
Aren't We A Little Too Obsessed With The Past?

I am circumambulation around history but have not titled this with the same. Because history as a subject is not my problem, but it to be treated as a tool…

Night-Curfew
How Exactly Does Night Curfew Help?

The weekend shutdown is back; across the state and in a far more stringent avatar this time. One could get practically everything one needed – grocery, vegetables, non-veg items, milk, bread…

Migrants’ Woes …
Migrants’ Woes …

Migrants’ exodus has started in different parts of the country with the rise of the second wave of Covid-19 Pandemic. Thousands of Migrant labourers working in the big cities of…

CAA Impact On 17 Seats Of North 24 Parganas: TMC's Matua Community Voters Heading Towards BJP!
CAA Impact On 17 Seats Of North 24 Parganas: TMC's Matua Community Voters Heading Towards BJP!

By Sarada Lahangir North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas are two such districts in West Bengal which play a vital role in elections. These two districts, having 64 assembly…

Eco-Retreat-Odisha
Ecotourism Is About Nurturing Nature, Not Pampering Consumerism

Odisha’s overall performance in getting tourists, both domestic and international, has been modest. Of the 185.50 crore domestic tourists in the country in 2018, Odisha attracted only 1.52 crore –…

Odisha-cricketers-in-Indian-team
Why Is India Cap Ungettable For Odisha Cricketers?

Cricket in Odisha was at its glorious best from 1997 to 2002 when Debasis Mohanty, Sanjay Raul and Shiv Sunder Das represented the country in Test or One-Day Internationals. The…

IPL-2021-1st-Week-Review
IPL 2021 Review: Hits And Misses Of The Week

The first week (more like 10 days) of IPL is done. We have seen the first doubleheader of the season yesterday and quite a bit of action in the 11…

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The Ashoka Flower And Lingaraja’s Ratha

One festival that has been the very identity of Odisha is the Ratha Jatra of Puri. However, the concept of a festival built around a Ratha or chariot is not…

Surrender-To-Satchindanand
From Surrender to Satchidanand

Bliss strikes when we become fluid with the mainstream. When we assimilate with the flow and flow with the flow. Bliss does not trickle because it cannot be separated into…

Cotton Farming In Odisha
Cotton Farming - Odisha Badly Needs A Road Map

India, world’s largest cotton producer, grows cotton in 122 lakh ha (8.74% of the country’s net sown area) and produces now over 361 lakh bales of 170 kgs. While the…

'Khela Hobe' Or 'Asol Change Hobe ' In Cooch Behar And Alipurduar
'Khela Hobe' Or 'Asol Change Hobe ' In Cooch Behar And Alipurduar

By Sarada Lahangir The grounds in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar have been prepared for the fourth phase of polling for the Bengal assembly elections on April 10. Everyone is in…

IPL-2021-Battle-of-Champions
IPL 2021: New Season, New Battles

The biggest extravaganza of the cricketing world, World Cups aside, is upon us. For the avid IPL fans, who were on tenterhooks this time last year with the event shrouded…

Power-Cut-In-Bhubaneswar
Power Starved Homes In The Powerful City Bhubaneswar

Saroj Rana comes to his small shop close to our house in BJB Nagar of Bhubaneswar from his home near Phulnakhara, driving his bike a good 12 kilometres, to run…

Maoist Insurgency- Know Why Maoists Are Flourishing In Chhattisgarh
Maoist Insurgency- Know Why Maoists Are Flourishing In Chhattisgarh

The Government’s claims of completely uprooting the Maoists from the affected states proved hollow and meaningless when 22 security personnel were killed and 33 injured on Saturday night in one…

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Op-Ed: The Bohemian 'Mani' In Puri

I find Puri unorthodox, very inventive and completely original. That’s divinity for you, because orthodoxy is human created and dogma is human imposed. The Supreme never wants the children to…

Opinion: Some Things Will Not Be The Same Again
Opinion: Some Things Will Not Be The Same Again

By Sandeep Sahu As the year 2020 draws to a close, the long shadow of Corona that engulfed the better part of the year is finally showing some signs of receding – though the Covid 19 scare is far from over. With the vaccine against the dreaded virus finally leaving the confines of laboratories across […]

Opinion: A Retrograde Decision
Opinion: A Retrograde Decision

By Sandeep Sahu At a surface level, the decision to earmark a certain percentage of engineering and medical seats for students of government schools is unexceptionable. Students who have the misfortune of studying in government schools are indeed at a great disadvantage vis-à-vis their counterparts in elite private schools, especially in urban areas, when it […]