By Surya Narayan Pradhan
Bhubaneswar: The Year 2016 ended after ups and downs, twists and turns and happenings which made Odisha as one of the trending topics in national as well as global media.
Be it Dana Majhi of Kalahandi carrying wife’s body on his shoulders from the Bhawanipatna hospital due to denial of a mortuary van or an ambulance or bus mishaps in Deogarh and Athamallick which claimed precious lives, 2016 remained an eventful year.
The State government was under attack by the Opposition in the second half of 2006 due to more than hundred child deaths in Malkangiri caused by Japanese Encephalitis whereas the sex scandal surrounding Bhubaneswar Mayor and one of the trusted persons of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik increased troubles for the ruling party.
Though the Year 2016 started off very well for Odisha with winning of the Krishi karman award for fourth time in January and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik bagging the international sand art championship in Russia in April, sprinters Srabani Nanda and Dutee Chand of the State disappointed the people as the athletes failed to win any medal at Rio Olympics held in August.
As a few hours remaining for the world community to step into 2017, odishatv.in wishes the New Year will bring peace and happiness.