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Bhubaneswar Drain Mishap
Life Is Cheap In India, Cheaper In Odisha

A ‘magnanimous’ state government has sought to silence the disquiet over the unfortunate death of Jyoti Prakash Behera, a Class X student who fell into an open drain and was swept away to death on Sunday, with a ‘generous’ ex-gratia of 4 lakh rupees. 

Debt Burden Rising in Odisha
Rising Debt Burden Of Odisha - Avoiding Prodigal Spending Is Way Out

There are not enough teachers, medical staff and not even enough policemen. Crime against women and children are numerous and the track-record of Odisha is a matter of grave concern and shame. The Annual Establishment Review of the state government for 2019-20 revealed that about 2 lakh (1,99,957) government posts remained vacant.

School transformation project of Odisha government
Transforming Schools: Odisha Can Succeed Only Through Quality Teaching By Qualified Teachers

Odisha plans to transform in the first phase 1,070 schools with modern facilities and Government feels that the move would lay the foundation for a progressive Odisha. Chief Minister said the decision to transform the schools will bring new opportunities for children of the state and will help them fulfil their dreams.

Fake News By Web Channels In Odisha
Fake News Menace: Media Must Self-Regulate To Keep Black Sheep Out

The irony could not have been starker. Web portals/channels in the business of dispensing news have, of late, themselves become news; and for all the wrong reasons!! In the last few months, there have been a spate of cases where self-styled ‘journalists’ owning or working for web portals/channels, making mincemeat of journalistic ethics, have indulged in activities that would put professional criminals to shame.

Corruption in Odisha staff selection commission recruitment
Unbelievable That The Millionaire Private Secy Of SSC Didn’t Hijack Recruitment Process

An administrative audit should be conducted and the outcome would indicate whether Biranchi Narayan Sahoo was the kingpin that had hijacked the SSC recruitment process with connivance of others or his activities had had no bearing on the normal functioning of the Commission and everything was hunky-dory in the Commission as claimed by the Chairman of the Commission.

Odisha Civic Polls
Municipal Elections Delayed: Odisha Denying Rights To Citizens Despite Constitutional Mandate

For over two and half years, Municipal Bodies of Odisha are without elected representatives despite specific Constitutional mandate to hold Municipal Election before completion of the five year term of a Municipal Body.

Crime Branch probe into Odisha ACF death doesn’t inspire confidence
Crime Branch Probe Into ACF Death Doesn’t Inspire Confidence

The chronology of events since the death of Odisha ACF Soumya Ranjan on July 13 suggests that this is yet another case that is headed towards a dead end.

India Happiness Report
How Can We Make 'Unhappy' Odisha Happier?

People of Odisha are among the unhappiest in India, and the state is home to very unhappy people in one of the unhappiest countries on earth, reveals Happiness Index Report.

BMC Claims 100 Pc Vaccination In Bhubaneswar
'Fully Vaccinated' Bhubaneswar In The Midst Of High Covid TPR Woe

The alacrity shown in making a bold announcement that Bhubaneswar city was the first in India to have 100% vaccination against Covid-19 has created a great deal of confusion.

Mo Cycle in Bhubaneswar
Mo Cycle Project In Bhubaneswar: A Good Example Of Bad Planning

Cycle sharing system to emerge as a means to provide first and last-mile connectivity in Bhubaneswar would depend on when the city can have safe and dedicated cycle tracks.

Odisha shows the way in hockey
Odisha Shows The Way In Hockey

And after winning the rights to host the Hockey World Cup for the second time running in 2023, the first time any state has got the right to host the event twice in succession, Odisha has truly emerged as the newest hockey hub in the country.

Gangster Hyder Encounter In Odisha
Hyder Encounter: Gory End To A Violent Life

Gangster Hyder was presumably escaping armed with the AK 47 Rifle. In that case, his posterior would have been hit, not anterior. Police will have to do a lot of explaining why he was hit on the chest.

Silk City Berhampur in Odisha
Scope Galore Yet Silk City Berhampur Waits For Its Tryst With Destiny

Berhampur's huge potential for growth remains untapped. Compared to the thriving economic activities during good part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries that had ramifications even offshore through movement of people and merchandise, there has been a steady slowdown.

Odisha School Reopening On July 26
Odisha School Reopening: The Gamble Had To Be Taken

There is little doubt that Odisha government has taken a huge gamble by deciding to reopen schools, even if only for Class X and XII students, at a time when the second wave of the Covid pandemic is not over yet.

Padma For Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati
Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati: The Forgotten Monk Who Gave His Life For Banavasis Of Odisha

Swami Lakshmanananda had taken a vow to fight the menace of religious conversion by working for the development of the downtrodden classes of Kandhamal, Odisha.

Mission Shakti in Odisha
Honing Decision Making Power And Managerial Skill - Key To Strengthening Mission Shakti In Odisha

Odisha’s Mission Shakti has in its fold over 6 lakh WSHGs (11% of the country’s total) with 7 million (12% of the total) women members.

An Empowered Odisha Medical Service Is Of Top Priority To Battle Covid-19
An Empowered Odisha Medical Service Is Of Top Priority To Battle Covid-19

The present health care system in Odisha gives neither a voice nor authority to doctors. Policy decisions are made with no reference to the stakeholders. With all of us having a lot to learn of lessons every day from Covid, feedback from all healthcare workers is of paramount importance.

covid19
Fudging Covid Toll Doesn’t Help Anyone, Least Of All Odisha Govt !

One does not have to be a grave-digger to know that the current official death toll in Odisha is a gross understatement and the actual number of deaths is several times higher.

Pediatric care in Odisha needs brace up as Covid 3rd wave knocks
Paediatric Care Infra In Odisha Needs Brace Up As 3rd Wave Knocks

Odisha is busy in its war against the ongoing second wave. It is equally important to consider planning and working on strategies to face the third wave at this juncture.

Sharecroppers Of Odisha
Sharecroppers Of Odisha - Children Of A Lesser God

The sharecroppers — Bhagachashis — operate under heavy odds and are unable to take a long-term view about farming in the land they till.

Snana Jatra in Puri
Snana Purnima: Quarantine Of Lord Jagannath & The Sacred Connection With Lord Srinathji

Lord Jagannath, His brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra have an elaborate ritual bath on Snana Purnima. The day is also celebrated as Lord Jagannath's birthday. 

Ratha Jatra 2021 Odisha
Rath Yatra Amid Covid: Can't Puri Model Be Replicated In Other Ancient Jagannath Temples In Odisha?

Many a devotee who silently hoped that Jagannath Rath Yatra would happen in all famous temples of Odisha are left disappointed.

World Test Championships Final, India Vs New Zealand
WTC Final, India Vs New Zealand: History In The Making

The oldest format of the game is set to be the last to get a World Championship final of its own. After a lot of discussions, a lot of confusion and a lot of chop and change, India and New Zealand will be playing for the mace.

Odisha Has To Overcome Many Barriers To Reach 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Odisha Has To Overcome Many Barriers To Reach 2030 SDGs

The areas where the progress of Odisha requires much greater political, social and governance focus are too critical to be trivialised by political cacophony.

Puri Jagannath Temple, Sri Mandir 1
Puri Jagannath Temple Administration Working On Mahaprabhu's Blessings!

To understand the present-day situation of the Puri Jagannath temple administration, one needs to understand how it was originally designed. The recorded history of Srimandir is a long and interesting one.