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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.

Sweet Social Media & Rasagola Dibasa

What began as a Twitter hashtag suggestion in the ides of March, 2015 became a leading Twitter trend in two years time. It spiralled from tweets to newspaper articles, from historical literature search to heated debates, from confines of a virtual world to the real world. Yes, Rasagola Dibasa, which started as a discussion among […]

Niali sheep deaths
Of alien animals and black sheeps

It has all the components that a worst rated movie would have. Mysterious killing of sheep, anecdotes of sighting an alien animal, skirmishes with human beings, circulating videos and photos on social media, officials visiting, ministers commenting, TV debates calling godmen to discuss it, and much more. Niali has had the spotlight right on it, […]

Is Raja just a symbolic festival
Is Raja just a symbolic festival

Twitter trends are among new ways of gauging popularity. #RajaParba has been one such twitter hashtag that has trended last year and this. Having settled for the spelling ‘Raja’ and pronunciation as ‘raw-jaw’, it has been letting the world (euphemism included) know about this unique festival in Odisha that celebrates womanhood. Even few articles about […]

Airlifting Odisha’s Tourism – Part 2

So it has been some time that the Part I of this piece was written. It dealt with outlining few of the major problems with tourism in Odisha. In this second part of the essay I shall attempt to delineate few measures that can offset these overriding concerns and help take Odisha tourism, abound with […]

Similipal National Park
Airlifting Odisha’s tourism – Part 1

With Air Asia, the low cost international airlines announcing operations from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur, there has been a buzz of excitement in Odisha, for those who can afford to and for those who can dream to make that international travel. The Odisha government in inking this deal with the Malaysian carrier has focussed on […]

  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021
Ground the Carrier

So let me begin by telling you a small story. There was once a businessman who started his business by borrowing money from a public bank under a government scheme. However his business did not take off. He owned only a small house, had no discipline in business or in his personal life, and in […]

  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021
The killer roads of Odisha

Three high-school going young boys, driving a motorbike, got killed when they hit another car yesterday. Irate people blocked the road, demanded sound compensation for family and awaited assurance from district authorities to end their protest. The incident is just another space in the newspaper, in a series of accidents and the mortality they have […]

  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021
Banning Polythene: More inclusive approach needed

Odisha is all set to ban polythene from 2nd October 2018 starting with 5 cities namely Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur & Berhampur. Entire state is most likely to get rid of polythene in next two years. Recently, CM of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik has ordered this and accordingly state machineries are developing guidelines and drafting policy […]

Op-Ed: Bande Utkala Janani Row: Why Utkal is much more than just a word

Controversy has erupted again in Odisha. This time also, it is revolving around a word and its proper use.  Odisha this time seems squarely divided.  While a section of its population in western Odisha are demanding that the word Utkala in the famous odia poem “Bande Utkala Janani” be dropped and an alternate word – […]

Op-Ed: Why Farmer Uprising is here to stay?

In the month of March, India saw a very strong and disciplined march of farmers from Nasik to Mumbai. Hailed as Long March, it won hearts of many as it was unique in many sense. Unique the way it was planned and executed and farmers won the hearts of many by not disturbing the life […]

  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021
Op-Ed: The PNB Scam: Why We Need A More Accountable Internal Vigilante System

The PNB scam of Rs 11,300 crore is now rocking the entire country. It’s the talk of the town. Once again the banks are the target and the rapacious mud-slinging between political parties are going on. In between this me-vs-you battle of political parties, the common man is still baffled the way our internal control […]

Op-Ed: Naveen Government's Response to Farmers' Issues Inadequate

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Bandh organised by Naba Nirman Krushak Sangthan (NNKS), an umbrella body of farmers, was a reminder that everything is not fine with the state’s vast farming community, a major contributor to the economy. Significantly, the shut-down coincided with the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) Chasi Mahasamavesh (mega farmers’ convention ) at Bargarh […]

  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021
  • Kalia
Biju Patnaik and Karunanidhi: The Untold Story

Very few people, both in Odisha and Tamil Nadu are aware of the deep connection that Biju Patnaik had with Karunanidhi. In the third volume of his autobiographical book ‘Nenjukku Needhi’, Karunanidhi mentioned in detail about Biju Patnaik and it was he who referred to him as a “Uyarntha Manidan” (the tall man). The politics […]

Lal Girja-Balasore
Lal Girija: The Small English Church of Odisha

The history of Christianity in Odisha is linked to the discovery of the sea-route from Europe to India by Vasco de Gama in 1498. The Portuguese traders played a vital role in the beginning of Christianity, particularly in the Balasore region. By 1514, they had made a settlement at Pipili, and ancient port at the […]

Snodgrass and his Beacon Island

It is an architectural marvel with a conical pillar and a small room constructed on a submerged mass of rocks in Rambha bay near Ghantsilar hill, popularly known as ‘Beacon Point’. The small room and the gleaming white spire are visible from a distance both on sunny days and on full moon nights. Today, it […]