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Mid-Day-Meal
Column: Constant Monitoring of MDM Must

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: A Block Education Officer (BEO) was recently beaten up by people over the poor quality of mid-day meal (MDM) rice being supplied to a primary school in Nowrangpur district. The residents of the village where the school is located wanted to lodge a complaint with the BEO with regard to the […]

odisha-BJP
Column: BJP Must Build Up On Its Gains

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The rise of BJP as the main opposition party in Odisha has not surprised anyone but most political observers have sought to attribute this to the steep decline in Congress’s fortunes in the state.  The argument is that BJP’s vote share has risen almost in direct proportion to the fall in […]

Chilika
Column: For Chilika To Survive Prawn Culture Must End

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ridding Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, of illegal prawn gherries ( enclosures) is a Herculean task. The gherries re-appear within days of demolition by the administrations of Puri, Ganjam and Khurda, the districts straddled by the huge water body which was declared a Ramsar site long ago. The Puri district […]

Eco-Trails
Column: Nature Calling

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: It is heartening to note that the state government is trying to promote eco-tourism through fresh initiatives like ‘Eco-trails Odisha’, a trekking and hiking programme. Apart from creating awareness about new sites richly endowed with natural beauty, it seeks to educate tourists on flora and fauna of these destinations. Media reports […]

Varanasi
Column: Not Much Has Changed In Shiva’s City

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: For the last few years I had been hearing about the ’ positive ‘ changes the city of Varanasi, part of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, has undergone since he began representing it in the parliament. My classmates from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), some of whom still live in […]

Muggers
Column: A Laudable Conservation Effort

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: There is some heart-warming news for wildlife lovers from Ganjam district. The number of muggers, an endangered crocodile species, in the district’s Ghodahada irrigation reservoir and adjoining water bodies has gone up to 65 from 58 last year. While 44 muggers were found in the 5 sq km reservoir, 21 were […]

Kalia
Column: The Challenge Of Implementing Good Programmes

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Mo Sarkar as a concept is excellent. It is aimed at improving the quality of governance and bringing government closer to people. By extension it also means involving people in the process of governance. However, for the idea to click it is important to implement it properly. A good beginning was […]

BJD-BJP-flag
Column: On The Horns Of A Dilemma

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Even as the state BJP gears up to take on the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal(BJD), which it aspires to replace as Odisha’s ruling party in 2024, it finds itself circumscribed by its central leadership’s approach towards the regional party. With the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) still lacking a majority […]

Irrawaddy-dolphins
Column: Chilika, An Improving Eco-System

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins of Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, appear to be colonising newer areas of the lagoon. This is great news not only for dolphin lovers but also for environmentalists who have been expressing concern over the decline in the lake’s eco-system, particularly with reference to the rampant […]

Student-protest1
Column: Don’t Set A Bad Example

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Any bid to reform the education system in the state is usually met with protests either from students or from the teachers. Teachers in the past have agitated against attempts to impose a dress code and to ensure their attendance in schools and colleges. Initially, efforts to stop college teachers from […]

agri-policy
Column: Will 'Samridhi' Actually Make Farmers Prosperous?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has unveiled the state’s new agriculture policy, ‘Samridhi’ stating that it is aimed at augmenting farmers’ income and enhancing the use of technology in farming. Launching the policy Patnaik also sought to bring KALIA, his flagship scheme for farmers, into focus saying that it had given them dignity […]

kendrapara-boat
Column: Ensure Safe Boat Rides

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Media reports about the ban on the use of fishing boats and unsafe vessels for ferrying tourists to the famous Hukitola island in Kendrapara district being flouted openly should be taken seriously by the authorities. The district had witnessed a major tragedy last year when an over-crowded fishing boat had capsized […]

Attack on Sikh Man
Column: Image of Police Takes A Beating

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The attack on a Sikh businessman in the city a few days ago in the presence of policemen manning a PCR van that had arrived following his SOS call has not done any good to the image of the men in khaki. In fact, the incident, which has since acquired a […]

Elephant678
Column: Implement Plans Honestly To End This Conflict

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Notwithstanding steps to contain human-animal conflict in the state clashes continue to occur, often resulting in casualties and massive destruction of property. Recently two persons in Khurda district were killed in an elephant attack, triggering protests in the area with local residents blocking the nearby road and demanding compensation. These pachyderms […]

Puri-7
Column: Make Puri The Pride of Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik recently laid the foundation for seven projects worth over Rs 500 crore in Puri as part of his government’s ambitious plan to turn the pilgrim town into a world-class heritage destination. The projects include the construction of a trumpet bridge, a huge meditation and pilgrim help centre, […]

Samir-Mohanty
Column: The Challenge of Evolving A Credible Leadership

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The newly anointed Odisha BJP president, Samir Mohanty is an amiable and articulate leader with many friends in the media. Practical and down to earth he has the reputation of being a good organiser while his commitment to the party has never been in doubt. All these are important attributes that […]

Motor Vehicles Act
Column: Take Violators To Task

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: A man was recently fined Rs.26000 after traffic police personnel and RTO officials caught his minor son driving a two-wheeler without a helmet. The father of the boy, who was intercepted at the Barang Police station square on the outskirts of the capital city, was punished as he allowed a minor […]

Naveen-Muduli
Column: Fighting For People’s Cause

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The meeting between Rayagada’s independent MLA, Makaranda Muduli and chief minister, Naveen Patnaik in the state capital has triggered speculation about the possibility of the first time legislator joining the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). This despite Muduli’s statement that clarified that while he was with the chief minister as far […]

Water-conservation
Column: Water Harvesting Should Be A Public Movement

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha government’s move to construct in-stream storage structures (ISS) in major river basins, if successful, will ensure that the state’s future water requirement is met without much difficulty. There is no denying the importance of such a project as the bulk of water from the major rivers of the state is […]

Geo-Synthetic-Tube-Walls
Column: Geo-Tubes Not A Viable Option To Fight Sea Erosion

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Recently a portion of the geo-synthetic tube wall erected at Kendrapara’s Pentha village to combat sea erosion was damaged in a fire. Media reports suggest that 30 gabion boxes of the wall that is made up of water-permeable geo-textile tubes filled with sand slurry were gutted in the mishap. This is […]

parents-meeting-education
Column: Making Parents Stakeholders In Their Children’s Education

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Not so long ago parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) were seen as an exercise typical of English medium schools. In a way, they distinguished the elite from the hoi polloi. Such distinctions are now getting blurred with governments willing to invest more in education and adopt healthier practices such as PTMs that make […]

Jyoti-Prakash-Panigrahi
Column: Even Symbolic Gestures Are Important

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Newspapers have reported about tourism minister, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi standing in a queue with other patients at the Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital, Bolangir, recently to consult doctors for an orthopaedic problem. The minister, who was on a visit to the hospital to review the facilities as part of state […]

Birds-Bhitarakanika
Column: Looking Beyond Chilika

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Bird census in Bhitarkanika national park and Athgarh forest division has shown a jump in the number of winged guests. This is great news primarily because it confirms that feathered beauties have now begun to favour many more water bodies in the state in addition to Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water […]

mla
Column: A Worrying Trend

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The TV visuals of an Odisha MLA shaking and convulsing eerily during a religious celebration organised recently in Angul district must have caused a lot of mirth among viewers. The incident has, however, raised some awkward questions with reports in a section of the media suggesting that the legislator’s behaviour convinced […]

Gurupriya-bridge
Column: Communication And Development

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Finally the residents of Dhuliput and Maliguda, the two remote villages under the Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri’s once infamous “cut-off” area, rechristened as Swabhiman Anchal following the inauguration of Gurupriya bridge in 2018, have a metalled road. Cut off from development these villages have for decades been part of a benighted […]