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Tag: Ashutosh Mishra Stories

Column: Let’s Make Cricket More Fun

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The success of the first-ever day and night cricket test match in India played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens had created a buzz. That India won this pink ball contest with ease has only made the fans more euphoric about test cricket, like the two shorter versions of the game, being played […]

  • Friday, 23 April 2021
Column: Save The Children At Least

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The worst part of the migrant labour trade is that a sizeable chunk of the labourers going out of the state in search of livelihood are children. According to one estimate, around 30,000 children from the drought belt of Bolangir and Nuapada leave their homes behind to work on farms and […]

  • Friday, 23 April 2021
Op-Ed: Striking A Balance Between Development and Environment

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Tribal inhabitants of Laxmipur block in Koraput district have launched an agitation against the mining of bauxite from the Kodingamali hill in the area. Organised under the banner of Kodingamali Suraksha Manch (KSM) they blocked the road leading to the mines the other day and submitted a memorandum to the district […]

  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Op-Ed: The Government Must Put An End To This Shame

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: There is growing concern in the state over cases of pregnancy of teenage girls in schools and hostels run by SC\ST development department. The issue not only raises moral questions it also puts a question mark over the management of these institutions. For the record as many as 17 cases of […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
crime against women in odisha
Op-Ed: Time To Call A Halt To Crime Against Women

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha, which once ranked among the most peaceful and crime-free states of the country, seems to have become an unsafe place for women. Crimes against members of the fair sex have been taking place in the state with alarming frequency. Of late newspapers have reported a spate of rape cases, some […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: Let Others Follow Agrawal’s Example

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: It was heart-warming to read about Malkangiri collector, Manish Agrawal’s wife having a safe delivery at the district headquarters hospital. Agrawal’s decision to get his pregnant wife admitted to a hospital that had received a lot of negative publicity only three years ago following a string of Japanese Encephalitis deaths, the […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Maoist Combing Operation In Malkangiri
Op-Ed: Let Rebels Return To Social Mainstream

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Recently newspaper reported about CPI (Maoist), a banned outfit with a history of violence, expelling one of its divisional committee members in Odisha from the organisation for ‘anti-party’ activities. According to some reports, Navin, who was active in the “ swabhiman anchal ” ( earlier known as cut-off area) of Malkangiri, […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: Why No Odisha Monument In Centre’s List of Iconic Destinations?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha has always prided itself on its art and culture. Temples scattered across the state bear testimony to its great architectural tradition. The sun temple at Konark, a marvel of architectural excellence, has been listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Apart from the Sri Jagannath temple in Puri and the shrine […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: New Health Policy Must Address Pressing Issues

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: A new health policy for the state is on the anvil. The government is keen to stop the flight of doctors to hospitals in the private sector, especially outside the state. If the new policy, which is expected to offer fresh and more alluring incentives to doctors, can address the issue […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: BJP Needs to Rework Its Strategy In Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Against a target of 120 plus set by BJP president, Amit Shah the party has managed to win to just 23 assembly seats in Odisha. But party leaders remain upbeat about BJP’s prospects in the state where they see tremendous potential for growth. In fact, a section of them think that […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: Congress in Odisha Needs A Thorough Overhaul

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The AICC-appointed Odisha Congress in-charge, Jitendra Singh recently dropped clear hints about a through revamp of the party structure in the state. Such an exercise seems to have become imperative following Congress’s crushing defeat in the recent Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state. While in the Lok Sabha the […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
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Op-Ed: Rahul’s Resignation and The Questions It Raises

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Congress president, Rahul Gandhi has finally made his resignation from the post official. The contents of his resignation letter are on the Twitter for anyone interested to peruse. There are some obvious conclusions to be drawn from the letter. First and foremost it puts a premium on accountability which is a […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: Odisha's Healthcare Blues

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The visuals of Dana Majhi, a tribal from Kalahandi, carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders after failing to get a hearse are still fresh in the minds of people. That was 2016 but three years down the line nothing much seems to have changed in the state as far as […]

  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Op-Ed: Polavaram Embarrassment For Naveen

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Union environment ministry’s decision to grant a two-year extension for the construction of Polavaram multi-purpose project in Andhra Pradesh comes as an embarrassment for the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government which has been opposing the dam that threatens to submerge several tribal villages in Malkangiri district. The discomfiture of […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Op-Ed: The Urgent Need to Preserve Our Heritage

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s temple architecture is the most important reminder of its glorious past. Temples with intricate carvings and great miniature works are scattered across the state. Old Bhubaneswar houses some of these architectural marvels located mostly in its narrow lanes and by-lanes. The sad part, however, is that we have utterly failed […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Op-Ed: Saving Wildlife the Ganjam Way

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: At a time when saving wildlife has become a challenge for the authorities it is heartening to note that blackbucks ( Antilope cervicapra ) have found a safe sanctuary in the Betnai-Balipadar area of Ganjam district with their population growing at a fast clip. During the last census in 2018 officials […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Op-Ed: Politics Apart Odisha Needs Special Category Status

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s request to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at their recent meeting in New Delhi that states hit by major calamities be declared special focus states and granted benefits of special category status for a specific period has evoked varied reactions. While state BJP has described it as a […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Op-Ed: Public Representatives Must Set Good Examples

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The controversy surrounding newly elected Patnagarh MLA, Saroj Meher’s alleged “dabanggiri” with a PWD junior engineer seems to be snowballing. With video clips of Meher, a first time lawmaker of Biju Janata Dal (BJD), forcing the JE to do sit-ups in public for having carried out poor quality of road work […]

  • Friday, 30 April 2021
Op-Ed: Patnaik Puts His Best Foot Forward

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In his fifth innings as the chief minister of the state, Naveen Patnaik seems to have put his best foot forward asking his ministers to submit monthly performance reports with regard to the implementation of Biju Janata Dal’s election promises. The opposition may deride it as a political stunt but it […]

  • Friday, 30 April 2021
Op-Ed: Restoring Lost Greenery A Herculean Task

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: One of the biggest casualties of cyclone Fani has been the green cover of the areas hit by it. Destruction of trees in cities like Bhubaneswar and Puri has been massive, making large areas completely bare of any kind of foliage. The capital city, one of the greenest in the country, […]

  • Saturday, 01 May 2021
Op-Ed: Maoists Try To Disrupt Polls But Long Live Democracy!

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Maoist rebels have tried their best to disrupt the ongoing polls. On the eve of voting for the second phase of elections they had shot dead a polling official in Kandhmal. The victim, Sanjukta Digal, was on her way to her designated polling booth when the ultras triggered a blast targeting the […]

  • Saturday, 01 May 2021

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