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Tag: Column

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Column: A Far Cry From The Vibrant Indian Elections

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Being used to the boisterous and colourful election campaigns in India I find the ongoing campaign for the Christmas elections in this country strangely quiet and drab. There are no banners and posters, no loudspeaker mounted vehicles blaring out songs and slogans and no processions with dance and music. For us […]

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Column: Let’s Promote Tourism More Aggressively

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha government’s decision to organise Marine Drive Eco Retreat festival near Konark from December 14 is obviously aimed at drawing more tourists, especially foreign tourists to the area which not only houses the world famous 13th century sun temple but also has an excellent beach and a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. The […]

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Column: Britain Gears Up For Crucial Elections

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Britain is getting ready for its first December election since 1923. Before that, the country had gone to polls in the year-end month in 1918 when troops returning from World War I had joined women voting for the first time. A December election follows opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s willingness to pick […]

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Column: Signs of Unrest In Congress

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: With despondency growing and future appearing bleak in the wake of yet another defeat, this time in a by-poll, younger generation Congress leaders in the state are becoming impatient. The campaign for the removal of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Niranjan Patnaik, launched at a meeting of party leaders at Panth […]

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Column: BJD-The Future Question

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is on a high following its landslide victory in the just concluded Bijepur assembly by-poll. On present form it seems to be miles ahead of its rivals—BJP and Congress—who have utterly failed to project themselves as an alternative to Patnaik. Congress is down in […]

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Column: The End of Baghdadi

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Among British newspapers, the Guardian seems to have given the most authentic and graphic account of the last moments of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the dreaded Islamic State leader who met his end in a dead-end tunnel in northwestern Syria. The paper’s Middle East Correspondent, Martin Chulov begins his story as if […]

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Column: A Question Of Credibility

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The mammoth victory of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate, Rita Sahu in the just concluded assembly by-poll in Bijepur has re-affirmed the ruling party’s electoral supremacy in the state. While it comes as yet another proof of chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s invincibility it has dealt a blow to BJP’s ambitions of […]

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Column: Coastal Security Remains A Concern

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Coastal security is a major issue in Odisha given the state’s 480 km long coastline which is largely unguarded. At least it does not have the kind of security it deserves. The issue of coastal security comes into focus from time to time when incidents reminding the authorities of its need […]

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Column: A Good Move

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has taken a step in right direction by asking ministers to make surprise visits to check the quality of food served to children at schools and orphanages. They have also been instructed to share meals with students in schools and the inmates of orphanages. Equally significant is […]

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Column: Crime Against Women A Growing Concern

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: If reports in a section of the media are to be believed Odisha has the dubious distinction of being ranked among 10 Indian states with a high crime rate against women. Backed by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures they paint a grim picture of the state as one of the […]

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Column: Touting A Mediterranean Gem

By Ashutosh Mishra London: The island of Malta, located slap-bang in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, is being touted as one of the hottest destinations for the footloose and fancy-free looking for a perfect winter getaway. One of the newspapers here has run a two-page ad feature that begins thus: “shrug off winter’s chill and […]

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Column: Tribal Support Must To Win The War Against Maoists

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Senior police officials in Koraput recently brainstormed on ways to contain left wing extremism in southern Odisha, specially the erstwhile undivided Koraput district. The area comprising the present Koraput, Malkangiri, Nowrangpur and Rayagada districts deserves special attention as Maoist rebels have been most active in this belt. The area shares borders […]

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Column: London’s Dark Underbelly

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Crime is on the rise in this city. While a drug cartel seems to be active knife crime has escalated. According to reports in a section of the media here this kind of crime has risen to a record high with more than 15,000 offences in a year being for the […]

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Column: Racism Should Not Be Allowed to Mar the Beautiful Game

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Racist abuse aimed at England players during Monday’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria has received massive coverage in the British newspapers. The match that the visiting team won 6-0 was marred by uncharitable comments from Bulgarian fans directed against England’s black players. The naked display of racism by the white-skinned Bulgarian chauvinists […]

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Column: Congress Must Grab This Opportunity With Both Hands

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: For all practical purposes the contest in Bijepur will be a duel between ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). But for the Congress, which no more enjoys the status of state’s main opposition party, it is extremely important not only to be in the fray but to […]

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Column: Let’s Showcase Chilika Like The Thames

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Thames is a beautiful river and a major tourist attraction of the city. It is part of city’s life. The view of the river from any of the bridges over it is breath-taking. But watching it from inside the London Eye, the giant wheel that is an iconic city landmark, is […]

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Column: Tackling Climate Change

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Growing awareness about environmental issues is a healthy sign. It is nice to see people taking part in events like the rally against climate change held in the state capital on Friday. Thanks to such campaigns the issue is now being discussed even in lower middle class drawing rooms. Climate change […]

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Column: Of Business and Culture

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Tribal Odisha continues to fascinate foreigners. Browsing through the newspapers here I came across a promotional travel write-up on India with a nice photograph of the Konark sun temple at the top. The piece titled “ Another India” sought to highlight the “ little-visited eastern tribal state of Odisha ( formerly […]

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Column: Bijepur, A question of Credibility

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Battle lines have been drawn in Bijepur with Election Commission announcing the by-poll schedule for the western Odisha constituency made famous by chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s victory from there in the recent election. The bye-election has been necessitated by Patnaik’s decision to quit the seat in favour of his pocket-borough of […]

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Column: Impressions of London

By Ashutosh Mishra London: As we came out of our apartment in Lewisham the sky was clear blue and the entire area was soaked in bright sunlight. It was a cheerful day inviting you to explore a bit of the city. The bus from Lewisham to O2, one of the landmarks of the city thronged […]

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Column: Learning From London

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The difference hits you in the eye once you arrive in the city of London. In fact, it was visible to us soon after landing at the Gatwick airport. Cleanliness and discipline were remarkable. Everything was orderly with the staff ready to help newcomers at every point. The long queues at […]

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Column: State Government’s KALIA Woes

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Fake beneficiaries have pocketed more than Rs.170 crore disbursed under the KALIA ( Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation ) scheme, an initiative being widely hailed as the panacea for the problems afflicting the state’s farming community. This revelation has thickened the controversy surrounding this financial assistance programme that covers […]

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Column: Water Conservation Need Of The Hour

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: It is often said that the next world war would be fought over water which, considering its fast depletion, has become a resource more valuable than oil. Yet water conservation is yet to become a priority area for the government. While huge quantity of water is wasted daily in both rural […]

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Column: Sal Leaf Can Be An Effective Substitute For Plastic

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: A section of the media has reported that Keonjhar district administration has decided to use sal leaf plates and disposable paper cups in a bid to reduce the consumption of plastic. Sal leaf plates, popular known as “ khali”, have been part of socio-cultural life of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts. They […]

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Column: From Rourkela To Bhubaneswar Sports Has Taken Big Strides In Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Our capital city is being hailed as the new sports capital of the country. While that might be slightly over the top there is no denying the fact that Bhubaneswar now has world class infrastructure as far as hockey is concerned. It was accorded the honour of holding Men’s World Cup […]

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Op-Ed: Amiya Patnaik Had So Much Left To Do

My first meeting with the man (it was more of an ‘encounter’ than a meeting, actually) was of the kind that remains etched in the mind for a lifetime. I had just joined as a trainee journalist in Eastern Media Limited (EML), which brought out ‘Sambad’, the first ‘morning’ daily in Odia. Since the house […]

Debasish sees red in Mahtab's praise for Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Politics over columns continues as another column by BJD’s Lok Sabha MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, raining praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, invited criticism from his party spokesperson and Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debashish Samantray. In the column published in a regional daily, where Mahtab is the editor, the MP opined people […]

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Mahtab's media musings draw criticism in midst of some support

Bhubaneswar:  A day after chief minister Naveen Patnaik asked party members to refrain from reaching out to media on issues related to party instead talk to him, in context of Mahtab’s second column, Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debasish Samantaray today came down heavily on the the Lok Sabha member for his statements in media. However former Rajya […]

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BJD wrangles over Mahtab’s second column in media

Bhubaneswar: The second column of BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab criticising party leaders Damodar Rout and Surya Narayan Patro and claiming cracks in party today invited sharp reaction from BJD circles. Even the party president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed displeasure over party leaders making such views in media. Talking to reporters, the BJD supremo […]

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