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Tag: Tribals

Poor health services seed superstition in Odisha tribal hinterlands?

Bhubaneswar: Are the poor health services in the State seeding superstition in the minds of poor tribal communities dwelling in remote places of the State? It seems so. Consider this. The Lundurujhari village situated in the Boudh district bordering Nayagarh has been now under the spell of intense superstition. The tribal village in Talagaon Panchayat […]

Op-Ed: Hope dawns, aspirations seek fulfilment

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The tribal residents of more than 25 villages in Malkangiri’s Swabhiman area ( earlier known as cut-off area) recently staged a demonstration at Mudulipada demanding that it be declared a panchyat as it was more accessible to them. They also sought infrastructure development and livelihood opportunities in the area which has […]

MP Balabhadra Majhi accuses Odisha CM Naveen of 'fooling' tribals

Bhubaneswar: A day after joining the BJP, Nabarangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi today hit out at the ruling-BJD alleging that tribals were neglected in the last 19 years of Naveen Patnaik rule in Odisha. Majhi alleged that the State government formed the Special Tribal Council only to fool people. The very purpose of the council is […]

Op-Ed: The State Must Change Its Attitude Towards Tribals

Bhubaneswar: The Kondh tribals of Niyamgiri, a forest-clad hill in Kalahandi that shot into international focus during the anti-bauxite mining movement, are reportedly gearing up for another battle, this time against possible eviction in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that could affect more than ten lakh tribals across the country. The apex court […]

Kalinganagar firing anniversary: Tribals vow to continue fight against injustice

Jajpur: The ‘Visthapan Virodhi Jan Manch’ observed ‘Sahid Smruti Diwas’ today to mark the 13th anniversary of Kalinganagar firing incident in which as many as 13 tribals were killed. The members of the ‘Visthapan Virodhi Jan Manch’ took out a rally towards ‘Birbhumi’ in Ambagadia in Jajpur district where the 2006 ‘police firing’ victims were […]

Maoist posters ask locals to stay off from Police, CRPF

Rayagada: Maoists put up posters in three tribal villages of Rayagada district have sparked off panic in the region. The posters put up by the CPI Maoist BDN divisional committee, asked the locals to stay off from police and CRPF. As per reports, posters were put up at the Anganwadi centers of Muniguda and Rajulguda […]

Tribals ignored by Odisha government: Jual Oram

Bhubaneswar: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram accused the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led Odisha government of ignoring the tribals in the State. Speaking to the media, Jual Oram said that the state government is harassing the members of the tribal communities in Odisha in the name of caste certificates. Targeting the BJD government, the Union […]

Why tribals of Sundergarh are following rules written on a stone

  Sundergarh: Dissatisfied with the state government’s inability to fulfil their demands, thousands of tribals in Bardengra village of Sundergarh have been running a parallel government known as “Pathergadi”. Under the Pathergadi tradition, rules are framed by the villagers and written on a big stone which is supposed to be followed by the locals. “We […]

Delay in construction of suspension bridge adds to woes of tribals in Kandhamal

Kandhamal: Tardy progress of an under-construction suspension bridge over river Khadaga has become a cause of concern for tribals of Kutungia Panchayat  of Baliguda village in Kandhamal. The villagers have been facing problems to cross the river for day to day activities as much as medical emergency since long. According to sources, the work of […]

Andhra Babus distribute doles in Odisha villages

Jeypore: In a bid to lure the tribals of Kotia gram panchayat in Pottangi block of Koraput, the officials of Andhra Pradesh were seen distributing blankets and other materials to the locals at a special event today. Vizianagaram Collector and SP attended a programme named ‘Maa Uru’ or Janambhumi at Kotia, the event which is […]

Tribals observe ‘Saheed Divas’ as Kalinga Nagar incident turns 12

Jajpur: Tribals from across the State today assembled at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district to observe the 12th anniversary of police firing in which 14 tribals were killed in 2006. For the first time, the anti and pro displacement fronts of tribals made joint arrangements to observe the day. They took out a rally from […]

Bloodbath marks ‘Sulia Jatra’ in Bolangir

Bolangir: Despite awareness campaign by district administration opposing animal slaughter, tribals in Bolangir district today sacrificed hundreds of animals and birds at Khairaguda as part of a ritual during ‘Sulia Jatra’ today. The sacrifice is believed to have been carried out to propitiate their presiding deity. Hundreds of animals and birds including goats, sheep, buffaloes, […]

Odisha to form 9 development councils for tribals

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to uplift the economic condition of tribals as well as provide quality education to them in Odisha while keeping their unique identity intact, the State Cabinet today approved a proposal to set up the Tribal Special Development Council in nine districts. The development council will function in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Kandhamal, […]

NABARD's Mango fest in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: It’s time for mango lovers to celebrate the ‘king of fruits’ festival here in the city. A four-day mango festival that began here on Saturday by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) at its premises at IRC Village is attracting customers in large number. Different varieties of Mangoes are now being […]

Odisha activist wins Goldman Environment Prize

San Francisco:  Indian environmental activist Prafulla Samantara was on Monday announced as the Asia recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for championing the cause of Odisha’s Dongria Kondh tribals and safeguarding their land and culture. Samantara, the sixth Indian to win the prize, also called the ‘Green Nobel’, had led a historic 12-year legal battle […]

Naveen lends help to freedom fighter’s kin stranded without money

Bhubaneswar: CM Naveen Patnaik today ordered the Balasore Collector to assist freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda’s daughter-in-law Sujata Panda in returning home when she boarded wrong train and got stranded after attending PM Modi’s felicitation ceremony in Bhubaneswar. According to sources, Sujata who had to go to Jeypore boarded a wrong train to Balasore. She […]

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Virtual museums to be set up in 50 places: PM

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said virtual museums would be set up at 50 places in the country to highlight the “significant” role of the tribals in the freedom struggle. Felicitating family members of 16 freedom fighters, who fought in the 1817 Paika rebellion in Odisha against the British rule, Modi said, “Unfortunately, the […]

Maoist threat: Panicked tribals leave village in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: The panicked villagers of Kadvata village under Mathili police station limits in Malkangiri district have deserted their village apprehending Maoist onslaught. Barring a handful of women and children, there is no one in this remote village as the tribals have taken shelter in the house of their kin in neighbouring villages. Notably, a majority […]

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Nagada Juangs to be made self-reliant: RDC

Cuttack: Buoyed by the appreciation of the Central team in the developmental works being taken up in Nagada, a tribal village in Jajpur district that made national headlines after the death of 19 children due to malnutrition in the last three months, the Odisha government has decided to step up measures to bring about a […]

Protest against directive on NFSA cards: Tribals thrash cop, ransack block office

Tension ran high in Nuagada block in Gajapati district today after irate tribals ransacked the block office and thrashed a policeman while protesting the directive of the state government asking ineligible beneficiaries to return their ration cards

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PIL in HC seeks CBI probe into Kandhamal killings

Cuttack: Alleging gross inaction on the part of the Odisha government in the tragic death of five innocent villagers who were killed during an anti-Maoists operation inside Malapanga forest near Kurtamgarh in Kandhamal district in the night on July 8, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Odisha High Court today demanding a […]

Students Congress protests Kandhamal killings: 50 detained

Bhubaneswar: Over 50 Students Congress activists were detained after a scuffle with the police during a protest against the killing of five innocent villagers in Kandhamal here today. According to reports, hundreds of Students Congress activists took out a bike rally from Congress Bhawan at Master Canteen Square in the morning demanding immediate suspension and […]

SIT begins probe into Kandhamal killings

Phulbani: The six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the State Police began its probe into the shocking death of five innocent villagers, who were killed during an alleged anti-Maoists operation in Malapanga forest near Kurtamgarh in Kandhamal district in the night on July 8. The SIT team, led by Mahendra Pratap, ADG, Human Rights […]

Kandhamal deaths: NHRC seeks report from Centre, State

Bhubaneswar: Taking suo motu cognisance of the death of five tribals in Kandhamal last Friday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report on the incident from the Centre as well as the State government. The commission has given two weeks’ time to submit the report. “Under Section 19 of Protection of Human […]

NCSC chairman to visit Kandhamal today

Bhubaneswar: A day after the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Rameswar Oraon visited Kandhamal to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of six tribals during an alleged exchange of fire between security personnel and Maoists inside Malapanga forest in the district on July 8, chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled […]

SOG report reiterates 'crossfire' theory

Phulbani: While the death of six tribals at the hands of security personnel during a combing operation in Kandhamal district on July 8 has sparked off outrage across Odisha, the Special Operation Group (SOG) has claimed that the tribals were killed as they came in the line of fire during an exchange of fire between […]

SIT probe into Kandhamal deaths to begin soon: DGP

Bhubaneswar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Odisha government to probe into the death of six tribals, who were killed during an alleged encounter between the security personnel and the Maoists inside Malapanga forest near Kurtamgarh in Kandhamal district on July 8, will begin very soon. “The SIT will begin its investigation very […]

Nuapada tribals warn Maoists of retaliation

Fed up with a series of barbaric killings of innocent tribals by Maoists, the most recent ebing the murder of a tribal college student, a tribal body in Nuapada district on Saturday staged a road blockade in the district and warned the left wing ultras of retaliation if any such incident takes place in future

Centre to set up tribal advisory body: Jual Oram

Union Minister Jual Oram on Monday said the Centre would soon form an advisory body to address issues related to tribals and it has initiated steps to strengthen welfare measures launched for them