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Poorest district Nabarangpur gets its first chemotherapy unit

On April 26, a chemotherapy centre, a one-room unit near the ICU with two beds, opened at Nabarangpur.

This way to school: How dismal indicators for education in Odisha’s Nabarangpur are slowly changing

Uma Vishnu travels to the district and finds that it’s slowly changing — ask the father who sends his three daughters out to study, the girl who is determined she won’t drop out, the education officer who is beaming at this year’s Class X pass percentage of 92%


How a railway project put truck driver’s son on plane to Japan

Nabarangpur has some of the most dismal indicators for education, with 57.35 per cent of the population having never attended school.

College chale hum

The hunger for higher education is manifesting itself even in the poorest parts of India today

Poorest district gets first govt degree college

Spread over 10 acres, the ground and first floors of the building have come up and, according to the district administration, the college will be “up and running in a few months”.

Nabarangpur: Mother commits suicide after feeding poison to her 3 children

The woman, from Dongariguda village under Koshagumuda block of Nabarangpur, tried to set her residence on fire after her 8-year-old and 6-year-old daughters, apart from her two-year-old son, died immediately after consuming the food.


District Zero: Nabarangpur launches drive to train traditional healers

The 45-day campaign, called Jyoti, was launched on Sunday with an aim to train 4,400 traditional healers in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district.

In branding of babies, a battle between tradition and modernity

In the last 3 months, at least 7 infants have had to be taken to hospital after being subjected to homespun remedies, including branding by hot iron nails or glass bangles by traditional healers.

Wild fruit ‘healing’ by father sends Odisha tribal baby to ICU

The father told doctors that he applied the wild fruit juice on his son hoping that it would cure him.

District Zero: Nabarangpur’s health system that's stretched beyond capacity

Health centres without doctors, a blood unit running out of supply, and a sub-centre with no power.

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One night in Odisha village that sets with the sun

Children hurriedly wrap up homework, parents look up to see how far the dark is, everyone hopes they don’t have to wake up during the night.

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District Zero: India's Poorest District To Get Its First Government Degree College This Year

For the last eight months, a dream has been taking shape, brick by brick, in Odisha’s Nabarangpur. In July, the district, arguably India’s poorest and the focus of a year-long Express assignment tracking poverty and transformation, will get its first government degree college.

District Zero: (Un)Make in Nabarangpur

Nestled among paddy fields and surrounded by a thicket of eucalyptus trees is Mangalam Timber Production Limited, right in the heart of Odisha’s south-western district of Nabarangpur. Branching off from State Highway 39, it takes a bone-racking detour on a 3 km weather-beaten track to get to the factory. This road tells the story, in […]


Nabrangpur District Zero: Independence Day Special

Nabarangpur: Tracking change and challenge in India’s poorest district. SEE FULL SERIES HERE: http://indianexpress.com/topic/district-zero/

Nabrangpur District Zero: Express Special Part II

Nabarangpur: Tracking change and challenge in India’s poorest district. SEE FULL SERIES HERE: http://indianexpress.com/topic/district-zero/