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Aishwarya Mohanty


Aishwarya is a correspondent based in Bhubaneswar. She covers Odisha for The Indian Express
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Explained: What is the Puri Heritage Corridor Project and why has it landed into a controversy?
Wed, May 18, 2022

What is the Puri Heritage Corridor Project? What is the controversy about? What did the ASI affidavit state and how did the High Court respond? How has the state government responded? We explain.

Puri project row flares up as ASI stand gives BJP fresh ammo to fire at BJD
Fri, May 13, 2022

In its affidavit submitted in the high court on May 9, the ASI stated that the state government was undertaking the Puri Heritage Corridor Project's construction work within the prohibited and regulated areas of the monument without valid permission.

Required permissions for Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor not granted: ASI inspection report
Tue, May 10, 2022

The report also raised concerns over the damage caused to the archaeological remains of the 12th Century shrine.

CM Patnaik has lost credibility…BJP-BJD bonhomie in Delhi a false narrative: Odisha BJP chief Samir Mohanty
Tue, May 10, 2022

In an interview with The Indian Express, he talks about various issues including the saffron party's plans and preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls.

‘Ojan Utsav’: Odisha to start indexing weight, growth of kids from this month
Fri, May 06, 2022

The biennial intervention under the already implemented Mission Poshan in the state, the height and weight of children below 5 years of age will be measured twice a year at over 72,000 anganwadi centres across the state.

Rejig of Odisha ministry, BJD on cards as Patnaik eyes 2024 polls
Wed, May 04, 2022

While the BJD exudes confidence about repeating its feat in the next parliamentary and Assembly elections, the principal Opposition BJP plans to target the Patnaik government over “non-implementation” of its 2019 poll promises.

Odisha youth dies while ‘evading arrest’, rights panel orders probe
Mon, May 02, 2022

According to the police, Manoranjan Gedi (25) died under mysterious circumstances after allegedly falling off a speeding motorbike in Abhaychandrapur police limits.

BJD lawmaker appears for Odisha Class 10 exam, 40 years after dropping out of school
Sun, May 01, 2022

Kanhar (56), the state's Phulbani legislator, wrote his second language paper at Rujangi High School in Pitabari village of Kandhamal district. "Some of the panchayat members and my driver encouraged me to appear for the examination.

56-year-old Odisha MLA appears for Class X exam, says his wish got fulfilled
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

“Education not only ensures a good job but creates an impact on one’s life by adding knowledge and value,” Phulbani MLA Angada Kanhar said.

State of the power crunch
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

From the heat wave to depleted capacity, and technical snags to coal shortage, states are facing multiple problems in meeting increased demand for power. A look at the situation in some:

Congress Odisha in-charge says new state party chief likely to be decided in a week
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Concluding his two-day visit to Odisha on Wednesday, Chellakumar said, “I will submit a report to the the AICC (All India Congress Committee), and the party will take a final decision on who will lead the OPCC next.”

Amid chorus against heritage corridor, servitors & Puri king extend support to project
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

The Gajapati, who is also the chairperson of the Sri Jagannath Temple managing committee, asserted that the project poses no threat to the structural safety of the temple and the ongoing work will be completed at the earliest

Odisha: Police arrange marriage of ex-Maoists, host banquet too
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

Kalahandi Superintendent of Police, Dr. Saravana Vivek M, said, "It was recently that they informed us that they are getting married. And since both of them have been with us for so long, we decided to make it a police family function."

3 yrs after its Odisha chief quit, Cong may finally take a call on him, state unit
Thu, Apr 14, 2022

Incidentally, Patnaik had resigned as PCC chief after the Congress's dismal performance in the 2019 general and state elections. However, the high command never accepted it, leaving Patnaik's fate in a limbo.

Jagannath Temple project: HC seeks state govt, ASI response on ‘violations’
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

The order further said that the ASI can also undertake a joint inspection of the construction work after intimating the temple authorities in advance.

Newsmaker | All this feels like a dream: tribal slum-dweller Majhi, youngest-ever Cuttack deputy mayor
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

21-year-old MCom student Damayanti Majhi became the youngest Cuttack Municipal Corporation corporator when she won the recent civic body polls on BJD ticket.

Explained: Why Centre has opposed Odisha’s plans for landmark Lingaraj Temple
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said several sections of the proposed ordinance are in conflict with the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act

Concerns over Puri heritage project take political turn as BJP, BJD trade fireworks
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha recently, the BJP's Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi alleged illegality in the implementation of this ambitious project being undertaken by the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government.

Odisha MoS home still in Oppn cross-hairs, but CM has his back
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

The support Naveen Patnaik has extended to ex-IAF personnel-turned- Junagarh MLA Dibya Shankar Mishra in the political row over the Mamita Meher murder case reflects his importance for the BJD.

Incomplete Odisha irrigation projects since 1980s saw cost escalation of up to 4,600%: CAG report
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

The report attributed the cost escalation to delay in execution of works, increase in land costs, increase in payment of rehabilitation assistance, etc. It also revealed deficiencies in the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.

Top Odisha officers in line of Oppn fire for making a beeline to felicitate Naveen
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

The row erupted as senior IAS and IPS officers called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to congratulate him on BJD's triumph in rural and urban local body polls

Odisha govt tables vote-on-account Budget of Rs 2 lakh crore
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

State Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said that the state government decided to present a vote-on-account Budget instead of a full-fledged Budget as the Model Code of Conduct was in force until recently.

Odisha Assembly passes Bill to simplify sale, lease of land owned by Jagannath Temple
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

In January this year, the Odisha state cabinet had approved the amendments which simplify issues pertaining to land owned by the Jagannath Temple.

Not approached by anyone over Presidential elections: Patnaik
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

Patnaik, who is on a three-day visit to Delhi since Monday, visited the Parliament on Tuesday and interacted with Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over various issues of state interest.

Divided at the top and weak within, Odisha Congress’s battle for survival continues
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Since 2019, it has been relegated to the third position behind Biju Janata Dal and BJP