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Aishwarya Mohanty


Aishwarya is a correspondent based in Bhubaneswar. She covers Odisha for The Indian Express
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Newsmaker: In Odisha, Muslim woman creates history in Bhadrak civic polls
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

Gulmaki Dalawzi Habib, an Independent who defeated the BJD nominee, is the first Muslim woman to be elected the chairperson of a local body in the state.

At Odisha beach divided by sea erosion, Olive Ridley turtles spot new island for nesting
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

Though activists had been concerned over the erosion and shifting course of the Rushikulya river, it has caused the water body to pierce through the beach, dividing it into two halves, one of which has turned into a nesting zone for over one lakh endangered turtles.

Seeking to scotch health buzz, Naveen steps into Odisha House after 2 years
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

The previous session, held in December, had to be adjourned early as the Opposition had refused to go along with it in the CM's absence, among other issues.

Expelled BJD legislator Prashant Jagdev: irascible, mercurial Chilika strongman
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Known for being “short-tempered” and “volatile”, Jagdev, who is said to be “popular in his constituency”, has had 10 criminal cases registered against him until 2019

Capital contest: BJD, BJP in ‘prestige battle’ for Bhubaneswar tomorrow
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

The capital, which has the largest urban civic body in the state with 67 wards, will also see two firsts in the mayoral election—the first woman elected to the post as it has been reserved for women, and a direct election. 

Ahead of urban polls, BJD has a rebel problem; many suspended
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

With elections to 109 ULBs in Odisha scheduled to be held on March 24, the party has suspended around 50 of its members so far.

ASI writes to Odisha govt, warns of threats to Puri Heritage Project
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

The letter came days after ASI director general V Vidyavathi visited the temple in the last week of February to monitor the ongoing project work. The ASI is the custodian of the Puri Jagannath Temple.

After Odisha’s school merger push, result is out: many students not back in class after reopening
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

Pandaspadar primary school was one of more than 4,800 shut down by November 2020 and merged with nearby ones under a 2017 NITI Aayog project to "rationalise" schools with low enrollment.

Explained: The role of Odisha’s health scheme in BJD’s rural polls clean sweep
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

The Odisha government has distributed smart health cards to beneficiaries under its flagship Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. What is this scheme, and how does it compare to the Centre's Ayushman Bharat?

Ruling BJD sweeps Odisha rural polls, to form Zilla Parishads in all 30 districts
Wed, Mar 02, 2022

The BJP, which had formed eight ZPs after winning 297 seats in 2017, came a distant second with only 42 seats. Congress came third with 37 seats, down from the 60 it had secured last time for forming 2 ZPs

Odisha panchayat polls: Tales of grit and indefatigable spirit
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

Till last reports came in, the BJD had won 759 of 845 zilla parishad seats. The BJP was a distant second with 42 seats and the Congress had secured 37 seats.

BJD repeats Odisha sweep, as it inflicts another washout on Oppn in rural polls
Mon, Feb 28, 2022

These results and trends reflected, yet again, the lack of any anti-incumbency against the Patnaik government in the state even after 22 years of the BJD's continuous rule. In the 2017 panchayat polls, the BJD had won 473 ZPZ seats, the BJP 297 and the Congress 60.

Explained: BJD’s landslide victory in Odisha rural elections
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

By registering a win in 585 ZPZs, the BJD has already surpassed its own performance of 2017. The trends prove the lack of any anti-incumbency in the state even after 22 years of the BJD rule.

Odisha phase 1 rural poll result trends put BJD in decisive lead
Sun, Feb 27, 2022

Counting for another 307 seats will be held on February 27 and for the remaining 229 on February 28.

Odisha readies learning loss tests and extracurricular activities as schools reopen on February 28
Thu, Feb 24, 2022

The education department says it is important that the students who will be sitting in classrooms for six-seven hours again feel at ease. It will assess the children for their skills in English, maths and Odia to address issues of learning loss.

Singed last year, Simlipal reserve villagers vigilant as fire season approaches again
Mon, Feb 21, 2022

The Simlipal reserve sprawls over 2,750 sq km in Mayurbhanj district, and is home to three out of every four tigers in Odisha and 20 per cent of the state's elephant population. There are 68 villages within the reserve — mostly in the buffer zone — and about 1,200 on the periphery.

Why some teachers campaigning in rural polls has come to haunt BJD govt
Mon, Feb 14, 2022

The images and videos of teachers allegedly campaigning have emerged from Asanpur Panchayat in Jajpur district, Krushnaparsad block of Puri and Maithili block of Malkangiri district. Officials in the State Election Commission said most of such complaints are dealt with at the district level.

A remote village in Kalahandi mourns loss of its only journalist
Sat, Feb 12, 2022

A reporter with Odia daily Dharitri, Rohit was killed on Saturday when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted near a bridge by suspected Maoists, went off in Madanpur Rampur block, barely 10 km from his home.

Odisha HC issues notice to Chilika authority over illegal motorboats in sensitive part of lake
Wed, Feb 09, 2022

The PIL stated that illegal motor boats are operating for fishing purposes on the Mangaljodi wetland part of Chilika lagoon which was declared an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Cervical cancer: 12% women in Cuttack slums detected with HPV in pilot Odisha study
Fri, Feb 04, 2022

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the major causes of cervical cancer among women.

A fish, an LED TV: Odisha panchayat election candidates take around real-life poll symbols during campaigns
Fri, Feb 04, 2022

In Nabarangpur’s Patri panchayat, sarpanch nominee Bhagavati Bhotra carries a freshly-caught fish, her election symbol, while going door-to-door seeking votes.

Odisha rural polls draw senior names as BJD leaders hope to catch party eye
Tue, Feb 01, 2022

Among those in the fray for the elections, scheduled between February 16 and 24, are a former Cabinet minister and two former MLAs of the BJD.

Prime witness in RTI activist’s murder dies after setting himself on fire
Tue, Feb 01, 2022

Prime witness in the 2014 Ganesh Panda murder case, had approached the police station Monday evening as he was reportedly receiving death threats.

Odisha parties close ranks, field consensus candidates to ‘protect’ villages claimed by Andhra
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

The decision to field consensus candidates for the ruling BJD, the BJP and the Congress was taken on January 21 at an all-party meeting.

In Odisha betel hub, farmers say steel plant fight is for survival
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

Following a police crackdown on January 14, violence had broken out between the two sides, leaving over 20 villagers and five policemen injured.