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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: Amendment to the Jagannath Temple Act
Thu, Jan 06, 2022

🔴 The Odisha state cabinet has approved amendments to the Sri Jagannath Temple Act of 1954. A look at the law, the amendments and why this is being considered a historic move.

To protest poor network, Odisha villagers invite MLA to mock inauguration of mobile tower
Thu, Jan 06, 2022

It was only when he reached the village ground that he realised he had been tricked.

Odisha amends law, eases process to sell, lease Jagannath temple land
Thu, Jan 06, 2022

Following the amendment, the temple administration and officials concerned have power to sell or lease out temple land without any approval from the state government.

Odisha CM sanctions Rs 78 lakh for outfits run by Missionaries in state
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Thirteen institutions run by Missionaries of Charity in eight districts will benefit from the funds.

Sitting pretty ahead of Odisha civic polls, BJD yet to galvanise rank and file
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

🔴 In the run-up to the Odisha rural and urban local body elections slated for February, the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD is still not holding organisational meetings physically, even as it has announced a slew of schemes and development projects to boost its prospects.

After HC order, Odisha BJP seeks OBC reservation in rural polls
Thu, Dec 30, 2021

🔴 The Odisha government Tuesday had published the new reservation list for the forthcoming panchayat polls after the HC order.

Added by British for stability, sand inside Konark Sun Temple may be cleared
Wed, Dec 29, 2021

A formal decision on this is yet to be taken. But a recent presentation by ASI (Bhubaneswar circle) head Arun Malik spoke of possible approaches to remove the sand from the temple’s sealed assembly hall, known as Jagamohan.

Natural disasters take a heavy toll on coastal Odisha women’s health
Tue, Dec 28, 2021

The gynaecological health of many women living in Odisha's coastline belts, especially those from marginalised sections like Dalits, has been affected due to lack of proper sanitation facilities, absence of menstrual health management and taboos around menstruation during natural calamities like cyclones, which heighten risks for their health & well-being.

Ponds and forests shown as farm land, Odisha seeks satellite solution to find ‘genuine’ paddy cultivators
Tue, Dec 28, 2021

A pilot project has been launched in seven of the state's 30 districts — Sambalpur, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Koraput.

JSW steel plant: Protests intensify as Odisha govt marks new village at project site
Tue, Dec 21, 2021

JSW Utkal Steel Limited, led by industrialist Sajjan Jindal, has proposed to set up a 13.2 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) capacity steel plant at Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur district.

Odisha CM Patnaik inaugurates air ambulances for four tribal-dominated districts
Mon, Dec 20, 2021

A team of doctors, including a cardiologist and urologist, took the inaugural flight from Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar to Malkangiri.

Rural polls near, why BJD not too ruffled by Opposition protests over teacher murder
Fri, Dec 17, 2021

The protests by the Opposition demanding the resignation of Minister of State for Home and Energy Dibya Shankar Mishra, claiming his links to the main accused Gobind Sahu, recently forced the Assembly to shut down 20 days ahead of schedule.

A lot of us aspire to be like him: a village recalls its fallen son after Coonoor chopper crash
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

🔴 Junior Warrant Officer Rana Pratap Das, 35, had served in the Indian Air Force since 2006. He leaves behind his wife, toddler and infirm parents.

Absent Students: How dropout rate went up in Odisha post pandemic
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

While the dropout rate decreased for primary, upper primary and elementary sections to six per cent in 2018-19, it drastically increased to 23.39 per cent in 2019-20.

Odisha Assembly adjourned for 7th straight day with no business undertaken
Thu, Dec 09, 2021

In the last seven days, the House witnessed protests, sloganeering, blocking of assembly gate, beating gongs and bells and sprinkling gangajal and cow dung for purification and the continued absence of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Odisha MPs reiterate demand to declare Paika rebellion as first war of Independence, call govt stance ‘insult’ to state
Tue, Dec 07, 2021

Stating that those who fought the battle continue to inspire 4.5 crore Odias over the last two centuries, the delegation of MPs said in the memorandum, “It is time that this struggle and sacrifice by a generation of Odia people got its due place in the annals of history.”

Explained: Why Centre has refused to accept Paika revolution as first war of independence
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

The Centre has said in Parliament that it will not recognise the Paika rebellion as the first War of Independence. What is the Paika rebellion? What is Odisha's demand, and how has the Centre responded?

Cyclone nears, Odisha farmers start early harvest, distress sale
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

🔴 According to the regional meteorological department, the low-pressure area forming in the south Andaman Sea will intensify into a depression and move towards the Odisha coast as a cyclonic storm on December 4.

Panchayati Raj focus in Odisha’s Rs 19k-cr supplementary budget
Wed, Dec 01, 2021

The budget allocates Rs 3,624 crore for Panchayati Raj and drinking water, Rs 2,310 crore for health and family welfare and Rs 2,413 for energy.

Odisha govt should rethink University Amendment Act: Education minister Pradhan
Sun, Nov 28, 2021

🔴 The amended Act brings the appointment to important academic and administrative posts in state universities, including the recruitment of teaching staff, under control of the Odisha government.

Eggs hurled at Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s convoy, two Yuva Morcha members detained
Wed, Nov 24, 2021

Yuva Morcha members were demanding the ouster of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged links to Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the Kalahandi teacher's kidnap and murder case.

Explained: Why there are protests against a mining lease to Hindalco in Odisha’s Koraput
Wed, Nov 24, 2021

Despite resistance, a public hearing on mining in Mali hills in Koraput district of Odisha was held on Monday. It was on environmental issues regarding the mining lease granted to Hindalco Industries Ltd. 

Revamp at Puri temple: Heritage corridor with trees, seating areas
Thu, Nov 18, 2021

According to plans for an Rs 800-crore revamp by the state government, the temple's outer wall, the “Meghana Pacheri”, covering a peripheral area of 75 metres, will be surrounded by a heritage corridor dotted with trees, flowering plants, and seating areas.

Explained: What is the Puri heritage corridor, whose foundation will be laid soon in Odisha?
Thu, Nov 18, 2021

Conceived in 2016, the Puri Heritage Corridor Project was unveiled in December 2019 to transform the holy town of Puri into an international place of heritage.

Fourteen potential contenders in fray to replace outgoing Odisha DGP
Mon, Nov 15, 2021

The name of the new DGP would likely be announced in the first week of December.