By-Manish Kumar, Sahana Ghosh Odisha’s two-pronged approach in disaster management has come in handy to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This involves ‘physical infrastructure’ created to assist people during disasters and ‘intellectual infrastructure’ referring to the government’s institutional setups evolved to tackle disasters in a swift...
By-Manish Kumar, Sahana Ghosh It’s the season for the annual nesting activity of olive ridley turtles in India’s coastal states Odisha and Maharashtra. This year though, Odisha is witnessing day time nesting after a gap of nearly seven years. The ongoing lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 has had...
By-Rakhi Ghosh Nayagarh: On an early morning in December, farmers, especially women farmers, moved in a rally, singing and dancing. They were on their way to Gambharikhola, a small remote village in Odisha’s Nayagarh district, passing through hills and lush green forests. Women farmers from 18 villages gathered in Gambharikhola to...
By-Basudev Mahapatra Gajapati/Rayagada: Sagarika Raika (21), of Keranga village in Gumma administrative block of Gajapati district works as a cluster coordinator under Odisha’s Integrated District Intervention program (IDI). She has been working towards empowerment of adolescent girls and women for the past four years. She is popular in the community for...
By- Mayank Aggarwal Severe protests from the villagers had led to the South Korean steel major POSCO abandoning its project in Odisha involving Rs 500 billion (Rs 50,000 crore) worth of investment. The forest clearance to the project was transferred last year to JSW Utkal Steel Limited. However, the people...
By-Sonali Singh Bhubaneswar, Mar 4: When the ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Union government way back on October 2, 2014 to target the practice of open defecation in the country Odisha had a bad track record and one among the few states in the country with the...
By-Sandeep Praharsha Kalahandi: At a volunteering opportunity during my stay in the United Kingdom, I began to understand people’s problems and to believe that people are devoid of opportunities and denied their rights. I thought, with a little push, they would eventually develop the confidence to progress. It was one...
By-Atulya Bora, Balakrishna Himirika, Bhimsen Kulisika, Jyoti Tuika and Johnny Oommen Raygada: It has been said that life is a terminal disease. All who are born, will die. The time between the two defining events varies and is often not in our control. But one value we hope to hold on to through childhood, adult...
BY-BASUDEV MAHAPATRA In villages in Odisha, tribal communities have returned to indigenous varieties of seeds which yield crops that are better suited to the impacts of the changing climate. In order to ensure more yield, the government provides high yielding variety seeds to the farmers. But, after a short...
By-MK Singh Ganjam (Odisha): The coastal district of Ganjam in Odisha is considered as a hub for outward migration where lakhs of unskilled Odia labourers migrate often to Gujarat, Maharashtra and others in search of jobs. Marred by the lack of high-paying jobs and industries in the state, many from...