Opinion

Move towards resilience

Piyush Ranjan Rout Under 24 hours from Cyclone Fani making landfall May 3, Odisha received appreciation for its ‘Zero Casualty Mission’ that saved many lives. The state machinery was able to evacuate some 1.2 million people who were directly in the cyclone’s path, in the...

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Silencing the speech

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra Priyanka Sharma, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader in West Bengal was arrested May 10 for sharing a morphed photograph of the West Bengal Chief Minister on social media wherein Mamata Banerjee’s face was superimposed on an image of actor Priyanka Chopra during...

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Tide may have turned silently

With voting for the seventh and final phase of 2019 Lok Sabha nearing, all political parties are anxiously waiting for the final outcome for which counting will commence May 23 and results will be declared the next day after checking of VVPAT slips. This general...

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Blueprint for revival

Natabar Khuntia In recent years, cyclones have been affecting Odisha frequently and costing lives and livestock besides inflicting heavy damage to property, washing away government infrastructure and crippling lives, livehihood, public utility services and agriculture. Climate change has raised frequency of cyclones and the numbers...

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Undefined calamity

Sanjeeb Panigrahi Extremely severe cyclone, Fani, battered the state and left a trail of destruction, severely affecting an estimated 1.5 crore people across 14 districts. The government’s preparedness and credible institutionalised response helped successfully evacuate about 14 lakh people from low-lying areas, which remarkably reduced...

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Online voting worth considering

Gopabandhu Mohapatra The use of ballot papers for elections started changing in India in 1999. Since then, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were introduced for casting votes. Today, there are yet unproved claims that EVMS can be tampered with, which have led the Election Commission of...

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Measuring poverty beyond income

Arun Bairwa and Rajesh Barik The Congress party president Rahul Gandhi has announced a new scheme of Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for the poorest 25 crore Indians who are most vulnerable in economic terms. The Congress has made this scheme a part of its manifesto...

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Silence of the CEC

S. N. Misra Ashok Lavasa, a member of the CEC, has given a dissenting note on the finding of the Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not violated the Model Code of Conduct in his speeches. He reportedly argued...

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