Unpleasant consequences of technological changes

Santosh Kumar Dash Change is good. At least that is what we believe when it comes to technology which makes yesterday’s technology obsolete. If you have Ola/Uber, Swiggy/Zomato, Paytm/FreeCharge/PhonePe, and Flipkart/Amazon in your smartphone, life becomes easy. But such disruptive technological changes too have unpleasant...

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Healthcare under intensive care

Guru Prasad Mohanta NITI Aayog, the Government think tank, recently released the country’s Health Index, which highlights individual states and Union Territories. The report has both good and bad news. The good news is that health outcomes of some states are almost on par with...

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Exploring 20-minute neighbourhoods

Piyush Ranjan Rout Cities today are developing less as automobile-centric ones, although vehicles continue to dominate the cityscape. Most cities big or small today are in the process of creating infrastructure and policies that encourage cycling and walking. Even cities similar to Indian metropolises of...

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Growers over growth

Kushankur Dey The Narendra Modi led NDA government is presenting the maiden budget of its second term today. It is a critical task for the government as the economy in general is sagging, GDP growth rate is declining, unemployment has reached an alarming level, and,...

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One dismal record

SN Misra The Child Development Index-2019 (CDI-2019), developed by the UK-based non-profit organisation Save the Children, has ranked India at 112, down from 103 in 2004. While the world has made significant progress in child health, education and nutrition, India has fared poorly among middle-income...

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Gaps still to address

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented his maiden and full budget for the fiscal 2019-20 June 28. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the budget was development-oriented, pro-poor, pro-women and that it reflected the aspirations of the people of Odisha. Opposition leaders described...

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The journey of Jagannath

Sudha Devi Nayak You cannot miss the overarching presence of Lord Jagannath in every aspect of life in Odisha, never more so than this time of the year when it is Ratha Yatra and the Lord steps out of His abode with his siblings for...

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Fund needed for reconstruction

Natabar Khuntia Disasters such as cyclones, floods and droughts are recurring in Odisha at regular intervals, causing loss to human and animal life, shelters, productive assets, civic infrastructure, standing crops, forests, and drinking water sources, among other things. The after-effects of natural calamities, particularly cyclones,...

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Crime and punishment

Jayakrishna Sahu The enactment of a stringent rape law in 2012-13, following the Nirbhaya case, was expected to act as a strong deterrent to such barbaric crimes. But the reality is disheartening; the rate of such crimes is on a frantic rise as usual. Recently,...

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