Only a crisis can tell

Dhanada Kanta Mishra The front page of ‘South China Morning Post’ at Hong Kong, in the first week of January, was chock-a-block with news of a strange new viral infection. Wuhan in China’s Hubei province had detected about 44 cases of the mystery infection and...

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Combating global supply

Kailash Satyarthi Every day, 152 million children perform hard labour, often in hazardous conditions. Bangladesh’s garment factories, which are staffed largely by women and, often, children, are a prime example. Between 2006 and 2012, more than 500 Bangladeshi garment workers died in factory fires. In...

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Prospects of PPP in Odisha

Krushna Chandra Satapathy Despite the current economic slowdown nationally, Odisha remains a strong economy, just as it has remained over the years. Gross State Domestic Product is exhibiting promising growth, while revenue surplus has sustained over the past 15 years. Odisha has consistently maintained remarkable...

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Witnesses to a disappearing act

Nikunja Bihari Sahu Located at the mouth of the Ganges, where the river empties into the Bay of Bengal, the Sagar island attracts millions of Hindu pilgrims each January for the Ganga Sagar festival. This year, about 2 lakh pilgrims took bath in the sea...

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Mockery of justice

Jayakrishna Sahu There was jubilation January 7 when the Tees Hazri Court of Delhi issued death warrants against the Nirbhaya-case convicts and fixed the time and date of their execution as 7 am, January 22. Parents of Nirbhaya, especially mother Asha Devi, felt the execution...

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Many holes to plug

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra Odisha’s Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari is set to present his second state budget. It is a very difficult time for him to be helming the exercise, with the share of states from the divisible pool facing cuts. The Centre’s revenue, too, is...

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Blot on India

Ganga Narayan Rath The Internet has become an inextricable part of life. The recent shutdown of the Internet in various parts of India has generated much debate. Most commentators have criticised the shutdown, pilloried the police and raised issues relating to its desirability and legality....

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Trail of indiscriminate destruction

Bhagirathi Behera Mining is integral to social development. But the impact mining has on the environment needs to be mitigated. The majority of proposed mining projects involve the extraction of ore for metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum and platinum....

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Lessons from Olympic city

Piyush Ranjan Rout This year, the Summer Olympics returns to Asia. The host city, Tokyo in Japan, has involved its citizens to address climate change and sustainability in its infrastructure development for the global event. These innovations can also be adopted by other cities looking...

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Unhealthy without dissent

Rama Chandra Panda It is a fundamental right of every citizen to disagree with government policy. The parliament and legislatures are just trusts of collective wisdom of citizens; and if any law or policy creates fear or anger among citizens it should be explained. The...

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