articles by Debi Mohanty

India

'First COVID-19 and now Amphan': Farmers in coastal Odisha stare at an uncertain future as cyclone destroys crops, only means of livelihood

Cyclone Amphan made its landfall in the Sundarban area of West Bengal, but before that, on its way, it left destruction in hundreds of villages in Odisha's Balasore district

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In Odisha, touts have a field day as illiterate migrants scramble for documents to prove domicile status; activists condemn NRC, religion-based CAA

After the BJD lent support in the Parliament to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the party doesn’t support NRC. Following the President's assent to CAA, migrants went on an overdrive to procure as many documents possible to prove their domicile status

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In Odisha's Kendrapara district, Bangladeshi Hindus told to 'quit India' rejoice over CAA, but remain wary of U-turn on citizenship

The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 has brought relief to the 1,551 families of Mahakalapada and Rajnagar blocks in Kendraparain district in Odisha, who were served with a 'quit India' notice under Foreigners Act

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After backing CAA, Naveen Patnaik says no to NRC: BJD chief's balancing act aimed at restoring 'secular' image, say critics

After the Biju Janata Dal lent its support in Parliament to the Citizenship Amendment Act, Naveen Patnaik announced that his party does not support the National Register of Citizens.

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BJP seeks immediate audit of wealth in Jagannath Puri temple, puts pressure on Naveen Patnaik-led BJD govt

The Shri Jagannath Temple Rules, 1960, state that the audit of the ornaments inside the Ratna Bhandar should be conducted every six months.

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Bijepur Assembly bypoll: In seat vacated by Naveen Patnaik, BJD locks horns with BJP; Congress hardly a factor

As Naveen Patnaik vacated Bijepur and retained the Hinjili seat in Ganjam district from where he has been winning since 2000, the bypoll was necessitated.

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Jagannath temple row: Odisha govt says demolition of dilapidated mutts to continue; seers claim conspiracy, Opposition cries foul

As part of the plan to make Puri a world heritage city, Naveen Patnaik announced a package of Rs 500 crore to undertake infrastructure and beautification programmes in the holy town

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Odisha villages unite to rebuild infrastructure, lives post-Cyclone Fani, but healing will take longer for those who lost loved ones

The emotional scars that Cyclone Fani has left on Prasanna Khuntia who lost his father on the day the storm hit Odisha, are going to take longer to heal. “I can’t forget Fani,” he says with a choked voice.

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A month since Cyclone Fani ravaged Odisha's shores, state still struggles to get on its feet as sweltering heat takes over weather

The trail of devastation that the cyclone caused still exists and the struggle to get everything to normalcy is still on.

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As Naveen Patnaik govt's relief efforts during Cyclone Fani win plaudits, a look at how Congress paid for mishandling 1999 disaster

'When the people desperately needed succour, the government was in suspended animation,' a senior journalist in Odisha recalled.

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Pratap Chandra Sarangi: New Balasore MP known for frugal living vanquishes media tycoon and an industrialist; shocks BJD

Prior to his entry into the Lok Sabha, Sarangi has been a two-time MLA from Nilagiri seat (in Balasore) as an Independent candidate.

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Cyclone Fani aftermath: How 50 teams of NDRF worked tirelessly to bring storm-battered Odisha back to normalcy

NDRF had deployed 50 teams, the second largest deployment after Kerala floods, often working over 16 hours a day to carry out rescue works in Cyclone Fani-hit areas in Odisha

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Cylone Fani aftermath: ITI students rebuild homes, Sikh NGOs feed thousands, as Bhubaneswar limps back to normalcy

Students from different industrial training institutes are repairing and rebuilding homes affected by Cyclone Fani

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Cyclone Fani aftermath: Naveen Patnaik seeks special status for Odisha; Opposition parties, experts say demand unjustified

'In the last five years we had Phailin, Hudhud, Titli and now Fani. In addition to this, we had massive floods,' Naveen Patnaik said.

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Odisha govt's pre-Fani measures commendable, but post-cyclone response raises questions about disaster preparedness

The Odisha government received accolades from the UN and international media for the massive evacuation of over 13 lakh people before Cyclone Fani struck.

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Cyclone Fani survivors: Puri yet to recover from storm's aftermath; people complain of inadequate relief materials

Sixty kilometres away from Bhubaneswar, Puri town, that has been worst hit by this cyclone, will likely have to wait for a few more days for electricity.

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'Asbestos sheets flew like birds': Cyclone Fani survivors recount destruction caused by storm, trauma of losing loved ones

Leave alone a day before but even after two hours of rain and the gusty wind started terrifying Haramani Behera (58), wife of Trilochan Behera, she didn't want to move out to a safer place.

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Cyclone Fani survivors: As Bhubaneswar struggles to rise to its feet, water and power scarcity levels rich-poor divide

Rich and poor are equally battling for water post-Cyclone Fani. Since 3 May, the daytime temperature has risen considerably and has been hovering around 40 degrees Celsius but what has made the situation worse is the rising level of humidity.

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Cyclone Fani survivors: Civic workers battle massive odds in Bhubaneswar as they race against time to normalise power, water supply

Following Cyclone Fani's landfall, civic workers are working in unison for long hours to restore emergency services, even at times without food.

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Cyclone Fani survivors: From ravaged homes to lost loved ones, Odisha's Puri district's residents struggle to recover

Many poor families are left to fend for themselves at least for now as government aid is sparse and slow.