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Aggrieved tribals attend a rally in Odisha state in eastern India. Pic: Busadev Mahapatra.

Fear of Maoist extremists overshadows India’s elections

By Mon, Apr 07, 2014 12:05PM UTC Comments Off Aggrieved tribals attend a rally in Odisha state in eastern India. Pic: Busadev Mahapatra.

As voting begins in India's 2014 elections today political tensions are rising, as is the fear of violence by extremists intended to disrupt the biggest ever political event in a democracy. The country is going to polls today in the first phase. Poll management preparations are in full swing with security arrangements in areas of armed conflict at the top of the agenda....

Odisha floods: Dams retained water to serve industry during dry months

By Tue, Sep 27, 2011 4:22PM UTC Comments Off This time the crops could not withstand even three days of floods. Photo: Amitabh Patra

Could the floods in Odisha that are still raging across the state been avoided? A team of journalists and social workers who toured around the Hirakud dam area argue that it certainly could have been. The floods in the region are being described as “man-made”. Far from controlling the floods, dams have only aggravated the...