Category: Special Story

Araku Valley takes baby steps to address maternal health

by Basudev Mahapatra

In a lively anganwadi or daycare center in Godiguda village, an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) conducting health check up of over 10 women, some pregnant and others lactating, reflected the changing scenario in maternal and child health in the Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh.

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Women farmers suffer due to unequal land rights

by Basudev Mahapatra

Since her husband migrated out of Odisha for work, it fell upon Remati Majhi (25) of Dhamnaguda village in Nuapada district to cultivate rice in the fields owned by her husband. But she could neither avail any government loan nor insure the crop because she didn’t have title over the land. So, she had no option but to arrange the required resources through private moneylenders.

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Smart Bhubaneswar: City within a city reflecting inequity

by Basudev Mahapatra

It was a joyful moment for people of Bhubaneswar when, on January 28, 2016, the capital city of Odisha got a nod from the Government of India to become a smart city. But after almost three years, the project seems to be suffering from a lot of issues and the city still has a long way to go to become truly smart.

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Skill training empowers girls, raises hope for gender parity

by Basudev Mahapatra

Uncertain till about three years ago about her career and the kind of life she was destined to lead, Rulina Begum, now 21, from Mankachar village of South Salmara Mankachar district in Assam, now works as a sales promoter with a multinational mobile handset company. Based in Guwahati, she earns over Rs 12,000 a month and supports the family that lives in the village, while taking care of her own.

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