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As 2016 comes to an end, we try to summarize a few highlights for Odisha this year

Odisha 2016 year in review

Odisha was in the news in 2016 for many wrong reasons like Japanese Encephalitis claiming over 100 lives, malnutrition killing infants, a sex scandal, water war with Chhattisgarh, farmers’ woes et al. But as is our norm we try to showcase positive things too rather than only showing negative news about the state

Positive News for the state:

Negative News for the State

  • Naveen Patnaik government faced embarrassing moments as the story of Dana Majhi, a poor tribal who had to walk over 10 km carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder from a government hospital in backward Kalahandi district after being denied a hearse in August, made international news.
  • Opposition claimed that healthcare crumbled in the state saying more than 100 children died due to Japanese Encephalitis in tribal-dominated Malkangiri district in a span of about two months. The disease rapidly spread and six of the seven blocks of the district were badly hit.
  • State government also drew flak following the death of at least 19 infants due to alleged malnutrition at Nagada village in mineral-rich Jajpur district within a short span during June-July.
  • Mahanadi river water issue with neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
  • Rourkela hit the national headlines this year following arrest of five terrorists of the Khanda module of SIMI.
  • Jagannath Niladri Bije controversy brought more dent on the Sevayat Community
  • Twenty-two people were killed and 120 injured in a major fire at SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar


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