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Manogya Loiwal

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Manogya Loiwal is an Indian television journalist covering various political, socio-economic and human interest stories. She is currently the Deputy Editor of Eastern and North-Eastern India along with Bangladesh with TV Today Network (Aaj Tak/ India Today Television) of the India Today Group.

Manogya believes she captures everything from commotion to emotion. She and her team were the first to reach Cox Bazaar and Myanmar-Bangladesh border to report and document the abuses, arsons, rapes and human rights violation at Rohingya villages in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She also did an exclusive story on forcible religious conversions of the Hindu Rohingya refugees to Islam, at the relief camps, by the majority Muslim refugees.[1] Her stories on one of the world's biggest ongoing crisis, for India Today Television, Aaj Tak, www.indiatoday.in[2], Mail Today[3] and Daily Mail[4], were picked up by most regional, vernacular and national media groups both in India and Bangladesh. All related videos, photos and stories were extensively shared on social media by prominent figures.

Manogya is also the first journalist in the world to have travelled alone nearest to Doklam, the bone of contention between India and China for almost three months. She travelled to the region twice in August, 2017 - first from Bhutan via Haa Valley and later from India up to the Tri-Junction via Kupup village.[5]

A recent story by her on how fake notes are supplied to India from neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh stimulated the National Investigation Agency to launch a probe.[6]

She is also recognized for her coverage of Nepal earthquake in 2015 and won accolades, including the ENBA award, for the same. She also covered the Sikkim earthquake in 2011 and her crew was the first to reach the epicentre Mangan.

Besides several feather in her cap, Manogya’s recent achievement has been her special coverage of the political crisis in Nagaland, in February this year, where people protested against women reservations in the civic elections.[7]

Her expose on bullets for ballot drew the attention of Election Commission of India and action was taken following series of raids and arrests of those involved in the bomb making and terror spreading activities during assembly elections in West Bengal.[8]

Besides this, in 2016, she anchored a special series on monsoons across India- ‘Monsoon with Manogya’ for India Today Television and ‘Meghdoot’ for Aaj Tak. She did the series in two languages, showcasing the colours and flavours of monsoon from Kerala, the place of arrival of the season, into India upto Delhi, the capital of the country.

In 2016, she reported extensively on the historic decision of Irom Sharmila, Iron Lady of Manipur, to bring an end to her fast and how the decision changed the meaning of fight for human rights in a state that has questioned the very need of AFSPA to control militancy and insurgency.[9]

Manogya also became a qualified Defence Correspondent in 2014. She was awarded the Defence Correspondent Course Certificate by Ministry of Defence, Government of India. She has reported on international border and several security-related issues. She is also a BBC World Service Trust Certificate holder in feature writing.

Besides television, she also writes extensively for India Today and Aaj Tak websites and contributes opinion pieces and exclusive stories for Daily O and Mail Today respectively.

Manogya has played a crucial role in organizing several flagship events of the company like Panchayat Aaj Tak 2016, India Today Digital Conclave 2016 and special series on 2014 Lok Sabha elections and State Assembly elections.

She has worked as principal correspondent with NewsX, chief of bureau at IBN 7 (Network 18) and CM Secretariat Correspondent with Dainik Jagran over the years since 2002.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Manogya was awarded the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2017[10].[11]

She was felicitated by the Marwari Yuva Manch for her valuable presence and outstanding work in the field of media in 2017

India Today Group awarded Manogya the Chairman’s Award for Team Excellence 2016 for her contribution to Aaj Tak.

She was also a recipient of the Naari Shakti Samman award by West Bengal Provincial Marwari Federation in 2016, conferred by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

The Vrihattar Kolkata Pradeshik Maheshwari Mahila Sangathan also awarded her for her contribution to journalism in 2016.

Manogya was a part of the four-member Aaj Tak team which won the ENBA award for their extensive coverage of Nepal earthquake in 2015.

She was awarded the Bharat Nirman Award in 2014 for her exemplary contribution in the field of journalism.

Over the years, she has been acknowledged for her contribution to journalism by various women organization, including recognition from the Governor of West Bengal in 2016.

Manogya became a qualified Defence Correspondent and was awarded the Defence Correspondent Course Certificate by Ministry of Defence, Government of India in 2014.

She is also a BBC World Service Trust Certificate holder in feature writing

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