Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure that 35per cent of the state's agricultural land was irrigated in the next five years, the Odisha government on Friday decided to implement mega lift irrigation projects.

This was decided at a high level meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.

The mega lift irrigation projects would be set up mostly in the areas ha

Bhubaneswar: Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that the Centre is working together with the chief ministers of mineral-rich states on value addition and the new mining policy would include all suggestions.

When the new mining policy will be formulated, all these will be factored in, Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

I received a representation

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: A Centrally sponsored cyclone risk mitigation scheme would be implemented in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to minimise the vulnerability to cyclones and make people and infrastructure disaster resilient.

The first phase of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP), which would be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 1,496.71 crore, was approved at a meeting of th

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday took strong exception to the reported approval of the proposal of the Andhra Pradesh government by the Centre to increase the outlay of the controversial Polavaram irrigation project.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) under the National Water Commission would clear the proposal when the issue is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, chief minister Nave

Cuttack: In response to a notice, the Centre on Monday informed the Odisha High Court that it was willing to offer all assistance required to probe the alleged mining scam in the state.
Considering the gravity of matter and the loss sustained, if the honorable court so desires, any agency of Government of India, including CBI, can be called upon to investigate as per due procedure laid down.

Bhubaneswar: Demanding waiver of farm loans of rain-hit farmers in Orissa and relaxation of paddy standard for procurement, the Congress on Sunday asked the Centre to form a monitoring committee to supervise utilisation of its assistance for the distressed farmers.

The Centre should form a committee to monitor and supervise utilisation of its assistance for the farmers whose crops have been dam

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and sought Central assistance to deal with the unseasonal rains which have damaged paddy crop in the state.
The prime minister said that a Central team would shortly visit the state to assess the damage, Patnaik told reporters after meeting Singh.
The chief minister said that the unseasonal cycl

Bhubaneswar: Annoyed over the Centre's rejection of a proposal to start bauxite mining atop Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi district, the Odisha government on Wednesday maintained that no tribal was living in Niyamgiri Reserve Forest area spreading over 2,100 hectare.

Making a statement to this effect in the State Assembly in its concluding session, steel and mines minister Raghunath Mohanty while

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday termed international medical journal Lancet's report on malaria deaths in the state as ridiculous.
I need to describe the Lancet report as ridiculous in order to dispel misunderstanding among the people, health and family welfare minister Prasanna Acharya said while replying an adjournment motion in the State Assembly.

He was referring to a statem

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday favoured a Central probe into the diversion of funds and non-implementation of rural employment scheme, MGNREGA, in Odisha.

We are treating this matter seriously. We will give direction to the Centre to hold investigation into the allegation of diversion of funds.