Bhubaneswar: The Centre on Monday agreed to have a thorough discussion on the final draft of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2010 with the chief ministers of the mineral bearing states before taking approval of the Union Cabinet.

An announcement to this effect was made by Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee during a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik in New

Bhubaneswar: Claiming that it never violated any law while implementing the Posco project, the Odisha government on Thursday demanded the Centre to allow work at the plant site.

The appeal has been made in a faxed response to a letter written by the Union environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh to chief minister Naveen Patnaik recently, chief secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik told reporters

Bhubaneswar: Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari on Thursday said that while private sector investment plays a vital role in growth of the nation, its dismal rate of investment in agriculture sector has been a matter of concern for the last two decades.

Addressing the 30th convocation of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) here, he said that while the growth story of the c

Bhubaneswar: South Korean steel major Posco on Wednesday made it clear that it has never violated any law or procedure for obtaining any governmental clearance whatsoever required for its proposed steel project near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district.

The company, in response to the opinion of the Meena Gupta Committee report on the alleged violation of the Forest Rights Act for implementation o

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday issued a high alert to six coastal districts over a depression in the Bay of Bengal which is likely to intensify further and make landfall tomorrow.

The alert was issued in the districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore, while others were also asked to keep a vigil, an official at the special relief commissioner's of

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday identified 10,440 villages, spread over 15 of 30 districts, as drought-hit as more than 50 per cent of paddy crop was lost due to inadequate rainfall this monsoon.

The affected farmers in 10,440 villages and urban pockets will get compensation as announced by the state government earlier, revenue and disaster management minister Surya Narayan Patra

Bhubaneswar: Steel and mines minister Raghunath Mohanty on Thursday said that show-cause notices would be served to Indrani Patnaik Mines Limited (IPML) and SN Das Mohapatra Mines Limited (SNDML) seeking explanation from them as to why their mines leases not be cancelled.

Basing on the recommendations of the State Vigilance wing which is probing into the mining scam, the steel and mines separtm

Bhubaneswar: At least 42 people including 10 women and eight children are missing in mid-sea off the Odisha coast and their boat remained untraced since yesterday due to a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal.

We have requisitioned a helicopter to trace the missing people in the sea, Bhadrak district collector KC Patra said.

Rescue teams of the Indian navy, coast guard and marine police co

Bhubaneswar: The Union Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) on Tuesday approved improvement of the balance 600-km of State Roads in order to develop, in a phased manner, the entire 1,632-km-long Maoist-dominated Vijayawada-Ranchi corridor at an estimated cost of Rs 1,200 crore.

The project, which would be completed in next three years by March 2014, would also provide a good communication

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over the death of elephants due to electrocution, the Odisha government on Tuesday said that it has prepared an elephant management plan and identified specific corridors for the pachyderms.

Death of human beings due to elephants and death of elephants due to human activity and electrocution are matters of serious concern, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said while addressi