BALASORE: With no rain since July, this coastal district is all set to face drought if the dry spell continues for another week.

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa, which till the last decade used just about 14 per cent of its available groundwater, has shown a rapid rise in utilisation which has jumped to 26.14 per cent.

BALASORE: Even as the flood waters have receded in northern parts of Balasore, erosion of river embankments has left people scared.

Bhubaneswar: A thunder storm hit several parts of Odisha on Thursday afternoon killing 12 people and injuring 34 others.
According to the Met department, rain accompanied by thunderstorm lashed almost the entire Northern Odisha where the impact of the storm was quite visible in the state and the twin city also experienced sharp showers.

A twelve-year-old and a woman were killed in Rourkela w

Read this special report by Down To Earth on the iconic Paan losing its appeal. Its trade has dipped 40-50 per cent in the past decade, while consumption of chewing tobacco, especially gutkha, increased during the period. Farmers now prefer other crops.

BALASORE: Here's bad news for the farmers of the calamity-prone northern Orissa region. The surface soil is turning acidic day-by-day, thereby threatening the crop pattern and the yield.

According to a latest study by the soil testing laboratory at Balasore, about 60 per cent soil in the region is acidic in nature.

BALASORE: Come summer and people in the northern parts of the State face an acute shortage of water. But, nobody really cares to protect the water bodies which keep the groundwater level high.

According to an estimate, about 30 ponds have been filled up in Balasore town for construction purposes in the last five years.

BALASORE: The district has lately witnessed some frightening scenes with wild elephants from forests in the neighbouring states going on the rampage here.

BHUBANESWAR: Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal today admitted that though there was a 20-point guideline for the procurement of dal these were never enforced in a proper manner at the district level. The dal was meant to be given to schoolchildren and pregnant women under the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme and supplementary nutrition programme (SNP).

BHUBANESWAR: For instilling a sense of sanitation and making people aware of use of toilets 81 panchayats of nine districts will get Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP), a national award for fully sanitised and open defecation-free panchayats under Total Sanitation Programme-2010.

Representatives of 12 panchayats will be awarded by President of India for total sanitation at a national-level function in

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