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

BALASORE: The food inflation had a direct bearing on Makar Sankranti celebrations in the tribal region of Balasore district. To meet the expenses of the festivity, the tribals in Nilagiri area were forced to sell subsidised rice.

BALASORE: Balasore district which had topped the State for 100 per cent implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), is in the news for wrong reasons again.

Though the district health authorities took the credit for spending money disbursed for various works under NRHM, the reality is different at the grassroots.

Balasore: India on Thursday test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-I strategic ballistic missile, with a range of 700 kms, as part of the Army's user trial from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island off the state coast.

The indigenously developed surface-to-surface single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test fired from a rail mobile launcher at about 1010 hours from la

BALASORE: Even as the district administration yesterday began

BHUBANESWAR: As many as 10,336 villages spread across 15 districts have suffered more than 50 per cent crop loss because of erratic monsoon.

BHUBANESWAR: The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

BALASORE: Her years of hard work and love for greenery, was paid off when the State Government yesterday awarded her with the 'Prakurti Mitra' award. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave away the prestigious award to Urmila Behera of Balasore who has planted more than a lakh trees in the district. She has been planting trees since last 18 years.

Village Water and Sanitation Committees increase user fee

BHUBANESWAR: Even as rural Orissa is struggling to cope with scorching heat and acute drinking water crisis, rising power cost has made life miserable for those, who had even drinking water sources available at their doorstep.