BERHAMPUR: The Olive Ridley sea turtles, the rare and endangered marine turtle species of the world, have started arriving for mating at Rushikulya rookery in Ganjam district.

According to wildlife officials, mating of Olive Ridleys is now at its peak and hundreds of pairs are visible within a radius of around 7 km from the coastline near the rookery.

This year, these turtles have arrived in

BERHAMPUR: Even as Ganjam administration prepares to distribute compensation among the farmers, who lost their crops in the recent cyclonic rains, another farmer died yesterday.
The district had already witnessed death of 12 farmers and the toll mounted to 13.

The farmer identified as Abhi Bisoi of Balarampur village under Chatrapur block had borrowed Rs 50,000 to cultivate 2 acres on share-cr

BHUBANESWAR: The heat over cholera deaths, the storm created by the stinging Lancet report on malaria casualties, the H1N1 outbreak and the repulsive sight of dogs nibbling a farmer

Berhampur: With farmers agitating in several parts of Odisha to press for adequate compensation to crop damage due to unseasonal rains, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said that an assistance package would be announced for them soon.

The state government will soon come out with a package to assist the affected farmers, he said during a visit to affected villages in Ganjam district.


BERHAMPUR: Even as the Supreme Court is seized of the controversial Polavaram issue, experts have challenged the claims made by Andhra Pradesh and said it would lead to a Narmada-type situation in Orissa.

Polavaram was given the National Project status despite Orissa's demand for a relook at the project which threatens a large part of land in Malkangiri district.

Submergence apart, there are

BERHAMPUR: Panic gripped the locals, as traffic on NH 5 near IRE chowk was disrupted for sometime today following leakage of hydrochloric acid from a tanker.

The tanker loaded with the acid left Jayashree Chemicals at Ganjam this evening for Andhra Pradesh.

The leakage was spotted at IRE chowk when locals seeing the fumes ran for their lives.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government in a bid to streamline the grassroots-level mechanisms to tackle spread of H1N1, today directed top officials of the Health Department to fan out and take stock of the situation in the districts.

The officials during their visits to the districts would assess the H1N1 preparedness of the health institutions and doctors, availability of vaccines and medicines as

BERHAMPUR: With the death of two more persons on Tuesday, the toll due to diarrhoea in the last one week went up to 12 in the tribal- dominated Buratal panchayat under Patrapur block in Ganjam district. Cases of diarrhoea were first reported in Adapathar village and it later spread to Kusamala and Batarasahi.

BERHAMPUR: Despite the Union Government's incentives for oil palm cultivation, it could not be taken up on a massive scale in the State. The fruit is being grown in over 700 hectares in Ganjam and Gajapati districts since 2006.

According to official records, while only 34 hectares could be brought under cultivation in 2006, it was increased to 150 hectares the following year.

BERHAMPUR: Are granite bricks an answer to the dust pollution generated by the processing and polishing of granite slabs? If Ganjam Granite Cluster Association (GGCA) is to be believed, the dust can be put to good use. To drive the point home, it has begun the trial production of granite bricks.