Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Members of the Niyamgiri Bachao Samity (NBS) on Sunday held a meeting at Sakata under Muniguda block in Rayagada district to plan their future plans to oppose mining in the Niyamgiri hills in south Orissa.

For the past three years Orissa coast has been experiencing severe erosion due to choppy sea. To ascertain the reasons behind erosion as well as draw up possible mitigation measures, marine experts of National Institute of Oceanography conducted surveys in the affected areas.

BERHAMPUR: Health officials are camping in remote villages in Patrapur block following detection of presence of Vibrio bacteria in blood samples of patients suffering from diarrhoea. As many as 28 persons, including eight children, have died of diarrhoea and hundreds affected by the disease in the block.

Though health officials had checked the disease from spreading further, they had reportedly not taken any measures to prevent it.

BERHAMPORE : One look at their diseased hands and feet and the fact that the country has been Independent for the last 60 years seems doubtful. Women in some villages of Murshidabad are doomed to a life without a family of their own, as no one will marry them. Even gram panchayat candidates here have sores on their hands and feet. They go about campaigning while trying in vain to ignore painful sores in their hands and feet, a continuous burning sensation, nausea and fever that refuses to go away. The drinking water they draw from their tube wells is laced with a silent killer ~ arsenic.

A deadly cyclone causes large scale devastation in Orissa. Authorities fail on all counts

BERHAMPUR: Oil spill from a coal-laden ship at Gopalpur port on Monday night has triggered panic and environmental concern. Around nine tonnes of oil is spreading in the area. The slick has spread to Rushikulya mouth and there are apprehensions that it may enter Chilika posing danger to the marine life.