BHAWANIPATNA: The delay in the implementation of Sakhar Bharat Adult Literacy Programme in Kalahandi has raised a question mark on the success of the programme in the given time frame.

BHAWANIPATNA: Even as they are yet to come to terms with the loss sustained due to flash floods, farmers on the banks of Hati and Tel rivers are in the grip of pest epidemic.

According to reports available with the Agriculture Department, paddy fields in 107 villages under 10 blocks of the district have been infested with swarming caterpillars and stem borers, besides blast insects.

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 BHAWANIPATNA: Incessant rain, triggered by a low pressure,
during the last 24 hours has taken the Kalahandi district administration off
guard. Flash floods paralysed normal

BHAWANIPATNA: To study the impact of proposed bauxite mining by Vedanta Aluminium Limited at Niyamgiri, an expert committee led by MC Saxena toured some of the Kutia Kondh and Dongria Kondh inhabited villages. The study, being undertaken at the direction of the Ministry of Forest and Environment, is expected to decide the fate of Vedanta.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as widespread rains occurred in many parts of the country, summer misery is far from over in Orissa.

Large parts still reeled under a gruelling heatwave with sunstroke casualties rising every day.

BHAWANIPATNA: A 15-metre-long breach in the left main canal of Indravati project on April 28 damaged standing paddy crops in about 100 acres of land at Kasibahal village.

Besides, crops were damaged due to sand cast in some places and in the down stream of the canal, irrigation was affected.

BHAWANIPATNA: Many areas of Kalahandi are under the grip of water crisis. Long dry spell and erratic rainfall in the last monsoon have resulted in depletion of groundwater.

The river beds of Udanti, Ret and Sandool had already dried up and in the absence of alternative drinking water sources, villagers are digging up


BHUBANESWAR: An unrelenting heatwave continued to scorch western parts of the State, while coastal Orissa experienced humid conditions for the third consecutive day.

BHAWANIPATNA: Dambarudhar Gartia of Boringpadar village in Narla block harvested 90 quintals of paddy on three acres of land this kharif against 40 quintals during the previous season. This is despite fickle monsoon. He earned Rs 90,000 against an investment of around Rs 5,000.

Gartia is not the only farmer reaping profits from the SRI (system of rice intensification) method of cultivation.