BHUBANESWAR: A team of plant scientists which mapped Khandadhar hill forests in Keonjhar has claimed to have spotted 29 new species of bryophytes in the region.

These bryophytes, land plants without any flower or seed which reproduce by way of spores, have been reported for the first time in Orissa.

PARADIP: More than 25 persons of coastal villages of Balikuda block have been affected by diarrhoea following consumption of contaminated water.

Sources said 20 to 25 coastal villages under Balikuda and Ersama blocks are reeling under acute water crisis as a result of which, people are forced to consume contaminated water of canals and ponds.

BHUBANESWAR: The recent forest fires across the State and rise in February temperature could be the effect of the climate change and global warming. Migratory birds coming to Orissa are affected too by these phenomena, going by their number.

BHUBANESWAR: An Innovative technique which can do wonders for malaria control programme through vector monitoring has been devised by the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) here.

The molecular biology technique can identify species, their host preference, parasite presence and drug resistance. All at one go, thereby saving on both resources and time.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has submitted a proposal of Rs 49.54 crore before the 13th Finance Commission (TFC) for the all-round development and conservation of biodiversity in Chilika lake.

BHUBANESWAR: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) State council released its vision document


BHUBANESWAR: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has recommended that the implementation of the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme should be fully offloaded from the teachers to give them adequate time for teaching activities.

- Nandan Kanan suffers as staff go on indefinite strike

Staff on protest path. Pix: Sanjib Mukherjee
Bhubaneswar, Feb. 8: For the poor animals at Nandan Kanan, it was a day to fast, as their caretakers went on an indefinite strike demanding a better deal for themselves.

Bhubaneshwar: After two failed attempts in tracking the mysterious path of Olive Ridley marine turtles, the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has embarked on telemetry tracking of the endangered animals off the Orissa coast.