BHUBANESWAR: In what could give a solid boost to carbon trading from renewable energy production systems, a remote monitoring mechanism that will keep a tab on actual time of functioning of decentralised energy production units has been designed by the State-run Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

BHUBANESWAR: Yesterday's pledge by hundreds of students on Global Hand-washing Day (GHD) at Janla Nodal UP School might be just another event for many.

But the school certainly has become a role model to spread the message of total sanitation.

BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to make use of dustbins mandatory for all marginal and small businesses that are into sale of food stuff in the city. It would include mobile vendors too. All violations will attract a penalty of Rs 50.

BHUBANESWAR: In its continued efforts to increase the irrigation potential, the State Government has decided to install 1,725 new lift irrigation (LI) points under Biju Krushak Yojana (BKY) in the current and next financial years.

BHUBANESWAR: Mangalajodi, lying on the perimeters of Chilika lagoon, has a paradox attached to it. It

BHUBANESWAR: As threat increases to coastal regions with climate change, the State Government has moved towards creation of a directorate to combat the looming danger.

This, probably, is for the first time that a State has planned a dedicated wing - Coastal Erosion Protection Directorate - to meet the challenges of coastal erosion which, lately, has dealt a body blow to the shoreline along many stretches.

Why should one plant a tree?

Ask this question even to a kid and you will be showered with various answers like - it can help in reducing global warming, keeping clean and green environment, protecting habitation, surrounding, biodiversity conservation and promoting global harmony through ensuring more livelihood options.

In order to achieve a mega goal of planting over 100 million trees between July 16 and October 16, the Art Of Living (AOL) in collaboration with United Nation Millennium Campaign has started a major initiative to plant trees on all its campuses throughout the globe.

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to keep human pressure off Similipal Biosphere Reserve, plans are afoot to strengthen both the resource and livelihood base of 1200- odd villages in and around the sanctuary area.

A Rs 1.95-cr plan was placed before the State-Level Steering Committee that takes a call on development of biosphere. The committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, met here on Wednesday.

Currently, there are four villages in the core area of the sanctuary and 57 in the buffer zone. Another 1,200 are within a 10 km radius of the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR).

BHUBANESWAR: The State is seriously lagging behind in the implementation of the rural pipe water supply programme under the Central-sponsored Swajaldhara scheme despite availability of sufficient central assistance.

While the Centre sanctioned 1,475 projects during 2002-06 with a project outlay of Rs 51.73 crore including community contribution of Rs 4.98 crore, 1,203 projects have been completed by June-end.

Hydro power generation of the State has marginally improved with water level in majority reservoirs slowly increasing following low pressure induced torrential rains in the upper catchment areas during the last couple of days.

The live storage capacity of seven reservoirs having hydro power stations is marginally above the minimum draw down level (MDDL) since May. This forced the Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) to step down power generation.

Gridco has been procuring high cost thermal power from the eastern grid from the last week of May to meet the peak demand of the State.