A severe drought looms large over many parts of Orissa due to inadequate rainfall this season. Most of the districts have received half the normal rainfall. According to revenue department sources, Nuapada district in western Orissa has received 56 per cent rainfall while Boudh and Malkangiri recorded 63 and 61 per cent,

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Thursday signed an MoU with the NHPC for setting up three hydropower projects down Hirakud reservoir on the Mahanadi.

The next step would be setting up a joint venture company (JVC) between the Stateowned Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) and NHPC for implementation of Sindol1 (100 MW), SindolII (100 MW) and SindolIII (120 MW) hydroelectric project in th

SAMBALPUR: When three years back family problems forced Parbati Bhoi of Kudgunderpur village to quit school, little did she know that a small step towards economic independence would help realise her dreams.

BOUDH: Self help is the best help, so goes the adage. The authorities failed them, their resolve did not. Over 350 farmers of three villages along with their cattle are toiling day in, day out for the last 10 days dredging the dry river bed to tap underground water for irrigating their fields.

BOUDH: Heatwave along with low voltage and unscheduled power cuts have hit normal life in Boudh district. The mercury is hovering around 45 degree C for last three days.

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to promote floriculture in view of the growing demand for flowers in the market, the State Government today decided to increase the subsidy to 50 per cent from the present 33 per cent. The subsidy amount for small farmers will be 60 per cent.

This was decided at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here.

Scientists go door to door to bring the pests in, PCR test tells them which ones are dangerous OVER the last few years, people from some villages of Orissa got used to a team of researchers knocking on their doors at five in the morning. The team was on a mission to collect mosquitoes to study the insects

By Akshaya Kumar Sahoo, Bhubaneswar
Dec. 16: Orissa, which was hitherto known for its huge mineral reserves like iron ore, bauxite, chrome ore, manganese, dolomite and quartzite, is all set to add a new glitter to its kitty of natural resources.