BERHAMPUR: After being put on the backburner for decades, the Cheligada irrigation project in Ganjam district has finally been put on fast-track by the Government. The project will irrigate lands in Ganjam and Gajapati districts, supply drinking water to Berhampur city and generate power.

BHUBANESWAR: Despite a decade since its inception, the Centrally-sponsored Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) has failed to make its mark in Orissa, thanks to the inability of the State Government to take it to the people

PARLAKHEMUNDI: Soaring mercury has made life hell in Gajapati district.

While the people are unable to cope with the rising heat, acute shortage of drinking water in rural areas has compounded the problem.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the country would go all out observing the International Literacy Day tomorrow, Orissa literally suffers from a literacy deficiency. The urban-rural divide is sharp with the latter hosting 39 percent illiterate population against 17 percent in the urban agglomerations.

The annual status of education report-2007 (ASER-07), in fact, puts it in the right perspective, against the backdrop of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in force since 2002.

In many parts of rural India the use of wood for fuel is the cause of significant environmental and health problems. Efforts to help people switch to cleaner fuels have not been effective and fuelwood use remains high in the countryside.