SAMBALPUR: The first spell of flood waters received by Hirakud dam from upstream was released from sluice gate no. 6 this morning.

SAMBALPUR: The first spell of flood waters received by Hirakud dam from upstream will be released on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The flood water will be released after performing certain rituals as has been the practice since inception of the dam. Although water level in the dam had come down to 599.73 feet on Thursday, it shot up to 604.23 feet this afternoon.

BHUBANESWAR: The MoU signing spree is having its fallout on one vital sector. None, including the State Government, seems to have given a proper thought over this fallout even at the initial stage. As `unquiet

Bhubaneswar, June 28: The Orissa government today confirmed that at least 45 companies had been allowed to draw water from rivers, seeking to balance the demand for industry and that of farmers who fear their source of irrigation might dry up.

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.

BHUBANESWAR: With unrelenting heatwave in most parts of Orissa, the death roll in the State due to sunstroke rose to 42 today.

Five more deaths were reported from districts. While Cuttack , Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj reported one death each and two died of heat stroke in Ganjam.

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

BRAJRAJNAGAR: Summer has just begun but water- stressed Brajrajnagar is already feeling the heat.

Though political parties promise to mitigate the drinking water crisis during elections the assurances are gone with the end of polls and the denizens are left with parched throats.

BHUBANESWAR: Dozens of farmers have committed suicide in Orissa in the past one year as the Hirakud dam is no longer serving its purpose, says a new study that warns of a grimmer situation in the coming days if urgent steps are not taken.

BHUBANESWAR: Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group Kumaramangalam Birla today announced that the group will invest in another project at Hirakud in Sambalpur district.