BHUBANESWAR: All below poverty line (BPL) and above poverty line (APL) families in the rural areas will be provided latrines by March, 2012.

The state government has decided to set up a sanitation mission for the implementation of the scheme.

BERHAMPUR: Maoists have started to terrorise construction companies involved in construction of roads in remote areas of Kandhamal district under the Pradhan Mantri Gramya Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

PHULBANI: Kandhamal district, prone to riots, would soon be home to thousands of butterflies if the district administration has its way. Plans are afoot to set up an open butterfly garden in Kandhamal.

While the issue of crop diversification for better returns has always topped the agenda of agriculture experts, horticultural crops, especially for high and waste lands, have shown new promise with good returns.

BERHAMPUR: Six children and an adult have died of food poisoning at remote Gudrimaha village of Daringbadi block in Kandhamal district .

Speaking to The Hindu over phone, the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of the district, Jatin Patnaik confirmed the death of three girls and an adult woman.

The unofficial reports related to other three deaths of children are yet to be confirmed.

PHULBANI: A Herd of wild elephants went on the rampage again yesterday killing three persons and destroying many houses in village Kumbharamunda under Daringibadi police station limits in Kandhamal district.

Orissa is one of the most backward states of India with 47 per cent of the population living below poverty line. Forests constitute 37 per cent of the state's geographical area and are the major sources of income for the poor, particularly tribals.

PHULBANI: Keeping in view the establishment of a hi-tech horticulture training institution in Kandhamal district, the office of the deputy director of horticulture has imparted training to 25 farmers in the first phase.

About 60% area of Kandhamal district in Orissa is covered under forest. It is inhabited mostly by scheduled tribes (kondha) and scheduled caste people.The livestock population is quite high, but the health care for livestock is very meager. Hardly any veterinary aid reaches the remote tribal villages. However, farmers have their own methods of curing livestock diseases. Dec 2007

the Orissa government has withdrawn proposals to create two new elephant reserves in the state. Its proposals to create the South Orissa elephant reserve and the Baitarani elephant reserves under