KENDRAPARA: Diwali is not round the corner, but villagers within Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas are on a cracker-buying spree. Reason: They plan to drive out the prowling herds of wild boars and spotted deer feasting on standing crop.

KENDRAPARA: Large numbers of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have started arriving at three major rookeries - Devi river mouth , Rushikulya river mouth and Gahirmatha marine sanctuary. As the turtles are mating in sea waters, the Forest and Coast Guard officials have remained on high alert.

KENDRAPARA: Villagers within Bhitarkanika National Park yesterday protested the


he priest of a mutt in Khadipal village in Orissa's Kendrapara district, nearly 150 km from here, was on Thursday charged with violation of wildlife act for illegally confining a rare turtle, which is being worshipped as God in the local temple.

KENDRAPARA: The State Government has prepared a blueprint to shift 3,000 people from the seaside villages of Satabhaya and Kanhupur under Satabhaya gram panchayat in Rajnagar block. The sea has been eroding vast tracts of land in these villages.

KENDRAPARA: The delicious mud crab has disappeared from menu in coastal Kendrapara district and other areas due to rampant catching of baby crabs by fishermen and other reasons. Reports said the population of mud crab is declining year after year.

PARADIP/KENDRAPARA: The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has swung into action along with Coast Guard and Paradip Port Trust (PPT) today, on the directive of the State Government, to prevent possible oil spill from the sunken Mongolian ship

KENDRAPARA: THE 77-day ban on the visit of tourists to Bhitarkanika National Park was lifted today and the visitors were allowed into the park.

KENDRAPARA: The Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA) installed 21 ham (amateur) radios in ten districts, including six coastal ones, recently. Last year, UNDP provided the ham radios to OSDMA for installation. Due to non-availability of trained ham radio operators the installation of radios was delayed, said Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra, deputy general manager and coordinator of OSDMA.

BHUBANESWAR: The clouds have struck with a vengeance. The State, which was reeling under heatwave till June 23, now faces a serious flood situation triggered by a depression. Many rivers have started swelling and more rains are in the offing due to the low pressure over Bay of Bengal.