Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has called for fast tracking construction of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Naxalite-affected districts.

MALKANGIRI: With over 90 per cent of standing crops in 40 gram panchayats in Kalimela and Podia blocks damaged, farmers, pani panchayat members and locals recently laid siege to Potteru Irrigation

Right to land and forest resources still remains a distant dream for women across the country.

With the Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) entering the second phase, the Government on Thursday decided to take up 530 watershed projects with an investment of Rs 556 cro

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,

A 24-hour state-wide shutdown called by Maoists against "forcible land acquisition" for South Korean steel major Posco's project and other issues hit normal life in southern parts of Orissa Thursday, police said.

"Government buses are not plying in the Maoist-affected districts of Gajapati, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabrangpur," a police official told IANS.

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa, which till the last decade used just about 14 per cent of its available groundwater, has shown a rapid rise in utilisation which has jumped to 26.14 per cent.

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre is reported to have taken a stand that the Andhra Pradesh Government cannot go ahead with the Polavaram dam without consent from Orissa and Chhattisgarh governments.

Centre had recently granted environment and forest clearances to the Polavaram project despite strong protest from the State Government.

The clearances had, however, come with conditions.

Hyderabad Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday warned Uttrakhand of central intervention if the state government fails to take action against illegal sand mining in the state.

Ramesh slammed the Uttarakhand government for its inaction against the illegal sand mining in the state and said that sending show-cause or closure notices to the state would be Centre

Bhubaneswar: With a view to expanding irrigation coverage to additional three lakh hectares of land, the Odisha government has planned to invest Rs 12,000 crore during the next three years on major and medium projects, said principal secretary, water resources department, Suresh Mohapatra.

Briefing newsmen here Mohapatra said that the thrust is now to complete the ongoing 12 medium and eight ma