BHUBANESWAR: Ignoring increasing opposition to the MoU signing spree which puts additional pressure on rivers and land, the State High Level Clearance Authority (SHLCA) on Tuesday okayed 13 more industrial proposals entailing an investment of  Rs 1 lakh crore.

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has sanctioned five new road projects worth Rs 465 crore for five districts of the State, worst hit by Left wing extremists and an additional assistance of Rs 179 crore for improvement of 122 km length of roads in Malkangiri district, the hotbed of Maoists.

BHUBANESWAR: Though the gender gap in literacy levels has been declining faster over the years, there are wide gaps in literacy levels across social groups and districts in the State.

BHUBANESWAR: The single window committee chaired by Chief Secretary T.K Mishra today cleared nine projects worth Rs 4,920 crore including three cement projects in the Naxal-infested Malkangiri district.

Unimpressed by the progress made under the well-known KBK assistance plan, where over Rs 1,600 crore has been spent over the last decade, a concerned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the Planning Commission to immediately carry out a fresh time-bound re-evaluation of the programme with special focus on the state of poverty and hunger.

MALKANGIRI: Is the Orissa Hydro Power Corporation-managed Balimela Power House safe from Maoists?

BERHAMPUR: Power generation at the Balimela hydroelectricity project in south Orissa

MALKANGIRI: Heavy loss of kharif crops has been reported from Podia and Kalimela blocks of the district.

The crop cutting report submitted to the State Government recently revealed that there has been 50 to 70 per cent (pc) crop loss in the various non-irrigated lands of Maoist-infested Kalimela and Podia blocks.

The tribal-dominated and Maoist-prone Malkan-giri had a historical occasion when, within 15 days, the district administration distributed forestland pattas to as many as 5,113 tribal families, including those belonging to the Bonda and Didayi tribes.

MALKANGIRI: The Total Sanitation Campaign has changed the face of tribal dominated Kanjali village under Padmagiri gram panchayat in Malkangiri district.