At least 27 people are feared killed and more than 3 lakh people displaced in the northeast, particularly Assam, with the onset of monsoons. Not just the northeast, but large parts of northern Orissa are also under water, with the army and administration on overdrive to evacuate villagers in the flood-hit parts of the states.

Orissa continues to reel under heatwave conditions even as the death toll due to sun stroke in the state mounted to 51 on Thursday. Seven deaths were reported from Dhenkanal, six each from Angul and Jagatsinghpur, five from Khurda, four each from Ganjam, Nayagarh, Sambalpur and Sundergarh, two each from Balasore, Puri and Sonepur, three in Jajpur and one from Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj districts.

The payment of wages into bank accounts for work carried out under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has been suggested as a way to prevent embezzlement of funds. The practice has already begun in a few districts. Is this a foolproof system to control corruption? The early experience from a few blocks in Orissa suggests that this process is not free from its own problems. April 26-May 2, 2008

As the summer draws to a close, there is a distinct gaiety in most parts of Orissa. There is a spring in the steps of people as they go about preparing for the Jagannath Utsav. In Majhiakhand village

in a repeat of last year's grim toll, over 20 children, including infants, died of malnutrition and other diseases in two gram panchayats in Orissa's Similipal Wildlife Sanctuary since January

as the Simlipal National Park in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district closes during monsoon to protect wildlife, it turns into a graveyard for its human inhabitants, reports an independent working group on

For over five decades, the Durua tribe in Orissa was not recognised because of a mistake in the Centre s list of scheduled tribes made in 1951...

BHUBANESWAR: THE State Government had decided to electrify 2,000 villages by nonconventional energy sources by March, 2012. A decision to this effect was taken at a highlevel meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.

So far the State Government has provided electricity to 395 villages by solar energy out of the 600 villages which had been taken up.