After imposing penalty of about Rs 75,000 crore against 104 mining companies for excess production of ore, Odisha government has identified 111 mines violating environment laws, official sources sa

The Justice M B Shah Commission of enquiry probing into large scale illegal mining activities has urged collectors of Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar- the three mineral rich districts in Odisha, to furnish details of all iron ore and manganese leases on or before November 1.

“During the examination of records from October 4-11 in Bhubaneswar, it is observed that the district collector is supposed to grant surface rights for working to extract minerals from the granted mining leases. You are requested to furnish the detailed list of all iron ore and manganese ore leases in your district”, Sudhir S Shah, registrar, M B Shah Commission of enquiry wrote to the collectors of Kenjhar, Sundergarh and Mayurbhanj.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Thursday set a target to create irrigation potential for 12.78 lakh hectares through the Odisha Watershed Development Mission (ODWM) during the next seven years

BHUBANESWAR: The South West Monsoon withdrew from most parts of Odisha on Monday signalling the end of rainy season which recorded a rare zero percent deviation this year.

Large-scale mining in the buffer zone of Similipal Biosphere in Mayurbhanj district is threatening the wildlife and flora and fauna of the second largest tiger reserve in the country.

The Centre-sponsored rural tourism projects in the State are moving at a slow pace.

Bhubaneswar: Taking note of inclusion of Similipal Biosphere Reserve and its reserve forest in World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the state government has decided to scale up livelihood projects

The Centre has approved a Rs 240-crore action plan of the State Government under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

BHUBANESWAR: As high as 45.5 pc of males in the State chew tobacco. The number of females is no less with not less than 30 pc addicted to chewing-tobacco.

If the State’s jumbo population has seen a jump by 44 from 1886 to 1930, that of Sambalpur and Mayurbhanj present a worrying situation.