Bhubanewsar The Orissa government on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the central government seeking financial assistance of R2,120.92 crore for relief and rehabilitation in flood affected areas of the state.

The Centre has allocated an immediate grant of Rs. 50 crore to the Sikkim government that will be followed by a detailed assessment to ensure the medium-term and long-term rehabilitation of the victims of the September 18 earthquake that devastated the region, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said in Gangtok on Thursday.

Four days after a powerful quake jolted Sikkim, killing scores of people, the Union government on Wednesday constituted an inter-ministerial team to visit the affected areas .

About 40 foreign tourists, who were stranded in the worst-hit North District, have since been evacuated.

The Government has approved 20 new highway and housing projects at a total investment of Rs 14,538 crore.

New Delhi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday stressed the need for integrated development to counter the menace of Naxalism. “The development has to be meaningful, it has to integrated and it should be for the people,” Singh said addressing a national workshop attended by 60 collectors from the Naxal-hit districts.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Friday that the “sense of the House” on the issue of poor upkeep of the roads under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the need to repair them urgently would be conveyed to the Lieutenant-Governor, the Mayor and the Standing Committee of the civic body.

The suspension of mining activities in the State has cost about Rs 4,000 crore to the exchequer, Chief Minister D Sadananda Gowda has said.
Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, Gowda said that about one lakh people have lost jobs due to the ban on mining in the State. “However, it is not possible to re-start mining.

Refusing to take a categorical stand in the ongoing dispute in the land acquisition of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, the Chandigarh Administration on Tuesday said it will go by the decision taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The Manimajra Farmers

BHUBANESWAR: Six months after floods inflicted extensive damage in several districts, a four member Central team arrived here today to assess the loss and restoration work undertaken by the State Government.