BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has identified 69 illegally operated mines and asked their owners to stop operations forthwith.

Identification of illegally operated mines is done by a task force constituted by the State Government in October.

Inspection report of Steel township of RSP (SAIL) of Sundargarh district dated 09/11/2009.

ROURKELA: Even as the harvesting time is nearing, over 1.66 lakh medium and marginal farmers in the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district are staring at bleak time.

As per official reports, all 262 gram panchayats and 17 blocks have been affected by water-stress condition with the district receiving 29 per cent less rainfall.

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa recorded its first Influenza A H1N1 cases on Tuesday with two persons testing positive. Lab tests at the National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata, confirmed the flu in Ratikanta Nayak (28) of Soro in Balasore and Amit Singh, a student of NIT, Rourkela.

Analysis report of Rourkela Steel Plant & CPP-1, SAIL, Rourkela for the period April-June 2009. It is observed that the pH of lagoon outlet is remaining in the acidic range and CRM outfall needs to be further neutralized.The TSS from the lagoon outlet needs to be brought down to conform to the prescribed standard.

ROURKELA: AMID reports of swine flu scare spreading in Orissa, the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district has taken precautionary measures to face the menace effectively. There has been no established positive case of the influenza, yet leaving nothing to chance the district health and veterinary administration have swung into action.

ROURKELA: Several undeserving families continue to avail of the benefits of government

ROURKELA: That ground water resources are depleting by the day in the Steel City is no more a secret. But the grim scenario is yet to wake up the local authorities from their slumber.

Residents of slum pockets including Gopabandhupali, Madhusudanpali, Tiklanagar, Balughat, Malgodam etc are often seen scrambling for water at hand pumps or open wells.

SAIL, the largest steel producer in India, is preparing to modernise and expand its facilities in its golden jubilee year.

The major steel towns built in the wake of the Second Five-Year Plan were to be "temples' to India's industrial future and secular "modernity'; but soon they were desecrated by ethnic and communal violence. Focusing on two of them, this article shows that the extent of the violence was markedly different, and asks "why?'.