BHUBANESWAR: Dozens of farmers have committed suicide in Orissa in the past one year as the Hirakud dam is no longer serving its purpose, says a new study that warns of a grimmer situation in the coming days if urgent steps are not taken.

SAMBALPUR: Though the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) pulled up the Sambalpur Municipality a few months back on haphazard disposal of garbage in and around the town, there is not much change in the situation till now.

BHUBANESWAR: Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group Kumaramangalam Birla today announced that the group will invest in another project at Hirakud in Sambalpur district.

This article examines the movement against the construction of the Hirakud dam in Orissa. It is evident that the domestic resistance to the project was variously compromised by nationalist rhetoric, imperatives of state development and absence of transnational support.

BHUBANESWAR: With half of the districts reeling from drought effect, an inter-ministerial Central team will arrive in Orissa tomorrow for spot assessment of the situation.

Led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Atanu Purukayasth, the 10-member team would mostly be visiting western and northern districts of the State over the next three days.

SAMBALPUR: A Central team will be visiting the district on Wednesday to assess loss of crops for extending financial assistance to the State Government.

The Orissa forest officials on Monday found a headless tusker at Haldi Kusum in Gumlei jungles under Sambalpur district, nearly 350 km from here.

SAMBALPUR: Even as farmers continued their agitations across the region over prevailing drought, the Sambalpur district administration has attributed erratic rainfall and pest attack as primary reasons behind crop failure in its crop cutting reports.

BJP activists burning effigy of Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout in Sambalpur.

SAMBALPUR: The failure of the Agriculture Minister and Chairman of District Planning Committee, Damodar Rout, to attend the meeting today was condemned by the committee members as well as local leaders.

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to expedite construction of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the State Government today decided to relax norms for leasing out stone quarries for manufacturing stones and chips.