SAMBALPUR: Orissa Collieries Mazdoor Sangh (OCMS) affiliated to INTUC has threatened to stage dharna in front of the headquarters of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) on September 1 over 14-point charter of demands.

SAMBALPUR: The festive spirit of Nuakhai is missing in Sambalpur with the shadow of drought looming large.

SAMBALPUR: When the all risk Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme (CCIS) was introduced in 1985 and subsequently changed to Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana (RKBY) with the objective to provide insurance cover and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crops, it was welcomed by farmers across the nation.

SAMBALPUR: While the farmers of western Orissa continue to reel under water stressed condition, the appearance of swarming caterpillars has given farmers sleepless nights.

SAMBALPUR: Is Sambalpur heading for a drought? Well, if it does not rain for another week the farmers fears might just turn out to be true. While delayed monsoon has led to cultivation on only about 60 per cent land till now, those who dared to go ahead with cultivation await rains -- which seem to have changed its path.

SAMBALPUR: With the water inflow to Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) rising, 33 sluice gates have been opened in phases from last night. The water level in the dam stands at 621.73 feet today.

SAMBALPUR: Downpour since last night has thrown normal life out of gear in Sambalpur district. While Sambalpur district received an average rainfall of 150 mm, Jujumura block recorded the highest rainfall of 300 mm. In Sambalpur town, Housing Board Colony, Cheruapada, Danipali, SRIT Colony at Budharaja, Bahalpada in Sakhipada, Pt. Laxmi Narayan Lane and Manikmunda have been inundated.

SAMBALPUR: Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL), Jharsuguda, has been issued with show-cause notice by the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) for violating various sections of water and air pollution Acts.

SAMBALPUR: Hirakud Dam recorded an increase of about three ft in the water level over the last 24 hours.

SAMBALPUR: Even as doubts are being raised over water shortage after power generation was stopped in the Hirakud dam reservoir (HDR), the decision to release a mere 50 cusecs of water from the HDR into the Bargarh main canal for irrigation of kharif crop has come under a cloud.