The state water resource department has filed a FIR against the Hirakud smelter unit of Hindalco for its failure to check leakage of ash slurry from the captive power plant of the company into the nearby farm fields and canal.

The canal division junior engineer P K Patel of Sambalpur distributary has filed a case against the management of the company on the basis of section 430 of Indian Penal Code, which says wrongful diversion of industrial waste which disturbs irrigation projects is a punishable offense and attracts a jail term upto five years with financial penalty.

Bhubaneswar: Water levels continued to rise in major rivers including Mahanadi following heavy rains in the catchment areas and release of surplus water from various reservoirs in Odisha on Sunday.

SAMBALPUR: Amidst drum beats, sounds of conch shells and siren, the flood water received by Hirakud Dam from upstream, first of the season, was released at 3.45 pm on Tuesday.

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

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.

Bhubaneswar: Despite death of 149 elephants, mostly due to poaching and electrocution during last two years in Odisha, the population of pachyderms has increased to 1930 from 1886 in 2010.

Farmers dependent on Sason Canal for irrigation water have been left in the lurch.

Large tracts of agricultural fields in Mohammadpur under Gadmunda gram panchayat have turned barren with frequent transportation of fly ash on the road stretch that passes through these fields.

Bhubaneswar: Normal life was crippled on the day as heat wave continued in most parts of Odisha with mercury touching 46.6 degree Celsius in the state capital of Bhubaneswar and Talcher.

Bhubaneswar: There has been no respite so far in the in the heat-wave conditions in the State with at least 14 districts recording over 40 degrees Celsius on Sunday the death toll due to sunstroke