Monthly Archives: April 2012

IAP performance in State better with 70% expenditure

The State fared better than other Maoist-affected States as far as the implementation of the Centrally-sponsored Integrated Action Plan is concerned, which is now in operation in 18 of the 30 districts, according to sources. The sources said the total expenditure in the implementation of the IAP has been in the order of 70 per

State takes steps to make IAHTUS more focused

The State Government has initiated measures to make integrated anti-human trafficking units (IAHTUS) more focused to combat trafficking, kidnapping, forcible marriage, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of women and children. Presiding over the State-level coordination committee meeting here recently, Chief Secretary BK Patnaik advised the Home Department to engage police officers exclusively for this and make

Mild earthquake felt across Odisha

Mild earthquake felt across Odisha today after an earthquake measuring  8.7 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia a little after 2 pm. Apart from Bhubaneswar, the tremors have also felt in Cuttack, Jajpur, Balssore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Gunupur, Rayagada, Nayagarh, Paradip and many other towns and cities in coastal Odisha today. In Bhubaneshwar, people were

First death from sun stroke in Sambalpur district

The effect of temperature is rising day by day.  A woman died coming under the grip of intense heat of summer yesterday at Jujumura Block of District. It is being told the first death from heat stroke in Sambalpur district. Today after the autopsy, dead body has been handed over to his family. The incident

Orissa land buy compensation kept in personal bank accounts

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its latest report (civil), for the year ended March 31, 2011, has slammed the state revenue and disaster management department for the irregular and non-transparent management of land acquisition (LA) compensation funds. An audit scrutiny of these funds by CAG reveals 10 land acquisition officers (LAOs) had kept

Odisha, GAIL to sign pact for Rs 5,000-cr pipeline soon

The joint venture (JV) agreement to be signed between the Odisha government and GAIL India Ltd for a Rs 5,000-crore natural gas pipeline is set to be finalized soon. The pipeline that will stretch from Surat (Gujarat) to Paradip will pass through two other non-major ports-Dhamara and Gopalpur and also some major towns like Angul

McNally Bharat bags order Rs 1.5 bn from Bhushan Power & Steel

McNally Bharat Engineering Company announced Tuesday it has received an order worth Rs 1.5 billion from Bhushan Power & Steel, Rengali, Sambalpur, Orissa. For supply of equipments (shop manufactured mechanical items) and technological structures, detail design, engineering (mechanical), erection and construction of civil, structural & mechanical work of the recovery coke oven plant & by

‘UN’s forest protection scheme fails miserably’

The State Government had received `2 crore under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Ministry of Forest and Environment to execute self-employment schemes for forest-dwellers in protecting reserve forests from timber smugglers with support of the local people. The programme was implemented in the Brahmapur Forest Division at Brahmapur, Sambalpur Forest Division at

Decks cleared for Angul bus terminal

Milan Developers and Builders has bagged the contract to develop the bus terminal at Angul on a 9.72 acre land. The company will will spend Rs 56.31 crore to develop the terminal and it will pay a concession fee of Rs 7.50 crore to the government. Of the total amount, Rs 13.95 crore will be

High temperature makes life uneasy

The city recorded 38 degree Celsius on Monday sending a clear message that summer is going to be very hot. “It was too hot to come out of the house after 10 am today. The hot wind is making it very difficult to drive a motorcycle,” said Bikas Swain, a company executive, who had tied