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Odisha govt to upgrade 11 airstrips in different districts

Air connectivity across Odisha is set to get a boost with the state government proposing upgradation of the existing 11 airstrips in different districts. The plan includes installation of communication and surveillance apparatus, increasing the length of runways and construction of boundary walls, sources said. The airstrips are located at Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jeypore (Koraput

Official apathy delays project

There is neither any dearth of funds nor land. Yet, the six million litres per day (MLD) drinking water project for Burla NAC which was declared way back in 2006 is awaiting execution. Sources said negligence by the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) has delayed the project even though coal major Mahanadi Coalfields Limited

Water Rights activist Ranjan Panda faults Odisha Govt for suppplying water from Hirakud Reservoir to Industries

Water Rights activist Ranjan Panda faults Odisha Govt for supplying water from Hirakud Reservoir is toIndustries. The way they have shut down the power plant while continuing to supply water to industries is illegal, alleges Ranjan Panda, Convenor of Water Initiatives Odisha. “Hirakud dam was originally constructed for flood control. Irrigation and power generation were

Bargarh canal yet to get Hirakud water

There is not enough water in the Hirakud dam reservoir for irrigation. Every year water is released from the reservoir through Sason canal, Bargarh main canal and Sambalpur distributary on June 16 for farmers to facilitate agricultural activities for the kharif crop. But with water level dropping to an alarming low of 593.65 feet, the

Medicine stores raided

Even as youths are fast becoming addicted to habit forming drugs, a special drug squad led by Sambalpur Drug Inspector has been formed to raid various medicine stores across the town. The squad along with police and Excise officials has been conducting raids since Tuesday evening and so far collected 18 samples which will be

Coal India gets into solar power

Coal India officials will do something unprecedented today – they will brainstorm with a select group of prospective bidders to decide on the technology to be used for setting up solar power plants. For once, mines won’t be on the agenda. In a surprising diversification move, Coal India has decided to set up solar power

AICTE approved at least 82 technical institutes in Odisha

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved at least 82 technical institutes in the State while denying approval to eight engineering colleges and allowing two Bhubaneswar-based technical institutes to close down their shutters. A communiqué in this connection was received by the Employment, Training and Technical Education (ET&TE) Department on Saturday. The

Girl burned alive for stealing fruits

A 10-year-old girl was allegedly burnt alive in Deogarh’s Balinali village on Thursday. Police have detained two women in this connection and are investigating the matter. The victim was identified as Rinki Behera. Sources said Rinki along with her three friends had stolen some pomegranate from a nearby farm on Wednesday. Their family members had

10 killed in Balangir mishap

As many as 10 persons, including two children and two women, were killed and seven of a wedding party were injured in an accident near Khaprakhol in Patnagarh sub-division of Balangir district on Thursday morning. The accident took place when the victims were returning to their village after attending the party at Khujenpali near Bolangir

5 burnt to death inside state bus near Balangir

Fourteen people were killed in four separate mishaps in different parts of the state on Thursday. While five persons were charred to death when a bus caught fire at Puintala near Balangir town, around 330 km from Bhubaneswar, nine others were killed in separate mishaps in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Keonjhar districts. Sources said an Odisha