Odisha gets 9.0% deficit rainfall in July

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has received an average rainfall of 309.4 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 339.9 mm registering a deficit of 9.0%, said an official release. As per a communiqué issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Malkanagiri district received the highest rainfall of 633.8 mm (36.1% surplus) and Bhadrak district received the […]

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Fly ash triggers pollution in Jharsuguda

Jharsuguda: The alarming rise in the pollution level has been a major concern for residents in the industrial town of Jharsguda now. Huge quantities of fly-ash being produced by power companies daily have emerged as a major threat to life. People are facing breathing problems apart from being inflicted in various skin and water and […]

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Environment activist writes to Odisha CM, seeks rehabilitation policy for climate refugees

Bhubaneswar: Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO), a forum of civil society organisations and experts that works for conservation of water and environment and advocacy on climate change issues, has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to formulate a proper rehabilitation policy for the climate refugees in the State. In a letter to the Chief Minister on Monday, […]

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A learning experience for 126th Heritage Walk participants

Bhubaneswar: The 126th Heritage Walk with 27 participants, mostly architecture and interior design students on Sunday visited Ekamra Van – medicinal plant garden – and briefed about the various plant species, their roles in our lives and how traditionally they have become part of our socio-cultural life. The Ekamra Van is located on the western bank […]

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All you want to know about the Flood Hazard Atlas of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday released Flood hazard Atlas of Odisha here in the presence of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Sahoo, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi, Water Resources Minister Raghunandan Das, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy and ISRO scientists. Who have prepared the atlas? […]

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BMC forms six more squads to enforce ban on plastics

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its drive against use of polythene and plastics, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has formed six exclusive squads to stop the use of the banned products. “As per the direction of BMC Commissioner, all ZDCs will do plastic ban enforcement making at least two squads in their respective zones on every Wednesday from […]

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Vedanta on environment protection mission

Lanjigarh: With an aim of spreading awareness on air pollution, Vedanta Aluminum Lanjigarh unit, on Thursday launched environment week on the occasion of World Environment Day. To connect with the theme for this year – ‘Tackling Air Pollution’, the company will organise mass plantation drives, sapling distribution and other competitions aimed at educating the community […]

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Outdoor alerting systems in ‘most lighting-prone’ blocks by July 7

Bhubaneswar: Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) Managing Director and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has written to Collectors of eight districts asking them to facilitate installation of outdoor alerting systems in most lightning-prone blocks in their districts by July 7. The Collectors of Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda, Nabarangpur and Sundergarh districts […]

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No respite from heatwave; Talcher sizzles at 44.6 °C

Bhubaneswar: Sweltering heatwave conditions continued to prevail in several parts of Odisha on Sunday as 11 places recorded above 40 degree Celsius. Talcher recorded the State’s maximum temperature at 44.6 degree Celsius. The day temperature whizzed past 40 degree Celsius in Sambalpur, Titlagarh and Malkangiri (44), Bolangir (43.8), Sonepur (43.6), Hirakud (43.1), Jharsuguda (43), Bhawanipatna […]

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