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Villagers In Odisha's Nayagarh Start Reclaiming Total Ownership Over Their Forests

On entering this village, comprising 50 homes, mostly belonging to marginalised tribal and Dalit families, one encounters a cement plaque displaying the words -- "Villagers protect and manage these forest resources".

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Column: Forests Must Be Conserved Carefully

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The good news is that Odisha’s forest cover has increased. The latest India State of Forest Report, as quoted in a section of the media, says that the state has added 274 sq km of forest in the last two years. Currently, our forested area extends up to 51,619 sq km […]

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Rampant illegal stone blasting forces residents to desert village in Bolangir

Bolangir: Nestled in nature’s lap, the Basupali village had all the credentials of becoming a model village with several facilities including a school, road connectivity, drinking water facilities and provision for toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. However, there is nobody left to reap the benefits as residents have started to desert the village owing […]

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Opposing beer factory, villagers guard trees in Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal: Call it their love for nature that an entire village has now come forward to save a forest in Dhenkanal. Moreover, the villagers mostly women are now guarding the trees inside Jhinkargadi forest where the Odisha government wants to set up a beer factory. According to sources, the proposed beer factory is expected to […]

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Man sustains critical injuries in bear attack in Angul

Angul: Adding to the number of bear attack cases in the state, one person sustained critical injuries after being attacked by a bear near Athmallik forest in Angul district on Tuesday. According to sources, one Niladri Nayak, a resident of Sanrohila village, was attacked by a bear while going to the farmlands to do his […]

2 critical in separate bear attacks

Balasore/Keonjhar: Two persons sustained grievous injuries in separate bear attack incidents across the State. One of the injured has been identified as Jayaram Singh of Rangapur village of Jamudiha panchayat in Balasore. As per reports, when Singh accompanied by his brother had gone to the nearby forest to attend nature’s call, a bear attacked them. […]

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Love for green! Nuapada couple transforms barren land into forest

Nuapada: At a time when large scale deforestation is leading to ecological imbalance and global warming across the globe, a couple in Nuapada is working relentlessly towards restoring green cover. Lalmani Harijan and his wife Ghasen Harijan converted an unproductive barren patch of land into a forest. It is only due to their effort that […]

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Odisha to spend Rs 563 cr for wildlife and forest development

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government approved an annual planned budget of Rs 563 crore for execution of several programmes for wildlife conservation and forest development in the State. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Subash Chandra Mishra informed that the fund will be spent on several projects for wildlife including restoration of forests and increasing the number […]

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Project hurdle: Forest and Environment dept to create land bank

Bhubaneswar: Be it the second Bramhani bridge or highway expansion projects, various developmental works are either being stalled or moving at snail’s pace owing to want of several clearances from forest and environment department. In a bid to resolve such issues, the forest department is contemplating to create ‘land bank’ under various divisions and reserve […]

Multi-agency coordination committee formed to destroy ganja cultivation

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police has formed a State Coordination Committee in association with officials from Revenue, Excise and Forest departments to smash ganja cultivation in the State. A decision on this was taken at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of DGP RP Sharma on Wednesday. Among others, officials of Excise and Narcotics Control Board, […]

Odisha to invest Rs 200 cr for plantation along Mahanadi

Bhubaneswar: Taking a leaf out of the Madhya Pradesh government’s plantation measures along the Narmada river, the Odisha government has decided to spend Rs 200 crore in the first phase for plantation on both sides of Mahanadi river and tributaries Ib and Tel. This would help in conservation and ground water recharge. A high-level meeting […]

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Man-elephant conflict: One trampled, baby jumbo rescued in separate incidents

Khurda: A baby elephant landed in trouble when it fell into a well accidentally after venturing into the human habitation at Manjaripatana near Nirakarpur in the district today. The villagers spotted the elephant calf inside the well of Prabhakar Behera in the morning when it was trying to reach out of water body. A crowd […]

Minor girl body found in forest, kin cry murder

Baripada: In a shocking incident, a deeply wounded body of a minor girl found from Sanakumarum forest under Tiring police limits in Mayurbhanj district on Thursday. Family members of the deceased girl, identified as a resident of Sanakiajanga village, have alleged their daughter has been murdered after being raped. According to sources, the girl was […]