Union Cabinet approves setting up of Tribunal for Mahanadi water-sharing dispute
The Centre’s move comes a month after the Supreme Court ordered the Constitution to settle the decades-long dispute
Millets make a comeback in rural areas
Pilot projects in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha are aimed at initiation of millets in the dietary consumption pattern
Is the government marketing millets right?
India requires policy changes to make millets an effective tool against malnutrition
कायम हैं हाट के ठाठ
खुदरा बाजार तेजी से संगठित हो रहे हैं। आशंका थी कि इससे ग्रामीण बाजार खतरे में होंगे लेकिन हाट अब भी प्रासंगिक बने हुए ...
Divine spirits at risk
Instead of identification, the state should allow tribal rights over sacred groves
After an erratic monsoon, farmers in nine states struggle with pest outbreaks
Although most states in India lose five to 10 per cent of crops to pest attacks every year, the scale and intensity of the recent attacks is a …
Kalahandi forest dwellers allege FRA violation by state forest department
Activists say that in 3 villages of Kalahand district, the Odisha forest department is imposing on the rights of forest …
Six villages in Odisha can now sell tendu leaves
These villages were earlier denied their right to sell this minor forest produce to any other buyer apart from the state's forest department
Women in Odisha village take charge to fast track community forest rights
This isn’t the first time women have come together to not only protect forests, but also voice their demand for recognition of the Forest …
GST breather for Sal plates, Sabai ropes
Tax on these two minor forest products, a source of livelihood for millions of tribals, has been reduced from 18 per cent to 5 per cent
How accurate are government’s claims on forest rights in Odisha
A review by the Centre recently found Odisha to be the best performing state in forest rights implementation
Can changing crop pattern foil elephant raids to farmlands?
Farmers in eastern Indian states are replacing paddy with alternative crops to prevent elephant attacks. The question is can this experiment be …
More dams will not solve Mahanadi water conflict
Stakeholders in Odisha suggest building more dams on Mahanadi to resolve a water-sharing conflict, but that will make matters worse
1.5 million tribals in Odisha hit by 18% GST on Sal leaf
Forest-dwelling communities have been granted rights to trade Sal leaf and other minor forest produce without any taxation under the forest rights act
Odisha ST/SC department raises alarm over FRA implementation
Only 4.76 per cent of the claims for forest land in Odisha have been disposed
Blame it on Hirakud?
The CAG has rapped the Odisha government for not keeping the dam's water level in check and failing to prevent flooding in downstream areas
कछारगढ़ मेला: गोंड संस्कृति का सजीव संरक्षक
तीन दिवसीय मेला जो गोंड समुदाय को अपने मिथकों से जोड़ता है
NCST notes irregularities in employment of tribals displaced by Rourkela Steel Plant
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes directed officials to report back on actions taken on the issue within a month
Odisha villagers, forest department at loggerheads over rights to sell kendu leaves
Can Odisha government deregulate kendu leaf trade with support mechanisms to facilitate private trade beneficial to communities?
Cholera cases reported in India this summer
Situation similar across the globe as experts predict a spurt in disease due to climate change
Bright and black
Female tigers at the Similipal reserve in Odisha are increasingly giving birth to black or melanistic breeds and catching rare worldwide attention
Odisha gets GCF-approved climate change project
The project entails the construction of a groundwater recharge system, as a concrete adaptation measure to ensure water conservation
How is fodder crisis rendering livestock vulnerable?
Today, India faces an acute fodder shortage that has left drought-hit farmers and livestock vulnerable. Jitendra finds out how fodder crisis has …
Rice for kings
Black rice is indigenous to the Northeast, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. In Manipur, it is considered food as well as part of traditional …