Illegal mining: Fine to be spent for development of mining-hit villages

Bhubaneswar: The penalty collected from illegal mine leaseholders will be spent towards development of 691 villages in eight mineral-bearing districts, informed Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick.

He said the fund will be spent through the Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC) as per the direction of the Supreme Court. The OMBADC was incorporated as a non-profit Government company in 2014 for carrying out development activities in the mining-affected areas.

Meanwhile, the State Government has served closure notice seven mine leaseholders following their failure to pay penalty by December 31, 2017.

December 31was the deadline to collect the penalty imposed by the Supreme Court against 152 iron ore and manganese lessees for illegal mining and the Government could only collect around Rs 8,200 crore as penalty from the mining lease holders against the demand of Rs 17,576 crore.

Utkal University postpones Plus III 4th semester exam

Bhubaneswar: In view of heavy rainfall across the state, the authorities of Utkal University (UU) today postponed the Plus III 4th semester examinatio...

List of trains controlled, cancelled, short terminated due to heavy rainfall in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In view of heavy rain in coastal area, some of the trains were en-routed for water-logging at Khurda Road Railway station, Bhubaneswar Ra...

Heavy Rain Brings Odisha To Halt; Normal Life Hit In Twin City

Bhubaneswar: Incessant rainfall over the last 24 hours due to the low-pressure over the Bay of Bengal has thrown normal life out of gear in several pa...

Thunderstorm Alert For 19 Districts; Flood Situation Likely In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre Saturday issued heavy rain and thunderstorm alert for 19 districts in Odisha.The thunderstorm alert ha...