News from Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj district the largest district of Odisha by area of 10,418 km². Mayurbhanj district shares it boundary to Jharkhand and West Bengal. Thick green forests, extensive meadows, twinkling waterfalls, meandering rivers, high peaks – entire diversity of nature is in one place. It was once the hunting place of the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj. Mayurbhanj is best known for Simlipal National Park which is the 7th largest national park in India. It is also considered as one of the main tiger project in India and UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserves. The park is home to Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, gaur, and chausingha. The undulating terrain and its perennial sources of water are the two striking features of the entire area. Even the quality of the forest in the buffer zone at Similipal is superior to most other forests in the country. Mudhi (puffed rice) and Mansa (mutton) combination is a popular food in the district.

Save Similipal
Unsafe Similipal? Senior citizens seek President Droupadi Murmu's intervention

The members alleged that the political leaders are silent and the Odisha government is also not taking any measures for its protection.

Leopard hide smuggling racket busted, 8 poachers arrested
Leopard hide smuggling racket busted, 8 poachers arrested

The preliminary probe revealed the accused had hunted the leopard at Similipal Sanctuary. The accused were trying to strike a deal of Rs 7L for the leopard skin, police said.

poachers arrested
Poaching of elephant inside Similipal, 4 poachers arrested

Senior officials said that the poachers had killed the elephant and removed its tusks. The seven poachers were arrested following a raid by a joint team of Bisoi police and Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) at three places.

School Uniforms Dumped
School uniforms found dumped near police station in Odisha

It has not been ascertained who has dumped the school uniforms at the isolated place behind the police station. However, preliminary probe reveals that the dumped school uniforms carry the batch of 2013-14 under Sarva Sikshaya Abhiyan.

Chargesheet in Similipal elephant poaching witness death case soon: Forest dept to HC
Chargesheet in Similipal elephant poaching witness death case soon: Forest dept to HC

Manoj Nair, Chief Conservator Forests (CCF) and the Field Officer of the Similipal Tiger Reserve assured the court that a chargesheet will be filed in the death of Turam Purti at an early date and the case will be taken to its logical conclusion.

Similipal witness death: Three forest staff booked after deceased's wife cries murder
Similipal witness death: Three forest staff booked after deceased's wife cries murder

In her complaint, she accused three forest officials of assaulting her husband and forcibly making him consume the poison.

Cook dons teacher’s hat at Anganwadi centre in Odisha 
Cook dons teacher’s hat at Anganwadi centre in Odisha 

In the absence of an Anganwadi didi, the cook has been managing the show, by donning the teacher’s hat.  

Lone witness in Similipal tusker poaching case dies at Cuttack SCB
Lone witness in Similipal tusker poaching case dies at Cuttack SCB

He was the only eyewitness in the heinous crime and was being threatened by the three suspended officials who have now been arrested after Orissa High Court came down heavily on the forest department and termed 2022 as the worst year for elephants in Odisha.

Similipal jumbo poaching: 3 forest staff arrested after HC rap
Similipal jumbo poaching: 3 forest staff arrested after HC rap

The carcass of the male elephant was recovered in Similipal South Wildlife Division on December 7.

Tiger skin seized
After elephant, Royal Bengal tiger poaching haunts Similipal; skin seized, 1 arrested

Environmentalists slammed the forest officials for the widespread poaching activities in Similipal.

‘Worst year for elephants in Odisha’: HC pulls up PCCF, JTF over jumbo poaching in Similipal
‘Worst year for elephants in Odisha’: HC pulls up PCCF, JTF over jumbo poaching in Similipal

A bench of Orissa High Court comprising Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Murahari Sri Raman expressed deep concern over killing of an elephant by three forest officials in Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj district recently.

Ranger, two forest guards suspended over alleged tusker poaching in Odisha’s Similipal 
Ranger, 2 guards suspended over alleged tusker poaching in Odisha’s Similipal 

Locals of Bakua and nearby villages in Similipal sanctuary had alleged that some employees of Jenabil range had killed a tusker and after extracting its tusks, they set the carcass on fire and threw the ash and remnants into a river in an attempt to destroy the evidence. 

Local oil marketing firm in trouble for using Prez Droupadi Murmu’s photo in hoardings
Local oil marketing firm in trouble for using Prez Droupadi Murmu’s photo in hoardings

The complainant, meanwhile, demanded stringent action against the oil manufacturers.

Bagha Jatin
Bagha Jatin: Odisha connection of this great freedom fighter who died fighting British forces

Jatindranath was born on December 7, 1879, in Kayagram village under Kushtia district (Present-day Nadia, Bangladesh), in Bengal Presidency, British India. He was that Royal Bengal Tiger, whose claws even threatened the almighty British Empire.

Mayurbhanj Kai Chutney just a step away from attaining GI tag
Mayurbhanj Kai Chutney just a step away from attaining GI tag, crucial meeting on Dec 6

The GI Registry has constituted a Consultative Group of Expert as per Rule 33 of Geographical Indications (Registration & Protection) Rules, 2002 to ascertain the correctness of the particulars furnished in the application.

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