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.

Odisha villagers stand up against poaching in Similipal, detain 'poachers'
Odisha villagers stand up against poaching in Similipal, detain 'poachers'

PCCF (Wildlife) Susanta Nanda wrote in his X handle, ”Now, the villagers are up against the criminals trying to dent their  Pride- The Similipal Tiger Reserve.”

Poachers arrested in Odisha’s Similipal sanctuary, Sambar deer meat seized 
Poachers arrested in Odisha’s Similipal sanctuary, Sambar deer meat seized 

Nine poachers were arrested and 30 kilograms of uncooked meat of Sambar deer were seized from their possession. 

Elderly woman’s body left to rot after family fails to organise community feast in Odisha 
Elderly woman’s body left to rot after family fails to organise community feast in Odisha 

As per the tradition practised in the village, in case of a marriage or death, the concerned family has to organise a community feast for the villagers. 

Opium mafia finding sanctuary in Odisha's Similipal?
Opium mafia finding sanctuary in Odisha's Similipal?

There are several other places in the core and buffer areas like Budhabalanga, Bagdega, Balarampur, Benipur, Sahuda, Bandirabasa, Phulabadi, Jalagada and Lembhugada, where opium poppy is being grown extensively, sources said.   

Praises pour in for Odia girl for saving lives of missile-hit ship crew
Praises pour in for Odia girl for saving lives of missile-hit ship crew

In a remarkable display of courage and commitment, 29-year-old Odia girl Ananya Dalabehera, who works as a surgeon commander with the Indian Army, saved the lives of three crew members onboard Bulk Carrier MV True Confidence, which was hit by a missile in the Gulf of Aden on March 6. 

360-degree surveillance cameras to alert about forest fires in Similipal 
360-degree surveillance cameras to alert about forest fires in Similipal 

Sai Kiran, deputy director of Similipal Sanctuary (North) said, ”Keeping the possible forest fires in view, we have started preparations to check such incidents from November and December, 2023. A district action plan has been drawn up with the help of officials of the line departments to determine their roles in fire fighting in forests.”

President Droupadi Murmu arrives in Odisha on four-day visit
President Droupadi Murmu arrives in Odisha on four-day visit

Soon after arrival, the President reached the Kichakeswari temple at Khiching. Along the way, she waved at thousands of people including schoolchildren, who waited for the President amid tight security arrangements. 

Odisha's tiger population pegged at 30 by first state-wide estimation  
Odisha's tiger population pegged at 30 by first state-wide estimation  

In a piece of good news for animal lovers, the tiger population has increased in Odisha. At present, there are 30 tigers and eight cubs (under less than one year) in Odisha, as per the first All Odisha Tiger Estimation (AOTE) report 2023-24 conducted by the Odisha Forest Department. 

President Droupadi Murmu to visit Odisha's Khiching on February 29
President Droupadi Murmu to visit Odisha's Khiching on February 29

President Droupadi Murmu will visit Khiching in Mayurbhanj district on February 29. Elaborate security arrangements will be put in place for her two-day visit to the district. On Sunday, Indian Air Force officials came in a special aircraft and landed at the helipad at Pandurshil village. 

OTV Impact: Odisha villagers get electricity after 2 years in darkness 
OTV Impact: Odisha villagers get electricity after 2 years in darkness 

The residents of Salachua Panchayat under the Kaptipada block of Mayurbhanj district are cock-a-hoop as power supply has been provided to their village after two years of darkness. 

Nabin Odisha promotional booklets peddling false claims!
Nabin Odisha promotional booklets peddling false claims!

With frequent reports of false claims by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led government in its promotional Nabin Odisha booklets coming to the fore, many have alleged that the government is increasingly falling back on false promotion to tom-tom its achievements. 

Chance encounter with leopard in Similipal: Tourists narrate pulsating moments 
Chance encounter with leopard in Similipal: Tourists narrate pulsating moments 

Jayant Das, one of the tourists from the Madhuban area of Baripada said, "It was around 7 pm on Sunday when we (family members) were returning from Chala to Pithabata gate and saw the leopard moving ahead of us. As our van light fell, it started moving. We were afraid and stuck there for several minutes. Our kids video-graphed the scene. “

Five die, three critical in two separate road accidents in Odisha
Five die, three critical in two separate road accidents in Odisha

A similar accident was reported from Shankarpur under Ghagarabeda police limits of Mayurbhanj district. Three people who were going on separate bikes died while two others were critically injured. The injured were admitted to Champua hospital in Keonjhar,

5T chairman VK Pandian addressing a youth programme in Baripada
Students urge VK Pandian to allow student union elections in Odisha 

The 5T chairman attended two programmes. He was addressing a Yuva Odisha programme organised on the premises of Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University. Students from almost all the colleges in the district were brought in buses to the meeting venue.  

Uttarakashi tunnel collapse: Families of Odia workers heave sigh of relief after rescue
Uttarakashi tunnel collapse: Families of Odia workers heave sigh of relief after rescue

After receiving the news of her son’s rescue, Dhiren’s mother, who had been crying and not taking food for the last 17 days, was on cloud nine and distributed sweets to villagers.

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