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Tag: Chilika

Dolphin Census Begins At Odisha’s Chilika; 18 Teams Roped In For Annual Exercise
Dolphin Census Begins At Odisha’s Chilika; 18 Teams Roped In For Annual Exercise

The annual headcount exercise of dolphins inhabiting along brackish water bodies of the Chilika lake began on Sunday.

The Incredible Wildlife Of Odisha
The Incredible Wildlife Of Odisha

Odisha’s incredible wildlife wealth needs to be preserved for the future so that our children become true inheritors of this state’s natural heritage.

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Orissa High Court Orders Eviction Of Illegal Prawn Gherries From Chilika, Bhitarkanika

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has ordered eviction of illegal prawn gherries at Chilika, Bhitarkanika and other eco-sensitive wetland areas in Puri and Ganjam district. While directing the Collectors of…

Odisha: Boat Gets Stuck In Mid-Chilika Lake, Passengers Rescued Safely

Khurdha: Fire officials have safely rescued all the passengers of a boat that got stuck in the middle of Nalabana in Chilika lake on Sunday evening. The incident took place when the boat was returning from Kalijai temple. “The machine developed technical glitch at Nalabana when we are returning from Kalijai temple.  We all the […]

Annual Bird Census In Odisha
Bird Census In Odisha: Count Of Winged Guests Surpasses Previous Year Tally By 4 Lakh!

Bhubaneswar: The observation during the mid-winter census of the avian species across all forest divisions in Odisha is certain to bring smiles on the faces of bird lovers and ornithologists. The survey conducted by wildlife divisions this month revealed the presence of 20.40 lakh birds including the migratory species, surpassing the previous year count of […]

Annual Census Of Dolphin Begins In Chilika

Bhubaneswar: The annual headcount exercise of dolphins inhabiting in the backwaters of Chilika Lake began on Sunday. Official sources said, 18 teams comprising 109 officials from forest department, Chilika Development Authority (CDA), WWF, Motor Boat Association, representatives of several NGOs and students of Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) have been engaged for the […]

Chilika Flora Fauna Survey: Resentment Brews After Satpada-Janhikuda Ferry Service Suspended

Puri: Commuters at Janhikuda Dock were subjected to an unpleasant surprise on Friday after the boat service to cross Chilika was suspended in the wake of flora-fauna survey conducted by the Chilika Development Authority (CDA). As per reports the services of the pontoon bridge at the Janhikuda dock has also been suspended by the CDA […]

Bird Flu Threat In Odisha! 400 Bird Samples From Chilika Sent For Examination

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the bird flu scare in several parts of the country, around 400 bird samples from Chilika have been sent for examination, Khordha Chief District Veterinary Officer Dr Bishnu Charan Sahoo said on Tuesday. Apart from the bird samples of various migratory birds from Chilika, poultry samples from OUAT have also sent to the […]

Annual Bird Census In Odisha
Annual Bird Census Begins In Chilika; 21 Teams Engaged

Chilika: The annual bird census at Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, began today in five ranges under the Chilika wildlife division- Tangi, Balugaon, Rambha, Satapada and Chilika. As many as 21 teams comprising over 111 wildlife officials, experts, volunteers and environmentalists started the headcount exercise which began at 6 am today. While 19 […]

2 Poachers Held In Chilika, 13 Dead Migratory Birds Seized

Khordha: The officials of Tangi wildlife division on Monday arrested two poachers on the charges of hunting migratory birds in Chilika Lake, largest brackish water lagoon in the continent. At least 13 carcasses of migratory birds have been seized from their possession, a forest official said. The duo was nabbed from Bhusandapur area during patrolling […]

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Second Floating Boat Service About To Sink In Chilika

Balugaon: The ferryboat service in Chilika which resumed from Wednesday after staying out of order since the enforcement of lockdown in the wake of Covid pandemic has been dealt another blow as the second floating boat rolled out for people’s commute in the brackish lagoon just a month back is now about to sink. The […]

Ferry Service Resumes in Chilika After Lockdown Hiatus

Balugaon: After a lull of seven months due to Covid-19 induced lockdown, ferry services in the Chilika lake restarted here on Wednesday. Following the fifth phase of unlock guideline implementation, the State Tourism department and the district administration have allowed the ferry services to resume in the brackish water lagoon with Covid-19 norms in place. […]

Junior Engineer Accuses BJD MLA Of Misbehaviour

Khordha: Controversy and Biju Janta Dal MLA Prashant Jagdev seem to get along quite well quite frequently. A fresh allegation against the BJD leader has put him in soup again. Jagabandhu Sahu, a Junior Engineer working with the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has filed a complaint against Jagdev for alleged misbehaviour. As per his written […]

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Restored Chilika Lake In Odisha Benefitted Over 2 Lakh Fishermen, Reports IIT Madras

Chennai: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Friday said its researchers undertook a major restoration project at the famous Chilika Lake – the largest brackish water body in Asia and the first Ramsar site of India – located in Odisha to help in tripling the population of the Irrawaddy dolphins while also benefitting […]

Column: For Chilika To Survive Prawn Culture Must End

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ridding Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, of illegal prawn gherries ( enclosures) is a Herculean task. The gherries re-appear within days of demolition by the administrations of Puri, Ganjam and Khurda, the districts straddled by the huge water body which was declared a Ramsar site long ago. The Puri district […]

Column: Chilika, An Improving Eco-System

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins of Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, appear to be colonising newer areas of the lagoon. This is great news not only for dolphin lovers but also for environmentalists who have been expressing concern over the decline in the lake’s eco-system, particularly with reference to the rampant […]

Column: Looking Beyond Chilika

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Bird census in Bhitarkanika national park and Athgarh forest division has shown a jump in the number of winged guests. This is great news primarily because it confirms that feathered beauties have now begun to favour many more water bodies in the state in addition to Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water […]

Column: Change of Approach Must To End Poaching In Chilika

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The joy of bird watching in Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake that plays host to lakhs of winged guests coming from as far as Russia and Kazakhstan, has been tinged with concern for their safety. Poaching continues to be rampant in the lake area spread over three districts with more […]

Eviction Of Prawn Enclosures Opposed In Odisha

Puri: Protesting eviction of prawn enclosures, local residents in Chilika today staged a demonstration and gheraoed the Krushnaprasad Tehsil office. On November 24, the local authorities had launched an eviction drive to demolish the enclosures. A day after the eviction drive, hundreds of residents had protested the move and launched an agitation in front of […]

Odisha women stop liquor-laden truck, destroy bottles

Puri: As many as 50 women of a Self Help Group (SHG) today seized a foreign liquor-laden truck on Chilika-Nuapada road and destroyed the alcohol bottles in an anti-liquor drive. As per reports, the women had been complaining before the police and the Excise Department about rampant sale of liquor in the area for quite […]

Column: Saving Mangroves

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s mangrove forests are facing a threat like most of its other natural resources. There are disturbing reports about mangroves in Bhitarkanika, one of their best known habitats, being cleared to facilitate illegal prawn culture and construction activities. Nurtured by brackish water, mangroves are a unique plant species found in the […]

CM Naveen To Inaugurate Odisha Travel Bazaar On Oct 14

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to inaugurate the third edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar which will focus on business of inbound and domestic tourism on October 14. The Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) will organise the mega event in Bhubaneswar. […]

Low-Flying Aircraft Circling Over Chilika Triggers Panic

Khurda: Panic gripped residents of several villages after a low-flying airplane was spotted circling over Chilika several times on Thursday. According to the residents of Satpada, Mahisa and Brahmagiri, the aircraft was flying at much lower height over Chilika at around 10 AM. “We spotted the aircraft circling over Chilika for nearly 10 to 12 […]

Puri Admin Issues Notice For Shifting Of Malaysian Cargo Ship Jin Hwa 32

Puri: Puri district administration today issued a notice to the owners of Malaysian cargo ship Jin Hwa32 for removing the stranded cargo vessel lying defunct at Rajhans beach in Chilika lake. As per reports, the owners of the cargo ship have been asked to extract all the oil including the engine lubricant from the ship […]

Op-Ed: The Challenge Of Safeguarding Chilika

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In a few months from now Chilika, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, will be playing host to lakhs of migratory birds that turn the lagoon into a plumed wonder during the winter months every year. As the Chilika Wildlife Division officials gear up for the winter congregation of the […]