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Tag: Forest Department

Govt mulls hiking ex-gratia for deaths due to animal attack

Bhubaneswar: The State Forest and Environment Department looks to enhance the ex-gratia amount for human casualty caused by wild animals to Rs four lakh. A proposal in this regard will very soon be placed before the State Government, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Shiv Saran Srivastava said. “We have decided to propose the government to […]

Gurupriya bridge controversy: Forest dept serves notice to construction agency

Bhubaneswar: Touted as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s dream project, the Gurupriya Bridge construction in Malkangiri is now saddled with controversy with Forest department issuing notice to the construction agency for ‘illegal soil mining’. Kolkata-based Royal Infraconstru Limited has been served a show-cause for soil mining from near a hill that comes under the purview […]

Partially constructed tourist resort at Dangamal within Bhitarkanika
Forest dept puts brake on eco tourism complex near Bhitarkanika National Park

Kendrapara: In a glaring instance of gross misuse of government funds, an eco tourism complex built at a cost of Rs 85 lakh near Bhitarkanika National Park has virtually gone down the drain with the Forest department putting brakes on the project. The partially built tourist complex, the construction quality of which was left much […]

Unique methods to keep elephants away from human settlements

Rourkela: Unique methods like use of LED lights with siren and bio-acoustics are being used by Forest department to keep elephants away from human settlements in interior areas of Odisha’s Sundergarh district. The new techniques are put to use as the wild animals have made life miserable for the residents in several areas like Hemgiri, […]

Indian Star tortoise
10 star tortoises seized from Saheed Nagar pet store; 2 held

Bhubaneswar: Ten Indian star tortoises (Geochelone elegans), which is protected under Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, were seized from a pet store located in Saheed Nagar here following a joint raid of the Quick Action Team (QAT) of the Commissionerate Police and the Forest Department on Tuesday. Besides, two salesmen of the pet […]

Odisha annual bird census concludes

Bhubaneswar/Athagarh/Brahmagiri: The Wildlife wing of the Odisha Forest department today undertook simultaneous bird counting at the Ansupa lake, Mahanadi river bed, Brahmagiri range and three forest divisions in Baripada. Total 67 teams were formed and participated in the bird census at Ansupa lake and the Mahanadi river bed under the Athagarh range. Goura Gopal Singh, […]

Tiger death: Forest department probe on

Bolangir: The Forest department is probing the death of a Royal Bengal tiger whose carcass was found inside a forest near Chaulamunda village on Bolangir-Nuapada border yesterday. According to sources, along with the Bolangir Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), the veterinary officials from Lathor and Khaprakhol have examined the carcass of the tiger. From preliminary investigations, […]

Five migratory birds recovered, poachers flee

Brahmagiri (Puri): A special team of Forest staff of Brahmagiri Wildlife Range recovered four dead migratory birds and a live migratory bird during a raid on Ghatukuli village near Chilika lake in the wee hours today. Acting on a tip-off, the team raided the outskirts area of the village and recovered the five winged guests. […]

32 sea-going fishermen taken into custody

Kendrapara: Thirty-two fishermen were taken into custody by Forest Department personnel for carrying out unlawful fishing activity along the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Odisha. Four fishing trawlers were seized along the prohibited marine sanctuary area near unmanned Nasi Island by the patrolling unit engaged by the Forest Department, a forest official said. Prohibition on sea […]

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Forest dept to involve villagers for protecting Olive Ridley

Berhampur: Forest department officials have decided to involve villagers for the protection of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles at the mouth of Rushikulya River near Ganjam in Odisha. A coordination meeting held in the presence of the fishery and forest department officials recently identified 27 villages adjoining the mass nesting site for this purpose, forest […]

Tree-borne night vigilantes

By Dillip Pradhan Dhenkanal: When the entire locality enjoys the dreamy nights after a day-long tiredness, the farmers of some villagers in Dhenkanal district spend sleepless nights, not in the quiet comforts of their homes but atop tree outside their villages. To protect their standing crops from the rampage of wild elephants, the ryots of […]

Odisha achieves highest growth rate in fish production

Bhubaneswar:  As per survey conducted in 2013, Odisha has doubled the farmers’ real income during the last decade through high value commercial activities in fishery and animal resource development (F&ARD) sectors as revealed from the survey conducted in 2013. Presiding over a review meeting on the progress on agenda of actions to achieve sea food […]

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Estuarine crocodile caught from river mouth

Paradip: Local fishermen caught a 5-feet long estuarine crocodile from Jatadhari river mouth today and handed it over to the Forest department today. According to reports, a local fisherman, Shankar Behera, was fishing in the river mouth early this morning when an estuarine crocodile got stuck in his fishing net. Apprehending that the crocodile might […]

CM orders Rs 62 cr bonus to kendu leaf pluckers

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday directed the Forest and Environment minister and officials to provide a bonus of Rs 62 crore to kendu leaf pluckers for the 2015 harvest year by June. A decision in this regard came during the review of the affairs of the Forest and Environment department yesterday. Talking to […]

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Forest officials cremate carcass of ageing elephant

Forest department officials today cremated the carcass of an ageing elephant and recovered its two tusks in Odisha's Sundergarh district