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White tigress Kusum dies in Nandankanan 

Bhubaneswar: Kusum, a white tigress at the Nandankanan Zoological Park here, died of old age on Saturday morning. The health of the 18-year-old tigress had deteriorated during the last 11 days and was not taking food in the white tiger safari. Notably, Kusum was born on December 28, 1999 as an offspring of tiger Ram and tigress Shreya. She gave birth to as many as six cubs during her lifetime. With the death of Kusum, the number of white tigers in the zoo is reduced to eight.

 No approval, mall sealed at Brahmapur

Brahmapur: The Brahmapur Development Authority (BDA) and the district administration raided a showroom here on Friday as it didn’t have the BDA approval and parking facilities. The authorities sealed the Style Bazar Symphony mall for an indefinite period. BDA sources said while during construction of the mall, a notice had been sent to the owner as there was no approval from the BDA, but the owner disobeyed the order. Ganjam district Sub-Collector Sidhatha Sankar Swain, BDA Secretary Deepti Mohapatra and Tehsildar Ranjeet Parida were present during the raid.

 Jashipur observes bandh demanding NH repair

Baripada: Jashipur town in Mayurbhanj district on Friday observed a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh demanding immediate repair and proper maintenance of the Jashipur-Tangabila section of the Kolkata-Chennai National Highway-49. The impact of the agitation, spearheaded by SUCI, JMM and Congress leaders, was felt in the town as the block and tehsil offices and schools and colleges remained closed. The agitators blocked NH-49 for almost five hours.

 NSS volunteers hold plantation drive

Athagarh: National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of the Gopabandhu Women’s College here held a plantation programme on Friday. Under the guidance of Principal Sisir Kumar Udaysingh, programme officers Smita Mohapatra  (+2) and Babita Sahoo (+3) coordinated the programme. Over 90 volunteers planted over 150 saplings in the college campus and the approach roads.

 Tata Steel celebrates World Tribal Day

Jajpur Road: The World Tribal Day was celebrated by the Tata Steel Kalinganagar unit simultaneously at Ekalabya Residential School, Rampilo, and Katepurty Auditorium at Kaliapani. All Odisha Tribal Forum member Jaki Tudu inaugurated the programme. Around 600 tribal students assembled at the Rampilo campus and performed traditional dances and received prizes.

 NTPC Kaniha instals solar streetlights

Talcher: NTPC Talcher Kaniha has installed 36 solar streetlights at 13 peripheral villages. These streetlights would help around 22,250 villagers get uninterrupted power. The company in association with TERI (The Energy Research Institute) also recently provided forced-draft improved cook stoves, two light points and a mobile charging point to 280 households in villages located in and around the Satkosia Tiger Reserve. The power is supplied through rooftop solar panels installed in each house.

 CISF IG visits NTPC Kaniha

Talcher: CISF IG (Eastern Zone) Anil Kumar visited NTPC Talcher Kaniha on Friday and took a security inspection of the plant area, township and CISF barrack. He also laid foundation-stone of a CISF canteen in the presence of NTPC Kaniha AGM (HR) KS Sarma and other officers.

 CSPur DAVians celebrate Janmastami

Bhubaneswar: DAVians of Chandrasekharpur celebrated Janmastami with all traditional fervour  depicting Krishna Leela at the school premises on Saturday owing to holidays ahead.

BJP activists burn Min Damodar effigy

Jagatsinghpur: The controversial remarks on animal vaccination and the alleged misinformation on the agriculture sector given by Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout two days ago were protested by BJP Kujang unit on Friday. BJP workers staged a meeting at Kujang and burnt an effigy of Rout. BJP farmers’ body president Biswaranjan Swain and senior party leaders lawyer Gatikrushna Satapathy and Kalpataru Swain led the agitation.




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