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Odisha tops casualties inflicted by elephants

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There seems to be no end to the ongoing human-animal conflict in Odisha, as the eastern state has reported the highest number of human casualties in elephant attacks in the country for the past three years.

As many as 1,578 people were killed in elephant attacks in India between 2019-20 and 2021-22, of which the highest 322 deaths were reported in Odisha, according to a statement by Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Bhupender. Yadav. in Parliament during its last session.

While 117 people were killed in elephant attacks in 2019-20, 93 of those deaths were reported during 2020-21 and another 112 deaths in 2021-22.

At the same time, the state also witnessed the death of wild elephants due to various reasons such as poaching, electrocution, train accidents, road mishaps, etc.

Official data showed that at least 245 elephants were killed in Odisha during the same period from 2019-20 to 2021-22. While 82 elephants died in 2019-20, a further 77 jumbos were reported killed in 2020-21. Also, the number of deaths increased to 86 in 2021-22.

Of the 245 jumbo jet fatalities that occurred in the last three years, 35 fatalities were reported in the Dhenkanal Forest Division, followed by the mineral-rich Keonjhar Division with 21 deaths and Angul with 12 deaths.

Over the past three years, Deogarh and Athmallik Forest Divisions reported 11 elephant deaths each, while Balasore, Kalahandi (South) Wildlife Division and Khurda Division reported 10 such deaths.

Over the past decade (2012-13 to 2021-22), Odisha has reported 784 elephant deaths, of which 36 jumbos were killed in accidents, while 34 were killed by poachers and others for various reasons. Of 36 accidental deaths, 30 died in train accidents, six in traffic accidents.

In addition to these deaths, in June and July, Odisha police found the bones and carcasses of five elephants, including one with tusks, from the Athagarh forest area in Cuttack district.

These figures indicate the seriousness of the human-elephant conflict in the state. Apart from the human casualties, the elephants are also destroying the houses and crops of the people residing near the elephant dwellings.

Human-elephant conflict is on the rise in Odisha primarily due to population growth, forest degradation and human behavior, said Jaya Krishna Panigrahi, secretary of the Orissa Environmental Society, an Odisha-based voluntary organization that works for the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity.

“We have forests, but their quality has been degraded for various reasons. There is also a lack of food and water within the forests, forcing jumbo jets out into human habitations,” he said.

In addition, the links between forest areas for the movement of wild animals have also been disconnected, Panigrahi said.

To remedy the situation, the environmentalist said: “We have to make sure that the elephants get everything they need within the forests and people close to the forest areas must be motivated to grow other crops and learn how to behave with wild elephants, since they also need to survive.”

Reporting on the various steps taken by the state government for the conservation and protection of wild elephants, Odisha Forestry Minister Pradip Amt, in a written response at the assembly on July 19, said that 14 corridors of elephants and three elephant conservation projects. to prevent the death of elephants.

The state government has dug ponds to provide drinking water for the elephants. At least 402 ponds have been excavated and 426 ponds restored in the last three years.

According to the response, 343 anti-poaching squads consisting of 1,715 people have been deployed to strategic locations to prevent elephant poaching. Drones and watchtowers are being used to keep a tight watch on elephant habitats, their movements and the movement of poachers.

The state has established a criminal cell under the Special Task Force (STF) of the criminal branch to investigate and take action on important cases.

For the safe passage of wild animals, it was proposed to build an animal overpass or underpass on the railway at 35 locations.

In addition, underpasses have been proposed at 49 sites on various highways, with work completed at 11 sites and work under way at another 15 sites. The state has increased the compensation amount to Rs 4 lakh from Rs 3 lakh for death in a wild animal attack.


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Rs 60,000 looted from mini bank operator in Balasore by two fraudsters

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Two scammers posing as engineers looted Rs 60,000 from a mini-bank operator in the Simulia region of Soro in Balasore district.

The victim, Bholanath Sarangi, who runs a mini-bank, was tricked by two scammers in broad daylight under the pretense of exchanging a five hundred rupee note for five hundred rupee notes.

In a statement to the media, Sarangi said: “The wrongdoers projected themselves as non-Odias, working as site engineers and asked for the address to exchange foreign currency. After a while, they asked for the highest ticket available.”

He further added, “After speaking for a brief period, they demanded a particular series of Rs 500 notes in which Bhola allowed them to check the available coin packs with him from which they cunningly took Rs 60,000 in three installments of Rs 20,000 each. . ”

Bhola found out that he was cheated when he counted his total cash of Rs1.44 lakh. The amount cheated was 60,000 rupees.

The police, based on the CCTV footage of the incident, are investigating this matter.

(Reported by Niranjan Behera)


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Know how to pour the right way to prevent stomach bloating

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A cold mug of beer on a sunny afternoon can make any alcoholic beverage lover weak in the knees. In fact, beers, more precisely craft beers, have their own set of fans in India and the number is only increasing.

In addition to a moderate alcohol content, like any other soft drink, beer has a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2, when released from the bottle, creates a spectacular foam in the cup that gives the drink a distinctive visual appeal. Without the foam collar, it’s not really a beer.

However, some people are in the habit of minimizing the foam in the cup by pouring it slowly and low. But is it correct, or more precisely, is it healthy? Well, apparently not.

A Tech Insider video elaborates the point.

According to the video, beer foam can be bad for your belly. As people usually have the habit of chewing chips or nachos with beer, after entering the stomach, salty snacks can cause the beer to foam and break the CO2 inside the stomach. CO2 can cause the belly to bloat.

However, if you pour it like you pour water, the foam will come out breaking up the CO2 in the glass or cup. The beer will upset your stomach less after you drink it with the foam. In the head you can taste the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. But it’s going to protect the integrity of that aroma that’s under the foam through every sip, Tech Insider reported.

Now you know why you feel bloated every time you drink a beer. Go ahead and pour it vigorously into the glass/mug or pitcher and don’t be afraid to create a bit of a head. Because it’s really worth it.


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BJP set for historic seventh consecutive mandate in Gujarat

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BJP looks set to make history when the Gujarat Assembly election results are announced on December 8, as it is set to come to power for a seventh consecutive term in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.

This was revealed by an IANS analysis of the ABP-CVoter Exit Poll with a sample size of 30,000 spread over 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat.

According to the findings, the incumbent BJP, which has already ruled Gujarat continuously for 27 years barring a brief revolt by Shankar Singh Vaghela, is projected to win 128-140 seats in the 182-member Assembly. Despite 27 years of fighting incumbency, the BJP’s vote share is expected to improve slightly from 49.1% in 2017 to 49.4% in this election.

As of 2017, the BJP had won 99 seats, the lowest tally for the party since it first came to power in Gujarat in 1995. The rise in vote share seems a clear indicator of voter support for the party despite the fact that the state faces a number of perplexing problems. problems ranging from unemployment to test skipping and a sudden stall in growing agricultural prosperity.

In 2017, Congress had put up a spirited fight, scaring off the ruling BJP. In this election, exit poll results have shown that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is emerging as a formidable third force in the state with a 15.4 percent vote share. The lion’s share will be borne by Congress, as its vote share is expected to fall from 41.4% in 2017 to 32.5% this time.

The AAP is projected to win between 3 and 11 seats, while Congress is likely to win between 31 and 43 seats, significantly less than the 77 it won in 2017.

If the exit poll numbers are true, the AAP looks poised to emerge as a national political force after its recent electoral success in Punjab.


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