On Monday, Draupadi Murmu took oath as the ninth governor of Jharkhan at Raj Bhawan in front of Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Virendra Singh. She succeeded Syed Ahmad, who has been shifted to Manipur.
The ceremony was attended by many people, including the Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
Murmu started her political career in the year 2000 by winning the election from Odisha’s Mayurbanj district. She was re-elected in 2005 from the same assembly and became a minister of state for finance and transport.
She graduated from R.B. Women’s College Bhubaneshwar in 1979. Thereafter, she worked as a clerk in the state secretariat for some years before joining politics.
She was also the vice-president of Rairangpur Notified Area Council from 1996-98. In May 2013, she was appointed as the district president of BJP in Mayurbhanj.
Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.
Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.
A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.
While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.
After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.
Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.
Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.
“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.