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Odisha CM launches Startup Odisha Helpline to encourage entrepreneurship among youth in the state

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce, and Odisha MSME department

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Bhubaneswar, March 1, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched Startup Odisha Helpline in a bid to encourage entrepreneurship among youth in the state.

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“I hope this Helpline will provide a platform to our youth, incubators and other stakeholders to address their issues,” said the Chief Minister.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce, and Odisha MSME department.

“I am sure that partnership between Startup Odisha Initiative and Startup India Hub run by Invest India will help us in achieving the ‘Mission-1000 Startups’ by the year 2020 and help our youth in realising their dreams,” said the Chief Minister.

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He said the MoU with Invest India will bring global perspective and provide access to the best practices in the field of Startups and other MSME sectors.

The MoU will facilitate knowledge exchange, access to funding and networking between Odisha Startups and the global Startup ecosystem. Invest India will also extend knowledge support for development of the MSME Sector in the state with focus on food processing, agro-processing and spices sector.

Deepak Bagla, CEO and MD of Invest India, said, “Startup India has the objective of making India a country of job creators. The vision is to make India the number one Startup nation in the world.”

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Bagla congratulated the Odisha government on this extremely important initiative which will provide a critical foundation for the development of the entire Start-up ecosystem.

He said, “We look forward to working closely and to make the Chief Minister’s vision of 1000 startup a reality in the immediate future”. (IANS)

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Odisha Fish Sample

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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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.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

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.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)