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Bhubaneswar: Registering a staggering 11 per cent growth against the last corresponding fiscal software exports, Odisha recorded Rs2,564 crore in 2014-15 fiscal, declared the government on Thursday.
“The export turnover of software units registered under Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Bhubaneswar touched Rs. 2,564 crore in 2014-15 with 11 per cent growth,” said a release from the Electronics and Information Technology Department.
It said the growth of such exports from Odisha was higher than the national rate since 2006.
While software exports were worth Rs 2,317 crore in 2013-14, IT units in the state exported items worth Rs 1,945 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 1,610 crore in 2011-12, said the release.
The state government hoped that software exports would further increase in the next 2-3 years.
The US, which accounts for 68 per cent of total exports, has remained the top destination for IT exports from Odisha, followed by other countries like Britain, Germany, Australia, China, Canada, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, UAE and Japan.
According to the release, 45 units contributed to the IT exports from the state during the year 2014-15. Of the 45 units, 44 are in Bhubaneswar and one is in Rourkela.
Large companies contributed 87 percent of the total IT exports, worth Rs 2,232 crore.
(With inputs from 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)

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