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Odisha’s tiger dance to woo Kolkata on International Tiger Day

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Kolkata:  The vibrant choreography of Odisha’s traditional tiger dance and insights shared by noted woman elephant trainer Parbati Barua from Assam will headline International Tiger Day events here on July 29 at the Indian Museum.

Wildlife enthusiasts will be in for a treat with three key events themed on the magnificent animal — an exhibition from Indian Museum’s prestigious collection, a panel discussion involving leading Indian conservationists and the age-old folk ritual from Odisha called “bagh nritya”.

The day-long events organised by the Society for Heritage and Ecological Researches (SHER) and the Association for Conservation and Tourism in collaboration with the Museum will be open to all.

According to Joydip Kundu of SHER, in addition to Parbati Barua, the panellists including Corbett Tiger Reserve director Samir Sinha, and Sundarban Biosphere Reserve director Pradeep Vyas will discuss tigers in the context of a living heritage.

Narayan Maharana, president of a government-aided organisation reviving the folk dances of Odisha, will present the ‘bagh nritya’ with his group.

In this 17th century art form, originating from the state’s Ganjam district, dancers daub their entire body with yellow and black paint to resemble the tiger.

Accessorised with a set of giant hand-crafted ears, a cloth tail and an anklet on one foot, the dancers attempt to invoke the tiger goddess through their dance steps. (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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