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Heat kills tusker
As the mercury touched 44° C, a 50-year-old elephant died of sunstroke at Kaimati jungle under Kapilash range in Dhenkanal district on Wednesday. According to the divisional forest officer of Dhenkanal forest division, S.K.Dalei, the elephant was found lying on the ground around 11am. Veterinary doctors rushed to the spot and administered three saline and injections besides sprinkling water on its body. Fire tenders were also rushed to the spot. The animal did not respond to the treatment and succumbed on Wednesday afternoon, the DFO said attributing his death to sunstroke and old age. Kapilash range has few water bodies to meet the needs of animals in summer.
: The state capital on Wednesday recorded a temperature of 42.6° C, two degrees more than Tuesday’s temperature. According to senior officials of the Indian Meteorological Department, the heat wave like condition is due to hot air flowing from Rajasthan and it may continue for four more days in the city and the entire state. While the central and western areas of Orissa are facing the brunt of the heat wave like condition, Talcher recorded 45° C on Wednesday.
:The state vigilance has conducted raids on Sirajuddin Mines and Companies for illegal transport od iron ores outside Orissa. Six teams of the vigilance officials including the mining officials and sales tax officers have conducted raids on different parts of the state. According to director-cum-DGP of vigilance Anup Pattnaik, around 40,000 tonnes of iron ore worth Rs 25-30 crore have been found dumped at a stockyard in Haridaspur in Chandikhol to be transported through Paradip port.
: An angry mob of Bhikampur village of Maneswar block, 22km from here gheraoed a junior engineer of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS), Paresh Chandra Tudu, on Wednesday. Tudu, according to the villagers, prohibited them from taking a tanker load of water from a canal. Nand Kishore Agrawal, sarpanch of Bhikampur panchayat said: “The ground water level in our village has depleted and the tube wells in the village have failed to provide water. The RWSS well and pumps are yet to become functional in our village, but instead of solving the problem the officials are prohibiting us from taking water in a tanker from the canal.”
: Members of Sri Jagannath Temple Police Squad (SJTPS) continued their strike on Wednesday for the three-point charter of demands. The SJTPS members are on strike for six days. While their demands include inclusion of their service as a temple cadre, the district administration has expressed its inability to take such a decision saying only the state government can take such a step on the status of the SJTPS members.
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