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Bird flu outbreak in Keranga again, culling from today

BHUBANESWAR:: (ONT bureau) :27/12 With vian influenza H5N1 reported from Khurda’’s Keranga village for the first time after 2011-12, the Odisha Government on Monday ordered culling of the poultry birds in the infected area from Tuesday.

After unusual mortality was reported among chicken in Keranga, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department had sent samples to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) at Bhopal. The samples tested positive for H5N1 virus.
Basing on the advisory of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, an area in 1 km radius of Keranga (epicentre) was demarcated as infected zone, Commissioner-cum- Secretary Bishnupada Sethi said.

Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) have been mobilised to take up culling from Tuesday. Officers, who were engaged during the last outbreak of bird flu in 2011-12, have been asked to participate in the operational work of control and report to the Chief Divisional Veterinary Officer, Khordha Dr Manas Ranjan Mohapatra.

In fact, an initial survey of the veterinary wing had pegged the number of birds at 1,998 but a subsequent enumeration saw that villagers had started deflating the number of birds whose count stood at 1,200. Sub-Collector and Tehsildar visited the place to convince villagers not to suppress the number of birds since it could have hazardous impact.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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