Today News | 2021 | April 25 |Odisha: Rs 9.32 Crore Approved For Development Of Hingula Temple in Talcher

Today News | 2021 | April 25 |Odisha: Rs 9.32 Crore Approved For Development Of Hingula Temple in Talcher

Sambalpur: The Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has approved sanction of Rs 9.32 crore for the development of Hingula Temple in Talcher, informed Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who had earlier sought final assistance for the development of the shrine.

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“I have been informed that MCL Board has approved sanction of Rs.9.32 Cr. under their CSR Fund for construction of certain facilities at Gopalprasad, Talcher, Angul, Odisha, for benefit of the local population in general and for providing impetus to tourism in the area in particular,” said Pradhan.

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The Union Minister further said, “MCL has a special bond with the Maa Hingula Temple in Gopalprasad. I was touched to know about the generosity of MCL employees, who voluntarily contributed funds from their salary towards the construction of the main temple building.”

“I also understand that recently, the Maa Hingula Thakurani Trust Board, Gopalprasad, Talcher had submitted a proposal to the management of MCL for CSR project involving construction of Natya Mandapa and Jagyan Mandapa of an estimated cost of Rs. 16.64 crores. These developments will not only improve the devotee facilities and experience at the temple but also boost tourist footfalls in the region,” he added.

Maa Hingula temple at Gopalprasad in Talcher is considered one of the most sacred religious sites in Odisha. The temple is believed to have been built by the mythical King Nala of Vidharbha as his tribute to Lord Jagannath. The fire used to cook Mahaprasad in the kitchens of the Jagannath temple at Puri symbolically represents Maa Hingula.

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Today News| 2021 | Snake Venom Racket: Odisha Govt Orders Crime Branch Probe

Bhubaneswar: More skeletons are likely to tumble out of the closet as the Odisha government  ordered a crime branch probe into the snake venom trafficking racket which was busted in Bhubaneswar last month.

Sources in the State forest department said that the crime branch probe has been necessitated following initial revelations about the involvement of a well-oiled syndicate in the massive trafficking operation having links with international cartels.

Bhubaneswar City DFO, Ashok Mishra said that the State government handed over the probe to Crime Branch following recommendations of the forest department.

The development comes in the backdrop of a report prepared by the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) indicating the presence of organisms found in the mouth of snakes from the samples of venom which had been sent for testing. The venom had been seized from six persons who had been arrested in the trafficking case.

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Mishra said that the venom samples were sent to 3 laboratories- OUAT in Bhubaneswar, Zoological Survey of India lab in Kolkata and the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore).

As per the OUAT report, some organisms usually found in the mouth of snakes have been found during tests on the venom samples sent by us. Prima-facie it appears to be snake venom. However, OUAT officials are yet to confirm it. We are waiting from the reports from Kolkata and Bangalore for confirmation,” Mishra said.

It is pertinent to mention here that six persons including a woman had been arrested in Bhubaneswar last month on charges of smuggling around 1.5 litres of snake venom.

However, the prime accused in the racket, said to be from Bolangir, is yet to be apprehended.

We conducted several raids, but failed to trace the prime accused. However, during investigation we learnt that the trafficking is carried out by an organized crime syndicate having international links. That is why the investigation has been handed over Crime Branch which is a specialized agency to deal in such cases,” Mishra added.

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