Odisha Current Affairs

Odisha Government launches Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana

The Odisha Government had launched Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana, a special assistance scheme for elderly weavers.

The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of the second National Handlooms Day (observed on 7th August).

Key Facts

  • The scheme aims at improving the financial condition of over 8,000 weavers in the state.
  • The beneficiary must have been worked in this field at least preceding 20 years.
  • Under it senior weavers above the age of 60 years would get a monthly pension of 500 rupees and those above 80 years would get 700 rupees.
  • The pension amounts would be directly sent to the beneficiaries bank accounts.

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NBAGR confers rare and singular species genetic recognition tag to Kendrapara sheep

The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has conferred rare and singular species genetic recognition tag to the threatened breed of Kendrapara sheep found in Odisha.

It has received registration number INDIA_SHEEP_1500_KENDRAPADA_14042. It became the 42nd sheep breed in India to receive such tag.

The genetically rare status will help to boost conservation effort to protect these domesticated threatened sheep. Previously, two buffalo and four cattle breeds’ native to Odisha were registered at national level by NBAGR.

About Kendrapara sheep

  • Kendrapara sheep is found only in coastal Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha. Locally it is called kuji mendha.
  • The average adult sheep weighs 18-20 kg and are dwarf in built with the body covered with coarse hair. They are well adapted to high ambient temperature, high humidity and heavy rain.
  • Kendrapara sheep carries FecB mutation gene, which is responsible for prolificacy (multiple babies in same delivery) or multiple birth syndrome.
  • This characteristic makes them distinctive from other species sheep species as they are not known for giving multiple births.
  • Kendrapara sheep is second sheep breed in India (other one is Garole sheep found in West Bengal) and the sixth in the world that carries FecB mutation gene.
  • Economic Significance: Multiple-birth characteristics make it a profitable livelihood source. They are primarily used for mutton production. Besides, their skin also has economic importance.

National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR): It premier institute is dedicated to work with its mandate of identification, characterization, evaluation, conservation and utilization of livestock and poultry genetic resources of the country.

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World famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins

The annual Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) of Lord Jagannath began different parts of the country. The festival is celebrated on second day of Sukla Paksha i.e. the day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month. It will see congregation of more than 10 lakh devotees.

In Odisha, the Rath Yatra in the coastal city of Puri began at 12th century Jagannath temple.

Celebrations: The nine-day-long festival marks the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balbhadra and sister Subhadra to the Gundicha temple. They are taken in their respective chariots to the Gundicha temple, place of their aunt’s house. During this traditional procession, the chariots carrying these deities are pulled by thousands of devotees. The celebration ends nine days later with Bahuda Yatra or return journey to their temple.

In Gujarat, 139th annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath began in Ahmedabad. The historic Rath Yatra began from 400 years old Lord Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur area of old city.

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