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Sonepur cattle fair fast losing its sheen, reduced to a cultural carnival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once famous as Asia’s largest cattle fair, Bihar’s “Sonepur Mela” is losing its sheen with colourful events turning it into a cultural carnival.The fair, which was inaugurated by deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi on November 2, is put up at the confluence of River Ganga and River Gandak in Saran district, around 40 kilometres from the state capital.The various folklore associated with the fair claim that animals were traded here from the times of Chandragupt Maurya and through the Mughal era. It is believed that Veer Kunwar Singh also visited the centuries old fair to strengthen his cavalry and infantry to fight against the British.Elephants, horses, cows, buffaloes, goats and birds were once a major attraction at the fair, but the scenes have changed now. The regular visitors to the fair claim the number of cattle traders has reduced considerably, and handloom and handicraft stalls along with government kiosks now dominate the fairground.The reason for almost emply “Gai Bazaar”, many believe, is the increased fear of cow vigilantes across the nation. Similar views were echoed by RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav, who said, “Fewer animals have been brought to the fair as cattle traders are hesitant of attack by Gau Rakshaks en route. Earlier people were afraid of lions, now they are afraid of cows.”The ban on trading of elephants and birds has added to the lacklustre. “Till the turn of the century, elephants from across the country were traded at the fair. However, for the last few years, they were only put on exhibition and now even that is on verge of extinction,” says Harkhu Rai, who visited the fair to buy milch animals.The focus of the fair has now shifted on entertainment events such as theatre and cultural evenings along with spreading awareness and promotion of government’s policies and products. The Government of Bihar too is aware of the changes and a senior official of the state tourism department said, “With so many legislation related to animal trade coming up in the country, it is difficult to preserve its essence of being Asia’s largest cattle fair. Perhaps, renovating it as a cultural centre in the coming years will be more practical.”The fair, which is visited by many foreign tourists, will conclude on December 2.

RPF cracked 62 cases of encroachment on Rly property: ECR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railway Protection Force (RPF) under the East Central Railway (ECR) has cracked 62 cases of encroachment of railway property in June and arrested 38 people in this connection. Stolen railway items worth Rs 97,970 was recovered during an intensive drive launched during June, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said in a statement today. ECR comprises Danapur, Sonepur, Samastipur, Mughalsarai and Dhanbad divisions. The CPRO said seven reservation agents were caught during the period and a total of 124 children either missing or victims of human trafficking were saved and handed over to their families. He further said on June 3, cosmetics worth Rs 3.45 lakh smuggled from Nepal were seized at Muzaffarpur. On June 14, a man was caught at Gaya illegally carrying 3.9 kg silver in Train number 12321, the CPRO said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Intense heat in Odisha, Balangir, Titlagarh sizzle at 46.5 deg

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha sizzled in the intense summer heat today with its western region turning into a cauldron and Balangir and Titlagarh becoming the hottest places in the state 46.5 degree celsius. Sunstroke has claimed six lives so far this summer. The mercury breached the 46 degrees mark at four places, 43 degrees at ten places and 40 degree mark in at least 13 places, the Met office here said. Balangir and Titlagarh were followed by Bhawanipatna, which recorded 46.2 degree celsius, while the mercury stood at 46 degrees at Jharsuguda, 45 degrees at Sonepur, 44.8 degrees at Malkangiri, 44.7 degrees at Angul, Sambalpur and Hirakud and 43.5 degree celsius at Sundargarh, it said. Phulbani town recorded a maximum temperature of 42.8 degrees, while the temperature was 41.8 degrees at both Talcher and Dhenkanal. Both Bhubaneswar and neighbouring Cuttack city recorded a maximum temperature of 39.2 degree Celsius, the Met office said. At least six people have died due to sunstroke in the state this summer. While three heat related deaths have been reported from Angul district, two casualties took place in Bargarh and one in Balangir district, the special relief commissioner’s (SRC) office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha heat toll climbs to 6, Titlagarh sizzles at 46.5 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sunstroke toll climbed to six in Odisha today with the death of one person reported from Bargarh district even as the state sizzled under blistering heat and Titlagarh became the hottest at 46.5 degrees Celsius. The state, particularly western Odisha, virtually turned into a boiling pot as the mercury breached the 45 degrees Celsius mark at four places, 43 degree mark at nine places and 40 degree mark in at least 12 places, the MeT office here said. “The toll due to heat, which stood at five, mounted to six with one death confirmed in Bargarh district,” the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said. While three heat related deaths have been reported from Angul district, two casualties took place in Bargarh and one in Balangir district, it said. Titlagarh was followed by Balangir, which recorded 46.4 degrees Celsius, while the mercury shot up to 45.5 degrees Celsius at Jharsuguda, 45.2 degrees Celsius at Malkangiri, 44.9 degrees Celsius at Sambalpur, 44.8 degrees Celsius at Sonepur, 44.6 degrees Celsius at Hirakud, 44.5 degrees Celsius at Bhawanipatna and 44.1 degrees Celsius at Angul, it said. Phulbani town recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius, while the temperature was 42 degrees Celsius at both Sundargarh and Talcher. Bhubaneswar and neighbouring Cuttack city recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius and 38 degrees Celsius respectively, the MeT office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heatwave across Odisha, Balangir sizzles at 45.2 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sweltering heat intensified across Odisha today as Balangir recorded 45.2 degrees Celsius to become the hottest place in the state, where sunstroke has claimed five lives so far this summer. The entire state virtually turned into a boiling pot as the mercury breached the 45 degree mark at two places, 43 degree mark in seven places and 40 degree mark in at least 15 places. Balangir was followed by Titlagarh, which recorded 45 deg C, while the mercury shot up to 44.8 deg C at Sambalpur, 44.1 deg C at Hirakud, 43.9 deg C at both Angul and Jharsuguda, 43.5 deg C at Bhawanipatna, the MeT office said. Sundargarh, Phulbani and Sonepur recorded a maximum temperature of 41 deg C, while the temperature was 40.8 deg C at Chandbali and 40.2 deg C at Talcher. Bhubaneswar and neighbouring Cuttack city recorded a maximum temperature of 40.3 deg C and 40.4 deg C respectively, the Met office said. The heat toll in Odisha this summer stood at five – three in Angul district and one each in Balangir and Bargarh districts, according to the Special Relief Commissioner’s office.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Marginal dip in temperatures in Odisha, nor’wester brings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Marginal dip in temperature in many areas coupled with a nor’wester brought some respite from the gruelling heat in Odisha today, even as Angul was the hottest place in the state at 43.1 degrees Celsius. Despite drop in temperatures at many areas, the mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least a dozen places, the local MeT office said. Malkangiri was a close second to Angul recording 42.2 degrees Celsius, while it was 41.8 degrees Celsius in Balangir, 41.6 degrees Celsius in Jharsuguda, 41 degrees Celsius in both Titlagarh and Sonepur. Both Sambalpur and Hirakud recorded a maximum temperature of 40.5 degrees Celsius, while it was 40.2 degrees Celsius in both Bhawanipatna and Phulbani, 40.1 degrees Celsius in Talcher and 40 degrees Celsius in Keonjhargarh. The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar dropped to 35.8 degrees Celsius from 38.2 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday, while in Cuttack the mercury fell to 35.6 degrees Celsius from 37.5 degrees Celsius yesterday, the local MeT office said. Sunstroke has claimed at least three lives in the state this summer so far with casualties reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts, the Special Relief Commissioner’s office had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

13 towns in Odisha record temp above 40 degrees Celsius

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gruelling heatwave persisted across Odisha today with Balangir remaining the hottest town in the state at 44.3 degrees Celsius, even as at least 13 places breached the 40-degree mark. The state virtually remained a boiling pot as the mercury breached the 42 degrees Celsius mark at nine towns. Sunstroke has claimed at least three lives in the state so far this summer with casualties reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said. The MeT office has forecast heatwave to continue in most parts of the state for the next few days despite thundershower in some areas tomorrow. Closely following Balangir town, Angul recorded a maximum temperature of 44.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Sonepur (43.4), Titlagarh (43.2), Hirakud (42.9), Sambalpur (42.7), Jharsuguda (42.6), Bhawanipatna (42.5) and Malkangiri (42.2), the MeT office said. Both Talcher town and Sundargarh recorded 41.5 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 40.1 degrees Celsius at Keonjhargarh and 40 degrees Celsius at Phulbani, it said. The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar stood at 36.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury touched 36.5 degrees in Cuttack city, the MeT said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha sizzles as mercury touches 44.2 deg C at Balangir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heatwave-like situation intensified in many parts of Odisha today with the mercury soaring up to 44.2 degrees Celsius at Balangir making it the hottest place in the state. The entire western region of Odisha sizzled under intense heat, as the weather department said heatwave conditions were likely to prevail in some parts of interior Odisha during the next 48 hours. At least a dozen places in the state recorded temperature above 40 degrees Celsius. Sonepur recorded 43.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Hirakud (42.9) and Bhawanipatna (42.5). While both Sundargarh and Sambalpur recorded 42 degrees Celsius, it was followed by Jharsuguda (41.8), Angul (41.1), Talcher and Keonjhargarh (both 41) and Malkangiri and Phulbani (both 40.2), the weather office said. Bhubaneswar recorded 35.3 degrees Celsius, while Cuttack registered 35.8 degree Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mercury touches 44 deg C, Odisha sizzles under intense heat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heatwave conditions prevailed in most parts of Odisha today with the mercury soaring up to 44 degrees Celsius at Titlagarh, making it the hottest place in the state. The entire western region of Odisha sizzled under intense heat, the Meteorological office here said. At least 13 places in the state recorded temperature above 40 degrees Celsius. Balangir recorded 43.8 degrees Celsius followed by Talcher, Hirakud and Bhawanipatna at 42.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature stood at 42.7 degrees Celsius at Jharsuguda, while it was 42.6 degrees Celsius at Sambalpur and Keonjhargarh, 42.4 degrees Celsius at Sonepur, 42.1 degrees Celsius at Angul, 42 degrees Celsius at Malkangiri and 41 degrees Celsius at Sundargarh, the MeT centre said. The MeT department also warned that heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in some parts of interior Odisha as well during the next 48 hours. Bhubaneswar recorded 34.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 35.4 degrees Celsius at Cuttack.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mercury crosses 43 deg C mark, heatwave conditions in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mercury soared above 43 degrees Celsius mark in five Odisha towns today, with the IMD issuing heatwave warning in the state during next 48 hours. “Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail over in some parts of interior Odisha during the next 48 hours,” the MeT department said in a bulletin here this afternoon. It added that the hot weather will prevail till April 2. The western Odisha towns which recorded 43 degrees Celsius by afternoon were Bolangir (43.8), Titlagarh (43.8), Jharsuguda (43.4), Angul (43.1) and Sonepur (43). The mercury level reached 40 degrees Celsius in 13 different places across the state, IMD sources said. Bhubaneswar recorded 36.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 42.2 degrees Celsius in Sambalpur. Other hot places were Keonjhar (40), Sundergarh (42), Hirakud (42.6), Talcher (42.6) and Bhawanipatna (42.5). The IMD bulletin said the heat wave conditions prevailed over some parts of interior Odisha where the temperature was appreciably above normal. The weather was dry across the state and maximum and minimum temperatures observed no big change. The temperature was normal in coastal area, above normal over north Odisha, appreciably above normal over south interior Odisha, the MeT office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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