Lakhs of migratory birds which have congregated at the Chilika lake are facing a threat to their lives following the detection of avian influenza virus barely a few kilometres away from the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary.Some crows and chickens were found dead inside poultry farms in Krushnaprasad block last week. Subsequently, samples were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, for testing.The State government informed that the samples have tested positive for H5N1 virus and a massive culling operation would be undertaken from Friday inside private poultry farms in the affected villages, including Sana Sahi, Maluda and Patharganj.The Puri district administration would cull birds within one km radius of the place where the carcasses were found. Besides, officers of animal husbandry department have been asked to intensify surveillance in 10 km-radius area.As a precautionary measure, the State government has withdrawn eggs from the menu of midday meals being served in Puri district. Transportation of birds from affected areas has also been prohibited. Sale of eggs and chicken has also been banned in the district.“There is threat to migratory birds as avian flu was detected barely 5 km from the sanctuary limit. Bar-headed goose birds are most susceptible to H5N1 virus, which is very contagious,” said Susanta Nanda, Chief Executive of Chilika Development Authority.“No preventive action can be taken as it is difficult to sanitise such a large area of the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. The Chilika Wildlife Division is prepared to face any emergency situation,” he added.“There is an existing guideline how to dispose of affected birds. The dead birds have to be buried deep beneath the soil. One needs to send whole sample for testing without opening it,” he elaborated.According to Mr. Nanda, more than seven lakh migratory birds have arrived at the Chilika lake this year.
Everton Lukaku transfer was ‘voodoo’ – Moshiri makes bizarre claim over striker’s Everton exit Nicholas McGee 05:49 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Everton Premier League Romelu Lukaku Manchester United The club’s majority shareholder has made the bizarre claim that voodoo was responsible for the Belgium international leaving Everton. Romelu Lukaku was ready to sign a new contract with Everton before “voodoo” convinced him not to, the club’s majority shareholder has claimed.The Belgium international left Goodison Park to join Manchester United in July following four seasons with the Toffees.That brought an end to a protracted saga in which Lukaku was linked with both United and a return to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lukaku has already scored 16 goals in all competitions for United this season, but according to Farhad Moshiri he would never have made the move if not for a last-minute phone call to his mother.| Another game, another record for @RomeluLukaku9: https://t.co/8MXfWZpthI.Enjoy all Lukaku’s 2016/17 goals so far… pic.twitter.com/JsOP73Wo1Z— Everton (@Everton) 21 March 2017Speaking at Everton’s general meeting, Moshiri said: “With Romelu I wasted two summers trying to keep him. I spoke to him, his agent, his mother.”We tried to offer him a better offer than Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea though at that time.”The money that agents can get from players moving club is immense and nothing has to be disclosed.”Bill [Kenwright] has been like a father to many players, but ultimately it’s the agents they rely on.”If I tell you what we offered him, you won’t believe it, and we offered him an even better deal.”His agent came to Finch Farm to sign contract then Lukaku phones his mother and ‘there was a pilgrimage to Africa and some sort of voodoo that says he had to sign for Chelsea’. What can you do?”He’d gone to LA and wouldn’t go back, his brain had gone.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.