In the morning light on India's eastern coast millions of endangered baby turtles are making there way to sea.
That this can be seen in the daytime in something made possible by lockdown measures, which have left this stretch of coast in Odisha state largely deserted.
Rushikulya beach is one of the few places in the world where the Olive Ridley Turtles come to lay eggs during late winter and the beginning of spring each year.
The mothers come during night time and bury the eggs in sand nests.
After around 45 days, the hatchlings emerge and return to the sea.
This year a lack of footfall at beaches and boat movements in the sea means the phenomenon can be witnessed during day time - the latest example of wildlife reclaiming territory or flourishing seen worldwide over the past few weeks.
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Paradip port in Odisha has handled 25.73 million tonnes of cargo during the first quarter of the current fiscal, the highest among major ports in the country, informed the chairman of Paradip Port Trust, Rinkesh Roy."As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stifle the global supply chain, PPT has come out with flying colours," Roy said.
Hero Cycles CMD Pankaj Munjal said that there has been increase in sales in parts of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha after return of migrant workers during coronavirus-induced lockdown. "Major thing I am observing, people are opting for cycles for fitness, which is a good thing for the country," he added.
A horrific incident came to light where a crocodile was allegedly killed and eaten by some people at Kaladapalli village under Podia block in Odisha's Malkangiri. District Forest Officer Pradeep Mirase said, "Three teams have been formed to investigate the matter."
Sale of liquor began in Odisha amid unlock 2.0 on July 01. Liquor shops reopened after gap of over 3 months in Bhubaneswar amid coronavirus pandemic. Liquor will be sold through both online and offline mediums to customers. Wearing face masks is compulsory while buying alcohol as per government guidelines. There are over 1800 active cases of COVID-19 in Odisha.
The return journey of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra will commence on July 01. The preparations are underway in Puri for the return journey and in view of COVID-19, the temple was also sanitized. The annual chariot festival of Puri, known as 'Rath Yatra' of Lord Jagannath, began on June 23 this year.