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First phase of 2017 Panchayat elections kicks off from Monday

Bhubaneswar:(ONT Bureau)12/2/17: The first phase of 2017 Panchayat elections kicks off from Monday when 58, 28,446 voters will cast their choice in polls for posts of Zilla Parishad, Panchyat Samiti, Sarpanch and Ward Members.
The elections will be held across 188 zilla parishad zones under which 1506 Gram Panchayat and 20,369 wards will also witness polling of votes.
As many as 716 candidates will test their mettle for 188 zilla parishad posts. During the first phase out of the total Mayurbhanj has the highest number of candidates vying for zilla parishad with 72 followed by Ganjam at 50 candidates, 47 candidates in Cuttack, 41 in Keonjhar and 40 in Sundergarh.
Kandhamal and Sonepur have 6 candidates to contest for parishad while Nuapada and Gajpati have 9 candidates. Dhenkanal has only 10 zilla parishad candidates who will going to their popularity test.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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