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Naveen Patnaik flagged off the mascot of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship

Bhubaneswar:12/6/17: Two mini trucks carrying ‘Olly’, the mascot of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar next month, were flagged off by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today for road shows across the State during a 22-day tour.

Elaborating on arrangements for the Asian Athletics Championship from July 6 to 9 at the Stadium in which 1,000 athletes and officials from 45 countries will participate, Chief Secretary AP Padhi, present at the flag off ceremony said, “Preparations for the international sports event including setting up of floodlights and track laying work at the stadium are almost over. However, currently the biggest challenge for us is to make the city a world-class type.”

Padhi added, “Athletes are expected to reach the city in next 10 days for the championship. As a host state, the Odisha government will make all necessary arrangements such as accommodation, food, sight-seeing visits and transportation for the athletes and officials.”

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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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