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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh who lost their lives in lightning strikes

Bhubaneswar:31/7/17: A day after 18 people lost their lives in lightning strikes in several districts of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today expressed his deep grief over the deaths and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for kin of the deceased.

Lightning strikes claimed 18 lives across seven districts of the State which were lashed by monsoon rains on Sunday.

As many as five deaths were reported from Bhadrak districts alone. Three persons also sustained burn injuries after lightning struck them in three blocks of the district.

Balasore reported at least four casualties while reports of three deaths came in from Kendrapara. Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Angul and Ganjam also reported one death each.

Similarly, three persons including a woman were killed in lightning in separate places in Kendrapara district on Sunday.

In Balasore district, two died at at Srijang and Kuligaon villages when they too were working in a paddy field.

Lightning has been a major cause of deaths in the State and was included as a State-specific disaster on April 1, 2015. After the State Government enhanced ex gratia for other disaster-related deaths, compensation for lightning deaths was also raised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh per head this year.

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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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