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Five passengers from Odisha who were injured in the Utkal Express derailment arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport

Bhubaneswar:22/8/17: Five passengers from Odisha who were injured in the Utkal Express derailment near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh on August 19, arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here today.

A 5-member team headed by Odisha Commerce and Transport Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahoo which had gone to take stock of the situation at the accident site, today brought in the injured people of the state.

The injured passengers have been identified as Amar Das, Debendra Das, Jatri Das and Madhu Mandal from Banapur and one Sabita Mallick from Balasore.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the dead and Rs 50 each thousand for injured passengers undergoing treatment at any hospital.

In the tragic mishap at least 22 passengers died and over 150 sustained injuries after 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed.

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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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