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Odisha:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Felicitates Wushu player Babulu Munda

Bhubaneswar:29/7/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented a cheque of Rs 2.33 lakh to 13-year-old Babulu Munda, who won a silver medal at the recently concluded 7th World Wushu Championship in Brazil, on Saturday.

The Keonjhar lad had to settle for silver after losing to his Egyptian contender in the 42 player kg sub-junior category of Sanshou discipline on July 16. He made it to the final by beating his counterparts from Peru and Iran in the quarterfinal and semifinal, respectively.

A native of Sialijoda village under Deojhar gram panchayat, Babulu confirmed a berth for Brazil after a stunning performance at the Sub-Junior National Coaching Camp at SAI, Bhopal, in May this year.

His passion for martial arts has earned him 17 medals so far at state and national levels, the latest being a silver medal in the 17th Sub-Junior Wushu  National Championship held from March 27 to March 31 at Jammu & Kashmir.

A Class VIII of Government Nodal UP School in Barbil, Babulu is being coached by Pankaj Mahanta, an Asian Indoor Games Kickboxing Medalist, since 2011.

He is being supported by the Wushu Association of Orissa (WAO), Keonjhar district administration, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and JSPL Foundation.

About Ashok Palit

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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