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Hockey player Lilima Minz has been selected for the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018

Bhubaneswar:30/9/18: Hockey player Lilima Minz, who hails from Odisha, has been selected for the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018.

The annual award, comprising a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation, would be presented at the Ekalabya Award function, the date for which will be announced soon.

The Ekalabya Committee comprising jury members drawn from different walks of life were unanimous in their decision to select the woman hockey player for the award at a meeting held here Sunday.

Lilima Minz represented the Indian senior team for the first time in 2011 during a four-nation tournament in Argentina.

She was part of the squad that represented the country in the 2016 summer Olympics and member of the Indian team that won the gold medal Womens Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years in Japan on November 5, 2017.

Besides Minz, two other sportspersons will be felicitated for their remarkable performances in their respective fields.

They are weight lifter Jhili Dalabehera and badminton player Rutuparna Panda. Both will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each along with citations, it said.

The Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted by IMPaCT, the social wing of IMFA, which has been promoting literature, sports, the arts, culture and other socially meaningful activities in the state for decades.

Announcing the names of this years winners, Baijayant Panda, former Lok Sabha MP and Trustee of IMPaCT said, “We feel humbled and gratified that our relentless pursuit to recognise and foster excellence in sports has reaped rich dividends for the state and the country.

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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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