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Hockey player Lilima Minz received the prestigious 26th Ekalabya Puraskar 2018

Bhubaneswar:5/11/18: Hockey player Lilima Minz received the prestigious 26th Ekalabya Puraskar 2018 award instituted by IMPaCT, the charitable wing of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Limited (IMFA)on 4th,November,2018

Minz received the award along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh from Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar at a special function held at Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

Lilima Minz represented the Indian senior team for the first time in 2011 during a four-nation tournament in Argentina. She was also part of the squad that represented the country in the 2016 summer Olympics.

Minz was also part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in Women’s Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years in Japan on November 5, 2017.

After receiving the award, Minz stated, “I am extremely happy and was hopeful to receive the Ekalabya award. My target is to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.”

Apart from Lilima Minz, two other sportspersons including badminton player Rutuparna Panda were felicitated for their outstanding achievements in their field.

Coach P Dharma Rao received the citation on behalf of weightlifter Jhili Dalabehera as she could not attend the award function today.

Both Rutuparna and Jhili Dalabehera received a cash award of Rs 50,000 each along with citations.

Vengsarkar said, “The young players should focus on the game all the time. They must try to improve. Think of what you have done today and improve tomorrow They should not go for temptation and be disciplined and have proper education. I hope the award goes for many years to come for the sake of Odisha sportspersons and Odisha sports.”

Arjuna awardee Sunil Kumar Patra, who was the Guest of Honour at the function, said, “This type of award is very special and I congratulate the winners.”

IMPaCT has been promoting literature, sports, arts, culture and other socially meaningful activities in the state for decades.

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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