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OTV Mini-marathon organized on the occasion of World AIDS Day

Bhubaneswar:2/12/18: Braving the early morning chill, thousands of people including youths turned up for the OTV Mini-marathon organized on the occasion of World AIDS Day . It was a rare spectacle as the residents of the smart city of Bhubaneswar came together to extend support to the novel initiative of OTV to spread awareness about the deadly disease.

As this year’s theme is ‘Know Your Status’, people vowed to get themselves tested for HIV in a bid to stop the disease from spreading.

Commanding officer of 120 infantry battalion, Lt. Colonel JS Bhadoria flagged off the 10th edition of the mini-marathon in presence of Co-founder and managing director of OTV Networks, Jagi Mangat Panda and mountaineer Kalpana Dash from 7th Battalion field near Kalinga Hospital today.

The mini marathon was flagged off from 7th Battalion ground and covered several prominent locations including Jaydev Vihar and Acharya Vihar.


Several singers and Ollywood actors enthralled the audiences during a cultural programme organised to mark the occasion.

SBI CGM, Pravina Kala congratulated OTV for organising the mini marathon to raise awareness among people.

Director of AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Gitanjali B said,”Everybody needs to introspect and get themselves tested as it is this year’s theme ‘Know Your Status’. Everybody should run towards life and everybody should put health and wellness on top.”

Co-founder and managing director of OTV Networks, Jagi Mangat Panda said, “We congratulate all those who have completed the marathon and hope to see you all next year.”

Meanwhile Ollywood actress Anu Choudhury and Elina urged youth to give stress on fitness.

“Everyone’s motto should be to remain fit and one should understand and implement the noble cause for which OTV has taken such an initiative,” said Choudhury.

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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