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Australian Consul General Andrew Ford met Odisha Chief Minister

Bhubaneswar:20/8/19: Australian Consul General Andrew Ford today met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Lok Seva Bhawan here and discussed on matters related to the development of relationships between Odisha and Australia.

Soon after meeting the Odisha CM, Ford said: “The reason I was meeting the Chief Minister today was because, Australia has in the last four to five months, has set up a new Consulate General in Kolkata. That Consulate General covers 13 eastern and north-eastern states of India, including Odisha.”

“I was very keen to talk to the Chief Minister and explain to him, how greatly we are interested in further developing the relationships with the State (Odisha). We are interested particularly in areas such as mining, mining equipment technology and services, education, tourism and health,” Ford said adding they also talked about a development project Water for Women which is being supported by Australia. The project helps provide marginalised communities with water sanitation and health.

“The Chief Minister was very pleased and interested to hear about Australia’s enthusiasm for investing in his State and encouraged us to further follow up on that. We will continue to do so,” Ford added.

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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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