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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conferred Biju Patnaik Sports Awards

Bhubaneswar:29/8/19:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today conferred Biju Patnaik Sports awards, 2016 and gave away cash prizes to eminent sports personalites on the occasion of the National Sports Day.

Biju Patnaik Sports Award is the highest award instituted by the state government since 2001-2002.

 Coach Panchanana Gantayat was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement award while Dutee Chand got the prize for outstanding performance in sports and games category.

Sanhita Das was felicitated for excellence in coaching.

Journalists Ashok Kumar Panda and Rajanikanta Satrusalya have been awarded for their contribution towards sports journalism in the state.

Founder of Utkal Karate School in Bhubaneswar Hariprasad Pattnayak has been awarded for the Best Contribution to Promotion of Sports and Games.

Harischandra Hiaal and Mohan Garada were given the Biju Patnaik Bravery Award for rescuing five children during a flash flood last year.


Six sportsperson with disability were given cash prizes in the Outstanding Sportspersons category. Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Jayanti Behera (Para Atheletics), Rajesh Meher (Special Olympics), Jafar Iqbal and Sukhram Majhi (Blind Cricket) were the awardees.

Dipsan Tirkey, G.Narahari, Bonita Lakra and Bignaraj Miridia were also awarded in the outstanding sports persons category.

The State Award for Social Service was also conferred on social activist Meera Parida, Dinesh Kumar Mallick, Manoj Kumar Dani, Jhasaketan Ranaj, Gracy Mol Singh and Chinmaya Kumar Bebarta.

After felicitating the sports persons, chief minister Patnaik said the state would launch “Biju Yuva Sashaktikaran Yojana to connect and reach out to the youths across the state.

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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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