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Manas Ranjan Mangaraj has assumed charge as the Media and Public Relations Advisor

Bhubaneswar:11/9/19: Senior BJD leader Manas Ranjan Mangaraj has assumed charge as the Media and Public Relations Advisor to state government Wednesday morning.

After taking charge, he forwarded his joining letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Information and Public Relations department office. On behalf of the department, I&PR director Krupasindhu Mishra, additional director Niranjan Sethi, Utkala Prasanga (Odisha Review) editor Lenin Mohanty, joint director Bipin Bihari Barik and other officials welcomed Mangaraj. Earlier, the state government had accorded Minister of State status to Mangaraj.

While interacting with the officers of the department, Mangaraj sought cooperation for proper implementation of 5T mantra of the Chief Minister in the department. He will take steps for implementation of 5Ts in coordination with media houses, media representatives and administrative departments concerned.

Mangaraj is the general secretary (media affairs) of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). He had started his career as a journalist and has proved his mettle during the recent general and Assembly polls. He had joined the BJD last year after resigning from Congress where he had served the youth wing.

About Editor in chief

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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