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Top officials of the Odisha government expressed their gratitude to doctors and health workers

Bhubaneswar:22/3/2q0 As the clock struck 5 on Sunday evening, Odisha reverberated with sound of claps, bells, drums and conch shells as the whole of state came out of their houses to show their appreciation for the frontline healthcare providers, amid the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik applauded and cheered for the them by clapping and beating gong from his terrace. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed solidarity with the warriors at his Delhi residence.

Top officials of the Odisha government, including Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, 5T Secretary VK Pandian, Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra, National Health Mission director Shalini Pandit, Health Secretary Nikunja Dhal and Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 Subroto Bagchi, also expressed their gratitude to doctors and health workers combating COVID-19, by ringing bells outside the Lok Seva Bhawan here.


Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Sanjay DasBurma and his daughter Deepali DasBurma also thanked doctors, medical professionals and policemen for the remarkable service they have rendered and are rendering towards the nation at this critical juncture. “I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Janata Curfew and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the lockdown of 40% of Odisha in order to ensure social distancing and defeating Corona,” Dasburma said.

BJP leader Baijayant Panda also came out to the balcony at 5 pm to cheer for those on the frontlines of this war, especially medical personnel and others connected to essential services.

The church bell at Church of Christ (Union Church), Bhubaneswar, was tolled and those present clapped at 5 pm to salute the doctors, nurses, para-medics, law enforcement agencies, shop keepers and all on the job in the collective fight against COVID-19.

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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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