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An unprecedented solidarity was witnessed across the nation to defeat the menace of COVID-19

New Delhi:5/4/20: An unprecedented solidarity was witnessed across the nation to defeat the menace of COVID-19 when the countrymen switched off the lights of their homes at 9 PM tonight and lightened diyas, candles, torches or mobile flashlights.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal, people across the country came out at balconies and doorsteps of their houses to do the exercise for nine minutes. The illumination reflected the country’s collective resolve to fight Coronavirus.


In the national capital huge enthusiasm was seen in the lighting exercise as it was not less than a Diwali like celebration where people experienced the superpower of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose we fighting for.

President  Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the fellow citizens by lighting candles and  Diyas.

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and others also turned off all the lights of their residences and joined the exercise. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and BJP President JP Nadda also lightened earthen lamps.

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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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