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Nation to join PM Modi’s call to light up diyas, candles at 9 pm today to fight COVID-19

New Delhi:5/4/20: The nation will today join in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to switch off lights of their homes at 9 PM for nine minutes and light up diyas, candles or mobile flashlights to display the nation’s collective spirit to defeat Coronavirus.

In a video message, the Prime Minister said, we will experience the superpower of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose we are all fighting for. He said, midst the darkness spread by the Corona pandemic, we must continuously progress towards light and hope. He said, this is certainly the time of a lockdown, and we most certainly are confined to our own homes, but none of us is alone.

Mr. Modi said, the collective strength of 130 crore Indians is with each one of us and it is the strength of each one of us. The Prime Minister urged the people to maintain social distancing, stay indoors and not form groups while lighting up lamps. He said, one must never cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of social distancing.

Mr. Modi also said, the way people paid gratitude to those fighting against COVID-19 on 22nd of last month has become a model that is being emulated by other countries. He added that Janata Curfew and ringing of bells have made people of the country aware of their unity amid this challenging time.

Citizens are advised not to use alcohol-based sanitizers while lighting diyas and candles today at 9 PM as it is inflammable.

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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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