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Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur will complete shutdown for 60 hours

Bhubaneswar:23/4/20: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy announced 60-hour complete shutdown in Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a scheduled press meet at Geeta Govinda Sadan here this evening, Tripathy Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur, we have decided to enforce curfew-like shutdown from 10 PM today till 10 AM of April 26.

“In the past five days, 29 COVID-19 cases have been reported and 28 are from Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur. We have to move to a higher level of preparedness in these districts,” said the Chief Secretary, adding that aggressive tracing and testing will be done.

He further called upon the people of these districts for cooperation during this shutdown period which would be a curfew-like situation.

Soon after the announcement by the Chief Secretary, Odisha DGP Abhay, in a tweet, appealed the residents of Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur districts to observe shut down for 60 hours as announced. “Police will be constrained to prosecute and take other legal action against those violating the shutdown, he added.

The DGP also clarified that during the shutdown period, goods transport passing on NH through these districts for other districts will be allowed free movement.

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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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