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Odisha Transport Minister ordered for an investigation into the sea voyage of 38 migrants from Chennai to Ganjam

Bhubaneswar:26/4/20: Odisha Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera today ordered for an investigation into the sea voyage of 38 migrants from Chennai to Ganjam district amid countrywide lockdown for coronavirus outbreak.

“The boat used by the migrants has been seized and strict vigil will be kept on similar movements towards the state through sea routes. Strict action will be taken against violators,” the minister said.

Notably, 38 fishermen, including 29 from Odisha and nine from Andhra Pradesh, who had gone to Chennai to work for a fish merchant, were stranded in the southern metropolis following the imposition of the nationwide lockdown.

They undertook a five-day journey from Chennai along the sea route to return to their native villages. However, as they reached Patisonapur coast near Chikiti in Ganjam, the district administration, which had prior information about the sea voyage, put them in a quarantine center on Saturday evening.

District Collector Vijay Amrut Kulange said the swab samples of all the 38 have been collected and sent for COVID-19 test.

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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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