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Odisha government has cancelled trains from Surat for returnees following Orissa High Court’s order

Bhubaneswar: 7/5/20: Odisha government has cancelled trains from Surat for returnees following Orissa High Court’s directive to conduct of RT-PCR tests. The migrant workers will be allowed to enter the state after the test.

Surat Collector Dhaval Kumar Patel has confirmed cancellation of trains following the High Court order. Almost 100 trains were lined up and 3 were to come tomorrow.

Reports said 16 trains have already arrived in last five days with over 20,000 migrants. Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Narayan Chandra Jena, the high court has directed that all migrants waiting to return to Odisha must have COVID-19 negative before departing for the state.

The court has asked the state government to do the RT-PCR tests of Odia migrants in the states they were stranded and directed the state government to bear the test expenses. The Odia migrant workers who have arrived in the state are being quarantined.

 

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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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