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Total of 215 distressed Odias in UAE will be repatriated tomorrow

UAE:13/6/20: A total of 215 distressed Odias in UAE will be repatriated tomorrow (14 June 2020) by the first-ever chartered flight from Sharjah to Bhubaneswar.

The Odia Society in UAE, led from the front by Dr. Chandrasekhar Khuntia, received many social media messages and phone calls from distressed Odias seeking assistance to send them back to their homeland.

In addition to the Indian Government’s Vande Bharat mission, this chartered flight has been arranged to help repatriate all the stranded Odias here in the UAE.

This is in consultation with the Consul General of India to UAE, ministry of external affairs, Govt. of India, Govt. of UAE and Air Arabia for repatriation of Odias on a special flight, Dr. Khuntia added.

The chartered flight operated by Air Arabia is scheduled to take off from Sharjah International Airport on 14th June 2020 at 8:00 AM and land at Bhubaneswar airport at 1:00 PM.

“We are looking after the needs of Odias here in UAE, especially those in need like the blue-collar workers by supplying them grocery items and financial help ever since the lockdown was put in place. We have also paid for 15 tickets for our fellow Odias, who could not afford them. We are happy that 215 Odias are traveling by the chartered flight with Capt. Madhusmita Pattnaik, Pilot, Air Arabia so that they can celebrate Odisha’s popular festival Raja Parba with their families,” said Dr. Khuntia.

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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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