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Odisha government swung into action and reviewed arrangements for Puri Rath Yatra

Puri:22/6/20: Soon after Supreme Court gave its nod for Puri Rath Yatra, Hon’ble CM Naveen Pattnaik reviewed preparation for the festival In a high-level meeting held through video conference. Odisha government swung into action and reviewed arrangements for the smooth the conduct of the mega event scheduled tomorrow. As the apex court has fixed certain conditions with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, the State government today announced a complete shutdown in the pilgrim town from 9 PM tonight.

Chief Secretary and Director General, Police have gone to Puri to take stock of the situation. Necessary steps are being taken by Puri Official and Municipal Authority,  for the smooth conduct of Ratha Jatra. Elaborate administrative preparation is going on for celebration of Ratha Jatra while strictly adhering to COVID19 guidelines. Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, who along with DGP Abhay informed that the shutdown in Puri will continue till 2 pm on Wednesday. All the entry routes to Puri will be sealed from today, he added.
.With only a few hours left for Rath Yatra, it is going to be a challenging task for Odisha Police. DGP Abhay informed us that deployment of forces has already started from yesterday.

“Our responsibility is now to ensure proper pulling of chariots and check unauthorized entry. A shutdown will be enforced in Puri district from 9 pm tonight till Wednesday at 2 pm,” said Abhay.

Abhay further informed that an elaborate plan has been made for Rath Yatra and over 50 platoons of the police force will be deployed. We urge people to watch Rath Yatra on television and not to come to Badadanda tomorrow,” Abhay added.

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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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