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Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation prohibited rallies and demonstrations in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar:4/7/20: In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today prohibited rallies and demonstrations in Bhubaneswar by any organization/group/political party.

The BMC, in an order, said: “Some of the Organizations/Groups/Political Parties are seen participating in demonstration before various public offices and in public places regarding various issues. In the last two to three days about five such demonstrations have been noticed for which complaints have been lodged by BMC with the respective police station for legal action.”

The civic body also stated that if any such instances comes to the notice, the concerned Police Station will be informed for taking appropriate and immediate actions.

The IICs are also instructed to stop such demonstration/rally/gathering and take appropriate legal action on their own motion without waiting for intimation/complaints from BMC or any other sources whenever they receive information about such demonstration/Rally/Gathering. The information source for such demonstration can be intelligence/media/public /Govt authority/or any other sources, the BMC order read.

Congregations have been prohibited as per National directives issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Further, these activities have also been prohibited by Odisha Govt. As it will be difficult to maintain social distancing in large gathering/congregations the limit has been fixed to only 7 persons as per Govt orders.

However, in reality, it is observed that in the demonstrations held, large number of people have participated in each of them, and in most cases, blatant violations of social distancing norms were observed. Prohibition of large public gatherings/congregations has also been publicized in various print and electronic media from time to time by Govt of Odisha as well as BMC, the civic body stated.

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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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