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Odisha Government has decided to keep the Independence Day celebration a low-key affair

Bhubaneswar:11/8/20:  In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha Government has decided to keep the Independence Day celebration a low-key affair by not organising parade or march-past this year.

Besides, the participation of the general public will also be restricted during the I-Day celebration. Only a limited number of guests (around 50 to 75) may be invited to the celebration using e-invites. The guests should include around 15 to 20 Corona Warriors (doctors, health workers, and sanitation workers), said a letter written to all Collectors and SPs by the Home Department.

After a preparatory meeting chaired by Chief Secretary, the following guidelines have been issued for strict adherence during the I-Day celebration.

  •  After 9 AM, the National Flag shall be unfurled by the chief guest (to be intimated separately by Home Dept) followed by playing the National Anthem
  • Only one / two police contingent to participate in the ceremony for offering compliments to the Chief Guest during the celebration
  • There will be no parade/marchpast
  • There will be no participation by the general public. Only limited number of guests (around 50 to 75) may be invited to the celebration, using e-invites, including 15 to 20 COVID warriors (including doctors, health workers, sanitation workers) 
  • It is imperative that social distancing norms and mask-wearing are to be followed strictly by those attending the function.
  • The venue must be well sanitised and a hand sanitiser available at the entrance
  •  Tree plantations and online essay/quiz contests may be held to mark the occasion.

Similar guidelines/procedure may also be followed for the celebration of the Independence Day at block and Gram  Panchayat levels, the letter reads.

 

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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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