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Odia Hockey player Namita Toppo will receive the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for the year 2020.

Bhubaneswar:8/11/20: Odia Hockey player Namita Toppo, who has brought laurels for Odisha and country, will receive the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for the year 2020. The annual award is instituted by IMPaCT, the charitable wing of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys (IMFA). The Ekalabya Committee comprising jury members unanimously picked Toppo for the prestigious honour after a meeting on Sunday. Namita Toppo, an International Hockey player, has represented India in almost all international tournaments including Rio Olympics 2016. An experienced midfielder, Namita is credited to spearheading numerous wins for the Indian national hockey team at the international level. Toppo will get a cash award of Rs.5 lakh along with a citation at the Ekalabya Puraskar award ceremony which will be held under the strict observance of Covid-19 guidelines.

Besides Ms. Toppo, two other sportspersons-weightlifter Sneha Soren and International Badminton player Rutaparna Panda will also be felicitated on the occasion.

Both will receive a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each along with citations. The date for Ekalabya Puraskar function will be announced later.

Announcing the names of the award winners, Shri Baijayant Panda, former MP (Lok Sabha) and Trustee of IMPaCT said, “IMPaCT has been in continuous pursuit to recognize and foster excellence in sports and Literature besides contributing to the general welfare of the society at large. Ekalabya Puraskar is instituted to encourage and inspire young sportspersons to perform excel at national and international arena.”

About Ashok Palit

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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