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All religious institutions in Bhubaneswar will reopen from January 3

Bhubaneswar18/12/20:: Except Lingaraj Temple, all religious institutions in Odisha capital will reopen from January 3, informed Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today.

The religious institutions will be reopened with strict observance of COVID -19 safety protocols.  The local committees of all the religious institutions shall ensure strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing of masks, social distancing of six feet, and handwashing, the BMC said.

The committees will submit an undertaking/declaration to BMC regarding date of opening of their religious places and maximum number of devotees to remain present/accommodated at one point in time. Based on the undertaking, the BMC will issue an order regarding the maximum ceiling of a number of devotees to be congregated at one point in time.

Churches in the city will be allowed to open on December 25 on the occasion of Christmas.

Those with SARI/ILI like symptoms shall not be allowed to enter the religious institutions. Other vulnerable groups of people such as persons with co-morbidities, elderly persons, pregnant women, or children below 10 years of age is advised not to visit the religious institutions, the BMC 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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