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Debendra Samantaray, Edition-in-Charge of Sambad, Sambalpur died of COVID-19

Sambalpur:30/4/21: Debendra Samantaray, Edition-in-Charge of Sambad, Sambalpur died of COVID-19, today.

Samantaray had tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment at a COVID hospital here for the last two weeks.

As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the ICU today. However, he breathed his last this evening.

 A pall of gloom descended on the fraternity after the death of Samantaray.

Samantaray, who was edition-in-charge of the Sambalpur edition of the newspaper breathed his last on Friday night. He was also DGM, Eastern Media Limited.

Earlier in the day, veteran journalist Adwaita Prasad Biswal died of COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Rourkela.

With the death of Samantaray and Biswal, the state has lost 9 journalists during the second wave of the pandemic.

About Editor in chief

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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