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Odisha’s Banita Dash Awarded Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

Bhubaneswar:24/1/22: Young Odia astronaut Banita Dash who discovered an asteroid in August 2021, was awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar on Monday. Banita was among many other young talents who received this prestigious award today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees today via video conference.

Total 29 Children have been conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar this Year, selected from all regions of the country for their exceptional achievements in Innovation (7), Social Service (4), Scholastic (1), Sports (8), Art & Culture (6) and Bravery (3) categories. There are 15 Boys and 14 Girls among the awardees belonging to 21 States and UTs.

Banita is a native of Nabarangpur district and a student of Navodaya Vidyalaya in Madhya Pradesh’s Amarkantak in Anuppur district. Banita joined the Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign (KASC) in January this year.

Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign or KASC trains students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas to detect asteroids. Banita discovered the asteroid using a telescope located in Hawai. The asteroid has been recognised by NASA, Hardin-Simmons University and International Astronomical Search Collaboration.

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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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