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Nikunja Bihari Dhal has been appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha

Bhubaneswar:24 /3/23: IAS officer Nikunja Bihari Dhal has been appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha. Dhal, a 1993-batch Odisha-cadre IAS officer was the Additional Chief Secretary, Energy Department and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

While, 1991-batch IAS officer and Revenue and Disaster Management Department Secretary Satyabrata Sahu has been appointed as the Special Relief Commissioner, I&PR Department Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh has been given the additional charge of Energy Department.

Dhal will take over as the CEO from Sushil Kumar Lohani who has been posted as the Principal Secretary, Panchayati Raj Department. Lohani will also hold additional charge of Principal Secretary, Excise Department.

Similarly, Gyana Ranjan Das has been appointed as the Managing Director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.

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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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