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The 10th edition of the Odisha Illustrious Citizens Award (OCA) instituted by Odisha’s number 1 news channel, OTV, returns this year to honor personalities in recognition of their contribution to society in their respective fields. The OCA-2022 selection committee has shortlisted four nominees in nine different categories.

Instituted by OTV, the Odisha Citizens Award is a pioneering recognition given to personalities in recognition of their contribution to society in the fields of agriculture, art and culture, industry, education, entertainment, social service, sports, health services and politics. You can participate in the vote online.

Here is the list of nominees in the sports field.

Jayanti Behera

Paraathlete Jayanti Behera has won several medals in various tournaments at the national and international level. At the 2022 World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Ella Jayanti secured a silver medal in the 200m and bronze medals in the 100m and 400m each. The ace para-athlete stole the show at the National Para-Athletics Championships by winning the yellow metals in the 100, 200 and 400 meter categories each. As the country’s youngest paraathlete, Jayanti represented India at the 2017 World Paraathletics Championships in London. She took a gold medal in the 400m and finished runner-up in the 200m category at the China Open Paraathletics Championships. She also took silver and bronze in the 400m and 200m classes at the 2018 Asian Paralympics. Similarly, she won gold and silver at the Asian Junior Paralympics. At the World Junior Paraathletics Championships, she won a gold and silver medal in the 400 and 200 meters respectively.

Siddhartha’s Route

Ace Odia mountaineer Sidharth Routray brought glory to the state and country by scaling the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Previously, Sidharth climbed Mount Dennali in North America, Mount Aconcagua in South America, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. He climbed the highest peak on the South American continent, Mount Aconcagua, in January this year. He is also recognized as the first Hate Ultraman and Ironman. Sidharth began his mountaineering journey in 2011 after receiving training from the National Defense Academy.

sneha soren

Up-and-coming weightlifter Sneha from Mayurbhanj has brought laurels for the state and the country by winning medals in various tournaments at national and international level. Sneha has represented India at the Asian Championship-2021. She earned a gold medal as the emerging champion at the 2022 Khelo India University Games. The talented female weightlifter also garnered gold medals at the 2021 All-India Inter-Collegiate Weightlifting Championships and the 2019 South Asian Games. She lifted a total 157 kg, including 68 kg in snatch. and 89kg in clean and jerk. The 21-year-old weightlifter secured the yellow metal at the 2019 Commonwealth Junior Weightlifting Championships Under-21 category. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Junior Weightlifting Championships, a gold at the Junior Weightlifting Championships of the Commonwealth in 2017 and a yellow medal. she metal at the 33rd Junior Women’s National Weightlifting Championships 2021. She also brought glory to the nation by securing third position at the IWLF Senior Women’s National Weightlifting Championship and emerging runner-up at the fifth Interstate Women’s Senior National Weightlifting Championship. .


Emerging badminton player Swetaparna Panda has the distinction of becoming the first Odia girl to win a silver medal in the senior singles doubles event of the BWF International Challenger tournament at just 17 years of age. As the first female badminton player from Odisha, she also won a bronze medal in the senior mixed doubles event of the BWF Tour Super-100 international tournament. Ella came out champion in the mixed doubles U-15 event of the 33rd Yonex-Sunrise National Sub-Junior Badminton Championships 2019. Ella Swetaparna achieved the mixed doubles title of the Yonex-Sunrise All India Sub-Junior Ranking tournament in the same year . She was part of the Indian team at the Asian Junior Badminton Championships in Indonesia.

The jury will select one out of four candidates from each category. The final selection of winners will be made after considering the results of the online vote.

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Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life



The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.

It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.

The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.

Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.

Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.

Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.

A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.

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Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad



Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.

The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.

According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.

According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.

Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.

His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.

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Former captain Sardar Singh’s mantra for Indian team



With less than 50 days to go until the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup Odisha Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023, the anticipation of witnessing the world’s best hockey players in one of the world’s favorite hockey destinations – Odisha – only grows with each passing day. .

As the Indian team carry out their preparations to end the medal drought at the prestigious event, it is time for hockey fans to relive the memories of India’s storied World Cup campaigns.

Winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games and a silver medal at the 2014 Champions Trophy, former Indian team captain, the legendary Sardar Singh, who was a part of the 2010 and 2010 World Cup campaigns. 2014, he recalled his memories of the years. past.

Regarded as one of the biggest driving forces for the Indian team during his playing days, Sardar played his first senior men’s World Cup on home soil in 2010, in New Delhi.

Turning back the clock, Singh said: “For almost every player, playing in the World Cup is a matter of emotion, and I was very lucky that my first World Cup was in India. Playing good hockey in front of our own fans was a great feeling. We played Pakistan in our first match, and I remember the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium was completely packed. And as soon as we lined up, the crowd went wild and immediately cheered us on, giving us a confidence boost.”

“That feeling of being supported and encouraged by the home fans when you play well in front of them is unparalleled,” Sardar said.

Sardar, a former captain who led by example, led the Indian team at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. According to the former captain, the team at the time was a close-knit unit, winning medals at both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking about developing that winning habit, Singh said: “The team has to practice hard and for long periods. Look at all the great teams in the world, they’ve been playing together for a while. To win a medal, attention to detail must be paid, and the team must work together and help each other at all times.”

sardar singh

“When all these factors come into play correctly, and the team does well, wins a medal and then hears the national anthem while you’re on the podium, that’s a priceless feeling,” he said.

When asked about leading the team in a major tournament, Singh said: “I never thought of it that way. Yes, as a senior player, there are certain things that I had to do and also take care of the team, especially the younger players. But for me, all the players on the team count as captains. The idea was always that everyone should communicate clearly across the lines.”

sardar mantra

The former captain has played alongside quite a few of the current Indian team and believes the team is very talented.

“The current Indian team has done well in recent years, and they are very talented, with a good structure as well. They should never be satisfied and always hunger for more,” Sardar said.

Ahead of the all-important Hockey World Cup Odisha 2023 in January, the former captain had some advice for the team.

“Once the players take the field at the next World Cup, what the player has done previously doesn’t matter. They have to work hard from the first whistle to the final whistle, and consistently on every play. The extra effort and focus will be key to performance as well as executing plans correctly. If they can do that, then the results will follow us automatically,” Sardar signed.

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