Noted Odia Writer Manoj Kumar Panda Passes Away, Naveen Expresses Grief

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Bhubaneswar: Sarala Award recipient & noted Odia writer, Manoj Kumar Panda, passed away at his residence in Bolangir town on Thursday.

Family sources informed that Panda complained of chest pain and was admitted in the district headquarters hospital where he breathed his last due to cardiac arrest. Panda was conferred Sarala Award for his collection of short stories ‘Maya Bagicha’ in 2015.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence to Panda’s family.

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