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EKALABYA PURASKAR 2018:

On October 1, 2018, the Ekalabya committee selected Odia hockey player LILIMA MINZ for the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018.

Apart from her, 2 other sportswomen would felicitated with the award.

They are:  weight lifter JHILI DALABEHERA and Badminton player RUTUPARNA PANDA

The annual award comprises of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.

She represented the Indian senior team for the first time in 2011 during a four-nation tournament in Argentina.

She also participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics and also won the gold medal Womens Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years in Japan on November 5, 2017.

ABOUT THE AWARD:

The Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted by IMPaCT, the social wing of IMFA, which has been promoting literature, sports, the arts, culture and other socially meaningful activities in the state for decades.

Instituted in 1993.

IMFA (Indiam Metal & Ferro Alloys)

Established in 1961 in the Eastern State of Odisha known for its rich natural resources, IMFA is India’s largest, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys with 187 MVA installed furnace capacity backed up by 261 MW captive power generation and extensive chrome ore mining tracts.

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