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Eminent heart surgeon get Utkal Gaurav Samman

Bhubaneswar: Noted heart surgeon Ramakant Panda, journalist Kishore Dwibedi and bureaucrat Satish B Agnihotri are among those honoured by `Mumbai Oriya Samaj` for their outstanding contribution in different fields.

The prestigious `Utkal Gaurav Samman` has also been conferred on film producer Asish Mishra and woman pilot from Orissa Shelbi Mishra, according to a release by `Mumbai Oriya Samaj`, a fortnightly.

Famous for the operation he performed on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Dr Panda is an eminent cardio-vascular surgeon with Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, while Agnihotri, IAS, is now posted as Director, Director General of Shipping, Mumbai.

While Dwibedi happens to be a Delhi-based journalist, Asish and Shelbi hail from Orissa and have travelled widely in course of their professional work.

The `Samman`, instituted by the fortnightly, aimed at promoting excellence and professionalism in different fields.

The awards were presented by senior BJD leader and MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra at the Samaj`s annual day functin held in Mumbai.

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