Cuttack, Jan 22: Veteran Journalist Arun Kumar Panda is no more.
Panda passed away on Monday at his CDA residence in Cuttack in the evening at 76.
Panda was associated with the Samaj Daily for decades while he was active as a columnist after he retired from the premiere Odia Newspaper. Apart from journalism, Panda was associated with many socio-cultural institutions contributing a lot as a social activist. He was an active member of the Biswa Hidu Parsishad, Odisha Go Rakshya Abiyan, Swadeshi Movement, among other social reformations.
A pall of gloom has descended in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and among the journalists’ fraternities following the death of the veteran journalist and intellectual person.
Friends, relatives and journalists rushed to Panda’s residence after they came to know Panda’s demise, to offer flowery tribute to the departed soul.