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Modi-Sonowal’s effigy burnt

The All Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) Udalguri District in association with branch committee and Sub-branch committee burnt the effigy of PM NarendraModi and CM SarbanandaSonowal at different places of the district on Saturday demanding of ST status, Salary hike and other burning issues of the community. The organization in slogans, “NarendraModiMurdabad” “SarbanandaSonowalMurdabad” protested for the fulfillment of their demands. The GaruajharAncholic President Deep Tanti said “The government both central and state have been blind since years upon our community and use us as a vote bank. But how long will this continue?” He also urged the government to listen to their demands and settle the issue at the earliest. The TanglaAncholic Committee AKRSU also demanded ST and separate state for Kamatapur.

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Borengajuli Tea Estate Dimakuchi, Udalguri, Assam

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New Television Channel News Network launched

17 Jul 2011 - 3:39am | editor

A new television channel named as News Network is going to be launched in the first half of August, 2011. The channel, which will be the eighth electronic media organization in Guwahati will try to cater the need of the entire populace of Assam in addition to thousands of non-resident Assamese families through internet, informed Rana Zaman, the CMD of News Network in a press meet originated in the city.


“The channel will focus Assam exclusively and it will be available in the entire State initially through the cable network. Moreover the website of News Network will be updated regularly for the benefit of our people living around the globe,” Zaman added.


The office of the channel is located at Ulubari in the city. It will initially air news bulletins from early morning to late evening. Moreover, the viewers will get news updates for 24 hours a day. News Network will be guided by an Advisory Board comprising of some distinguished personalities from different field of activities. “The channel will try its best to present the news with utmost sincerity, impartiality and credibility. We will ensure the factual reality in the content and disseminate the information with ethical norms,” informed Nava Thakuria, editor of News Network.


An Audio-visual highlighting The Making of News Network with many wishes from distinguished personalities was also played in the press meet.

Salesian College retains ‘A’ Grade in NAAC 3rd Cycle

21 May 2019 - 4:28pm | CM Paul

Darjeeling — The first college in the Darjeeling hills to under take National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has retained its ‘A’ Grade in the 3rd Cycle concluded on 3rd and 4th May 2019.

Announcing the result of the NAAC Peer Team Visit on 20 May 2019, the Director of Bangalore-based NAAC Dr. S.C. Sharma wrote, “I am glad to inform you that the outcome of the Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) exercise of your institution has been processed and approved by the [40th] Standing Committee constituted by the Executive Committee to examine the peer team reports and declare the accreditation results.”

Dr Sharma continued, “Your institution has been Accredited with a CGPA of 3.04 [out of 4] on a seven point scale at A Grade valid for a period of 5 years from 20 - 05 - 2019.”

Commenting on the result Principal Dr. (Fr.) George Thadathil who was instrumental in all three NAAC exercises of the college said, “It is a great achievement and matter of pride that even with stringent online Data Validation and Verification we retained our ‘A’ grade.”

On hearing of the NAAC result, President of the Governing Board of the College Dr (Fr.) Nirmol Gomes wrote to IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell) Core Team WhatsApp group saying, “Congratulations to you and the whole Salesian Team and All the collaborators of the college who spared no effort to achieve this. I am in deed proud of you all.”

“We deserved an ‘A+’ grade ,” said IQAC Coordinator of Sonada campus Dr Terrence Mukhia with a note of disappointment. Most senior member of the faculty, Dr Mukhia and Principal Dr Thadathil were part of all three NAAC exercises.

The Assessment Outcome Document (AOD) is available on the NAAC portal.

NAAC director Dr Sharma concluded his letter saying, “I am sure that the detailed peer team report handed over to you during the exit meeting along with the AOD will enable the institution to initiate further quality enhancement measures.”

Salesian College established in 1938 as a residential college at Gorabari village, just two kilometers from Sonada town is midway between Kurseong and Darjeeling. Situated on NH 55 (Hill Cart Road) at an altitude of 6,500 feet above sea level, college was opened to the public in 2000 and a bigger campus was started in the plains in Siliguri in 2009.

Manas sanctuary set to get 6 rhino guests

13 Feb 2010 - 11:38pm | Juthika Das

Good news. Manas Sanctuary is all set to get 6 more rhinos afresh. Courtesy US Fish & Wild Life services( FWL), International Rhino Foundation( IRF), and World Wild Fund (WWF). These agencies are implementing the Indian Rhino Visssion 2020 aiming at increasing 3000 Rhino population in all the seven sanctuaries in the state. The scheme saw its implementing in 2008 when 3 rhinos were released in this sanctuary on April 13, 2008. This is fort the first time in this sanctuary, rhinos were released to boost its population. As the number of rhinos decreased, the organizers of Indian Rhino Vision came to the rescue. Manas National park’s project Director Of Manas Tiger project, Anindya Swargiary has been helping the WWF implement the scheme. The senior project officer of WWF Deba Kumar Dutta and his co-workers help this scheme get properly implemented. Notably, in 2008 two rhinos were freed in Manas Sanctuary and at present there were five rhinos in it. The Indian Rhino Vission has six other rhinos for Pabitora National Park in March. Talking Assam Times, project director of Manas Tiger project, Anindya Swargiary rhino monitoring is a costly affairs these days adding that a Rs 6 lakh fund is required per rhino to be transferred. “It was a risky After transferring a rhino the workers of the NGOs and the forest guards had to bear some extra care and responsibilities,” he said.