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New film: Siyahir Rong

It has only recently completed its shooting portion, but ‘Siyahir Rong’ is already creating a lot of buzz on the social media. The film, based on noted senior political journalist and writer Jitumoni Bora’s acclaimed novel of the same title, is directed by Prodyut Kumar Deka. In 2016, Bora brought out a book that takes an objective inquest into the true nature of journalism in Assam, uncovering a number of concealed truths and stories. Based on his own professional experiences over the past 25 years, his book, published by Bani Mandir, enabled readers to have a refreshing look at the field throughout the 312 pages of the searing novel. The astonishing lengths to which he traversed to unfold the truth behind the façade impressed many, most notably distinguished litterateur Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora, who found his novel intriguing and exceptional. Modern journalists can actually borrow a leaf out of his work.

Revolving around a daily newspaper, its owner and an honest journalist, this lively story’s script is penned by Prodyut Kumar Deka and the dialogue is written by Jitumoni Bora himself. The film wrapped its final day of shoot on March 5. The last scene, held in the premises of Guwahati Press Club, featured popular actor Jatin Bora, cine-journalist Bidyut Kumar Bhuyan, Mrinal Das, among others.

Journalists have had to undergo a lot of dilemmas and pressures in the work place. While making assessments of various issues, be it political or social, they have generally been objective and neutral. They wouldn’t hesitate to swoop on anyone indulging in corruption and immoral practices, be it in the public or the private sectors. However, the problems mostly stem from the fraudulent misuse of power by the newspaper proprietors for their own ends. A number of journalists, vulnerable as they are, are exploited and oppressed by their superiors and newspaper owners, who hold them on a tight leash. Journalists have no option other than to keep quiet or pander to the wishes of their superiors for fear of losing their jobs. There have also been instances where the journalists, who stand accountable to the public for the fairness and accuracy of their news reports, have resorted to dishonesty and deceit.

Journalist Sasanka Choudhury - the main character of ‘Siyahir Rong’, has to face the ire of the government and is sentenced to a jail term for refusing to compromise with his ideals. On the other hand, journalist Simanta Saikia fights relentlessly against the malicious motives and corrupt practices of his newspaper proprietor. As a watch-dog of his society, he is aware of his responsibilities for the greater good of society. A man of strong convictions and beliefs, he always strives for freedom and truth. So far, no Assamese film has ever been made or for that matter, no Assamese novel has ever been written that genuinely discloses the dark side of the Fourth Estate – its hidden truths. 

The central roles of the newspaper editor, journalist and the newspaper proprietor are played by Towfiq Rehman, Jatin Bora and Alok Nath. The other important roles are enacted by Bidyut Kumar Bhuyan, Kamal Rashid Ahmed, Mrinal Das, Mridupaban Dutta, Melody Patgiri, Mukut Nath, Dristi Naina, Mrinal Bin Qutub, Debika Priyam, child artiste Ragini Bora, etc. The film’s chief assistant director is Rosy Bora, editing by Sanjiv Talukdar, makeup by Shanku Baruah, while the cinematography is done by Ratul Barman. As informed by director Prodyut Kumar Deka, the film, which will be completed by the year-end, will be send to various film festivals.  

 

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Guwahati Court summons Rahul

6 Aug 2016 - 5:43pm | AT News

A local court in Guwahati on Saturday issued  summon to Rahul Gandhi to appear before it on September 29 in connection with a defamation case pending against the Congress vice president.

Acting on a criminal defamation case filed by a RSS member, the Kamrup Metropolitan Court has asked Gandhi to appear before the court where the petitioner has alleged that the Congress top leader, in a rally in Guwahati a couple of months back, accused RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi.

It assumed significance hardly after a month Gandhi refused to tender apology before RSS even after the Supreme Court asked him to do so. He instead said that there is no question of apologising or expressing regret.

Language teaching workshop held at Tangla College

1 Apr 2016 - 10:08pm | Shajid Khan

A Language teaching workshop was held at the conference hall of Tangla College on Friday . The workshop was inaugurated by Tangla College Principal Dr. Prasen Daimari. Speaking on the ocassion Dr. Bijoy Kumar Sarma stressed on the importance of proper knowledge and pronunciation of words in a language.

Dr. Bijoy Kr. Sarma HOD, Dept. of Assamese, Mangaldai College, Alindra Brahma Lecturer & Research officer, CIIL, Mysore and Dr. Sanjay Bhattacharyee, Prof. Department of Bengali, Guwahati University attended the programme as resource person. The programme was Chaired by Ghateswar Baruah HOD Dept.of Assamese, Tangla College.  The workshop was organized in joint collaboration of by Department of Assamese, Bodo and Bengali and IQAC cell of Tangla College.

Spectacular display of Aryabhatta child scientists of Udalguri district

30 Jan 2010 - 9:30pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

The district level science based competition organized by Udalguri district administration in association with Aryabhatta Science Centres of Kalaigaon, Khoirabari, Bhergaon, Udalguri, Rowta and Mazbat blocks was held at Ramswarup Agarwalla Memorial HS on January 28 with various science based competitions like model making, extempore speech and poster drawing. Child scientists from all the above blocks took part in the competitions.It needs mention that under the supervision of ASTEC (Assam Science Technology & Environment Council) Guwahati block level science based competitions had already been arranged in the months of November 2009.


Hoisting of the Aryabhatta Science Centre flag by Dr.S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram,Deputy Commissioner, Udalguri marked the beginning of the day’s programme at 9 am.He also inaugurated the science model competition at 9.30 am. In his speech the DC said that changes had already taken a good turn in the district in the field of science and technology as soon as Aryabhatta Science Centres were established in each development blocks. Jayanta Kumar Das, district coordinator of National Children’s Science Congress,Udalguri (NCSC) in his welcome speech thanked the district administration of Udalguri for their support in promoting science and technology in the villages of the district.He proudly mentioned the name of Pradyunma Baruah, a class nine village student of Khagara HS (venture)who had shown his excellence by securing 2nd state rank in the science nodel competition held at Regional Science Centre, Guwahati recently.The inaugural ceremony was also addressed by Dr.Anupam Sarma, North Bank Landscape programme coordinator of WWF,India and Bhakta Chetri, Principal, Ramswarup Agarwalla Memorial English HS. A few distinguished persons namely -Mihir Kumar Barua,ADC Udalguri,Michel Ganlari SDO (S) Udalguri and Hiten Baishya of WWF,India attended the inaugural ceremony.


The open session was held at 2 pm where national level child scientists of Udalguri district, Atlanta Das and Puja Rabha of Arunodoi Academy,Tangla presented their project on “Eco-Solar Geyser”.The open session was presided over by Mihir Barua, ADC,Udalguri and Nodal Officer of district Aryabhatta Science Centres. The child scientists and judges -Pranabjyoti Das,Ratan Biswas and Anaroo Baro senior lecturers of Tangla college were felicitated with gamocha for their contribution to science & technology in the district. Hareswar Basumatari offered vote of thanks at the end on behalf of the district administration.


In science based model competition-Mouryaraj Barua , Bipul Deka (Kalaigaon block) and Himashri Barua (Mazbat block);in science based poster drawing –Danwrang Baro (Udalguri block) and Dipanjay Deka (Kalaigaon block);in science based extempore speech competition –Purnima Deka (Udalguri block) and Karabi Bania( Kalaigaon block) won first and second positions respectively.All the winners will take part in the state level Aryabhatta Science competition to be held at Assam Engineering Institute, Guwahati from 3 to 7 February,2010 under the supervision of ASTEC.Assam.