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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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SSB seizes record cannabis in 2015

28 Jan 2016 - 10:12pm | Shajid Khan

The 61 battalion of SSB stationed at Bhairabkunda of Udalguri district has seized 6382 kilogram of cannabis (ganja) from the area in 2015. A total of 123 persons were arrested involved in illegal trade of cannabis including timber smuggling. A total of 1582 kilogram ganja was seized only in the current month till January 19. The battalion has been conducting special operations in the areas of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and trying to combat anti-social activities in the region.

The SSB troop has been trying their level best to combat the illegal activities and to aware the local people to uproot the illegal cultivation and business. The ganja cultivation was the traditional habit of the villagers of Boha. The village which is situated in the interior area of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.Boha is the den of the ganja cultivation. The villagers resisted SSB jawans during their operation and the jawans recovered 905 kilograms ganja on December 30 last year. As per sources there are about 200 families in the village and each family is involved in the illegal cultivation of cannabis directly or indirectly. A group of 69 person involved in timber smuggling were apprehended by the operating SSB team and handed over to the police.

They have also seized 69 logs of timber.

Solar energy for wildlife conservation

20 Jan 2014 - 12:36pm | Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

Mayodia model Village popularly known as Tiwari Gaon which is far away from regular power connectivity is empowered with solar energy equipments by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in collaboration with the Department of Environment & Forest, Arunachal Pradesh with support from Europaeische Tierschutzstftung (ETS) on Sunday. This facility will reduce the long term power and electricity crisis faced by the villagers. This is for the first time that an NGO like WTI is providing the solar equipments to a model village in the vicinity of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary (Mehao WLS) in Arunachal Pradesh in India.

The beneficiaries received the solar equipment which was a total solar energy based lighting system consisting of one solar panel, one chargeable multipurpose battery unit, one table lamp and an emergency light. The facility was provided to the villagers during “Interaction for Conservation Awareness & Distribution of Solar Equipment” an event organized by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in collaboration with Department of Environment & Forest, Arunachal Pradesh with support from Europaeische Tierschutzstftung (ETS) on Sunday afternoon, 19 January 2014.

“The community living around any protected area is the first layer of the protection shield. In order to consolidate the shield, we need to understand the psychology and the needs of the people. The distribution of solar sets will further bridge the conservation support and confidence for the ongoing Asiatic Black bear rehabilitation project and Hoolock Gibbon Translocation Project in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary.” –said Sunil Kyarong, Deputy Director and Regional Head of Wildlife Trust of India.

Tiwari gaon is a fringe village adjacent to Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary (Mehao WLS), where people are supporting the bear conservation and rehabilitation project and Hoolock Gibbon Translocation Project for the safety of the wildlife.

The confidence building effort in Tiwari gaon was initiated by Ipra Mekola, member, Wildlife Advisory Board, Arunachal Pradesh through this Rapid Action Project of WTI. All together twenty five (25) households are receiving the solar equipment under this programme as a token of gratitude for their assistance in wildlife conservation in the area.

“We do not have power supply since the inception of this village in the Mishmi hill ranges of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a great help to our villagers who has been suffering due to the power crisis. Despite such limitations they are actively supporting the wildlife conservation in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary.”-said Napi Umpo, the village headman of Tiwari Gaon.

The distribution and awareness function was attended by Obian Jonkey, Range Officer Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary (MehaoWLS) and Soumya Dasgupta, Assistant Manager of WTI along with wildlife activists of the village, the beneficiaries and field staff of WTI.

According to Keijum Rina, the Divisional Forest Officer of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary (Mehao WLS), “The initiative of such type will strengthen the relation between the forest department, NGOs like WTI and the villagers of the fringe areas which is a need of the hour for all round conservation efforts.”

Asha Meme, a beneficiary and worker of the local Anganwadi Centre specifically said that the solar lamps will encourage the primary school students of the locality, who earlier did not have a suitable light source to study in the evening.

WTI along with Department of Environment & Forest, Arunachal Pradesh is trying to focus the conservation issues among the fringe villagers through this confidence building approach for the safety and wellbeing of nature and wildlife in the state.

from: Tiwari gaon, Lower Debang Valley (Arunachal Pradesh)

64th Indepence Day observed at Barpeta

16 Aug 2010 - 11:52pm | Juthika Das

The 64th Independence Day was observed at Barpeta also along with the rest of the country on Sunday. Unfurling the National flag at the Govt HS school premises the deputy commissioner of Barpeta Phanidhar Lakita remembered the sacrifices of the great Indian freedom fighters. Addressing to the gathering after taking the welcome of March-past he added that Barpeta district have been proceeded in various sides along with the implementation of the schemes. Barpeta is also had gone ahead through various beneficial works for the district. The deputy commissioner also hoped that the former peace and tranquility will remain the same among the Barpetians. On this occasion the freedom fighters of Barpeta and the expert sports persons were also felicitated. Some of the beneficiaries were also given financial aid.