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Fani touches down NE with rains and storm

Guwahati: Fani, neither the name of a lady nor a snake struck Odisha leaving a trail of devastation in the form of a storm and rains before it entered the north eastern region with relentless rains.

Originated in the Bay of Bengal at the coastal areas of Puri, it swept across Bangladesh leaving mile impact in the north east where incessant rains continue to wreak havoc in many parts of the region.

Guwahati, the capital city of Assam remained in a zone of darkness amid heavy downpour that disrupted electricity and Telecom network where the denizens are being trapped on Saturday.

Many roads and lands have been submerged by rainwaters forcing the people to remain confined to their houses.

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Guwahatians defies diktat, observe I-Day

16 Aug 2011 - 3:55am | Nava Thakuria

Guwahatians again defied the diktats of the militants today, held community functions and hoisted the National Tricolour with great enthusiasm at various places to celebrate the 65th Independence Day of India.

On the Guwahati Press Club campus, the Independence Day was celebrated in a befitting manner and on the occasion, senior journalist Ranen Kumar Goswami hoisted the National Tricolour.

Mentionable that Journalists Forum Assam earlier appealed to the people of Northeast India to celebrate Independence Day defying the diktat of the militants. In a press statement, issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and its secretary N. Thakuria, the forum argues that both I-Day and Republic Day are two auspicious occasions for every patriotic Indian to pay their respect to hundred thousand martyrs of India’s Freedom Movement.

Mentionable that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) with 11 other Northeast India based armed outfits have called for a general strike on August 15 with an aim ‘to boycott and prevent’ the 65th I- Day celebrations in the region. The joint statement issued by Paresh Barua led ULFA faction, which was endorsed by Hynnitrep National Liberation Front of Meghalaya, Kamatapur Liberation Organisation, Kanglei Yaol Kanna Lup, Kangleipak Communist Party, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak/Progressive, Revolutionary People's Front, United People's Party of Kangleipak, United National Liberation Front of Manipur, Tripura People's Democratic Front and National Liberation Front of Twipara declared about the general strike starting from August 14 midnight to August 15 evening (5.30 pm) throughout the region.

After hoisting the National flag at press club, Goswami called for resolute fight against the forces of terror and secession. Terrorism that has been trying to disrupt the democratic process in this part of the country, is backed by enemy countries, he said.

Every Indian citizen has the right to celebrate the National Days of the country, like the Independence Day and the Republic Day, and he or she should come out boldly to assert this right, he said, and criticized the role of a section of the media in this respect. It is high time to rise against all those forces which have been trying to disrupt the democratic process in the country, he said. The gathering was also addressed by senior journalist Ajit Patowary. Later, the participants of the function took out a procession and paraded the GNB Road between the Press Club and the Reserve Bank of India point.

At Kumarpara Pachali, noted educationist Prof Dilip Kumar Barua hoisted the National Tricolour and made an appeal to the students to strengthen the democratic process of the country.

At Paltanbazar Netaji Chawk, former MLA Ajay Dutta hoisted the national flag. The function was jointly organized by the Paltan Bazar Nagarik Samiti, Paltan Bazar Byabasayee Samiti and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangha.

On the occasion, the Bharat Mata Pujan Samiti held a function on the south bank of the Dighalipukhuri. Noted actor Biju Phukan hoisted the National Flag in the function, which was also addressed by noted litterateur Gagan Chandra Adhikari.

The parents of the Kargil battle martyr Captian Jintu Gogoi were felicitated at the function and floral tributes were also paid at the portraits of the Bharat Mata and Captain Jintu Gogoi.

The Bharat Bikash Parishad celebrated the Independence Day at its Uzanbazar Sati Radhika Shanti Path office. The National Tricolour was hoisted at the function by noted playwright Arup Chakravorrty. The function was also addressed by former Chief Conservator of Forest (Social Forestry) Rudra Goswami and social worker Anima Hazarika. In Shantigram housing complex of Khanapara, Independence Day was celebrated with various programmes. The tricolour was hoisted by educationist Prof Ashok Goswami.

Independence Day was also celebrated at Padma Tiny Tot’s in Kharghuli, where children participated in various programmes including flag hoisting, patriotic dance drama and art competition. The head mistress Padma Lakshmi narrated the pupils about importance of India’s I-Day, where the guardians were also present.

It needs mention here that a limited number of city-based journalists teamed up with some leading Guwahatians to raise the voice of protest and signal the beginning of the resistance to the militants’ diktats in the State in January 1998.

Since then these journalists, along with their like-minded fellow Guwahatians, have been continuing with their campaign against the attempts of the militant groups to scare away the people from celebrating the National Days.

This campaign has now been able to win the hearts of the people in growing number and today the attempts of the militant groups to create panic among the people with their terror threats have been frustrated to a great extent. The growing number of Independence Day celebration functions in the city prove this fact.

Rhythm of the hills concludes

31 Jan 2016 - 10:46am | Saidul Khan

The beautiful state of Meghalaya came alive at Betasing in South West Garo Hills Saturday with at least 32 troupes exhibiting their rich dance, music and heritage before a strong crowd of over 15,000 people.

A power packed performance of dance and music displayed the collage of colours, rhythm and synchronization of music and songs. The performance showcased all major tribes and sub-tribes of the state, including Kuki, Biate, Ruga and Bodo.

The electrifying performance pushed the adrenaline of the crowd to an extreme, as people were seen rejoicing and dancing. The theme song – Krimkro Krimkro dake hai  (Let us make music in unison) aptly demonstrated the unity of all tribes.

The festival – Rhythm of the hills, organised by arts and culture department in its true essence enchanted the people.

“We need to promote and market the event in a bigger scale to attract visitors, who can experience the rich and vibrant culture of the people”, said chief minister Mukul Sangma, bowled with the performances.

He said that government was willing to allocate dedicated funds to make the festival more grandeur. “The standard of the festival should be upscaled and our exclusive culture should be branded”, he added.

He suggested that the dances should be made more attractive and colourful.

“We have a clear agenda to make our festival known regionally, nationally and globally. The stories of our microscopic population will surely generate interest amongst travellers. We have to popularise our food stories, culture and lifestyle”, the chief minister exhorted.

He said that the festival has given an ample opportunity for the youths to display their talents. “Our youths should take benefits of this festivals to unleash their talents. They should expose their hidden talents and horn their skills”, he said.

Speaking at length on documentation and promotion of culture, the chief minister said, “We have to create our own identity to boost the economy of the state through such festivals”.

In the past several years, Meghalaya has been organizing several festivals across the state to showcase the culture as an “exclusive product” to attract tourists. He said, “Meghalaya is rich in natural resources and vibrant culture, we have to take full advantage to make it a viable alternative and source of livelihood for our people”.

“Every performer should excel in their respective roles, amplify their efforts and build up on their professionalism, so that we can create stories about our tribes and spark interest among the people across the globe”, he said.

He also said that this kind of programmes would help to bring out the hidden talents out of the young boys and girls and help them to excel in particular art other than the conventional studies.

Highlighting about the efforts of the government to promote the diverse culture and traditions of the people of the state through such festivals, the chief minister stressed that we need to promote the exclusivity of every tribe and every part of the state.

“Let the good things emanate from every part of our State and let us be known globally from the right perspective”, he added.

Other dignitaries presents at the festival were arts & culture minister Clement Marak, sports & youth affairs minister Zenith Sangma, parliamentary secretary Ashahel D. Shira, director of arts & culture M. War Nongbri.

Meet at Dimakuchi against drug abuse and illicit trafficking

26 Jun 2016 - 10:27pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

 Situated in a critically backward area near Bhutan border,people of Dimakuchi had been suffering much due to iliteracy, financial backwardness and transport bottlenecks.A meeting was recently held at Dimakuchi college on June 26 against drug abuse and illicit traficking on the occasion “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”.The programme was organized by Bhergaon Civil administration in association with local NGO Ferangadaw.J Basumatari,principal,Dimakuchi college presided over the meeting.Udayaditya Gogoi,SDO(C),Bhergaon sub-division inaugurated the meeting.On the occasion he spoke on the effects of drug abuse and illicit trafficking on common people. Requesting parents and guardians to keep an eye on their children he said that it was difficult to to give up drugs once addicted people showed withdrawal symtomtoms.He further said that drug addicted people could do anything causing untold harm to society.Earlier an awareness rally was taken out through the street of Dimakuchi market which was flagged off by DN Hazarika,SDO(S),Udalguri.Hundreds of students,teachers,guardians and government officials including Saptati Endow,AC,Bhergaon took part in the rally.Several distinguished people of the sub-division namely-Kamali Rani Basumatari,MLA,Paneri LAC;senior journalist Rabi Ram Boro,Pabitra Deka etc addressed people in the open meeting requesting all to unite against drug abuse,illicit trafficking,witch hunting and neither to spread nor believing false rumours spread by vested interested people.