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Assam journalist to speak at Asia Student Leadership Conference

In a first of sorts, Guwahati-based writer and activist Aiyushman Dutta has been invited as a Guest Speaker to the prestigious Asia Student Leadership Conference in Singapore to be held from July 5-7, 2019. Dutta, a prolific author of a number of books on Northeast Indian culture and oral and folk traditions, has been invited to address representatives of 20 participating countries on ‘Food Anthropology’. He had earlier authored the book, ‘Food Trail: Discovering Food Culture of Northeast India”, which also includes narratives from more than 15 prominent voices of the region.

The Asia Student Leadership Conference is organized by Smile Asia, a Asia-centric international children’s medical charity that provides free surgery and treatment to children with facial deformities, forever changing their lives. Smile Asia Programme Executive Paige Low said, “Launched in 2012, ASLC is part of our initiative to inspire and instill a sense of volunteerism in students. This year’s conference will be attended by some 60 participants, including over 30 students from 11 participating countries. We are happy to extend the invitation to Aiyushman Dutta from India to attend the Conference as our guest speaker.”

Aiyushman Dutta’s other major authored and edited works include a coffee table on Northeast India for NEZCC (Ministry of Culture, Govt of India), the first-ever encyclopedia of folk dances of India for the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and the first coffee table on the Hornbill festival. An activist at heart, he had initiated the mega Guwahati International Music Festival from 2011. A resource person of the Ministry of Culture, he had earlier been invited to Bangladesh to talk on Northeast Indian culture to university students.

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3 people killed in Sibasagar due to Naga aggression

6 Jul 2007 - 9:21am | editor
A group of Naga people suspected to be sympathisers and supporters of of NSCN (I-M) attacked villagers on the Assam side in Sonapur, Borholla and Dhekiajuli on Assam-Nagaland border under Geleky sector in Sivasagar District around 3.15 in the morning. Three people have been reported dead in these various incidents. In Sonapur, the Naga attackers shot dead Sarabat Ali and Min Bahadur Chetri and one Kamal Bahadur Chetri was also killed when the Nagas detonated a land mine at Sarasajiya Village.

Villagers while speaking to AssamTimes on the spot have expressed anguish that this is not the first time that this has happened and that there have been various such instances in the past but the the magnitude of violence was not that high. Most of these instances are not even reported in the Media. Ming Bahadur Chetri an elderly local says they have constantly lived with the fear of being attacked by people from across the Assam Border.

Nagaland has not commented on the incident till now. Meanwhile the AASU and the AJYCP have called for a 12 hour District Bandh starting at 5 AM on Friday. No untoward incidents have been reported till now

Climate Change a threat to Indian Monsoon

5 Jun 2009 - 1:23pm | PrarthanaBanikya

Greenpeace and 50 students from various schools and colleges in the city, today, raised alarm about the increasing threat of climate change on the Indian monsoon while interacting with the public at the HUB mall in the city. They were inaugurating the week-long activity to engage the people on the issue of Climate Change and sign petitions demanding a Renewable Energy law from the newly reinstated Indian government.

The Indian monsoon which is the lifeline of the subcontinent will be significantly affected by climate change, according to a Greenpeace paper titled ‘Monsoon Wager: Climate change and the Indian Monsoon’, that was released on the eve of World Environment Day (1). “On the occasion of the World Environment day as well as the onset of the monsoon in the region, we decided to flag off the first set of activities in the city to involve the public on the issue of climate change and raise caution over the changing monsoon patterns due to it.” said Prarthana Banikya, activist from Greenpeace.

The stability and predictability of the monsoons are critical to India’s economy, society and ecology, and changes in the monsoon will have far reaching social and economic impacts. “The lives of millions of Indians, farmers, city dwellers, depend on the monsoon. Guwahati and India cannot allow the delicate balance of the monsoon to be thrown awry; we cannot afford to adapt if the monsoons are impacted, we simply have to stop that from happening”, Prarthana said. “Students from various schools and colleges in the city, along with Greenpeace will be interacting with the people in various parts of the city over the next week to inform people about the urgency to start acting on this issue” she added.

Greenpeace is carrying out the public engagement activity across various cities in the country, to drive home the point to the general public and build the support for the RE law in the country. Yesterday eight Greenpeace activists hung an 80 foot banner in Mumbai with a message to the Indian Prime Minister, that read, “Dr Manmohan Singh, Save our Monsoon” from the Mumbai-Thane bridge linking the two cities which are amongst the most vulnerable to cyclones, sea level rise and flooding in the South Asian region (2).

Greenpeace demanded that the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh put India’s climate policy on track and urge world leaders such as Obama, Hu, Merkel, Sarkozy, Brown and Lula to do the same.

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Gadapani chargesheet out

28 Sep 2013 - 10:02am | AT News
A string of sensational disclosure has come to light in the chargesheet in the Gadapani Pathak murder case.
In its charge sheet, CID has named 12 people, including KLO militants and contractors. The charge sheet has disclosed a Rs 50 lakh deal with KLO for releasing Faizul Islam.
Pathak, a Superintending Engineer in the Agriculture department was abducted by suspected KLO militants along with another Agriculture department official Faizul Islam on May 2, 2012. Although Faizul was later released, bullet- ridden body of Pathak was recovered.

Police investigation named Hiranya Roy (KLO), Karan Barman (KLO), Amit Roy (contractor), Pradeep Roy alias Raghu (KLO), Uttam Roy (contractor), Bimal Brahma (contractor), Bhabotesh Kumar Roy (contractor), Nikhil Roy (contractor), Tarun Kumar Roy (contractor), Dilwar Hussain (the driver of the Bolero car in which the victims were whisked away), Bikash Barman (KLO) and Kaneswar Roy (KLO).