A delegation of Muslim leaders would visit the violence-hit areas on Sunday. Led by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani, the team arrived in Guwahati on Saturday. The delegation is scheduled to leave for Bilasipura in Dhubri district and Kokrajhar in the morning. The delegation consists of several MPs, MLAs, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, MP and President, Jamiat Ulama Assam state, Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, Hyderabad, Sabir Ali, MP, Bihar, Mualana Siddiquillah Chaudhri, secretary JUH West Bengal state, Hafiz Bashir Ahmad, MLA, Maulana Yahya acting president JUH Assam State and others, informed Abdul Hameed Noumani, Secretary for press and publicity, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. The delegation is scheduled to meet victims of the violence taking shelter in camps in Bilasipara and Gossaigaon.
Films have been one of the strongest tools for social change in our society. In a bid to create awareness on social issues and promote documenting issues through lens, Saraighat FilmFestival was organised by North East Youth Foundation (NEYF) on 2nd November in Guwahati. All together 10 short documentaries were screened which were made by young people upto the age of 25. Themes for the festival were urban poverty, human rights and livelihoods.
‘Why’, a documentary made by Kamal Lochan Deka of Cotton College was adjusted as the best movie by the judges. This film revolves around the life of one of the rag-pickers who dwell in the city. It focuses on the fact humanity has vanished among the civilised but it still exists among the downtrodden ones. Second best movie was ‘Annekhan’ and this was made by Upakul Dutta, Ibney Alom, Gaurav Boruah and Prajnyan Goswami of Dibrugarh University. Harsh Raj Baruah a student of Class X got much appreciation as he made a documentary related to the issue of child labour. Apart from the judges prizes there was a viewer’s choice prize which was also begged by ‘Why’. Tinat Atifa Masood , Mayank Taparia and Vijay Naidu were the judges who had appreciated the organiser and all young film makers . Bani Prakash Das, guest of the festival spoke his experience of making documentaries and appealed young people to come forward and make documentary films in future.
Ranjan K Baruah, Convener of NEYF has briefly spoken about the idea behind the festival and also importance of similar film festival. NEYF has been working with young people and as a part of engaging young people for social transformation they have started Saraiaghat FilmFestival which would be an annual event for young people of the region in particular and other is general. This programme was supported by North East Dialogue Forum. All the participants were given books and certificates apart from prizes to the winners of the festival. Prize winning movies would be screened in different campuses in the state and other parts of north eastern for encouraging young people to make documentaries on social issues. It was attended by professionals, business person, activists, media persons, youths and students from different parts of the state.
At a time when there have been reports of missing persons in Udalguri district and active presence of human trafficking groups. A Mysterious incident was reported where three girls went missing from Dhansirighat of Orang under Udalguri district on Saturday. Reportedly the three girls namely Namrata Karki Chetry (14),Pratiksha Bhattarai(14),Manika Devi Ghimire (14) went missing from November 5.
Family members and locals have suspected that the girls have fallen prey to human trafficking group which have been very active in this part of the state.
All the three girl childs are inhabitans of Jamuguri village of Dhansrighat under Orang PS of Udalguri. They were reportedly class 9 student of Nalbari high school of Dhansrighat under Udalguri. Police is yet to find any clue of the incident.
Meanwhile All Assam Gorkha Students' Union and Gorkha Sanmilon have appealed the police authorities to immediately jump into action and rescue the childrens. The family members of the girl childrens have also lodged a missing complaint at Orang PS of Udalguri.
Good news are pouring in before the Lok Sabha polls. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has made some more announcement on Wednesday hours before Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath announced the poll schedule.
Gogoi announced land pattas for more people apart from extending the qualified age for state government service from 35 to 40 years of age for the general category candidates.