The day on 30th September, 2007 (Sunday) was slightly different for the Assamese as well as well-wishers of Assam, residing in the Millennium city of Gurgaon, New Delhi & Faridabad. Slightly away from the hustles of the mushrooming malls, the community hall at Rail Vihar, Sector-57 was all agog with hundreds of the Assamese community gathered around. The reason was the visit of Revered Xotraadhikaar of Aauniaati Xotro, Dr. Pitambar Dev Goswami. On, arrival, Dr. Goswami was rendered a traditional welcome by the young residents of Gurgaon with ‘Gayan-Bayan’ and chanting of ‘Uruli’. Arround 150 people from Gurgaon, New Delhi & Faridabad participated in the ‘Naam-Proxongo’, which was followed by ‘Negera Naam’, presented by some young residents of Gurgaon. The ladies were also not far behind and actively participated in the ‘Naam-Proxongo’.
The second session began with a cultural evening, which started at around 07:15 PM with the arrival of Chief Guest, Honorable Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Shri Mukundakam Sharma. The ceremony was formally inaugurated with ‘Lighting of Lamps’ by revered Xotraadhikaar Dr. Goswami, Hnorable Chief Justic Shri Sharma and Retired IAS officer Shri Ashok Saikia. Revered Xotraadhikaar Dr. Goswami was felicitated with a traditional ‘Pator Cheleng Chadar’by Honorable justice Shri Sharma and later on Shri Sharma along with Shri Ashok Saikia was felicited with ‘Cheleng Chadar’ by Shri Mridul Bhuyan, President, Assam Association Gurgaon. The felicitation was followed by a lecture about the works of Dr. Pitambar Dev Goswami by Shri Mukundakam Sharma. Revered Xotraadhikaar, Dr. Goswami mesmerized the gathering of about 200 people with an insight in to the ‘Xotrya Traditions of Assamese Culture’. The highlights of the cultural evening was melodious ‘Borgeet’ presented by disciples of Aaauniaati Xotro, Ms. Eepsita Hazarika, Mr. Mridul Mahanta and Natua Nrityo & Chaali Nrityo, presented by the disciples of Aauniaati Xotro. The curtains to the day long programme dropped at around 09:30 PM with ‘Vote of Thanks’ by Shri Mridul Bhuyan, followed by a sumptuous Assamese Dinner comprising of Rice, Daal, Vegetables, ‘Khar’, ‘Masor Tenga Jool’.
National award winning Youth Assamese Journalist Amarjyoti Borah has been selected for the Wolfson Press Fellowship offered by Cambridge University, United Kingdom. The three month fellowship will start from April 19 and during the course of the fellowship the fellows will research on their selected subject areas.
Amarjyoti has already made a mark in the field of Environment Reporting. In 2007 he was adjudged the “Youth Environmental Journalist (print) of the Year” by the Forum of Environment Journalists at New Delhi. Again in 2008 he was among 15 Journalists from Asia, Europe and Africa who were selected for a scholarship to attend a two months advanced training on environment reporting at Berlin, Germany. The scholarship and training was offered by the International Institute of Journalism, Berlin.
The Wolfson Press Fellowship brings Journalists from various countries to Wolfson College, Cambridge University to research on a particular topic of interest to the Journalist. Amarjyoti will be researching on the issues of Climate Change and the Environment Refugees.
“My area of case study will be the impacts of Climate change on the Sundarbans in India and Bangladesh, and its impacts on the human population”, says Amarjyoti. “I will also be concentrating on issues of the rights of the people there, and the views of the international community and international organisations on these issues”, adds Amarjyoti.
Amarjyoti has been reporting for “Down to Earth”, a leading Environment and Science magazine and have covered many major issues related to the North. The coverage on the destruction of the heritage caves in the Jaintia hills in Meghalaya has been widely appreciated. Besides this, his coverage of the much neglected oil spill issue at Changpang in Nagaland along with exclusive interview of NSCH leaders on this issue have had major impacts. Amarjyoti has also reported extensively on the impacts of Climate Change on different aspects of human life. “The entire North East is reeling under severe impacts of climate change. The consequences could be devastating in the future”, says Amarjyoti.
Amarjyoti, who has several achievement to his name is a resident of Rukmini Nagar, Guwahati and is the younger son of Sri Hiren Borah and Nizara Bora.
Two hardcore NDFB rebel was killed another captured at an encounter in Guwahati on Monday. According to information, the encounter took place at 2-30 in the afternoon at Moragaon area in Guwahati when police launched an operation in the area. The captured terrorist was injured and was rushed to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital for treatment.
The deceased was identified as Bathan Narzary, a dreded sergeant majoe of the Bodo insurgent outfit. Two other cadres, however, managed to escape from the spot. The encounter took place when normal life came to a grinding halt on Monday as the 12 hour bandh call given by the outfit's Ranjan Daimary faction alleging the killing of altogether 56 NDFB rebels were killed by the police and security personel in the name of encounter in the state since the April 19 to July 19.
Union minister Ranee Narah filed nomination papers as Congress candidate in Lakhimpur on Friday.
Accompanied by thousands of party workers, the Union minister arrived in the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Lakhimpur and submitted her nomination papers before the returning officer at 11 in the morning.