National Press Day was observed colourfully by the Freelance Journalist Association, Nazira at Nazira M.C. Club on last November 16. In this connection a public meeting was held under the chairmanship of journalist Biren Sharma. Eminent writer Punya Saikia, Deepali Bhattachya, News editor of the Dainik Janambhumi paper Sankar Koushik Baruah, Pradip Kr. Das S.D.O. (Civil) of Nazira Sub-division were also present in the meeting alongwith other dignatories. In the meeting the organisers distributed trophies and prize money to the winners of the state level essay and district level drawing competition. Bulu Chetia, secretary of the Nazira Journalist Association thanked the organisers for their effort to bring awerness about the Press Day among the mass people.
Elephants on the Line, a programme organized last year to mitigate man-elephant conflict in the villages bordering India-Bhutan launched in association with Udalguri administration and Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri since last six months. The programme was sponsored by North Carolina State University, USA and USFWS. EOL recently organized three village level awareness and demonstration workshops in three remote villages namely- Gitibari, Ganeshghat and Santipur in Udalguri district bordering Bhutan on March 21. “Elephants on the Line” team comprising Dr.KK Sarma,HOD,College of Vety Science, Khanapara, Guwahati; Environmental journalist Mubina Akhtar (who is also the Hony. Advisor of Assam Wildlife Board) ; Jayanta K Das,EOL Coordinator,Assam part; Dr.Pranjal Bezbarua ,GU along with Raju Brahma,ACF,Udalguri and local EOL members visited three human elephant conflict hit villages in Udalguri district. The team organized live demonstration on the dos and don'ts for villagers residing in HEC villages. All the three villages mostly inhabited by Adivasi,Bodo and Nepali people had been victims of human elephant conflict sine decades due to ignorance and illiteracy. EOL members used to teach them to prepare chilly sticks/candles to drive away wild elephants. They were also encouraged to take up plantation of lemon citrus as an alternative croping and to prevent entry of wild elephants into villages. The EOL team had a meeting with Girindra Adhikari,DFO,Dhansiri Forest Division Udalguri at Paneri Forest IB at 10 am. The DFO formally launched the chilly sticks prepared by EOL to prevent entry of wild elephants in the villages during night time. A colourful poster on the need for creating habitat for wild elephants and tips to avoid confrontation with wild elephants was also released on the occasion.
It needs mention that 22 people and 8 wild elephants had been killed during 2014 in Udalguri district which was considered as the highest HEC casuality in anywhere in Asia. A few nature loving people of India,USA and Bhutan had formed “Elephants on the Line” in July in 2014. The first meeting was held at Udalguri on July 24 which was sponsored by two consecutive DC s of the district namely-Thaneswar Malakar (now DC,Kokrajhar) and Sadhana Hojai. ABSU and AASAA of Udalguri district offered full cooperation and support for launching the program. Wildlife Educator Lisa Mills of North Carolina State University and wildlife biologist Dr.Ellen Cheng of USA;Mamatha Satyanarayana of Mysore; Sonam Wangdi, Jigme Dorji, Sangay Dorji,Tenjin Wanchuk all Chief Forest Officers of five Bhutan district attended the meeting where EOL was formally launched. Activities were arranged with a very small financial support from USFWS and NCSU,USA. In October in 2014, Heidi Riddle of Asian Elephants Foundation, lady working worlwide for the mitigation of human elephant conflict joined EOL at a meeting held at Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.She along with Lisa Mills,Dr.Ellen Cheng,Mamatha Satyanaraya also visited Udalguri doing practical training to members of HEC villages.
Subsequently six sectors had been identified for formation of sector committees. Various sophisticated electronic gadgets like GPS,digital camera,binocular,high powere solar torch lights, laptops etc were given to sector members after giving proper training. People have expressed their trust in EOL members for which forest department has been taking EOL support at any time in need.
At least five persons sustained serious burn injuries when a market caught fore in the outskirt of Guwahati on Friday.
The incident took place at Sontoli in Boko where a devastating fire broke out in the market in the wee hours.
The reason of this ravaging fire has yet to be ascertained. But it rapidly spread over a huge portion of the market where at least 30 shops have been gutted to reduce properties worth Rs 3 crore to ashes.
Fire tenders arrived in the spot an hours after the fire broke out. But by then many shops were ravaged by the inferno. Ten fire tenders took several hours to bring the situation under control.