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Child rights conference in Guwahati

Come Monday. Guwahati is gearing up for the eastern regional roundtable conference on child rights.

Organizers told Assam Times that sponsored by the NCPCR, UNICEF, ILO and ASCPCR, the event would take place at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara where senior ministers, government officials and child rights activists are expected to participate.

The conference, fist of its kind in the state will have a panel discussion on the challenge of child labour.

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Minoti Borthakur - Courage to fight the odds!

5 Aug 2008 - 12:48pm | Aiyushman Dutta

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going, so sang Billy Joel. But when the going really gets tough, life tends to get disheartening, discouraging and everyday seems like drudgery. But once you make that breakthrough, you derive power in the truest sense of the term. Meet Professor Minoti Borthakur, who has not only proved the relevance of these words but is encouraging disheartened people to start dreaming and hoping once again.

Minoti’s story is one of courage and determination as she dared to fight a cunning and baffling disease like cancer, even when all doctors had given up hope, and emerge victorious. And in the process, she has set an example for others with her immense courage and faith in the Higher power. Her fight did not end with her conquering the disease for she has been encouraging people to live life positively besides providing support to cancer patients and depressed people. And to aid her in this direction, she penned her experiences while fighting the disease in the form of a book three years back.

There is good news for people of the northeast now. Minoti’s highly acclaimed book, Mur okhukhor ek bosor (One year of my ailment) has now been translated for the benefit of thousands of cancer survivors in Northeast India. Cancer has a high rate of incidence in the north-eastern periphery of the country, primarily due to the extensive use of tobacco and other oral stimulants.

The English translation of the book A Cancer survivor’s struggle and success was released recently at Guwahati by noted litterateur and Gyanpith award winner Dr. Mamoni Roisom Goswami, in the presence of veteran writer Dr. Hiren Gohain. Hailing Minoti’s efforts in providing support to hundreds’ of people afflicted by the dreaded disease, Dr. Gohain said, “Cancer patients have to undergo huge mental trauma and in most cases, the patient loses mental strength to carry on. Minoti’s book will encourage them to fight the disease and she will be source of inspiration for generations to come”.

A person who fought against the disease for more than a year, Minoti has been an epitome of strength for those around her. In fact, she had started meditation classes in her college when she encountered cases of depression, mental fatigue and low self-esteem among her students. She did not lose hope even after doctors of the famed Tata memorial Hospital gave up all hope of her recovery and instead, she implemented a strict regimen of meditation, yoga and a highly nutritional diet with ample doses of spirituality. She says, “In most cases, the patients and their families are unaware of the nutritional needs and cancer care needs of the patients. I have tried to include all these aspects in detail in the book”.

Stressing on the need for more support for cancer patients in the region, Minoti, who has been working with other cancer patients in the northeast, said, “Following its release in 2005 and the tremendous response of the people, a lot of patients from other States who come to the B. Barooah Cancer Institute for treatment have been asking for its English version. I hope the book would not only encourage the patients but also the family members and equip them with the necessary tools and mental strength to fight the disease”.

Authorities of the sole cancer research hospital of the region – the B. Barooah Cancer Institute – have hailed Minoti’s dedication towards the welfare of the cancer affected people of the region. BBCI Director AC Kakoti said, “Borthakur is a living example that nothing is impossible if one has the grit and will to achieve. She is closely associated with the cancer patients and we hope this book would immensely benefit patients from other North-eastern states”.

Minoti Bothakur retired as the head of the department of philosophy, Cotton College. She now runs a honorary counselling centre - “Minoti’s counselling centre” - where she imparts training in yoga, meditation besides imparting counselling to increase the mental strength of her clients.

No let-up in flood fury

10 Jul 2016 - 1:47pm | AT News

Flood problem refuses to improve in Assam on Sunday following the incessant rains that lashed the state during the last couple of days. The river Brahmaputra and its major tributaries have been flowing above the danger level rendering over 2 lakh people homeless in ten district. The worst-hit districts include Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Goalpara, Dhemaji, Majuli, Sonitpur where the government steps up relief and rescue operations. Chief Minister Sarbananda Soniowakl, who reviewed the flood scene in Dispur has asked the officials to closely monitor the situation.

No dearth of excuse to delay NRC

20 Feb 2018 - 9:55pm | AT New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Both Delhi and Dispur were left red faced in Supreme court on Tuesday as the apex court refused to give more time to complete NRC because of the panchayat polls.

A division bench of the country’s top court comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Narimon asked the NRC authority to ensure that the process to update NRC must not suffer because of the rural body polls.

Later  talking to reporters, AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the government tried to extend the period to complete NRC in the name of panchayat polls which the court foiled.

“We have full faith on the Supreme Court. Whatever is completing is only at the intervention of this highest judicial institution,” said Dr Bhattacharya.

Before that the court asked the Registrar General of India and NRC coordinator in Assam to publish the second draft on May 31 and to publish the final NRC draft on June 30.

It further rejected the prayer to replace Prateek Hajela as coordinator and to recruit an extra coordinator.