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Judicial panel for tea gardens

The Assam government has set up a Judicial Commission to study the working conditions in the tea gardens. Headed by a retired judge, the panel will study the implementation of the Plantation Labour Act in the tea gardens apart from suggesting measures to improve the working condition. The judicial panel would look into the housing, health, education and other facilities being provided by the tea gardens. The government has made it mandatory that a tea garden must have all the facilities under the Plantation Labour Act before it can be sold off.

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Silchar all set for bypolls today

12 Sep 2014 - 6:51am | AT News

The stage is all set for by polls in Silchar along with Jamunamukh and Lakhipur. Amid tight security, poll officials are leaving for their assigned booths with electronic voting machines on Friday morning where 206,573 voters are set to decide on the fate of 12 candidates.

Polling will begin at 7 in the morning which will conclude at 5 in the afternoon. The results would be available on September 16.

The assembly constituency is holding a straight fight between the BJP's Dilip Paul and the Congress's Arun Dutta Mazumder.

By-election for the Silchar seat was necessitated by Congress legislator Susmita Dev's election to the Lok Sabha.

Poetry compilation released

25 Jan 2012 - 2:45am | editor

A poetry collection of Jatindra Kumar Borgohainsi was released January 22, at Guwahati Press club by veteran poet Hirendra Nath Dutta. The book was released in a discussion, “Adhumik Yug aru Nari Seadhinota” organised by “Nari-yug” a organisation for upliftment of woman. The discussion was presided by Hori noted children litterateur, Hori Priya Barukial Borgohainsi.

Bearing Witness: The Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam

31 Aug 2011 - 1:05am | editor


The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have pleasure in inviting you to a series of events to be held in a number of cities in India through September to October 2011. The events showcase the Research Report, Film and a Photo Exhibition conducted by C-nes and supported by HBF, under the project titled “Reviewing the Impact of Conflict on Women in Assam and Nagaland”, to a wide ranging audience and thereby, aim to generate awareness, understanding and discussion on the issues of concern.


The research, filming and photography for the project, ‘Impact of Conflict on Women in Assam and Nagaland’ were conducted by the C-NES team between 2009 and 2010. Its major aim was the rigorous documentation of how women in the two states have suffered since the first conflicts between Naga insurgents and Indian security forces – and between the idea of India and those who sought political and cultural spaces outside of it – and extensive dissemination through publications, the production of a documentary film, seminars/conferences and the media. The project sought to place these issues in the larger context of the challenges of nation-building, the enduring issues of human rights and their violations, enshrined in ‘national security’ laws which have been opposed for over 50 years. Regional growth and the failure of stakeholders and non-State groups to address these concerns are also reviewed.


The project has looked at not just who was affected or how they were affected but also the broader issues of just laws, the use of State power and the rights of individuals, especially women, in conflict zones. Violence against women during times of armed conflict has been a persistent and widespread practice over centuries. Until recently, violence against women in such situations has been couched in terms of protection and honour. This has been particularly devastating for women for it perpetuates their subordination in an insidiously deep-rooted manner.


The course of field research generated a diverse and challenging set of new perspectives, concerns, conclusions and experiences. As the C-nes team puts it: ‘To bear witness has been a challenging and disturbing experience; listening to and reading the testimonies of the victims has been particularly painful and saddening – especially as we are deeply aware that virtually none of the victims have had access either to compensation or justice by getting the legal system or even the administrative system to take care of the harm they have suffered. For some, the nightmare persists because they remained unhealed and unreached; for others the nightmare is renewed when they see the alleged killers of relatives or friends walking around free. We have been privileged to have been included in some of the most personal and difficult situations which these women and other individuals have faced. Although the title of the project is “The Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam”, it is not as if the suffering was confined to women. Indeed, while they have suffered acutely, other members of society also has been harmed, across the gender divide’.


We believe that the hard work, dedication and sincerity in bringing out this volume of work would contribute to a larger discourse about the situation in the North-east. The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have pleasure in inviting you to a series of events to be held across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kohima and Guwahati through September to October 2011. The objective is to showcase the Research Report, Film (A Measure of Impunity) and the Photo Exhibition, conducted by C-nes and supported by HBF, under the project titled ‘Reviewing the impact of conflict on women in Assam and Nagaland’, and bring it to the attention of a wider audience. In the process, we believe it will generate awareness, understanding and discussion about the plight, as well as, the courage of the women in these two states of North-east India.


We are immensely grateful at this stage of dissemination to a number of organisations in Delhi (IIC), Mumbai (NCPA), Chennai (Madras University), Kolkota (Seagull) as well as to C-nes team members and partners in Kohima and Guwahati for supporting and coordinating programmes in these locations.


Series of Events at all locations include the following:




  • Photo Exhibition




  • Film Premiere




  • Report Release




  • Panel Discussion




  • Press Conference




Delhi


Date: 7-9 September 2011
Time: 6:30 pm on all days
Venue: IIC, New Delhi


Downloads: Invitation/Programme Schedule, Poster


Chennai


Date: 23-25 September 2011
Venue: Madras University, Chennai


Kolkata


Date: 29-30 September & 1 October 2011
Venue: Seagull Foundation for the Arts
26, Circus Avenue, Calcutta 700019
Tel: +91-33-2287 3737 / 2287 7942


Mumbai


Date: 15-16 October 2011
Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021
Tel: +91-22-6622 3737


Guwahati, Assam


Date: 22-23 October 2011
Venue: Machkowa ITA Complex, Machkhowa, Guwahati


Kohima, Nagaland


Date: 28-29 October 2011
Venue: tbc