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India ‘fails’ to achieve development

India is not prepared to go for a sea change on all fronts. The country has yet to fully achieve its desired goals. This was what eminent journalist John Elliot said when he held an exclusive conversation with Mark Tully on the second day of the Guwahati Li Fest on Sunday.

Former BBC Mark Tully contradicted Elliot saying that the country was progressing on the vital fronts. He talked of the country’s election process which has undergone a huge change at the instance of the Election Commission.     


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UP boy springs surprise in Kokrajhar

13 Apr 2018 - 12:15pm | AT News

KOKRAJHAR: Uttar Pradesh's Yagendra Kumar (men's) of Uttar Pradesh awarded first prize and Shameli Singh of Raniganj, West Bengal got first prize(ladies) in the Hills Trekking race competition being organized in connection with the ongoing 6th Baukhungri festival in Kokrajhar on Thursday.
 The Baukhungri festival entered second day on Thursday which saw huge thronging on the day with different colourful programme scheduled.
 Nearly 100 participants participated from different states of the country, apart
from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Orrisa and districts of Assam state in the Hills Trekking competition being organized in connection with the Baukhungri festival along the Baukhungri Hills, which has been organised by BTC administration to explore tourism aspects in the state.
Commanding Officer of the 12th Battalion Shik Light infantry GG Guddu flagged off the Hills Trekking at Harinaguri High School which climbed the Baukhungri Hills(measuring height is 1491 feets from sea level). Yagendra completed his trekking by 39.02 minutes in men's  category which awarded first prize followed Bijay Deka of Kamrup rural in 39.14 minutes and Dela Sarkar of Dhupguri of West Bengal were adjust second and third prizes respectively in the men's category competition.
In ladies category,West Bengal's Shameli Singh was scripted first,who completed her trekking in 46.51minutes,Deepali Chutia of Golaghat spotted second  in 47.07 minutes and Matwara Ahmed of Boko Kamrup rural got third prize completed her target in 50.19 minutes respectively.
The winners are to be awarded cash one lakh (first ),fifty thousand (second)  and 25,000 (third) respectively.
In the festival, indigenous games like Komlainai (Bodo wrestling) for both boy and girls category, Cock fighting games are also organized to marked the celebration.
Games and cultural programmes have created huge amusement among gathering participants in the festival.
Meanwhile, BTC education department ceremonially distributed incentives among the 192 meritorious students from four districts of the council are so,  who are pursuing higher studies in various educational institutions across the country, apart from IIT, IIM, UPSC,PhD scholar, top in the HSLC, HS and distributed Scooties among BPL brilliant girl students who are studying in TDC courses.
BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary attended the programme as chief guest and ceremonially distributed among the students. Among others, BTC executive members Doneswar Goyary, Ansumwi Khunggur Boro, Education director RS Borgoyary,BTC principal secretary BC Phukan were prominent attendees on the occasion.
Borgoyary told that the BTC administration was working to the uplift of human resources as well social integration in the region making healthy environment among all sections of society. He has urged the citizens of the region to dedicate for building healthy living society as well development.
GG Guddu, army CO and Janjabati Basumatary, sports officer in BTC told that the sports events are being organized to create sporting environment in the region. They expressed their hope that the sports event will be encouraged about sporting among budding sports personalities.

Itanagar bandh call deferred to Nov 9

25 Oct 2015 - 4:10pm | AT News Itanagar

The All Nyishi Youth Association has deferred its proposed 24 hr capital bandh on Monday. The bandh will take place on November 9.

Addressing the media persons at Arunachal Press Club on Saturday, ANYA President Biri Kakum said they are firm on their demands.

The major demands include steps to do away with Pre-Paid electric Meter system from the capital, creation of Kamle and Pakke-Kessang districts, Inclusion of Smart City to Itanagar, White paper on financial status of the state, construction of 4-way lane road from Itanagar to Banderdewa.

AIEM meet focuses education

21 Oct 2017 - 11:44pm | AT News

The All India Education Movement (AIEM) focussed education for the minoroties in Assam as it held an interactive meet of the personalities engaged  in this sector at thd Gauri Sadan in Guwahati on Saturday.

AIEM, a non-political outfit, had planned an All India Educational Caravan in co-operation with Saiyid Hamid Foundation, New Delhi. The Caravan is presently travelling through ten states of northern, eastern and central India for 13 days from October 17 to  29. 

Starting from Agra on October 17, the Caravan travelled through Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, and Kishanganj to reach Guwahati on the morning of Saturday. 

The meet in the city was presided over by Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, eminent lawyer and social worker. Prof Abdul Mannan, former head of Department of Statistics, Gauhati University presented a report on the present educational status of the minority communities in Assam. 

Aman Ullah Khan, President of AIEM and leader of the Caravan, shared his experiences gathered during the campaigns in other states of the country. M Salman Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) and Tarique Azam (Malaysia), who are also accompanying the Caravan, stressed upon the importance of education and skill development and cited examples from their experiences abroad. 

Other members of the Caravan - Prof Khawaja M Shahid, Abdul Rashid, Dr Idrees Qureshi, Maulana Abrar Ahmad Islahi, Dr Ubaid Iqbal Asim, Er Tarique Azam, and Dr Abdul Quadeer also addressed and interacted with the audience on the occasion. 

Reshma NC Shah, founder Director, River Education Foundation; Zakir Hussain, Chairman, NEF Group of Institutions; Dr Taufique Borborah, former Principal, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh; and Inam Uddin Ahmed, President, Assam Zakat Fund participated in the interactive session that dealt with issues relating to school enrolment, prevention of school dropout incidence, re-enrolment of dropouts and quality education in schools. 

The meeting ended with the concluding remarks made by A Sabur Tapader, founder Director, Unity Education Foundation, Guwahati. 


The Caravan left for Kolkata in the evening en route to New Delhi where the campaign will come to an end on October 28.