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I don’t know how many times I have gone to see Bhalukpong. Also, I don’t know why I love this place so much. Bhalukpong, a destination for refreshing health and soul. It awestruck me a lot. Bhalukpong is a boarder place between two sisters state Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Bhalukpong is located in between West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and Sonitpur district of Assam, lies in the coordinate 27.011°N 92.646°E. Bhalukpong is about 56 km away from Tezpur, 5 km from Tipi, 100 km from Bomdila and 335 km to Towang towards north along with NH no. 229. The small town is situated at 213 metres above the sea level; Bhalukpong is the entry point to Arunachal. The place is famous for archaeological ruins of King Bhaluka who was the grandfather of King Bana of Mahabharata fame and an ancient ruler of the region. A historical fort of 10th - 12th Century AD is situated in the foothills of the region and one can see the stone remains of the fort. Some important remains of King Bahluk’s capital and his grandson Bana are preserved here. The Kameng River Called in Arunachal Predesh and Jia Bharali in Assam flow through Bhalukpong providing ample scope for adventure tourism. It is also a beautiful picnic spot.  Fish angling and river rafting at Jia Bharali are the principal tourist activities in Bhalukpong.

Tourist attractions in Bhalukpong include the Pakhui Game Sanctuary and Tipi Orchid Research centre, situated about 3 km away from Bhalukpong and hosts over 2600 cultivated orchids from 80 different species. The best time to visit this centre is between April and May, when one can see the exotic orchid collection in full bloom. The Nameri National Park is the closest park from Bhalukpong. The annual festival Nyethidow of the Aka tribe is celebrated in January at Bhalukpong, Thrizino. Bhalukpong witnesses the devastating Indo-China war of 1962. The road from Tezpur town to Bhalukpong passes through the Nameri National Park along with the beautiful saal and teak forests. The lodging pleasure at Bhaukpong is something special. The Prashanti Tourist Lodge of Govt. of Assam is the heritage one. One can’t forget the pleasure and refreshing night at the first floor balcony in the midst of Jia Bharali’s sound which passes near the Prashanti.

For the information of the tourists, there is an Office of Tourist Information Officer, Govt. of Assam. One can get enough information from the office in the field of tourism. Now a day the bank of river jia bharali of Bhalukpong has become one of the significant picnic spots of Assam. Thousands of peoples come here to enjoy the winter. Along with Prashanti there is a Tourist Information Office of Govt. of Assam. Presently Mr. Madhab Das is the Asstt. Tourist Information Officer (ATIO) of Bhalukpong office. Mr. Das is a very gentle young energetic, nature lover, helpful person. One can contact him for useful information’s. The Iora cottage under the umbrella of Assam Tourism development Corporation (ATDC) also provides fooding and lodging facility at Bhalukpong. There is a very good facility for rafting, one of the most amazing adventure sports at Bhalukpong. There are a number of trekking and hiking trails in and around Bhalukpong. Adventure seekers can enjoy fishing and angling along different stretches of Jia Bharali River.       

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District level Art Exhibition and 3D Art at Dudhnoi

10 Oct 2016 - 3:25pm | Benjamin Kaman

A district-level Art Exhibition in Jana Mandir, Dudhnoi is being held from October 8-11. Organsied by RTL Events, this is the first of its kind in the Goalpara distric, where fifteen artists from various parts of the district and over three hundred students of various schools have participated. A 3 Dimensional art of Goddess Durga was specially painted for the occasion.

The event brought together fifteen artists to a common platform including Ghanakanta Rabha, Himdpita Kakati, Bandana Borthakur, Dhiraj Rabha, Ashim Roy, Debajit Guha, Kulen Khaklari, Gaurav Kumar Nath, Nitish Bhakat Brahma, Priyanka Tara Rabha, Hitesh Rajbongshi, Karan Khaklari, Disa Roy, Kangkana Das, and Chinmoy Das. The huge volume of the artworks being done in various media has created a very colourful display on the walls of the Jana Mandir, a public auditorium here in Dudhnoi. Artists Himdipta Kakati and Dhiraj Rabha have painted a 3D (three dimensional) art of Goddess Durga for the occasion. Artist Nitish has presented a joyous moment of feast of the following day of a marriage ceremony of Rabha community, where the kins sit together near fire and have Jonga (Rice Beer) with fish and meat delicacies in the courtyard surrounded by greeneries. Kulen Khaklari has depicted Bagurumba Dance of the Boro community in acrylic medium. The Arnai (traditional Boro Towel) placed at one side of the painting has given an affect nearly resembling 3D art.

Another artist Hitesh Rajbonghi has painted Bihu, the folk dance of Assam in acrylic medium. The pastel work of sunset by Chinmoy Das created view of a simmering Sun with its last radiance. The paintings of Karen Khaklari are on love and tolerance of Jesus expressed in acrylic medium. Looking at life through water colour, Dhiraj Rabha has presented his works on portrait, mother’s love, rural lifestyle and nature. His portraits depict expressions and age very nicely. An another art portrays a traditional Rabha Chang Ghar with various elements amid greeneries on a sunny afternoon. Himdipta Kakati has depicted portrait, rural lifestyle and landscape through water colour, acrylic, oil pastel and mixed media. In one of his works, a poor rural woman wants to search meaning of life in a dark kitchen lighted by a tiny lamp. Portarit is the subject of artist Gaurav kumar Nath and expressions have taken a perfect form in his meticulous hands. In the festive time of Durga Puja, artist Ashim Roy has expressed a moment of Puja festivities. In another art he has depicted nature with minute details. Debajit Guha has portrayed few trees standing amid foggy floodwaters and their reflections are creating a dreamy scene. Three young artists have also contributed to this gathering through their creative works. Disa Roy has depicted nature while Priyanka Tara Rabha has painted daily life in acrylic medium. Another young artist Kangkana Das has painted a house amid trees. Apart from art works of these artists, more than three hundred paintings are displayed which are in various mediums by schoolchildren of Dudhnoi area.

Sculptors Ghanakanta Rabha and Bandana Borthakur have displayed their creative works in the exhibition. Ghanakanta Rabha’s sculpture depicting lost childhood was awarded at 9th North East States Exhibition of Art 2016 at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalashetra under mixed media category. The art work conveys the transformation of life of the children from freestyle to mechanical one, that children are barred from free style games since he has to carry heavy load of books all the time. The untold pain is reflected in the face of the child in an excellent way. In an another work the sculptor has shown a man trying to pull out his head from inside of a pitcher, thereby conveying his desire to come out from darkness to the world of knowledge and freedom. Sculptor Bandana Borthakur has carved human life and rural life style. In the work on rural life, the sculptor shows elements of rural life very nicely.

RTL Events, Dudhnoi has done a herculean task of hosting this giant exhibition under the leadership of Dhruba Basumatary as Director, Rupam Ghosh Secretary, Acru Roy as Manager and members being Ranendra Basuatary, Manab Roy, Dipak Basumatary, Biki Rabha, Paresan Roy and Chumbini Rabha. Publics visiting the exhibition have appreciated the good initiative of the RTL Events. 

Sonowal assures Bengalis of safety & security

8 Apr 2018 - 9:07am | Shajid Khan

TANGLA: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the Bengalis have a distinct and unique identity in the world platform and that they stand out for their rich culture,sharp-mind and philosophically strong attitude.

Addressing the open session of the 4th biennial conference of Udalguri district committee All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation(AABYSF) at Tangla on Saturday, he said the  sensitive issues plaguing the Bengali community including the citizenship issue,D-voters issue,detention camp refugees among others are being looked into with utmost priority.  He said l the people should not feel insecured and marginalized because of these confronting issues.

According to him,  his government has been according equal importance to both Brahmaputra and Barak vallies in terms of better communication through road,rail and air connectivity along with
upcoming projects like medical and engineering colleges in Hailakandi.

In his speech PHE  and Food and Civil Supplies Minister,Rihon Diamary  said all communities in BTC are residing peacefully and the government has ensured  equal rights for every community residing in BTAD areas. He said that the road condition along with improvement of drainage system, supply of pure drinking water will be provided to the people of Tangla soon.
Lok Sabha MP from Mangaldoi ,Ramen Deka said about
430 Km of roads which needs repairment has been recognized and training programmes by KVK Udalguri has immensely helped unemployed youths by giving self-employment oppurtunities.

Hojai MLA, Siladitya Deb, PWD Minister, Parimal Suklabadya also spoke in the session presided over by Chief Advisor of AABYSF, Sukumar Biswas. Panery MLA, Kamali Basumatari;AIDC Chairman,Mission Ranjan Das;BTC EM,Jagadish Sarkar; Kalaigaon MLA, Maheshwar Boro; Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri, Dilip Kumar Das, SDO(Civil), Bhergaon,Dithakananda Hazarika,along with the President of the AABYSF Kamal Chaudhary were prominent among those who attended the meeting.

Scientific advisory meeting of KVK, Darrang

17 Sep 2010 - 2:55pm | tpsaikia


The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Darrang for the year 2010 was held in the Conference hall of DRDA, Darrang on 9th September, 2010. The meeting was chaired by Dr. B.C.Bhowmick, Director of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. In his inaugural speech, Dr. Bhowmick emphasized on dissemination of improved agricultural technologies by the KVKs to the ultimate user, the farmers. Mentioning about the 2nd green revolution, he pointed out that N E India is the hot spot for this revolution as the productivity is still low in NE India. The population of India in 2050 will be 175 crore and to feed this burgeoning population agricultural growth rate must be increased from the present 2% to 4-5%. The present technology adoption rate is only 20% which must be increased to 80% to ensure a 4 folds production and productivity jump.


Dr. N.N.Sarmah, Director of Research (Agri), AAU in his address informed the house that AAU has already developed 45 varieties of rice and several varieties in other crops, however, the performance of these varieties in the farmer’s field is not up to the expectation. HYVs, like Ranjit, has the yield potential of about 5-6 t/ha. But in farmers field only 1.7 to 1.9 t/ha is realized, he added. So the productivity can be doubled with the existing varieties if proper production practices are adopted by farmers. Dr. A.K.Chakraborty, Director of Research (Vety.), AAU stressed on adopting scientific methods for higher production in animal and fishery sector along with the major crop, rice. He also emphasized on collaboration with the line department to implement various developmental programmes on enhancing productivity in animal and fish sector.


In the interactive session, the heads of different line departments or their representatives from Agriculture, veterinary, soil conservation, fishery, social welfare, sericulture, DICC gave their feedback on their collaborative activities with KVK. Four progressive farmers viz., Debajani Nath(Sipajhar), Omar Ali(Dalgaon), Hafiza Begum(Dhula) and Gunendra Saharia(Namkhola) also interacted and narrated their experiences in agriculture and allied aspects while participating in KVK activities.


The annual progress reports of previous years and action plan for 2010-11 were presented by Dr. T.P.Saikia, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Darang before the house and were approved with minor modifications. Dr K.K.Sharma, Chief Scientist, RARS, N. Lakhimpur also attended the meeting and offered his valuable suggestion in finalization of the action plan.


In his concluding remark, Dr. K.M.Bujarbaruah, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, AAU, highlighted the role of KVKs in developing a production plan to increase production and productivity of the district. He added: “since the weakest sector of Assam’s agriculture is the animal husbandry sector, extra effort must be put to bring a noticeable change in this sector too. Agro-processing, particularly in the Darrang District is an important aspect and cooperation with the NGO and the concerned line departments is needed. Self sufficiency in the certified seed requirement is urgently required and KVKs must play the active role in this regards too”. The meeting ended with offering of vote of thanks by Dr Devajit Borthakur, SMS of KVK, Darrang to all the participating members.