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Ural basti, a village of Sonapur which is 42 k.m far away from Guwahati city in which the materialistic city life has not fully touched their simplicity. 

The department of Social work, Assam Don Bosco University and University college Dublin volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland organised International student volunteer exchange programme of 2015 in Sonapur area of Guwahati Assam for one month(12th june-12th July);  a twenty two member volunteer team including faculties have identified Ural basti and kachari basti(Sonapur) as the areas of intervention and aim at contributing towards the socio-economic development of the villagers and promote attitudinal changes among the members of the community towards life. The main objective was to enhance the development of marginalised and underprivileged communities through the community participatory development model and social Outreach programme. The major issues as per the identification are Alcoholism, drop out, drinking water, illiteracy, unemployment and religious politics is taking a crucial place in the community with the existence of Christianity and Hinduism and two major ethnic groups BODO and ADIVASI. Nowadays when people talks about only problems instead of constructive solutions, the step taken towards understanding reality and seeking for solution by department of social Work, ADBU and UCDVO is really appreciable and as a student of social work I am privileged to experience this programme.

The basic amenity for the children like preschool is also not accessible in this village. The condition of the Aganwadis of the village discouraged the parents to send their children to Aganwadi. It is necessary that AWC is consolidated as the first village/ habitation post for health, nutrition and early learning centre or on which the Schemes like SABLA and IGMSY are also implemented. The ICDS Scheme does not provide fund for construction of AWC buildings except in the North Eastern (NE) states. But still the conditions of these aganwadis in this particular village are unexpected. Aganwadis are considered as the focal point for the delivery of services. This is one of the major factors why we picked up the Aganwadis for renovation in order make it a child friendly as it is the foundation of their educational journey of course for those who cannot afford the private sector. Both the primary schools are not functioning properly due to the availability of teachers. Lack of awareness and access to some public services has made their life tougher. The quality of life cannot be improved unless the basic facilities like water, sanitation, nutrition, hygiene and so on are not improved. Therefore the intervention was planned in such a way so that not even a single major issue left untouched. 


Apart from the renovation of Aganwadis, We conducted awareness programme and workshops on different issues health and hygiene, sanitation, the hand washing habit among the children, alcoholism and domestic violence, language impart classes for the school students. As the youths are very much unorganised and most of them are drop outs and therefore a career counselling session has been organised where they were informed about various sectors as per their interest and as well as the open universities especially for the drop outs. There are only one tube well, two wells and one stream on which the whole village depends for drinking water which is really unsafe and unhygienic. Though we could not contribute much towards it but we sensitised people on this issue and also approached village authority to take this to the higher level, because we do believe in people’s power and they are capable of bringing the change what they want to bring. Two more Event have been Organised asSports day’ and ‘community cultural event’ where we created a platform for the whole community towards the attainment of the goal of enriching their potentials and confidence building.

Livelihood is another major concern in this community. Livelihood is mere a basic need of food, shelter and clothing along with quality of life, education and good healthy life. Livelihood pattern of a family or a village very much depend upon the geographical areas and the resources available in around the community. As per the ‘participatory Rural Appraisal’ findings most of the community people are engaged in agriculture and daily wage labour in brick factories (two factories are there) and tea gardens. As today the whole world is talking about women empowerment and we do not know how far we have reached! But we emphasized on women for the livelihood training programme on Art and Craft keeping in mind the objective of Sustainable  Development. During this one month of participatory Development project as a team we were involved in multitasking and trying to touch the larger objectives of community organisation and Social work accordingly in bringing co-operative and collaborative attitude among the community people and help people to help them.

Every one of us should work hard, prosper and succeed through innovation and hard work and once successful, we should give something back to society which has made us or cable of doing so. It’s an appeal to all the young students irrespective of any stream give your hands to those who have been struggling to fulfil the basic needs of life. If we will walk together a path will emerge and we will make our own path. Do not depend too much on God and Government believe in Yourselves and be great at what you do,  and this way all of us can contribute towards a greater Assam, greater India and of course a greater world. 

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Homage to Birsha Munda in Kokrajhar

15 Nov 2017 - 9:36pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Adivashi community and All Assam Adivashi Students Association (AASAA) recalled contribution and dedication of freedom fighter Bir Birsha Munda on 142nd birth anniversary observation at Ashurline Daloabari in Kokrajhar district on Wednesday.

The anniversary was organised by AASAA  central committee in association with Kokrajhar west anchalik committee and Daloabari unit AASAA. The AASAA and Adivashi community recalling Bir Birsha Munda, freedom fighter of India,who sacrifice his life for the cause of Independence of India movement.

Munda was borned on November 15(1875) and died on June 5(1900). Stephen Lakra, president of AASAA paid floral tribute to Bir Birsha Munda on the occasion. A football trophy was also organised to mark the anniversary observation.

BTC executive member Rajib Brahma graced as chief guest on the occasion.He remembered Bir Birsha Munda, who participated in the freedom movement.

In the football final match, Daloabari Geolang Club won the match defeating Ashurline Sports Club 3-2 goal through penalty kick.

The winner team was awarded a trophy and cash Rs. 6000 and runners up team was given away trophy and cash Rs. 4000.


Copenhagen climate summit ends with a deal

20 Dec 2009 - 12:25pm | Nava Thakuria

The world witnessed for almost two weeks how the negotiations went on during the UN global climate conference in the freezing cold Danish capital. The conference, the biggest in the history of mankind for the cause of environment, witnessed the participation of over 130 heads of government and states from around the globe, where every one initially remarked that the summit must not be failed.

But the latest series of negotiation and discussion proved that the division between the developed and developing remained intact. The repeated opposition and adjournment of the meetings delayed the acceptance of the resolutions. The summit, which was supposed to get concluded by Friday night, continued till Saturday evening.

In fact, the US President Barack Obama planned to return home soon after the agreement signed in Copenhagen, but he had to stay for longer period in the city to continue pursuing with different government heads. Even Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too got delayed because of the continued discussion during Friday midnight. Finally Obama initiated for a break though of the conference, where he convinced BASIC countries namely India, China, Brazil and South Africa to give approval for an agreement.

An hour-long meeting during the night among the US President with the Indian Prime Minister, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Brazilian President Lula Da Silva and South African President Jacob Zuma had resulted in a US-BASIC deal, where all parties agreed to take appropriate actions to prevent the global warming exceeding the level of 2 degree Celsius. Moreover, all the government heads of BASIC and the US had ensued for $30 billion as aid to the poor and developing nations in the next three years. It has also agreed to support the US proposed global fund of $100 billion a year by 2020.
Of course, not every one was happy with the deal. There were opposition from various other developing nations, where they argue that they can not ‘accept a text originally agreed by the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa as the blueprint of a wider United Nations plan’ to fight climate change.It was opposed by Cuba, Sudan, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Venezuela, Tuvalu, Costa Rica etc, where as the host country also showed reservation to the deal. The Danish Prime Minister and also COP15 president Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that he was not in favour of the proposal. However Japan, Norway, African nations and also the European Union nations came out with support for the proposal.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claimed the deal as a beginning was acceptable to him. He admitted that ‘it was not an easy task’ and asserted that the Copenhagen climate deal offers hope. German Chanellor Angela Merkel also agreed on the proposal but said she ‘expected more’.The Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh expressed happiness that a good deal for the entire developing world was resolved in the Copenhagen summit.
Someway happy notes were aired by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also when termed the exercise as an important beginning. He admitted that it was not satisfactory to a number of delegates as the deal ‘may not be everything everyone had hoped for’. But he firmly commented that finally ‘we have a deal in Copenhagen’, which has an immediate operational effect.

Dead body of Assamese army-man recovered after four decades

14 Aug 2007 - 7:58am | editor
New Delhi : Though it is hard to believe, an India Air Force team recovered the dead body of an Assamese airman, who had gone missing thirty years back from Chandrabhaga peak of Himachal Pradesh on 2nd of August. The airman has been identified as Mahendra Nath Phukan of Sivsagar district in upper Assam. Altogether three dead bodies have been recovered from the site. All the three had gone missing since February 7, 1968 after the IAF plane that they were travelling in crashed near the 20,500-foot high Chandrabhaga peak in Himachal Pradesh. The dead bodies had been located in a remote Himalayan valley and flown to Chandigarh air base, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said on last Friday. The mortal remains of the three soldiers were recovered from a height of 17,500 feet in a valley in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The IAF plane AN-12 took off from Chandigarh on February 7, 1968, with 102 people on board to Leh in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. So far, the bodies of only four of the 102 Indian Army and IAF personnel have been recovered.

Phukans body was identified from records and photographs. Phukan hails from Mora Bazaar of Amguri, in Sivsagar district. His remains will be flown into his home village shortly. His dead body is almost intact, though it turned to a fossil. He will be cremated with due honours, informs a local administration source