Daily newsletters, published by the organizers of 30th Guwahati BookFair at Chandmari AEI field, started greeting the visitors since the second day of its inauguration on 30 December 2016. Organized by Publication Board Assam the annual book festival attracts thousands of visitors fromdifferent parts of the country. Book lovers throng at various stalls, erected by the established publishers from various south Asian nations, turning thevenue into one of the happening places in far eastern part of the glorious country.
For the first time, the organizers have facilitated wifi connection at the venue for the benefit of the visitors. Moreover an ATM has also been stalled for smooth monetary transactions in the 12-day book carnival. Regular discussion and evening cultural programs have been organized for the entertainment of the bookworms.
Titled as Granthamela, the daily newsletter contains regular news related to the festival as well as commentaries & personal feelings of serious appreciators of books, advance program schedules with other relevant information. Edited by the publication board secretary Pramod Kalita, the newsletters are being distributed among the visitors who arrive at the location to rediscover the books at the days of internet.
In a memorandum to the General Manager, N.F.Railway, Maligaon, the citizens and the passengers of Nagaon demanded for all round development including infrastructure development of the Nagaon Railway Station. In the 11 points long memorandum, the citizens demanded immediate arrangement for a shuttle train from Silghat to Chaparmukh, considering the heavy load of passengers. The shuttle train should be named as KALIABAR PASSENGER The 2067 UP Janasatabdi Express train should be linked with 808 Silghat to Guwahati down train at Chaparmuk junction. The passengers also demanded two additional trains from Silghat to Guwahati and Guwahati to Silghat with the names, SREEMANTA SANKAR DEV passenger and Kaziranga passenger respectively..
Moreover the Chaparmukh to Silghat railway line should be extended up to Tezpur Rangapara (North) from which the passengers of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be benefited. The one more line should be extended from Jakhalabandha to Sibsagar town via Numoligarh,Dergaon and Jorhat town for which the passengers of Upper Assam will be benefited as mentioned in their demand. Priority should be given to make the Nagaon railway station in the category of Model Railway Station with immediate renovation of the platform as per B.G.norms. It is to mention that the present platform of the station is not constructed properly for which ladies or handicapped passengers face difficulties to get in the train.
Beside all, the citizens also demanded for immediate steps to against the illegal constructions of business centers and small huts on the railway properties. People belonging to different categories have been occupying about 90% of landed property of N.F.Railway. It is always noticed that some anti-social activities are going on in such temporary huts, as a result, it has been spoiling the entire environment of the surrounding areas. The UTS and PRS system should be introduced in the Nagaon Railway Station and the Puranigudam, Samaguri, Salana, Jakhalabadha ,Bebjia, Phulaguri and Raha stations should be improved into three lines with proper signal system, as demanded.
The third annual issue of Bipanchika, published by Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Puthibharal Paduoi Samaj, was released at Guwahati Press Club on Sunday. The same meeting also witnessed the release of Anubhawar Shabdajyoti, a collection of Assamese poems penned by Lambit Barua and published by KohimaSahitya Sabha from Nagaland.
Inaugurating the annual magazine Bipanchika, director of Assam Library Services, Uttam Sharma appreciated the effort of the readers attached to Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Puthibharal for their continuous effort to bring out an annual publication comprising articles from different sections of the society.
On the other hand releasing Anubhawar Shabdajyoti, journalist Nava Thakuria expressed hope that the initiative of KohimaSahitya Sabha will enrich the Assamese literary world in a different way. He also pointed out that Assamesewriters based in northeast India should also initiate to publicize their creations through digital medium as well. Various speakers including senior librarian Rabindranath Pathak, KohimaSahitya Sabha president Prahlad Sonowal, poet Lambit Barua, artist Debananda Ulup, Atul Bharali, Rabin Baruah, Hiramoni Pathak, Sewali Kalita, Nabajyoti Sikder, Runumi Bhattacharya, Runu Goswami, Meghali Das, ChandanDas, Radhika Sonowal, Amiya Sonowal, Jayanta Sarkar, Baishali Sharma etc also highlighted the need of regular interactions among various sections in Assamese society.
Amid stepped up cases of farmers suicide, the Assam government will probe into the allegatoins of farmer suicide cases during the last 14 years. A government statement announced that additional chief secreatry SC Das will probe the media reports that 3,908 farmers committed suicide during the last 14 years.