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Erosion - dark side of the Brahmaputra

The Brahmaputra River is a massive river born in Tibet that sweeps its way along Assam to finally reach the sea in the Bay of Bengal (Bangladesh). The Brahmaputra is one of the major rivers in Asia, it is about 2900km long and, every spring, people, animals and crops are affected by floods when the Himalayan snow starts to melt.

This river changes names several times throughout its course. In its origins in southwestern Tibet it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo River, then it enters India through Arunachal Pradesh and in this area it is called Dihang. Through Assam it is known as Brahmaputra and in Bangladesh as Jamuna. In Bangladesh the Jamuna merges with the Padma River (Ganga in Bangladesh) creating the world’s largest delta.

Erosion of the land in the river bench

During its course an interesting phenomenon takes place: due to sedimentation, river islands appear. They are known as chars or saporis in the local languages. At the same time, the river floods and erodes the land that has formed in these islands, where over 1.5 million people live. These people live under great influence of natural changes, and they have seen their land shrink year by year because of these.

They pile sand bags as a barrier against erosion

Many people are affected by this change of landscape. While we were visiting the boat clinics, we got to know that only a few months before the river had wiped out a large piece of land in Majuli, taking a school with it. It was a strange feeling, being on a land that might not be there next year. That is how many people live in these islands, permanently knowing that all their buildings are temporary.


A few months before this picture was taken the land reached to the other side, a distance of about 3 km in which the previous school was before the river made its way through.

Building barriers with sand bags is a way of partially protecting the river bench, and these are found in a few stretches of the river. However, the threat is still very real for the most part of the people living in the shores of the Brahmaputra, who haven’t had any response from the Government in their cry out for help.

Following a video about erosion and how it affects the lives of the people living near the banks of the Brahmaputra River.

By Mariona and Clara, two young doctors from Barcelona, Spain, blogged on brahmaputra while they visited the boat clinics run by the Center for North East Studies

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Child scientist’s eco-camp tracking on Indo-Bhutan jungles

11 Jan 2010 - 5:45am | Jayanta Kumar Das

In an attempt to create awareness to conserve flora and fauna of Assam and to make science popular among children of the rural villages a unique programme of eco-camp cum tracking for 30 child scientists of Udalguri district was organized at Jalimukh ( 260 55’10” E and 91o53’04” N; elevation 370m above sea level) on Indo-Bhutan international border on January 9,2010.Udalguri district administration organized the programme in association with Divisional Forest office,(Dhansiri Division),Udalguri;37 BN SSB and Aryabhatta Science Centre district coordinator. Five students accompanied by a guide teacher from each of the six developmental blocks of the district namely-Kalaigaon, Khoirabari, Bhergaon,Udalguri,Rowta and Mazbat took part in the eco-camp cum tracking It needs mention that the students had been selected on the basis of their performance in the block level science competitions held in the month of November 2009.

A simple inaugural ceremony was held at Nonai Range Forest office in Khalingduar reserve Forest at 9.30 am It had been an excellent work done by the organizers for which children of all the six development blocks could arrive and depart home safe. District Aryabhatta Science Centre coordinator Jayanta Das in his welcome speech explained about the eco-camp cum tracking programme saying that such events would boost the morale of the children of the villages and would also motivate them to work for the conservation of nature and wild life. He thanked officers of Udalguri district administration, Divisional Forest Office, Dhansiri Division,Udalguri; 37 BN SSB and 315 Field regiment (Kargil) for sharing the day with the child scientists.Dr.SS Meenakshi Sundaram,DC,Udalguri in his inaugural speech thanked the child scientists for taking interest in science technology and conservation of nature and wild life. He said that district administration of Udalguri would arrange more such events for the children so as to create scientific temperament in them. Bankim Sarma,DFO, Dhansiri division, Udalguri also addressed the child scientists and the guides explaining the need for conservation of ecology.According to him plantation of more and more trees would only save thousands of species from micro organism to bigger animals. He gave in details of the Khalingduar Reserve Forest and its flora and fauna.

30 child scientists both boys and girls accompanied by the heads of the district administration, forest department, 37 BN SSB, 315 FD Regiment (Kargil),media persons and other dignitaries walked to Jalimukh the abode of Hornbills, situated well inside Bhutan. Tracking through the deep jungles far away from human habitation had been a never before experience for all the participants.A community feast was arranged for the participants on the bed of dry Nonai river at 2 pm followed by a thank giving ceremony where child scientists felicitated Dr. SS Meenekshi Sundaram,DC,Udalguri;Bankim Sarma,DFO, Udalguri; Indra Kalita SDO (S) Udalguri; Anthony Tamni, Commanding Officer,37 BN SSB and Col.Yogesh Choudhuri ,Commanding Officer,315 FD Regiment with a gamocha for arranging the eco-camp cum tracking for them.The closing ceremony was anchored by senior journalist and Hony. Wild life Warden Bhargab Kumar Das.DN Hazarika ,Circle Officer Tangla;Pranjal Das,Circle officer ,Mazbat; NB Wari,District Election Officer, Udalguri and journalist cum conservation activist Debanga Mahaliya also took part in the programme.

AGM of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva

6 May 2014 - 7:30am | Dr Buljit Buragohain

The third Annual General Meeting of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva was held on May 4, 2014 in the conference hall of Tourist Lodge, Nagaon. It was presided over by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, President of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva. The annual report and balance sheet for the year 2013-2014 were presented and approved in the AGM.

The AGM expressed grave concern over distortion of Sankari culture by a section of artistes and asserted that the purity of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s creations must be preserved. The rendering of songs and hymns composed by the saint should be accurate, the members strongly opined. It was stressed that classical resources of Srimanta Sankaradeva must not be modernized.

The general body resolved to undertake several programmes in the next financial year in and outside Assam. These proposed activities are several workshops on Sanchipat preparation and painting, a workshop on Aharjya of Bhaona, a workshop on Bhaona performance, a national seminar on Srimanta Sankaradeva, a lecture programme, felicitation of Sankari artisans and publication of brochures. Collaboration proposals by Batadrava Than, Satkara Sattriya Society, A.D.P. College etc were also approved by the general body for several programmes on Sankari culture.

Regarding the society’s demand for inclusion of materials on Srimanta Sankaradeva in NCERT syllabus, the general body was informed that the society has been pursuing it and already sent requisite materials to NCERT with request to incorporate those in curriculum.

A new Governing Body was formed after the former body relinquished charge. The newly formed Governing Body of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva for the period 2014-2017 is as given below :

1. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, President
2. Dr Mukut Gohain, Vice President
3. Nataraj Das, Vice President
4. Pradip Hazarika, Co-ordinator & Treasurer
5. Ashim Dutta, Admin of websites
6. Mridumaucham Bora, General Secretary
7. Anjana Tamuli, Assistant General Secretary
8. Dr Buljit Buragohain, Media in-charge
9. Tilok Bora
10. Bijit Dutta
11. Nafisa Hussain
12. Jyotimani Das
13. Neilh M. Gautam
14. Devanjan Bora
15. Pramathranjan Das

Pradip Hazarika, Co-ordinator & Treasurer presented the balance sheet and accounts for 2013-14, which were approved. Total amount operated in the year was Rs 2,07,918. Neilh M. Gautam, the outgoing  General Secretary addressed by conference call and his report for 2013-14 was approved. The AGM was addressed by Dr Buljit Buragohain, Ranjan Bezbarua, Anjana Tamuli, Jyotimani Das, Mridumaucham Bora and Nafisa Hussain. Special thanks were given by the members to the non-resident Assamese, who supported the felicitation programme of Sankari artisans by the society.

2 top KLO cadres arrested in Kokrajhar

30 Aug 2009 - 7:33am | editor

Two top KLO cadres have been arrested during a joint operation by police and army on Sunday. According to information, the top ranked cadres of Kamatapur Liberation Orgnisation cadres have been identified as Sumitra Roy alias Simitra Das, the sister of KLO chairman. Another senior cadre is Dhananjoy Barman. Both they have been arrested from the house of BPF leader at No 2 Maoragaon where they have been staying for the last couple for days. Some arms and ammunition have been seized from the duo.