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JFA expresses concern over Cambodia anti-media crackdown

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) in northeast India expresses concern over the ongoing crackdown on newspaper & radios in Cambodia with an aim to silence the media ahead of next year’s general election. The recent shut down of an independent English newspaper in the southeast Asian country has shown the authority’s intolerance towards the mainstream media, alleged the forum based in northeast India.

In a statement, the forum of scribes revealed that the Cambodia Daily was forced by the government agencies to close down its publication over a tax dispute. The newspaper was slapped with a purported $6.3 million tax bill recently and the authority ordered the amount to be paid by September 4 last or shut down its operation.

The country’s information ministry also ordered the closure of nearly 15 radio stations broadcasting programs from international broadcasters namely Radio Free Asia (RFA), Voice of America (VOA), Voice of Democracy (VOD) etc. Meanwhile, the RFA decided to close its Phnom Penh bureau citing the recent of media crackdown by the authority. Another United States-funded broadcaster VOA is also planning similar actions.

“It is now logical to define the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen as an anti-media politician. He perhaps has no intention to allow the press to exercise its freedom ahead of the crucial national election scheduled for early 2018,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that influential media rights bodies should condemn the Cambodian authority for its latest anti-media crackdowns.

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Gangrape in Nazira: 5 arrested

6 Jan 2013 - 6:54pm | SK Hasan

Sivasagar police have arrested five youths accusing them of raping a minor girl in Nazira on Saturday. Another accused is on the run. The youths were arrested on Saturday after receiving the complaint filed by the victim who alleged that she was raped by six youths on December 25.

The girl who worked at Bihubar Tea Estate in Nazira subdivision was allegedly raped by five men who threatened her parents not to go to the police. The parents, however, lodged an FIR with assistance of a NGO following which one of the five men, Powel Topno, was arrested. Efforts are on to trace the remaining accused.

Blast victims to talk to media

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A group of closed relatives of Ganeshguri blast victims will talk to media tomorrow (May 5) at 3 pm in Guwahati Press Club. Following the arrest of NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, who is understood to be mastermind of the serial blasts that took place on Oct 30, 2008, these people want to share their views with the journalists.

Salesian College Grabs UK Environmental Project

3 Nov 2017 - 12:31pm | CM Paul

In a keenly contested environmental energy efficiency project presentation a college in the Darjeeling hills is among four selected out of 22 applicants for the Residential Environments Project (known as RESIDE). It is a four-year research project that aims to evaluate the impact of urban design on energy efficiency. 

“It is a matter of pride for us to partner in knowledge creation in the field as the only undergraduate college selected for the task,” says Saleisan College Principal Dr George Thadathil. 

Dr Thadthil adds, “One research scholar will be funded by the project during its first phase.” 

Further explaining the implications of the project Dr Thadathil says, “The college is the survey partner. The scholar and select students will conduct surveys in Darjeeling which is selected as one the five cities where the data collection is due.” 

The project will be implimented in Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Darjeeling. 

“Salesian College Sonada is the only college among the selected five, while others are MNIT Jaipur, IIT Hyderabad and other industrial partners from Mumbai and Delhi,” says Dr Thadathil. 

The EVS (Environmental Studies) assistant professor Mr Samar Thapa (extreme right in photo) at Salesian College Sonada whose PhD research was on this theme was instrumental in bringing this collaboration proposal through Prof Jyotirmoy Mathur of Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (MNIT) to Principal Salesian College Fr. (Dr.) George Thadathil (fourth from right in photo).

RESIDE (Residential Energy Saving Industrial Design Engineering) ie., residential building energy demand reduction in India is a four-year research project that aims to evaluate the impact of urban design on energy efficiency plan.

The Inaugural meeting of the project with partner institutions and industry partners took place at Ibis International Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi on 1 November 2017.

“The project aims to measure over a four year period the comfort level of housing units in five different climate zones of India. It will propose policies to streamline construction industry on minimum standards as to save on energy consumption,” SCS Principal Dr Thadathil explains.

The project also consists of POE (post occupancy evaluation) on 40 different aspects of room temperature and energy utilities.

The SCS project was among the four selected from among 22 applications by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by Newton-Bhabha UK for funding.

The Newton Bhabha Fund aims to bring together the UK and Indian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare.

Salesian College Sonada (SCS) established in 1938 is situated 6,500 feet above sea level at Gorabari village on NH55 – Siliguri Darjeeling Hill Cart Road – just two kilometers before Soanda town.

SCS is entering into its 80th year celebrations with a National Colloquium on “Future of Christian Higher Education and Contemporary Transitions in India,” inviting five Catholic Universities of India for a colloquium on 16 November 2017 in Kolkata.