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Two more officers held in APSC scam

GUWAHATI: The Dibrugarh police probing the APSC scam on Tuesday arrested two more officers charging the duo with resorting to unfair means to ensure selection in the civil service examination.

The special operation unit housed in Guwahati arrested Bikash Kumar Pincha, tax superintendent from Dhubri and his Morigaon counterpart Manash Pratim Haloi after interrogating six hours in this connection.

They are expected to be produced before the special court on Wednesday morning seeking them in their demand.

Notably, Pinch is the husband of Nishamoni Deka whom police arrested and sent to the Guwahati Central Jail in the same APSC scam.

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Put people first: Arnab Goswami urges politicians and media

14 Nov 2016 - 10:03am | AT News

Noted journalist Arnab Goswami Sunday said that it is important for legislators to put people first in their agenda. “We are all here because of the people. People should come first whether it is in politics or media,” said Goswami while addressing legislators on the topic: “Legislators and Relationship with Media” during the third phase of Sabal Bidhayak, a series of orientation programmes initiated by the Assam Assembly. The series that will continue on select days until January 2017 next year have been designed and coordinated by Guwahati based think-tank Centre for Development and Peace Studies.

Describing the quality of journalism Goswami said that Indian journalism is stronger than journalism elsewhere because the media here can question everything including religion, something not practiced by the western media. At the same time, Indian media is independent and secular- it can cover issues for instance as to why a woman cannot enter a place of worship. While in UK the media is very structured, in India it is not. Stating that his channel Times Now has broken six major scams so far and each case has been followed by the judiciary, he said that the media in India has kept the judiciary on its toes. Media in India has come a long way. Today’s media is an unusual media. It is confrontational unlike media in earlier days which had information but little impact.

“Politics is about taking responsibilities. Development follows when the media behaves responsibly and politicians too work responsibly,” he said. Terming the New Media as an Activist Media or Campaign driven Media, he said that today’s media followups news until there is response from the concerned quarters. He said that today journalists are no longer disseminators of information only, they have become activists. Media is a reflection of the changing country. Legislatures should open up new relations with the media and both should think about how they can work together and not how they can fight, he added.

Veteran politician and former minister Abdul Muhib Majumder highlighted the participants on procedural devices available to members to raise matters of urgent public importance on the floor of the house. Former Assam Chief Minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta also addressed the participants and spoke on Parliamentary etiquette, ethics, customs and conventions. He said that if legislators follow the rules and procedures of the Assembly, it will be beneficial both for them and the public.

Phani Bhushan Choudhry, who has been representing his constituency for the seventh consecutive term, threw light on general rules of procedures of the Assembly – questions, legislations and resolutions. He said that it is very important for a legislator to know how to put a question in the Assembly, which question is to be given priority and how to frame a question. According to him, the question must be focused and proposals should be such that it includes the problems and issues important for the state as a whole apart from then problems of a particular constituency.

Speaking on the occasion Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati, Gautam Barua said that new and relevant courses should be introduced in the ITIs along with vocational courses for students who cannot pass tenth standard. State Minister for Water Resources Department, Science and Technology, Information Technology, Keshab Mahanta sensitized the legislators on the relationship between legislators and media and said that for legislators media is the medium to reach the masses. Senior journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap stated that media and politics are inseparably related and while media plays the role of a watch dog, it also has its own responsibilities.

Vice Chairman of the State Planning Board Dipok Kumar Barthakur speaking on “Skilling and Regenerating Assam,” said that courses must be developed with an eye on the employability sectors of the region. He was of the opinion that a Skills University is necessary in the region to boost employment. In the programme that followed the Centre for Development and Peace Studies Executive Director Wasbir Hussain presented an overview of skill development initiatives in Assam. Intense interactions between the legislators and resource persons marked the sessions.

Production Mela at Guwahati

23 Mar 2015 - 1:13pm | Abdul Gani

As a unique and pioneering initiative, the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) under the Union ministry OF culture is organizing a Production Mela for 113 rural artisans from across the region with an aim to foster the art of traditional weaving and craftsmanship, and expand their market.

On the sidelines, some of the best wood sculptors from the region are also creating masterpieces depicting the cultural heritage of the eight north eastern states. It has started from Saturday and will continue till March 31.

The production Mela aims to engage rural artisans directly to probable buyers and even suppliers with a hope that it will provide a much needed break for some of them.

The traditional art-forms which are practiced predominantly by the rural communities, have little or no access to commercial market, thus, leaving the very art that they practice at grave risk of losing its worth or even worse said Lipokmar Tzudir, Director NEZCC.

He also stated that 'The alarming scenario is that the rural artisans are now opting to hazardous and laborious professions to meet the economic challenges, thus resulting in neglect of family responsibilities, besides health.

The Government of India recognizes that the artisans would be provided opportunities to engage themselves in line of their expertise through various schemes; but the extent of streamlining these resources to the rural areas by the implementing agencies is highly questionable he also mentioned.

Tzudir also said that the NEZCC under the Union Ministry of Culture is more than willing to continue with this initiative in the region, but he also mentioned that it will require other Ministries such as Tribal Affairs, Handloom and Textiles and DoNER besides others, to take a proactive role towards financing such programmes.

"With the number of brilliant artisans we have in the region, we can easily meet the demand of global market, and if the policy makers want to realize the ‘Act East policy', this is one aspect that cannot be ignored, we cannot dream of reaching the moon whilst our own people are starving in their own kitchen” Lipokmar Tzudir said.

Eerie silence in Dima Hasao

26 Jan 2018 - 5:41am | AT News

HAFLONG: Normal life remains heavilly disrupted in Dima Hasao from early in the morning on Friday following the 48 hour bandh fall in protest against the police firing in Maibong on Thursday.

Roads in the hills district are wearing a deserted look and all shops and markers are remaining closed under the impact of the bandh which began from 5 in the morning.

In Maibong, the epicentre an eerie silence prevails after the hills township near Haflong was put under curfew following the Thursday's incident where two persons were left critically injured in police firing.

The incident took place at the Maibong Rail Station where hundreds of people blocked the Silchar-Guwahati train in protest against the alleged silent move to integrate the district in the proposed greater Nagalim with a satellite mechanism.

Suddenly a section of the protesters turned violent and clashed with the security forces who sprang upon the protestors with tear gas shell and lathi charge. When the situation went out of control the security forces resorted to open firing to disperse the mob where ten protestors were left hurt. Two critically injured protestors were rushed to GMCH where the duo have been battling with death.

Two persons were left critically injured and