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Rare honour for NE Bishop in UK

ITANAGAR: A Catholic bishop from Arunachal Pradesh received the Bharat Gaurav Award at a ceremony in UK  on Friday fetching huge glory for the north east.
He is none other than Bishop (Dr.) George Palliparambil of Miao diocese in East Arunachal, who is the first Catholic Bishop to have received this award.

“This award felicitates people with extraordinary excellence in their fields and make India proud,” says Pt. Suresh Mishra President of Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha an NGO working with the vision of promoting Indian culture and society.
Mr Mishra added, “Bharat Gaurav Award is lifetime achievement award where Indian people from all over the world who achieve a landmark in their working area and made India proud, are being awarded in grand ceremony with a Coffee Table book launch.”
Started in 2012, the Bharat Gaurav Award” is in its sixith year.

In his award acceptance speech Bishop George underlined his lifelong commitment and conern for young people’s education and health; promotion of indigenous methods for enviornment conservation, and upholding of traditional tribal vaues of valour, dignity and honest work.

Alumnus of Salesian College Darjeeling 1977 batch, Bishop George, 63 years, heads the remotest diocese in northeast India.

Born in Kerala south India, Bishop George has been working in northeast India for over 40 years. From 1979 to 1982 Brother Geroge organised the migrant tribal students from Arunachal and Tripura who were in Shillong to get admissions, find rented facilities and mediated with the landlords to help them.

After his priestly ordination, in 1983 Fr George started the first residential school at Tinsukia to train tribal youth from neighbouring Arunachal state in schooling habits.

In 1990 he started Seva Kendra, an NGO for developmental activities. He also started first private school and hostel in Borduria village in 1992.

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Venture High School association demands provincialisation

26 Mar 2017 - 8:25pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

The All BTC Venture High School Association demanded immediate provincialised  venture high schools of BTC region,which established by the public of the locallity  to promote educational environment among society on or before 01-01-2006 and received recognisation from SEBA up to date.

There are 73 venture high schools in the four districts of BTC in both Assamese and Bodo medium where over 700 teachers are dedicating their services without any remuneration in the region since long years.

The association on Sunday met BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary,who is also education in-charge and submitted a memorandum in Kokrajhar seeking early provincialisation of venture high schools in the region.

The memorandum signed by Kunjalal Basumatary,president and Binod Brahma Patgiri,secretary of the association stated that the BTC region is educationally backward at the same time educational institution of the area of late established and the official process obtaining department permission and recognisation is lenghty. The educational institution of BTC area which are established by the public of the locallity remained pending due to impotion of ban-blanket. But with the formation of BTC council all the official activities of the venture schols are re-processed.

 Accrding to the provision of the Assam venture educational institution(provincialisation of services) Act. 2011 and its subsequent amendment in 2012 and 2013, many venture high schools of BTC area remained outside the ambit of the act as because of binding of base year of establishment and its department recognisation year  01-01-2006 of the last class.

  In the greater interest of the poor and needy students the public established the educational institution for their upliftment of the education. But, it is matter of deep concern that the educated youth who had been involved as a teacher remained unaddressed,the memorandum read.

The association demanded early provincialisation of venture high schools in BTC region while bringing improvement of healthy education environment.The demands are included, provincialise of all the venture high schools established on or before 01-01-2006 and received class VIII(eight) departmental permission/recognisation from the competent authority of the council government of Bodoland, provincilaise the services of all the teachers without any condition who were appointed on or before 01-01-2006 and approved from competent authority on the regular basis, reduce the condition of enrolment to 15 students in the highest class and reduce condition of pass percentage to 20% from the prescribed condition in HSLC examination.

 Borgoyary, had heard with patience on the demands of the association and expresses his emphasised to make provincialisation of venture high schools as soon as possible in the region to give a healthy educational situation,the association leaders said.

 ‘The teachers are dedicated their services in the schools since incention without any remuneration in the region.Teachers are on hope with positive expectation that venture schools would be provincialised in immediate manner by council administration’, the association leaders added.

Daimary bail decision on Nov 25

21 Nov 2014 - 4:16pm | AT News

A local TADA court in Guwahati will give its final judgment on November 25 on Ranjan Daimary’s bail petition.

The court on Friday fixed the date after it received government’s affidavit raising no objection to the bail petition moved by NDFB’s chairman who has languishing in the Guwahati Central Jail.

The court recently rejected his bail even after the government raised no objection to it.

Tripura web forum launched

19 Feb 2017 - 8:17pm | AT News

Alternate media users among the practicing journalists of Tripura have taken a pioneering initiative to form an organization named Tripura Web Media Forum (TWMF) with an aim to pursue independent journalism from the alienated region of India.

The launching of the web media forum was initiated with a delegate conference and a dialogue on Web Media – Importance and Challenges on 20 February 2017 at Agartala Press Club. Veteran journalist of the State, Gautam Kar Bhowmik inaugurated the dialogue, where the key note address was delivered by senior journalist Nava Thakuria.

Agartala based senior journalist Pranab Sarkar was honoured with Justice SM Ali Award for Excellence in Journalism 2017 in the function. Syed Sajjad Ali, chief advisor of TWMF and Thakuria, who is the secretary of Journalists’ Forum Assam and Guwahati Press Club, handed over the award to Sarkar.

In his acceptance speech, Sarkar appreciated the forum for its endeavour and expressed happiness in receiving the award instituted in affectionate remembrance of Justice SM Ali, who was the first judicial officer from Tripura in Gauhati High Court, erstwhile the higher court for all northeastern States.

A tiny State of the region bordering Bangladesh, Tripura supports over 30 daily newspapers, few cable television channels and many news portals, mostly in Bengali with English and Kokborok language, where thousands are involved professionally. The State with an area of 10,492 sq km and population of 3.66 million (2012) has wide readership of print media outlets.

Presided over by the Tripura Chamber of Commerce & Industry chief ML Debnath, the dialogue witnessed vivid participations by the media persons in response to Thakuria’s point of views on the alternate media. He termed it is the era of alternate media and the mainstream media outlets should (must) understand and reorganize to face the potential threats from the web media.

“There is no denying fact that the limitation, partiality and often biasness adopted by a section of mainstream newspaper and news channels have paved the way for the alternate media to grow in a faster pace. However, the web media is still lacking the credibility and it may need few more years to emerge the alternate media as a trusted medium,” said Thakuria.

An extensive user for the alternate media, Thakuria also pointed out that ‘today we are now living in a world of journalists as the number of citizen scribes has increased because of easy web access’. He however asserted that the committed journalist with professionalism would always remain the leader.

Thakuria also asked the young journalists to go for in-depth and analytical reports rather than merely reporting an event or incident. He also opined that a northeastern forum or even a national forum of web journalists is the need of the hour to deal with the growing influence and challenges faced by the new medium of mass communication.ce of many eminent media persons of the State.