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Film screening initiative begins at GPC

Guwahati As part of a wider initiative to help member-journalists add value to their professional experience, Guwahati Press Club has begun to screen award winning and critically acclaimed films and documentaries every week. On Friday (11 May), the non-verbal documentary ‘Glass’ was screened at the GPC auditorium.

An Oscar-winning documentary made in 1958 by eminent European filmmaker Bert Haanstra, ‘Glass’ brilliantly contrasts glassblowing techniques used at the Royal Leerdam glass factory in Netherlands, with modern machines churning out glassware on industrial scale. The film captures the art of the glassblowers with great sensitivity, their marvelous craftsmanship imparting each of them with a distinct personality. ‘Glass’ is a testament to the art and heart workers once applied to their work, but who are being increasingly replaced by soulless machines. For regular screening of such acclaimed cinematic works, a LED television set has been newly installed at the GPC auditorium. It is learnt that photojournalists will also be offered opportunities to showcase their best works from time to time at Guwahati Press Club.

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One arrested for extortion in Kokrajhar

28 Mar 2014 - 9:57pm | Hantigiri Narzary

One Pradip Basumatary (24) was arrested for extorting money from the shop owners in the heart of Kokrajhar town near Assam Oil Petrol pump on Friday. Police said that two fake NDFB (S) were demanding Rs 17 lakhs from the shop owner.

Police sources said that the two extortionists came in Kokrajhar town for collecting money from the shops and had prior information about their movement.

Basumatary was arrested and another Daoki escaped from the spot, police said.

Police also claimed to have recovered six live ammunition from the person. Basumatary claimed that they had come to collect money from the shops.

Another blow for ULFA: 109 bn leader surrenders in Meghalaya

31 Dec 2008 - 2:23pm | editor
In yet another big blow for ULFA, one of its hardecore cadres has surrendered before the Meghalaya police on Tuesday night.

According to information, Hasmat Ali, alias Jahangir Ali surrendered before the Superintendent of Police in Mendipathar Police station in East Garo Hills District in Meghalaya.

Joined the outfit in 2006, the ULFA rebel was involved in many strikes after he completed arms training at Barkaku in Sherpur District in Bangladesh. He was also an expert in explosives devices. He has submitted an AK 81 rifle, two magazines, a hand grenade and 71 live bullets.

He is identified a s a resident of Mathia Garopara in Goalpara district, and he is the son of late Abdul Halim.

Border row: Gogoi, Roy to in fence- mending talk on Tuesday

8 Jun 2008 - 3:35pm | editor
Assam and Meghalaya Chief Ministers will meet on Tuesday next to make an end to the border row which has simmering for years.

Talking to, official sources here say Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is set to sit in negotiation with his Meghalaya counterpart on Tuesday in Dispur to devise a mechanism to resolve the issue. The discussion will mainly focus on the recent tussle over Lengpih in kamrup district bordering Meghalaya.
The Meghalaya government officials have informed that Chief Minister Donkuper Roy is expected to offer a joint visit to the area to make the discussion more congenial and practical. They say," Roy will be reiterating Meghalaya's claim based on land records of 1876."

Earlier, both the state governments had written to the Centre, seeking its intervention to stop the other from interfering in Langpih. The meeting is set take up problems arising out of differences in other areas between the two states.

Notably, the Assam government laid the foundation stone for office quarters in the disputed Langpih area bordering Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills and Assam's Kamrup district. This as done despite Meghalaya's stiff protest.