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Debbie Stothard to interact with Guwahati scribes

Guwahati: Debbie Stothard, a pro-democracy human rights defender who used to work as a journalist, community educator and trainer in Malaysia, Thailand and Australia, will interact with the member-journalists of Guwahati Press Club on Friday. Presently the secretary general of International Federation for Human Rights ( and a coordinator of Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma ( ), Debbie will address the city based scribes through video conferencing from Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, at 3.30 pm on 7 December 2018.

She is expected to speak about the state of journalism, ongoing democratic movement in Myanmar, the Rohingya controversy, New Delhi’s probable roles in building a democratic Burma and preserving historical ruins of India’s freedom movement in the southeast Asian country etc.

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Assam boy participates at Hong Kong International Kungfu Festival

19 Jul 2009 - 2:34pm | Nanda Kirati Dewan

Gome a typical Gorkha name and Thapa a popular Gorkhali surname the combo Gome Thapa is no known face of Assam till toady. A resident of Durgasarbar Hill side of Guwahati, Gome has been playing this sports for the last 15 years. On Friday he was flown from Guwahati to New Delhi to participate at the prestigious Hong Kong International Kung Fu festival. He is a member of five-member Indian squad to the competition. It is for the third time that he has been selected for such international competition but he could not join the former two, due to financial constraint.

Financially weak Gome had dropped the dream of participating at the competition for which the expenses (travel & joining fees) comes around Rs.80,000/- only. Some of his sources asked him to approach AAGSU at Nepali Mandir office for financial help. On his approach the apex organization of Gorkhas AAGSU came to rescue. The donation drive started from Assam Sports Minister Bharat Narah who reluctantly made a contribution of Rs.5000/-, which is still under process. On request to consider this case by Kamrup Dist. Advisor of AAGSU Pitamber Joshi, Narah replied that it was too late to allot fund for the player while the state cabinet are busy due to hectic schedule on visit of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. Even former MP and President Assam Gorkha Sammelan Mani Kr. Subba did not come to rescue. However on several requests by AAGSU he has promised to pay Rs.20,000/- on his return thereby Pitamber Joshi has drawn a loan of Rs.20,000/- from a trader to make Gome’s dream true. AAGSU had to exchange heated words at the Regional Passport Office to get his passport issued in time. AAGSU has bore all the rest of his expenses a noble gesture. Speaking to this correspondent at the LGBI Airport in Guwahati, Thapa emotionally thanked All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, donors and well-wishers. He promised to live up the expectations of people back home and emabrace his nation with a international medal. We wish him all the very best.
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However a week (from 21st- 26th July 2009) stay in Hong Kong would cost him another Rs. 20,000/-. GOME THAPA FUND RAISING sub committee of AAGSU requests to make possible contributions to Gome Thapa in his State Bank of India account no. 10242819837.

Ganga-Brahmaputra (Tsan-Po)-Meghna basin

5 Nov 2009 - 12:25am | editor

The Brahmaputra (Tsan-Po in Chinese) river originates on the northern slope of the Himalayas in Tibet, China. It flows eastwards for a length of about 1,130 km and then takes a sharp bend towards south and enters Arunachal Pradesh of India. It travels through Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya and then enters Bangladesh at Bahadurabad Ghat. The segment of the river between Bahadurabad and Aricha, where the river joins the river Padma (as the Ganga is known in Bangladesh), is popularly known as Jamuna in Bangladesh. The total length of the river from the source to the sea is about 2840 km. Within Bangladesh, the channel varies considerably in width ranging from less than 2.0 km to more than 12.0 km.

The discharge of the Brahmaputra is mostly contributed by the melting snow in Tibet before it reaches the Arunachal Pradesh in India. In north eastern states of India and in Bangladesh rainfall is quite heavy. This contributes to a substantial amount of flow in the river.

The Ganga is a combination of the Alakananda and the Bhagirathi, which meet at Deva Prayag in Uttaranchal Pradesh of India, also within the mountain range of the Himalayas. From the original southward course it flows through easterly direction and finally in its last lap, the Ganga flows again southward until it meets the Bay of Bengal.

The Yamuna, a tributary, joins the Ganga at Allahabad in India. The Ganga then enters Bangladesh near Farakka and joins the Brahmaputra near Goalanda Ghat assuming the name of the Padma and further down the combined discharge joins the Meghna at Chandpur. The mighty combined flow then runs for another 100 km or so and falls into the Bay of Bengal. The total length of the river Ganga/Padma from Deba Prayag to the sea is about 2,515 km. The Surma-Kushiara-Meghna river system flows on the east of the Brahmaputra river through Bangladesh. The Surma rises as the Barak in Assam in India and is divided into two branches namely Surma and Kushiara. Both flow through Indian territories and then enter Bangladesh, where they join the Meghna at different points in Sylhet. The lower Meghna is one of the largest rivers in the world, as it is the confluence of the three great river systems - the Ganga-Padma, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. The total length of the river is about 930 km.

Both India and Bangladesh are regularly affected by floods due to widespread heavy rainfall in the catchment areas and inadequate capacity of the river channel to contain the flood flow within the banks of the river.

Resolving conflicts over water management issues for international rivers present huge challenges for the nations of the world. However since changing national boundaries is not an option, we have to develop understanding and mutual respect in order to resolve water resources management issues for the benefit of all riparian countries. As there are compelling economic reasons for the mutual benefits that will accrue to cooperative management and development of transnational river basins, we hope governments of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan and China will work together and establish such a cooperative management structure for the Ganga-Brahmaputra(Tsan-Po)-Meghna basin.

Nuruddin Azam, Australia

Williamnagar gearing up for X-mas

21 Dec 2015 - 10:32pm | Prosper Marak

William Nagar in Tura is gearing up for the Christmas festival which falls from December 24. The entire area along with other places across Meghalaya seems to have dressed afresh.

A songchristian competition pulled huge crowd on Sunday organized by the Karukol Cultural Development Committee at Karukol Playground.

Many villages participated in the event to be mesmerized by the songchristian dances.

KCDC Secretary Prosper S Marak conducted the programme while its chairman Raksley Momin welcomed the participants.

Piting Sangma, deacon of Karukol Church delivered his speeches on the words of God.