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JFA bats for media wisdom

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing serious concern over repeated attacks on working journalists across India, insisted on honoring media wisdom by both media and non-media entities. The scribe’s body reiterated that as the journalists enjoy the right to ask questions for information, the others should have the opportunity to criticize the media persons as well.

It may be noted that following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's long interview by Smita Prakash, editor of Reuters' partner Asian News International (ANI), which was subsequently telecast by various news channels on 1 January 2019, criticisms erupted against the interviewer that she left many hard issues from discussing.

Even the Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the ANI interviewer as a pliable journalist while addressing a press conference in the national capital, which was strongly denounced by the Editors Guild of India over the use of word like pliable by the law maker.

"We believe journalists should claim no immunity from healthy and civilized criticism. At the same time, labeling of journalists has emerged as a favorite tactic on the part of the establishment to discredit, delegitimize and intimidate them,” said a statement of Editors Guild.

Various other journalist associations came out with strong words against the Congress president for his remark against the ANI editor as perhaps ‘she conducted an interview with a rival political leader’. It’s unwarranted and unbecoming of a senior leader of a national political party, they asserted.

JFA argues that journalists should not bother about critical comments from the politicians (or anybody),” said a statement issued today JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that ‘it always believes in continue working with a clear mission to safeguard the interest of the nation in particular and the human race in general’.

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Truck torched during bandh

28 Jun 2017 - 11:03pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

A truck was torched by bandh supporters at Bodeaguri near Gurufela 31C National High on Wednesday morning during the ongoing 24-hour Assam bandh called by Pradip Ray faction of the AKRSU, demanded inclusion of Koch Rajbongshi community into Scheduled Tribe (ST) status and creation of Kamatapur state within Indian constitution. 

The AKRSU called the bandh to put pressure government seeking early grant of ST status to the Koch Rajbongshis, Kamatapur state to meet healthy development of the region. The bandh was started from 5am this morning and would be continued till 5am of Thursday. 

The bandh saw a violence as bandh supporters torched atration no.MH43-Y6067 bound for Kachugaon from Gossaigaon.The truck was seen completely damaged, even though fire tender reached the spot in earliest manner. 

The bandh saw partial response in Kokrajhar town with private vehicles fly as usual, besides public buses remained off on the day. The bandh affected normal life in some areas like Gossaigaon, Srirampur, Tamarhat in Kokrajhar district. Bandh was evoke full response in Chirang, some part in Baksa and Udalguri district without any untoward incidents till filling of this report. 

AKRSU activists burnt tyres on the day to put protest against government and demanded early so, unions of the demand a day issues of Koch Rajbongshis. 

A security vigil was carried out in the district during the bandh, besides long distance truck and buses were escorted with special forces and passed along the nation highway. 

'No any untoward incident was reported from any parts of the district and bandh passed with peaceful', said a senior police official in Kokrajhar. 

 

Blast in Tezpur town: 9 injured

27 Feb 2008 - 9:18am | editor
Altogether nine people have been injured when a powerful bomb exploded in Tezpur town at around 2-30 on this afternoon. Three of them are in critical. According to information, the blast took place at Bargola, at a distance of 100 meter away from the Tezpur Police station. Eyewitness say the bomb was planted at a bicycle. The injured people have been rushed to hospital. Police and civil officials are there in the spot. But no lead has been achieved so far. Details are awaited.

UBPO's annual conference

1 Jul 2015 - 1:55pm | Hantigiri Narzary

A Reception Committee(RC) was formed with Ardhendra Basumatary as president and Bonti Rabha as general secretary to hold second annual conference of the United Bodo People's Organization (UBPO) and its 'Foundation Day' is scheduled to be held on July 17 and 18 next at Joypukhuri playground, Sisupani of Golaghat district.

Stating in a press release issued by Gambaru Muchahary, general secretary and Anil Basumatary, spokesman of the organization said that the organisation has decided  to intensify their movements and to mount pressure the governments for early granting of a grand Autonomous Council for the down-trodden Boro-Kachari indigenous tribal people living outside the jurisdiction of the BTAD and other 8 (eight) point charter of demands submitted by memorandum to Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi on March 5 last this year.The organisation said that an executive committee meeting of UBPO was held at Bathoupuri, Dwimalu Path Gorchuk in Guwahati discussed the pros and cons ongoing NRC update process and the organisation hailed the decisions of the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), action taken in this regard and also the meeting appeals the Bodo people living in Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and some parts of the country for their means of livelihood; but they are real voters of Assam to come for taking-up their names in NRC update process without further delay.

The meeting also condoled over the death of Arup Gwra Basumatary, founder speaker of the ABSU  on June 19 expressed deep concern that Bodo peoples lost a great organizer and a nationalist Bodo leader,the released added.