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Gangmumei Kamei Memorial lecture held

The 2nd Gangmumei Kamei Memorial lecture was organized by the G.K. Foundation on Sunday, the 6th January, 2019 at The Classic Hotel, Imphal. Eminent Anthropologist and General Secretary, The Asiatic Society, Kolkatta delivered the Memorial Lecture on the topic “A Humane Journey into the nature of Human Culture : A personal narrative”. He illuminated the learned gathering by taking the audience into a journey in understanding human culture from a very simple society to its development into a more complex urban society.

Prof. Ksh. Bimola Devi, retired professor of Political science, Manipur University presided over the function. The function was well attended by a galaxy of intellectuals of Manipur, journalists, eminent scholars and well wishers.

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Applications invited for GNRC media fellowship

26 Sep 2007 - 3:52am | editor
Guwahati: Applications from competent reporter-journalists are invited for the 3rd GNRC media fellowship 2007-08 to study the healthcare scenario in Northeast India. The three-month long fellowship, conceived by Dr NC Borah, CMD of GNRC hospital and implemented with the help of Guwahati Press Club, is open to all mid-career journalists based in the region. The applicant must be a working journalist and have experiences for at least three years in any filed of print, visual or web journalism. The fellows will receive Rs 10,000 (ten thousand only) per month that would commence from December 1, 2007.

The number of fellows has been increased this time to five, where two seats will be reserved for journalists of other Northeastern states. Till date, seven journalists of Guwahati have successfully completed the GNRC media fellowship. The submitted reports of the fellows will be compiled in a book form, stated in release issued by the GPC secretary, Nava Thakuria.

Interests journalists are requested to send their applications with a brief CV, a proposal of around 500 words (narrating why he/she is interested to join the fellowship program) and a letter from the concerned editor (ensuring that he/she would arrange space for publication of the articles prepared by the fellows during the program) to the Secretary, Guwahati Press Club, Guwahati-781001 (ph. 0361 2630963) on or before October 20, 2007. No applicants will be entertained after the date, added in the statement.

Nava Thakuria

Assam serial blast: CBI team arriving in Assam

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00pm | editor
The Central Bureau of Investigation has taken over the over probe into the October 30 serial blasts in Assam. According to information,the central agency has issued a notification to this effect on Thursday after the Assam government formally urged the Centre to go for it.

It is learnt that a 30 member CBI team led by DIG P Kamrajis arriving the state on Friday for investigation.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi agreed to suggestions made by various political parties for a CBI probe into the blasts that left 84 people dead and over 400 injured. The suggestions were made during an all-party meeting held under the chairmanship of Gogoi to discuss the situation arising out of the blasts.

it may be recalled that the SIT, which was constituted immediately after the blasts, had arrested 11 people but could not make any headway in its probe to unravel the conspiracy behind the incident.

Good Friday unites warring communities in Goalpara

26 Mar 2016 - 10:55am | CM Paul

Good Friday this year was a very special occasion for Garos and Rabhas in Goalpara district of Assam. For the first time in the history of the state, the newly built St John Bosco shrine has the rare privilege of having life size Stations of the Cross called “via dolorosa’ installed for open air Good Friday services brining together communities in conflict.

In less than an year of the construction of their new Church dedicated to St John Bosco, the Garo and Rabha tribal parishioners have the 14 stations with 54 life size statues representing the final events in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. 

“It is the only one of its kind open air Way of the Cross installed in Assam which has four Catholic dioceses (Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Guwahati and Tezpur),” says parish priest Fr Augustine Karottupuram.

“The only other church in northeast India which can boast of a similar life size open air ‘Way of the Cross’ is the cathedral church of Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh,” said Fr Karottupuram.

The construction of St John Bosco Church was completed for the indigenous Rabha Catholic population of Gojapara village and some 4,200 Garo Catholics of the parish spread out in 39 villages affected by Garo-Rabah conflicts a couple of years ago, sent the message of harmony between two important tribal communities of Assam ahead of Assam assembly election.

“The Garos and Rabhas now live peacefully in the area. Though the situation was tense during the conflicts, religion has brought the two communities together,” added Fr Karottupuram.

The newly installed fourteen Stations of the Cross inaugurated at the premises of St John Bosco Shrine at Gojapara in lower Assam has been tastefully and artistically executed by manufacturer Church Art Kolkata and can become a centre of attraction for visitors from the city

Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati and Salesian provincial of Guwahati Fr V.M. Thomas blessed and inaugurated the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) in the presence of thousands of parishioners who came from all the sub-centres of the parish to witness the historical event, 11 March 2016

 “The Via Dolorosa installed in the premises of the shrine of St John Bosco marks the saint’s 200th birth anniversary and gives opportunity to people of the region to have devotion to the Way of the Cross,” says Salesian Fr. Karottupuram. 

Speaking at the occasion Fr Thomas said, “Via Dolorosa at Gojapara in the premises of St John Bosco Shrine allows the faithful to have devotion to the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. May the Lord give us all the grace to open our eyes and hearts to recognize Him and His love for us.” 

Fr Thomas also invited the priests and religious from neighbouring parishes and districts who came for the blessing “to send pilgrims to the shrine during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”

The Archbishop Moolachira declared the newly constructed church a shrine on 31 May 2015 when Salesian Vice-Provincial Fr. Januarius Sangma read the Decree declaring St John Bosco Church a shrine, in the presence of some fifty priests, religious nuns, thousands of parishioners and young people of the Parish.

`You have the most beautiful Church in the Archdiocese of Guwahati. I wish that you spend time in prayer with your family and receive graces from God here,`` the Archbishop said.   

Fr Thomas thanked the many people who supported the construction of the shrine and expressed his deepest sentiments of thanks to all who helped in the building saying, “it is a dream come true for the parishioners of Gojapara that after 18 years they have a church.”

The Gojapara parish has a full-fledged School from Nursery to Class X with some 1,200 students at the centre. It has a Primary School at Hatigopa 10 km away with 200 children and another Primary School up to class II at Lemakona, 4 km away.