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Janmastami celebrated in Kuwait

The Assamese community in Kuwait celebrated Janmastami on September 11, at Chinmoy Dutta's house. The celebration was started with "Naam Prasang" which was performed by the Assamese ladies led by Bharati Sharma. It was followed by distribution of mah-prasad, payas, tea and snacks and dinner which consisted of paratha-sabzi. Everyone contributed in one way or the other.It was indeed very satisfying to be able to keep up and follow our tradition and culture in a distant land.

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Assam scribes demand special protection law for journos

17 May 2016 - 8:32am | AT News

The city based scribes on 16 May assembled in a protest demonstration at the front of Guwahati Press Club to condemn the brutal killing of two scribes in Bihar and Jharkhand last week. Covering their mouths with black clothes, the demonstrators representing various journalist organizations also demanded stringent actions against the culprits.

It may be mentioned that the murders of Akhilesh Pratap Singh (also known as Indradev Yadav),35, who worked for a Jharkhand television news channel and Rajdeo Rajan, 45, who was reporting for Hindustan from Siwan locality of Bihar by miscreants have generated massive protests all over the country. Simultaneously, the demand for the special protection law for the media persons on duty is also been mounting.

Lately the Press Council of India chairman justice (retired) Chandramouli Kumar Prasad came forward to strongly condemn the killing of scribes and urged the Centre to enact a special law for protection of journalists and speedy trial of cases of attacks & assaults on the media persons.

“Nearly 96 per cent of the cases of killing of journalists have not been taken to logical conclusion and are either languishing in the courts or in some cases, investigation reached dead-end in the last two decades, as reported by a Committee of the PCI,” said the PCI chairman.

India as a whole lost three scribes to assailants till date this year as the first incident reported from Uttar Pradesh. Tarun Mishra, 32, who used to work for a Hindi daily (Jan Sandesh Times), was shot dead on 13 February at Gosaiganj locality in Sultanpur district.

The robust media fraternity of the populous country lost five journalists namely Jagendra Singh (UP), Sandeep Kothari (Madhya Pradesh), Raghavendra Dube (Maharashtra), Hemant Yadav (UP) and Mithilesh Pandey (Bihar) to attackers last year.

Meanwhile, various local, national and international media (rights) bodies including the members of prestigious press clubs based in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc demonstrated their angers against the vicious attacks on scribes and demanded distinctive punishment to each & every single perpetrator of the crimes.

The Guwahati demonstrators also supported the move for a special protection law for the working journalists across India and call upon the Union government in New Delhi to formulate a national action plan to safeguard the media persons, who pursue critical journalism.

Central Assam bandh call by Tiwa organisations

23 Oct 2007 - 5:32am | Dibya J Borthakur
In support of its demand for inclusion of the Tiwa Autonomous areas in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and in protest against the State Government's move to hold panchayat elections in the Tiwa autonomous areas, four Tiwa organisations call for a ten hour central Assam bandh from 5 am on October 24. The organisations of the bandh include the All Tiwa Students' Union (ATSU),the Autonomy Demand Struggling Commitee,All Tiwa Women's Association and Tiwa Cultural Society. In a statement, the ATSU said that the state Government had been trying to impose the panchayat elections in the Tiwa autonomous areas with a design to undermine the Tiwa Autonomous Council. It is further said that the government has not been holding the elections to the Autonomous council since its formation in 1995.

A two hour National Highway blockade programme will follow the bandh programme on October 29 in protest against the said objectives.

Rare honours

31 Mar 2015 - 12:11pm | AT News

Gauhati University has conferred honourary doctorate to linguist Pramod Chandra Bhattacharya, witch hunting survivor Birubala Rabha and Jadav Payeng, who afforested 550 hectares of land near the Brahmaputra.

They received the degree from chancellor PB Acharya at the convocation ceremony at the varsity campus on Monday.

Bhattacharya is known for his researched on language and culture of different indigenous communities of Assam while Birubala has been waging war against witch hunting. Payeng stole the limelight for their his afforestation initiatives.