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Tabla player Bibekananda Bhattacharya passes away

Bibekananda Bhattacharya, an eminent tabla player, passed away at his Nagaon, Amolapatty residence at around 8 am on September 28. Bhattacharya, who was immensely popular for his immeasurable skill on tabla playing in the cultural field of not only in his home state but also in other parts of the country, was 77 at the time of death. He was suffering from renal complications for some time and was undergoing treatment at the GMCH till September 26. It is interesting that neither the health minister nor the cultural minister of Assam paid a visit to him while this great personality was on hospital bed.

His death has been deeply mourned by the people of Nagaon and his well-wishers at large.
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South Asian Games starts at Guwahati

5 Feb 2016 - 10:50pm | AT News

The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 in a glittering ceremony at the Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati before a rapturous and capacity crowd . A host of dignitaries were present on the occasion including, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports(IC), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi , the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Mukul Sangma, the Governors of Assam and Meghalaya , the Union Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan among others. The event was telecast live on Doordarshan to millions homes across the region.

Declaring the Games open, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, welcomed all participants. Espousing on the theme of ‘Atithi Devo Bhabo’, he urged all to enjoy the hospitality and scenic beauty of the North East and compete with togetherness, teamwork and talent. The Prime Minister further said that his vision for South Asia is the same with his vision for India -- that is, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Describing the Games as a springboard for the overall development of the North East India, India as a whole and the South East Asia, he asked all to play for Peace, Prosperity and Progress. He also said that 21% population of the world resides in South East Asia contributing 9% of the world economy. He said that this Games will further strengthen cooperation among the SAARC countries. 

The inauguration ceremony was started by the team parade. The participating nations, decked out in their traditional dresses made their way into the ground amidst huge cheers from the packed audience. Each participating nations carried waters from one of their major rivers and the Indian Ocean. The waters were later merged into the Brahmaputra, symbolizing the confluence of the nations and the way forward in harmony and togetherness. 

The Flame of the 12th South Asian Games was brought into the grounds by Gagan Nareng and was relayed through by eminent sport personalities including Monalisa Mehta, Bhogeshwar Baruah, Anju Bobby Goerge , Krishna Poonia and Rani Nagpal. Baichung Bhutia did the final lap and lit the digital flames in the centre of the ground.

The cultural show, which followed the flame lighting ceremony was a glittering spectacle showcasing the confluence of the digital and the traditional. Immersing the grounds in a show of vivid colours and lights ,the show started with the theme song of the Games, ‘Ai Prithibi Ek Krirangan’. The song originally composed by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, it was performed by artists’ Mayukh Hazarika, Lou Majao and others and spreads the message of peace and harmony through sports. It was followed by a colourful display of the traditional dances of the region and song performances by artists like Zubin Garg, Angaraag Mahanta and Nahid Afrin. 

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs (IC), Shri Sarbanada Sonowal welcomed all participants to the states of Assam and Meghalaya and spoke on the huge opportunity the Games represented for the North East. Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, compared the mascot Tikhor to the spirit of the Games and espoused all to imbibe the values represented by him. Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri Mukul Sangma, echoing the same sentiments stated that the North East comprises of a great talent pool of sports and asked all participants to indulge in the distinct lifestyle and culture the region represents.

The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 is the first international multi-sporting mega event in the North Eastern region. Athletes from eight member countries namely – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating. Around 3500 athletes and sports officials from 8 countries are participating in the biggest ever sporting spectacle in  the North East India

ABSU long march

28 Oct 2015 - 7:03pm | Hantigiri Narzary

The influential All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has again kicked off its long march for total revolution to creating peace, justice and development among society here at Kajigaon ground under Parbatjhora subdivision in the district on Wednesday. 

It was organised by Kokrajhar district unit of the students union where hundreds of student activists and volunteers took part from various parts of the district. 

The march will be covered up over 130 villages under four anchalik committees of Parbatjhora subdivision which will be concluded on November 3 at Tipkai where they will be holding meeting with villagers to discuss on the several issues like education, social integration, social development, listening, discussing, planning and working to meet total revolution in the region. 

Lawrence Islary, General Secretary of ABSU attending the inaugural of the march said that the students union has been organising long march since 2013 to meet good living, healthy society, development and working for integration in thd region. He said that the common publics are facing lots of hardships in several fronts of social aspects like education, health, communication due to non initiatives from government. 

'The long march was organised to creating awareness about educational, social upliftment, economic sustainable steps among common publics through bringing of total revolution in the area', Islary said. 

The march will meet villagers in close contact where they would talk with villagers on core issues of education, economic sustainable, social security, stop of superstition, equal distribution and rights,  he said adding that society should get equal distribution and rights to the front of social security. 

Jadav Pegu, SDO Parbatjhora graced the ceremony as chief guest and flagged off the march in the presence of peace brigade and public. He has lauded the initiative taken from the students union to the greater interest of social upliftment and development among common masses. 

'It is a innovative and necessary step to build a healthy situation taking from the students union among society'. He has expressed his confidence that common society will get social change and integration through the long march. 

An awareness meeting in connection with long march was also organised earlier of the day with Janak Ujir, vice president of the Kokrajhar district unit ABSU on the chair. 

Sahitya Academy awarded Janil Kumar Brahma, noted social worker Niranjan Brahma, several organisation leaders were prominent attendies who were present on the day. 

National network for Human Rights defenders mooted

19 Nov 2011 - 10:13pm | Nava Thakuria

Various speakers at a consultation meeting on human rights in New Delhi emphasizes for a stronger and affective national network to pursue the movement for defending legal human rights. Reposing faith on the judiciary of India, most of the speakers argue that a systematic attack has been perpetuated by the authority and the situation is turning bad to worst. They have also insisted that National Human Rights Commission (of India) should be empowered to take timely actions to upheld the rights of the citizens of the country. Some speakers also advocated for enlightening the Press Council of India to properly monitor the activities of a section of newspapers that manufacture news with distorted facts.

Addressing the consultation meeting, which was organized by the Human Rights Law Network and the World Sikh Organization in collaboration with various other organizations at India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodi Road on November 19 and 20, 2011, Dr Binayak Sen expressed concern that human rights situation in India is deteriorating in the recent past. Dr Sen, who was jailed for many months following accusation of being an anti-national, admits that Indian judiciary system has delivered amidst high expectations. The veteran social activist pointed out that a tendency has been grown by the authority and governments in India to term the human right activists as anti-national. So many of them are arbitrarily subjected to threat, harassment, jailing and even killing, Dr Sen added. Delivering the key-note address Paramjeet Kaur, widow of advocate Jaswant Singh Khalra-a victim of Punjab police extra-judicial killing- argued that the movement of Punjab was projected in a biased manner by the government. Later it was added with a religious twist. The movement in early Ninety in Punjab has snatched away the live of at least 25,000 youths. The government initially tried to hide the information but advocate Khalra disclosed the facts to the media. Ms Kaur also mentioned the name of KPS Gil, former Punjab police chief, who masterminded the extra judicial killings. She expressed shock that Mr Gill was later awarded by the government.

“Human rights activists have come under repeated attacks recently. Right to Information activists have been killed and many have had cases filed against them. Journalists have been jailed in criminal defamation cases, have been attacked, some of them killed, and media houses have had their offices ransacked. Tribal activists particularly in conflict areas have been hounded by the police and many of them are in jail today. The situation has never been so dire. The need of the hour is to protect and defend human rights activists in India today,” said Colin Gonsalves of HRLN, which is a collective of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights in India and the sub-continent. Others who spoke in the meeting include Kavita Srivastav, Henry Tiphagne, Iftikhar Gilani, Teesta Setalvad, Harish Dhawan, Mukul Sinha, Suhas Chakma, Shoma Choudhury, Advocate Phoolka, RS Bains, Navkiran Singh, Arshad Andrabi, GN Shaheen etc.