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Jahnu Barua at Jeu de Paume in Paris


Celebrated Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua who has earned name globally for his cinematic works has another thing to rejoice as some of his movies are invited to be screened at the Jeu de Paume, the world famous art museum of France during the Festival d’Automne, the autumn festival. The festival which is scheduled to be held in October this year will see nine of his Assamese films.



“I’m rejoiced at this. It’s a proud moment to be invited to such a prestigious event. It’s a matter of pride not just for me but for the whole state and Assamese film fraternity,” Barua said. “It has become possible for the dedication and hard work of all the people involved with the films. It’s for all those,” he further said. With the invitation to the prestigious event Barua is now belongs to the club in which several bright names of Indian cinema features. “I’m really honoured to be in a club with people like Satyajit Ray and Adoor Gopalkrishnana and several others,” he added.


The films selected to be screened at Jeu de Paume and the famous Pompidou centre are ‘Maine Gandhi ko Nahi Mara’ featuring Anupam Kher and Urmila Matondkar, ‘Aparoopa’, ‘Papori’, ‘Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai’, ‘Firingoti’, ‘Banani’, ‘Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door’, ‘Kushul Konwar’, ‘Konikar Ramdhenu’ and ‘Pokhi’. At the moment the veteran filmmaker remembered his close aid late Shailadhar Barua who was involved with most of his films. “I miss him most at his moment he was passionately involved with me in several of my projects. He would have been a happy man had he been with us,” said the filmmaker.


The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume is a museum of contemporary art in the north-west corner of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. The retrospective would be inaugurated on October 25 at Jeu de Paume with the screening of Konikar Ramdhenu where Barua himself is expected to be present.


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Training on alternative wildlife products

28 Nov 2014 - 7:04pm | Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

To contain wildlife hunting by the tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) carried out an intensive training programme on alternative wildlife products at Pakke Tiger Reserve in Seijosa, Arunachal Pradesh. In partnership with the Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, the training aims to develop conservation entrepreneurship amongst the tribal communities for a safer future of the wildlife in the state. 

More than 25 participants, including 17 women from Seppa SHG, from East Kameng district, took part in the alternative wildlife product training in two phases at Pakke, which was completed last week. 

In 2004, WTI in collaboration with the state Forest Department introduced artificial hornbill beaks, for the conservation of Hornbill. Over the years, it has had an immense acceptance in the community. This response encouraged WTI to organise artificial beak-making training for the local community.   

Use of wildlife parts for head gear and Dao (long bladed knife) is a traditional practice among the tribal communities of the state. Tribals hunt wild animals or birds for their fur or beak which is an integral part of their traditional attire which in turn is having an adverse impact on the ecological balance. 

According to Tana Tapi, DFO, Pakke Tiger Reserve, “If we can encourage the communities with these alternative wildlife products, it will bring down the killings and people will earn a handsome livelihood too. It is high time to save the wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh and I am hopeful that the trainees will be able to create a market for such products. 

The wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh is affected by threats induced by both anthropogenic and natural factors. Apart from human-animal conflict, habitat loss, and natural calamities like floods and landslides, local tribes as per tradition also hunt the wildlife for their skin, meat and beaks. Though most of the tribal hunting rituals are for sustenance and not for trade, they do take a toll on the wildlife of the state. 

During the course of the training, the women from Seppa, East Kameng, displayed keen interest in the programme. Macha Dada, who was part of the training, said, “It will help us to develop a new business and at the same time wildlife will be saved.” The participants claimed that the alternatives are much cheaper than the original wildlife decorative products. "So if we can produce quality products after the training, it will definitely mobilise buyers," Macha Dada added.  

Tamo Dada, Wildlife Biologist and Administrative Officer, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, said, “With this skill training, we can spread the message of conservation  and that will also help in the  safeguarding the wildlife in our state.” 

“We are promoting conservation entrepreneurship in Arunachal Pradesh for the safety of wildlife and the biodiversity. By providing alternative wildlife products, we are trying to develop a viable alternative to create an impact in the long run to conserve wildlife. This is an attempt to build a harmonious space between culture and wildlife,” said Sunil Kyarong,  Regional Head – Arunachal Pradesh, WTI. 

Professionals were roped in to train the participants in the skill of making artificial hornbill beak and other alternatives to wildlife products with an objective to create awareness and alternative livelihood support. This initiative was supported by a Rapid Action Project (RAP) of WTI. Radhika Bhagat, Head, Wild Aid, WTI, emphasised, “We need to look at such innovative solutions to preserve traditional customs and beliefs of the tribal communities."

GIMT graduation ceremony 2016

9 Sep 2016 - 8:16am | AT News

Girijananda Chowdhury Group of Institutes, Guwahati celebrated their 7th Graduation Ceremony on 7th September, 2016, on the occasion of the 10th Foundation Day of the institutes. The Graduation Ceremony is celebrated every year to acknowledge the success of their recent graduates, this year marking the passing out of the7th batch of B.E. and MBA, 6th batch of B. Pharm., 5th batch of MCA and 4th batch of M. Pharm and 3rd batch of M.Tech.


The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Pradyut Kumar Goswami, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Assam Science and Technology University, as the Chief Guest and Mr. Alok Verma, Business Head, Vodafone Assam and North East, as the Guest of Honour. The event started off with lighting of the inaugural lamp by the members of the institute along with the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour. The dignitaries then shared their enlightening views with the new batch of graduates, motivating and inspiring them to face the challenges of everyday life.


Certificates were awarded to all the successful graduates. The toppers of all departments were also awarded with cash prizes.


On the day the institute also gave away prizes to the winners of the State Level Essay Competition for school students organized by GIMT, Guwahati in March, 2016. The event concluded with a vote of thanks from the faculty of the institute.

 

Mechanized paddy plantation at Mirza

7 Jul 2013 - 11:49am | Mowsam Hazarika

Agricultural Development Circle under the “Bring Green Revolution to Eastern India” (BGREI) programme has started mechanized paddy plantation at Mirza Circle in 200 hectare area, covering 4 nos. of Pother Porishalana Somittee. This programme introduces a new paddy variety "Swarna Sub-1, which is flood resistant. The inaugural programme was witnessed by top officials from Agricultural department.