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Celebrating Independence Day through football

India has just celebrated the 67th Independence Day on 15th August. There has been much talks about Narendra Modi's speech countered after the Prime Minister's speech, news about blast in Manipur, blast in Kokrajhar, the burning issue of separate state demand, and articles being published in news papers about how true is our freedom in true sense, and also organisations and news makers congratulating people on the occasion on the I-Day.

Keeping aside all these political talks, even personal problems, in Guwahati, a section of people celebrated the Independence Day through football in the spirit of the game without any differences and politics in their minds, what can be a more better way to celebrate the I-Day in such a holistic manner.

In general the celebrating the Independence Day in Guwahati, begins much ahead of 15th August and the celebration begins with the commencement of various football tournaments being held across Guwahati, besides other parts of the state which does not go unnoticed. Football tournaments are organised by various clubs, localities villages, individuals etc. that sets the festive mood for the celebration of the I-Day for both the football lovers and the general public. To put it rightly, these days football tournaments have become synonymous with Independence Day celebration in Guwahati and its adjoining areas. "Off late there are lot of football tournaments organised on the occasion of I-Day, and it is very good to see people enjoying it,and through it a lot of young talents get a platform which is encouraging for the new generation" says, Dhruva Hazarika, Director of Sports and youth affairs, Assam, who had come to inaugurate the football tournament in Lokhra. "We also use to play a lot of football matches during our times while celebrating the Independence Day", he added.

There are hundreds of football tournaments organised on the occasion of Independence Day, and hundreds of teams move here and there playing football, not only promoting the Game but promoting unity, understanding and peace, and thus celebrating Independence in the right spirit.The football trend some years back was not as good as it is being seen in the present time, and it is good to see people going back to football tournaments to celebrated Independence Day. "These days are really good to see so many football tournaments being held in Guwahati during the Independence Day celebration, but tings were not that good may be some 10 years back. There are lot of good players i can see in this small tournaments, we need a lot of sponsors to groom these young talents" added Sagar, who had played for Mohan Bagan, and now plays for Railways. He had came to play for a amateur club, at Janta Bhawan on the occasion of Independence Day.

During this time, people from all walks of life, people doing Jobs, Business, Vegetable vendors, meat sellers,, Rikshaw pullers all participates in football tournaments for the love of the game and a positive environment is being created on the occasion of Independence Day celebration. Since the militant groups call Bandhs and boycott the Independence Day, people find a better way to celebrate the Independence Day through playing football.

"It is nice to play all over during the Independence Day time, and we love to play, there are so many tournaments",said Chandra Boro, who,s team has come all the way from Nalbari district to play a local Football tournament in a hilly village in Sonaighuli.

Mr. Suren , who owns a meat shop has taken out time to join a Independence Day celebration football tournament in Lokhra, and says that they have been celebrating Independence Day through Football since long time and that since there are bandh calls during the I-Day through out the State of Assam, so they prefer to celebrate I-Day through football.

"We have to develop our team to play in these tournaments during Independence Day and have to participate in more tournaments durinf these season" Said Jadu Gogoi,a veteran Referee,who had also joined a team to play a local football tournament, while his juniors are shocked to see Jadu Gogoi, playing at the age of 63. Another veteran player Mr. Gajen who is much popular in the local tournaments because of his skill and stamina even at the age of 51, who is a regular participant in football tournaments while his son also joins his father in the team. The Lokhra Udyan Sangha, this time felicitated this veteran player and asked him to revel his secrets,while encouraging young players." We want you to play till the age of 60" said one of the member of the Lokhra Udyan Sangha.

Tournaments are organised in categories like, playing with Boots and also Bare foot tournaments, 7 side tournaments, 11- side, and also 9- side tournaments depending upon the capacity of the Playground. Prize money are as high as 50,000, and can come down to even Rs.3000 as per capacity, there are also prizes like a Goat, a Pig besides giving away Cups and Cash awards. Matches organised between the Non-Married boys and Married people, and in some place women football matches are also being organised.Football tournaments during the I-Day celebration in a true sense caters the need of all sections of people in the society that creates the mood for celebrating Independence Day.May be in days to come the popularity of this I-Day football tournaments might be recognized as a " Independence Day football festival",and trophies are named after local freedom fighters.

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BVFCL workers in Delhi for Dharna

5 Feb 2018 - 5:43pm | Akshaya Pranab Kalita

NAMRUP: A team of BVFCL workers from Namrup is staging dharna in New Delhi on Tuesday alleging raw deal for the state owned fertilizer company in the recent Union Budget. Talking to www.assamtimes.org, the workers organization leaders said the initiatives to uplift the industry in the budget itself suggests utter lack of government. “We have no option but to stage dharna at the Jantar Mantar no Tuesday. We think this would be the best possible way to mount pressure on the Centre,” said Tileswar Bora, who left for the capital three days back.

 

 

 

Brahmaputra Literary Festival ends today

30 Jan 2017 - 10:38am | Nava Thakuria

The three day Brahmaputra Literary Festival will come to end today, where Assam Governor Banwari Lal Purohit is scheduled to grace the closing ceremony as the chief guest. The function starting at 3 pm in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra will also be graced by Gauhati University vice-chancellor Dr Mridul Hazarika, eminent Italian author Carlo Pizzaati and Indian writer Narendra Kohli with few others.

Meanwhile, thousands joined and observed various sessions on different topics & genres of literature & cinema, conversations, book reading, interactions in six venues namely Tagore Hall, Pandita Ramabai Hall, Premchand Hall, Subramania Bharathi Hall, Nalinibala Devi Hall and Bezbarua Hall.

In fact, Sankardev Kalakshetra cultural complex in the city turns into a fabulous confluence of writers, intellectuals, cultural personalities, vibrant appreciators and enthusiast observers from various parts of the globe on the occasion of 1st Brahmaputra Lit-Fest.

Eminent authors including Randy Taguchi from Japan, Neal Hall from USA, Giampaolo Simi & Alessandra Bertini from Italy, Francois Gautier & Nicolos Idier from France, Carlos Penalver from Spain, Subramani from Fiji, Dhunpal Raj Heeraman & Ramdeo Dhorundhur from Mauritius, Selina Hussain & Shaheen Akhtar from Bangladesh, Rajiva Wijesinha from Sri Lanka, Raj Heeramun, Ramdev Dhoorandhar & Niranjan Kunwar from Nepal, Yugyen Tshering from Bhutan have graced the venue.

Many prominent nationally acclaimed writers and cultural personalities like Asha Parekh, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra Damodar Mauzo, Subhash Kashyap, Makarand Paranjpe, Khalid Mohammed, Dipa Choudhuri, Manju Bora, Bhagirath Mishra, Amar Mitra, Binod Ghosal have participated in various sessions of the festival including few open interaction with the audience.

Some famed north-eastern creative personalities and journalists including Sanjoy Hazarika, Arup Kumar Dutta, Jahnavi Barua, Mamang Dai, Pradip Phanjoubam, Monalisa Chankija, Dhruba Hazarika, Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, Leena Sarma, Jnan Pujari, Phanindra Kumar Debachoudhury, Kula Saikia, Rami Chhabra, Vimala Morthala, Aniz Uz Zaman, Monikuntala Bhattacharjya, Dileep Chandan etc contributed for various panel discussions.

Similarly, Utpal Borpujari, Nilim Kumar, Suparna Lahiri Baruah, Mirza Ali Baig, Prasanta Rajguru, Mrinal Talukdar, Arindam Barkataki, Samrat Chowdhury, Nanigopal Mahanta, Imran Hussain, Basab Roy, Sanjay Chakrabarty, Deviprasad Singha, Ratna Barali Talukdar, Atanu Bhattachrya, Geetali Borah etc joined in the cohesive talks.

The festival witnessed the gala opening on Saturday precluding all serious panel discussions on literature and related other creative activities. With this three-day fiesta, jointly organised by the National Book Trust India (under HRD ministry) and Publication Board Assam (under Assam’s education ministry), the city has emerged as an important venue of literary festivals in the country.

“With brain storming panel discussions, book releases & readings, cultural events including screenings of films based on literary pieces etc, the festival is expected to enrich the literary prospect of the region to many extend,” said Dr Rita Choudhury, director of NBT.

Land disputes, eloping top the crime trend of Silchar

Assam stand 12th in crime record in 2013
7 Oct 2017 - 9:12pm | Siddharth Deb

A paradigm shift is taking place in crime trends of Assam and surprisingly, Cachar has crawled up to the 5th position in the district wise crime rate of the state. According to statistical data provided by a website linked to the National Records Crime Bureau, Cachar stands at the 5th position in district wise crime rate. Property disputes, land grabbing and eloping which is mostly reported as kidnapping is rapidly rising the crime trends of Cachar and particularly that of Silchar.


The police department has admitted to the fact that land grabbing and property disputes have raised in a phenomenal manner in the Cachar District and out of which Silchar has registered the most number of cases. Talking to Eastern Chronicle, the officer in-charge of the Sadar Police Station, S Chakraborty said, “Silchar is registering a very high number of property disputes and land grabbing. This trend has come in the past few years and we are registering increasing number of property disputes. There is another interesting thing about this new trend. A variety of other cases are often registered in the backdrop of the main case which remains the property issue by both the parties. Several cases like threatening, criminal intimidation, forced trespassing or burglary are slammed on each other between both the parties.”


He further added that, “with a rapid expansion and development of Silchar, real estate and property has become very lucrative business. The huge amount of money involved has lured anti-social elements to overtake the business and hence property dispute are common crime these days.”

According to current NCRB reports, Assam has registered a total of 15,599 registered cases of property disputes out of which 33 percent is alone registered in Cachar with a high number from Silchar.


 


Another interesting fact is that kidnapping cases which are mostly cases of eloping has a national average of 5.41 percent while the Assam state average is 15.39 percent as recorded by the NCRB. Out of the 4,801 cases of kidnapping reported a high number of cases are from Barak Valley and that of Cachar. Cases of eloping which are registered as cases of kidnappings by the parent have also seen a rise recently.

On the issue of eloping, Officer in-charge Chakraborty commented, “most of the kidnapping cases registered turns out to be of eloping. Teenagers are very volatile due to their fluctuating and immature nature. They take such steps that mostly end them up in troubled waters. Teenagers face a lot of hardship and opposition from the parents and society that ultimately hampers their domestic lives. In my career I have seen many cases where the girls face tremendous hardship and ultimately take drastic steps like committing suicide. It is sad that they don’t think practically and end up in trouble.”

“The biggest need of the hour is to have NGOs which can raise awareness amongst such youth and counsel them, raise awareness and explain them about the dangers and risks involved before its too late.” Chakraborty added.