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It was a turning point in my life at the end of year 1981, when I decided to go for a change after a successful 20 years of marketing experience. The reason behind the idea was the fatigue of the long travelling experiences, the growing age and stable family life.

A small piece of advertisement in the English daily 'The Assam Tribune' on November 14, 1981, requiring sub editors for an upcoming English daily news paper attracted my attention and I did not make a second thought and applied for the same. Within a month the entire formalities were completed and out of 42 candidates, who appeared for the written test and interviews, six were selected for the job including myself.

On 16th December 1981, the team joined the third English daily newspaper published from Guwahati, 'News Star' which hit the stand on 30th January 1982. The Assam Tribune was widely circulated English Daily during that time. The second English daily Assam Express had no much impact. 'News Star' came up with high hopes based on the enthusiasm of the 'young team' and first multi-color publication in the north-eastern region.

'Young team' means all my colleagues, who joined were at least 20-22 years junior to me in age group. The print media in those days had to sustain on hard practices. We had to work under much pressure and maintain quality of the news and news paper. Resources for news collection were limited. Although the news agencies like Press Trust of India (PTI) and United News of India (UNI) were functioning well to provide national and international news, for the regional and local news we had to depend on the reports of our station wise correspondents and staff reporters.

Computers had not appeared into the region till then. Composing of the matters were to be done in different ways. We had to get our news items for inside pages through 'mono' and 'lino' machines, which were very slow. Besides, we had to get the headlines of the news composed manually. These practices are no more in existence. Proof readers had tough job in correcting the news, before the final prints were given to the layout artists for pasting on the layout sheets.

For the first and last pages we had to depend on our compositors working on the Photo-Type-Setting (PTS) machines. The PTS was different type of composing, which had to be done on computer-like machines and then prints were taken on bromide papers just like photographs. The process of corrections on the bromide paper was much more difficult. The letters for correction had to be taken afresh and then pasted making the job more difficult. The compositors and layout artists had to remain on the duty till the final layouts were handed over to machine room.

After the layouts were ready, the same were handed over to the film makers, who used to prepare films and then the plate makers used to take prints of the films on aluminum plates, before they were fitted on printing machine rollers. Rotary machines had not entered the market till then. We had to depend on the sheet-fed machine. One Sub-editor was to stay on duty during the night, as the final print orders were to be given on the machine proof only. Machine men had to complete printing of all sheets of the newspaper in time under much pressure.

Early morning, the newspaper?s circulation team had to pick up the copies for distribution among the agents and the customers. Once the copies were sent out, the work for the next day?s publication began.

Now, the things have become easy. With the introduction of computers and internet neither there is shortage of news nor the people have to wait for completing the job. By the midnight almost all the jobs are completed and the copies are distributed by circulation department of the newspapers.

Proof reading layout etc are prepared on the computers very conveniently. Because of the developing technology facilities at present more than two dozen daily newspapers in different languages are published from Guwahati itself. It has generated a large scale employment opportunities in various sections of print media. Computers, Internet, photography etc; have become the backbone of print media.


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Tarun Gogoi visits Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

5 May 2011 - 2:07am | editor

The Chief Minister of Assam State, India, H.E. Tarun Gogoi, today told administration officials at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand, that his government remains interested in tackling unemployment, alleviating poverty, and mitigating and managing natural disasters. Also high on the minister’s agenda is improving professional capacity of people through skills upgrading and training development programmes.

“These issues must be solved through a focus on improved education that stresses science and technology, and capacity building,” Minister Gogoi told AIT President Prof. Said Irandoust, while meeting with senior faculty and staff of the international institute based in Thailand.

The Minister made his remarks while leading a small but high-ranking delegation on a visit to AIT on 3 May 2011 to discuss possibilities for partnership between AIT and Assam State. The meeting was a follow-up to a visit by President Irandoust on 1 May 2008, during which Minister Gogoi expressed interest in AIT research and development projects that might have importance to Assam, such as in flood control, and disaster management and mitigation.

Minister Gogoi was joined by H.E. Mr. Pisan Manawapan, Thailand’s newly appointed Ambassador to India. Ambassador Manawapan officially assumed his post in New Delhi on 22 March 2011.

During a meeting, numerous AIT officials stressed how the AIT’s academic and professionally-focused higher learning programs could assist Assam State in achieving its socioeconomic and development aims. AIT President Irandoust briefed the Minister in detail on how AIT’s wide array of new programs which focus on the intersection of advanced technology and its application, sustainable development and capacity building, dovetail with the development needs of Assam State.

He also informed the visitors that in August 2010 India was one of the initial 12 countries to sign the New AIT Charter that would grant it renewed status as an International intergovernmental organization of higher learning.

Impressed by the wealth of new programmes offered by AIT, Mr. Gogoi said: “I am happy to learn that AIT is pursuing so many new, relevant programmes that offer solutions to a number of problems.”

The Minister was also accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Gogoi, Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, Advisor to Chief Minister of Assam, Mrs. Barthakur and Mr. Bipul Gogoi, Personal Secretary to the Chief Minister. Also joining the delegation to AIT from Bangkok was Dr. Jaideep Nair, Counselor, Indian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, Ms. Potchamas Saengthien, Second Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

Photo caption: From left are H.E. Mr. Pisan Manawapan, Thai Ambassador to India; Shri. Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam State, India; AIT President Said Irandoust; and Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, Chief Investment Advisor to Chief Minister of Assam.

6,500 enter Assam, 13 in judicial custody: Lakhimpur SP

14 Jul 2007 - 7:38am | luitneildon

GUWAHATI : The situation in Lakhmipur district, 400 kms away from Guwahati, is still tense as the deadline issued by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union and All Nichi Students’ Union to the people living without inner-line permit, expires tomorrow. Top official sources said around 6,500 people have descended in Assam since July 4 and the flow is continuing. “All the people have gone under scrutiny and they we detained 31 people under suspicion. However, 18 of them were able to produce proper certificates from village heads and they were allowed to go. Now 13 people are in judicial custody and if they fail to produce any proper document, then law will take action,” Lakhimpur Superintendent of Police (SP) NF Haque told this writer. The district administration is taking every precautionary measure to prevent outbreak of any chaos following the entry of panicked-people from the neighbouring State. The Arunachal Pradesh government has intensified its drive against illegal migrants staying in the state in violation of inner line permit rules, official sources said. An order issued by district authorities said it was being observed that most of the suspected Bangladeshis were engaged in manual works at construction sites, agricultural fields and as domestic servants, hawkers, vegetable sellers and scrap collectors and were entering the State through Assam with provisional ILPs.

The Papum Pare district administration covering the state capital has taken several steps to regulate entry of outsiders as the number of Bangladeshis have increased manifold in the district, the sources said. Following the directive and quit orders issued by the students’ bodies, thousands of people living and working in Arunachal Pradesh have entered Lakhmipur via Bandardewa Gate. The Lakhimpur district administration has set up two check-gates at Bandardewa and Laluk to screen the people.

The BJP has protested the entry of fleeing people in Lakhimpur terming them as ‘Bangladeshis’. National president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Ashok Sarma and State vice president Nabarun Medhi met the DC and SP of the district and urged them to take action against the people arriving in Asom. The organization will also meet Governor today.

Yagya for peace

6 Mar 2016 - 7:26pm | Shajid Khan

With the message of ushering peace and prosperity and promoting brotherhood and secularism among the mankind a two day long Yagya of Sri Sri Maharudra was held at 1 No. Batabari village on the outskirts of Tangla town. The programme ended here today. More than 20000 devotees thronged the site to offer their prayers and get the blessings of Hindu God Shiva. All together 10 priests performed the jagya.