Author: Nava Thakuria

The author is a Guwahati-based journalist, who writes for various media outlets based in different parts of the globe.

Guwahati: Assam is all set to host first sustainable financial working group (SFWG) meeting and Youth 20 inception meeting as part of India’s year-long G20 presidency, where it is meticulously chalked out various tour programs that would help in promoting the State’s rich biodiversity and socio-cultural heritage in international arena. The authorities have completed the preparation to welcome the foreign delegates to the State. Guwahati is adorned with digital wall painting, thematic gates, flags of G 20 countries, LED cut-outs, standees, hoarding, etc as part of branding and beautification. The government has also completed the arrangement for the visiting delegates…

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The news is pleasantly breaking. Widely acclaimed Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is visiting Assam to grace the forthcoming Bodoland International Knowledge Festival to be held at Kokrajhar kick starting on 27 February 2023. Prof Yunus will address the inaugural function of the four-day unique festival, organized for the first time by the Bodoland Territorial Region in Bodoland University. Widely acclaimed as a banker to the poor, Prof Yunus was honoured with the Nobel peace prize (along with the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh in 2006). The soft-spoken Bangladeshi gentleman conceptualized the small (micro) loans to the women borrowers without…

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Guwahati: Bangladesh’s lone Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is expected to grace the forthcoming Bodoland International Knowledge Festival at Kokrajhar in western Assam scheduled for 27 February to 2 March next. Widely acclaimed as a banker to the poor, Prof Yunus is going to address the inaugural function of the unique festival, organized for the first time by the Bodoland Territorial Region, a territorial autonomous council in Assam, in Bodoland University. Thematic areas of the four-day festival, to be held in Bodoland University of northeast India, include Science & Technology, Livelihood, Indigenous Knowledge System, Gender Empowerment, Child Rights & Protection,…

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Guwahati: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, while attending the closing function of Sankardev Sishu-Vidya Niketan’s silver jubilee celebration at Ramdia in Kamrup district on Tuesday, commented that the success of any educational institution is determined by the impact it creates in young minds and its ability to teach its students to dream big. “I sincerely believe that a successful educational institution should be in a position to enable its students to dream big and helping them to translate their dream in reality”, said Governor Mukhi adding that Sankardev Sishu-Vidya Niketan, Ramdia being a premier centre of education has completed its glorious…

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Guwahati: Reacting sharply on Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s public statement over 1971 as the cut-off year (to identify illegal immigrants in the State following the historic Assam Accord signed in 1985 culminating the six years long anti-foreigners agitation), Upamanyu Hazarika-who leads an influential forum against infiltration- urges Sarma to come clean over the matter. The convenor of Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) in a communique to this writer asserted that Sarma had given two sets of contradictory views on the issue of cut-off date for granting citizenship to migrants from erstwhile East Pakistan/ Bangladesh. In a press briefing on…

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First thing first. Incidents of poaching related to rhinoceros in various forest reserves of Assam in northeast India have decreased drastically. Brutal laws against the poachers, strengthening of ground staff inside the protected forest areas and increasing public awareness in the fringe localities of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the State have positively impacted the mission to save the one-horned rhinos. Unlike other parts of the globe, common people of Assam irrespective of their political, ethnic or religious differences, maintain a strong will to protect the giant animals. For records only two rhinos were poached in Kaziranga National Park…

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Guwahati: When a senior minister in Himanta Biswa Sarma’s State cabinet takes a ride in city buses of Guwahati to understand the problems of daily commuters, it makes news. So, when Assam urban affairs minister Ashok Singhal recently got into a city bus and accompanied common passengers, it received massive media coverage. But the question that arises is, if the young minister had observed a number of difficulties faced by the elderly people along with the women & children in their rides? Regularity and reliability of city buses in the virtual capital of northeast India, sustained comfortability of passengers (precisely…

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Guwahati: One of the most intimate witnesses of the Hindi film world, Gulzar’s memoirs can provide a glimpse into an era of Indian cinema. And through these stories one can get to know many unknown facts about the lives of the colorful world, said Mumbai-based film director Akash Aditya Lama while launching the Assamese translation of Gulzar’s book ‘Actually I met them’ as ‘Smritir Manuhbor’ by writer Namrata Datta. Published by Sanjay Kumar Sanyal, a well known author and belonging to Assam Publishing Company, the book was launched at a brief function organised at Cotton University in the city. Ranjan…

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Guwahati: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), while appreciating the State minister of housing & urban affairs Ashok Singhal for taking a ride in city buses recently to understand the problems of daily commuters, urges him to focus on the quality night city bus service. Singhal in his statement assured that he would maintain a consistent effort to streamline connectivity in the city under the guidance of State chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (who recently flagged off 100 new compressed natural gas run city buses). “Question that arises, why the government in general and transport department in particular can not ensure…

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Guwahati: Chalachitram national film festival ২০২২ kicked off on Thursday at Jyoti Chitraban auditorium in the city, where film director Aditya J Patwardhan and actor Kankana Chakraborty lighted the inaugural lamp. Organised every year under the initiative of Chalachitram, a subsidiary of Viswa Sangbad Kendra Assam, the two-day festival is aimed to propagate the cinema as a powerful catalyst of social change and a rich handloom of heritage. ‘The Land of Hidden Treasure’ by Sanatan Karmakar was screened as the opening movie, where Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra vice-president Jeetul Sonowal, film maker Bhupen Kaman, Banalata Baishya, Namrata Dutta, etc were present.…

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