Author: Nava Thakuria

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

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam along with some other parts of northeast India remain grim as incessant rainfall continues affecting over 2.1 million population. The second wave of flood in Assam inundated over 2200 villages in 29 districts, following which around 40,000 families took shelter in 700 relief camps set up by the administration. According to the State disaster management authority, at least 56 people died in the natural disaster, which also destroyed a number of embankments, roads & bridges and other infrastructures. The muddy flood water inundated more than 43000 hectares of crop area and the deluge devastated…

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Guwahati: As the nation celebrates the reincarnation of Nalanda University and remember the brutality of invader Mohamad -I- Bakhtiyar Khilji, it’s time to honour Kamrup Nripati Prithu, who defeated the notorious Turkish-Afghan enemy, with a life-size statue of the mediaeval Kamrup king somewhere in the prehistoric city, argues the Patriotic People’s Front, Assam (PPFA). In a media statement, the forum of nationalist citizens, urges both the governments in Dispur and New Delhi to take pragmatic plans to spread the bravery and patriotism of Maharaja Prithu among the new generation of Bharat. The Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have…

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Guwahati: Expressing dismay over the debates on irregularities in the nation-wide entrance examinations to pick up aspiring students to study the medical science in different academic institutions across the country, a northeast Bharat-based forum of nationalist citizens demanded a fair probe into the episode and insisted that the evaluation process should be made fool-proved and quality-driven so that only meritorious and dedicated students get the opportunity to pursue MBBS, BDS, BVSc, etc courses. Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), in a statement, also argued that those found responsible in playing with the dream of aspiring students must be punished under the…

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Guwahati: The first & foremost principle of journalism should be an uncompromised commitment to serve and protect the interest of the motherland. Along with the media persons, every citizen should come forward to play their roles with utmost responsibilities for the nation, and the journalists must support the people to fight against fake narratives, said Ashok Srivastav, senior consulting editor at DD News, while delivering the keynote address of the annual Devarsi Narad Jayanti program, organized by Vishwa Sambad Kendra (VSK) Assam at Sudarshanalay in northeast India on Sunday. He also opined that the increase in the number of Lok…

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Guwahati: Visva Sambad Kendra Assam is celebrating Devarsi Narad Jayanti program in Guwahati on Sunday (9 June 2024) by organizing a lecture on the relevance of world’s first media person Narad Muni and awarding working journalists at a function to be held at Sudarshanalay in the city by 4 pm. Ashok Srivastava, senior consulting editor of Doordarshan will grace the occasion as the keynote speaker. Narad Jayanti award will be conferred on Assam Tribune’s executive editor Prashanta Jyoti Baruah and felicitation will be given to Diganta Goswami (Dainik Agradoot), Padmini Hazarika (Asomiya Pratidin) and Raju Barua (ND24). The award…

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Guwahati:  Expressing utter dismay over the incident of physical assaults on two local residents of Mangaldoi in central Assam by a group of Bangladeshi origin vendors recently, an influential anti-influx body urged the concerned authorities to take necessary actions. Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) in a media statement argued that Mangaldoi municipal board and Darrang district police chief must take legal actions against the offenders, who are agricultural produce vendors of Bangladeshi origin. “On 24 April, Jiten Deka went to sell his vegetable produce in the daily market, operated by the municipal board in Mangaldoi. As soon as he entered the market,…

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Guwahati: Assam’s largest women voluntary organization Aparupa, which involve over 70,000 ladies, organized  Aparupa Mahiyasi Nari Awards 2024 at Gauhati medical college auditorium on 28 April, which was inaugurated by  Asom Sahitya Sabha’s vice-president Mrinalni Devi. The program witnessed the release of its mouthpiece Aparupa aling with several books including the one on life struggles of Sneha Devi penned by Runa Laila  in presence of veteran Bollywood actress Mandakini. More than 20 distinguished women of Assam were felicitated and honoured with certificates and awards in the function. Assamese actor Brajen Bora, singer Anima Chowdhury with many  others were presented Nipon…

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Guwahati: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India in its spot enquiry report reveals that the victims (villagers of Sandeshkhali in West Bengal) ‘faced assault, threat, sexual exploitation, land grabbing, and forced unpaid labour’ and hence many residents were compelled to seek livelihood outside their locality. The NHRC report, released on 13 April 2024 in New Delhi, also stated that the atmosphere due to the atrocities by the alleged accused persons rendered the victims silent and reluctant to seek justice. It revealed several instances of atrocities inflicted upon the victims, which clearly demonstrate, prima facie, that there was a violation…

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Guwahati: Denouncing the hopeless attitude of the Communist regime in Beijing to rename several localities of Arunachal Pradesh, a forum of nationalist citizens in eastern Bharat, urges the Union government in New Delhi to ratify its stand on Tibet as being an independent nation, so that China will never remain a neighbouring country for India. Patriotic Peoples’ Front Assam (PPFA) also asked the Chinese Communist leaders to respect the sovereignty of a nation which became their neighbouring country only after grabbing the land of 14 Dalai Lama. “China does the tricks very often to draw the international media attention with…

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Nagpur: Samajik Samrasata (social harmony) is not a strategy, but an article of faith. Samajik Parivartan (social transformation) will realize after bringing the Sajjan Shakti (the power of good) together and their collective efforts. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has pledged to join the whole society and move forward towards Samajik Parivartan (social transformation), said RSS Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale. Addressing the media on the occasion of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha on 15, 16 and 17 March 2024, Hosabale emphasised that the active participation of the society has been widely experienced by all due to the historic occasion of Ramlalla Pran Pratishtha. …

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Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an active socio-cultural organisation of Bharat, will complete one hundred years of existence on  Vijayadashmi in 2025. The forthcoming Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), scheduled for   15, 16 and 17 March next at Nagpur (Maharashtra) will  discuss the plans adopted for  its centenary celebration. The annual Pratinidhi Sabha will also review its activities especially related to the Shakhas in different parts of the country. “RSS aims to take the number of Shakhas to one lakh in the centenary year,” said Akhil Bhartiya Prachar Pramukh Sunil Ambekar at a press briefing in Reshimbag premises on Wednesday.…

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What would the world do without tea! That was an important line from a chapter in the textbook, which our high school teacher pronounced dramatically. Our beloved English teacher also threw light on Sydney Smith, the 18th century British writer, who penned the chapter adding many amazing sentences like- Thank God for tea! I am glad I was not born before tea, etc. But till then we had partial ideas about the tea and its garden, not to speak of varied ways of its preparation. Being a resident of Kamrup, I never saw a tea garden till my college days…

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Guwahati: Expressing utter dismay over the inconsistent city bus service in the virtual capital of northeast India, a forum of nationalist citizens urged Assam government to ensure reliable transportation service covering all important routes till at least 11 pm (if not late night hours), so that the Guwahatians, who are still deprived of local & metro train service, can enjoy their rides with no uncertainties. “When the State government at Dispur recently bought a number of CNG and electricity operated city buses, why the transport department cannot ensure timely service after dusk? The law & order situation has already improved…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, while speaking at a recent function in Moscow, announced that his country was waiting for the launch of cancer vaccines. Putin, globally condemned for invasion on Ukraine resulting in many casualties and enormous property damages, announced that significant progress has been made by the Russian scientific fraternity to develop the important vaccines. The hardliner Russian leader expressed optimism that they have almost reached a significant phase for developing cancer vaccines and immunomodulatory drugs. He also hoped that these advancements will transition the way to approach the health disaster, but Putin did not reveal any specific information…

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Guwahati: Ancient wisdom views human beings as an integral part of the natural ecosystem, rather than its masters and this it advocates for equitable human progress achieved in harmony with ecology, said Dibrugarh Declaration 2024, adopted on the concluding day of 8th International Conference and Gathering of the Elders of Ancient Traditions. Organised by the International Center for Cultural Studies (ICCS) at Dibrugarh in northeast India, the conference (28 January to 1 February) witnessed the participation of 125 foreign delegates from 33 countries representing their ancient traditional wisdom, where they highlighted three major agendas namely reviving traditions, ecological knowledge and…

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