Author: Nava Thakuria

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

Guwahati: As part of the countdown to International Day of Yoga 2022, a Yoga Utsav (festival) was recently organized at the picturesque Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, where the Union Ayush minister Sarbananda Sonowal was present along with Arunachal State ministers Taba Tedir and Tage Teki with a number of Yoga enthusiasts. Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal stated that Yoga uplifts the mind and body. It re-energises the spirit yet keeps everyone calm & composed. “Bhagvad Gita has captured the essence of Yoga beautifully which is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self. I am blessed…

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Assam’s one of the senior most artists Champak Barbara recently showcased some of his art works at Mahabahu Brahmaputra River Heritage Centre in Panbazar (old Kamrup district magistrate’s bungalow) where the painter and cartoonist picked up issues that engulfed the human race including the corona virus disaster. The monthlong invitational exhibition (1 to 31 May 2022) attracted the attention of viewers many of whom were not usual appreciators of fine arts thanks to the unique initiative of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority. An artist, driven by a passion for knowledge, self-actualization and spiritual growth, Barbara for over two decades has been…

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Guwahati: The killing of members belonging to the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) in their hideouts somewhere in Myanmar-China border areas and the subsequent irresponsible media coverage glorifying the brutal acts of separatist Ulfa (I) leaders really annoyed the majority population of northeast India. The live streaming of militant leaders by many satellite news channels offering suffuciant space to justify the murder of Assamese youths in their camps shocked the society. Now demands are being raised to restrict the media outlets propagating the culture of violence in the name of an armed freedom movement run by some militants…

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Guwahati:  Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), while expressing worries at a police complaint  lodged by National Register of Citizens (NRC) Assam coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma against his predecessorPrateek Hajela for deceitfully including names of suspected individuals in the NRC with software tempering, urges both the governments in New Delhi and Dispur to support a complete re-verification of NRC with the national cut-off date. The forum of nationalist citizens termed the development where as a senior government officer lodged an FIR with the criminal investigation department against the former NRC State coordinator as disturbing. The specific allegation regarding the entry of…

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Guwahati: Union education and skill development minister Dharmendra Pradhan, while inaugurating North East Research Conclave (NERC) 2022 at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati on Friday, commented that it would strengthen the linkages between industry, academia & policy makers and further invigorate the research, start-up and entrepreneurship ecosystems in the resource-rich north-eastern region and the country.“NERC 2022 will be a global benchmark for fulfilling research & development priorities of India and the world,” said Pradhan, adding that the objective of research should be to find solutions to chronic problems of the country and to encourage all people to come together,…

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Guwahati: As the number of professional journalists, associated with various  newspapers, news channels, radio outlets, digital platforms, etc is increasing rapidly in Guwahati, the virtual capital of northeast India and an emerging city with strategically importance for southeast Asian nations, they definitely need a wide space for interactions with no prejudice and trepidations. At the same time, millions of  news consumers in far-eastern region of the country also deserve a place to make the media abusers accountable for their unprofessional works. Nearly one thousand working journalists of the city have been demanding for decades a permanent place with necessary infrastructure…

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Guwahati: “The Kashmir Files”, which is based on the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990 and has been released this week in cinema halls, should be declared tax-free in Assam, stated Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA). The forum of nationalist citizens argues that nobody made a film based on this subject even though India produces hundreds of feature films every year. “The film has already been declared tax-free in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Initially set to release worldwide on 26 January 2022 coinciding with the auspicious Republic Day, but director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri had to postpone because of the Omicron…

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Guwahati: Paying floral tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat commented that Bose was a symbol of courage, sacrifice and patriotism, who dedicated his entire life for the freedom expectant people of Bharat. Addressing a distinguished gathering in Imphal of Imphal on 23 January 2022,  Sarsanghchalak Bhagwat pointed out that even though the RSS celebrates Netaji’s birth anniversary regularly this year’s celebration is important as it falls with the 75th year of India’s independence, for which Netaji sacrificed his entire life. “For the sake of independence, Netaji left…

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Guwahati: Amidst the threat of spreading novel coronavirus (precisely the Omicron variant) across India, Asom Granthamela (Assam Book Fair) came to a successful end in Guwahati, the virtual capital of Northeast. Organised jointly by Asom Prakashan Parishad (Publication Board Assam, the government sponsored literary institution) and All Assam Publishers & Book Sellers Association maintaining necessary Covid-19 precautions, the 12-day event genuinely paved ways for observation, debate and resolutions over the future of books and also physical newspapers. Braving the cold wave, thousands of book-lovers from different parts of the region thronged at Assam Engineering Institute playground in Chandmari locality every…

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Geneva: Nearly 2000 journalists died of Covid-19 in 94 countries since March 2020. Last year, in 2021, at least 1400 media workers succumbed to the virus, that is to say 116 par month or some 4 per day on average, announced Friday in Geneva the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). No continent is spared by the pandemic. Of the 1940 journalists dead registered by the PEC since March 1, 2020, Latin America leads with half of the victims, or 955 deaths. Asia follows with 556 dead, aheadof Europe 263, then Africa 98 and North America 68. More than 50 casualties are…

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