Author: Nava Thakuria

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

Guwahati: Bharat Mata Pujan 2023, organised with an aim to celebrate the legacy, culture and traditions of the great land, kick starts on Thursday (1 Kati of 1430 Bhaskarabda) coinciding the Sharadiya Durgotsav. Thousands of cultural personalities, art connoisseurs and patriotic nationals assembled at Chandmari AEI field in the far eastern part of Bharat (India) to participate and witness the unique festival, where the motherland is worshiped as a deity. Organised under the initiative of Pragnya (wisdom), the five-day spiritual extravaganza was inaugurated by Nrityacharya Jatin Goswami on 19 October by lighting the sacred lamp in presence of Taren Boro…

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The art connoisseurs along with the patriotic citizens in the far eastern part of Bharat (India) will gather at Chandmari AEI field in Guwahati on 19 October (1 Kati of 1430 Bhaskarabda) to celebrate the legacy, culture and traditions of the great land, as Bharat Mata Pujan 2023 will unfold a series of cultural programs including a group performance on the theme of Vande Mataram with 1000 participating artistes. The five-day festival, organised under the initiative of Pragnya (Wisdom), will comprise Akhand Bharat Parikrama, Guru Pujan, Kanya Pujan, Mohiyasi Matri Sanman presentation, Vande Mataram dance competition, Alpana contest, puppet shows,…

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Guwahati: As if, it was not enough to malign the image of Professor Muhammad Yunus, the lone Nobel laureate of Bangladesh, by repeated legal harassments from various government agencies, now the pioneer of microfinance and social business has been summoned to appear before the anti-corruption commission on 5 October 2023 against a money laundering case. Five more individuals, attached to Prof Yunus, are also being asked to appear before the commission in Dhaka within two days. They are preparing to follow the procedure, said a source close to Prof Yunus. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who will seek the mandate of…

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Guwahati: Three-day Pragjyotishpur Literary Festival 2023 is concluding today at Asom Sahitya Sabha bhawan and district library premises as the valedictory function is scheduled at 4.30 pm where eminent personalities like Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Diganta Biswa Sarma, Sudeshna Bhattacharjya etc will be present. Organised by Sankardev Education and Research Foundation (SERF) with the theme ‘In Search of Roots’ for the first time, the national-level LitFest (29 Sept to 1 Oct) was launched with the lighting of sacred lamp by the festival committee president Phanindra Kumar Devchoudhury and National Book Trust chairman Milind Sudhakar Marathe in presence of Padma Shri awardee…

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Guwahati: An intellectual and interactive treat for the literary enthusiasts, cultural connoisseurs and budding writers is waiting to emerge as Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival 2023 (PLF) which will unfold a series of literary activities for three days in the historic city. The three-day literature festival, organised for the first time by Sankardev Education and Research Foundation (SERF), will kick start on 29 September 2023 at Asom Sahitya Sabha and district library premises in the city. Themed as ‘In Search of Roots’, the national-level festival is aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the land and also encouraging the young talents…

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Guwahati: Bharat Raksha Manch (Save India Forum, a non-government organization pursuing for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) with base year of 1951 across Bharat) reiterates its demand for clearing all dues to nearly 7000 data entry operators (DEOs), who worked as part time employees in the NRC updation process for Assam (May 2014 to October 2019). The forum claims that the former State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela, the system integrator Wipro limited and one sub-contractor Integrated System and Services (ISS) had syphoned a sum of Rs 155 crores during the process, which was meant for the DEOs. In fact,…

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Guwahati: Nearly 100 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were recently sensitized on preventing wildlife crimes and illegal wildlife trade in a workshop organized by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and biodiversity conservation group Aaranyak at Salonibari of Tezpur in eastern Assam. “A group of 99 senior as well as junior officials/personnel of India’s elite border guarding forces were enlightened on the national and international ramifications of wildlife crimes in the workshop held at SSB’s recruit training centre on Tuesday in Tezpur,” said a source in Aaranyak. The participants were given insight to overall scenario of wildlife crimes and the…

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Guwahati: As assumed, senior Indian Administrative Service officer Prateek Hajela, former State coordinator to National Register of Citizens (NRC), was approved by Assam government to proceed with the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) application with effect from 1 August 2023 under All India Services Rules 1958, even though with some conditions. Two criminal cases are pending against Hajela in connection with NRC updation The Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS officer, who had completed his three-year inter-cadre deputation in Madhya Pradesh (from 13 November 2019 to 12 November 2022), applied for an early retirement after the MP government released him on 31 March 2023…

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Guwahati: As one more first information reports (FIR) was lodged against the corruption and money laundering by concerned officials while updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and the petitioner, Gitika Bhattacharya, a Guwahati-based social worker, in her complaint at Dispur police station demanded legal actions against the government officials along with the private parties as well as some individuals, it added more dimensions to the controversy. The complaint, received on 13 July 2023, also categorically highlighted the matter of exploitation to nearly 8000 contractual workers, who were denied legalised monthly salaries during the process of NRC updation…

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Guwahati:  Bharat Raksha Manch (Save India Forum, a non-government organisation) reiterates its demand for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) with the base year 1951 across the country. The recently concluded its national executive meeting at Jammu (J&K) also extended support to the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). The nationalist forum also appealed for peace in Manipur which has been facing relentless turmoil since 3 May last. Graced by BRM national president Satyanarayan Jetia, working president Bhusan Dewan, national coordinator Suryakanta Kelkar with others, the meeting also observed that a correct nationwide NRC could have prevented the Manipur mayhem. Speakers expressed…

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Guwahati: A week long summer theatre camp, organized by KimDaula Media in association with Jirsong Theatre (JT) for the first time in Dima Hasao district in central Assam, concluded successfully at Haflong with the presentation of three short plays in Hindi and Dimasa languages by local artistes. Presented by Swapna Daulagupu on behalf of KimDaula Media and supported by the Dima Hasao autonomous council, the camp (3 to 9 July 2023) was held at Don Bosco higher secondary school. Coordinated by Kulendra Daulagupu, an FTII, Pune alumnus and mentored by Robijita Gogoi, a National School of Drama, New Delhi alumnus…

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Guwahati: Emphasizing on a correct National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State, Assam branch of Bharat Raksha Manch (Save India Forum, a non-government organization) demands a complete reverification of the NRC draft and also appropriate actions against all the individuals who were involved in intentional inclusion of illegal migrants’ name in the draft list and also in money laundering to the tune of Rs 260 crores. Submitting a memorandum to Assam Governor, Gulab Chand Kataria at Raj Bhawan on 10 July 2023, a delegation comprising BRM officials including Suryakanta Kelkar, Sujit Pathak, Rakesh Gupta, Sunil Singh etc appealed to…

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Guwahati: A city-based Assamese daily newspaper has been trolled in social media for using a fake photograph to narrate the horrible story of Manipur in the front page of 19 June 2023 issue. The social media users slammed the editor of Amar Asom for using a photograph, which has been lifted from Myanmar’s influential Mizzima newspaper, with a completely different content. The original news related to the announcement of the National Unity Government (of Burma) to take strict action against any member of the people’s defence force (PDF), who would be found guilty for killing the concerned lady in the…

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Guwahati: The continuous violence that is going on in Manipur for the last 45 days is extremely worrisome. The violence and uncertainty that started in the Satte after the protest rally organized in Churachandpur on 3 May 2023 at the time of Lai Haraoba festival is to be condemned,” said Dattatreya Hosabale, Sarkaryavah of Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). In a media statement issued on Sunday, the RSS Sarkaryavah added, “It is very unfortunate that the spate of unrest and violence that erupted afterwards among those who have been living a peaceful life with mutual harmony and co-operation for centuries has not…

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It’s shocking to report that a number of Guwahati-based scribes and RTI (right to information) activists have been facing interrogation and even arrest by Assam chief minister’s special vigilance cell following the allegations of Sewali Devi Sharma, the prime accused in Rs 105 crore State council of educational research and training (SCERT) scam, as being blackmailers to her in different occasions. The arrestees include a lady reporter (identified as Pujamoni Das alias Honey Kashyap, who reportedly took a large volume of money from Ms Sharma) along with a satellite news channel reporter named Bhaskarjyoti Hazarika. RTI activists namely Rabijit Gogoi…

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