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Arabinda Rajkhowa's release, the new year's gift

Christmas was literally over but Santa Claus had kept a special gift for the people of Assam and the gift came through Assam’s Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,s Government. A new year’s gift and a belated gift of Christmas, yes I mean to say about the great timing of Arabinda Rajkhowa's release on 1st January 2011.

The New Year’s messages is loud and clear to the people of Assam, Help the congress getting absolute majority in the forth coming Assam Assembly election, a far more better result than the recently concluded Bihar election. That is all about what Politics is and the people in general are always made to live in Political illusion. The moon is always beautiful but there is also the dark side of the moon that we tend to overlook.

ULFA“ has been the worst subject for the government whenever it had caused damage to their image and a pet subject when election knocks at the door. Well politicians know to lay and break their rules better than anyone.

So far so good, now the people of Assam can only hope that the government works sincerely towards solving the complex insurgency problem as a whole.We hope the new beginning will not illude the common people anymore.



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Health and the city

11 Nov 2007 - 5:33am | Rituparna Goswami Pande
They say “health is wealth” but in Assam “ill health means drain of wealth”. The people of Assam seem to have lost their faith in the medical facilities and treatment provided in Assam. The commercialization of the medical profession has totally disillusioned the common public. Minor ailments require a plethora of health check ups the cost of which burns a hole in the pockets of poor patients. However, the ones who can afford prefer to go outside the state for treatments without taking the chances of wrong diagnosis or pricy hospital bills. The government hospitals are the last resorts of suffering patients who brave the unhygienic, rat infested, garbage heaped hospitals in hope of relief.

There is no dearth of able doctors in Assam. The recent diamond jubilee celebration of the Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh saw the assembly of renowned doctors all products of AMC, similarly there are many other doctors who are products of various other colleges in the state or otherwise. Yet the medical facilities in Assam are not up to the mark. As a result of which more and more patients make a beeline to the Apollo Hospitals in Madras or AIIMS in Delhi etc.

Though many nursing homes have come up in the city they are unable to cater to the various budgetary or medical needs of patients. However, the move by the state government to open up a 200 bed civil hospital at Amingaon within a span of two years is a welcome move and it will serve beneficial to the people and also ease the burden of patients on the two premier government hospitals in Guwahati viz the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMC) and Mahendra Mohan Choudhary Hospital (MMCH)

Assam chief minister laid the foundation stone of the proposed Kamrup District Civil Hospital which is set to be constructed on an area of 2162.30 square meters at Amingaon , at the North Bank of the Brahmaputra. It is a joint venture by the Assam Government and the Assam chapter of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The hospital will be set up at a cost of Rs 19.32 crore and will cater to patients of all departments – pediatrics, orthopedics, gynecology, surgery etc. It will be equipped with all modern technologies.

Such steps are certainly a ray of hope for the health sector in Assam.

ABSU's 40th Annual Conference Concluded

18 Mar 2008 - 5:36am | Ranjan K Baruah

The 40th annual conference of All Bodo Students Union has been concluded at Boko on 16th March. The annual programme was participated by its members from different parts of the country. ABSU was established in the year of 1967 with an aim to highlight the Bodo community around the world. The resolution which was taken during the delegate meeting includes more programmes to be conducted for strengthening quality education in the state. The student organization demanded separate directorate for the Bodo medium and it strongly condemned the killings that took place in last 3 months in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Area. The delegate's meeting condemned the violence happening in the BTC area for past 3 months and appealed to the authorities to take immediate action and control the violence. It can be mentioned that so far authorities have not been able to find the culprits associated in these killings. The open session was held on 16th March and was presided by its president Rwn Gwra Narzary. It was attended by Upendra Ch Baro, IFS (Retired),Brajendra Kr Brahma, President of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Surath Narzary , Founder Member of ABSU, Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Special Correspondent of Indian Express, Utzol Ignacious S Chisim, President of Garo Students Union, Bhaskar Dahal, Adviser of All Assam Gorkha Students Union, Anup Medhi from All Assam Students Union, Tonkeswar Rabha, President of All Rabha Students Union along with other guests and speakers. The president of ABSU in his speech mentioned the role of students' organization like ABSU in nation building. He stressed on the importance of quality education and appealed to all people to be aware on good quality education. He was sharing the experience of the grand cycle rally which was organized in the state of Asom for sensitizing people on quality education by ABSU. Speaking on the occasion the president of the Garo Students Union appealed the people to be vigilant else this land will soon turn into 'Banglaland' due to the illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The cultural program of the evening was inaugurated by Pranab Kalita, Independent MLA of Palashbari Constituency. The annual mouth piece and some other newsletters and magazines were released on the occasion of annual conference. The programme was started on 14th March and ended on 16th March. The conference had made a positive impact for the Bodos of South Kamrup especially in regards to the Bodo language and Bodo medium schools.

reported from Gandhi Maidam, Boko

Preparation's on for smooth Durga Puja at Hojai.

8 Oct 2018 - 4:48pm | Nikhil Mundra

Eighteen Hands Maa Durga Idol at Hojai is a point of  attraction for devotee's since decade's.

Hojai:-With Durga Puja less than  a week away, preparations for the celebration in the Hojai are on in full swing.  Members of various puja committees are working overtime to finish work on pandals in time. While artisans are busy in giving final attractive touch to the idol of Maa Durga along withGanesha,Laxmi,Saraswati and Kartikaye.Tent-house  workers are busy in giving shape to massive theme-based welcome arches and light gates on the streets, lanes and by-lanes of the pandals.This year, Durga Puja celebrations will begin with Sasthi Puja on October 15 while immersion of the deities has been scheduled on October 20.  Inspite inflation and simmering tension over National Register Of Citizens, the enthusiasm ofdenizens of Hojai district is not less for Durga Puja. People want to worship Goddess Durga accordingly as per Vedic rituals  and take her blessings. 

In Hojai, Idol of Eighteen Hands Maa Durga is always been an special attraction for the devotees. Since the year 1967, Adarsha Durga Puja Samity is organising this Puja.This is their 52nd Year. The puja samity believes that, when Maa Durga slaughtered  Mahisashur, She was in her 18 hands gesture. So, by which they started worshipping Eighteen (18) hands Maa Durga Idol. Here, puja is done with all the vedic rituals. Another, speciality of this puja is that on the day of Dashmi the mirror (prathibim) of Maa Durga is open for bidding, where the devotees gather and are very excited to take part in the bid, so that they can take the mirror to their house as a blessings of Maa Durga. As per sources, this year bidding for this mirror may across rupees  one lakh and above. It is believed to be the only Puja with eighteen hands in entire Assam.

Sarbajanik Durga Puja Samity at Shivbari in Hojai is celebrating this festival since the year 1935. This Puja is famous for its tallest idol of Maa Durga in Hojai District and  here festivity is always been point of attraction as devotees throng here in thousands.Sarbajanik Durga Puja Samity at Bishnupally in Hojai is celebrating the Durga Puja since the year 1956. This year they are celebrating 62nd Year. This Puja is special for its cultural procession, cultural competition and  Quiz competition during puja since its inception. At Laxminarayan Mandir  Marwari  Durga Puja is famous for it's smooth arrangements. Here devotees along with Maa Durga can worship and seek blessings of Laxminarayan,Hanuman,Ram Darbar and Shiv Darbar.

There are many other Samiittee's in Hojai where the preparation's of Durga Puja are at final stage viz., Govind Ashram celebrating since the year 1940, Natun Bazar Durga Puja celebrating since the year 1947, Bharatiya Durga Puja Celebrating since the year 1984, Nabakalpa Durga Puja Commiittee, Ramkrisha Mission, Bharatsewa Ashram,
Kediapuram,Lalpatty,Jamuna Lal Bajaj road Puja, Puja at Laxmi Cinema campus at J.K Kedia Road,Sahapatty,Govinda pally,Kali Bari,Krishna Nagar,Harijan Colony,Nepali Mandir.
Manipuri Community Durga Puja is special for its different attraction based on Manipuri culture. Here cultural  celebration's are organised as per Manipuri custom.
It is to be noted that this year Ramthakur Mandir Commiittee at Shiv bari road is going to begin the Durga puja celebration for the time this year which will  attract devotees.However, All the Puja samittees has to oblige by the rules and norms issued by District Administration  like every year, for the smooth functioning of Puja without any hindrance.