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Escalation of man-nature conflict

Straying of leopards in the crowded streets of Guwahati have become a far too often affair. The man-animal conflict is taking a toll, thus ringing a knell. There was a time when the most ardent adventurers had a hard time spotting these big cats, even in their most natural habitat. The ever-growing demand and more particularly the tendency of the human to plunder on anything to quench the unquenchable greed leads to the invasion into green pastures, the wild. In the process, the poor creatures - the ones that walk on the four feet and the ones that crawl are victimized. Their tranquillity is invaded. Elephant herds in large numbers have since long been invading villages in various areas of Assam in a spree to find food and there by causing damages to life and property. Birds too are diminishing in number; either migrating or perishing slowly.

A recent research states that the modern frequency communication network causes adversity to birds. Not to forget the fishes who are being killed in masses, only to be served as our delicacy. Perhaps this time, the leopards, secretary to the ‘king of jungles’ were just searching the High court to file a public interest litigation! May be they were out on a protest into the Guwahati streets to save their home and save our grace. Due to running out of hunting ground or rather preys, probably they are just out on the streets of the capital endangering lives, their own and the civilized ones too.

We have coldly witnessed these man-animal conflicts over the years, just counting the victims-both man and animal, without any outrage of emotions. Illegal deforestation has still being happening at an alarming rate and we are being the mute spectators. Sometimes I wonder if we have lost our voice, or ignored the grunts, or missed the outrage demonstrated the animals by flocking into the human domain.

Across the globe people have joined hands to “go green, save earth” motto, we seemed to have turned a deaf ear to these. We are rather on a spree to destroy our rich forests, our wild animals and their habitat, may be just to fatten our pockets. In process we are also endangering our own existence in the long run. People, the residents of Guwahati are petrified by the recent visits of the leopards. Already there are no less reasons of worry for the people here – floods, rising summer heat, traffic, scarcity of water and electricity. Sadly, no one else is to blame for all these plights but us. These all are the result of the man-wild or more wholesomely man-nature conflict. This time we simply cannot afford to remain deaf to the ringing knell. The need of the hour is to our voice for a more sustainable and Pareto efficient way. It is high time we realize and rectify our deeds to make the world a better place to live for all existing beings.

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JFA demands probe into Agartala killings

19 May 2013 - 10:50pm | Nava Thakuria

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed deepest shock at the incident of an attack on a local media house in Agartala today afternoon, where there people including a working journalist lost their lives.

In a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and its secretary Nava Thakuria, the forum has urged Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar to probe into the incident and compensate adequately the victim families.

The PTI reported that ‘three employees of a local Bengali daily were stabbed to death inside its office by two unidentified assailants in Agartala today’. Quoting the police, the agency reported, “The motorcycle-borne assailants barged into the office of 'Dainik Ganadoot' at the Palace Compound at about 3 PM and stabbed a proof reader and a driver on the ground floor before proceeding to the first floor where they stabbed the office manager.”

The three men, who were knifed and later declared brought dead to the hospital, have been identified as proof reader Sujit Bhattacharya (32), office driver Balaram Ghosh (40) and office manager Ranjit Chowdhury (60).

The JFA asserted that in any situation the attack on a newspaper house will not be tolerated and extended all possible help and cooperation to the media fraternity of Tripura in the next course of actions with the demand for justice.

Felicitation of Sankari artists on May 5

3 May 2013 - 9:47am | Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti

Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva was formed to spread the universal message and glory of Srimanta Sankaradeva all over the world and to do all such things that may be necessary to be done for that purpose, in a cultured manner. One of the objectives of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva is to accord recognition to litterateurs and artists for their serious original works on and about Srimanta Sankaradeva. So the Society has now decided to felicitate dedicated Sankari artists for their immense contribution to Sankari Art and Culture. The first phase of felicitation will take place on May 5 in Jorhat Press Club. The eight artists selected from upper Assam  for felicitation in the 1st phase are the following:

Kanuram Bora (76), Joraguri, Rongamati, P.S. Dergaon, Golaghat district.
Expert in Sankari Art, Mukha making, Stage settings of Bhaona. Promoting Bhaona among tea garden community of Rongamati Area.

Jogen Dutta Bayan (68), Uttar Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli.
Expert in Sankari Sangeet.

Jatin Mahanta (63), Nangalamara Katanipar Sattra, Simaluguri.
Expert in Sankari Art, sculpture, profile, Mukha making, Asan making.

Lakshan Pathak (Saikia) (55), Natun Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli.
Expert in Sankari Art, Handicraft, Dye, Aharjya, Sculpture, Mukha making, Gayan-Bayan, Pathak, Bhaona.

Hem Chandra Goswami (57), Chamaguri Sattra, Majuli.
Expert in Sankari Art, Sculpture, Mukha making, Mukha Bhaona. Conducted workshops and trained people in many places all over Assam.

Girin Mahanta (54), Namrup, Dibrugarh district (Kakajan Sipaha Sattra, Jorhat).
Expert in Sankari Art and Culture, Gayan-Bayan, Bhaona, Khanikar, Sankari Sangeet, Cement Sculpture, Aharjya making, Khol making, Guru Asan making.

Gopal Bora (48), Missamora, Dergaon.
Expert in Sankari Art, Mukha making, Stage settings of Bhaona. Performed in many places all over Assam.

Bayan Khireswar Hazarika (47), Milan Nagar, Dibrugarh.
Expert in Sankari Sangeet, Bhaona, Khol design.

Loan brings succor to Assam tea

26 Jun 2007 - 5:21am | editor
Guwahati: A fresh lease of life awaits Assam’s tea industry. Altogether 24 companies have come out to revive the ailing sector with a huge Rs 48 crore loan money.These companies will devote the fund, named as the Special Tea Purpose Fund, in the replantation of bushes in 82 tea estates covering 1,925 hectares.The Assam tea Company is among those who are a part of this pact. The ATC will carry out replantation in its 12 estates. In his address, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi says the revival of tea industry will be a giant leap towards addressing a few problems confronting the state.The function was addressed by the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission. Speaking on the occasion, minister of development of North-east, Mani Shankar Aiyar says the steps for rejuvenation of tea industry will percolate benefit not only to Assam’s economic growth but also for the people of the entire north eastern region.Later speaking to reporters, commerce minister HJairam Ramesh pins hope on the fact that the STPF will help the Indian tea companies to compete with Kenya and Sri Lank in production.In yet another bid to ensure the benefits of the government incentive for the small tea growers, the minister said that he has urged the Assam Chief Minister to to provide them with possession certificate sto make the entire process a hassle-free one.