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Unprecedented turn out in Tezpur

Polling ended in Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency with a record turn out on Monday. All eyes are fixed on May 16 when the counting will take place.

Amid massive security arrangement, voting began at 7 in the morning at 1,772 booths to decide on the fate of nine candidate.

The authorities have deployed 2,310 presiding and first polling officers to ensure free and fair polls.

AGP leader Joseph Toppo is seeking re-election. Congress candidate Bhupen Bora is facing a tough contest with BJP candidate Ram Prasad Sarma.

 Mani Kumar Subba, who is undergoing treatment of cardiac ailment is contesting as an independent candidate after the Congress denied ticket to the three times MP from Tezpur.

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Social media users clean up Sukleswar Ghat

25 Nov 2016 - 12:23pm | AT News

While a section of people in the society across the globe remains critical about the alternate media users as being selfish, irresponsible and troublemakers, here is a group of youths who have used their communication skills for a better cause.

The group of individuals from different walks of life joined hands for cleaning the Sukleswar Ghat on 23 November and that way inspired other Guwahatians. Nearly 20 young professionals assembled on the southern bank of mighty Brahmaputra in the early hours of Wednesday and involved in cleanliness drive at the river bank.

“We came under an initiative of Prachesta (meaning endeavour) to clean the Sukleswar Ghat with individual capacity. Besides joining hands in the cleanliness drive, we have donated a dustbin and few placards asking people not to spit and dump garbage in the Sukleswar (also known as Sukreswar) temple premises,” said Ujjal Saikia, one of the participants.

Inspired by Varanasi cleanliness icon Temsutula Imsong’s call for volunteering labour (Shramdaan) for the benefit of the society, Saikia along with Nirangkus Das, Tarsem Sony Singh, Aditya Jain, Anupam Bordoloi etc decided to clean up the northern part of the Shiv temple in the heart of the city.

“The primary idea behind this initiative is to promote a cleaner India and also to encourage everyone to keep his/her surrounding clean. We believe, the Swaach Bharat mission cannot be successful unless the people join hands in the endeavour,” asserted Saikia adding that they were using the social media space for sharing ideas, organizing events and also carrying out follow-up actions.

New book on Hajo

2 Feb 2015 - 4:12pm | Paresh Baishya

Destination Hajo, a book on Hajo, written by eminent writer and educationist Dr. Dayananda Pathak was released on Monday at Suren Das College, Hajo in presence of eminent locals and intellectuals of entire Hajo circle. Sarbeswar Barua, eminent educationist released the book. The book is published by Director of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Assam.


Guwahati media to interact with Survival International

21 Nov 2018 - 7:32pm | AT News

Guwahati: Survival International, a global tribal rights’ protection platform, will be available for interaction with member-journalists of Guwahati Press Club on 30 November 2018. Sophie Grig of the influential nonprofit organization will answer various media queries through the video conferencing from London in the Friday program starting at 3 pm.

Founded in 1969, Survival International campaigns for the rights of indigenous tribal people across the globe. Its campaigns generally focus on tribal peoples' desires to keep their ancestral lands. The active non-government organization calls these peoples some of the most vulnerable on Earth and aims to eradicate what it calls misconceptions used to justify violations of human rights.

Survival aims to help foster tribal people's self-determination. To ensure freedom of action, the outfit does not accept government funding. Besides London, Survival has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Paris and San Francisco.

Days back, the organization criticized the foresters of Kaziranga National Park for adopting rude approach towards the tribal families at the fringe localities in the name of wildlife conservation.

Survival even blamed BBC’s Natural History Unit for attempting to retreat from a BBC News report that vindicated the locals’ concerns. GPC member-journalists are requested to participate in the program.