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KLO leader killed in Kokrajhar

Police on Saturday claimed to have killed a top KLO leader at an encounter in Kokrajhar on Saturday.

Identified as Samar Ray alias Rambo, the Kokrajhar district commander was killed in the gunfight at Seshapani area under Kokrajhar police station in the afternoon. Acting on a tip off, police launched an operation in the were the KLO member was spotted who carried n amount of Rs 5 lakhs in cash over his head at around 3 pm.

Police further claimed to have recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, 4 live ammunitions, one magazine, 2 mobile sets from the slain militant. He hailed from Chandrapara Dawliguri village in Kokrajhar. Another KLO leader managed to escape the police. Search operation is going on.

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PPFA bats for preserving Netaji’s INA headquarter in Yangon

7 Dec 2018 - 9:28am | AT News

Guwahati: As President of India, Ram Nath Kovind sets to visit Myanmar next week, an Assam based patriotic citizens’ forum appeals to the Head of the State for pursuing his counterpart in NayPyiTaw to preserve all monuments relating to India’s glorious freedom struggle including the INA (Azad Hind Fauj) headquarter in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) city.

It may be noted that President Kovind will arrive in the southeast Asian country on 10 December next with a five-day visit schedule. He is expected to visit NayPyiTaw as well as Yangon and meet with his host President U Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Several issues are on card for discussions and bilateral agreements are expected to be signed during the President’s visit to the neighbouring country.

Myanmar (earlier Burma) played an important role in India’s freedom movement where many legendary Indian leaders either took shelter or imprisoned there by the British colonial administration,” said Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), in a statement adding that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose later shifted the Indian National Army’s head quarter to Rangoon and fought against the imperialist forces with its 40,000 valiant soldiers from the soil of Burma.

The forum of nationalists expressed apprehensions that rampant construction activities in various parts of Myanmar might have destroyed most of the historical ruins including the INA building in Yangon. So the PPFA urges President Kovind to discuss specially with Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, whose father General Aung San was a close friend of Netaji Subhas, for her personal initiative to preserve those Indian heritages scattered in Brahmadesh.


Print helps job generation

2 Dec 2013 - 2:13pm | Daya Nath Singh

It was a turning point in my life at the end of year 1981, when I decided to go for a change after a successful 20 years of marketing experience. The reason behind the idea was the fatigue of the long travelling experiences, the growing age and stable family life.

A small piece of advertisement in the English daily 'The Assam Tribune' on November 14, 1981, requiring sub editors for an upcoming English daily news paper attracted my attention and I did not make a second thought and applied for the same. Within a month the entire formalities were completed and out of 42 candidates, who appeared for the written test and interviews, six were selected for the job including myself.

On 16th December 1981, the team joined the third English daily newspaper published from Guwahati, 'News Star' which hit the stand on 30th January 1982. The Assam Tribune was widely circulated English Daily during that time. The second English daily Assam Express had no much impact. 'News Star' came up with high hopes based on the enthusiasm of the 'young team' and first multi-color publication in the north-eastern region.

'Young team' means all my colleagues, who joined were at least 20-22 years junior to me in age group. The print media in those days had to sustain on hard practices. We had to work under much pressure and maintain quality of the news and news paper. Resources for news collection were limited. Although the news agencies like Press Trust of India (PTI) and United News of India (UNI) were functioning well to provide national and international news, for the regional and local news we had to depend on the reports of our station wise correspondents and staff reporters.

Computers had not appeared into the region till then. Composing of the matters were to be done in different ways. We had to get our news items for inside pages through 'mono' and 'lino' machines, which were very slow. Besides, we had to get the headlines of the news composed manually. These practices are no more in existence. Proof readers had tough job in correcting the news, before the final prints were given to the layout artists for pasting on the layout sheets.

For the first and last pages we had to depend on our compositors working on the Photo-Type-Setting (PTS) machines. The PTS was different type of composing, which had to be done on computer-like machines and then prints were taken on bromide papers just like photographs. The process of corrections on the bromide paper was much more difficult. The letters for correction had to be taken afresh and then pasted making the job more difficult. The compositors and layout artists had to remain on the duty till the final layouts were handed over to machine room.

After the layouts were ready, the same were handed over to the film makers, who used to prepare films and then the plate makers used to take prints of the films on aluminum plates, before they were fitted on printing machine rollers. Rotary machines had not entered the market till then. We had to depend on the sheet-fed machine. One Sub-editor was to stay on duty during the night, as the final print orders were to be given on the machine proof only. Machine men had to complete printing of all sheets of the newspaper in time under much pressure.

Early morning, the newspaper?s circulation team had to pick up the copies for distribution among the agents and the customers. Once the copies were sent out, the work for the next day?s publication began.

Now, the things have become easy. With the introduction of computers and internet neither there is shortage of news nor the people have to wait for completing the job. By the midnight almost all the jobs are completed and the copies are distributed by circulation department of the newspapers.

Proof reading layout etc are prepared on the computers very conveniently. Because of the developing technology facilities at present more than two dozen daily newspapers in different languages are published from Guwahati itself. It has generated a large scale employment opportunities in various sections of print media. Computers, Internet, photography etc; have become the backbone of print media.


Raha College golden jubilee from Jan 27

10 Dec 2014 - 11:05am | Dibya J Borthakur

Preparations are on to celebrate the three-day golden jubilee celebration of Raha college , one of the leading college in greater Raha areas from January 27 next.

Meanwhile, a management committee for smooth celebration of the golden jubilee programmes with Raha MLA Piyush Hazarika as president, Ghana Bora as executive president, Dr. Bed Kumar Chaliha, Raha College principal, as Secretary was formed. The three-day celebration programmes include flag hosting, cultural procession, seminars, open meeting, alumni meet and releasing of souvenir. A cultural function will be held at night on January 29 where popular singer Jubeen Garg will perform and enthrall the music lovers.