President Pranab Mukherjee is arriving in Tezpur on a two days visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. Mukherjee who is scheduled to land at the Tezpur airport at 11 in the morning will straightly leave for Tezpur University to attend its 12th convocation.
Towards the evening, the President will attend a cultural programme where he would receive a copy of the book, Agnikanya Chandraprabha Saikiani at the same varsity auditorium.
Darjeeling — A college community radio in Darjeeling hills plans to set out on a historic “Indo-Nepal Friendship Tour” with a team of Radio Journalists visiting 7 institutions in Nepal managed by alumni of Salesian College Sonada (SCS) to mark its 80th year celebrations as well as 25th year of Don Bosco Society in Nepal.
The road show also marks first anniversary of Radio Salesian - first college radio in Bengal and entire northeast India. The tour on Radio Salesian Maruti Omni Van is scheduled to start on Sunday 7th January from Sonada passing through Indo-Nepal Kakrabitta border near Siliguri and proceed to Dharan from where Don Bosco Centre Nepal started and reach Kathmandu in West Nepal.
The team members are: Station Director and Vice-PrincipalProf. C.M. Paul along with Programme Coordinator RJ Samir Chhetri, senior RJ Sagar Rai and driver Kabi Rai.
“The week-long programme will consist of visiting Don Bosco Institutions, as well as visiting plus two (senior secondary) schools along the way (Kakrabitta, Birtamod, Dharan, Biratnagar, Ithari and Kathmandu) to promote higher education in Salesian College Darjeeling and Siliguri campus,” says SCS Vice-principal Prof. Paul.
Radio Journalist Mr Chhetri adds, “We will also make radio programs on 25 years of Nepal Don Bosco Society and interact with Community Radio stations especially in Dharan - the cradle of Don Bosco Society in Nepal.”
The history of Nepal Don Bosco Society began in 1992 with Dharan centre, in eastern Nepal, initiated by late Fr George Alakulam who ventured out from Don Bosco School Mirik then under the care of SCS.
The Salesians then reached Sirsia (1996), followed by the capital, Kathmandu, with two centers - in Lubhu, established in 1996, and Thecho in 2001 – after which came Baroul and Chakkarghatty (2014) East Nepal and, finally, Biratnagar in 2017 for a total of seven houses, managed today by 18 Salesians from various states around India.
The silver jubilee celebrations (1992-2017) were celebrated on 11 November 2017 at Don Bosco School Biratnagar.
The Nepal Don Bosco Society is engaged in a variety of ministries dedicated to the country's young people - two technical schools, four academic schools, three social outreach centers, four boarding houses, and several non-formal education centers..
They also run a number of social programs, such as scholarships for students and emergency response projects like the aftermath of the tragic earthquakes of 2015.
According to the 2011 census, 81.3% of the Nepalese population was Hindu, 9.0% was Buddhist, 4.4% was Muslim, 3.0% was Kiratist (indigenous ethnic religion), 1.4% was Christian, 0.2% was Sikhs, 0.1% was Jains and 0.6% follow other religions or no religion. There are some 7,000 Catholics out of approximately 29 million people.
A 20-old housewife sustained severe burn injury after her husband poured kerosene on her shoulder and set her ablaze at Gandhibasti locality of Tangla. Reportedly the drunk husband assaulted her before setting her on fire. The incident occured a fortnight ago,but the husband and his family members had not reported the incident to the family members of the victim. The mother of the victim after visiting her on Saturday filed an F.I.R alleging dowry and domestic violence by her husband and her in-laws.
Meanwhile,Tangla police have registered a complaint against the husband for attempt to murder and causing grievious injury under relevant sections of IPC.According to police, the victim, Archana Das(20) is a resident of Gilani Hatigaon village under Kampur PS of Nagaon. She got married two years back with Kamal Das(28) and have a five month old son.
"My daughter has been meted out inhumane torture by her husband ",said the mother of the victim Kalpana Hazarika who is a daily wage earner.
The victim after preliminary treatment at Tangla CHC has been forwarded to GMCH for better treatment. The victims' mother have even alleged that her daughters' mother-in-law and sister-in-law are also involved in the ghastly incident.
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing serious concern over repeated attacks on working journalists across India, insisted on honoring media wisdom by both media and non-media entities. The scribe’s body reiterated that as the journalists enjoy the right to ask questions for information, the others should have the opportunity to criticize the media persons as well.
It may be noted that following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's long interview by Smita Prakash, editor of Reuters' partner Asian News International (ANI), which was subsequently telecast by various news channels on 1 January 2019, criticisms erupted against the interviewer that she left many hard issues from discussing.
Even the Indian NationalCongress president Rahul Gandhi termed the ANI interviewer as a pliable journalist while addressing a press conference in the national capital, which was strongly denounced by the Editors Guild of Indiaover the use of word like pliable by the law maker.
"We believe journalists should claim no immunity from healthy and civilized criticism. At the same time, labeling of journalists has emerged as a favorite tactic on the part of the establishment to discredit, delegitimize and intimidate them,” said a statement of Editors Guild.
Various other journalist associations came out with strong words against the Congress president for his remark against the ANI editor as perhaps ‘she conducted an interview with a rival political leader’. It’s unwarranted and unbecoming of a senior leader of a national political party, they asserted.
“JFA argues that journalists should not bother about critical comments from the politicians (or anybody),” said a statement issued today JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that ‘it always believes in continue working with a clear mission to safeguard the interest of the nation in particular and the human race in general’.