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BPF supporters throng for ticket

Thousands of BPF supporters from Baokhungri constituency of BTC thronged and staged demonstration at Swrang ME school ground while another aspiring candidate Uma Rani Basumatary also show her party supporters today at Dwimalu club ground at Kokrajhari village in Kokrajhar seeking party ticket to contest ensuing BTC elections by first week of April next.

Common voters from constituency demanded nomination should be given to Rajkumar Brahma from party and ensure safe and developments in the seat . The voters urged the party high command to give ticket to Brahma and confirm winning of his candidature from the constituency. 

Rajkumar Brahma has expressed his confidence that party high command will put his candidature from the seat.He said irespective of caste creed and organisations are supporting him and his winning is cent percent clear in the election.

Uma Rani also claimed that her candidature is clear and she will get party ticket to contest election.

Meanwhile, sitting BTC member from the constituency Doneswar Goyary said that he is going to contest the ensuing council election on party ticket as party high command will put his candidature for next term.He said that he was involved on building social development for all communities in his seat since one decade as he was representing the constituency. He said that he had been associated with social activity.

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Tea board seminar on climate change and water management

4 Jul 2011 - 2:08pm | Ritupallab Saikia

A seminar on climate change and water management issues in tea industry was held at Golaghat on 1st July 2011. The seminar was organized by Tea Board in association with IIT Guwahati and coordinated by North Eastern Tea Association (NETA). The keynote speaker of the seminar was Prof. A.K. Sarma, B.P.Chaliha Chair Professor for Water Resources, a chair established by Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India, to carryout research work on impact of climate change in the water resources of Brahmaputra Basin. The seminar was chaired by Rakesh Saini, Executive Director Tea Board and attended by Prof. S.K. Deb of IIT Guwahati, P.K. Sarma, a field expert of climate change project and many tea planters of Golaghat, Jorhat and Karbi Anglong districts.

The preliminary studies carried out by IIT Guwahati on impact of climate change on water resources of Brahmaputra Basin reveal that there will be significant changes in rainfall pattern and temperature of this Basin. High intensity rainfall of shorter duration and longer dry spells will adversely affect flood and drought scenario of this region.

Speaking on the occasion Bidyananda Barkakoty, Chairman NETA said that tea gardens have provided rainfall & other climatic data, which are considered to be the most authentic, to IIT Guwahati for the research work on impact of climate change in the water resources of Brahmaputra Basin and thereby we are contributing in our own small way to the national cause.

Rakesh Saini, Executive Director, Tea Board was of the opinion that the water management in tea gardens had always been a complex art and science, involving effective drainage to avoid water logging and flooding in rainy days and ensuring water availability for irrigation in draughty season. In the recent years, the subject has assumed greater significance due to visibility of climate change footprints in this region. The geographical and time pattern of rainfall is changing erratically and temperatures are rising. These variations require revisiting the available techniques of water management in tea gardens. Indigenous, innovative and cost-effective techniques of harvesting rain water have become inescapable. The academic institution of national importance like IIT Guwahati can make valuable contribution in seeking these methods and technologies.

Kirti Barbaruah of Gorunga T.E. said that with the change in climate, water harvesting in a scientific way will go a long way in solving the water management problem of the tea industry.

Jadoo Goswami, Senior Tea Consultant of Assam further added that a study is required to know the rate of evaporation of moisture due to wind velocity and a study to know the soil texture for retention of water particularly in Golaghat and Karbi-Anglong districts.

During the seminar various issues like rain water harvesting to do in a more scientific way, the blocking of natural water outlets of tea estates are by neighboring villagers and thereby the problem of water stagnation and flash floods in many tea estates, erosion of tea estate land by river and wrong placements of culverts by PWD during new road construction and thereby the natural outlet of tea estate is disturbed and resulted in water logging were also came up for discussion.

Tea Board had organized this seminar with the objective of facilitating the tea industry to project the climate change related issues (i.e. Soil Erosion, Water management, Rain water harvesting and problems arising out of clogging/ blockages of natural drainage outflow network etc, in tea industry).and facilitating the Project team in understanding these issues, offering available technological solutions or dovetailing presently unsolvable problems into study project.

Guv’s date with Akhil

3 Jul 2015 - 11:11pm | AT News

 A delegation of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity is all set to meet Governor PB Acharya on Saturday to discuss the rampant corruption in the civil service examinations.

Led by KMSS president Akhil Gogoi, the five member delegation will meet the governor at the Raj Bhawan at 7.30 in the morning where the corruption issue is set to figure.


New short film: Obosheshot

21 Jul 2017 - 2:26pm | AT News

Assamese short film, Obosheshot (At Last...), directed by filmmaker Arindam Barooah, is based on a short story titled, 'Devdoot' by Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia. The film is a fictional drama that explores the subject of essence of mother’s sacrifice and love towards her children. It has been selected for various Film Festivals in and outside India

This story is about Numoli, a young girl who belongs to a village crippled by superstitions. In the midst of this, is the mother whose love and sacrifice for her child acts as a barrier against the tribulations of the world and her strives to give her child a voice, the use of which she has forfeited due to unfortunatecircumstances.

The film manages to impress jury and received accolades &official selections in various Film Festivals like 'Honourable Jury Mention Award at the prestigious 7th Dada SahebPhalke Film Festival -17, Delhi,Special Festival Mention at 6th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival-17 and Outstanding Achievement Award at Calcutta International Cult Film Festivaland have been officially selected for screenings at other film festivals like the prestigious 12th Cyprus International Film Festival, Pafos, Cyprus, FICOCC - FIVE CONTINENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL- 2017,  Venezuela , Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain, SHORT to the Point - International Short Film Festival 2017, Bucharest, Romania, 6th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-2017& Meraki International Short Film Festival, Bangalore. The film was also invited by Department of Mass Communication of GauhatiUniversity for screening on its occasion of Annual Fest, Communika. 

The Leads have been played by DipikaGogoi&AnjjanDhonBordoloi. Other supporting casts include Debo Kumar Rajkhowa, Jharna Sharma Devchoudhury, Padma Dolakasharia, AnamikaSensua, PratimGogoi etc. 

The Script has been penned down by Rita BhuyanBarooah&BhavnaDevchoudhury.Cinematography is done by ThangmaismNishantaSingha&BhaskarJyoti Dutta. DigantaGogoiis the Editor and Production Controller/Line Producer of the film is Kamal Rajkhowa. Music has been scored byJagoranSaikia. NibeditaSaikia&Dilwar Ahmed are the Assistant Directors of the film. The short film was shot in the vicinity of Duliajan, Assam like Sasoni, KachariPathar with a limited budget & crew.




Synopsis of ‘Oboseshot (At last...)’

What happens when the child of a demon is born in a village, where superstitions run amok? Where people are gripped by fear and apprehension. In the midst of this, is the mother whose love and sacrifice for her child acts as a barrier against the tribulations of the world. It is the tale of Numoli, who strives to give her child a voice, the use of which she has forfeited. While the villagers deem her to be possessed and impregnated by the demon, only she knows what hurts her. And when the demon returns to her life, although she is filled with rage and hatred, all she can ask for is her voice; to teach her child to speak and who needs his mother’s voice to comfort him. For now, only the words ‘bou’ (Mother) in her child’s voice can sweep away all her life.


Cast & Crew List

Direction & Screenplay: ArindamBarooah

Director of Photography: ThangmaismNishantaSingha&BhaskarJyoti Dutta

Story: Based on a short story, ‘Devdoot’ by LateDr.BhabendraNathSaikia

Script: Rita BhuyanBarooah&BhavnaDevchoudhury

Dialogues: Rita BhuyanBarooah

Editing: DigantaGogoi

Background Music: JagoranSaikia

Production Controller: Kamal Rajkhowa

Make-Up & Costumes: Priyanka SaikiaGomseng

Asst. Director: NibeditaSaikia&Dilwar Ahmed

Asst. DOP: ParthaNeog

Asst. Production Controller: Porosh Dutta & Ashok Roy

Still Photography: Dilwar Ahmed &Porosh Dutta

Cast:   Dipika Gogoi

            Anjjan Dhon Bordoloi

            Jharna Sharma Devchoudhury

            Padma Dolakasharia

            Debo Kumar Rajkhowa

            Anamika Sensua

            Pratim Gogoi

            Khirod Kalita

            Runu Handique

            Kakoli Handique

            Bibhuti Saikia

            Amrit Hazarika

            Suna Das Bora

Special Thanks:

            Anurag Biswasi

            Abhijit Dutta

            Chinku Rajkhowa


            Abhijit Bhattacharjee

            Neel Kamal Boro

            Momi Rajkhowa

            Kaberi Borah

            Mamcha Pangtha

            Himadri Sandilya


Honours & Recognitions

  • Honorable Jury Mention at 7th Dada SahebPhalke Film Festival - 2017, Delhi, India
  • Outstanding Achievement Award at 6th Season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2017, Kolkata, India
  • Special Festival Mention at 6th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival-17, Bangalore, India
  • Official Selection at 12th Cyprus International Film Festival, Pafos, Cyprus
  • Official Selection at Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017, Barcelona, Spain
  • Official Selection at SHORT to the Point - International Short Film Festival 2017, Bucharest, Romania
  • Official Selection at 6th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-2017, Kolkata, India
  • Official Selection at Meraki International Short Film Festival - 17, Bangalore, India
  • Semi-Finalist at Lakecity Film Festival 2017, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Special Screening organised by Dept. of Communication & Journalism, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam