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Assam begins its film festival for children

Assam has inaugurated its children film festival Kidfest-08 at solemn function at the Rabindra Bhawan on Tuesday. The event will have 26 selected films to be screened at the state’s altogether 59 cinema halls. Inaugurating the event, Assam cultural minister Gautom Bora said film are not only for entertainment it can go a long way in building a strong nation by the children community and tomorrow’s citizens.

Speaking on the occasion, Indian Kids Film Society chief Nafisha Ali said these fils could toss the minds of the children who are waiting to build their future with lots of promises.

Jointly organised by Assam cultural department and Indian Kilds film society, the event was inaugurated by screening the Mehek Mirza. These films will be screened at the city based halls namely Anuradha, Bandana, Apsara,Meghdoot, Mayurkrishna in the cinema halls. Prominent among the films include Summer with the Ghost, Bandhi Baxar, Gili gili Atta, Tora, Tsunami 81

Speaking to assamtimes, Dhritiman Chayengia said he was deeply impressed with the show and hoped that it could help them shape their bright future.
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Expecting consensus in Nepal

18 Jun 2008 - 3:04am | Nava Thakuria

The last king of Nepal leaves the palace on June 11 to pave way for a secular democratic republic regime at Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the greediness of power among political parties come to the light. After days of debate and discussions among the political parties including the rebellious communists, there remains confusion about the formation of a stable government in the South Asian country.

As Nepal, a tiny country sandwiched by two giant neighbours India and Tibet (China) has witnessed the departure of its last king Gyanendra from the Narayanhiti Royal Palace in Kathmandu, the 240 years old dynasty came to an end. The parliament on May 28 resolved and declared the Himalayan nation as a federal democratic republic. The main palace is now turned into a museum.

The dethroned king Gyanendra, 60, now lives temporarily at Nagarjuna palace, the summer residence of the former monarch, until a private house is arranged for him. The government has provided security arrangement for the ex-king who will now live as a common man.

Gyanendra gained the throne of the Himalayan kingdom after a bloody massacre in the palace during June 2001, where the then king Birendra Vikram Shah with some of his close relatives was killed by the Crown Prince Dipendra. Later Dipendra shot himself. King Birendra's brother Gyanendra then took control of the dynasty, which was shaped by the king Prithivi Narayan Shah in 1768.

But Gyanendra was never accepted as an admired king by the most Nepalese, as many of them suspected a conspiracy hatched by him to kill the most popular king Birendra. Many of his decisions, one when he dismissed the government to take absolute control of power in February 2005, made Gyanendra more vulnerable. Otherwise, the king of Nepal, earlier a Hindu Kingdom, was believed to be an incarnation of God (Bishnu) in the form of a human being.

After a decade of armed movement by the Nepali communist (Maoist) rebels for ending the monarchy, the country of 26 million people went for a general election in April 2008 and a Constituent Assembly was formed. It was expected that a democratic government will be formed in the country with the support of wining political party members, which included the rebels of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) too.

In the 601-member Nepal constituent assembly polls, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) won in 220 constituencies. The other left party named Communist Party of Nepal-United-Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) succeeded in 103 constitutions. The major political party Nepali Congress won 110 seats.

Initially the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which led the bloody revolution that killed more than 10,000 people, demanded both the posts of President and Prime Minister in the coalition government. Surfaced as a new power in Nepali politics, the Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, more popularly known as Prachanda, made it clear that they must be allowed to form the government with both the top posts in their net. Prachanda, during an interview on May 30, stated, "Our Party deserves both the posts of President and Prime Minister. Losers (read Nepali Congress and CPN-UML) in the Constituent Assembly polls cannot get these posts."

But the other political parties were not in the mood to buy the theory. The Nepali Congress leaders argued, being the largest political party, the CPN-M has the legitimate claim to form the next government, but they should share one post to other coalition partners. Facing the heat, the Maoist leaders retreated and spared the post of President. They now want a non-political personality as the first President of Nepal.

The Maoists made choices for the ceremonial post. They picked up names like Mrs. Sahana Pradhan, Ram Raja Prasad Singh, Nara Bahadur Karmacharya, Padma Ratna Tuladhar and Devendra Raj Pandey from the civil society groups. They however did not forget to mention that Prachanda must be elevated as the first Prime Minister of Nepal, at any cost, with the executive power.

Lately, putting Nepal into a fresh political crisis, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) ministers in the ruling interim multi-party government resigned on June 12. It was understood as a pressure tactic to convince Koirala to quit and allow the Maoists to form the government according to their wishes. All the CPN-Maoist misters submitted their resignation letters to their party chief Prachanda, who was initially supposed to handover those to the interim government head Koirala. But later he has decided 'not to submit' the letters for the time being.

Talking to this writer, an Indian journalist based in Kathmandu, argues that 'being the largest political party, they (Maoist) have right to demand anything'. "The Nepali Congress and the Communist party of Nepal (UML) are nowhere close to the Maoists (in respect of number of seats won in the April 10 polls). They are far behind the Maoists," stated Anirban Roy, the representative of The Hindustan Times in Nepal. He also added that Koirala should have resigned and helped Prachanda to form the government. "After all, Koirala becomes Prime Minster for five times, and should not cling on to the hot seat even after losing the election," asserted Mr Roy.

Meanwhile, there was news that the Prime Minister GP Koirala was proposed as the first president of Nepal by the Nepali Congress. Prachanda however denied to accept Mr Koirala as the President. Though he is a grand national figure, Prachanda declared, they could not make choice for Mr Koirala because of his age and fragile health.

"Besides, he has been in power for long and if he is given the post (President) there is a possibility of two power centres in the government," asserted the Maoist leader.

The CPN-UML has meanwhile proposed that 'a non-member (of Constituent Assembly) could become the President'. However the first president should be elected and the person should be able to acknowledge the essence behind national unity, freedom and sovereignty, argued CPN-UML General Secretary Jhalanath Khanal.

Meanwhile, the political parties started hammering Prachanda because of his continued guerrilla background. They insisted hat Prachanda must quit the post of chairman of Maoist People's Liberation Army before joining the government. "There cannot be two parallel armies in a state and Maoist chief Prachanda, cannot be the chief of two armies," one of the Nepali Congress worker declared.

"It was perhaps easier for Prachanda to dethrone the king, but running a government will be more challenging task for the man, who emerged as a new epicentre of power in Nepal," commented a Kathmandu based political analyst. The analyst, who wanted anonymity, also added, "Making Nepal a country of prosperity, where one-third of the populace lives in acute poverty without access to education and health care, will be his immediate challenge."

Observing the present political crisis on way to form the government, it is understood that the political leadership including Prachanda have forgotten the real issues. The long time exploited people of Nepal supported the Maoists to depose the king, but in return they do not deserve a dictator (read in the form of Prachanda), he added.

AICC panel meets on poll debalce

5 Jul 2014 - 9:14pm | AT News

Top Congress leaders are all set to hunker down in New Delhi on Sunday to disccuss the debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

To be attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, the meeting is expected to be attended by APCC president Bhubneswar Kalita along with new MPs Gaurav Gogoi, Biren Singh Engty, Sushmita Dev.

Sources told Assam Times in the capital that the state Congress leadership is likely to blame the dissidence issue as the major reason for the defeat.

Do or die match for NEUFC

FC Pune City's midfielder Tuncay Sanli with fans at Guwahati on Tuesday
1 Dec 2015 - 7:35pm | AT News

NorthEast United FC and FC Pune City are not giving up on their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League despite being in a discomforting  position.

Both NorthEast United and FC Pune City find themselves in a similar do-or-die situation of making it to the play-offs but both teams are keeping the faith as they cross swords in Guwahati on Wednesday.

“It's true that we had a big possibility in the last game but we let it slip through our hands. But it is also true that we still have a possibility. It's not impossible. You have got to keep going and concentrate on what's coming up next. We’ll fight till we have the slightest of chances to make it. These are big games and a win can make all the difference for us,” NorthEast United coach Cesar Farias said during the pre-match media briefing.

NorthEast United FC are placed fourth on the table with 17 points from 13 matches. But unlike other claimants for the lone available semifinal slot, NorthEast have only one match in hand and, even if they win, will have to hope that other results go their way. 

FC Pune City are in a slightly better position since they still have matters in their own hands. Win the next two games and they will inch closer to the qualification for the last-four stage, although it must be remembered that FC Pune City have not won any of their six away matches played so far. They are also without a win in the last six matches.

Pune City let it slip in the last game, losing against Atletico de Kolkata 1-4 and David Platt’s team have now won a match (against Kerala Blasters) more than a month ago.

Atletico de Kolkata, FC Goa and Delhi Dynamos have all qualified for the semi-finals.