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JFA lauds SC push for media employees

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) appreciates the initiatives taken by the apex court of the country for providing due benefits to the media employees belonged to all newspapers & news-agencies under the recommendations of Justice GR Majithia Wage Board.

In its latest direction, the Supreme Court (of India) on 28 April 2015 asked all State governments ‘to appoint an officer within four weeks to conduct a survey on the implementation of Majitha Wage Board Award’. The apex court also directed the governments to submit a report in this respect within three months.

The JFA has urged Assam government to act sincerely on the matter and help thousands of media employees of the State to get their due benefits under the statutory wage board recommendations. Commending the Assam Tribune group for implementing the latest wage board guidelines, the JFA also demanded similar benefits to the employees of privately owned television channels across the country.

In another matter, the JFA expressed shock that an Arunachal Pradesh based journalist and the editor of Arunachal Front (Pradeep Kumar Behera) was physically attacked by miscreants on 21 April last at Naharlagun near Itanagar. The Arunachal police are yet to arrest anybody even after ten days passed after the incident.

“We demand the culprits (who were involved in the attack on Pradeep Kumar) must be booked under the law before it is too late,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

The Arunachal media fraternity, various civil society groups and also the State chief minister Nabam Tuki have already condemned the incident. Presently undergoing treatments at Arya Hospital in Guwahati, Pradeep Kumar is fast recovering following timely medical intervention, added the statement.

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Arms and ammo recovered in Karbi Anglong

19 Jan 2009 - 8:35pm | editor
Assam is going to be a safe haven for rebels. These rebels were planning a major strike with arms and ammunition.

Army's Red Horn division has recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Belaghat in Karbi Anglong district on Monday morning. According to information, these include 500 gram of explosive materials, 255 detonators, 337 ammunition of AK series rifles, 163 ammunition of 9mm and 95 ammunition of 7.62 rifles.

Busu Dima festival celebrated

30 Jan 2014 - 12:20am | Monosh Hojai

Like in previous years, this time too the Dimasa communities of all Dimasa dominated areas of Assam and Nagaland celebrated 'Busu Dima' in a bid to keep alive their traditional food, sports, culture and also its the festival of eating newly grown autumnal rice, while reflecting the age-old harmony among the simple and down-to-earth people of the area. The festival is usually celebrated when all works of the jhum cultivation are completed. Thus the Busu is an occasion for relaxation from hard toils. Busu Dima is one of the most important and biggest festivals of the Dimasas. The grand Busu festival is divided into three categories:-

  • Busu Jidap: Which is celebrated for two to three days.
  • Surem Baino: Which is observed for five days.
  • Hangseu Busu : Which lasts for seven days.

Busu Dima is being observed centrally by the Dimasa community of Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Nagaon in Assam and Dimapur district of Nagaland, with various scheduled programme from 27 January. In all festivities they used to make a "heih-ho" (Haoba) as to mark the grand festivities and ceremony. When the sun goes down the competition called Baiba Badailaiba (Dance competition) consisting of singing, dancing and playing musical instruments of Muree are held in playground. Playing of traditional Dimasa musical instruments is marked as attraction of the festival. It is to be mentioned here that Maibang, Dima Hasao is a big area inhabited by Dimasa people where "Baidama" dance presented by hundreds of young Dimasa girls of Maibang enthralled the culture loving people and the final contest of traditional music and sports marked the closing ceremony of the Busu Dima festival. Over the years, these peace-loving and hard-working villagers have been living peacefully maintaining a close link with other communities of the area signifying numerous ideological lines, including giving a facelift to their village as a model one with a typical system of managing their social system. In several places of Haflong like Dibarai, Digrik, Town Rajee, Boildura and Gdain Rajee also celebrated 'Busu' with great enthusiasm.

Opportunities in Assam and Northeast go up

30 Aug 2007 - 5:54am | Rituparna Goswami Pande
Its raining jobs! Well soon it is hoped that it will actually when the unemployed of the state will no longer need to go from pillar to post in search of that coveted government job. The launching of the Employment Generation Mission by chief minister Tarun Gogoi is a welcome move at a juncture when the state is flooded with the educated unemployed.
The mission aims to generate employment opportunities for 1.87 lakh people at a cost of Rs 669 crore.
Mentionably, the mission is based on a study on generation of substantial employment opportunities in
Assam by noted economist Dr Jayanta Madhab. The study also suggested the proposed approach for tackling the unemployment problem. Such a move would boost the morale of the youth and inspire them to tap other employment avenues.

The Mission has started by taking up six projects as per proposals submitted by the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Assam Livestock and Poultry Corporation (ALPCO), Rashtriya Gramin VIkas Nidhi (RGVN), AMTRON and ASOMI. This step is expected to generate employment opportunities for thousands of people.

Dr Jayanta Madhab pointed out that the absence of skilled labour is a minus point in the state and stated that the Mission would create wage employment and self employment opportunities through its projects.
Another major development that has shown a silver lining to the unemployed educated is the collaborative effort between
Gauhati University and IT major WIPRO BPO where many youths would avail the benefits of the first ever joint job Fest organized at the Gauhati University campus. Around 37 youths have already benefited from this event. Such events provide a platform to the educated to interact with corporate giants.

Another major development is the World Bank’s initiative to appraise the proposed $ 325 million Northeast Livelihoods Project by August next year. The Bank in its project information document has allegedly stated that the principal aim of the plan is to achieve an upward trend in livelihood productivity among participating community groups in various parts of the northeast. This project will go a long way and help the emergence of new markets and the growth of employment opportunities and new livelihood practices among the people of the region. It would also provide vocational training to facilitate employment generation and natural resources management above other things.

If the above projects are carried out sincerely it would greatly benefit the unemployed giving them new hope and a zeal for hard work but the question is will these lofty schemes see the light of day? That is the question