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TET teachers’ stages dharna in Kokrajhar

Hundreds of BTAD TET teachers stages with banner, placards to put pressure BTAD administration and Education department of Assam for regularization of job, releases of 15 month's' arrear salaries. Teachers warned to go vigorous movement if their demands are not in earliest manner by September 30 next. TET teachers demanded that 15 month's salaries must be released, regularized jobs, stop illegally appointment of teachers in the schools, make proper engagement so that teachers could not be face any hardship. There around 3000 teachers in BTAD region.

‘Teachers have yet to receive 15-month's salaries dud to negligence of BTAD administration and government. TET teachers be regularized and make healthy integrated in education field in the state’, agitated teachers said.

Aminur Hussain, Secretary of BTAD contractual TET Teacher's Association slammed BTAD education department for not releasing of 15 months’ salaries. He has urged government of Assam and BTAD administration to take stern action while releasing salaries as well regularization of jobs in the region.

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Cycle4life to fight cancer

21 Apr 2016 - 11:08am | Daya Nath Singh

A study conducted by B Boruah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, has revealed that during a decade from 2001-02 to 2011-12, cancer cases in the north-eastern part of the country have gone up from 5,404 to 8,708. A campaign, namely, Cycle 4 ride can help control this dreaded disease. In order to raise awareness to fight cancer a lady, namely, Marcellna Sangma, is going to lead a Biker Mission to 600 kms long stretch from Guwahati to Bum La Pass, near Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. The ride is scheduled to be flagged off by Dr Amar Chandra Kataki, Director, B Boruah Cancer Institute, on April 21, 2016.

Expressing her traumatic experience with cancer, Sangma, who was a cancer patient a decade ago, revealed before the media persons in Guwahati, that she gathered strength and spirit to begin campaign to save humanity from this disease. The operation she went through back in the year 2000 left her with a huge dent on her body resulting in facial palsy. ‘The normal tendency of a girl is to look beautiful and this is sure to leave one depressed’, she wrote on her website, ‘but it could not break my spirit and I am quite happy to get a second chance to live my life for others. I feel quite normal and I am in no way inferior to others’.

Sangma is a fighter, survivor and a promising entrepreneur in the field of information and technology. Joined by Marathoner Jitin Pavithran and campaigner Vaibhav Prasad Desai from Mumbai, during the maiden ride the team of three bikers will interact with local people and government officials on the burning issues and unheard queries from some of the remotest pockets of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.


Maharshi Vidya Mandir celebrates annual day

24 Dec 2011 - 8:24pm | Aiyushman Dutta

Maharishi Vidya Public Mandir of Six Mile celebrated their annual sports day 2011 at Shilgpram today. The function was inaugurated by AIPE director Boldendro Mohan Chakravorty, while international swimmer Mithu Baruah was the guest of honour. Various events like march past, yoga, aerobics, drills and various sporting activities were held as part of the day. The school’s principal Bandana Neog welcomed all those present.

Swimmer Mithu Barua addressing students during annual day celebrations

Endangered Greater Adjutant stork released

23 Mar 2013 - 9:34am | Purnima Devi Barman

Three endangered Greater Adjutant stork juveniles namely Monalisa, Rima and Lulu  were released on March 22 at Dadara, about 12 kms off Guwahati by Kamrup SP Partha Sarathi Mahanta.  After the release programme one more chick Saru was released by villagers in Dadara who rescued it  and hand raised for two days in the village itself. The three birds  fallen from their nests in Dadara – world’s biggest nesting site for the species, were rescued and hand-raised under Kokrajhar Rescue Center, WTI. Assam is the largest nesting ground for this bird, of which only about 1000-1200 mature individuals remain as per IUCN Red List estimates.

“I highly  appreciate the local villagers and NGOs for doing such commendable effort for wildlife conservation. Attending such events rejuvenated my mind and I appeal evry official to help such NGOs, Researchers to strengthen their work “ said Mr. Mahanta .  “The Brahmaputra floodplain is the main stronghold for the Greater adjutants. The nesting sites are scattered here, but Dadara has more than 100 nesting trees, which makes it perhaps the biggest nesting site in the country and maybe in the world,” said Dr Rathin Barman of WTI.

Loss of nesting trees remain one of the major threats to these storks. They are also threatened by chicks falling off the nests, the intensity of which increases with over-crowding.  

Supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, WTI provided the grant to Paresh Das, a local school headmaster, who had proposed the RAP to save chicks fallen off their nests under the guidance of Purnima Devi Barman, Coordinator , Greater Adjutant Conservation programme , Aaranyak who is extensively working for conservation of  Adjutant Stork in Dadara since 2009.

“ Nets were placed under nesting trees to break the fall of the chicks. Once rescued, they were transported to IFAW-WTI run CWRC (Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation) Transit Home in Kokrajhar for hand-raising”. Said a local youth Diapk.

“More than 40storks die annually in Dadara, mostly juvenile that have fallen off their nests. With the support of local NGOs and medical attention provided by IFAW-WTI, this year we are successful in saving a good number of them,” said Das, who is also involving his students to not just help him with the project, but also to spread awareness among them.

“An identification mark has been engraved on the released birds. Post-release monitoring will be carried out for next three month. We will help in monitoring the birds” said Research Scholar – Purnima.  Purnima who has done Greater Adjutant Survey in Assam and Cambodia last month said that Dadara has the largest number of world’s population which she will be publishing through a scientific paper very soon. Scientists from Willdlife conservation society, Cambodia who is working on Greater Adjutant stork population   in Cambodia has joined  hands with Purnima to write this scientific publicatioion.

IFAW-WTI veterinarian Dr Panjit Basumatary who looked after the birds, said, “The released chicks weigh 9, 10 and 12 kgs respectively and were healthy during release. They immediately flew off following the release and landed on the fields and started browsing.”

The programme was  organized by Purnima Devi Barman, Aaranyak and Paresh Das from Sankardev sishu Niketan, Dadara.