In response to a call of Games Village Residents' Welfare Society to observe Pollution Free Diwali this year, all the residents came out with a very positive response and decided to celebrate Diwali, 2016 "Pollution Free". In the residents' meeting held on October 26, the Diwali Festival Celebration Committee was formed headed by Manju Rani Deka, an energetic young Lady Officer of Assam Secretariat. As part of the celebration, a huge procession was taken out, on October 29, comprising school students in their school uniform along with Games Village residents holding play cards with catchy slogans appealing all the residents not to burst crackers and create pollution by any other means, in the name of Diwali. The slogans were prepared by the children themselves. A tree plantation drive was also organised through plantation of valuable fruit bearing trees by the residents within the campus.
Games and sports activities among the children will be conducted on October 30 from morning 10, and homage to the victims of serial bomb blast of 2008 will precede the lighting of lamp from 5 pm celebrating Diwali. The entire Games Village will be illuminated by earthen lamp lighted by all the residents jointly covering the common areas around the complex. Cultural program, games for the children and adults and also exchange of pleasantries with refreshment will continue at Bihu Ground of the Campus.
NERHURDS, a Changsari based Non Governmental Organisation in the district of Kamrup (Rural) has organised an one day youth programme on career awareness at Saraighat College on July 4. Prof Dilip Kumar Baruah, former principal of Cotton College, Ms Navmita Bhattacharya from Career Cliniq and Ranjan K Baruah participated as the resource person in the programme. Prof Dilip Baruah spoke about Union Public Service Commission’s Civil Service examination and how one can prepare for those examinations. In his speech he mentioned that medium is not a bar for civil service examinations and any students can appear for it. He told the participants about some person who cleared the examination from Assam since Aanada Ram Barooah who passed the civil service exam in 1870. Navmita Bhattacharya and Ranjan K Baruah focused on other career option which can be opted by the students after senior secondary level or after the graduation level. There was interaction amongst participants, parents and teachers and resource person on various topics.
A major protest is waiting to erupt in Arunachal Pradesh as the Centre on Wednesday confirmed the process to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees. A highlevel meeting of Union home minister Rajnath Singh with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval finalized the move in the light of the Supreme Court order in 2015 directing the Centre to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees. According to home ministry officials, the Centre needs to implement the Supreme Court order in 2015 for citizenship for the Chakmas and Hajongs which triggered huge protest in the north eastern state. Sources say the even after granting them citizenship, the Centre will legislate laws that would disallow the Chakmas and Hajongs to own the rights and ownership of land. Chakmas and Hajongs who were originally from Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh left their homeland after the Kaptai dam project ravaged their homes in the 1960s.
Journalist Anuradha Sengupta recently interviewed Human Rights Activist Irom Sharmila who ended her almost sixteen-year-long fast in August. In the candid conversation, Irom talked about her struggles and acknowledged the fact that since her unique way of protesting for getting the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act repealed from Manipur did not fetch her the desired results, she decided to enter electoral politics. In her first full-length TV interview, Irom also talked about the hardships faced by Manipur residents and her future strategy to achieve what she has been aiming for nearly two decades.