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Cotton College hostel to celebrate 116th year

The oldest college hostel in the State, Krishna Kanta Handique PG Hostel (1st Mess) of Cotton University (formerly Cotton College) is rejuvenating the legacy of its 116 year old heritage this autumn. The alumni of this hostel have formed an association named as “Cotton College 1st Mess Alumni Association” which has been registered as a society after a series of meetings held at the hostel premises.

Established in the year 1901, this hostel is an embodiment of generations during the glorious journey of the historic Cotton College. Initiatilly known as the ‘Hindu Hostel’, this hostel later became well known as the ‘Hindu First Mess’ or First Block’ or simply the ‘First Mess’. Prof. Indu Bhusan Brahmachary was its first Superintendent. It is noteworthy that stalwarts like Prof. (Dr.) Surya Kumar Bhuyan were its superintendent.

Since 1983, this hostel has been reserved for the Post Graduate boy students. In the year 1986, this historic hostel was renamed as ‘Krishna Kanta Handique PG Boys’ Hostel’ after the world famous Sanskrit scholar and indologist, and the first Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, who was also a boarder of this hostel during 1913-14.

An alumni meet is being planned soon, which will include activities like exhibition, documentary, get-together, quiz, seminar, brainstorming session  and publication of a souvenir.  Cultural fraternity of the state will also grace the event night.

This Assam-type hostel is now declared and being conserved as a ‘heritage building’. The alumni initiative is therefore a timely and foresighted effort channelising the alumni strength for greater public cause.

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Karbi outfit expresses ire over TV report

10 Nov 2017 - 4:12pm | Syed Miraz Ahmed

The People’s Democratic Council of Karbi-longri (PDCK) Thursday rubbished what it term ed as a “strange” news report aired by News 18 on November 7, 2017 with graphics of photographs and videos on the basis of a police claim.

“The news report emphatically asserted that our Home Secretary, Mir-ang Sir-ang was and is directly involved in cases of poaching rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park. The allegation made by the greedy Assam Police personnel and corrupt forest department officials against PDCK and its Home Secretary for killing rhinos is baseless and fabricated. It is an insinuation of the worst kind manufactured out of thin air in order to tarnish the image of this promising revolutionary organization,” said Nongme Tungjang, General Secretary of the outfit.

This is a natural and a standard operating procedure of imperial propaganda campaign. On the other hand, this is an attempt to divert attentions of both government and general public to an insurgent organization from rhino poaching mafia, which is certainty working hand in glove with the police and the forest guards, he added.

The outfit feels that the propaganda will mislead the concerned citizens and officials to bark up the wrong tree, which will facilitate the work of this unique mode of looting public property. In fact, it is due to the symbiotic tie among the trio- Assam Police, the Department of Forest and the Bangladeshi immigrants that the rhino population is dwindling day by day. Assam Police and the Department of Forest are now using hypodermic needle theory of propaganda to shroud their true faces from the sight of the people.

PDCK is committed to preventing rhino poaching in Kazir Arong or Kaziranga at any cost and we shall always stand against the rhino poachers,” concluded Tungjang in a communiqué.

RIST talent in dire need of help

9 Sep 2014 - 4:10pm | AT News
His name is Bikash Bagwar. The son of a daily wager earner from Duliajan is a first year student of the Regional Institute of science and technology in Meghalaya Mile in Meghalaya.

In view of his poor family background, the RIST authority has waived the college fees based on his mark which stood at 71% in higher Secondary from Digboi College.

But the problems are not over for Bikash. Even after he was exempted from the college expense, he has facing grim crisis for food and lodging which is no less than Rs 3500 per month.

His family members and well wishers are waiting for help. Interested people are free to contract Jadumoni Saikia, Reporter Amar Asom. Contact Jadumoni Saikia, Ph- 09854032320 or email: jaduasom14@gmail.com

NHRC notice to Dispur on violence

15 Feb 2013 - 8:46pm | AT News
The National Human Rights Commission issued notice to Dispur seeking a report on the deaths in violence over panchayat polls in the state.
In a statement, NHRC said that notice has been sent to home secretary, government of Assam, and DGP, who have been asked to submit a report on the matter within four weeks
The NHRC issued notice on a complaint after a media report appeared, alleging that 11 persons died in violent clashes over panchayat.
According to NHRC, out of the eleven, reportedly nine died in police firing and two in group clashes between the people who were opposed to the elections and those who supported it at different places.

The commission observed that the contents of the media report, if true, would raise a serious concern over violation of human rights.